Racers are gearing up for the 40th running of the Turkey Derby at Wall Stadium for the annual 3-day auto racing event.
A strong list of out-of-town drivers is led by 2013 NASCAR Modified Tour champion Ryan Preece of Berlin, Ct., driving the No. 7NY for NASCAR Sprint Cup team owner Tommy Baldwin. Baldwin has formed a super team for the annual Thanksgiving weekend event as a second car; No. 76 will be fielded with many time winner Jimmy Blewett of Howell at the wheel, track officials said.
Coming off a great 2013 season, Matt Hirschman of Northampton, Pa., is expected to return in an effort to win his second straight Turkey Derby classic. Others expected are Les Hinkley of Windsor Locks, Conn., Jimmy Zacharias of Candor, N.Y., Earl Paules of Palmerton, Pa., Jeff Malone of South Windsor, Conn., Howell’s Jamie Tomaino, Anthony Sesely of Matawan, Rowan Pennink of Huntington Valley, Pa., Jason Hearne of New Egypt, North Carolina’s Danny and Michael Bohn and Dave Sapienza of Riverhead, N.Y., officials said.
The Turkey Derby is a three day auto racing event held during the daylight hours. On Friday, November 29, the Sportsman cars, Factory Stocks and 4 Cylinder cars will all compete in qualifying and 50-lap main events.
The Legend Cars will qualify and compete in a 40-lap feature. The Wall Modifieds will also be on the card as they qualify for their Saturday main event and the restored cars of the Garden State Vintage Stock Car club will also be an important part of the day.
Grandstand seating will open at 9:30 a.m., qualifying is set for 12:30 p.m. and main events are planned for 2:15 p.m.
Day two of the 40th Turkey Derby will see the Touring Modifieds qualify and battle in a 150-lap championship race while the Wall Modifieds race for 100-laps. Dirt Modified/Sportsman and Limited Late Models will compete in 50-lap races while the TQ Midgets are set for a 25-lapper. Qualifying, as needed, is set for all divisions on Saturday.
Grandstand seating will open at 9:30 a.m., qualifying is set for 11:00 a.m. and main events are planned for 1:00 p.m.
The 40th Turkey Derby weekend will then wrap up on Sunday, December 1 with a championship Demolition Derby, a 75-lap race for the 4 Cylinder cars, a 50-lapper for the Factory Stocks and a ladies’ Powder Puff race.
Grandstand seating will open at noon as qualifying begins and main events are planned for 1:00 p.m.