Tom Rogers Jr. scored the win in the Baldwin, Evans, Jarzombek 77-lap race at Riverhead Raceway (NY) on Saturday night and took home a nice check for $2,000. Rogers had to deal with multiple restarts, but he was able to hold off two of the best in the business in Ron Silk and Ryan Preece.
Rogers set fast time in time-trials earlier in the afternoon but started the main event in seventh after the top-eight redraw.
He wasted no time getting to the front of the field as he took the lead from Silk on lap 16. Nobody was able to touch Rogers after that.
“They were strong,” said Rogers. “I think any one of us could have won it. It was just track position and making the right move at the right time. Luckily I was able to do that.”
Silk was able to hold Preece off to finish second. He said after that race that there was nothing he could have done to have been able to take the lead back from Rogers.
“Tommy’s car looked just about perfect,” said Silk. “He definitely had the car that deserved to win tonight. We were just kind of too tight the whole race.”
It seemed that Preece may have had something for Rogers as he was flying through the field, but he said he burned out his right rear tire late in the race. Preece qualified second, redrew eighth, but elected to start the main event from the rear of the field.
He was making his way through the field quickly, but was forced to pit for a flat tire at lap 15 after making contact with Frank Vigliarolo. Preece was up to seventh before the pit stop. After the stop he picked up right where he’d left off. He made his way to third with about 15 laps to go but that was as far as he was able to climb.
“I had a lot of fun,” said Preece. “This is what racing is all about is putting on a show for the fans in the stands. I’d rather start 18th and race my way forward and have fun than start eighth and get to fourth and kind of ride there. That’s not my style. I want to have a lot of fun.”
Rogers, Silk, Preece, Jeffrey Goodale, and Eddie Brunnhoelzl III were the top five finishers.
The win is the second of the season for Rogers and the second in a row. Rogers has been fast all year at the Long Island bull-ring but he just hadn’t been able to break into victory lane.
Baldwin, Evans, Jarzombec Results (starting position in parentheses):
1. (7) Tom Rogers Jr.
2. (1) Ron Silk
3. (18) Ryan Preece
4. (15) Jeffrey Goodale
5. (10) Eddie Brunnhoelzl III
6. (6) John Beatty Jr.
7. (13) Frank Vigliarolo
8. (3) Vinny Biondolillo
9. (9) Howie Brode
10. (14) Dave Schneider
11. (17) Russell Savoy
12. (2) Jerry Solomito
13. (4) Kyle Ellwood
14. (11) Jason Agugliaro
15. (8) Brad Van Houten
16. (17) Jack Orlando
17. (5) Dave Brigati
18. (12) Dave Sapienza
-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Northeast Correspondent – Twitter: @RobBlount
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