Ryan Preece captured his third consecutive win in his last three starts at Riverhead Raceway Saturday night when he raced across the finish line first in the Cromarty Cup 50.
Preece, of Berlin, Conn., was coming off a win the previous week at Riverhead in the Hoosier Tire 200. The night before he won at Stafford Motor Speedway. And next up will be a trip to the New Hampshire Speedway.
Timmy Solomito of Islip raced out to the early lead in the Cromarty Cup 50 with Howie Brode of East Islip close behind during the first 13 laps. A minor spin slowed the race and on a restart following the caution, Solomito missed a shift, costing him two positions. Preece made his move into second behind Brode.
Brode and Preece went back-and-forth over the next 10 laps. Preece raced under Brode on the inside on Lap 24 to take the lead. Preece maintained the lead over the second half of the race to pick up his seventh career win at Riverhead.
Solomito finished in second and Brode took third. Brode maintained his lead in the point standings with 202, just ahead of Tom Rogers Jr. with 190. Rounding out the top five in the race were Justin Bonsignore of West Islip and David Roys of Coram.
John Vullo of Farmingville won his second straight 15-lap Figure Eight race. Vullo got out to a quick lead in the race and had to hold off the hot pursuit of Roger Maynor of Bay Shore. Excelling on the restarts, Vullo held on for first as Maynor finished second. Arne Pedersen of Mastic Beach finished third.
In the Charger race, Chris Turbush of Riverhead recorded a milestone victory. Turbush won his 35th career race and second of 2013. A four-time champion in the Charger division, Turbush grabbed the lead Saturday at the start of the ninth lap. He’s now 17 wins behind his father Dan Turbush, who leads the all-time list with 52 victories. Ray Minieri of Bay Shore was second and Eric Zeh of Selden was third.
Jack Handley Jr. of Medford picked up a victory in the 20-lap Blunderbust main event. Handley, 17, made an inside pass on Lap 17 to take the lead after starting the race 12th. Tommy Walkowiak of Ridge finished second and Scott Maliszewski of Deer Park finished third.
Johnnie Gloor IV of Flanders won the Legend Race after a long battle with Justin Strumpf, who was second. Brendon Bock of Franklin Square was third.
Jason Savoy of Lake Panamoka won the 4-Cylinder Demolition Derby for his first win of 2013.