August 30th, 2018
JARROD HAYES & JEREMY MCDERMOTT SPLIT LATE MODEL TWIN 50'S AT RIVERHEAD RACEWAY BACK TO SCHOOL BASH WEDNESDAY
Bob Finan PR
A large and spirited crowd gathered at Riverhead Raceway Wednesday evening for the Back To School Bash that featured the Monster Trucks of KSR Motorsports as well Twin 50 Late Model events that were split between veteran drivers Jarrod Hayes of Calverton and former multi-time champion Jeremy McDermott of Riverhead. With school opening just after Labor Day weekend on Long Island the audience was dominated by children who took in and enjoyed an exciting night at the races.
Qualifying found Chris Turbush of Wading River clicking off the quickest lap at 12.669 earning the pole for the first 50-lap tilt. Turbush would quickly motor out front at the throw of the green flag with championship leader Kyle Soper in tow for the first two laps. The divisions most recent winner Dave Brigati made his way by Soper for second on lap 3 and the "Fancy Farmer" set sail for leader Turbush. The night's feature races were run as "cone" races and during one of the races many restarts Turbush would choose the outside lane for restarts dropping Brigati to the inside. Brigati ran second until the 32nd lap when he was overtaken by a resurgent Jeremy McDermott to the inside entering the third turn. Jeremy was on the march after an early race miscue that found the rear end assembly cover leaking gear oil around the track causing a lengthy early race delay. McDermott's stay in second was short lived as Brigati rode the outside groove to reclaim second off turn four on lap 35. Just four laps later the Brigati/McDermott tussle got too close as Brigati spun off contact from McDermott who was sent to the rear for the contact. That turn of events moved Kyle Soper and Jarrod Hayes to second and third. Soper would run second for lap 40 before Hayes made his way by for position on lap 41.
Normally when Chris Turbush leads a Late Model race from the start no matter the race distance he winds up in victory lane and that appeared to be the case in the first 50. Hayes had closed in on Turbush but was still a car length or so back of the leader when the unthinkable happened. Going down the back stretch Turbush caught the wall ever so slightly with hsi car for his right front to push going into the third turn on the final lap. Chris got caught up in the oil dry and his car snapped around just two turns from victory. Jarrod Hayes of Calverton suddenly found himself the first car under the checker flag earning the driver of the MSM Elite Motorsports Pontiac his 16th career win tying him for 6th on the all time win list with Robin Vollmoeller. Kyle Soper of Manorville was runner-up in his Eastport Feeds entry while Dave Brigati of Calverton roared back for third in his Bekiesz Garage Doors Pontiac.
The second 50-lap contest again saw Chris Turbush roar to the early race lead chased for the first two laps by Jeremy McDermott. Lap 3 found Dave Brigati sneaking by McDermott for second. Dave would spend the next dozen laps trying to catch and then pass Turbush for the lead however Jarrod Hayes was on the march seeking to score a clean sweep of the two races. Hayes got around Brigati on lap 15 and the driver known as "J-Rod" quickly went to work to erase Turbush's lead. Indeed Hayes caught Turbush and the race was on for the lead and race win featuring a intense duel along the way. On lap 33 as the tandem came up on a lapped car Hayes made contact with that car forcing it into race leader Turbush sending Chris for a spin. Hayes at the request of track officials also reported to the rear of the field.
That turn of events moved Dave Brigati to the race lead with Jeremy McDermott now second for the restart with Dave showing Jeremy the way until lap 40 when McDermott worked his way into the lead. Brigati ran second until the two to go signal where he was passed by Kyle Soper. However there would be no stopping Jeremy McDermott who for the night was back in his family owned JDP Mechanical Pontiac after his normal ride the Daryl Baker owned car was still damaged from Saturday night drove off to victory the 8th of his LM career. Championship leader Kyle Soper was runner-up in the Rob Pelis Motorsports machine with his teammate for the night Dylan Slepian of Dix Hills third.
Jack Handley Jr. of Medford led the way in Blunderbust qualifying turning in a lap of 14.776 earning the pole for their 20-lap feature event. Coming to the race a 25-time winner in the class Jack wasted little time racing out front when the race got underway. Jim Laird Jr. ran second to Handley early on and was trying to track down the leader when disaster struck on lap 16. By his own admission Laird overdrove his car off the fourth corner in his quest to catch Handley catching the wall under the starters stand with his right front wheel. Laird's tire went flat and he dejectedly pulled to the infield. That moved Cody Triola to second but like Laird all he could do is watch the back of Handley's car at first. Cody was soon distracted by Tommy Walkowiak who pulled up to Triola's back bumper which was just fine with the race leader. A lap 19 spin by Eddie Diaz in just his second start in the class set up a green/checker finish and on the final restart Walkowiak was able to complete his efforts of getting around Triola. At the finish Jack Handley Jr. in his Relle Electric Chevy on the strength of his 26th career win further padded his championship lead. Walkowiak of Ridge was runner-up in the Blaze Fuel Oil Caprice while Triola of Bay Shore was third in the Cesspool Pros entry.
In Street Stock qualifying it was a bad news, good new scenario for Eriz Zeh of Selden. Bad news was his qualifying record of 14.328 set one week ago was broken, the good news is he broke it himself setting a new standard at 14.301. After a redraw it would be perennial 8-Cylinder Enduro winner Anthony Pizzo roared out to the early race lead with Gerard Lawrence second and Zeh third. Many sat and waited for Zeh to make his way around the two cars in front of him as the non-stop 20-lapper progressed but Pizzo and Lawrence were having none of it. As the race moved along the top trio ran nose to tail with little or no contact with Anthony Pizzo hitting his marks each and every lap to earn his first career Street Stock win in his United Exhaust Shops Caprice. Gerard Lawrence of Miller Place was runner-up in his Fairway Gold Car Chevy while Eric Zeh settled for third in his Best Built Construction mount.
Late Models 1st Twin 50: 1. Jarrod Hayes 2. Kyle Soper 3. Dave Brigati 4. Kevin Metzger 5. Jeremy McDermott 6. Chris Turbush 7. Ray Minieri 8. Frank Dumicich Jr. 9. Charles Macwhinnie 10. Chris McGuire 11. Dylan Slepian
Late Model 2nd Twin 50: 1. Jeremy McDermott 2. Kyle Soper 3. Dylan Slepian 4. Jarrod Hayes 5. Dave Brigati 6. Chris Turbush 7. Ray Minieri 8. Charles Macwhinnie 9. Kevin Metzger 10. Frank Dumicich Jr. 11. Chris McGuire
Blunderbusts: 1. Jack Handley Jr. 2. Tommy Walkowiak 3. Cody Triola 4. Jarrett Campbell 5. Russ Jansen 6. Brandon Hubbard 7. Alyssa Paprocky 8. CJ Zurkowski 9. Eddie Diaz 10. Gary Caldwell 11. Jim Laird Jr. 12. Tom Pickerell 13. Derek Wegmann 14. Joshua Creel
Street Stocks: 1. Anthony Pizzo 2. Gerard Lawrence 3. Eric Zeh 4. Dave Antos 5. Brian Brown 6. Greg Harris 7. Brian McCormack 8. Chris Lescenski 9. Ed Fontana 10. Greg Zaleski 11. Rhett Fogg 12. Wesley Sammon DNS- Chris Busick