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Emotional Evening At The New London Waterford Speedbowl

Point Battles Heating Up As Season Winds Down-

 WATERFORD, CT (September 16, 2017): The NLWS was hit with news that nobody wanted to hear before the racing was set to begin. It was learned earlier in the day, track regular Ted Christopher was killed in a plane crash heading to the Whelen Modified Tour event at the Riverhead Raceway. The nights events were put on hold and a very special tribute was held for the late great driver. Christopher’s SK Modified was paraded around The Speedbowl by car owner Doug DiPisa as fellow drivers, officials, safety workers and teams lined up the front stretch to honor Christopher. It was a very touching moment not only for the fans but everybody who was in attendance.

Once racing resumed it was the SK Lites taking to the shoreline oval for their 25-lap feature. It was Colchester, CT’s Brian Narducci taking his second win in a row in only four starts at The Bowl. Narducci used a lap-10 restart to put himself in position to grab the lead over Andrew Molleur with thirteen laps to go in the event. As the lap were winding down the #176 Manafort Brothers sponsored machine of Dana DiMatteo tried several times to get to the inside of Narducci but was unable to make it stick and fell to third as Alan Gombos snuck under DiMatteo and took the runner up spot. Rounding out the top-5 were Andrew Molleur in fourth and Plainville, CT’s Victoria Bergenty fifth, her best finish in the 2017 campaign. With DiMatteo’s third place finish he now leads Andrew Molleur by one point in the championship hunt. In victory lane, a very emotional Narducci dedicated the win in honor of Christopher.

In the 30-lap Limited Sportsman feature it was Al Stone III taking down the win. For the Durham, CT driver it was his 50th career win at the NLWS. What was supposed to be a major accomplishment for Stone was dampened by the news of Christopher. “I just want to dedicate the win to TC and to let the family know we are thinking of them,” commented Stone in victory lane. The point leader Chris Meyer was involved in two different mishaps during the event and battled back to finish eighth. Stone who started in the eight-spot battled through the field and used a lap-23 restart to out battle the #19 of Adrien Paradis to take down the win. Paradis had one final shot at Stone as a late caution flew to set up a green-white-checkered finish. Paradis made several attempts but couldn’t get by Stone. Paradis after finishing second also commented on Christopher from the podium. “He’s going to be missed, he always had advice for me to make me a better driver, he was always there for me,” said Paradis. Rounding out the top-five were Jason Chicolas, Jordan Hadley and Brandon Plemons.

In the third race in the Connecticut Championship for the Pro-4 Modifieds, it was Brett Meservey taking down the win. Going into the 25-lap race Rob Richardi was looking to make it three in a row in the championship series. As the green flag flew it was Doug Meservey jumping out to the lead with Richardi and Brett Meservey in tow. Richardi got around Meservey on lap-five and started to pull away from the field. Richardi on a mid-race restart missed a shift giving Doug Meservey back the lead. The final caution waved as Doug Meservey slowed on the front stretch in the #67 setting up one final restart for Richardi and now the #7NY of Brett Meservey. The two-battled side-by-side until the #7NY got the lead coming out of turn four and held on for the win. Rounding out the top-five were Jacob Perry (who took the Lite win) Dan Meservey and Mark Charette. The final event in the Championship will run during the 2017 Finale event.

The 35-lap Mr. Rooter Pro Truck Series it was all Andy Lindeman. Lindeman took the lead soon the green flag waved and never looked back. The only thing to slow down Lindeman was lapped traffic he ran into while leading all 35-laps of the race. While Lindeman was in his own zip code the battle of the race was with Jim Boyle who was running in the top-5. Boyle made an aggressive move that propelled him from fourth to second in one lap. Third place finisher Frank Dumicich Jr had nothing at the finish for the duo in front. Rounding out the top-five was Allen Coates and Gerard Giordano Jr. Lindeman in victory lane followed suit and dedicated the win to Christopher. It was Lindeman’s third win of the season.

Bruce Thomas Jr made his 2017 return to the Late Models and looked poised to take down the 30-lap event. Thomas jumped out to the lead on lap-2 and was running away with the race. Thomas’s luck soon changed as on the final restart of the race, Keith Rocco would now battle Thomas for the lead. As the green waved the yellow would appear as Thomas had a tire go down sending him pit side and handing over the lead to Rocco in the #88MA Propane Plus sponsored machine. Rocco completed the last couple of laps as the fog was starting to roll onto the track as the checkered flew. In victory lane Rocco referred that he was a man of few words as you can tell the news earlier on was on Rocco’s mind. Rounding out the top-five were Ryan Morgan, Tyler Chapman, Christopher Garside and Jason Palmer.

