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KYLE SOPER REBOUNDS FROM BRAKE ISSUES TO SCORE RIVERHEAD RACEWAY 50-LAP NASCAR MODIFIED TRIUMP

Riverhead, NY May 18th
By Bob Finan

Defending NASCAR Modified champion Kyle Soper of Manorville survived a rough and tumble NASCAR Modified feature Saturday night at Riverhead Raceway to score his second win of the young season in Whelen All American Series action. Soper also had to rebound from brake issues during his heat race earlier in the day that saw him a drop to the infield just laps into the qualifier. The win was the 11th of Kyle’s career tying him with the late “Tiger” Tom Baldwin for 30th on the all time win list.

At the drop of the green Cory Midgett and Roger Turbush who started on the front row tussled for the early race lead. The two newcomers leaned on each other over the first two laps and that close racing got too close when the field started lap three. Roger’s car  veered suddenly into the first turn wall ending what had already been a frustrating night for the sophomore driver. The contact was ruled incidental and Midgett remained out front with Turbush’s father-in-law Dave Brigati now second and lined up alongside Cory for the restart. When the field took the green Brigati in a power move raced his way into the the race lead with Midgett now sitting second. Midgett would run second until a lap 12 double file restart found Chris Young racing under the early leader for second. Young held second for three laps before the high flying Kyle Soper who started the race 13th came calling taking second on lap 16.

After a few laps chasing Brigati once to second Soper really turned up the pressure just after the halfway mark of the race. However at first Brigati was equal to all challenges that is until the 32nd lap of the contest when Kyle dipped under Dave as the tandem raced off the second turn. By the time they arrived at the third turn Soper was the new race leader. Brigati did try a crossover move on the new leader off turn four but soon he would find himself racing with Young for second. As the race for second intensified Soper in the Eastport Feeds Chevy was able to scamper away. With 15 laps remaining in the race Young was able to pass Brigati for second and started to chip away at Soper’s lead but he in turn was soon challenged and passed for second by John Baker on lap 43. Like the week prior Baker was able to make up ground on the race leader but time was running out as the closing laps clicked off quickly.

At the conclusion of the race, run under a full moon of course Kyle Soper nailed down the win and afterwards couldn’t say enough about his team, “I’m not really sure what happened with the brakes in the heat” Kyle explained, “but my guys went right to work and got her all fixed up” As to the rough nature of the race Soper reflected, “it’s bullring racing on a quarter mile every once in awhile you’ll get one of these, we were lucky to miss most of the carnage tonight”. 

John Baker of Brookhaven for the second week in a row was runner-up in his Milano’s Burger Shack Chevy while Chris Young of Calverton completed the podium in third with his Riverhead Building Supply racer. John Fortin Sr. of Holtsville and Dave Brigati of Calverton rounded out the top ten.

When it came time to qualify for the 40-lap Crate Modified event many wondered if Dave Brigati’s 2018 track record of 12.507 would fall and indeed no less than three drivers Michael Rutkoski, Chris Rogers and Justin Brown. However it would be the former two time champion Brigati who would get the last laugh when he toured the track at a blistering 12.211 eclipsing his old record by nearly 3/10th’s of a second. Starting from the pole Brigati raced his way out to the lead at the throw of the green with Justin Brown in tow from second. Brown who was seeking to back up his opening night win hounded Brigati over the first 26 circuits before making a successful bid for the lead on lap 27. Just one lap after Brown took the lead a yellow flag waved moving Brigati alongside Brown for the ensuing restart. When the race went back green Brown was able to maintain the lead while behind him Chris Rogers was able to slide under Brigati for second as they started the 28th lap. There would be no stopping Justin Brown on this night as he hit his marks and drove to his 5th career win in the Motorcycle Mike Attorney At Law Chevy. Chris Rogers of Patchogue scored a stellar runner-up finish in the Captain Ralph’s Seafood Safari entry while Dave Brigati settled for third in the Quest Machining Chevy.

