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JOHN FORTIN SR. ANNOUNCES LONG ISLAND TRUCK PARTS SPONSORSHIP ENTERING HIS FINAL FULL TIME NASCAR MODIFIED SEASON AT RIVERHEAD RACEWAY

Riverhead, NY Apr. 25th.
By Bob Finan
Former three time Riverhead Raceway NASCAR Modified champion John Fortin Sr. of Holtsville announced Wednesday Long Island Truck Parts has signed on with his team as a major sponsor for what he also disclosed will be his final full time season at Riverhead Raceway. When the green flag waves on the 40-lap NASCAR Modified feature for the May 5th Cinco de Mayo 2018 opening night race card at Riverhead Fortin will begin his 38th season of racing on Long Island. Eight action packed feature events are planed for the Cinco de Mayo opener at Riverhead all for a reduced $20 adult admission.
“I’m both honored and excited to announce Long Island Truck Parts has signed on for what will be my final full time season in a NASCAR Modified in 2018” Fortin, 54 , disclosed. “The addition of Long Island Truck Parts in my opinion may just put our team over the top as we chase out 4th NASCAR Modified championship at Riverhead. I really can’t thank the Naples family for having the faith in us to do so” Fortin furthered. Long Island Truck Parts is a leader in providing parts and services to the trucking and transportation industry on L.I. and boast four locations in Medford, West Babylon, Riverhead and their newest facility in New Hyde Park.
The Kenny Lechner led Fortin team will again rely on a Robert Yates power plant under the hood of the sleek #84 machine with Fortin’s businesses John’s Fuel Oil and John’s Tree Removal returning to the team as associate sponsors along with the Triangle Pub of Eastport. Veteran NASCAR Modified wrench Mike LaMura will join his mentor Lechner turning wrenches on the car. “All the pieces are in place all we need is some racing luck and we’ll be set for a successful and hopefully a fun season” John added.
When quizzed as to why 2018 would be his last weekly assault at a NASCAR Modified title at Riverhead John explained, “my wife Nicole & I run both our fuel oil and tree business. I started racing Figure Eights at Islip Speedway in 1981 and we pretty much have raced full time since. I’ll be 55 in August, it is time to enjoy some other things in life”.
Fortin’s racing resume at Riverhead indeed is an impressive one. He ranks 6th on the all time Figure Eight win list with 24 victories earned on his way to three championships in the class in 1985, 1989 & ’90. After scoring his first NASCAR Modified triumph on July 18th, 1992 John has added 30 wins with his most recent coming last season. His 31 win total ties him for 7th on the all time Modified win list with Tommy Washburn & Jack Reinhard.
Joining the NASCAR Modifieds on the Cinco de Mayo opening night of NASCAR Whelen All American Series racing at Riverhead Raceway are the Late Models, Eagle Auto Mall Modified Crates, Figure Eights, Blunderbusts, Super Pro Trucks, INEX Legend Race Cars and LIVARS vintage race cars.
To view the comprehensive and complete 2018 schedule of events please visit www.riverheadraceway.com. The Riverhead Raceway phone number remains 631-842-RACE.

SPIRITED FIRST PRACTICE DAY SATURDAY AFTERNOON AT RIVERHEAD RACEWAY,

DAVE BRIGATI QUICKEST NASCAR MODIFIED OF THE DAY

Riverhead, NY Apr. 21st.
If Long Island race fans were looking for something to lift their collective spirits after a long off season they found it Saturday afternoon at Riverhead Raceway as the track staged it’s first of two practice days leading up to the 2018 season. A sunny, cool and crisp day greeted race teams and fans as everyone gears up for the Cinco de Mayo NASCAR Whelen All American Series opener Saturday May 5th and the May Meltdown Sunday Series opening day the next afternoon May 6th. Before 12 noon the pit area was two thirds full and bustling with activity in anticipation of the first cars taking to the track.
A healthy 19 NASCAR Modifieds logged in for the day with “The Fancy Farmer” Dave Brigati of Calverton clicking off the quickest time with a blistering 11.741 in the fourth of five session on the day. Defending NASCAR Modified champion Tom Rogers Jr. of Riverhead clocked in with a best lap of 11.939 while Kyle Soper of Manorville was third quick with a lap of 11.994. Craig Lutz of Miller Place, 12.053 and Dylan Slepian of Dix Hills, 12.078 completed the top five.
Former Late Model champion Scott Kulesa of Georgetown, Ma was tops on the day in the class with a lap of 12.814 in the second session of the day. Defending champion Kyle Soper was second fastest at 12.835 and Chris Turbush of Riverhead was third quick at 12.901. “The King of Queens” Mike Albasini of Flushing made a spectacular debut in the Eagle Auto Mall Modified Crate class as he was quickest with a circuit of 12.804 in the first session. Artie Pedersen III of Moriches was second quick at 11.866 with veteran Jack Orlando of Calverton next in line with a lap of 12.892.
2017 championship runner-up Tom Ferrara of Patchogue topped the Figure Eight division with a lap of 17.308 with Eric Zeh of Selden, 17.731 and defending champion Tom Rogers Jr., 17.802 next in line. All defending Blunderbust champion Tom Pickerell of Huntington needed to test his car for his title defense was the 8 laps he ran in the first session where he laid down the fast time of the day at 15.047. Alyssa Paprocky of Rocky Point, 15.081 and Tim Mulqueen of Levittown, 15.130 were second and third quick.
Jimmy Rennick Jr. of Howard Beach has surrounded himself with a new crew for 2018 and it paid off as he set the fast time of the day for the Super Pro Trucks during the first session with a circuit of 13.426. 2017 Rookie of the Year Eddie Schutze of Huntington, 13.623 and Sean Glennon of Northport, 13.705 were next in line. It will come as no surprise that “Big Money” Richie Davidowitz of East Moriches set fast time for the INEX Legend Race Cars with a lap of 13.672 as he starts what he hopes to be a championship season.  Artie Pedersen III testing Paul Dodorico’s car, 13.742 and Vinny Delaney of Holtsville, 13.874 were second and third quick.
Street Stock newcomer Eric Zeh introduced himself to the class by setting fast time of the day in the second test session with a lap of 14.829. Gerard Lawrence of Rocky Point, 14.838 and Dave Antos of Lindenhurst, 14.922 rounded out the top three. Steve Fuller of Manorville topped the Mini Stock charts at 15.129, while Gary Voight of Medford was quickest in the Trucks at 16.153.
Completing the on track activity on the day were the Long Island Vintage Auto Racing Series vintage race cars who were not required to be equipped with scoring transponders while the 8-Cylinder Gut & Go Enduro completed the on track activity Saturday.
This Saturday April 28th Riverhead Raceway will host another pre-season practice session with free grandstand admission for spectators. Cars will take to the track at 12 noon. The pit area will open at 9:00 am this Saturday for race teams, pit admission is $36 with a NASCAR license, $56 without. .
Saturday May 5th starts the 2018 chase for the Riverhead Raceway championships with Cinco de Mayo opening night. Fans will see 8 great main events for a reduced adult admission of $20. That reduced adult admission will also be in effect for the May Meltdown Sunday Series opening day May 6th.
For further details please visit the all new, state of the art www.riverheadraceway.com or call 631-842-RACE.