As the 35-lap SK Modified feature was lining up the fog continued to get thicker and continued to roll in at a quick pace. As the green flag waved it was the #78 of Diego Monahan grabbing the lead as the pole position was left vacant as a tribute to Christopher. On lap-9 the Jammin 107 sponsored #21 of Kyle James got around Monahan for the lead and the moved pushed Monahan back to fourth. As the caution waved on lap-11 for the #1 of Brent Sweet sitting against the turn three wall. On the restart of the race, Todd Owen was able to push ahead in the Cooker’s Construction #81x from the outside and took over the top spot over James. Also gaining on the restart was Keith Rocco in the Wheeler Auto #88 who squeezed into the third spot. The race was halted on lap-23 as Matt Galko spun his Chris’s Lawn Care sponsored #25 into the infield which not only brought out the caution but the red / checkered came out as the fog continued to roll in, causing visibility issues. Owen who was the leader at the time and was given the win with James and Rocco finishing second and third. Rounding out the top-5 was Rob Janovic Jr and Tyler Chadwick making his 2017 debut. Owen in victory lane left open the top spot in tribute to Christopher.

The 25-lap Mini Stocks race was postponed because of the fog and will be scheduled to be made up in the up-coming weeks.


SK Modifieds (35-laps): Todd Owen, Kyle James, Keith Rocco, Rob Janovic Jr, Tyler Chadwick, Jacob Perry, Tom Abele Jr, Andrew Molleur, Paul Buzel, Robert Georgiades, Joshua Zentek, Jeff Fialkovich, Diego Monahan, Brent Sweet, Matthew Galko, Dominic Capuano Jr, Dylan Izzo (DNS)
* Race was red / checkered on lap-23

SK Modified Lites (25-lzaps): Bryan Narducci, Alan Gombos, Dana DiMatteo, Andrew Molleur, Victoria Bergenty, Nick Anglace, John O’Sullivan, Alan Benincaso, Dennis Charette, Wayne Burroughs Jr, Glenn Griswold, Scott Witt

Late Models (30-laps): Keith Rocco, Ryan Morgan, Tyler Chapman, Christopher Garside, Jason Palmer, Michael Benevides, Anthony Flannery IV, Bruce Thomas Jr, Cornelius Flynn, Vin Esposito, Keith Chapman

Limited Sportsman (30-laps): Al Stone III, Adrien Paradis, Jason Chicolas, Jordan Hadley, Brandon Plemons, Ritt Shawn, Daniel Meyer, Chris Meyer, Bo Norman, Monte Gibbs, Phil Evans, Brandon Fisher, Joseph Arena, Darrell Carlson, Jon Porter

Pro-4 Modifieds (25-laps): Brett Meservey, Rob Richardi Jr, Jacob Perry, Dan Meservey, Mark Charette, Dana Willis, Doug Meservey, Bill Lucchesi Jr, PJ Peters

Mr. Rooter Pro Trucks / NLWS Trucks (35-laps): Andy Lindeman, Jim Boyle, Frank Dumicich Jr, Allen Coates, Gerard Giordano Jr, Dave Koening, Jeff Karns, Joshua Stringer, Alex Canestrari, Chris Taylor, Glen Noll, Al Stone III, Rick Ashlaw, Shayne Young, Tony Naglied, Duane Noll, Dan Butler


Photos: Michael Jaworecki Myracenews

Riverhead, NY Sept. 16th
Prior to the Miller Lite 200 for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour three exciting Whelen All American Series feature events were contested Saturday night at Riverhead Raceway with Kyle Soper of Manorville notching his 6th Late Model win of 2017 in a 25 lap contest. Justin Brown of Manorville scored his first career Eagle Auto Mall Modified Crate win in their 25-lapper, while John Beatty Jr. of Merrick clinched the 2017 INEX Legend Race Car feature when he won his third feature of the season in a 20-lap affair. All three winner took home a handsome trophy from Miller Lite and their L.I. distributor Boening Brothers of Lindenhurst.

