One of the most famous venues for racing in the Northeast will soon be no more, as Wall Stadium (NJ) management announced Wednesday the track will close following the 2020 season.
Wall Stadium Properties LLC made the announcement Wednesday, as reported by the Asbury (NJ) Free Press. Developer Pulte Holmes plans to build 348 homes on the site, which has housed racing since 1950.
“The majority of the sprawling tract, deemed grossly-underutilized for decades, consists of giant parking lots that lie mostly dormant, other than the handful of days each year, when the track is open for competition,” the owners said.
Wall Stadium has featured racing for at least part of every year since 1950. It is best known for the Turkey Derby, a Thanksgiving weekend tradition dating back to 1974. Numerous Modified legends have etched their names into the annals of history as winners of the Turkey Derby, including Jimmy Blewett, John Blewett, Jr., John Blewett, III, Eddie Bohn, Gil Hearne, Matt Hirschman, Ryan Preece and more.
The 1/3-mile oval also returned to the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour calendar for 2019, with Woody Pitkat winning that event in May. The track also was an early proving ground for NASCAR Hall of Famer Ray Evernham, as well as the Truex racing family.
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-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @ztevans
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