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2011-09-28 / Columnists

Hot Laps

by Mike Perricone

After the September 10 show, with two weeks to go in the 2011 Riverhead Raceway season, three division titles have been decided, while others are still too close to call.

Everyone knew that the 2011 Riverhead Raceway Modified Champion resided in Holtsville. The question was would the trophy sit on the mantle of Justin Bonsignore or John Fortin. While John Beatty, Jr. captured his first win of 2011, Bonsignore crossed the line in fourth, Fortin fifth. This race result was a view of the 2011 Riverhead Raceway Modified Division season: Fortin just behind Bonsignore. While the driver of the #84 posted three victories and consistant top five and top ten finishes, Bonsignore always seemed to be only one spot ahead of Fortin. As a result, Justin Bonsignore is the 2011 Riverhead Raceway Modified Division Champion.

In Legend Division action, Chris Young, Jr. and Justin Strumpf have been one-two all year. On this night, Young had nothing to worry about, as Strumpf was forced to retire to the pits due to mechanical issues. While Paul Doderico won the event, Chris Young, Jr. is the 2011 Riverhead Raceway Legend Division Champion.


John Fortin scored his second of back-to-back wins Sept. 3. It was his 16th career mod win. John Fortin scored his second of back-to-back wins Sept. 3. It was his 16th career mod win. In Blunderbust action, “Slick Pick” Tom Pickerell won the Main Event. If he had won a few more during the season instead of being “bitten by the mechanical bug,” he may have won a title. Instead, Tommy “The Wild Child” Walkowiak won his fifth title in six years.

In Charger Division action, Chris MaGuire won the feature to set up a shootout for the title. In Late Model action, Jarrod Hayes set fast time in Time Trials, then chased down Mike Bologna in the final laps for the win in the feature. In Super Pro Truck action, Roger Turbush won his fourth race of the year and Tom Ferrara won his third feature in Figure 8 action.

From The Pits: Owners Barbara and Jim Cromarty announced that the Richie Evans Tribute washed away by Hurricane Irene will take place next spring. •Tim Mulqueen was hard-luck driver of thr day: He crashed his Figure 8 in practice, then was broadsided in the Blunderbust feature. •Modified pilot Tim Solomito of Islip was in Thompson (Conn.) this weekend, where he qualified 11th and finished second •A portion of Chris Young’s T-shirts read “CHAMPION 2012.

Readers can reach Mike Perricone at stats203@aol.com.

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