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Race of Champions Tour opener set to roll at Mahoning Valley Speedway this Saturday

(LEHIGHTON, Pa. 4-19-16) On Opening Night this past Saturday at Lehighton’s Mahoning Valley Speedway, race fans got a sampling of what to expect when the Ferris Mowers Race of Champions (RoC) Asphalt Modified Series Tour Fueled by Sunoco opens its 2016 season at the paved ¼-mile oval this coming Saturday evening for the “Break-The-Ice-75.”

In a classic battle, Mahoning’s Eric Beers held off reigning RoC champion Matt Hirschman right down to the wire. Don Wagner, Kris Graver and Chuck Hossfeld competed the top five. That, along with a varied mix of track regulars and several RoC drivers who came to get a feel for Mahoning in preparation for the upcoming 75-lap/$2800-to-win main, gave fans a good taste of what will be pit area filled with one Modified star after another.

The original opener with the RoC was set for April 9 but weather postponed those plans to this weekend. Beers noted how that gave him and everyone else the extra time to ready themselves for what looks to be quite the battle in the Break-The-Ice-75.

“It was good to have a tune-up for all of us and work all the bugs out of the cars. I think just looking at the guys you had here coming to get ready for next week, Matt (Hirschman) don’t usually come here for a regular show plus you had Chuck Hossfeld here, Anthony Sesely was here and host of other guys,” said Beers. “It’s going to be a heck of show.”

Beers feels that this will be a race that favors someone who has a familiarity with the track. It showed this past Saturday between Hirschman and he who ironically are tied for most wins in extra distance events at Mahoning with 11 each and a combined 60 total.

“All the guys who have laps here, it’s definitely an advantage for them. The outsider guys that haven’t come here or raced often it will be a little tougher on them,” admitted Beers.

“But those RoC guys are nothing to shake a stick at. They’re tough and they’ll get accustomed to it pretty fast and it’s going to be a great show I guarantee.”

Hirschman, Hossfeld, Tony Hanbury, John Wilbur, Mike Leaty, Jimmy Zacharias and host of other standouts from the RoC are all looking to start out their year on the Tour with a Mahoning victory.

“I’m looking forward to coming in and racing with those (Mahoning) guys. There are some good racers there like Eric Beers, Earl Paules, Austin Kochenash and a bunch of others. The bottom line is the competition is real good and the track lends itself to good racing,” said Hossfeld.

“It wouldn’t surprise me if you had one of the regular Saturday night home track guys win the race. What’s great about it is the racing is so good there and I’m sure the hometown guys will be strong. The top RoC guys will be strong too and it should make for a fun and exciting race.”

While the winner of the Break-The-Ice-75 will earn $2800, there is $1500 for second and $200 to take the green. 26 cars will qualify for the feature. All others, provided there are 40 Modified cars signed in, will then compete an $800 to win 30-lap B-main.

Also on the card will be point events for the Late Models, Street Stocks and Hobby Stocks. The All-Start Slingshots are also on the slate. The Dirt Mods and Pro 4s have the night off.

Travis Fisher won the Late Model opener, his first Mahoning win since 2008. Defending Street Stock champ Zach Graver scored the 30-lap verdict. Last week saw 30 Street Stocks in action. Sam Ryan won a barnburner over Rich Mutarelli in the Hobby Stocks. That class brought 24 cars to the track so look for much of the same there as well.

Pit gates will open at 11:00 am. From 12:30 – 3:00 there will be early paid practice ($25 per car). Sign-ins are from 2:30 – 4:15. Regular warmups start at 4:00. Heats begin at 6:00.

Adult general admission is $25. There is a $2 discount for students, seniors 65 and over and active Military. Kids 10 and under are admitted free.

The Modified competition format for the Break-The-Ice-75 can be found on the track’s website and the Race of Champions website.

