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Biondolillo, 14, has priorities in order before racing

A flagman waves the green flag at Riverhead

A flagman waves the green flag at Riverhead Raceway. (July 16, 2011) Credit: Daniel Brennan

Farmingville's Vincent Biondolillo says he is not intimidated by the pressure-cooker of racing a Modified car.

Never mind that he is 14, two years shy of attaining a learner's permit; he takes pride in matching speed with far more seasoned men and women.

"I feel like it's an accomplishment to at least get out there to race with older people and get the experience," Biondolillo said.

Last year, NASCAR lowered the age limit for competitors at NASCAR-sanctioned short tracks to 14 from 16. That opened the door for Biondolillo, who began racing go-karts at age 12.

He is 14th in the Modified points standings and has a season-best finish of eighth. But the kid is far from a singularly minded racing fiend. He has designs on going to college and studying to be an accountant.

"School comes first in my household," Biondolillo said. "If you don't go to school, no racing . . . To do all of this, I really work hard. During the summer, I have a job working construction. It's a lot on my plate, but my priorities are family, school and then racing."

Biondolillo is entering his sophomore year at Sachem East High School and the routine when school starts up again will remain unchanged. The straight-A student does his homework first, as per the orders of parents Andrew and Michelle. Once homework is complete, assorted household chores follow and then work on his race car commences.

The car, paid in large part by sponsors that include a local trucking company, is a family affair.

"They are in the garage, doing whatever needs to get done," Biondolillo said of his parents and younger sister. "They are in this 100 percent."

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