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Tom Rogers Jr. headlines on night of champions at Riverhead

Tom Rogers Jr. of Riverhead puts on a

Tom Rogers Jr. of Riverhead puts on a show for the crowd at Riverhead Raceway. Credit: Daniel Brennan

There's a chance Tom Rogers Jr. becomes a champion of both the modifieds and late model divisions Saturday at Riverhead Raceway. It would be a feat track spokesman Bob Finan called impressive and rare.

In the modified division, the featured race at Riverhead, Rogers' 396 points trails Howie Brode, an East Islip resident, by 25 points.

It's a long shot, but Rogers has a chance.

To be champion, Rogers first needs at least 13 cars to enter the race. He also needs Brode, the defending champion, to finish 13th or worse. Rogers, of course, also needs to win the race.

The silver lining for Rogers is that regardless of how he fares Saturday, he will at least finish runner-up this season. Ryan Preece of Berlin, Connecticut, clinched third in the standings.

The figure-8 title chase is a different story for Rogers.

The championship will be decided in the 15-lap feature event. It will boil down to Rogers and Roger Maynor, who lives in Bay Shore. Maynor (504 points) has a four-point lead over Rogers. For Rogers to win the title, he'll need to finish three spots better than Maynor.

The tightest race on champions night will be for the super pro trucks crown.

Erin Solomito, a Hampton Bays resident, has a two-point lead over Lou Maestri of Deer Park. Mark Stewart of Riverhead has a slim chance at the title, as well. Stewart would need to finish seven spots better than Solomito and six spots better than Maestri.

Solomito is attempting to become the first female champion since 1981, according to Finan.

In the chargers, defending champion Eric Zeh of Centereach has an 18-point lead over former four-time champion Chris Turbush of Wading River.

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