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FULL HOUSE LOOKS ON AS JOHN FORTIN SR. SCORES 33RD CAREER NASCAR MODIFIED VICTORY AT RIVERHEAD RACEWAY SATURDAY NIGHT

Riverhead, NY Aug/ 10thBy Bob Finan

Kerri Larsen Photo


A near capacity crowd turned out for the I Love America Night program at Riverhead Raceway Saturday night and they surely did not leave disappointed as the NASCAR Whelen All American Series portion of the program provided last lap or late race lead changes for the win, plenty of hard side by side racing along with Fireworks and a hard hitting Demolition Derby. When the 50-lap NASCAR Modified feature event was checkered former three time champion John Fortin Sr. of Holtsville earned his 33rd career victory tying him with Chris Young for 4th on the all time win list. In a twist of irony the driver Fortin had to ward off for his first win of 2019 would be Chris’s son Christopher Young of Calverton.


Early in the NASCAR Modified contest self funded Eric Zeh bolted from the outside pole with John Baker racing his way to second. Zeh, whose team races when their budget allows would lead Baker for the first 6 laps before John was passed to the outside exiting the fourth turn by John Fortin to start the 7th lap. After chasing the hungry Zeh for three laps Fortin would this time utilize the inside lane exiting the fourth turn to take the race lead to start the 11th circuit. Riding Fortin’s back bumper to make his way to second as John made his way to the lead would be Chris Young and the race was on. Young, a rising second generation talent would go to work trying to find a way by leader Fortin, just as his late father used to in both the Figure Eights and NASCAR Modifieds. Despite the on track rivalry the two families remain close to this day. Chris who is still seeking his first career win was coming off a long week of late nights in the race shop after heavy damage from the week before really wanted this one badly but then again so did the tested tough veteran John Fortin.


Try as he might Chris would not be able to make that one run to the race lead and when the checker flew it was John Fortin Sr. rolling his John’s Fuel Oil Chevy into victory lane. Afterwards Fortin, 55 who admits he is very tough on himself at times reflected “I was starting to wonder if I’d win another one” after receiving the Donaldson’s VW-Subaru trophy. “I know Chris is knocking on the door for that first win but not tonight” Fortin quipped while looking over at Young. “I can’t thank Rob Fuller of LFR enough for convincing me to buy this new piece in the off season”.  

Chris Young of Calverton would again settle for runner-up money in his Riverhead Building Supply Chevy and noted afterwards looking over at Fortin in victory lane, “that’s it, he’s cut off. He tied my Dad but no more” the youngster said with a laugh. Enjoying a solid season John Baker of Brookhaven was third in his Elite Towing entry while championship leader Kyle Soper of Manorville and Tom Rogers Jr. of Riverhead completed the top five. Rogers trimmed 19 points off Soper’s championship lead between the heat race and feature points on the night and now trails the defending champion by 60 markers.

Breaking news! A driver other than Jeremy McDermott of Riverhead or Chris Turbush of Wading River won a Riverhead Raceway Late Model race in 2019. In the 25-lap thriller it would be Jarrod Hayes of Calverton making a late race pass of McDermott exiting the fourth turn as the field took the two to go signal to score the win in his first start of 2019. “Radiant” Ray Minieri led the first lap of the race but lap 2 two find Jeremy McDermott making his way by Minieri for the race lead. Ray would hold second until lap 4 when he was passed by Dylan Slepian but the former Legend Race Car champion’s stay in the challengers role was short lived as Jarrod Hayes who started 8th in the field made his way by. Once to second Hayes had to methodically lap after  lap cut into the lead McDermott had established. As the laps clicked off it was apparent Hayes was doing just that and McDermott might have his hands full late in the race. With about five to go Hayes drew to the rear bumper of McDermott and after sizing up Jeremy for a few laps Hayes ducked to the inside off turn four to slip past McDermott as the field started the 23rd lap. Over the final half mile of the race “J-Rod” Jarrod Hayes would show the way taking the win in his Beach Auto Collision Chevy, the 16th of his career tying him with runner-up Jeremy McDermott for 5th on the all time win list at 16. McDermott was runner-up in his Eastport Feeds Pontiac while Dylan Slepian of Dix Hills was third in the RP Fabricating Chevy.


