Whelen Modified Tour Making Three Visits To Riverhead Raceway Again In 2022




Long Island has long been a hotbed for Modified racing. In 2022 Riverhead, N.Y. on the east end of Long Island will be the cornerstone of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule.

NASCAR and Riverhead announced Monday that the series will once again run three events at the quarter-mile bullring for the 2022 season.

Riverhead will host Whelen Modfied Tour events on May 14, June 25 and September 17 next season.

Riverhead is expected to be the only track to host at least three events on the Whelen Modified Tour schedule in 2022. Riverhead has hosted 67 Whelen Modified Tour events since 1985.

“Riverhead Raceway and the Whelen Modified Tour have been tied together for nearly four decades,” Whelen Modified Tour series director Jimmy Wilson said. “It means a lot to our drivers and teams who are based in the Northeast that we can race at this celebrated track in their backyard.”

The series visited Riverhead three times in 2021 with six-time series champion Doug Coby winning the first two events and Patrick Emerling winning the third event.

With the three Riverhead dates revealed, NASCAR has officially announced eight events for next season.  It was also announced Tuesday that the series will return to Langley Speedway in Hampton, Va. for an April 23 event next year.

The 2022 season will open with the series making its debut at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway on Feb. 12. Other events that have been officially announced include races at Richmond (Va.) Raceway (April 1), New Hampshire Motor Speedway (July 16) and Thompson Speedway (Aug. 17).

Comments

  1. “in their backyard”? How can any race that you have to take a ferry to be in anyone’s backyard except for those teams that are based on Long Island? Maybe Nascar has gotten into the ferry business?

  2. A back yard with a pond, a row boat and an island?

  3. Gotta respect it. With the big guy passing away it was unclear what would happen. Great track, great racing…..this is good news.
    I don’t know why it has to be so hard. Before the NWMT set their schedule and everyone else scheduled around it. They don’t have the juice any more and it takes time for them to “build their schedule”.
    That’s the new reality so why can’t the rule be once an organizing group publishes a date everyone else respects it.

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