05/27/14 1:35pm
05/27/2014 1:35 PM

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Defending NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Ryan Preece of Berlin, Conn., topped a nonstop, 35-lap NASCAR Modified field at Riverhead Raceway on Saturday evening. The win was his first of the season and moved him into the championship chase lead by five points over defending champion Howie Brode of East Islip.

When told he was the new points leader, Preece seemed shocked. “Really?” he said. “Well I’m just here to win races and have fun. My schedule won’t allow me to run for the title but it is nice to lead for the moment.” (more…)

05/20/14 10:22am
05/20/2014 10:22 AM

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One week after backing his NASCAR Modified into a wall at Riverhead Raceway, defending champion Howie Brode of East Islip rebounded in fine fashion Saturday night, winning a 35-lap Whelen All-American Series feature event. The triumph was the 16th of his career, vaulting him into the championship chase lead by one point over Ryan Preece of Berlin, Conn. (more…)

05/12/14 1:07pm
05/12/2014 1:07 PM

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A pair of one-hour rain delays did not stop the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program on Saturday, or three-time NASCAR Modified champion John Fortin Sr. The Holtsville driver made a triumphant return to victory lane, sweeping the headlining Twin 30 NASCAR Modified features at Riverhead Raceway.  (more…)

05/06/14 11:00am
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Teenage race car driver Vincent Biondolillo posed with kids at Stotzy Park last Friday during Riverhead Little League's Opening Day. (Credit: Barbarallen Koch)

Teenage race car driver Vincent Biondolillo posed with kids at Stotzy Park last Friday during Riverhead Little League’s Opening Day. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Baseball and race cars. The two worlds collided last Friday when teenage race car driver Vincent Biondolillo stopped by Riverhead Little League’s Opening Day to pose for pictures with kids in front of his No. 06 race car.  (more…)

05/05/14 1:41pm
05/05/2014 1:41 PM

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The 2014 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series got underway Saturday evening at Riverhead Raceway as 2012 NASCAR Modified champion Shawn Solomito of Islip swept both ends of the Twin 30 feature events. Over the past four opening nights, either Shawn or his younger brother Timmy has won a feature at the quarter-mile track. (more…)

09/23/13 1:38pm
09/23/2013 1:38 PM

RIVERHEAD RACEWAY ROUNDUP

Jason Agugliaro of Islip scored his first career NASCAR Modified feature event win, a 50-lap affair at Riverhead Raceway on Saturday. He reclaimed the lead with 12 laps left in a wild contest. Agugliaro had to ward off a last-lap, last-turn challenge by the 2013 NASCAR Modified champion, Howie Brode of East Islip.

Exiting a turn, Agugliaro pinched Brode up against the wall, slowing his challenger enough to grab the victory.

“I know Howie is upset right now,” Agugliaro said. “I told my team I’d do whatever it would take to get a win before the season ended and I was able to keep that promise.”

Dave Brigati of Calverton made a late-race pass on Brode to claim second place. Brode placed third. Dave Sapienza of Riverhead was fourth and Timmy Solomito of Islip fifth.

In other races:

Kevin Metzger of Massapequa, a two-time champion, scored his second Late Model win of the year, taking a 25-lap main event after a thrilling battle with Shawn Patrick. After the first lap, Metzger led the rest of the way. Patrick of Brightwaters had to settle for second and third went to defending champion Mike Bologna of Melville. With a fourth-place finish, Jeremy McDermott clinched the championship. McDermott has won back-to-back championships in two separate classes. Last year he won the Charger title.

After winning the 2012 Figure Eight title, veteran Mike Mujsce of East Quogue has endured a hangover season in 2013, but that changed Saturday when he won a 15-lap feature for his first win of the year. Roger Maynor was able to race his way for second. Maynor was hoping to put enough cars between him and fellow title contenders Ken Hyde Jr. and Arne Pedersen for his ninth championship. Then Pedersen’s title hopes went south on Lap 11, with a flat tire forcing him to pit. All the championship implications didn’t matter to Mujsce, who stormed off to the win. Maynor of Bay Shore was second and Hyde of Medford not only placed third but also clinched the championship at just 21 years of age.