For additional information please log onto www.mahoningvalley-speedway.com or on Facebook at Mahoning Valley Speedway. Likewise with the Race of Champions at www.rocmodifiedseries.com

Tour Type Modifieds to Headline at Evergreen this Sunday

By: Gene Ostrowski

April 19, 2016

St. Johns, PA (4/19/2016)- In just a few days from now the Tour Type Modifieds will be hitting the pavement at Evergreen Raceway. With engines that put out over 600 horsepower, mixed with wide racing slicks, the drivers of these machines are destined to put on a teriffic 50-lap show for any racing fan.   Plenty of Tour Type Modified drivers up and down the east coast have shown interest in the event, which will pay $2,000 and $175 to start, if 16 or more cars take the green flag.   There’s only a two tire rule in effect for the show, meaning that all competing drivers only have to buy two tires, if they so desire. However, they must use the same set of tires for both the heat and feature event. Drivers are required to purchase a minimum of two right side Hoosier track tires, which are the Hoosier 1330. Drivers are allowed to compete with the Hoosier 1320 or M20s on the left side of their cars. Tires are available at the track and can be purchased by cash, check or credit card (3% fee processing fee applies).

Furthermore, the Street Stocks are invited to compete with the Pro Stock divisions, as long as they compete on the Pro Stock track tire. Driver that plan to compete in both divisions are required to purchase two pit wrist bands.

Grandstand admission for the first Tour Type Modified event on April 24 is just $15 for adults, and as always, children 12 years of age and younger are admitted for free with a paying adult.

Along with the Tour Type Modifieds, Pro Stocks, Street Stocks, Factory Stocks and Four Cylinders this Sunday, the track will be hosting Big Wheel Races for the kids!

Team Cassagrande/Mattern have sponsored trophies for 1st-3rd place in each of the three age groups and Tom Wanick of Wanick Construction Company is going to give each winner in the three age groups a $25.00 gift certificate for Toys R Us.

Along with the trophies, Cassagrande/Mattern will provide each of the three age groups with candy for each and every little racer.

Don’t forget to bring out those big wheels for the kids, AND if anyone happens to have one or two lying around that they would like to donate to the track, please bring them to the races with you.

The pit gate will swing open at 10:30 AM for both events and the pit entrance fee is $30 with a pit license or $40 without. Practice will kick off at 12:30 PM and heat races will begin at 2 PM. The grandstand gates will open at 12:30 PM.

Evergreen Raceway is located minutes from Hazleton, PA, in between routes 93 and 309. For more information regarding Evergreen Raceway, including the entire season schedule, directions and divisional payouts, please visit www.evergreenracewaypark.com and don’t forget to like their Facebook page as well.

Tommy Baldwin Racing Pays Tribute to Alan Kulwicki

HUNTERSVILLE, NC (April 19, 2016) – Tommy Baldwin Racing’s No. 7 Chevrolet will pay tribute to 1992 NASCAR Cup champion Alan Kulwicki during Darlington Raceway’s throwback weekend in September. The No.7 Road Rippers/Toy State design echoes the familiar paint scheme that Kulwicki drove to Victory Lane in three of his five career wins.
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Smith, the 2011 winner of the Southern 500, said of his paint scheme honoring Kulwicki, “It is a neat deal for me, I grew up watching him, Davey (Allison) and Bill (Elliott) battle it out for the ’92 championship. I am really looking forward to getting the No. 7 Road Rippers/Toy State Chevrolet on track Labor Day weekend.”
“We’re proud to be part of such a unique promotion that helps connect fans to the history of NASCAR,” said Toy State President, Andy Friess. “It’s a privilege to recognize Alan Kulwicki as a champion, and as a man admired by so many, both inside and outside of the sport.”
“It’s an honor for us to pay tribute to a true champion of our sport,” said team owner Tommy Baldwin. “Sharing the car number is a great way to celebrate his accomplishments, it is even more special because Alan achieved success as an independent team. We’re grateful to Darlington Raceway and NASCAR for giving us such a special platform.”