THE PAYNES AND THE TURKEY DERBY
BLUE CORD PR - The Payne's are a family , but they are a racing family first and foremost. The Turkey Derby at Wall Stadium Speedway in Wall Township, NJ. Joey, Anthony and Joey JR discuss wghat the annual post Thanksgiving event at " The ROAR at the JERSEY SHORE" track means to them, racing as a family and their history with the event.
“The turkey derby is the biggest season ending race in the north east. I have raced there for many years and in recent years I’ve run a tour modified and dirt modified along with the TQ'S. In 2012 I won the TQ Turkey Derby race shattering the big track record at 11.3 which I previously held at 12.5 in the Alan Mollot #51.
I hate that we don't race on the big track anymore... it was fast and bad ass to race on. It was something that my sons haven't had the pleasure of doing. The infield track which we now race on sucks, there is a lot of carnage and bad wrecks, a lot more than on the big track with just two long drag strips and paper clip corners that lead to dive bombers and bumper slamming.. That is what it’s become!!!! .
In 2013 I pulled off a big win in the Dirt Mod race in the Mike Mongiello 94 sportsman and again in 2016 in the Sportsman race we’ve been really good with Mike’s car every year in the top 5 in 6 years.
2015 I ran 3 races with the TQ, the Dirt Mod and in the Tour mod I filled in for Tim Arre right before time trials. I had no practice and was wearing Tim’s hanns and lid. I timed in 22nd but the funniest thing that has ever happened to me happened was wearing Tim's helmet and it was so big that I couldn't see too well and never saw the checkered and on the extra lap I timed in 8th but of course it didn't count! It was one of those duh moments!!!!
This year I will be in a brand new 2018 design Lafler TQ Midget owned by long time crew chief Rich Tolerico and his wife Sharon. This replaces the car we lost at Trenton over the winter in the Indoor Series. This car is a new Lafler creation so we will be the first to test it this weekend at TD practice.
Last year’s Derby was a special one as it was the first time my two sons and I raced on a track together... a moment I’ll never forget!!! This year we will once again be competing against each other and I’d like to come out on top with an ass kicking by dad and take back over the family bragging rights!!! When I get beat by them, they beat up on me bad and don't let me forget it
After the TQ race I’ll trade my uniform in for a crew uniform, something new I’ve been doing a lot this season crewing on Jimmy Blewett's cars! It’s been fun and I enjoy that side of it too
JOEY PAYNE JR:
“Turkey Derby has always been a big race, not just for the TQ's, but every division. For me Turkey Derby is extra special and important as I grew up watching dad race it in multiple divisions. It is also the closing of the racing season for us.
I've had an extremely difficult year this year with many wrecks and few finishes. I didn't finish one race at Wall this year, as I was taken out every time. My goal is to just finish the race at this point. I don't care if I am dead last.
I am running my personally owned Drinan TQ midget, numbered 67. I chose the number in honor of my grandfather, as all of his TQ's wore the number. Grandpa has been my biggest push and inspiration with racing. He is the one who got my foot in the door racing when I was 14. He is always by my side to help me at the races, and maintaining/repairing the car. He is my biggest "sponsor" along with Compass Marine Finance. Unfortunately I haven't had any luck finding more sponsors. It isn't easy. Hopefully I will get some big sponsors on board next year so I can continue to race.”
“This year I am looking forward to running Turkey Derby mainly for the reason of being able to run the freshly rebuilt family #45 TQ midgets. Over the past year we took apart the TQ I ran in the indoor racing series, and select outdoor races. I am very excited to be able to try out the fresh car and shake it down while turning some fast laps.
In the previous two years I ran the Turkey Derby, I had a very competitive car. The first year we went out for time trials and was 3rd quick time. Eric Rudolph got fast time Ryan Flores was second quick I was third quick and my father was fourth quick. After setting third quick, it boosted my confidence and finished third in the feature.
The following year we time trialed fifth quick. Unfortunately in the feature, I got involved in an incident in the early laps ending the past Turkey Derby for me. This year I'm hoping for a different outcome and a solid finish or even a win.
Winning this race would mean a lot to me. Growing up the Turkey Derby was always viewed as one of the biggest outdoor races and the last outdoor race of the season, but besides that it would be meaningful to me because in the past years my father has won it. It will always be a race that I thrive to win. I also can't wait to kick my dad and brothers butt! There is always a little rivalry between my father, brother, and myself. That makes it more interesting and gives you more of a drive to be more aggressive and competitive. There is no better feeling then beating your father and brother fair and square.
This year I will be running the 45 TQ for my family, I would have loved to race something else but unfortunately didn't find/get offered a ride in anything else for this year.”
The Paynes would like to thank their partners :
NH3PLUS, J&M TOWING, WADDELL COMMUNICATIONS, VANWICKLE AUTO PARTS, DELPHI COATINGS, DELPHI DEMOLITION, PHIL'S MACHINE, SEYMOUR ENT, JIM SUSI, TPM TIRE MGMT, BRUCE'S SPEEDSHOP, PETE N ELDAS PIZZA, JIMMY BLEWETT, AND BIG SUPPORT FROM LAFLER CHASSIS
WJ, DELPHI COATINGS, DELPHI DEMOLITION, TPM TIRE MGMT, MACH1 PERFORMANCE, CANDLEWOOD LANSCAPING, BLUE CORD MEDIA.