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Riverhead, NY June 9th
By Bob Finan
After chasing race leader Brand Van Houten of Wading Rive for 17-laps of the 40 circuits that made up the NASCAR Modified feature at Riverhead Raceway Saturday night David Schneider of Northport executed a late race pass with just over two laps remaining in the event to score his first win of the 2018 Whelen All American Series at the historic quarter mile oval. In the IGA Food Markets Allan Cantor Memorial for the NEMA Midgets Avery Stoehr of Lakeville, Ma. led all 25-laps to take home the win leading two teammates to the checkers in the process.
Dylan Slepian comes to a stop in the infield at Riverhead Raceway June 9th 2018 Michael Jaworecki Myracenews Photo

Dylan Slepian and Van Houten made up the front row of the 18-car grid at the start of the race with Van Houten gaining the advantage when the race started with Slepian settling in for second. Dylan’s race would come to an abrupt end on lap 3 when smoke billowed from under the hood of his car due to a power steering hose failure forcing him to the infield. Roger Turbush moved to second on lap 4 but a quick caution flag would slow the race setting up a double file restart. Van Houten and Turbush made up the first row for the double while former three time champion Howie Brode sitting third. When the race resumed to start lap 5 Brode slipped under newcomer Turbush for second and moved within striking distance of Van Houten while Schneider soon made his way to third.

Bran Van Houten #03 led the field most of the evening,. Here Brad brings the field back to green. June 09 2018 Michael Jaworecki Myracenews photo

The top three ran in that order until lap 10 when another yellow flag waved setting up another exciting restart. What racing gives you sometimes it can take back just as quickly and that would be the case for challenger Brode who was passed to the inside by Schneider on the ensuing double file restart, Brode would settle into third. Once to second Schneider quickly made his way to the rear bumper of race leader Van Houten and from lap 11 through 37 the duo would wage a torrid duel for the lead and win. Van Houten was hitting his marks while Schneider patiently raced right behind him hoping the leader would slip up along the way. With just over five laps remaining in the contest the leader’s car started to get loose and the challenger was ready to pounce.

Van Houten seemed to be managing his loose condition until the tandem raced down the backstretch on lap 37. As they entered the third turn Brad left a little too much room on the bottom and David filled the hole and when they took the two to go signal Schneider was the new race leader. Undaunted Van Houten tried to cross Schneider over off turn two on lap 38 but the new leader was able to scamper away and race to his 3rd career win at Riverhead Raceway. Afterwards David dedicated the race to his Mom who passed away during the off season, “this win is for my mother, without her and my father’s support and guidance I wouldn’t be here”. As for the race with Van Houten David reflected, “it was a great, hard and clean race. He left me just enough room there and I took it. I can’t thank Mike Pettit Race Engines for the power and my Ray Grennan led team, we ran Stafford last night in a open comp race and finished 10th, we’ve been busy”. Looking ahead to the Islip 300 this Saturday night Schneider noted, “hopefully we’ll be on a roll now and take the $7,000 to win pot of gold Saturday”.
Brad Van Houten would settle for second just two laps shy of his first career win in the Precision Lawn Sprinklers Chevy. Asked about his loose condition afterwards Brad pointed to himself, “the car wasn’t loose it was just the way I was driving it. Hats off to David he ran me super clean and thank you to Denise & Ken Darch for the ride, almost”. Howie Brode of East Islip crossed the line third in the Peter Clark Motorsports entry but afterwards pointed to his son Matt who scored his first career top ten with a 10th in the Legend Race Car event, “how about my boy huh?” the proud poppa boasted. John Fortin Sr. of Holtsville and Tom Rogers Jr. of Riverhead completed the top five.
Tim Bertrand 3rd place, Avery Stroehr winner and Randy Cabral runner up NEMA finisher. Riverhead Raceway June 9th 2018. Michael Jaworecki Myracenews photo

