Riverhead, NY Oct. 27th.

It is the most anticipated Champ Kart race of the season at Riverhead Raceway and today officials of the Eastern Long Island Racing club announced the 5th annual ‘Lil Jay Trinca Memorial 48 would take place Saturday November 14th. Brian Slaga of East West Marine recently agreed to return as the title sponsor of the race which will be run in three segments with the winner pocketing $1,250.

“We’re back” exclaimed Brian Slaga in announcing East West Marine would return to sponsor the ‘Lil Jay Trinca Memorial 48,
“we are excited again to be part of this very special race for a very special young man and his family”. East West Marine enjoys a strong presence at Riverhead Raceway sponsoring Ryan Preece in 2015 in both the Eddie & Connie Partridge and Bill & Barbara Park NASCAR Modified entries as well backing Legend Race Car driver Michael Rutkoski among others.

Some 37 Senior Champ Flathead kart teams turned out for the 2014 ‘Lil Jay Trinca Memorial by East West Marine with “Big Money” Richie Davidowitz of East Moriches scoring the rich victory. Davidowitz teamed up with Wall Stadium racer Justin Gumley and his Tony Power Kart Supply team for the win last year and as of press time Richie was unsure of his plans to defend his victory. Nutmeg state racer Bill Sullivan and Riverhead NASCAR Modified pilot Vinny Biondolillo chased Davidowitz to the checker flag in 2014. Kyle Ellwood and Eric Zeh rounded out the top five.

Another all-star field of Senior Champ Kart competitors are expected to turn out at Riverhead Raceway to honor the memory and racing aspirations of ‘Lil Jay Trinca who lost his life in a tragic motor vehicle accident five years ago. Jay’s younger brother Christopher now competes with the ELIR and has won races at Riverhead as well off Long Island in 2015 following in his big brother’s foot steps.

The 2015 ‘Lil Jay Trinca Memorial 48 by East West Marine will be open to Senior Champ Flathead Karts with a 425 pound minimum weight rule. WKA rules will apply. Drivers must be minimum of 15 years old with minors needing a copy of their birth certificate and have a parent or guardian present, no exceptions. A $100 entry fee will include the kart and driver with pit gates opening at 7:30 pm on November 14th followed by a 8:00 am drivers meeting. Practice for all divisions will commence at 9:00 am with two rounds per class. All karts must pass safety inspection before warm-ups.

Transponders will be used for qualifying and teams must start the race on the tires they qualify on. The top 20 from time will be impounded, no tire warmers permitted. In impound only one team member per kart will be permitted and only the cleaning of tires, changing of oil, gear change or the adding of fuel will be allowed. If 30 or more Senior Champ Flathead karts sign-in a B Main would be run with the winner having the option of either moving to the 48 lap feature or taking a cash prize.

As to the ‘Lil Jay Trinca Memorial 48 feature event the race will start off with a two 15-lap segments that will be followed by a third and final 18-lap segment. Restarts will be double file until halfway and if a driver goes down a lap in a segment he/she will not be able to start the next segment. There are no lucky dog provisions. Only the adding of fuel or adjusting of tire pressure will be allowed on the track between segments.

For additional information and updates on the ‘Lil Jay Trinca Memorial 48 by East West Marine please visit the ELIR Facebook page or www.riverheadraceway.com.


Riverhead, NY Oct. 28th.

Eddie & Connie Partridge and Tom Gatz the new owners of Riverhead Raceway have begun the process of putting a staff together for the 2016 race season and on Tuesday afternoon they announced that veteran race official Scott Tapley of Poland Spring, Maine has agreed to come on board in the capacity of Race Director at popular quarter mile oval.

“We have heard good things about Scott from the racers and owners that have raced at tracks or on a series where he was the race director” Eddie & Connie Partridge stated while making the announcement, “we feel he is the right fit”. Tom Gatz added, “Scott is a no nonsense official and that is what we need at Riverhead moving forward”. Tom also noted, “Scott is making a huge commitment to us as he’ll be traveling weekly from Maine. We are very excited to have Scott on our team and what he can bring to the future success of Riverhead Raceway. We feel he will immediately have a positive impact at the track”.

