May 26, 2019
ZEH, PUCCIA, VOIGHT,HALSEY & CONKLIN TOP MAY MELTDOWN EVENTS AT RIVERHEAD RACEWAY SUNDAY
Bob Finan PR
After having been rained out on May 5th, the May Meltdown Enduro program was completed Sunday afternoon at Riverhead Raceway with Eric Zeh of Selden taking home the 30-lap Street Stock win while Tom Puccia of Shirley won the 20-lap Mini Stock contest.
The Street Stock event was a competitive affair with plenty of position swapping early on among the top two while the race featured three lead changes. Johnny "Drama" Cricchio in the Rob Bader entry for the day paced the race for the first lap before he was overhauled by Chris Lescenski for the lead on lap 2. As the field roared off the fourth turn to start the 6th lap Rhett Fogg ducked under Lescenski to take over the race lead with Lescenski settling into second. Fogg would lead the race until the 10 to go mark when Eric Zeh who started 8th on the grid made and inside pass to break out front bringing defending champion Dave Antos with him. Over the final 10 circuits Zeh in the Best Built Construction Chevy would lead the remainder of the race to score his division leading 6th career win. Dave Antos of Lindenhurst was runner-up in the EP Milling & Sweeping Chevy while early leader Rhett Fogg of Westhampton was third in the Accu-Rhett machine.
In the 20-lap Mini Stock contest it was a dominating performance for Tom Puccia who broke to the race lead at the throw of the green and never looked back from his on Site Cleaning Services racer. Newcomer Matt Stawecki chased Puccia for the first 4 laps of the tilt before he was passed by Justin Squired to the inside entering the first turn on lap 5. In the end though it didn't matter who ran second as Tom Puccia broke away by a half a lap to score his second career win. Squires of Flanders was second in the Madden's Auto Body machine while Jamie Meyer of Baiting Hollow had a stellar run for third in her Staria Automotive entry,
Gary Voight of Medford has been racing the Truck Enduro events at Riverhead Raceway for quite sometime now but never did he take home a victory, until Sunday that is. Phil LaManna in his immaculate truck broke out front at the start of the 30-lapper chased at first by fellow veteran driver Bobby Pease. Just as the race hit halfway Gary Voight made himself known as he passed Pease for second and then set his sights on leader LaManna. After first catching and then sizing up LaManna for a pass Gary made his move to the outside of the leader in the third and fourth turn on lap 25 taking the lead and that long awaited first career win in his A. Voight Towing truck. LaManna of Smithtown was second in his EP Milling & Sweeping entry while defending champion Don Nelson Jr. of Rocky Point was third in the Abner Tree Experts S-10.
In the 40-lap 8-Cylinder Gut & Go Enduro defending champion Jared Halsey of Southampton won his first race of 2019. Halsey wheeling the Sabrosa Mexican Grill Chevy made his way to the lead just prior to the halfway point of the race and then opened a comfortable cushion that he'd enjoy to the conclusion of the race. Making the win even sweeter for the third generation racer was his father "Hot Rod" Brian Halsey of Southampton finishing second in the PC Truck Equipment Chevy. Michael Asdahl of East Meadow who led the race early on came home third in his sponsor wanted Monte Carlo.
Christian Conklin of Riverhead turned in another dominating performance winning the 50-lap 4/6-Cylinder Gut & Go Go Enduro. Conklin in the Spit's Speed Shop Hyundai Tiburon starting off his 2018 championship defense in fine style. Conklin came to the lead for good on lap 15 and never looked back. Due to transponder issues during the race the remainder of the finish behind Conklin was being sorted out at press time.
Street Stocks (unofficial): 1. Eric Zeh 2. Dave Antos 3. Rhett Fogg 4. Gerard Lawrence 5. Phil LaManna 6. Chris Lescenski 7. Brian McCormack 8. Greg Zaleski 9. Johnny Cricchio 10. Justin Ferreri 11. James DePietro 12. Brian Brown 13. Anthony Pizzo 14. Jay Henschel 15. Wesley Sammon
Mini Stocks (unofficial): 1. Tom Puccia 2. Justin Squires 3. Paul Wojcik 4. Matt Stawecki 5. Chris Elixson 6. Jamie Meyer 7. James O'Connell 8. Heather Dugre 9. Martin O'Connell 10. Brad Bess DNS- Mike Mujsce Jr.
Trucks (unofficial): 1. Gary Voight 2. Phil LaManna 3. Don Nelson 4. Bobby Pease 5. Mariah Lawrence 6. Jason McGrady 7. Mike Benton 8. Dustin Cole 9. Amber Weiss 10. Emily Hubbard 11. John Schultz 12. Kaitlyn Botts
8-Cylinder Gut & Go Enduro (unofficial) 1. Jared Halsey 2. Brian Halsey 3. Michael Asdahl 4. Kyle Curtis 5. Mark Wolf 6. Pat Collins 7. Vinny Poharski 8. Dennis Jones 9. Dwayne Sipila 10. Ricky Carman 11. Robert Eggers 12. Stacy Halsey 13. Christian Conklin 14. Christian Kalbfleisch 15. Alex Decesare 16. Kim Hyde 17. Phil Ebert 18. David Verbeeck 19. Carmine Ragusa 20. Jimmy Muench 21. Eric Germuth
4/6-Cylinder Gut & Go (unofficial) Winner- Christian Conklin Remainder of field TBA after audit of race scoring transponders.