RIVERHEAD RACEWAY ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL $1,500 IN BONUS MONEY
FOR MAY 15TH NASCAR HOF 100 MODIFIED SPECIAL
been well known that NASCAR stock car racing has perhaps the most
loyal fans in sports and Jim Schaefer of Riverhead indeed might the
most loyal when it comes to NASCAR Modified racing on Long Island
and the east coast. In a late breaking announcement Friday Barbara &
Jim Cromarty revealed that Jim Schaefer has posted an extra $1,000
to the driver who wins the NASCAR Hall of Fame 100 Saturday May 15th
at Riverhead Raceway, with the first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
regular across the line earning an extra $500.
Schaefer who is well known on area message boards as "limodmaniac"
is a school teacher in Riverhead who is very passionate about NASCAR
Modified racing and aside from Riverhead can be found at almost any
pavement Modified race up and down the eastern seaboard. With
Schaefer posting a $1,000 bonus the winners share in the NASCAR Hall
of Fame 100 now sits at $2,525. If a regular from the WMT should win
the race it would then be a $3,025 payday for only 25-miles of
racing. This is not the first time Jim Schaefer has been involved
with adding extra money to an event at Riverhead Raceway, as in 2009
he added purse money to the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race and is
working to do the same in a big way for the 2010 set for July 31st
at the quarter mile oval. That race will be first of the Versus TV
broadcast package in 2010 for the WMT.
While Jim Schaefer posts the $1,000 bonus to the winner, another
familiar name on area message boards "Hossfan" adds the $500 bonus
for the first WMT regular across the line in the century grind. "Hossfan"
is a fan of Ransomville, N.Y. driver Chuck Hossfeld who actually
resides on Long Island and like Schaefer chases NASCAR Modified up
and down the east coast.
With time trial qualifying on tap for the NASCAR Hall of Fame 100
and an off weekend for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour it is hoped
that many regulars from the tour will take part in this very special
race honoring the brand new NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, NC.
Long Island drivers who do their racing on the WMT might especially
sit-up and take notice of the bonus money as Glenn Tyler, Joe
Hartmann, Ken Heagy, Johnny Bush, Gary McDonald and Justin
Bonsignore are all eligible for the extra $500. Two drivers from the
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour who have expressed an interest in
running the NASCAR HOF 100 before the bonus plan was announced
Richie Pallai Jr. of Yorktown Heights, NY and Chris Pasteryak of
Lisbon, Ct. are hoping to gain some laps at Riverhead for the July
31st Flash Tour race. With the extra money on the line it is hoped
more drivers from the WMT might plan on making a trip to Long Island
Saturday evening. All teams must race on the Riverhead Raceway
Hoosier track tire available through TS Haulers and they can be
reached at 631-369-1265.
The tested tough drivers of Riverhead Raceway's NASCAR Whelen
All-American Series are also setting their sights on the added
$1,000 to win as defending champion John Fortin, Chuck Steuer, Dave
Brigati, Bill Park, Timmy Solomito, Wayne Anderson Eddie Brunnhoelzl
III, Chris Young, Mike Andrews Jr., Tom Rogers Jr., Ken Darch, Jerry
Solomito Jr., John Beatty and Amber Fortin are all expected to
Time trials will determine the 24-car field for the NASCAR Hall of
Fame 100 which are set to take place at 4:00 pm and joining the
NASCAR Modified are the Late Models, Blunderbusts and an 8-Cylinder
Enduro. The Cromarty Cup 20 for the Figure Eight class is also
scheduled and the running of that event depends on the condition of
the infield from a recent high water table. In the event the Figure
Eights can't run due to track conditions, then the Legend Race Cars
will fill the spot on the race card. An announcement will be made
Monday May 10th.
Pit gates for the May 15th show will swing open at 1:00 pm, while
the spectator gates open at 3:00 pm and feature event racing starts
at 5:00 pm. For further information please visit
www.riverheadraceway.com or call 631-842-RACE..
Source: Lori Sullivan / Riverhead Raceway