For the sixth time in nine Figure Eight races Tom Rogers Jr would drive to victory in their 15-lap main event copping his 49th career win. Former champion Ken Hyde Jr. took the race lead on lap 2 from Bryan Quiliam seeking his 3rd win of the season. Eric Zeh came to second on lap as well 2 but just one lap later his teammate Tom Rogers Jr. raced his way by for position. Try as he might Ken Hyde tried fending off the defending Figure Eight champion but as has been the case all season long Rogers would just be too strong racing his way out front in the Keith Repp owned Chevy Coupe on lap 5. Hyde tucked into second and was soon to be tested by Tom Ferrara which was just fine with leader Rogers who was able to pull away for yet another win. When it was mentioned to Tom afterwards he is now just four wins back of Joe Biondolillo Jr. for second on the all time win list Rogers paused and reflected, “to have my name mentioned in the same breath with guys like Joey or George Brown is an honor”. Ken Hyde Jr. of Yaphank was second in the Kennedy L.I. Realty machine while Tom Ferrara of Patchogue was third in the Sayville South Bay Auto Repair Cadillac. 

In a wild conclusion to the 20-lap Super Pro Truck feature event it would be defending champion Mark Stewart of Riverhead scoring a close win over Lou Maestri of Deer Park with the duo crossing the line sideways after last lap, last turn contact. The win was Mark’s third of 2019 and the 23rd of his still budding driving career moving him into sole possession of third on the all time win list. Rookie Joe Cerabino moved the the early race lead at the throw of the green chased for the first lap by Frank Dumicich Jr. before he was passed on lap 2 by Eddie Schutze. From lap 2 through 7 Cerabino and Schutze waged an entertaining side by side duel for the lead never running into each other along the way. Schutze would be scored the race leader on lap seven while Cerabino not only dropped out of the battle for the lead but was also passed by Mark Stewart for second. Stewart after spending three laps chasing Schutze made his way to the race lead as the field took the halfway signal bringing Lou Maestri to second with him. Over the final half of the race Maestri made his presence know to Stewart and as the laps wound down to a precious few Lou turned up the heat on the race leader taking a look to the inside exiting the second and fourth turns. On the final lap Lou got under mark racing through the third and fourth tun and they touched slightly sending both into a “soft” spin as they slid across the start/finish line with Mark Stewart the winner in his 84 Lumber Chevy. “It was fun racing with Lou, it always is. He did what he had to do and so did I, it was fun!” After giving the race winner a hefty thumbs up Lou Maestri of Deer park took home runner-up money in his Hunter Business Schools Chevy. Jack Handley Jr. of Medford who was in the mix for the race win brought the Frank Dumicich Sr. Arenz Heating Ford crossed the line third but unfortunately jack is around 100 lbs lighter that Frank Sr. and the truck did not make weight in post race tech moving Eddie Schutze of Oyster Bay into third in his Patriot Organization Chevy.

There might not be a hotter driver on the east coast in INEX Legened Race Car competition then veteran Kevin Nowak of Medford who scored his third win of 2019 at Riverhead Raceway as well his third win in a one week span winning at Seekonk Speedway and in the Master Class at Legendstock at Bethel Speedway last week. However this win Nowak would have to earn every penny of as he and George Tomko Jr. slugged it out in the closing laps. At the start of the 20 lap feature George Tomko Jr. who has suffered through a tough luck campaign in ’19 broke to the race lead chased over the first eight circuits by Jeff Otto Jr. Exiting the fourth turn to start the 9th lap Kevin Nowak ducked under Otto for second then set his sights on race leader Tomko. As the laps clicked off Nowak drew to the rear bumper of Tomko with these two already having some history in the most recent Legend Race Car event two weeks back. Lap after lap Nowak put the pressure on Tomko but each and every time the leader was equal to the challenge, that is until the final turn on the final lap. Going into the third turn Nowak saw some daylight and stuck his nose under Tomko with the due dead even coming off the fourth turn, In a NHRA style drag race to the start/finish line it was Kevin Nowak in the Allison Automotive of Holbrook entry taking the photo finish win. The win was the 12th of Kevin’s career tying him with Timmy Solomito for 4th on the all time win list. George Tomko Jr. of Aquebogue was a disappointed runner-up in his sponsor wanted car while Jeff Otto Jr. of Deer park was third in his Designs For Vision entry his best outing to date this season.

