Pit Box: Modified Tour veterans ready for another Bullring fight at Riverhead Raceway

A general view in front of the Miller Lite 200 for the Whelen Modified Tour at Riverhead Raceway on September 18, 2021 in Riverhead, New York.  (Adam Glanzman/NASCAR)

A general view in front of the Miller Lite 200 for the Whelen Modified Tour at Riverhead Raceway on September 18, 2021 in Riverhead, New York. (Adam Glanzman/NASCAR)

This Saturday, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour rolls back into New York’s Riverhead Raceway to score the buzz-chew Chevrolet Cadillac 200.

Saturday night marks the second time this season the Tour has revisited the quarter mile oval and the event is the eighth race on the Tour’s competitor schedule.

Coby is one of seven competitors who competed in Saturday’s race to win Tour competition at Riverhead, but he is not the most victorious active rider on track with the series. That honor goes to Justin Bonsignore, who has eight wins at Riverhead to his credit. The most victorious rider in Tour history at the track is Mike Ewanitsko, who won 11 races in 35 Tour starts at Riverhead.

Other riders on the entry list with Tour triumphs at Riverhead include Patrick Emerling, Donny Lia, Timmy Solomito, Eric Goodale and Jimmy Blewett.

Below is everything you need to know about Saturday’s Buzz Chew Chevrolet Cadillac 200 at Riverhead Raceway.

What to look out for:

2018 main head finalWhat began as a one-off deal to have Tommy Baldwin Jr.’s No. 7ny at Riverhead Raceway turned into a regular arrangement earlier this year for Coby, who returns to Riverhead aboard Baldwin’s modified.

He’ll be looking to win his third race of the season and fourth in five starts on Saturday night, but he’ll have plenty of competition to stop him.

One of those looking to step up Coby is Ron Silk, the current NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Championship Leader. Silk is yet to win this season, but his consistent approach has kept him at the top of the Tour standings through seven races. He has never won at Riverhead but could be as good now as for Seiden kicking down the door to Victory Lane on the Long Island Race Track.

Coby will have a teammate again in Riverhead this week as Jimmy Blewett is scheduled to return for Baldwin on his tour in the No. 1ny. He was initially scheduled to return at Monadnock Speedway in New Hampshire last week, but as poor weather pushed the race through to Sunday, Blewett was unavailable for the Sunday rain date.

Bonsignore will be looking to win his second straight race with the Tour after a controversial win last weekend at New Hampshire’s Monadnock Speedway. He finished 25th at Riverhead in May.

As with the Riverhead rule, several local riders will also be entered and should be viewed as serious threats in order to win. They include Dylan Slepian, John Baker, Kyle Soper and John Beatty Jr., all of whom finished in the top 10 when the tour last visited Riverhead in May.

Solomito, who was the only rider not to lead Coby at Riverhead in May, will be looking for his first Tour win since 2017 on Saturday night. Of his nine Tour wins, three have come at Riverhead.

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Two-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Champion Donny Lia is scheduled to make his second start of the season in the No. 3 Boehler Racing Enterprises. Lia has four Tour wins at Riverhead, including three of his first four Tour wins from 2003-2005.

Eddie Brunnhoelzl, the cousin of four-time NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour Champion George Brunnhoelzl III, is set to make his first tour start since 2015.

Other Tour regulars expected to compete include rookie contender Austin Beers, runner-up Tommy Catalano, Jon McKennedy, Riverhead winner Eric Goodale and 2014 Craig Lutz, to name a few.

The full entry listing for the Buzz-Chew Chevrolet Cadillac 200 is available here

The cars race during the Miller Lite 200 for the Whelen Modified Tour at Riverhead Raceway on September 18, 2021 in Riverhead, New York.  (Adam Glanzman/NASCAR)
Vehicle racing during the Miller Lite 200 for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour at New York’s Riverhead Raceway on September 18, 2021. (Photo: Adam Glanzman/NASCAR)

race facts

date Saturday 25 June 2022
track Riverhead Raceway
layout Quarter mile paved oval
location Riverhead, New York
start time
Round 200
Published Awards $83,763
TV channel US (Delayed: Sunday, July 3, 1pm ET)
Live broadcast Flora (Live)

Schedule: Garage opens at 12:45pm ET…final practice 3-4pm ET…single car qualifier (two laps) at 6pm ET…race at 8pm ET

qualification: Two consecutive qualifying laps. A faster lap determines the qualifying position. Adjustments or repairs may not be made on 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 engage in qualifying runs at the same time. Starting field for the Buzz Chew Chevrolet Cadillac 200 is limited to 28 starters including Provisional Positions.

tire allocation: The maximum tire allocation available for this event is eight (8) tires per team. All tires used for qualifying and the race must be purchased at the track and scanned by Hoosier unless pre-approved by the series director. Four (4) tires must be used for qualifying and the start of the race. All qualifying tires must be confiscated until released by NASCAR officials. The remaining tire allocation can be used for practice and/or tire changes during the event. The tire change rule is zero (0) tires, any position.

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