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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.

 

LONG ANTICIPATED PRE-SEASON PRACTICE DAYS SET FOR APRIL 23RD & 30TH AT RIVERHEAD RACEWAY

Riverhead, NY Apr. 8th.

Riverhead Raceway owners Eddie & Connie Partridge and Tom Gatz will unveil all the off season improvements to the 66-year old facility when the trio hosts the first of two pre-season practice days Saturday afternoon April 23rd. Competitors and fans alike have long anticipated the practice days that will proceed the 2016 season after following the capital improvement project via photos on social media as well other media outlets.

Both practice days will find the pit gates opening at 9:00 am with Tech Inspection to commence shortly thereafter in the track’s all new inspection area that has been relocated closer to the fans behind the third and fourth turn area. The move allows fans a interactive view of the actual inspection process prior to and following the races. At 12:00 pm the NASCAR stock cars will take to the track for their test & tune session that will run approximately until 4:00 pm. At that time the Enduro race teams will take to the track for their pre-season practice.

Many veteran race fans are not only anticipating what changes the facility has undergone but also changes that will apply to on track action. The newly formed Riverhead Modified Crate class will be among those changes fans are looking forward to watching as well the Late Model division which comes to the 2016 race season with several rule changes. Chief among those new LM regulations are the 8″ Hoosier Tire the class is now mandated to run. NASCAR Modified teams along with the Figure Eights, Blunderbusts, Super Pro Trucks and Legend Race Cars will all be out in force on April 23rd and 30th.

A $10 admission fee will be in effect for spectators both practice days while the pit fee will be $35 for those with NASCAR and INEX licenses. The non license guest fee will be $55.

The May Meltdown will get the 2016 Enduro race season underway Sunday May 1st while the 2016 NASCAR Whelen All American Series will open Saturday evening May 7th on Grand Opening Night. A huge Fireworks spectacular will join seven division of stock car racing for the opener.

For a compete 2016 Riverhead Raceway schedule, rules or entry blanks please visit www.riverheadraceway.com. Additional information on our comprehensive marketing program and sponsorship opportunities is available by calling 631-842-RACE from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm Monday through Friday.

LONG ANTICIPATED PRE-SEASON PRACTICE DAYS SET FOR APRIL 23RD & 30TH AT RIVERHEAD RACEWAY

Riverhead, NY Apr. 8th.

Riverhead Raceway owners Eddie & Connie Partridge and Tom Gatz will unveil all the off season improvements to the 66-year old facility when the trio hosts the first of two pre-season practice days Saturday afternoon April 23rd. Competitors and fans alike have long anticipated the practice days that will proceed the 2016 season after following the capital improvement project via photos on social media as well other media outlets.

Both practice days will find the pit gates opening at 9:00 am with Tech Inspection to commence shortly thereafter in the track’s all new inspection area that has been relocated closer to the fans behind the third and fourth turn area. The move allows fans a interactive view of the actual inspection process prior to and following the races. At 12:00 pm the NASCAR stock cars will take to the track for their test & tune session that will run approximately until 4:00 pm. At that time the Enduro race teams will take to the track for their pre-season practice.

Many veteran race fans are not only anticipating what changes the facility has undergone but also changes that will apply to on track action. The newly formed Riverhead Modified Crate class will be among those changes fans are looking forward to watching as well the Late Model division which comes to the 2016 race season with several rule changes. Chief among those new LM regulations are the 8″ Hoosier Tire the class is now mandated to run. NASCAR Modified teams along with the Figure Eights, Blunderbusts, Super Pro Trucks and Legend Race Cars will all be out in force on April 23rd and 30th.

A $10 admission fee will be in effect for spectators both practice days while the pit fee will be $35 for those with NASCAR and INEX licenses. The non license guest fee will be $55.

The May Meltdown will get the 2016 Enduro race season underway Sunday May 1st while the 2016 NASCAR Whelen All American Series will open Saturday evening May 7th on Grand Opening Night. A huge Fireworks spectacular will join seven division of stock car racing for the opener.

For a compete 2016 Riverhead Raceway schedule, rules or entry blanks please visit www.riverheadraceway.com. Additional information on our comprehensive marketing program and sponsorship opportunities is available by calling 631-842-RACE from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm Monday through Friday.

JOHN BAKER SIGNS MAJOR SPONSOR FOR ROOKIE NASCAR MODIFIED SEASON AT RIVERHEAD RACEWAY

Riverhead, NY Apr. 8th.

John Baker of Brookhaven announced today that he will enter his rookie season in the NASCAR Modified ranks at Riverhead Raceway armed with a major sponsor signing REpower by Solar Universe of Mattituck to his Baker Racing team. Baker will be in the field on Grand Opening Night Saturday May 7th when the NASCAR Modifieds race in a 40-lap feature event.

To state that John Baker enjoyed a career year in 2015 at Riverhead would be an understatement as the soft spoken driver took down what would turn out to be the final Charger championship at the track. Baker won five Charger events last season and for good measure tagged on two Late Model wins. Just weeks after the 2015 season was in the books John’s father Daryl made the decision to purchase a former championship NASCAR Modified from John Fortin.

“I was already pumped up about running with the NASCAR Modifieds in 2016” Baker noted, “we are thrilled to announce that REpower by Solar Universe of Mattituck has agreed to come on board as our major sponsor for 2016”. The sponsorship agreement will allow Baker Racing not only to run the entire Riverhead Raceway schedule in 2016 but also possible expand their racing horizons. “We might be able to hit a few NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour events as well” Baker hinted. Elite Towing, Clean Burn Energy Systems and Wine Country Deli of Calverton will also serve as marketing partners for Baker Racing this upcoming season.

While excited about his freshman year with the NASCAR Modifieds, Baker is not abandoning his full body racing roots, “we still have both our Late Models from last year and have converted our Charger car to Late Model specs as well, we’ll run them as sponsorship allows” Baker concluded.

Saturday night May 7th on Grand Opening Night John Baker will realize his first taste of NASCAR Modified racing along with a star studded field of open wheel warriors. Joining the Modifieds will be the Late Models, Riverhead Modified Crates, Figure Eights, Blunderbusts, Super Pro Trucks and Legend Race Cars. A huge Fireworks spectacular will also be presented in celebration of a new era of racing and entertainment at Riverhead Raceway.

For a complete schedule of events, 2016 rules and entry blanks please visit www.riverheadraceway.com. Sponsorship and marketing information can be obtained by calling 631-842-RACE Monday through Friday from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm.