11/01/15 – Riverhead Raceway Report – Fall Frenzy 2015 Finishes

Unknown4/6 Cylinder Truck Enduro
1    Rob McCormick
2    Ben Gregor
3    Don Nelson
4    RJ Gage
5    Rich Galante
6    Gary Voight
7    Jim Wichert
8    Pete Rabaglia
9    Kenny King
10    Christian Kalbfleisch
11    Jarrett Campbell
12    Gene Burbol
13    Madison Burbol
14    Donald Lawrence
15    Greg DiCarlo
16    Tracy Chirico
17    Hank Hallock

Grand Enduro
1    Greg Zaleski
2    James White Jr.
3    David Antos
4    Brian McCormick
5    Jeff Otto Jr.
6    Cody Triola
7    James Charrier
8    Erick Zegel
9    Brandon Hubbard
10    Phil LaManna
11    Kevin McCarthy
12    Ed Brown Jr.
13    Anthony Pizzo
14    Tom Talbot
15    Steve Trimboli
16    Jamie Meyer

1    Brad Van Houten
2    Bryan Kelly
3    Artie Pedersen III
4    Ray Fitzgerald
5    Kyle Ellwood
6    Allan Pedersen
7    Kevin  Nowak
8    Vinny Delaney
9    Jerry Curran
10    John Fortin Jr.
11    Ed Cheslak
12    Brandon Remson
13    Jeff Otto Jr.
14    Dennis Kurros
15    Steve DeFriest
16    Bill Fitzgerald
17    Kenny Southard
18    Kyle Kwasna
19    Paul Dodorico
20    Mike Romneny
21    Johnnie Gloor
22    Mike Van Houten Jr.

1st 8 Cylinder Enduro
1    Mike D’Orta
2    Sean Fitzpatrick
3    Mark A. Wolf
4    Brian Halsey
5    Kevin Coyle
6    Mike Sorrentino
7    Gary Hubbard
8    Logan Fogg
9    Michael Asdahl
10    Justin Ferreri
11    Tom Sullivan
12    Jim Laird Jr.
13    James Muench
14    Adam Niedzwiecki
15    Dave Kollen
16    Vinny Diprima
17    Patrick McGay
18    Rich Hubbard
19    Rhett Fogg
20    Chris Mayer

Gut n Go Enduro
1    Brandon Petricek
2    Mike Biddlecomb
3    Tommy Walkowiak
4    Bill Quinn
5    Richard Gray
6    Gary Voight
7    Kenny Hyde Jr.
8    Rob Astacio
9    Dave Walters
10    Jason Savoy
11    Brandon Hubbard
12    Drew Kolb
13    John A. Messing Jr.
14    Steve Schuchman
15    Dan Augustine
16    George Astacio
17    Salvatore Nicosia
18    John Palmeri
19    Brian Savoy

4/6 Cylinder Enduro
1    Paul Wojcik
2    Steve Fuller
3    Paul Pimpinella
4    Robert Strobel
5    George Davis
6    AJ DeSantis
7    Paul Salvatore
8    Kevin Augustine
10    Mike Farrell
11    Preston S. Prydatko
12    Steven Brooks
13    Heather Dugre
14    Tony Rispin
15    Jeremy Sullivan
16    Joseph Warren Jr.
17    Ryan Warren
18    Ed Fontana
19    Ryan Warren
20    Steve Trimboli

2nd 8 Cylinder Enduro
1    Jarred Halsey
2    Brian Halsey
3    Rhett Fogg
4    James White Jr.
5    Bob Baker

Myers Wants Bragging Rights in “The Big One” at Concord

northsouth11Southern Modified Driver Looking for Third North South Shootout Win

(Concord, North Carolina) – For 12 years now, the North-South Shootout has been the race that brings together the best in Modified racing from the two hotbeds of ground-pounding action.  Only two of those 12 years has the winner of the race been a resident from the south, and both of those times the winner’s name was Burt Myers.

