The magical carpet ride continues for Tom Rogers Jr. The Patchogue driver won his second consecutive NASCAR modified feature event in a 35-lap event Saturday night at Riverhead Raceway. Rogers moved up from a 14th starting position to pick up his 11th career NASCAR Whelen All-American Series triumph.
Rogers’ second win in a row was preceded by a runner-up finish in the NASCAR Hall of Fame 100 on May 15. “Things are clicking right now,” Rogers said. “You don’t get on a roll like this without great people behind you.”
Chuck Steuer of Bohemia was the second to cross the stripe. The early race leader, Eddie Brunnhoelzl III of Levittown, placed third. He was immediately followed by the division’s points leader, John Fortin of Holtsville, and then Chris Young of Calverton.
Another driver on a two-race win streak, Arne Pedersen of Mastic Beach, took the top honors in the Cromarty Cup 20 for the figure eight class. It was his second career win. His brother, Scott Pedersen of Shirley, was second. Ralph Tasso of Bohemia drove in third.
An historic moment took place in a nonstop 20-lap charger race. Daryn Miller of Franklin Square, who is deaf, became the first hearing-impaired driver to win a NASCAR-sanctioned race. After Miller exited his car in victory lane, the crowd, instead of cheering for Miller, showed its approval by waving hats, programs and whatever else they could. Jay Henschel of Levittown was second, and Brian Doyle of Ronkonkoma overcame a fuel-line issue and a small fire in practice to place third.
Roger Turbush of Riverhead padded his super pro trucks points lead as he won a thrilling battle with Mike Albasini of Flushing to collect his second victory of the year. Albasini had to be content with second while Chris Turbush of Riverhead was third.
A scheduled 20-lap legend race car main event was cut short to four laps because of the time limit running out in a caution-flag-marred race. It took four attempts just to run the first lap of the race, which ended with Bill Hiscock of Bridgehampton gaining his first career victory. Chris Roger of Patchogue was second and Silas Hiscock Sr. of Bridgehampton third.
Donny Fox scored his first career full-size school bus figure eight victory in a 10-lap affair. In a four-cylinder demolition derby, Jason Savoy of Lake Panamoka outlasted Michael Rommeney of Maspeth and James Killkenny of Howard Beach to score the victory.