For the second week in a row former multi time Late Model champion Jeremy McDermott of Riverhead won the 25-lap main event posting the 11th win of his career. Dylan Slepain and “Radiant” Ray Minieri occupied the top two spots when the race went green with McDermott passing Mineri for second to the outside on lap 2. After following his team car with Slepian aboard for a few laps Jeremy raced his way to the race lead with an inside pass of Dylan exiting turn four to start the 6th lap. One lap later Chris Turbush made his presence known as he passed Slepian for second on lap 7. Much like the previous week that would be as good as it got for Turbush as McDermott drove off to victory in the Eastport Feeds Pontiac. Chris Turbush of Wading River was second in the North Fork Sanitation Chevy while Dylan Slepian of Dix Hills crossed the line third in the RP Fabricating machine.

By far the wildest race of the night would come in the 30-lap Blunderbust main event which saw Tom Pickerell of Huntington score his 23rd career win in a race that he pretty much figured he was going to finish third in. In qualifying Jim Laird Jr. eclipsed his 2018 track record when he turned in a lap of 14.576 putting him on the pole. At the start of the race Laird raced his way to the race lead with Tom Pickerell in tow. As the laps clicked off defending champion Jack Handley Jr. who arrived at the track after time trials was marching through the field after starting last in the 14 car field. Once Handley got to Pickerell they would get to racing which was just fine with Laird the race leader. However on lap 27 Jarrett Campbell and Cassandra Denis got together drawing a yellow and setting up a double file restart that would change the outcome of the race. When the green reappeared Laird remained the leader but Handley was able to duck under Pickerell for second. Once to second Handley went right to work on Laird for the win and as the duo swapped paint off turn four on the final lap they made contact spinning both from contention. That opened the gates to victory lane up for third place Tom Pickerell who was first under the checkers in the wild finish with his Makely Enterprises Chevy. Russ Jansen of Medford was runner-up in the Six Juice Caprice while Bill Wegmann Jr. of Patchogue was third in the Crackerjack Auto Stores mount. Laird and Handley fell to 7th & 8th respectfully.

Eric Zeh of Selden lead wire to wire to win the 20-lap Street Stock event for his 5th career win. Early on Chris Lescenski chased Zeh before he was passed on lap 8 by Gerard Lawrence who in turn would chase Zeh for three laps before he was overtaken for second on lap 12 by defending champion Dave Antos who made an inside pass of Lawrence down the front stretch. Like Lescenski and Lawrence before him all Antos could do is watch as Eric Zeh drove the Best Built Construction Chevy to victory lane. Antos of Lindenhurst was runner-up in the EP Milling & Sweeping entry while Lawrence of Miller Place placed third in the Sunburst Tree Experts Chevy.

Defending Mini Stock champion Paul Wojcik of Centereach had to survive a late race challenge from Joe Warren Jr. of Ridge before he could claim the 20-lap main event trophy. Warren chased Wojciik the entire race but it was the closing laps when Joe would really turn up the wick getting into but never spinning Wojcik. Warren looked high and low, made contact at times but was never able to pass Paul Wojcik in his Energy Kinetics racer scoring his second career Mini Stock win. Warren of Ridge was second while Justin Squires of Ridge was third.

In the 15-lap Vintage All Stars race it was Don Howe of Water Mill and Tony Ferrante Jr. of New Hyde Park dicing for the race win before transmission failure dropped the X-3 of Ferrante to the infield. That turn of events paved the way for Howe, a former five time NASCAR Modified champion at the track to drive his Carl Zeh Auto Repair cavalier to victory.

NASCAR Modifieds: 1. Kyle Soper 2. John Baker 3. Chris Young 4. John Fortin Sr. 5. Dave Brigati 6. John Beatty Jr. 7. CJ Lehmann 8. Dylan Slepian 9. Eric Zeh 10. Howie Brode 11. Tom Rogers Jr. 12. Cory Midgett 13. Roger Turbush

Crate Modifieds: 1. Justin Brown 2. Chris Rogers 3. Dave Brigati 4. Sean Glennon 5. Michael Rutkoski 6. Terry Stiles 7. Peter Bertuccio 8. AJ DeSantis 9. Mike Albasini 10. George Tomko Jr. 11. Scott Pedersen 12. Jason Hansen 13. Matt Brode 14. Cary Rogers

