Riverhead, NY Jan 21st.

After spending a good portion of the past seven years searching for a quality NASCAR Modified ride to compete in, Sal Accardi Jr. of Deer park announced this week he indeed has landed that ride for 2016 with Connecticut car owner Rich Schlegel. The new combination will race weekly in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at Riverhead Raceway starting with the tracks Grand Opening night May 7th.

Accardi last competed full time at Riverhead  in 2008 but the rising costs of fielding a car weekly combined with a lack of sponsorship forced Sal to sell his NASCAR Modified, a bittersweet choice at the time. Ever since then Sal has been putting out “feelers” for a NASCAR Modified ride. Enter social media. Sal explained, “a buddy of mine Pete Sindone was surfing around on Facebook one day and saw a guy seeking a driver for 2016. Well I took a shot and contacted Rich Schlegel and we starting talking”  Sal noted after nearly a year of speaking back and forth with Schlegel they arranged to meet at the Long Island Auto Motive Swap Shop at Riverhead Raceway in December. “Rich was there buying some parts from Bill Park and we met and struck a deal for me to drive for him” Accardi disclosed.

“I can’t tell you how excited I am for this opportunity with Rich Schlegel” Sal stated, “we will run weekly at Riverhead Raceway and perhaps maybe hit a Tri Track Series race or two, we’ll see”. Sal did admit like most local race teams he and his new car owner are in the process of searching for a sponsor for their newly formed team.

Accardi recently went up to Schlegel’s home in Griswold, Ct. to start the process of assembling his new ride, “we hung the front end among other things” Sal said. The team will compete with a 2 Kwik 2012 chassis underneath them out the shop of veteran racer Rick Kluth. As for their engine program Accardi will keep that close to home on Long Island relying on a Big Sal’s Race Engine with a 18 degree powerplant.

According to Accardi the only detail yet to be ironed out is what car number the team will use, “Rich has raced as the number fifty eight over the years and I was the ninety three when I last drove, we’ll figure that out down the road.”

“I’m like a kid again” Accardi admitted. “I can’t wait for spring to get back to the track. I look forward to racing under the new Riverhead Raceway ownership team of Eddie & Connie Partridge and Tom Gatz. We’re hoping for success and to have some fun along the way”.

The 2016 NASCAR Whelen All American Series will start at Riverhead Raceway with Grand Opening night Saturday May 7th complete with a huge Fireworks display. Sal Accardi and his NASCAR Modified counterparts will kick off their season with a 40-lap feature event.

For the complete 2016 Riverhead Raceway schedule of events and other information please visit To obtain marketing information for 2016 please send an e-mail to or phone 631-842-RACE

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Regan Smith Joins Tommy Baldwin Racing

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (January 21, 2016) — Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) is excited to announce Regan Smith as driver of the No. 7 Chevrolet in 2016.

 As previously announced, Toy State and their Nikko RC and Road Rippers brands will serve as the majority sponsor for the season.
“This is a really great time for us,” said team owner, Tommy Baldwin. “Having a driver with Regan’s credentials further elevates our program. He’s a seasoned driver and a proven race winner. We’re really looking forward to 2016.”
A native of Cato, NY, Smith is equally as eager to get the season started.
“This has been a crazy few days, but I’m really excited that we were able to put this together,” he said. “I have a ton of respect for Tommy and what he’s built there. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”
“Our son Rhett turns one next month, so I’ll be putting in my request for some Road Rippers cars. That’s a pretty good perk too!”
Smith’s career in NASCAR boasts a total of 7 wins, 34 top-five’s and 94 top-ten’s across the three National Touring Series, including the storied Southern 500 at Darlington in 2011.
Founded in 2009, Tommy Baldwin Racing is

a NASCAR organization that fields the No. 7 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Baldwin, a native of Long Island, New York, is a Daytona 500-winning crew chief in his seventh season as a full-time Cup Series car owner.
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