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JOHN AMBROSE SR., CHRIS YOUNG & STEVE TOOKER TO RECEIVE RIVERHEAD RACEWAY WALL OF FAME HONORS SATURDAY MAY 28TH.

Riverhead, NY May 19th.

Three lifelong Town of Riverhead residents who all found much success at Riverhead Raceway over the years will be enshrined on the Cromarty Wall of Fame Saturday evening May 28th. Car owner John Ambrose Sr., NASCAR Modified standout Chris Young, and multi time Late Model champion Steve Tooker will be enshrined. Ambrose and Young will be honored posthumously with their families on hand, with Tooker looking forward to being on hand for the ceremony.

IMG_4151 (2)John Ambrose Sr. fielded the potent and always immaculate black and gold trimmed #7-11 Modifieds at Riverhead Raceway finding much success with Joe Krukowski as his driver winning the titles in 1969, 1972 and 1975. John’s son Junior also drove the family owned Modified taking down his fair share of victories in the car before moving to Texas. The restored 7-11 Coupe should be at the track with it’s new proud owner Bob Krollage.

IMG_3328Ranked fourth on the all time win list with 33 career NASCAR Modified wins the working man’s racer Chris Young will be placed on the Cromarty Wall of Fame not only for that accomplishment but also his Figure Eight prowess at the track. Young scored 7 wins and two Figure Eight titles in 1976 and 1977 at Riverhead before moving up to the NASCAR Modifieds. Chris also had much success in both classes at the famed Islip Speedway as well with the Modern Stocks at the New Egypt Speedway in New Jersey.

For Steve Tooker his Riverhead Raceway career went full circle as he started out as the chief starter at the quarter mile oval prior to embarking on his successful dIMG_5020 (2)riving career. Steve scored some 30 career Late Model wins placing him 4th on that all time win list and he dominated in the late 90’s winning titles in 1996, ’98 & ’99. After his racing was done Steve returned to the role of NASCAR Official at the track serving as a Co-Chief Steward through the 2015 season.

The entire May 28th program will have a very nostalgic feel to it as aside from the Cromarty Wall of Fame inductions the Vintage Midget Racing Club and Vintage Race Cars will be on hand and on track. Also for the first time after a decades long absence on Long Island, the NEMA Midgets along with the NEMA Lites will be in action with the Midgets running the Allan Cantor Memorial by IGA Food Markets.

The NASCAR Modifieds will compete in a 40-lap feature event while the Riverhead Modified Crates and Legend Race Cars will race in 20-lap main events. Features will go green at 6:30 pm.

Sunday afternoon the Memorial Day weekend doubleheader will conclude with the Spring Showdown Enduro program complete with a 30-lap, time trial Blunderbust event on the card. The May 29th Enduro show will start at 12:30 pm. Six Enduro divisions will be in action.

For the complete 2016 schedule of events, rules and entry blanks please visit www.riverheadraceway.com or call 631-842-RACE.

Riverhead Raceway Allan Cantor Memorial Presented by IGA NEMA Night Gets Even Bigger

Joseph Fernandes Photo

300-MENA-ALONE-LogoOver the winter I had spoken to Adam Cantor several times about this weekends return of the North Eastern Midget Association to Riverhead Raceway on Long Island. With the race named in memory of dad,  Adam had really hoped to make this a special night.

This week  the track  secured a title sponsor for the races in IGA supermarkets. Charles Reichert  and the Reichert Group who own stores in Southold, Greenport Fort Salonga, Northport and Bayville  signed on for the May 28th NEMA races.400-IGA_Logo_09

Today with  Adam’s hard work, several   more  awards were finalized including big bonus money for the winners of the NEMA and NEMA Lite races.

When the NEMA Midgets return to Long Island for the first time in 39 years it will be one of their highest paying races of the season.

The winner of the NEMA race will get a $1,000.00 bonus thanks to Adam Cantor boosting the winners share to up around $1,650.00, only the Boston Louie race at Seekonk Speedway may pay more.

The NEMA Lite feature has $500.00 added to the winners share thanks to Parker Sanitary Pumping in Wrentham Ma.

Additional Bonus awards for the May 28th  Allan Cantor Memorial races and the sponsor of that award:

Hard Luck Award

NEMA $100.00- Advanced Auto Parts. NEMA Lites $100.00 The D’Amaro Family  Manorville NY

Hard Charger Award

NEMA $100.00 Johns Fuel Oil, Holtsville NY. NEMA Lites $100.00 Myracenews.com

Best Appearing Car

NEMA $100.00  Francis & Rosemary McGuire, Huntington Station, NEMA Lites $100.0 The Grande Family, Long Island NY

Mechanic of the Race

NEMA $200.00,   NEMA Lites $200.00 The Salvesen/Cantor/DeMonte Families

Leader of Lap 7

NEMA $100.00, NEMA Lites $100.00  The Salvesen/Cantor/DeMonte Families

All those awards add up to a total of $2,700.00 in bonus money that will be handed out at the end of the evening .

Joining the NEMA  and NEMA Lites will be the Vintage midgets who will be on display and on the track. Regular Saturday night divisions of Tour modifieds, Crate modifieds and the INEX Legends round out the racing card.  Also Saturday will be the annual Wall of Fame ceremony, the 2016 additions to the wall will be Steve Tooker, John Ambrose Sr. and Chris Young.

Come out to Riverhead Raceway this Saturday and be part of this special evening. Spectator gates open at 4:00 with heats at 4:30 and features at 6:00PM.

