With two division titles already decided (Justin Bonsignore -Modifieds and Chris Young, Jr. -Legends), the competitors in the other divisions did not disappoint when it came to providing drama in chasing titles.
Tommy “The Wild Child” Walkowiak was crowned Blunderbust Champion for the fifth time in six years. That was not the only drama in this division, as Rob Bader broke the track record, turning a lap in 14.919 seconds. On top of that, Scott Malizewski of Deer Park captured the feature win in his Tom Stock Attorney at Law-sponsored racer.
Chris Turbush is the 2011 Riverhead Raceway Charger Division Champion for the fourth year in a row, A tip of the cap must go to Chris MacGuire in this division for a spirited season-long battle for the title.
Roger Turbush won the Super Pro Truck feature event, but thanks to a late-race pass back in the pack by Lou Maestri, Jr. of Deer Park, “Dangerous” Dave Koenig of Freeport is the 2011 Riverhead Raceway Super Pro Truck Division Champion. In an emotional Victory Lane, Maestri and his family presented trophies to the top three crew chiefs in the division in memory of the late Joe DiGangi,who was with Maestri not only in trucks but in other divisions as well at both Riverhead and Islip Speedway.
Jarrod Hayes closed out 2011 really strongly with two wins and fast time in a time trial. However, by keeping the winner in his sights during the final feature event of the year, Mike Bologna is the 2011 Riverhead Raceway Late Model Champion.
Finally, Figure eight veteran Roger Maynor was on a late-season tear. With three wins and 104 in his career, Maynor would be considered a champ in anyone’s book. However, Arne Pedersen is the 2011 Riverhead Raceway Figure eight Champion, taking the title from younger brother Scott.
From The Pits: Next week, check out my First Annual End of Season Awards for all divisions. I spoke to Timmy Solomito about his plans for 2012 - where he races will depend on money and opportunity.
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