Late Models: 1. Jeremy McDermott 2. Chris Turbush 3. Dylan Slepian 4. Shawn Patrick 5. Ray Minieri 6. Jay Scalice

Blunderbusts: 1. Tom Pickerell 2. Russ Jansen 3. Bill Wegmann Jr. 4. Cody Triola 5. Joe Warren Jr. 6. Bill Wegmann Sr. 7. Jim Laird Jr. 8. Jack Handley Jr. 9. Jarret Campbell 10. Kyle Halpin 11. Cassandra Denis 12. Tim Mulqueen 13. Ed Ortiz 14. Alyssa Paprocky 15. Brian Midgett Jr. DNS- Brandon Hubbard

Street Stocks: 1. Eric Zeh 2. Dave Antos 3. Gerard Lawrence 4. Wesley Sammon 5. Brian McCormack 6. Anthony Pizzo 7. Chris Lescenski 8. Phil LaManna 9. Johnny Cricchio 10. Justin Ferreri 11. James DiPietro 12. Rhett Fogg

Mini Stocks: 1. Paul Wojcik 2. Joe Warren Jr. 3. Justin Squires 4. Jamie Meyer 5. Tom Puccia 6. Chris Elixson 7. Joe Cooke Jr. 8. Brad Bess 9. Martin O’Connell 10. Matt Stawecki 11. Tom Cocozza 12. James O’Connell DNS- Mike Mujsce Jr & Steve Catalano

Vintage All Stars: Winner- Don Howe

Photo: Kerri Larsen Myracenews

BORROWED CAR, NO PROBLEM FOR TOM ROGERS JR. WHO SCORES 75-LAP NASCAR MODIFIED VICTORY AND SETS NEW RIVERHEAD RACEWAY QUALIFYING MARK

Riverhead, NY May 11th
By Bob Finan

Heading into the second week of NASCAR Modified competition at Riverhead Raceway Saturday Tom Rogers Jr. and team were not sure what their repaired car had in store for them after a heavy opening night crash. The team made repairs trying to avoid installing a new front clip on the car but after the second round of practice Rogers and crew knew they needed a plan B. Enter Denise & Ken Darch who had their NASCAR Modified at the track minus driver Justin Bonsignore and the rest as they say is history. In the borrowed car Rogers broke the seven year old track qualifying record with a lap of 11.482 and scored his 53rd career win in the 75-lap main event.

With just one round of practice under his belt Tom Rogers Jr. qualified third from last among the 15 cars on hand and with his first lap set the new qualifying mark of 11.482 besting Ron Silk’s 11.529 set in July of 2012. After a redraw Rogers found himself starting the race from 4th spot. When the race got underway Dave Brigati outran John Baker to the first turn for the early race lead and led the first lap. However as the field contested the second lap Eddie Brunnhoelzl III spun off turn two collecting Dylan Slepian in the process. Roger Turbush and Chris Young suffered flat in the jingle as well. When the race resumed Brigati motored out front with Rogers making his way under Baker from third to file into second. After chasing Brigati for 14 laps Rogers knew that company was coming behind him in the form of Baker and John Fortin and that he’d have to make his move soon.

Tom Rogers Jr. after setting fast time with a new track record of 11.482 May 11th 2019 Michael Jaworecki Myracenews photo

Sensing Brigati’s car was getting tight Rogers made his move to the inside of the leader on lap 16 as they raced in turn two with Tommy the new race leader. Brigati then found himself under attack from Fortin who made his way to third and the fight for second intensified consuming 17 laps which was just fine with leader Rogers who was able to build a comfortable lead. Fortin ducked under Brigati down the backstretch for second on lap 35, just a lap or two later Baker would also pass Brigati for third. The closing sequence of the race saw Fortin and Baker close in on Rogers but they also got to racing for second with Baker making a bold inside pass of Fortin racing into the first turn for the position with ten lap remaining in the race.

