Not since August 2019 have the car crushing Monster Trucks of KSR Motorsports wreaked havoc at Riverhead Raceway but that is all about to change this Saturday night July 31st at the eastern Long Island oval when they join the Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series program. Six divisions of racing will be presented along with the second Vintage All Stars race of 2021.
Fans will marvel as these huge Monster Trucks get after each other in “free style” competition not only crushing cars flatter than a pancake but also performing slap wheelies and cyclones. The line-up of KSR Motorsports stars set to invade Riverhead Raceway Saturday include Badnews, Zombie Sniper, Shockwave and BeAware while the popular ride truck Webslinger gives race fans a once in a lifetime thrill with a ride through the track property for a nominal fee. KSR Motorsports merchandise will also be available for fans to purchase by the ride truck.
The Eagle Auto Mall Crate Modifieds will go to post in a 25-lap feature event as the 2021 championship chase enters the final stretch run of the season. Race number two of the Miller Lite Triple Crown Series is on tap for the Blunderbusts, a 30-lap affair with time trial qualifying. The INEX Legend Race Cars will run a 20-lap main event, their final tune up before their INEX National Qualifier Saturday August 7th at Riverhead. The Street Stocks will be the first division to crown their 2021 Miller Lite Triple Crown Series champion as the full bodied racers run their third and final race of the series with a 30-lapper with qualifying via time trials. The Mini Stocks are back for a 20-lap contest while the Vintage All Stars return for their second race of ’21 with first race winner Tony Ferrante Jr. of New Hyde Park and Don Howe of Water Mill, runner-up expected to renew acquaintances. A Truck Enduro will complete the racing portion of the program.
Qualifying is set for 5:30 pm with spectator gates opening at 4:00 pm. Adults are $30, kids 6-12 $10 with 5 & under free. Tickets are available at the track on race day only. The live stream of the July 31st show starts at 5:15 pm and can be viewed at Riverheadraceway.Tv on a PPV basis.
Saturday night at Riverhead Raceway it was a night to remember a Late Model legend in Paul McElearney with a 60-lap Memorial race that saw defending champion Jeremy McDermott turn in a a dominating performance setting fast time and leading all 60-laps in route to his second win of the season. Over in the Buzz Chew Chevrolet NASCAR Modifieds former champion Kyle Soper of Manorville became the first repeat winner in ’21 when he won the 50-lap main event padding his championship lead in the process.
Eric Zeh and Roger Turbush brought the 18-car Buzz Chew Chevrolet NASCAR Modified field to green with Zeh getting a slight edge on Turbush over the first three circuits. Lap 4 saw Turbush make his way into the race lead with Zeh now second however Eric was now feeling pressure form third place Justin Brown who started the race from 4th. On lap 6 Brown made his way by Zeh for second and set his sights on race leader Turbush. With two hungry drivers now getting after each other for the win things were bound to heat up as Roger was out for his second career win, first of the year while Brown the 2020 Rookie of the Year gunning for his first career triumph.
As the race moved along Brown started to turn up the pressure on Turbush looking both high and low for a way by. Each time Brown made an offensive move Turbush played defense throwing the block frustrating the young driver. During the intense battle race control warned Roger about choosing a lane but things were about to boil over. As the duo exited turn four on lap 32 Brown went to the outside of Turbush in a bid for the lead but Turbush moved up with Brown’s car making slight contact with the wall sending sparks flying. The loss of momentum saw Justin lose a few spots but a quick yellow waved for Eric Zeh who slowed with a broken suspension in turn two. It was then Brown frustrated with Turbush’s defensive driving took matters into his own hands driving into the back of a stopped Turbush in the backstretch. Brown was ejected from the race by race control.
When the race resumed to start the 33rd lap Turbush remained the race leader not having suffered any race ending damage from the contact under caution with a new challenger awaiting him in Kyle Soper. Soper who started 11th methodically made his way through traffic by being both patient and avoiding some hard racing and contact along the way. Over the next 11 laps new challenger Soper put heavy pressure on Turbush for the lead and again went Roger played defense. However on lap 44 that defense got too strong as Roger moved Kyle up the track exiting turn four with Soper getting a piece of the wall again on the front stretch. At that point race control having already warned the leader about choosing a lane black flagged Turbush from the event.
