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"EYE ON RIVERHEAD" by Bob Finan
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
We start off this week by wishing our own Jim Cromarty a very happy 80th Birthday which he celebrated on Monday, a very special Birthday indeed for a very special man. The celebration will continue this Saturday evening July 7th when Barbara & Jim host the annual Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular along with a 4-Cylinder Demolition Derby and of course the Cromarty Cup 50 for the NASCAR Modifieds. It should be a fun filled evening so make your plans to be with us.
Quick note, this Thursday July 5th Riverhead Raceway will be part of the Patchogue Chamber of Commerce Sidewalk Sale. Our race cars will be down by Weiner Stride-Rite Shoes across from the Patchogue Theatre. Set-up time is 5:00 pm and among those slated to join us are, Vinny Biondolillo, Arne Pedersen, Ken Hyde Jr., Chris Rogers, Rob Bader, "Mighty" Mike Mortimer and others so come down and say hello!!
Tom Rogers Jr. #0 continued his hot streak last Saturday when he topped the Cody's BBQ & Grill night NASCAR Modified feature. Rogers for the second week in a row set fast time and then had to ward off Ted Christopher for the win. Rogers and his Joe & Debbie Ambrose owned Relay Communications team are on a real roll right now with Tom moving to third in the current standings with 246, just six back of Shawn Solomito #66 for second. Tom is a former two-time NASCAR Modified champion and this run is starting to look like the one when he went on to win the 2010 title! Rogers moved up to second in points with his win and now trails leader Howie Brode #96 by 32, 284 to 252.
Anyone who knows Ted Christopher #15 can only imagine how tired he must be getting finishing second, which he has done for his last four starts in the Eastport Feeds Chevy of Wayne Anderson. "TC" did all he could to get around Rogers for the victory but again settled for runner-up money. Going into last week's action Ted was 4th in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series standings and hopefully he can move up a notch this week.
Shawn Solomito #66 drove his Acme Sanitary Service Chevy to a fine third place finish and he had himself in just the right place in case the Rogers-Christopher fight for the lead got too close! Shawn is the defending race winner of the Cromarty Cup 50 and he'd love nothing more than to collect his second straight Cromarty Cup from the Cromarty's this week!
Younger brother Timmy Solomito #99 was 4th in the Al-Lee Installations Corvette. After racing for the lead early in the contest Timmy later found himself and his brother Shawn racing for third before crossing the line for fourth. "The Natural" is due for another win to back-up his opening night triumph.
Eddie Brunnhoelzl III #8x was 5th in the Pete's Towing Chevy and now sits just 8-points out of the top five in points behind John Beatty Jr. #14, 218 to 210.
The Peter Clark Motorsports Chevy of Howie Brode #96 placed 6th Saturday night and while he enjoys a healthy lead in the Riverhead Raceway championship chase he surely can hear Tom Rogers Jr's footsteps in the New York State title fight. Those points you can find at NASCAR.com and click onto the Home Track link. They are usually updated late Tuesday.
Ken Heagy #18 had a fine first run of the season Saturday in his Buoy One Seafood Chevy. Ken timed in 5th quickest in qualifying and then drew the pole for the 35-lapper before he drove to a 7th place finish.
Rookie driver Vincent Biondolillo #06 raced his way to a stellar 8th place finish in the Premier Utility Equipment Chevy. Week in and week out this 14-year old chauffeur shows improvement and he might just shock a few folks later in the campaign.
John Beatty Jr survived a rough night to grab 9th place money in the North Shore Recycling Chevy, he too hopes to turn around his fortunes in the Cromarty Cup event this week.
"Fast" Al Ermmarino took home his first top ten of the year in his Gershow Recycling Chevy with a 10th place tally and with that finish he wins the weekly "Tiger" Tom Baldwin Hard Charger of the Race by Fredd Bobb bonus.
With his own #59 on the sidelines due to funding, Jerry Solomito ran the Frank Saladino Long Island Fuel Oil Accessories Chevy and was 17th.
The Cody's BBQ & Grill 15 for the Figure Eights was truly a race for the ages as the class put on a show- stopping performance. Arne Pedersen #34 nailed down the win in his BNR Home Improvement Dodge but what he had to survive to get there, well that was the story! Pedersen and Roger Maynor #28 were criss-crossing at the intersection and at time they were so close to hitting I don't think you could have slid a piece of paper between them! Pedersen was racing for the win, while Maynor was trying to race through the field after an early race spin for the best possible finish. What ensued was classic, leaving the fans roaring with approval. Great job guys!
