Photo: Keith Cyr Race Dog Photography
2nd Annual Riverhead Raceway Nationals Up Next-
WATERFORD, CT (August 5, 2017) It was race number one with the nerger of the Mr Rooter Pro Truck Series and the NLWS Trucks. Two groups of qualifying started the night off for Mr Rooter Pro Truck Series, group one had nine trucks battling for starting spots eleven on back. The second group would produce the pole through position ten. Once the dust cleared it was the #42 Truck of Frank Dumicich Jr on the pole.
Tonight’s main would be a 35-lap event with a twist. The first thirt laps the cautions would count. The five remaining laps had to be completed under green flag conditions. The group qualifying and the added twist for the feature had the fans buzzing.
When the green waved it was Dumicich Jr shooting out front with Duane Noll and Joshua Stringer in tow. The trio would battle untill the caution waved as a couple truck in the rear got tangled up. The restart got the fans up as both Dumicich Jr and Noll got their trucks sideways allowing Stringer to move his #29 Truck into second.
The caution would wave slowing down the pave as Jordan Churchill and Frank Dumicich Sr got together on the frontstretch, ending Dumicich Sr night in his #5 Truck.
The restart with twelve laps to go had Dumicich Jr grabbing the lead with Stringer right on his rear bumper. Stringer tried the inside and was able to make it stick but the caution once again waved for the #1 Truck of Brian Norman slapping the back stretch wall.
The restart got a little dicey as Noll was able to get to the inside and make it three wide. The three trucks swapped positions numerous occassions until the fourth and final yellow flag waved after a hard hit into the turn three wall by Jordan Churchill. Churchill was shakened up and the race was red flagged, setting up a Green/Checkered shoot out.
The restart featured Dumicich Jr and Stringer on the front row. The green waved and Drumicich Jr grabbed the lead and moved up and left the inside groove open for Stringer and Noll. The trio entered turn three and Stringer shot to the inside in his #29 Truck. The two Truck would lean on each other with both truck banging and neither driver giving the other an inch.
The checkered flag would wave as Dumicich Jr crossing the line first with Stringer all but glued to Dumicich Jr truck. Noll let off and finished third. It was uncertain who won the race for a few minutes as the trucks came back around and stopped on the frontstretch. The race win was awarded to Stringer in the #29, who actually crossed the line second. The decision was made that Dumicich Jr was penalized one spot for aggressive driving on the last lap. The decision gave Stringer his 2nd win at The Speedbowl along with the $1,000 winners purse.. Dumicich Jr showed his displeasure in victory lane with a tap to the rear of the Stringer machine.
The Mr. Rooter Pro Truck Series continues on August 19th at the Riverhead Raceway with the running of the 2nd annual Riverhead Nationals. The NLWS Series will continue on August 26th at the NLWS>
Mr. Rooter Pro Truck Series (35-lap) #29 Joshua Stringer, #42 Frank Dumicich Jr, 2VT Duane Noll, #99 Corey Coates, #21CT Yodd Taylor, #15JR Gerard Giordano Jr, #2 Jim Boyle, #28CT Rick Ashlaw, #81 Dave Koening, #3 Andy Linderman, #19 Dale Owen, #47 Shayne Young, #199 Eric Finkbein, #25 Jordan Churchill, #318 Alex Canestrari, #1 Brian Norman, #98 Allen Coates, #5 Frank Dumicich Sr, #68 Jeff Karns