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Timmy Solomito Now a Winner at Every Level

The Solomito family has been a part of racing on Long Island for  decades. The latest generation of Solomito racers, brothers Jerry, Shawn and Timmy have been regulars at the Riverhead Raceway for years. They have raced Legends, Chargers and Modifieds  at the 1/4 mile oval at the end of Long Island all with great support from family and friends.

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A win in the INEX Legends feature at Riverhead.

Timmy  has always been a fan favorite at Riverhead,  many seasons ago he acquired the nickname “The Natural” as a smooth driver when he ran his legends. The nickname stuck as he won races in the Legends, Chargers and Modifieds  in family owned cars and driving for people like Wayne Anderson and the legendary red #15 modified.

Several years ago Timmy got a chance to see what modified racing was like at the highest levels. Ed Whelan who owned Ted Christopher’s tour modified gave Timmy a chance to drive the teams second car. A solid run at the Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park was only spoiled by a broken

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Timmy in the #66 Charger

oil line. That day Timmy showed the racing world he could wheel a race car at the bullrings and the larger, faster tracks.

Last weekend  Timmy Solomito won the biggest race of his career with the season opening NASCAR WMT Icebreaker 150 the  Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. Timmy’s power move past Ryan Preece to take the lead for good late in the race cemented his first NASCAR WMT win.

Timmy has joined the long list of Long Island drivers that have ventured off the island and a shorter list that have won races at Thompson.  Drivers like  Charlie Jarzombek, Mike Ewanitsko, Steve Park and Greg Sacks left Long Island and found great success in the modifieds and beyond. A win at Thompson means you can compete with and beat the big boys.

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Getting ready to shake down the #1 Charlie Jarzombek Vega at Riverhead.

Charlie Jarzombek was an Icebreaker winner  30 years ago and now Timmy can claim that same title . Ironically several times Timmy has been asked to drive the  legendary #1 Vega restored by Charlies bother Rickey.  Amazingly with little track time in the cars  Timmy was always able to turn laps that would put him in the field of today’s race cars. One year he was turning times not far off the fastest modifieds racing that night made even more impressive by the fact that brake fluid was leaking into the cockpit making it tough to keep his feet on the petals.

When Sundays Icebreaker 150  started the front row of the race consisted  Xfinty regular Ryan Preece and last years champion Doug Coby, both heavy favorites to win that day. Timmy started  further back n 13th place and had to work his way forward. As he said we picked them off one by one then a great pit stop late in the race helped put Timmy near the front and put him in a position for the win.

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Timmy being pushed, out of fuel to victory lane after his Icebreaker win.

After the race Timmy spoke to the media on what it was like to win the Icebreaker. In typical  fashion Timmy humbly thanked the  team owner, crew, sponsors and every person who helped put him into a position to win. Last year was not the year they had hoped for but he never felt his job was in jeopardy. He credited a talk with Mike Stefanik during the week that helped him on his restarts which he admitted was not his strong point.

When asked what it meant to him to join the great Long Island drivers who have won races at Thompson Timmy said it was huge, everyone knows where it is on the  map. You always want to race and win at Thompson, plus to win your first one there is incredible.

One of the most amazing parts of Sundays victory was the fact Timmy’s car started sputtering right after he crossed the finish line. By the time he got to the back stretch the engine shut off and he was out of gas. On the radio he kept telling his crew “I think I’m out of gas”. One more lap or one more caution and the outcome of the race might have been much different. Timmy’s  comment about running out of fuel after the race “Someone must have been watching over us today.”

I got to share a golf cart ride back to the pits long after  all he interviews were over and it was time to go home. It was pretty clear that his win was something he dreamed about a long time and the smile on his face was not going away any time soon. His last comment to me as we rode behind the empty grandstands back to pits the was I hope they give me the day off on Monday but it was back to work on Monday morning.

Timmy will try and back up the season opening win at next weekends Spring Sizzler at The Stafford Motor Speedway in Stafford Springs Ct.

 

Again for 2016 the Valenti Auto Group will be the primary sponsor for the Modified Racing Series.

