Riverhead Raceway

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Riverhead Raceway
LocationRiverhead, New York[1]
Time zoneGMT-5
Coordinates40°55′21″N 72°42′16″W / 40.92250°N 72.70444°W / 40.92250; -72.70444
OwnerEddie and Connie Partridge [2]
Broke ground1949[1]
Major eventsWhelen Modified Tour[1]
Whelen All-American Series[1]
Northeastern Midget Association
Length.25 mi (.402 km)

Riverhead Raceway is a quarter-mile (400 m) oval race track with a Figure 8 course,[2] located in Riverhead, New York.[1] It is the only auto racing venue on Long Island since Westhampton Raceway closed down in 2003.[3] It started being built in 1949[1] and opened as a dirt track in 1951, before permanently changing to asphalt in 1955.[2] The raceway was also well known for featuring a towering statue of a Native American, dubbed "Chief Running Fair", at its entrance until it was destroyed in 2012 due to Hurricane Sandy but rebuilt by Christmas and still standing at original location.


Riverhead Raceway has seven racing divisions: Modified, Riverhead Modified Crate Figure Eight, Late Model, Blunderbust, Super Pro Truck, and Legends.[1][4][5] It hosts races for the Whelen Modified Tour, Whelen All-American Series, and the Northeastern Midget Association.[1] Other events include demolition derby, school bus racing, monster trucks, enduro, one-on-one spectator drags and go-karts up until the fall of 2016.


Notable drivers who used to race at Riverhead Raceway include Steve Park[2] and his uncle Bill Park,[6][3][7] Greg Sacks, Charlie Jarzombek,[8] Brett Bodine, Tom Baldwin, Donny Lia, and 2013 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Ryan Preece.

Riverhead Raceway modified champions[edit]

Year Driver
2016 Shawn Solomito
2015 Tom Rogers Jr
2014 Howie Brodie
2013 Howie Brodie
2012 Shawn Solomito
2011 Justin Bonsignore
2010 Tom Rogers Jr.
2009 John Fortin
2008 Bill Park
2007 Bill Park
2006 Chuck Steuer
2005 Bill Park
2004 Tom Rogers Jr.
2003 John Fortin
2002 J.R. Bertuccio
2001 John Fortin
2000 Frank Vigliarolo Jr.
1999 Frank Vigliarolo Jr.
1998 Howie Brode
1997 Bill Park
1996 Chuck Steuer
1995 Don Howe
1994 Don Howe
1993 Don Howe
1992 Fred Harbach
1991 Wayne Anderson
1990 Wayne Anderson
1989 Dan Jivanelli
1988 Wayne Anderson
1987 Wayne Anderson
1986 John Blewett Jr.
1985 Fred Harbach
1984 Don Howe
1983 George Brunnhoelzl Jr.
1982 Wayne Anderson
1981 (no modifieds)
1980 (no modifieds)
1979 (no modifieds)
1978 Charlie Jarzombek
1977 Charlie Jarzombek
1976 Charlie Jarzombek
1975 Joe Krukowski
1974 Charlie Jarzombek
1973 Don Howe
1972 Joe Krukowski
1971 Jim Malone Sr.
1970 Jim Malone Sr.
1969 Joe Krukowski
1968 George Brunnhoelzl Sr.
1967 Charlie Jarzombek
1966 John Berkoski
1965 Tommy Washburn
1964 John Berkoski
1963 Gary Winters
1962 Gary Winters
1961 Joe Collins
1960 Norm Gimmler
1959 Buzzy Hedges
1958 Johnny Rocco
1957 Ronnie Harra
1956 Axel Anderson
1955 Tommy Washburn
1954 Tommy Washburn
1953 Ronnie Matson
1952 Bud Anderson

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h http://localracing.nascar.com/node/176
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Lubin, Marshall. "Memories and legends come alive at Riverhead Raceway". Newsday. exploreli.com. Retrieved 2009-04-15.
  3. ^ a b Paul Goldsmith (2003-08-13). "Gauge Nears 'E' at Riverhead Raceway". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-04-05.
  4. ^ The Suffolk Times
  5. ^ The Riverhead News-Review
  6. ^ "Bill Park experiences racing in a new light". Newsday. Retrieved 2020-07-01.
  7. ^ The Riverhead News-Review
  8. ^ Charlie Jarzombek Archived 2007-10-09 at the Wayback Machine. New England Auto Racers Hall of Fame. Retrieved on 2008-04-15.

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