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Tom Rogers Jr. Continues Riverhead Raceway Hot Streak
With Fourth Win Of 2012 Saturday
by Bob FInan
Tom Rogers Jr. of Patchogue is as hot in NASCAR Modified racing at Riverhead Raceway as the most recent heat wave on Long Island as he won his fourth NASCAR Modified feature event Saturday night in a 35-lap affair. The triumph was the 17th career victory for Rogers and more importantly moved him to within eight points of Howie Brode in the 2012 championship chase.
Shawn Solomito led the way for the fourth time this season in time trials with a lap of 11.695 however in the redraw he'd pick 5th while Jason Agugliaro and Shawn's brother Timmy Solomito drew the front row. At the throw of the green Agugliaro moved to the front of the field with Timmy Solomito and Tom Rogers Jr. in tow with the battle for second getting intense right away. Racing through the third and fourth corner at the end of lap 2, Rogers and Timmy Solomito made contact with Timmy going around to draw the caution while Tommy was unscathed in the incident. When the green light winked back on it was Rogers using the outside lane on the double file restart to take over the race lead with Agugliaro now second but after two laps of green flag racing the yellow once again set up another double file restart.
On that restart Ted Christopher, who flew to Long Island from New Hampshire for the race, moved under Agugliaro for second behind Rogers on lap 5. However unlike a few weeks back Ted was never able to get too close to Rogers and make a run at the leader as this night belonged to Tom Rogers Jr. who built himself a comfortable lead, one he'd enjoy all the way to the checker flag. Behind Rogers and Christopher, Jason Agugliaro and Howie Brode fought for third in a heated battle with Timmy Solomito carved his way back towards the front after his second lap spin.
At the finish the Relay Communications Chevy of Tom Rogers Jr. scored the win and afterwards Tom was very contrite on the incident with Timmy Solomito early in the race. "First off I have to apologize to Timmy, I dialed too much rear brake in the car and got out of shape and into him; I don't race like that" the winner recalled. As for his climb in the 2012 championship chase despite missing a week Tommy revealed his motivation, "Joe Ambrose (car owner) has been racing here for a very, very long time and he's never won the championship and I'd sure like to get him one this year".
For the fifth race in a row Ted Christopher of Plainville, Ct. was runner-up in the Eastport Feeds Chevy, while Jason Agugliaro of Islip scored a season best third place finish in the Tom O'Keefe & Sons Chevy. The top three cars also had to endure a post race teardown of their rear end assembly which all three passed with flying colors. Points leader Howie Brode of East Islip and Timmy Solomito of Islip completed the top three.
Chris LaSpisa of Shirley had to withstand a last lap challenge from Peter "Buzzy" Eriksen before he could lay claim to his second Late Model win of 2012. Veteran wheelman Dennis Krupski paced the race for the first 3 laps with LaSpisa hot on his heels and on lap 4 Chris made an inside pass of Dennis for the lead in the first turn. Krupski ran second for a lap before he was over taken by Kevin Metzger who would then chase leader LaSpisa for the next 11 laps. On lap 17 Peter Eriksen moved by Metzger for second and went right to work on first catching LaSpisa and then trying to make a late race move for the win. The final three laps found Eriksen really turning up the pressure as he'd duck low on LaSpisa entering the corners hoping to gain a run to the inside upon exit. On the white flag lap Eriksen got almost even with LaSpisa off turn four. However in the end it was Chris LaSpisa in his McBetts Racing Engines Chevy holding on for his fifth career win and in the process holding off one of the all-time leading winners. Peter Eriksen of Baldwin was second in the Harley Davidson of Nassau County machine with Kevin Metzger of Massapequa taking third place honors in his Long Island Fuel Oil Accessories Chevy.
For the second consecutive week there was a first time winner for the 20-lap Blunderbust feature as Enduro graduate Justin Wahl of Centereach enjoyed his first trip to victory lane after the non-stop race. Tested tough veteran "Turbo" Tom Sullivan moved out front when the green lights came on with Justin Wahl moving to second while last week's winner Jimmy White quickly raced his way to third. Early on Sullivan was able to get away from his two nearest rivals but as the race moved on Wahl pulled right up to the leader's rear bumper and on lap 16 exiting turn 2 Justin made an inside pass of Tom for the lead. Once out front there was no looking back for Justin Wahl as he would lead the last four laps of the contest to score the win in his R&B Quality Electric machine. Tom Pickerell of Huntington made some bold late race moves not only to score a second place finish in his Premier Utility Service Chevy but also to take sole possession of the points lead. Jimmy "The Kid" White Jr. of Southampton was third in the Busy Bee Pest Control racer backing-up his win from a week ago.
