08/18/14 10:00pm
08/18/2014 10:00 PM

RIVERHEAD RACEWAY ROUNDUP

With Old Timers Night featuring the annual Wall of Fame induction ceremony, it was an evening to recall the driving legends that have passed through the pit gate at Riverhead Raceway. Tom Rogers Jr. of Riverhead showed why he is on the path toward becoming a driving legend in his own right, sweeping the Twin 30 NASCAR Modified features on Saturday night.

The wins were Rogers’ sixth and seventh of the year, giving him a career total of 31, tying him with Tommy Washburn and Jackie Reinhard for sixth on the all-time win list. (more…)

08/11/14 3:07pm
08/11/2014 3:07 PM

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RIVERHEAD RACEWAY ROUNDUP

Tom Rogers Jr. of Riverhead cut short a family vacation to be able to compete in the Sunoco Race Fuels Twin 50 NASCAR Modified features Saturday at Riverhead Raceway. His competitors would rather he remained on vacation.

Rogers swept both 50-lap features. The victories were his fourth and fifth of the season, and he has won four of the last five races at the quarter-mile track, moving his career win total to 29. (more…)

08/26/13 12:24pm
08/26/2013 12:24 PM

RIVERHEAD RACEWAY ROUNDUP

Tom Rogers Jr. returned to the race track, and he returned in a big way.

In his first start since serving a five week suspension, the Patchogue driver made a triumphant return to the NASCAR Modified ranks at Riverhead Raceway on Saturday, winning a 35-lap Whelen All-American Series feature event. It was Rogers’ third victory of the season, ninth in the past two seasons and 23rd overall for his career.

Ryan Preece of Berlin, Conn., was second in the race a standing room only crowd. Jason Agugliaro of Islip placed third. The division’s points leader, Howie Brode of East Islip, was fourth and Dave Brigati of Calverton claimed fifth.

“We were really good early on, but then I abused the right rear a bit and the car fell off but I guess so did Ryan’s,” Rogers said. “We had a good battle early. He’s fun to race with.”

With three Riverhead Raceway point-paying races left in the season, Brode holds a comfortable 86-point cushion over Timmy Solomito of Islip, 382 to 296. Preece is third with 287 points.

In other races:

Ken Hyde Jr. of Medford posted his first Figure Eight win of the year in a 15-lap feature event. Arne Pedersen of Mastic Beach was second, and his brother, Scott Pedersen of Shirley, was third.

Chris Turbush of Riverhead scored his 35th career win in a 20-lap Charger main event. It was his third win of the season. Eric Zeh of Selden, who is locked in a tight battle with Turbush for the championship, made some late-race moves to finish second in the race. Chad Churilla of Hauppauge was third.

It had taken Legend Race Car talent Vinny Delaney a few years to win his first career main event. Now the Holtsville resident can lay claim to two feature event wins in one month. He took the lead on the first turn and never relinquished it during the 20-lap event, securing his second win of the year. Brendon Bock of Franklin Square was second, in front of third-place Richie Davidowitz of East Moriches.

Michael Rommeney of Maspeth took the win over his father-in-law, Dennis Scott of Bay Shore, in a hard-hitting School Bus Demolition Derby.

A fireworks display pleased the crowd as part of an “I Love America Night” celebration that included patriotic music and a candle-lighting ceremony.

06/17/13 2:32pm
06/17/2013 2:32 PM

RIVERHEAD RACEWAY

After winning six times in 2012, NASCAR Modified veteran Tom Rogers Jr. didn’t take long to register his first of 2013. The Patchogue driver triumphed in a 35-lap race on Saturday night at Riverhead Raceway. It was his 21st career triumph at the demanding quarter mile oval.

Rogers took the lead when Timmy Solomito’s car broke a pinion in the rear end, forcing him to the infield and handing the lead of the race over to Rogers early in the race.

In the end, though, there was no catching Rogers, who drove to victory on his birthday, the first time he had done so in 12 years, he said.

When reminded that at one point in the race on a double-file restart he was third, surrounded by three Solomito brothers, Rogers said: “I’ve raced with all three before. They run clean as I try to run them clean, too, so it was no issue.”

Shawn Solomito of Islip was second. Eddie Brunnhoelzl of Levittown salvaged his night with a third-place tally. Jerry Solomito Jr. of Islip finished fourth and Howie Brode of East Islip gained sole possession of the points lead with his fifth-place effort.

In other races:

For the 109th time in his career, Roger Maynor of Bay Shore took a win, claiming a 15-lap Figure Eight feature event. Maynor executed a textbook crossover move that propelled him to the race lead on Lap 8. Mike Mujsce of Quogue came in second, and Arne Pedersen of Mastic Beach had to settle for third.

Over the first three Charger races of the season, Ray Minieri of Bay Shore had not had the best of luck. That all changed Saturday when he was in the right spot at the right time to win the 30-lap feature event for the class.

Minieri took the lead on the 14th lap after Chris Turbush was forced to the pits because of a peeled back right front fender. Despite being chased by C. J. Lehmann of Mastic Beach for the entire second half of the race, Minieri drove his Dodge to the winner’s circle for the 16th time in his career. Lehmann was second. Chad Churilla of Hauppauge took a third for the third consecutive race.

The Blunderbust class once again thrilled fans with some late-race excitement as Brian Brown of Baiting Hollow notched his first career win as a result of some wild happenings.

Jack Handley Jr., who started 11th in the 19-car field, carefully picked his way through traffic before setting his sights on the leader, Bill Wegmann Jr., on Lap 15. Just moments after receiving the two-to-go signal, Handley looked to the inside of Wegmann on the first turn. Wegmann, however, tried to thwart the effort and contact was made off turn two. While neither driver ever spun, they did have to step off the gas, and that opened the door for Brown to take the lead. For the last lap and a half, Jimmy White Jr. was glued to Brown’s rear bumper, but Brown remained poised at the wheel and secured the win in thrilling fashion. White of Southampton was second. The defending champion, Tom Pickerell of Huntington, took third after moving up from 16th starting position.

The defending Super Pro Truck champion, Roger Turbush of Riverhead, notched his 15th career win in the class, taking first in a 20-lap main event.

Dave Koenig of Baldwin kept close to Turbush over the distance of the race, finishing second. Lou Maestri of Deer Park came in third.

The race concluded literally in a ball of fire as Erin Dumicich-Solomito, who was running among the top five, blew the engine after taking the white flag with a flash fire engulfing her truck for a moment. After taking in some oxygen she was “O.K.,” according to a raceway statement.

Mike Smith of Kings Park scored the win in the hard-hitting 8-Cylinder Demolition Derby.