Former Blunderbust champion Scott Maliszewski of Deer Park burned the midnight oil to get his potent racer back in shape for action at Riverhead Raceway Saturday evening and the effort paid off as Scott was declared the winner of the race when rain halted the 20-lap main event after 16-laps. Jimmy “The Kid” White Jr. of Southampton triumphed in the 40-lap Grand Enduro.
Early in the going of the Blunderbust event Bill Wegmann Sr. and his grandson Derek went toe to toe for the race lead over the first six laps of the tilt with Jimmy White Jr. in the mix as well. Lap 7 saw Scott Maliszewski throw his hat in the ring taking second from Derek on lap 7 and setting his sights on the “Racing Grandpa” Lap 10 Scott ducked under Bill Wegmann down the back stretch to take the lead. Jessica Cohan looped her car in turn two on lap 16 and during that caution flag period rain started to fall and the race was deemed official with Scott Maliszewski in his Thomas J. Stock Attorney At Law Chevy notching his 17th career win. Bill Wegmann Sr., 70 of North Bellmore was runner-up in the Crackerjack Auto Stores Olds with Jack Handley Jr. of Medford third in the Relle Electric entry.
Jamie Meyer making her first Grand Enduro start of 2015 led the first six laps of the 40-lap main event before Ed Brown Jr. took the lead on lap 7. Brown would lead up until the 7th circuit when she was passed by Ed Brown Jr. off turn two. Brown would then proceed to lead up until the 12th lap when Dave Antos moved out front. Antos was seeking his second win in six days but on lap 26 in lapped traffic Jimmy White Jr. ended those hopes when he took the lead with an inside pass off turn four. Once out front White would keep the Busy Bee Pest Control Chevy in the lead until the checker flag waved. Dave Antos of Lindenhurst was runner-up in the CR Customs Chevy with Greg Zaleski of Jamesport third in the Peconic Sign entry.
Once the rain moved in on lap 16 of the Blunderbust feature it would not leave Riverhead Raceway halting the remainder of the program. This Saturday night September 19th will see the final NASCAR Whelen All American Series program under Barbara & Jim Cromarty presented with some 225 laps in feature event racing set for Champion’s Night. A special twilight start time of 4:30 for feature event racing will get a very busy evening and night underway.
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Blunderbusts: 1. Scott Maliszewski 2. Bill Wegmann Sr. 3. Jack Handley Jr. 4. Jim Laird Jr. 5. Derek Wegmann 6. Tommy Walkowiak 7. Tom Pickerell 8. Ed Mistretta 9. Tom Sullivan 10. Tim Mulqueen 11. Tom Puccia 12. Joe Warren Jr. 13. Jimmy White Jr. 14. Jessica Cohan 15. Ryan Zukowski
Grand Enduro (top five) 1. Jimmy White Jr. 2. Dave Antos 3. Greg Zaleski 4. Jeff Otto Jr. 5. Erick Zegel