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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.




Photo: Michael Jaworecki Myracenews
Riverhead NY
Entering his seventh year behind the wheel of a NASCAR Modified in 2018 Vinny Biondolillo of Farmingville announced today that he’ll do so driving for noted and veteran Long Island car owner Joe Ambrose, a past championship car owner. The new team will debut at Riverhead Raceway on Saturday night May 5th for the Cinco De Mayo opening night race card for the 2018 NASCAR Whelen All American Series at the historic quarter mile venue.
“I can’t tell you how honored and thrilled I am for this opportunity to drive for Joe Ambrose” Biondolillo, 20 said while making the announcement. “Joe knows his way around a NASCAR Modified and his past success speaks for itself”. Vinny disclosed the team will utilize a 1991 Troyer car out of the Ambrose race shop and laid out some of the logistics for the new pairing, “we’ll keep the car at our shop where my father (Andrew) and I will maintain the car then Joe will come out and put the set-up in the car for race day”. Looking towards the fast approaching new season Biondolillo outlined some his goals for 2018, “we just want to come out have some fun and be competitive weekly and along the way hopefully get back to victory lane”. Vinny has one career NASCAR Modified win to his credit that coming on August 1st, 2015 at Riverhead.
After just one year in the INEX Legend Race Cars in 2011 at 13 years old Vinny Biondolillo and his team owned by his parents Andrew & Michelle ventured into NASCAR Modified racing at Riverhead in 2012 primarily funding the car out of their own pocket along with a few sponsors and the elder Biondolillo admitted, “at times I felt like I was trying to put a square peg through a round hole, this is a wonderful opportunity for Vinny to advance his career”. Vinny is the nephew of the late Joe Biondolillo Jr. who ranks second on the al time Riverhead Raceway Figure Eight win list.
Vinny also announced that sponsors from his team would be moving with him to the Joe Ambrose machine as WRS Environmental Services of Yaphank, Indy 3000 Fast Lube of Medford & Mastic and Makely Industries of Bayport will back the team with Jessup Landscaping of Quogue, a long time marketing partner with car owner Joe Ambrose also signed on for 2018.
“I think we’ll do good with Vinny” projected Joe Ambrose, “late last year we went to Mahoning Valley and did some racing and we had fun and hit it off pretty good. I’m really looking forward to working with Vinny and his family this year”.
The first order of business for the new combination will be the 40-lap Cinco De Mayo May 5th opening night NASCAR Modified feature, the first of 20 scheduled point races for the 600 horsepower machines at the demanding quarter mile oval. The newly formed team is also very much looking forward to the May 26th Islip 300 at Riverhead which again will pay a handsome $7,000 to the race winner, “we’d love to win that one” Biondolillo noted.
To view the complete Riverhead Raceway 2018 schedule of events please visit


Riverhead, NY Jan. 11th.
By Bob Finan
Just prior to the holiday season third year Riverhead Raceway owners Eddie & Connie Partridge and Tom Gatz released their 2018 NASCAR Whelen All American Series and Enduro race series schedule on the track’s web page much to the delight of race teams and race fans alike. The 2018 season will get underway with opening weekend featuring the Cinco De Mayo opening night card for the NASCAR Whelen All American Series stock cars on Saturday May 5th while the next afternoon the Enduro racers will compete in their May Meltdown opening day program.
Traditionally the NASCAR Modifieds have been the premier division of the Whelen All American Series at Riverhead Raceway a tradition that will remain intact in 2018. The weekly feature event distance for the NASCAR Modifieds is set at 40-laps but the 2018 slate of events features numerous extra distance and special events. First up on the menu will be the 2nd annual Islip 300 set for Saturday May 26th, the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. Dillon Steuer of Bohemia at just 15-years old triumphed in the Islip 300 last spring scoring an extremely popular victory. In June the “Mod Squad” will run the Mullet Madness 50 on Saturday June 16th and just two weeks later they’ll go to post in the 68th Year Celebration race, part of the annual Fireworks program celebrating the 4th of July.
In July the open wheel racers will compete in the popular Baldwin, Evans & Jarzombek 77 Memorial honoring three legends of the NASCAR Modified world. In conjunction with the 77 the annual Cromarty Wall of Fame enshrinement ceremony will be presented. August find a 50-lap NASCAR Night event set for August 4th while the month will conclude on August 25th with Twin 50’s slated for the NASCAR Modifieds who join the wildly popular School Bus Demolition Derby that night. Saturday evening September 15th the Whelen Engineering Night 100 will unfold featuring a Twin 50 formal with the results of this event perhaps going a long way in determining the 2018 NASCAR Modified champion at the historic quarter mile oval.
