Wall Stadium auto racers and fans ready for 2020 season opener


All six Wall Stadium Speedway stock car racing divisions will be in action when the one-third-mile, high-banked paved oval on Route 34, Wall Township, opens the 2020 stock car racing season on July 25.

Ticket sales and grandstand seating will open at 4:30 p.m., with qualifying slated for 5:30 p.m. and the first main event planned for 7 p.m. Pit gates will open at 1 p.m. on opening day, with on-track testing starting at 3 p.m., according to a press release.

Grandstand seating capacity will be limited due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and tickets will be sold on a first come, first serve basis starting at 4:30 p.m.

Although season tickets are not being offered for the 2020 season, season ticket holders from 2019 will have a guaranteed opportunity to purchase opening night tickets. Ticket prices have not changed since last season, according to the press release.

The Modified division will lead the way in a 40-lap season opening feature race, while the Sportsman cars, Limited Late Models, Factory Stocks, 4 Cylinder Stocks and the Legend Cars are all slated for 25-lap main events.

Defending Modified champion Steven Reed of Jackson will be looking to get an early win in the 2020 campaign and was fast during a July 18 practice session, according to the press release.

Also among the large turnout of Modifieds turning laps at the practice session were Holmdel’s Andrew Krause, Derek Hopkinson of Toms River, Jackson’s Jason Treat and Marc Rogers and Dom Fattaruso, both of Brick Township.

Farmingdale’s Tommy Martino, Lanoka Harbor’s Ron Frees, Kevin Davison of Howell and Ricky Collins of Willow Grove, Pa., were also among the Modified drivers turning fast laps around the oval on July 18.

In addition to Reed, Hazlet’s Chris Silvestri (Limited Late Model), Elliott Wohl of Beachwood (Factory Stock) and Jackson’s Kyle Scisco (Sportsman) plan on defending their titles. Last year’s 4 Cylinder Stock title winner Neil Rutt III of Edison plans on concentrating on the Sportsman division this season.

Fans, crew people and competitors are reminded to bring a face covering to the speedway and to observe social distancing at all times. Wall Stadium Speedway requires that all patrons must maintain 6 feet of spacing in all commonly used and other applicable areas or where people may form a line, according to the press release.

Complete and up-to-the-minute information about Wall Stadium Speedway’s July 25 opening night and the 2020 Saturday night schedule may be obtained by visiting the website at wallspeedwayracing.com. The speedway hotline number is 732-681-6400.