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THe NASCAR WMT Returns to Riverhead Raceway for the BUZZ Chew Chevy Cadillac 200 July 6TH 2019

The last trip for the NASCAR WMT to Riverhead Raceway resulted in a long day and night dodging the rain drops and ended with one of the 8 wins for Justin Bonsignore on his way to the 2018 championship.

Finishing right behind Justin last September was fellow Long Islander Timmy Solomito who really wants to taste victory again and home cooking for the Islip NY driver might be what the doctor ordered.

This Saturday night the roar of the Modifieds return to Eastern Long Island with a strong field of 31 cars ready to go 200 laps around the shortest track they will visit all year.

Long time Sponsor Buzz Chew Chevy Cadillac is back to support Riverhead Raceway and NASCAR’s oldest division. They have been a constant at the historic rt 58 oval for decades. Their name will also be on the #88 of rookie Mike Rutkoski making his first Riverhead NASCAR WMT start of his career.

The solid field will be led by Long Island based drivers who have won every event NASCAR WMT race going back to the June 2014 Hoosier Tire 200 won by Eric Goodale, since then Justin Bonsignore and Timmy Solomito have won all the races with Justin holding a 5-3 edge over Timmy.

This year could be a different story, multi time champion Doug Coby is having a banner year and has been as strong as he has ever been in the Mayhew Tool #2. Craig Lutz looks strong every race and coming home to Long Island might get him his first win.

Local favorites Tom Rogers Jr could show all the invaders that its his track and after finishing second in the Islip 300 he would love to move up one spot and take the big money. John Fortin has had his best season in many years with his new LFR chassis and has been fast since opening night. While the 05 is listed as driver TBD, if its John Beatty he will be a stout competitor after taking the pole for the Islip 300 over the toughest field in history.

31 drivers will start the evening competing for the Mathew tools pole award and try to start from the front row at one of the toughest tracks to pass on the circuit. Blewett, Goodale, Silk, Pitkat, Swanson, Brunnhoelzl III, Emerling and a host of others will tighten the belts and try and take home the big cash from Long Island.

Take the Long Island Expressway, take a ferry, but come early and enjoy the day near the Long Island Hampton’s. Summer is here an the NASCAR WMT is back at the RT 58 Riverhead Raceway. 1/4 mile oval.

RACE DAY SCHEDULE Saturday July 6th : Garage Opens: 12:45 p.m., Final Practice: 3:15-4:30 p.m., Qualifying: 6 p.m., Riverhead Buzz Chew Chevy Cadillac 200: 8 p.m.