Just seven days after a faulty axle and subsequent crash damaged Avery Stoehr’s Bertrand Motorsports NEMA Midget followed by a week of burning the midnight oil to get the car ready for Riverhead Raceway the Lakeville, Ma. talent went out and made the hard work pay dividends when he led wire to wire to win the Allan Cantor Memorial 25-lap main event. Stoehr quickly moved to the race lead at the throw of the green and before long his two teammates Todd Bertrand and Randy Cabral moved to second and third. It would turn out a battle for second would soon rage between Bertrand and Cabral which allowed race leader Stoehr to further distance himself from the pack in what turned out to be a non-stop affair. All eyes quickly focused on the race for second as Cabral attempted to pull a “slide job” on teammate Bertrand more than once entering the first turn getting side by side but never by for position. At the checker it was the K&N Filters machine of Avery Stoehr scoring a well deserved win after a long week in the shop, “I’d be working until midnight on my car nightly, then get up at 5  in the morning to go to work but all worth it to win the Allan Cantor Memorial”. the winner offered. Todd Bertrand of Danielson, Ct. and Randy Cabral of Kingston, Ma. followed to complete the all Bertrand Motorsports podium.

In the companion 25-lap NEMA Lites event Randy Cabral would prevail after taking the race lead from Ben Mikitarian on lap 3 with an inside pass racing down the backstretch. At first Cabral was able to open a comfortable lead in the non-stop race but later in the tilt. Dan Cugini moved by Mikitarian for second on lap 10 and begin the process of trying to erase the advantage Cabral had built up. However time would run out and Randy Cabral would steer the K&N Filters mount to victory lane. It would be Cabral who’d deliver the line of the night after the NEMA events when he stated, “I love Riverhead, it races like an indoor track but it’s outside”. Dan Cugini of Marshfield, Ma and Jim Chambers of Atkinson, Ma. completed the podium.
Late Model winner #10 Scott Kulesa June 9th 2018 Michael Jaworecki Myracenews photo

Former Late Model champion Scott Kulesa of Georgetown, Ma. doesn’t race full time these days and tries to take advantage of the races he does compete in which is exactly what he did Saturday when he topped the 25-lap feature event posting his 23rd career triumph. Kevin Metzger a former champ in his own right jumped to the early race lead with Ray Minieri second for the first lap. Kulesa wasted little time making his move into contention when he passed Minieri to the outside off the fourth corner for second on lap 2.  Kulesa would spend the next 10 laps of the race first catching and then attempting to pass the cagey Metzger for the lead and win which he did again with an outside pass off turn two on lap 13. Over the final dozen laps Chris Turbush moved in to challenge Kulesa for the lead but Scott’s teammate Kyle Soper made his presence known on Turbush making life uncomfortable for the challenger. On lap 16 heading into the first turn Soper dove under Turbush for second while Kulesa remained out front. At the finish Scott Kulesa who went winless in 2017 was back in victory lane with his RP Landscaping Chevy while defending champion Kyle Soper of Manorville was runner-up in his Eastport Feeds entry. Chris Turbush of Wading River was third in the Chris Mohr Landscaping racer.

Riverhead Crate Modified winner Artie Pedersen III Riverhead Raceway June 9th 2018 Michael Jaworecki Myracenews Photo

In the 25-lap Eagle Auto Mall Crate Modified main event “Jumping” Jack Orlando of Calverton appeared to score his second win of 2018 after making a late race pass of Chris Rogers with nine laps left in the race. However Orlando’s machine came up just under 10 pounds light at the scales due to what the team termed under fueling the car for the race coupled with several cautions during the event and was disqualified to last. That unfortunate turn of event moved Artie Pedersen III of Center Moriches into the winners circle in just his fourth start in the class. Pedersen made his way to second following in Orlando’s tire track when the latter passed Rogers for the lead. The unexpected victory was an emotional one for the Vecchio Cesspools team and car owner Ben Vecchio who lost his father and the past car owner/driver of the winning car Anthony during the off season. Championship leader Justin Brown of Manorville in the SEDHI Inc. Chevy and Dennis Krupski of Calverton in Gadinski Insurance machine completed the top three.

