Nevin George uses fortitude to improve his previous finish at Riverhead. Nevin George left the Riverhead Raceway back in June feeling like he was robbed. Just two laps into the race, George was greeted by the wall in turns 3 and 4 after needing...
Nevin George uses fortitude to improve his previous finish at Riverhead.
Nevin George left the Riverhead Raceway back in June feeling like he was robbed. Just two laps into the race, George was greeted by the wall in turns 3 and 4 after needing a provisional to make the starting grid. George's night would be done much too early and he was disappointed in the last place finish - something that had never happened to him before in a Featherlite Modified Series event.
George vowed a better outcome at the Eastern Long Island race facility this time. He was an early qualifier, and he would hold fast time until the mid-point of qualifying. Ultimately he would qualify 13th fastest in the #0 Bruce George Paving and Excavating entry owned by Ralph Solhem.
George would move his Chevrolet quickly through the field and was up to seventh position when the Bear Pontiac driven by Frank Vigliarolo would spin George. As he tried to refire the #0, the field would pass by putting George down one lap. Vigliarolo also spun Rick Fuller earlier and was served a five-lap penalty. As a result of his actions, Vigliarolo was suspended from racing at Riverhead but appealed his suspension and would be eligible to race while under appeal.
George was not happy with being spun out, stating "What is his problem? This track is made for racing side-by-side, bumping and banging. I just can't see why a driver has to try and bully his or her way through."
Eddie Flemke pulled a sweep of the event, capturing the Bud Pole Award, redrawing the #1 starting spot and went on to lead every lap of the race.
Nevin George brought the Bruce George Paving Chevrolet across the stripe for the checkers in fourteenth -- a fourteen spot improvement over the June event. He said he was happy to finish and to have the car still in one piece. The finish kept him at seventh in the point standings.
The next race for the Featherlite Modified Tour is at Don Hoenig's Thompson International Speedway. The Budweiser 150 will be held on Thursday, August 15th under the lights.