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SOLOMITO SCORES CRUCIAL WIN AT RIVERHEAD
Fourth Win of 2017 Keeps Him in Whelen Modified Title Hunt

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 frontstretch 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.

The Whelen Modified Tour will return to action next Saturday, Sept. 23 with the F.W. Webb 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, the 14th of 16 races on the 2017 calendar.

The Miller Lite 200 will air on NBCSN on Thursday, Sept. 21 at 6 p.m.
 

NWMT Riverhead 9/16/17 Results

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

 
Source: Jason Cunningham / NASCAR
Posted
: September 16, 2017

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