With the return of the race to Concord Speedway (NC), Myers is hoping to put the south back on top for the first time in five years when the checkered flag waves for the 13th Annual John Blewett III North-South Shootout for the Dunleavy Truck & Trailer Repair Tour-Type Modifieds on November 7.
“I was really excited to hear about it getting moved back to Concord,” said Myers.  “Not only is that one of the best race tracks that Modifieds have ever been on, it’s a fun race track.  I think it’s more exciting for the fans, it’s a unique race and of course we run well there so there’s a lot of positives going into it.  Earlier this year we won the KOMA race there, too.  So yeah, I’m really looking forward to it.”
Myers last won the race when it was held at Concord in 2009.  He also stood in victory lane at the track during the 2008 version of the North-South Shootout, but since his back-to-back wins he hasn’t been able to defend the home turf against the invaders.
Although he wouldn’t admit that there’s a rivalry between drivers from the two regions, he admitted that there are a whole lot of bragging rights on the line.
“We all have a mutual respect for each other,” Myers stated.  “It’s an apple and an orange, but it’s all fruit.  That’s the best way to put it.  Their circumstances are a little bit different than ours and they have a couple rules that are a little bit different and their budgets are extended because of the area that they’re in.  We respect each other, though.  We know that they work hard and they know that we work hard.
“Whenever you see a southern guy win and he gets out and says, ‘that’s one for the south’ and then the northern guy wins and he brags about being from the north.  There’s definitely something there, it’s more bragging rights than a rivalry I think.”
For Myers and the rest of the southern competitors, the race isn’t just about bragging rights; it’s also their biggest race of the year.  Unlike the competitors from the north who have a number of other “big money events” throughout the season, the southern stars have this one “big one” with $10,000 on the line.
“Down here we race 40-45 races a year, but they’re either weekly races or KOMA races or NASCAR tour races, so we really don’t have what you call a big money race,” said Myers.  “You hear of Hirschman winning a big money race or Hossfeld winning a big money race, we don’t have those down here.  For us, this is our big one.  This is our big race.”
Since the announcement earlier this year about the event’s return to Concord, drivers from both the north and south have given their stamp of approval citing how fun the track is to race on.  But why is it so fun for Modified racers?
“You’re on the edge and it’s just a really fast track,” Myers explained.  “You’ve got to have confidence in your car and confidence in yourself.  The way you drive the track is different from anywhere you’ve ever raced.  To try to describe it to somebody that’s never been there is virtually impossible.  You have to see it to believe it and you have to see it to understand it.
“If you see an aerial view of Concord and you tell a man that you nail the gas up in one and you hold it wide open until you get to three, it’s hard to believe that because of the way the track is laid out.  It really is one of my favorite track.”
Myers, who is accustomed to chasing points whether it be weekly at Bowman Gray Stadium (NC) or on the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour and KOMA Unwind Modified Madness Series, looks at the non-points race as a “stress-free atmosphere.”  With no points on the line, the only thing that matters is winning, and that’s what Myers likes to do best.
“We go to win regardless.  When I got to a race I go to win and if you don’t win you say, ‘Okay, we had a decent points night.’  In the situation like the North-South Shootout, you just go to win.  The main thing you’re worried about if you don’t win is having a good enough finish to cover some of the expenses.  But we’re not in it to make money.  We’re in it to put trophies on the shelf.”
Unlike the tight bullring at Bowman Gray Stadium, the Concord Speedway tri-oval is a race track that doesn’t normally reward drivers using the chrome horn on the front of their Modifieds.  Myers says that there are very few spots on the race track where it is safe to make contact without both drivers paying a major price.
“At a race track like Concord you can shove a little bit but it’s kind of like when they go to Daytona, you can only shove so much,” he explained.  “You’ve got to respect the other guys out there and expect them to respect you.
“At Concord if you hit the wall there’s no knocking the spindle off, a lot of the time you’re knocking the clip off.  Guys understand that and it’s somewhat like Bristol, you don’t want a lot of contact, but on the other hand there are certain places where you can use the bumper just a little bit.  If you’ve got a fast car and you know how to get around there, a lot of time you don’t have to do that.”
Whether or not Myers will put himself in a position that may require the use of the chrome horn is to be determined, but one thing for certain is that the hard-nosed racer is just excited to be going back to Concord for the biggest Modified race of the year.
“I love the layout.  I love the pit stops not counting caution laps.  I just love the race period.  It has gained some of its luster back now that it’s back at Concord.”
Entry forms for the $10,000-to-win John Blewett III Dunleavy’s Truck and Trailer Repair Tour-Type Modified North-South Shootout event, as well as the $5,000-to-win Mr. Rooter SK Modified event, are currently available by visiting www.northsouthshootout.net.
Practice day kicks off the 13th Annual North-South Shootout on Thursday, November 5. Additional practice and qualifying will take place on Friday, November 6, with the North-South Shootout main events taking the green flag on Saturday, November 7.  The features will consist of a 125-lap race for the Pro All-Stars Series South Super Late Models, a 60-lap event for the Southeast Trucks, 75-laps for the Limited Late Models, the Mr. Rooter 50 for the SK Modifieds and the John Blewett III Memorial 125 for the Dunleavy’s Truck and Trailer Repair Tour-Type Modifieds.
For those who can’t make it to the North South Shootout, a live pay-per-view broadcast will be available on Speed51.com.  A two-day video ticket can be purchased for $34.99 or each day can be purchased separately. For more information on the live 51 TV broadcast, visit www.speed51.com.
For more on the 13th Annual North-South Shootout, visit www.northsouthshootout.net.

