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"EYE ON RIVERHEAD" by Bob Finan
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
The cars and stars of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour are now just days, in fact hours, away from converging on our Riverhead Raceway for the Hoosier Tire 200 on Buzz Chew Chevrolet & Cadillac night. Can a Riverhead Raceway regular score the big win? Will it be a WMT young gun or cagey veteran that graces victory lane? We are now just days away from finding out!
Saturday will be Buzz Chew Chevrolet-Cadillac night for the Hoosier Tire 200 and it will be great to see Buzz himself and his racing son Bryon, could he pull off his first career win in the 200? Of course Andy Hickox will be part of the fun from Buzz Chevy Chevrolet-Cadillac.
Thank you to Eddie and Connie Partridge of Hoosier Tire of Calverton for their loyal support with the Hoosier Tire 200.
Last and certainly not least is Jim Schaefer, the famed Long Island Mod Maniac. Each car that shows up will receive $300 from Jim and his sponsorship efforts through his circle of friends and supporters, there will also again be a $500 Mike Ewanitsko Hard Charger Award. Jim has also collected $2,600 in lap money for the Hoosier Tire 200 this week as well as the September 14th Green Earth Technologies 200. All told the bonus money for this Saturday exceeds $13,000! Thank you Jim Schaefer.
As the summer weather heats-up so does Tom Rogers Jr. in his Jessup Landscaping Chevy as he won his second consecutive NASCAR Modified feature Saturday night on Rapid Recovery Towing night. Tommy threw some mystery into what his plans are for this Saturday's WMT event when I asked him if he was racing. He pointed at the Joe Ambrose owned #3 and said, "we're not bringing this car but I'm supposed to have a ride in another car" Got my mind going as to who he could be driving for, could it be his boss?
NASCAR Modified points: 1. Howie Brode, 170 2. Tom Rogers Jr., 166 3. Shawn Solomito, 142 4. Ryan Preece, 136 5. Eddie Brunnhoelzl III, 122
Roger Oxee is really enjoying his 2013 campaign so far as the veteran driver scored his 63rd career win in a clean sweep of the Late Model action Saturday. He set fast time, drew the pole and led all 30-laps of the racing in his North Fork Sanitation Pontiac. Loved RJ's quip in victory lane "at 61 I'm having fun", winning 2 out of 4 races doesn't hurt the fun factor either!
We normally would give you the LM points here but I'm not sure what I have is correct so instead of causing confusion I will hold but I can tell you Roger is the point leader over Scott Kulesa, Jeremy McDermott, Shawn Patrick and Mike Bologna.
For the first time since September 13th, 1997 the #66 Figure Eight car sat in victory lane! John Vullo drove the Teddy Bear Graphics Cadillac to his first career victory and an emotional win it was. The late, great Joe Biondolillo Jr. last won with that number in a Miller Lite National Championship event and John is Joey's nephew. Truth be told that is the only reason Vullo has that number, no it has not been officially retired but out of respect to Joey nobody has asked for nor would we give that number out. Nice job "Johnny Electric”!
Figure Eight points: 1. Arne Pedersen, 184 2. Ken Hyde Jr., 180 3. Roger Maynor, 178 4. Tom Ferrara, 170 5. Mike Mujsce, 166
"The Jack Attack" Jack Handley Jr. topped the 20-lap Blunderbust field in his Relle Electric entry after starting the race back in 12th position! This 17-year old talent put some moves on to get himself in position to challenge, for the second week in a row, Bill Wegmann Jr. for the race lead and win. This time there was no contact or near spin for the tandem, just some good old fashioned door to door racing for the win with Handley prevailing.
Blunderbust points: 1. Tom Pickerell, 212 2. Jimmy White Jr., 206 3. Tommy Walkowiak, 204 4. Scott Maliszewski, 202 5. Jack Handley Jr., 192
The feel good story of the night hands down was the first career win after seven years of trying for Frank Scimeca Jr. #9 and what he had to go through to lay claim to a Unique Golf victory lane trophy. Frank won the first heat which gave him the pole for the feature and he indeed would lead all 20 circuits, easy right? No sir! Justin Strumpf #15 threw everything but the kitchen sink at Scimeca in an effort to pass him for the win, Justin earlier in the day graduated from Newfield High School. Frank wasn't having any of that though and held on for the night's most popular victory!
Legend points: 1. Kyle Ellwood, 232 2. Brad Van Houten, 174 3. tie-Johnnie Gloor IV & Brendon Bock, 170 5. Christian Conklin, 160
Appears as though the dreaded "sophomore jinx" has struck the Premier Utility Service team of Vinny Biondolillo #66 as another engine issue shelved his NASCAR Modified prior to qualifying. Undaunted the team hopes to be ready for the big Cromarty Cup 50 July 6th!
