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Riverhead, NY May 26th
By Bob Finan

Defending NASCAR Modified and Figure Eight champion Tom Rogers Jr. of Riverhead double dipped Saturday night at Riverhead Raceway when he won the 40-lap NASCAR Modified and 15-lap Figure Eight events during the NASCAR Whelen All American Series program. His NASCAR Modified triumph, 49th of his career leaves Rogers just one win shy of tying the late Jim Malone Sr. for second on the all time win list at the track.

Rookie Dylan Slepian and former three time track champion Howie Brode made up the front row for the 22-car feature with Brode edging out front from the outside pole at the throw of the green. Slepian chased Brode for the first early on in the race but pressure would be coming soon for the challenger in the form of Tom Rogers Jr. who weaved his way from eighth to third over the first dozen laps of the race. On lap 14 Rogers exiting the fourth turn ducked under Slepian to take over second as the field started the 15th lap of the race. Once to second Rogers effort to catch leader Brode would be further aided when the yellow flag waved on lap 16.

Howie Brode #96, Kyle Soper #15 and Craig Lutz #46 during the Modified feature at Riverhead Raceway May 26th 2018 Kerri Larsen Myracenews Photo

With Brode to the inside and Rogers to the outside for the restart both drivers knew getting a good restart could very well determine the outcome of the event. Kyle Soper the opening night winner raced his way from 14th to third and he was hoping to find a way under Brode for second when the race resumed. When the green waved again Rogers in his License To Chill Chevy rode the outside line down the front stretch to get an advantage on Brode as the duo entered the first turn for the race lead. Soper’s hopes of trailing Rogers under Brode went by the boards when his car broke loose at the hit of the throttle but Kyle was able to hold onto third. Late in the race Rogers and Brode would be pitted side by side on double file restarts but each gave the other plenty of racing room as they dueled for the win.

At the checker Tom Rogers Jr. was first over the line and after the race reflected, “I enjoy racing with Howie, we can go side by side without worrying about anything. We are trying some new set-up stuff this year and so far we’re happy with how it is working out”. When quizzed by Bob Finan in victory lane about his next win tying him for second on the all time win list Rogers with a wry grin shot back “you keep track of that stuff, I just come here to win races”.

Howie Brode of East Islip was runner-up in the Petro Home Services Chevy noting afterwards. “Tommy’s good, right now he’s the king of the Modifieds here”. Kyle Soper of Manorville crossed the line third in the Eastport Feeds entry with John Beatty Jr. of Merrick and Craig Lutz of Miller Place completing the top five.

Late Model Winner at Riverhead Raceway May 26th 2018 Kerri Larsen Myracenews Photo

Kyle Soper backed up his opening night Late Model win with another 25-lap victory in his RP Landscaping racer. Former two time champion Kevin Metzger raced his way to the early race lead from the pole when the tilt got underway with Chris Turbush making a bold early race move to come from third to second at the start. After tracking Metzger for the first 13-laps of the race Turbush off turn two tried to make his move for the race lead with Metzger having none of it. The two cars locked together off turn two for a moment with the end result finding Turbush spinning with a front flat tire while Metzger was able to remain the race leader. On the ensuing restart after the Turbush spin in turn three, Kyle Soper who started the race 8th and had come to second rode the high side around Metzger for the race lead when the green came back out. Once to the front Soper was bale to get away from Metzger due in part to the early race leader now under attack for second from Jeremy McDermott. After testing Kevin for a few laps Jeremy made a power move to the outside to loop around the early race leader for second off turn four. However there would be no catching Kyle Soper in this contest as he drove off to his 8th career win. Jeremy McDermott of Riverhead was second in the Staria Automotive Chevy while Kevin Metzger of Massapequa was third in his Complete Well & Pump entry.

