SCOTT PEDERSEN, JACK HANDLEY JR. & DAVE ANTOS SCORE MILLER LITE TRIPLE CROWN SERIES WINS AT RIVERHEAD RACEWAY SATURDAY

Riverhead, NY July 17th.
By Bob Finan

Photos Kerri Larsen

It was a family fun packed Advance Auto Parts Weekly series program Saturday night run under hazy, humid & hot conditions at Riverhead Raceway with three divisions running in the second leg of their Miller Lite Triple Crown Series of 2021. Scott Pedersen of Shirley won his third Figure Eight event of the year while Jack Handley Jr. of Medford in the Super Pro Trucks and Dave Antos of Lindenhurst in the Street Stocks both copped their second win of the season.

Figure Eight qualifying found Scott Pedersen breaking his own track record he set in May with a lap 16.774 winning The National Collision C0. $50 Pole Award complete with a plaque from SAFER. Tom Ferrara who was second quick to Pedersen in qualifying (16.989) sat on the front row with Scott for the start of the 20-lap feature. For the first eight laps of the race Pedersen and Ferrara diced for the race lead as both Allan Pedersen and the returning Vinny Biondolillo sat close by in third and fourth. On lap 9 Ferrara was able to slip under Pedersen for the race lead and Tom began to have thoughts about his second win of ’21. However just after crossing the line to complete lap 11 Ferrara’s bid for victory ended in the cruelest of ways when teammate Ryan Zukowski whom Tom was lapping crossing the line made contact with Ferrara and the leaders night was over due to left front suspension damage. When the field was reset Pedersen reclaimed the lead with Biondolillo looking to make a triumphant return after spending the last couple of year drag racing on Scott’s heels. Pedersen would keep the Benny Vecchio owned Camaro out front and the team continues to enjoy a career season. Sadly Biondolillo’s race would not have a story book ending as last lap contact dropped him to 8th in the finish. Joe Warren Jr. of Ridge would finish second to Pedersen in his Exit Realty Office of Alex Katz Cadillac. Allan Pedersen of Shirley had a solid night running up front all race before settling for third in the HPI Performance Chevy. The third and final race in the Miller Lite Triple Crown Series for the Figure Eights will be contested Saturday September 11th.

Super Pro Truck qualifying saw “The Bullet” Ethan Brown of Floral Park and Sean Glennon of Northport actually turning in the same lap time for fast time at 13.341, the pole would be awarded to Brown in his Foos Fire Inc. Chevy as he ranks higher in the point than Glennon who was making his first start of the year. The Brown/Glennon tandem would bring the field to green to start the 30-lapper with Glennon the current Crate Modified championship leader gaining the advantage over Brown. Jack Handley Jr. who qualified third soon turned up the heat on Brown for second passing the 16-year old for second on lap 11 with an outside pass off turn two. Once to second Handley kept his momentum rolling as four laps later exiting the fourth starting the 16th lap Jack dipped under Glennon for the race lead. Once Handley put the River Walk Bar & Grill Chevy out front he’d stay there earning his 11th career win tying him with Pat Smith for 9th on the all time win list. Sean Glennon of Northport in the Mike Ryan Cesspools entry was runner-up while Matt Triola of Bay Shore in the APC Construction Chevy competed the podium in third. The SPT will compete in the third and final race of the Miller Lite Triple Crown Series on Saturday September 11th.

Defending Street Stock champion Dave Antos enjoyed a milestone night scoring a clean sweep setting fast time 14.185 and then leading all 30-laps of the feature event for his 9th career win which ties him with former champion Eric Zeh of Selden for the all time lead in Street Stock wins. Antos was joined be Brian McCormack of Holbrook on the front row after Brian was second quick at 14.268 in qualifying. Antos got the better of McCormack the the throw of the green so much so Gerard Lawrence who qualified third was able to slide under McCormack for second on the start. However after a lap 11 caution flag period McCormack was quick to repay Lawrence the favor reclaiming second behind Antos on that restart. However Lawrence kept digging and would eventually pass McCormack later for second. As for Dave Antos in the JTEC Electric Chevy he just kept logging laps as the race leader taking home his second win of the 2021 season. Gerard Lawrence of Miller Place was runner-up in the EP Milling & Sweeping Chevy while Brian McCormack claimed third in the Robo Car Wash Monte Carlo. The Street Stocks return to action Saturday July 31st to compete their Miller Lite Triple Crown Series crowning a champion.

The INEX Bandolero were split into two 15-lap feature events with the less experienced drivers whose practice times dictating they run in the Group B feature. In just his second start Wayne Meyer Jr. of Calverton won the 15-lap Group B feature. Wayne is a fourth generation driver the great grandson of the late Frank “Mississippi” Curtis and grandson of Franks Curtis Jr. and the late Craig Meyer with those rich bloodlines working to his advantage as the led all 15-laps for his first career win aboard the Bader Motorsports “rent-a-ride” machine. Austin Allen of East Hampton was second in the Riverhead Building Supply racer while third went to Julianna Kramer of Jamesport in the Goodfella’s Auto Repair mount.


