Category Archives: Riverhead Raceway


Riverhead Raceway officials announced today the two dates for the annual Technical Inspection days leading up to the 2016 race season at the historic quarter mile facility. Saturday April 9th and April 16th teams from both the NASCAR Whelen All American Series and Enduro ranks can have their cars inspected in the pit area of the track. Inspections will take place from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm both days.

Riverhead Raceway GM John Ellwood and the track’s Technical Inspection staff will be on hand to perform safety inspections which teams must go through and pass before being permitted to hit the track on April 23rd and 30th for the pre-season practice days. Teams are asked to bring complete race cars only and drivers should present all their safety equipment they will wear to the inspectors.

A modest $5 admission fee will be charged to enter the Technical Inspection days at Riverhead Raceway with a maximum of $30 being charged per team. Teams are encouraged to have their cars on hand for either the April 9th or 16th dates so they can report directly to the track on the practice days.

The 2016 Riverhead Raceway season will open up for the Enduro race teams with the May Meltdown Sunday afternoon May 1st while the NASCAR season will start on Grand Opening Night Saturday May 7th. A huge Fireworks spectacular is planned for the May 7th program to usher in the Eddie & Connie Partridge and Tom Gatz era at the Route 58 oval.

The 2016 Riverhead Raceway schedule, rule book as well entry blanks can be found at For information on the comprehensive 2016 Marketing programs and opportunities at the track please call 631-842-RACE Monday through Friday from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm.


Riverhead, NY Mar. 4th.

Riverhead Raceway’s all time leading winning Late Model driver Roger Oxee of Peconic announced early in the off season that the 2016 campaign would be his final season behind the wheel. With that in mind Roger recently disclosed he’ll be sporting a retro look on his machine when the Late Models take to the track for Grand Opening Night at Riverhead Raceway Saturday night May 7th.

Those who are familiar with Oxee have heard him discuss retirement plans in the past but this time the 64 time winner in the Late Model ranks has assured all those around him 2016 will indeed be his last. The driver also known as “RJ” to those closest to him hopes the retro look in 2016 confirms his retirement. Reflecting back upon how it all started Roger said, “my first venture into racing was back in 1979 running two Bomber races at Riverhead”. “It wasn’t pretty but it was a start”.

Fast forward to May 25th,1985 where Roger Oxee would score his first Late Model triumph with Mark Tooker calling the shots as crew chief. Tooker was himself a championship Blunderbust driver. Another noted crew chief Oxee has worked with over the years is recent Daytona 500 winning crew chief Mike Wheeler of Southold. Along the way Oxee has visited victory lane more than any other Late Model driver but like any good competitor, he is itching to get back to his winning ways noting, “I’ve been stuck on 64 for two years now, we have to change that this year”.

Known for red race cars over the years that often won the Best Appearing Car award annually at Riverhead Raceway, Oxee has announced that this year he is going back to the 90’s and away from red. “For my final year of racing I’m going with a look that was prominent on my Beretta featuring a black paint job. I’ve enlisted Wild Child Designs to put together a special graphic design for my final ride”. Oxee added, “I’m also adding Ryan’s Welding and Fabricating on my car for 2016, they built the Beretta that I enjoyed so much success with”. Tom Ryan of Ryan’s would later move onto building race cars for Hendrick Motorsports where he remains to this day.

Roger was happy to announce the addition of a new marketing partner for 2016 as J&R Steak Houses of Long Island has agreed to back the McBetts Racing Engines powered Pontiac. “I’m very excited to have J&R Steak Houses with us for this season with IGA Food Market of Southold and Sophie’s Rest  agreeing to return too”. North Fork Sanitation, Magic Fountain of Mattituck, Eastern Tire, Riverhead Beverage and Village Overhead Door will also return to Oxee’s team in 2016.

“I have to especially thank Richie Gottfried of McBetts Racing Engines my engine builder for 28 years and my career long racing associate Dennis Freese of Oval Speed Unlimited for their lifetime of support” Oxee concluded.

The Late Models will be one of seven divisions of NASCAR Whelen All American Series Grand Opening Night at Riverhead Raceway May 7th. Oxee is hopeful not only to win the 25-lap Late Model race that night but also the season long championship as well. A Fireworks extravaganza is also part of the Grand Opening Night festivities.

For the complete 2016 Riverhead Raceway schedule of events or marketing opportunities at the track please visit or call us at 631-842-RACE Monday through Friday from 10:00 am until 1:30 pm.

Riverhead Raceway Celebrates it 2015 Champions

The last event for the 2015  Riverhead Raceway season was today’s Champions Luncheon.  All track  champions, their family and friends celebrated the season at the Knights of Columbus in Center Moriches. A full house were greeted by master of ceremonies and long time Riverhead track announcer Bob Finan. Bob always does a great job presenting the awards, recapping the previous year telling a story or 2 along the way.IMG_9615 (2)

After everyone finished a great meal provided by TJ Halpins,  a ton of trophy’s from Barbara and Jim Cromarty were handed to the top 5 points finishers in all the regular Saturday night divisions.  A big announcement was made prior to the awards by Bob Finan, this was the last Champions Luncheon. Next year a full  banquet will return on  January 7th 2017 at Giorgio’s of Baiting Hollow, an  announcement  that was well received by all in attendance. 

IMG_9616 (2)In addition to Bob Finan, Mike Cappiello, John Ellwood and TK Tom Kraft helped hand out the hardware to all the winners and champions today and there was a lot of it. Champions received the largest cache of awards with a plaque, a trophy and a champions bag with lots of goodies from Hoosier provided by new track owners Ed and Connie Partridge and Tom Gatz.

The 2016 Riverhead Raceway champions were Tom Pickerell in the Blunderbusts, Lou Maestri in the Super Pro Trucks, John Baker in the Chargers,  Dylan Slepian in the INEX Legends, Jeremy McDermott in the Late Models and Tom Rogers who pulled the double by winning the Figure 8 and IMG_9676 (2)Modified titles in the same year. Tom is the first driver to win 2 championships in the same year since 1959. Tom also moved up to the number 3 spot in all time wins last season and almost tied a season record for wins by winning 9 races,  1 shy of Charlie Jarzombek’s record of 10 wins in a season. All in all a great year for Tom who early on did not even commit to running the entire season. As with all of the champions Tom thanked the many people that work on his car, provide sponsorship and the support their families and friends provide throughout the year.

Additional awards handed out today were “Best Appearing Car” to Bill & Barbara Park -NASCAR Modified, Roger Oxee – Late Models, Tom Ferrara- Figure Eights, John Baker- Chargers, Jim Laird Jr. -Blunderbusts, Jimmy Rennick Jr. -Super Pro Trucks and Greg Harris -Legend Race Cars.  “Rookie of the Year” honors went to  Kyle Soper , who finished second in points in his rookie year -NASCAR Modifieds, Kaitlyn Schober- Late Models, Artie Pedersen III-Figure Eights and Steve Mastro- Chargers.

Congratulations to all today’s award winners and champions from Myracenews.

The 2016 Riverhead Raceway season is only about 4 months away with  2 practices  scheduled April 23rd and April 30th. The 2016 season swings into gear on Sunday May 1st with a big afternoon of Enduro’s.  The Saturday NASCAR Whelen All American Series  schedule begins  on May 7th with a 7 division show capped off with a huge fireworks display. will be at Riverhead Raceway every week in 2016  providing great stories and photos plus news leading up to opening day, I hope you all join us.