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ANNUAL BALDWIN, EVANS & JARZOMBEK 77 SET FOR RIVERHEAD RACEWAY SATURDAY, PETER “BUZZY” ERIKSEN & FRED RODGERS TO BE INDUCTED ON CROMARTY WALL OF CHAMPIONS

Riverhead, NY July 20th.
By Bob Finan
Collectively they were three of the most recognizable, popular and successful NASCAR Modified drivers ever to strap into a car and Saturday night at Riverhead Raceway “Tiger” Tom Baldwin, “The Rapid Roman” Richie Evans and “Charging” Charlie Jarzombek will be fondly remembered and honored with the annual running of the Baldwin, Evans & Jarzombek 77 NASCAR Modified event. As part of this very special Whelen All American Series program the annual Cromarty Wall of Champions induction ceremony will be held with former four time Late Model champion Peter “Buzzy” Eriksen of Baldwin and three time Blunderbust champion Fred Rodgers of Aquebogue to be enshrined.
It was Riverhead Raceway that served as the springboard for Charlie Jarzombek’s ultra successful career and the driver who grew up right up the road from the quarter mile in Baiting Hollow. Charlie remains the all time leading Modified winner with 63 at the Route 58 oval. Charlie was also a five time champion at the track and found success at Long Island’s other two historic race tracks at Islip Speedway and Freeport Stadium. As for Rome, NY native Richie Evans his visits to Long Island often ended up with a trip to the winner’s circle as the former 9-time NASCAR National Modified champion won 17 times at Islip, twice at Freeport and once at Riverhead. It would be that August 1985 win that would be Richie’s last on the Island before his untimely passing. While Tom Baldwin of Bellport might not have won as much as Jarzombek & Evans his impact and popularity in NASCAR Modified racing is undisputed and over the years Tom did visit victory lane at Riverhead 11 times in his career. Indications are that Ricky Jarzombek will be bringing some of Charlie’s race cars to Riverhead Saturday for an on and off track display.
Tom Rogers Jr. of Riverhead comes to the 77 Saturday as not only the defending race winner but also the defending NASCAR Modified champions. Rogers, a 49-time career winner as of press time could very well tie Jim Malone Sr. for second on the all-time win list behind Jarzombek with a victory in the 77. John Fortin Sr. of Holtsville chased Rogers to the line in the 77 last year and he’ll be seeking his second win of 2018 Saturday. Eddie Brunnhoelzl III of Levittown had a solid third place tally last in year in the 77 and hopes to notch his second career win in this year’s edition. Dave Brigati of Calverton crossed the line 5th last year and hopes to pocket his first win of 2018 Saturday. 2018 championship leader Kyle Soper of Manorville, John Beatty Jr. of Merrick, David Schneider of Northport, John Fortin Jr. of Holtsville, Howie Brode of East Islip and Chris Young of Calverton all sit in the top ten in the standings heading to the Baldwin, Evans & Jarzombek classic and are all very capable of winning the 77. Roger Turbush of Riverhead, Sal Accardi Jr. of Deer Park, CJ Lehmann of Shirley, Dylan Slepian of Dix Hills and Eric Zeh of Selden are all also hopeful of a good run in the 77.
During the opening ceremonies for the race program the Class of 2018 will be inducted onto the Cromarty Wall of Champions. Peter “Buzzy” Eriksen with his 48 career Late Model wins that rank him second on the all time win list and his four titles (1988, 89, 93 & 2001) will take his rightful place on the wall. Only Roger Oxee of Peconic won more than Buzzy with his 64 wins in the LM ranks. Eriksen’s L.I. racing exploits also found him enjoying much success at the track where it all started for him the Freeport Stadium as well over the Islip Speedway after Freeport closed. These days Buzzy, 57 soon to be a grandfather for the second time can be found working alongside his father Peter Sr. at their busy All Island Marine business. Fred Rodgers was the first dominant driver in the Blunderbust ranks having won three consecutive crowns (1983-1985) while posting 23 career wins from June of 1984 through August of 1987. Known as “The Flying Fuzz” during his driving days the retired Riverhead Town police officer can now be found working as a Suffolk County Park Ranger as well still serving as a flight instructor for aspiring young pilots.
In the spirit of the nostalgic theme of the night the Long Island Vintage Auto Racing Series vintage cars will be in action for a 15-lap event. in the three LIVARS events run this season Jim Kelly of East Moriches, Frank Saladino of Huntington and Don Howe of Water Mill have all shared victory lane. Completing the special night of racing will be the Late Models, Eagle Auto Mall Crate Modifieds, Super Pro Trucks, INEX Legend Race Cars, Mini Stocks and a Truck Enduro.
Opening ceremonies will be at approx. 6:45 and be proceeded by qualifying. Adult admission is $30, kids 6-11 are $10 and 5 & under are free. Questions can be addressed to riverheadraceway1@gmail.com while the complete race day event schedule can be viewed @ www.riverheadraceway.com.

