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Riverhead, NY Jan. 11th.
By Bob Finan
Just prior to the holiday season third year Riverhead Raceway owners Eddie & Connie Partridge and Tom Gatz released their 2018 NASCAR Whelen All American Series and Enduro race series schedule on the track’s web page much to the delight of race teams and race fans alike. The 2018 season will get underway with opening weekend featuring the Cinco De Mayo opening night card for the NASCAR Whelen All American Series stock cars on Saturday May 5th while the next afternoon the Enduro racers will compete in their May Meltdown opening day program.
Traditionally the NASCAR Modifieds have been the premier division of the Whelen All American Series at Riverhead Raceway a tradition that will remain intact in 2018. The weekly feature event distance for the NASCAR Modifieds is set at 40-laps but the 2018 slate of events features numerous extra distance and special events. First up on the menu will be the 2nd annual Islip 300 set for Saturday May 26th, the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. Dillon Steuer of Bohemia at just 15-years old triumphed in the Islip 300 last spring scoring an extremely popular victory. In June the “Mod Squad” will run the Mullet Madness 50 on Saturday June 16th and just two weeks later they’ll go to post in the 68th Year Celebration race, part of the annual Fireworks program celebrating the 4th of July.
In July the open wheel racers will compete in the popular Baldwin, Evans & Jarzombek 77 Memorial honoring three legends of the NASCAR Modified world. In conjunction with the 77 the annual Cromarty Wall of Fame enshrinement ceremony will be presented. August find a 50-lap NASCAR Night event set for August 4th while the month will conclude on August 25th with Twin 50’s slated for the NASCAR Modifieds who join the wildly popular School Bus Demolition Derby that night. Saturday evening September 15th the Whelen Engineering Night 100 will unfold featuring a Twin 50 formal with the results of this event perhaps going a long way in determining the 2018 NASCAR Modified champion at the historic quarter mile oval.
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will again visit Riverhead Raceway twice in 2018 with the first of 200-lap WMT events set for Saturday night July 7th while the second race will unfold on Saturday September 8th. One WMT championship contending team who have already circled both Riverhead WMT dates off on their schedule is the Flamingo Motorsports team and their talented driver Timmy Solomito of Islip who swept the 2017 WMT races at the track where “The Natural” began his driving  career.
The six support divisions of the NASCAR Whelen All American Series have all seen an increase of schedules events in 2018 headed up by the Late Models who’ll again run 25-lap main events weekly. Three 50-lap races have been planned for the Late Models on June 23rdJuly 21st and August 18th. Ever since their inception prior to the 2016 race season the Eagle Auto Modified Crate class has grown in both numbers and popularity and again will be a weekly fixture competing in 25-lap feature events. Three extra distance 30-lap time trial races are planned for June 2ndJuly 14th and September 8th.  The “world famous” Figure Eight troops will be back for yet another exciting campaign of racing and are booked for 14 events in ’18.
The heavy hitting racing action provided by the Blunderbusts returns in 2018 as they’ll run 20-lap main events weekly with three extra distance 30-lap races set for May 19thJune 23rd and July 7th. Super Pro Trucks like the Blunderbusts compete in 20-lap feature events weekly and will also run 3 extra distance 30-lap contests in ’18 on June 16th, August 8gth and September 15th. The INEX Legend Race Cars will be a weekly fixture at Riverhead this season as well racing in 20-lap feature events weekly. Four extra distance races have been scheduled for the Legend racers, three 30-lappers on May 12thJune 30th & August 25th will be joined by the annual INEX National Qualifier a 50-lap affair set Saturday September 22nd,
A popular addition to the pit area at Riverhead Raceway in 2017 were the Long Island Vintage Auto Racing Series racers and their vintage race cars. Starting with the Cinco De Mayo opening night show May 5th the LIVARS machines will go to post six time in 2018 with shows on May 19thJune 9thJuly 28thAugust 4th and September 22nd joining the May 5th opener. Former five time NASCAR Modified champion Don Howe of Water Mill swept the five race LIVARS series in 2017.
Open cockpit fans can again look forward to the NEMA Midgets and NEMA Lites making their annual visit to Riverhead on Saturday June 2nd. Last year former Riverhead NASCAR Modified champion Justin Bonsignore of Holtsville wheeled the Bertrand Motorsports entry to victory in the 25-lap Allan Cantor Memorial 25 by IGA Food Markets NEMA Midget event.
Since 1986 the Enduro drivers have thrilled the Riverhead Raceway faithful with their brand of competition and will again be a vital part of the 2018 race season. After the Sunday May 6th May Meltdown opener the Enduro race teams will be right back in action Sunday May 27th for the Spring Smack Down. Afterwards the next stand alone Sunday show will be presented with the Summer Shootout on August 12th. The Sunday series will conclude with the annual Sunday Labor Day weekend event and later on September 30th the Enduro Extravaganza will conclude the season. As in past years all of the Enduro classes will see Saturday night action in ’18.
Once again Eddie & Connie Partridge and Tom Gatz will present some great family attractions to join the weekly racing throughout 2018. Aside from the 68th Year Celebration Fireworks spectacular set for June 30th the annual I Love America Night Fireworks presentation is set for Saturday night August 11th.
School Buses will be getting a workout at Riverhead this coming season as School Bus Figure 8 races planned for Saturday May 12th and June 2nd. Later in the season the 13-ton machines will be destroyed in two hard hitting School Bus Demolition Derby events Saturday July 21stand again Saturday August 25th.
Saturday evening July 14th the Monster Trucks will again converge on Riverhead Raceway for another wild “free-style” event featuring the diesel burning & churning XDP Diesel Monster Truck along with several other top name trucks. It is sure to be a car crushing good time for young and old to enjoy alike.
Four bone jarring, car destroying Demolition Derby contests are set for 2018 with two 4-Cylinder Demolition Derbies on June 16th and again June 30th. The first 8-Cylinder Demo will unfold August 11th and then the big one, the National Demolition Derby championship Saturday night September 22nd. The Demo schedule is tentative as one of the two June dates could very well be moved.
Marketing opportunities are plentiful with the diverse 2018 Riverhead Raceway schedule of events, everything from the two NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races, the Islip 300 or any other race for any division at Riverhead Raceway. Seasonal marketing opportunities for any class of racing along with comprehensive billboard packages also available. For further marketing information please call 631-842-RACE Monday through Friday from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm or send an e-mail to us at info@riverheadraceway.com.
To view  2018 Riverhead Raceway schedule in it’s entirety please visit www.riverheadraceway.com.

