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2014-08-20 / Columnists

Hot Laps

by Michael Perricone

Twin 50’s for the NASCAR Modifieds and the INEX National Qualifier for the Legend Stock Cars highlighted the Riverhead Raceway program on Aug. 9, 2014.

Tom Rogers, Jr. continued an incredible personal streak by sweeping both of the races for the 600-hp machines. It has been stated in this space a few times this season that passing can be fatal to some drivers. As if to prove the point, there was one significant pass in 100 laps. Rogers passed Ryan Preece within the first few laps who started on the Pole and the first five remained that way for 100 laps. The first five were Rogers, Preece, John Fortin, Howie Brode of East Islip and Kyle Ellwood. In Victory Lane, Rogers commended Preece for racing him close but clean.

In the Legends, hot drivers also grabbed the spotlight. Richie Davidowitz set fast time, Vinny Delaney drew the Pole and Brendon Bock, a former champion at two tracks including Riverhead, won the National Qualifier.


Tom Rogers, Jr. #9, continued his torrid pace, sweeping the Modified Twin 50’s at Riverhead Raceway on Aug. 9, 2014. Photo by Maria Gerdik. Tom Rogers, Jr. #9, continued his torrid pace, sweeping the Modified Twin 50’s at Riverhead Raceway on Aug. 9, 2014. Photo by Maria Gerdik. Another driver on a hot streak is Ray Minieri of Bay Shore. He captured another win in the Charger feature. An interesting sidebar is that Minieri had to chase down Greg Immermann for the win, who bought his car from Minieri. So, in essence, “Radiant Ray” had to chase and pass his own car for the win.

Bay Shore was well represented as Roger Maynor of that hamlet won his 112th Figure 8 feature of his illustrious career. Maynor got an assist of sorts when Kenny Hyde, Jr. and Gary Fritz, Jr. got sent to the rear for rough riding.

There is no hotter racing family at Riverhead than Team Turbush. Mark Stewart would win the Super Pro Truck feature on this night.

Perhaps the most popular win of the evening was scored by Richie Hubbard in the Blunderbust feature. Hubbard lost his sister early in the week and dedicated the win to her.

FROM THE PITS: I would like to thank members of the Kenny Hyde, Jr. pit for the hospitality shown to me this week. It was greatly appreciated...After missing “Mass” all season, Tom “The Altar Boy” Ferarra returned to drive the #14 Mujsce Racing Figure 8 for owner Debbie Anderson. It is a two-race deal, with Chris Turbush rumored to drive the remaining dates.

—Maria Gerdik contributed to this story.

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