2014-07-16 / Columnists

Hot Laps

by Michael Perricone


Christopher Turbush, #81, won his fourth Charger feature of the season at Riverhead Raceway on July 5, 2014. Photo by Maria Gerdik. Christopher Turbush, #81, won his fourth Charger feature of the season at Riverhead Raceway on July 5, 2014. Photo by Maria Gerdik. There were plenty of fireworks and competitive action before the scheduled pyrotechnics display at Riverhead Raceway July 5, 2014.

The Modifieds ran the Cromarty Cup 50 on the same night Co-promotor Jim Cromarty celebrated his birthday. Jason Agugliaro of Islip got the motor back in his #69 and was having a career night. For 46 of 50 laps, he paced the field. On lap 46, he got spun from behind. Then, the front of the field, including Timmy Solomito, Tom Rogers, Jr. and Shawn Solomito, tussled to the finish. Staying clear of the fray and gaining the victory was the Bill Park-owned #20 of Ryan Preece. The Park Team did a fine job of getting the car track-worthy after Todd Szegedy made an unscheduled visit to the wall during the Whelen Modified Tour event the previous week.

Legend driver Kevin Nowak also was headed for a win before a bone-jarring meeting with the wall. This allowed Brad Van Houten to get his second win of 2014 in the #09.

Blunderbust driver Terry Stiles also got help with his motor. He called on his Facebook friend and former Modified driver Sal Accardi, Jr. The move paid off with a second visit to Victory Lane in 2014.

Charger driver Christopher Turbush got his fourth victory of the season. It doesn’t seem to matter where the #81 starts on the grid, “The Cranberry Kid” will be in the battle for the win at the end.

Finally, Roger Maynor of Bay Shore won either the 111th or 112th Figure 8 race of a stellar career.

Maynor hung back while the front of the field battled, including Mike Mujsce, Kenny Hyde, Jr. and Gary Fritz, Jr. The Bay Shore resident charged to the front to capture the checkered flag.

FROM THE PITS: Vincent Biondolillo brought his Modified out and finished a strong fourth...James White, Sr. celebrated his birthday with a Demo. Derby win courtesy of James White, Jr...The Bluejays Drum & Bugle Corps performed in prerace festivities.

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