Riverhead, NY Jan 18th
By Bob Finan
Over the 28 year history of the popular Long Island Daytona 500 Party hosts Bob Finan & Stephen Halpin have incurred a few obstacles along the way including the inclement New York winter weather or weather delays at the Daytona 500. With the Covid 19 worldwide pandemic still in effect the duo wondered about the logistics of hosting the 29th annual Daytona 500 Party in 2021. Those concerns were put to rest over the weekend when Stephen Halpin finalized plans with The All Star of Riverhead to host the 2021 L.I. Daytona 500 Party with free admission for guests.

The All Star of Riverhead Lanes.

“The All Star of Riverhead makes perfect sense on a couple of fronts” Halpin revealed, “their restaurant and bar area are beyond spacious and even with the 50% capacity restrictions mandated by New York State we can have as many as 105 guests enjoy the race”. Addressing other Covid 19 restrictions that might impact the bash Halpin furthered, “it won’t be any different than when you go to your local diner or pub, you must wear a mask to enter The All Star and wear that face covering when you stand up from your chair or table”. Stephen added, “while there will be restrictions in place not having the party was never an option we just had to find a facility large enough to continue it in in a safe and conforming environment”.

“This year more than ever guests are going to feel like they are at Daytona 500 while watching the race at the Long Island Daytona 500 Party” Bob Finan projected, “one wall that is a huge TV screen made possible by combing sixteen 55″ TV’S together with 15 other big screen TV’S available for guests to enjoy from the comfort of stadium style seating”. As for food and drink The All Star will offer numerous drink specials during the afternoon with some delicious items available from their race day menu.

Several long standing traditions will remain intact at the 2021 Long Island Daytona 500 Party including a “Super Bowl” style race pool hosted by CJ Lehmann & Kyle Halpin with one lucky winner going home with a large flat screen TV. Tim Halpin as he has for 28 years will again coordinate the Daytona 500 pools where guests draw 2 starters in the race for $10 with the pool winner netting $200. A 50/50 raffle and other raffles will also be part of the fun.

The Daytona 500 is slated to start at 2:30 pm with doors opening at 12 noon at The All Star of Riverhead to start the various race pools and raffles. The All Star is located at 96 Main Road (Route 58), Riverhead, NY 11901.


OCALA, FL – The Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco makes history with its first-ever visit to Bubba Raceway Park Jan. 26-30.

Dirt Track Digest TV will be there to cover it all.

The ‘Sunshine Swing’ kicks off the 2021 STSS Modified & Crate 602 Sportsman seasons at the uniquely shaped, three-eighths-mile Ocala facility with an Open Practice on Jan. 26 followed by four consecutive nights of racing in the Sunshine State. More than $125,000 in purse money and bonuses will be available to competitors.

The entire STSS mini-series will be broadcast live with multiple cameras on Dirt Track Digest TV (www.dirttrackdigest.tv).

Precision Hydraulic & Oil of Wrightstown, N.J., presents a free “look-in” for all three hours of Tuesday night’s (Jan. 26) Open Practice session on both the Short Track Super Series and Dirt Track Digest Facebook pages (6-9 p.m.).

Individual and full-week purchase options are available for those viewing the ‘Sunshine Swing’ on Dirt Track Digest TV starting Wednesday night (Jan. 27).

Purchase the entire swing for a group rate of $94.99. Individual night pricing is as follows: $24.99 (Wednesday, Thursday & Friday) and $29.99 (Saturday). All purchases include seven-day replay video access.

Visit www.dirttrackdigest.tv to purchase a ‘Sunshine Swing’ viewing package – available now!

The ‘Sunshine Swing’ at Bubba Raceway Park kicks off on Tuesday, Jan. 26 with an Open Practice session.

The first night of racing takes place on Wednesday, Jan. 27 with the STSS Modifieds racing 30 laps for a $4,000 top prize and Crate 602 Sportsman battling 25 laps with $1,700 up for grabs. This event is scheduled to be the 100th Modified race in Short Track Super Series history! Florida residents with ID will receive FREE grandstand admission on Wednesday during ‘Locals Night’ at the track!

Thursday night (Jan. 28) features a 35-lap STSS Modified main with $5,000 going to the winner and another 25-lap, $1,700-to-win STSS Crate 602 Sportsman event.

On Friday (Jan. 29) the ante is upped to 40 laps and $6,000 to win for the STSS Modifieds and 30 laps, with $2,250 to win for the STSS Crate 602 Sportsman.

Saturday’s (Jan. 30) final night of action includes a 50-lap, $8,000-to-win STSS Modified main and another 30-lap, $2,250-to-win STSS Crate 602 Sportsman program.

‘Sunshine Swing’ champions will again be crowned after the completion of racing.

Camping will be permitted on-site throughout the swing free of charge (no hook-ups).

Complete times and pricing have been posted on the STSS website: SunshineSwing2021TimesandPricing.pdf (shorttracksuperseries.com)

All other ‘Sunshine Swing’ info can be found under the ‘Event Info’ tab at www.shorttracksuperseries.com.

Bubba Raceway Park is a three-eighths-mile facility with a history of racing dating back to 1952 as both a pavement and dirt track. The speedway was converted back to a clay surface in 2008 and an overhaul was completed to include MUSCO lighting, a new sound system, modern restrooms, and a reworked pit area.

The speedway was resurfaced with 75 loads of clay in preparation for the upcoming Speedweek events.

Bubba Raceway Park is located at 9050 N.W. Gainesville Road Ocala, FL 34482. Contact the track by phone at 352.622.9400 or visit the official website at www.bubbaracewaypark.com. “Like” Bubba Raceway Park on Facebook.

To learn more about the Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco, visit www.shorttracksuperseries.com, e-mail bdmotorsportsmedia@gmail.com,  check out ‘Short Track Super Series’ on Facebook or @ShortTrackSS on Twitter or Instagram.

Faith; A Journey with God

By Rev Don Rivers

Are you settled in to the New Year yet? No, me either. With the new year comes expectations of better things. So far it looks like the events around us are indicating the ride might not be coming to an end quite yet. Even in the midst of uncertainty we can have faith in God and His plan. Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

At this time of the year we set aside a few weeks to look deeper into God’s Word. For our Winter Bible Study this year I thought I might discuss Faith and some of the unique characteristics it has. Faith is an interesting endeavor; when we step out on faith what gives us the comfort and security we need to forge ahead? Join me as we slow down a little during these winter weeks and spend some time in God’s Word.

How much faith does it take to get into a race car and send it in? We need some degree of confidence that the car is built and put together right. We need the assurance that our crew knows what they are doing and the car is safe. But I’ve seen old and new cars fail, a combination of things that caused a car not to perform the way it was intended and the results can be disastrous.

What happens when the faith we put into others fails? We are more cautious in trusting them the next time. When they fail over and over we conclude they are not trustworthy. The opposite is also true. When we have faith in someone or something and the results confirm our faith was well placed, we gain confidence and our level of trust increases.

What is faith? Well Scripture reveals this definition;

Hebrews 11:1; Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

Assurance and conviction are two words that complement one another, when we are sure, we move ahead with conviction, confident that we are moving in the right direction.

Now this doesn’t mean some of us move forward without being sure, we know the type; they go off with half the story, thinking they know the conclusion. Most times it comes back that they didn’t know the whole story and therefore they did some things that need to be corrected. That happens to all of us, no matter how we try.

Walking in faith with God has its benefits. God knows what will happen tomorrow. God has the power and authority to change things. God loves us and has a plan for each of us to have hope and a future, not to be miserable and fail. If that is the case why would we move forward without first asking God for direction?

There are a few things that come to mind; pride, arrogance, ignorance, envy, rage, misunderstanding, all of these contribute to our downfall. These are the things that get in the way of true faith. These are the things that each of us battle within our hearts and minds. They try to convince us that we know better than God and following Him means we are weak and need help. That is not true.

Do you remember that young man who faced the giant? Do you remember his answer when he took off the armor they had dressed him with for battle? He wasn’t used to it and it would be an obstacle, not a help. He claimed faith in God and His presence would go with him onto the battlefield to fight. The story is recorded for us in Scripture in Samuel 17.

Now David was a shepherd boy and faced many dangers to protect the sheep. He reasoned that if God delivered him there, he would deliver him in battle with the giant.

Samuel 17:37; The Lord who rescued me from the claws of the lion and the bear will rescue me from this Philistine!”

Saul finally consented. “All right, go ahead,” he said. “And may the Lord be with you!”

As David went out to face the giant and in response to the giant’s jeers, he replied;

Samuel 17:45-46; David replied to the Philistine, “You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies—the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. Today the Lord will conquer you, and I will kill you and cut off your head. And then I will give the dead bodies of your men to the birds and wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel!

Samuel 17:48-51; As Goliath moved closer to attack, David quickly ran out to meet him. Reaching into his shepherd’s bag and taking out a stone, he hurled it with his sling and hit the Philistine in the forehead. The stone sank in, and Goliath stumbled and fell face down on the ground.

So David triumphed over the Philistine with only a sling and a stone, for he had no sword. Then David ran over and pulled Goliath’s sword from its sheath. David used it to kill him and cut off his head.

David stepped out on the battlefield with his faith in the Lord God of Israel. He faced the giant and defeated him. He wasn’t equipped with the armament or weapons one might go into battle with but he knew that God would be with him as he faced his enemy.

Faith in God will defeat the giants in our lives that keep us bound up, battling every day for survival. Walking with God in faith gives us the assurance and confidence that with God by our side we can defeat the obstacles that are before us. Whether it looks like we have the right equipment or not.

Now there is a qualification, we don’t get to decide the path we take. God has it worked out and planned for us. We need to seek him with all our heart, mind, soul and strength. When we do, He will be found, He will reveal the steps to take and His plan will guide us down the road of life.

Here are a few scriptures that help reinforce this for us;

Jerimiah 29:11-13; For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.

Proverbs 3:5-6; Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

I invite you to join me on this journey as we learn how to engage with God and allow him to guide and direct our path.

Until next time, remember God loves you and Jesus is Lord over Auto Racing! God Bless. Remember, that your prayerful support and donations helps us continue this ministry. Thank You.

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