Riverhead, N.Y. Jan 26th.
By Bob Finan
The Long Island Daytona 500 Party tradition will continue at a new venue in 2018 it was announced today by party hosts Bob Finan and Stephen Halpin who share the announcing duties at Riverhead Raceway. With the recent closing of TJ Halpin’s at the end of 2017 the party was seeking a new home. Enter long time race car sponsor & enthusiast Brian Slaga of East West Marine who was able to make The Vineyards Golf Club available for the Sunday February 18th Daytona 500 broadcast.
“When I saw TJ Halpin’s was closing I wondered what would become of the Daytona 500 party” Slaga disclosed. “I’m involved with The Vineyards Golf Club and thought our clubhouse will be a perfect fit for this long standing racing tradition. So Stephen and I got together and the party he and Bob have hosted for nearly 30 years now has a new home”.  Brian Slaga has been a loyal sponsor to several top local teams such as Ryan Preece when he drove for Bill Park and more recently for Eddie & Connie Partridge, Michael Rutkoski the 2017 Rookie of the Year in the Eagle Auto Mall Modified Crates as well Brandon Turbush who is an up and coming Late Model pilot. Slaga also sponsors the East West Marine “Go Zone” restart area in the fourth turn of Riverhead Raceway.
“We can’t thank Brian enough for stepping up and making The Vineyards Golf Club and their clubhouse available for our party”  co-host Stephen Halpin offered. “Bob & I actually started this by accident. One year a bunch of us got together at a pub in Rocky Point to watch the race as folks have always done for the Super Bowl and nearly 30 years later it has grown into this”. The L.I. Daytona 500 party offers those who can’t make it to Florida for the race or Speedweek a chance to get together with fellow race fans for a fun afternoon out.
Doors will open at 12 noon Sunday February 18th for the Daytona 500 which goes green at 2:30 pm on FOX. Admission will be $25 per person that will include one box in the flat screen TV pool along with an endless buffet. Budweiser, Bud Light and Coors Light cans will be on special for just $4 a can or buy 5 and get the 6th can free. Big screen TV’s will be set-up around the clubhouse for race fans to enjoy the broadcast of “The Great American Race”. Tim Halpin will again oversee his annual Daytona 500 pools where for $10 you get two cars in the race.
The Vineyards Golf Club is located at 9 Tyler Drive, Riverhead, NY 11901 and for further information on the club please call 631-740-9300
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