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will again visit Riverhead Raceway twice in 2018 with the first of 200-lap WMT events set for Saturday night July 7th while the second race will unfold on Saturday September 8th. One WMT championship contending team who have already circled both Riverhead WMT dates off on their schedule is the Flamingo Motorsports team and their talented driver Timmy Solomito of Islip who swept the 2017 WMT races at the track where “The Natural” began his driving  career.
The six support divisions of the NASCAR Whelen All American Series have all seen an increase of schedules events in 2018 headed up by the Late Models who’ll again run 25-lap main events weekly. Three 50-lap races have been planned for the Late Models on June 23rdJuly 21st and August 18th. Ever since their inception prior to the 2016 race season the Eagle Auto Modified Crate class has grown in both numbers and popularity and again will be a weekly fixture competing in 25-lap feature events. Three extra distance 30-lap time trial races are planned for June 2ndJuly 14th and September 8th.  The “world famous” Figure Eight troops will be back for yet another exciting campaign of racing and are booked for 14 events in ’18.
The heavy hitting racing action provided by the Blunderbusts returns in 2018 as they’ll run 20-lap main events weekly with three extra distance 30-lap races set for May 19thJune 23rd and July 7th. Super Pro Trucks like the Blunderbusts compete in 20-lap feature events weekly and will also run 3 extra distance 30-lap contests in ’18 on June 16th, August 8gth and September 15th. The INEX Legend Race Cars will be a weekly fixture at Riverhead this season as well racing in 20-lap feature events weekly. Four extra distance races have been scheduled for the Legend racers, three 30-lappers on May 12thJune 30th & August 25th will be joined by the annual INEX National Qualifier a 50-lap affair set Saturday September 22nd,
A popular addition to the pit area at Riverhead Raceway in 2017 were the Long Island Vintage Auto Racing Series racers and their vintage race cars. Starting with the Cinco De Mayo opening night show May 5th the LIVARS machines will go to post six time in 2018 with shows on May 19thJune 9thJuly 28thAugust 4th and September 22nd joining the May 5th opener. Former five time NASCAR Modified champion Don Howe of Water Mill swept the five race LIVARS series in 2017.
Open cockpit fans can again look forward to the NEMA Midgets and NEMA Lites making their annual visit to Riverhead on Saturday June 2nd. Last year former Riverhead NASCAR Modified champion Justin Bonsignore of Holtsville wheeled the Bertrand Motorsports entry to victory in the 25-lap Allan Cantor Memorial 25 by IGA Food Markets NEMA Midget event.
Since 1986 the Enduro drivers have thrilled the Riverhead Raceway faithful with their brand of competition and will again be a vital part of the 2018 race season. After the Sunday May 6th May Meltdown opener the Enduro race teams will be right back in action Sunday May 27th for the Spring Smack Down. Afterwards the next stand alone Sunday show will be presented with the Summer Shootout on August 12th. The Sunday series will conclude with the annual Sunday Labor Day weekend event and later on September 30th the Enduro Extravaganza will conclude the season. As in past years all of the Enduro classes will see Saturday night action in ’18.
Once again Eddie & Connie Partridge and Tom Gatz will present some great family attractions to join the weekly racing throughout 2018. Aside from the 68th Year Celebration Fireworks spectacular set for June 30th the annual I Love America Night Fireworks presentation is set for Saturday night August 11th.
School Buses will be getting a workout at Riverhead this coming season as School Bus Figure 8 races planned for Saturday May 12th and June 2nd. Later in the season the 13-ton machines will be destroyed in two hard hitting School Bus Demolition Derby events Saturday July 21stand again Saturday August 25th.
Saturday evening July 14th the Monster Trucks will again converge on Riverhead Raceway for another wild “free-style” event featuring the diesel burning & churning XDP Diesel Monster Truck along with several other top name trucks. It is sure to be a car crushing good time for young and old to enjoy alike.
Four bone jarring, car destroying Demolition Derby contests are set for 2018 with two 4-Cylinder Demolition Derbies on June 16th and again June 30th. The first 8-Cylinder Demo will unfold August 11th and then the big one, the National Demolition Derby championship Saturday night September 22nd. The Demo schedule is tentative as one of the two June dates could very well be moved.
Marketing opportunities are plentiful with the diverse 2018 Riverhead Raceway schedule of events, everything from the two NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races, the Islip 300 or any other race for any division at Riverhead Raceway. Seasonal marketing opportunities for any class of racing along with comprehensive billboard packages also available. For further marketing information please call 631-842-RACE Monday through Friday from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm or send an e-mail to us at
To view  2018 Riverhead Raceway schedule in it’s entirety please visit