Riverhead, NY. Jan. 21stBy Bob Finan
Veteran Riverhead Raceway broadcasters Bob Finan and Stephen Halpin have announced plans for their 28th annual Long Island Daytona 500 Party Sunday February 16th, 2020 with the popular bash moving right next door to the track where they call the weekly racing action. The L.I. Daytona 500 Party will be moving to Buffalo Wild Wings of Riverhead which sits in the shopping plaza just east of Riverhead Raceway and as was the case at the first party back in 1992 admission will be free!
“We are going back to basics for 2020” an enthusiastic party co-host Stephen Halpin noted, “over the last few years for various reasons we had to tack on a fee for admission but not this year”. For his part Bob Finan feels the party is returning to it’s roots, “back in 1992 in Rocky Point a bunch of us got together for a Super Bowl style party for the 500 plain and simple. With the size of Buffalo Wild Wings we can return to those basics this year and eliminate the admission fee which we both hated to do in the first place”. For the 500 the surround sound will be pumping throughout the spacious Buffalo Wild Wings facility during the “Great American Race” with $3 Miller Lite and Coors Light beer specials offered. During the 500 the wait staff will be circulating with free appetizers for party goers to enjoy. No reservations will be needed for the L.I. Daytona 500 Party.
The popular race pools that have become customary over the years at the L.I. Daytona 500 Party will be back for 2020 including Tim Halpin’s 500 pool where for $10 you get two cars in the race and a chance to pocket $200. It is not uncommon for “TV” Tim to sell 7 or 8 of these type pools and folks can enter as often as they’d like. Kicking it up a notch there will be “football style” box pools with two lucky winners going home with big screen, flat screen TV. Among the other prizes one lucky winner will get the choice for two garage passes for the NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway or Dover International Speedway. Pools are available starting at 12 noon the day of the Daytona 500 which takes the green flag at approximately 2:30 pm.
Buffalo Wild Wings is in the retail shopping plaza at 1761 Old Country Road (Route 58) in Riverhead, NY 11901 conveniently located just two miles east off Long island Expressway exit 73. Buffalo Wild Wings shares the plaza with other retailers Five Below, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Christmas Tree Shop which will afford the racing wives and girlfriends who might want to take a break from the 500 mile race an opportunity to do some shopping.