“It is with profound sadness we tell you we have lost our friend and leader at Riverhead Raceway with the passing of Eddie Partridge last night,” Riverhead Raceway announced on its Facebook page Saturday morning. “After careful thought and consideration Connie Partridge & Tom Gatz have made the decision the Tribute To Heroes program will move forward as planned later this evening.”
Partridge was the championship-winning car owner with the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour in 2011, when Ronnie Silk captured three victories en route to the series title that season. Partridge also won the series’ owners championship in 2017 with drivers Ryan Preece, George Brunnhoelzl III and Jon McKennedy.
On Friday night, Partridge’s No. 6 was in victory lane at Richmond Raceway, as Preece took the checkered flag in the series’ return to the Virginia 3/4-mile.
Last night we won the race.
Last night I lost one of my best friends and modified owner.
Rest in Peace Big Eddie. I’m going to miss you. pic.twitter.com/krzu1SkAX7
— Ryan Preece (@RyanPreece_) September 11, 2021
In 2015, Partridge purchased Riverhead Raceway in New York from Barbara and Jim Cromarty, keeping the venue as part of the Long Island racing landscape. In that time, the track has seen several updates and improvements while maintaining the quarter-mile bullring’s personality and remaining a fan favorite in the Modified world.
In a Facebook post Saturday morning, Preece reflected on his time together with Partridge, which began with a phone call in 2014.
“At the end of 2014, I received a phone call from a guy by the name of Eddie Partridge asking me what my plans were for 2015,” wrote Preece. “Heather, Connie, Eddie & myself met for dinner & from that moment forward, I raced for TS.
Our first race out at the North South Shootout in 2014, we won. Fast forward almost 7 years later, we won our last race together. — Ryan Preece
Speed51 offers its heartfelt thoughts and prayers to Partridge’s family and everyone impacted by his passing, both with his race team and at Riverhead Raceway.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Director of Digital Content – Twitter: @ztevans
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