Over the final five laps new leader Kyle Soper drove off in his Eastport Feeds Chevy to his 21st career win tying him for 18th on the all time win list with Fred Harbach & Dan Jivanelli. “I saw how hard some of the guys were racing up front” Soper reflected afterwards, “then when I got to the 81 he was kind of running me all over the place, I like Roger and we get along so I didn’t understand it but he wants to win too”. With another win in his pocket Kyle now looks forward to the Baldwin, Evans & Jarzombek 77 on August 7th, “the 77 and a WMT race are the two races left to win on my Riverhead bucket list”
John Fortin Sr. of Holtsville rebounded nicely from an early race spin to roar back to a runner-up finish in the John’s Tree Removal Chevy while his son JB Fortin also rebounded from early race woes to finish third in the Golden Jalapeno Chevy. Dylan Slepian of Dix Hills and Craig Lutz of Miller Place were fourth and fifth.
With family and friends looking on Paul McElearney a 45 time Late Model winner and seven time track champion was honored with a 60-lap race and what unfolded was reminiscent of the dominating performances Paul laid on his competition back in the day. Jeremy McDermott set fast time in qualifying winning the Myracenews.com Pole Award $198 with a lap of 12.643. Impressive rookie wheel man Joe Warren Jr.was second quick at 12.869. At the throw of the green McDermott in the Eastport Feeds Pontiac moved right out front with Jerry Giordano tagging along on the inside to come to second. Giordano ran second until just prior to the halfway mark when he was p[assed by Chris Turbush in turn two to the inside on lap 28. By the time Turbush made his way from a 5th place starting berth to second McDermott was long gone and Chris was going to need a caution to catch the flying race leader. Low and behold the race which was a well driven event by the 15 drivers in the field saw the first yellow wave on lap 46 for a Jerry Giordano spin in turn one giving Turbush the opportunity he sought. However when the green light came back on it was all Jeremy McDermott who broke back into the lead and pulled away over the final 14 laps for his 23rd career win tying him with Scott Kulesa for 5th on the all time win list. Over the final green flag run Chris Turbush of Wading River was under pressure for second from JB Fortin in the Minieri Motorsports pressure Chris would withstand coming home for runner-up money in the Coors Light Chevy. Fortin made an impressive Late Model debut starting 8th on the grid coming home third at the finish in the Long Island Performance entry. named winner of the Hard Charger Award. The McElearney Memorial was the second race of the Miller Lite Triple Crown Series, the third and final race is set for August 28th.
Defending Eagle Auto Mall Crate Modified champion Richie Davidowitz of East Moriches found his way back to victory lane Saturday winning the 40-lap event, the second race of the Miller Lite Triple Crown Series. Qualifying for the 22 cars on hand saw Davidowitz the final car to take time winning the pole with a lap 12.468 while Owen Grennan of Glen Cove was second quick at 12.472. When the green flag dropped it would be Grennan moving from the outside pole to the race lead with Davidowitz a close second. The tandem ran one-two over the first 30-laps before the race got bogged down with a series of yellow flags with just 10-laps remaining. It was during the more than one attempt at restarting the race that Grennan’s night went south in a hurry as race control felt he left too early on one restart calling back the start and warning Owen on the radio. Next attempt officials felt as though Owen went early again and he was moved to the back of the field. That left Richie Davidowitz all alone in the lead with recent winner Mark Stewart now second. Over the final 10 circuits Davidowitz in the Benimax Trucking Chevy led the remainder of the way for his second win of 2021, fourth overall in his career. Stewart of Riverhead was runner-up in the Eastern Fuel Chevy while Alex Colasanto of Selden turned in a stellar effort for third in his Vanguard Fire Protection Chevy after starting 10th on the grid. The final race of the Miller Lite Triple crown Series for the Crate Mods will unfold September 4th.
Defending Blunderbust champion Tom Pickerell of Huntington notched his first win of the 2021 campaign when he won their 20-lap feature his 29th career victory. Eddie Diaz paced Alyssa Paprocky for the first two laps before “Slick Pick” Tom Pickerell slipped by Paprocky to the inside entering the third turn. Diaz remained the pace setter of the race until a yellow waved on lap 6 for CJ Lehmann who suffered a flat tire. When the race restarted Diaz chose the bottom moving Pickerell to his outside and when the green flag waved Pickerell raced his way to the lead to start the 7th lap. On lap 8 championship leader Cody Triola snuck by Diaz for second but rather then go after leader Pickerell he’d find himself racing with Max Handley for second with the duo changing position three times over the final 11 laps. When the dust settled it was Tom Pickerell in the Encore Rentals Chevy sitting in the winner’s circle with “Mad” Max Handley of Medford winning the battle royal for second in his All American Auto Wreckers Chevy. Cody Triola of Bay Shore was third with his C&L Aluminum & Glass racer.
