Pratt Rules Wall Stadium
WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. — A distinctive race for dirt-style modifieds on the paved oval at Wall Stadium highlighted the first day of the two-day Turkey Derby weekend, the 37th incarnation of the season-ending program, with Richie Pratt claiming a well-earned victory over Stewart Friesen.
The dirt cars, required to race in their regular configuration and on dirt tires, were impressively quick and proved to be very raceable on the third-mile asphalt, running side by side and at times three wide, and passing with apparent ease relative to their pavement-style cousins.
Patrick Dupree finished third, followed by Lou Cicconi, and John McClelland.
Eric Mauriello was victorious in the feature for the sportsman ranks, leading Joey King, Jr., and Kevin Eyres to the stripe in a race that was interrupted by a power outage that affected the track’s safety lights, scoring system, and public address system. Fortunately, the power problem was isolated and repaired in a matter of minutes.
Jon Gambuti powered around Joe Payne, Jr., to win the American TQ Midget Racing Ass’n main event while Ian Cumens, finishing fourth in the 24-car field, claimed the season points championship for the TQs.
In a marathon 35-lapper for the Legends, visiting driver Thomas Hartensvelds, Jr., claimed victory over Zach and Trevor Alspach, second and third, respectively.
Joe Mongeau came out on top of the feature race for the factory stock class.
Time trials were conducted for pavement modifieds in preparation for Saturday’s race, and Matt Hirchman set the pace with a clocking of 12.353 seconds to lead the 31-car field.