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Riverhead, NY June 22nd. 
By Bob Finan

Modified winner at Riverhead Raceway Kyle Soper June 22nd 2019 Michael Jaworecki Myracenews Photo

It is officially the summer of Kyle Soper at Riverhead Raceway as the defending NASCAR Modified champion won his fifth race in seven starts Saturday topping the 50-lap Whelen All Anmerican Series feature event. The Manorville resident is now halfway home to tying the single season win mark of 10 that was set twice by the late “Charging” Charlie Jarzombek (1976 & 77) and once by Gary Winters (1962). Twelve point paying NASCAR Modified races remain on the 2019 Riverhead schedule and with the early season roll Soper is on he may very well not only tie but break the record for wins in one season.

Early on in the 50-lap tilt up and coming young talents CJ Lehmann and John Baker raced side by side for the race lead over the first dozen laps of the race without ever touching in what was truly some of the best racing of the young season. However the two Charger graduates soon found themselves looking in their mirror at a hard charging Kyle Soper who made his way from an 8th starting berth to third. Lap 13 saw Soper jump to the outside of Lehmann who had tucked into second one lap prior behind Baker who had taken took sole possession of the lead. When it came time for Soper to make a bid for the lead he did so by reversing his choice of lanes as he cleared Baker for the lead with a inside pass exiting turn four on lap 22. Once the Eastport Feeds Chevy broke out front there would be no catching the “Soper Express” as he raced his way to his 14th career win moving him into a tie with Johnny Rambo for  28th on the all time win list.

“It is great to be on the roll we are on right now” Soper noted afterwards, “Doug & Mora Corwin of Eastport Feeds are just the best sponsors a team could ask for and for them along with my owners Wayne & Joette Anderson I am so happy we are having the kind of year we are having so far”. Aside from being the defending NASCAR Modified champion at Riverhead, Soper is also the reigning New York State NASCAR Whelen All American Series champion and leads both championship chases once again this year.

John Baker of Brookhaven had his best outing of the year with a runner-up finish in the Staria Aitomotive Chevy while veteran John Fortin Sr. of Holtsville was third in his John’s Tree removal Chevy. Tom Rogers Jr. of Riverhead and Timmy Solomito of Islip rounded out the top five.

Believe it or not there is one driver who boasts a better winning percentage then that of Kyle Soper and he actually drives for the team with whom Soper won the 2018 Late Model title with. Jeremy McDermott of Riverhead with his win in the 25-lap LM feature won his 5th race in 6 starts for car owner Rob Pelis and the team seems destined to eclipse the single season win mark of seven set by two former LM legends Robin Vollmoeller (1983) and Paul McElearney (1984). Pole sitter Shawn Patrick broke to the early lead at the drop of the green with Chris Turbush in tow over the first eight circuits. Lap 9 saw McDermott  who started the race 4th made his way by Turbush for second setting dsail next for the race leader Patrick. Try as he might Patrick was unable to ward off McDermott who took the lead on lap 17 in his RP Fabricating Pontiac. Patrick ran second until the 22nd lap with McDermott’s teammate Scott Kulesa of Georgetown, Ma. sneaking by for the position. The teammates then ran one-two over the final three laps to claim the top two positions in their Eastport Feeds backed racers. Early leader Shawn Patrick of Brightwaters in his Matlach Fabricating entry completed the podium. 

Chris Rogers Of Patchogue enjoyed the thrill of victory for the first time on his career one week ago so much so that he went out and won his second straight Crate Modified race Saturday topping the 40-lap feature. Dave Brigati of Calverton a former two time champion of the class set fast time with a lap of 12.508. Terry Stiles moved out front at the throw of the green chased for the first lap by Chris Rogers. A quick yellow just after the first lap was completed was followed by a double file restart with Mike Albasini sneaking under Rogers for second when the race resumed. However three laps later Rogers roared by and got second back from Albasini on lap 4. Once to second it took Rogers quite sometime to get to leader Stiles which he finally did on lap 27. Once to Stiles Rogers made an outside pass of the early race leader to take control of the race as the field started the 28th cycle. One lap after Rogers moved out front Sean Glennon during a double file restart came to second but he too could only watch as the Bernie Bass Surf Casting Chevy of Chris Rogers drove off to his second career win and this time Chris’ parents were on hand to witness the victory. Glennon of Northport was runner-up in the R&R Brothers Electric entry while early leader Terry Stiles of Rocky Point was third in the T&S Auto Clinic Chevy.
As he did in route to the 2018 Figure Eight title Tom Rogers Jr. is again dominating the division in 2019 winning his fourth race in five starts. Bryan Quilliam showed the way early in the contest leading the first two laps of the tilt over Bob Dalke. Despite starting the race 10th Rogers made quick work of finding his way to third in just two laps. As is often the case Rogers made a two for one pass racing his way by Quilliam and Dalke to take the lead on lap 3. One lap later Ken Hyde Jr. came to second. Rogers, motivated in part by his car owner Keith Repp being in the hospital  would once again drive away to net his 47th career win moving him just 6 wins behind the late Joe Biondolillo Jr. for second on the all time win list. Ken Hyde Jr. of Yaphank was runner-up in the Kings park Contracting entry while Gary Fritz Jr. of Mastic Beach third in the Northeastern Office Equipment ’57 Chevy.