Tom Ferrara #14 was runner-up in his Bill Beener Tree Service entry and "The Alter Boy" was ready to pounce in case leader Pedersen had to brake at the "X".
Ferrara"s car owner and teammate Mike Mujsce #13 was third in his K. Clement Landscaping racer and in the process increased his points lead over Ken Hyde Jr. #58 and Ferrara who are knotted for second to 10, 238 to 228.
Roger Maynor #28 threw caution to the wind and raced his way back to a 4th place finish after his early spin in the Barrasso & Sons Mason Supplies Ford. I don't ever recall Roger being the car trying to avoid the leader at the "X" but rather him crossing as the leader. A great job by one determined driver.
Ken Hyde Jr. #58 recovered from an early race tangle with Rick Swanson #19 to finish 5th in his K&K Towing racer. The last two races I've watched Ken might not have been wins but he has matured to the point of not trying to force the issue and take what the car or circumstances throw his way during a race.
"Mad" Mike Smith #48 tells us after the Figure Eights are off for a few weeks after this Saturday his car will return with a 2012 Monte Carlo body that will replace the 1957 Chevy tin.
In a thrilling race to the finish in the Cody's BBQ & Grill 20 for the Chargers "Radiant" Ray Minieri #43 held off a last lap move by Eric Zeh #34 to score the victory. Later in the night after the races Ray told me that he swapped all the shocks in his Sunrise Chiropractic Dodge after practice and although he won the feature he could still feel the set-up, which is new to him and will need some more tweaking.
Eric Zeh gunning for his first career win made a bold inside move on Minieri entering turn three in an attempt to grab the brass ring with the duo "leaning" on each other off turn four. Eric's bid came up just a tick short in the Finishline Container & Construction Chevy but one could see he'll grab a win before the year is out! Zeh is fourth in the current points and trails Minieri for third by 4, 264 to 260.
Jeremy McDermott #5 was 3rd in his JDP Mechanical Pontiac and was in the right place if the leaders got into it on that final turn. Jeremy is now 10 markers up on Chris Turbush #81, 276 to 266.
Speaking of the defending four-time champion Chris Turbush #81, he was 4th in his Rand Lighting Chevy; by the way I'm fairly certain "Bub" is the only one who can pull off the knee high black sock look!
John Baker #07 completed the top five in his Sunrise Medical Labs Chevy.
Great job by the Chargers with a non-stop feature.
Lou Maestri #1 now stands alone at the top of the all-time win list for the Super Pro Trucks with 23 victories after his win Saturday night. After overhauling Peter Rotzi #3 on lap 3 for the lead Lou in his Star Car Collision Repair Center Chevy was able to check out on the field and break the tie with Danny Grennan #38 for #1 on the all-time win list. Congratulations to Lou, John Kirk, Pat Smith and Randy Murray among others on this accomplishment.
After an intense fight for second that allowed in part Maestri to open a comfortable lead, Chris Turbush #81 out dueled Mike Albasini #66 for runner-up money in his Long Island Poultry Chevy. Oh by the way Chris and Mike are now tied for the SPT Lead with 270 each, just six ahead of third place Maestri.
"The King of Queens" Mike Albasini drove his Hollis Court Collision Chevy to a third place finish after trying to keep Turbush at bay.
Roger Turbush #88 was 4th in the Allied Air Conditioning Chevy.
Frank Dumicich Jr. #42 completed the top five in his Crossfit of Long Island Chevy.
Anthony Pizzo #2 ran away and hid from the 50-lap 8-Cylinder Enduro after an early race battle with fellow veteran Dege Russell. Once he rid himself of Russell the United Exhaust Shop Caprice lapped all but the second and third place cars for the victory!
Dege Russell #1 was runner-up in the Kelly Russell Realty Chevy, while Jess Martines #5 crossed the line 3rd in his sponsor wanted racer.
In a thrilling School Bus Demo it was New York City Transit Authority Bus driver Kevin Rommeney scoring the win after a slugfest with Chris Van Cott. The two daredevils went at it hard and heavy before Rommeney was declared the winner in his Gershow Recycling #20.
Until next time - BF
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