WALL TOWNSHIP – The season’s highest paying Modified stock car race offering $7,127 to the winner will be in the spotlight this Saturday night, Aug. 28, at Wall Stadium Speedway as the one-third-mile paved oval track presents the 127-lap “Cliff Krause Memorial.”
Krause, the promoter of the speedway who is credited by many people for returning the history-rich oval to prominence, passed away in January, 2018 from natural causes. The Krause family continues to operate the speedway, according to a press release.
Saturday night’s auto racing card will see grandstand seating opening at 4 p.m. and qualifying is set for 5 p.m. with Modified single car time trials leading the way. Main event action will follow at 7 p.m.
The Modifieds will battle in a 127-lap main event with drivers not only searching for the rich payday from the $27,227 total purse, but also for the honor of winning the fourth annual “Cliff Krause Memorial” race.
In addition, $100 bonuses for fast qualifier, hard-charger and the first driver to sustain a flat tire will be presented by NAPA Auto Parts in Spring Lake, Brick Township, Point Pleasant and Freehold. And, the race winner will be presented with a designer watch from Merten’s Jewelers in Manasquan.
Cliff Krause’s son, Andrew Krause, was the emotional winner of the first event in 2018 and repeated last season, while Brick Township’s Eric Mauriello won in 2019. Both drivers are expected to be in Saturday night’s field.
Blake Barney of Jackson plans to be in the field, as well as top point earners Tommy Martino Jr. of Farmingdale, Steven Reed of Jackson, Derek Hopkinson of Toms River, Brick Township’s Dom Fattaruso and Eddie McCarthy of Brick Township.
Jimmy Blewett of Howell, Anthony Sesely of Matawan, Marc Rogers of Beachwood, Ron Frees of Lanoka Harbor, Jonathan Mandato of Toms River and New Egypt’s Jason Hearne have made at least one appearance each this season and could be among the drivers competing Saturday night. Pennsylvania’s Earl Paules has also shown an interest in the event, according to the press release.
The Factory Stocks, Fast 4 Stocks and open cockpit TQ Midgets will also be on the card, all racing in 27-lap main events.
The Saturday night schedule, which continues through Oct. 2, is available at wallspeedwayracing.com