November 1, 2020
RIVERHEAD RACEWAY PLAYS BEAT THE CLOCK WITH SUNDAY RAIN, RHETT FOGG SCORES STREET STOCK WIN, ANDREW FARNHAM TOPS MINI STOCKS
Bob Finan PR
Back in the heyday of TV game shows there was one titled Beat The Clock. On Sunday afternoon Riverhead Raceway management played a similar game called Beat The Rain which they successfully did by clicking off a five division Enduro program in an hour and fifty minutes despite a few red flags along the way. In the 20-lap Street Stock event Rhett Fogg of Westhampton won his first race since he won a Blunderbust event 30 years ago on August 11th, 1990 while Andrew Farnham of Baldwin won the 20-lap Mini Stock event for his second win of 2020.
Track officials started the show an hour earlier to beat the rain and also scrubbed heat race inverting the top 8 in points for the starting Street Stock and Mini Stock events. In the Street Stocks that put most recent winner James Pape Jr. on the pole and the second generation driver would proceed to lead the first two laps of the race. Chris Lescenski who chased Pape for the first two circuits made an outside pass for the lead on lap 3 exiting the fourth corner Pape would then run second until lap 6. At the juncture Rhett Fogg who started 5th made his way by Pape for second then setting his radar for leader Lescenski. Fogg looked low and then to the outside of Lescenski for several laps before hitting pay dirt on lap 16 making an inside pass of the leader as they started the 17th lap. Over the final three laps Rhett Fogg in the McBetts racing Engines Chevy led the remainder of the way to score his his first career Street Stock win. David Antos of Lindenhurst by virtue of his runner-up finish in the Street Stock 20-lapper won the 2020 championship, his second in the past three years in the EP Milling & Sweeping Monte Carlo. Antos was also a two time champion in the Grand Enduro class that later morphed into the Street Stocks. Early leader Chris Lescenski of Riverhead was third in the L.I. Poultry Chevy.
Andrew Farnham wasted little time taking the Mini Stock race lead on lap 2 from Joe Cooke Jr. who paced the first cycle. Cooke ran second for two laps before being passed by Justin Squires on lap 4 as Squires executed an inside pass of turn two. Squires seeking his third win of the year chased leader Farnham for just two laps before championship contender CJ Zukowski made his way by for the position on lap 6 during a double file restart. Zukowski came to the race one point back of former champion Paul Wojcik for the 202 crown and once CJ got to second he seemed to be fine right where he was which was just fine with the race leader too. At the conclusion it was the self funded machine of Andrew Farnham collecting his third Mini Stock win. CJ Zukowski of Riverhead who litterally grew up at the track when his father Charlie was in charge of maintenance at the track nailed down the 2020 Mini Stock championship in the Joe Warren Motorsports Cavalier. Justin Squires of Flanders was third in the Maddens Auto Body Honda.
In the final Truck Enduro of the year Phil LaManna of Smithtown the defending champion in the class returned after a short absence due to a heavy crash to win his second race of the season, Newcomer Brian Dean had an impressive run early in the 20-lap feature leading all but the final six laps of the race. Dean was just cruising along when the lapped truck of John Schultze made contact with Dean's machine sending him into a spin. Phil LaManna was running second and suddenly found himself the race lead and eventual winner in the EP Milling & Sweeping Chevy S-10. Justin McGrady of Stony Brook crossed the line second which earned the driver the the HP Landscaping the 2020 Truck Enduro championship and a handsome trophy from JCR Motorsports to go along with it. Kerry Botts of Manorville was third in his Accu-Rhett Chevy.
Despite starting 14th in the 31 car 8-Cylinder Gut & Go Enduro field veteran wheel man Sean Fitzpatrick of West Babylon drove to victory in a 40-lap contest for his third win of the campaign. Mark Wolf led the early going of the race and seemed to be on his way to his first win of 2020 when disaster struck on lap 23 when a lapped car send him into a spin cycle. Wolf kept his foot on the throttle but would loose the lead to Sean Fitzpatrick who led the remainder of the race in his All American Auto Glass Chevy for the win. Wolf of Shirley was runner-up in the Shirley Feed machine while James Muench of Patchogue was third in his sponsor wanted racer. On the strength of his fourth place tally Brian "Hot Rod Halsey of Southampton earned his second 8-Cylinder Gut & Go track title and the large trophy that accompanies it from Jimmy & Angela Rennick of JCR Motorsports.
