Riverhead, NY July 13th
“Big Money” Richie Davidowitz of East Moriches has a knack of winning the most prestigious and better paying INEX Legend Race Car events at Riverhead Raceway and Saturday night was no exception as he drove to victory in the 50-lap Silas Hiscock INEX Legend Race Car National Qualifier. For Davidowitz, a UPS driver by trade it was his 4th win of the season and a track leading 24th career victory.
Most recent winner Ray Fitzgerald of Manorville was fastest in qualifying with a lap of 13.601 while Richie Davidowitz clocked in second at 13.646 pitting the two veteran drivers against each other in the front row. When the 26-car field took the green flag in the race honoring the life and racing career of the late Silas Hiscock Sr. it would be the outside pole sitter Davidowitz wining the drag race to the first corner over Fitzgerald. After running one-two for the first two laps the tandem shot up the hill in the corner on lap 3 allowing Kevin Nowak to driver underneath to race his way to the lead from third. Nowak would then lead Davidowitz for 14 laps before “Big Money” made his way back into the race lead on lap 17 passing Nowak to the outside racing down the back stretch. Despite surrendering the lead Nowak wasn’t done trying to get it back from Davidowitz as they race nose to tail for a extended period of time.
However with the lap money and other bonus money on the line Richie Davidowitz would live up to his nickname in the Natural Design Concepts racer leading the remainder of the way to the checker flag. In victory lane Richie was presented with a very special trophy provided by Race Director Scott Tapley in honor of winning the Silas Hiscock Sr. 50. The classic trophy was won by Scott’s Dad when he raced back in the day in New England.
Kevin Nowak of Medford was a close runner-up in the JTEC Electric sedan while the drive of the night might just have been turned in by third place finisher Allan Pedersen of Center Moriches who by his own admission a poor qualifying lap made his way to the podium finish in the Sign Design entry. Fitzgerald of Manorville and Eric hersey of Commack completed the top five.
You might say 14-year old Matt Brode of East Islip is a quick learner. In just his seventh Crate Modified start the son of former three time NASCAR Modified champion Howie Brode promptly went out and won his first career race in a 25-lap contest. After winning his qualifying heat Brode took full advantage of his front row starting berth taking the lead at the drop of the green flag. Former Late Model champion Peter Bertuccio chased Matt over the first 10 circuits before he was overtaken by another rookie driver Sean Glennon on a lap 10 double file restart. Once to second Glennon was able to stay within striking distance of leader Brode over the final 15-laps but never was able to mount a strong challenge for the lead. With his proud father spotting for him Matt Brode crossed under the checker flag first in his Milro Environmental Chevy in what many feel for the first of what will be many trips to victory lane. Sean Glennon of Northport was runner-up in the LTE Drainage Chevy while Justin Brown of Manorville completed the top three in third with his SEDHI Construction Inc. Chevy.
Until Saturday night if you asked Alyssa Paprocky of Coram to describe her 2019 Blunderbust race season to date she might use the word nightmare. After the 20-lap main event Paprock was now living a dream as she won her first career feature event after an early season of struggles over the first seven races of ’19. From the pole Paprocky broke out to the race lead at the start chased for the first four laps by Eddie Diaz. Lap 5 saw Bill Wegmann Sr. pass Diaz for second and the 70-plus year old racing great grandfather chased Alyssa until there were five laps left in the tilt. 25-time race winner Tom Pickerell made his way by Wegmann for second on lap 15 but by the time he arrived in the challengers position Alyssa Paprocky in her Polar Bear Air machine had built up a comfortable enough cushion that she’d enjoy to the finish. Alyssa exited her car to loud cheers from the large crowd on hand. Pickerell of Huntington was second in his Encore Rentals Chevy while Cody Triola of Bay Shore was third in the Cesspool Pros racer.
For the third time this season Tom Puccia of Shirley topped the non-stop 20-lap Mini Stock contest. Third generation driver Jamie Curtis took the race lead at the throw of the green and she’d lead the first 3 laps of the race. Puccia made his way to second on lap 2 when he passed James O’Connell and chased Meyer for two laps before he made his bid for the lead. Racing down the back stretch Puccia ducked under Mayer to take over the race lead a lead he’d not surrender in his On Site Cleaning Services special. Joe Warren Jr. of Ridge was second while Chris Elixson of Riverhead placed third.
Another three time winner in 2019 is Sean Fitzpatrick of West Babylon who won the 40-lap 8-Cylinder Enduro contested just after the Monster Truck Night of Destruction. Fitzpatrick in his Tire Express Chevy raced his way by Michael Asdahl at the halfway mark to secure the win. Asdahl of East Meadow was second with Brian Halsey of Southampton third.
Crate Modifieds: 1. Matt Brode 2. Sean Glennon 3. Justin Brown 4. Peter Bertuccio 5. Terry Stiles 6. Dave Brigati 7. Chris Rogers 8. AJ DeSantis 9. Dennis Krupski 10. Jason Hansen 11. Charles Macwhinnie 12. Carey Rogers 13. Mike Albasini
Blunderbusts: 1. Alyssa Paprocky 2. Tom Pickerell 3. Cody Triola 4. Bill Wegmann Sr. 5. Russ Jansen 6. Bill Wegmann Jr. 7. Jarrett Campbell 8. Eddie Diaz 9. CJ Zurkowski 10. Cassandra Denis 11. Gary Caldwell 12. Kyle Halpin DNS- Jim Laird Jr.
Legend Race Cars: 1, Richie Davidowitz 2. Kevin Nowak 3. Allan Pedersen 4. Ray Fitzgerald 5. Eric Hersey 6. Riely O’Keefe 7. George Tomko Jr. 8. Anthony Colandro Jr. 9. Ed Cheslak 10. Vinny Delaney 11. Eugene Drew 12. Jeff Otto Jr. 13. Colin Hoeffner 14. Daniel Carter 15. Paul Dodorico 16. Jonathan Parsons 17. Mike Van Houten Jr. 18. Patrick More 19. Jeff Farruggia Jr. 20. Steve Woytysiak 21. Jim Sylvester 22. Mike Benton 23. Joseph Braun 24. Jerry Curran 25. Scott Cheslak 26. Joseph Costello
Mini Stocks: 1. Tom Puccia 2. Joe Warren Jr. 3. Chris Elixson 4. Paul Wojcik 5. Jamie Meyer 6. Scott Phillips 7. James O’Connell 8. Joe Cooke Jr. 9. Martin O’Connell DNS- Justin Squires, Matt Stawecki & Tom Cocozza
8-Cylinder Enduro (top ten) 1. Sean Fitzpatrick 2. Michael Asdahl 3. Brian Halsey 4. Jared Halsey 5. Pat Collins 6. Kevin Coyle 7. Dale Doherty 8. Brandon Hubbard 9. Dennis Jones 10. Eric Germuth
Noah Watts Photo