Defending Figure Eight champion Tom Rogers Jr. of Riverhead

Figure 8 winner Tom Rogers Jr. Riverhead Raceway June 9th 2018 Michael Jaworecki Myracenews Photo

notched his third win of the season in four starts when he won the 15-lap Figure Eight feature, the 38th of his career. Former two time champion Ken Hyde Jr. made a bold first lap move to race his way from his third starting berth to the race lead at the drop of the green with Bob Dalke second for the first cycle. Scott Pedersen came to second on lap 2 but his stay in the challengers role would be a short one as Rogers who started the race from 6th made his way by Scott for second on lap 4. After sizing Hyde up for four laps Rogers made his bid for the lead payoff when he made a pass of the early leader on lap 8 entering the right hand turn. Once out front Rogers was able to keep just enough distance in his United Exhaust Shop Chevy to remain out front of Hyde for the remainder of the race. Ken Hyde Jr. of Mastic Beach was a close runner-up in his JLH Custom Works Chevy while Eric Zeh of Selden in the Keith Repp owned team car to the race winner was third.

Richie Davidowitz of East Moriches is now two for two on the 2018

INEX Legends winner Richie Davidowitz Riverhead Raceway June 9th 2018 Michael Jaworecki Myracenews Photo

INEX Legend Race Car season as he won their 20-lap main event, the 16th of his career. Ed Cheslak and Jerry Curran ran first and second when the race got started and would do so for the first five laps. Meanwhile Davidowitz who started the tilt from 10th was making his way towards the front and with an inside pass of Curran entering the third turn would come to second on lap 6. Riding the momentum of that pass, one lap later Davidowitz swooped underneath Cheslak off turn four to take the race lead as the field started the 8th lap. Cheslak stayed second for a lap or so before George Tomko Jr. made his way by for the position on lap 9. Try as he might to reel in the race leader Tomko could only watch as Richie Davidowitz motored to the win in his Tony Power racer. Tomko of Aquebogue in his sponsor wanted entry and Cheslak of Rocky Point in the Crown Construction machine completed the podium.

A 18-car field of very sharp looking Street Stocks made their first

Street Stock winner Eric Zeh Riverhead Raceway June 9th 2018 Michael Jaworecki Myracenews Photo

start of 2018 after being delayed by rain for over a month. Eric Zeh of Selden would wrestle the lead away from Brian McCormack of Holbrook on lap 10 and would drive off to win the 30-lap feature event in his Best Built Construction Chevy. Zeh is doing triple duty in 2018 not only driving the winning Street Stock for car owners Frank & Vicki Curtis but also his family owned NASCAR Modified and the Repp Figure Eight coupe. Zeh started the SS event from 7th. Gerard Lawrence of Miller Place was runner-up in the Fairway Golf car Chevy while veteran Greg Zaleski  of Jamesport was third in the Peconic Sign Co. Chevy.

Frank Saladino of Huntington won his first career LIVARS Vintage

LIVARS winner Frank Saladino Riverhead Raceway June 9th 2018 Michael Jaworecki Myracenews photo.

Race Car feature when he topped their 15-lap event and revealed afterwards it was his first win ever in a main event. Saladino, a retired school teacher who is best know in the pit area for his expertise in racing transmissions and rear end assembly’s  disclosed that back in his competitive driving days he had won a heat or consolation race but never a main event.  Frank in his Richie Evans “Rusty Nail Spl” tribute car had to ward off the advances of Don Howe of Water Mill in order to claim the win. Howe was second in the Corwith’s Auto Body Cavalier while Jimmy Reed of Central Islip was third in the Tando Argentinean Steak House Cavalier.

