What do dogs and race cars have in common?
At least, on Friday, they did.
That’s when Jim and Barbara Cromarty, the longtime owners of Riverhead Raceway, were on hand for the planting of six trees donated by NASCAR to the Riverhead Town Animal Shelter.
The trees will provide shade for the dogs there, as well as add some aesthetics to the shelter grounds.
The Cromartys through NASCAR, which sponsors the Whelen All-American Series at Riverhead Raceway, actually have donated a lot more trees than this.
As part of NASCAR’s Green Clean Air Program, nearly $10,000 was donated to provide trees in the town, with that money going to the purchase a 71 trees, which will be supplied by for Ver Der Ber Landscape Nursery in Aquebogue.
The Green Clean Air Program plants trees for each green flag that drops during a NASCAR-sanctioned race.
NASCAR says the plantings will capture 100 percent of the carbon produced by the on-track racing.
Riverhead Raceway was just one of five tracks nationwide in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series to be selected to participate in the program, and the Cromartys chose the Town of Riverhead to be the recipient of the trees, officials said.
“These trees are much appreciated as they will provide comfort to man’s best friend and will make Riverhead that much more beautiful,” Supervisor Sean Walter said.