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NEW RIVERHEAD RACEWAY OWNERS TO CELEBRATE MAY 7TH GRAND OPENING NIGHT WITH FIREWORKS

Riverhead, NY Apr. 21st.

After a busy off season making major capitol improvements to Riverhead Raceway, new track owners Eddie & Connie Partridge and Tom Gatz will enjoy the fruits of their efforts Saturday May 7th when they present Grand Opening Night at the historic quarter mile oval. To celebrate the occasion a spectacular Fireworks show will join the NASCAR Whelen All- American Series stock cars with feature racing starting at 6:30 pm.

When race teams and spectators arrive at the facility they will be greeted by virtually a new race track with every building undergoing a total makeover from head to toe. An all new Beer Garden on the third turn midway will be the place to be prior to feature event racing as live music will be presented weekly two hours before the official start of the program.

Once the racing begins on Grand Opening Night the mighty NASCAR Modifieds will highlight the 7 division card with a 40-lap feature event. The Late Model class has also undergone a makeover for 2016 and will compete in a 25-lap main event with 20-lap features set for the all new Riverhead Modified Crates, Blunderbusts, Super Pro Trucks and Legend Race Cars. The famed Figure Eight division will compete in a 15-lap feature.

Once the racing has been completed the improved lighting system will be doused and the night sky will light-up with another spectacular Fireworks show for everyone to enjoy as well celebrate the rebirth of the 66-year old Riverhead Raceway. Fans can also feast on our all-new comprehensive menu at all three refreshment stands and can now enjoy Pepsi Co. products along with Miller Lite, Twisted Tea and Wine for those 21-years and older.

It is expected that Tom Rogers Jr. of Riverhead will defend both his 2015 NASCAR Modified and Figure Eight titles starting with Grand Opening night while Jeremy McDermott of Riverhead will do the same in the Late Models. Also back to try for another championship will be Blunderbust champion Tom Pickerell of Huntington and Super Pro Truck kingpin Lou Maestri of Deer Park. The Legend Race Car title will be up for grabs in 2016 with 2015 champion Dylan Slepian of Dix Hills moving up to the new Riverehead Modified Crate class.

Heat races will set the starting grid for all seven feature events starting at 4:30 pm with main event racing going green at 6:30 pm. Pit gates will open at 12:00 noon for the May 7th program with spectator gates swinging open at 4:00 pm.

For our entire 2016 schedule, rules or entry blanks please visit www.riverheadraceway.com or call 631-842-RACE Monday through Friday from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. To send us a e-mail you can do so addressing it to info@riverheadraceway.com.

ERIC ZEH READY FOR DOUBLE DUTY IN LATE MODEL & BLUNDERBUST RANKS AT RIVERHEAD RACEWAY IN 2016

Riverhead, NY Apr. 19th.

When the green flag drops on Grand Opening Night at Riverhead Raceway Saturday May 7th one of the busiest drivers at the famed quarter mile will be former two-time Charger champion Eric Zeh of Selden. Zeh announced today that he will be a regular in both the Late Model and Blunderbust classes in 2016 with both part of the seven division Grand Opening Night card that features a spectacular Fireworks display.

“I’m happy to announce we’ve picked up a Late Model from Brian McElearney to compete with this season at Riverhead” Zeh disclosed, “I’m also very excited to announce that Corwith’s Auto Body is coming on board to sponsor us in this new venture”. The Corwith’s sponsorship is a sentimental one for Zeh and his family as the Water Mill based body shop was a prominent sponsor of Eric’s grandfathers championship NASCAR Modifieds driven by Don Howe. In fact Howe will be joining the Zeh’s in their Late Model effort as well.

Zeh also announced that Finishline Demolition & Masonry, Randy’s Performance Center, S&P Carting, Tony Power Kart Supply and Island Fabricating, have signed on as sponsors of the Late Model.  Of course the car will carry the traditional #34 of the Zeh family.

As for his Blunderbust ride, Eric confirmed he’ll be once again driving for Frank & Vicki Curtis in the class hoping to contend for the 2016 title. Frank is a former Blunderbust standout as well as the son of former L.I. racing legend Frank “Mississippi” Curtis known for his signature “AOK” Modifieds. The Curtis/Zeh tandem will also run the #34.

“I look forward to teaming with Frank & Vicki again this year and seeing if we can’t make a run at the championship” Eric offered.  Marketing partners for the Blunderbust team are Wilson Distributors, along with Robin & Kevin Schwire of Westhampton Auto Salvage.

