Category Archives: Riverhead Raceway


Riverhead, NY Mar 31st.

Ever since she can recall all Cassandra Denis of Ridge dreamed about was racing in one of the Saturday night divisions that make up the weekly NASCAR All American Series at Riverhead Raceway. Today Denis announced she will indeed realize that dream racing full time in the Blunderbust class in 2016 with sponsorship for Hampton Coffee Company. Cassandra will be in the Blunderbust field on Grand Opening Night Saturday May 7th.

Denis was born into a racing family as her father Scott worked under and learned his fabricating skills from the late Artie Tappen Sr. Her brother Jimmy was a successful Grand Enduro and Super Pro Truck driver before enlisting in the US Army completing his term of service this past winter.

“I can’t express how excited I am for the start of the 2016 race season” Cassandra noted, “Hampton Coffee Company and their sponsorship are making all of this possible and I can’t thank them enough”. Over the off season Denis and her longtime boyfriend Rob “The Racer” McCormick purchased the former Frank LaPocca Blunderbust machine for 2016. Cassandra was the 2014 Wall Stadium Powder Puff champion winning four of seven races on her way to the title. 2015 found her racing in the Truck Enduro ranks at Riverhead Raceway.  Cassandra is hopeful that her Truck Enduro experience will speed up her learning curve in the Blunderbust car.

Hampton Coffee Company boasts four locations on the east end of Long Island with shops in Water Mill, Westhampton Beach, Southampton and Aquebogue. Denis and McCormick also disclosed they have signed National Business Capital of Bohemia to the newly formed team as an associate sponsor.

Cassandra Denis will get her first taste of full tilt Blunderbust racing Saturday night when Riverhead Raceway hosts Grand Opening Night complete with a huge Fireworks spectacular. A 20-lap main event is on tap for the 4,200 pound machines with “Slick Pick” Tom Pickerell of Huntington the defending champion of the class.

To download the entire 2016 Riverhead Raceway schedule of events, 2016 rules and entry blanks please visit For information on becoming a marketing partner with Riverhead Raceway please either e-mail your request to or phone 631-842-RACE, Monday through Friday between the hours of 10:00 am until 2:00 pm.


Riverhead, NY Mar. 29th

With the formal announcement made track side last August that Eddie & Connie Partridge & Tom Gatz had purchased Riverhead Raceway, the Long Island racing community could rest comfortable the future of stock car racing was secure at their beloved quarter mile. During the off season the new ownership trio have furthered their commitment to Riverhead Raceway with a major capital improvement program that will greet fans when they visit the track for the first time on Saturday April 23rd for the first warm-up day of 2016.

Aided by a fairly mild Long Island winter track GM John Ellwood and his staff went right to work on the 66-year old facility under the watchful eye of the new owners. Among the first improvements competitors and fans alike will notice are the restrooms which have been totally gutted and refurbished. All restrooms have had all the old fixtures stripped out with new fixtures installed complete with new interior flooring as well as roofing and siding on the outside.

The concession stands also underwent a major makeover during the winter months as they too were stripped down to nothing and totally rebuilt. Aside from new flooring, roofing and interior & exterior walls, brand new kitchen equipment has been installed to ensure the highest quality food and drink at all three food stands.

For 2016 race fans will enjoy Pepsi soft drink products at the concession stands along with an expanded delicious food menu that fans got a sneak preview of at last years Fall Frenzy Enduro program. New in 2016 will be a Beer Garden located in the third turn midway of Riverhead Raceway that will be the place to be prior to all racing events. The all new Beer Garden will feature live music weekly starting two hours before race time with Miller Lite products being offered along with Twisted Tea and select Wine choices for folks to enjoy before and during the races. The Miller Lite stand in turn one will also serve the expanded drink items.

Eddie Partridge never one afraid of getting his hands dirty recently went to work with some heavy equipment in the parking area adjacent to the pit area at the south end of the track.  Eddie removed all the rough terrain in the area ensuring a smoother and more fan friendly parking accommodations moving forward. A general clean up of all the landscape within and surrounding the track has also taken place during the off season.

With all the major improvements at Riverhead Raceway taking place and more to come the historic track without question is the place to be in 2016! Not just for competitors and race fans mind you, but also the local and national business community who can join in on all the excitement as a 2016 marketing partner. To that end GM John Ellwood indicated recently the track will be providing a state of the art VIP Tent for corporate sponsors to enjoy right behind the scoring and announce tower. American Tent of Riverhead has signed on to provide the VIP tenting for 2016.

2016 Riverhead Raceway marketing packages are currently available and for information on the comprehensive programs please call 631-842-RACE from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

Make sure you come out and view for yourself the total transformation of Riverhead Raceway when the track swings its gates open for the two traditional practice days Saturday April 23rd and April 30th. The May Meltdown on Sunday May 1st will open the 2016 campaign for the Enduro racers and their fans with Grand Opening Night set for Saturday evening May 7th. Joining the NASCAR Whelen All American Series stock cars on Grand Opening Night will be a huge Fireworks spectacular to celebrate the rebirth of Riverhead Raceway!

To download the entire 2016 Riverhead Raceway schedule please visit  E-mail can reach the track at


Riverhead Raceway officials announced today the two dates for the annual Technical Inspection days leading up to the 2016 race season at the historic quarter mile facility. Saturday April 9th and April 16th teams from both the NASCAR Whelen All American Series and Enduro ranks can have their cars inspected in the pit area of the track. Inspections will take place from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm both days.

Riverhead Raceway GM John Ellwood and the track’s Technical Inspection staff will be on hand to perform safety inspections which teams must go through and pass before being permitted to hit the track on April 23rd and 30th for the pre-season practice days. Teams are asked to bring complete race cars only and drivers should present all their safety equipment they will wear to the inspectors.

A modest $5 admission fee will be charged to enter the Technical Inspection days at Riverhead Raceway with a maximum of $30 being charged per team. Teams are encouraged to have their cars on hand for either the April 9th or 16th dates so they can report directly to the track on the practice days.

The 2016 Riverhead Raceway season will open up for the Enduro race teams with the May Meltdown Sunday afternoon May 1st while the NASCAR season will start on Grand Opening Night Saturday May 7th. A huge Fireworks spectacular is planned for the May 7th program to usher in the Eddie & Connie Partridge and Tom Gatz era at the Route 58 oval.

The 2016 Riverhead Raceway schedule, rule book as well entry blanks can be found at For information on the comprehensive 2016 Marketing programs and opportunities at the track please call 631-842-RACE Monday through Friday from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm.