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NASCAR comes to Long Island

July 27, 2011

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will go from the largest track on its schedule to the smallest when it heads to Riverhead (N.Y.) Raceway on Saturday, July 30 for the Lighthouse Mission 200.

Coming from New Hampshire Motor Speedway – which measures a little more than a mile – the Whelen Modified Tour will head to Long Island for its 50th all-time running at the quarter-mile bullring. The first race at Riverhead took place on July 10, 1985 and was won by Jimmy Spencer.

For the Whelen Modified Tour drivers from Long Island that regularly cross the sound on the ferry for the vast majority of the schedule, Riverhead is always a welcomed event. Of the 30 entries in for the race, 10 are drivers from across Long Island that relish the opportunity to compete at their home track with friends and family in attendance.

While the locals will be on home turf, and perhaps have an edge in experience, there are plenty of other competitors that have had success at Riverhead through the years. Mike Stefanik has six wins to his credit at the tight quarter mile while Ted Christopher has three. Season points leader Rowan Pennink got his first career win there last year, but will face an uphill battle in his bid to repeat as the last time a driver won two in a row at Riverhead was Stefanik in 2001.

Riverhead will also be a good midseason test for the championship hopes of Pennink. Last year’s performance was his first top five in four starts at Riverhead, while his main competition in this year’s championship chase – Ron Silk – has finished on the podium in three of the previous four events there. Silk trails Pennink by just 10 tallies after six races.

The Lighthouse Mission 200 includes a 25-lap qualifying race and a 175-lap feature, the second and final race with this format in 2011 following the Monadnock 200 in June that was won from the pole by Todd Szegedy.

Selected Driver Highlights:
Justin Bonsignore (No. 51 Chevrolet)
• The 2010 Sunoco Rookie of the Year.
• Has two poles and eight top 10s in 22 career starts.
• Is 19th in the standings with two top 10s.
• Has two top-five finishes in three NWMT starts at Riverhead.
• Began his career at Riverhead, where he is two points out of the Modified division lead after 10 races this season.

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Display Panels

July 19, 2011

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One Last Flight

July 8, 2011

Today, for the final time, the Space Shuttle Atlantis lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Since the early 80’s the Shuttle has carried men and woman from around the world into Earth orbit. It has lofted satellites and space stations, astronauts and scientists. The Space Shuttle has been the workhorse of the US Space Program for 3 decades, and has flown on for much longer than originally planned.

The Shuttle has been the most visible symbol of mankind’s exploration of the frontier; the latest vehicle reaching toward the unknown and a prime force driving new discoveries. From the Vikings to Columbus, Chinese mariners and Arctic explorers, humanity has always striven to push back the boundaries of the known world, and reach farther and higher than ever before. For 30 years, the Shuttle has been one of the key tools in that endeavor, and its legacy will live on long after Atlantis touches down in a few days.

Despite the disasters of Challenger and Colombia, the great enterprise of space exploration has continued. Spurred by the tragic lessons of those flights, NASA and private enterprise have continued to refine and improve space flight. New designs will emerge in the next decade to take the place of the retiring Space Shuttle, and these will continue the journey beyond the frontier to the moon, the planets, and the rest of the solar system.

This, the final flight of Atlantis, will mark the end of but one chapter in the story of human exploration; while untold opportunities still await. For as long as humanity reaches for the stars, probes the mysteries of the universe, and keeps pushing forward, the spirit of Atlantis, and the men and woman who she lifted into orbit, will live on.