Riverhead Raceway Quick Results – September 30, 2017

Photo: Michael Jaworecki Myracenews




Blunderbusts 20
1 88 Wayne Meyer
2 34 Eric Zeh
3 4 Tom Pickerell
4 10 Jim Laird
5 79 Bill Wegmann Sr.
6 38 Derek Wegmann
7 51 Thomas Puccia
8 5 Alyssa Poprocky
9 7 Tom Sullivan
10 1 Cody Triola
11 52 Joshua Creel
12 3 Jarrod Hayes
DQ 77 Tim Mulqueen

CHAMPION – 4 Tom Pickerell
INEX Legends 20
1 9 Brad Van Houten
2 6 Eric Hersey
3 8 John Beatty Jr.
4 89 Ed Cheslak
5 2ny Jim Sylvester
6 7 Jeff Otto Jr.
7 1A Artie Pedersen III
8 91 Jonathon Parsons
9 24 Ray Fitzgerald
10 21 Jerry Curran
11 16 Mike Mortimer
12 62 Mike Benson
13 14 Riley O’Keefe
14 07 Silas Hiscock
15 80 Steve Woytysiak
16 1 Matt Brode
17 75 Kenny Southard
18 12 Joey Villatoro
19 0 Stephen Coleman
20 17 Vinny Delaney
21 18 Jeffrey Farruggia
58 Don Conradis DNS

CHAMPION – 8 John Beatty

Crate Modifieds 25
1 74 CJ Lehmann
2 63 Dylan Slepian
3 98 David Brigati
4 27 AJ DeSantis
5 12 Dennis Krupski
6 88 Michael Rutkoski
7 2 Peter Bertuccio
8 19 Scott Pedersen
9 66 Mike Albasini
10 17 Anthony Vecchio
11 11 Michael Rommeney
12 24 Justin Brown
13 23 Carey Rogers
14 36 Kurt Krieger
15 99 Jack Orlando

CHAMPION – 98 Dave Brigati
Late Models 25
1 81 Chris Turbush
2 10 Scott Kulesa
3 70 Kyle Soper
4 07 John Baker
5 34 Eric Zeh
6 89 Chris McGuire
7 44 Ken Matlach
8 23 Kevin Metzger
9 5 Jeremy McDermott
10 39 Roger Oxee
11 54 Steve Mastro Jr.
12 16 Darren McCabe
13 30 Daryn Miller
14 43 Ray Minieri

