Riverhead, NY May 4th.
Popular Riverhead Raceway Blunderbust driver Tom Sullivan announced just days prior to Saturday nights opener his team has signed Action Auto Wreckers & Used Auto Parts of Massapequa as a sponsor. Sullivan who also hails from Massapequa will be going for the win Saturday night in the 20-lap Blunderbust feature just one of eight planned for the Riverhead opener.
“We are happy & excited to welcome aboard Action Auto Wreckers & Used Auto Parts to our team” Sullivan stated while making the announcement. “we are hoping with their support to get back to victory lane in 2017 and make a run for the 2017 track title” Tom was 6th in the final Blunderbust rankings in 2016 posting an average finish of 7.6 in 13 races run. He also indicated that 2016 sponsor A&J Crane Service has agreed to return for the 2017 campaign as well. Sullivan owns and operates Custom Exteriors, a home improvement and construction firm that is also part of his Blunderbust team.
Defending Blunderbust champion Jack Handley Jr. of Medford will start his title defense at Riverhead Raceway Saturday night and expected to challenge the 19-time career winner for the championship are, Tim Mulqueen,Tom Pickerell, Eric Zeh, Tom Puccia, Tom Sullivan, Jim Laird, Scott Maliszewski, Joshua Creel and Bill Wegmann Sr.
Joining the Blunderbust troops on the NASCAR Whelen All American Series opener Saturday night at Riverhead Raceway are the NASCAR Modifieds, Late Models, Eagle Auto Mall Modified Crates, Figure Eights, Super Pro Trucks, INEX Legend Race Cars and a 4-Cylinder Demolition Derby.
Qualifying will start at 4:00 pm with feature event racing going green at 6:00 pm. Spectator admission gates will open at 3:00 pm. For further details please visit www.riverheadraceway.com or phone 631-842-RACE.
Riverhead, Apr. 21st
By Bob Finan
With the start of the 2017 Blunderbust season just days away at Riverhead Raceway former four time champion Tom Pickerell of Huntington is eager to get the new campaign underway Saturday May 6th thanks in part to two new sponsors he signed recently. The driver known as “Slick Pick” announced that Sequel Group and Makely Industries both out of Hauppauge have come on board as marketing partners for the new race season.
“I really can’t thank the Sequel Group and Makely Industries enough for coming on board with us this year” Pickerell commented. “With their support and a little luck maybe we’ll grab that 5th championship in the Blunderbust division this year”. Tom is a former four time champion in the ultra competitive class with his most recent title coming in 2015. His career 18 wins ranks him 4th on the all time win list in the class and Tom hopes to push that total up this year, “we all know what a new sponsor or two can mean to a race team so we are hopeful for a multiple wins this year”.
Pickerell, a second generation driver whose father “Captain” Ron was a six time winner (1995-99) in his Blunderbust career before turning the driving reigns over to Tom. Returning sponsors for Pickerell include NorthportPower.com, United Exhaust Shop, Oval Speed Unlimited, G-Force Kustomz, Customvinyl.com and the family business Pickerell Clam.
The quest for the 2017 Blunderbust championship will start opening night at Riverhead Raceway Saturday May 6th when seven divisions of racing will make up the NASCAR Whelen All American Series opening night program. The NASCAR Modifieds, Late Models, Eagle Auto Mall Modified Crates, Figure Eights, Super Pro Trucks and INEX Legend Race Cars will join the Blunderbusts for the lid lifter.
The complete 2017 schedule of events can be found @ www.riverheadraceway.com, the track phone number remains 631-842-RACE.
Last season, Rob Bader Jr of Holtsville decided to return to his roots and purchase a Blunderbust car. With the help of a few friends, he was able to find his way to victory lane for his 10th career win. It was his first victory since 2012.
This season Bader will again run a limited 5-7 race schedule, however he expects to be even more competitive. For 2017 Bader has teamed up with Wayne Okula from Okula Motorsports in effort to continue his winning ways.
“I’m excited to work with Wayne this year, I purchased Wayne’s car in 2007 when he took some time off. We always stayed close, I needed to kind of get back over the hump after being away from racing a few years. I have some great people that are always there if I need them, but I needed someone a little more hands on. I asked Wayne if he would be interested and he was willing to help get us dialed in.
This off season we upgraded our motor, updated the transmission and other things that needed attention. I’m excited to get behind the wheel and see what we can do.
Wayne is revamping the look of the car completely and it’s looking amazing. I Want to thank Brian Brown, Frank Scimeca Ed Brown and Mike Ledeoux for their help whenever needed.
I’m hoping to find a few more marketing partners to run some more, but am still looking forward to running up front and having fun regardless.” Okula Motorsports offers general automotive repairs, fabrication services as well as racecar set ups. Other sponsors for Bader are FB Performance Transmissions and Roberts Express Fuel Oil.