Despite the fact Jack Orlando of Calverton is in some cases twice the age of his Eagle Auto Mall Modified Crate competitors the veteran wheelman is showing the younger set how it’s done as he lead all 25-laps of their main event for the popular victory. Starting from the outside pole Jack wasted no time in getting his Prototype Fabricating Chevy to the race lead getting the jump on pole sitter Scott Pedersen when the green lights came on. Dennis Krupski who started the race 4th latched onto Orlando’s rear bumper to come to second and he’d spend the first half of the race looking at the back bumper of Orlando’s machine. Not even a mid-race caution for a minor spin could ruin the run that Jack Orlando was enjoying as he remained out front for the rest of the race to notch his third career win. Opening night winner Justin Brown of Manorville would finish second in his Irrigation Services of L.I. Chevy while Artie Pedersen III of Center Moriches had a fine showing in third with his Vecchio Cesspool entry.

Tom Rogers Jr. Figure 8 winner at Riverhead Raceway May 26th 2018 Kerri Larsen Myracenews Photo

Just moments after his NASCAR Modified triumph Tom Rogers Jr. hopped aboard the Keith Repp owned Chevy Coupe to compete in the 15-lap Figure Eight main event. Gary Fritz Jr. paced the race over Johnny Vullo for the first three laps before Vullo was passed by Vinny Delaney for second on lap 4. Vinny, the 2016 INEX Legend Race Car champion at the track has been getting more comfortable with each Figure Eight start kept the pressure on leader Fritz until a 10th lap restart with 5 to go changed the complexion of the race. Rogers, who started the race from 9th made his way to third but when the green flag waved Tom made a bold move to the inside of both Fritz and Delaney as they entered the left hand turn. The calculated move by Rogers would payoff as he’d lead the final five laps of the race to post his 37th career win in the class. Gary Fritz Jr. of Mastic Beach was second over the line in his self funded ’57 Chevy while Tom Ferrara of Patchogue was third in his Northeastern Office Equipment Cadillac.

The Blunderbusts competed in a 30-lap feature event with Jack Handley of Medford scoring a clean sweep setting fast time, leading all 30-laps on his way to victory. The win was the 23rd of Jack’s young career which ties him with Fred Rodgers for second on the all time BB win list. Handley posted a qualifying time of 14.918 earning a $100 bonus from PCFI Carbs and Fuel Injection Service. Right from the throw of the green Jack Handley served notice he was the car to beat as he took the early lead with Jim Laird Jr. in tow. Just as the field took the crossed flags at the halfway point of the race Laird was overtaken for second by defending champion Tom Pickerell but he too could only watch as Handley drove off to victory in the Relle Electric Caprice. Pickerell of Huntington was runner-up in the Sequel Group Chevy while rookie talent Russ Jansen of Medford impressed with a solid third place tally in the Polar Bear Air racer.

Sophomore Super Pro Truck driver Eddie Schutze of Oyster Bay in just his 10th career start led wire to wire to win a non stop 20-lap race for his first career win. Frank Dumicich Jr. and Schutze made up the front row for the race and to the slight surprise of many Eddie, last year’s Rookie of the Year in the class got the jump on Dumicich for the race lead. On lap 2 Dumicich was overhauled for second by Mike Albasini but with the race going non stop and Schutze getting off to such a good lead early there would be no catching the Park Service of Sagamore Chevy as Eddie maintained a comfortable lead for the duration of the race all the while hoping for no caution flags. Albasini of Flushing in his Hollis Court Collision Chevy and Mark Stewart of Riverhead steering the Lucharito’s of Riverhead mount were second and third.

Steve Fuller of Manorville dominated the 20-lap Mini Stock race in his Getawaycarz.com entry taking the lead of the race at the outset. Ryan Warren gave chase for the first 18 laps of the contest but late race misfortune dropped Ryan to the infield moving Paul Wojcik of Centereach to second where he’d finish in the VDR Graphics machine. Brandon Esposito of Farmingville completed the podium finish in his Versa Construction backed racer.