Riverhead Raceway Season Ending Race is a New Beginning

UnknownThe 1st Annual Fall Frenzy November 1st

Usually on the first of November Riverhead Raceway is shut down for the season, all the cars are tucked into their shops, the teams and fans are off at other race tracks IMG_2856enjoying fall racing and plans are already in the works for next season. Well for the first time ever Riverhead will be hosting a fall race of its own.
When Barbara and Jim Cromarty sold the track to Ed and Connie Partridge everyone knew changes would be coming. One of the first announced changes was that the season would be extended until Sunday November 1st. This Sunday Riverhead raceway will roar to life for the first time since September with a full slate of Enduro and INEX Legends races.
IMG_2770What they will see are great fields of Enduro cars, every kind of Enduro that run throughout the season will be there. 8 cylinder, 4 cylinder, Trucks, Gut and Go and always a fan favorite the Grand Enduros. As of Wednesday 165 cars and trucks entered not counting the Legends cars with more entries coming in daily. All the familiar names will be there, Jason Savoy, Branden Hubbard, Mike Mujsce Jr., Tommy Walkowiak, Jim Laird and even the return of Tracy Harris Chirico to the track after several years.
The Legends cars will have a special 40 lap $1,000.00 to win cone race. This will be the first cone race ever run at Riverhead and should lead to some exciting racing. I spoke to Battle of the Sound heat winner and best appearing car driver Kyle Ellwood and he is said he is looking forward to this weekend’s extra distance race.
While the Enduro races will look the same on the track they have a big change of their own. All Enduro cars will be required to use transponders to improve race scoring and IMG_5583 (2)speed up the final rundown after the race. No more scorers keeping track of every lap and using pen and paper to score the race and the lengthy checking off the score sheets after the races to confirm a winner.
I spoke to GM John Ellwood this week and the new owners and staff are ready for this unprecedented Sunday racing in November. Renovations of the track have begun with the removal of some of the old trailers and they have started work on the bathrooms. While far from complete they are just the beginning. Ed and Connie Partridge will be making many changes, new kitchens for the concessions are coming and the 2016 season will be greeted with a new lighting system that the track brought in a lighting consultant to design.
Sunday November 1st 2015, come out to the track to see some great racing and also to be able to say you were there for the first race at the new Riverhead Raceway and the start of something great.

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