Another driver fueled by off track motivation was Blunderbust winner Tom Pickerell of Huntington who won the 20-lap main event for his 24th career triumph. “Slick Pick” over recent years had grown close with former NASCAR Modified driver Tom Tillotson and his family and sadly Tom passed away suddenly on Father’s Day. The “Racing Great Grandfather” Bill Wegmann Sr. broke out front at the throw of the green leading the first six laps of the race. Pickerell who started from the 6th spot made his way to second on lap 6 and just moments later as the field roared down the back stretch he made an inside pass of Wegmann to take over the lead of the race. Once Tom was in the lead in the Encore rentals of NY Chevy he’d never look back taking down a win for Tommy “T”. “This one is for Tom, he was such a special man” Pickerell commented while chocking back tears in victory lane. Russ Jansen of Medford was runner-up in the Six Juice Caprice while early leader Bill Wegmann Sr. of N. Bellmore placed third in his Cracker Jack Auto Stores Olds Cutlass.

The 20-lap Super Pro Truck feature saw some last lap drama and when the dust settled Jimmy Rennick Jr. of Howard Beach was celebrating his second win of the season. The non stop 20-lapper found Frank Dumicich Jr. pacing the race for the first two laps before he was passed by Eddie Schutze who’d then lead until the 9th lap where he’d be passed to the inside in turn two by Jimmy Rennick Jr. who started the race from 6th. As the race wore on things didn’t get any easier for race leader Rennick who was already battling a balky sore back as Jack Handley Jr. made his way from 10th to second on lap 15. The intensity would ramp up in the closing laps of the race with Handley all over leader Rennick for the win. At one point Jack muscled his way under Rennick with contact to take the top spot and would actually cross the line first but track officials called back that pass due to excess contact in their opinion. That gave Jimmy Rennick Jr. and his Mike’s Heavy Duty Towing team the victory while Handley of Medford was second in the Hollis Court Collision Chevy after the penalty. Defending champion Mark Stewart of Riverhead was third in the East End Building entry.

After coming close before to a milestone 10th career INEX Legend Race Car victory Kevin Nowak of Medford sealed the deal Saturday winning the 20-lap main event. Impressive rookie Jason Castaldo raced out to the early lead over Ed Cheslak with Nowak quickly making his way to third. A yellow flag waved on lap 3 setting up a double file restart allowing the cagey veteran Nowak to make his move for the race lead when the contest resumed as Kevin used the inside lane to pass both Castaldo and Cheslak. Castaldo would soon be passed for second by Ray Fitzgerald with an inside pass on lap 6. Ray was able to stay in Nowak’s tire tracks but there would be no stopping Kevin from finally grabbing that elusive 10th career win in his JTEC Electric machine. Fitzgerald of Manorville was second in the Benimax trucking racer while defending champion Jim Sylvester of Massapequa crossed the line third in his 860 Motorsports mount. 

For the second time this season Sean Fitzpatrick of West Babylon won the 40-lap 8-Cylinder Gut & Go Enduro moving out front of the race in his Tire Express Chevy prior to the halfway mark of the race. Early race leader Michael Asdahl of East meadow was second while former champion Brian Halsey of Southampton was third. 

