‘I Love America Night’ Features Fireworks, Demo Derbies, and More
Saturday August 12th at Riverhead Raceway promises to be a very patriotic night for the NASCAR Whelen All American Series as well a busy & entertaining one too. In addition to the I Love America Night Fireworks spectacular, 8-Cylinder Demolition Derby and kids Big Wheel Race track owners Eddie & Connie Partridge & Tom Gatz have scheduled seven great feature events on Donaldson’s Volkswagen-Subaru night. The mighty NASCAR Modifieds will headline the stock car portion of the show with a 40-lap event as the chase for the 2017 championship hits the homestretch.
Just a month and a half back Bay Fireworks presented a stunning Fireworks show for the 4th of July show that left an everlasting impression on those on hand to witness the pyrotechnic magic. I t is expected that the Fireworks display for I Love America night will better the extravagant show six weeks ago. Music will accompany the Fireworks show and fans again will be encouraged to light up their cell phone lights at the conclusion of the Bay Fireworks show to salute our great United States of America. “Curious” George Astacio of Shirley won his first career Demolition Derby the last time out and it is expected he’ll lead the 8-Cylinder Demolition Derby troops into action Saturday night.
On the NASCAR racing menu for Donaldson’s VW-Subaru night the NASCAR Modifieds will again go toe to toe with veteran drivers and former multi-time champions John Fortin Sr. of Holtsville and Ton Rogers Jr. of Riverhead heading into August as the main two combatants for the 2017 title. The Eagle Auto Mall Modified Crates will compete in a 25-lap tilt and the question looms can anybody stop defending champion Dave Brigati of Calverton who going into Saturday night has won 5 of the 8 races contested to date. The Figure Eight daredevils are back for a 15-lap main event and will be joined by a 30-lapper for the Super Pro Trucks as well the INEX Legend Race Cars who will race a 20-lap feature.
It will indeed be a bust doubleheader weekend for two divisions in action on I Love America Night as the Mini Stock and Gut & Go Enduro divisions will be in action Saturday night August 12th and then again a little more than 12 hours later Sunday August 13th for the Summer Showdown Enduro race program. The distance for the Mini Stock and Gut & Go races Saturday night will be determined by cars entered the day of the race.
The popular Big Wheel Race for the kids will line up in the East West Marine Supply “Go Zone” in turn four and peddle their way towards the start/finish line with the winner of the race once again keeping the Big Wheel they won on!
All feature event winners on I Love America Night will be presented a Donaldson’s Volkswagen-Subaru winners trophy from the Sayville based dealership who has served as a pace car sponsor at Riverhead Raceway since 1989. Bill Donaldson and some of his staff will be greeting all race winners in victory lane.
The entire 2017 race schedule can be found at www.riverheadraceway.com. Adult admission is $30, kids 6-12 are $10 with a free kids meal included from Fast Track Foods and under 6 are free on I Love America Night at Riverhead Raceway.
‘Pack the Track Night’ Features NETS Trucks and Wide Racing Variety
This past week Riverhead Raceway owners Eddie & Connie Partridge and Tom Gatz announced Saturday night August 19th they will present Pack The Track Fan Appreciation night with the second year promoters offering a reduced admission price of $20 for adults to enjoy an action packed NASCAR Whelen All American Series program. While other track operators have offered similar programs many usually give their premier racing divisions the night off on Pack The Track Fan Appreciation Night. The exact opposite will be in effect at Riverhead Raceway with three premier divisions among the seven classes in action for a total of 255-laps of feature event racing.
The Mr. Rooter New England Truck Series will headline Pack The Track Fan Appreciation Night running a 75-lap feature event. 2016 found legendary local driver “Dynamite” Dan Turbush of Riverhead taking down the win but Dan has been inactive to date in racing. Several L.I. based teams call the NETS tour home and are looking forward to the Riverhead event. Frank Dumicich Jr. of E. Quogue a recent NETS winner at Seekonk Speedway will be ready to do the same at the track he started his career at. Other “Islanders” in the mix will be “Dangerous” Dave Koenig of Baldwin, Jerry Giordano of Freeport and Frank Dumicich Sr. of E. Quogue. Top Mr.Rooter NETS drivers to watch include Andy Lindemann of Poestenkill, NY, Jim Boyle of East Windsor, Ct. and Joshua Stringer of Killington, Ct.
The Late Models will go to post in a 50-lap tilt on Pack The Track Fan Appreciation Night. Jarrod Hayes of Calverton won the 50-lapper back on July 29th and will be a threat for the win again. The 2017 NASCAR Modified campaign has been the year of the first time winner as Max Zachem of Preston, Ct., Dillon Steuer of Bohemia and David Schneider of Northport have all scored career first wins this season. Will the trend continue in the 40-lapper on August 19th? The Eagle Auto Mall Modified Crates 25-laps, Figure Eights 15-laps, Blunderbusts 20-laps and a Truck Enduro 30-laps will complete the race card.
Aside from the on track action another first will unfold on Pack The Track Fan Appreciation Night as Riverhead raceway will offer free School Bus rides on a bus that will participate in the School Bus Demolition Derby at the track the following Saturday night August 26th. Young and old race fans alike can pile onto the bus for a lap around the property of Riverhead Raceway with an actual Demolition Derby star at the wheel!
At just $20 for adults Pack The Track Fan Appreciation Night is an outstanding value for your entertainment dollar. Children 6-12 are just $10 and those tickets come complete on a weekly basis with a free kids meal from Fast Track Foods $6 value. Kids under 6 are free at all events.
For additional information and our complete 2017 schedule of events please visit www.riverheadraceway.com or call 631-842-RACE.
-Riverhead Raceway Press Release
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