This Saturday, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour rolls back into New York’s Riverhead Raceway for the running of the Buzz Chew Chevrolet Cadillac 200.
Saturday night’s race marks the second time this season the Tour has visited the quarter-mile oval, and the event doubles as the eighth race on the schedule for Tour competitors.
This will be the 69th Riverhead race in Tour history, with Doug Coby winning three of the last four events at the popular Long Island facility. Coby is also the most recent winner at Riverhead after capturing the Miller Lite 200 on May 14, 2022.
Coby is one of seven competitors entered in Saturday’s race who have won in Tour competition at Riverhead, but he is not the winningest active driver at the track with the series. That honor belongs to Justin Bonsignore, who has eight victories at Riverhead. The winningest driver in Tour history at the track is Mike Ewanitsko, who won 11 races in 35 Tour starts at Riverhead.
Other drivers on the entry list with Tour triumphs at Riverhead include Patrick Emerling, Donny Lia, Timmy Solomito, Eric Goodale and Jimmy Blewett.
Emerling is the most recent driver not named Coby to win at Riverhead. He picked up a win, his most recent in Tour competition, last September.
Below is everything you need to know about Saturday’s Buzz Chew Chevrolet Cadillac 200 at Riverhead Raceway.
Buzz Chew Chevrolet Cadillac 200 at Riverhead Raceway
What to watch for:
What started as a one-off deal to drive Tommy Baldwin Jr.’s No. 7NY at Riverhead Raceway earlier this year has turned into a regular arrangement for Coby, who returns to Riverhead aboard Baldwin’s Modified.
He will attempt to win his third race of the season and his fourth in five starts on Saturday night, but he will have plenty of competition looking to stop him.
One of those looking to upend Coby will be Ron Silk, the current NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship leader. Silk has yet to win this season, but his consistent approach has kept him at the top of the Tour standings through seven races. He has never won at Riverhead, but now could be as good a time as any for Silk to kick down the door to Victory Lane at the Long Island race track.
Coby will have a teammate again this week at Riverhead, as Jimmy Blewett is slated to make his Tour return in the No. 1NY for Baldwin. He was initially scheduled to return last week at New Hampshire’s Monadnock Speedway, but when the race was pushed to Sunday by bad weather, Blewett was unavailable for the Sunday rain date.
Bonsignore will attempt to win his second straight race with the Tour after a controversial victory last weekend at New Hampshire’s Monadnock Speedway. He finished 25th at Riverhead in May.
As is typically the case at Riverhead, several local drivers are also entered and should be considered serious threats to win. They include Dylan Slepian, John Baker, Kyle Soper and John Beatty Jr., all of whom finished in the top 10 when the Tour last visited Riverhead in May.
Solomito, who was the only driver not named Coby to lead laps in May at Riverhead, will attempt to earn his first Tour win since 2017 Saturday evening. Of his nine Tour wins, three have come at Riverhead.
Two-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Donny Lia is slated to make his second start of the season in the Boehler Racing Enterprises No. 3. Lia has four Tour wins at Riverhead, including three of his first four Tour victories from 2003-05.
Eddie Brunnhoelzl, the cousin of four-time NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour champion George Brunnhoelzl III, is scheduled to make his first Tour start since the 2015. His only two previous Tour starts both came at Riverhead.
Tyler Rypkema, who led the most laps in his last Tour start earlier this year at Pennsylvania’s Jennerstown Speedway, has also filed an entry for the Buzz Chew Chevrolet Cadillac 200. He hasn’t finished worse than fifth in his three Tour starts this year.
Other Tour regulars expected to compete include rookie contender Austin Beers, Richmond Raceway runner-up Tommy Catalano, Jon McKennedy, 2014 Riverhead winner Eric Goodale and Craig Lutz, to name a few.
The complete entry list for the Buzz Chew Chevrolet Cadillac 200 is available here
|Race||Buzz Chew Chevrolet Cadillac 200|
|Date||Saturday, June 25, 2022|
|Layout||Quarter-mile paved oval|
|Location||Riverhead, New York|
|Start time||8 p.m. ET|
|TV channel||USA (Delayed: Sunday, July 3, 1 p.m. ET)|
|Live stream||FloRacing (Live)|
Schedule: Garage opens at 12:45 p.m. ET … Final practice from 3-4 p.m. ET … Single-car qualifying (two laps) at 6 p.m. ET … Race at 8 p.m. ET
Qualifying: Two consecutive qualifying laps. Faster lap determines qualifying position. Adjustments or repairs may not be made on the vehicle after the vehicle has taken the green flag at the start/finish line. NASCAR reserves the right to have more than one vehicle engage in qualifying runs at the same time. Starting field for the Buzz Chew Chevrolet Cadillac 200 is limited to 28 starters including Provisional Positions.
Tire allotment: The maximum tire allotment available for this event is eight (8) tires per team. All tires used for qualifying and the race must be purchased at the track and scanned by Hoosier, unless otherwise approved in advance by the Series Director. Four (4) tires must be used for qualifying and to begin the race. All qualifying tires must remain in impound until released by NASCAR Officials. The remaining tire allotment may be used for practice and/or change tires during the event. The tire change rule is zero (0) tires, any position.