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Tri Track: Northeast Race Cars Back As Title Sponsor for 2016

LONG ISLAND, N.Y. __

The Tri Track Open Modified Series (TTOMS) may not have any racing on the track until June 11, but behind the scenes, things are well underway.

The series would like to officially welcome Northeast Race Cars and Parts back as the title sponsor for the 2016 season. The company sponsored the series for 2015 and will return, bringing their parts truck to each of the events as well. Also, Alloy Wheel Repair Specialists will return as the sponsor for the 2016 point fund, which begins at Monadnock Speedway on June 11.

The point fund will pay $1,500 to the winner, just like last season, and will also pay all the way down to 20th place in the standings ($300). Even though the series has five total races and all of them will count for points, the “tri” will be kept in mind. Only a drivers top three finishes will count towards the final standings. For example, if a driver finishes 3-5-6-7-3 during the five races, the finishes of 6 & 7 will be dropped.

New to the series for 2016 will be the “hard charger” and “hard luck” awards during each of the five races. Bryan Sherwood and Sherwood Racing Products will sponsor the award and any driver who was pre-registered for the season will be eligible to collect the hardware. The driver who leads the most laps in each feature will be given the “hard charger” award and will receive a $60 gift certificate from Sherwood Racing Products.

The “hard luck” award will go to the pre-registered driver who just falls short of qualifying for the main event. They will also receive a $60 certificate from Sherwood Racing Products.

The series welcomes 12 different associate sponsors for the 2016 season, helping in a variety of ways — all of which crucial to the success of each specific race. Robert B. Our Company Inc., Nocella Reclamation & Grading and Advanced Gas Distributor lead the list.

Bridgewater/Raynham Overhead Door (Joe Duarte) and Propane Plus (Tim Johnson) and Seekonk Grand Prix (Wayne Darling) are welcomed back as the sponsors for the Seekonk Speedway $10,000 to win event on June 29, as well as the entire season.

For all their racing needs, teams can visit Hoosier Tire East and Sunoco Race Fuels, two more associate sponsors. If traveling to the races from a distance, fans can get an RV from Fuller RV Rental and Sales, or can stay at the Red Roof Inn hotel. Lastly, the series wishes to thank Doug Dunleavy and Dunleavy Truck and Trailer Repair for his support of the series and modified racing. Lauber Greco Gilbert Bialo Tribute is also on board for the season.

On Saturday June 11, the series kicks off with a 100 lap feature event at Monadnock Speedway, in loving memory of Ron Bouchard. Multiple people have come on board as a “friend of Ron Bouchard” and put up a $250 sponsorship towards the event. The series wishes to thank Greg Narducci, Coastline Fire Protection, Fuller Car Wash, The Williams Family, Red Roof Inn and Fuller Mobile Homes for coming on board at Monadnock.

There is also a “Circle of Friends,” with sponsorship for the New London-Waterford Speedbowl events and the race at Star Speedway, the SBM.

The 2016 season includes races at Monadnock (June 11), Seekonk (June 29), Star (July 30) and two at New London-Waterford Speedbowl (Aug. 25 & Oct. 23). T-shirts and hats are available for purchase at this point and laps are being sold for all five events.

Teams are encouraged to start ordering tires for Monadnock with Dan at Hoosier Tire East.

For more information on the series, fans can visit www.tritrackopenmodifiedseries.com. Teams, drivers or fans with questions about the series are asked to contact James Schaefer or Dick Williams.

54 Pre-Registered Drivers For 2016 season:

  1. 0 – Mike Holdridge
  2. 0 – Andrew Krause
  3. 00 – Ted Christopher
  4. 04 – Branden Dion
  5. 07 – Patrick Emerling
  6. 1 – Anthony Sesely
  7. 3MA – Troy Talman
  8. 4 – Jeff Gallup
  9. M6 – Dylan Kopec
  10. 7 – Kurt Vigeant
  11. 9 – Tommy Barrett
  12. 11 – John Beatty
  13. 11 – Geoff Gernhard
  14. 12 – Todd Annarummo
  15. 13 – Steve Masse
  16. 14 – Max Zachem
  17. 15CT – Chris Pasteryak
  18. 16 – Eric Berndt
  19. 17 – Roger Coss
  20. 21 – Justin Bonsignore
  21. 23 – Mike Douglas
  22. 24 – Todd Patnode
  23. 25 – Rowan Pennink
  24. 28 – Dwight Jarvis
  25. 29 – Jon McKennedy
  26. 33 – Rob Richardi
  27. 33 – Bill Dixon
  28. 35 – Derek Ramstrom
  29. 38 – Nick Ladyga
  30. 39 – Calvin Carroll
  31. 41 – Karl Fredrickson
  32. 43 – Kirk Alexander
  33. 45 – Dan Meservey
  34. 46 – Jon Kievman
  35. 50 – Ron Silk
  36. 50 – Carl Medeiros Jr.
  37. 52 – Woody Pitkat
  38. 52/06 – Les Hinckley
  39. 55 – Joe Doucette
  40. 55 – Ken Bouchard
  41. 58/93- Sal Accardi Jr.
  42. 59 – Matt Hirschman
  43. 66 – Timmy Solomito
  44. 68 – Johnny Bush
  45. 70 – Andy Seuss
  46. 73 – Andy Jankowiak
  47. 76 – Zane Zeiner
  48. 76 – Dennis Perry
  49. 79 – Garrison Grubisa
  50. 80 – Dick Houlihan
  51. 85 – Michael Benevides
  52. 92 – Anthony Nocella
  53. 93 – George Sherman
  54. 99 – Richard Savary