CHAMPION – 70 Kyle Soper

Super Pro Trucks 20
1 18 Mark Stewart
2 98x Dave Brigati
3 77 Sean Glennon
4 38 Owen Grennan
5 46 Jack Handley
6 1 Lou Maestri
7 28 Eddie Schutze
8 66 Mike Albasini
9 16 Dennis Cunningham

CHAMPION – 98 Dave Brigati
NASCAR Modifieds 40
1 9 Tom Rogers Jr.
2 8x Ed Brunnhoelzl III
3 84 John Fortin Sr.
4 98 David Brigati
5 15 Kyle Soper
6 70 Dylan Slepian
7 11 Dillon Steuer
8 49 Chris Young
9 07 John Baker
10 88 Roger Turbush
11 96 Howie Brode
12 03 Brad Van Houten
13 55 Dan Jivanelli
14 19 David Schneider
15 0 Vinny Biondolillo

CHAMPION – 9 Tom Rogers Jr.

Figure 8’s 15
1 43 Tom Rogers Jr.
2 11 Tom Ferrara
3 48 Eric Zeh
4 65 Greg Harris
5 27 Scott Pedersen
6 9 Gary Fritz Jr.
7 10 Tom Kraft
8 21 Bob Dalke
9 09 Vinny Delaney
10 88 Brian Hansen
11 29 Dan Lynch
12 32 Charles MacWhinnie

CHAMPION – 43 Tom Rogers Jr.

Eric Beers scores 100th career win; Lorin Arthofer II picks up Late Model 50 laurels


 (LEHIGHTON, PA. 8-26-17) Eric Beers scored a milestone victory on Saturday night at Mahoning Valley Speedway as the “Master of Faster” recorded his 100th overall career win.

Starting ninth on the grid, Beers was running second to Kevin Graver Jr., by lap 15. The next time around the DeLange Racing No. 45 was in charge of the pack and proceeded to cruise to the Winner’s Circle and memorable win.

“It’s unbelievable to get 100 wins in anything. I have to thank my father and mother for getting us started in this and teaching us the right way to do things in racing. They always told me don’t drive through people drive around them,” said Beers.

“And my brother-in-law Bob “Heavy” Scherer who stopped driving so I can take over the wheel. I made him proud by winning a lot of races,” he continued.

“My wife Cherrie has been here for all 100 of them. We started dating when I got my first win and she’s still here. And I could never thank Dave and Laura DeLange enough for letting me drive their racecar. It’s a great honor to run for them.”

En route the win Beers had a great battle with Joey Jarowicz before getting to second spot. After taking the lead Jarowicz followed into second with Gene Bowers third. Then over the final 10 laps Kyle Strohl was all over Jarowicz in what turned into a thrilling duel to the finish. At the checkers Strohl just eked his way to runner-up. Bowers and point leader Kris Graver completed the top five.

“They are great up and comer racers. Kyle (Strohl) has been here now for a couple of years running up front and Joey (Jarowicz) has really stepped his game up this season. But as long as I don’t get to old they can still watch the back of my car,” said Beers.

Beers won for the first time on September 13, 1986 at Dorney Park Speedway in a Late Model. In between he registered victories at Nazareth ½-mile dirt track, Adirondack, Seekonk, Thompson, Lancaster, Chemung, Tioga, New Smyrna, Flemington, Oswego and Evergreen.

He has wins on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and was the 2004 winner of the Sunoco Race of Champions. Beers is also a two-time Evergreen Raceway track champion and three-time titlist at Mahoning Valley. Of his 100 wins 55 have come at Mahoning where he is tops among the Modified division.

“Mahoning will always be my home. We left here in 1993 and started traveling and didn’t come back to run weekly until 2013. We took 20 years off but I can tell you that this is the best place for Modified racing that you will ever see,” said Beers.

            When Lorin Arthofer II pulled into Victory Lane after winning the 50-lap Late Model feature the first thing his team all expressed proudly was, “Finally!”

            That’s due to this being his first win of the season which has been filled with a one top-5 finish after another including at one point a string of three straight runner-ups. It was the 35th career win for Arthofer but the first in a Late Model since 2010.

            And, Arthofer worked intensely in gaining the lead as the race was a barnburner among the front runners from start to finish. Lead changing came in earnest including six times during the first 20 laps alone.

