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"EYE ON RIVERHEAD" by Bob Finan
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
With their names now placed on the Riverhead Raceway Wall of Champions and this past Saturday's official induction, Wayne Anderson, Bill Park & Joe Biondolillo Jr. took their rightful place on the Wall located by our turn three entrance. We encourage you to stop by and take a look and perhaps even a photo as a keepsake. Nice touch by Wayne Anderson as he presented Barbara Park, Dina Biondolillo-Scott and his lovely wife Joette with Roses during the induction ceremony.
This Saturday will be I Love America Night at the track which can only mean another Fireworks spectacular by Bay Fireworks and this year add a School Bus Demolition Derby and you come up with another great evening of NASCAR stock car racing and family fun. Please join us on Donaldson's Volkswagen-Subaru night with a 35-lap NASCAR Modified feature being joined by the Figure Eights, Chargers and Legend Race Cars. Features start at 6:00 pm with Legend heats at 4:30 pm and NASCAR Modified time trials set for 5:30 pm.
"The Fancy Farmer" Dave Brigati #98x topped the first Twin 30 on the night for his second win of 2013 with this triumph coming in his own JDL Environmental Chevy. Once again Brian Schwarz outdid himself getting the Outlaw Racing entry ready for Saturday as Brigati did not have the #36 Sapienza Motorsports machine available to him. Brian keeps things ticking on the team and Dave told everyone in victory lane that he pretty much put the car back together by himself.
In the nightcap Ron Silk made his first start in the Stakey's Pumpkin Farm #3 of Joe Ambrose a memorable one as he took the win. The former NASCAR WMT champion noted he had a good time working with Joe and his loyal team and admitted his win came with some good racing luck along the way. This week Tom Rogers Jr. is eligible to return to the team after his five week suspension and we expect to see him in the #0
NASCAR Modified points: 1. Howie Brode, 356 2. Timmy Solomito, 276 3. Ryan Preece, 257 4. Shawn Solomito, 252 5. Dave Sapienza, 235
Roger Oxee #39 notched his third Late Model win of the season in perhaps their biggest race of the year as far as lap and bonus money is concerned. Oxee, like a fine wine, seems to be getting better with age as this was his 64th career win in the North Fork Sanitation Pontiac. Thanks to the efforts of Jim Wichert of Unique Golf and Oxee himself, the win was a handsome paying one for "RJ".
Late Model points: 1. Jeremy McDermott, 349 2. Roger Oxee, 344 3. Mike Bologna, 341 4. Scott Kulesa, 333 5. Shawn Patrick, 331
After burning the midnight oil for two weeks former Figure Eight champion Arne Pedersen #34 made the effort pay off with his second win of the 2013 campaign. After his unfortunate crash in the August 3rd Charger feature his Seatuck Fish entry needed a new front clip and this was the second major repair on the car in less than a month. Aside from all the work his team put fourth it was also expensive and the win Saturday was indeed very gratifying.
Figure Eight points: 1. Roger Maynor, 320 2. Arne Pedersen, 318 3. Ken Hyde Jr., 306 4. Scott Pedersen, 294 5. Mike Mujsce, 282
"It's checker or wrecker for the rest of the year" was the response Blunderbust winner Jack Handley Jr. gave to Steve Halpin the victory lane last week after the 17-year old lead foot drove to his 4th win of the year. Steve had asked him if he thought he could still make a run at the championship and the driver of the Sims Steel Chevy gave that answer hinting the team is out to win races as they are some 72-points out of the lead in the standings.
Blunderbust standings: 1. Tommy Walkowiak, 460 2. Tom Pickerell, 458 3. Scott Maliszewski, 456 4. Jimmy White Jr., 432 5. Brian Brown, 390
Not since June 12th, 2010 had Frank Dumicich Sr. won in the Super Pro Truck class but that all changed Saturday when he drove his Tonino's Pizza Ford F-150 to victory. After battling with his daughter Erin Dumicich-Solomito #95 for a spell Frank's biggest challenge in his attempt to end the three year dry spell was "the King of Queens" Mike Albasini #66. However Frank was able to ward off all challenges to score a very popular victory.
