Pit Box: NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Returns To Riverhead For Miller Lite 200

(Press Release from NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications)

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour is set to get even more familiar with Riverhead Raceway in Saturday night’s Miller Lite 200.

The 200-lap race will be the first of three visits the Modified Tour will make to Riverhead during the 2022 season, a tradition that was restarted last year after the series regularly made three trips up to Riverhead, New York, during its first three seasons in the mid-1980s.

Riverhead has always been a staple of the Modified Tour. Mike Ewanitsko holds the all-time series record for victories at the track with 11, while other notable names that have visited Victory Lane at Riverhead include Jimmy Spencer, Steve Park, Ryan Preece and NASCAR Hall-of-Famers in Mike Stefanik and Richie Evans.

A stacked entry list featuring an even mix of Modified Tour regulars and local Riverhead heroes are set to descend onto the historic quarter-mile bullring on Saturday evening with the goal of building momentum heading into the summer.

Miller Lite 200 at Riverhead Raceway

What to watch for:

Defending Modified Tour champion Justin Bonsignore, who leads all active drivers with eight wins at Riverhead, enters Saturday evening determined to build upon his victory in the series’ most recent outing at Richmond Raceway.

Bonsignore currently sits ninth in the Modified Tour standings after overheating issues relegated him to a 31st place finish in the season-opening race at Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway in February. Despite this, Bonsginore was not phased by the disappointing outing and quickly reminded the rest of his fellow competitors at Richmond that he would once again be a favorite for the championship.

Although Doug Coby, who won two of the three Modified Tour races at Riverhead last year, is not on the preliminary entry list, Bonsignore still faces plenty of tough competition for Saturday’s Miller Lite 200.

Leading the Riverhead representation for the race is Tom Rogers Jr., who started on pole in the most recent Modified Tour race at the facility and led 59 laps before settling for an eighth-place finish. The most recent Riverhead track champion in Kyle Soper is also on the entry list and scored both of his top-10 finishes in the series at the track last year; the latter of which was a season-best fourth for Soper.

For the series regulars, Tommy Catalano is riding a wave of momentum after leading a race-high 69 laps at Richmond before finishing second to Bonsignore. Catalano is currently tied with Eric Goodale for the series points lead, but the two of them will have to survive the tight corners of Riverhead to keep distance between Bonsignore and the rest of the Modified Tour competitors.

The complete entry list for the Miller Lite 200 can be found here.


RaceMiller Lite 200
DateSaturday, May 14, 2022
TrackRiverhead Raceway
LayoutQuarter-mile paved oval
LocationRiverhead, New York
Start time8 p.m. ET
Posted awards$83,450
TV channelUSA (Delayed: Friday, May 20, 1 p.m. ET)
Live streamFloRacing (Live)

Schedule: Garage opens at 12:45 p.m. ET … Final practice from 3-4 p.m. ET … Single-car qualifying (two laps) at 6 p.m. ET … Race at 8 p.m. ET

Qualifying: Two consecutive qualifying laps. Faster lap determines qualifying position. Adjustments or repairs may not be made on the vehicle after the vehicle has taken the green flag at the start/finish line. NASCAR reserves the right to have more than one vehicle engage in qualifying runs at the same time. Starting field for the Miller Lite 200 is limited to 28 starters including Provisional Positions. Vehicles will be impounded after qualifying. Vehicle must qualify on race setup.

Tire allotment: The maximum tire allotment available for this event is eight (8) tires per team. All tires used for qualifying and the race must be purchased at the track and scanned by Hoosier, unless otherwise approved in advance by the Series Director. Four (4) tires must be used for qualifying and to begin the race. All qualifying tires must remain in impound until released by NASCAR Officials. The remaining tire allotment may be used for practice and/or change tires during the event. The tire change rule is zero (0) tires, any position.


  1. 🚨 🚨 🚨 🚨 🚨 🚨 🚨 🚨 🚨 🚨

    Late breaking… Dug Koby is driving the 7NY in this race.


