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Riverhead Raceway Crowns 7 Champions Tonight 09/19/2015

UnknownCongratulations to all 7 2015 Riverhead Raceway Champions.

1. Blunderrbusts #4 Tom Pickerell
2. INEX Legends #63 Dylan Slepian
3. Chargers #07 John Baker
4. Late Models #4 Jeremy McDermott
5. Super Pro Trucks #1 Lou Masteri
6. Modifieds #0 Tommy Rogers Jr.
7. Figure 8’s #43 Tommy Rogers Jr.

Click on the photo for all 7 champions

The End of Two Eras at Riverhead Raceway

IMG_5165This Saturday night’s 7 feature Whelen All American Series show will be the end of two eras at Riverhead Raceway. As Long as I can remember 2 people have owned and promoted Riverhead Raceway, Barbara and Jim Cromarty. In August after months and years of speculation about the future of the track it was finally sold. Starting with the November 1st Enduro and Legends race the reigns will be turned over to new owners Ed and Connie Partridge. The familiar golf cart with Babara and Jim heading to victory lane will now be turned over to new owners. Barbara and Jim can retire knowing they kept racing alive on Long Island long after most would have given up and sold to developers plus racing at Long Islands last race track will not only continue but thrive for many years to come.

There will be a meeting in the pits at 4:10 when all drivers and teams will have a chance to say thank you for all the years Barbara and Jim have operated Riverhead Raceway. My guess is it will be an emotional meeting with lots of tears.

Also as long as I can remember back to my Saturday nights spent with my family at Islip Speedway there was always the #20 modified on the track with a driver named Bill Park. Later years after Islip closed Bill brought that #20 to Riverhead Raceway where he has been ever since. Unfortunately for race fans the BillRon Silk in Bill Parks #20 Park era on Long Island is too coming to a close. For over 40 years Bill fielded beautiful race cars all with the familiar #20. Bill has decided the time has come to retire as an owner. Bill raced into his 60’s but then retired as a driver turning over the driving duties to younger drivers like Ryan Preece, Ron Silk and Todd Szegedy keeping the #20 on the track at Riverhead Raceway.

Bills race car is for sale and whoever purchases it will strap into an top quality ride but it just wont be the same without Bill and his wife Barbara who is always at the track. Good luck in your retirement and come back to visit as often as you can in the years to come.

Come on out to this Saturday night to Long Islands last race track, say goodbye to three legends and watch the last regular night of NASCAR Whelen All American stock car races. 7 Features, 7 champions crowned and 225 laps of feature racing, pit gates open at 12:30, front gates at 3:00PM, Late Model Time trials start at 3:30 with feature racing starting at 4:30. See you there.

NASCAR Whelen Southern Mod Tour Stat Advance: South Boston

Analyzing The South Boston 150 At South Boston Speedway

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (September 16, 2015) – The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour heads to South Boston Speedway for the final time this season for Saturday’s South Boston 150. Below is a statistical look at the performance of selected drivers at the track:

South Boston 150 Setup:

• Andy Seuss is the only two-time winner in NWSMT competition at South Boston Speedway after winning the first race held there in 2009 and in April of 2014.

• Kyle Ebersole, George Brunnhoelzl III and Ryan Preece are the only other previous race winners at South Boston currently entered in this weekend’s race.

• NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour regular Eric Goodale, who scored a win in the NWSMT season opener at Caraway, joins Preece for this race.

At South Boston Speedway:

History

• South Boston Speedway opened in 1957. The facility is owned by the Mattioli family, which also owns and operates Pocono Raceway.

• South Boston features weekly NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action on Saturday nights during the racing season, headlined by the late model division.

• The track held 10 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races between 1960-71, 35 NASCAR XFINITY Series events from 1982-2000, three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series dates from 2001-03 and five NASCAR K&N Pro Series East contests from 2007-11.

• South Boston held the 2001 season opener for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, an event won by Jerry Marquis. It marked the only event to-date for the northeastern-based tour at South Boston.

• The first NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour race at South Boston was contested on April 4, 2009 and won by Seuss.

Notebook

• There have been seven different winners in the eight previous NWSMT races at South Boston.

• Six different drivers have earned Coors Light Pole Awards at South Boston since the first race in 2009. George Brunnhoelzl III and Danny Bohn are the only active drivers with two.

