“SPEEDY” MIKE LEATY FENDS OFF CHALLENGES TO SCORE HIS VICTORY IN 2018 IN MODIFIED MANIA 50 AT LANCASTER NATIONAL SPEEDWAY

-Defending Series Champion Drives to First Win of Season in Exciting Fashion-

 Lancaster, New York – (August 3, 2018) – Mike Leaty of Williamson, N.Y., has been on the brink of winning a race during the 2018 season. In the Series last visit to Lancaster (N.Y.) National Speedway he finished second to Chuck Hossfeld of Ransomville, N.Y., in one of the closest finishes in Series history. At Jukasa Motor Speedway in Nelles Corners, Ontario, he led until the final restart when his teammate Patrick Emerling of Orchard Park, N.Y., slipped by. On Thursday evening at Lancaster Leaty was not going to be denied and went on to collect his 9th career victory.

“This one is for Pops,” stated Leaty from victory lane, dedicating the victory his Grandfather who passed away during the off season. “We needed this for sure, we’ve been close on a few occasions and we finally closed the deal. Patrick (Emerling) was strong and George (Skora) was running good tonight. We have had a fast car, we just needed to close the deal. I need to thank my Dad, Jeff and all my guys that part of the L2 team. This feels really good.”

George Skora, III of Eden, N.Y., redrew the pole position and led the field to the green flanked by Danny Knoll, Jr., of North Tonawanda, N.Y.

Skora led the first 12 laps before a dramatic battle with Leaty where the duo swapped the lead back and forth during a restart exchange. Leaty then had another battle with Emerling over the top spot, as the lead changed hands 5 times in the 50-lap race.

Emerling came home second after starting 11th. Skora was able to hold on for third.

Andy Jankowiak of Buffalo, N.Y., came home fourth after some coolant system problems during practice forced him to start 15th in the feature.

Hossfeld rounded out the top-five after starting 7th.

Hossfeld nailed down another Speed 51 “Top of the Board” Award in group qualifying with a lap of 16.906 seconds (106.471 mph).

Leaty, Hossfeld and Skora won the three qualifying races.

The Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series is in action on Saturday evening once again at the Chemung (N.Y.) Speedrome in the Rod Spalding Classic along with the Race of Champions Super Stock Series, who compete in the Tribute to Ed McGuire 51, which is a $1,000-to-win race for the Series and has over $6,800 in purse an additional bonus prize and lap money posted for the 51-lap event. Racing begins at 6:00pm at Chemung.

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Feature Finish

Modified Mania 50 (50-laps)

Lancaster National Speedway, Lancaster, N.Y.

Finishing Position, Car Number, Driver, Laps Completed, Reason Out (If Any)

Finish             Starting Position                No.                 Name                                                            Laps

1                      6                                              25                   Mike Leaty                                                  50

2                      11                                           07                   Patrick Emerling

3                      1                                              65                   George Skora, III

4                      15                                           12x                 Andy Jankowiak

5                      7                                              22                   Chuck Hossfeld

6                      12                                           3                      Daren Scherer

7                      10                                           54c                 Tommy Catalano

8                      4                                              10                   Daryl Lewis, Jr.

9                      3                                              88                   Scott Wylie

10                   9                                              54e                 Jack Ely

11                   5                                              34                   Tony Buffamonte

12                   2                                              71                   Danny Knoll, Jr.

13                   18                                           45c                 Timmy Catalano

14                   16                                           59                   Karl Hehr

15                   8                                              64                   Amy Catalano

16                   14                                           27                   Billy Whittaker

17                   13                                           40                   Alan Bookmiller                                         41                   Accident

18                   19                                           99x                 Andy Short                                                  36

19                   17                                           99                   Bill Mislin                                                      31                   Over Heating

Time of Race: 25 minutes and 23 seconds               Average Speed: 59.096 Margin of Victory: .255 seconds

Lead Changes: 5 among 3 drivers. (George Skora, III 1-12; Mike Leaty 13; Skora 14-15; Leaty 16-17; Patrick Emerling 18; Leaty 19-50)

Speed51.com “Top of the Board” Award; Chuck Hossfeld (16.906 seconds @ 106.471 mph)

Paved Track Qualifying Race Winners; Chuck Hossfeld (4); Mike Leaty (3); George Skora, III (1)

Jerico Performance “Jammin’ Gears Awards”; Andy Jankowiak (Advanced 11 positions in feature)

US Army Top Performer Award; Mike Leaty (17.231 seconds @ 104.463 mph lap 21)

Jan “Pops” Leaty Award – Leader Lap 25 – Andy Jankowiak

$100 Bicknell Racing Products Certificate Award (Third Place) – Chuck Hossfeld

MyRacePass “Free Pass” Award – (No Eligible Driver, No “Free Pass” Given during race”)

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