Entry List As of July 1st 2019

  Nbr Driver                   Owner CAR Crew Chief
1 01   Melissa Fifield   Kenneth Fifield Chevrolet   Jesse Prince   Crowells Towing
2 1   George Brunnhoelzl III   Eddie Harvey Chevrolet   Eddie Harvey   Dunleavys
3 2   Doug Coby   Mike Smeriglio III Chevrolet   Phil Moran   Mayhew Tools / AJ Romano
4 3   Matt Swanson   Jan Boehler Chevrolet   Greg Fournier   SYP Industries
5 05   TBA   Mark Mina Chevrolet   TBA   MSM Elite
6 06   Sam Rameau   Randy Rameau Chevrolet   Daniel Stebbins   Racechoice.com
7 07   Patrick Emerling   Jennifer Emerling Chevrolet   Jan Leaty   Sahlens
8 8   Roger Turbush   Pat Kennedy Toyota   TBA   Kennedy LI Realty
9 09   Tom Rogers,, Jr.   Sean Corsetti Chevrolet   Sean Corsetti   SGS Stoneworks
10 14   Blake Barney   Richard Barney Chevrolet   Robert Barney   Atlantic Sprinkler
11 16   Timmy Solomito   Eric Sanderson Ford   Stanley Szaban   RB Enterprise
12 18   Ken Heagy   Robert Pollifrone Ford   Desmond Gorman   Buoy One Seafood Restaurant
13 21   Jimmy Blewett   Joseph Bertuccio Chevrolet   Joseph Bertuccio   Gershow Recycling / Blewett Scrap
14 25   Calvin Carroll   Joe Carroll Chevrolet   Joe Carroll   Power With Prestige / Cruising With Betty
15 26   Gary McDonald   Sean McDonald Chevrolet   TBA   TBD
16 33   Wade Cole   Wade Cole Ford   Richard Rodenbaugh   Performance Engines / Kendal Oil / 1812 Auto
17 34   J.B. Fortin   Nicole Fortin Chevrolet   Jason Blatz   Golden Jalapeños Cafe
18 36   Frank Vigliarolo, Jr.   Judy Thilberg Dodge   Tommy Grasso   Sapienza Racing
19 38   Kyle Ellwood   Linda Rodenbaugh Chevrolet   Robert Bourne   Performance Engines / 1812 Paint & Body
20 45   Timmy Catalano   Dave Catalano Chevrolet   Zach Reissner   Catalano Motorsports
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   Dave Catalano   Catalano Motorsports
24 58   Eric Goodale   Edgar Goodale Chevrolet   Jason Shephard   GAF Roofing
25 64   Rob Summers   Mike Murphy Chevrolet   Russell Montgomery   Dell Electric / Lumiere Electric
26 75   Chris Pasteryak   Charles Pasteryak Chevrolet   Cam McDermott   Dawleys Collision
27 78   Walter Sutcliffe, Jr.   Steven Sutcliffe Chevrolet   Kevin Anderson   Last Minute Racing
28 82   Woody Pitkat   Danny Watts Jr. Chevrolet   Jarod Zeltmann   Horton Avenue Materials
29 84   John Fortin   Nicole Fortin Chevrolet   TBA   Johns Fuel Oil Inc / Triangle Pub
30 85   Ron Silk   Kevin Stuart Chevrolet   Kenny Stuart   Stuarts Automotive
31 88   Mike Rutkoski   Buzz Chew Chevrolet   Aaron Clifford   Buzz Chew Motorsports

KYLE SOPER CHARGES FROM REAR OF RIVERHEAD RACEWAY NASCAR MODIFIED FIELD TWICE TO WIN OPENING NIGHT 50-LAPPER

Riverhead, NY May 4th By Bob Finan


Reigning Riverhead Raceway NASCAR Modified champion Kyle Soper of Manorville had to come from the back of the field not once but twice before he could lay claim to his 10th career win Saturday night on a chilly and damp evening. Track owners Eddie & Connie Partridge and Tom Gatz who suffered a track record eight rain outs in 2018 ignored rain that was as close as a mile away from the track and were able to complete the seven division lid lifter.


Forced to start dead last in the 18-car field after a heat race penalty put him to the rear of the finishing order in his qualifier didn’t deter Kyle Soper one bit although his path to victory lane would take a detour just prior to the halfway mark of the race. Dylan Slepian broke out ahead of John Beatty Jr. to lead the first lap of the 2019 season. Lap two found Beatty passed for second by Dave Brigati who executed an inside pass in the newly repaired third and fourth turn. Just like their days battling in the Crate Modifieds, Slepian and Brigati renewed acquaintances in the NASCAR Tour Type Mods as Brigati, a tested tough veteran sought a way by Slepain who was seeking his first career victory. On the move to the top three from the rear of the pack was Kyle Soper whose car had plenty of drive off the corners. Soper got under Brigati for second on lap 20 exiting the second corner and just seconds later Brigati rode the backstretch wall winding up with a heavily damaged race car in turn three and four. Track officials placed Soper to the rear of the field on the restart for the contact with Brigati.


When the race went back to green Slepian found former three time champion John Fortin alongside for the restart with the former Legend Race Car champion keeping the challenger at bay. Lap 30  saw John Beatty Jr. make his way by Fortin on a double file restart but Fortin would reclaim the spot five laps later. Undaunted by his trip to the back of the field Kyle Soper reemerged at the front of the race once again on lap 38 making his way by Fortin for second. Next up for the high flying Soper was to try and find a way past his best friend at the track and racer Leader Dylan Slepian. As the field took the ten to go signal Soper was able to wrestle the lead away from Slepian and once out front in the Wayne & Joette Anderson owned machine he never looked back winning the opening night event for the second year in a row.


