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Auto Racing: Brigati doubles down on wins

08/27/2018 1:41 PM |

Versatile Riverhead Raceway veteran Dave Brigati of Calverton doubled down Saturday night during the NASCAR Whelen All American Series, winning both 25-lap Late Model and 50-lap Crate Modified races. A near-capacity crowd also saw Michael Rommeney of Bohemia win a School Bus Demolition Derby.

Brigati picked up the fifth win of his Late Model career and his first since 2006 at Riverhead. Kyle Soper of Manorville was second while early leader Kevin Metzger of Massapequa took third.

Brigati, who has been the only Crate Modified champion the class has known since its inception in 2016, earned a milestone 10th career win in the Crate Modifieds. Jack Orlando of Calverton drove in second. Justin Brown of Manorville came in third, taking over the championship lead in the process.

The last time Lou Maestri had won a Super Pro Truck main event at the track was in May of 2015. That was, until Saturday when the former multi-time champion of the class finally notched his 30th career win in a 20-lap feature event. That ties him with Roger Turbush of Riverhead for the all-time lead in victories. Mark Stewart of Riverhead was second, further padding his championship lead. Defending champion Dave Brigati was third.

Artie Pedersen III of Center Moriches triumphed in a 30-lap Legend Race Car event. George Tomko Jr. of Aquebogue was second, with an impressive newcomer, 15-year old William Lambros of Northport, third.

Andrew Farnham of Baldwin enjoyed the thrill of victory for the first time in his driving career when he topped the field in a 20-lap Mini Stock race. Brandon Esposito of Farmingville and Paul Wojcik of Centereach completed the podium.

Justin Squires of Flanders picked up a first career win as well, in a 40-lap Enduro race. Kevin Coyle of East Meadow and Woot Lawrence of Southampton were second and third.

In the School Bus Demolition Derby, Rommeney and his brother, Kevin Rommeney of East Meadow, were left to slug it out for the win with the former prevailing.

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