Excitement is running at an all-time high for the Grand Opening Night at Riverhead Raceway with new track owners Eddie & Connie Partridge & Tom Gatz planning a Fireworks spectacular for the May 7th lid lifter. In addition to the Late Models and Blunderbusts the seven for one race card will feature the NASCAR Modifieds, Riverhead Modified Crates, Figure Eights, Super Pro Trucks and Legend Race Cars.

To download the entire 2016 Riverhead Raceway schedule, rules and entry blanks please visit www.riverheadraceway.com. To contact the track you can do so by e-mailing us info@riverheadraceway.com or dialing

Timmy Solomito Now a Winner at Every Level

The Solomito family has been a part of racing on Long Island for  decades. The latest generation of Solomito racers, brothers Jerry, Shawn and Timmy have been regulars at the Riverhead Raceway for years. They have raced Legends, Chargers and Modifieds  at the 1/4 mile oval at the end of Long Island all with great support from family and friends.

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A win in the INEX Legends feature at Riverhead.

Timmy  has always been a fan favorite at Riverhead,  many seasons ago he acquired the nickname “The Natural” as a smooth driver when he ran his legends. The nickname stuck as he won races in the Legends, Chargers and Modifieds  in family owned cars and driving for people like Wayne Anderson and the legendary red #15 modified.

Several years ago Timmy got a chance to see what modified racing was like at the highest levels. Ed Whelan who owned Ted Christopher’s tour modified gave Timmy a chance to drive the teams second car. A solid run at the Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park was only spoiled by a broken

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Timmy in the #66 Charger

oil line. That day Timmy showed the racing world he could wheel a race car at the bullrings and the larger, faster tracks.

Last weekend  Timmy Solomito won the biggest race of his career with the season opening NASCAR WMT Icebreaker 150 the  Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. Timmy’s power move past Ryan Preece to take the lead for good late in the race cemented his first NASCAR WMT win.

Timmy has joined the long list of Long Island drivers that have ventured off the island and a shorter list that have won races at Thompson.  Drivers like  Charlie Jarzombek, Mike Ewanitsko, Steve Park and Greg Sacks left Long Island and found great success in the modifieds and beyond. A win at Thompson means you can compete with and beat the big boys.

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Getting ready to shake down the #1 Charlie Jarzombek Vega at Riverhead.

Charlie Jarzombek was an Icebreaker winner  30 years ago and now Timmy can claim that same title . Ironically several times Timmy has been asked to drive the  legendary #1 Vega restored by Charlies bother Rickey.  Amazingly with little track time in the cars  Timmy was always able to turn laps that would put him in the field of today’s race cars. One year he was turning times not far off the fastest modifieds racing that night made even more impressive by the fact that brake fluid was leaking into the cockpit making it tough to keep his feet on the petals.

When Sundays Icebreaker 150  started the front row of the race consisted  Xfinty regular Ryan Preece and last years champion Doug Coby, both heavy favorites to win that day. Timmy started  further back n 13th place and had to work his way forward. As he said we picked them off one by one then a great pit stop late in the race helped put Timmy near the front and put him in a position for the win.

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Timmy being pushed, out of fuel to victory lane after his Icebreaker win.

After the race Timmy spoke to the media on what it was like to win the Icebreaker. In typical  fashion Timmy humbly thanked the  team owner, crew, sponsors and every person who helped put him into a position to win. Last year was not the year they had hoped for but he never felt his job was in jeopardy. He credited a talk with Mike Stefanik during the week that helped him on his restarts which he admitted was not his strong point.

When asked what it meant to him to join the great Long Island drivers who have won races at Thompson Timmy said it was huge, everyone knows where it is on the  map. You always want to race and win at Thompson, plus to win your first one there is incredible.

One of the most amazing parts of Sundays victory was the fact Timmy’s car started sputtering right after he crossed the finish line. By the time he got to the back stretch the engine shut off and he was out of gas. On the radio he kept telling his crew “I think I’m out of gas”. One more lap or one more caution and the outcome of the race might have been much different. Timmy’s  comment about running out of fuel after the race “Someone must have been watching over us today.”

I got to share a golf cart ride back to the pits long after  all he interviews were over and it was time to go home. It was pretty clear that his win was something he dreamed about a long time and the smile on his face was not going away any time soon. His last comment to me as we rode behind the empty grandstands back to pits the was I hope they give me the day off on Monday but it was back to work on Monday morning.

Timmy will try and back up the season opening win at next weekends Spring Sizzler at The Stafford Motor Speedway in Stafford Springs Ct.