2014-07-03 / Columnists

Hot Laps

by Michael Perricone


Brian McElearney of North Babylon, #99, won the Super Pro Truck race on June 21, 2014. 
Photo by Maria Gerdik Brian McElearney of North Babylon, #99, won the Super Pro Truck race on June 21, 2014. Photo by Maria Gerdik The Riverhead Raceway action on June 21, 2014 featured a first-time winner and others who had not seen Victory Lane in quite some time.

Former Legend Division Champion Kyle Elwood scored an emotional and popular first Modified Division win. When the 2014 season started, the 18-year-old related to me that he would park the Legend and concentrate on his 600-hp machine. The increased seat time and hard work at the shop is paying off. While Tom Rogers, Jr. would again set fast time, Ellwood redrew the Pole from the hat. When the green flag fell, Ellwood kept his car out front while withstanding challenges from Howie Brode of East Islip and Jason Agugliaro of Islip among others to cross the line first.

In Late Model action, Jarrod Hayes used much the same tactic to score a long-overdue win. He held off a competitive field including Roger Oxee and Kevin Metzger of Massapequa for the victory.

For the second week in a row, the Super Pro Truck race ended in a photo finish. This time, Brian McElearney of North Babylon took down the win after holding off Lou Maestri of Deer Park, Roger Turbush, Mark Stewart and points leader Erin Solomito.

In Legend Division action, Richie Davidowitz has been on a tear. This week another win appeared possible, but he was victimized by lapped traffic. After Davidowitz got spun, defending Riverhead Raceway and Mountain (PA.) Speedway Champion Brendon Bock came to the front to garner the win.

FROM THE PITS: This week marks the first of two visits for the WHELEN MODIFIED TOUR. The Riverhead regulars will surely set their sights on out-of- town invaders...Jimmy White, Jr. won an Enduro this week, giving the BUSY BEE PEST CONTROL team wins in Blunderbusts, Demos and Enduros so far this season.

Maria Gerdik contributed to this story

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