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Riverhead, NY Jan 11th.

When the new management team of Riverhead Raceway introduced the Riverhead Modified Crate division last October, the announcement immediately caught the attention of veteran Legend Race Car owner John Visconti III of Brooklyn. This past week John announced the Visconti Racing Team would indeed compete in the Riverhead Modified Crate class with former Charger talent CJ Lehmann of Shirley recently announced as the driver for the new team.

“I have to thank Eddie & Connie Partridge and Tom Gatz not only for keeping racing alive at Riverhead Raceway but for introducing the Riverhead Modified Crate division that we are very excited to be a part of in 2016” an enthusiastic Visconti stated. Heading towards the new season will find some changes to Visconti’s team as well. “Since 1985 Tommy Barton has been my partner in any and all racing ventures but he’ll be stepping back this year” John disclosed. “With that in mind we have now formed the Visconti Racing Team. My father Cookie will serve as the General Manager of the team with my wife Marie taking on the role of Financial Manager”. Cookie Visconti, as veteran race fans will recall, was one of the top drivers in the Late Model class at the Freeport Stadium. In honor of his driving career the new Riverhead Modified Crate entry will carry Cookie’s famed #74 in 2016 at Riverhead Raceway.

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CJ Lehmann in Charger victory lane 2013

Once the team business was settled the process of purchasing a car and putting the actual team together began. “We purchased a 2013 Troyer and are currently in the process of converting the car to the Riverhead Modified Crate specs” Visconti said. As to who would drive the car John announced, “we are happy to announce CJ Lehmann as our driver for 2016. I feel with the combined experience of the Visconti and Lehmann race teams and families that we will be a top team weekly and perhaps contend for the RMC championship”. Scott Lehmann, CJ’s father has been appointed Crew Chief for the team.

Visconti also pointed to a continuation of a long standing alliance both he and the Lehmann race teams have enjoyed with Tommy Baldwin Racing over the past few seasons. That relationship will continue with the new combination, “Tommy Baldwin Jr. through TBR Racing as well Baldwin Automotive in Bellport will again serve a major sponsor of our race team. In fact the combination of our teams makes the TBR alliance stronger”. John also disclosed long time sponsors IGA Food Markets and Applebee’s have agreed to remain with the team in 2016.

As excited as Visconti is about the new team, driver CJ Lehmann could hardly contain his excitement, “I feel as though I had two Christmas mornings” Lehmann boasted after his naming as the team driver came just days after the holiday season. “I can’t thank John Visconti and the Visconti Racing Team enough for this opportunity as well Tommy Baldwin for his part in the formation of this team”. CJ, a seven time Riverhead Charger feature event winner added, “the icing on the cake for me is what a honor and privilege it will be to drive the #74 that Cookie Visconti enjoyed so much success with during his driving days”.

Anticipation and excitement continue to build for the Riverhead Modified Crate class with 22 car numbers registered to date. Among those include many former track champions. Peter Bertuccio, Kyle Ellwood, Scott Pedersen, Eric Zeh, Dylan Slepian, Mike Albasini and Dave Brigati have all won track titles at Riverhead Raceway over the years and plan on competing among the RMC ranks in 2016.

The Riverhead Modified Crate class will get right to the business of racing on Grand Opening night Saturday evening May 7th.  A huge Fireworks spectacular is planned for the 7 division opening night to celebrate a new era of racing at Riverhead Raceway. Rounding out the program are the NASCAR Modifieds, Late Models, Figure Eights, Blunderbusts, Super Pro Trucks and Legend Race Cars.

For further information as well 2016 Riverhead Raceway marketing information please call 631-842-RACE or e-mail The complete 2016 schedule of events are available at

Thompson Speedway’s 2016 Road Course Schedule Sees New Offerings and Return of Fan Favorites

(THOMPSON, CT) – Since the re-opening of the 1.7-mile road course at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP) in 2014, the facility has worked on developing a robust and varied schedule of events that will cater to drivers and fans alike. This year’s schedule will see the return of some events that have quickly turned into annual traditions and new events will complement the already robust road course schedule.  The most important is the launch of Thompson’s own Summer Road Race Series, which will offer New England racers and fans the opportunity to try something completely new in a friendly one-day format.

“We are delighted to continue on with some of the road racing traditions that we have started over the past several years.  In addition, we are looking forward to hosting our own Summer Road Race Series, which will be headlined by the Legends. Last year they provided some of the best racing we have seen on our newly renovated road course has opened,” TSMP General Manager, Josh Vanada, remarked.

The road racing season will once again kick off with the 2nd Annual Icebreaker, Road Race Style on Friday and Saturday, April 29-30. This event will be first opportunity of the season to race, giving competition license holders the opportunity to dust off the racing cobwebs after a long winter. The event is open to holders of all licenses eligible for regional competition in SCCA, NASA, IMSA, PCA, VRT, ChumpCars, LeMons, VSCCA and BMWCCA. The event is unique in its format, giving drivers much more track time than is typical.  An addition to this year’s event will be the first TSMP points race for the INEX Legends.

The next event on the schedule will be the inaugural Vintage Motorcycle Classic, on Sunday, May 15, immediately following the Historic Oval Invitational. This event will include a track event, swap meet, antique motorcycle show, and vendor area.

Another returning event will be the Open Wheel Weekend on Friday and Saturday, May 20-21, featuring the Formula Lites, along with the INEX Legend series. The Formula Lites, a new open-wheel racing series with machines based on Formula Three cars, held their inaugural race at TSMP last year. This series is part of the development ladder for young drivers looking to move up into Formula 1 or IndyCar. They will be joined on Friday by the INEX Legend cars, who will be returning to the 1.7-mile track, as one of their five road course stops in the schedule. The weekend will also see Formula Vee and Formula F cars, two of the oldest open-wheel classes, take to the track.

