This Saturday night’s 7 feature Whelen All American Series show will be the end of two eras at Riverhead Raceway. As Long as I can remember 2 people have owned and promoted Riverhead Raceway, Barbara and Jim Cromarty. In August after months and years of speculation about the future of the track it was finally sold. Starting with the November 1st Enduro and Legends race the reigns will be turned over to new owners Ed and Connie Partridge. The familiar golf cart with Babara and Jim heading to victory lane will now be turned over to new owners. Barbara and Jim can retire knowing they kept racing alive on Long Island long after most would have given up and sold to developers plus racing at Long Islands last race track will not only continue but thrive for many years to come.
There will be a meeting in the pits at 4:10 when all drivers and teams will have a chance to say thank you for all the years Barbara and Jim have operated Riverhead Raceway. My guess is it will be an emotional meeting with lots of tears.
Also as long as I can remember back to my Saturday nights spent with my family at Islip Speedway there was always the #20 modified on the track with a driver named Bill Park. Later years after Islip closed Bill brought that #20 to Riverhead Raceway where he has been ever since. Unfortunately for race fans the Bill Park era on Long Island is too coming to a close. For over 40 years Bill fielded beautiful race cars all with the familiar #20. Bill has decided the time has come to retire as an owner. Bill raced into his 60’s but then retired as a driver turning over the driving duties to younger drivers like Ryan Preece, Ron Silk and Todd Szegedy keeping the #20 on the track at Riverhead Raceway.
Bills race car is for sale and whoever purchases it will strap into an top quality ride but it just wont be the same without Bill and his wife Barbara who is always at the track. Good luck in your retirement and come back to visit as often as you can in the years to come.
Come on out to this Saturday night to Long Islands last race track, say goodbye to three legends and watch the last regular night of NASCAR Whelen All American stock car races. 7 Features, 7 champions crowned and 225 laps of feature racing, pit gates open at 12:30, front gates at 3:00PM, Late Model Time trials start at 3:30 with feature racing starting at 4:30. See you there.
Riverhead, NY Sept. 12th.
Former Blunderbust champion Scott Maliszewski of Deer Park burned the midnight oil to get his potent racer back in shape for action at Riverhead Raceway Saturday evening and the effort paid off as Scott was declared the winner of the race when rain halted the 20-lap main event after 16-laps. Jimmy “The Kid” White Jr. of Southampton triumphed in the 40-lap Grand Enduro.
Early in the going of the Blunderbust event Bill Wegmann Sr. and his grandson Derek went toe to toe for the race lead over the first six laps of the tilt with Jimmy White Jr. in the mix as well. Lap 7 saw Scott Maliszewski throw his hat in the ring taking second from Derek on lap 7 and setting his sights on the “Racing Grandpa” Lap 10 Scott ducked under Bill Wegmann down the back stretch to take the lead. Jessica Cohan looped her car in turn two on lap 16 and during that caution flag period rain started to fall and the race was deemed official with Scott Maliszewski in his Thomas J. Stock Attorney At Law Chevy notching his 17th career win. Bill Wegmann Sr., 70 of North Bellmore was runner-up in the Crackerjack Auto Stores Olds with Jack Handley Jr. of Medford third in the Relle Electric entry.
Jamie Meyer making her first Grand Enduro start of 2015 led the first six laps of the 40-lap main event before Ed Brown Jr. took the lead on lap 7. Brown would lead up until the 7th circuit when she was passed by Ed Brown Jr. off turn two. Brown would then proceed to lead up until the 12th lap when Dave Antos moved out front. Antos was seeking his second win in six days but on lap 26 in lapped traffic Jimmy White Jr. ended those hopes when he took the lead with an inside pass off turn four. Once out front White would keep the Busy Bee Pest Control Chevy in the lead until the checker flag waved. Dave Antos of Lindenhurst was runner-up in the CR Customs Chevy with Greg Zaleski of Jamesport third in the Peconic Sign entry.
Once the rain moved in on lap 16 of the Blunderbust feature it would not leave Riverhead Raceway halting the remainder of the program. This Saturday night September 19th will see the final NASCAR Whelen All American Series program under Barbara & Jim Cromarty presented with some 225 laps in feature event racing set for Champion’s Night. A special twilight start time of 4:30 for feature event racing will get a very busy evening and night underway.
For further information please visit www.riverheadraceway.com or call 631-842-RACE.
Blunderbusts: 1. Scott Maliszewski 2. Bill Wegmann Sr. 3. Jack Handley Jr. 4. Jim Laird Jr. 5. Derek Wegmann 6. Tommy Walkowiak 7. Tom Pickerell 8. Ed Mistretta 9. Tom Sullivan 10. Tim Mulqueen 11. Tom Puccia 12. Joe Warren Jr. 13. Jimmy White Jr. 14. Jessica Cohan 15. Ryan Zukowski
Grand Enduro (top five) 1. Jimmy White Jr. 2. Dave Antos 3. Greg Zaleski 4. Jeff Otto Jr. 5. Erick Zegel
After only the INEX Legends ran their heats, the Grand Enduro feature and a rain shortened Blunderbust feature weather moved in and postponed the balance of the nights races at Riverhead Raceway. Unfortunately the Modifieds, Chargers, Late Models, INEX Legends and the 4 Cylinder Enduro will have to wait for another day to race.
Riverhead will be back in action next week with all divisions closing out the regular season.
09/12/15 Feature Finishes
Grand Enduro (Top 5)
1 Jimmy White Jr.
2 David Antos
3 Greg Zaleski
4 Jeff Otto Jr.
5 Erick Zegel
1 Scott Maliszewski*
2 William A. Wegmann
3 Jack Handley Jr.****
4 Jim Laird*
5 Derek Wegmann
6 Tommy Walkowiak***
7 Tom Pickerell***
8 Edward Mistretta
9 Tom Sullivan
10 Tim Mulqueen
11 Thomas Puccia
12 Joe Warren
13 Jimmy White Jr.*
14 Jessica Cohan
15 Ryan Zukowski