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"EYE ON RIVERHEAD" by Bob Finan
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Promoters Barbara & Jim Cromarty refused to give into Mother Nature this past Saturday and even with light rain still falling at 2:00 pm they felt strongly that we'd get the show in. Well lo and behold shortly after 2:00 the rain stopped and the sun was not too far behind and indeed we got the Sunoco Race Fuels night program in the books! To all the race teams and fans who did come out, thank you. To say the least 2013 has been a trying season weather wise but as a team we were able to beat that nasty old lady!
"The Natural" Timmy Solomito #15 nailed down the win in the first 30-lap NASCAR Modified feature event after having challenger Dave Sapienza #5 draped all over him for nearly the entire distance of the race. Timmy withstood every bid "Sap" threw his way and there were plenty of bids to take down the popular victory for car owners Wayne & Joette Anderson. The team also posted a runner-up finish in the second feature.
In the nightcap 30-lapper Howie Brode #96 collected his fourth win of 2013 taking advantage of a missed shift by Solomito on an early race restart to take the lead and eventual win. In the first race Howie wheeled his Freightliner of Long Island Chevy to a third place finish. Howie noted afterwards that his game plan was to ride the first 30 lapper out and take what the race gave him which he did.
NASCAR Modified points: 1, Howie Brode, 300 2. Timmy Solomito, 221 3. Shawn Solomito, 208 4. Eddie Brunnhoelzl III, 193 5. Dave Sapienza, 192
It has been since May 22nd, 2010 since former two-time Late Model champion Kevin Metzger#23 has won a feature event but that all changed Saturday as he drove to his 11th career victory. Kevin had built up a comfortable early race advantage that was quickly erased by Jeremy McDermott #5 and with just three laps to go in the race the duo made contact off turn 2 which saw McDermott get a flat. Metzger hit the wall with his right front wheel on his Long Island Fuel Oil Accessories Chevy but never stopped. The car was fine for the green, white checker finish and it was one very relieved driver who sat in the winner's circle.
Late Model points: 1. Scott Kulesa, 269 2. Roger Oxee, 264 3. Mike Bologna, 253 4. Jeremy McDermott, 251 5. Ken Alfano, 246
"Radiant" Ray Minieri #43 is enjoying one of his more successful Charger seasons after winning his third main event of the year Saturday. The win was timely on two fronts for the former champion. First the staff from his sponsor, Sunrise Chiropractic & Wellness Office of Merrick was on hand. Secondly it was Sunoco Race Fuels night and Ray dedicated the win to the late Fred Bobb Sr., former Sunoco Race Fuels dealer and a popular figure here at the track.
Charger points: 1. Eric Zeh, 374 2. Chris Turbush, 366 3. Ray Minieri, 360 4. Chad Churilla, 346 5. CJ Lehmann, 344
Simply stated the 2013 Blunderbust season for "The Jack Attack" Jack Handley Jr. #49 has been feast or famine. Just one week after having the rear end assembly in his Goodfellas Auto Repair Chevy snap in half during the feature event the 17-year old EEKR graduate went out and led wire to wire in the 20-lap main event for his third win of the year. Three wins in a season is a good year in anybody's book but the issue for Jack and his team is what has gone on when he's not winning, never the less Jack just keeps on smiling and driving!
Blunderbust points: 1. Scott Maliszewski, 420 2. Tie- Tom Pickerell & Tommy Walkowiak, 416 4. Jimmy White Jr., 386 5. Brian Brown, 364.
Maybe he's eating Wheaties these days or taking vitamins but whatever Mark Stewart is doing he better keep on doing it as the 15-year old EEKR graduate won his second Super Pro Truck feature in a row. Stewart in the Angela's House Chevy was able to stay out front of point leader Frank Dumicich Jr. #42 to post the win. Mark of course is the 4th generation of the famed Turbush family here at the track. Mark not only drove like a Turbush Saturday but spoke like one in his post race interview.
