October 1st, 2018
ENDURO EXTRAVAGANZA CLOSES OUT RIVERHEAD RACEWAY SEASON SUNDAY, DAVE ANTOS DECLARED WINNER OF 2ND ANNUAL LAURA ZEGEL MEMORIAL 55
Bob Finan PR
Glorious early fall weather greeted Sunday's Enduro Extravaganza at Riverhead Raceway as a healthy crowd gathered to watch the final on track action of the season. The 2nd annual Laura Zegel Memorial 55 for the Street Stocks was contested and when the dust settled after post race tech inspection Dave Antos of Lindenhurst was declared the winner of the race as well the 2018 Street Stock champion.
When the Laura Zegel Memorial took the green flag Brian Brown jumped to the early race lead followed by Gerard Lawrence with Lawrence ducking under Brown for the lead in the first turn lap six. The 17-year old talent would lead the race until just prior to the halfway mark when Eric Zeh raced his way by passing Lawrence to the inside entering the first turn. Zeh who set fast time with a new track record would then proceed to lead the remainder of the race and seemingly won the $555 first place prize money in the process. However in post race tech inspection Eric and four other drivers, Gerard Lawrence, Anthony Pizzo, Greg Harris & Brian McCormack were found to have unapproved suspension parts in their cars and were disqualified.
That post race turn of events led to Dave Antos declared the winner of the race in his EP Milling & Sweeping Monte Carlo his 2nd win of 2018 earning him the 2018 title. Brian Brown of baiting Hollow was runner-up in the Staria Automotive Chevy while Rhett Fogg of Westhampton was third in the McBetts Racing Engines entry.
Ryan Warren of East Hampton had come close earlier in the season to winning his first career Mini Stock race but something would always prevent that from occurring but not Sunday as Ryan led all 30-laps of the race to post the elusive first career win. When the race got underway Warren quickly out the Ben Krupinski Builder Saturn out front with Steve Fuller in tow. Fuller was seeking his second straight win and was able to stay in the tire tracks of the race leader early. Just after the halfway mark of the race Fuller would find Andrew Farnham applying the pressure for second and that was just fine with race leader warren who was able to get away from the battling duo collecting his first career win. Fuller of Manorville was second in the Getawaycarz.com entry while Farnham of Baldwin placed third. Paul Wojcik of Centereach who finished fifth in his Systems 2000 machine won the 2018 Mini Stock championship, his second career Riverhead title.
The 40-lap Truck Enduro would also be decided post race in technical inspection with Don Nelson Jr. of Rocky Point declared the winner of the race in the Abner Tree Experts S-10. Nelson also took down the 2018 Truck championship. After Dustin Cole led the first lap returning veteran Bobby Pease got by Cole for the lead with an outside pass in the third turn. From that point forward Pease stayed out front and seemingly had won his first race since his return to racing. However Pease along with several other drivers were found with unapproved wheels and disqualified from the race. Peter Rabaglia, Gary Voight and Matt Triola also had unapproved wheels. Dustin Cole of Port Jefferson was a career best runner-up with Emily Hubbard of Mastic also enjoying a career best third place finish.
Brian Halsey of Southampton made a late race bump and run pass to win the 50-lap 8-Cylinder Enduro in his PC Truck & Equipment Chevy. Dale Doehrty making a return to the 8-Cylinder class was indeed the class of the field early in the contest. With 10-laps to go Halsey who started the race from 23rd came to second and quickly reeled in the leading Doherty. For a few laps Halsey was glued to Doherty's rear bumper and as the duo raced lap 48 the challenger got into the leader entering the third turn. Doherty shot up the track some and Halsey raced by to take the win leading the final lap of the race. Brian's son Jared was runner-up and with the finish clinched the 2018 championship in his Sabrosa Mexican Grill Chevy. Mark Wolf of Shirley was third in the Shirley Feed entry.
Second generation driver Joey Plameri Jr. of Lindenhurst won the 60-lap 4/6-Cylinder Gut & Go Enduro. The win was a much needed one for the Palmeri family and the J&J Towing race team as Joey's father Joe was home recovering from leg injuries suffered over the Labor day weekend when a stuck throttle sent the veteran driver into the first turn wall in a heavy impact. James Johnson of Yaphank was runner-up while Chris Olivari was third. Christian Conklin of Riverhead who dominated the class in 2018 sewed up his first career track championship in the Let It Sine Detailing Hyundai.
Laura Zegel Memorial Street Stocks: 1. Dave Antos 2. Brian Brown 3. Rhett Fogg 4. Johnny Cricchio 5. Ed Fontana 6. Justin Ferreri 7. Mitch Bombard 8. Wesley Sammon 9. Sal Sinatro DQ- Eric Zeh, Gerard Lawrence, Brian McCormack, Anthony Pizzo & Greg Harris
Mini Stocks: 1. Ryan Warren 2. Steve Fuller 3. Andrew Farnham 4. Paul Wojcik 5. Joe Warren Jr. 6. Russ Jansen 7. Tom Puccia 8. Mitch Pattern 9. Tony Collingsworth 10. Heather Dugre 11. Brandon Esposito 12. Jamie Meyer 13. Joe Cooke Jr.
Truck Enduro: 1. Don Nelson Jr. 2. Dustin Cole 3. Emily Hubbard 4. Mariah Lawrence 5. Justin McGrady 6. Doug Tittle 7. 7. Mike Benton 8. Danielle Cohen 9. Katrina King 10. John Schultze 11. Amber Weiss 12. CJ Zurkowski DQ- Bobby Pease, Peter Rabaglia, Gary Voight, Matt Triola, Tony Collingsworth & Kenny King
8-Cylinder Enduro: 1. Brian Halsey 2. Jared Halsey 3. Mark Wolf 4. Kevin Coyle 5. Michael Asdahl 6. Dale Doherty 7. Dennis Jones 8. Stacy Halsey 9. Chris Dane 10. Eric Gernuth 11. Pat Collins 12. Steve Fried 13. Drew Scalfani 14. Steven Jones 15. Jay Conklin 16. Dwayne Sipila 17. Sean Fitzpatrick 18. Carmine Ragusa 19. Rick Linken 20. Bill Quinn 21. Jarrett Campbell 22. Steve Marchese 23. Donny Oliver 24. Christian Kalbfleisch 25. Dillon Vanston
Gut & Go Enduro: 1. Joey Palmeri Jr. 2. James Johnson 3. Chris Olivari 4. Woot Lawrence 5. Brad Bess 6. John Palmeri 7. Marty O'Connell 8. Christian Conklin 9. James O'Connell 10. Bryan Moore 11. Peter Verwys 12. Scott Phillips 13. Jesse St. Clair 14. Preston Prydatko 15. Rob Savoy 16. Matt Brown 17. Jeff Michaels 18. Peter Weber 19. Kevin Whynn 20. Ronnen Soto 21. Kim Hyde 22. James Hodder 23. Rick Crain 24. Shawn Adler 25. George Astacio 26. Bobby Pease Jr. 27. Ryan Warren 28. Justin Squires 29. Keith Hodder 30. Dan Dimougno 31. Dege Russell 32.Frank Abatiello 33. Tony Collingsworth 34. Charles Astacio 35. Kim Daniel 36. Tom Abatiello 37. AJ DeSantis 38. Pat Donlon 39. Kalin Botts 40. Joe Giamo DNS- Doug Tittle,Mike Benton,Ron Every & James Delemato