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 www.riverheadraceway.com or calling 631-842-RACE.