Jason Castaldo of Shirley scored his second INEX Legend Race Car win of the season when he won their 20-lap main event backing up his first career victory back on May 8th. Two new faces ran at the front of the field early on in the race as Mike Benton and Sean McElearney ran one-two at the throw of the green. With Benton gettin away slightly Sean, the grandson of Paul McElearney soon was under attack from Riely O’Keefe for second. Exiting the fourth turn McElearney moved up slightly on O’Keefe putting him into the wall by the starters stand with Riely nearly flipping. During the caution race control moved McElearney to the rear for his role in the incident. When the race resumed 2020 Bethel Motor Speedway Legend champ Jeff Otto got the measure of Benton on the restart but his run at the front didn’t last long as he spun in turn one. That turn of events found Jason Castaldo moving out to the race lead with Eric Hersey second for a lap but Eric soon was passed by defending champion Kevin Nowak for second on lap 9 during a double file restart. With Nowak, a 19-time career winner breathing down his neck Jason Castaldo held serve over the last 11-laps scoring the win in his M3 Technology racer. Kevin Nowak of Medford was runner-up in the JTEC Electric mount while George Tomko Jr. of Aquebogue crossed the line third in his Montauk Distilling Co. entry.
For the third time this season Sean Fitzpatrick of West Babylon won the 8-Cylinder Enduro. With starting positions drawn as drivers enter the track Sean drew the outside pole which was bad news for his competitors. He was also motivated by the fact his children Sean & Skylar were celebrating birthdays and promptly went out and led all 40-laps of the race in his Tire Express Chevy. James Muench of Patchogue turned in a solid performance with a runner-up finish while Pat Collins of Southampton came home third.
Buzz Chew Chevrolet NASCAR Modifieds: 1. Kyle Soper 2. John Fortin Sr. 3. JB Fortin 4. Dylan Slepian 5. Craig Lutz 6. Artie Pedersen III 7. Chris Turbush 8. Michael Rutkoski 9. Jarrod Hayes 10. Matt Brode 11. Roger Turbush 12. Eric Zeh 13. Kyle Ellwood 14. Chris Young 15. CJ Lehmann 16. John Beatty 17. John Baker DQ-Justin Brown DNS- Jack Handley
Paul McElearney Memorial Late Models: 1. Jeremy McDermott 2. Chris Turbush 3. JB Fortin 4. Shawn Patrick 5. Ed Cheslak 6. Brian McElearney 7. Brandon Turbush 8. Ethan Brown 9. Mike Bologna 10. Ken Hyde Jr. 11. Eric Hersey 12. Joe Warren Jr. 13. Jerry Giordano 14. John Baker 15. Brian Doyle
Crate Modifieds: 1. Richie Davidowitz 2. Mark Stewart 3. Alex Colasanto 4. Michael Berner 5. Matt Brode 6. Vinny Delaney 7. Sean Glennon 8. Charles Macwhinnie 9. Stephen Coleman 10. Terry Stiles 11. Owen Grennan 12. Eric Hersey 13. Artie Pedersen III 14. Dennis Krupski 15. Chase Grennan 16. Eric Zeh 17. Rich Gerbe 18. AJ DeSantis 19. Ken Massa III 20. Mike Albasini 21. Mark Wolf 22. Steve Ratti
Blunderbusts: 1. Tom Pickerell 2. Max Handley 3. Cody Triola 4. Brandon Hubbard 5. Eddie Diaz 6. Tom Sullivan 7. Jim Laird Jr. 8. Bill Wegmann Sr. 9. Jarrett Campbell 10. Bill Wegmann Jr. 11. Alyssa Paprocky 12. Gary Caldwell 13. Kyle Halpin 14. CJ Lehmann
Legend Race Cars: 1. Jason Castaldo 2. Kevin Nowak 3. George Tomko Jr. 4. Anthony Marsh 5. Ray Fitzgerald 6. Allan Pedersen 7. Eric Hersey 8. Jerry Curran 9. Scott Cheslak 10. Brad Van Houten 11. Colin Volpe 12. Jason Agugliaro 13. Pat Moore 14. Jeff Farruggia Jr. 15. Jim Sylvester 16. Mike Van Houten 17. Sean McElearney 18. Charlie Hodge 19. Chris Sinatro 20. Jeff Otto Jr. 21. Mike Benton 22. Vinny Delaney 23. Ed Cheslak 24. Riely O’Keefe 25. Alex Halinar 26. Joey Braun
