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RIVERHEAD RACEWAY ANNOUNCES FOUR RACE CROWN JEWEL SERIES FOR NASCAR MODIFIEDS WITH CHAMPION TO EARN TED CHRISTOPHER CUP

By Bob Finan

Riverhead Raceway owners Eddie & Connie Partridge and Tom Gatz are honored and excited to announce a four race series for the NASCAR Modifieds that will encompass the extra distance races scheduled for the 2020 season, now known as the Crown Jewel Modified events, at the historic quarter mile oval. In addition to the weekly NASCAR track championship points the series will carry a separate set of points awarding the top driver the Ted Christopher Cup. Christopher one of the most successful drivers to ever strap into an open wheel Modified of any kind tragically lost his life in an airplane crash while flying to Riverhead Raceway for a NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race on September 16th, 2017 at 59-years young.

The four race Crown Jewel modified series is the concept of Riverhead Raceway race director Scott Tapley, who along with track GM John Ellwood put the final touches on the series. The chase for the Ted Christopher Cup will start with the biggest race of the season at Riverhead the Saturday May 30th Islip 300, a race that pays the winner a cool $7,000. The second race will unfold on Saturday July 4th during the 70th Year Celebration with the NASCAR Modifieds set to do battle in a 70-lap tilt. Race number three takes place during the annual Baldwin, Evans & Jarzombek 77 Saturday July 25th with the four race series set to conclude Saturday night August 29th during the NASCAR 100. During the victory lane celebration at the conclusion of the NASCAR 100 the Ted Christopher Cup will be presented to the champion of the series. Track management additionally disclosed the Ted Christopher Cup will be a perpetual award much like the Big Brothers & Big Sisters Drivers Cup that is presented annually to the track’s NASCAR Modified champion.

GM John Ellwood noted the rules package for the series that Chief Technical Director Randy Murray will be implementing are the same that have been used during the annual Islip 300. That allows teams who run Modified Racing Series, Race of Champions or Tri-Track Series to run their series rules while competing in the Crown Jewel modified events at Riverhead and chasing the prestigious Ted Christopher Cup at Riverhead Raceway. All teams will be required to run the track Hoosier Racing Tire. The starting field for all four races will be set via time trials with no invert or redraw in play a policy new for 2020 at Riverhead Raceway.

Prior to making the announcement on the Ted Christopher Cup concept John Ellwood spoke first with Ted’s widow Quinn, “had a wonderful conversation with Quinn the other day and she is very touched about what we are doing in honor of her husband. In fact she told me she’s going to try and make it out to the four races and we hope to have her present the Ted Christopher Cup in August” John noted.

The driving career of “TC” indeed is a fabled one spread across numerous race tracks and divisions in the northeast. Ted stood victorious in the historic Riverhead Raceway victory lane 3 times in Whelen Modified Tour competition starting with his win in June of 2002 in the famed #13 and for the 3rd time in 2006 in Eddie Whelan’s #36 machine. Weekly Saturday night racing was a passion for “TC” and in fact Ted spent one summer racing weekly at Riverhead Raceway driving for Wayne Anderson and his Eastport Feeds team with the combination winning once that year in route to a 4th place finish in the championship standings. Teddy enjoyed most of his success at the famed Stafford Motor Speedway where he was a 9 time SK Modified champion totaling 131 wins along the way. “TC” scored four Thompson Speedway Sunoco Modified titles tallying 99 victories while visiting the winners circle 47 times at the Waterford Speedbowl in a SK Modified. Ted’s WMT stats include the 2008 championship and 42 career wins, third on the all-time win list.

Despite all that on track success Ted Christopher remained one of the most popular and charismatic personalities in the game and no matter where or what he competed race fans and media flocked to him simply just to be around the man affectionately known as the “King” to many in the northeast racing community. Riverhead Raceway will honor and remember that legacy this year and for seasons to come with the Ted Christopher Cup.

Additionally, John Ellwood announced that the six divisions that make up the weekly program at Riverhead Raceway will have also have a “Triple Crown” series in 2020 presented by Miller Lite the details of which will be released next week.

The 2020 NASCAR Weekly Series at Riverhead Raceway will open Saturday May 9th with the NASCAR Modifieds, Late Models. Crate Modifieds, Figure Eights, Blunderbusts, Super Pro Trucks and INEX Legend Race Cars all in action. Two practice days will proceed opening night on Saturday afternoon April 25th and May 2nd. The May Meltdown Enduro program will hit the track Sunday afternoon May 3rd.

The complete 2020 schedule will be revealed at www.riverheadraceway.com after January 1st

GSPSS Headed to Beech Ridge Speedway

Walpole NH – For the first time ever, The Granite State Pro Stock Series will contest an event at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway. The track has held Pro Stock races both weekly and as host to touring series since the track was paved in 1986.

