RIVERHEAD, NY :: Justin Bosnignore headed to his home track of Riverhead Raceway atop the points standings and Power Rankings, but he’s not in either position anymore. Eric Goodale took down the win, his first NWMT win ever, but it wasn’t enough to get him into the Power Rankings this week.
1. Doug Coby (LR: 3)
While he didn’t win the race, walking out of Riverhead with a top 10 had to have felt like a win for the 2012 champion who has struggled so much at the Long Island quarter-mile. His sixth-place finish put him back atop the championship standings heading into Loudon, a race he won a year ago.
2. Ted Christopher (LR: 5)
This was the strongest performance “TC” has had in quite a long time. He qualified fourth and quickly started battling for the lead. He took the lead on the outside and even chose to use the outside on a restart, which is something that is almost never done at Riverhead. Christopher made just one mistake going into turn one and that ultimately cost him the race. Otherwise we’d be talking about how his long winless streak had finally come to an end.
3. Bobby Santos (LR: 2)
It was a quiet night for Santos at Riverhead. He managed to avoid most of the incidents and finish 10th. It’s definitely not a night to write home about, but many others had nights that were much worse. Santos moved up to second in the championship standings, seven markers back of Coby.
4. Justin Bonsignore (LR: 1)
Bonsignore went to Riverhead as confident as one could be. He was the points leader. He was heading to his home race track where he won the track championship in 2011. But was terrible right from the start. His team’s race hauler got stuck in the sand outside of Riverhead’s pit area before they were able to enter. Then his team drew the first for qualifying. Thanks to the bad draw he ended up qualifying 24th. After the race finally started his day just got worse as he was caught up in multiple incidents on the track. He finished 16th, 16 laps down and now is third in points, eight back of Coby. To make matters worse he now heads to New Hampshire Motor Speedway where he and his team have just been plagued by issues the last couple of years.
5. Ron Silk (LR: NR)
Think of the most intense roller coaster and that pretty much describes Ron Silk’s race at Riverhead this weekend. He started second, and battled for the lead for much of the early part of the race. But then he got spun out and had to make his way back to the front. Which he did. Just to get spun again. So he battled his way back to the front again and eventually settled for a seventh-place finish.
Fell out: Woody Pitkat
Honorable mentions: In addition to Silk’s drive, Ryan Preece and Timmy Solomito put in two of the more impressive drives of the night. Preece qualified 21st but made his way to fourth using the outside as much as possible. Solomito was running in the top 10 before he had to avoid a spinning Silk in front of him. NASCAR said he came to a full stop and scored him at the back of the pack. Solomito came back through the field using the outside as well to finish fifth.