RIVERHEAD, NY - The 2015 edition of Old Timers Night at Riverhead Raceway will be a sentimental and nostalgic affair as Barbara & Jim Cromarty turn the clock back on an evening where they will also induct three very deserving individuals on the Wall of Fame. To celebrate the rich history of racing on Long Island a healthy display of Vintage Race Cars are expected to be on hand for the program that starts at 6:00 pm.
A full slate of NASCAR Whelen All American Series stock car racing will see action featuring the NASCAR Modifieds who will compete in a 35-lap main event. The Late Models, Blunderbusts and Super Pro Trucks will all battle in 30-lap extra distance features while an 8-Cylinder Enduro will close out the show.
An on track ceremony hosted by Barbara & Jim will find Mike Ewanitsko, Robin Vollmoeller and the late Car Zeh enshrined on the Wall of Fame that greets race fans as they enter the 65-year old track by the turn three admission gate. Ewanitsko authored some 30 NASCAR Modified victories at the demanding quarter mile of which 11 were in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races. Vollmoeller won a total of 47 races at Riverhead spread across several divisions, 30 of those triumphs came in what is now known as the Charger division. Zeh along with drivers Jim Malone Sr. and Don Howe won not only numerous races at the historic track but also numerous championships. Don Howe will be on hand and he is expected to be joined by Jim Malone Sr.
Howe will have the famed #34 Car Zeh Auto Repair Cavalier that took him and Zeh to so many wins and titles not only at Riverhead but Islip Speedway as well. Joining Don in the Vintage Race Car pit area will be 4 of Charlie Jarzombek's #1 racing machines courtesy Rick Jarzombek. In that fleet will be the Bug Modified that started it all for the Jarzombek clan as well the Vega, Chevette and Cavalier, all told "Charging Charlie won 63 races at Riverhead, still tops on the all time win list. Harold Seaman current owner of the famed offset #1 Coupe of Charlie Jarzombek will also be pit side with the radical car.
With Mike Ewanitsko's induction on the Wall of Fame plans are for the Ira Bromley #23 Monza to be part of the festivities with current car owner Norman Pepper. Bob Krollage will have the John Ambrose #7-11 Coupe on hand and former driver Joe Krukowski is expected as well. Jim Kelly has seen track time in 2015 at Riverhead with his restored Pontiac Sunfire Modified and will be on hand as will 1959 Sportsman Champion Jimmy Reed and his familiar #17x racer. Those and many more Vintage Cars will hit the track during the Old Timers night program and will be assigned a special area in the pit area for the fans to look at these famous machines after the races.
So grab your old racing shirts and jackets and come turn back the hands of time with us at Riverhead Raceway Saturday night August 15th. For additional information please visit www.riverheadraceway.com or call 631-842-RACE.
FIREWORKS & SCHOOL BUS DEMO TO CELEBRATE I LOVE AMERICA AT RIVERHEAD AUGUST 22ND: Saturday night August 22nd Riverhead Raceway promoters Barbara & Jim Cromarty have planned another patriotic celebration for the annual I Love America night at the historic quarter mile facility. Coming off a stunning July 4th Fireworks display Bay Fireworks will be going all out again for the I Love America night card that will close out with a School Bus Demolition Derby.
Two longtime marketing partners of the Cromarty family and Riverhead Raceway Miller Lite and Donaldson's Volkswagen of Sayville will host the program with all feature event winners taking home a trophy with their names on them. Miller Lite through Boening Brothers of Lindenhurst has been a sponsor at the track since 1985 while Donaldson's has provided pace cars since 1989.
NASCAR stock car action for the evening will be provided by the NASCAR Modifieds, Figure Eights, Chargers and legend Race Cars with the Mods set to go 35 laps while the Chargers and Legend Race Cars compete in 20-lap events and the Figure Eight slated for 15-laps.
After the racing is completed the stadium lights will be lowered and Bay Fireworks will once again work their magic with a Pyrotechnic display set to patriotic music that will leave the fans breathless and proud to be an American.
If the first School Bus Demolition Derby was any indication of how the August 22nd event will be, well then hold onto your hats it will be hard hitting and amazing. July 18th saw brothers Michael "Cheesebox" Rommeney and Kevin Rommeney, a New York City MTA bus driver by trade slug it out in their 13-ton machines. In the end "Cheesebox" scored the popular win after Kevin's bus stalled but not before they destroyed both buses. Joining the Rommeney clan on I Love America night will be the likes of "Irish" Mike O'Keefe, "Mad" Mike Smith and the "Junk Yard Dog" John Denniston.
Fans are encouraged to wear some red, white and blue for I Love America night at Riverhead Raceway that gets underway at 6:00 pm. For more information visit www.riverheadraceway.com or call 631-842-RACE.
MILLER LITE NATIONAL DEMOLITION DERBY CHAMPION TO EARN $2,500 SEPTEMBER 5TH AT RIVERHEAD RACEWAY: Recently Riverhead Raceway promoters Barbara & Jim Cromarty announced the Miller Lite National Demolition Derby Championship on Saturday September 5th would pay the winner a handsome $2,500 making it the richest event of its kind in the 65-year history of the track. The NASCAR Whelen All American Series stock cars will share the race card that starts at 6:00 pm.
Entering the 2015 season track officials introduced new "Bone Stock" rules for the Demolition Derby events and that formula indeed did increase the car counts for the regular season. However the Miller Lite National Demolition Derby is no regular season event and with than in mind carries its own set of rules. "The rules for the National Championship are pretty much what they have been over the years" track publicist Bob Finan noted. Not only will the winner take home an increased share of the purse but the prize money increase filters down according to Finan. "Barbara & Jim will also offer $500 to the Judge's Choice and $250 for the Fan's Choice which is up from past years; we're hoping to have a historic championship event on the 5th".
Once the news of the winners share increasing to $2,500 on social media interest spiked immediately not only on Long island but in Florida, New England, Pennsylvania and central New York State. "The great thing about the Riverhead National Championship Demo is everyone goes right into the main event. There are no heat races that weaken a team’s car and you go after the big prize in a fresh car" Finan added. Another added bonus for Demo teams that might travel to Long Island for the event is the fact it takes place the Saturday of Labor Day weekend, traditionally a three day weekend for most.
Rules can be found at www.riverheadraceway.com, click the 2015 National Demolition Derby rules link.
The NASCAR Modifieds will compete in Twin 30 races September 5th and be joined by a 20-lap Figure Eight feature as well the Blunderbusts, Super Pro Truck and Legend Race Cars.