8-Cylinder Enduro: 1. Sean Fitzpatrick 2. James Muench 3. Pat Collins 4. Ricky Carman 5. Greg Harris 6. Woot Lawrence 7. Kevin Feeney 8. David Verbeeck 9. Kevin Coyle 10. Richie Carman 11. Michael Asdahl 12. Vinny Poharski 13. Kale Buckley 14. Kris Dane 15. Christian Kalbfleish 16. Tony Copobianco 17. Dennis Jones 18. Preston Prydatko 19. David Cohen 20. Blake Drinkwater 21. Roger Tramm 22. Mahmoud Anaya 23. Joe Boccia 24. John O’Rourke 25. Ralph Caggiano 26. Eric Germuth 27. Steve Jones 28. Dale Doherty 29. Robert Eggers 30. Jody Fickiessen 31. Michael Farrell 32. David Sandel
Third year NASCAR Modified driver Michael Rutkoski of Matituck broke into the winner’s circle Saturday night at Riverhead Raceway delivering his grandfather Buzz Chew his first victory as a asphalt NASCAR Modified car owner when he won the 50-lap feature event from the 11th starting position. For Chew who is deeply entrenched in motorsports owning the Super DirtCar team of 2019 champion Mat Williamson as well sponsoring events and pace vehicles at Riverhead since 1985 the win was particularly satisfying with his grandson at the wheel of the family team.
Early on in the Buzz Chew Chevrolet NASCAR Modified event youth prevailed at the front of the field with Eric Zeh leading the first two laps over Jack Handley Jr. before Handley took the top spot on a double file restart to start the third lap. Soon CJ Lehmann who started from the 5th position was in the mix at the front making his way underneath Zeh entering the first turn for second on lap 5. Three laps later Lehmann worked his way by Handley for the race lead on lap 8 exiting the fourth turn but it was at this point things began to heat up at the front.
With Lehmann leading Handley both Justin Brown and Eric Zeh were right on the rear bumper of the race leader on the lowside of the track while Handley rode more to the outside of the track. On lap ten racing off the second corner things got too close with Lehmann, Brown and Zeh coming together off turn two drawing the third yellow of the race. When the field was reset Handley again found himself out front with John Fortin Sr. now second. When the leaders got to the choose cone Handley picked the outside leaving Fortin to the inside while Michael Rutkoski who started the race 11th now sat third.When the race went back to green Hanldey also seeking his first career win remained out front with Fortin and Rutkoski racing for second with Michael taking the spot on lap 13.After sizing Handley up for four laps Rutkoski decided on lap 17 exiting the fourth corner that it was “go time” and he dipped under Handley to take the race lead bringing Fortin to second with him for a short time with Handley reclaiming the position later in the race.
Once out front Rutkoski a former Crate Modified champion would lead the rest of the way in his Buzz Chew Chevrolet-Cadillac Chevy for that all important first career win. “I just can’t tell you what this means” Rutkoski commented after greeted by some victory lane pyrotechnics on Fireworks night. “My family Mom & Dad, Grandpa Buzz and Uncle Bryon who have stood behind me since day one. What is so cool is my mentor since day one Ron Ste-Marie aka “Spot” from our dirt team is here tonight. He tweaked the car and of course Kyle Ellwood, who is not only a great crew chief but he’s become my best friend too” The win wrapped up a busy week for Rutkoski who last weekend along with girlfriend Marisa James moved into a home they purchased on the east end.
