Turkey Derby Back On At Wall Stadium
WALL, N.J. — The on-again, off-again saga of Wall Stadium is on again according to an announcement made Oct. 20 by track co-owner Timothy Shinn.
During a ceremony held at the currently-closed track to announce New Jersey’s NASCAR-themed license plates, Shinn confirmed that John Blewett, Sr. and Don Ling, members of longtime racing families, had struck a deal to stage the track’s 37th annual Turkey Derby Thanksgiving weekend.
A Turkey Derby website is already functional (www.turkey-derby.com) and entries are being accepted.
The track’s 2010 season was abruptly ended in early September due to a conflict between the track’s ownership group and then-promoter Jim Morton. Future racing of any type appeared to be in jeopardy until Blewett and Ling got together with Shinn’s five-member group.
Included in the announcement Oct. 20 was optimism about an ongoing relationship to operate the track, but all parties indicated that no formal discussions have taken place.
The only significant change from prior Derbies is the addition of dirt-type modifieds to the program on the third-mile high-banked paved oval. Tour-type pavement modifieds, SK/Wall modifieds, sportsman, street stocks, factory stocks, Legends and ATQMRA three-quarter midgets will all participate in the event, scheduled for Nov. 26-27.