4 CYLINDER NOVICE FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. John Houghtaling (Monticello, NY), 2. Kayla Curry, 3. Gene Helms, 4. James Shields, 5. Jessey Torrens, 6. Richard Smith, 7. Vinny DeGraw, 8. Felicia Reichenbaugh, 9. Nicole Nelson, 10. Nick Curry, 11. Adair DuBois, 12. Marisol Torrens. DNS – Dan Houghtaling, Dan VanAken, Keith Unger.
Riverhead, NY. May 7th.
Saturday’s long awaited and anticipated Riverhead Raceway Grand Opening Night will have to wait another week as this past Saturday afternoon a persistent low pressure system sat over Eastern Long Island forcing new owners and promoters Eddie & Connie Partridge and Tom Gatz to postpone the event. The heavy mist and drizzle would last well into the evening hours after the postponement. The entire Grand Opening Night program complete with a Fireworks spectacular will be presented this Saturday May 14th at 6:30 pm.
Making the wash out tougher to take for all involved was the sight of race car haulers and trailers lined-up three and four wide stretching to the far reaches of the south parking lot as competitors turned out in droves to support Grand Opening Night. Saturday May 14th will find the NASCAR Modified competing in a 40-lap feature event while the Late Models will race 25 laps. The Figure Eights will go to battle in a 15-lap main event while the Riverhead Modified Crates, Blunderbusts, Super Pro trucks and INEX Legend Race Cars will all race 20-lap events.
Once racing is completed the night sky will light up with a huge Fireworks spectacular for all to enjoy. Unfortunately due to the Grand Opening Night being moved to May 14th by rain the Gut & Go Enduro, Bone Stock Demo, Pack The Track Night and Spring Sports Night events and promotions have been canceled for Saturday.
With the rained out May Meltdown Enduro being made up this Sunday May 15th at 12:30 pm this weekend will become a racing doubleheader weekend at Riverhead Raceway. The Enduro race card will include the Grand, Truck, 8-Cylinder, 4/6-Cylinder Car, Gut & Go and Mini 8 classes. The division with the most cars on hand will also have the option to enter and run in a second race for their class and if the total car count hits 250 the division with the most entries will run for a cool $1,000 to win.
Saturday May 14th the pits will again open at 12 noon with practice starting at 1:30 pm. Spectator gates open at 4:00 pm, heat races as well live music in our Turn 3 Beer Garden start at 4:30 pm with feature racing set for 6:30 pm. On Sunday the pit gates will open at 10:00 am for the May Meltdown, spectator gates at 12:00 noon and racing starts at 12:30 pm.
For the complete 2016 schedule of events, rules and entry blanks please visit www.riverheadraceway.com or phone 631-842-RACE Monday through Friday from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm.
The New London-Waterford Speedbowl raced the 8 divisions that were rained out Saturday night this afternoon. Throughout the morning it was raining and many people doubted that the track would actually get the event in. Due to this the crowd was a slim once again but that didn’t discourage the racers from putting on a great day of racing as eventually the sun came out and stayed out throughout the remainder of the day.
The first of the eight divisions to race was the Thursday night X-car division. After qualifying yesterday Rich Nye qualified to start on the pole. Nye was able to outrun all other drivers until Dave Gargaro Jr., took the lead away. The race had a finish of Green White Checkered, Gargaro Jr., was able to keep the lead through the last 2 laps to win the race.
The SK Lites were the next set of drivers to take the track for their 25 lap feature. Cory DiMatteo was the man on the pole and was able to keep the lead through the first 8 laps. Tony Membrino Jr., took the lead away from DiMatteo on lap 9 and didn’t look back. There were a total of 6 cautions in the race as well as 2 rain delays. Rain was predicted in the early morning and then it showed up during the second feature of the day.
The third division to race was the mini stocks. Wayne Burroughs Jr., qualified on the pole and lead every lap of the 25 lap feature. Burroughs Jr., was able to hold off other drivers in the event through 5 cautions.
The Mr. Rooter New England Truck Series took to the track next with Dave Koening on the pole. Koening wasn’t able to keep the lead for long when only 6 laps into the race Tyler Chapman took the lead. Six laps later with 13 laps remaining in the event Bert Ouellette passed Chapman for the lead. Ouellette was able to hold off Chapman through 2 cautions before winning the truck race.
The Legends Cars raced after the Truck Series. Jake Johnson started on the pole, but on lap 2 Dana DiMatteo took the lead away. DiMatteo was able to hold off Noah Korner through 2 cautions before he won the 25 lap race. This was DiMatteo’s 24th career victory win.
The sixth division to race at the Speedbowl Sunday afternoon was the Limited Sportsman. Chris Meyer qualified on the pole but, Al Stone III was the driver who took the lead on the first lap. Stone III lead all 25 laps to a victory. This was Al Stone III’s 44th career victory.
The Thursday night Super X-cars were the next division to race. Ray Reed was on the pole for the race and he was able to keep the lead until there was 11 laps remaining in the race. Dave Yardley was able to take the lead away from Reed and hold off Reed for the win.
The final division to race Sunday afternoon was the track’s premier division of the SK Modifieds. Rob Janovic Jr., was on the pole after the redraw. Janovic Jr., was able to keep the lead until there were 10 laps remaining in the race when Diego Monahan took over. Diego kept the lead for two laps until he wrecked on the front stretch. Keith Rocco inherited the lead and was able to keep that lead through the last 8 laps. Rocco held off Ted Christopher for the win. Rocco started 10th in the field and in true Rocco fashion charged his way to the front for his 123rd career win.