In the 25-lap Mini Stock event Tom Puccia of Shirley seemingly had his 3rd win of the 2019 campaign when the race concluded but unfortunately for him his car had unapproved upper control arms handing the win to Joe Warren Jr. of Ridge. The win is the fourth of the season for Warren and ties him with Bryan Kelly and Mike Mujsce Jr. for all time wins in the new class. Warren ad wrestled the lead away from Puccia in lapped traffic on the 19th lap but Puccia roared right back to take the lead back on the 20th circuit however it was all for naught at the end of the night. Warren set the standard in time trial qualifying earlier in the day turning in a lap of 14.950 in his unsponsored machine. Chris Elixson of Riverhead was second in the final rundown with his Mike’s Auto repair mount while Justin Squires of Flanders was third in the Roadworks Construction racer.

It was another hard hitting 4/6-Cylinder Demolition Derby with second generation daredevil Joe Palmeri Jr. of Lindenhurst scoring the win. In the end the event came down to Joe, his father Joey who was making his first start since a serious leg injury he suffered late last season in a Gut & Go Enduro and most recent winner “Fearless” Frank Phillips. Once the elder Palmeri was eliminated the event boiled down to Phillips and the younger Palmeri with Joe Jr. prevailing in his J&J Towing entry. Phillips of Ozone Park was named Judge’s Choice in the Tire Express machine while “Curious” George Astacio of Shirley was voted Fan’s Choice in his Monetary Recovery car.


NASCAR Modifieds: 1. John Fortin Sr. 2. Chris Young 3. John Baker 4. Kyle Soper 5. Tom Rogers Jr. 6. Dave Brigati 7. John Beatty Jr. 8. CJ Lehmann 9. Dave Sapienza 10. Dylan Slepian 11. David Schneider 12.  Eric Zeh DQ- Craig Lutz, Roger Turbush, Chris Turbush DNS- Jason Agugliaro, Ken Heagy
Late Models: 1. Jarrod Hayes 2. Jeremy McDermott 3. Dylan Slepian 4. Chris Turbush 5. Tom Rogers Jr. 6. Kevin Metzger 7. Ray Minieri 8. Shawn Patrick
Figure Eights: 1. Tom Rogers Jr. 2. Ken Hyde Jr. 3. Tom Ferrara 4. Eric Zeh 5. Vinny Delaney 6. CJ Lehmann 7. Bob Dalke 8. Bryan Quilliam 9. Brian Hansen 10. Paul Cummings 11. Scott Pedersen
Super Pro Trucks: 1. Mark Stewart 2. Lou Maestri 3. Eddie Schutze 4. Matt Triola 5. Joe Cerabino 6. Ethan Brown 7. Sean Glennon 8. Frank Dumicich Jr. DQ- Jack Handley Jr. DNS- Frank Dumicich Sr.
Legend Race Cars: 1. Kevin Nowak 2. George Tomko Jr. 3. Jeff Otto Jr. 4. Jim Sylvester 5. Joseph Braun 6. Allan Pedersen 7. Richie Davidowitz 8. Eric Hersey 9. Ray Fitzgerald 10. Riely O’Keefe 11. Jerry Curran 12. Collin Hoeffner 13. Vinny Delaney 14. Patrick Moore 15. Alex Halinar 16. Jason Castaldo 17. Joseph Costello 18. Mike Benton 19. David Strohmeyer 20. Nick Morabito 21. Mike Van Houten Jr. 22. Jeff Farruggia Jr. 23. Daniel carter 24. Ed Cheslak 25. Scott Cheslak 26. Anthony Colandro 

