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Timmy Solomito Now a Winner at Every Level

The Solomito family has been a part of racing on Long Island for  decades. The latest generation of Solomito racers, brothers Jerry, Shawn and Timmy have been regulars at the Riverhead Raceway for years. They have raced Legends, Chargers and Modifieds  at the 1/4 mile oval at the end of Long Island all with great support from family and friends.

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A win in the INEX Legends feature at Riverhead.

Timmy  has always been a fan favorite at Riverhead,  many seasons ago he acquired the nickname “The Natural” as a smooth driver when he ran his legends. The nickname stuck as he won races in the Legends, Chargers and Modifieds  in family owned cars and driving for people like Wayne Anderson and the legendary red #15 modified.

Several years ago Timmy got a chance to see what modified racing was like at the highest levels. Ed Whelan who owned Ted Christopher’s tour modified gave Timmy a chance to drive the teams second car. A solid run at the Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park was only spoiled by a broken

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Timmy in the #66 Charger

oil line. That day Timmy showed the racing world he could wheel a race car at the bullrings and the larger, faster tracks.

Last weekend  Timmy Solomito won the biggest race of his career with the season opening NASCAR WMT Icebreaker 150 the  Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. Timmy’s power move past Ryan Preece to take the lead for good late in the race cemented his first NASCAR WMT win.

Timmy has joined the long list of Long Island drivers that have ventured off the island and a shorter list that have won races at Thompson.  Drivers like  Charlie Jarzombek, Mike Ewanitsko, Steve Park and Greg Sacks left Long Island and found great success in the modifieds and beyond. A win at Thompson means you can compete with and beat the big boys.

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Getting ready to shake down the #1 Charlie Jarzombek Vega at Riverhead.

Charlie Jarzombek was an Icebreaker winner  30 years ago and now Timmy can claim that same title . Ironically several times Timmy has been asked to drive the  legendary #1 Vega restored by Charlies bother Rickey.  Amazingly with little track time in the cars  Timmy was always able to turn laps that would put him in the field of today’s race cars. One year he was turning times not far off the fastest modifieds racing that night made even more impressive by the fact that brake fluid was leaking into the cockpit making it tough to keep his feet on the petals.

When Sundays Icebreaker 150  started the front row of the race consisted  Xfinty regular Ryan Preece and last years champion Doug Coby, both heavy favorites to win that day. Timmy started  further back n 13th place and had to work his way forward. As he said we picked them off one by one then a great pit stop late in the race helped put Timmy near the front and put him in a position for the win.

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Timmy being pushed, out of fuel to victory lane after his Icebreaker win.

After the race Timmy spoke to the media on what it was like to win the Icebreaker. In typical  fashion Timmy humbly thanked the  team owner, crew, sponsors and every person who helped put him into a position to win. Last year was not the year they had hoped for but he never felt his job was in jeopardy. He credited a talk with Mike Stefanik during the week that helped him on his restarts which he admitted was not his strong point.

When asked what it meant to him to join the great Long Island drivers who have won races at Thompson Timmy said it was huge, everyone knows where it is on the  map. You always want to race and win at Thompson, plus to win your first one there is incredible.

One of the most amazing parts of Sundays victory was the fact Timmy’s car started sputtering right after he crossed the finish line. By the time he got to the back stretch the engine shut off and he was out of gas. On the radio he kept telling his crew “I think I’m out of gas”. One more lap or one more caution and the outcome of the race might have been much different. Timmy’s  comment about running out of fuel after the race “Someone must have been watching over us today.”

I got to share a golf cart ride back to the pits long after  all he interviews were over and it was time to go home. It was pretty clear that his win was something he dreamed about a long time and the smile on his face was not going away any time soon. His last comment to me as we rode behind the empty grandstands back to pits the was I hope they give me the day off on Monday but it was back to work on Monday morning.

Timmy will try and back up the season opening win at next weekends Spring Sizzler at The Stafford Motor Speedway in Stafford Springs Ct.

 

Dreams Come True For Solomito

First Career Whelen Modified Tour Win Comes At Icebreaker

IMG_0200THOMPSON, Conn. (April 10, 2016) – Timmy Solomito’s dreams came true Sunday afternoon.