            And for Arthofer it was a bit of luck that enabled him to earn the verdict after the then lead dual of Frankie Althouse and Broc Brown tangled while approaching the white flag lap. Third at the time, Arthofer was elevated into the lead and held off Mike Sweeney over the final two tours.

            “I’d rather be lucky than good right now because I’ve been good so far this year and I hadn’t won so this is great. I was just in the right place at the right time when the leaders tangled,” said Arthofer who pocketed $1200.

            “We put a new setup underneath the car tonight and tweaked it and I think we can make it even faster. It’s been a long time since we won in Late Model and I wanted one bad. I can’t thank my family and team enough for sticking behind me.”

            In the Street Stock feature Jillian Long was the benefactor of jumble between the front pair of Jared Ahner and Jon Moser who got together on lap 18 of 30.

Long was third at the time and raced out front the rest of the way for her first win in two years, beating out a very strong Josh Scherer.

2013 Dirt Mod champion Jeff Parker was making his first start in two years and it proved meaningful as he won the main event and in the process snapped the 10-race win streak of Mike Stofflet.

There was a scary moment during the race when Frank Parastino crashed into Larry Beers. Oncoming Denise Devine had nowhere to go and hit hard into Parastino and suddenly flipped. Thankfully she emerged unscathed.

Kevin Stein took the lead with six laps to go and went on the win his third Pro 4 feature of the year.

In the Hobby Stock main Michael Wambold raced to his first win of the season, holding off fast closing Austin Beers for the nod.


Modified Feature Finish (35 Laps): 1. Eric Beers, 2. Kyle Strohl, 3. Joey Jarowicz, 4. Gene Bowers, 5. Kris Graver, 6. Kevin Graver Jr., 7. Brian Labar, 8. Lou Strohl, 9. Brian DeFebo, 10. Jack Ely, 11. Bobby Jones, 12. Zane Zeiner, 13. Tyler Haydt, 14. Ron Haring Jr., 15. Nick Baer, 16. Don Wagner, 17. James Pritchard, 18. Jacob Kerstetter, 19. John Markovic, 20. Troy Bollinger DNQ: Terry Markovic

 Late Model Feature Finish (50 Laps): 1. Lorin Arthofer II, 2. Mike Sweeney, 3. Jeremy Miller, 4. Dylan Osborn, 5. George Ramos, 6. Geno Steigerwalt, 7. Eric Kocher, 8. Broc Brown, 9. Frankie Althouse, 10. Rich Cooper, 11. Brian Romig Jr., 12. Robbie Kutz, 13. Jacob Nemeth, 14. Jacob Kerstetter DNS: Kenny Hein

 Street Stock Feature Finish (30 Laps):  1. Jill Long, 2. Josh Scherer, 3. Todd Ahner, 4. Stacey Brown, 5. Steven Steigerwalt, 6. Rick Reichenbach, 7. Mark Deysher, 8. Jon Moser, 9. Cody Geist, 10. BJ Wambold, 11. Jared Ahner, 12. Shayne Geist, 13. Ken Erney III, 14. Steve Hoffman, 15. Corey Edelman, 16. Alan Schlenker, 17. Dennis Buss, 18. Jamie Smith, DNS: Anthony Tombasco

 Dirt Mod Feature Finish (20 Laps): 1. Jeff Parker, 2. Mike Stofflet, 3. Bill Sittler, 4. Larry Beers, 5. Frank Parastino, 6. Denise Devine

 Pro 4 Feature Finish (20 Laps): 1. Kevin Stein, 2. Jake Kibler, 3. Ken Reeder, 3. Josh Kuronya, 5. Cody Kohler, 6. Jeremy Guerra, 7. Johnny Bennett, 8. Kailyn Beers, 9. Randy Schaffer

 Hobby Stock Feature Finish (25 Laps): 1. Mike Wambold, 2. Austin Beers, 3. Taylor Schmidt, 4. Rich Mutarelli, 5. Al Arthofer, 6. Shawn Kistler, 7. Devin Schmidt, 8. Ryan Berger, 9. Trish Connolly, 10. Nicolas Kerstetter, 11. Justin Merkel, 12. Todd Geist, 13. Lyndsay Buss, 14. Travis Solomon, 15. Colton Breiner, 16. Paul Effrig, 17. Samantha Osborn, 18. Avery Arthofer, 19. Beau Drobot, 20. Hunter Iatalese