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Charrier And Nelson Share Riverhead Raceway
Father's Day Victory Lane
by Bob FInan
James Charrier of Shirley scored his third Grand Enduro victory of 2012 on Father's Day at Riverhead Raceway in a 50-lap Grand Enduro while Don Nelson Jr. of Rocky Point notched his first 4/6-Cylinder Truck Enduro triumph of the year that also coming in a 50-lap contest Sunday at Riverhead Raceway.
In the Grand Enduro Phil LaManna was able to pace the field for the first lap before he was overhauled by James Charrier on the second circuit of the race. Just one lap later Charrier's brother in law and teammate Bob Engelfried moved to second and from that point forward the duo quickly turned this race into a family affair as they broke away from the rest of the pack in their Clear Beer Draft Chevrolets. The tandem would hold onto the top two spots until the checker flag waved and were followed by Greg Zaleski of Jamesport in his Gallo's Used Auto Parts Chevy as the "Flying Phys Ed Teacher" placed third. The top five Grand Enduro cars then were put through a vigorous post race technical inspection with all five passing with flying colors.
Don Nelson Jr. led wire to wire to win the 50-lap 4/6-Cylinder Truck Enduro as he put the Repo Joe Used Auto Sales Event Chevy out front at the start and never looked back. Nelson was pursued first by Robin Vollmoeller for the first 15-laps of the race before Robin gave way to his son in law Greg Harris on lap 16 but by the time Harris came to second Nelson was long gone. Greg tried as best he could to chip away at the race leaders cushion but would have to be happy with runner-up money in his SGS Stone Works Chevy. Robin Vollmoeller of Riverhead finished third in the Spit's Speed Shop racer.
Donald "Woot" Lawrence of Southampton ended a four year dry spell when he returned to victory lane in the first 8-Cylinder Enduro which went a distance of 75-laps. Lawrence had the likes of Dominic Ranieri, Anthony Pizzo and Jess Martines among other hot on his heels during the race with the leader having to dart through some thick lapped traffic. In the end "Woot" would hold on in the Westhampton Auto Salvage Chevy for the well deserved win while Dominic Ranieri of E. Northport recovered from a mid-race spin to finish second in the Spare Parts Racing Chevy. Jess Martines of Shirley also had to comeback from a spin to finish third.
In the second 8-Cylinder Enduro all the veteran drivers who won races in the past sat this race out despite entering the event so that a driver who never won could have a taste of victory. Jim Laird Jr. of Islip Terrace would take the lead at the start of the race and never look back to post that all important first career win in the Guelphi's Wheel Alignment racer. Fellow racer Dege Russell one of the drivers who sat out went one step further when he lent Laird a transmission late in the week. Dwayne Sipila of Rocky Point was second in the LaFilms entry while Michael Wahl of E. Islip was third in the Krazy Kars machine.
Steve "The Pitbull" Trimboli of Freeport dominated the action in the 4/6-Cylinder Car Enduro to score his first win of 2012 in a 50-lap contest. Once Trimboli was able to work his way into the lead the driver of the Pitbull Motors Mercedes never looked back. Gene Burbol of Brookhaven was runner-up in the Gene's 112 Service Center mount with Dennis Nelson of Coram third in the Nelson Brothers Racing Saturn.
Grand Enduro (top five):
1. James Charrier 2. Bob Engelfried 3. Greg Zaleski 4. Steve Mastro 5. Joe Parcelluzzi
4/6-Cylinder Truck Enduro (top five):
1. Don Nelson Jr. 2. Greg Harris 3. Robin Vollmoeller 4. Ben Gregor 5. James Badalato
1st 8-Cylinder Enduro (top five):
1. Donald Lawrence 2. Dominic Ranieri 3. Jess Martines 4. Ed Brown Jr. 5. Michael Wahl
2nd 8-Cylinder Enduro (top five):
1. Jim Laird Jr. 2. Dwayne Sipila 3. Michael Wahl 4. Eric Haeger 5. Justin Wahl
4/6-Cylinder Car Enduro (top five):
1. Steve Trimboli 2. Gene Burbol 3. Dennis Nelson 4. Anthony Pizzo 5. George Davis
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