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2011-08-17 / Columnists

Hot Laps

By Mike Perricone

All the races on the August 6, 2011 Riverhead Raceway program were extremely competitive with the championship contenders vying for the win.

In the premier Modified Division, Justin Bonsignore steered his Ken Mazza-owned, M3 Technologies #51 to its second checkered flag in as many weeks.

John Fortin, a fellow Holtsville resident who has waged a season-long battle for the top spot, retired to the pits with mechanical problems on this night. Hard luck status for the night goes to the Solomito family. While Timmy “The Natural” Solomito strapped into his #99 after recuperating from a broken wrist, Jerry Solomito suffered major body damage on this night.

Paired with Shawn Solomito’s prior mechanical gremlins, the point was made many times that this has been an expensive few weeks for the family. One thing for sure: given their competitive nature, the Solomitos will be on hand next week strong as ever.


Justin Bonsignore won his second modified feature in as many weeks. Justin Bonsignore won his second modified feature in as many weeks. In the Legend Division, defending champion Kevin Nowak took the checkered flag followed by Chris Young, Jr. and Justin Strumpf. All three of these young chauffers figure to battle for the division title by the end of the season.

In Super Pro Truck action, Lou Maestri, Jr. of Deer Park and the rest of the field waged an epic chase, but Roger Turbush of Riverhead shook off a seasonlong stint of bad luck to capture the victory.

Finally, Late Model driver Shawn Patrick of Brightwaters will never forget the date August 6. Seventeen years ago, he won his first race on this date. On this night, Patrick took the checkered flag and his fifth career victory.

From The Pits: Tony Peterson’s Hell Drivers were also on the schedule. Thus, many times the phrase, “Kids don’t try this at home” was repeated.

Touching moment of the week: Ken Alfano of Riverhead changed the paint scheme on his 35X Late Model from green to pink, The reason: Alfano’s wife favorite color was pink, and she died earlier this year. “She will be able to see the car from Heaven,” said an emotional Alfano.

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