Mini Stocks: 1. Joe Warren Jr. 2. Chris Elixson 3. Justin Squires 4. Jamie Meyer 5. Matt Stawecki 6. Joe Cooke Jr. 7. James O’Connell 8. Scott Phillips 9. Brad Bess 10. Thomas Cocozza 11. Martin O’Connell DQ- Tom Puccia, Paul Wojcik
Demolition Derby: Winner- Joe Palmeri Jr. Judge’s Choice- Frank Philliips Fan’s Choice- George Astacio 

KYLE SOPER RETURNS TO RIVERHEAD RACEWAY NASCAR MODIFIED VICTORY LANE FOR SEVENTH WIN OF 2019 SATURDAY NIGHT

Riverhead, NY Aug. 3rdBy Bob Finan

Photo Michael Jaworecki Myracenews

It had been over a month since defending Riverhead Raceway NASCAR Modified champion Kyle Soper of Manorville had visited victory lane but that all changed Saturday night at the conclusion of the 50-lap feature event as Kyle drove to his 7th win of the 2019 Whelen All American Series. The win was the 16th of Soper’s career which tying him with Ryan Preece of Berlin, Ct. for 27th on the all time win list.


Early in the contest Roger Turbush raced his way to the lead from pole chased for the first two circuits by CJ Lehmann before Lehmann would move out front for the third lap but Turbush was having none of that reclaiming the lead from CJ on lap 4 bringing Chris Young to second. For the second time this season Turbush and Young would race for the lead hard and fast with neither driver asking or giving any quarter like their fathers before them. The hard racing would get too close on lap 8 as the tandem made contact exiting the second turn with both cars coming in rest with damage. That turn of event moved Kyle Soper who started the race 7th into the race lead from third with John Fortin Sr. now second for the restart. At first Fortin was able to stay in Soper’s tire tracks but as the race moved along the leader was able to get away as Fortin in the later stages of the race was under pressure from Craig Lutz for second which was just fine with the race leader.


After testing the former three time champion Fortin for second several times Lutz who finished 5th the night before in the WMT event at the Stafford Motor Speedway was able to make his way into second executing an outside pass. However by the time Lutz took over the challengers role Kyle Soper was long gone in his Eastport Feeds Chevrolet making a triumphant return to victory lane. “We had a good race going when we got some help getting to the front with all that was going on in front of us” the winner admitted. He also noted he is very well aware of the single season win mark of 10 set twice by “Charging” Charlie Jarzombek and once by Gary Winters, “we getting closer to that 10 win mark and hopefully for Wayne & Joette Anderson, Doug & Mora Corwin of Eastport Feeds and all my guys we can get there, we’ll see”. 

Craig Lutz of Miller Place was runner-up in his family owned Riverhead Building Supply Chevy while John Fortin Sr. of Holstville scored another top three finish with a third place showing in the John’s Fuel Oil Chevy. Dylan Slepian of Dix Hills and Tom Rogers Jr. of Riverhead completed the top five.


Jeremy McDermott of Riverhead returned to Late Model victory lane after a one race absence scoring his 8th win of 2019 making him the top winning driver in one race season in the class. Prior to the 50-lap tilt McDermott set fast time in qualifying with a lap of 12.517 but in the redraw Jeremy picked fourth while Kevin Metzger and John Baker drew the front row. At the throw of the green Baker driving the Camaro he sold to Darren McCabe outran the field to the first turn to take the lead with McDermott quickly making his way front fourth to second. After chasing Baker over the first mile of the race McDermott dove to the inside of Baker entering the first turn on the 5th lap to take the lead. Three laps later Jeremy’s teammate for the night former champion Scott Kulesa raced his way by Baker for second but as others have found out in 2019 Kulesa soon discovered once Jeremy McDermott has his Eastport Feeds Pontiac in command he is unbeatable scoring his 16th career win moving him into sole possession of 6th on the LM all time win list. Kulesa of Georgetown, Ma. who is 5th on that list with 23 victories settled for second in his RP Fabricating Chevy while Shawn Patrick of Brightwaters completed the podium in his Steve Mehner Race Engines entry.


