Auto Racing: Soper bounces back, two times
Reigning Riverhead Raceway NASCAR Modified champion Kyle Soper of Manorville needed to come from the returned of the field not as soon as but two times before he ought to lay claim to his tenth profession win Saturday night time on a chilly and damp evening.
Being compelled to begin ultimate inside the 18-vehicle subject due to a heat race penalty didn’t deter Soper one bit, even though his course to victory lane would take a detour simply prior to the halfway mark of the race when song officials placed Soper to the rear of the sector on a restart for contact with Dave Brigati.
Undaunted by means of his ride to the returned of the sector, Soper reemerged at the the front of the race all over again on Lap 38, making his manner by way of John Fortin for 2nd. Next up for the high-flying Soper became to attempt to discover a way past his pleasant buddy at the song and race chief, Dylan Slepian. As the field took the 10 to move signal, Soper became capable of wrestle the lead away from Slepian and once out the front he in no way regarded back, triumphing the outlet night event for the second one year in a row.
“The heat race touch, I very own that for certain; without a doubt not too sure on the opposite one although,” stated Soper.
When asked if he contemplated finishing 2d to his friend Slepian, Soper speedy extinguished that notion. “He’s my first-class friend, but whilst we race, we race,” he said.
Chris Young of Calverton perhaps drove the excellent race of his budding NASCAR Modified career while he raced his manner via Slepian for 2nd on Lap 43. He became the runner-up. Slepian of Dix Hills led for 40 laps of the race before claiming third vicinity. John Fortin Sr. Of Holtsville and John Beatty Jr. Of Merrick rounded out the pinnacle five.
Race vehicle drivers don’t frequently need additional motivation to win a race, but when they have that motivation they could emerge as nearly unbeatable. Such became the case with 25-lap Late Model winner Chris Turbush of Wading River, who drove to his thirteenth career win.
Turbush’s uncle and former multi-time NASCAR National Mechanic of the Year winner Ray Bouchard was not on the music Saturday but in a nearby health center with an intestinal disease. Bouchard is the using force behind the curtain for Chris as well his brother Roger Turbush in the NASCAR Modifieds.
Chris Turbush won the non-prevent race for his uncle. Jeremy McDermott of Riverhead turned into 2d and Chris McGuire of Selden 0.33.
The 2018 Crate Modified championship runner-up, Justin Brown of Manorville, got his 2019 marketing campaign off at the right foot, prevailing a 25-lap foremost event. It turned into the fourth win of his young profession. Brigati of Calverton became 2d and Chris Rogers of Patchogue 1/3.
Defending Figure Eight champion Tom Rogers Jr. Of Riverhead rebounded from a rough NASCAR Modified race to win a 15-lap Figure Eight characteristic occasion, the forty fourth win of his profession. The subsequent finishers were Gary Fritz Jr. Of Mastic Beach and Eric Zeh of Selden.
Defending Blunderbust champion Jack Handley Jr. Of Medford picked up his 30th profession win in a non-forestall 20-lap characteristic. Cody Triola of Bay Shore got here in 2nd, with veteran Tom Pickerell of Huntington 1/3.
During the offseason, Super Pro Truck veteran Jimmy Rennick Jr. Made sweeping changes to his group, choosing a brand new engine software in addition to having his chassis reworked within the winter months. Those modifications paid a brief dividend Saturday as Rennick nailed down his first profession win in a non-prevent 20-lap contest. Sean Glennon of Northport grabbed second vicinity. Frank Dumicich Jr. Of East Quogue positioned third.
Richie Davidowitz of East Moriches drove to his track-main 21st profession victory in a 20-lap Legend Race Car occasion. Kevin Nowak of Medford was 2d, with Eric Hersey of Commack 1/3.