NASCAR Modifieds: 1. Kyle Soper 2. John Baker 3. John Fortin Sr. 4. Tom Rogers Jr. 5. Timmy Solomito 6. John Beatty Jr. 7. CJ Lehmann 8. Dylan Slepian 9. Dave Brigati 10. Michael Rutkoski 11. Eric Zeh 12. Roger Turbush 13. Jason Agugliaro 14. Woody Pitkat 15. Chris Young
Late Models: 1. Jeremy McDermott 2. Scott Kulesa 3. Shawn Patrick 4. Chris Turbush 5. John Baker 6. Jerry Giordano  7. Daryn Miller 8. Jason Kreth 9. Kevin Metzger 10. Frank Dumicich Jr. 11. Ray Minieri 12. Jay Scalice
Crate Modifieds: 1. Chris Rogers 2. Sean Glennon 3. Terry Stiles 4. Dave Brigati 5. Dennis Krupski 6. Matt Brode 7. Peter Bertuccio 8. AJ DeSantis 9. Mike Albasini 10. Charlie Macwhinnie 11. Casey Rogers 12. Justin Brown 13. Jason Hansen
Figure Eights: 1. Tom Rogers Jr. 2. Ken Hyde Jr. 3. Gary Fritz Jr. 4. Tom Ferrara 5. Vinny Delaney 6. Eric Zeh 7. Bryan Quilliam 8. CJ Lehmann 9. Scott Pedersen 10. Bob Dalke 11. Brian Hansen 12. Paul Cummings 13. Johnny Vullo
Blunderbusts: 1. Tom Pickerell 2. Russ Jansen 3. Bill Wegmann Sr. 4. Cody Triola 5. Cassandra Denis 6. Jarrett Campbell 7. Joey Warren 8. Eddie Diaz 9. Tom Sullivan 10. Jim Laird Jr. 11. Gary Caldwell 12. Kyle Halpin 13. Bill Wegmann Jr. 14. Alyssa Paprocky

Super Pro Trucks: 1. Jimmy Rennick Jr 2. Jack Handley Jr. 3. Mark Stewart 4. Lou Maestri 5. Eddie Schutze 6. Sean Glennon 7. Joe Cerabino 8. Frank Dumicich Sr. 9. Ethan Brown 10. Frank Dumicich Jr.
Legend Race Cars: 1. Kevin Nowak 2. Ray Fitzgerald 3. Jim Sylvester 4. Allan Pedersen 5. Richie Davidowitz 6. Ed Cheslak 7. Vinny Delaney 8. Eric hersey 9. Riely O’Keefe 10. Jason Castaldo 11. Mike Benton 12. Scott Cheslak 13. Collin Hoeffner 14. Pat Moore 15. Jonathan Parsons 16. Tyler DeSantis 17. Jerry Curran 18. Stephen Coleman 19. Jeff Farruggia Jr. 20. Steven Woytysiak 21. Alex Halinar 22. Jeff Castaldo 23. David Strohmeyer 24. Jeff Otto Jr. 25. Chris Sinatro
8-Cylinder Gut & Go Enduro (top ten) 1. Sean Fitzpatrick 2. Michael Asdahl 3. Brian Halsey 4, Jared Halsey 5. Stacey Halsey 6. Pat Collins 7. Kevin Coyle 8. David Verbeeck 9. Dennis Jones 10. Dale Doherty

The Unexpected Road Trip and the Islip 300

By Andy Jankowiak

So with carefully thought out planning and preparation we decided to go to Riverhead Raceway for the Islip 300 this past weekend. After the ROC race at Lake Erie Speedway and the Bullring Bash at White Mountain Motorsports Park were rained out we made the phone calls around 2 pm Friday and were delighted to find out they were willing to let me race in the Islip 300.

With two hours to prepare we shifted gears and began to get ready for our new destination. We set about the task of converting the car from White Mountain over to what we needed for Riverhead. This did not involve any re scaling or gear changes, instead we spent the time we had make a stubby nose and adding bracing to the front bumper… little did I know we would need more then I had added. 

Andy Jankowiak during qualifying at Riverhead Raceway June 15th 2019 Michael Jaworecki Myracenews Photo

We unloaded and we weren’t fast, way too tight. With three people in the pits and trying to get 7 tires figured out for later the whole day kind of got away from me. You can only do so much and by the time I knew it was time for time trials. We managed to put the left side tires on backwards and timed with less then 3 inches of stagger, my fault. I told Steven I wanted to swap lefts after time trials but I didn’t explain that they were currently marked for there eventual race time placement. Miscue… 

It was an impound race so I didn’t have my usual time to come up with a plan. We didn’t have enough gear, the car needed wholesale changes but we were kind of stuck. We had 15 minuets to work before the race so I did what I thought was best and we headed out. 

