Thirty years ago in 1983, Eddie
Bohn won the 150 lap Turkey Derby. Tom Baldwin finished second with
Corky Cookman, third. Rounding out the top five was Brian Ross and
Twenty years ago in 1993 Ken
Woolley was the overall winner of the Turkey Derby. The big block
modifieds had been replaced by the small blocks.
Ten years ago in 2003, Jimmy
Blewett won two of the three triple 50's that made up the Turkey
Derby of the Wall Stadium Speedway.
Five years ago in 2008, Down on
the New Jersey shore the Wall Township Speedway reopened for the
annual Turkey Derby. Wall Township, modeled after the famed Lonsdale
Arena Speedway in Rhode Island was silent throughout the 2008
season. The historic speedway received a good shot in the arm and
had a successful event which hopefully leads to a grand reopening in
According to reports, Jimmy Blewett roughed up Matt Hirschman on lap
89 to take the lead which led to the 100 lap Tour Type Modified win.
Hirschman, who was extremely unhappy with Blewett, finished second.
Hirschman had attempted to run the 100 lap contest non-stop while
Blewett elected to pit for fresh tires during the event. Steven Reed
finished third and was followed by Earl Paules and Tom Rogers.
Blewett attempted to go two for two but ran out of time following a
pit stop and a late race spin in the SK type 100 lapper. Blewett led
from the drop of the initial green and was in control of the race
until lap 69 when he pitted for fresh rubber. Restarting from the
rear, Blewett worked his way up to second spot with nine laps to go
when he spun out. Rowan Pennick took the win with Woody Pitkat,
second and Bob Schultz, third. Blewett recovered to finish fourth.
Deemed a rousing success, the Turkey Derby was run with temperatures
in the low 40ís. The grandstands, parking lot and pits were jammed.
Cars were actually parked at the Monmouth Airport and fans were
bussed to the track.
Last year, 2012, In NASCAR
Nationwide Series racing Ricky Stenhouse became the sixth driver to
win consecutive championships in NASCARís Nationwide Series. He
finished sixth in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway,
edging Elliott Sadler for the title. Cato, NY native Regan Smith won
the 300-mile race, his first victory in 103 Nationwide starts. He
was making his first start since 2007, and heís going to race for
the championship in 2013 for JR Motorsports. This was his debut race
with that team, which is co-owned by Dale Earnhardt Jr. and had not
won a race since 2010. Kyle Busch was second, followed by Brendan
Gaughan, Sam Hornish Jr. and Austin Dillon. Danica Patrick was 19th
in her final Nationwide race before moving to the Sprint Cup Series
In Sprint Cup racing, Jeff Gordon won the finale at Homestead-Miami
Speedway, finishing a few car lengths ahead of Clint Bowyer. Brad
Keselowski wrapped up the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship.
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