Craig Gabriele



Preece wins The NASCAR Evans Hall of Fame 100 @ Riverhead Raceway

Ryan Preece of Berlin, CT won the NASCAR Evans Hall of Fame 100 at Riverhead Raceway on Saturday night June 15. Preece driving the famed #20 of Bill and Barbara Park took over the lead on lap 18 from Timmy Solomito of Islip, NY the pole sitter for this event and led the rest of the way for the win.

It was career win #5 for Preece at the Famed Riverhead Raceway.

"What a great car Bill and Dave gave me tonight" Preece noted after Barbara & Jim Cromarty presented him with the Evans NASCAR HoF hardware. As for the side by side early race fight for the lead with Timmy Solomito the winner reflected, "we had quite a race going there, good and clean, I really enjoy racing here". Preece, the grandson of former car owner Bob Judkins didn't get forget the historical importance of the race, "It's really an honor to win the Evans NASCAR Hall of Fame race, anytime Riche's name is attached to something it makes really special".

“The Natural”Timmy Solomito driving the Wayne Anderson 15 was looking to win 2 in a row from his pole position start.

For the first 18 laps it was a great side by side battle between Preece and Solomito for the lead. Once Preece took the lead he was gone. Timmy Solomito faded in the closing laps to finish 12th.

The 66 of Shawn Solomito set fast time with a lap of 11.855 taking home $100 from Brigandi Brothers Automotive but that would be as good as the evening got for the defending champion as a broken rocker arm found him dropping out of the race early. Timmy Solomito drew the pole for the 100-lapper with Ryan Preece outside and over the first five laps of the race the two young lions went side by side for a five lap battle for the lead before an early caution waved for a spin by 00 Kevin Orlando. On the ensuing double file restart Preece again found himself outside of Solomito with the 51 Justin “The Real Deal” Bonsignore of Holtsville, NY trying to tuck under Ryan for second. The top three eventually singled out with Solomito finding himself under heavy attack from Preece who was plotting his move.

On lap 18 Ryan found an opening underneath Timmy and raced his way by on the inside to the lead with Solomito now second and under pressure from third place Bonsignore. The top three settled into their positions over the next 50-laps as Preece would have some breathing room as Bonsignore was starting to turn up the heat on Timmy Solomito for second. Racing into the third turn on lap 74 Justin, the 2011 Riverhead champ got under Timmy and was able to take over second with still a quarter of the race remaining. A series of late race caution flags put Bonsignore on the rear bumper of leader Ryan Preece but each and every time the green light winked back on Preece was able to motor away in his East-West Marine Chevy as he drove off to victory. Bonsignore's late race pursuit of Preece was tamed somewhat by the 6 Ron Silk of Norwalk, CT who moved to third when Bonsignore slipped under Solomito for second. Silk then stayed on Bonsignore's tail for the remainder of the race.

51 Justin Bonsignore  was runner-up in the M3 Technologies Chevy while the 6 of Ron Silk placed third in the TS Haulers Chevy. The top three drivers, all WMT regulars now all look forward to the Hoosier Tire 200 WMT race June 29th at Riverhead Raceway. Completing the top five in the 100 were  #3 Tom Rogers Jr. of Patchogue, NY and 96 Howie Brode of E. Islip, NY who rallied from a 25th lap spin. Brode and Preece are knotted for the points lead with 136 but Preece has commitments over the next two weeks that will take him away from Long Island, Shawn Solomito is third with 112.

66 Shawn Solomito of Islip, NY the defending Champion @ Riverhead was the points leader coming into the event, but was the first car out of the event with engine trouble.

Evans NASCAR HoF 100 Modifieds:
1. 20 Ryan Preece 2. 51 Justin Bonsignore 3. 6 Ron Silk 4. 3 Tom Rogers Jr. 5. 96 Howie Brode  6. 8x Eddie Brunnhoelzl III 7. 14 John Beatty Jr. 8. 06 Vinny Biondolillo 9. 26 David Roys 10. 98x Dave Brigati 11. 71 Jimmy Zacharias 12. 15 Timmy Solomito 13. 59 Jerry Solomito Jr. 14. 09 Brad Van Houten 15. 5 Frank Vigliarolo Jr. 16. 36 Dave Sapienza 17. 00 Kevin Orlando 18. 66 Shawn Solomito


The 30-lap Legend Race Car feature event carried lap money and "The Natural" Timmy Solomito of Islip made sure he would cash in as he led all the way to score the victory. Solomito's teammate Justin Strumpf set fast time in qualifying with a lap of 14.060 and drawing first in the redraw he'd pull the pole with Timmy to start second alongside. Just like in the 100-lap Modified race Timmy found himself in a torrid early race fight for the lead with Strumpf with Vinny Delaney watching on from third. Delaney would come to second early in the race but soon thereafter he was overtaken by Johnnie Gloor for second on lap 7. Once to second Gloor wasted no time in going to work on Solomito, with some double file restarts before the halfway mark aiding Gloor's efforts. However Timmy was equal to the task each and every time and he'd never give up the race lead as he drove the Monster's Recycling entry to victory lane. Aside from racking-up nearly $500 in lap money Timmy's car was voted Best Appearing by Freshie Trinca as part of the race's special awards. Johnnie Gloor IV of Flanders was runner-up in the One Stop

Market machine with Brendon Bock of Franklin Square third in the A&S Bagels racer.


Legend Race Cars:
1. Timmy Solomito 2. Johnnie Gloor 3. Brendon Bock 4. Kyle Ellwood 5. Paul Dodorico 6. Vinny Delaney 7. Kyle Soper 8. Kevin Nowak 9. Shawn Wanat 10. Justin Strumpf 11. Artie Pedersen III 12. Bryan Kelly 13. George Baker Jr. 14. Eric Hersey 15. Brad Van Houten 16. Richie Coy 17. Anthony Marsh 18. Frank Scimeca Jr. 19. Dylan Slepian 20. Chris Rogers 21. Christian Conklin 22. Greg Harris 23. Alex Urbina 24. Bobby Jones 25. Vinny Colletti 26. Tom Sherman 27. Joe Sedotto













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