Super Pro Truck points: 1. Frank Dumicich Jr., 264 2. Lou Maestri, 254 3. Mike Albasini, 244 4. Dave Koenig, 242 5. Frank Dumicich Sr., 240
Joe Warren Jr. #1 continues to dominate the 4/6-Cylinder Car Enduro action as he scored his 4th win in 5 races this past Saturday night. The difference in this race was it was no easy win as he and George Davis #5 waged an entertaining, race long duel for the lead swapping the top spot many times along the way. The way they darted through lapped traffic sometimes three, four and perhaps five wide was amazing and fun to watch. Somebody might want to look at Warren for a Saturday night ride.
Vinny Biondolillo #06 turned the NASCAR Modified field on its collective ear when he went out and set fast time with a lap of 11.850 in his Premier Utility Service Chevy. Vinny was 7th and 9th in the Sunoco Race Fuels Twins 30's.
Rookie Charger driver Chad Churilla #20 set fast time in his Angela's House Pontiac as he was quickest with a lap of 13.282 before driving to a fine third place finish in the 20-lap feature.
Enduro runner-up George Davis had one eye on the race track and another in the pit stands as his wife is about to give birth to the couple's second child at any moment now, George did a masterful job in the Sign Design Saturn settling for second after a wild race with Warren despite the distraction!
After a 12th place showing in the first 30-lap main event, NASCAR Modified newcomer EJ Heim #28 was a fine 10th in the second race, he too is an EEKR alum.
The Wegmann clan had a good Blunderbust night as Bill Sr. #79 was third at the checkers while son Bill Jr. #76 was right behind him in fourth in the Crackerjack Auto Stores team cars.
"Rocking" Rich Wilson #12 drove his Storms Motors Charger car to a fine 6th place finish after running up front early, the team is still trying to chase a loose condition on their machine and once they figure it out will be in the hunt.
Shawn Solomito, the defending NASCAR Modified champion, made his first start in a few weeks in the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Chevy #66 and was 5th and 3rd in the win 30's. The rest of Shawn's season will really depend on funding as he is seeking additional sponsorship for his SS Motorsports team. If interested you can contact his wife Kristy on Facebook.
Nice showing for Super Pro Truck veteran Anthony Vecchio and his Exclusive Auto Sales #17 as he was 6th at the finish.
Defending Legend Race Car champion Kyle Ellwood had a stellar night in his TS Haulers Chevy NASCAR Modified #17x. After a 9th place finish in the first 30, Kyle turned up the wick in race number two and came home in 4th place. Kyle wanted to thank Eddie & Connie Partridge for the awesome power as well as Ellwood Motorsports. Kyle very well might have had the best car on the track when the second race concluded. By the way, Kyle won the "Tiger" Tom Baldwin Hard Charger of the Race Award worth 5 gallons of Sunoco Race Fuel from Hoosier Tire of Calverton.
Brandon Hubbard #58 was 10th in the Blunderbust feature for what he called a fair run. The second generation driver did want to thank Defend Tattoo who came on board as a sponsor joining Royalty Tattoo on his Buick. Without the new sponsor Brandon would not be racing right now.
The performance of the night, hands down, goes to Enduro veteran James McCarthy #38 who raced his Pitbull Motors machine from 38th to a third place finish in their 75-lap event. Folks, that is some driving right there!
Tough hit for second year Charger driver Jayson White #45 who was tagged by a late arriving Arne Pedersen #84 after he spun in the first and second turn. White's Gardner Specialty Auto racer was torn up but knowing "The Skunk" Bobby Gardner he'll have that car shaped up like it was new. The issue for Jayson is sponsorship, he could use some especially now and you can contact him on Facebook if interested.
Bryan Quilliam #84 was done for the night after practice with a transmission issue on his Cohan/Quilliam Motorsports Blunderbust.