The premier event of the 2016 road course season will once again be the 3rd Annual Vintage Motorsports Festival on June 23-25. This event showcases cars from each of the periods in which the Thompson road course has operated, and embodies the rich history of the track. The 2016 event will see over 150 cars, including sports cars, open wheel, production and sports racers, race wheel-to-wheel throughout the 3-day event, and will be co-hosted by VRG (Vintage Racer Group) and VSCCA (Vintage Sport Car Club of America).

The Optima Batteries ChumpCar World Series, one of the most popular endurance series in the country, will also be coming to the road course at TSMP for the first time on July 1-2 to run a 12-hour endurance race on the 1.7 mile track.

TSMP will play host to StarFest, the Mercedes-Benz Club of America’s (MBCA) largest national event, for the first time this year,. This event sees MBCA members from around the country converge on the “Quiet Corner” of Connecticut for track events on the road course and autocross skid pad at TSMP, Road Rallyes, a Concours d’Elegance and more. This event will be August 3 – 6, 2016.

Other returning events will include the 24 Hours of Lemons, “GP du Lac Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg,” which will be held on August 12-14.

The SCCA New England Region will once again run two regional races as part of the New England Road Racing Championship (NERRC) series, on July 22-23 and October 7-8.

Thompson will also be launching its own Summer Road Race Series to be held on Sunday afternoons throughout the summer.  This series will give drivers a cost-effective way to race on the road course, with a one-day format providing the opportunity to get a full weekend’s worth of racing in one afternoon. This series will be held on June 5, July 10, and August 7 with classes for Fiat 500 cars, small bore (including Miatas), big bore and the INEX Legends. Registration for these events will be available through the TSMP website, beginning February 1st. For more information about the series, contact the TSMP office at 860-923-2280.

In addition to racing events, the 2016 schedule will see the long-awaited return of Skip Barber Racing School to the track where it first started as it will hold several schools throughout the season on the road course.

TSMP will also host several car shows throughout the year, including the New England Dustoff Volkswagen & Audi meet on May 1, Honda Fest on June 12, and Toyota vs. Mazda “Bragging Rights” on September 18.

With a full schedule on the docket for 2016, there is sure to be something for every race fan and driver at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. For more information about our 2016 schedule, including ticket prices, or call 860-923-2280. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube to stay up to the date on the latest news and events.

Eligible Drivers and Format Announced for 2016 Sprint Unlimited at Daytona

Event Marks First NASCAR Race in New Daytona International Speedway Stadium

during the 3rd Annual Sprint Unlimited at Daytona at Daytona International Speedway on February 14, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida.
Drivers standing on stage during the 3rd Annual Sprint Unlimited at Daytona at Daytona International Speedway on February 14, 2015

 DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (January 11, 2016) – NASCAR announced today the 25 eligible drivers and the format for the season-opening 75-lap Sprint Unlimited at the new Daytona International Speedway motorsports stadium on Saturday, Feb. 13.

The event, which will be broadcast live on FOX, Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, marks the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race following the completion of DAYTONA Rising, the $400 million frontstretch redevelopment project that has transformed Daytona International Speedway into the first motorsports stadium in the world.

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 14:  Paul Menard, driver of the #27 Peak/Menard's Chevrolet, leads the field during the 3rd Annual Sprint Unlimited at Daytona at Daytona International Speedway on February 14, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Patrick Smith/NASCAR via Getty Images)
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 14: Paul Menard, driver of the #27 Peak/Menard’s Chevrolet, leads the field during the 3rd Annual Sprint Unlimited at Daytona at Daytona International Speedway on February 14, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Patrick Smith/NASCAR via Getty Images)

“We’re ready to go,” said NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O’Donnell. “The anticipation for this season, this event and this venue is unprecedented. We are excited how the new stadium will provide a state-of-the-art showcase for the brightest stars of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.”

Once again, the non-points event will be split into two segments with a competition caution at lap 25 separating the segments. A popular element introduced before the 2015 event returns this year: select fans will be paired with each crew chief for a random drawing to determine starting and pit road positions. The drawings will take place on Friday, Feb. 12 at the Alert Today Florida Stage inside the Sprint FANZONE beginning at 3:30 p.m.

The 25 eligible NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers include the 2015 Coors Light Pole Award winners, former Sprint Unlimited race winners and former Daytona 500 pole winners who competed full time in 2015. All 16 drivers from the 2015 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup are also eligible for the race, and any remaining open positions are filled based on 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship driver points.

Eligible drivers are:

2015 Coors Light Pole Awards winners

  • AJ Allmendinger, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne, Matt Kenseth, Brad Keselowski, Jeff Gordon, Joey Logano

Former Sprint Unlimited Race Winners

  • Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Stewart

 Former DAYTONA 500 Coors Light Pole Award winners

  • Greg Biffle, Austin Dillon, David Gilliland, Danica Patrick, Martin Truex Jr.

  2015 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers:

  • Clint Bowyer, Jamie McMurray, Paul Menard, Ryan Newman

 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship driver points:

  • Aric Almirola, Kyle Larson.

If an eligible driver does not enter the race, the open position will be filled based on 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship driver points. The first five provisional drivers are Casey Mears, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Sam Hornish Jr., David Ragan and Trevor Bayne.

Tickets for the Sprint Unlimited are available online at or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP. Fans can follow @NASCAR and @MissSprintCup on Twitter to engage in the #SprintUnlimited conversation.


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