NASCAR Modifieds: 1. David Schneider 2. Brad Van Houten 3. Howie Brode 4. John Fortin Sr. 5. Tom Rogers Jr. 6. Vinny Biondolillo 7. John Beatty Jr. 8. Kyle Soper 9. John Fortin Jr. 10. Ryan Preece 11. Roger Turbush 12. Artie Pedersen III 13. Dave Brigati 14. Sal Accardi Jr. 15. Chris Young 16. Tim Lento 17. Eddie Brunnhoelzl III 18. Dylan Slepian
NEMA Midgets: 1. Avery Stoehr 2. Todd Bertrand 3. Randy Cabral 4. Jim Chambers 5. John Zych 6. Alan Chambers 7. Doug Cleveland 8. Peter Pernesiglio 9. Richie Coy 10. Matt Janisch 11. Harry Weed
NEMA Lites: 1. Randy Cabral 2. Danny Cugini 3. Jim Chambers 4. Ben Mikitarian 5. Avery Stoehr 6. Megan Cugini 7. Matt Janisch 8. Kyle Valeri 9. Richie Coy 10. Jake Trainor 11. Jim Cataldo DNS- Ryan Locke
Late Models: 1. Scott Kulesa 2. Kyle Soper 3. Chris Turbush 4. Ray Minieri 5. Chris McGuire 6. Kevin Metzger 7. Charles Macwhinnie 8. Ed Cheslak 9. Darren McCabe 10. Jeremy McDermott 11. Ryan Zurkowski
Crate Modifieds: 1. Artie Pedersen III 2. Justin Brown 3. Dennis Krupski 4. Michael Rutkoski 5. AJ DeSantis 6. Peter Bertuccio 7. Owen Grennan 8. Chris Rogers 9. Scott Pedersen 10. Cary Rogers 11. Jason Hansen 12. Jack Orlando
Figure Eights: 1. Tom Rogers Jr. 2. Ken Hyde Jr. 3. Eric Zeh 4. Scott Pedersen 5. Tom Ferrara 6. Vinny Delaney 7. Johnny Vullo 8. Bob Dalke 9. Rick Swanson DNS Brian Hansen
Legend Race Cars: 1. Richie Davidowitz 2. George Tomko Jr. 3. Ed Cheslak 4. Jerry Curran 5. Eric Hersey 6. Vinny Delaney 7. Jim Sylvester 8. Mike Benton 9. Mike Van Houten Jr. 10. Matt Brode 11. Scott Cheslak 12. Steven Woytysiak 13. Patrick Moore 14. Jeffrey Farruggia Jr. 15. Rich Braun 16. Steve Hersey 17. Riely O’Keefe 18. Brad Van Houten 19. Allan Pedersen
Street Stocks: 1. Eric Zeh 2. Gerard Lawrence 3. Greg Zaleski 4. Brian McCormack 5. Wesley Sammon 6. Chris Busick 7. Dave Antos 8. Brian Brown 9. Greg Harris 10. Phil LaManna 11. Chris Lescenski 12. Rhett Fogg 13. Mark Wolf 14. Ed Fontana 15. Sal Sinatro 16. Anthony Pizzo 17. Joe Boccia 18. Dale Doherty
LIVARS Vintage Cars: 1. Frank Saladino 2. Don Howe 3. Jimmy Reed 4. Ken Southard 5. Mark Miller 6. Jim Kelly 7. Rich Rumplick DNS- Don Conradis


