An emotional weekend ahead for all NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour participants as the series heads to Riverhead Raceway for the third time this year.
Riverhead and longtime team owner Eddie Partridge were honored with a 256-lap race named after him on Saturday. Normally a 200 lap advantage, the race has been extended by NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and Riverhead officials to its new distance to pay tribute to the number 6 that Partridge provided in the series for many years.
2022 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour & Weekly Racing at Riverhead Raceway
After winning the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Driver and Owner Championships with Ron Silk and Ryan Preece, respectively, Partridge purchased Riverhead in 2015 and has been instrumental in maintaining the facility’s vibrant weekly culture that features track champions like Kyle Soper, who chose his car. A first series victory on the track earlier this year.
Outside of Riverhead management, Partridge has remained committed to fielding a competitive team on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. Partridge claimed his final win with Bryce at Richmond Raceway in 2021 before suddenly leaving hours later.
Partridge’s legacy will continue on Saturday night as local track champions and NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour regulars remember an individual who meant so much to the historic track and race across the Northeast.
Below is everything you need to know about Eddie Partridge 256 at Riverhead Raceway on Saturday night.
Eddie Partridge 256 at Riverhead Raceway
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A unique component of Eddie Partridge 256 on Saturday will be the inclusion of live stops within the Riverhead grounds.
To accommodate this change, temporary walls were installed that would separate the drill crews and drivers on the front and back span. An additional wall for crew members to stand on will create a total of four rows at Riverhead.
Live stops are set to create another obstacle in the tight NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Championship battle. John McKindy currently leads the championship by 10 points and will be looking to add a second win in the 2022 season as he searches for his first title.
McKennedy currently has two drivers within walking distance of his lead. The 2011 Series Champion fought Ron Silk McKennedy all season, but Justin Bonsignor’s third win of the season during his last outing at Oswego Speedway allowed him to close within 17 points of McKennedy’s advantage.
Not only will the championship trio have to fend off the rest of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour stars, but a healthy group of Riverhead regulars will also have to lead the newest track winner in the Soper, whose Riverhead accomplishments include three championships and Islip 300 wins again in 2019.
Joining Soper on the entry list is the driver currently behind him in Dylan Slepian’s Riverhead weekly standings. In three rounds of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour starting this year, all of Slepian’s top five came in Riverhead, including a fourth best during the first race in May.
Other notable names set to feature in Saturday’s 256 Eddie Partridge include Ed Brunnhoelzl III as well as Timmy Solomito, who led 114 laps during the second NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour to Riverhead in June before fading out late and settling in eighth. – The place of completion.
Eddie Partridge’s full 256 entry list will be available later this week.
a race 256- Khaled Muhammad
Date Saturday 17 September 2022
a path Riverhead Racecourse
Planning 0.25 mile paved oval
Site Riverhead, New York
start time 8 p.m. Eastern time
TV channel USA (Delay: Sunday, September 25, 1:30 PM ET)
Live broadcast FloRacing (Live)
Qualifiers: Two consecutive qualifying rounds. The fastest lap determines the qualifying position. No modifications or repairs may be made to 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 in qualifying rounds at the same time. The starting field for the Whelen Manufactured in America 100 is limited to 32 starters including temporary positions.
Tire Allocation: The maximum tire allocation available for this event is twelve (12) tires per team. All tires used to qualify and race must be purchased off the track and scanned by Hoosier, unless otherwise approved in advance by the Series Manager. Four (4) tires must be used to qualify and start the race. All eligible tires must remain in custody until released by NASCAR officials. The remaining tire allocation can be used for training and/or changing tires during the event. The rule for changing a tire is four (4) tires, any position.