RICKY COLLINS TAKES FIRST WALL MODIFIED WIN SATURDAY
Story By: Jeff Gravatt/Wall Stadium
Photos By: John John Lane/RacersGuide.com
WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Young stock car driver Ricky Collins raced to his first career All American Auto Group Modified stock car win at Wall Stadium Speedway Saturday night. The Willow Grove, Pa. speedster’s win came in front of a large NAPA Night crowd. In addition to posted purse money, Collins, all race winners and random finishers earn additional bonuses from NAPA.
Jonathan Mandato of Jackson was the event’s first leader as Collins soon began to apply the pressure. Collins then used a lap 12 restart to power into the lead on the outside lane. Collins then fought through several caution flags as he held off Mandato’s charges while several other contenders lurked in a tight lead pack.
After the final caution waved on lap 36 Collins was able to power his way to the finish line for the win. Mandato was second while Brick’s Eric Mauriello came from deep in the field for third. Jason Hearne of New Egypt and Shaun Carrig of Little Falls completed the top five. Point leader Steven Reed of Jackson salvaged an eighth place finish after suffering through on track trouble while second place point man Andrew Krause of Holmdel left the race with mechanical trouble to earn 13th.
“I owe all this to my father and my family,” Collins said in the winner’s circle. “Doesn’t even feel real! Love everyone that gives me a hand on this thing. Driving is easy with the guys I have behind me!”
Bryan O’Shea of Neptune City won his fourth 25-lapper in the O’Shea’s Auto Repair Factory Stock division after early leader Billy Both of Rahway crashed in the closing laps. Tim Majek of Scotch Plains and Kevin Flores of Brick were second and third. Point leader Elliot Wohl of Beachwood was fourth and Manchester’s Scott Riggleman wrapped up the top five.
Shanon Mongeau of Jackson grabbed the win in the 25-lapper for the Center State Engineering Sportsman cars after taking the lead just before halfway. Early Leader Michael Rising of Little Egg Harbor, Howell’s Eric Lane, Carsten DiGiantomasso of Jackson and Jonathan Laureigh of Lanoka Harbor were second through fifth. Point leader Kyle Scisco of Jackson was sixth.
Mongeau then returned to make it a two for two night by winning the Mike’s Performance Center Limited Late Model 25-lapper over point leader Chris Silvestri of Hazlet. Michelle Moorman, Mike Tillett and Greg Gastelu wrapped up the top five.
Mason Magee of Northwest, Maryland grabbed his second win of the year in the 25-lap race for the Green Flag Driving Experience Legend Cars holding of the advances of Pennsylvania’s Sean Verwys until lapped cars ruined his chances in the final few laps. Brick’s Joe McGrath, Howell’s Rob Silver, Peter Bruno of Little Silver and Verwys were second through fifth.
Jeffrey Loesch of Neptune City topped the 25-lapper for the Surfside Collision 4 Cylinder Stocks, fighting off the challenges of Brick’s Ronnie Mullen, Alonzo Morales of Mt. Ephraim, point leader Neil Rutt III of Edison and Nicole Razzano of Cookstown.
Auto racing continues at Wall Stadium Speedway this Saturday (Oct. 5) night with all six divisions competing in the regular season Saturday night point race finale where all of the track’s driving champions will be crowned. The touring TQ Midgets will also be on the card. Grandstand gates open at 5:00 p.m., qualifying begins at 5:45 p.m. and features start at 7:00 p.m.
Once the title battles have been decided racing will return on Saturday afternoon, October 19, with the running of the post season “Spooky Spectacular” before the season-ending “Turkey Derby” is contested on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend. More information on all events is available at wallspeedwayracing.com.
Wall Stadium is located on Route 34 in Wall Township, N.J., just one mile north of Garden State Parkway exit 98 and Interstate 195 exit 35B. The speedway hotline number is 732-681-6400 and email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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MODIFIED FEATURE – 40 Laps – 1. RICKY COLLINS, WILLOW GROVE, PA., 2. Jonathan Mandato, 3. Eric Mauriello, 4. Jason Hearne, 5. Shawn Carrig, 6. Marc Rogers, 7. Eddie McCarthy, 8. Steven Reed, 9. Ken Matlach, 10. Kevin Davison, 11. Chris Andretta, 12. Derek Hopkinson, 13. Andrew Krause, 14. Joey Merlino, 15. Kenny Van Wickle, 16. Joey Jarowicz, 17. Tyler Truex, 18. Jason Treat, 19. Dom Fattaruso, 20. Robert French, 21. Ron Frees
FACTORY STOCK FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. BRYAN O’SHEA, NEPTUNE CITY, 2. Tim Majek, 3. Kevin Flores, 4. Elliot Wohl, 5. Scott Riggleman, 6. Robert Stack, 7. Jerry Koenig, 8. Matt Badessa, 9. Robert Ptaszynski, 10. Nancy Riggleman, 11. Matt Malachaka, 12. Billy Both, 13. Nick Killmer, 14. Tom Rajkowski, 15. Joey Helberg, 16. Theresa Collins
SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. SHANON MONGEAU, JACKSON, 2. Michael Rising, 3. Eric Lane, 4. Carsten DiGiantomasso, 5. Jonathan Laureigh, 6. Kyle Scisco, 7. Tommy Martino, 8. Neil Rutt III, 9. Kenny Reaves, 10. Roland DeMartino, 11. Larry Thompson, 12. Tomas Stainionis, 13. Robert Vassilatos, 14. Jake Nelke
4 CYLINDER FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. JEFFREY LOESCH, NEPTUNE CITY, 2. Ronnie Mullen, 3. Alonzo Morales, 4. Neil Rutt III, 5. Nicole Razzano, 6. Ryan Maher, 7. Brian Barbalacci, 8. Cody Critelli, 9. Darianne McLaren, 10. Bill Schwarz, 11. John Cialella, 12. Deanna McLaren, 13. Darren Burdge, 14. Doug Ashford, 15. Todd Dige, 16. Marko Vuksanic, 17. Ian Ashford, 18. Mike Lavery
LEGEND CARS FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. MASON MAGEE, NORTHWEST, MARYLAND, 2. Joe McGrath, 3. rob Silver, 4. Peter Bruno, 5. Sean Verwys, 6. Quinn Trimmer, 7. Jim Downey, 8. Chris Gall, 9. Joe Przybylinski
LIMITED LATE MODEL FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. SHANON MONGEAU, JACKSON, 2. Chris Silvestri, 3. Michelle Moorman, 4. Mike Tillett, 5. Greg Gastelu, 6. Jim Moorman