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RIVERHEAD RACEWAY TO PREVIEW 2018 SEASON WITH TWO FREE TO THE PUBLIC PRACTICE DAYS APRIL 21ST & APRIL 28TH

Riverhead, NY Apr. 2nd.
By Bob Finan
The sweet sound of race engines and the aroma of Sunoco Race Fuel will again fill the air surrounding Riverhead Raceway Saturday afternoon April 21st when the track kicks off it’s 68th year of racing with the first of two free to the public practice days for it’s NASCAR Whelen All American Series stock cars and Enduro competitors. Over the off season Eddie & Connie Partridge and Tom Gatz announced free grandstand admission would return for the two practice days allowing race fans a free preview of the Saturday May 5th Cinco Di Mayo NASCAR opening night as well the Sunday May 6th May Meltdown lid lifter for the Enduro race series.
The track will open at 12 noon for the NASCAR stock cars for practice on both April 21st and April 28th with race director Scott Tapley reminding all teams that all cars mush be equipped with a working transponder for all on track activity in 2018 including the two practice days. After numerous rounds of NASCAR practice that will last into late afternoon the Enduro race teams will take over the track to shake down their machines. Riverhead GM John Ellwood and Chief Technical Inspector Randy Murray remind teams that no car will be permitted to practice on either practice day without first passing Safety Tech Inspection. With that in mind the pit gates will open at 9:00 am on April 21st and April 28th to allow teams that did not take advantage of two inspection days at the track April 7th and 14th an opportunity to be ready for when practice starts.
Race fans are encouraged to come out and enjoy all the on track action free of charge and to bring a camera to grab some photos of their favorite drivers as they prepare for another exciting race season. The refreshment stand in turn three will be open serving both the grandstand and pit area during the afternoon.
Riverhead Raceway NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modified Champion Tom Rogers Jr. Michael Jaworecki Myracenews Photo

Tom Rogers Jr. of Riverhead will be back to defend both his 2017 NASCAR Modified and Figure Eight championships in 2018 looking to double dip for the third time in his successful career. Other 2017 champions expected to defend their title in 2018 are Kyle Soper of Manorville in the Late Models, Dave Brigati of Calverton in the Eagle Auto Mall Modified Crate and Super Pro Trucks along with Tom Pickerell of Huntington who’ll be gunning for yet another Blunderbust title. The INEX Legend Race Car title will be up for grabs in 2018 as 2017 champ John Beatty Jr. of Merrick will compete in the NASCAR Modifieds during the upcoming campaign vacating the title. All seven NASCAR Whelen All American Series divisions plus the LIVARS Vintage Race Cars will make up the Saturday May 5th Cinco Di Mayo opening night card.

Greg Harris of Riverhead won the 2017 Street Stock championship and is readying for a title defense in 2018 while 2017 Mini Stock champion Mike Mujsce Jr. of Hampton Bays unsure of his racing plans as the 2018 season nears. Don Nelson Jr. of Rocky Point (Trucks), Dominic Ranieri of East Northport (8-Cyilnders), Kevin Augustine of Bay Shore (Gut & Go) and Brandon Esposito of Farmingville (Mini-8) will all be part of the May Meltdown Enduro program Sunday afternoon May 6th completing the opening weekend doubleheader.
The complete 2018 schedule of events for our 68th season of racing can be found by visiting www.riverheadraceway.com. Our phone number remains 631-842-RACE.

NBCSN To Broadcast 2018 NASCAR K&N Pro Series and Whelen Modified Tour Races

Featuring Next Generation of NASCAR Stars

Schedule Culminates with NASCAR Regional Series Championship Events

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 7, 2018) – NBC Sports Group and NASCAR are partnering to deliver NASCAR K&N Pro Series and NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour coverage on NBCSN throughout the 2018 season. Today the organizations announced the full broadcast schedule, where fans can tune-in to see the next generation of drivers competing to make a name for themselves on the track.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West returns to NBCSN on Tuesday, March 20 at 11 p.m. ET from Kern County Raceway Park, followed by the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race at Myrtle Beach Speedway on Wednesday, March 21 at 6 p.m. ET.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East returns to NBCSN on Friday, April 20 at 1 a.m. ET from Bristol Motor Speedway.

NBCSN will air a total of 37 regional series events, culminating with championship races for all three series. Fans can tune-in to watch victors crowned in the K&N Pro Series East and NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour on Oct. 11 and Oct. 18, respectively, followed by the K&N Pro Series West Championship on Nov. 1. NASCAR’s touring series will also be featured in regular highlights and reports on “NASCAR America,” weekdays at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