Former two time Late Model champion Kevin Metzger seeking his first win of the year broke out front when the green flag dropped chased for the first lap by Eric Zeh. A quick yellow flag as the field started the second lap set up a double file restart where Kyle Soper made his way under Zeh for second to start lap 2. After sizing Metzger up for two laps Soper made his way to the race lead on as the field raced off the fourth turn on lap 4 passing Metzger for the lead to the inside. Metzger would run second to Soper but the leader was able to pull away until lap 17 when Roger Oxee tagged the third turn wall after contact from Shawn Patrick, Oxee was done for the night and NASCAR officials removed Patrick from the race. On the final restart of the race Soper held serve in the Eastport Feeds Pontiac remaining out front as John Baker made his way by Metzger for second on the restart. At the finish it was Kyle Soper extending his championship point lead to 28 entering the final two weeks of the season over Jeremy McDermott of Riverhead who was third in the race in his JDP Mechanical Chevy. John Baker of Brookhaven in a rare LM start was runner-up in the Staria Automotive entry.


e Eagle Auto Mall Modified Crate driver Justin Brown would lead all 25 laps of their feature event but by no means was an easy win for the former go-kart talent. When the race got underway Brown got the measure of Terry Stiles for the early race lead. Stiles making his first start since May hounded the freshman driver early on but his run at a  second career win would come to an abrupt end when his car started leaking water on the track. After being shown the black flag Stiles pulled to the infield moving two time feature event winner and fellow rookie driver Michael Rutkoski to second. Once in the challengers position Rutkoski pulled right to the rear bumper of Brown hoping to make a bid for his third win of the year. However Justin Brown in the KMS Kustoms Chevy would have none of it as he drove off to that all important first career win. Michael Rutkoski of Mattituck was second across the line in his Buzz Chew Chevrolet machine while championship leader Dave Brigati of Calverton placed third in the Quest Machining & Fabricating Chevy. Going into the final two races of 2017 Brigati holds a 30-point advantage over Dylan Slepian of Dix Hills for the title.John Beatty Jr. clinched the 2017 INEX Legend Race Car championship in fine style as he won his third race of the season topping the 20-lap main event. Brad Van Houten, just days removed from his 40th birthday jumped out to the early race lead over defending champion Vinny Delaney. Van Houten would pull away from Delaney just prior to the halfway point of the contest but a lap 13 caution would change the complexion of the race. On the ensuing restart Van Houten remained the race leader with veteran Kevin Nowak making his way by Delaney for second. Just two laps later as the fiel was set to start the 16th circuit Nowak got into the back of Van Houten sending the leader for a spin. Van Houten running a part time schedule in 2017 frustrated by the move parked his car during the caution and track officials requested that Nowak join him in the pits for the rest of the race. That turn of event propelled John Beatty Jr. who started the race 9th to the race lead, a lead he’d not relinquish in his Giella Electric mount for the rest of the race. Ray Fitzgerald of Manorville was runner-up in the Blue Point Auto Body machine while Jeff Otto Jr. of Deer Park was third in the Strike 10 Lanes entry.

Late Models: 1. Kyle Soper 2. John Baker 3. Jeremy McDermott 4. Chris Turbush 5. Kevin Metzger 6. Eric Zeh 7. Darren McCabe 8. Dylan Slepian 9. Roger Oxee 10. Steve Mastro Jr. 11. Ken Matlach 12. Ray Minieri 13. Shawn Patrick 14. Brandon Turbush

Modified Crates: 1. Justin Brown 2. Michael Rutkoski 3. Dave Brigati 4. Jack Orlando 5. AJ DeSantis 6. Dylan Slepian 7. Peter Bertuccio 8. Kurt Kreiger 9. Scott Pedersen 10. Jay Hansen 11. Cary Rogers 12. Terry Stiles 13. Dennis Krupski 14. CJ Lehmann 15. Michael Rommeney

Legend Race Cars: 1. John Beatty Jr. 2. Ray Fitzgerald 3. Jeff Otto Jr. 4. Jim Sylvester 5. Jerry Curran 6. Vinny Delaney 7. Mike Van Houten Jr. 8. Richie Davidowitz 9. George Tomko Jr. 10. Ed Cheslak 11. Dennis Kurras 12. Riley O’Keefe 13, Matt Brode 14. Joey Villatoro 15. Silas Hiscock Sr. 16. Brad Van Houten 17. Kevin Nowak 18. Jonathan Parsons 19. Artie Pedersen III 20. Eric Hersey 21. Mike Benton 22. Steve Woytysiak 23. Wally Davidowitz


