2014-07-24 / Columnists

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by Michael Perricone

Youth was largely served and a seasoned veteran taught everyone a lesson in sportsmanship in Riverhead Raceway action on July 12, 2014.

The Modified feature saw young phenom Kyle Ellwood score his second win of the season. At the outset, the front of the field was no place to be. Dave Brigati, Jason Agugliaro and Howie Brode took turns up there before being retired by accidents, mechanical issues or put back deep in the pack by rough riding penalties. By the time the smoke cleared, youngsters Ellwood and Vincent Biondolillo crossed the line 1-2. Biondolillo followed up his strong fourth-place finish the week before with the runner-up finish. Ironically, Biondolillo was the recipient of the class move of the night in a lesson in sportsmanship. When Kenny Darch inadvertently spun the youngster earlier in the race, a NASCAR official did not have to stick his head in the window and send him to the rear. Darch penalized himself by driving the #03 to the last spot on the grid.

Richie Davidowitz, #25, won his fourth Legend feature at Riverhead Raceway on July 12, 2014. Photo by Maria Gerdik. Richie Davidowitz, #25, won his fourth Legend feature at Riverhead Raceway on July 12, 2014. Photo by Maria Gerdik. In the Legend feature, it seemed like the winner would be the last car to remain upright and running. For the second week in a row, Gregory Harris flipped his vehicle. In addition, rookie Kurt Krieger rolled his ride four times. In the end, Richie Davidowitz avoided the carnage and gained his fourth win of the season.

By far the most emotional win of the night belonged to Scott Pedersen in the Figure 8 feature. Team Pedersen endured a lot of heartbreak early in the season, which made the victory that much sweeter.

Three veterans also won events. Any time a Turbush appears on the grid, chances are they will see Victory Lane. Such was the case on this night for Roger Turbush in the Super Pro Truck feature.

Blunderbust driver Tommy “The Wild Child” Walkowiak has not been as dominant as in past seasons. However, the car appears to be rounding into shape, including a win on this night.

Finally, Calverton native Scott Kulesa commutes weekly from Germantown, Ma. to campaign his Late Model. The ride home was especially satisfying, as the team captured a win.

FROM THE PITS: Timmy Solomito and the Wayne Anderson team ran the Whelen Modified Tour event in New Hampshire, starting fifth and bringing the car home 11th and in one piece...Good to see Al Emmarino and wife Lisa, who brought their #3 Modified up from North Carolina...John Vullo brought his Figure 8 to Wall Stadium and won a Heat race.

Maria Gerdik contributed to this column.

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