Some folks call him two-time champ. Others call him points leader. But after Friday night’s three-segment Benson Lumber and Hardware Small Block Super-modified event, everyone’s now calling Haverhill’s Tommy Tombarello Jr., “Moneybags.”
Tombarello scored wins in two of the three 25-lap segments of the race to score an impressive win in the season‘s biggest race for the track‘s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series headline division, taking home a big bag of cash ($3,200) with the victory in the “Moneybags Special.”
Tombarello, who had started on the pole after being quickest in the time trial session, led every lap in the first 25-lapper to pick up the win. Sparky MacIver was the only one close, taking runner-up honors just .2 seconds behind. Ryan Gath, Moe Lattime, Jake Stergios, Mike Murphy, Mike Spurling, Mike Netishen, Ricky Wolf, and Leslie Keyser were the rest of the top 10.
On a hot streak of late, Murphy, also of Haverhill, was the man to beat in the second 25-lap segment, quickly making his way to the front and running off to collect his first career Small Block checkered flag.
With the Moneybags championship on the line, Tombarello once again got the job done in the third and final segment, taking down his second checkered flag of the night in the Ed and Bob Witkum-owned entry.
Patrick Stewart was first out of the gate to grab the early lead in the Prime Warehouse and Storage Late Model Sportsman main, but he got turned around just three laps in and collected Bobby Melvin, who caught some air time as the pair tangled to bring out the first yellow of the event.
After some early problems, knocking several races out of the lead group in the Prime Warehouse and Storage Late Model Sportsman main event, Jimmy Russell quickly made his way to the front, and he opened up a big advantage over the next several laps. Caution-free the rest of the way, Alby Ovitt was in pursuit and gaining ground in the late going, but the laps ran out before he could catch the leader.