Category Archives: Riverhead Raceway


Riverhead, NY Oct. 27th.

It is the most anticipated Champ Kart race of the season at Riverhead Raceway and today officials of the Eastern Long Island Racing club announced the 5th annual ‘Lil Jay Trinca Memorial 48 would take place Saturday November 14th. Brian Slaga of East West Marine recently agreed to return as the title sponsor of the race which will be run in three segments with the winner pocketing $1,250.

“We’re back” exclaimed Brian Slaga in announcing East West Marine would return to sponsor the ‘Lil Jay Trinca Memorial 48,
“we are excited again to be part of this very special race for a very special young man and his family”. East West Marine enjoys a strong presence at Riverhead Raceway sponsoring Ryan Preece in 2015 in both the Eddie & Connie Partridge and Bill & Barbara Park NASCAR Modified entries as well backing Legend Race Car driver Michael Rutkoski among others.

Some 37 Senior Champ Flathead kart teams turned out for the 2014 ‘Lil Jay Trinca Memorial by East West Marine with “Big Money” Richie Davidowitz of East Moriches scoring the rich victory. Davidowitz teamed up with Wall Stadium racer Justin Gumley and his Tony Power Kart Supply team for the win last year and as of press time Richie was unsure of his plans to defend his victory. Nutmeg state racer Bill Sullivan and Riverhead NASCAR Modified pilot Vinny Biondolillo chased Davidowitz to the checker flag in 2014. Kyle Ellwood and Eric Zeh rounded out the top five.

Another all-star field of Senior Champ Kart competitors are expected to turn out at Riverhead Raceway to honor the memory and racing aspirations of ‘Lil Jay Trinca who lost his life in a tragic motor vehicle accident five years ago. Jay’s younger brother Christopher now competes with the ELIR and has won races at Riverhead as well off Long Island in 2015 following in his big brother’s foot steps.

The 2015 ‘Lil Jay Trinca Memorial 48 by East West Marine will be open to Senior Champ Flathead Karts with a 425 pound minimum weight rule. WKA rules will apply. Drivers must be minimum of 15 years old with minors needing a copy of their birth certificate and have a parent or guardian present, no exceptions. A $100 entry fee will include the kart and driver with pit gates opening at 7:30 pm on November 14th followed by a 8:00 am drivers meeting. Practice for all divisions will commence at 9:00 am with two rounds per class. All karts must pass safety inspection before warm-ups.

Transponders will be used for qualifying and teams must start the race on the tires they qualify on. The top 20 from time will be impounded, no tire warmers permitted. In impound only one team member per kart will be permitted and only the cleaning of tires, changing of oil, gear change or the adding of fuel will be allowed. If 30 or more Senior Champ Flathead karts sign-in a B Main would be run with the winner having the option of either moving to the 48 lap feature or taking a cash prize.

As to the ‘Lil Jay Trinca Memorial 48 feature event the race will start off with a two 15-lap segments that will be followed by a third and final 18-lap segment. Restarts will be double file until halfway and if a driver goes down a lap in a segment he/she will not be able to start the next segment. There are no lucky dog provisions. Only the adding of fuel or adjusting of tire pressure will be allowed on the track between segments.

For additional information and updates on the ‘Lil Jay Trinca Memorial 48 by East West Marine please visit the ELIR Facebook page or


Riverhead, NY Oct. 28th.

Eddie & Connie Partridge and Tom Gatz the new owners of Riverhead Raceway have begun the process of putting a staff together for the 2016 race season and on Tuesday afternoon they announced that veteran race official Scott Tapley of Poland Spring, Maine has agreed to come on board in the capacity of Race Director at popular quarter mile oval.

“We have heard good things about Scott from the racers and owners that have raced at tracks or on a series where he was the race director” Eddie & Connie Partridge stated while making the announcement, “we feel he is the right fit”. Tom Gatz added, “Scott is a no nonsense official and that is what we need at Riverhead moving forward”. Tom also noted, “Scott is making a huge commitment to us as he’ll be traveling weekly from Maine. We are very excited to have Scott on our team and what he can bring to the future success of Riverhead Raceway. We feel he will immediately have a positive impact at the track”.

