Riverhead, NY May 6th.
For Brandon Turbush of Manorville his sports life revolves around the track, literally. The son of former Riverhead Raceway Charger champion Rusty Turbush just completed his senior season running track for Eastport South Manor High School and this summer the 17-year old will compete in the entire 2016 Late Model schedule at Riverhead Raceway.
“I’m very excited to be able to run the entire slate of Late Model races in 2016” Brandon boasted after the final practice session recently in the Riverhead pit area, “I really have to thank Jim Becht for this opportunity”. Prior to this season Turbush only ran in the final three races of 2014 and got off to a late start in 2015 making his first start in June. As for his scholastic and collegiate athletic career he’ll enter the University of New Haven later in the summer where he will run both Cross Country & Track and start his major in Forensic Science.
For 2016 Brandon and his team have added some new sponsors to their team with several others returning. Talbot Truck & Equipment of Mattituck, owned by Grand Enduro driver Tom Talbot Sr. has signed on for the Late Model effort. East West Marine, All Star Bowling Center of Riverhead, Hurricane Grill & Wings of Manorville and Port Jefferson, Lolly’s Hut, Middle Road Plantations, Sealing Long Island LLC and Classic Beverage will all be part of Brandon’s first full season.
“With Jim Becht and my father behind me and a great group of marketing partners we should have a good season. All we’ll need now is some good racing luck” Brandon concluded.
The Late Model division runs regularly as part of the Saturday night NASCAR Whelen All American Series at Riverhead Raceway joining the NASCAR Modifieds, Riverhead Modified Crates, Figure Eights, Blunderbusts, Super Pro Trucks and INEX Legend Race Cars.
To download the 2016 schedule of events, rules and entry blanks please visit www.riverheadraceway.com or call 631-842-RACE Monday through Friday from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. Marketing opportunities at the all new Riverhead Raceway can still be obtained by calling the track office.
Riverhead, NY. May 7th.
Saturday’s long awaited and anticipated Riverhead Raceway Grand Opening Night will have to wait another week as this past Saturday afternoon a persistent low pressure system sat over Eastern Long Island forcing new owners and promoters Eddie & Connie Partridge and Tom Gatz to postpone the event. The heavy mist and drizzle would last well into the evening hours after the postponement. The entire Grand Opening Night program complete with a Fireworks spectacular will be presented this Saturday May 14th at 6:30 pm.
Making the wash out tougher to take for all involved was the sight of race car haulers and trailers lined-up three and four wide stretching to the far reaches of the south parking lot as competitors turned out in droves to support Grand Opening Night. Saturday May 14th will find the NASCAR Modified competing in a 40-lap feature event while the Late Models will race 25 laps. The Figure Eights will go to battle in a 15-lap main event while the Riverhead Modified Crates, Blunderbusts, Super Pro trucks and INEX Legend Race Cars will all race 20-lap events.
Once racing is completed the night sky will light up with a huge Fireworks spectacular for all to enjoy. Unfortunately due to the Grand Opening Night being moved to May 14th by rain the Gut & Go Enduro, Bone Stock Demo, Pack The Track Night and Spring Sports Night events and promotions have been canceled for Saturday.
With the rained out May Meltdown Enduro being made up this Sunday May 15th at 12:30 pm this weekend will become a racing doubleheader weekend at Riverhead Raceway. The Enduro race card will include the Grand, Truck, 8-Cylinder, 4/6-Cylinder Car, Gut & Go and Mini 8 classes. The division with the most cars on hand will also have the option to enter and run in a second race for their class and if the total car count hits 250 the division with the most entries will run for a cool $1,000 to win.
Saturday May 14th the pits will again open at 12 noon with practice starting at 1:30 pm. Spectator gates open at 4:00 pm, heat races as well live music in our Turn 3 Beer Garden start at 4:30 pm with feature racing set for 6:30 pm. On Sunday the pit gates will open at 10:00 am for the May Meltdown, spectator gates at 12:00 noon and racing starts at 12:30 pm.
For the complete 2016 schedule of events, rules and entry blanks please visit www.riverheadraceway.com or phone 631-842-RACE Monday through Friday from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm.
Due to a persistent drizzle and the prospect for more rain this afternoon, Riverhead Raceway has postponed tonight’s opening night show until next week
All 7 divisions Modifieds, Late Models, Super Pro Trucks, Figure 8’s INEX Legends, Riverhead Mod Crates and Blunderbusts will open the season plus the huge fireworks display will be on the card.
Heats start at 4:30 followed by features for all 7 divisions.
Rain Rain go away!