Alspach Collects At Wall Stadium
WALL, N.J. – Zack Alspach took advantage of a front row starting position on a hot and humid Saturday night to win the 30-lap sportsman stock car feature at Wall Stadium.
Alspach rocketed to the lead at the outset, but tolerated almost constant pressure from Elliott Wohl and Andrew Krause in the early going. Later in the event the battle for the top spot became even more intense as Kevin Davison and Robert Sutphin also joined the tussle.
A late-race restart caused a bit of a scramble in the top runners, but Alspach was able to hang on for the win with Davison, Sutphin, Krause and Jonathan Mandato completing the top five.
“My dad warned me tonight that when you start up front the only place to go is back,” Alspach said. “The car was on rails tonight thanks to my crew and my family. It had to be because there were a lot of good cars right there with me.”
On an evening when the memory of long time race engine builder and speedway official Jim Hagaman, who passed away Monday, was being honored, Ronnie Mullen raced to the apparent win with a Hagaman engine in the 25-lap Factory Stock feature.
Unfortunately, Mullen’s racer failed to make minimum weight during a post-race inspection and that handed the win to Scott Riggleman, whose car was also powered by a Hagaman prepared motor. Steve West, Jim Downey, Paul Hartwig and John Bowers completed the top five.
Mike Bilello led the first 35-laps of the Green Monster Insulation 50-lap main event for the 4 Cylinder cars before a lapped car blocked his path and forced him into the guardrail.
At that point Andrew Krause, who had been a close second all the way, took over the lead and raced on for the win. Mark Tischler was second, while the recovering Bilello, Mike Wohl and Hartwig wrapped up the top five.
Nick Shaw won a lap eight restart drag race over Howie Conk to win his fifth Street Stock main event of the year. Jerry Stanzione, Jack Sayegh and Glen Conk were third through fifth.
The race was stopped early when Bill Vanderveen tangled with another car and then the backstretch guardrail before barrel rolling down the straight and over the third turn guardrail.
Vanderveen climbed from the car under his own power and then was transported to the Jersey Shore Medical Center with an injury to his left hand, He was admitted and remained in the hospital on Sunday.
Jason Treat was the winner of the Modified Match Race competition, taking the final round by inches over Chas Okerson.
Tom Ervin won the 10 lap Modified Micro Stock feature Mike Kendall and Robin Ervin. Tom Kosch finished fourth overall and was the first Sportsman racer to cross the finish line.