The energetic Tapley who currently serves as the Race Director at the Lee USA Speedway in New Hampshire as well the Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park is looking forward to his new challenge on Long Island.”I’m very excited as well thankful for the opportunity Eddie, Connie & Tom have presented me and I look forward to keep the racing at Riverhead Raceway moving in a positive direction”. Tapley will officiate the weekly NASCAR Whelen All American Series events from the scoring tower and be responsible overseeing all on track racing and activity. As to his weekly commute to Riverhead “I love what I do, it’s a labor of love and yes I rack up the miles on my car”.

Aside from his Race Director role at Lee, Thompson and now Riverhead Raceway, Scott owns a firm that builds and maintains web pages for such clients as Lee USA Speedway, Ryan Preece, Justin Bonsignore and Chase Dowling. Additionally Tapley hosts In The Pits, a weekly motorsports show on WJAB 96,3 FM out of Portland, Maine. In 2013 he served as the Race Director for the Valenti Modified Racing Series and this past season served in that same capacity at the New London Waterford Speedbowl.

Tapley will be working very closely with Riverhead Raceway GM John Ellwood who was part of the process to bring Scott on board. “I’m encouraged with the conversations and relationship Scott and I have built over the last few weeks” an enthusiastic Ellwood said. “I’m excited to be involved with Scott and feel he’s the right man for the job and we will prosper with great side by side racing. I’ll back Scott and give him all the tools necessary”.

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UnknownRiverhead, NY Oct. 14th.
By Bob Finan

The new owners of Riverhead Raceway have hit the ground running towards the 2016 race season and on Monday announced the divisional rules for the NASCAR Whelen All American Series. Eddie & Connie Partridge and Tom Gatz through track GM John Ellwood introduced a new race class during the announcement, the Riverhead Modified Crate division. It was also disclosed the Charger division would no longer race as a stand alone class with teams from the Chargers having two options for racing at Riverhead Raceway in 2016.

Looking towards the racing future, the new management team felt it necessary to incorporate the Charger cars into either the Late Models, Super Pro Trucks or Figure Eights moving forward. The 2016 rules for both those popular forms of racing reflect the inclusion of the Chargers into both divisions. One common thread for both the Late Models and Super Pro Trucks will find both divisions mandated to run a Crate Engine for 2017, with the 2016 rules providing a Crate Engine option. The Figure Eights and Blunderbusts will be permitted to run engines that conform to the 2016 rule book for the immediate future. The NASCAR Modified and INEX Legend Race Car engine and general rules will again conform to the 2016 specifications set forth by both sanctioning bodies.

Wanting to provide a more cost effective open wheel option, the Riverhead Modified Crate division has been formulated and introduced for 2016 and will compliment the weekly NASCAR Modified racing. The Riverhead Modified Crate division will mandate the use of a sealed GM 602 Crate Engine. All engines must remain as delivered by General Motors. It is mandatory that all Crate Engines be purchased & sealed by Riverhead Raceway. Penalties for tampering with a GM 602 Crate Engine or engine seals will include the confiscation of the engine, a $1,000 fine, and the loss of all track points accumulated.

A stock Holley 650 CFM carburetor part number 0-82651 will be the only carburetor permitted. The RMC machines will be allowed the option of running either 8″ or 10″ wheel and will race on a 8″ tire approved by Riverhead Raceway. The RMC teams will be permitted a tire inventory of 8 tires maximum for their first race and will have one tire added to the team inventory per event they compete in. Several other cost saving rules and procedures are in place for the Riverhead Modified Crate division and can be viewed at

Rules for the Riverhead Modified Crate as well the Late Models, Figure Eights, Blunderbusts and Super Pro Trucks are now posted on our web page, Teams with further questions concerning the 2016 rules package should e-mail the track at

A complete 2016 race schedule and other exciting announcements concerning the new era of racing at Riverhead Raceway will be released in the days and weeks to come!