Talented Joe Warren Jr. of Rocky Point decided during the off season he would race with the Truck Enduro class building a truck during the off season. Joe, a former champion in the 4/6-Cylinder class made the transition look easy as he dominated their 40-lap feature. Newcomer Cameron Sadowski started from the pole and led the first two laps of the race before Jarret Campbell got by on lap 3. Campbell would lead until the 6th lap when Joe Warren Jr. coming from the 9th starting spot made his way out front. Once in the lead Warren never looked back with defending champion Don Nelson Jr. of Rocky Point second in the Abner Tree Experts S-10 and Matt Triola of Bay Shore third in the PCFI racer.

NASCAR Modifieds: 1. Tom Rogers Jr. 2. Howie Brode 3. Kyle Soper 4. John Beatty Jr. 5., Craig Lutz 6. Dave Brigati 7. John Baker 8. Vinny Biondolillo 9. John Fortin Sr. 10. Chris Young 11. Eddie Brunnhoelzl III 12. David Schneider 13. John Fortin Jr. 14. Eric Zeh 15. Sal Accardi Jr. 16. Brad Van Houten 17. Dylan Slepian 18. Roger Turbush 19. Eric Goodale 20. CJ Lehmann 21. Cory Midgett 22. Tim Lento

Late Models: 1. Kyle Soper 2. Jeremy McDermott 3. Kevin Metzger 4. Chris McGuire 5. Ray Minieri 6. Ed Cheslak 7. Darren McCabe 8. Chris Turbush DNS- Ryan Zurkowski, Charles Macwhinnie

Modified Crates: 1. Jack Orlando 2. Justin Brown 3. Artie Pedersen III 4. Peter Bertuccio 5. Michael Rutkoski 6. AJ DeSantis 7. Jason Hansen 8. Scott Pedersen 9. Dennis Krupski 10. Cary Rogers 11. Michael Rommeney 12. Terry Stiles 13. Chris Rogers

Figure Eights: 1. Tom Rogers Jr. 2. Gary Fritz Jr. 3. Tom Ferrara 4. Eric Zeh 5. Scott Pedersen 6. Johnny Vullo 7. Vinny Delaney 8. Ken Hyde Jr. 9. Bob Dalke 10. Charles Macwhinnie 11. Brian Hansen

Blunderbusts: 1. Jack Handley Jr. 2. Tom Pickerell 3. Russ Jansen 4. Cody Triola 5. Jim Laird Jr. 6. Bill Wegmann Sr. 7. Jarrett Campbell 8. Brandon Hubbard 9. Tommy Walkowiak 10. Alyssa Paprocky 11. Dennis Kurras 12. Brian MIdgett Jr. DQ- Tim Mulqueen

Super Pro Trucks: 1. Eddie Schutze 2. Mike Albasini 3. Mark Stewart 4. Jimmy Rennick Jr. 5. Dave Brigati 6. Lou Maestri 7. Tom Sullivan 8. Frank Dumicich Sr. 9. Frank Dumicich Jr.

Mini Stocks: 1. Steve Fuller 2. Paul Wojcik 3. Brandon Esposito 4. Ryan Warren 5. Andrew Farnham 6. Mitch Pattern 7. Russ Jansen 8. Tom Puccia 9. Joe Cook Jr. 10. Tony Collingsworth 11. Preston Prydatko 12. Heather Dugre

Truck Enduro: 1. Joe Warren Jr. 2. Don Nelson Jr. 3. Matt Triola 4. Gary Voight 5. Mariah Lawrence 6. Dustin Cole 7. Danielle Cohen 8. Mike Bneton 9. Emily Hubbard 10. Danielle Corwin 11. Cameron Sadowski 12. Doug Tittle 13. Jarrett Campbell 14. Justin McGrady 15. RJ Gage

Five Star Race Car Bodies to award $500 gift certificate to Mahoning Valley Speedway Later Model racer

(LEHIGHTON, PA. 3-13-18) Mahoning Valley Speedway in conjunction with Five Star Race Car Bodies is proud to announce the Five Star Race Car Bodies 2018 Contingency Award Sponsor Program for the paved quarter-mile’s Late Model racers.

