Riverhead, NY July 1st
By Bob Finan
With temperatures nearing 100 degrees at Riverhead Raceway Sunday afternoon the All American Enduro program was completed with Eric Zeh of Selden topping the 30-lap Street Stock race for his second win of the year. Former Truck Enduro champion Russ Jansen of Medford won his first career Mini Stock event winning their 30-lap feature.

Anthony Pizzo jumped to the early Street Stock lead from the pole with Wesley Sammon giving chase for the first lap before Brian Brown made an inside pass for the spot on the second lap. Brown stayed in Pizzo’s tire tracks early on while Eric Zeh was making his way towards the front after starting 7th. Zeh would catch and pass Brown for second on the 5th lap using the inside lane entering turn one. Zeh would get to Pizzo’s rear bumper on lap 10 and three laps later would make the winning pass making his way by the early race leader. Once out front Eric steering the Best Built Construction Chevy opened a comfortable lead one he’d enjoy until the conclusion of the race. Pizzo and Brown would stage a battle for second after Zeh moved out front. The turning point in that tussle came on a lap 17 double file restart when Pizzo’s car didn’t come up to speed and Brown of Baiting Hollow was able to move by and claim second in the Staria Automotive Chevy. Pizzo of Lake Ronkonkoma finished third in the United Exhaust Shop Caprice.

In the Mini Stock event Ryan Warren raced out front at the drop of the green with Russ Jansen coming from third to second at the start. Jansen who also competes in the Blunderbust class at the track took a peek under Warren for the race lead in the third and fourth turn on lap 6. By the time the tandem started the 7th lap Jansen was the new race lead in his JJJ Rindos racer. Lap 8 saw Warren lose second as his car began to falter with Paul Wojcik making his way by. Wojick, Steve Fuller and Brandon Esposito all took turns occupying second but no matter who ran there there was no catching the eventual race winner Russ Jansen. Brandon Esposito of Farmingville overcame a rough riding penalty to claim second place and was closing on the race winner in his Versa Contracting machine in the closing laps. Steve Fuller of Manorville was third in the entry.

Don Nelson Jr. of Rocky Point will be the first to admit he was as lucky as he was good in the 30-lap Truck Enduro as the defending champion would be sitting in victory lane at the end of the race. Don’s issues started in the pit area in the morning when the starter on his Abner Tree Experts S-10 went bad. His team thrashed to get him on track in the sultry conditions. Matt Triola was the class of the field taking the lead at the start of the race and breaking out to a comfortable lead. Lap 14 would change Triola’s fortunes however as Don Laskey made contact with the wall in the backstretch rolling the machine no less than three times drawing a red flag. Laskey was okay after the wild ride. When the race went back to green Triola’s truck did not go which allowed Don Nelson to make his way by for the lead with Gary Voight also getting by the early leader for second. Don Nelson Jr. was not about to look a gift horse in the mouth as he drove away to the victory. Gary Voight of Medford was second in the A. Voight Towing Chevy with Dustin Cole of Sound Beach third in the Cole Boys Racing truck.

Kevin Coyle of East Meadow won the 30-lap 8-Cylinder Enduro posting the second win of his young career. Pat Collins paced the race over the first four laps before Coyle who started on the outside pole made an inside pass down the backstretch to take over the lead. Tested tough veteran wheelman Sean Fitzpatrick made his way to second passing Collins on lap 6 but would never be able to mount a challenge for the win. At the checkers it was Coyle taking the win in his self funded racer. Fitzpatrick of West Babylon was runner-up in the Lakewood Used Auto Parts Chevy while Saturday night winner Brian Halsey of Southampton claimed third in the P&C Repair entry.

As late as Saturday night Christian Conklin of Riverhead was unsure about competing in the Gut & Go event and in a last minute decision decided to give it a go. When the 60-lap race was complete Conklin was indeed happy he chose to race after taking the win. Justin Squires led the race over the first 21 laps of the tilt from the outside pole. Conklin who started the race 17th in his Spits Speed Shop Hyundai caught and passed Squires on lap 21 with an inside pass. Once out front Conklin never looked back in route to victory. Without doubt the hard charger of the race would be runner-up Joe Warren Jr. of Rocky Point who drove from a 28th starting position only to fall one spot shy. Early leader Justin Squires of Riverhead was third.

Street Stocks: 1. Eric Zeh 2. Brian Brown 3. Anthony Pizzo 4. Brian McCormack 5. Chris Busick 6. David Antos 7. Rhett Fogg 8. Gerard Lawrence 9. Chris Lescenski 10. Gene Burbol 11. Joe Boccia 12. Wesley Sammon 13. Greg Harris

Mini Stocks: 1. Russ Jansen 2. Brandon Esposito 3. Steven Fuller 4. Paul Wojcik 5. Mitch Pattern 6. Joe Cooke Jr. 7. Andrew Farnham 8. Ryan Warren 9. Chris Elixson 10. Tony Collingsworth DNS- Jamie Curtis, Tom Puccia & Steve Catalano

Truck Enduro: 1. Don Nelson Jr. 2. Gary Voight 3. Dustin Cole 4. Madison Burbol 5. Mariah Lawrence 6. Emily Hubbard 7. Justin McGrady 8. Dennis Kurras 9. Doug Tittle 10. Danielle Cohen 11. Kenny King 12. Bobby Pease 13. Don Laskey 14. Danielle Corwin DQ- Peter Rabaglia, Matt Triola & Joe Warren Jr.

8-Cylinder Enduro: 1. Kevin Coyle 2. Sean Fitzpatrick 3. Brian Halsey 4. Dominic Ranieri 5. Christian Kalbfleisch 6. Pat Collins 7. Jared halsey 8. David Verbeek 9. Dennis Jones 10. Stacey Halsey 11. Eric Fermuth 12. Dillon Vanston 13. Dwayne Sipila 14. Drew Scalfani 15. Bill Quinn 16. Will Ebert  DNS- Rich Hubbard & CJ Zukowski

Gut & Go Enduro: 1. Christian Conklin 2. Joe Warren Jr. 3. Justin Squires 4. Kevin Augustine 5. Chris Perry 6. Bryan Moore 7. Ed Diaz 8. Nicholas Squires 9. James Deleonartis 10. Jeff Michaels 11. John Riola 12. Martin O’Connell 13. Fred Grover 14. CJ Zukowski 15. Austin Elliston 16. Doug Tittle 17. Mike Lapedota 18. Dan Dimodugno 19. Joey Palmeri 20. Steve Betcher 21., Dan Augustine 22. John Palmeri 23., Ryan Zukowski 24. Brad Bess 25. Tom Abbatiello 26. Jack McCarthy 27. Steve Raynor 28. Woot Lawrence 29.James O’Connell 30. Vanessa Martino 31. Shawn Adler 32. Tony Collingsworth

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