2013-08-28 / Columnists

Hot Laps

by Michael Perricone

On a night when veteran modified drivers Wayne Anderson, Bill Park and the late Figure 8 chauffeur Joe Biondolillo, Jr. were honored with spots on the Riverhead Raceway Wall of Fame by owners Barbara and Jim Cromarty, the “Next Generation” of competitors made sure they were recognized for their work as well on Aug. 17, 2013.

It was obvious from the start that the drivers in the INEX Legends Division may have felt the added pressure of this race being a National Qualifier. Early spins, wrecks and mechanical failures must have had observers thinking, “Can we complete a lap, please?” Later, Timmy Solomito kept his #48 up front and scored the win.

Seventeen-year-old Jack Handley, Jr. drove through the field like a veteran and won the Blunderbust Division main event.

In action leading up to and including the Modified Twin 30’s, 15-year-old Vinny Biondolillo set fast time for a period in Time Trials, as did Timmy Solomito in the #15 modified owned by Wayne Anderson and, even later, the #20 driven by Ryan Preece and owned by Bill Park. This, of course, lent a measure of irony to this evening. Ultimately, Dave “The Fancy Farmer” Brigati and Ron Silk, piloting the Joe Ambrose-owned #3, won the two races.

Jack Handley, Jr. won the Blunderbust feature at Riverhead Raceway Aug. 17, 2013. Jack Handley, Jr. won the Blunderbust feature at Riverhead Raceway Aug. 17, 2013. Frank Dumacich, Sr. made a long-overdue visit to Victory Lane in the Super Pro Truck race, while Roger Oxee won the Late Model main and Arne Pedersen was victorious in the Figure 8 race.

FROM THE PITS: A big thank you to All-County Ambulette of Bellport, N.Y. for their assistance on this night...Marisa Neiderhauer is looking for sponsors for the rest of 2013. A previous sponsor moved out of state in midseason.

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