RIVERHEAD, N.Y. – Riverhead Raceway owners Eddie and Connie Partridge and Tom Gatz released their event schedule this week, with the 69th season of racing and family entertainment at the historic quarter-mile oval getting underway on May 4-5.
The new slate of events features plenty of new twists and turns along with way, most noticeably the implementation of Wednesday night rain dates for full-card Saturday night rain outs where applicable.
“In the event of a full card rain out on a Saturday, Riverhead Raceway will attempt to make up the event on the Wednesday following that rained out event date,” said track officials. “Exceptions to this will be all Whelen Modified Tour events. Possible exceptions to this may also include, but are not limited to: any special event such as the Islip 300, Fireworks night, INEX National Qualifier and more. Riverhead Raceway will communicate any possible rain dates as soon as a decision is made.”
The promotional trio also revealed in the new schedule they’ll stage three regularly scheduled Wednesday night events this year.
Riverhead Raceway, like so many tracks in the Northeast during a soggy season last year, was besieged by rain and suffered eight washouts along the way.
The NASCAR Whelen All American Series weekly menu of racing will be headlined by the NASCAR Modifieds, who will find their weekly feature event distance increased to 50 laps.
The open wheel warriors will have many special races dotting the 2019 slate, including the third annual Islip 300 on Saturday, June 15, with the race now carrying double track points.
Another signature race returning for 2019 will be the Baldwin, Evans & Jarzombek 77, which will compliment the annual Cromarty Wall of Champions induction ceremony on Saturday, July 27.
Other extra distance races planned for 2019 include the 69th Year Celebration event on June 29 and a 100-lap affair set for Whelen Engineering Night on Sept. 14. Three 75-lap features are also on the new schedule, taking place on May 11, June 1 & Aug. 24.
In total, 19 points-paying events are scheduled for the NASCAR Modifieds at Riverhead Raceway in 2019.
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will make their two customary visits to the Route 58 oval on July 6 and Sept. 7, featuring 200 lap events. The regulars of the Tour consider the two Riverhead races “wild card” events that can quickly change the complexion of the championship chase.
The backbone of the Whelen All American Series are the various support divisions that compliment the NASCAR Modifieds weekly and all six of those classes will be in action for opening night on May 4.
The INEX legend Race Cars will be nearly as busy as the Mod Squad this year, going to post 18 times during the spring and summer. The Late Models, Crate Modifieds, Blunderbusts and Super Pro Trucks all go to post 15 times, with the Figure Eights in action 13 times.
The Street Stocks as well the Mini Stocks will race 12 times in the new year. The newly announced Vintage All Stars will see action on four occasions.
Another new twist in 2019 finds the Enduro racers having just two standalone Sunday events bookending the schedule, first on opening weekend May 5 and then closing weekend on Sept. 29.
The loyal “Enduromania” racers will transition more towards Saturday night racing in 2019.
The Truck and four or six cylinder Gut & Go Enduro classes have seven races planned, while the 8-Cylinder class is scheduled for six races.
The first of the three Wednesday night shows will entertain fans on July 10 and be followed by mid-week events on Aug. 7 and Aug. 28. The final Wednesday night will be the second annual Back to School special, with a special event to be announced at a later date.
The 2019 schedule is again chock full of fun and exciting family entertainment attractions, including 4-Cylinder Demolition Derbies, Fireworks, School Bus Figure Eight & Demolition Derby events, Monster Trucks and Kids Big Wheel races.
New in ’19 will be a Mini School Bus/Van Demolition Derby contest.
Two practice days will preview the new season of racing Saturday afternoons, April 20 and 27, featuring free grandstand admission for spectators.
The track technical inspection staff will host two Safety Tech inspection days on April 6 and 13. No car can take to the track on the two practice days without first going through and passing Safety Tech.