2013-08-14 / Columnists
Youth was served and had their time to shine at Riverhead Raceway on Aug. 3. The NASCAR Modifieds staged Twin 30’s. First, 15-year-old Vincent Biondolillo strapped into his #06 machine and appeared to shake off some season-long tough luck by setting fast time in Time Trials. Alas, the talented pilot couldn’t sustain the early luck in the two main events and assorted ills sent his car to the pits. In the initial 30-lap main, Timmy Solomito of Islip took the #15 Eastport Feeds-sponsored, Wayne Anderson-owned machine from Pole to Checkered Flag and made a long-overdue visit to Victory Lane. Solomito drives like a veteran at age 20. In the second 30-lapper, East Islip’s Howie Brode captured his fourth win of what would have to be termed a “Dream Season” for the #96 team.
The normally well-disciplined Super Pro Truck drivers staged a wreck-fest of sorts. Surviving at the end and visiting Victory Lane yet again was 15-year-old Mark Stewart of the famed Turbush Racing Family.
“Radiant Ray” Miniert earned his third Charger Division win of the season. This one was special for the Bay Shore pilot, as he had a contingent from sponsor Sunrise Chiropractic and Wellness Center looking on from the stands.
However, the most satisfying win for driver, machine, and team had to be the Late Model victory of Kevin Metzger. The Massapequa Park resident crossed the stripe first for the first time since 2010. “Finally,” he said in the pits as he and a relieved crew celebrated into the night.
FROM THE PITS: The next driver to need a change of luck is Marisa Neiderauer. The #74 Modified has been beset by wrecks and mechanical issues this year. The latest is when something broke in the rear end. To the team’s credit, it has not broken their spirit but, rather, increased their determination…Chris McGuire must now be waiting his turn. When team owner Ken Mazza sold his second modified on the M3 Technologies/Justin Bonsignore team, McGuire was rideless for 2013. He subsequently inked a deal with Kevin Metzger to drive his second Late Model.