Legend Race Car fans had been waiting for a duel between Kyle Ellwood of Riverhead and Chris Young of Calverton for a victory and Saturday night they got their wish with Kyle Ellwood prevailing for his fourth win of the season. Kyle Ellwood by virtue of his heat race win in the second qualifier raced his way around pole sitter Jimmy Sylvester for the lead at the throw of the green with Chris Young making a bold first turn move on Sylvester to quickly come to second and it was game on for the two teenage drivers. As the race progressed so did the repeated challenges from Chris Young on Kyle Ellwood as it seemed racing into the turns Chris could gain a run on Kyle to attempt an inside pass but Ellwood was able to thwart those challenges as the duo raced off the corners. Meanwhile Brendon Bock was making his way from an 11th place starting berth to third and he was in perfect position in case the two leaders got together. However after an intense fight for the lead it would indeed be Kyle Ellwood in the Riverhead Building Supply entry continuing his career season with his fourth win which also allows him to increase his already comfortable points lead. Chris Young would bring the Ray the Plumber Ford home for runner-up money while Brendon Bock of Franklin Square was third in his sponsor wanted racer.
Simply put, Steve "The Pitbull" Trimboli of Freeport dominated the 50-lap 4/6-Cylinder Car Enduro as he lapped the entire field en route to victory. Trimboli who races in a Mercedes-Benz, broke out front early and never looked back with his only challenge coming in the form of lapped traffic from time to time. Following Steve Trimboli at the finish were Ed Fontana of Wading River and Anthony Pizzo of Lake Ronkonkoma.
1. Tom Rogers Jr. 2. Ted Christopher 3. Jason Agugliaro 4. Howie Brode 5. Timmy Solomito 6. Shawn Solomito 7. Dave Sapienza 8. Eddie Brunnhoelz III 9. Ken Darch 10. Vinny Biondolillo 11. Glenn Logan 12. Marisa Niederauer 13. Chris McGuire 14. Kyle Ellwood DNS-Jerry Solomito Jr.
1. Chris LaSpisa 2. Peter Eriksen 3. Kevin Metzger 4. Mike Bologna 5. Roger Oxee 6. Scott Kulesa 7. Jeremy McDermott 8. Shawn Patrick 9. Arne Pedersen 10. Dennis Krupski 11. Frank Dumicich Jr. 12. Artie Pedersen III
1. Justin Wahl 2. Tom Pickerell 3. Jimmy White Jr. 4. Tom Sullivan 5. Fred Nolan 6. Jack Handley Jr. 7. Tommy Walkowiak 8. Paul Parisi 9. Ed Mistretta 10. Tim Mulqueen 11. Bill Wegmann 12. Scott Maliszewski 13. Tom Puccia 14. Scott Sepe 15. Bob Muller 16. CJ Zukowski 17. Bill Portney Sr. 18. Richie Hubbard DNS-Rob Bader
Legend Race Cars:
1. Kyle Ellwood 2. Chris Young 3. Brendon Bock 4. Kyle Soper 5. Christian Conklin 6. Jeffery Goodale 7. Shawn Wanat 8. Chris Rogers 9. Jim Sylvester 10. Alex Urbina 11. Anthony Marsh 12. Artie Pedersen III 13. Kevin Nowak 14. Bryan Kelly 15. Anthony Cacioppo 16. Dan McNamara 17. Jay Sendlewski 18. Vinny Delaney 19. Tommy Walkowiak 20. Rob Bader 21. Tom Barton 22. Brad Van Houten 23. Gregg Harris 24. Joe Scibelli 25. Frank Scimeca Jr. DNS-Richie Davidowitz
4/6-Cylinder Car Enduro (top five)
1. Steve Trimboli 2. Ed Fontana 3. Anthony Pizzo 4. George Davis 5. Ed Primavera III
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