  2. Car No. Driver Car owner Crew Chief Chassis Mfg Sponsor

    01 Melissa Fifield,Kenneth Fifield Jake Marosz FURY Race Cars Pine Knoll Auto Sales
    02 Joey Coulter IV Joey Coulter Harold Holly Jr FURY Race Cars SRI Performance, Air Shok, Race-Fan, Molecule
    2 Chuck Hossfeld Joseph Bertuccio TBA Troyer Gershow Recycling
    03 Tom Rogers Jr Ken Darch Sean Corsetti Chevrolet Licensed to Chill / Stakeys Pumpkin Farm
    3 Jake Johnson Jan Boehler Greg Fournier Troyer Propane Plus – LIN’s Propane Trucks
    05 John Beatty Jr Mark Mina Gregory Smith Troyer Elite Sound Studios
    07 Patrick Emerling Jennifer Emerling Jan Leaty Troyer Captain Pips Marina & Hideaway
    7 Jimmy Blewett Tommy Baldwin Tommy Baldwin Troyer John Blewitt Inc
    15 Kyle Soper Wayne Anderson Tom Soper Troyer Eastport Foods
    16 Ron Silk Tyler Haydt Philip Moran FURY Race Cars Blue Mountain Machine and Future Homes
    18 Ken Heagy Robert Pollifrone Greg Gorman FURY Race Cars Buoy One Seafood Market and Restaurant
    22 Kyle Bonsignore Kyle Bonsignore Cam McDermott FURY Race Cars Chalew Performance/Munns Auto
    26 Gary McDonald Sean McDonald Chad Mcdonald Troyer
    34 J B Fortin Nicole Fortin Kenneth Lechner FURY Race Cars Johns Fuel Oil, Johns Tree Removal, Red Camel Racing, Golden Jalapeno
    36 David Sapienza Judy Thilberg Tommy Grasso Chevrolet Sapienza Enterprises
    49 Chris Young Chris Young TBA LFR J&H Homestead
    50 Ron Williams Jr. Paul Les Adam Skowyra Ford Empower Financial Advisory & RB Enterprises
    51 Justin Bonsignore Kenneth Massa Ryan Stone FURY Race Cars Phoenix Communications, Inc.
    54 Tommy Catalano David Catalano David Catalano FURY Race Cars FX Caprara
    58 Eric Goodale Edgar Goodale Jason Shepphard FURY Race Cars GAF Roofing
    64 Austin Beers Mike Murphy Ron Yuhas Jr LFR Dell Electric, Lumiere Electrical, Andrew James Interiors, AP Marquadt & Sons
    66 Timmy Solomito Jerry Solomito TBA LFR Natural Designs, Highmark
    71 James Pritchard Jr. James Pritchard Joseph Pritchard FURY Race Cars Freeway Automotive & Tire Pros / Wicklow & Lauroma Landscaping
    78 Walter Sutcliffe Jr. Steven Sutcliffe Kevin Anderson Troyer Last Minute Racing
    79 Jon Mckennedy Tim Lepine Dale Hedquist LFR Middlesex Interiors
    81 Roger Turbush Patrick Kennedy Raymond Bouchard Troyer Cromers Market
    82 Craig Lutz Danny Watts, Jr. Scott Tocci LFR Dannys Cesspool Service/Riverhead Building Supply
    88 Roger Turbush Patrick Kennedy Jarrod Hayes FURY Race Cars Rheem
    96 Matthew Brode Howie Brode TBA Troyer Peter Clark Motorsports
    98 TBA Brian Schwarz TBA Chevrolet Coors Light SCFN
    170 Dylan Slepian Rob Pelis Brian Magee Chevrolet Eastport Feeds
    187 John Baker Darryl Baker

    Revised Forum Pick 6 Round 2

    First Place………0 points
    Second Place….2 points
    Third Place……..3 points
    Fourth through the final finisher assigned points equal to their finishing position.

    “Mulligan”-Worst finish (aka highest score) dropped from scoring leaving your 5 best counting toward your final score.

    Any car that doesn’t show, has an equipment failure or otherwise doesn’t make the feature to be assigned a score equal to the number of feature starters plus one and can be dropped via the mulligan.

    Lowest point total wins.

