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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.

Toyota Returns as Sponsor of Oswego NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour 150

Photo: Michael Jaworecki Myracenews

OSWEGO, NY (January 9, 2018) – For the third year in a row, Toyota has returned as the headlining sponsor of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Toyota Mod Classic 150 which is set to go green as part of the 62nd running of Budweiser International Classic Weekend at Oswego Speedway on Saturday, September 1.

The appearance of the Mod Squad this September will mark just the third time since 1999 that the series has appeared at Oswego, with Toyota onboard as a sponsor each season within that window. Once again in 2018, the popular 60-lap Bud Light ISMA Supernationals will run alongside the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour as part of Classic Saturday’s star studded program.

“Our team here at Oswego Speedway is very excited to welcome back Toyota as the headlining sponsor of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour 150 and thank them for their continued support of the event for the past three seasons,” said PR Director Camden Proud. “The added exposure this race received on a national level with NBC Sports last season coupled with the growing fan support continues to make the 150 one of the biggest shows of the season at Oswego.”

If you’re in the market for a new vehicle whether it be a truck, car, or SUV, you can start looking online at Toyota.com. Toyota’s impressive network of New York Toyota auto dealerships gives car buyers the ability to start shopping for their new or used vehicle from the comfort of their home. Once a Toyota dealer is located online, customers can request a quote, go to the dealer’s website, or schedule a meeting in person.

With dealerships in Syracuse, Utica, Rochester, Binghamton, and more, Toyota has your needs covered no matter where you are located in Upstate New York. For more updates and the latest deals from Toyota Auto Dealerships across the country, you can also LIKE Toyota on Facebook at Facebook.com/Toyota or FOLLOW on Twitter @Toyota.

For those interested in purchasing tickets for Budweiser International Classic Weekend, winter office hours at Oswego Speedway are 11am-4pm on Saturdays, with special weekday hours posted frequently on the speedway’s social media outlets. You can also phone a representative at the box office by dialing (315)-342-0646.

The full 2018 schedule for Oswego Speedway, set to open with the first ever running of the Jim Shampine Memorial Twin 50’s on Saturday, May 26, has been posted online at OswegoSpeedway.com. Season ticket information, pricing, and time schedules will be added in the near future. All kids 16 and under will remain FREE with a paid adult this season.

For more information on Oswego Speedway, be sure to visit online at OswegoSpeedway.com. You can also FOLLOW on Twitter @OswegoSpeedway or LIKE on Facebook at Facebook.com/OswegoSpeedway.


BECHTELSVILLE, PA January 6, 2018 . . . An ambitious schedule of more than three dozen events has been announced for the 2018 auto racing season at Grandview Speedway.

                The one-third-mile, banked clay track located in Bechtelsville, PA will be offering its 56th consecutive season of auto racing and there will be a variety of events.

                T.P.Trailers NASCAR 358 Modifieds, Sportsman and Late Models will pretty much be the regular Saturday night attraction with Blast From the Past Vintage cars and Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series racers being added for special Saturday night programs.

                Enduro and Vintage racers will kick off the season with a doubleheader on Sunday, March 24th at 1 p.m. Five of these doubleheaders are currently on the schedule.

                The traditional practice day, open to all divisions of racing, is set for Saturday, March 31st with a 12 noon starting time. Fans are welcome to see what is new for 2018 and free grandstand seating is offered.

                Sure to attract a huge amount of attention is the First Annual Bruce Rogers Memorial Money Maker run in memory of the late track promoter. The race, a 50-lapper, will include big and small block Modifieds with $7500 for the winner.

                The first of five Thunder on the Hill promotions will take place on Sunday, May 27 with the running of the 21st Annual Traffic Jam Big Block/Small Block Classic along with racing for Sportsman and Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series (MASS) Sprints.

                For the 48th year the Freedom 76 will be on the schedule offering a huge purse for the Modified Classic taking place on Saturday, September 15th. A September 22nd rain date is in place. And on July 7th the Late Models will be in the spotlight with the Firecracker 40. The Pioneer Pole Buildings Forrest Rogers Memorial is presented on August 11th.

                The complete schedule can be found at www.grandviewspeedway.com.

                Season passes that include all Saturday night racing events are available for just $350. Send a check to cover each pass being ordered to Grandview Speedway, 87 Wilt Road, Bechtelsville, PA 19505. Please include a self-addressed stamped envelope to speed return delivery.

                Businesses looking to benefit from marketing through motorsports at Grandview Speedway can obtain information by contacting Ernie Saxton at 267.934.7286 or email Esaxton144@aol.com. Opportunities are available to sponsor events, billboard advertising, award sponsorships and track magazine advertising.

                Grandview Speedway is located on Passmore Road, just off Route 100 ten miles north of Pottstown, PA in Bechtelsville, PA 19464. Track phone is 610.754.7688. Check in at www.grandviewspeedway.com or www.facebook.com/grandviewspeedwayinc.