They say 300 laps click off quick at the head. I did not experience this sensation, I was in for a long night. We started out free which was new. We clicked off some spots and worked our way up from 19th only to get shoved into a wreck on lap 25. I could see my bumper pointing straight up in the air, but the tires were fine so we kept trucking along.

The car became tight after this, I assumed I bent the left side of the front frame section up and thus had preloaded the sway bar. We pitted to try and free it up but for the most part I would be grabbing two bites of the wheels for the rest of the night. 

It was hard to roll through one and two and as much as I tried to stay out of trouble it seemed to find me often. I became the popular car to run into if you needed a caution, on some instances I’m not sure I did my best to save the car once they had me halfway around as I myself didn’t hate the prospect of some slow laps to catch my breath. 

Around halfway things got worse. A “friend” hip checked me hard in the left front and jammed up my electric power steering unit. He also gave me a flat left front and we didn’t have a spare so we had to put the left rear on that we started the race with. The car was very hard to drive after that. The rack had free play from the hit and the car was very darty and unpredictable. If I could run by myself I could hang onto it but it was very hard to go side by side with anyone without bouncing off the wall. 

Andy Jankowiak #573 racing with Howie Brode #96 at Riverhead Raceway June 15th 20919 Michael Jaworecki Myracenews Photo

Despite all of this, we managed to stay on the lead lap all day and once the sun went down the car started to feel a little better around lap 175. We hung onto the bumper of the red number 5 and I followed him up into the top ten until about fifty to go. This was the only part of the race where I felt we ran respectable. Not good, but we got better. I learned a better line following the red 5 car and we improved. With 50 to go a couple cars upfront pitted and we restarted in 5th. We kept our place for a couple of restarts but one the pit stop cars came I didn’t want to risk to much with my steering issues and all, but we settled into 7th or 8th. 

With 15 to go we got turned around by a car that needed a lucky dog. He spun me to the right down the back stretch, all I could think about was how pissed I was going to be to put 285 laps on my engine and not finish the damn race. I gassed it and managed to slap the wall in a way that wouldn’t take me out. We got turned back around and I made it my mission to try and get a top ten. 

We got a good start and I clipped off a couple guys only to get tangled up again with 8 to go. Someone jumped my left rear and we went spinning. I grabbed a gear and got back inline in front of the cars that crashed with us. 

Many cars that had less drama then us were sitting pit side. My race had turned into a test of what we could endure. Its not a race I am proud of, it was in fact a race that I will be quick to forget. I am certain my better qualities as a driver were not on display this evening, but I have never been one to accept when it just isn’t my day.

I had spent 292 laps getting shoved around, driven over and breaking pieces on my car. The steering was so far off that I had to take two grabs of the wheel every corner of every lap, I have never noticed myself doing this before. We were still rolling though and a top ten was within reach. If I have one talent in a race car that never lets me down, even on my bad days its that I am a hard to kill. We weren’t out yet. 

The green dropped and again I made my mischief of the restarts before I fell in line and tried to hold on. I did what I could to hold place and keep an eye on the front pack in case of a crash. On the last lap I saw a car go spinning and everyone scatter. Sue called on my radio what I could already see. As her warnings came through she let go of the push to talk and the radio reminded me one last time that the battery was dying, perfect I thought to myself. I kept my foot on the gas and weaved my way though. I knew I was around 10th and I did not want to slow down and get passed. 
We made it through and crossed the line.

I called up to the spotter. Top 10? No answer. Again, did I make it back to the top 10? Where was I? Finally Sue answered. Yup! 9th! Which was exciting since ninth place paid the exact amount of my tire bill. That is a win! Other then the 6 wheels and the 84 dollars those crooks charged me to cross the George Washington bridge with an open deck trailer I think we did OK. We made the most of a very bad night where we were not 100 percent and finished 300 laps at the Head in the top ten. That’s not the goal we started with, we always want to win but considering the obstacles it felt OK on this night.

Big thank you to Jake, Steve and Sue for coming with. Big thanks to the Riverhead Raceway and all of its fans for being so welcoming and thoughtful whenever they talked to me. It was cool. We will be back someday and much smarter as far as what we need to do. For the moment though I think my 300 laps has satisfied my Riverhead ambitions for awhile.