    Tie breaker- All six picks scored

  3. Let’s hope the weather cooperates.

    🤞 🤞 🤞 🤞 🤞

  4. James S McKennedy says

    1 – 51 Bonsignore
    2 – 16 Silk
    3 – 79 McKennedy
    4 – 7NY Coby
    5 – 54 Catalano
    6 – 03 Tom Rogers Jr.

  5. Suitcase Jake says

    Pick”em Riverhead .:
    1. Tom Rogers jr
    2. Kyle Soper
    3. McKennedy
    4. J. Bonsignore
    5. Coby
    6. Blewett

  6. Fast Eddie says

    Fast Eddie’s picks: 79 McKennedy, 51 Bonsignore, 16 Silk, 34 Fortin, 7NY Coby. 66 Solomito

  7. getserious says

    Can someone explain this to me? ” The tire change rule is zero (0) tires, any position.”

  8. JSMcK…..51, 16, 79, 7ny, 54, .03
    Jake……..03,15, 79, 51, 7ny(Coby), 7ny (Blewett)
    Doug……51, 07, 15, 16, 58, 82

  9. Who is the new guy James. Clearly he knows how to play the game. Six picks with all the hallmarks of a winner going with winning drivers plus a Riverhead home boy. Gotta have one of them odds very high one of them will be near the front when the checkers fall. Catalano…..are you crazy? Maybe like a fox. Catalano fast this year and proved he can race Riverhead last year coming in 6th in the June race at the track last year.

    Could somebody check on Suitcase Jake please. It appears his wife has locked him in the garage and is making the picks herself. It’s not like Jake to get all sloppy and sentimental picking not one but two Riverhead regulars in the top two spots. Then not keeping up with the 7ny situation……it doesn’t compute. Mrs. Suitcase Jake, with all due respect could you please let Jake out to make his picks please?

    JB Fortin? 20th, 13th and 16th last year at Riverhead. Two 14th’s in the first two races this year. Then again you did suggest the “mulligan” so why not take a flier on Fortin for your Riverhead regular.

    Emerling second in points last year and 2nd, 2nd and 1st last year in the three events at Riverhead. The poor guy gets no respect. So what’s the deal you think he’s distracted with his Xfinity operation? Someone’s got to show the guy some love so I guess that will be me.

    Concentrating my most powerful positive waves toward Jimmy Blewett, his wife and family. Now focused 100% on a life situation involving one of their younglings that is rightfully their only priority at this time.

  10. csg picks

    1 mckennedy 2 silk 3 jbon 4 coby 5 kbon 6 blewitt

  11. As always Doug, thanks for doing this.
    I think Jake may have some inside information.
    Johnson (why not?)

  12. 07, 51, 16, 82, 58, 66

  13. getserious says

    Hey Doug, Here’s the top 6. Thanks
    7 Coby
    16 Silk
    22 Bonsignore
    51 Bonsignore
    58 Goodale
    82 Lutz

  14. NWMT @ Riverhead Raceway 5/14/22

    James…..51, 16, 79, 7ny, 54, 03…..(25)+3+17+1+12+20=53
    Jake……..03,15, 79, 51, 7ny…………20+7+17+25+1=70
    Doug……51, 07, 15, 16, 58, 82………25+2+7+3+9+(26)=46
    csg………79, 16, 51, 7ny, 22…………..17+3+25+1+10=56

    Finishing order- Fast Eddie 41, Earl 44, Doug 46, Bobf 47, getserious 47, James S McKennedy 53, csg 56, Suitcase Jake 70.

    Standings after 2 events using the revised scoring system.
    Your tally is the average for the number of events you participated in.

    James(1)………(53) ………53

    No question about it, picking Solomito is what got Fast Eddie the win and Earl a strong second place. Well done young men.
    For your interest I’m also provided accumulated results under the revised scoring system that makes scoring a lot more objective with fewer ties. getserious leading the standings in the early going surprisingly being the only one to see Coby in the 7ny as a winner.

  15. getserious says

    “No question about it.” Thanks Doug

  16. Fast Eddie says

    Doug, sorry for my delayed response, thanks for being mgr. and scorekeeper! Nice to know my picks can hang with this crew!!

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