This program has been developed for the continued growth of stock car racing by rewarding individual racers who have helped promote the importance of both stock appearing, template-style late models and other oval track race cars.

The lucky Late Model recipient will be awarded a $500 Five Star Race Car Bodies gift certificate at the 2018 Awards Banquet.

“I think it’s great to help the Late Model guys out like that,” said Mahoning Valley Speedway two-time and defending champion Mike Sweeney.

“We’re not the Modifieds, we are the next tier down but we still have a lot of money invested into our cars and anything that anyone can give always helps. For Five Star to step up like that is just awesome. I would say there is a about 90% of us at Mahoning that run Five Star bodies.”

In order to be eligible for the $500 gift certificate drivers must display Five Star decals in a designated location. Cars must compete in stock appearing, template-style body. Competitors must compete in 75% of all scheduled race events. The winner will be by a random draw taking place at the season ending banquet.

            “It’s just a superb body. I know they’ve been working real hard on some new stuff and they’ve always been at the top of their game when it comes to Late Model bodies,” added Sweeney.

“Five Star always has a great stock of parts and they try to get you what you need as quick as they can. There are plenty of dealers across the country so if you don’t deal direct you can work with one of their dealers.”

Five Star Race Car Bodies is headquartered in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin. Online at www.FIVESTARBODIES.com. S & D Bodyline of 2501 Cherrywood Lane in Bath is the area distributor for Five Star Race Car Bodies.

Mahoning Valley Speedway begins on track activities this coming weekend, March 17-18, which are Test and Tune days running from noon to 4:00 pm. March 24 and 31 are also set aside as Test and Tune for teams looking to ready themselves for the much anticipated season Opening Day on Saturday, April 7.

The cost is $25 per car and $10 per person to enter the pits. Grandstand admission for Test and Tune days is free.

Also taking place on Saturday, March 17 will be a Racers Swap Meet and Flea Market from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Any and all racers are welcome to partake as a vendor. There is a $15 vendor fee cost. Set-up and selling will be held in front of the Mahoning Valley Farmers Market.

Saturday, April 7 at 6:00 pm is Opening Day 2018 featuring a complete show of Modifieds, Late Models, Street Stocks, Sportsman Modifieds, Dirt Mods, Pro 4s and Hobby Stocks.

Adult grandstand admission is $12. For students, seniors 65+ and active Military there is a $2-off admission. Children 10-years and younger are free.

For additional information log onto www.mahoningvalley-speedway.com or on Facebook at Mahoning Valley Speedway. Mahoning Valley Speedway is located adjacent to the Mahoning Farmers Market on PA route 443 just a few miles west of Lehighton.

NBCSN To Broadcast 2018 NASCAR K&N Pro Series and Whelen Modified Tour Races

Featuring Next Generation of NASCAR Stars

Schedule Culminates with NASCAR Regional Series Championship Events

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 7, 2018) – NBC Sports Group and NASCAR are partnering to deliver NASCAR K&N Pro Series and NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour coverage on NBCSN throughout the 2018 season. Today the organizations announced the full broadcast schedule, where fans can tune-in to see the next generation of drivers competing to make a name for themselves on the track.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West returns to NBCSN on Tuesday, March 20 at 11 p.m. ET from Kern County Raceway Park, followed by the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race at Myrtle Beach Speedway on Wednesday, March 21 at 6 p.m. ET.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East returns to NBCSN on Friday, April 20 at 1 a.m. ET from Bristol Motor Speedway.

