It has taken 15 years, but Howie Brodie Jr, 49, has finally clinched the 2013 NASCAR Modified Championship at Long Island’s Riverhead Raceway. Brodie, whose current standing of 453 points (97 more than his nearest competitor), has commanded this year’s season winning four races. What a change from last year, when he lost the championship bid by only 10 points.
“We were just running really well at the start of the season and that continued thanks (in part) to a really good, dominating car,” he exclaimed. “I don’t know what kind of magic happened but you could just tell it was going to be a good run this year.”
Brodie first began racing at Riverhead in the charger’s division in 1992, following in the footsteps of his dad, Howie Brodie Sr who raced at the track 1970s. However, his only other championship win was in 1998 during his second year competing in the modifieds class.
“It’s pretty much the same feeling as it was then,” he noted. “I’m just excited about winning the championship because it’s the crown jewel.”
Brodie is equally excited to see his 8-year old son Matthew compete in Karting at the track as he begins to follow in the family footsteps.
Located at 1797 Old Country Rd., Riverhead, NY, Riverhead Raceway is one of the country's oldest stock car tracks, having opened its doors in 1951, and is home to NASCAR stock car racing, featuring demolition derbies, modifieds, figure 8s, blunderbusts, super pro trucks and more on its quarter-mile asphalt, high-banked oval track. For more information call 631 842-7223.