Riverhead, NY June 15th
By Bob Finan

As in the first two Islip 300 contests at Riverhead Raceway the 3rd annual edition of what has quickly become a short track classic had it’s share of pit strategy, extended green flag runs and late race drama. In the end defending NASCAR Modified champion Kyle Soper of Manorville would hold off a torrid late race challenge of Tom Rogers Jr. of Riverhead to take home the $7,000 victory for he and car owners Wayne & Joette Anderson. It was Soper’s 4th win of 2019 but by far the biggest of his budding career.

Fast time fore the Islip 300 and $300.00 cash from Brigandi Brothers Automotive June 15th 2019 Riverhead Raceway- Michael Jaworecki Myracenews

John Beatty Jr. would click off the quickest lap in qualifying in his MSM Elite Motorsports Chevy with a lap of 11.532 earning a $300 bonus from Brigandi Brothers Automotive of Nesconset while Ryan Preece of Berlin, Ct was second quick at 11.564. Beatty and Preece brought the 23-car Islip 300 field to green with Preece gaining an early advantage over Beatty at the throw of the green flag. In the 2018 300 Preece’s game plan was to pout as many cars a lap down as he could before pitting in and around the 200 lap mark of the race. However this year with 23 cars, the largest field to date for the 300 on hand and a splattering of early race yellow flag the first of which flew on lap 6 for Roger Turbush who damaged his right front after catching the wall last years game plan was out the window. Preece would lead the early going dictating the pace of the race with Beatty in his tire tracks. Then during a caution flag slowdown the unthinkable occurred when Preece’s car came to a stop at the turn three exit gate on lap 28 unable to move due to a drive shaft malfunction.

When the field line-up for the restart It was John Beatty assuming the race lead with John Fortin Sr. now second and the two Riverhead regulars would run that way until lap 46 when Fortin moved under Beatty for the race lead. On lap 60 Kyle Soper who started the race 4th made his way by Beatty for second and he’d follow leader Fortin for the next 56 laps before moving out front with an inside pass entering the first turn on lap 117. As the cautions fell after the 100-lap mark teams starting revealing their tire strategy with several team ducking in for their change tires either 1, 2 or all 3 tires that were allotted for the race. Craig Lutz made his presence known when he made his way to second on lap 126 during a double file restart. Soper and Lutz both graduates of the former go-kart program at the track would run one-two until lap 155 when Lutz changed the running order by taking the lead from Soper.

As the race bore down on the 200 lap marker all but a quartet of the top running cars Lutz, Soper, Rogers and Jon McKennedy had been in for tires and as the race ran a long green flag period the four drivers struggled to keep their cars under them. This allowed Eric Goodale who was one of the teams to pit between the 100-200 lap mark to march his way to second in quick order and by lap 205 Goodale became the new race leader with Soper second. For the four drivers who had yet to pit it looked as though their game plan was going up in smoke when suddenly Lutz would spin off turn two. Unfortunately for Craig his car stalled in the spin and would not re fire right away putting him two laps down. However he along with Soper, Rogers and McKennedy roared into the pits for their much need change tires.

Eric Goodale #58 was leading on lap 264 but the pack was coming. Riverhead Raceway June 15th 2019- Michael Jaworecki Myracenews

When the race resumed on lap 258 Goodale led Beatty but all eyes were on the drivers who had fresher rubber with all four on the march. Soper moved by Beatty on lap 264 for second and after chasing and catching Goodale over the next 11 laps Kyle would move to the race lead on lap 276. Just one lap later Tom Rogers Jr. worked by Goodale for second and he drive right up to challenge Soper for the rich victory. Some well placed cautions late in the race found Lutz awarded the lucky dog twice putting him back on the lead lap. With the race format having caution laps count up until lap 290 a yellow flag waved just prior to lap 290 and it would set up a dash for the cash between Riverhead rivals Soper and Rogers.

During those final ten laps it was evident Rogers had a better car from the center of the corner off as Soper’s car tightened up but Kyle was wise wise enough to slow his car up in the center of the turns stalling any run to the inside Rogers was attempting to make. The final 10-laps of the race alone were worth the price of admission with Kyle Soper prevailing in his Eastport Feeds Chevy as the large crowd on hand roared with approval.

