Kyle Soper scored his second Legends win of the season on Saturday evening. Soper, a recent high school graduate, took the lead from Richie Davidowitz on lap three and never looked back.
Kyle Soper scored his second Legends win of the season on Saturday evening. Soper, a recent high school graduate, took the lead from Richie Davidowitz...
Justin Bonsignore made the late pass pay off as he drove to the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory in the O'Reilly 200 at Monadnock Speedway Saturday...
Jacob Schwartz had never been to Riverhead Raceway before his girlfriend, Caitlyn, brought him along a few weeks ago. He said that he'd never seen rac...
On Saturday evening July 26th Barbara & Jim Cromarty will once again remember and celebrate the careers and lives of three of the most successful ...
Justin Bonsignore made the late pass pay off as he drove to the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory in the O’Reilly 200 at Monadnock Speedway Saturday night.
Jacob Schwartz had never been to Riverhead Raceway before his girlfriend, Caitlyn, brought him along a few weeks ago. He said that he’d never seen racing in person before.
“It was really fun,” said Jacob. “Really exciting.”
But Jacob, 13, walked out of Riverhead a new fan. A fan of the Legends specifically.
“They’re cool, retro cars and you just throw a motorcycle engine in it,” he said.
Caitlyn, 14, has been coming to Riverhead close to five years now. She said she enjoyed the Legends too, but she’s also a fan of the Modifieds.
“These are fast,” she said, while standing next to Ryan Preece’s no. 20 machine.
Caitlyn and her father, Kevin, did something that all short track racing fans should do. They brought someone to experience it for the first time and turned him into a fan.
Jacob said he will definitely be back at Riverhead Raceway in the future.
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On Saturday evening July 26th Barbara & Jim Cromarty will once again remember and celebrate the careers and lives of three of the most successful and popular NASCAR Modified drivers of all time as they present the Baldwin, Evans & Jarzombek 77. A race that has over the years become the signature event on the annual NASCAR Whelen All-American Series schedule. It was announced Tuesday that Hagerman Systems of Hagerman, L.I. would return as the title sponsor of the race.
One of the most popular events ever staged over the 65 year history of Riverhead Raceway will return to Barbara & Jim Cromarty’s historic race track Saturday July 19th when they present a School Bus Demolition Derby which will again rock the track right down to its core. A full slate of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series stock car racing will be presented featuring a 35-lap NASCAR Modified main event as well the daring Figure Eight racers starting at 6:00 pm.
With three wins already in the books as the 2014 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season reaches the halfway point this week, Bobby Santos looks to be firmly entrenched in the championship chase.
This week’s 10 to Go is with David Roys, driver of the no. 26 Charger car.
When did you start racing?
Dave Roys: I started racing go-karts when I was a kid. I don’t know what year it was. Probably 1983 or something like that. Then I started racing Charger cars in 1991.
How many types of cars have you raced and which one is your favorite?
Roys: I raced Chargers, Late Models, Modifieds. I’d have to say the Modified is probably my favorite, but I’m having a lot of fun right now in this Charger car.
Roys: It’s just a different deal. I’m having some fun racing with a bunch of old funs. My friend Joey Paprocky used to sponsor me years ago with the Modifieds. It’s just (great) that we finally got back together.
Does not running for points make it more fun?
Roys: It does, I guess, that you can come and have fun with not too much pressure. I still put pressure on myself to run good and do the best I can every week. But as far as the points that never really bothered me.
What track do you want to race at the most that you haven’t gotten to yet?
Roys: I’d like to race at Thompson weekly. Something like that. But they only run the SKs there. If I could do it again I’d run the Valenti Modified Racing Series full time with the Modified. That would be the furthest dream that I have.
Do you have any superstitions or routines that you do each week or have any lucky charms?
Roys: Not really. I have a little racer’s prayer that I say every week. That was something my brother-in-law’s mother gave me when I started racing. That’s where I got the number 26 that I race. I raced go-karts with him when we were kids and then he married my sister. And it’s unfortunate that he passed away a couple years ago. That’s why I still run that number. It’s my number that I’ve always run, but he’s always in my thoughts when I’m racing.
What’s your favorite racing moment?
Roys: There’s so many of them. Some of my most memorable moments were when I was crew-chiefing for Tommy Baldwin when we were Tour racing. He was a good friend of mine. He taught me a lot about work ethic with the racing. Sometimes I probably put more into it than needs to be put into it mentally with racing. I let things bother me that probably shouldn’t. You need to have fun at it and if you’re not having fun at it then you’re not doing nothing. I’m 46 years old. I’m not going anywhere. They’re not looking for the next old, fat, Winston Cup star.
What’s your most embarrassing moment on the track?
Roys: There’s a lot of them too, I’m sure. The most embarrassing moment I think is one I’ll always remember from when I raced go-karts. The first go-kart race I was going to win, I was going to cross the start/finish line and the thing ran out of fuel with like 15 feet to go. And I got passed and I finished second. And I still remember that today that it’s never over until you cross that line.
Have you suffered any injuries racing?
Roys: I’ve never gotten too hurt racing. Once I crashed at Monadnock and I got knocked out and I urinated blood for a few days. I crashed and slid under the belts and the belts kind of crushed me in the privates there and that was probably the worst I’ve ever got hurt.
Do you have a nickname?
Roys: I don’t really have a nickname. I had a nickname in high school and junior high school. In junior high I used to wrestle and I was heavy then. I had another kid on the team that was about 80-lbs heavier than me so I always used to have to wrestle him. So they used to say that I looked like a turtle in my shell because he always pinned me.
Wrestling is obviously a very athletic sport. Do you feel that as a race car driver you are an athlete?
Roys: I’d have to say yes. It’s not as physical as playing football or running around on a soccer field all day. But when you’re in the car, these cars get pretty hot in there. You’re on the edge for the whole race. And you’re working. You don’t think you’re getting a workout, but there’s times at the end of the race or the next day that you feel things that you didn’t feel before the race. So definitely the better shape that you’re in the less fatigued you get. Am I going to say we are athletes? Yes, I’d say we are, but we are no football players or hockey stars or anything like that.
Kyle Ellwood didn’t expect to be winning races this year. However, while racing for Goodie Motorsports, Ellwood has turned the corner in dramatic fashion.
Bobby Santos entered the Sunoco 100 looking for a little extra magic to change his fortunes at the “Magic Mile.” He waited until the final lap, but he got it.
Twice before, Ryan Newman drove the venerable 7NY Modified to Victory Lane in a NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.