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Burt Myers Comes North To Riverhead Raceway for the Buzz Chew Auto Group 200

Burt Myers and car owner Ed Harvey at Myrtle Beach Speedway March 25th 2018 Michael Jaworecki Myracenews

Few short track drivers have attained the level of notoriety as short track racer Burt Myers. Burt has won 8 Bowman Gray Stadium Modified  Championships, 2 NASCAR Southern  Modified championships and many feature wins all across the south. Burt has also been a television personality on the show  Madhouse depicting the behind the scenes and on track racing at Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston Salem North Carolina

This season Ed Harvey and his southern based Modified team have been one of the few teams from below the Mason Dixon line to travel north and run with the NASCAR WMT. Ed’s main driver  this season has been Burt in Ed’s beautifully prepared Modifieds. Ed has committed to running the entire season except this months NHMS race.

I had a chance to speak both Ed and Burt about coming north to enter the NASCAR WMT Buzz Chew Auto Group 200 at Riverhead Raceway.

Ed is no stranger to Riverhead, John Blewett Jr. raced for his dad and together won they 1986 Riverhead Modified championship. I asked Ed about racing the tour this year and I asked him if he was having as much fun as it looked. Ed told me “I am enjoying this year, we are not points racing we are just looking to have fun. Burt is my main guy and will be in the car as many races as his schedule allows.”  Ed will bring a team to both Riverhead races this year and is really looking forward to these race.

Burt has an off week at his home track Bowman Gray so the opportunity arose to race at Riverhead a track he has never seen before..  According to Burt Riverhead has always been on his bucket list so having the Buzz Chew Auto Group 200 fall on his week off worked out perfectly.

Burt Myers #1 racing with Rob Summers #64 at Thompson International Speedway April 8th 2018 Michael Jaworecki Myracenews

After the Icebreaker Thompson  International Speedway Ed and Burt talked about Riverhead and decided to put the 2 races on the schedule. Burt who  had run the SMRS  Modified Tout had a race scheduled down south this weekend but  this year decided not to follow the circuit and venture north to follow the Whelen Tour with car owner Ed Harvey.

This year will be a year of several new tracks for Burt, Riverhead Oswego and possibly Stafford if he can work around the filming of the new Madhouse series are on his schedule. Discovery has been filing the revived  series all season and it will be broadcast  either this late fall or winter, Burt says they have not yet decided when it will air. NASCAR has given their blessing top the production of the show and with that should bring added exposure to make Madhouse 2 even bigger than the original.

I asked Burt about coming to Riverhead for the first time. ” I am very excited to be coming to Long Island.  Riverhead has been on my bucket list for a while and when the race coincided with my off week we decided we had to go”

Burt is looking to be competitive and Riverhead is his kind of track a tight 1/4 bull ring althopugh a bit more banking  than the flat oval around the football field at Bowman Gray..

Several drivers have spoken to Burt about Riverhead including Ryan Preece who gave him tips on getting around and local driver Dave Brigati has offered advice. Dave also offered the use of his shop just down the road from the track if the need arises. Dave even went as far as chipping in for tires as he is not entered in this race.

The star of Madhouse and multi time Bowman Gray champion is coming North this weekend to Riverhead Raceway and from the fan reaction  Burt Myers will have a lot of northern fans  looking to meet him at the autograph session and after the race in the pits.

Ryan Preece Makes His Move When It Counts at Langley

Earns Second NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Victory of 2018

HAMPTON, Va. — In the midst of a Saturday night short-track shootout at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway, Ryan Preece made the right move, at the right time.

The Berlin, Connecticut, driver passed Justin Bonsignore for the lead on Lap 131, and he never looked back en route to his second NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory of the season.

The triumph was the 22nd of his career, and his first at the 0.396-mile Virginia oval. The 27-year-old has now been to Victory Lane in seven of his last 19 stars in Whelen Modified Tour competition.

“Justin’s car started to get tight, and my car just wasn’t at that point yet,” Preece said. “I knew I had to get by him as quick as I possibly could. Once I got in front of him, I knew I could get into my rhythm and drive away.”

When the caution flew on Lap 103 for a planned mid-race break, Bonsignore, Doug Coby and Eric Goodale elected to stay on the track and take over the top three spots. On the restart, Coby lost positions, and eventually cut down a left-rear tire that ended his night.

On the following green flag, Preece began to hound the back bumper of Bonsignore’s No. 51 Phoenix Communications Inc. Chevrolet, and attempted to make the pass multiple times — but to no avail. Finally, on lap 131, Preece took the bottom lane off turn two, and cleared to the point down into turn three.

He was not challenged for the remainder of the race.

Bonsignore settled for second, with Matt Hirschman charging back up through the field late to finish in third.

