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RIVERHEAD RACEWAY PITS AT CAPACITY FOR SATURDAY PRACTICE DAY, OPENING WEEKEND SET FOR THIS SATURDAY & SUNDAY

Riverhead, NY Apr. 27th.By Bob Finan
If Saturday’s practice day at Riverhead Raceway is any indication the 2019 season is going to be both a successful and busy one as each and every parking spot in the pit area was occupied for the test & tune session. With practice day in the books all signs point to opening weekend this week Saturday May 4th and Sunday May 5th. Saturday evening seven NASCAR Whelen All American Series divisions will go to post headlined by a NASCAR Modified 50-lap feature while Sunday afternoon the 34th season of Enduro racing will commence with five classes in action.

On track action was spirited throughout the afternoon with track officials getting in five rounds of practice for the NASCAR stock cars as well the Street Stocks and Mini Stocks. Kyle Soper of Manorville was putting the Wayne & Joette owned machine through it’s paces as the team readies to defend their 2018 title. Soper meanwhile has relinquished his seat in the Rob Pelis Late Model for whom he won two championships in a row but Rob hasn’t missed a beat as he was on hand with his new driver former multi-time LM kingpin Jeremy McDermott of Riverhead.

Reining Figure Eight champion Tom Rogers Jr. was on hand with his Keith Repp owned Chevy Coupe as was 2018 INEX Legend Race Car champ Jim Sylvester of Massapequa in his self owned mount. Last year’s Crate Modified champion Michael Rutkoski of Mattituck was busy this past saturday running a Keith Rocco SK Modified at Stafford Motor Speedway and was not at Saturday’s session but plenty of Crate Mods were on hand. With Jack Handley Jr. of Medford indicating he’ll not defend his Blunderbust title in 2019 that championship chase will be wide open and several BB teams were on hand gearing up for a run at the vacated title. 2018 Super Pro Truck champion Mark Stewart of Riverhead was missing as he attended his grandfather Dan’s wedding in the afternoon but he is expected to defend his SPT against a 2019 roster that will include several newcomers.


Two hard impacts during the course of the afternoon were the only blemish on the day. In the first Crate Modified session veteran and former LM champion Peter Bertuccio of Bohemia made hard contact with the first turn wall due to what appeared to be a stuck throttle. Peter after gathering his thoughts emerged from the heavily damaged car and rode off the track on a golf cart with NASCAR official Mike Cappiello shaken but otherwise okay. Later in the day veteran INEX Legend Race Car driver Silas Hiscock of Bridgehampton slammed the fourth turn wall at full throttle. Hiscock was extricated from his car and transported to Peconic Bay Hospital for evaluation & treatment. It was determined there Silas needed to be transported to Stony Brook University Hospital for additional evaluation and treatment. 

Dave Antos of Lindenhurst the 2018 Street Stock champion and Jared Halsey of Southampton the 8-Cylinder Enduro champion were part of the practice day preparing for this Sunday’s opening day for the cars and stars of Enduro racing. 2019 will see the Enduro classes perform on Saturday night more than they have in the past as after the May 5th opener only one other stand alone Sunday show is scheduled for September 29th. Paul Wojick of Centereach was the 2018 Mini Stock champion while Don Nelson Jr. of Rocky Point topped the Truck points and Christian Conklin of Riverhead won his first career Gut & Go title last year, all three are also expected to defend their crowns in 2019.


Saturday evening will see the mighty NASCAR Modifieds going 50 laps on opening night and be joined by the Late Models (25), Crate Modifieds (25), Figure Eights (15), Blunderbusts (20), Super Pro Trucks (20) and INEX Legend Race Cars (20). Track officials will release start times for Saturday on the track web site early this week. On Sunday the Street Stocks, Mini Stocks, Trucks, 8-Cylinders and Gut & Go 4/6-Cylinder feature event distance will be as they have in the past determined by car counts. Sunday racing will start at 12:30 pm, pits will open at 10:00 am.


The complete 2019 schedule of events can be viewed at www.riverheadraceway.com. E-mails reach the track at riverheadraceway1@gmail.com with the phone number remaining 631-842-RACE. Those seeking information on the Rusty Wallace Driving Experience are asked to visit racewithrusty.com

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RAIN WASHES OUT FIRST PRACTICE DAY AT RIVERHEAD RACEWAY, SECOND TEST & TUNE SESSION SET FOR THIS SATURDAY

Riverhead, NY Apr. 20thBy Bob Finan
Rain showers moved in over Long island in the early hours of Saturday morning and with a forecast for more rain into the afternoon Riverhead Raceway management was forced to cancel the first of two practice days scheduled at the track. The second practice day will unfold this Saturday April 27th and will feature free grandstand admission with warm-ups starting at 12 noon.


“Going to be a bust day” quipped GM John Ellwood as he looked forward to this Saturday’s practice day, “our schedule however will remain intact. Pit windows will open at 9:00 am, safety tech will start as soon as the haulers enter the pits and cars will hit the track at high noon”. One thing working in favor of track management and competitors is a high number of cars turned out over the first two weeks of April for safety tech inspection days hosted by the track, that should lighten the amount of teams that must complete that process before practicing Saturday.