Photo: Kerri Larsen Myracenews
Riverhead, NY June 2nd.
By Bob Finan
John Fortin Jr. of Holtsville realized the dream of a lifetime Saturday night at Riverhead Raceway when he won the 40-lap NASCAR Modified feature event mastering numerous restarts during the race to take the Whelen All American Series victory. Once again weather played a role in at the 68-year old track as a rain delay slowed the program for about an hour but the hard working Riverhead Raceway track staff were not going to let mother nature win out and all nine feature events were presented.
Rookie drivers Dylan Slepian and Roger Turbush bought the 19-car field to the green flag with Slepian gaining the advantage at the drop of the green over Turbush. Lap 2 found Chris Young getting by Turbush for second and over the next five laps the second generation driver would test Slepian for the race lead. A double file restart on lap 7 would liven things up at the front of the field with Young riding the outside lane to take the race lead from Slepian as the duo began the 8th circuit. Just two laps later Slepian went for broke racing into the third turn diving very low on Young entering the turn. Unfortunately Dylan’s car slid back up the track clipping leader Young forcing him into a spin drawing a caution flag. When the field was reset John Fortin Jr, who started the race from 6th and Eddie Brunnhoelzl III who started 7th were now occupying the front row for the double file restart.
When the race resumed to start the 11th lap Brunnhoelzl tried with all he had to try and make the outside groove work in an attempt to outrun Fortin to turn one for the race lead This was a scene that would play out more than once during the final 29-laps of the contest with several yellow flags waving for minor spins and contact. Every time the green light came back on Brunnhoelzl seeking his second career triumph would try and gain an advantage over Fortin but after a lap or so to the outside he’d have to tuck back into line as veteran drivers Dave Brigati, John Beatty Jr. and David Schneider al ran within striking distance of the top two cars. As the laps wore down Fortin just kept hitting his marks with Brunnhoelzl hot on his heels
When the checker flag waved it was a relieved and jubilant John Fortin Jr. in his Suffolk Pro Cycles Chevy scoring the all important career first victory. “I want thank Eddie for racing me hard but clean, it was a fun battle” Fortin reflected in the winner’s circle, “I have so many people to thank, first off my parents who gave me this opportunity, my girlfriend for all her support and my crew who just keep working their tails off” Fortin added.
Eddie Brunnhoelzl III of Levittown was a close runner-up in his Go Green Generators entry while David Schneider of Northport completed the podium in his ESM Racing machine. Kyle Soper of Manorville and Chris Young of Calverton both recovered from early race misfortune to rally back for fourth and fifth place respectfully.
After misfortune struck Chris Turbush of Wading River in the first two Late Model races of ’18 the third generation driver found himself on the front row for the night’s 25-lap feature event. Unless it’s a time trial show Turbush very rarely starts from the front row and he would take full advantage as he out ran “Radiant” Ray Minieri for the race lead at the start. Minieri would ride in the challengers spot over the first 10-laps of the tilt before he was passed by championship leader Kyle Soper during a double file restart. Once to second seeking his third win in a row Soper went to work Turbush for the lead and over the final 15-laps of the race the duo would swap paint on more than occasion. In the end it would be Chris Turbush coming out on top in his Eastern Fuel Chevy for his 8th career win. Kyle Soper of Manorville was a disappointed second in the Eastport Feeds racer with Jeremy McDermott of Riverhead third in the JDP Mechanical Chevy.
The 30-lap Eagle Auto Mall Modified Crate race would become a clean sweep for sophomore driver Michael Rutkoski of Mattituck who set fast time and led all 30-laps for his 3rd career win. Rutkoski was quickest of the 15 who took time posting a lap of 12.627 beating out Terry Stiles of Rocky Point who turned in a lap of 12.767. When the race took the green flag Rutkoski quickly motored out front with veteran “Jumping” Jack Orlando making his way under Stiles at the start to come from third to second. Once to second Orlando was able to stay with Rutkoski for the remainder of the race but the nod would go to the 2017 Rookie of the Year in his Buzz Chew Chevrolet machine. Orlando of Calverton was second over the line in the Prototype Race Fabricating Chevy with Justin Brown of Manorville third in the Motorcycle Mike mount.
It was quite by accident that Vinny Delaney came to drive a Figure Eight car midway through the 2017 season but in just his 10th start the 2016 INEX Legend Race Car champion would become a winner in the daring division topping the 15-lap main event. At the outset Johnny Vullo and Ken Hyde Jr. went toe to toe for the race lead for the first four laps before Delaney who started third made his way to second passing Hyde. No wanting to waste any time Delaney soon made his way by Vullo of the race lead with Hyde coming back for second by Vullo soon thereafter. As the laps clicked off Vinny Delaney gave himself enough of a cushion in the Northeastern Office Equipment racer that he enjoyed until the conclusion of the race. Ken Hyde Jr. of Mastic Beach was runner-up in the Kings Park Contracting Chevy while Tom Ferrara of Patchogue raced his way from 7th to a third place finish in the Sayville South Bay Auto Cadillac.