In the 15-lap Group A feature for the second time this year Chevy Rommeney of Bohemia scored the win in his Cheez-It Motorsports sponsor wanted Bando. After Tucker Bock led the first lap Rodney Dowless Jr. made his way to the race lead on lap 2 with Bock filing into second. However just one lap later Chevy Rommeney who started the race from fourth made his way to the race lead passing Dowless. On lap 6 two time feature winner Darren Krantz Jr. made his way to second but there would be no stopping third generation driver Chevy Rommeney for the win. Krantz of Huntington in the Angela’s House Bando was second while Richie Helger Jr. of Tiberton, RI crossed the line third in his first ever Riverhead start in the Helger’s SC Power Equipment racer.

In the 40-lap Truck Enduro Jarrett Campbell of Yaphank after several years of trying won his first career race. Campbell who runs the Truck Enduro series part time after moving up to the Blunderbusts where he had won once took the lead of the race late in the going to secure the victory in his Lake Landscape & Mason Supplies Chevy after starting 11th on the grid. Former champion Phil LaManna of Smithtown was runner-up in the EP Milling & Sweeping S-10 with last weeks winner Mariah Lawrence of Southampton third.

John Palmeri of Lindenhurst scored his first 4/6-Cylinder Gut & Go Enduro win after starting 12th in the 49 car field in his J&J Towing Hyundai. May Meltdown winner Zach Tyler of Cutchogue brought the Scott Tyler Automotive machine home second while Ryan T Warren of Indialantic, Fl. was third in the Mike’s Auto Repair racer.
In a long lasting and hard hitting School Bus Demolition Derby New York City MTA bus driver Kevin “Kevo” Rommeney of East Meadow scored the win in the Suffolk Masoinc District bus. The event came down to Rommeney and “The Stalker” Scott Phillips of Bay Shore in the Tire Express bus with “Kevo” coming out on top.

Figure Eights: 1. Scott Pedersen 2. Joe Warren Jr. 3. Allan Pedersen 4. Bryan Quilliam 5. Brian Hansen 6. Gary Fritz Jr. 7. Kim Hyde 8. Vinny Biondolillo 9. Bob Dalke 10. Tom Ferrara 11. Ryan Zukowski 12. Paulo Miguel DNS Larry Goyette
Super Pro Trucks: 1. Jack Handley Jr. 2. Sean Glennon 3. Matt Triola 4. Max Handley 5. Lou Maestri 6. Ethan Brown 7. Joe Cerabino 8. Frank Dumicich Sr. 9. Daniel Creegan 10. Mark Stewart
Street Stocks: 1. Dave Antos 2. Gerard Lawrence 3. Brian McCormack 4. Chris Lescenski 5. Roger Oxee 6. Danny Pizzo 7. Justin Ferreri 8. Carmine Ragusa 9. RJ Gage 10. James DiPietro 11. Jay Henschel 12. Brian Brown 13. Alyssa Paprocky 14. Robbie Blackmore 15. Jimmy White Jr. DQ- Rhett Fogg, Luke Foerster
Bandolero Group B: 1. Wayne Meyer Jr. 2. Austin Allen 3. Julianna Kramer 4. Giavanna Agugliaro 5. Matthew Vescovi Jr. 6. Layla Quilliam 7. Gavin Romano
Bandolero Group A: 1. Chevy Rommeney 2. Darren Krantz Jr. 3. Richie Helger Jr. 4. Rodney Dowless Jr. 5. Jayden Owen-Bader 6. Tucker Bock 7. Nick Hodge 8. Reid Halpin
Truck Enduro: 1. Jarrett Campbell 2. Phil LaManna 3. Mariah Lawrence 4. Gary Voight 5. Brian Dean 6. Amber Weiss 7. Justin McGrady 8. Don Nelson Jr. 9. Kerry Botts 10. Tom Sullivan 11. Doug Tittle 12. Emily Hubbard 13. Dusty Cole 14. Danielle Cohen 15. Chris Olsen 16. John Schultze 17. Brandon LaManna 18. Kayla Kelly 19. Woot Lawrence
4/6-Cylinder Gut & Go Enduro: 1. John Palmeri 2. Zach Tyler 3. Ryan T Warren 4. Joey Palmeri 5. Frank Raynor 6. Peter Verwys Jr. 7. Jenn Krpata 8. James Grandl 9. Thomas Coyle 10. Kevin Coyle 11. Justin Moritz 12. Justin Rienke 13. Tony Collinsworth 14. Michael Serpa 15. Steven Reisart 16. Scott Tuffarella 17. David Olivari 18. Robert Dalke 19. Franky Abbatiello 20. Robert Jett 21. Jeremy Rand 22. Charles Astacio 23. Patrick Collins 24. Raymond Rau 25. Jody Fickissen 26. George Astacio 27. Kevin Contantine 28. Anthony Paretta 29. Will Raynor 30. Rocko Fox 31. Patrick McGay 32. Chris Constantine 33. David Duran 34. James Sutera 35. Vincent Abbatiello Sr. 36. Vincent Ambrosio 37. Henry Cuesta 38 Joe Densieski 39. Jack Tessa 40. Michael Bianco 41. Andrew Cuesta 42. Chloe Phillips 43. James O’Connell 44. Robert Izzo 45. Josh Flynn 46. Mark Raynor 47. Chris Grover 48. Robert Lindner
School Bus Demolition Derby winner: Kevin Rommeney

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