Riverhead, NY Sept. 16th
After losing the lead to defending NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Doug Coby of Milford, Ct. with 45 laps to go, Timmy Solomito of Islip used that very same lapped traffic to take the lead back from Coby with four laps to go in the race to win the Miller Lite 200 Saturday night at Riverhead Raceway. The win was Solomito’s fourth of the 2017 WMT campaign. During opening ceremonies for the 200 the somber news of the passing of Ted Christopher in a plane crash in route to the Long island oval was made official casting a somber mood on an otherwise very exciting race.
Timmy Solomito wheeling the Starrett Tools Ford won the Coors Light Pole Award with a lap of 12.107 besting two Riverhead Raceway regulars Kyle Soper 12.154 and 15-year old Dillon Steuer 12.172. After Tom Rogers Jr took three laps in the Danny Watts owned machine that Ted Christopher was to drive in the race taking a ceremonious final checker flag for TC the start of the Miller Lite 200 found Timmy Solomito seeking his first win since the June 24th race at Riverhead breaking out front. Kyle Soper, who earlier in the program won his 6th Late Model race of the year gave chase to Solomito. Dicing for the lead early on it would primarily be Solomito showing Soper the way around the tricky quarter mile facility.
During the 138th lap Doug Coby flexed his muscles as he ducked under Soper for second entering the third turn for second. Once in the challengers position Coby quickly reeled in Solomito at the front of the field. Enetering the first turn to start the 155th lap Coby powered his way under Solomito in lapped traffic to take over the race lead. For awhile it appeared as though Coby would be on his way to his first career Riverhead Raceway triumph. However Solomito, the author of 18 career Riverhead wins in both the NASCAR Whelen All American Series as well the WMT never gave up and on lap 196 he slid underneath Coby entering the third turn in lapped traffic to reclaim the race lead.
Over the final mile of the race Timmy Solomito stayed out front to earn his 19th career victory at the track where he started his successful NASCAR Modified career. “While it is a great win for myself and our Starrett Tools team our thoughts are with Ted Christopher’s family on this very sad day” Timmy noted after being interviwed by NBCSN. As for the race itself Solomito reflected, “Doug is a great racer and he got by us in lapped traffic but I never quit, I knew if I played my hand right that lapped traffic might be to my advantage later on and it was”
Doug Coby after the checker flag waved sat dejected and collecting his thoughts before exiting his Mayhew Tools machine, “given the circumstances of today it would have been nice to have a Connecticut based team win but alas it was not to be, again” Coby stated.
Kyle Soper of Manorville rounded out the podium in the Wayne & Joette Anderson owned Eastport Feeds Chevy, “we were in the mix for most the race and to finish behind these two great drivers is like a win for us” Soper admitted after the race.
Ryan Preece of Berlin, Ct in the TS Haulers Chevy and Justin Bonsignore of Holtsville in the Phoenix Communications Chevy completed the top five.
Aside from Soper’s third place tally Riverhead Raceway regulars had a strong night headed up by the upstart 6th place finish for CJ Lehmann of Shirley and his IGA Food Markets team. Right behind Lehmann in 7th was Dillon Steuer of Bohemia while Kyle Ellwood of Riverhead turned heads all race long running inside or just outside the top five before settling for 8th in Wade Cole’s back-up car.
Miller Lite 200: 1. Timmy Solomito 2. Doug Coby 3. Kyle Soper 4. Ryan Preece 5. Justin Bonsignore 6. CJ Lehmann 7. Dillon Steuer 8. Kyle Ellwood 9. Eric Goodale 10.Rob Summers 11. Ronnie Williams 12. Walter Sutcliffe Jr. 13. Wade Cole 14. Dave Sapienza 15. Shawn Solomito 16. Cory Midgett 17. Calvin Carroll 18. Craig Lutz 19. Matt Swanson 20. Gary McDonald 21. Rowan Pennink 22. Roger Turbush 23. Melissa Fifield Withdrew- Ted Christopher

Solomito Scores Crucial Win at Riverhead

Photo: Michael Jaworecki Myracenews

Fourth Win of 2017 Keeps Him in NASCAR Whelen Modified Title Hunt

 RIVERHEAD, N.Y. – Timmy Solomito needed a win to keep pace in the frantic NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship race. He got it at his home track.

The 25-year-old from Islip, New York, powered by Doug Coby with four laps left to take the Miller Lite 200 checkered flag Saturday night at Riverhead Raceway.

