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Jarrod Hayes Scores Riverhead Raceway Miller Lite
Late Model Victory, Jason Savoy Takes National Demo Title
Saturday night's Miller Lite night program at Barbara & Jim Cromarty's Riverhead Raceway provided some 210 laps of feature event racing and when the dust settled it would be Jarrod Hayes of Calverton topping the 50-lap Late Model feature, his second win in as many starts this season. For the first time in his young career Jason Savoy of Lake Panamoka won the 2012 National Demolition Derby Championship in a hard hitting affair taking home $1,500.
Hayes, who owns a business named Set-ups By J-Rod, a firm that does race car set-ups, was his own best salesman as he not only won the 50-lap main event but also set fast time with a lap of 12.525. However in the redraw he would pick 5th starting spot. Jeremy McDermott and Roger Oxee drew the front row and at the drop of the green it was Oxee, a 61-time winner in the class getting the measure of McDermott entering the first turn. Jeremy would run second to Oxee until an 8th lap double file restart when Jarrod Hayes, who made his way to third in those eight laps completed, got under McDermott for second on lap 9. Once to second it took Hayes awhile to make his move for the race lead as it would be lap 28 that Jarrod ducked under Roger entering turn three to take the race lead. Once out front Jarrod was able to pull away in his Chuck Deon powered Chevy. Roger Oxee of Peconic was runner-up in the Southold IGA Pontiac with Jeremy McDermott of Riverhead posting yet another top five finish in the Statewide Roofing Dodge.
Arne Pedersen of Mastic Beach took home the win in the Miller Lite night 20 for the Figure Eight class leading from green to checker. Pedersen broke to the early lead with 2012 champion Mike Mujsce running second but the race was slowed after the first lap was completed as Ken Hyde Jr. spun in turn two and was collected by Chuck Hlatky who had nowhere to go. Hyde's car was heavily damaged and done for the night as was Hlatky's but both drivers were okay. When the race went back to green Mujsce shot up the banking in turn three with a broken tie-rod and he too was done for the night. Once the race did go green again it would be all Arne Pedersen in his BNR Home Improvement Dodge leading the rest of the way to score his third win of the season. "Downtown" George Brown of Fort Meyers, Fl. would chase Pedersen to the checkers to finish second in the United Exhaust Shop Chevy Coupe. Tom Ferrara of Patchogue was third in the K. Clement Landscaping Chevy. Prior to the race Arne Pedersen set fast time in the first ever time trials for the class which were conducted on the oval with a lap of 14.065 winning the Suffolk Association of Figure Eight Racing pole award.
Chris Turbush of Riverhead collected his 33rd career Charger victory when he won the Miller Lite night 30. Pre-race qualifying found Jeremy McDermott setting fast time with a lap of 13.274 but in the redraw he'd pick 5th while Scott Lehmann and Chris Turbush drew the front row. When the green light winked on it was four-time champion Chris Turbush moving out front over Scott Lehmann as they raced into the first turn, Lehmann was replaced in second on lap 2 by Eric Zeh. As Turbush led Zeh along with Ray Minieri and 2012 champion Jeremy McDermott raced for second and on lap 6 contact was made with Zeh getting sideways off turn two. With nowhere to go McDermott hit Zeh pretty hard ending Eric's night while McDermott was able to continue. When the race went green again "Radiant" Ray Minieri was running second to Chris Turbush and he'd try to make some runs at the race leader but to no avail as Chris would score his 4th win of the year in the CWC Motorsports Pontiac. After winning the race Chris quickly went over to new champion Jeremy McDermott to extend his congratulations, McDermott in his JDP Mechanical Chevy made a late race move to finish second, while Ray Minieri of Bay Shore was third in the Sunrise Chiropractic & Wellness center Dodge.
One driver who didn't want to see the 2012 Blunderbust season end Saturday was Jimmy "The Kid" White Jr. of Southampton who won his second consecutive 30-lap feature event. Jack Handley Jr. laid down the quickest lap in qualifying with a time of 15.112 but as fate would have it redrew 6th, while White and "Pistol" Paul Parisi drew the front row. Like the week prior White was quick to race his way out front at the throw of the green flag with Parisi second for the first lap, however a quick early race yellow waved setting-up a double file restart. On that start Rob Bader slipped under Parisi for second and for the following 28-laps he'd chase White for the lead. Bader at times was able to draw close to White, while at other times White was able to slip away. Meanwhile Jack Handley Jr. moved on Bader for second which was music to the ears of Jimmy White Jr, in the Busy Bee Pest Control entry who drove to his third career win, all of which came this season. Jack Handley Jr of Medford made a last lap pass for second in his ZZZ Glass & Radiator Chevy, while Rob Bader of Holtsville was third in the Tropical Smoothies Cafe racer.