Anyone from the Connecticut, Rhode Island area will have probably come in contact with one of their dealerships at one time or another, but no one realizes that they have been around since 1927, when Ferdinand A Valenti Sr. started his auto repair business in  Wallingford, CT.
Valenti first sold Nash and Lafayette automobiles and International trucks, then began selling Dodge and Plymouth in 1938. In 1955 Valenti bought the opportunity to sell Chevrolet, which became the best selling brand in the United States during the 1960s, 70s and 80s.
The Valenti’s were always known for doing business on their word and a handshake. In 1973 Ferdinand’s sons Fred Junior and Robert bought another Chevrolet – Oldsmobile dealership in Mystic, CT.
The Valenti dealerships owned by various members of the Valenti family third generation currently represent 18 brands of autos across Connecticut and Rhode Island.
Going forward, Valenti has built facilities that can handle a larger volume of car sales and service and has adopted a low pricing strategy to put it to use. The one thing that remains constant is that no matter the size of the dealership, it is still run with the same family values and integrity that Ferdinand Valenti Senior had when he started selling and servicing cars and trucks to local farmers, residents and businesses in 1927.

The opening weekend of VMRS racing is Sat April 30, 2016 at the  Monadnock Speedway Winchester, NH.

Myers Makes It Count At Caraway

Veteran Maintains Points Lead After Second Win Of Season

 

SOPHIA, N.C. – After the start he’s had to the 2016 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour season Burt Myers probably wishes the annual spring break wasn’t around the corner.

Myers, who recorded only two wins in his previous 54 starts at Caraway Speedway, was able to hold off his brother Jason on a green-white-checkered finish to score his second straight win at the track.

Danny Bohn won the Coors Light Pole Award and led the first six laps of the race before Burt Myers was able to get past him and stay out front until he made a pit stop during the first caution of the race on Lap 107.

After pit stops Burt Myers remained in the top-five until he was able to pass Bohn once again for the lead on Lap 145 just before Bryan Dauzat brought out the third and final caution of the race on Lap 146 to set up the finish.

Burt held a slight led over Jason after they took the white flag as Dauzat spun in Turn 3 ending the race.

Bohn came home third with Andy Seuss and George Brunnhoelzl III completing the top five.

Rounding out the top-10 was Kyle Bonsignore, J.R. Bertuccio, Kyle Ebersole, Bobby Measmer Jr. and Dauzat.

The Dogwood 150 was the fourth consecutive race this season with at least five or more lead changes with Burt Myers leading the most laps with 107.

The 2010 champion maintains his points lead with a nine-point advantage over Brunnhoelzl (181-172) with Seuss third at 163.

The southern tour will now take a break until it returns to Caraway Speedway on July 1.

NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour-Dogwood 150 Results

Saturday

At Caraway Speedway

Sophia, N.C.

Lap length: 0.455 miles

(Start position in parentheses)

  1. (2) Burt Myers, Walnut Cove, N.C., Ford, 150 laps, 77.729 mph.
  2. (5) Jason Myers, Walnut Cove, N.C., Ford, 150.
  3. (1) Danny Bohn, Freehold, NJ, Chevrolet, 150.
  4. (3) Andy Seuss, Hampstead, N.H., Chevrolet, 150.
  5. (4) George Brunnhoelzl, III, West Babylon, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150.
  6. (10) Kyle Bonsignore, Bay Shore, NY, Chevrolet, 150.
  7. (6) JR Bertuccio, Centereach, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150.
  8. (8) Kyle Ebersole, Hummelstown, Pa., Ford, 150.
  9. (12) Bobby Measmer, Jr., Concord, N.C., Chevrolet, 149.
  10. (9) Bryan Dauzat, Alexandria, La., Chevrolet, 148.
  11. (7) Gary Putnam, Vernon, Conn., Chevrolet, 147.
  12. (11) Richie Pallai Jr., Yorktown Heights, N.Y., Pontiac, 130, engine.
  13. (14) Jeremy Gerstner, Wesley Chapel, FL, Chevrolet, 114, oil leak.
  14. (13) Austin Pickens, Orlando, Fla., Chevrolet, 103, accident.

 

Race Statistics

Time of Race: 52 minutes 41 seconds

Margin of Victory: 1.662 seconds

Fastest Qualifier: D.Bohn (102.767 mph, 15.939 seconds)

Caution Flags: 4 for 21 laps.

Lead Changes: 5 among 4 drivers.

Lap Leaders: D. Bohn 1-6; B. Myers 7-107; G. Brunnhoelzl,III 108; J. Bertuccio 109-114; D. Bohn 115-144; B. Myers 145-150.

Standings: 1. B. Myers, 181; 2. G. Brunnhoelzl,III, 172; 3. A. Seuss, 163; 4. D. Bohn, 157; 5. J. Myers, 156; 6. B. Measmer,Jr., 148; 7. K. Bonsignore, 143; 8. G. Putnam, 137; 9. R. Pallai Jr., 131; 10. K. Ebersole, 129.