Solomito, dominant for the first two-thirds of the event in the No. 16 Starrett Racing Ford, was outmaneuvered by Coby in lap traffic for the lead on Lap 155. The four-time tour titlists Coby was poised for his first career win at Riverhead, but Solomito recaptured the lead on the fronstretch on Lap 196 and drove to the checkers.

It marked Solomito’s fourth win of the season and eighth of his career. Earlier in the day he captured the Coors Light Pole Award.

Coby held on for second with rookie Kyle Soper third, Ryan Preece fourth and Justin Bonsignore fifth. CJ Lehmann, Dillon Steuer, Kyle Ellwood, Eric Goodale and Rob Summer brought home the top 10.

Solomito had finished 15th or worse in two of his last three starts, and hadn’t been to Victory Lane since the last time the tour was at Riverhead in June. After leading the points after the first 10 races, he had slipped back to fourth.

The win brought Solomito to within nine points of the championship lead, still maintained by Preece with 500. Coby is second at 494 with Solomito at 491.

Prior to green flag, news broke that 2008 Whelen Modified Tour Champion Ted Christopher passed away in a plane crash en route to Riverhead, and his impact on the sport was recognized in an impromptu pre-race ceremony. Christopher had been scheduled to compete in the event in the No. 82 Horton Avenue Materials Chevrolet.

STORY: Champion Christopher Passes Away

The Whelen Modified Tour will return to action next Saturday, Sept. 23 with the F.W. Webb 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, the 14th of 16 races on the 2017 calendar.

The Miller Lite 200 will air on NBCSN on Thursday, Sept. 21 at 6 p.m.

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour-Miller Lite 200 Results


At Riverhead Raceway

Riverhead, N.Y.

Lap length: 0.25 miles

(Start position in parentheses)

  1. (1) Timmy Solomito, Islip, N.Y., Ford, 200 laps, 53.603 mph.
  2. (4) Doug Coby, Milford, Conn., Chevrolet, 200.
  3. (2) Kyle Soper, Manorville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 200.
  4. (13) Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn., Chevrolet, 200.
  5. (15) Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, NY, Chevrolet, 200.
  6. (12) CJ Lehmann, Shirley, Pa., Chevrolet, 200.
  7. (3) Dillon Steuer, Bohemia, N.Y., Chevrolet, 200.
  8. (6) Kyle Ellwood, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 200.
  9. (17) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 200.
  10. (10) Rob Summers, Manchester, CT, Chevrolet, 200.
  11. (8) Ronnie Williams, Ellington, Conn., Chevrolet, 199.
  12. (23) Walter Sutcliffe Jr., East Haven, Conn., Chevrolet, 198.
  13. (19) Wade Cole, Hartland, Conn., Chevrolet, 197.
  14. (5) Dave Sapienza, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 197.
  15. (7) Max Zachem, Preston, Conn., Chevrolet, 197.
  16. (16) Cory Oslund, East Hampton, N.Y., Ford, 197.
  17. (18) Calvin Carroll, Newton, N.J., Chevrolet, 197.
  18. (14) Craig Lutz, Miller Place, N.Y., Chevrolet, 196.
  19. (20) Matt Swanson, Acton, Mass., Ford, 194.
  20. (21) Gary McDonald, Ronkonkoma, N.Y., Chevrolet, 193.
  21. (11) Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, Pa., Chevrolet, 163, accident.
  22. (9) Roger Turbush, Calverton, N.Y., Chevrolet, 132, rear end.
  23. (22) Melissa Fifield, Wakefield, N.H., Chevrolet, 6, handling.
  24. (24) Ted Christopher, Plainville, Conn., Chevrolet, 0, dns.

Race Statistics

Time of Race: 0 hours 55 minutes 58 seconds

Margin of Victory: 0.610 seconds

Fastest Qualifier: T.Solomito (74.894 mph, 12.017 seconds)

Caution Flags: 6 for 46 laps.

Lead Changes: 4 among 3 drivers.

Lap Leaders: T. Solomito 1-22; K. Soper 23; T. Solomito 24-154; D. Coby 155-195; T.

Solomito 196-200.

Standings: 1. R. Preece, 500; 2. D. Coby, 494; 3. T. Solomito, 491; 4. J. Bonsignore,

476; 5. R. Pennink, 467; 6. E. Goodale, 453; 7. D. Sapienza, 417; 8. M. Swanson, 405; 9.

  1. Zachem, 402; 10. R. Summers, 394.