In the Golden Auto Body night Super Pro Truck 30-lap feature 2012 champion Roger Turbush of Riverhead put the wraps on his second championship in three years with his 5th win of the year. Roger set fast time in pre-race qualifying with a lap of 13.610 but he drew 5th in the redraw while Mike Albasini and Brian McElearney drew the front row. "The King of Queens" Albasini paced the race at the drop of the green with Chris Turbush quickly coming to second from third. While racing side-by-side with Albasini for the lead Turbush got too close to the wall on the front stretch and he rode the concrete to turn one drawing a yellow and also ending his night. On the ensuing restart Albasini would now have to deal with Roger Turbush and when the race went green again Roger hung his truck to the outside of Mike for 3 laps before taking the lead off turn four with an outside pass on lap 8. Once out front there was no catching the Rheem Air Conditioning Chevy of Roger Turbush who drove off to his 14th career victory. In the winner's circle Lou Maestri of Deer Park who was third in his Ft. Salonga IGA Chevy presented $100 to Turbush from his crew chief as well as a trophy in the name of his late crew chief Joe DeGangi. Mike Albasini of Flushing was runner-up to Turbush in his Gardner Specialty Auto Chevy.
James Charrier of Shirley continued his winning ways in the Grand Enduro ranks as he won their 50-lap feature event for his 4th win of the year. Defending champion David Antos paced the race over Walter Stroud for the first 15-laps before Stroud took the lead on the 16th circuit. Walter would lead until the 25th lap when he was overtaken by Steve Mastro but Steve's stay out front would not last as long as he would have liked as on lap 38 James Charrier worked his way out front in the Clear Beer Draft Chevy. Once out front Charrier, the 2012 champion in the class would never look back and scored the win. Steve Mastro of Port Jefferson was runner-up in the NY Auto Giant Chevy, while Walter Stroud of Yaphank was third in the K-Mac Electric entry of Phil LaManna.
The 2012 Miller Lite National Demolition Derby Championship found Jason Savoy of Lake Panamoka score his first career title in this event over a star studded field. Savoy in his "Misery Machine" entry outlasted "Mad" Mike Smith of Kings Park when they were left as the last two standing. Smith, in his first Demolition Derby in 8-years took one last hit on the left front suspension of his car from Savoy that would end up being the fateful, final blow. After Dennis Scott met with both Savoy and Smith briefly after the event, as well with track officials, Jason Savoy in his Albin Avenue Auto Wreckers machine was declared the winner. Scott wanted to make sure the final hit was not on the driver's door and all agreed it was not. Smith in his 2 Brothers Industries mount was named Judge's Choice, while the Fan's Choice went to "Jumping" Joey Palmeri of Lindenhurst in the J&J Towing entry. Other drivers in the field included "Pistol" Pete Mikos, Tim Mulqueen, "Jackpot" Jack Levix, 2012 track champion Andrew Fowler and his dad Rich, Bryan Fass, Brian Savoy and others including Oswego, New York resident Rich Predmore.
1. Jarrod Hayes 2. Roger Oxee 3. Jeremy McDermott 4. Arne Pedersen 5. Mike Bologna 6. Scott Kulesa 7. Peter Eriksen 8. Greg Kleila 9. Derek Stacheki 10. Tim Mulqueen 11. Kevin Metzger 12. Kevin Orlando 13. Chris LaSpisa
1. Arne Pedersen 2. George Brown 3. Tom Ferrara 4. Scott Pedersen 5. Mike Mujsce 6. Ken Hyde Jr. 7. Chuck Hlatky
1. Chris Turbush 2. Jeremy McDermott 3. Ray Minieri 4. Scott Lehmann 5. Jayson White 6. Doug Krpata 7. Kevin Nowak 8. Chad Churilla 9. Cory Midgett 10. Jack Handley Jr. 11. Eric Zeh
1. Jimmy White Jr. 2. Jack Handley Jr. 3. Rob Bader 4. Bill Wegmann Sr. 5. Gary Caldwell 6. Justin Wahl 7. Tim Mulqueen 8. Bill Wegmann Jr 9. Paul Parisi 10. Brandon Hubbard 11. Bryan Quilliam 12. Scott Maliszewski 13. Fred Nolan 14. CJ Zurkowski 15. Jessica Cohan 16. Adam St. Lawrence 17. Robert Duffus 18. Frankie LaPocca Jr. 19. Scott Sepe 20. Tommy Walkowiak 21. Tom Puccia 22. Tom Sullivan
Super Pro Trucks:
1. Roger Turbush 2. Mike Albasini 3. Lou Maestri 4. Frank Dumicich Jr. 5. John Denniston 6. Anthony Vecchio 7. Brian McElearney 8. Rich Campo 9. Chris Turbush
Grand Enduro (top five)
1. James Charrier 2. Steve Mastro 3. Walter Stroud 4. Bob Engelfried 5. Glenn Simonin
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