June 25th, 2018
RIVERHEAD RACEWAY TRIES TO BEAT RAIN BUT MOTHER NATURE WINS OUT SATURDAY EVENING
Bob Finan PR
Riverhead Raceway management against all odds tried to get Saturday night's NASCAR Whelen All American Series program in the books but try as they might rain would win out in the end just as the first NASCAR Modified heat race took the checker flag. Despite numerous tracks throwing in the towel in the Northeast early in the day Eddie & Connie Partridge and Tom Gatz made the call to forge ahead with the show, even moving up the start times an hour to no avail. The partial washout is the fourth and a half rain out the track has suffered in the first nine weekends of the season, two Saturday and two Sunday shows fell to mother nature in May.
Qualifying had been completed for the Late Models, Eagle Auto Mall Crate Modifieds, Blunderbusts, Super Pro Trucks and INEX Legend Race Cars prior to the light rain that moved in. The starting line-up for the Eagle Auto Mall Crate Modified and Super Pro Truck feature events for this Saturday June 30th will use the completed June 23rd qualifying results. Any cars not on hand this past Saturday will be permitted to start at the rear of this week's feature. The Late Model, Blunderbust and INEX Legend qualifying results from June 23rd will now be applied to the Saturday September 1st feature events. Any cars coming out September 1st that did not qualify June 23rd can start at rear of their respective feature. The status of NASCAR Modified qualifying from Saturday will be determined and announced this week.
In Late Model qualifying former multi-time champion Jeremy McDermott of Riverhead set fast time with a lap of 12.675 this just two weeks after a hard crash in turn one in the Staria Automotive Chevy of Daryl Baker. Roger Oxee of Peconic making a one time start in the Jarrod Hayes owned machine was second quick at 17.721 with Chris Turbush of Wading Riverhead third in his M. Spero Motorsports Chevy.
Jim Laird Jr. of Riverhead set a new track record in Blunderbust time trials with a 14.666 in his Poolsmith Inc. Caprice. In fact the top three drivers in Blunderbust qualifying eclipsed the old track record as Jack Handely Jr. of Medford toured the track at 14.702 and Alyssa Paprocky of Coram was third at 14.749 in her Polar Bear Air racer. Paprocky enjoyed her track record for all of about 30 seconds before Handley went out and set a new standard that Laird eventually bettered.
This Saturday night June 30th is the 68th Year celebration of Riverhead Raceway complete with a Fireworks extravaganza, 4-Cylinder Demolition Derby and a Kids Big Wheel Race. The NASCAR Modifieds will battle for 68-laps and be joined by the Eagle Auto Mall Crate Modifieds, Figure Eights, Super Pro Trucks, the Dan Jones Memorial 30 for the INEX Legend Race Cars and a 8-Cylinder Gut & Go Enduro.
Time trials for the NASCAR Modifieds and INEX Legend Race Cars will start at 6:30 pm with opening ceremonies and feature racing at approximately at 7:00 pm. For further information please visit www.riverheadraceway.com or call 631-842-RACE.