Brunelle Takes Down Second Mod Win
|May 29, 2017
EVANS MILLS, NY - Plenty of familiar faces
graced Victory Lane at Evans Mills Speedway this
past Sunday, as many of the previous week's
winners once again took home checkered flags.
Randy Brunelle, who took down his second Mills
Modified win in as many weeks, topped the list
of repeat winners.
With the debut of the
Mills Modified crate engine asphalt Modified
class, every driver in the field has been faced
with the task of learning a new car, a new
track, a new surface, or a combination of any or
all of the three. For Brunelle, the transition
has been a bit easier than it has for some of
the other competitors, as Brunelle has racked up
plenty of wins at the speedway in other classes.
In 2016, he won more Pro Stock races than any
other driver that season, while running only a
Brunelle has taken full
advantage of this, as he picked up both the heat
race win and the feature win this past weekend.
Bobby Newman ran second to Brunelle in the
opening laps, and looked to be prepared to mount
a challenge for the lead before mechanical
difficulties forced him to retire from the
event. This moved Mike Hall Jr. to the second
spot, but Hall Jr. had Vern LaFave hot on his
heels. Brunelle proved to be unstoppable as he
was first to the checkered flag, followed by
Hall Jr. and LaFave.
It is often said
that, after the first win, the rest come easier.
Legends driver Anthony Riforgiato showed just
that, as he picked up his first career INEX
Legends week just one week earlier and backed it
up with a second win on Sunday. Riforgiato
started on the outside pole, and had to contend
with Nate Plantz over the entire race distance.
Riforgiato was able to hold the lead, collecting
the win over Plantz and Kevin Bertolone, who was
making his first start of the season at the
Josh Duke dominated the
Bandolero feature for the second straight week,
picking up the win. Tyler Christman and Cole
Perry wrestled for the second spot, swapping it
several times throughout the course of the
event. Duke took home the honors once again,
followed by Christman and Perry.
Stock driver Bill Miner swept the second week in
a row, capturing both heat and feature event
wins. Defending division champion Ray Bancroft
wrestled with Miner for the lead in the early
laps, but Miner was able to build a sizeable
lead over Bancroft by the end of the race.
Behind the duo, Jason Duke, Terry Gardner, and
Corey Trombley put on an exciting battle for the
third spot. When the checkered flag waved, Miner
was in Victory Lane once again. Bancroft was
second, and Duke crossed the line third.
Defending division champion Richard "Ike" Stone
picked up his second win of the season as well,
in what truly boiled down to a family affair.
Stone had his hands full with David Ayen - his
brother - and Zac Stone - his son, as they all
had their sights set on the win. R. Stone led
every lap on his way to the win, while his
brother and son each tried to lay claim to the
third position. Z. Stone actually held second
for several laps early in the event, but Ayen
passed him prior to the halfway point. Ayen, in
fact, turned the fastest lap of the event, but
he was unable to catch R. Stone and had to be
content with second.. Stone was third in the
The sole first-time winner
of the night came in the 4 Cylinder Truck class,
as Joe Bourgeois made his first appearance of
the season and brought home the win. Bourgeois
started on the front row, alongside Zack
Christman. Kyle Simpson wasted little time
grabbing the second spot from Christman, while
the previous week's winner - Bob Schroy - was
making his way through the field after having to
start at the tail end of the field because he
had missed his heat race due to mechanical
issues. Bourgeois was flawless throughout the
event, and crossed the line ahead of Simpson and
This coming Sunday, June 4th,
Evans Mills Speedway will present "A-Verdi
Storage Containers Night at the Races". The
schedule will include the Mills Modified,
Legends, Bandolero, Pro Stock, Thunder Stock,
and 4 Cylinder Truck classes. Gates open at 2:30
pm, with practice beginning at 3:30 pm, and
racing set to go green at 5 pm. Grandstand
admission is just $10, and children age 15 and
under are admitted to the grandstands free of
charge. There is a $2 discount for military with
valid ID. VIP booth upgrades are available. Pit
entry fee is $25.
including a complete schedule, can be obtained
online at www.evansmillsspeedway.com, or by
calling (315) 221-9180.
FEATURE FINISH (30 laps): 1. Randy Brunelle, 2.
Mike Hall Jr., 3. Vern LaFave, 4. Bobby Newman,
5. Terry Gardner.
LEGENDS FEATURE FINISH
(20 laps): 1. Anthony Riforgiato, 2. Nate
Plantz, 3. Kevin Bertolone, 4. Breanne Gilligan,
5. Dalton Rombough, 6. Trevor Halladay, 7. Chris
Malbeuf, 8. Bryan Chirico, 9. Jason Christman,
10. James Holland, 11. Mike Riforgiato, 12. Kyle
BANDOLERO FEATURE FINISH (15
laps): 1. Josh Duke, 2. Tyler Christman, 3. Cole
PRO STOCK FEATURE FINISH (25
laps): 1. Bill Miner, 2. Ray Bancroft, 3. Jason
Duke, 4. Terry Gardner, 5. Corey Trombley.
THUNDER STOCK FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1.
Richard "Ike" Stone, 2. David Ayen, 3. Zac
Stone, 4. Jess Bender, 5. Ryan Rarick, 6. Jamie
Murphy. DNS - Kory Paro Jr.
TRUCK FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Joe
Bourgeois, Kyle Simpson, 3. Bob Schroy, 4. Zak
Petrie, 5. Ron White, 6. Zack Christman, 7.