The 24-year-old from Islip, New York, ran away with the 42nd Annual Icebreaker at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park to secure his first career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory. Solomito powered past former champion and current NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Ryan Preece to lead the final 34 laps of the Icebreaker 150 en route to the checkered flag.

“I never thought this day would come,” Solomito said. “You lie in bed thinking about things like this. This is a dream come true.”

The victory came in Solomito’s 36th career start. He is in his second full season driving the No. 16 Diversified Metals/R.B. Enterprises Ford for Flamingo Motorsports. The team had won tour championships with Mike Stefanik (2006) and Preece (2013) before turning to the Long Island native.

Solomito’s previous best finish was third, four times, including the final two races of 2015.

Preece settled for a runner-up finish, while Justin Bonsignore finished third. Defending tour champion Doug Coby, who was looking for his fifth straight win at Thompson, won the Coors Light Pole Award Saturday but faded late Sunday to finish fourth. Ron Silk rounded out the top five.

The race went green for the first 81 laps. The first caution allowed for all the teams to come down pit road, and Solomito gained three spots to move up to fourth on the restart. Preece, who led the first 85 laps, gave up the lead to Bonsignore, before Solomito powered into the lead for the first time. Preece got the lead back briefly, but Solomito regained the point and steadily pulled away. He won by 3.512 seconds.

Donny Lia, Eric Goodale, Jimmy Blewett, Rowan Pennink and Woody Pitkat rounded out the top 10.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will race next in the NAPA Spring Sizzler 200 at Connecticut’s Stafford Motor Speedway on Sunday, April 24.

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour-Icebreaker 150 Results

Sunday

At Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

Thompson, Conn.

Lap length: 0.625 miles

(Start position in parentheses)

  1. (13) Timmy Solomito, Islip, N.Y., Ford, 150 laps, 93.464 mph.
  2. (2) Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
  3. (10) Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150.
  4. (1) Doug Coby, Milford, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
  5. (5) Ron Silk, Norwalk, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
  6. (3) Donny Lia, Jericho, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150.
  7. (6) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150.
  8. (9) Jimmy Blewett, Howell, N.J., Dodge, 150.
  9. (8) Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, Pa., Chevrolet, 150.
  10. (7) Woody Pitkat, Stafford, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
  11. (4) Chase Dowling, Roxbury, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
  12. (16) Max Zachem, Preston, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
  13. (19) Bobby Santos, Franklin, Mass., Chevrolet, 150.
  14. (15) Patrick Emerling, Orchard Park, N.Y., Chevrolet, 149.
  15. (18) Matt Swanson, Acton, Mass., Chevrolet, 149.
  16. (11) Shawn Solomito, Islip, N.Y., Chevrolet, 149.
  17. (24) Jamie Tomaino, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 149.
  18. (17) Rob Summers, Manchester, Conn., Chevrolet, 148.
  19. (14) Dave Sapienza, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 148.
  20. (12) Brendon Bock, Franklin Square, N.Y., Chevrolet, 147.
  21. (23) Andrew Krause, Holmdel, N.J., Chevrolet, 147.
  22. (26) Gary McDonald, Ronkonkoma, N.Y., Chevrolet, 144.
  23. (22) Wade Cole, Hartland, Conn., Chevrolet, 144.
  24. (20) Jeff Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 141.
  25. (25) Troy Talman, Oxford, Mass., Chevrolet, 140, handling.
  26. (21) Craig Lutz, Miller Place, N.Y., Chevrolet, 125, electrical.
  27. (27) Melissa Fifield, Wakefield, N.H., Chevrolet, 50, handling.

 

Race Statistics

Time of Race: 1 hour 0 minutes 11 seconds

Margin of Victory: 3.512 seconds

Fastest Qualifier: D.Coby (120.702 mph, 18.641 seconds)

Caution Flags: 2 for 16 laps.

Lead Changes: 6 among 3 drivers.

Lap Leaders: R. Preece 1-85; J. Bonsignore 86-93; T. Solomito 94-102; J. Bonsignore 103; T. Solomito 104-110; R. Preece 111-116; T. Solomito 117-150.

Standings: 1. T. Solomito, 47; 2. R. Preece, 44; 3. J. Bonsignore, 42; 4. D. Coby, 40; 5. R. Silk, 39; 6. D. Lia, 38; 7. E. Goodale, 37; 8. J. Blewett, 36; 9. R. Pennink, 35; 10. W. Pitkat, 34.