Category Archives: Riverhead Raceway


Riverhead, NY Apr. 6th.
Riverhead Raceway track officials were pleasantly surprised this past Saturday at the turnout of race teams for the track’s first Safety Tech Inspection day held in the newly re-paved pit area of the track. GM John Ellwood and Technical Inspection Director Randy Murray tallied up 42 cars that passed through the technical inspection area on a bright sunny spring day. The 2019 race season is fast approaching as the NASCAR Whelen All American series will open Saturday evening May 5th with a seven division program to be followed by the Enduro season opener the next afternoon May 5th with five classes in action.

“When I came down the driveway in the morning there were already several race teams staged waiting to get into the pit area” John Ellwood beamed. Indeed a pleasant scene as over the years cars would trickle in during the course of the inspection days but this year was different. Ellwood added, “I’ve been doing this for a decade now and by far the 42 cars that passed though here were the most for our first Safety tech Inspection day”. Given the fact that several Riverhead Raceway drivers were either racing or working with other race teams at the annual Northeast opening Icebreaker at the Thompson Motorsports Park makes the turnout at Riverhead that much more impressive.

All 12 divisions that call the 69 year old Riverhead Raceway home were represented Saturday and race teams are reminded a second Safety Tech Inspection day is slated for this Saturday April 13th. Pit gates will open at 10:00 am and there is a $20 per car inspection fee. There is no fee for team members. Teams are reminded no car will be permitted to take to the track for the two practice days April 20th & April 27th without first going through and passing Safety Tech and displaying a 2019 inspection sticker. 

On track activity commences during the aforementioned two practice days April 20th & 27th featuring free grandstand admission for spectators. Pit windows will open at 9:00 am with Safety Tech Inspection opening shortly thereafter. Practice will start at 12 noon for the seven Saturday night NASCAR/INEX divisions plus Street Stocks and Mini Stocks and run in rotation into the afternoon. Later in the day the three remaining Enduro divisions will have the track for their test & tune session. Pit admission will be $36 for those with NASCAR/INEX licenses, $56 for those without licenses.

The entire 2019 schedule of events can be viewed by visiting while e-mails reach the track at Our phone number remains 631-842-RACE.


Riverhead, NY Apr. 3rd.By Bob Finan

A sneak preview to a very ambitious 2019 race season at Riverhead Raceway will be available to Long Island race fans with two free to the public practice days at the historic quarter mile oval Saturday afternoon April 20th and April 27th. The two test & tune sessions lead up to the opening weekend that will see the 2019 NASCAR Whelen All American Series opener set for Saturday evening May 4th while the 34th season of Enduro racing kicks off the very next afternoon Sunday May 5th.

Track owners Eddie & Connie Partridge and Tom Gatz will swing the general admission gates to the track open for the free grandstand seating for fans to enjoy the NASCAR and INEX stock cars practice rounds starting at 12 noon. Rotating practice for the NASCAR Modifieds, Late Models, Crate Modifieds, Figure Eights, Blunderbusts, Super Pro Trucks and INEX Legend Race Cars will run into the afternoon. The Street Stocks and Mini Stocks practice sessions will be included in the NASCAR warm-up cycle allowing teams in the nine classes ample time to make adjustments to their cars between rounds.

Once the NASCAR practice is deemed complete by track officials the track will be turned over to Enduro competitors in the Truck, 8-Cylinder and 4/6-Cylinder Gut & Go classes as they ready for their opener May 5th.

The pit window will open at 9:00 am on April 20th and April 27th with the technical inspection area opening as the haulers enter the pit area. Teams that did not go through and pass safety tech prior to the two practice days must first go through that process before being permitted on track for warm-ups. On track activity will commence at 12 noon.

Among the capital improvements races teams and fans alike will immediately notice during the practice days are a freshly paved pit area along with track repairs in the third and fourth turn of the race track. The on track improvement focused on the noticeable “dip” in the center of the turn. Crews milled the asphalt down did major patchwork and re-paved the repaired area.

Saturday May 4th seven divisions will go to post in the 2019 NASCAR Whelen All American Series lid lifter headlined by a 50-lap NASCAR Modified main event. Sunday May 5th five divisions of racing will usher in the news season of Enduro racing led by the Street Stocks and Mini Stocks. 

The complete 2019 schedule of events can be viewed at E-mail reach us at while the phone number remains 631-842-RACE.


Riverhead, NY Mar. 19thBy Bob Finan
With the 69th season of stock car racing at Riverhead Raceway rapidly approaching activity at the popular quarter mile oval has been picking up leading up to opening weekend Saturday May 4th and Sunday May 5th. Today GM John Ellwood released information concerning the two safety tech inspection days on April 6th & April 13th as well for the two practice days Saturday April 20th & April 27th.

In making the announcement John Ellwood disclosed that Randy Murray and his Riverhead Raceway tech staff will be available from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm on both April 6th & April 13th for safety tech inspection. Competitors are reminded that any race car that plans on taking part in the two practice days must first go through and pass safety tech inspection and have a sticker indicating they have done so. The inspection days are open to all divisions that race at the track whether it is with the weekly NASCAR Whelen All American Series or Enduro series. If weather conditions permit engine tech will also take place during both safety tech inspection days. There will be a $20 per car inspection fee for Murray and his hard working inspection staff.

The schedule for the practice days at the track Saturday April 20th & 27th Ellwood noted the pit windows would open at 9:00 am with cars entering the pits shortly thereafter. For teams unable to attend the previously scheduled safety tech inspection days the inspection area will also be opening at 9:00 am. On track activity will commence at 12 noon with the NASCAR Whelen All American Series and INEX Legend Race Cars taking to the track for several rounds of practice. Later in the afternoon the Enduro teams will take over the track to shake their machines down in preparation for the 34th season of Enduro racing at Riverhead Raceway.

As is tradition free grandstand admission will be available for race fans on the two practice days while those entering the pits will find admission $36 with a NASCAR/INEX License, $56 for those without a license. Race teams will find a freshly re-paved pit area greeting them at the track in 2019 courtesy track owners Eddie & Connie Partridge and Tom Gatz. Also under repair for the 2019 race season is the third and fourth turn are of the track as management hopes to eliminate the dip in the center of the corner while making repairs to the pavement.

The complete 2019 Riverhead Raceway schedule of events can be viewed at Comprehensive marketing opportunities are also available for 2019 on both a seasonal of individual basis along with a complete billboard package.  For marketing information contact either John Ellwood or Bob Finan at 631-842-RACE or via a Facebook private message. E-mails reach the track at