“He was a gentleman about it, I was doing everything I could to block his crossover move up off,” Bonsignore said of the battle with Preece. “I could see in the mirror that he was most likely going to get me. That was a lot of fun. Good short-track racing. When we are bummed about second, that’s really good right now.”

Preece was out front in the No. 6 TS Haulers Chevrolet for a race-high 83 laps, while Bonsignore was out front for 25 laps.

Chase Dowling finished sixth, followed by Ronnie Williams, Rowan Pennink, Chris Pasteryak and Blake Barney.

Bonsignore holds a 23-point advantage in the championship standings over Dowling, while Timmy Solomito is 44 points back in third. Craig Lutz, who had his motor expire on lap 29, dropped to fourth in the standings.

The WhosYourDriver.org 150 from Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway will air on NBCSN on Thursday, June 28, at 7 p.m.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to the track at Riverhead Raceway on Saturday, July 7.

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour-WhosYourDriver.org 150 Results


At Langley Speedway

Hampton, Va.

Lap length: 0.396 miles

(Start position in parentheses)

  1. (1) Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn., Chevrolet, 150 laps, 54.887 mph.
  2. (5) Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, NY, Chevrolet, 150.
  3. (2) Matt Hirschman, Northampton, PA, Chevrolet, 150.
  4. (6) Timmy Solomito, Islip, N.Y., Ford, 150.
  5. (7) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150.
  6. (4) Chase Dowling, Roxbury, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
  7. (11) Ronnie Williams, Ellington, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
  8. (8) Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, Pa., Chevrolet, 150.
  9. (12) Chris Pasteryak, Lisbon, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
  10. (15) Blake Barney, Lakewood, N.J., Chevrolet, 150.
  11. (13) Kyle Bonsignore, Bay Shore, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150.
  12. (14) Kyle Ebersole, Hummelstown, PA., Chevrolet, 150.
  13. (10) Rob Summers, Manchester, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
  14. (21) Gary Putnam, Vernon, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
  15. (17) Jeff Rocco, Meriden, Conn., Chevrolet, 149.
  16. (18) Calvin Carroll, Newton, N.J., Chevrolet, 149.
  17. (23) Gary McDonald, Ronkonkoma, N.Y., Chevrolet, 148.
  18. (25) Ken Heagy, Calverton, N.Y., Ford, 146.
  19. (16) Dave Sapienza, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 146.
  20. (19) Spencer Davis, Dawsonville, Ga., Chevrolet, 145.
  21. (24) Wade Cole, Hartland, Conn., Chevrolet, 135.
  22. (26) Melissa Fifield, Wakefield, N.H., Chevrolet, 127, handling.
  23. (20) Tommy Catalano, Ontario, N.Y., Chevrolet, 118, engine.
  24. (9) Doug Coby, Milford, Conn., Chevrolet, 110, accident.
  25. (22) Joe Degracia, Nutley, N.J., Chevrolet, 71, clutch.
  26. (27) Walter Sutcliffe Jr., East Haven, Conn., Chevrolet, 41, accident.
  27. (3) Craig Lutz, Miller Place, N.Y., Chevrolet, 28, engine.

Race Statistics

Time of Race: 1 hour 4 minutes 56 seconds

Margin of Victory: 0.905 seconds

Fastest Qualifier: R.Preece (94.749 mph, 15.046 seconds)

Caution Flags: 6 for 33 laps.

Lead Changes: 5 among 4 drivers.

Lap Leaders: M. Hirschman 1-20; R. Preece 21-49; C. Dowling 50-71; R. Preece 72-105; J. Bonsignore 106-130; R. Preece 131-150.

Standings: 1. J. Bonsignore, 261; 2. C. Dowling, 238; 3. T. Solomito, 217; 4. C. Lutz, 206; 5. R. Summers, 204; 6. R. Pennink, 201; 7. R. Preece, 193; 8. D. Coby, 188; 9. C. Pasteryak, 180; 10. R. Williams, 177.

(Photo Adam Glanzman/NASCAR)


Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Thompson 125 entry list 6/14/2018

The 5th race on the NASCAR WMT tour at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park is this Thursday’s June 14th (Rescheduled from June 13th).

Below is the list of  32 cars (It will grow to 33 with the addition of Ray Parent)  for this Wednesdays Thompson 125 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

Justin Bonsignore in the Phoenix Communications Inc who is 2 for 4 on the season and the winner of the spring Icebreaker event in April has to be an early favorite. He is also coming off a big win at Seekonk  Speedway 2 weeks ago over Matt Hirschman who is not entered this week.

Justin is only 7 points ahead of Chase Dowling who has 12 top 5’s in his 4 years on the tour but is looking for that first win in the 15-40 Connection machine.