Canadian Short Track Nationals to Pay $50,000 to win at Jukasa

The Canadian Short Track Nationals on the weekend of September 1 – 2, 2018 featuring the APC Late Model Series and the Outlaw Super Late Models on Saturday September 1st and then completing the huge weekend with the Pro Late Model 200 lap race along with the $5,000.00 to win Saugeen Shores Transmission 50 lap for the Super Stocks has had the short track world buzzing since the original announcement back at the PRI show.

“We felt this is the biggest and richest oval track Stock Car event of the year in Canada and possibly North America and after meetings with our ownership group and our partners we are going to make sure it is the biggest because we are over the top excited to announce that the Canadian Short Track Nationals Pro Late Model 200 lap race on September 2nd is now paying $50,000.00 to win and $2,000.00 to start” says the speedways General Manager Alex Nagy.  Nagy goes on to say that “our goal when we decided to have this event was to have one of the biggest short track races in Canada and North America, we have many Canadian teams that head south for big shows so we want to have one here that Canadians are proud of and want to be part of along with having our friends from the USA want to come here to be part of it”.  There has been interest from all across Canada including a strong group from the Maritimes and many places in the USA already. Also, to start the weekend Kim Mitchell will be playing in the Pavilion on Friday August 31st, tickets are available on Jukasa’s website for that and if you have race tickets there is a big discount.

The first 40 entries will be guaranteed a spot working on pit road for the day! Enter online now at  https://www.jukasamotorspeedway.com/racers-only/cdnshorttracknatsrulesregs/

Advanced ticket sales and camping for this event has already been busy so get your tickets now on our website at https://www.jukasamotorspeedway.com/visitor-info/tickets-seating/

We will be releasing race procedures soon along with tire information plus any rule amendments and when we do we will send out another newsletter and post it on our website. We can tell you that the 50K to win will not be live pit stops but there will be a break.

Contact:  Alex Nagy, General Manager Jukasa Motor Speedway 289-975-4999   Email: alex@jukasamotorspeedway.com

About Jukasa Motor Speedway: Jukasa Motor Speedway is a .625-mile paved speedway located in Hagersville, Ontario, Canada. The track first opened in 1966 as Cayuga Speedway and remained opened until it ceased regular operations in 2010. With new ownership in 2016 the facility underwent extensive renovations. Among the changes at the facility include a complete redesign and asphalt recovering of the racing surface and upgrades for competitors and fans throughout the entire 350-acre site. The facility can also accommodate nearly 800 campsites with many offering services to campers. For more information on Jukasa Motor Speedway visit their Facebook page and Twitter @Jukasamotor or www.jukasamotorspeedway.com

Jukasa Partners: Jukasa Motor Speedway thanks the following partners for their support. Kubota Canada, Pinty’s Delicious Foods, Whelen Engineering, Rankin Construction, Queenston Chev, W.J. Heaslip Ltd. Middleport Mechanical, Jukasa Designs, Winegard Ford, Salverda Ent. Inc.  Saugeen Shores Transmission.

From Zipline to Finish Line

Kevin Harvick takes the checkered flag in the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for his sixth 2018 win.

LOUDON, N.H. – Kevin Harvick hit the jackpot on Sunday, taking his sixth 2018 win in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway after an intense battle with Kyle Busch for the lead in the final laps to cross the finish line first.

Harvick had already conquered the one-mile zipline at Foxwoods Resort Casino in May to announce the multi-year partnership between the speedway and Foxwoods Resort Casino, and now, the majestic Rainmaker trophy is his, along with 19-pound Loudon the Lobster, after he conquered “The Magic Mile” for his third Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win at NHMS.

With seven laps to go, Harvick got to the back bumper and pushed Kyle Busch out of the way. Harvick was all over Busch, tapping him multiple times, sending him out of the racing groove into Turn 2 to take the lead for good.

“We were just running out of laps, and I knew I might not get to him again,” said Harvick. “As hard as both of us were pushing, I got to him, and I knew I needed to take my opportunity. I felt like I needed to get him up out of the groove, and I got him up out of the groove and was able to get by.”

Busch didn’t feel like he had the best car in the race, even though he certainly knows how to get to Victory Lane at NHMS. The 2015 NASCAR champion is the all-time leader in NASCAR national series wins at NHMS including a trip to Victory Lane in last September’s race.

“I knew our car wasn’t going to be good enough,” said Busch. “Those SHR cars were all fast today, and we just didn’t have what we needed there, so I was just backing up, and Harvick was using me up there for about four or five corners in a row, which is fine. I think he could have made the move work cleaner than that, but you know, it’s all fair game when you are racing. How you race is how you get raced.”

Harvick qualified 14th, made up seven spots by the end of Stage 1 and was up to fourth by the end of Stage 2. He led three times for a total of 12 laps, including the most important lap – the final one that earned him a spot in Victory Lane.

“I want to thank all the fans for sticking it out in the rain today,” said Harvick. “What a great race today. Thanks everybody from Foxwoods and New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Appreciate it! Awesome day!”

For full schedule and ticket information on all 2018 events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, including the September 21-22 Full Throttle Fall Weekend, please stop by the ticket office, visit the speedway website atwww.NHMS.com or call Fan Relations at (603) 783-4931.