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Riverhead, NY Jan. 7th.

When NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour officials recently announced their 2016 schedule Long Island’s Riverhead Raceway will once again be part of the popular series with two race dates June 25th and August 27th set by new track owners Eddie & Connie Partridge & Tom Gatz. Riverhead, along with the Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in Connecticut are the only two venues to host at least one NASCAR WMT race since the inception of the WMT in 1985.

In that first season some 32 years ago Jimmy Spencer of Berwick, Pa. won twice while the late great NASCAR Hall of Fame member Richie Evans of Rome, NY won the WMT finale at the demanding quarter mile facility. Ever since that first season a virtual who’s who of NASCAR Modified racing has graced WMT victory lane at Riverhead while the races themselves have always been competitive and exciting. For the fans of the WMT the two Riverhead Raceway visits have become “events’ with numerous fans camping out and tailgating at the Route 58 oval prior to and after the WMT races.

IMG_1389 (2)2011 Riverhead Raceway NASCAR Modified champion Justin Bonsignore of Holtsville swept the two 2015 races at his home track winning the Hoosier Tire 200 as well the Riverhead 200 in August. After the August win Justin noted “it’s pretty awesome to win both races at the track I’ve been coming to since I was five years old”. Bonsignore and his Ken Massa owned team hope to keep the momentum going in 2016 and one can bet Justin has circled the two Riverhead dates on his calendar.

The loyal race teams and fans who follow the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will be greeted by a vastly improved Riverhead Raceway when the arrive. Since the conclusion of the 2015 season, Eddie & Connie Partridge and Tom Gatz started on a rigorous capital improvement program at the facility with track GM John Ellwood overseeing the work. The mild fall and early winter weather has aided the efforts of Ellwood and his staff.

This past week new race director and multi talented Scott Tapley created and introduced along with track management a new logo which can be viewed by visiting www.riverheadraceway.com. Marketing and sponsorship opportunities are now available for the 200-lap NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races on June 25th and August 27th as well as all races on the 2016 Riverhead Raceway schedule. The track also boasts a comprehensive Billboard program and further marketing information can be obtained by sending an e-mail to info@riverheadraceway.com or dialing 631-842-RACE.

While the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour has been a fixture at Riverhead Raceway, three new race series will make their debut at the historic oval in 2016. The New England Midget Association teams will visit on Saturday May 28th for the Allan Cantor Memorial with the New England Truck Series debuting Saturday night July 9th. On Saturday July 30th the Granite State Pro Stocks will do battle in a 100-lap event.

The complete 2016 Riverhead Raceway schedule can be viewed by visiting www.riverheadraceway.com. The 2016 season will start Sunday May 1st with a complete Enduro program presented while the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series will open Saturday night May 7th.
Two pre-season practice days are set for Saturday afternoon April 23rd and April 30th.

GSPSS Release’s The 2016 Schedule

The Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) has announced an 11-race schedule for the 2016 season. The schedule includes stops at Riverhead Raceway and Wiscasset Speedway for the first time in series history, along with eight races in the state of New Hampshire and one in Connecticut.

The season will start on Friday May 13, when the Pro Stocks travel to Claremont Speedway in Claremont, New Hampshire. In August of 2011, Chris Wilk scored the victory at Claremont, while in April of 2015, eventual series champion Derek Griffith took down the checkered flag.

After a two week break for driver’s to get their rides ready, the 1/4 mile Monadnock Speedway will play host to the series on Saturday May 28, closing out the month of May with a battle on the high-banked oval. Matt Frahm and Barry Gray took victories when the Pro Stocks visited in 2014.

A quick turnaround will see the driver’s compete at Lee USA Speedway on June 3, before taking a month off from action for an early season break. GSPSS will celebrate Independence Day weekend at Speedway 51 for the second straight year with a stop on Saturday July 2.

An inaugural event at the 1/4 mile bullring Riverhead Raceway on July 30 will test the talents of GSPSS drivers when they travel the Long Island Sound for the furthest trip ever in series history.

Return stops at Monadnock Speedway (Aug. 13) and Claremont Speedway (Aug. 19) will close out the month of August and send the Pro Stocks into an intense championship stretch.

