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2013-07-24 / Columnists

Hot Laps

by Michael Perricone


Richie Davidowitz recently captured his first INEX Legends Division win. Richie Davidowitz recently captured his first INEX Legends Division win. A sparse crowd, held down by early indications of threatening weather, did not lessen the emotion shown by the competitors at Riverhead Raceway on July 13, 2013.

Howie Brode of East Islip survived an early wreckfest to score the Modified Division win. It seemed for the longest time as if the 600-h.p. machines could hardly complete two consecutive laps, as cars were visiting the pits with everything from bent sheet metal to suspension and front clip issues.

Youth is rising to the top like cream in 2013. This is especially evident in the Super Pro Trucks and INEX Legends Division. On this night, 15-year-old Mark Stewart captured his first truck win in only his fifth start behind the wheel. Stewart is the newest member of the Turbusch clan to visit Victory Lane, and like other members of the family, he favors the number “8” and sports the familiar black, red and white paint scheme.

An “old vet” by comparison, 17-year-old Kyle Elwood padded his lead in the INEX Legends Division with another win. The Riverhead chauffeur would do double duty, crossing the line sixth in the Modified feature.

Finally, at the conclusion of the Late Model feature, there was not a dry eye in the house and it had nothing to do with the weather. Ken Alfano, who lost his wife Julie to cancer, scored an extremely popular win. Alfano changed his paint scheme from green to pink “so she could see the car in heaven.” An extremely emotional Alfano acknowledged, “She was riding with us tonight.”

FROM THE PITS: Tom Rogers, Jr. let his emotions get the better of him after being sent to the rear of the field by officials during the Modified feature. No word at press time regarding any disciplinary action... Former modified pilot Bobby Pearsall made his 2013 debut as an owner at Bowman-Grey Stadium as they become available...Tri-State modified phenom finished third in Modifieds and 24th in his Nationwide Series debut in Louden, New Hampshire over the weekend.

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