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Ardent NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour fan Jim Schaeffer of Riverhead known as the LImodmaniac on the local racing message boards, has done it again as he and a collective group of fellow race fans and sponsors will add an additional $10,500 in prize money to the July 31st Riverhead 200, a Flash Tour race at Barbara & Jim Cromarty's Riverhead Raceway. The winner of the 175-lap feature event of the program will now pocket a total of $5,000. Ryan Preece of Berlin, Ct. is the defending race winner.

In 2009 Jim Schaeffer, a Riverhead elementary school teacher approached Barbara & Jim Cromarty about adding some prize money to the Riverhead 200. After the Cromarty's agreed and with the blessing of Chad Little, Race Director of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and NASCAR, the plan was set into motion. Just hours after Jim presented Ryan Preece the bonus money for his victory in the Boehler family Chevy, Schaeffer announced his goal of adding $10,000 to the race for 2010. Many thought he might have bitten off more than he could chew with the proclamation, but lo and behold with an army full of fellow backers and sponsors the goal of $10,500 has been reached.

Schaffer indicated that all 28 drivers and owners that qualify for the Riverhead 200 will earn $300 that he and his fellow sponsors will present in the pit area prior to the race. Additionally the winner of the race will earn an extra $2,100 from Schaeffer and his sponsors after already receiving the $300 to qualify. The posted awards for the race for the winner sits at $2,600 and with the $2,400 in bonus money the winning team arrives at a $5,000 payday.

Saturday night, July 17th, Schaeffer made the trip to the Monadnock Speedway to follow his beloved NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and to promote the added bonus money for the July 31st Riverhead 200. When not chasing the WMT, Jim can be found following the Race of Champions Modified series, or the Modified Racing Series up and down the eastern seaboard. If there is a bigger asphalt Modified fan in the country than Jim Schaeffer, he or she has yet to step forward.

For additional information on the Riverhead 200 please visit www.riverheadraceway.com or NASCAR.com and click onto the NASCAR Home Track link.

  Source: Bob Finan/ Riverhead Raceway
Posted: July 19, 2010

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