After spending the off season repairing a wrecked race car Blunderbust driver Jim Laird Jr. of Riverhead rewarded his hard working team with a victory in the 20-lap feature event, his 5th career win. Early on Joshua Creel paced Russ Jansen for the race lead but Laird who started 5th in the race was on the move quickly passing Jansen for second on lap 2. After sizing up Creel for a lap Jim Laird Jr. made his move for the race lead again to the inside passing Creel low off turn two. Creel would remain second until lap 7 when he was overtaken by Jansen for second but one lap later Jack Handley Jr. who started from the 8th starting spot worked his way by Jansen. However Jim Laird Jr. steering the Poolsmith Inc. Caprice was long gone and would take the win. Jack Handley Jr. of Medford was able to cut into the big lead of the race winner but would have to settle for second in his Liccardi Builders Chevy. Russ Jansen of Medford was third in the Polar Bear Air entry.
“The Real Deal” Mark Stewart of Riverhead scored his second Super Pro Truck win of the season when he scored a clean sweep of their 30-lap feature event. After setting fast time of 13.364 in qualifying Stewart would out drag Dave Brigati of Calverton to turn one for the race lead. Brigati, the defending champion in the class was second quick in qualifying with a circuit of 13.527. Once out front there would be no stopping Stewart in his Flemington Furs Chevy with his effort also aided by a non-stop 30 lap race. The win was Mark’s 15th of his very young and budding career. Brigati in the Quest Machining & Fabricating truck was runner-up with Mike Albasini of Flushing third in his Hollis Court Collision Chevy.
Brandon Esposito of Farmingville would show the way in the 20-lap Mini Stock race earning his first win of the year. Russ Jansen raced out front at the throw of the green from his third starting spot and would pace the race for the first 3 laps. As the field exited the fourth turn to start the 4th lap Esposito who started 5th in the race ducked under Jansen to come away with the race lead. Once out front Brandon, the 2017 Mini 8 Enduro champion never looked back grabbing the win in his Versa Contracting racer. Russ Jansen was second in the JJJ Rindos machine with Paul Wojcik of Centereach third in the VDR Graphics entry.
Coming from an 11th place starting berth Joe Warren Jr. of Rocky Point would top the 40-lap Gut & Go Enduro. Warren is quickly becoming the driver to beat in all forms of Enduro racing at Riverhead and in this race he opened up a huge lead early on. However Christian Conklin who started the race 19th made his way to second and erased Warren’s advantage in the late stages of the event. However Warren would hold on for yet another victory while Conklin of Riverhead was second. Defending champion Kevin Augustine of Bay Shore completed the podium.
Paul Fox of Riverhead won one for “Uncle Don Don” Donnie Fox when he won the 15-lap School Bus Figure Eight race over a star studded field.
NASCAR Modifieds: 1. John Fortin Jr. 2. Eddie Brunnhoelzl III 3. David Schneider 4. Kyle Soper 5. Chris Young 6. Vinny Biondolillo 7. Tom Rogers Jr. 8. John Beatty Jr. 9. Roger Turbush 10. Brad Van Houten 11. Dave Brigati 12. Sal Accardi 13. John Fortin Sr. 14. John Baker 15. Tim Lento 16. Eric Zeh 17. Dylan Slepian 18. Howie Brode 19. CJ Lehmann
Late Models: 1. Chris Turbush 2. Kyle Soper 3. Jeremy McDermott 4. Ray Minieri 5. Kevin Metzger 6. Chris McGuire 7. Ed Cheslak 8. Darren McCabe 9. Charles Macwhinnie 10. Ryan Zukowski
Modified Crates: 1, Michael Rutkoski 2. Jack Orlando 3. Justin Brown 4. Mike Albasini 5. Jason Hansen 6. Peter Bertuccio 7. Dennis Krupski 8. Artie Pedersen III 9. AJ DeSantis 10. Michael Rommeney 11. Scott Pedersen 12. Chris Rogers 13. Owen Grennan 14. Cary Rogers 15. Terry Stiles
Figure Eights: 1. Vinny Delaney 2. Ken Hyde Jr. 3. Tom Ferrara 4. Gary Fritz Jr. 5. Scott Pedersen 6. Johnny Vullo 7. Eric Zeh 8. Bob Dalke 9. Tom Rogers Jr. 10. Rick Swanson
Blunderbusts: 1. Jim Laird Jr. 2. Jack Handley Jr. 3. Russ Jansen 4. Bill Wegmann Sr. 5. Tom Pickerell 6. Alyssa Paprocky 7. Tim Mulqueen 8. Cody Triola 9. Jarett Campbell 10. Brandon Hubbard 11. Rob Bader 12. Joshua Creel
Super Pro Trucks: 1. Mark Stewart 2. Dave Brigati 3. Mike Albasini 4. Lou Maestri 5. Eddie Schutze 6. Jimmy Rennick Jr. 7. Sean Glennon 8. Frank Dumicich Jr. 9. Tom Sullivan 10. Frank Dumicich Sr.
Mini Stocks: 1. Brandon Esposito 2. Russ jansen 3. Paul Wojcik 4. Mitch Pattern 5. Steve Fuller 6. Andrew Farnham 7. Ryan Warren 8. Tom Puccia 9. Tony Collingsworth 10. Preston Prydatko 11. Jamie Meyer 12. Heather Dugre
Gut & Go Enduro: 1. Joe Warren Jr. 2. Christian Conklin 3. Kevin Augustine 4. Brandon Esposito 5. CJ Zurkowski 6. Rayn Dupis 7. Justin Squires 8. Bryan Moore 9. Tom Pickerell 10. Joe Palmeri 11. Doug Tittle 12. Robert Savoy 13. Charlie Astacio 14. Brad Bess 15. Dimitra Pickerell 16. Will Andrews 17. Woot Lawrence 18. Tyler Bieler 19. Tony Collingsworth 20. Mike Benton 21. Scott Phillips 22. Steve Raynor 23. Eric Germuth 24. Brandon Patricek 25. Mark Mahler 26. Dylan Marzek 27. Fred Grover 28. John Palmeri 29. Dan Dimodugno 30. Alin Spiera 31. Kevin O’Sullivan 32. Kory Comiskey 33. Andrew Farnham 34. Steve Augustine 35. Steve Fuller 36. Dale Larsen 37. Sean Glennon 38. James O’Connell 39. Martin O’Connell
School Bus Figure Eights: Winner- Paul Fox