“I just can’t thank Wayne & Joette and of course my Dad (former racer Tom) who pours countless hours into both our cars and Doug Corwin and his family of Eastport Feeds for their support of my career” the elated winner boasted. As to his adventurous night Kyle looked back, “the heat race contact, I own that for sure, really not too sure on the other one though”.  Soper when asked if he pondered finishing second to his buddy Slepian he quickly extinguished that thought, “he’s my best friend but when we race, we race”. 

Chris Young of Caverton perhaps drove the best race of his budding NASCAR Modified career when he raced his way by Slepian for second on lap 43. Chris flying the red Riverhead Building Supply colors made famous by his later father was on the march when the race concluded settling for runner-up money. Dylan Slepian of Dix Hills also impressed in his Eastport feeds Chevy leading 40 laps of the race before claiming third place honors. John Fortin Sr. of Holtsville and John Beatty Jr. of Merrick rounded out the top ten.


Race drivers don’t often need additional motivation to win a race but when they have that motivation they can become almost unbeatable. Such was the case with 25-lap Late Model winner Chris Turbush of Wading River who drove to his 13th career win. Chris’s uncle and former multi time NASCAR National Mechanic of the Year winner Ray Bouchard was not at the track Saturday but rather in a local hospital with an intestinal disorder. Uncle Ray is the driving force behind the scenes for Chris as well his brother Roger in the NASCAR Modifieds. After former multi-time champion Jeremy McDermott paced the race for the first lap his leading car would get tail happy off turn two allowing both Chris Turbush and Chris McGuire to slip by. From laps 2 through 13 it was like their old Charger days as McGuire tried tracking down leader Turbush. On lap 13 of the non stop race McDermott was back to his fast way passing McGuire to the inside entering the first turn. Mattered not to Chris Turbush who was running second as he was going to win one for Uncle Ray and that is just what he did in his B&M Moving & Storage entry. Jeremy McDermott of Riverhead was runner-up in the Eastport Feeds racer while Chris McGuire of Selden was third in his JC Discount Fuel Oil Chevy.


2018 Crate Modified championship runner up Justin Brown of Manorville got his ’19 campaign off on the right foot when he won their 25-lap main event the 4th of his young career. Taking full advantage of the pole starting position Brown raced out ahead of Dave Brigati at the throw of the green. Brigati who has been racing longer than Brown has been alive won the first two championships in the Crate Mods would keep pace with leader Brown but that would be as close as he’d be able to get. As the race wore on Justin steering the SEDHI Home Improvements Chevy just kept hitting his marks as he drove off to victory in front of a happy gathering of family and friends who cheered him on. Dave Brigati of Calverton was runner-up in the JDL Environmental Chevy with Chris Rogers of Patchogue coming home third in the Captain Ralph’s Seafood Safari entry.


Defending Figure Eight champion Tom Rogers Jr. of Riverhead rebounded from a rough night in his NASCAR Modified to win the 15-lap Figure Eight feature event, the 44th win of his career. Vinny Delaney led the first lap of the contest before Gary Fritz Jr. worked his way by for the top spot on lap 2 bringing Tom Rogers Jr. to second with him. Rogers who started the race from 5th hounded leader Fritz for a few laps before he motored by on lap 5. As is often the case once Tom Rogers Jr. has the Keith Repp owned Chevy Coupe out front he drives off to victory which was the case Saturday. Gary Fritz Jr. of Mastic Beach was runner-up in his 1957 Chevy bodied racer while Eric Zeh of Selden powered his way to a third place finish in the team car to winner Rogers.