   The series will make its debut at the Scarborough ME oval on Friday night, July 24. The race will be 100 laps of green flag racing and qualifying will include the ultra-popular Crazy Horse Racing fast time challenge as well as heat races and a consi if needed.

   This race has been several years in the making and all parties involved are extremely excited to finally have it come together. “Andy and I have discussed an event multiple times over the last few years”, stated series President Mike Parks. “As our rules packages have gotten more similar we felt that this was the right time to collaborate.” Parks then added, “we have been trying to get the series back to the state of Maine and with the support of Beech Ridge we have achieved that goal.”

   The commonality of rules between the series and the track will allow the weekly regulars at the track to compete with the traveling stars of the GSPSS. In 2019 the track began mandating the same American Racer tire for their weekly competitors which will help keep the cost for the racers in check.

   “The GSPSS is a good fit for our teams,” stated track owner Andy Cusack after finalizing the deal with Parks. “Our pro series rules package works with the series and we look forward to watching our regulars and the series regulars race together.” Cusack went on to say, “Beech Ridge teams have always done well with their home track advantage which should make for some great racing.”

   Parks then added, “Beech Ridge has a very solid field of Pro Series cars and the GSPSS teams will have to be on their game. We are looking forward to this event and putting on an exciting show for all the fans.”

   2019 series champion Joey Doiron is one competitor who looks forward to this event. Beech Ridge is just 40 miles from his shop and is a track he grew up going to. “This event will be really good for the series and it will be good exposure in the state of ME,” said the two time PASS winner at the facility. “I don’t believe the fans from ME are aware of the great strides the series has made in the last two years and how far it has come. It will be good for them to see what Granite State has to offer.”

   Also excited for this event is 2019 Beech Ridge track champion Dave Farrington. “I’ve always been an advocate for The GSPSS to run at Beech Ridge. Hopefully we will even see some of the series regulars coming up for a weekly show or two to test.” The former series winner went on to say, “This is certainly an event we will have circled on our calendar. I especially look forward to the qualifying procedure so we don’t have to start in the back like we do with our weekly handicap.”

   The complete schedule is set to be released sometime in December but race fans can look forward to an exciting line up of events. The series will open at the Claremont Motorsports park Saturday April 25 and fans can mark Friday July 24 as a must see event at Beech Ridge.

   For more information go to www.gspss.net or visit them at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You can also check out www.Claremontmotorsportspark.com or www.beechridge.com

Our Motorsports to Compete in the NASCAR Xfinity Series Full-Time in 2020

October 30, 2019 (Mooresville, NC) – Our Motorsports will compete in the NASCAR Xfinity Series starting in the 2020 NASCAR season. Our Motorsports will field the No. 02 Chevrolet, starting at the series opener at Daytona International Speedway in the NASCAR Racing Experience 300 in February. 

Our Motorsports is a North Carolina based team, owned and operated by Massachusetts native, Chris Our. Competing in both the NASCAR Whelen Modified Series and the ARCA Menards Series, Our Motorsports has had much success between the two competitive series. 

“We’re excited to be expanding to compete in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2020. NASCAR’s marketing platform offers an opportunity like no other for both our existing partners and potential new partners. We have a great group of employees at Our Motorsports, who continue to work hard to grow the team. I am looking forward to getting to Daytona in February and seeing the No. 02 on the track,” said team owner, Chris Our. 

Managing the team is NASCAR Whelen Modified Champion and driver, Andy Seuss. Seuss, a New Hampshire native, has been competing under the Our Motorsports banner for over two years, in the ARCA Menards Series, as well as managing the day-to-day operations of the race team in Statesville, North Carolina. While Seuss is expected to drive the No. 02 Chevrolet throughout the season, an official driver line-up will be announced in January.

“Chris Our has been a huge influence and supporter of helping to continue the dream of competing at the highest level in NASCAR,” commented Andy Seuss. “He is a great guy, whose passion for motorsports has helped countless drivers over the years live their dreams to compete for wins every weekend.”   

In addition to competing full-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, Our Motorsports will continue to compete part-time in the ARCA Menard’s Series, fielding the No. 02 Chevrolet, starting at Daytona International Speedway, the weekend prior to the Xfinity season opener. Our Motorsports will also have a full display of the NASCAR Xfinity program at CONEXPO, “North America’s Largest Construction Trade Show,” in Las Vegas in March 2020. 

For more information on Our Motorsports, follow along on social media; FacebookTwitter or Instagram. For information on becoming a partner of Our Motorsports, email ourmotorsports02@gmail.com.