Another driver regaining his winning form from earlier in the season was Justin Brown of Manorville who won the 25-lap Crate Modified feature for his 5th win of 2019. Mike Albasini bolted to the early race lead when the race started with Jason Hansen, Terry Stiles, Sean Glennon and Chris Rogers all taking turns chasing “The King of Queens” over the first eight circuits. Lap 9 found Rogers, who earlier in the day stepped off a cruise ship taking the lead from Albasini after starting the race in 8th. When Rogers made his way by Albasini he brought Justin Brown to second with him. After chasing Rogers for 6 laps Brown who started the race 9th took advantage of a double file restart on lap 15 riding the outside lane to the race lead with Rogers tucking into second. Over the final 10 laps of the tilt Brown wheeling the Motorcycle Mike Attorney At Law Chevy led the remainder of the race posting his 8th career win good for third on the all time win list. Rogers of Patchogue was runner-up in the Captain Ralph’s Seafood Safari entry while last weeks winner Dave Brigati of Calverton placed third in the Quest Machining & Fabricating Chevy. 

Former multi time Super Pro Truck champion Lou Maestri of Deer park drove to his second win of the season winning their 20-lap main event for his division leading 32nd career triumph. Eddie Schutze broke to the race lead at the drop of the green leading Sean Glennon over the first 9 laps of the race. Maestri who started 5th in the 8 truck field made his way to second with an inside pass of Glennon on the 9th cycle of the contest and soon thereafter made his way out front in his Line-X Truck Bed Liners of L.I. Chevy.  Once the versatile driver who will dip his toes into the Crate Modified class in the future was out front he was able to stay there for the popular win. Following Maestri were Frank Dumicich Jr. of E. Quogue in his Sea Level Construction entry with Joe Cerabino of bay Shore third in the Gooddfellas Auto Repair machine. 

Joe Warren Jr. of Ridge drove to his third Mini Stock victory of 2019 in their 20-lap feature event. Hard luck driver Justin Squires broke to the race lead at the start chased first by Jamie Meyer for six laps before Joe Warren Jr. made his way to second on lap 7 with an inside pass off turn four. Just prior to taking the halfway signal Warren would make an outside pass on Squires racing up the back stretch to take the race lead. Squires ran second for a lap after losing the lead as defending champion Paul Wojcik made his was into the challengers role on lap 11. Over the final half of the race Joe Warren Jr. in his self funded car led the remainder of the race posting the win which he dedicated to the late ‘Lil Jason Trinca. Wojcik of Centereach was runner-up in his Energy Kinetics racer while Chris Elixson of Riverhead brought the Mike’s Auto Service machine home in third. 

Popular Donald “Woot” Lawrence of Southampton scored the 40-lap 4/6-Cylinder Gut & Go Enduro victory for his second win of the season. Woot nehind the wheel of the Gregor Well Drilling mount moved to the race lead early and never looked back. The race was red flagged when perennial winner Christian Conklin of Riverhead flipped his Hyundai entering the third turn, he was shaken but otherwise okay. Following Lawrence at the finish were Chris Olivari of Coram and Peter Verwys of East Rockaway.


NASCAR Modifieds: 1. Kyle Soper 2. Craig Lutz 3. John Fortin Sr. 4. Dylan Slepain 5. Tom Rogers Jr. 6. John Baker 7. CJ Lehmann 8. Eric Zeh 9. David Schneider 10. Michael Rutkoski 11. Dave Briagti 12. Jack Handley Jr. 13. Roger Turbush 14. Chris Young 15. Jimmy Blewett 16. John Beatty Jr.