Happy to see both Brendon Bock #33 and Johnnie Gloor IV #1 were okay after a hard trip in tandem into the fourth turn wall. The night prior Bock in his Pro System Brakes entry placed 4th in an INEX Legend race at the "Cement Palace" Seekonk Speedway in Fall River, Mass.
Both Chris McGuire in the Wise Choice Fuel #89x and Scott Pedersen in the Sherwin Williams Paint #1 made their Late Model debuts, Chris was 10th and Scott 12th.
Speaking of LM debuts Chris Mangels will be the new driver of Chris LaSpisa's #18 entry when the class returns on July 13th; it will be nice to have Mangels back in the fold.
Ed Brunnhoelzl Jr had to take the controls of the Hagerman Systems #8x NASCAR Modified for the Rapid Recovery Towing night event as EB III was stuck on a TV/Movie shoot at work. Didn't hurt the third generation driver in points. He was 5th going into the weekend and remains so. Ed Jr. was a fine 9th and signing autographs with a big smile afterwards.
Speaking of Hagerman Systems, John & Bill Denniston have signed on to sponsor the Baldwin, Evans & Jarzombek 77 by Hagerman Systems a big thank you to them for their support.
Bill Wegmann Jr. #76 is surely knocking on the door of Blunderbust victory lane in his Crackerjack Auto Stores machine as he was runner-up Saturday. His father, "The Racing Grandfather" Bill Sr. had a rough night as he lost an engine in a ball of fire early in the race, Bill was okay.
Nice ride for Ken Hyde Jr. #58 in the Kings Park Contracting #58 Figure Eight car with a second place tally after starting 8th. Great race between him and Roger Maynor for that spot which they swapped back and forth in a classic duel.
Timmy Solomito #48 made his Monster's Recycling Legend teammate Justin Strumpf and race winner Frank Scimeca #9 sweat late in the contest when he came to third after starting 11th. His NASCAR Modified night in the Eastport Feeds #15 yielded a solid 5th place tally.
Biggest mover & shaker in the Legend Race Car feature was the John's Fuel Oil Service #17 of Vinny Delaney who charged from 25th to 9th, now that's some driving right there!
Nice ride for Gary Fritz Jr. in the Northeastern Office Equipment Figure Eight '57 Chevy with a 7th place showing.
Chris Rogers told us that he'd more than likely finish out the 2013 Legend Race Car season in Jim White's Hampton Fleet Service #99 and wanted to thank him for the opportunity. Chris's #00 had an engine issue and may not see the track again this year.
Tom Puccia #51 had a good run in his Ferrandino & Sons Contracting Blunderbust as he placed 7th after racing up front early.
Great run for the Angela's House #26 NASCAR Modified of David Roys as he was 3rd at the checkers. By the way without going into too much detail Roys made a nice gesture during the week to offer Dave Brigati his spare car and two crew members to put it together after their accidental encounter June 15th, classy move.
Speaking of Dave Brigati #98x he made a great recovery from his hard impact the week before in the WPW Growers Chevy to finish second to Rogers Saturday night. There is no doubt in my mind anyway that "The Fancy Farmer" has one of the most dedicated and hard working crew chiefs in Brian Schwarz, the guy is amazing. Sunday morning at 6:00 am he was working on the damaged car and at 10:00 am this past Saturday they fired the engine and came racing.
Glenn Logan #44 sent word our way the reason he was among the missing in his Red's Auto Body of Lindenhurst NASCAR Modifieds was an engine issue, they'll be back for the Cromarty Cup race on the 6th.
Great ride for Dave Sapienza in his Buncee.com Chevy with a 4th place finish.
Greg Harris #65 topped the 4/6-Cylinder Truck Enduro for his third win in four starts in the SGS Stone Works Chevy. Harris preceded that effort with a 7th place finish in the Spit's Speed Shop #0 coming from deep in the field 17th. All of us send our best wishes out to Greg's Mom who is under the weather once again.
Very quietly "Slick Pick" Tom Pickerell #4 is enjoying a fine Blunderbust season as the defending champion was 3rd at the line in the Premier Utility Service Chevy driving through the field from 14th.
Scott Kulesa #10 drove his tail off to bring the Eastport Feeds racer home second in Late Model action. Kulesa had lost second to Shawn Patrick just before the conclusion of the first 15-lap segment and rebounded to reclaim that spot in segment 2.
Big $1,000 to win the Legend Race Car main event this Saturday June 29th thanks to Jim Schaefer and his sponsorship posse who have also collected $300 in lap money for the Blunderbusts 30-lapper. Should be fun with both classes qualifying through time.
Robin Vollmoeller #2 tried like the dickens to overhaul son-in-law Harris for the Truck Enduro win but had to settle for runner-up money in his Spit's Speed Shop #2.
Until then - BF
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