Riverhead, NY May 31st
by Bob Finan
When the 3rd annual Reichert Group IGA Food Markets Allan Cantor Memorial event for the NEMA Midgets takes the green flag at Riverhead Raceway Saturday night June 9th defending race winner Justin Bonsignore of Holtsville will be in the field seeking to back-up his 2017 triumph in the prestigious race. The NEMA Midgets along with their companion NEMA Lites will be joined by seven divisions of NASCAR Whelen All American Series racing providing fans with 205 laps of feature event racing plus qualifying races during the busy card.
2017 NEMA winner at Riverhead Raceway Justin Bonsignore (Photo Michael Jaworecki Myracenews)

Bonsignore the 2011 Riverhead Raceway NASCAR Modified champion and an 11-time winner at the track where he started is successful driving career will have a home track advantage over his NEMA foes when he straps into the ultra quick Bertrand Motorsports K&N Filters entry Saturday but will indeed face some stiff competition. Last year winning the IGA Food Markets Allan Cantor Memorial was no easy task for Bonsignore as he had to weave his way from the back of the field before he took the lead in the race on lap 18 to post a very popular victory. The win was especially made sweeter for Justin after having crashed out of the 2016 race due to suspension failure while charging his way towards the front. “I’m glad the Bertrand’s invited me back to drive after the 2016 race” Bonsignore reflected in victory lane last spring. “To win for them and especially in the Allan Cantor Memorial race meant so much to me as well for them. We’ll try to do so again this year” Bonsignore noted recently.

Jim Chambers of Atkinson, Ma and 2016 race winner Randy Cabral of Kingston, Ma. chased Bonsignore to the checkers last year and both will be favorites for the 2018 race win. Paul Scally of Raynham, Ma., Todd Bertrand of Danielson, Ct., Avery Stoehr of Lakeville, Ma. and local talent Peter Pernesiglio of Ronkonkoma are all expected to be contenders as well in the 25-lap feature event.
Chambers won last year’s NEMA Lites event at Riverhead Raceway and is expected to attempt to make it two in a row Saturday. Dan Cugini of Marshfield, Ma. and Chad Labastie of Uxbridge, Ma chased Chambers to the line last year and are hoping to visit victory lane this year. Meg Cugini of Marshfield, Ma., Ben Mikitarain of Boston, Ma along with Avery Stoehr and Randy Cabral will also be contenders in the 20-lap NEMA Lite prelim.
On the stock car side of the racing menu the NASCAR Modifieds will headline that portion of the program contesting a 40-lap feature event and be joined by Late Models (25-L), Eagle Auto Mall Modified Crates (25-L), Figure Eights (15-L), INEX Legend Race Cars (20-L), Street Stocks (20-L) and the Vintage Modifieds of LIVARS (15-L).
Qualifying will kick off things at 5:00pm with opening ceremonies and the first feature race of the evening set for approximately 6:00 pm. The complete race day event schedule for June 9th can be viewed @ Riverhead Raceway’s phone number remains 631-842-RACE.