Once to second with the laps whittling down it was apparent John Baker was closing in on race leader Tom Rogers Jr. However there would be no spoiling this storybook night of racing for Rogers and especially his car owners for the night Denise & Ken Darch who had never won a NASCAR Modified race until Saturday night as Tommy took the checker flag. “I can’t say enough about Denise & Kenny” a happy Rogers commented, “fortunately I have helped Kenny over the years, he is meticulous and has good equipment so it wasn’t a big adjustment for me. I have been to his shop a number of times over the years”. Tom concluded, Big thanks to D&K Motorsports sponsors Precision Water Works , Bagel Lovers Cafe & Evolution Race Engines and of course to both our crews for pulling this off”.

Scoring his 53rd win Saturday puts Tommy just 10 win back of the late “Charging” Charlie Jarzombek (63) for the top spot on the all time Riverhead Raceway Modified win list. Add Tommy’s 44 Figure Eight wins and counting as well three Late Model tallies and one Legend Race Car win and Rogers sits at 101 feature event wins at the track.

John Baker of Brookhaven was runner-up in his Staria Automotive Chevy while John Fortin of Holtsville was third in the John’s Tree Removal entry. David Schneider of Huntington and John Beatty Jr. of Merrick completed the top five.

Late Model winner Jeremy McDermott May 11th 2019 Michael Jaworecki Myracenews Photo

Just two weeks into the 2019 Late Model season and it has become apparent that Jeremy McDermott of Riverhead and Chris Turbush of Wading River are the two drivers to beat for the 2019 title. After Turbush won the topping night 25-lapper it would be McDermott taking the nod Saturday night. Pole sitter “Radiant” Ray Minieri led the first circuit of the race before he was overtaken by McDermott with an inside pass in the third and fourth turn which also opened the door for Turbush to race his way to second. From the moment he took the lead the race belonged to Jeremy McDermott in the Eastport Feeds Chevy and he was able to drive off to his 10th career win. Chris Turbush in the Carpet Express machine was second while McDermott’s RP Fabricating teammate Dylan Slepain of Dix Hill finished third.

Super Pro Truck winner Sean Glennon May 11th 2019 Michael Jaworecki Myracenews Photo

After a few years of trying Sean Glennon of Northport finally grabbed the brass ring winning his first career Super Pro Truck feature event in convincing fashion passing defending class champion Mark Stewart of Riverhead to the outside with four laps left in the 20-lap tilt. Stewart with a rare front row starting berth led the race from the throw of the green chased for the first dozen laps by former multi-time champ Lou Maestri. On lap 13 Glennon who had been testing Maestri for second worked his way under Lou one lap after a double file restart to claim the position. Sean quickly caught Stewart and after taking a look towards the inside lane Glennon switched up his plan of attack made a run to the outside off turn two payoff as he put his LTE Drainage Chevy into the race lead. Stewart quickly tried to cross Sean back over but there would be no denying this first time winner as Glennon took the checker flag first. Stewart of Riverhead was runner-up in his 84 Lumber Chevy while Lou Maestri of Deer Park completed the podium in his Line-X Truck Bed Liner entry.

INEX Legends feature winner Jim Sylverster May 11th 2019 Michael Jaworecki Myracenews Photo

Reining INEX Legend Race Car champion Jim Sylvester of Massapequa won the 20-lap main event taking advantage of a lap 6 restart to power his way out front. George Tomko Jr. broke to the early race lead from the pole with Sylvester in tow before a caution flag slowed the race on lap 6. On the ensuing restart Tomko appeared to be slow to fire in the East West Marine Supply Go Zone which allowed Jim Sylvester to motor out front as the field started the 7th lap. Tomko ran second for two laps before he was passed on yet another restart by Allan Pedersen but undaunted Tomko roared back to reclaim second from Pedersen on lap 14. While the two young lions dueled for second the veteran Sylvester was able to remain out front until the conclusion of the race for his 4th career win in his 860 Motorsports mount. Tomko of Aquebogue was able to ward off a hard charging first time Riverhead visitor Daniel Carter of Cortland, NY to claim second in his PDR Race Engines machine. Carter, who won the week prior at Bethel Motor Speedway was third in an impressive first outing after starting 12th in his Carter Racing mount.