  (As of 1/6/2018

                                                PRESENTING OUR 56TH CONSECUTIVE SEASON

This schedule is subject to change without notice.  For information on events, weather, etc.   Call 610-754-7688 or check out the website at WWW.GRANDVIEWSPEEDWAY.COM. A NASCAR license is required for all those entering the pit area for Saturday night auto racing events.

All events start at 7:30 PM unless otherwise noted on the schedule.

Saturday, March 24     Enduro & Blast from the Past Vintage Cars 1 PM

Sunday, March 25       Rain Date for March 24– – -12 Noon

Saturday, March 31     Free to the Public Open Practice-All Divisions–12 Noon

Saturday, April 7         1st Annual Bruce Rogers Memorial Money Maker, 50 laps for Big and Small Block Modifieds  $7,500 –7 PM

Saturday, April 14       Modifieds, Sportsman, Late Models   7 PM

Saturday, April 21       Modifieds, Sportsman, Late Models, Blast from the Past Vintage Cars 7 PM

Saturday, April 28       Modifieds, Sportsman, Late Models–7 PM

Saturday, May 5          Modifieds, Sportsman, Late Models–7:30 PM

Sunday, May 6              Enduro & Blast from the Past Vintage Cars–12 Noon

Saturday, May 12        Modifieds, Sportsman, Late Models–7:30 PM

Saturday, May 19        Modifieds, Sportsman, Late Models, Blast from the Past Vintage Cars–7:30 PM

Saturday, May 26        Modifieds, Sportsman, Late Models–7:30 PM

Sunday, May 27          Thunder on the Hill Racing Series–7:30 PM

                                     21st Annual Traffic Jam Big Block/358 Modifieds*, Sportsman, MASS Sprints

Saturday, June 2          Modifieds, Sportsman, Late Models–7:30 PM

Sunday, June 3             Enduro & Blast from the Past Vintage Cars–12 Noon

Saturday, June 9          Modifieds, Sportsman, Late Models–7:30 PM

Thursday, June 14       Thunder on the Hill Racing Series 7:30 PM

                                    USAC Non-Wing Sprints Jesse Hockett Classic Plus 358 Modifieds*

Saturday, June 16        Modifieds, Sportsman, Late Models–7:30 PM

Saturday, June 23        Modifieds, Sportsman 40 laps, Late Models–7:30 PM

Saturday, June 30        Bechtelsville Car Wash Night – Modifieds, Sportsman, MASS Sprints, Blast from the Past Vintage Cars–7:30 PM

Tuesday, July 3             Thunder on the Hill Racing Series–7:30 PM

                                        410 Pennsylvania Sprint Speed Week Series Plus 358 Modifieds*

Saturday, July 7           Modifieds, Sportsman, Late Model Firecracker 40–7:30 PM

Saturday, July 14         Modifieds, Sportsman, Late Models–7:30 PM

Saturday, July 21        Hatfield Quality Meats Night – Modifieds, Sportsman, Late Models, Blast from        the Past Vintage Cars – 7:30 PM

Saturday, July 28         Modifieds, Sportsman, Late Models–7:30 PM

Saturday, August 4      Modifieds, Sportsman, Late Models–7:30 PM

Saturday, August 11    Pioneer Pole Buildings Forrest Rogers Memorial 50 laps, Sportsman, Late Models–7:30 PM

Saturday, August 18    Modifieds, Sportsman, Late Models (Forrest Rogers Rain Date)–7:30 PM

Thursday, August 23   Thunder on the Hill Racing Series–7:30 PM

                                         All Star 410 Sprints & 358 Modifieds*

Saturday, August 25    Modifieds, Sportsman, Late Models, Blast from the Past Vintage Cars–7:30 PM

Saturday, Sept 1           Modifieds, Sportsman, Late Models, Blast from the Past Vintage Cars–7:30 PM

Saturday, Sept 8           WNPV Radio Night – Modifieds, Sportsman, Late Models- Champions Night–7:30   PM

Friday, Sept 14              Sportsman 38 laps, Mass Sprints & Modified Practice–7 PM

Saturday, Sept 15        48th Annual Freedom 76 Modified Classic–7 PM

Saturday, Sept 22        Freedom 76 Rain Date–7 PM

Saturday, Sept29         Enduro & Blast from the Past Vintage Cars–12 Noon

Saturday, October 13   Thunder on the Hill Racing Series–6 PM

                                         Mods at the MADHOUSE Halloween Party

                                         Big Block/358 Modifieds, Sportsman, MASS Sprints

Saturday, October 20   Enduro & Blast from the Past Vintage Cars–12 Noon

Sunday, November 11 Flea Market–7 AM

 Home of the T.P. Trailers and Truck Equipment 358 Modifieds — *indicates Special Event NASCAR points

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