Solomito Repeats At Riverhead

Seventh Career Victory For Whelen Modified Points Leader

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. -- Six races into the 2017 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season, and Timmy Solomito is looking every bit the driver to beat for the championship.

After his breakout four-win campaign in 2016, Solomito has had an even better encore. 

Saturday, the Islip, New York, driver returned to his home track of Riverhead Raceway and picked up his third win of the season. He held off David Sapienza on an overtime finish to take the Buzz Chew Chevrolet-Cadillac 200.

The Coors Light Pole Award winner, Solomito held serve for his seventh career victory. He also won this event last year. His No. 16 Starrett Tools Ford led three times for a race-high 151 laps, including the final 102 as a caution on Lap 196 pushed the race to 208 laps.

The runner-up was a career-best for Sapienza, a Riverhead native.

Doug Coby finished third while four-time Riverhead winners Ryan Preece and Justin Bonsignore crossed the line fourth and fifth, respectively. 

Eric Goodale finished sixth with Rowan Pennink the last car on the lead lap in seventh. Tom Rogers Jr., Dillon Steuer and Max Zachem completed the top 10.

The win also allowed Solomito to extend his championship points lead to 13 over Pennink and 29 over Goodale. Bonsignore is fourth and Zachem is fifth, while defending tour champion Coby moved up to sixth.

Next up on the schedule is the Whelen Modified Tour All-Star Shootout on July 14 followed by the Nor'easter 100 the next day, both at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Pos
No.
Driver
Sponsor
Laps
Diff
1
16
Timmy Solomito
Starrett Tools
208
2
36
David Sapienza
Sapienza Enterprise
208
0.724
3
2
Doug Coby
Mayhew Tools/Dunleavy/AJ Romano Const
208
1.435
4
6
Ryan Preece
T.S. Haulers, /Hoosier Tire of Calverton
208
1.910
5
51
Justin Bonsignore
Phoenix Communications, Inc.
208
2.346
6
58
Eric Goodale
GAF Roofing
208
2.431
7
3
Rowan Pennink
Cape Cod Copper/Buzz Chew Chevy Cadillac
208
6.604
8
0
Tom Rogers, Jr.
Stakey's Pumpkin Farm/CAC Industries
207
1 Lap
9
45
Dillon Steuer
Coram Materials
207
1 Lap
10
20
Max Zachem
Anytime Realty/East End Statuary
207
1 Lap
11
82
Ted Christopher
Horton Avenue Materials LLC
207
1 Lap
12
56
Craig Lutz
Lutz Motorsports
207
1 Lap
13
89
Matt Swanson
Starrett Tools
207
1 Lap
14
48
Shawn Solomito
Eastport Feeds
207
1 Lap
15
85
Jeff Rocco
Stuarts Automotive
206
2 Laps
16
64
Rob Summers
Hoosier Tire East/Fast Track Electrical/Hughes Motors
206
2 Laps
17
46
Woody Pitkat
Riverhead Building Supply
205
3 Laps
18
74
CJ Lehmann*
IGA Food Markets
205
3 Laps
19
39
Calvin Carroll*
Power with Prestige/Cruising w/Betty
202
6 Laps
20
06
Vincent Biondolillo
Kennedy Long Island
165
43 Laps
21
21
Ronnie Williams*
Gershow Recycling
147
61 Laps
22
29
Brendon Bock
Meadow Brook Collision
100
108 Laps
23
10
Jerry Solomito
Sabrosa Mexican Grill
95
113 Laps
24
01
Melissa Fifield
Eastern Propane & Oil
83
125 Laps
25
33
Wade Cole
Performance Engines/Kendall Oil
67
141 Laps
26
26
Gary McDonald
Lakeland Landscaping Supply/TRC Electric
41
167 Laps

Race Statistics
Fastest Qualifier: Timmy Solomito, Time: 12.056 Seconds, Speed: 74.652 mph
Time of Race: 1 hour 0 minutes 7 seconds
Margin of Victory: 0.724 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: T.Solomito (74.652 mph, 12.056 seconds)
Caution Flags: 7 for 56 laps
Lead Changes: 4 among 2 drivers
Lap Leaders: T. Solomito 1-31; R. Preece 32-63; T. Solomito 64-81; R. Preece 82-106; T. Solomito 107-208

* Denotes Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender

June 24 th , 2017 - By Jason Cunningham , NASCARHomeTracks.com