Islip 300 winner Kyle Soper Riverhead Raceway June 15th 2019 -Michael Jaworecki Myracenews

“This is awesome” Soper boasted upon exiting his car and receiving the unique Islip 300 trophy created by ASI Racewear, “Tommy had a better car no doubt, I had to back up the corners so he couldn’t get a run off under me, I’m sure if the roles were reversed he’d do the same”. The triumph was Kyle’s 13 career win tying him with Frank Vigliarolo Jr. and Justin Bonsignore on the all time win list. “I say it all the time but I just can’t say enough about Wayne & Joette, the Corwin family of Eastport Feeds, Dr. Martha Baker, DDS and all our partners but especially my Dad Tom, he spends countless hours on this car and it shows”.

Tom Rogers Jr. of Riverhead, who marked his 41st birthday on Father’s Day was runner-up in his Stakey’s Pumpkin Farm Chevy and reflected afterwards, “I was trying to gain a run on Kyle underneath but he did a great job protecting his lead. I have to thank Gino Tucci of Evolution Race Engines, we had a cracked cylinder head and he had the engine back to us on Wednesday, great team effort”. 

Craig Lutz of Miller Place saved his night in a big way roaring back to third in his Riverhead Building Supply entry, “kinda messed up when I spun and couldn’t get it started back up but the cautions fell right for the lucky dog, I think we needed one more caution though” Lutz said through a smile. “My Goodie Racing team and I weren’t sure if we were going to race the race or just practice, we had a good night and learned some things for the WMT race here July 6th” Lutz concluded.

Eirc Goodale of Riverhead was fourth in his GAF Roofing entry after having started the race from 16th earning him the “Ironman” Sonny Densieski Hard Charger of the Race worth $400 from the Densieski family. John McKennedy of Chelmsford, Ma was fifth in the throwback 747 car of Tommy Baldwin Racing, a bright orange color scheme in tribute to Tom Baldwin Sr’s Falcon he ran at Islip Speedway early in his racing career.

With his first career win Crate Modified win Chris Rogers Riverhead Raceway June 15th 2019-Michael Jaworecki Myracenews

Chris Rogers of Patchogue has waited a long time to visit victory lane at Riverhead Raceway never having done so in his INEX Legend Race Car driving days but now the wait is over as Chris won the 25-lap Crate Modified main event. After winning his heat race Jason Hansen jumped to the race lead at the start with Mike Albasini on his rear spoiler. Hansen also seeking his first career win at the track had it all come apart on lap 8 when his car tightened up in the third and fourth turn, Hansen tried to correct the car but instead he spun drawing a caution flag. That put Albasini into the lead for the restart with rookie driver Sean Glennon alongside for the restart and when the race went back green Glennon rode the outside lane to the race lead. Undaunted Albasini came back two laps later and passed Glennon for the lead on lap 11. The lead tandem also had Dave Brigati and Justin Brown hot on their heels in third and fourth and on lap 13 the dicing got too close as all four wound up coming together off turn two. That turn of events moved Chris Rogers into the race lead with impressive rookie Matt Brode now second. For the remainder of the race Chris, cousin to NASCAR Modified & Figure Eight standout Tom Rogers Jr. kept his Captain Ralph’s Seafood Safari Chevy out front for the remainder of the race for his first career win at his home track. His only regret, “my folks who missed my only Legends win at Bethel Speedway were away at a family function today and missed this one too” Chris revealed. Matt Brode of East Islip in the Milro Environmental Chevy was a career best second while championship leader Justin Brown of Manorville raced his was back to a third place finish in the SoBol Acai Bowls of Manorville Chevy. 

Blunderbust winner Jim Laird Jr. Riverhead Raceway June 15th 2019- Michael Jaworecki Myracenews

Jim Laird Jr. of Riverhead scored his second Blunderbust win of 2019 when he topped a competitive 20-lap main event field. Alyssa Paprocky and Eddie Diaz brought the field to green with Diaz from the outside pole taking the early race lead. Laird quickly made his way to second on lap 2 from his 4th starting berth and one lap later made his way by Diaz for the race lead with an inside pass in the third and fourth corner. Despite surrendering the lead Diaz hung tough with Laird before he was overtaken with five laps in the race by Cody Triola. With just five laps remaining Triola right away turned up the heat on Laird for the win but in the end the driver of the My Country 96.1 FM Caprice was not going to give up the lead or trip to victory lane, the 9th of his career. Triola of Bay Shore was runner-up in the Drexler Construction racer while Jack Handley Jr. of Medford made it interesting in the closing laps before claiming third in the Relle Electric Chevy.

