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Riverhead, NY Oct. 28th.

Eddie & Connie Partridge and Tom Gatz the new owners of Riverhead Raceway have begun the process of putting a staff together for the 2016 race season and on Tuesday afternoon they announced that veteran race official Scott Tapley of Poland Spring, Maine has agreed to come on board in the capacity of Race Director at popular quarter mile oval.

“We have heard good things about Scott from the racers and owners that have raced at tracks or on a series where he was the race director” Eddie & Connie Partridge stated while making the announcement, “we feel he is the right fit”. Tom Gatz added, “Scott is a no nonsense official and that is what we need at Riverhead moving forward”. Tom also noted, “Scott is making a huge commitment to us as he’ll be traveling weekly from Maine. We are very excited to have Scott on our team and what he can bring to the future success of Riverhead Raceway. We feel he will immediately have a positive impact at the track”.

The energetic Tapley who currently serves as the Race Director at the Lee USA Speedway in New Hampshire as well the Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park is looking forward to his new challenge on Long Island.”I’m very excited as well thankful for the opportunity Eddie, Connie & Tom have presented me and I look forward to keep the racing at Riverhead Raceway moving in a positive direction”. Tapley will officiate the weekly NASCAR Whelen All American Series events from the scoring tower and be responsible overseeing all on track racing and activity. As to his weekly commute to Riverhead “I love what I do, it’s a labor of love and yes I rack up the miles on my car”.

Aside from his Race Director role at Lee, Thompson and now Riverhead Raceway, Scott owns Tapleydesigns.com a firm that builds and maintains web pages for such clients as Lee USA Speedway, Ryan Preece, Justin Bonsignore and Chase Dowling. Additionally Tapley hosts In The Pits, a weekly motorsports show on WJAB 96,3 FM out of Portland, Maine. In 2013 he served as the Race Director for the Valenti Modified Racing Series and this past season served in that same capacity at the New London Waterford Speedbowl.

Tapley will be working very closely with Riverhead Raceway GM John Ellwood who was part of the process to bring Scott on board. “I’m encouraged with the conversations and relationship Scott and I have built over the last few weeks” an enthusiastic Ellwood said. “I’m excited to be involved with Scott and feel he’s the right man for the job and we will prosper with great side by side racing. I’ll back Scott and give him all the tools necessary”.

Look for future exciting announcements concerning the 2016 season and the future of Riverhead Raceway by following us at www.riverheadraceway.com. To send an e-mail please forward correspondence to info@riverheadraceway.com.


UnknownRiverhead, NY Oct. 14th.
By Bob Finan

The new owners of Riverhead Raceway have hit the ground running towards the 2016 race season and on Monday announced the divisional rules for the NASCAR Whelen All American Series. Eddie & Connie Partridge and Tom Gatz through track GM John Ellwood introduced a new race class during the announcement, the Riverhead Modified Crate division. It was also disclosed the Charger division would no longer race as a stand alone class with teams from the Chargers having two options for racing at Riverhead Raceway in 2016.

Looking towards the racing future, the new management team felt it necessary to incorporate the Charger cars into either the Late Models, Super Pro Trucks or Figure Eights moving forward. The 2016 rules for both those popular forms of racing reflect the inclusion of the Chargers into both divisions. One common thread for both the Late Models and Super Pro Trucks will find both divisions mandated to run a Crate Engine for 2017, with the 2016 rules providing a Crate Engine option. The Figure Eights and Blunderbusts will be permitted to run engines that conform to the 2016 rule book for the immediate future. The NASCAR Modified and INEX Legend Race Car engine and general rules will again conform to the 2016 specifications set forth by both sanctioning bodies.

Wanting to provide a more cost effective open wheel option, the Riverhead Modified Crate division has been formulated and introduced for 2016 and will compliment the weekly NASCAR Modified racing. The Riverhead Modified Crate division will mandate the use of a sealed GM 602 Crate Engine. All engines must remain as delivered by General Motors. It is mandatory that all Crate Engines be purchased & sealed by Riverhead Raceway. Penalties for tampering with a GM 602 Crate Engine or engine seals will include the confiscation of the engine, a $1,000 fine, and the loss of all track points accumulated.

A stock Holley 650 CFM carburetor part number 0-82651 will be the only carburetor permitted. The RMC machines will be allowed the option of running either 8″ or 10″ wheel and will race on a 8″ tire approved by Riverhead Raceway. The RMC teams will be permitted a tire inventory of 8 tires maximum for their first race and will have one tire added to the team inventory per event they compete in. Several other cost saving rules and procedures are in place for the Riverhead Modified Crate division and can be viewed at www.riverheadraceway.com.

Rules for the Riverhead Modified Crate as well the Late Models, Figure Eights, Blunderbusts and Super Pro Trucks are now posted on our web page, www.riverheadraceway.com. Teams with further questions concerning the 2016 rules package should e-mail the track at info@riverheadraceway.com.

A complete 2016 race schedule and other exciting announcements concerning the new era of racing at Riverhead Raceway will be released in the days and weeks to come!


UnknownRiverhead Raceway GM John Ellwood disclosed over the weekend that for the first time in their 31-year history Enduro competitors of the historic quarter mile will utilize transponder scoring for the Fall Frenzy race card Sunday November 1st at 12:30 pm. A full card of Enduro racing will join a 40-lap “cone” race for the Legend Race Cars with a special Trick Or Treat session for children in costume taking place in the grandstands.
As of the Columbus Day weekend nearly 100 Fall Frenzy Enduro entries have been received by the new management team at Riverhead Raceway and among those entrants are some former drivers making a comeback for this unique first of a kind program in Long Island racing. In announcing the transponder scoring procedure John Ellwood revealed that teams can rent a scoring unit from the track for $15 for the day. Ellwood did note that teams can borrow a transponder from any other Riverhead Raceway team that already uses transponders that they might have a relationship with. In that case the driver must alert track officials to the serial number of the borrowed unit prior to the race. Teams are urged also to make sure transponders are fully charged by race day.

Enduro teams that might need some technical advice installing the transponder device onto their race cars will be able to contact Mike Odwazny or John Ellwood via e-mail at info@riverheadraceway.com. Odwazny will be able to advise teams on some steps they can take for installation of the transponders prior to arriving at the track on race day.  Email the track with your contact information for Mike to reach you.

In action for the Fall Frenzy will be the Grand Enduro troops along with the Truck Enduro, 2 8-Cylinder Enduros, a 4/6-Cylinder Car Enduro and a Gut & Go Enduro as well. Pits will open for the Fall Frenzy extravaganza at 10:00 Sunday November 1st with racing set to go green at 12:30 pm. A $1,000 to win Legend Race Car feature event with heat race qualifying will also be presented.

For additional information on the Fall Frenzy please visit www.riverheadraceway.com or e-mail us at info@riverheadraceway.com