Super Pro Truck points: 1. Frank Dumicich Jr., 348 2. Lou Maetsri, 342 3. Mike Albasini, 338 4. Frank Dumicich, 326 5. Erin Dumicich-Solomito, 320
Put some lap money on the line and "The Natural" Timmy Solomito turns it up a notch in Legend Race Car competition as he won the INEX National Qualifier Saturday, his second win of the year. His first win of course came on June 29th, the first race where lap and bonus money were on the line and if you were wondering when the next race with extra lap and bonus money is, Saturday September 14th. You know the driver of the Monster's Recycling #48 has that one highlighted!
Legend Race Car points: 1. Kyle Ellwood, 500 2. Kyle Soper, 462 3. Brendon Bock, 458 4. Timmy Solomito, 454 5. Justin Strumpf, 448
Perhaps the ride of the night belonged to Late Model driver Shawn Patrick #88 who placed third in the 50-lap feature. Patrick spun early in the race and unlike most didn't play possum and wait for a caution to be waved for him. No sir, he lit the tires up and tagged on to the back of the field hoping to stay on the lead lap. He did, and a yellow later in the race aided his charge back to a podium finish in the Steve Mehner Race Engines Dodge. Nice job neighbor.
Very happy to see Shawn Wanat walk away from his Spit's Speed Shop #02 Legend Race Car after a very hard hit in turn one. Best we could figure in the announcers booth was Wanat may have ridden over, by accident of course, the right rear fender of Raven Schrantz #144. Shawn caught his breath and walked away okay.
If I could ever get Dave Brigati, Timmy Solomito, Howie Brode, Ron Silk, Shawn Solomito and Ryan Preece in the same room I'd buy them a Miller Lite or a soft drink just as a small way to say thank you! The six drivers ran in line-up formation for what seemed like half of the first 30-lapper but in reality it was a handful of laps but none the less perhaps the most exciting handful of laps in quite some time. Great job by all and not even a spark flew!
Frank Dumicich Jr. made his Figure Eight debut in the K. Clement Landscaping #14 and the versatile racer brought her home in 8th place> Hope Frank had enough fun to come back in the car this week despite the fact the SPT class is off.
The NASCAR Modifieds of Ron Silk, Howie Brode and David Roys were the subject of a very intense post race inspection. All three teams had to expose all their wiring in and around the ignition and dashboard area as NASCAR Officials were looking for traction control. All three passed without a hitch.
INEX Officials, up from 600 Racing and apparently scrutinizing the cars of Kyle Ellwood, Brendon Bock & Justin Strumpf but for what we couldn't really tell and INEX wasn't saying.
"The Skunk" Bobby Gardner made a return to racing in Mike Albasini's back-up machine the Hollis Court Collision #68. How did he do you ask? How about a fine fifth place effort and he was on the move when the race ended!
Tough break for Dave Brigati winner of the first 30 as well Timmy Solomito in the Eastport Feeds #15 and Ryan Preece in the East-West Marine #20 on the first laps of the second race. Brigati and Solomito touched in what Dave later described as just some hard racing sending both cars to the infield pavement in the third and fourth turn. Preece found himself with some contact that saw his ride over Brigati's wheel. All three drivers never stopped and no yellow was needed costing the trio plenty of track position. Timmy was runner-up in the first race while Preece was third.