2018 NBCSN Broadcast Schedule

RACE DATE SERIES TRACK TELECAST DATE TIME (ET)
Thu, Mar 15 K&N Pro West Kern County Tue, Mar 20 11 p.m.
Sat, Mar 17 Whelen Modified Myrtle Beach Wed, Mar 21 6        p.m.
Sat, Apr 14 K&N Pro East Bristol Fri, Apr 20 1 a.m.
Sat, Apr 28 K&N Pro East Langley Thu, May 03 11 p.m.
Sat, May 05 K&N Pro West Tucson Wed, May 09 6 p.m.
Sat, May 05 K&N Pro West Tucson Thu, May 10 6 p.m.
Sat, May 12 K&N Pro East South Boston Sun, May 20 1 p.m.
Sat, May 12 K&N Pro East South Boston Sun, May 20 2 p.m.
Sat, May 19 K&N Pro West Orange Show Thu, May 24 6 p.m.
Sat, Jun 02 K&N Pro East Memphis Wed, Jun 06 6 p.m.
Sat, Jun 02 Whelen Modified Seekonk Wed, Jun 06 7 p.m.
Sat, Jun 09  K & N Pro West Colorado  Thu,  Jun 14    
Sat, Jun 16  K & N Pro East New Jersey  Mon June 18th*    
Sat, Jun 23 K&N Pro West Sonoma Thu, Jun 28 6 p.m.
Sat, Jun 23 Whelen Modified Langley Thu, Jun 28 7 p.m.
Sat, Jun 30 K&N Pro West Douglas County Fri, Jul 06 1 p.m.
Sat, Jul 14 K&N Pro East Thompson Tue, Jul 24 6 p.m.
Sun, Jul 15 K&N Pro West Spokane Tue, Jul 24 7 p.m.
Sat, Jul 21 K&N Pro East New Hampshire Wed, Jul 25 6 p.m.
Sat, Jul 21 Whelen Modified New Hampshire Wed, Jul 25 7 p.m.
Sat, Jul 20 Whelen Modified New Hampshire (All-Star) Fri, Jul 27 6 p.m.
Fri, Jul 27 K&N Pro (Combination) Iowa Thu, Aug 02 6 p.m.
Fri, Aug 03 K&N Pro East Watkins Glen Wed, Aug 08 6 p.m.
Sat, Aug 11 K&N Pro West Evergreen Wed, Aug 15 6 p.m.
Wed, Aug 15 Whelen Modified Bristol Wed, Aug 22 6 p.m.
Fri, Aug 24 K&N Pro (Combination) Gateway Thu, Aug 30 6 p.m.
Sat, Sep 01 Whelen Modified Oswego Thu, Sep 06 6 p.m.
Sat, Sep 08 Whelen Modified Riverhead Thu, Sep 13 6 p.m.
Thu, Sep 13 K&N Pro West Las Vegas Fri, Sep 21 2:30 p.m.
Sat, Sep 22 K&N Pro East New Hampshire Thu, Sep 27 6 p.m.
Sat, Sep 22 Whelen Modified New Hampshire Thu, Sep 27 7 p.m.
Sat, Sep 29 K&N Pro West Meridian Fri, Oct 05 1 p.m.
Sun, Sep 30 Whelen Modified Stafford Fri, Oct 05 11 p.m.
Fri, Oct 05 K&N Pro East Dover Thu, Oct 11 6 p.m.
Sat, Oct 13 K&N Pro West All American Thu, Oct 18 6 p.m.
Sun, Oct 14 Whelen Modified Thompson Thu, Oct 18 7 p.m.
Sat, Oct 27 K&N Pro West Kern County Thu, Nov 01 6 p.m.

* Extended highlights of NJMP race will air on “NASCAR America”

NEW SPONSOR STEERS SAL ACCARDI JR. BACK TO RIVERHEAD RACEWAY FOR FULL SEASON OF NASCAR MODIFIED RACING IN 2018

Photo: Michael Jaworecki Myracenews
Riverhead, NY Jan 30th
By Bob Finan
Who said you can’t go home? That is exactly what veteran NASCAR Modified talent Sal Accardi Jr. of Deer Park will be doing in 2018 thanks to a new major sponsor that he and car owner Rich Schlegel announced today. The new marketing partner will allow the Accardi/Schlegel combination to call the NASCAR Whelen All American Series of Riverhead Raceway home in 2018 starting with the May 5th Cinco De Mayo opening night program.
“We are very happy to announce that WRS Environmental Services of Yaphank has signed on as out major sponsor for the 2018 season” Accardi disclosed Tuesday morning, “this sponsorship will allow me to return to my home track of Riverhead Raceway weekly for the first time in over 10 years. Needless to say I’m ecstatic and very excited as is Rich”. WRS Environmental Services for over 20 years has been an outstanding provider of environmental, utility and industrial services. “I can’t thank Mike Rodgers and the entire WRS Environmental Services organization enough for providing us with the backing to race weekly at Riverhead” Sal offered.
Armed with the funding they need Rich and Sal disclosed they’ll have a new car to race on Long Island, “Rick Kluth has built us an all new 2 Kwik chassis for 2018” Accardi disclosed, “we will rely on Big Sal’s Race Engine power and in fact I have the motor at the shop all ready for installation”. Heading into the new campaign Sal Accardi will be seeking his 5th career NASCAR Modified win at Riverhead as he authored four wins between August of 2004 and September of 2007, his last full season at the historic quarter mile oval. 2018 will mark the third year Rich Schlegel of West Haven, Ct. has fielded an entry for Accardi.
As pumped up as Sal is about his new car and major sponsorship there is one aspect of the upcoming season takes that excitement to another level, “I’m going to run my Dad’s number thirty-nine this year and Rich and I will paint the car red just like my father’s” Sal said beaming with pride. To that end Accardi also pointed to one race on the 2018 Riverhead slate he has circled that being the May 26th Islip 300. “Dad was very successful and well known for his drag racing exploits back in the day at Islip on the old 1/8th of a mile before he bought his first Modified” Sal explained, “to have a good run or better yet win a race with the title Islip on it would just be awesome. I know he’ll be watching over us all year”.
Joining the Accardi/Schlegel effort in 2018 will be several associate sponsors, Boutique Security Group LLC of Ronkonkoma, G. Calabrese Trucking of Medford, A-Plus Auto Salvage of Lindenhurst, J&J Auto Body of Ronkonkoma and Wurth USA Supplies. Graphics for the team will be designed by Scott Adams Designs.
“Everything has fallen into place, now we can’t wait to get going” Accardi concluded.
The 2018 Riverhead Raceway Cinco De Mayo opening night program on Saturday May 5th will kick of the NASCAR Modified season with a 40-lap feature event. The entire schedule of events for the new race season can be viewed by visiting www.riverheadraceway.com and clicking on the schedule link.