• Brunnhoelzl, Jason Myers and Seuss are the only drivers to compete in all eight previous NWSMT events at South Boston.

• Brunnhoelzl is the only driver to win in wire-to-wire fashion at South Boston, on April 13, 2013.

• Seuss was the youngest South Boston race winner at 22 years, 20 days on April 4, 2009.

• Ted Christopher was the oldest South Boston victor at 52 years, 10 months, 12 days on April 17, 2011.

South Boston Speedway Data

Season Race #: 9 of 11 overall, 2 of 2 at South Boston

Track Layout: .4-mile asphalt oval

Banking/Turns: 12 degrees

Banking/Straights: 10 degrees

Race Length: 150 laps / 60 miles

Qualifying/Race Data

2014 Pole Winner: Danny Bohn

2013 Race Winner: Andy Seuss

Track Qualifying Record: L.W. Miller, Chevrolet, 14.466 seconds, 99.544 mph, April 14, 2012

Active Category Leaders at South Boston:

Wins

1. Andy Seuss … 2

2. six drivers with … 1

Poles

1. George Brunnhoelzl III … 2

Danny Bohn … 2

3. three drivers with … 1

Top Fives

1. George Brunnhoelzl III … 5

Andy Seuss … 5

3. four drivers with … 3

Top 10s

1. Burt Myers … 7

2. George Brunnhoelzl III … 6

Jason Myers … 6

Laps Led

1. George Brunnhoelzl III … 312

2. Andy Seuss … 268

3. Ryan Preece … 159

Laps Completed

1. Jason Myers … 1,142

2. George Brunnhoelzl III … 1,137

3. Andy Seuss … 1,096

Starts

1. George Brunnhoelzl III … 8

Jason Myers … 8

Andy Seuss … 8

Selected Driver Highlights:
JR Bertuccio (No. 2 Gershow Recycling Chevrolet)

• Has two wins and 23 top 10s in 46 career NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour starts. The wins came at Southern National Motorsports Park and Bristol Motor Speedway (NWSMT) last season.

• Enters this weekend 11th in the points standings.

• In six career NWSMT starts at South Boston Speedway he has one pole (2009), two top-five and four top-10 finishes, with an average finish of ninth and a best result of second here in the spring race this year.

George Brunnhoelzl III (No. 28 Composite Technologies Chevrolet)

• Has a record four NWSMT championships (2009, `11, `12, and `13).

• Has 24 wins, 25 poles, 53 podiums, 65 top fives, 79 top 10s and 3,363 laps led in 101 career

starts.

• Holds NWSMT all-time records for wins and laps led. Ranks second in poles, third in top fives

and fourth in top 10s.

• Has recorded at least one win per season in every year he has competed full-time on the NWSMT since 2008.

• Competed in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour in 2010.

• Has one win from the pole (2013) at South Boston with five top-five finishes in eight starts.

David Calabrese (No. 43 Diamondback Towing Chevrolet)

• Has four top fives and nine top 10s in 32 career starts.

• Scored first career top-10 finish at South Boston in the spring event this year.

• Finished 11th in the final standings last year and enters this weekend 10th overall in 2015.

• His best finish at South Boston is seventh in four starts with an average finish of 10th.

Kyle Ebersole (No. 5 Ebersole Excavating Ford)

• Has two wins, 21 top fives and 34 top 10s in 44 career starts. His first victory was earned at Langley in 2013 and the second came at South Boston Speedway on Sept. 13, 2014.

• He enters this weekend in fourth-place in the standings, five points out of first place (308-303).

• Has never finished outside the top 10 at South Boston with an average finish of sixth and three

top fives, in addition to his win last fall, in five career starts.

Frank Fleming (No. 40 AutosByNelson.com Chevrolet)
• This veteran driver has returned to the seat for the first time since 2012. He has one win

(NWSMT Bristol – 2011), one pole, 27 top-five and 64 top-10 finishes in 104 career starts.

• Finished in the top-10 in the final standings each year from 2005-12, with a career best of fifth in

2009.
• Has an average finish of 10th and one top-10 finish in five starts at South Boston.

Jeremy Gerstner (No. 15 GMR Lawncare/Shady Grady Racing Chevrolet)

• Competing fulltime this season for the first time since 2013, driving for modified veteran car owner Grady Jeffreys Sr.