An inaugural race at Wiscasset Speedway on Sept. 3-4 will be followed by the annual Star Classic 100 at Star Speedway on Sept. 10. The month will conclude with a race at White Mountain Motorsports Park on Sept. 24, before the series heads for the championship deciding event.

For the second straight season, the champion will be crowned as part of the New London-Waterford Speedbowl “Bemer’s Big Show,” on Oct. 22 with a 100 lap feature to close out the season.

“We are very happy with the schedule we have put in place for 2016,” Mike Parks, President of the Granite State Pro Stock Series said.

“As we build the schedule our goal is always to host 10 to 14 events and at this point we have 11 in place for this year. Building our schedule is one of the hardest things we have to do and we really try not to have back-to-back races so there is time between events. All and all, we are very pleased as to how it all worked out,” Parks said.

With the addition of two new tracks to the schedule for this season, the series is happy to be branching out into different states and giving more drivers a chance to showcase their talents.

“We are thrilled to add both Riverhead Raceway and Wiscasset Speedway, going to both tracks shows the strength we have in this series. Riverhead will be tough, it is a tight little bullring and the local teams will be tough to compete against. Going to Wiscasset will be our first event in the state of Maine and we are excited about that. We have talked to Richard and Vanessa Jordan since they purchased the facility and the timing just wasn’t right. However, with a couple of years under their belt, we feel the time is right to bring our drivers there,” Parks continued.

With the announcement of the schedule also comes the opening of car registration for the season. Teams can register their car number by completing the forms online and making a payment via Pay/Pal or credit card. If they wish, teams can use the alternative option to the online payment and mail a completed form with a check. The series will hold car numbers from the 2015 season until February 13.

For more information on the Granite State Pro Stock Series, fans should visit www.gspss.net



2016 Granite State Pro Stock Series Schedule:


Date — Venue – Location


May 13 — Claremont Speedway — Claremont, N.H.

May 28 — Monadnock Speedway — Winchester, N.H.

June 3 — Lee USA Speedway — Lee, N.H.

July 2 — Speedway 51 — Groveton, N.H.

July 30 — Riverhead Raceway — Riverhead, N.Y.

Aug. 13 — Monadnock Speedway — Winchester, N.H.

Aug. 19 — Claremont Speedway — Claremont, N.H.

Sept. 3-4 — Wiscasset Speedway — Wiscasset, Maine

Sept. 10 — Star Speedway — Epping, N.H.

Sept. 24 — White Mountain Motorsports Park — North Woodstock, N.H.

Oct. 22 — New London-Waterford Speedbowl — Waterford, Conn.

Welcome Aboard Mike Fields

Stephen Furst and I are committed I have committed to making 2016 a great year at Myracenews.com. To help the site grow we needed more  people who shared our passion for the sport of short track racing. Our first goal would be to get someone on board to cover our home track, Riverhead Raceway. Myracenews.com has it roots right here on the Island where we were founded several years ago.

Well today we brought on board a veteran of short track racing coverage to help meet our first goal. Mike Fields of Long Beach NY has agreed to join the Myracenews team for 2016 with his main focus to be NASCAR Whelen All American Series racing at Riverhead Raceway. Mike was a good friend of Walter Johnston the late founder of Myracenews and is excited to get back to covering the racing at Riverhead Raceway.

Mike will not be at the track to cover the blow by racing results, they can be had reading the weekly press release from the track. Mike  will be there to report what is happening behind the scenes at the track to the fans. Mike will also travel to a few select Whelen tour races and others if his work schedule allows.

Over the winter Mike will be publishing  stories to get you up to speed on the upcoming 2016 racing season.  With the Riverhead Raceway being sold to Ed and Connie Partridge there will be plenty to report, renovations, rules changes, new divisions and new touring series visits he will have a lot to report. Check on our website and Facebook page all winter to get the latest Riverhead Raceway news from Mike.

Welcome Mike Fields to the team and if you have any team or driver news you would like him to report please contact him on to cove.Facebook or through our email Myracenews@gmail.com.


Happy New Year

Michael Jaworecki

Editor Myracenews.com