2014-04-23 / Columnists

Hot Laps

by Michael Perricone

It can be said that Riverhead Raceway Late Model driver Kenny Alfano has been on an emotional roller coaster in the last couple of years. He lost wife, Julie Overton, to cancer. Alfano, who has a career record of “about six or seven” victories, got his latest emotional victory last July. The reason everyone was overjoyed for the #35 pilot is it was his first win since Overton’s death. Alfano said he went from a green paint job to pink, Overton’s favorite color “so that Overton could see the car from heaven.”

Three days after that, the Flanders resident met Audrey Sanchez. The couple credits Overton with bringing them together. Alfano is also an expert at blending families. His sons, Rylee, 10, and Tommy, 18, live with them. Julie’s daughter, 26, also lives with them and Julie also has a son Chris, 23.

Sanchez admits she was last at Riverhead Raceway as a young girl. Up until now, Sanchez has been an NHRA fan. Now, she has to get used to seeing cars go in circles. The happy couple will be getting married in Oc- tober.


Kenny Alfano with the #35 late model in victory lane in July 2013. Kenny Alfano with the #35 late model in victory lane in July 2013. Alfano was busy this week preparing his Prestige Motors of Riverheadsponsored car. Again this year, he is pairing up with teammate Chris LaSpisa in the #7. When handicapping the 2104 late model division, Alfano said that Roger Oxy is probably the man to beat, along with 2013 Champion Jeremy Mc- Dermott. One of the drawbacks to the division, according to Alfano, is that “there is no new blood.” The average age of drivers is between 30 and 40, according to

Alfano.

No matter how you look at it, Kenny Alfano will have plenty of people cheering for him in 2014.

FROM THE PITS: Blunderbust Owner James White announced recently that Bryan Sescilia would drive the #27 Busy Bee Pest Controlsponsored car in place of Eddie Mistretta. The driver isn’t the only thing changed in that car. It has been renumbered #34. Sescilia will team with Jimmy White Jr., in the #32. The last time Sescilia competed regularly was in the 8-ball figure 8 car… Bill Park also announced that his #20 Modified will be piloted this year by Ryan Preece and Todd Szegedy when Preece has Whelen Modified Tour commitments…During the “ice-breaker” weekend, Roger Turbush won the first truck race of the season at Thompson (Conn.) Speedway. His brother, Christopher, followed suit at Waterford, Conn. last weekend.



Todd Szegedy will drive the Bill Park-owned #20 on weeks when Ryan Preece is on the Whelan Modified Tour. Todd Szegedy will drive the Bill Park-owned #20 on weeks when Ryan Preece is on the Whelan Modified Tour.

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