QUALIFYING PROCEDURE ANNOUNCED FOR RIVERHEAD
AUGUST 1ST WMT TOUR EVENT
Jimmy Blewett Files First Entry
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will roll into Riverhead Raceway Saturday
evening August 1st for the Riverhead 175 and recently officials of the WMT
announced procedure for qualifying. Defending race winner Jimmy "Showtime"
Blewett of Howell, N.J. was the first entry blank to hit the mailbox at the
Riverhead Raceway office.
Time trial qualifying will determine the first 16 cars, of the
28 car field, with a 25-lap qualifying race then taking the top seven cars
to fill positions 17 through 23. Five provisional starting berths will then
be assigned to the first two car owners among the top 30 of the current WMT
standings, two starting positions then would go to two drivers in the top 30
and position 28 for a past WMT champion. If a past champion does not need
the provisional, then it would revert back to the current driver standings.
After all the qualifying has been completed then it will be time to
get down to business for the 48th NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event at
Riverhead Raceway with a posted purse of $54,035 on the line. The first
NASCAR WMT race back in 1985 was won by "Mr. Excitement" Jimmy Spencer
formerly of Berwick, Pa., his first of two wins at Riverhead that season.
Richie Evans of Rome N.Y. won the other race that season just one month
before his untimely passing.
The 2008 race saw Jimmy Blewett continue his hot mid-summer streak
at Riverhead Raceway, just two weeks after winning a thrilling Baldwin,
Evans & Jarzombek Memorial in a 77-lap contest.
Defending 2008 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Ted Christopher
of Plainville, Ct. is custom made for the tight confines of Riverhead
Raceway and is also among the early entrants. The most successful driver in
recent years at Riverhead is 2007 WMT champion Donny Lia of Jericho, who'll
return in the Garbarino #4.
Other early entries include Bobby Grigas III, Todd Szegedy, Jake
Marosz, Eddie Flemke Jr., Mike Stefanik, Doug Colby, Bill Park, Gary
McDonald, Woody Pitkat, Wade Cole, Kevin & Eric Goodale, Erick Rudolph,
Chris Pasteryak, Ronnie Silk, Rowan Pennink and Jamie Tomaino.
Joining the Riverhead 175 NASCAR WMT stop are the Charger and
Blunderbust division who'll race in 30-lap, double point races with time
The pit area will open at 10:30 am on August 1st for the WMT teams,
who'll practice from 2:00 pm until 3:00 pm. Time trials for the WMT are set
for 4:30 pm, with the 25-lap qualifying race going green at 6:00 pm.
For additional information please call Riverhead Raceway at
631-842-RACE or visit
Source: Bob Finan
/ Riverhead Raceway