September 6, 2020
DAVID ANTOS, CJ ZUKOWSKI, JOEY VILLATORO, SEAN FITZPATRICK & JOHN PALMERI SUNDAY WINNERS AT RIVERHEAD RACEWAY
Bob Finan PR
David Antos of Lindenhurst won the 20-lap Street Stock race Sunday afternoon and Riverhead Raceway during the track's annual Labor Day weekend knocking down his second win of the 2020 race season and 6th overall in his career. Over in the companion headlining Mini Stocks CJ Zukowski of Riverhead who literally grew up at the track where his father was formerly in charge of maintenance scored his first career win in a 20-lap affair.
Pole sitter James Pape broke to the early race lead in the 20-lap Street Stock race but was quickly overtaken by Brian McCormack on lap two as McCormack ducked under Pape entering the third turn. McCormack seeking his second win of the delayed season led over the next three laps before David Antos came calling for the race lead on lap 4. Once to the lead Antos started to break away from the field with McCormack sitting second but he was soon to be challenged for that position by Anthony Pizzo who made his way towards the front. Pizzo, making his first start of 2020 due to a new position he recently took with the Long Island Railroad was on the march and with just three laps remaining in the contest passed McCormack for second. In the end however David Antos steering the EP Milling & Sweeping Monte Carlo would flash under the checker flag first and now is just 3 wins behind Eric Zeh of Selden on the all time Street Stock win list. Pizzo of Lake Ronkonkoma was runner-up in the United Exhaust Shops Chevy while McCormack of Holbrook third in the Robo Car Wash Chevy.
When the 20-lap Mini Stock main event took the green Martin O'Connell starting from the pole took the early advantage with CJ Zukowski in tow. After chasing and sizing O'Connell up for the first two laps Zukowski powered his way to the race lead on lap 3, a lead he'd never surrender. Lap 3 found O'Connell passed by "Drama" Johnny Cricchio for second as Zukowski started to get away from the pack in the lead. As the race moved along Cricchio would find himself under attack for second from Zukowski's teammate and car owner Joey "Bam Bam" Warren and on lap 13 Joey was able to pass Cricchio for the spot. Warren reeled in Zukowski as the laps dwindled down but in the end CJ Zukowski laid claim to his first career win in the Warren Motorsports Cavalier. Warren of Ridge who is the all time leading winner in the class with 7 was runner-up with Cricchio of Port Jefferson third in the Division 7 Roofing Toyota.
In the 40-lap Truck Enduro former local go-kart standout Joey Villatoro of Ridge was another first time winner as he led wire to wire in his United Exhaust Shops S-10. Right from the throw of the green Villatoro put his stamp on this race moving out to a comfortable lead literally out on a Sunday drive. With no challengers in sight the biggest test for Villatoro became navigating the lapped traffic that dotted the quarter mile. In the final 10-lap run to the checkers Villatoro's Sunday drive had some company in the rear view mirror as tested tough veteran Gary Voight moved to second in the closing laps. However Joey Villatoro hit his marks and was able to drive off to that all important first career win. Voight of Medford was second in the A. Voight Towing Chevy while Mariah Lawrence of Southampton completed the top three.
Sean Fitzpatrick of West Babylon never said quit in the 40-lap 8-Cylinder Enduro and wound up in victory lane. In the first half of the race there was plenty of lead changes with several drivers leading at one time or another. Kevin Feeney, Dennis Jones, Brian Halsey and Mark Wolf all led at one time or another prior to lap 25. However the man on a mission would be the eventual race winner Sean Fitzpatrick. Early in the race he and Ham Racing associate Eric Germuth got together with both spinning momentarily in the first and second turn. Both drivers with plenty of laps under their belts never lifted and quickly got back into battle. On lap 25 Fitzpatrick in his All American Auto Glass entry took the lead for good and despite the windshield in his machine starting to drop out of the car drove off to the winner's circle. Pat Collins of Southampton and neighbor Brian Halsey of Southampton both backed by Collins PC Truck Repair were second and third at the checker and closing in on the race winner.
