Category Archives: Riverhead Raceway


Photo: Michael Jaworecki Myracenews
Riverhead, NY Jan 30th
By Bob Finan
Who said you can’t go home? That is exactly what veteran NASCAR Modified talent Sal Accardi Jr. of Deer Park will be doing in 2018 thanks to a new major sponsor that he and car owner Rich Schlegel announced today. The new marketing partner will allow the Accardi/Schlegel combination to call the NASCAR Whelen All American Series of Riverhead Raceway home in 2018 starting with the May 5th Cinco De Mayo opening night program.
“We are very happy to announce that WRS Environmental Services of Yaphank has signed on as out major sponsor for the 2018 season” Accardi disclosed Tuesday morning, “this sponsorship will allow me to return to my home track of Riverhead Raceway weekly for the first time in over 10 years. Needless to say I’m ecstatic and very excited as is Rich”. WRS Environmental Services for over 20 years has been an outstanding provider of environmental, utility and industrial services. “I can’t thank Mike Rodgers and the entire WRS Environmental Services organization enough for providing us with the backing to race weekly at Riverhead” Sal offered.
Armed with the funding they need Rich and Sal disclosed they’ll have a new car to race on Long Island, “Rick Kluth has built us an all new 2 Kwik chassis for 2018” Accardi disclosed, “we will rely on Big Sal’s Race Engine power and in fact I have the motor at the shop all ready for installation”. Heading into the new campaign Sal Accardi will be seeking his 5th career NASCAR Modified win at Riverhead as he authored four wins between August of 2004 and September of 2007, his last full season at the historic quarter mile oval. 2018 will mark the third year Rich Schlegel of West Haven, Ct. has fielded an entry for Accardi.
As pumped up as Sal is about his new car and major sponsorship there is one aspect of the upcoming season takes that excitement to another level, “I’m going to run my Dad’s number thirty-nine this year and Rich and I will paint the car red just like my father’s” Sal said beaming with pride. To that end Accardi also pointed to one race on the 2018 Riverhead slate he has circled that being the May 26th Islip 300. “Dad was very successful and well known for his drag racing exploits back in the day at Islip on the old 1/8th of a mile before he bought his first Modified” Sal explained, “to have a good run or better yet win a race with the title Islip on it would just be awesome. I know he’ll be watching over us all year”.
Joining the Accardi/Schlegel effort in 2018 will be several associate sponsors, Boutique Security Group LLC of Ronkonkoma, G. Calabrese Trucking of Medford, A-Plus Auto Salvage of Lindenhurst, J&J Auto Body of Ronkonkoma and Wurth USA Supplies. Graphics for the team will be designed by Scott Adams Designs.
“Everything has fallen into place, now we can’t wait to get going” Accardi concluded.
The 2018 Riverhead Raceway Cinco De Mayo opening night program on Saturday May 5th will kick of the NASCAR Modified season with a 40-lap feature event. The entire schedule of events for the new race season can be viewed by visiting and clicking on the schedule link.


Riverhead, N.Y. Jan 26th.
By Bob Finan
The Long Island Daytona 500 Party tradition will continue at a new venue in 2018 it was announced today by party hosts Bob Finan and Stephen Halpin who share the announcing duties at Riverhead Raceway. With the recent closing of TJ Halpin’s at the end of 2017 the party was seeking a new home. Enter long time race car sponsor & enthusiast Brian Slaga of East West Marine who was able to make The Vineyards Golf Club available for the Sunday February 18th Daytona 500 broadcast.
“When I saw TJ Halpin’s was closing I wondered what would become of the Daytona 500 party” Slaga disclosed. “I’m involved with The Vineyards Golf Club and thought our clubhouse will be a perfect fit for this long standing racing tradition. So Stephen and I got together and the party he and Bob have hosted for nearly 30 years now has a new home”.  Brian Slaga has been a loyal sponsor to several top local teams such as Ryan Preece when he drove for Bill Park and more recently for Eddie & Connie Partridge, Michael Rutkoski the 2017 Rookie of the Year in the Eagle Auto Mall Modified Crates as well Brandon Turbush who is an up and coming Late Model pilot. Slaga also sponsors the East West Marine “Go Zone” restart area in the fourth turn of Riverhead Raceway.
“We can’t thank Brian enough for stepping up and making The Vineyards Golf Club and their clubhouse available for our party”  co-host Stephen Halpin offered. “Bob & I actually started this by accident. One year a bunch of us got together at a pub in Rocky Point to watch the race as folks have always done for the Super Bowl and nearly 30 years later it has grown into this”. The L.I. Daytona 500 party offers those who can’t make it to Florida for the race or Speedweek a chance to get together with fellow race fans for a fun afternoon out.
Doors will open at 12 noon Sunday February 18th for the Daytona 500 which goes green at 2:30 pm on FOX. Admission will be $25 per person that will include one box in the flat screen TV pool along with an endless buffet. Budweiser, Bud Light and Coors Light cans will be on special for just $4 a can or buy 5 and get the 6th can free. Big screen TV’s will be set-up around the clubhouse for race fans to enjoy the broadcast of “The Great American Race”. Tim Halpin will again oversee his annual Daytona 500 pools where for $10 you get two cars in the race.
The Vineyards Golf Club is located at 9 Tyler Drive, Riverhead, NY 11901 and for further information on the club please call 631-740-9300
Photo: Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images

Riverhead Raceway 2018 Season Notes

Riverhead Raceway posted a couple of race announcements today.

First starting with the opening night  May 5th Cinco De Mayo event general admission will be $20.00 for adults and continuing   for the first three weeks of the season ( May 5th, 12th & 19th).  Late in the fall Tom and Eddie had made the promise to lower admission early in the season and have kept that promise.

8 divisions of racing to include LIVARS, NASCAR Modifieds, Late Models, Figure Eights, Riverhead Modified Crates, Blunderbusts, Super Pro Trucks and INEX Legends will greet the opening night fans.

The May Meltdown Enduro opener on Sunday May 6th will also find a $20 general admission for adults. Additionally returning to a long standing tradition general admission for the two pre-season practice days April 21st and 28th will be FREE!

The second announcement was made in regard to the Islip 300 to be held on Memorial Day weekend. The purse structure for the  Saturday May 26th Islip 300 would remain the same as last year.

It will continue to be the highest paying race outside of the 2 NASCAR WMT races held later in the season.

1. 7,000 2. 2,500 3. 2,250 4. 2,000 5. 1,750 6. 1,500 7. 1,400 8. 1,300 9. 1,200 10. 1,100 11. 1,000 12. 1,000 13. 900 14. 850 15. 750 16. 700 17. 650 18th through 25th, 600.

The 300 lap race was brought back last year with a very successful event. 15 year old Dillon Steuer took down the $7,000 first place money and just prior to  entering victory lane doing the burnout of the year.