INEX Legends winner Allan Pederson Riverhead Raceway June 15th 2019 -Michael Jaworecki Myracenews

Six racers into the 2019 INEX Legend Race Car season one thing has become evident with the class that in the past has been uncharacteristic is the rough and tumble nature of their 20-lap features. Such was the case Saturday and when all the dust settled Allan Pedersen of Center Moriches did a masterful job of avoiding the carnage to post his first win of the season, second of his career. Rookie Joseph Costello broke to the early lead at the outset with Scott Cheslak second. However Cheslak’s night was over as fast as it started when on lap two a shove from behind found him in the turn one wall, Kevin Nowak was sent to the rear for contact. That adjusted the running order to Costello the new leader and George Tomko Jr. second when this young tandem lined-up for the double file restart disaster struck as the two cars locked together off turn four hitting the wall hard. Both drivers were transported and later released from a local hospital returning to the track. This latest turn moved Jason Castaldo to the race lead with Riely O’Keefe and Pedersen in close quarters. Lap 6 saw O’Keefe make a daring 3-wide move which allowed Pedersen to get by him for second with Allan’s forward momentum eventually carrying him by Castaldo as well for the lead lap 6. O’Keefe was able to pas Castaldo for second and he’d chase Pedersen over the following 4 laps before he was passed by former champion Vinny Delaney at the halfway mark.  However there would be no stopping college sophomore Allan Pedersen from bringing his Ricco’s Clothing entry under the checker flag first for the win. Dealney of Holtsville on his Fine Design Landscaping mount was second with Richie Davidowitz of East Moriches third in his Hampton Fleet Service machine.

Vintage All Star winner Jimmy Reed Riverhead Raceway June 15th 2019-Michael Jaworecki Myracenews

Jimmy Reed of Central Islip at the spry age of 82-year young won the 15-lap Vintage All Stars event proclaiming it to be his first win in over 50-years! Mark Miller paced the race for the first two laps before Reed in his Tango Argentinean Steak House Cavalier swooped by on the outside for the lead on lap 3 and once out front Reed, who still drives his self owned oil delivery truck in the winter marched off to a very popular win. 

Islip 300: 1. Kyle Soper 2. Tom Rogers Jr. 3. Craig Lutz 4. Eric Goodale 5. Jon McKennedy 6. John Fortin Sr. 7. David Schneider 8. Dylan Slepian 9. Andy Jankowiak 10. John Beatty Jr. 11. Howie Brode 12. Michael Rutkoski 13. Sam Rameau 14. CJ Lehmann 15. Dave Brigati 16. Calvin Carroll 17. Artie Pedersen III 18. Jimmy Blewett 19. Chris Young 20. John Baker 21. Ryan Preece 22. Max Zachem 23. Roger Turbush
Crate Modifieds: 1. Chris Rogers 2. Matt Brode 3. Justin Brown 4. Terry Stiles 5. Peter Bertuccio 6. AJ DeSantis 7. Sean Glennon 8. Mike Alabsini 9. Dennis Krupski 10. Jack Handley Jr. 11. Jason Hansen 12. Charles Macwhinnie 13. Dave Brigati 14. Carey Rogers
Blunderbusts: 1. Jim Laird Jr. 2. Cody Triola 3. Jack Handley Jr. 4. Tom Pickerell 5. Bill Wegmann Jr. 6. Eddie Diaz 7. Cassandra Denis 8. Jarrett Campbell 9. Alyssa Paprocky 10. Kyle Halpin 11. Brian Midgett Jr. 12. Bill Wegmann Sr. 13. Russ Jansen DNS- Joe Warren Jr.
Legend Race Cars: 1. Allan Pedersen 2. Vinny Delaney 3. Richie Davidowitz 4. Riely O’Keefe 5. Eric Hersey 6. Ray Fitzgerald 7. Jeff Otto Jr. 8. Jason Castaldo 9. Ed Cheslak 10. Kevin Nowak 11. Pat Moore 12. Mike Benton 13. Steve Woytysiak 14. Tyler DeSantis 15. Alex Halinar 16. Jeff Farruggia Jr. 17 Jeff Castaldo 18. Rich Braun 19. David Strohmeyer 20. Chris Sinatro 21. Nick Morabito 22. Joseph Braun 23. Jim Sylvester 24. Ken Massa Jr. 25. Joseph Costello 26. Scott Cheslak 27. George Tomko Jr. 

Vintage All Stars: Winner- Jimmy Reed