Pole Awards Announced For Islip 300 Event At Riverhead Raceway

(Press Release from Riverhead Raceway)

Riverhead Raceway officials announced today pole awards for all three classes that will make up the Islip 300 by East West Marine Supply this Saturday. The Tour Type Modifieds, Eagle Auto Mall Crate Modifieds and INEX Legend Race Cars will all determine a portion or all of their starting grid via time trails with qualifying to start the big day of racing at 1:00 pm. 

Nick Rutigliano of Brigandi Brothers Automotive of Nesconset as they have so many time prior have stepped up to post a $300 Islip 300 by East West Marine Supply pole award to the quickest driver in qualifying. Brigandi Brothers Automotive aside from their Smithtown Blvd. state of the art auto repair facility in Nesconset additionally serves as the race car recovery and safety vehicle provider for the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Racing Series at Riverhead Raceway. “Just can’t thank Nick and the crew at Brigandi Brothers enough not just for sponsoring the Pole Award for the 300 but what they do week in and week out here at the track” Riverhead GM John Ellwood commented.

Tom Rogers Jr. of Riverhead set the new NASCAR Modified standard just prior to The Bubba 150 at 11.272 on September 19th, 2020 and with cooler temps in the offering for Saturday prior to the 300 could that record be in jeopardy?  Rogers after starting last in accepting the “Tiger” Tom Baldwin Challenge Award in the 150 went out and scored a thrilling victory worth $5,910 for he and car owners Denise & Ken Darch. 

Riverhead Raceway also disclosed the fastest qualifier in both the Crate Modifieds and INEX Legend Race Cars qualifying sessions will earn $150 each from Jessica Lynne McDermott @jlynnemortgages “The Racers Mortgage Broker”. While offering the Pole Award sponsorship Jessica explained her motivation for doing so, “I will be forever grateful to the racers at Riverhead Raceway, they got my business off the ground” 

Crate Modified teams will be aiming to break the current track record held by former multi-time champion Dave Brigati of Calverton at 12.211 that he set back on May 18th, 2019. Earlier this summer on August 15th George Tomko Jr. of Aquebogue set a new track record for the INEX Legend Race Cars when he went a 13.041 prior to the US Legend Cars National Qualifier. Tomko would finish 4th in that 50-lapper won by Daniel Carter of Cortland, NY. 

The excitement is building for another short track Tour Type Modified classic at Riverhead Raceway this Saturday with the 4th annual Islip 300 by East West Marine Supply. Pit gates will open at 8:00 am with qualifying at 1:00 pm. The complete race day agenda can be viewed at www.riverheadraceway.com and click on the Islip 300 banner. If you can’t be at the track and all are welcome you can watch every lap of qualifying and feature racing on RiverheadRaceway.Tv, we go live at 12:45 pm. That link can also be found on the track web site.

In the event of rain the program will be run the next day Sunday November 15th with the same schedule of events in place. 


  1. 35 bucks for the race on RiverheadRaceway.TV is a bit pricey but watcha gonna do. It’s must see with heavy hitters taking on the regulars that know that place so well.

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