In an eventful 4/6-Cylinder Gut & Go Enduro race Joey Palmeri Jr. of Lindenhurst topped the 40-lap tilt for his second win of 2020. Joshua Flynn a relative newcomer to the compact car Enduro event put himself in a position to win leading the race after starting third in the 35-car field. Flynn was just 12-laps away from his first career win when young veteran Joey Palmeri Jr. who started the race deep in the pack in 16th raced his way by to take the lead on lap 38. Once out front Palmeri in the J&J Towing entry led the remainder of the way for the win. Joshua Flynn of Calverton was runner-up in the Suffolk Treeworks machine while third generation driver Zach Tyler of Southampton was third in his P&G Auto Parts entry. Newcomer Frank Abbatiello of East Islip would win the 2020 4/6-Cylinder Gut & Go championship having won one race in his Bike Depot East Hyundai and finishing 6th in the finale earning the JCR Motorsports championship hardware.
Street Stocks: 1. Rhett Fogg 2. Dave Antos 3. Chris Lescenski 4. Brian McCormack 5. James Pape Jr. 6. David White 7. Roger Oxee 8. Gerard Lawrence 9. Justin Ferreri 10. Danny Pizzo 11. Chris Mancz 12. James Dipietro 13. Alyssa Paprocky 14. Robbie Blackmore DQ- Jay Henschel
Mini Stocks: 1. Andrew Farnham 2. CJ Zukowski 3. Justin Squires 4. Paul Wojcik 5. Jesse St. Clair 6. Mike Mujsce Sr. 7. Chris Elixson 8. Joe Cooke Jr. 9. James O'Connell 10. Martin O'Connell 11. Scott Phillips 12. Mike Mujsce Jr. 13. Joe Warren Jr.
Truck Enduro: 1. Phil LaManna 2. Justin McGrady 3. Kerry Botts 4. Joey Villatoro 5. Doug Tittle 6. Gary Voight 7. Amber Weiss 8. Brian Dean 9. Gene Burbol 10. Woot Lawrence 11. Danielle Cohen 12. Brandon LaManna 13. John Schultze 14. Joe Brodman 15. Jackie Germuth 16. Jeffrey Rogers 17. Mariah Lawrence DQ-Ben Gregor
8-Cylinder Enduro: 1. Sean Fitzpatrick 2. Mark Wolf 3. James Muench 4. Brian Halsey 5. Dale Doherty 6. Carmine Ragusa 7. Eric Germuth 8. David Verbeeck 9. Stacy Halsey 10. Pat Collins 11. Kevin Coyle 12. Roger Tramm 13. Preston Prydatko 14. Blake Drinkwater 15. Ally Turbush 16. Steve Jones 17. James Heym 18. Will Ebert 19. Jennifer Hohwiesner 20. Kal Buckley 21. Robert Savoy 22. Andy Denninger 23, Kevin Feeny 24. Michael Asdahl 25. Ricky Carman 26.Kris Dane 27. Joseph Boccia 28. Dennis Jones 29. Greg Harris 30. Alex DeCesare 31, Christian Kalbfleish 32. Jared Halsey
4/6-Cylinder Gut & Go Enduro: 1. Joey Palmeri Jr. 2. Joshua Flynn 3. Zach Tyler 4. Frank Raynor 5. Peter Verwys Jr. 6. Franky Abbatiello 7. Donnie Oliver 8. Chris Olivari 9. Sean Rooney 10. Patrick McGay 11. Tony Collingsworth 12. Bob Haeger 13. Jack Tessa 14. Patrick Collins 15. Patrick Donlon 16. Steven Reinart 17. Joe Biratti 18. Cutter Gera 19. David Cohen 20. Rich Baulch 21,. Chris Constantine 22. Michael Campbell 23. Will Raynor 24. Michael Montano 25. Ryan Warren 26. Jody Fickissen 27. Chris Dimon 28. John Palmeri 29. James Johnson 30. Vinny Abbatiello Sr. 31. Robert Jett 32. David Olivari 33. James Grandl 34. Gianni Quilliam 35. Mark Raynor