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GOODIE RACING & RIVERHEAD BUILDING SUPPLY SET COURSE TO CHASE ELUSIVE RIVERHEAD RACEWAY NASCAR MODIFIED CHAMPIONSHIP IN 2019 WITH CHRIS YOUNG

Riverhead, NY Dec. 20th.

By Bob Finan


Goodie Racing owners Russell and Jeff Goodale together with the Riverhead Building Supply brand are synonymous with NASCAR Modified racing constantly striving for excellence within the sport. Their iconic team bearing the RBS logos are no strangers at the front of the field at events across the northeast. The 2019 season is shaping up to be one of their most strategically aggressive race seasons to date. To that end Goodie Racing in conjunction rising NASCAR Modified talent Chris Young of Calverton announced the Riverhead Building Supply team will compete for the 2019 Whelen All American Series NASCAR Modified championship at Riverhead Raceway.

Preparation for 2019 at Goodie Racing began at the previous seasons conclusion with the team owners laying the groundwork and preparation to win the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour title. This chase has since expanded to their hometown race track Riverhead Raceway with an up and coming driver and his local race team. Second generation driver Chris Young, 24 has be tapped to represent Goodie Racing/Riverhead Building Supply in the competitive NASCAR Modified weekly racing at Riverhead Raceway. Young’s car will be outfitted in a familiar red paint scheme commonplace with his father for many years.


“To be able to represent some of the people who supported my father’s racing efforts for so many years is not only nostalgic but truly an honor for which I am grateful” said Chris, adding “my mission is clear, I have studied hard, worked even harder and now I have been given the opportunity and a winning combination to make this championship dream come to fruition”.
This potential for success has stoked much interest and excitement for the future. Chris’ goals are to be consistent, win races and take Goodie Racing, Riverhead Building Supply, Troyer Race Cars and his Dad’s memory to the 2019 NASCAR banquet as champions. Chris’ father who is enshrined on the Cromarty Wall of Champions at Riverhead won 33 times in a NASCAR Modified ranking him 4th on the all time win list with a majority of those triumphs coming while flying Riverhead Building Supply colors.

Young indicated his team of associate marketing partners who’ll return for the 2019 campaign include CPC, Ray The Plumber, Aces Landscaping and Hang ‘N Bangers Bar. New to the team will be Arenz Heating & AC.

The quest for the NASCAR Modified championship at Riverhead Raceway will begin Saturday evening May 4th when the historic quarter mile opens it’s 2019 Whelen All American Series.

RIVERHEAD RACEWAY TO HONOR CHAMPIONS AT 2018 AWARDS CEREMONY FRIDAY JANUARY 11TH 2019, KYLE SOPER TO BE FETED FOR NASCAR MODIFIED & LATE MODEL TITLES

Riverhead, NY Dec. 16th.


Riverhead Raceway owners Eddie & Connie Partridge & Tom Gatz will roll out the red carpet Friday evening at Giorgio’s of Baiting Hollow when they host the 2018 Awards Ceremony honoring 12 champions from the past racing season. Leading the 2018 “parade of champions” at the lavish affair will be 2018 NASCAR Modified and Late Model champion Kyle Soper of Manorville who at the age of 22 years old has now authored four tack titles at the historic quarter mile oval. For the first time in over a decade the top five drivers in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series divisions will not only receive a plaque for their efforts but also a 2018 point fund check from track ownership. The seven champions will also receive their 2018 championship rings a tradition started by the Partridge’s and Gatz in 2016.


It will indeed be a very special evening for Kyle Soper along with his NASCAR Modified car owners Wayne and Josette Anderson as well his Late Model owner Rob Pelis. The LM is the second straight for the Soper/Pelis combination but Soper recently hinted in a Area Auto Racing News story that he’ll only return to run the Anderson Modified in 2019. For Cromarty Wall of Fame inductee Wayne Anderson the owners championship is his 7th overall as Wayne was a five time driving champ at Riverhead and also won the 2016 NASCAR Modified title as car owner for Shawn Solomito. Aside from all the championship plaques, ring and point fund check Kyle Soper will also receive the Big Brothers & Big Sisters of L.I. Drivers Cup, a perpetual trophy presented to the NASCAR Modified champion.


Among the five other NASCAR Whelen All American Series champions who’ll be honored January 11th are 2018 Eagle Auto Mall Crate Modified champion Michael Rutkoski of Mattituck and his grandfather/car owner Buzz Chew. Buzz has been a fixture at Riverhead since 1985 when he started sponsoring a pace car for the track which he continues to do to this day. Tom Rogers Jr. and his car owner Keith Repp won their second straight Figure Eight crown while Jack Handley Jr. of Medford is honored as the 2018 Blunderbust championship, the second of his budding career. 20-year old Mark Stewart of Riverhead, a 4th generation driver from the famed Turbush family will enjoy his first career Super Pro Trucks championship with owner Andre Vega, while veteran driver Jim Sylvester of Massapequa will bask in the glory of his first career INEX Legend Race Car title.


