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NASCAR Headline Islip Modified Tour Winners 300 Riverhead Entries

With leaves falling and temperatures dropping, Long Island’s Riverhead Raceway is gearing up for one last race in 2022, the Islip 300, which will honor the long-lost 1/5 mile oval that was loved by so many of the townspeople. Long Island. With the Islip 300 just days away, Riverhead Raceway officials have released the preliminary entry list featuring some of the biggest names in modified racing.

2022 Islip 300 at Riverhead Raceway

Heading the entry list is six-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Doug Coby. The Milford, Connecticut native is now a three-time champion in the historic bullring. Coby’s most recent win came when the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour visited the track for the first of three visits this season in May.

Jimmy Blewett of New Jersey will also be in the competition this Saturday. Blewett, along with Coby and Michael Christopher Jr. helped lead Tommy Baldwin Racing to the title of owner of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour this season. Blewett started the season strong by winning the World Series championship at New Smyrna Speedway in February.

Fresh off a career-best 10th with the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour is Holtsville, JB Fortin, New York. The second generation racer is the current winner of the Islip 300. Fortin held off Ryan Preece to score the biggest win of his career to date. Fortin struggled in his two Riverhead NWMT games this season with submissions 25th and 23rd, but he scored his first place in the NWMT top five with a third place finish at Pennsylvania’s Jennerstown Speedway.

Kyle Soper will be behind the wheel of his well-known #15 machine, owned by 1994 NWMT champion Wayne Anderson, on Saturday’s 300 laps. Soper has won four of the last five Riverhead Raceway track championships, including this season. Soper now has 29 wins at Riverhead, which puts him 11th on the track’s all-time wins list. He is also the third Islip 300 winner, in 2019. Soper scored perhaps his biggest win in June when he held off the Invaders to win his first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race.

A surprise name on the shortlist is Keith Rocco from Connecticut. The 2010 NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series national champion rarely takes the ferry across Long Island Sound to Riverhead Raceway. Rocco made a start in the NWMT at Riverhead, which resulted in a 15th place finish in 2015, and he also made a start in the Islip 300. Rocco finished ninth in the 2020 edition of the Islip 300.

The winner of the first Islip 300 will attempt to become only the second rider to win multiple Islip 300s. That driver is Bohemia, Dillon Steuer from New York. The modified asphalt and dirt racer stunned everyone when he took the checkered flag in 2017.

The current entry list includes seven winners with the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, including Coby, Blewett, Soper, Chuck Hossfeld, Timmy Solomio, Craig Lutz and Michael Christopher Jr. However, only four of these riders have ever won an NWMT race at Riverhead. Those four riders are Coby, Solomio, Soper and Blewett. Soper and Coby have won Riverhead three times in NWMT competition, while Soper and Blewett have one win each.

Racing fans who can’t make it to Riverhead Raceway to see the Year 6 Islip 300 in person can watch every lap live as part of a FloRacing subscription.

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