• Has scored one top-five and six top-10 finishes in 24 career starts with a career best finish of third at Bowman Gray in 2015.

• Has one top-10 finish in two starts at South Boston finishing ninth in the spring race earlier this season.

Trey Hutchens III (No. 14 Wix Filters/All Star Truck & Trailer Repair Chevrolet)

• This Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender has one top-10 finish in six career starts, at South Boston Speedway in just his second career start on the southern tour.

• Has made 16 career starts in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East with two top-10 finishes (seventh at Richmond in 2015 & eighth at Dover in 2013).

• He finished eighth in his lone start at South Boston in April.

Bobby Measmer Jr. (No. 74 Powerhouse Recycling/Lead 2 Real Estate Chevrolet)

• The Concord, N.C. driver has two top-five and eight top-10 finishes in 22 career starts.

• Scored first career top-10 finish on the southern tour at Langley last spring.

• Has made three previous starts at South Boston with a highest finish of 14th in the spring race this year.

Burt Myers (No. 1 Remington SCT/Citrusafe/Speedway Auto Auction Ford)

• The 2010 NWSMT champion has 16 wins, a tour record 28 poles, 67 top fives and 104 top 10s in

126 career starts.
• Finished third in the final standings last season with four wins, 12 top 10s and nine top fives in 14

races.

• Won once this season at Langley Speedway.

• Has two top fives and seven top 10s in seven career South Boston starts.

Jason Myers (No. 4 Adams Towing Ford)

• Has recorded three wins, 40 top fives and 96 top 10s in a NWSMT-record 130 career starts. Has competed in all but one race (2005-Martinsville Speedway) in the tour’s previous 10 seasons.

• Leads the standings coming in to South Boston by one point over his brother Burt and Andy Seuss (308-307).

• Has six top 10s, highlighted by three seventh-place finishes in eight previous races at South Boston.

Ryan Preece (No. 98 Curb Records Chevrolet)

• The 2013 NWMT champion has 15 wins, 54 top-five and 76 top 10 finishes in 120 starts. He also has started from the pole 14 times on the northern tour.

• Has two wins and eight top fives in 13 career NWSMT starts. He has also won nine pole awards.

• Won at South Boston in his first NWSMT start there in April of this year.

Gary Putnam (No. 77 Curb Records Chevrolet)

• Won his first career pole award at Bristol in August and has 25 top 10s in 53 career starts.

• Scored a career-best finish of fifth at Caraway in 2013.

• Has three top 10s and an average finish of 10th in six career starts at South Boston.

Andy Seuss (No. 11 Ideal Finance/Phoenix Motors Chevrolet)

• The 2014 NWSMT champion has 20 wins, 12 poles, 61 top fives and 80 top 10s in 102 career NWSMT starts. His 20 wins rank second all-time.

• Is the only two-time winner at South Boston with wins coming in 2009 and last April. In addition to his pair of wins he has five top five finishes with an average finish of sixth at the track.

• Joins George Brunnhoelzl III and Jason Myers as the only drivers to start all previous eight NWSMT races at South Boston.

Up To Speed:

· Eric Goodale was able to pass Jason Myers on a restart on Lap 124 and held off a late charge by

Myers to pick up his first NWSMT win in his second start on March 15 at Caraway Speedway. The race featured five former or defending NASCAR Whelen Modified and Southern Modified Tour champions in the field with all five suffering either mechanical issues or involved in an accident.

· Andy Seuss was able to hold off Goodale on a late restart and score his 11th career win at Caraway on March 28.

· Ryan Preece kept JR Bertuccio at bay on the second green-white-checkered attempt at South Boston Speedway to score his second career win on the southern tour and first of the season on April 4.

· Burt Myers became the first repeat winner at Langley when he scored his first win of the season at the track on April 11.

· George Brunnhoelzl III broke out of a mini slump to score his first win of the season at Caraway Speedway on July 4.

· Danny Bohn was able to hold off Preece to pick up his first win of the season while only racing part-time this season.

· Seuss was the highest finishing NWSMT regular to finish at Bristol in the combination race with the NWMT to give him his second win of the season and 20th overall.

· Brunnhoelzl won from the pole for his second win of the season at Langley and moved in to the top five in the standings just nine points out of the lead.