NJ race fans know the name John Blewett III well. Born into a well-known racing family JBIII, as he came to be known, made quite a name for himself racing an asphalt modified throughout the Northeast.
He accumulated 96 wins, and track championships at Wall Stadium, Flemington, New Egypt, and even New Hampshire International Speedway. He won the Race of Champions, the North-South Shootout, the Garden State Classic, and the Turkey Derby. All of this by the age of 33 when he was tragically lost in a racing accident at Thompson International Speedway.
However, what those who admired him solely from the grandstands may have not known was just how much of a giving person John was. To his fellow racers he wasn't simply another competitor. He was someone who was there any time you needed his help.
New to a particular track, no problem, just seek out JBIII for some pointers on how to get around. Having problems with the handling on your race car, ask JBIII to take a look at what you might be doing wrong. Heck, he might even climb behind the wheel, and take a few laps so he could truly help you. Need a part to make the feature, JBIII may be already on the way over to your damaged car with not only the part, but the tools to fix it.
This is just what he did at the track. There were also countless hours when he opened up his shop to those needing help during the week.
It didn't matter if you raced in the same division as him. It didn't matter whether you were a beginner driver, or a veteran who could challenge him for the win. JBIII always seemed to be willing to help.
That is why it is so fitting that the party to be held in his honor, this Saturday at Woodys Roadside, will benefit the St. Judes Childrens Hospital.
The event starts at 2 p.m. and will almost certainly continue on well into the evening as those who still can't believe JBIII is no longer with us share the stories that keep his memory alive.
Woodys Roadside always puts on a great event, and this Saturday will be no different. There will be bands, drink specials, and even a visit from the Jim Beam and Jose Cuervo girls. Perhaps best of all, Woody's is donating 20% of the sales of all of it's great tasting food to the charity.
The day will also feature a raffle for great prizes including a 55" LG flat screen television, a gift auction, and the sale of JBIII long sleeve t-shirts, and sweatshirts. The red, white, and blue, number 76 modified so associated with John Blewett III will also be on hand.
Woodys Roadside is located at 105 Academy Street in Farmingdale, New Jersey, not far from Wall Stadium Speedway.
We strongly encourage any NJ race fans who can to attend this event. Somehow you will go with the intention of helping others, but leave with the feeling that somehow you were the true beneficiary of the day. That is just JBIII helping out again.
New Jersey Motorsports Park is a constantly evolving facility. What started as a sort of country club for owners of high end vehicles has become a world class racing operation featuring several of the top motorsport divisions in the nation. During this evolution the management realized they were in the entertainment business, and have done their best to provide a number of events with the residents of New Jersey in mind, not just race fans.
Their latest offering, Zombie Paintball Hayride: Shoot to Survive. With Halloween just around the corner NJMP has combined a traditional hayride with their recently opened paintball operation.
Every Friday and Saturday night from now until November 1st you can take your turn on a hayride, while equipped with a paintball gun, and defend yourself against an invasion of zombies.
The rides take place on Battlegrounds Paintball from 7pm to 11pm. Each ride costs $25, lasts approximately 15 minutes, and comes with a supply of 200 glow in the dark paintballs.
NJMP suggests buying tickets in advance. For more information on this, and the other great events at NJMP, be sure to check out the NJMP website.
Jimmy Blewett May Return to NASCAR Whelen
Modified Tour in 2015
When one of New Jersey's most talented asphalt drivers, Jimmy Blewett, sold all of his pavement equipment to concentrate on dirt racing many felt it would only be a matter of time until he returned to his home track of Wall Stadium Speedway. This week we learned not only has the time come for "Showtime" to return to the Jersey Shore paved oval, but possibly to the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour as well.
Jimmy announced, via his Facebook page, that he will be competing at Wall this weekend in the "Spooky Spectacular." For more details on that be sure to check out our Wall Stadium News page.
However, what may be even bigger news for Jimmy Blewett fans is his possible return to the Tour. In an article posted on RacedayCt.com Ed Partridge, owner of the Partridge Motorsports number 12, announced that current driver, Ron Silk, will not return for the 2015 season. He was also very forthcoming about his list of possible drivers for next season consisting of three drivers. Those three are 2013 NASCAR Whelen Modified Champion Ryan Preece, Jimmy Blewett, and an unnamed dirt driver, thought to be Stewart Friesen.
Preece seems to be the first choice, but he is reportedly exploring his options for next season, and beyond. Those options may include a move up the NASCAR ladder into the Camping World Truck Series, or the Nationwide Series.
Friesen would be an interesting choice. He is obviously a very talented dirt driver, but would that talent translate to the asphalt, and if it did how long would it take?
Blewett, on the other hand, is a known commodity to Partridge. He drove the number 12 from 2005 to 2009. He picked up all five of his career NWMT wins during his 63 starts with Partridge Motorsports.
According to the article Blewett would jump at the chance to get back behind the wheel of the Partridge machine, which won the series title with Silk behind the wheel in 2011.
With the very limited number of races on the Mod Tour, Blewett would still have plenty of opportunities to continue his dirt racing, while not having to worry about maintaining an asphalt car.
RacingAroundJersey.com will continue to follow developments to this story, so be sure to check back here or on our Facebook page.
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