2011-08-31 / Columnists

Hot Laps

By Mike Perricone

Eddie Brunnhoetzel III scored his second Riverhead raceway win and first since 2008 at the famed oval. Eddie Brunnhoetzel III scored his second Riverhead raceway win and first since 2008 at the famed oval. On Sat., Aug. 13, it was time for some veterans to make long-awaited returns to Victory Lane.

In Modified Division action, Eddie Brunhoelzl III of Levittown captured his second Riverhead Raceway win and his first since 2008. The third-generation driver started on the front row, went by polesitter Amber Fortin of Holtsville, and cruised to the checkered flag in a caution-free main event.

Roger Maynor of Bay Shore had a record 101 wins in Figure 8 action heading into the program, but he captured his last checkered flag in 2009. The long dry spell came to an end as Maynor navigated through a field of drivers having their share of problems to capture win 102.

Some drivers continued impressive streaks of their own. Legend “young gun” Chris Young, Jr. started 13th in a heat race and raced to victory then “ran and hid” from a full Legend field to capture his fourth victory of 2011.

Before accepting his trophy from Unique Golf of Babylon Village, Young saluted the crowd from the roof of his car ala NASCAR Sprint Cup veteran Kyle Busch. Dad Chris Young, Sr. also had an impressive finish in Modified action, crossing the line in fifth.

Defending Blunderbust ClassChampion Tommy “ The Wild Child” Walkowiak of Ridge again1050came from deep in the field to capture yet another victory in 2011. Hard-luck driver of the division goes to Tom Pickerell of Huntington, who had the winner in sight but had to go to the pits with a flat tire.

In the Super Pro Trucks, Lou Maestri, Jr. of Deer Park put in a valiant effort, but Defending Truck Champ Roger Turbush appears to have shaken off early season woes and captured his third win of the year.

From the Pits: You have to feel for John Fortin, Sr. of Holtsville. The Modified Division appears to be between him and fellow town resident Justin Bonsignore. Despite a season-long string of top 5 and top 10 finishes, Fortin seems to finish just behind Bonsignore. On this night, Fortin crossed the line in seventh. However, Bonsignore scored his second fourth place of the day; the first was at a Whelen Modified Tour event in New Hampshire before commuting by plane to Riverhead Raceway and duplicating the feat…..Absent from the Mod field this night were the Solomito’s, who reportedly ran at Waterford Speedbowl in Conn., although Jerry Solomito, Jr. was spotted giving moral support to “significant other” Erin Dumicich in her pit area.

Readers can reach Mike Perricone at stats203@aol.com.


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