Veteran driver Dave Antos of Lindenhurst captured the 2018 Street Stock championship and will be feted at the 2018 Awards Ceremony along with Mini Stock champion Paul Wojcik of Centereach. Both drivers had won Enduro type championships in the past with Antos a past Grand Enduro kingpin while Wojcik was a 4/6-Cylinder champion in the past. Don Nelson Jr. of Rocky Point won another truck Enduro title while Jared Halsey of Southampton scored his first ever 8-Cylinder Enduro crown. Christian Conklin of Riverhead dominated the Gut & Go Enduro class to score a career first championship.


Also to be presented are the 2018 Rookie of the Year awards to the seven NASCAR Whelen All American Series classes. New to the ceremony this year are the Most Popular Driver awards with fan voting via the track web site www.riverheadraceway.comdetermining the winners.


Veteran driver Dave Antos of Lindenhurst captured the 2018 Street Stock championship and will be feted at the 2018 Awards Ceremony along with Mini Stock champion Paul Wojcik of Centereach. Both drivers had won Enduro type championships in the past with Antos a past Grand Enduro kingpin while Wojcik was a 4/6-Cylinder champion in the past. Don Nelson Jr. of Rocky Point won another truck Enduro title while Jared Halsey of Southampton scored his first ever 8-Cylinder Enduro crown. Christian Conklin of Riverhead dominated the Gut & Go Enduro class to score a career first championship.


Also to be presented are the 2018 Rookie of the Year awards to the seven NASCAR Whelen All American Series classes. New to the ceremony this year are the Most Popular Driver awards with fan voting via the track web site www.riverheadraceway.comdetermining the winners.

championship rings a tradition started by the Partridge’s and Gatz in 2016.
It will indeed be a very special evening for Kyle Soper along with his NASCAR Modified car owners Wayne and Josette Anderson as well his Late Model owner Rob Pelis. The LM is the second straight for the Soper/Pelis combination but Soper recently hinted in a Area Auto Racing News story that he’ll only return to run the Anderson Modified in 2019. For Cromarty Wall of Fame inductee Wayne Anderson the owners championship is his 7th overall as Wayne was a five time driving champ at Riverhead and also won the 2016 NASCAR Modified title as car owner for Shawn Solomito. Aside from all the championship plaques, ring and point fund check Kyle Soper will also receive the Big Brothers & Big Sisters of L.I. Drivers Cup, a perpetual trophy presented to the NASCAR Modified champion.


Among the five other NASCAR Whelen All American Series champions who’ll be honored January 11th are 2018 Eagle Auto Mall Crate Modified champion Michael Rutkoski of Mattituck and his grandfather/car owner Buzz Chew. Buzz has been a fixture at Riverhead since 1985 when he started sponsoring a pace car for the track which he continues to do to this day. Tom Rogers Jr. and his car owner Keith Repp won their second straight Figure Eight crown while Jack Handley Jr. of Medford is honored as the 2018 Blunderbust championship, the second of his budding career. 20-year old Mark Stewart of Riverhead, a 4th generation driver from the famed Turbush family will enjoy his first career Super Pro Trucks championship with owner Andre Vega, while veteran driver Jim Sylvester of Massapequa will bask in the glory of his first career INEX Legend Race Car title.


Veteran driver Dave Antos of Lindenhurst captured the 2018 Street Stock championship and will be feted at the 2018 Awards Ceremony along with Mini Stock champion Paul Wojcik of Centereach. Both drivers had won Enduro type championships in the past with Antos a past Grand Enduro kingpin while Wojcik was a 4/6-Cylinder champion in the past. Don Nelson Jr. of Rocky Point won another truck Enduro title while Jared Halsey of Southampton scored his first ever 8-Cylinder Enduro crown. Christian Conklin of Riverhead dominated the Gut & Go Enduro class to score a career first championship.


Also to be presented are the 2018 Rookie of the Year awards to the seven NASCAR Whelen All American Series classes. New to the ceremony this year are the Most Popular Driver awards with fan voting via the track web site www.riverheadraceway.comdetermining the winners.

The Riverhead Raceway 2018 Awards Ceremony will feature a full wedding style cocktail hour Friday January 11th from 7:00 pm until 8:00 pm with the awards and dinner to be presented starting at 8:00 pm. The affair will feature a five hour open bar starting with cocktail hour. Back by popular demand to provide the evening’s musical entertainment the band Noiz will again have guests on the dance floor dancing the night way until the 12 midnight conclusion.


Tickets are $90 each and can be purchased at Riverhead Raceway Monday, Wednesday or Friday from GM John Ellwood between the hours of 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. To contact us please send an e-mail

to riverheadraceway1@gmail.com or dialing 631-842-RACE.


The 2019 Riverhead Raceway event schedule is undergoing some final touches and will be released soon. The 3rd annual Islip 300 date has been announced for Saturday night June 15th., 2019 while the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour dates will unfold Saturday July 6th and Saturday September 7th, 2019.