Riverhead Raceway: Nascar Hall of Fame race goes to Preece


Ryan Preece of Berlin, Conn., won another signature event at Riverhead Raceway on Saturday night. He earned his fifth career win at the track, taking first place in the Evans Nascar Hall of Fame 100.

Among Preece’s wins in the past are two Nascar Whelen Modified Tours, including last year’s race, as well as the 2012 Baldwin, Evans & Jarzombek 77 Memorial last July in Nascar Modified.

Justin Bonsignore of Holtsville, the 2011 Riverhead champion, was second. Ron Silk of Norwalk, Conn., placed third, Tom Rogers Jr. of Patchogue was fourth and Howie Brode of East Islip rallied from a 25th-lap spin for fifth.

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.

In other races:

Eric Zeh of Selden won his second Charger race of the season the old-fashioned way, with an outside pass of John Baker with just two laps remaining in the race. The race, which did not involve a single caution flag, saw John Baker of Brookhaven come in second. Newcomer Chad Churilla of Hauppauge made a late-race move for his second consecutive third-place tally.

Timmy Solomito of Islip cashed in on a 30-lap Legend Race Car feature event, leading all the way to score the victory. He was followed by second-place Johnnie Gloor IV of Flanders and third-place Brendon Bock of Franklin Square.

James Charrier of Shirley notched his first Grand Enduro win of 2013 in dominating fashion in a 50-lap main event. Brian McCormack of Holbrook was the runner-up. Jimmy White of Southampton crossed the finish line third.