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MOTHER NATURE DELAYS RIVERHEAD GRAND OPENING NIGHT TO SATURDAY MAY 14TH

Riverhead, NY. May 7th.

Saturday’s long awaited and anticipated Riverhead Raceway Grand Opening Night will have to wait another week as this past Saturday afternoon a persistent low pressure system sat over Eastern Long Island forcing new owners and promoters Eddie & Connie Partridge and Tom Gatz to postpone the event. The heavy mist and drizzle would last well into the evening hours after the postponement. The entire Grand Opening Night program complete with a Fireworks spectacular will be presented this Saturday May 14th at 6:30 pm.

Making the wash out tougher to take for all involved was the sight of race car haulers and trailers lined-up three and four wide stretching to the far reaches of the south parking lot as competitors turned out in droves to support Grand Opening Night. Saturday May 14th will find the NASCAR Modified competing in a 40-lap feature event while the Late Models will race 25 laps. The Figure Eights will go to battle in a 15-lap main event while the Riverhead Modified Crates, Blunderbusts, Super Pro trucks and INEX Legend Race Cars will all race 20-lap events.

Once racing is completed the night sky will light up with a huge Fireworks spectacular for all to enjoy. Unfortunately due to the Grand Opening Night being moved to May 14th by rain the Gut & Go Enduro, Bone Stock Demo, Pack The Track Night and Spring Sports Night events and promotions have been canceled for Saturday.

With the rained out May Meltdown Enduro being made up this Sunday May 15th at 12:30 pm this weekend will become a racing doubleheader weekend at Riverhead Raceway. The Enduro race card will include the Grand, Truck, 8-Cylinder, 4/6-Cylinder Car, Gut & Go and Mini 8 classes. The division with the most cars on hand will also have the option to enter and run in a second race for their class and if the total car count hits 250 the division with the most entries will run for a cool $1,000 to win.

Saturday May 14th the pits will again open at 12 noon with practice starting at 1:30 pm. Spectator gates open at 4:00 pm, heat races as well live music in our Turn 3 Beer Garden start at 4:30 pm with feature racing set for 6:30 pm. On Sunday the pit gates will open at 10:00 am for the May Meltdown, spectator gates at 12:00 noon and racing starts at 12:30 pm.

For the complete 2016 schedule of events, rules and entry blanks please visit www.riverheadraceway.com or phone 631-842-RACE Monday through Friday from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm.

Riverhead Raceway Postpones Tonight Races Due to Weather

Due to a persistent drizzle and the prospect for more rain this afternoon, Riverhead Raceway has postponed tonight’s opening night show until next week

All 7 divisions Modifieds, Late Models, Super Pro Trucks, Figure 8’s INEX Legends, Riverhead Mod Crates and Blunderbusts will open the season plus the huge fireworks display will be on the card.

Heats start at 4:30 followed by features for all 7 divisions.

 

Rain Rain go away!

 

 

Riverhead Raceway Is Ready To To Usher in a New Era

Opened in 1949 as a dirt track Riverhead Raceway has evolved under several ownership’s and promoters.  The track has raced on Wednesday nights, Friday nights, Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons. They have  run many divisions of race cars,  Bombers, Grand Am’s, Modifieds, Sportsmen, Figure 8’s, Late Models, Enduro’s, Demolitions Derby’s and many other classes.  In 1984 after Islip Speedway closed it moved from Friday nights to Saturday nights and has run continuously ever since.

Great drivers and champions have started their racing careers at Riverhead. Drivers  like Sacks, Jarzombek, Anderson, Park, Brunnhoelzl, Malone, Krukowski are known across the country  for not IMG_0717what they accomplished on Long Island but at places like Daytona, Trenton, Langhorn, Pocono, Stafford , Thompson and many other tracks.

Drivers from all over the east coast  have traveled to Riverhead to compete with the locals. Evans, Bodine, Preece, Christopher and dozen of others have traveled long distances to test the 1/4 mile high banks at the end of Long Island. Even ESPN visited a few times to broadcast figure 8 races and Roll Over contests. The NASCAR Whelen Modified tour has made a regular stop on the Island since 1985.

While Riverhead has been the  Saturday night home on Long Island to the NASCAR weekly racing  for the last 32 years,  development and shopping centers have closed in and there has always been a fear that the track would be replaced with a big box store . Every year rumors circulated that the track was for sale with no guarantees it would continue as a race track.   Those rumors were finally  put to rest last summer when it was announced that the track had been bought by Eddie and Connie Partridge with their partner Tom Gatz.IMG_0769

When the fans file into the track this Saturday many will be pleasantly surprised at the number of changes and upgrades made since the last show of last season.  Since last fall the track facilities have undergone a great transformation. Almost every building on the property have been leveled and replaced.  Bathrooms are spotless, concessions are all new with all new equipment to prepare a new menu of food. Picnic tables dot the facility so that when you buy you dinner or a frosty beverage you have a place to eat and drink it.

The lights are new, the sound system upgraded so we can hear Bob Finan’s familiar voice loud and clear, parking lots have been upgraded, you will buy your tickets at  new ticket booths. The track even has a new Buzz Chew pace truck plus IMG_0741new equipment to clean the track after a wreck and speed up the show. The inspection area has moved so fans can watch what goes on after the races.  Opening night will feature the band X-session who will also preform the Star Spangled Banner.

Even the racing will be different with heats in all divisions to set the lineups, for several years time trials were used to set some of the featured line ups. This year every division is slated to run heats to set featured line ups, something many fans have been asking for.

A new  division will also make its debut this week. The Riverhead Modified Crates which is an affordable crate modified division. The track decided at IMG_0723the end of last season to  eliminate the Charger division and replace it with a class that was low cost and more affordable. Already in practice almost 10 cars have hit the track with more on being built as the season progresses.

Opening night many invading  modified drivers are expected to compete. Ryan Preece fresh off his great run in the Xfinity series at Talladega, Ron Silk, Shawn Solomito, Icebreaker winner Timmy Solomito will race  against weekly regulars. Riverhead regulars including champion Tom Roger Jr, John Fortin, Howie Brode, Vinny Biondolillo, Ken Darch, Kyle Soper and others will defend their home turf.

The new era start this weekend,  Rogers, Lehman, McDermott, Maestri, Baker and Slepian will look to defend their championships and start the 2016 season with a win.

IMG_0692 Originally Saturday night May 7th, now with the weather it will be Saturday night May14th,  the gates to Riverhead Raceway will swing open for the grand re-opening. Seven divisions of race cars, Modifieds, Late Models, Figure 8’s, Blunderbusts, INEX  Legends, Riverhead Crates and Super Pro Trucks  will take to the track  along with a huge fireworks display that will light up the May sky.

Heat races start at 4;30 sharp followed by features for all 7 divisions. Over 120 race cars and teams will jam the pits with one of the biggest opening nights in the history of the track.