Jack Handley Jr. of Medford wheeled the Joe Ambrose owned Jessup Landscaping Chevy to a career best runner-up finish while Chris Young of Calverton drove from a 12th place starting berth to finish third in the CPC Chevy. Young had defending NASCAR WMT champion Justin Bonsignore serve as his spotter for the night crediting him for his solid drive. John Fortin Sr. of Holtsville and Kyle Soper of Manorville were fourth and fifth.
It might have taken “Radiant” Ray Minieri of Bay Shore the better part of five years to win his first Late Model feature but it sure didn’t take him long to pocket career win number two which he did in a rough and tumble 40-lap event Saturday. Former Charger standout Chris McGuire paced the race at the throw of the green chased by Chris Turbush driving the Dave Brigati entry. McGuire would lead until the 11th lap of the race when he was passed by both Turbush and Jeremy McDermott with Turbush to show the way until the halfway signal when he was overtaken by McDermott to the inside off turn two. On lap 23 things got too close at the front when McDermott, Turbush and Kevin Metzger came together in turn two slowing the race with another caution. With the top three now at the rear of the field rookie driver Joe Warren Jr. and Ray Minieri made up the front row for the restart with Warren leading Minieri from laps 24 through 27 before Ray made what turned out to be the winning pass on lap 27 exiting the fourth turn to the inside. Warren ran second to Minieri until the 34th lap when he was passed by a hard charging Chris Turbush. However by the time Chris got to second Ray Minieri in his Hometown Taxi entry was not going to be caught securing his second win in a row. Turbush of Wading River was runner-up in the Coors Light machine while Chris McGuire of Selden was third in the C-Ya Apparel Chevy.
Vinny Delaney of East Islip became the first repeat winner of the 2021 Eagle Auto Mall Crate Modifieds when he won their 25-lap feature event. Dennis Krupski and Vinny Delaney brought the 21-car field to the green flag with Delaney jumping to the early race lead. Charles Macwhinnie moved by Krupski for second on lap 2. Delaney who won the June 20th Crate Modified event for the first of his career had his Stakey’s Pumpkin Farm racer on rails and was able to build a comfortable lead during the race. On lap 22 Eric Hersey raced his way to second but it would turn out to be too little, too late as Vinny Delaney would take the checker flag with a half second advantage. Eric Hersey of Ronkonkoma was runner-up in the Goosehead Insurance Chevy while defending champion Richie Davidowitz of East Moriches came home third in the Benimax Trucking Chevy.
All time leading Super Pro Truck winner Lou Maestri of Deer Park added another notch to his belt when he won their 20-lap main event for his 36th career triumph. Joe Cerabino and Mark Stewart brought the field to green with Stewart jumping to the early race lead. After running second for the first two circuits Cerabino was passed by Lou Maestri to the inside exiting the fourth turn to start the third lap. As the race developed Stewart and Maestri found themselves in familiar territory, racing each other for a SPT win and did so side by side from laps 3 through 8. A Joe Creabino spin in turn one drew the yellow on lap ending for the moment the side by side racing for the lead. When the race resumed Stewart stayed out front for the first four laps before Maestri went to the outside to challenge the leader. On lap 12 exiting the fourth turn Maestri rode the outside by Stewart to take the lead starting the 13th cycle. Once out front Lou Maestri stayed there for his second of 2021 in the Goodfella’s Auto Repair Ford. After Mark Stewart came up light at the scales runner-up money went to Max Handley of Medford in the Hydro Action Chevy while brother Jack Handley Jr. was third in the Riverwalk Bar & Grill entry.
CJ Zukowski of Riverhead scored a clean sweep in the Mini Stocks as the defending champion set fast time with a lap of 14.838 and then proceeded to lead all 30-laps f their feature for his track leading third win of 2021. Early on Jesse St. Clair and Joe Cooke Jr. chased Zukowski with Cooke finding his fine ride come to an end on lap 8 when he ans former champion Paul Wojcik got together off turn 2. That moved Tony Collinsworth to second alongside Zukowski for the restart but when the green waved Zukowski in the MSM Motorsports Cavalier was just too strong driving off to his 5th career win as the race concluded. Paul Wojcik of Patchgue over the final 12 laps of the race roared all the way back to post a second place finish in his Moe’s Southwest Grill Restaurants of L.I. Honda while Tony Collinsworth of Calverton scored a career best third place tally in his Suffolk Tree Works entry.
