Timmy Solomito Repeats In Whelen Modified Tour Action At Riverhead Raceway

(Press Release from NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications)

Timmy Solomito celebrates victory in Saturday’s Whelen Modified Tour event at Riverhead Raceway (Photo: Adam Glanzman/NASCAR)

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. — Six races into the 2017 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season, and Timmy Solomito is looking every bit the driver to beat for the championship.

After his breakout four-win campaign in 2016, Solomito has had an even better encore.

Saturday, the Islip, New York, driver returned to his home track of Riverhead Raceway and picked up his third win of the season. He held off David Sapienza on an overtime finish to take the Buzz Chew Chevrolet-Cadillac 200.

The Coors Light Pole Award winner, Solomito held serve for his seventh career victory. He also won this event last year. He led three times for a race-high 151 laps, including the final 102 as a caution on Lap 196 pushed the race to 208 laps.

The runner-up was a career-best for Sapienza, a Riverhead native.

Doug Coby finished third while four-time Riverhead winners Ryan Preece and Justin Bonsignore crossed the line fourth and fifth, respectively.

Eric Goodale finished sixth with Rowan Pennink the last car on the lead lap in seventh. Tom Rogers Jr., Dillon Steuer and Max Zachem completed the top 10.

The win also allowed Solomito to extend his championship points lead to 13 over Pennink and 29 over Goodale. Bonsignore is fourth and Zachem is fifth, while defending tour champion Coby moved up to sixth.

Next up on the schedule is the Whelen Modified Tour All-Star Shootout on July 14 followed by the Nor’easter 100 the next day, both at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.


  1. Holy cow batman the mighty Duce third? The 16 is the hot commodity right now.

  2. Liz Cherokee says

    Unfortunately not a good night for Melissa but I was glad to see the Stolimoto take the checkered flag!

  3. lightsout says

    She has perpetual bad nights. Give that equipment to a team that actually knows what they are doing and things would change in a big hurry.

  4. Liz Cherokee says

    You obviously forget that Melissa is the three-time defending winner of the Whelen Modified Tour Most Popular Driver Award! Giving the equipment away would be sacrosanct!

  5. darealgoodfella says

    If the 01 equipment has been this bad for so long, it isn’t the equipment.

  6. Fast Eddie says

    #01 – It’s definitely not the equipment. She and her friends are obviously pretty good with computer programs though…

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