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Riverhead Raceway Inks Two NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Events For 2013 Season - June 29th And September 14th

During the recent NASCAR Whelen Champion's Celebration held the second weekend of December in Charlotte, N.C., Riverhead Raceway owners and promoters Barbara & Jim Cromarty announced in conjunction with NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour officials that the fabled tour will make two stops on Long Island in 2013. The cars and stars of the NASCAR WMT will first compete at Riverhead on Saturday June 29th with a second race set for Saturday September 14th; both races will use the "Flash" format.

Riverhead Raceway and the Thompson, Ct. Speedway remain the only two tracks that have hosted at least one NASCAR WMT race since the inception of the tour in 1985. In fact the first year of the WMT in 1985, the Cromarty's swung their gates open to the WMT for three mid-week programs with Jimmy Spencer of Berwick, pa winning the first two before NASCAR Hall of Famer, the late Richie Evans of Rome, N.Y. topped the August race. The WMT will race in 14 events in 2013.

"It's been said and we agree that NASCAR Modified fans are the most passionate in racing and we couldn't agree more" the Cromarty's noted and added, "we'll take that one step further and say that our Riverhead Raceway fans are as passionate about their racing as any in the country". After the July 28th Riverhead 200 was washed out by a heavy storm system that swept over the Northeast the Cromarty's along with WMT Race Director Chad Little and NASCAR'S George Silbermann decided to run the race on September 15th.

As the old adage states "good things come to those who wait" truly came into play when the Riverhead 200 was eventually contested on that rain date. The lead swapping, side by side racing between Ryan Preece and Eric Goodale for the race lead were indeed a throw back to a good old Richie Evans and Charlie Jarzombek tussle. Once he withstood the Goodale challenges Preece would then have to survive a green, white and checker finish with Jimmy "Showtime" Blewett who was deemed to get the jump on Ryan on the race's final restart, a no-no as per NASCAR race procedure that sent Jimmy to the last of the lead laps cars while Ryan Preece drove to victory lane.

The Riverhead 200 triumph for Preece was his second career WMT win on Long Island and his third win of the 2011 campaign at Riverhead. Prior to wheeling the Flamingo Motorsports entry to victory in September, Ryan won twice in Bill & Barbara Park's JAD Carpet Showcase Chevy including a win in the Baldwin, Evans & Jarzombek 77 on July 21st.

Aside from the fight for the lead the 2012 Riverhead 200 featured some great battles for position throughout the field and, best of all; the race had minimal caution flags allowing the storylines and the fight for position to be raced out. "Indeed last year's race was among the best we've ever seen" Barbara & Jim reflected, "we can only hope for the same high level of competition this year, twice!"

Make plans now for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour at Riverhead Raceway June 29th and September 14th at Barbara & Jim Cromarty's famed quarter mile oval where the 2013 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series will open Saturday evening May 4th with a seven for one race card featuring Twin 30's for the NASCAR Modifieds.

For the entire 2013 schedule, rules and entry blanks for Riverhead Raceway please visit www.riverheadraceway.com or call 631-842-RACE.

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