John Palmeri of Lindenhurst notched his second 4/6-Cylinder Gut & Go Enduro win when he won their 50-lap event. Frank Abbatiello appeared to be sitting pretty for his second straight win in his The Bike Depot East Hyundai as the race hit the halfway mark but soon he had company for the lead in Palmeri with his J&J Towing Acura. While playing a high speed game of chess with lapped traffic on lap 33 Abbatiello was trapped and eventually made slight contact with a lapped car allowing Palmeri to zip on by for the race lead. Once out front the second generation driver knowing what bit Abbatiello earlier was tip toeing through the lapped cars and was able to nail down the win. Abbatiello was able hold on for second despite some front end damage with Chris Olivari of Coram third.
Street Stocks: 1. David Antos 2. Anthony Pizzo 3. Brian McCormack 4. Gerard Lawrence 5. Rhett Fogg 6. Justin Ferreri 7. James Pape 8. David White 9. Roger Oxee 10. Danny Pizzo 11. Sal Sinatro 12. James Dipietro 13. Greg Harris 14. Jay Henschel 15. Chris Lescenski
Mini Stocks: 1. CJ Zukowski 2. Joey Warren Jr. 3. Johnny Cricchio 4. Paul Wojcik 5. Jess St. Clair 6. Chris Elixson 7. Tony Collingsworth 8. Justin Squires 9. Martin O'Connell 10. Joe Cooke Jr. 11. James O'Connell 12. Mike Mujsce Sr. 13. Jamie Meyer
Truck Enduro: 1. Joey Villatoro 2. Gary Voight 3. Mariah Lawrence 4. Don Nelson Jr. 5. Justin McGrady 6. Woot Lawrence 7. Doug Tittle 8. Gene Burbol 9. Dusty Cole 10. Kerry Botts 11. Amber Weiss 12. Joe Brodman 13. Emily Hubbard 14. Danielle Cohen 15. Brandon LaManna 16. John Schultze 17. Bryan Moore 18. Brian Dean
8-Cylinder Enduro: 1. Sean Fitzpatrick 2. Pat Collins 3. Brian Halsey 4. Kevin Coyle 5. Eric Germuth 6. Stacy Halsey 7. Mark Wolf 8. Roger Tramm 9. Steve Jones 10. Greg Harris 11. Christian Kalbfleish 12. Ricky Carman 13. Vincent Poharski 14. Preston Prydatko 15. Michael Asdahl 16. James Muench 17. Blake Drinkwater 18. Kevin Feeney 19. Jason Savoy 20. Robert Savoy 21. David verbeeck 22. Joesph Boccia 23. Carmine D'Eredita 24. Dennis Jones 25. Jennifer Hahwiaser 26. Kal Buckley 27. James Heym 28. Steve Marchese 29. Jared Halsey 30. Will Ebert 31. Nick Montanino
Gut & Go Enduro: 1. John Palmeri 2. Franky Abbatiello 3. Chris Olivari 4. Robert Savoy 5. Frank Raynor 6. Peter Verwys Jr. 7. Steve Collins 8. James Johnson 9. David Olivari 10. Fred Grover 11. Kim Hyde 12. Jeffrey Michaels 13. Ed Laspina 14. David Cohen 15. Vinny Abbatiello Jr. 16. Jody Fickissen 17. Patrick McGay 18. Jack Tessa 19. Cactus Jack 20. Michael Bianco 21. John O'Neill 22. Shawn Adler 23. Keri Handley 24. Jack McKee 25. Bob Haeger 26. Patrick Collins 27. Donny Oliver 28. Kevin Augustine 29. Mark Raynor 30. Jason Savoy 31. Charles Astacio 32. Doug Tittle 33. George Astacio 34. Zach Tyler 35. Will Raynor 36. Joey Palmeri Jr