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RIVERHEAD, NY - SEPTEMBER 16:   Cars sit on the grid before qualifying the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Miller Lite 200 at Riverbed Raceway on September 16, 2017 in Riverhead, New York. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/NASCAR)
The quarter-mile bullring of Riverhead Raceway on Long Island will play host to the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Saturday. (Adam Glanzman/NASCAR)

PIT BOX: Trip To Long Island On Deck For Whelen Modifieds

With the trip to New Hampshire Motor Speedway looming later in the month, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will head to the tightest track on the circuit this weekend. The Buzz Chew Auto Group 200 will take the green flag Saturday night at Long Island’s quarter-mile Riverhead Raceway.



No where is home-track advantage more obvious than Riverhead.

In 11 races since 2011, Long Island drivers have won eight times – including three drivers accounting for the last seven victories. The outlier? Ryan Preece’s three-rac winning streak from 2012-13.

Timmy Solomito won both races from the pole last year, while championship points lead Justin Bonsignore has four wins at his home track.

In 11 races since 2011, Long Island drivers have won eight times – including three drivers accounting for the last seven victories. The outlier? Ryan Preece’s three-rac winning streak from 2012-13.

At the same time, this race traditionally attracts Riverhead regulars to make a spot start on the tour. Tom Roger Jr. won the pole and led 33 laps before finishing sixth in 2015, but Ed Brunnhoelzl Jr. (1995) is the last Riverhead ringer to take home the tour trophy.

RACING-REFERENCE: Previous Whelen Modified Tour races at RiverheadWhelen Modified Tour drivers’ career stats at Riverhead


RACE Buzz Chew Auto Group 200
PLACE Riverhead (N.Y.) Raceway
DATE Saturday, July 7
TIME 8 p.m. ET
TRACK LAYOUT Quarter-mile oval
2017 WINNER Timmy Solomito
2017 POLE Timmy Solomito
EVENT SCHEDULE Saturday — Garage Opens: 12:45 p.m., Final Practice: 3:15-4:30 p.m., Qualifying: 6 p.m., Buzz Chew Chevrolet Cadillac 200: 8 p.m.
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CREW CHIEF HANDOUT: The maximum starting field is 28 cars, including provisionals.

Qualifying groups will be determined by each vehicle’s overall fastest single lap from the official practice sessions.

The first 22 cars will secure starting positions based on group qualifying session. The remaining six spots will be awarded through the provisional process.

Qualifying will consist of two consecutive qualifying laps per vehicle. Faster lap determines qualifying position.

The BUZZ CHEW AUTO GROUP 200 will be 200 laps (50 miles).

The maximum tire allotment available for this event is eight (8) tires per team. Four (4) tires used for qualifying must be used to begin the race.


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RACING-REFERENCE: Previous PEAK Mexico Series races at PueblaPEAK Mexico Series drivers’ career stats at Puebla


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