It was a milestone 30th career win for 2018 Blunderbust champion Jack Handley Jr. of Medford as he won a non-stop 20-lap feature event. The St. John’s University graduate swears he is not racing for the title in 2019 which mirrors his claim from last year. Jack noted that once his brother Max returns home from college he’d take over the keyboards of the Relle Electric Chevy. Cody Triola and Jack Handley Jr. brought the fiel to green with Handley getting the advantage on the outside groove taking the lead. With no cautions to be found during the event Jack was able to keep Triola of bay Shore in his Cesspool Pros entry at bay for the entire race. Veteran Tom Pickerell of Huntington was third in his Makely Enterprises Chevy.


During the off season Super Pro Truck veteran Jimmy Rennick Jr. made sweeping changes to his team opting for a new engine program as well as having his chassis reworked in the winter months. Well those changes paid a quick dividend Saturday as Jimmy nailed down his first career win in a non-stop 20-lap contest. Starting from the pole Rennick drove to the lead when the race got underway with 2018 SPT champion Mark Stewart giving chase. Jimmy had scene this movie often last year but on this night the ending would be different. On lap 15 Stewart was black flagged from the race for leaking fluid ending his bid for victory. That turn of events moved Sean Glennon of Northport to second. Glennon was able to stay in the tire tracks of leader Rennick that would be as good as it got for the aspiring wheel man. At the finish it was a elated Jimmy Rennick Jr. in his Metropolitan Recycling Chevy scoring a long awaited first career win. Glennon in the Modelewski Law racer was runner-up while former champion Frank Dumicich Jr. of E. Qougue placed third in the Teddy Bear Graphics Chevy.


Richie Davidowitz of East Moriches hopped into the Paul Dodorico owned INEX Legend Race Car for the opening night 20-lapper and the tandem reaped instant success as Richie drove off to his track leading 21st career victory. Armed with a rare pole starting berth Davidowitz outran Eric Hersey to the first turn for the early race lead. Hersey ran second until a lap seven yellow flag waved for a spinning Pat Moore in turn four. On the double file restart Davidowitz raced his was back out front but it would be Kevin Nowak sliding under Eric Hersey for second. Try as he might Nowak could only keep pace with Richie Davidowitz who’d lead the remainder of the race in the Dr. Martha Baker, DDS entry. Nowak of Medford was second in the JTEC Electric machine with Eric Hersey of Commack third in the S&H Welding mount. John Beatty Jr., the 2017 INEX champion at the track drove Davidowitz’s car for the night winding up 12th.


NASCAR Modifieds: 1. Kyle Soper 2. Chris Young 3. Dylan Slepian 4. John Fortin Sr. 5. John Beatty Jr. 6. David Schneider 7. Sal Accardi Jr. 8. Artie Pedersen III 9. Eddie Brunnhoelzl III 10. Roger Turbush 11. Justin Bonsignore 12. Cory Midgett 13. Howie Brode 14. Tom Rogers Jr. 15. Eric Zeh 16. Dave Brigati 17. John Baker 18. CJ Lehmann


Late Models: 1. Chris Turbush 2. Jeremy McDermott 3. Chris McGuire 4. Kevin Metzger 5. Ray Minieri 6. Shawn Patrick 7. Ryan Zurkowski DNS-Charles Macwhinnie


Crate Modifieds: 1. Justin Brown 2. Dave Brigati 3. Chris Rogers 4. Terry Stiles 5. Mike Albasini 6. George Tomko Jr. 7. AJ DeSantis 8. Peter Bertuccio 9. Dennis Krupski 10. Matt Brode 11. Cary Rogers 12. Sean Glennon 13. Jason Hansen DNS- Scott Pedersen


Figure Eights: 1. Tom Rogers Jr. 2. Gary Fritz Jr. 3. Eric Zeh 4. Vinny Delaney 5. Scott Pedersen 6. Tom Ferrara 7. Ken Hyde Jr. 8. Joe Warren Jr. 9. Bryan Quilliam 10. Bob Dalke 11. Johnny Vullo Jr.
Blunderbusts: 1. Jack Handley Jr. 2. Cody Triola 3. Tom Pickerell 4. Russ Jansen 5. Jim Laird 6. Bill Wegmann Sr. 7. Joe Warren Jr. 8. Tim Mulqueen 9. Alyssa Paprocky


