A veteran racer pulled off his third win of the year during the 40-lap modified event at Wall Stadium Saturday, track officials said.
Steven Reed, of Freehold, picked up the win at the Route 34 track after a long battle with other top contenders for the checkered flag.
Adam LaCicero, of Lavallette, was the first leader of the race while Reed and a host of others were moving into contention. When LaCicero spun from the top spot on Lap 16, Jonathan Mandato, of Toms River, rocketed to the front while Reed held the second spot.
Mandato held the lead with Reed in second. When a caution for a minor spin slowed the race with just five laps remaining, Reed raced side-by-side with Mandato before diving to the inside lane to take the lead and the eventual win, with Mondato coming in second.
Andrew Krause, of Howell, Shawna Ingraham, of Brick, and Howell’s Eric Mauriello wrapped up the top five.
“I didn’t think I’d be able to pass him on the open track so I just slowed down a bit to save my tires,” Reed said in a release from the track. “That final caution gave me the chance I needed to get to the front. It was fun but it wasn’t easy.”
Full Results, as provided by Wall Stadium:
MODIFIED FEATURE – 40 Laps – 1. STEVEN REED, FREEHOLD, 2. Jonathan Mandato, 3. Andrew Krause, 4. Shawna Ingraham, 5. Eric Mauriello, 6. Chris Hamilton, 7. Anthony Sesely, 8. Chris Lane, 9. Chas Okerson, 10. Nick Shaw, 11. Adam LaCicero, 12. Jason Treat, 13. Harry Schaeffer, 14. Matt Przemielewski, 15. Christian LaCicero, 16. Ryan Cottrell, 17. Derek Hopkinson
FACTORY STOCK FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. MARTY VAN DRUTEN, TOMS RIVER, 2. Tiffany Olejnik, 3. Joey Helberg, 4. Scott Riggleman, 5. Steve West, 6. Ed Bischoff, 7. Lee Allen, 8. Ronnie Mullen, 9. Josh Matthews, 10. Jerry Koenig, 11. Steve Michel, 12. Wes Caruso, 13. Caroll Miller, 14. Troy Gant, 15. Randy Hart
4 CYLINDER FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. JERRY STANZIONE, KEANSBURG, 2. James Meyers, 3. Brien Crosby, 4. Cole Ormsbee, 5. Mike Wahl, 6. Randy Hart, 7. Al Morales, 8. Mike Dorrer, 9. Jay Conrad, 10. Ron Becker, 11. Howard Efron, 12. Pete McDonald
LIMITED LATE MODEL FEATURE – 50 Laps – 1. BRIAN DOYLE, CORAM, N.Y., 2. Phil Fortuna, 3. Glen Conk, 4. Bill Vanderveen, 5. Jack Sayegh, 6. Mike Tillett, 7. Ken Matlach, 8. Steve Senerchia
LATE MODEL FEATURE – 30 Laps – 1. ROB ORMSBEE, WALL, 2. Mike Tillett, 3. Glenn Slocum, 4. Anthony DeMonte, 5. Phil Fortuna