Late Models: 1. Jeremy McDermott 2. Scott Kulesa 3. Shawn Patrick 4. Jerry Giordano Jr. 5. Chris Turbush 6. Ray Minieri 7. Frank Dumicich Jr. 8. Kevin Metzger 9. John Baker 10. Jason Kreth 11. Daryn Miller DNS- Steve Mastro


Crate Modifieds: 1. Justin Brown 2. Chris Rogers 3. Dave Brigati 4. Mike Albasini 5. Sean Glennon 6. Peter Bertuccio 7. Terry Stiles 8. Matthew Brode 9. Dennis Krupski 10. Charlie Macwhinnie 11. Carey Rogers 12. Jason Hansen 13. Glenn Simonin 14. Alex Colasanto 15. AJ DeSantis


Super Pro Trucks: 1. Lou Maestri 2. Frank Dumicich Jr. 3. Joe Cerabino 4. Eddie Schutze 5. Sean Glennon 6. Ethan Brown 7. Mark Stewart DQ- Frank Dumicich Sr.


Mini Stocks: 1. Joe Warren Jr. 2. Paul Wojcik 3. Chris Elixson 4. Jamie Meyer 5. James O’Connell 6. Joe Cooke Jr. 7. Justin Squires 8. Scott Phillips 9. Brad Bess 10. Matt Stawecki 11. Thomas Cocozza 12. Martin O’Connell 13. Mike Mujsce Jr. 14. Tom Puccia


Gut & Go Enduro (top ten): 1. Woot Lawrence 2. Chris Olivari 3. Peter Verwys 4. Eric Germuth 5. Joe Warren Jr. 6. Jesse St. Clair 7. Frank Abbatiello 8. Jason Savoy 9. Tom Kreymborg 10. Dave Olivari 

DAVE BRIGATI TIMES FIRST NASCAR MODIFIED WIN OF 2019 PERFECTLY CAPTURING BALDWIN, EVANS & JARZOMBEK 77 SATURDAY AT RIVERHEAD RACEWAY

Riverhead, NY July 27th
By Bob Finan

The old saying goes “timing is everything’ and indeed those words would ring true for NASCAR Modified veteran Dave Brigati of Calverton who won his first race of 2019 Saturday when he captured the annual Baldwin, Evans & Jarzombek 77 at Riverhead Raceway. The win was the 11th of Brigati’s career and in another twist of irony ties him with the late “Tiger” Tom Baldwin on the all time win list. Just an hour or so before his NASCAR Modified triumph Dave also won the 25-lap Crate Modified race.

Timmy Solomito steering the Tommy Baldwin Racing 7NY took the pole with a lap of 11.615 earning the $100 fats time award from Brigandi Brothers Automotive of Nesconset, Jason Agugliaro of Islip was second quick at 11.632. With the top six from time inverted Dylan Slepian and championship leader Kyle Soper brought the field to green with Slepian gaining the early advantage over Soper. Lap 6 found Timmy Solomito roar from his sixth starting spot to pass Soper for second with his car working well on the outside. However as the race ran a long green flag period Timmy’s car began to free up allowing Dave Brigati who started fourth to make his way by the WMT regular for second on lap 24 while Slepian continued to show the way. 

A caution flag on lap 25 would change the complexion of the race up front as on the double file restart Dave Brigati raced his way by Slepian for the race lead bringing John Beatty Jr. to second with him. However just two laps later on the 27th circuit Solomito was able to find a second life in his car passing Beatty for second. While all this was transpiring Kyle Soper was laying in the weeds running either third, fourth of fifth in the middle position of the race. Lap 51 saw Soper make his way by Solomtio for second and once he completed that pass he closed right in on leader Brigati. 

Over the final third of the race Soper drew close to Brigati and in fact at times rode the leader’s back bumper. On a few other occasions Soper looked to make a run to the inside of Brigati exiting the corners but each time the cagey veteran was equal to the task fending off the defending NASCAR Modified champion and when the checkers waved Dave Brigati enjoyed his first win of 2019. “To win anything with Tommy’s, Richie’s and Charlie’s name on it is very special” Brigati noted in victory lane. “I can’t say enough about Rob Fuller of LFR and of course my guys led by Brian Schwarz on this JDL Environmental Team, heck we won two races tonight”. the happy winner concluded.