RIVERHEAD RACEWAY TO PREVIEW 2018 SEASON WITH TWO FREE TO THE PUBLIC PRACTICE DAYS APRIL 21ST & APRIL 28TH

Riverhead, NY Apr. 2nd.
By Bob Finan
The sweet sound of race engines and the aroma of Sunoco Race Fuel will again fill the air surrounding Riverhead Raceway Saturday afternoon April 21st when the track kicks off it’s 68th year of racing with the first of two free to the public practice days for it’s NASCAR Whelen All American Series stock cars and Enduro competitors. Over the off season Eddie & Connie Partridge and Tom Gatz announced free grandstand admission would return for the two practice days allowing race fans a free preview of the Saturday May 5th Cinco Di Mayo NASCAR opening night as well the Sunday May 6th May Meltdown lid lifter for the Enduro race series.
The track will open at 12 noon for the NASCAR stock cars for practice on both April 21st and April 28th with race director Scott Tapley reminding all teams that all cars mush be equipped with a working transponder for all on track activity in 2018 including the two practice days. After numerous rounds of NASCAR practice that will last into late afternoon the Enduro race teams will take over the track to shake down their machines. Riverhead GM John Ellwood and Chief Technical Inspector Randy Murray remind teams that no car will be permitted to practice on either practice day without first passing Safety Tech Inspection. With that in mind the pit gates will open at 9:00 am on April 21st and April 28th to allow teams that did not take advantage of two inspection days at the track April 7th and 14th an opportunity to be ready for when practice starts.
Race fans are encouraged to come out and enjoy all the on track action free of charge and to bring a camera to grab some photos of their favorite drivers as they prepare for another exciting race season. The refreshment stand in turn three will be open serving both the grandstand and pit area during the afternoon.
Riverhead Raceway NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modified Champion Tom Rogers Jr. Michael Jaworecki Myracenews Photo

Tom Rogers Jr. of Riverhead will be back to defend both his 2017 NASCAR Modified and Figure Eight championships in 2018 looking to double dip for the third time in his successful career. Other 2017 champions expected to defend their title in 2018 are Kyle Soper of Manorville in the Late Models, Dave Brigati of Calverton in the Eagle Auto Mall Modified Crate and Super Pro Trucks along with Tom Pickerell of Huntington who’ll be gunning for yet another Blunderbust title. The INEX Legend Race Car title will be up for grabs in 2018 as 2017 champ John Beatty Jr. of Merrick will compete in the NASCAR Modifieds during the upcoming campaign vacating the title. All seven NASCAR Whelen All American Series divisions plus the LIVARS Vintage Race Cars will make up the Saturday May 5th Cinco Di Mayo opening night card.

Greg Harris of Riverhead won the 2017 Street Stock championship and is readying for a title defense in 2018 while 2017 Mini Stock champion Mike Mujsce Jr. of Hampton Bays unsure of his racing plans as the 2018 season nears. Don Nelson Jr. of Rocky Point (Trucks), Dominic Ranieri of East Northport (8-Cyilnders), Kevin Augustine of Bay Shore (Gut & Go) and Brandon Esposito of Farmingville (Mini-8) will all be part of the May Meltdown Enduro program Sunday afternoon May 6th completing the opening weekend doubleheader.
The complete 2018 schedule of events for our 68th season of racing can be found by visiting www.riverheadraceway.com. Our phone number remains 631-842-RACE.