Riverhead, NY Oct. 27th.
It is the most anticipated Champ Kart race of the season at Riverhead Raceway and today officials of the Eastern Long Island Racing club announced the 5th annual ‘Lil Jay Trinca Memorial 48 would take place Saturday November 14th. Brian Slaga of East West Marine recently agreed to return as the title sponsor of the race which will be run in three segments with the winner pocketing $1,250.
“We’re back” exclaimed Brian Slaga in announcing East West Marine would return to sponsor the ‘Lil Jay Trinca Memorial 48,
“we are excited again to be part of this very special race for a very special young man and his family”. East West Marine enjoys a strong presence at Riverhead Raceway sponsoring Ryan Preece in 2015 in both the Eddie & Connie Partridge and Bill & Barbara Park NASCAR Modified entries as well backing Legend Race Car driver Michael Rutkoski among others.
Some 37 Senior Champ Flathead kart teams turned out for the 2014 ‘Lil Jay Trinca Memorial by East West Marine with “Big Money” Richie Davidowitz of East Moriches scoring the rich victory. Davidowitz teamed up with Wall Stadium racer Justin Gumley and his Tony Power Kart Supply team for the win last year and as of press time Richie was unsure of his plans to defend his victory. Nutmeg state racer Bill Sullivan and Riverhead NASCAR Modified pilot Vinny Biondolillo chased Davidowitz to the checker flag in 2014. Kyle Ellwood and Eric Zeh rounded out the top five.
Another all-star field of Senior Champ Kart competitors are expected to turn out at Riverhead Raceway to honor the memory and racing aspirations of ‘Lil Jay Trinca who lost his life in a tragic motor vehicle accident five years ago. Jay’s younger brother Christopher now competes with the ELIR and has won races at Riverhead as well off Long Island in 2015 following in his big brother’s foot steps.
The 2015 ‘Lil Jay Trinca Memorial 48 by East West Marine will be open to Senior Champ Flathead Karts with a 425 pound minimum weight rule. WKA rules will apply. Drivers must be minimum of 15 years old with minors needing a copy of their birth certificate and have a parent or guardian present, no exceptions. A $100 entry fee will include the kart and driver with pit gates opening at 7:30 pm on November 14th followed by a 8:00 am drivers meeting. Practice for all divisions will commence at 9:00 am with two rounds per class. All karts must pass safety inspection before warm-ups.
Transponders will be used for qualifying and teams must start the race on the tires they qualify on. The top 20 from time will be impounded, no tire warmers permitted. In impound only one team member per kart will be permitted and only the cleaning of tires, changing of oil, gear change or the adding of fuel will be allowed. If 30 or more Senior Champ Flathead karts sign-in a B Main would be run with the winner having the option of either moving to the 48 lap feature or taking a cash prize.
As to the ‘Lil Jay Trinca Memorial 48 feature event the race will start off with a two 15-lap segments that will be followed by a third and final 18-lap segment. Restarts will be double file until halfway and if a driver goes down a lap in a segment he/she will not be able to start the next segment. There are no lucky dog provisions. Only the adding of fuel or adjusting of tire pressure will be allowed on the track between segments.
For additional information and updates on the ‘Lil Jay Trinca Memorial 48 by East West Marine please visit the ELIR Facebook page or www.riverheadraceway.com.