NBCSN will air a total of 37 regional series events, culminating with championship races for all three series. Fans can tune-in to watch victors crowned in the K&N Pro Series East and NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour on Oct. 11 and Oct. 18, respectively, followed by the K&N Pro Series West Championship on Nov. 1. NASCAR’s touring series will also be featured in regular highlights and reports on “NASCAR America,” weekdays at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

2018 NBCSN Broadcast Schedule

Thu, Mar 15 K&N Pro West Kern County Tue, Mar 20 11 p.m.
Sat, Mar 17 Whelen Modified Myrtle Beach Wed, Mar 21 6        p.m.
Sat, Apr 14 K&N Pro East Bristol Fri, Apr 20 1 a.m.
Sat, Apr 28 K&N Pro East Langley Thu, May 03 11 p.m.
Sat, May 05 K&N Pro West Tucson Wed, May 09 6 p.m.
Sat, May 05 K&N Pro West Tucson Thu, May 10 6 p.m.
Sat, May 12 K&N Pro East South Boston Sun, May 20 1 p.m.
Sat, May 12 K&N Pro East South Boston Sun, May 20 2 p.m.
Sat, May 19 K&N Pro West Orange Show Thu, May 24 6 p.m.
Sat, Jun 02 K&N Pro East Memphis Wed, Jun 06 6 p.m.
Sat, Jun 02 Whelen Modified Seekonk Wed, Jun 06 7 p.m.
Sat, Jun 09  K & N Pro West Colorado  Thu,  Jun 14    
Sat, Jun 16  K & N Pro East New Jersey  Mon June 18th*    
Sat, Jun 23 K&N Pro West Sonoma Thu, Jun 28 6 p.m.
Sat, Jun 23 Whelen Modified Langley Thu, Jun 28 7 p.m.
Sat, Jun 30 K&N Pro West Douglas County Fri, Jul 06 1 p.m.
Sat, Jul 14 K&N Pro East Thompson Tue, Jul 24 6 p.m.
Sun, Jul 15 K&N Pro West Spokane Tue, Jul 24 7 p.m.
Sat, Jul 21 K&N Pro East New Hampshire Wed, Jul 25 6 p.m.
Sat, Jul 21 Whelen Modified New Hampshire Wed, Jul 25 7 p.m.
Sat, Jul 20 Whelen Modified New Hampshire (All-Star) Fri, Jul 27 6 p.m.
Fri, Jul 27 K&N Pro (Combination) Iowa Thu, Aug 02 6 p.m.
Fri, Aug 03 K&N Pro East Watkins Glen Wed, Aug 08 6 p.m.
Sat, Aug 11 K&N Pro West Evergreen Wed, Aug 15 6 p.m.
Wed, Aug 15 Whelen Modified Bristol Wed, Aug 22 6 p.m.
Fri, Aug 24 K&N Pro (Combination) Gateway Thu, Aug 30 6 p.m.
Sat, Sep 01 Whelen Modified Oswego Thu, Sep 06 6 p.m.
Sat, Sep 08 Whelen Modified Riverhead Thu, Sep 13 6 p.m.
Thu, Sep 13 K&N Pro West Las Vegas Fri, Sep 21 2:30 p.m.
Sat, Sep 22 K&N Pro East New Hampshire Thu, Sep 27 6 p.m.
Sat, Sep 22 Whelen Modified New Hampshire Thu, Sep 27 7 p.m.
Sat, Sep 29 K&N Pro West Meridian Fri, Oct 05 1 p.m.
Sun, Sep 30 Whelen Modified Stafford Fri, Oct 05 11 p.m.
Fri, Oct 05 K&N Pro East Dover Thu, Oct 11 6 p.m.
Sat, Oct 13 K&N Pro West All American Thu, Oct 18 6 p.m.
Sun, Oct 14 Whelen Modified Thompson Thu, Oct 18 7 p.m.
Sat, Oct 27 K&N Pro West Kern County Thu, Nov 01 6 p.m.

* Extended highlights of NJMP race will air on “NASCAR America”