Eric Zeh of Selden knew that there was only one way he could avoid all the possible tie-breakers for the 2013 Charger championship with four-time champion Chris Turbush of Riverhead, and that formula was a simple one: Win the race.

Zeh knew that winning his fourth race of the year would be the way to go, and that is just what he did. Trailing Turbush by a mere 2 points going into the race, Zeh wasted little time making his way to the front. He passed rookie Rich Wilson on Lap 2 for the lead. Meanwhile, Turbush was having a rough go of it as he was sent to the rear of the field for rough riding early in the race and later had to pit with a flat tire. That was music to the ears of Zeh, but by no means was he having an easy time up front. Ray Minieri was all over him for the lead in a heated battle. In the end, Zeh, the grandson of former NASCAR Modified car owner Carl Zeh, wrapped up his championship season with a win. Minieri of Bay Shore was second. C. J. Lehmann of Shirley rebounded nicely from an early-race spin to claim third.

Without question, the wildest championship battle belonged to the Blunderbust class. Bill Wegmann Jr. of Patchogue captured his first win of the year after having come close on numerous occasions earlier in the season. Scott Maliszewski of Deer Park, who entered the race 8 points behind the points leader, Tommy Walkowiak, grabbed second place and the championship as well. Walkowiak was disqualified from the race. Brian Brown of Baiting Hollow was third across the finish line.

The Super Pro Truck 20-lap feature went non-stop, with the defending champion, Roger Turbush of Riverhead, taking full advantage of a rare pole starting position to not only lead all the way to the checkered flag but pulling away from the field in the process. Turbush’s season was full of blown engines and other mechanical breakdowns, but he still won his third race of the year. Dave Koenig of Freeport was the runner-up. Frank Dumicich Jr. of East Quogue was third. With that finish, Dumicich became the 2013 Super Pro Truck champion for the first time in his career. His father, Frank Sr., is a past champion in the class.

Timmy Solomito of Islip, on the strength of a last-lap pass, scored the Legend Race Car victory. Solomito won the race win by less than a car length over second-place Kevin Nowak of Medford. A 16-year-old driver, Brendon Bock of Franklin Square, clinched the 2013 Legend Race Car championship with his third-place finish.

09/16/13 1:49pm
09/16/2013 1:49 PM

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Ryan Preece of Berlin, Conn., scored his fourth NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory of the year Saturday night at Riverhead Raceway after he executed an inside pass of Timmy Solomito with 23 laps remaining in the Green Earth Technologies 200. The win was Preece’s third straight WMT triumph at the track, tying him with Mike Ewanitsko as the only two drivers to score the Riverhead hat trick by winning three WMT races in a row.

Preece crossed under the checker flag not only as the race winner but also increasing his WMT championship lead over the defending champion, Doug Coby, to 46 points with three races remaining.

“I just love Riverhead,” Preece said. “I knew around Lap 100, if I just stayed on Timmy [Solomito] I would find an opening sooner or later.”

Referring to his third straight win, Preece said, “Three in a row and to have my name mentioned with the great Mike Ewanitsko is just awesome.”

Justin Bonsignore was second and upbeat about his race. “If you told me on Wednesday that we’d run up front all night long and finish second, I would have told you I’ll take it,” he said.

Solomito of Islip was third. “Just a great day for us, won the pole and then led 177 laps,” he said. “I just didn’t have enough to hold off Ryan, but third is fine with me.”

Woody Pitkat of Stafford, Conn., was fourth, with Howie Brode of East Islip steering his way to a fifth-place finish. Eric Goodale of Riverhead, Rowan Pennink of Huntingdon Valley, Penn., Ted Christopher of Plainville, Conn., Todd Szegedy of Ridgefield, Conn., and Patrick Emerling of Orchard Park completed the top 10.

