Solomito Scores Crucial Win at Riverhead

Fourth Win of 2017 Keeps Him in Whelen Modified Title Hunt

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. - Timmy Solomito needed a win to keep pace in the frantic NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship race. He got it at his home track.

The 25-year-old from Islip, New York, powered by Doug Coby with four laps left to take the Miller Lite 200 checkered flag Saturday night at Riverhead Raceway.

Solomito, dominant for the first two-thirds of the event in the No. 16 Starrett Racing Ford, was outmaneuvered by Coby in lap traffic for the lead on Lap 155. The four-time tour titlists Coby was poised for his first career win at Riverhead, but Solomito recaptured the lead on the fronstretch on Lap 196 and drove to the checkers.

It marked Solomito's fourth win of the season and eighth of his career. Earlier in the day he captured the Coors Light Pole Award.

Coby held on for second with rookie Kyle Soper third, Ryan Preece fourth and Justin Bonsignore fifth. CJ Lehmann, Dillon Steuer, Kyle Ellwood, Eric Goodale and Rob Summer brought home the top 10.

Solomito had finished 15th or worse in two of his last three starts, and hadn't been to Victory Lane since the last time the tour was at Riverhead in June. After leading the points after the first 10 races, he had slipped back to fourth. 

The win brought Solomito to within nine points of the championship lead, still maintained by Preece with 500. Coby is second at 494 with Solomito at 491.

Prior to green flag, news broke that 2008 Whelen Modified Tour Champion Ted Christopher passed away in a plane crash en route to Riverhead, and his impact on the sport was recognized in an impromptu pre-race ceremony. Christopher had been scheduled to compete in the event in the No. 82 Horton Avenue Materials Chevrolet.

FIN
STR
CAR
DRIVER
TEAM
LAPS
POINTS
B/POINTS
STATUS
1
1
16
Timmy Solomito
Starrett Racing Ford
200
48
5
Running
2
4
2
Doug Coby
Mayhew Tools/Dunleavy/AJ Romano Chevrolet
200
43
1
Running
3
2
15
Kyle Soper *
Eastport Feeds Chevrolet
200
42
1
Running
4
13
6
Ryan Preece
TS Hauler Chevrolet
200
40
Running
5
15
51
Justin Bonsignore
Phoenix Communications Inc. Chevrolet
200
39
Running
6
12
74
CJ Lehmann *
IGA Food Markets Chevrolet
200
38
Running
7
3
45
Dillon Steuer *
Northeastern Office Equipment Chevrolet
200
37
Running
8
6
38
Kyle Ellwood
Perf Engines/Kendall Oil/Ryan's Chevrolet
200
36
Running
9
17
58
Eric Goodale
GAF Roofing Chevrolet
200
35
Running
10
10
64
Rob Summers
Hoosier Tire East/Fast Track Elect/Hughes Motors
200
34
Running
11
8
21
Ronnie Williams *
Gershow Recycling Chevrolet
199
33
Running
12
23
78
Walter Sutcliffe Jr. *
Last Minute Racing Chevrolet
198
32
Running
13
19
33
Wade Cole
Perf. Engines/Kendall Oil Chevrolet
197
31
Running
14
5
36
Dave Sapienza
Sapienza Enterprise Chevrolet
197
30
Running
15
7
20
Max Zachem
Anytime Realty/Robert B Our Chevrolet
197
29
Running
16
16
14
Cory Oslund *
Keith Grimes Excavating Ford
197
28
Running
17
18
39
Calvin Carroll *
Power with Prestige/Cruising w/Betty Chevrolet
197
27
Running
18
14
46
Craig Lutz
Riverhead Building Supply Chevrolet
196
26
Running
19
20
89
Matt Swanson
Starrett Tools Ford
194
25
Running
20
21
26
Gary McDonald
Lakeland Landscape /TRC Electric Chevrolet
193
24
Running
21
11
3
Rowan Pennink
Cape Cod Copper/JDL Environmental Chevrolet
163
23
Accident
22
9
88
Roger Turbush *
Kennedy LI Realty Chevrolet
132
22
Rear End
23
22
1
Melissa Fifield
Eastern Propane & Oil Chevrolet
6
21
Handling
24
24
82
Ted Christopher
Horton Avenue Materials Chevrolet
0
20
DNS

RACE STATISTICS
Fastest Qualifier: Timmy Solomito, Time: 12.017 Seconds, Speed: 74.894 mph
Time of Race: 0 hrs., 55 mins, 58 secs Average Speed: 53.603 mph Margin of Victory: 0.610 Seconds
Caution Flags: Laps 16-21; 28-35; 63-69; 71-77; 96-105; 167-174.  6 for 46 laps.
Lap Leaders: Timmy Solomito 1-22, Kyle Soper * 23, Timmy Solomito 24-154, Doug Coby 155-195, Timmy Solomito 196-200.
Total Laps Led: Timmy Solomito 158, Doug Coby 41, Kyle Soper * 1.  4 changes involving 3 drivers.

Top 10 Driver Points: Ryan Preece 500, Doug Coby 494, Timmy Solomito 491, Justin Bonsignore 476, Rowan Pennink 467, Eric Goodale 453, Dave Sapienza 417, Matt Swanson 405, Max Zachem 402, Rob Summers 394

Next Race:New Hampshire

 

Septemeber 16th , 2017 - By Kyle Souza , NASCARHomeTracks.com