Street Stock winner Dave Antos May 11th 2019 Michael Jaworecki Myracenews Photo

Defending Street Stock champion David Antos of Lindenhurst got his title defense off on the right foot literally as he led all 20-laps of their main event to post third career SS triumph. Gerard Lawrence chased Antos early but soon was under attack for second from veteran Rhett Fogg for second. While Lawrence and Fogg got to mixing it up Antos wheeling his EP Milling & Sweeping Chevy was able to get away from the pack. Fogg of Westhampton worked his way by Lawrence for second 4 laps into the contest but Lawrence would keep the heat on Fogg. In the final stage of the race Fogg was able to make a run towards Antos but in the end would settle for second in the McBetts Racing Engines racer. Brian Brown of Baiting Hollow was third with a late race charge in the Staria Automotive Chevy.

Gut & Go winner Sean Fitzpatrick May 11th 2019 Michael Jaworecki Myracenews Photo

Sean Fitzpatrick of West Babylon took the lead early in the 40-lap 8-Cylinder Gut & Go race and despite a persistent flume of smoke was able to race off to victory in his Tire Express of Bay Shore/East Islip Chevy. Fitzpatrick pointed to perhaps a balky transmission line as the culprit for the smoke show. Defending champion Jared Halsey of Southampton was second in the Sabrosa Mexican Grill entry while Michael Asdahl of East Meadow was third. 

Figure 8 School Bus race winner Paul Fox may 11th 2019 Michael Jaworecki Myracenews Photo

In a wildly entertaining School Bus Figure Eight race Paul Fox of Riverhead topped the 10 bus field for the win. Fox along with Michael “Cheesebox” Rommeney and NASCAR Modified pilot Eddie Brunnhoelzl III made it a three bus race for the victory. Brunnhoelzl was the first to take some short cuts on the infield with Fox and Rommeney left with no choice but to join him as the crowd roared with delight. In the end Fox would prevail winning won for his famed uncle Donny “Don Don” Fox.

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

Late Models: 1. Jeremy McDermott 2. Chris Turbush 3. Dylan Slepian 4. Ray Minieri 5. Kevin Metzger 6. Shawn Patrick 7. Jay Scalice DNS-Ryan Zurkowski

Super Pro Trucks: 1. Sean Glennon 2. Mark Stewart 3. Lou Maestri 4. Jimmy Rennick Jr. 5. Eddie Schutze 6. Frank Dumicich Jr. 7. Joe Cerabino 8. Matt Triola 9. Frank Dumicich Sr. 10. Ethan Brown

Legend Race Cars: 1. Jim Sylvester 2. George Tomko Jr. 3. Daniel Carter 4. Eric Hersey 5. Ed Cheslak 6. Allan Pedersen 7. Riely O’Keefe 8. Kevin Nowak 9. Richie Davidowitz 10. Joey Braun 11. Dean Lambros 12. William Lambros 13. Mike Van Houten Jr. 14. Stephen Coleman 15. Mike Benton 16. Ray Fitzgerald 17. Joe Costello 18. Jason Castaldo 19. Scott Cheslak 20. Joe Sedotto 21. Jeff Otto Jr. 22. Jeff Farruggia Jr. 23. Pat Moore 24. David Strohmeyer 25. Vinny Delaney 26. Rich Braun

Street Stocks: 1. David Antos 2. Rhett Fogg 3. Brian Brown 4. Gerard Lawrence 5. Brian McCormack 6. Eric Zeh 7. Chris Lescenski 8. Johnny Cricchio 9. Wesley Sammon 10. Justin Ferreri 11. James Dipietro

8-Cylinder Gut & Go: 1. Sean Fitzpatrick 2. Jared Halsey 3. Michael Asdahl 4. Dennis Jones 5. Eric Germuth 6. Stacy Halsey 7. Kyle Curtis 8. Carmine D’eredita 9. Mark Wolf 10. Kevin Coyle 11. Dwayne Sipila 12. Dale Doherty 13. Vinny Poharski 14. Christian Conklin 15. CJ Zurkowski 16. Steve Jones 17. Scott Phillips 18. Kim Hyde 19. Jimmy Muench 20. Brian Halsey 21. Pat Collins 22. Steve Fried 23. Eric Steltar 24. David Verbeeck 25. Steve Marchese 26. Chris Loughlin 27. Ricky Carman

School Bus Figure Eight: Winner- Paul Fox

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.