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Riverhead, NY Nov. 29th.

A long standing racing tradition on Long island will continue Sunday December 6th as Bob Finan will present the Long Island Automotive Swap Shop at Riverhead Raceway. The event originated in the late 70’s at Islip Speedway when L.I. racing personality “Big” Bob O’Rourke began the Swap Shop as forum for race teams to buy and sell their equipment.

“First I have to thank new track owners Eddie & Connie Partridge and Tom Gatz for allowing me the opportunity to continue the Swap Shop tradition” Bob Finan stated in announcing the 2015 event. “With the evolution and popularity of the new Riverhead Modified Crate class I feel the 2015 Swap Shop will be one of the busiest ever, especially for buyers and sellers in the NASCAR Modified and SK Type Modified department” said Finan. Several area teams have begun the process in putting Riverhead Modified Crate cars together. Dylan Slepian, Terry Stiles, Visconti/Barton Motorsports, Dave Brigati, Rob Bader and Cody Triola are among those teams.

Since announcing the December 6th Swap Shop date on social media Bob has received interest from numerous vendors including Dave Brigati & Brian Schwarz of Outlaw Inc., long time Swap Shop loyalists and Terry Stiles who in his words will have “a fire sale” of his Blunderbust team, Bill Park who will be liquidating what is left of his NASCAR Modified team. Jim Laird Jr. will be on hand selling an 8-Cylinder Enduro car and parts and Eric Zeh will have a variety of racing items including go karts for sale with many other vendors expected.

The Long Island Automotive Swap Shop will find vendors selling everything from complete race cars right down to a set of lug nuts and everything in between. Fuel cells, wheels, tires, shocks, springs, seats, engines, rear ends, gears, race car trailers open and enclosed will be available.

Go Kart racers, Motorcycle enthusiasts and clubs, Drag Racing teams and Off Road racers are welcome to join the fun in the Riverhead Raceway pit area December 6th either as vendors or buyers.

Collectible dealers are especially welcome at the Swap Shop as are race teams who have leftover wearing apparel they’d like to sell. Noted local racing historian Robert Clock has alerted Bob Finan that he’ll again be on hand with his vast collection of nostalgic photo albums. With the Holiday season just around the corner buyers can accomplish some gift buying for the racing fan in their family.

Pit gates will swing open at 9:00 am Sunday December 6th with admission for vendors $20 per spot, vendor space will be available the day of the event only. Browsers and buyers will pay just a $5 entry fee. For further information please contact Bob Finan via a private message on Facebook.


Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Announces New Season Pass Program for 2016 Season

(THOMPSON, CT) – Thompson Speedway Motorsports announced today a new 2016 season pass program that will be available for purchase beginning Friday, Nov. 27. The passes will be sold at a special Black Friday discount from Friday through Monday, Nov. 30. This exciting new program gives loyal fans and teams the ability to purchase paddock passes or general admission tickets for select events at huge discounts.
The Platinum Paddock Pass offers the ultimate package for the racing enthusiast, including general admission and paddock access to all oval and road course events to be held in the 2016 season. With a minimum of 18 races already scheduled for next year, this option is a great way to enjoy everything that TSMP has to offer, including four NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races, all NASCAR Whelen All-American Series events, the Historic Oval Invitational, the Vintage Motorsports Festival, Open Wheel Weekend, SCCA races and more. The Platinum Paddock Pass will be on sale for Black Friday for $399 from Friday, Nov. 27 to Monday, Nov. 30, 2015. The price for the pass from Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016 will be $449. After April 1, 2016 the price for the pass will go up to $499.
TSMP is also offering a Silver Paddock Pass and Silver General Admission Pass for NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour fans. These include admission to all four events at a discount of up to 15%. The Silver Paddock Pass will be offered for just $199 for the Black Friday sale. From Dec. 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016, it will be discounted to $209 and after April 1, will be offered for $219. The Silver General Admission Pass will be offered at $159 during the Black Friday sale event. From Dec. 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016, it will be discounted to $169 and after April 1, will be offered for $179.
TSMP will be announcing the full 2016 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series oval schedule on Tuesday, December 8th. Following this announcement, Gold Season Passes, which include admission to all 2016 oval events will also go on sale.
To purchase a season pass, visit www.thompsonspeedway.com or call the office at 860-923-2280. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube for the most recent news and announcements about the 2016 racing season at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

Touring Series Most Popular Drivers Announced

Four Rookies & Two Repeat Winners Among 2015 Honorees

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 24, 2015) – After nearly 34,000 votes were cast around the world for NASCAR regional touring series’ 2015 Most Popular Driver Awards, seven drivers earned the ultimate honor from fans – including four rookie drivers and a pair of repeat winners.

The Most Popular Driver Award winners for 2015 are:

  • Rico Abreu (St. Helena, Calif.), NASCAR K&N Pro Series East
  • Nicole Behar (Spokane, Wash.), NASCAR K&N Pro Series West
  • Jason Hathaway (St. Thomas, Ont.), NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1
  • Rodrigo Marban (Mexico City), NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series
  • Alon Day (Ashdod, Israel), NASCAR Whelen Euro Series
  • Melissa Fifield (Wakefield, N.H.), NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
  • Trey Hutchens (Lexington, N.C.), NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour


Underscoring the exciting young talent entering NASCAR’s ranks, award winners Abreu, Behar, Day and Hutchens are all in their first full season of NASCAR touring series competition, with Hutchens also earning the Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award in the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour.

Both Fifield and Marban won the Most Popular Driver Award for their series last year, with Fifield making history as the first female to win the award for the tour.

Marban of the NASCAR Mexico Series garnered more votes than any other driver in 2015, just ahead of NASCAR Next drivers Behar and Abreu. Behar dethroned 2014 Most Popular Driver Brandon McReynolds, while Abreu earned the award in his first year in stock cars after transitioning from a successful open-wheel career.

IMG_8336The closest race was in the Canadian Tire Series where championship runner-up Hathaway edged Alex Tagliani by just 104 votes. It is the second year in a row in which Tagliani missed out on the top spot by a slim margin. Last year, he was beaten by JR Fitzpatrick by just 48 votes.

Similarly, Fifield beat Preece for the Whelen Modified Tour award by 110 votes. Hutchens collected more than 40 percent of the Whelen Southern Modified Tour vote to top tour champion Andy Seuss, a three-time winner of the award.

Day won three of the final four races of the Whelen Euro Series season to finish as runner-up in the championship standings in his first year in the series.

The Most Popular Driver Award winners will be recognized as part of the NASCAR Touring Series Awards on Dec. 12 in the Charlotte (North Carolina) Convention Center at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.