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Riverhead, NY May 19th.
By Bob Finan
While any rain out is disappointing at Riverhead Raceway some are more so than others and such was the case on Saturday when the Islip 300 fell victim to the wet stuff. Fact is since the track was washed out the week prior on May 12th rain pretty much fell all week on Long Island and with a dire forecast in the offering for the Islip 300 track management made the decision to call the show at lunchtime Friday. Track management has announced the Islip 300, a $7,000 to win Tour Type Modified extravaganza will now be presented Saturday June 16th.
A star studded field of Tour Type Modified drivers were all set to go toe to toe on the demanding quarter mile oval Saturday in a $32,650 spectacular but will now have to wait another month to do so. Prior to making the decision to rain out the Islip 300 Riverhead Raceway GM John Ellwood and race director Scott Tapley searched for a suitable make-up date. With the NASCAR WMT, Race of Champions, Valenti Modified Racing Series and Tri-Track Series all having an open date on June 16th as of press time that date was selected.
Not only will the Islip 300 move to the June 16th make-up date but all the divisions that were racing in support of the big race will as well. The Eagle Auto Mall Modified Crates, Blunderbusts, INEX Legend Race Cars and LIVARS Vintage race cars will join in on the fun. The originally scheduled Mullet Madness program has been canceled to allow for the Islip 300 program. The June 2nd Super Pro Truck feature that was to go a regular distance of 20-laps will now be a 30-lapper with time trial qualifying. The 4-Cylinder Demolition Derby that was planned for Mullet Madness night will be made up on a date to be announced.
Next up at Riverhead Raceway is the annual Memorial Day weekend doubleheader of racing Saturday evening May 26th and Sunday afternoon May 27thSaturday the NASCAR Whelen All American Series is hopeful of seeing their first action since May 5th while the Spring Smackdown will open at 2018 Sunday Series at the track. For all the details and our complete 2018 schedule of events please visit or phone 631-842-RACE.


Riverhead, NY May 16th.
By Bob Finan
A 32-year tradition at Riverhead Raceway will live on for a 33rd year over Memorial Day weekend as Eddie & Connie Partridge and Tom Gatz present a doubleheader holiday weekend of racing at the historic quarter mile oval. An energetic card of NASCAR Whelen All American Series racing will get things started Saturday evening May 26th while the Spring Smackdown Sunday series program takes center stage the very next afternoon May 27th. The very first Memorial Day weekend twin bill was presented back in 1986 with some 200 Enduro cars turning out for the inaugural Sunday race.
Eight action packed feature events plus qualifying are set for Saturday’s show with the Blunderbusts stepping into the spotlight for a 30-lap main event with time trial qualifying setting the field. Opening night winner Jack Handley of Medford and defending class champion Tom Pickerell of Huntington will be ranked among the favorites in the 30-lap tilt as will Jim Laird Jr. of Riverhead. Laird completed the opening night race on May 5th third. The NASCAR Modifieds will go 40-laps while the Late Models and Eagle Auto Mall Modified Crates are set for 25-laps of main event racing. Completing the NASCAR portion of the show are the Super Pro Trucks and Figure Eights.  The Mini Stocks and Truck Enduro classes from the Sunday series will run their first races of 2018 Saturday night.
Saturday’s event schedule will find the competitor pit area opening at 2:00 pm with practice to run 3:15 pm through 5:00 pm. Qualifying time trials and races will commence at 5:30 pm followed by opening ceremonies and feature event racing at approximately at 6:30 pm.
With the Spring Smackdown show just 12 hours or so after the completion of Saturday night racing it will be a quick turnaround for the Mini Stock and Truck teams who’ll battle again Sunday afternoon. The Street Stocks, 8-Cylinder Enduros, Gut & Go Enduro and a Mini 8 race will complete the six feature events set for the second half of the doubleheader weekend.
The competitor pit area on Sunday will open at 10:00 am with racing to start at 12:30 pm. Practice time will be announced on the track’s web site during the week of the race. Saturday night NASCAR teams are welcome to practice on Sunday for those drivers who feel the need for more seat time or wanting to try some new set-ups.
Additional information can be obtained by visiting or calling 631-842-RACE.


Riverhead, NY May 18th.
By Bob Finan

Riverhead Raceway officials announced both the race procedure and tire regulations for the 2nd annual Islip 300 Modified extravaganza now rescheduled for June 16th at Riverhead Raceway. A handsome purse of $32.650 has been posted by Riverhead owners Eddie & Connie Partridge & Tom Gatz with the winner of the prestigious event netting a $7,000 payday. Dillon Steuer of Bohemia scored a popular and upset win in the 2017 Islip 300.

Riverhead Raceway race director Scott Tapley outlined the race procedure that will be in place for the 300. The field will consist of 25 starters with the top 18 from time trials locking into the field. A consolation race or races depending on the amount of entrants will then transfer six drivers to the 300. A provisional starting spot (25th) will be available to the highest Riverhead Raceway driver that attempted to qualify via the time trials or last chance race.

During the Islip 300 caution flag laps will count over the first 290 laps of the 300 with the final 10 laps to run under green flag conditions.

Cars that pit under yellow WILL NOT lose a lap in the pits, there will be 5 courtesy pit laps when the pits are opened under yellow.

Pit gates will open at 12 noon on Saturday May 19th with a one hour continuous practice session from 2-3 pm scheduled for the Tour Type Modifieds. The Riverhead Eagle Auto Mall Modified Crates, Blunderbusts, INEX Legend Race Cars and LIVARS Vintage Race Cars will have the track for warm-ups from 3-3:45 pm.

Riverhead Raceway GM John Ellwood addressed the tire rule that will be in place for the 300. Each team will be allotted seven tires for the event. Qualifying tires must be on the car for the start of the 300 with each team having three spares at their disposal during the race.

Rules will follow the various touring series of the Northeast. Teams from the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, Race of Champion Tour and Valenti Modified Series are welcome to compete in the Islip 300 but must adhere to their series rules that will be strictly enforced.

Riverhead Raceway track points will not be paid out for the Islip 300 but the race will count towards the National and New York State Division 1 NASCAR Whelen All American Series championship standings. All drivers must have a NASCAR license for the 300 with temporary licenses available on race day at the track.

After all the excitement at last years race the 2nd annual Islip 300 is shaping up to be another can’t miss race Saturday May 19th at Riverhead Raceway. Make your plans to come witness an all start roster of Tour Type Modified drivers battle it out on the historic demanding quarter mile oval.

Ample lodging for out of town teams and fans is available within a mile or so of the track on Route 58 and camping is permitted at the track for self contained campers. No hook-ups are available.

Additional information can be obtained by visiting or calling 631-842-RACE.