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"EYE ON RIVERHEAD" by Bob Finan
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
The Evans NASCAR Hall of Fame 100 is now history with popular Ryan Preece #20 scoring the win in the Bill & Barbara Park owned, East-West Marine Chevy. Ryan seems to just love the signature races here at Riverhead Raceway as four of his five career wins here have come in some very important events. Aside from his 2 career NASCAR WMT victories, most recent of which was last September he also won last year's Baldwin, Evans & Jarzombek 77 in July. Bet Preece is already licking his lips for the July 6th Cromarty Cup 50!
NASCAR Modified points: 1. Howie Brode, Ryan Preece tie, 136 3. Shawn Solomito, 112 4. Tom Rogers Jr., 110 5. Eddie Brunnhoelzl III, 94.
With his proud grandfather watching Eric Zeh#34 earned his second Charger win of the year in his Randy's Performance Chevy and did it the hard way riding the outside lane to make a late race pass for the win. Bet his grandfather, former NASCAR Modified championship car owner Carl Zeh must have loved what he saw, after all his former driver Don Howe won a few races in that very same fashion.
Charger points: 1. Eric Zeh, 146 2. Chris Turbush, 140 3. Chad Churilla, 132 4. CJ Lehmann, 126 5. Ton Anderson, 120
Timmy Solomito #48 sure picked a good night not only to win the 30-lap Legend Race Car feature event but led it wire to wire and with the lap money that was being paid out the Monster's Recycling team took in an additional $500 or so for the triumph. After surviving an early race duel with teammate Justin Strumpf and later Johnnie Gloor, "The Natural" laid claim to the win and was greeted by Freshie and Christopher Trinca in victory lane which made the win even more special!
Legend points: 1. Kyle Ellwood, 190 2. Brendon Bock, 164 3. Johnnie Gloor, 162 4. Brad Van Houten, 138 5. Kevin Nowak, 136
James Charrier #36 made it look easy in the 50-lap Grand Enduro as he won for the first time in 2013 in his Clear Beer Draft Chevy. James, who works at Tom Baldwin Jr's Baldwin Automotive noted that drawing a front row starting spot as he entered the track didn't hurt his chances at all but he still had to be wary of some heavy lapped traffic.
You almost needed a scorecard for the night's Legend competition as there was plenty of seat swapping. Greg Harris, who hurt his engine in the Essential Chiropractic #65 the week prior, borrowed brother-in law Shawn Wanat's Spit Speed Shop #02. Well, that went worse as Greg lost the engine in that car.
Wanat meanwhile was in the Mac-Lad Abstract Co. #0 of Steve Smith which he wheeled to a 9th place finish after starting 15th in a fine ride.
Chris Rogers had to borrow the Hampton Fleet Service #99 usually driven by Tommy Walkowiak because he too hurt an engine the week before, Chris wound up 20th.
Luckily the Legend Race Cars have their first week of the season off this week so all the teams can try and get their machines back in racing condition.
Who is this Chad Churilla kid anyway? Of course we say that in jest but for the second Charger race in a row Chad in the Angela's House #20 placed third in the Charger feature. With "King" Arthur Krantz and some of his Race for Kids officials on hand Churilla picked a fine night to have another good showing.
The night started out well for defending NASCAR Modified champion Shawn Solomito as he set fast time for the Evans NASCAR Hall of Fame 100 earning $100 from Brigandi Brothers Automotive in the process. However once the race started the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation #66 broke a rocker arm and Solomito pulled into the infield early on.
Jeffrey Goodale's night didn't even start off well as he had something break in his front end on his qualifying effort and the #46 Riverhead Building Supply Legend was done for the night. The tough luck dropped Goodale all the way down to 8th in points.
John Baker did a great job not only leading the Charger feature event for a majority of the race but also in giving Eric Zeh enough room on the outside with two laps to go. Many times you'll hear drivers say that they'd give another driver the outside and protect the inside. Well Baker actually lived up to that claim in his Sunrise Medical Labs Chevy, it was refreshing to see.
By the way Chargers will qualify via time trials this Saturday on Whelen Event Night for their 30-lapper, with of course the top 8 re-drawing as is the custom this year for all divisions.
Howie Brode #96 did some wheeling after a lap 25 spin to bring the Freightliner of Long Island Chevy 5th and a share of the current championship points lead. Howie made some daring moves in the process.
Daryn Miller #30 had his Rocco Fischetti Charger car out for the first time this year and crossed the line 7th. Always good to have Daryn and his Dad Bob on hand with us.
Another first time Charger entrant was "Turbo" Tom Sullivan #7 in his Island Trees Automotive machine. Tom warmed the car up but it would be Doug Krpata who drove it in the feature. Unfortunately it seemed as though a right rear axle seal was leaking and the car was done early in the main event.
Justin Bonsignore #51 hopes his runner-up finish is a sign of things to come for the M3 Technologies team at Riverhead and as well on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.
Eddie Brunnhoelzl III won the "Tiger" Tom Baldwin Hard Charger of the Race Award advancing from a 16th starting position to 6th in his Senix Creek Inn Chevy.
Grand Enduro newcomer Dege Russell had a solid 6th place finish in the Kelly Russell Realty entry, his best yet in the class which he joined this year.
Richie Coy's first official Legend Race Car start didn't go quite to plan as the grandson of Midget legend Johnny Coy was 16th in the Legend Race Car tilt.
Big tip of the hat to Grand Enduro runner-up Brian McCormack #54 who had a great race leading early before giving way to eventual winner Charrier.
Justin Strumpf #15 set fast time for the Legend main event with a lap 14.060 and drew the pole with his Dad and team owner Kevin picking for Timmy Solomito who was strapping into his NASCAR Modified for qualifying. You guessed it, Kevin picked the outside pole for "The Natural".
Jimmy "The Kid" White the most recent Blunderbust winner wheeled his Busy Bee Pest Control Grand Enduro to a third place showing. His father Jimmy Sr. was not at the track to watch the impressive ride.
Former Blunderbust mainstay Tim Blank in just his third Grand Enduro race was 5th in the Guardian Rivet Chevy.
Artie Pedersen III #51 made some moves in the Legend Race Car event coming from 21st to 11th in the Rico's Clothing entry, a ten spot pick-up.
However George Baker Jr. #96 outdid that by one spot as he wheeled the Peter Clark Motorsports machine from 24 to 13th gaining 11 spots and was the Hard Charger of the race.
David Roys #26 had some race going for him before late race contact sent his Angela's House Chevy spinning, he salvaged a 9th none the less after sitting 5th with a handful of laps to go.
Vinny Biondolillo and his Premier Utility Service #06 NASCAR Modified team hopes his impressive 8th place finish will rid them of the early season bad luck they've been having.
Busy day for Johnnie Gloor IV as he drove the Barton/Visconti Motorsports owned 1 Stop Market Legend to a solid runner-up finish, this after his father got married in the afternoon!
Brendon Bock #33 worked very hard in the A&S Bagels Legend for his third place tally.
Figure Eights return this week after three weeks off, Arne Pedersen #34 and Tom Ferrara #14 share the point lead with 96, Ken Hyde Jr. is third with 90.
Scott Maliszewski #22 is atop the returning Blunderbust division's championship points with 132, Tom Pickerell, 120 and Tommy Walkowiak, 118 trail Scott.
The father and son tandem of Frank Dumicich Sr. and Jr. are 1-2 in the Super Pro Truck ranking returning to action this week as well, 132 to 130 with Lou Maestri and Brian McElearney tied for third with 126 each.
Until then - BF
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