Behind the scenes: Riverhead Raceway in photos
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Riverhead Raceway, located in Riverhead, New York, is the last race track on Long Island. Construction on the track began in 1949 and was finished two years later in 1951.
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Riverhead Raceway originally operated as a dirt track when it first opened, but by 1955, the track was paved. It has operated as a quarter-mile asphalt track ever since.
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Through the years, some of New York's best have raced at Riverhead Raceway, with competitors like Bud Anderson, Tommy Washburn, Charlie Jarzombek, Wayne Anderson, Bill Park, Justin Bonsignore and, most recently, Kyle Soper, among those who have claimed track championships in the headlining Modified class. The track is part of the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series.
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Riverhead Raceway has had several different owners through the years. In 2015, the track was purchased by Eddie and Connie Partridge, their business partner and Eddie Partridge's nephew, Tom Gatz. Eddie Partridge unexpectedly died in 2021, but the track races on in his memory.
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The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour has become a staple of the Riverhead Raceway schedule, having competed at the track almost every year since its inaugural season in 1985. The first Tour race at the track was won by Jimmy Spencer on July 10, 1985.
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Riverhead Raceway's tight confines and high banking in the corners creates an intense atmosphere for competitors, meaning only the best of the best typically find their way to Victory Lane at the last race track on Long Island.
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Mike Ewanitsko holds the record for most NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victories at Riverhead with 11, followed by active leader Justin Bonsignore with eight. Reggie Ruggiero, Tom Baldwin Sr., Steve Park, Rick Fuller, Mike Stefanik, Ted Christopher, Donny Lia, Ryan Preece and Doug Coby are among those with Tour wins at Riverhead.