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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.

LARGE TURNOUT FOR FIRST RIVERHEAD RACEWAY TECH INSPECTION DAY LEAVES TRACK OFFICIALS OPTIMISTIC ABOUT UPCOMING MAY 4TH & MAY 5TH 2019 OPENING WEEKEND

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 www.riverheadraceway.com while e-mails reach the track at riverheadraceway1@gmail.com. Our phone number remains 631-842-RACE.

RIVERHEAD RACEWAY TO PREVIEW AMBITIOUS 2019 SEASON WITH TWO FREE TO THE PUBLIC PRACTICE DAYS APRIL 20TH & APRIL 27TH

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 www.riverheadraceway.com. E-mail reach us at riverheadraceway1@gmail.com while the phone number remains 631-842-RACE.