Super Pro Trucks: 1. Jimmy Rennick Jr. 2. Sean Glennon 3. Frank Dumicich Jr. 4. Eddie Schutze 5. Frank Dumicich Sr. 6. Joe Cerabino 7. Mark Stewart 8. Ethan Brown


Legend Race Cars: 1. Richie Davidowitz 2. Kevin Nowak 3. Eric Hersey 4. Ray Fitzgerald 5. Jeff Otto Jr. 6. Vinny Delaney 7. Allan Pedersen 8. Jonathan Parsons 9. Ed Cheslak 10. Riely O’Keefe 11. Mike Benton 12. John Beatty Jr. 13. Ste[hen Coleman 14. Joey Braun 15. Jason Castaldo 16. Pat Moore 17. Joseph Costello 18. Jeff Farruggia Jr. 19. Colin Volpe 20. Mike Van Houten Jr. 21. Ken Massa Jr. 22. Jim Sylvester 23. Wally Schweizer 24. Scott Cheslak 25. Austin Bellemare 26.George Tomko Jr.     

The New Smyrna Speedway Tour Modified Entry List as of 01/23/2019

The entry list for the Tour Modifieds at New Smyrna Speedway continues to grow. A solid field of 29 cars have already entered with less than a month before the first race. The final entry list should grow to over 30 entries and the largest field in many years.

The field will bring together Modified teams from all over the east coast and every Modified series.

The latest entries are Dillon Steuer multi time NASCAR WMT champion Doug Coby in his Mayhew #2 entry, #32 Tyler Rypkema and #07 Patrick Emerling.

They join Timmy Solomito, Jimmy Blewett, NASCAR Cup rookie Ryan Preece, Matt Hirschman and 20 other drivers in what is developing into be a very competitive field.

In addition to the healthy Tour Mod entry count the Super Late Model, Pro Late Model, Florida Modified and other fields continue to grow, now at over 20 entries.

The 2019 World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing  starts Feb. 8th with the first night of Tour Modified racing Monday February 11th.

Before the World Series begins at New Smyrna several teams will start their Florida swing at the Bronson Speedway . The Kickoff to Speedways Powered by Sunoco kicks off the Tour Modifieds Fla. race week Saturday February 9th.

Tour Mod Entry List. 01/23/2019

1NY Chris Ridsdale. Rochester, NY

2 Doug Coby. Milford, CT

2 Bertuccio Racing (Driver TBA)

4 Jeffrey Gallup. Feeding Hills, MA

6 Ryan Preece. Berlin, CT1

11X Dillon Steuer Bohemia NY

12 Andy Jankowiak. Buffalo, NY

16 Timmy Solomito. Islip, NY

17 Bobby Measmer. Concord, NC

21 Jimmy Blewett. Howell Township, NJ

22 Chuck Hossfeld. Ransomville, NY

24 Dean Rypkema. Owego, NY

25C Calvin Carroll. Johnsonburg, NJ

25N Nikki Carroll. Johnsonburg, NJ

32 Tyler Rypkema. Owego, NY

33 Gary Fountain. Wesley Chapel, FL

36 Dave Sapienza Riverhead, NY

45 Timmy Catalano. Ontario, NY

46 Jeff Goodale. Riverhead, NY

54 Tommy Catalano. Ontario, NY

55 Jeremy Gerstner. Wesley Chapel, FL

60 Matt Hirschman. Northampton, PA

64 Amy Catalano. Ontario, NY

71 Jimmy Zacharias. Candor, NY

74 Jonathan Laureigh. Forked River, NJ

83 Mike Willis Jr. Grantham, NH

92 Anthony Nocella. Woburn, MA

05 TBA Bullet Racing Entry

07 Patrick Emerling. Williamson, NY