The End of Two Eras at Riverhead Raceway

IMG_5165This 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 BillRon Silk in Bill Parks #20 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.

Super DIRTcar Series Stars to Battle Media Celebrities on Tuesday, Sept. 22, at Pole Position Raceway in Syracuse’s Destiny USA

logo Schatz’s historic World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series season could hit another milestone Saturday, Oct. 10, at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Sept. 16, 2015 – Super DIRTcar Series superstars will battle Central New York media personalities on Tuesday, Sept. 22, in the Third Annual Pole Position Raceway NAPA Super DIRT Week Challenge.

Eight-time Super DIRTcar Series champion Brett Hearn, three-time champion Matt Sheppard, three-time and defending NAPA Super DIRT Week Syracuse 200 winner Stewart Friesen, 2014 DIRTcar Nationals champion Larry Wight, and two-time Syracuse 200 polesitter Jimmy Phelps will compete against several media celebrities at Pole Position Raceway in Destiny USA.

Several qualifying races will begin at 11 a.m. followed by the main event featuring Super DIRTcar Series stars taking on media celebrities in equally prepared electric indoor karts. Fans are encouraged to come join the fun, with one fan winning two tickets to the Syracuse 200 – the “Finale at the Fairgrounds” – the last race in more than 100 years of racing at the New York State Fairgrounds, plus a chance to get autographs and pictures with the Super DIRTcar Series stars.

For directions and more information about Pole Position Raceway, click www.PolePositionRaceway.com/syracuse-ny.

OUTLAWS AT ROLLING WHEELS: Donny Schatz is on pace to post one of the top three seasons in the history of the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series, and the event on Saturday, Oct. 10, at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park in Elbridge, N.Y., could play a key role. Steve Kinser, who has won more races at Rolling Wheels than any other driver in World of Outlaws history, owns the top three single season win totals in series’ history. Schatz, who has 29 victories going into this weekend and won the past two October races at Rolling Wheels, could be in a position to move past Kinser’s 1991 36-win season, which would rank Schatz’s season second all-time behind Kinser’s 1987 46-win season. To have a chance to see history, tickets can be ordered at www.WorldofOutlaws.com/tickets or by calling the ticket hotline at 844-DIRT-TIX (347-8849).

HONORING HISTORY: Nearly 30 vintage racecars, including Buzzie Reutimann’s “00” coupe that won the inaugural NAPA Super DIRT Week crown in 1972 and the revolutionary “Batmobile” that Gary Balough drove to victory in 1980, will be on display during the event, showcasing a variety of the different cars that have competed on the Syracuse Mile. In addition, past champions of the event will also be back in attendance to take part in the Sunday driver autograph session and to be recognized during pre-race ceremonies.

COMPETITOR GUIDE: The complete Competitor’s Guide to NAPA Super DIRT Week is posted at www.SuperDIRTWeekOnline.com or by clicking this link – SuperDIRTWeekOnline.com/images/stories/PDF/2015_Competitor_Guide.pdf .

JOIN THE CELEBRATION: Become part of the social media surge surrounding the “Finale at the Fairgrounds” by likingwww.Facebook.com/SuperDIRTWeek or following on Twitter @SuperDIRTWeek. Let all your friends and followers know where you’re spending the week of Oct. 7-11.

GOT QUESTIONS? We have answers. For Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about NAPA Super DIRT Week, click the “Got A Question” link at www.SuperDIRTWeekOnline.com.

GENERAL CAMPING: Reserved camping is sold out for this year’s NAPA Super DIRT Week, but there still are general camping locations left at the New York State Fairgrounds. Go to www.DIRTcar.com/tickets or call 844-DIRT-TIX (347-8849) for more information.

RESERVE YOUR SEATS: Tickets are still available by clicking www.DIRTcar.com/tickets, going to www.SuperDIRTWeekOnline.com and clicking the ticket link, or calling 844-DIRT-TIX (347-8849).

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It’s “Showtime” for “Ole Blue” at the North-South Shootout

Jimmy Blewett Making Return to Asphalt Modified Racing at Concord
North South Shootout
(Concord, North Carolina) – When the green flag falls to start this year’s John Blewett III Memorial North-South Shootout at North Carolina’s Concord Speedway, the Boehler Racing Enterprises team will be able to tell their driver, “It’s Showtime.”

Jimmy “Showtime” Blewett and Michael Boehler are partnering together to have Blewett drive the famous “Ole Blue” No. 3 machine in this year’s $10,000-to-win Tour-Type Modified main event on November 7.
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The North-South Shootout is Blewett’s first event planned in his return to asphalt racing. Blewett had been running dirt Modifieds in the Northeast for the last two years after a successful pavement career that included a North-South Shootout SK Modified victory in 2007.

“Not many people know that I took a step back from dirt racing to head back to asphalt racing,” Blewett said. “I put all my dirt stuff up for sale. I’ve pretty much sold half of it already. Michael called me and he said, ‘Hey I heard you’re not trying to run dirt anymore. What do you think about maybe doing the Shootout?’ When he said that I told him I’d definitely be interested.”

The 35-year-old New Jersey driver explained that when he heard the North-South Shootout was leaving its most recent home at Caraway Speedway (NC) to head back to Concord, he just had to find a way to run the race.

“I’m really looking forward to going back to Concord for that race,” he said. “That’s the whole reason I want to go run the Shootout. And it’s been my brother’s memorial race for a few years so it will mean a lot to me to get back there.”

In addition to running the Shootout this year, Blewett is going to be doing a lot more asphalt racing over the course of the next year. He said he plans on coming back to the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour for the start of the 2016 season, but after that his plans are kind of up in the air.

“We’re going to start out with probably the first three to five races,” said Blewett. “If we’re running in the top 10 or top five in points then you’ll see us at a lot more. We’re looking to come out with everything we need to get the job done. I can’t see why there’s any reason we can’t put the car out front right off the bat. I know I’ve been away from the Tour for two years, but I haven’t stopped racing in that time.”

Blewett has been racing and winning on the dirt of New Jersey and even sometimes in Pennsylvania, but he recently decided that it’s time to move on from dirt racing and go back to something that he knew a little bit better.

“I sat down with my grandfather this past Tuesday and I said that I think it’s time to take a step back from dirt racing,” he said. “We ran it for four years and won some big races. But it just got to be a lot for me. I haven’t had enough guys to go with us every week and it got to be too much for me.”

For now, Blewett is focused on the North-South Shootout with “Ole Blue.” He just wants to go down to North Carolina and win a race in his older brother’s memory. Blewett knows that both the driver behind the wheel and “Ole Blue” can win, but he believes that some people may already be counting them out.

“I feel like I’m going into it as an underdog, and I feel like the team is going into it as an underdog even though ‘Ole Blue’ has a lot of wins and history,” Blewett said. “But times have changed somewhat with the Spec motors and other things. I feel like some people have counted that car out.

“But we’re going with every intention of winning. There’s no doubt in my mind that we can go there and win. I feel like if you don’t think you can win then there’s no sense in even going.”

The 13th Annual North-South Shootout will take place at Concord, North Carolina’s Concord Speedway November 5-7. Entry forms for the $10,000-to-win John Blewett III Memorial Tour-Type Modified event are currently available by visiting www.northsouthshootout.net.

Practice day kicks off the 13th Annual North-South Shootout on Thursday, November 5. Additional practice and qualifying will take place on Friday, November 6, with the North-South Shootout main events taking the green flag on Saturday, November 7.

For more on the 13th Annual North-South Shootout, visit www.northsouthshootout.net.

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