Craig Lutz, Timmy Solomito and Rob Summers round out the top 5 in points and all of them would love to get a win an close that gap win Justin.

Once again Max Zachem has withdrawn due to the hand injury suffered at the Icebreaker.  Max still has about 6 weeks of recover ahead of him.

As I mentioned above Ray Parent the 2017 Thompson late Model champion will make his NASCAR WMT debut as announced by Kyle Sousa at NASCAR Home Tracks.

Thursday — Garage opens: 1:45 p.m. ET; Final Practice: 4-5 p.m.; Group qualifying: 7 p.m.; Thompson 125: 8 p.m. (approx.)

Nbr Driver Owner Car Crew Chief Sponsor
1 01   Melissa Fifield   Kenneth Fifield Chevrolet   Chad Dow   Crowells Towing
2 1   Burt Myers   Eddie Harvey Chevrolet   Eddie Harvey   Citrusafe / Dunleavy Truck & Trailer
3 2   Doug Coby   Mike Smeriglio III Chevrolet   Phil Moran   Mayhew Tools
4 3   Rowan Pennink   Jan Boehler Chevrolet   Greg Fournier   Cape Cod Copper / USNE Inc.
5 6   Ryan Preece   Ed Partridge Chevrolet   Jeff Preece   TS Hauler
6 7   Jon McKennedy   Tommy Baldwin Chevrolet   Tommy Baldwin   Accell Construction Inc.
7 14   Blake Barney   Richard Barney Chevrolet   Robert Barney   Atlantic Sprinkler
8 15   Chase Dowling   Rob Fuller Chevrolet   Steven Kopuk   15-40 Connection
9 16   Timmy Solomito   Eric Sanderson Ford   Stanley Szaban   Starrett
10 18   Ken Heagy   Robert Pollifrone Chevrolet   Desmond Gorman   Buoy One Seafood
11 20   Max Zachem   Ken Zachem Chevrolet   Ken Zachem   MP2 Motorsports / Lu-Mac’s
12 21   Ronnie Williams   Joseph Bertuccio Chevrolet   Michael Bologna   Empower Financial Advisory
13 23   Joe DeGracia   Paul Degracia Chevrolet   Jimmy Zacharias   PJ DeGracia Contracting
14 24   Andrew Krause   Diane Krause Toyota   John Cooke   Supreme Manufacturing
15 25   Calvin Carroll   Joe Carroll Chevrolet   Stash Butova   Power With Prestige / Cruising With Betty
16 26   Gary McDonald   Sean McDonald Chevrolet   Chad McDonald   Lakeland Landscaping Supply / TRC Electric
17 33   Wade Cole   Wade Cole Chevrolet   Richard Rodenbaugh   Performance Engines / Kendal Oil
18 36   Dave Sapienza   Judy Thilberg Chevrolet   Tommy Grasso   Sapienza Enterprises
19 38   TBA   Linda Rodebaugh Chevrolet   Robert Bourne   Performance Engines / Kendal Oil
20 44   Bobby Santos III   Sully Tinio Chevrolet   Bob Santos   Sully Tinio / Olivas Market
21 46   Craig Lutz   Russell Goodale Chevrolet   Douglas Ogiejko   Riverhead Building Supply
22 51   Justin Bonsignore   Kenneth Massa Chevrolet   Ryan Stone   Phoenix Communications Inc.
23 54   Tommy Catalano   Amy Catalano Chevrolet   TBA   Catalano Motorsports
24 58   Eric Goodale   Edgar Goodale Chevrolet   Jason Shephard   GAF Roofing
25 63   Austin Pickens   Steve Pickens Chevrolet   Jeff Deminck   Siteone Greenbrier
26 64   Rob Summers   Mike Murphy Chevrolet   Steve Lemay   Hoosier Tire East / FastTrack Electrical
27 66   Shawn Solomito   Jerry Solomito Chevrolet   Jerry Solomito   AAA Consulting / Anti-3 Protect Series
28 75   Chris Pasteryak   Charles Pasteryak Chevrolet   Cam McDermott   Dawley’s Auto
29 76   Jimmy Blewett   John Blewett Sr. Chevrolet   Rob Ormsbee   Starrett / John Blewett Inc.
30 78   Walter Sutcliffe, Jr.   Steven Sutcliffe Chevrolet   Kevin Anderson   Close Enuff Racing
31 82   Woody Pitkat   Danny Watts Jr. Chevrolet   Jarod Zeltmann   Horton Ave. Materials
32 85   Ron Silk   Kevin Stuart Chevrolet   Kenny Stuart   Stuart’s Automotive
33 89   Matt Swanson   John Swanson Ford   John Swanson   Starrett