Bowman Gray Stadium is well established as the epicenter of Modified racing in the Southeast region. If you want to beat the best in the south, you go to “The Madhouse.” Up in the Northeast, where Modified racing rules, there is more than one track to look to for great drivers and great racing. But one of the roughest and toughest is Riverhead Raceway (NY) on Long Island, which has produced many of Modified racing’s best.
Timmy Solomito is one of Riverhead’s most recent graduates to hit the road on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, where he has become a consistent winner and championship contender this season. With the Tour headed south to Bristol Motor Speedway (TN), it presents northern drivers with a yearly opportunity to add some side races in the Southeast region, and “The Natural” is taking advantage of that opportunity. For the first time in his racing career, Solomito will test his talents at Bowman Gray Stadium this Saturday night.
“Pretty excited, it should be really cool. It’s something as a Modified driver, it’s a place you always want to go to and check out,” Solomito told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “I’m looking forward to it; it should be a good time. I’ve never been there, just seen it on TV shows and kept up with it on Facebook. It will be a first, ready to see what it’s all about.”
Solomito is also joining forces with the Gale family, who are well recognized in southern short track circles. The team is readying the No. 95 Modified for Solomito to take on the field this Saturday night.
“I’ve been working with Bubba and Cale most of this year; they’re great people, great family, and a very well-known name. They know what’s going on when it comes to setup and how to make a car go fast,” Solomito stated. “It’s going to be good to work with them, have some fun, and hopefully some good laps. We’ll see where we stack up at the end of the night.”
Not surprisingly, Solomito has become known for being especially tough himself on tight quarter-miles with his racing career beginning at the tough bullring of Riverhead. He hopes that it can translate over to a good performance at Bowman Gray, but he knows that unlike on Long Island, he won’t have the same fan support in Winston-Salem.
“The crowd is going to be pretty cool, the biggest thing about Bowman Gray is how many people go there, so that’s cool. Riverhead is a tight quarter-mile; I don’t think there is as much beating and banging at Riverhead as there is at Bowman Gray but I guess we’ll see. You get some trading paint at Riverhead. We’ll see how they stack up against each other. There’s good competition down there and a lot of cars. We’ll have a couple of practices to try and figure it out and put it on the line.”
Solomito will have two chances to visit Bowman Gray victory lane as twin 50-lap Modified races are on the schedule. Speed51.com will be on location with Trackside Now coverage for those who can’t make it out to the Madhouse.
-By: Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com CT, MA, RI & Long Island Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT
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