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2013-08-07 / Columnists

Hot Laps

by Michael Perricone

The racing was once again competitive in all divisions at Riverhead Raceway on July 27, 2013.

John Beaty, Jr. of Merrick set fast time in Modified Time Trials and was able to follow that up by drawing from a hat for the outside pole position on the grid. What made those results particularly noteworthy was that the team completed building the new Modified at 3 a.m. that very morning, put it on the trailer for the ride to the track, put limited practice laps on it and still came away with those results. A team spokesman said the new #11 will most likely be utilized at selected Whelen Modified Tour events (such as this week at Thompson and, possibly, Stafford) while the “old” number 14 will see action at Riverhead.

A Modified veteran who needed to change his luck in 2013 did so on this night. Dave Brigati, who has left his 98X at home the last few weeks, strapping into the Dave Sapienza #36 instead, took down a popular win. An interesting sidebar to this event: the “Fancy Farmer” held off Sapienza himself for the win, who was piloting the #5 normally driven by Frank Vigliorolo, who was running a Tour event.


The newly-built Modified of John Beaty Jr., just hours old, set fast time in time trials and started the outside pole July 27. The newly-built Modified of John Beaty Jr., just hours old, set fast time in time trials and started the outside pole July 27. The ultra-competitive INEX Legends Division saw another first-time winner visit Victory Lane. Vinny Delaney of Holtsville garnered a hard-fought win this night.

Normally, the Blunderbust Division drivers conduct orderly races. However, due to various on-track mishaps, the time limit expired and Jimmy Waite, Jr. in the #32 was declared the winner.

Finally, Eric Zeh earned the Charger Division win in another hard-fought battle.

FROM THE PITS: Tom “The Altar Boy” Farrara was suspended for acting more like the devil during a recent Figure 8 feature… Eric Zeh was also quick to thank Kyle Ellwood and family for allowing him to pilot the #17 Modified in the feature.


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