The Busch brothers were not the only siblings racing for a win over the weekend as Mariah Lawrence of Southampton made a daring late race pass of her brother Woot to earn her long awaited for career Truck Enduro win in a 40-lap contest. Woot broke to the early lead from the pole staying out front over the first 15-laps of the tilt. Former champion Phil LaManna snuck by Lawrence on lap 16 but as quickly as he took the lead misfortune was about to strike LaManna as he fell to the infield surrendering the lead. That moved defending champion Justin McGrady out front on lap 18 but just nine laps later on the 27th lap Woot Lawrence reclaimed the lead. Soon thereafter Mariah who began the race in 11th made her way by McGrady for second and now was tracking down brother Woot. With barely over a lap remaining Mariah was able to catch and pass her brother entering the first turn as the crowd roared with approval. Ironically it is Woot who prepared the winning truck. Woot Lawrence also of Southampton was second in the Gregor Well Drilling Chevy while former champion Don Nelson Jr. of Rocky Point was third in the Abner Tree Experts S-10.
With three former iconic Demolition Derby drivers looking on in “Long” John Silver, Michael “Gravel” Buksa and “Pistol” Pete Sindone the second Demolition Derby of the year unfolded as seasoned veteran Jason Savoy of Lake Panamoka scored his first win in five years before the trio of legends. Savoy in his Monsters Recycling machine outlasted Shawn Adler of Lindenhurst and Rob Savoy of Selden who were second and third.
Fourth generation racer Gavin Turbush of Riverhead won the Kids Big Wheel Race earning not just a handsome trophy but also the big wheel he rode to victory on.
NASCAR Modifieds: 1. Michael Rutkoski 2. Jack Handley Jr. 3. Chris Young 4. John Fortin Sr. 5. Kyle Soper 6. Tom Rogers Jr. 7. Kyle Ellwood 8. Craig Lutz 9. Roger Turbush 10. Howie Brode 11. CJ Lehmann 12. JB Fortin 13. Dylan Slepian 14. Eric Zeh 15. John Baker 16. Justin Brown 17. John Beatty Jr.
Late Models: 1. Ray Minieri 2. Chris Turbush 3. Chris McGuire 4. Ethan Brown 5. Brandon Turbush 6. Jeremy McDermott 7. Ed Cheslak 8. Brian McElearney 9. Shawn Patrick 10. Jerry Giordano 11. Kevin Metzger 12. Brian Doyle 13. Joe Warren Jr.
Crate Modifieds: 1. Vinny Delaney 2. Eric Hersey 3. Richie Davidowitz 4. Owen Grennan 5. Sean Glennon 6. Alex Colasanto 7. Matt Brode 8. Steve Ratti 9. Mark Stewart 10. Eddie Schutze 11. Stephen Coleman 12. Dennis Krupski 13. Terry Stiles 14. Mike Albasini 15. AJ DeSantis 16. Chase Grennan 17. Mark Wolf 18. Charles Macwhinnie 19. Michael Berner 20. Rich Gerbe 21. Ken Massa III
Super Pro Trucks: 1. Lou Maestri 2. Max Handley 3. Jack Handley Jr. 4. Matt Triola 5. Frank Dumicich Sr. 6. Daniel Creegan 7. Ethan Brown 8. Joe Cerabino 9. Mark Stewart
Mini Stocks: 1. CJ Zukowski 2. Paul Wojcik 3. Tony Collinsworth 4. Justin Squires 5. Joe Cooke Jr. 6. Jesse St. Clair 7. James O’Connell 8. Scott Phiilips 9. Martin O’Connell 10. Nick Kocis 11. Ryan Warren 12. Tom Puccia DNS- Joe Warren Jr.
Truck Enduro: 1. Mariah Lawrence 2. Woot Lawrence 3. Don Nelson 4. Gary Voight 5. Kevin McCarthy 6. Brian Dean 7. Kerry Botts 8. Amber Weiss 9. Dusty Cole 10. Tom Sullivan 11. Chris Olsen 12. Emily Hubbard 13. Whitney Williams 14. Danielle Cohen 15. Jackie Germuth 16. Doug Tittle 17. John Schultze 18. Kayla Kelly 19. Phil LaManna 20. Brandon LaManna 21. Kelsey Squires DQ- Justin McGrady
Demolition Derby: 1. Jason Savoy 2. Shawn Adler 3. Robert Savoy