With the formal announcement made track side last August that Eddie & Connie Partridge & Tom Gatz had purchased Riverhead Raceway, the Long Island racing community could rest comfortable the future of stock car racing was secure at their beloved quarter mile. During the off season the new ownership trio have furthered their commitment to Riverhead Raceway with a major capital improvement program that will greet fans when they visit the track for the first time on Saturday April 23rd for the first warm-up day of 2016.
Aided by a fairly mild Long Island winter track GM John Ellwood and his staff went right to work on the 66-year old facility under the watchful eye of the new owners. Among the first improvements competitors and fans alike will notice are the restrooms which have been totally gutted and refurbished. All restrooms have had all the old fixtures stripped out with new fixtures installed complete with new interior flooring as well as roofing and siding on the outside.
The concession stands also underwent a major makeover during the winter months as they too were stripped down to nothing and totally rebuilt. Aside from new flooring, roofing and interior & exterior walls, brand new kitchen equipment has been installed to ensure the highest quality food and drink at all three food stands.
For 2016 race fans will enjoy Pepsi soft drink products at the concession stands along with an expanded delicious food menu that fans got a sneak preview of at last years Fall Frenzy Enduro program. New in 2016 will be a Beer Garden located in the third turn midway of Riverhead Raceway that will be the place to be prior to all racing events. The all new Beer Garden will feature live music weekly starting two hours before race time with Miller Lite products being offered along with Twisted Tea and select Wine choices for folks to enjoy before and during the races. The Miller Lite stand in turn one will also serve the expanded drink items.
Eddie Partridge never one afraid of getting his hands dirty recently went to work with some heavy equipment in the parking area adjacent to the pit area at the south end of the track. Eddie removed all the rough terrain in the area ensuring a smoother and more fan friendly parking accommodations moving forward. A general clean up of all the landscape within and surrounding the track has also taken place during the off season.
With all the major improvements at Riverhead Raceway taking place and more to come the historic track without question is the place to be in 2016! Not just for competitors and race fans mind you, but also the local and national business community who can join in on all the excitement as a 2016 marketing partner. To that end GM John Ellwood indicated recently the track will be providing a state of the art VIP Tent for corporate sponsors to enjoy right behind the scoring and announce tower. American Tent of Riverhead has signed on to provide the VIP tenting for 2016.
2016 Riverhead Raceway marketing packages are currently available and for information on the comprehensive programs please call 631-842-RACE from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
Make sure you come out and view for yourself the total transformation of Riverhead Raceway when the track swings its gates open for the two traditional practice days Saturday April 23rd and April 30th. The May Meltdown on Sunday May 1st will open the 2016 campaign for the Enduro racers and their fans with Grand Opening Night set for Saturday evening May 7th. Joining the NASCAR Whelen All American Series stock cars on Grand Opening Night will be a huge Fireworks spectacular to celebrate the rebirth of Riverhead Raceway!
To download the entire 2016 Riverhead Raceway schedule please visit www.riverheadraceway.com. E-mail can reach the track at [email protected]
-Riverhead Raceway Press Release
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