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Two 30-lap features were presented, with Jimmy White Jr. of Southampton being declared the Blunderbust winner some five hours after the completion of the race. High school senior Kyle Soper of Manorville drove to the Legend Race Car victory by a few car lengths.

In a postrace inspection that lasted until well after midnight, it was deemed that Jack Handley Jr., who had seemingly nailed down the victory, had unapproved work done to his heads and he was disqualified from the race. That handed the victory over to White, the second time this year his team won a race in this manner. Championship contender Scott Maliszewski of Deer Park finished second. Tommy Walkowiak of Ridge recovering from a spin to claim third.

In the Legend Race Car event, Soper enjoyed his second win of the campaign. Brad Van Houten of Wading River took second, and Richie Davidowitz of East Moriches came in third.

09/09/13 11:21am
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Timmy Solomito came to Riverhead Raceway on Saturday afternoon as a driver on a mission. When the NASCAR Modified Twin 30s were completed, the Islip driver could proclaim mission accomplished.

Solomito dominated, drawing the pole position and leading all 60 laps of the two feature events.

The first 30-lap contest saw Solomito top David Roys of Coram at the finish while Howie Brode of East Islip crossed the line third, earning his Peter Clark Motorsports team the 2013 NASCAR Modified championship. Ryan Preece of Berlin, Conn., and Justin Bonsignore of West Islip completed the top five.

Solomito took first again in the nightcap. Bonsignore was second, Dave Sapienza of Riverhead placed third, Tom Rogers Jr. of Patchogue came in fourth and Ryan Preece took fifth.

Asked if the two victories would give him momentum going into this week’s 200 WMT race at Riverhead Raceway, Solomito quickly shot back, “I certainly hope so.”

In other races:

Ken Hyde of Medford celebrated his 21st birthday with his second consecutive Figure Eight feature event win and in the process finds himself as the new championship points leader going into the final points race on Sept. 21. Defending champion Mike Mujsce appeared headed for his first win of the season when, with just over two laps to go, his car spun out on its own. Hyde took the unexpected birthday gift to the finish line. John Vullo of Farmingville was second. Tom Ferrara of Patchogue returned from a Florida vacation just in time to finish third.

Hyde leads Arne Pedersen and Roger Maynor by 6 points heading into the final race.

It is safe to say the scheduled 20-lap Charger race wasn’t very pretty at times, but it also can be said that the caution-flag-filled race also provided some of the best side-by-side racing of the night. In the end, it was C. J. Lehmann of Shirley notching his second win of 2013. Jayson White of Hicksville drove a heads-up race to cross the line second. Ray Minieri of Bay Shore was third.

Going into the final point-paying race on Sept. 21, Chris Turbush leads Eric Zeh by 2 points.

It was hard to imagine that the all-time leading Blunderbust feature event winner, Tommy Walkowiak of Ridge, had not won since early in the 2012 season, but that was the case before Saturday when he posted his 52nd career victory. He finished ahead of the second-place Tom Puccia of Shirley and the third-place Brian Brown of Baiting Hollow.

A wild last-lap tangle saw Ron Langdon collide with championship contender Tom Pickerell off a turn. NASCAR officials disqualified Langdon from the race.

Fifteen-year-old Riverhead driver Mark Stewart continued his winning ways in the Super Pro Truck ranks, winning a 20-lap main event for his fourth win of the season. Dave Koenig of Freeport finished second. The points leader, Frank Dumicich Jr. of East Quogue, was third. Dumicich takes a 10-point lead over Mike Albasini of Flushing into the final points race Sept. 21.

Two tested tough 8-Cylinder Enduro veterans, Ed Brown Jr. of Mastic Beach and Dominick Ranieri of East Northport, waged a fierce battle during  a 75-lap feature event before Brown won. Ranieri was second, and third went to Don Carasiti of St. James.