Kyle Soper of Manorville was second in the Eastport Feeds Chevy reflecting afterwards, “congrats to Dave and his guys, we had a good car and we’ll take second tonight” John Beatty Jr. of Merrick was third in his MSM Elite Motorsports Chevy while Timmy Solomito and John Fortin Sr. of Holtsville completed the top five. 

Chris Turbush of Wading River derailed the Jeremy McDermott express in the 25-lap Late Model event taking his second win of 2019 having also won on opening night back in May. In the early stages of the race “Radiant” Ray Minieri led Shawn Patrick and Chris Turbush for the first few laps before things got too close for Minieri and Patrick on lap 4 as the came together. That turn of events propelled Turbush to the race lead with teammates McDermott and Dylan Slepian now second and third. Unlike the past seven races McDermott while staying with Turbush for the remainder of the race would have nothing for Chris who steered his Chris Mohr Landscaping Chevy to his 14th career LM victory. McDermott of Riverhead and Slepian of Dix Hills were second and third in their Eastport Feeds team cars.


In a competitive 25-lap Crate Modified event former two-time champion Dave Brigati scored his division leading 11th career win, his first of 2019. Jason Hansen who impressed winning his heat race led the early going chased at first by Brigati. On lap 3 however Hansen went up the hill in turn four breaking the momentum of Brigati for a moment which allowed Terry Stiles to race his way from third to the race lead as the field started the fourth lap. Peter Bertuccio chased Stiles for three laps before he was passed by Briagti to the inside entering the first turn on lap 9. After tracking Stiles for 8 laps Brigati would make his move for the race lead again executing an inside pass as he worked to the low side of Stiles exiting the second turn on lap 18. Once out front Brigati put the Quest Machining & Fabricating Chevy on cruise control taking home the popular win. Terry Stiles of Rocky Point had a solid race finishing second in the T&S Auto Clinic Chevy while Peter Bertuccio of Bohemia placed third in the Gershow Recycling Chevy.


Reining Blunderbust champion Jack Handley Jr. of Medford made just his fifth start of 2019 in the 20-lap main event Saturday and when the checker flag flew Jack was enjoying his third win of his part time campaign.  Ageless Bill Wegmann Sr. paced the race early leading the first seven laps before he was passed by Tom Pickerell to the inside exiting the fourth turn to start the eight lap. One lap later Handley made his way by Wegmann for second  and chased Pickerell for the lead and the win for three laps. On lap 13 while racing up the backstretch Hanldey made his way under Pickerell for the lead bringing Cody Triola to second with him. Triola was having another solid race before disaster struck on lap 17 when he clipped the wall on his own exiting the fourth turn drawing a late race caution. That lined rivals Handley and Picerell alongside each other for the restart and when the green waved Handley was able to stay out front in his Licciardi Builder Caprice to nail down his 32nd career victory. Pickerell of Huntington was runner-up in the Encore Rentals Chevy with early leaser Wegmann of N. Bellmore third in the Crackerjack Auto Stores Olds.


After enjoying his fist career INEX Legend Race Car victory back on July 6th veteran Ray Fitzgerald ended the month the same way he started it with another 20-lap feature event win. George Tomko Jr. who has endured a rough 2019 season to date broke to the early lead chased at first by defending champion Jim Sylvester for the first four laps. On lap 5 Fitzgerald made his way by Sylvester for second setting sail for leader Tomko. However on lap 11 a high flying Kevin Nowak looped around Fitzgerald for second and quickly closed in on leader Tomko. Unfortunately on lap 13 racing into the third turn Nowak got into the back bumper of leader Tomko sending the young talent into a spin drawing a caution flag. During the caution period track officials invited Nowak to the rear of the field for the contact. That turn of events moved third place Ray Fitzgerald into the race lead with Allan Pedersen now second when the race resumed to start the 14th lap. Over the final 6 laps of the tilt Pedersen stayed right on the heels of Fitzgerald but in the end Ray in his Benimax Trucking entry scored the win. Pedersen of Center Moriches was second in the Rico’s Clothing machine while Eric Hersey of Commack completed the podium in third with his Luau of Long Island racer.