John Denniston #2x took a hard hit in the Super Pro Truck feature doing damage front and back with a new rear clip needed to get the Hagerman Systems Silverado back on track. John had the truck all apart Sunday ready for the fabrication work that I'm sure will be done by Jon Matlach of Matlach Fabricating.
Veteran Lou Maestri #1 did some wheeling in the Super Pro Truck feature as he drove to a 4th place finish in the Beach Hut Restaurants of Long Island Chevy after starting the race 12th.
Nice to see Peter Verwys Jr. score 4th place money in the Enduro after starting the race 10th. The Verwys family name is well known from the days of the Freeport Stadium and it was Peter's Dad who won the first ever Enduro here at Riverhead raceway back in May of 1986.
Nice turn out from Pine Aire Truck Service of Bay Shore to root on their driver Jason Rousseau in the Enduro feature after they enjoyed a tailgate party in the parking lot. Some 100 folks came out to root Jason on.
Kick save and a beauty by Eddie Brunnhoelzl III in race #2 for the NASCAR Modifieds as he drove the Senix Creek Inn entry to a 6th place finish. Race #1 found the #8x team losing some laps in the pits after an early race tangle with David Roys #26 who had hit the second turn wall in his #26. Eddie was 13th in the first race. In speaking with Jason Kwasna, Eddie's cousin and crew chief, he told me all the team lacks is money and they too are looking for sponsors, you can contact Eddie's sister Keri on Facebook for more information.
Line of the night goes to Jeremy McDermott's car owner Jimmy Wichert of Unique Golf. After the races Jimmy admitted he was somewhat upset with the contact between his driver and eventual race winner Kevin Metzger. Then when he heard Steve Halpin say to Metzger in victory lane "on behalf of Unique Golf and Jimmy Wichert here is your victory lane trophy" the normally soft spoken Wichert joked "the veins in my neck were popping out"
If not for bad luck "The Pistol" Paul Parisi #69x would not have any in this 2013 Blunderbust season in his Seatow II entry. Didn't get a chance to find out what caused another DNF for Paul but his season has not gone according to plan for sure.
Great run for Ken Alfano #35 who backed-up his July 13th Late Model run with a runner-up finish this week in the Prestigious Motors & Carzmetics entry.
Among those missing for the added Late Model race this past week were Peter "Buzzy Eriksen, Arne Pedersen and the #18 LaSpisa Motorsports machine.
Defending Figure Eight champion Mike Mujsce #23 enjoyed a fine 5th place run in the Enduro Saturday in his Mike's Auto Repair of Quogue entry.
Enduro newcomer Brandon Esposito #2 ran up front early in the 75-lap contest before he scored a fine 6th place finish. He is Vinny Biondolillo's cousin.
Marisa Niederauer #74 wants to thank Joe Ambrose and his team for getting her Cannon Collision entry back on track, unfortunately after the checkers waved in the first 30-lap NASCAR Modified feature she was towed off the track with an issue and was not able to start the second race. Marisa still seeks further sponsorship and she too is on Facebook if you want more information.
Speaking of Joe Ambrose, rumors have a former two-time NASCAR Modified champion driving his car this Saturday night in the Joe's Garage & Grill 35 on Miller Lite night. This driver has a night off from his usual schedule and will drive the white #3 if what we hear is true. We did not get a chance to confirm with Joe.
Two-time defending Late Model champion Mike Bologna is due to break out soon in his Schlaugies Fuel Oil Chevy, he's just been too quiet. Mike was 6th Saturday.
Jimmy "The Kid" White Jr. #32 had his team car the #27 that "Krazy" Ed Mistretta normally steers on hand as a back-up car in case his Busy Bee Pest Control primary car was not up to snuff. Jimmy got a flat early in the race and lost laps in the #32 and was 14th.
Going to be another great Family Fun night this week at the track with 32 foot tall, fire breathing and car eating Megasaurus on hand along with a bone jarring, car destroying 4-Cylinder demolition Derby on Miller Lite night. Until next week-BF
Until next week - BF
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