Battle of Trenton Top-5 Results for Friday & Saturday
TQ Midget Feature #1(20 laps)
1) Erick Rudolph
2) Patrick Emerling
3) Mike Lichty
4) Zane Zeiner
5) Joey Payne
TQ Midget Feature #2(20 laps)
1) Ted Christopher
2) Jimmy Blewett
3) Shawn Nye
4) Anthony Sesely
5) Geofferey Sutton
Champ Kart Feature
1) Chris Daley
2) Joseph Pacovich
3) Andrew Swisher
4) Cale Ross
5) Danny Bouc
Battle of Trenton Schedule for Friday & Saturday
Spectator Gates Open 6pm
Racing Starts 7pm
Two Champ Kart Heat Races
Six TQ Midget Heat Races
Champ Kart B-Main
First TQ Midget 20-lap Feature
Champ Kart 20-lap Feature
Second TQ Midget 20-lap Feature
TQ Midget Time Trials in Afternoon
Spectator Gates Open 5pm
Fan Fest 5pm
Racing Starts 7pm
Six TQ Midget Heat Races
Two Slingshot Heats
Three TQ B-Mains
Oliver Communications TQ Midget Match Races
Lentini Auto Salvage 20-lap Slingshot Feature
Battle of Trenton 40-lap TQ Midget Feature
Could New Jersey Have a Bigger Presence on the
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour in 2015?
New Jersey race fans love their asphalt modified racing. Nowhere was this more obvious than the recently completed Turkey Derby held at the last remaining paved oval in the Garden State, Wall Stadium Speedway. Despite extremely cold weather the grandstands were packed on Saturday to witness both a Tour-Type 150-lap race, and a 100-lap event for the SK/Wall Mods.
Unfortunately for NJ race fans, their home state has barely been represented in recent years on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. Sure, 1990 NWMT Champion Jamie Tomaino of Howell still competes on the "Tour", but with a limited budget, and small team, "The Jet" is rarely a threat for a win against the much better funded teams mostly based in New York and Connecticut.
A major factor in the lack of NJ competitors is that most of the series races are held in Connecticut. The combination of travel time, hotels, and racing expenses, makes it virtually impossible for a team from the Garden State to compete at the highest level without spending a small fortune to do so.
However, some recent developments centering around the Turkey Derby, may give NJ race fans not only a bigger presence to cheer for on the "Tour", but a group of drivers who may actually be capable of challenging for a win.
Perhaps the most exciting possibility for the NWMT in 2015 is the return of past winner Jimmy Blewett. The driver known as "Showtime" left both the "Tour" and most of his asphalt racing behind a few years ago to try his hand at dirt racing.
Then came word that Blewett was possibly being considered for the Partridge Racing ride on the NWMT that was ultimately secured by 2013 champion Ryan Preece. While he was quick to dispel the rumors that he was ever actually being considered he wasn't so definite when asked about plans for a NWMT car on a flatbed truck in his pit area during Turkey Derby.
"Right now I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it," said Blewett. "We may build it as a Wall car to run on our off nights from dirt, but we can also always use Bobby's car for that as well," he said referring to the red number 18 he used to win the SK/Wall Mod race at the Turkey Derby.
"I may just keep it the way it is," seeming to indicate a possible desire to take his talents back to the NWMT, at least on a part-time basis.
Another driver, who much like Blewett, was a very successful asphalt pilot, including a stint on the "Tour" before leaving the asphalt to try his hand at dirt also indicated the possibility of his return to not only pavement, but the NWMT as well.
Anthony Sesely the two-time Wall Modified division champion was behind the wheel of a purple and pink number 1 for the Tour-Type race at the Turkey Derby. A conversation with his father, early in the weekend, indicated this could me more than just a one race deal for the talented Sesely. He called it a sort of tryout on both ends, something Anthony confirmed.
"We are going to see how the weekend goes, and go from there. But, my dad would love to return to the Tour," said the younger Sesely.
All Sesely did in the Tour-Type race was finish fourth behind race winner Eric Murillo, Les Hinckley, Blewett, and ahead of 2014 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Champion Doug Coby. Not a bad result for their first time together, and definitely something they could build on towards NWMT appearances in 2015.
The Jersey possibilities for the NWMT in 2015 don't end with Blewett, and Sesely, however. Eric Mauriello would very much like to try his talents against the drivers on the" Tour." He already drives for a team, Barney Racing, which is very familiar with victory lane on the NWMT. Could his win against some of the best talent NASCAR's only open-wheel division has to offer at the Turkey Derby be enough to convince the Barneys to return their famous red and white 14 to the "Tour" in 2015 on at least a partial basis?
Of course if you're going to bring one car to a "Tour" race why not bring two? If Barney Racing were to decide to try Mauriello out on the NWMT would they also consider bringing his teammate Shawna Ingraham along? Shawna has not been shy about her desire to take her racing career to it's highest possible level. The next step, beyond Wall, could start as part of a two-car team at possibly Thompson or Stafford where the Barneys could evaluate just how talented these two young drivers could be.
Another possibility for NJ to have another of it's talented youngsters in a NWMT race for 2015 is Andrew Krause of Holmdel. He has run the Tour-Type race at Turkey Derby the last two years behind the wheel of the Ralph Solhem number 0. While he hasn't gotten the finishes he had hoped for he has shown he is more than capable behind the wheel of a modified.
His father, Cliff, the promoter of Wall Stadium Speedway, was also a one-time supporter of Tomaino on the NWMT so he is no stranger to just how expensive it can be to run just one race. He would also do just about anything to give Andrew the opportunities he desires, so in this case the decision may be Andrew's.
While at the writing of this nothing has been confirmed it should come as somewhat of a relief to NJ race fans that at least there is the possibility of seeing some of it's best driving talent competing on the NWMT in 2015. Even if they do have to travel out of the state to see it.