Spectators will enjoy free admission into the grandstand seating area enjoying a sneak preview of what will be a very busy season of racing at Riverhead Raceway starting with opening weekend. The 2019 NASCAR Whelen All American Series will kick off with seven divisions of racing Saturday evening May 4th headlined by the NASCAR Modifieds who will run a 50-lap main event. Late Models, Crate Modifieds, Figure Eights, Blunderbusts, Super Pro Trucks and INEX Legend Race Cars. Opening weekend will be completed the very next afternoon Sunday May 5th with five classes of Enduro action featuring the Street Stocks and Mini Stocks. Rounding out the matinee will be a Truck, 8-Cylinder and 4/6-Cylinder Gut & Go Enduro.


The complete 2019 Riverhead Raceway schedule of events can be viewed at www.riverheadraceway.com. E-mails reach the track at riverheadraceway1@gmail.com. Those seeking information on the Rusty Wallace Driving Experience should visit racewithrusty.com

HISTORIC 1,821 LAPS OF NASCAR MODIFIED RACING SCHEDULED FOR 2019 AT RIVERHEAD RACEWAY, REGULAR FEATURE EVENT DISTANCE EXTENDED TO 50-LAPS

Riverhead, NY Apr. 10th. 

Fans who love the open wheel racing excitement of Tour Type NASCAR Modifieds can quench their thirst for their favorite form of racing at Riverhead Raceway in 2019 as track owners Eddie & Connie Partridge and Tom Gatz have scheduled a historic 1,821 laps of feature event racing.

The action will begin on Saturday evening May 4th when the 2019 NASCAR Whelen All American Series swings into action with a seven division program featuring a 50-lap main event for the NASCAR Modifieds. During the winter track management announced the distance for a regular Saturday feature would be stretched from 40 to 50-laps.

Kyle Soper of Manorville will defend both his Riverhead Raceway and New York State NASCAR Whelen All American Series title starting with the May 4th lid-lifter. Most of the drivers who finished behind Soper in the 2018 championship chase are expected back in an effort to dethrone the young driving talent. Tom Rogers Jr. of Riverhead, John Fortin Sr. of Holtsville, John Beatty Jr. of Merrick, Dave Brigati of Calverton, Chris Young of Calverton, Roger Turbush of Riverhead and Eddie Brunnhoelzl III of Levittown are all planning on a busy season of racing at the historic quarter mile oval. 2018 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Justin Bonsignore of Holtsville is expected to make as many as 10 starts in ’19 for car owners Denise & Ken Darch who finished 10th in points in 2018 with Brad Van Houten.


After the opening night 50-lapper the NASCAR “Mod Squad” will return for week two on May 11th for a 75-lap contest with time trial qualifying with 50-lap events slated for May 18th and Memorial Day weekend May 25th. Business certainly picks-up in June with five race meets planned starting with another 75-lap tilt on June 1st. After a 50-lapper on June 8th the stage will be set for the 3rd annual Islip 300, the signature event on the 2019 Riverhead Raceway schedule Saturday June 15th. Early indications are defending race winner and current Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series rookie Ryan Preece of Berlin, Ct. is planning on running the 300 as the MENCS enjoying an off weekend. The month of June will conclude with a 50-lap event on June 22nd while a 69-lap feature set for the 69th Year Celebration complete with Fireworks Saturday June 29th.


The first of the two traditional NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour events at Riverhead will kick off the month of July off in high gear Saturday night July 6th, a race defending WMT champion Justin Bonsignore is looking forward having swept both races at his home track on his way to the 2018 championship. The one and only scheduled Wednesday night race for the NASCAR Modifieds will unfold on July 10th and be followed by an off night Saturday July 13th. To close out July a 50-lapper on July 20th will proceed the popular Baldwin, Evans & Jarzombek 77 that will close out the month July 27th.


August, like June features five Saturdays in the month with 50-lap races planned for the first three weeks August 3rd, 10th & 17th. A 75-lapper will highlight the August 24th race program with a 50-lap feature closing out the month August 31st the Saturday of Labor Day weekend.


The NASCAR WMT returns to start the month of September with their second 200-lap contest that could turn out be a “wild card” race in determining the 2019 NASCAR WMT champion. The lone 100-lap NASCAR Modified race of 2019 will be presented September 14th while 50-lap races September 21st & 28th will close out the busy season of racing.


Joining the NASCAR Modifieds on Saturday nights starting with the May 4th opener are the Late Models, Crate Modifieds, Figure Eights, Blunderbusts, Super Pro Trucks and INEX Legend Race Cars. The 34th season of Enduro racing will be ushered in Sunday afternoon May 5th with a full card of Street Stock, Mini Stock, Truck, 8-Cylinder and 4/6-Cylinder Gut & Go racing planned.


A sneak preview of the 2019 season will be available to race fans Saturday April 20th and again April 27th when the track presents two pre-season practice days featuring free grandstand admission for spectators. 

The complete schedule of events can be viewed at www.riverheadraceway.com while e-mails reach us at riverheadraceway1@gmail.com. Our phone number remains 631-842-RACE.