Okay the ride swapping continued Saturday night. Ready? Frank Scimeca Jr. made his Super Pro Truck debut in Rob Bader's Coram Country Lanes #19 and was 8th. So what did Bader do? Returned to the Blunderbust division in the Busy Bee Pest Control #27 formerly driven by "Krazy" Ed Mistretta, Rob was 17th. We are not done yet folks; Scott Lehmann made his Late Model debut in the McBetts Racing Engines #11 of LaSpisa Motorsports and was 11th. Scott's son CJ drove the #19 Reliable Motors Figure Eight car of Benny Vecchio instead of the #91 which stayed home, CJ was 7th. When engine woes put Brian Brown's Gregor Well Drilling #56 Blunderbust on the trailer for the night he quickly went to Johnny Crichio to borrow his #66, which Crichio bought earlier in the week from Caesar Cunaccia. Brown's motor was borrowed by Crichio so the only fair thing to do was have Brown drive the car to a 13th place finish. Were you able to follow all that, good I couldn't and I wrote it!
Perhaps no driver has led more laps without winning a race yet in 2013 then Blunderbust talent Bill Wegmann Jr. #76, Bill was able to take runner-up money in the non-stop race in his Crackerjack Auto Stores Chevy.
Scott Pedersen #3 was runner-up in the Figure Eight feature to brother Arne, another solid effort for Scott in the Reliable Motors racer. By the way Scott and team have been working with Anthony Vecchio and his #17 Exclusive Auto Sales of Centereach Chevy and the effort seems to be paying off.
Sometimes racing can be a very tough game to play in, just ask Johnnie Gloor IV who had an issue either with his engine or oil line in his Mauceri Signs & Awnings #1 very late in the 30-lapper. Getting caught up in the oil dropped by Gloor were invader Raven Schrantz in her Cascade Associates #144 and Anthony Marsh #11 in his Riverhead Trailer entry among others. As bad as Johnnie felt for his team he felt just as bad for those who got caught up in the oil.
Thank you to Teddy Bear Graphics for posting $100 for the Fast Time Award in the Legend Race Cars won by Kyle Ellwood who was third in the feature. Finishline Carting &Demolition/Randy's Performance added $100 for the Late Mode fast time won by Jarrod Hayes #08. Unfortunately for J-Rod he hurt his motor during hot laps and was done for the night after picking the pole in the redraw for the 50-lap tilt.
Jeremy McDermott #4 tried all he could to wrestle the 50-lap Late Model win away from Roger Oxee but in the end had to be content with second place money in the SDS Telecommunications Dodge.
Hats off to the Angela's House #26 NASCAR Modified team of David Roys who was runner-up in the second 30-lapper after a 6th place run in the first race. Roys chased Silk for the win and ironically David was the car chief for Ron when he was with TS Haulers.
Another great comeback ride was also turned in during the Late Model race by Ken Alfano in the Prestigious Motors #35. Ken was leading with 15 to go when his right front tire blew going into turn one, his right rear would also go flat as well. After pitting Ken rallied for a fine 5th place showing!
Talk about a championship hangover look no further than 2012 Figure Eight champion Mike Mujsce who this past week had the rear end torn from his car after a tangle in turn four of the Figure Eight course. Look for the driver of the Bill Beener Tree Service entry to right the ship and fast, perhaps even the event this week in the Donaldson's VW-Subaru night 15.
Talk about a tight championship race look no further than the Blunderbusts as 4-points separate the top three. A very rare two weeks off in a row for the class before they come back to finish out that championship chase on September 7th.
Attention all Enduro race teams, the Sunday September 1st Enduro will be a twilight show with racing to get underway at 5:00 pm, something new for 2013 so please make note!
Veteran Super Pro Truck driver Lou Maestri #1 poised for a run at the 2013 title with his third place run Saturday in the Beach Hut Restaurants of LI Chevy, hey still a few weeks to get to one of those seven huts!
After a 5th place finish Saturday at Riverhead in the Legend Race Car feature, Brendon Bock and the A&S Bagels #33 team won Sunday at Mountain Speedway in Pennsylvania. Jason Savoy, the defending National Demolition Derby champion won a Demo Saturday at the New Egypt Speedway.
Dave Sapienza told me Saturday that his #36 is more than likely done for the season now that Dave Brigati has his own #98x back under him. "Sap" simply said the car is "tired" Dave will wheel the #5 for the rest of 2013.
Until next week - BF
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