The energetic Tapley who currently serves as the Race Director at the Lee USA Speedway in New Hampshire as well the Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park is looking forward to his new challenge on Long Island.”I’m very excited as well thankful for the opportunity Eddie, Connie & Tom have presented me and I look forward to keep the racing at Riverhead Raceway moving in a positive direction”. Tapley will officiate the weekly NASCAR Whelen All American Series events from the scoring tower and be responsible overseeing all on track racing and activity. As to his weekly commute to Riverhead “I love what I do, it’s a labor of love and yes I rack up the miles on my car”.

Aside from his Race Director role at Lee, Thompson and now Riverhead Raceway, Scott owns Tapleydesigns.com a firm that builds and maintains web pages for such clients as Lee USA Speedway, Ryan Preece, Justin Bonsignore and Chase Dowling. Additionally Tapley hosts In The Pits, a weekly motorsports show on WJAB 96,3 FM out of Portland, Maine. In 2013 he served as the Race Director for the Valenti Modified Racing Series and this past season served in that same capacity at the New London Waterford Speedbowl.

Tapley will be working very closely with Riverhead Raceway GM John Ellwood who was part of the process to bring Scott on board. “I’m encouraged with the conversations and relationship Scott and I have built over the last few weeks” an enthusiastic Ellwood said. “I’m excited to be involved with Scott and feel he’s the right man for the job and we will prosper with great side by side racing. I’ll back Scott and give him all the tools necessary”.

Look for future exciting announcements concerning the 2016 season and the future of Riverhead Raceway by following us at www.riverheadraceway.com. To send an e-mail please forward correspondence to info@riverheadraceway.com.

Return to Concord Means Return of Bonsignore to NS Shootout

northsouth11Whelen Mod Tour Driver Hoping to End Season on High Note 

(Concord, North Carolina) – The last time the North-South Shootout was held at the fast half-mile Concord Speedway in North Carolina in 2010 was also the last time Justin Bonsignore raced the event.  Now the race is headed back to Concord, and now Bonsignore is headed back to the North-South Shootout.

The 2014 IMG_5397 (2)Valenti Modified Racing Series champion will be piloting his M3-Tech No. 51 Modified that he usually races on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour at Concord in the John Blewett III North-South Shootout 125 for the Dunleavy’s Truck and Trailer Repair Tour-Type Modifieds on Saturday, November 7.
“It’s a great race track and as soon as they made the switch to go there we were all definitely gung-ho to go back,” said Bonsignore.  “It’s a place that’s fun even in practice when you’re out there by yourself and it produces great racing as well.  I’m pretty excited.”
Bonsignore said the uniqueness of the triangular-shaped race track is what makes him and so many other Modified drivers love the place.
“Every corner is different and you just have to attack the race track the way you drive it,” he said.  “Getting through that dogleg flat out when you’re sideways and battling other cars is just a lot of fun.  It’s a driver’s track.”
A win at the North-South Shootout would be a great way for any driver to finish out the season, but especially for Bonsignore after the tough season he had in 2015.
Bonsignore had just about everything go wrong this year.  Parts failures, crashes, you name it.  But when things clicked, he and his team were as fast as ever, as shown by their strong second-place run in the NWMT season finale at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.
The 27-year-old Long Island driver said that the finish at Thompson won’t necessarily give the team any momentum, but it certainly helps him out as he prepares for the North-South Shootout.
“This season if it could go wrong it did, and you start to doubt yourself at times,” he said.  “So to run as strong as we did at Thompson makes me have confidence in myself and reminds me that I haven’t forgotten how to contend for wins.”
More than that, it’s the North-South Shootout.  It’s a win that every Modified driver wants to add to their resume.  Bonsignore was a contender for the win in the 2010 edition of the event, but mechanical issues ended that prematurely.
“It would be amazing,” said Bonsignore.  “It’s a marquee event.  Any time you can win a race with any driver’s name attached to it, especially John Blewett’s, that puts a little extra to it.  You always want to win big events.  I’ve been lucky enough to win the Richie Evans memorial at New Smyrna, so this would be cool to add another one like that with John’s name.”
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 more on the 13th Annual North-South Shootout, visit www.northsouthshootout.net

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