When the 2016 Riverhead Raceway NASCAR Whelen All American Series schedule was released over the off season one of the first events that stood out was the Mullet Madness 100 set for next Saturday June 11th. The unique event and coinciding contest has drawn both interest and excitement from both race fans and competitors who equally are excited about the program highlighted by Twin 50’s for the NASCAR Modifieds as well the seasons first Demolition Derby.
The Mullet hair style came into prominence and peaked in popularity in the 1980’s featuring long hair in the back while the sides of the style were neatly trimmed. The Mullet rage was popular with all walks of life from sports stars, musicians, entertainers and the average American citizen alike. Eddie & Connie Partridge and Tom Gatz, new owners of Riverhead Raceway will stage a Best Mullet Contest Saturday evening and recently Gatz announced some prizes for the event. “Our friends at Twisted Tea have provided us with a Cooler/Radio,as well beach towels for the shore, plus a Cornhole game for prizes and we’ll have more to announce the day of the Mullet Madness contest” The Mullet judging will take place in the popular Beer Garden in the third turn midway of the track.
The on track portion of the Mullet Madness 100 will find the NASCAR Modified going to battle in Twin 50 feature events with Shawn Solomito of C. Moriches looking to continue his early season hot streak. Defending NASCAR Modified champion Tom Rogers Jr. of Riverhead is hopeful to be back in form for the race as are two other former champions John Fortin Sr. of Holtsville and Howie Brode of E. Islip. Two young lions have been making some noise early on in the 2016 campaign and bear watching in the Mullet Madness Twins are Kyle Soper of Manorville and Vinny Biondolillo of Farmingville. With an open weekend on the NASCAR WMT schedule some other driver are expected to visit preparing for their June 25th race at Riverhead.
Joining the NASCAR Modifieds on the card are the Late Models, Figure Eights, Riverhead Modified Crates, Legend Race Cars and a 8-Cylinder Enduro. With the seasons first Demolition Derby postponed back on May 14th the Demo warriors will make their first bone jarring & car destroying appearance of 2016 to conclude the Mullet Madness program. The first Big Wheel Race for children will also make a delayed debut after being washed out back on May 21st.
For further event information, our 2016 Riverhead Raceway schedule, rules or entry blanks please visit www.riverheadraceway.com or call 631-842-RACE Monday through Friday from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm.
This week Northeastern Midget Association made the first of 3 trips to the New London Waterford Speedbowl.
Randy Cabral the all-time win leader for the NEMA series at the Speedbowl came to the New London- Waterford Speedbowl for their 25 lap feature looking for his second win in 2 races. The NEMA LITES had the night off. Saturdays feature was the third race of the season for the NEMA midget’s.
Randy came to the Speedbowl fresh off his historic win last week at the Riverhead Raceway on Long Island. “The win last week is really important because Allan Cantor and Adam Cantor were really good competitors and really close friends off the track, we’re really hard racers and it really meant a lot for me to win that race.” Said Cabral.
We spoke to Randy prior to the races and asked him about his car, “My car today has actually terrible, we’ve been working on that we’ll be pretty good for the feature. We’re hoping to get a top three, boy a win would be nice but, I don’t think we’ll be there.” The NEMA feature is the first race of the night with Randy starting in the 8th position on the grid.
The entire 25 lap feature green to checkers with no cautions. Cabral was able to move up from the 8th position to the 6th position on lap 3. That was as far as Randy was able to move up and finished the race in the 6th position, he was right with his earlier prediction of wanting to do well but ending up okay.
Saturday nights winner was #71 Seth Carlson. Seth took the lead at the drop of the green and hold off Todd Bertrand for all 25 laps for his first win of the year and the 3rd NEMA winner in 3 races.
Next up for NEMA is a combo show with the LITES June 11th at the Wiscasset Speedway in Maine.
Brett Gonyaw is one of the many SK Lite drivers at the New London- Waterford Speedbowl. Throughout the 2016 season Gonyaw plans to race at tracks beside Waterford, these tracks include Stafford Motor Speedway and Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.
The 87 SK Lite team may not have many sponsors on their car but, that hasn’t stopped them from having a top 5 in the first few weeks of the season. “Our first week out here at the bowl we got a 2nd place finish and last week during our second race here we didn’t have such a great finish. The car had to pit with 4 laps left in the race, so we didn’t finish as well as we would have liked to.” Said Gonyaw.
“One of the goals for this season is to hopefully get some more sponsors on the car. We’re always looking for more.” Said Gonyaw. Gonyaw is one of the guys who has a small budget for racing and will at times rely on sponsors to help get them back to racing. Gonyaw is just one of many local drivers who have the need for more publicity and sponsorship.
Gonyaw Runs Strong, Membrino Jr Continues Sweep
After a 3rd place finish in his heat race, Gonyaw started the race in the 6th place position. A caution came out on lap 6 for Shelby Donovan and Scott Witt who spun into each other in the turn 4 wall, at the time of the caution Gonyaw had fallen back to the 8th position. Donovan spun again to bring out a second caution when there were 13 laps remaining, Gonyaw had made it back up to the 6th position.
With only 7 laps remaining in the race Gonyaw was in the 5th place position as the third caution flew for Nick Riso and Donovan get together on the back stretch and ended up in the grass. 3 laps later Chris Correll spun in the dirt on the front stretch, Gonyaw had made it up to the 3rd position.
Gonyaw was able to finish in the 4th place position after a tough battle with Corey DiMatteo and Andrew Molleur. Tony Membrino Jr., was able to hold of Cory Barry for the win, this was his 7th win of the season.