The 15-lap Vintage All Stars event saw a very special guest driver in a very special car team up for the win as Timmy Solomito drove the “Charging” Charlie Jarzombek #1 Chevette owned by Ricky Jarzombek to victory. Tony Ferrante Jr show the way early in the X-3 chased early on by Frank Saladino. However after starting scratch of the field Solomito was flying through the field and on lap 7 made an outside pass of Ferrante entering the first turn.Once Timmy had the AG Schmidt Paving #1 out front he would lead the remainder of the way. Ferrante of New Hyde Park was runner-up in the Nuzzi Auto Body Chevy while Jimmy Reed of central Islip was third in the JR Fuel Oil Cavalier.


Phil LaManna of Smithtown has quickly become the driver to beat in Truck Enduro racing as he not only won but dominated their 40-lap affair. LaManna raced the EP Milling & Sweeping entry out front early in the race after starting third via luck of the draw. Gary Voight and Bobby Pease Sr, tried staying close to LaManna but as the event wore on Phil simply ran away and hid. Voight of Medford was runner-up in the United Exhaust Shop racer while Pease also from Medford was third in the Fit Spot Gym Chevy.


Baldwin, Evans & Jarzombek 77: 1, Dave Brigati 2. Kyle Soper 3. John Beatty Jr. 4. Timmy Solomito 5. John Fortin Sr. 6. Dylan Slepian 7. Chris Young 8. John Baker 9. CJ Lehmann 10. Tom Rogers Jr. 11. Artie Pedersen III 12. David Schneider 13. Cory Midgett 14. Jason Agugliaro 15. Roger Turbush 16. Craig Lutz


Late Models: 1. Chris Turbush 2. Jeremy McDermott 3. Dylan Slepian 4. Shawn Patrick 5. Ray Minieri 6. Kevin Metzger 7. Darren McCabe 8. Frank Dumicich Jr. 9. Steve Mastro 10. Jerry Giordano Jr.


Crate Modifieds: 1. Dave Brigati 2. Terry Stiles 3. Peter Bertuccio 4. Dennis Krupski 5. Justin Brown 6. Charlie Mcwhinnie 7. Carey Rogers 8. Jason Hansen 9. Alex Colasanto 10. Mike Albasini 11. Sean Glennon 12. Matthew Brode 13. AJ DeSantis


Blunderbusts: 1. Jack Handley Jr. 2. Tom Pickerell 3. Bill Wegmann Sr. 4. Russ Jansen 5. Jarrett Campbell 6. Alyssa Paprocky 7. Kyle Halpin 8. Cody Triola 9. Jim Laird Jr. DNS- Cassandra Denis


Legend Race Cars: 1. Ray Fitzgerald 2. Allan Pedersen 3. Eric Hersey 4. Jim Sylvester 5. Joseph Braun 6. Colin Hoeffner 7. Jeff Otto Jr. 8. Richie Davidowitz 9. Vinny Delaney 10. Mike Van Houten Jr. 11. Jason Castaldo 12. Riely O’Keefe 13. Jeff Castaldo 14. Patrick Moore 15. Kevin Nowak 16. Jeff Farruggia Jr. 17. Joseph Costello 18. Nick Morabito 19. Colin Volpe 20. David Strohmeyer 21. Scott Cheslak 22. Rcih Braun 23. George Tomko Jr. 24. Chris Sinatro 25. Alex Halinar 26. Ed Cheslak


Vintage All Stars: 1. Timmy Solomto 2. Tony Ferrante Jr. 3. Jimmy Reed 4. Frank Saladino 5. Don Conradis 6. Ken Southard 7. Bill Meyer 8. Mike Ciroco


Truck Enduro: 1. Phil LaManna 2. Gary Voight 3. Bobby Pease Sr. 4. Justin McGrady 5. Jarrett Campbell 6. Bobby Pease Jr. 7. Mariah Lawrence 8. Dustin Cole 9. Doug Tittle 10. Joe Brodman 11. Danielle Cohen 12. John Schultze 13. Kerry Botts 14. Emily Hubbard 15. Kenny King