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RACE OF CHAMPIONS MODIFIED TOURS PURCHASED BY JOE SKOTNICKI. ANDREW HARPELL TO REMAIN IN PLACE FOR REMAINDER OF 2015.

Kirkwood, NY – (June 29, 2015) – For the past 22-years Andrew Harpell has fostered the Sunoco Race of Champions Modified Tour and the Race of Champions event at Oswego (NY) Speedway each season. It has been his passion for those years. Harpell, now wants to focus on his life-long family interest, Five Mile Point Speedway in Kirkwood, NY which has left a challenging balancing act between the weekly facility and the Race of Champions Modified Tours which includes an asphalt and dirt modified tour.
Harpell decided to seek an interested party with the same passion for carrying on the bright future of the Series, who has knowledge of the region and the programs.
“We have worked extremely hard over the past 20 years to make the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Tour and 200 a viable option for all of the race teams.  I’m proud of the success we have had and the strong state that the series is currently in,” stated Harpell. “In 2004 I purchased Five Mile Point Speedway a track built by my grandparents in 1951, the following year we started the RoC Dirt Series.”  “With those additions, the amount of energy that we as a group have put forth the last eleven years has been strenuous to say the least.  As someone that grew up in racing and at the tracks weekly, it wasn’t easy to find an individual that shares the passion and understands the rich history of the RoC.  Joe certainly fits that description as someone that respects the history and has strong goals for the continued success and growth of the program.”
Joe Skotnicki, who has been involved in the sport for nearly 25-years in a professional capacity will be the new owner of the Series beginning with the 2016 season. Skotnicki approached Harpell and the two negotiated a program that will keep Harpell involved, but let him move the program forward as he sees fit.
“Andrew Harpell has done a great deal for the sport of modified racing and never truly received the recognition he deserves,” offered Skotnicki. “This is not an easy decision on either part, there is much more involved than anyone truly recognizes, but Andrew and I were able to negotiate through the important items and bring this together. Our intent is that we continue the success that Andrew has established and build upon it for the future.”
Skotnicki and Harpell have worked with each other in difference capacities through their careers and this program provides a natural fit for a change of this magnitude.
“We are both excited to move forward,” stated Harpell. “This will provide me time to do some of the things I’ve always wanted to do and it gives the series new energy that I want it to have.”  “I’m confident in what Joe and I have put together moving forward and will certainly be willing to assist in anyway moving forward.”  “I have always said that the Race of Champions is bigger than myself and I will always believe that, I’m proud just to have had the opportunity to continue the rich tradition.”  “I’m equally proud to have Joe taking over the program.”
For more information contact the Race of Champions offices at 607-775-5555 or log on to www.raceofchampions.net or www.rocdirt.com.

 

The 65th Sunoco Race of Champions is less than two weeks away at the Chemung Speedrome October 3rd and Sunday, October 4th .

Advance Sale Tickets Are Available For Both General Admission and Reserved Seating…

Below is the specific information…


This is the link to our event specific website – www.raceofchampionsweekend.com
Advance Sale and General Admission Tickets on Sale Now…

All general admission and reserved grandstand advance sale admission tickets for the 65th Sunoco Race of Champions Weekend may be purchased over the phone by calling the RoC offices at 607-775-5555.
If you get our voicemail please leave the appropriate information and the best time to return your call. We have been getting swamped this week with ticket orders.
Tomorrow (Wednesday, September 23rd) is the final day to order your tickets so that you can receive them through the mail. All orders placed through Wednesday will be mailed out on Thursday a.m.
Tickets may still be ordered and reserved over the phone using your credit card after Wednesday but they will have to be picked up at the “Will Call” window on the race weekend. We don’t want to risk tickets being mailed after Thursday not arriving in time for the event.

 

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour News & Notes: New Hampshire

New Hampshire LogoHomestretch Of 2015 Starts With F.W. Webb 100

 Milestone 600th Event For Modified Tour

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 22, 2015) – There’s no shortage of history when it comes to the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. Saturday’s F.W. Webb 100 at New Hampshire Motors Speedway will add another marker on the timeline.

fwwebb100_14_0The F.W. Webb 100 will mark the 600th race in Whelen Modified Tour history. The tour’s inaugural event was held on March 31, 1985 at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, an event won by NASCAR Hall of Fame member Richie Evans. Thirty years later the competition is as strong as it’s ever been with five different winners in 12 events and a single tally separating first and second in the championship standings.

The Whelen Modified Tour was the third NASCAR series to take to the newly-minted “Magic Mile” in its 1990 opening season. The NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR K&N Pro Series East christened the 1.058-mile facility first on July 15, and the mighty mods made their initial appearance there on Sept. 2, 1990 with Mike McLaughlin reaching Victory Lane. The F.W. Webb 100 will mark the 63rd running of the modifieds in Loudon.

The Whelen Modified Tour’s milestone race will follow another historic event Saturday at New Hampshire as the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will contest its 500th all-time event. The 500th modified race took place on Sept. 20, 2008 at Martinsville (Virginia) Speedway.

nwmt-lgNASCAR WHELEN MODIFIED TOUR – BY THE NUMBERS

Races: 599

Race Winners: 66

Pole Winners: 91

Race Leaders: 154

NHMS Races: 62

NHMS Race Winners: 20

NHMS Pole Winners: 26

NHMS Race Leaders: 61

Champions: 17

Tracks Visited: 38

States Visited: 13

N.H. Races: 84

RACE: F.W. Webb 100

PLACE: New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, N.H.

DATE: Saturday, Sept. 26

TIME: 3:30 p.m. ET

TELECAST: Thursday, Oct. 1, 7 p.m. ET, NBCSN

TRACK LAYOUT: 1.058-mile asphalt oval

2014 WINNER: Woody Pitkat

2014 POLESITTER: Ryan Newman

EVENT SCHEDULE: Friday – Practice 10:30-11:45 a.m., Qualifying 5:50 p.m., Saturday – Driver Autograph Session 11:15-11:45 a.m.

TRACK CONTACT: Kristen Lestock, 603-513-5708, kcosta@nhms.com

TRACK TWITTER: @NHMS

EVENT HASHTAG: #FWWebb100

Fast Facts:
The Race: The F.W. Webb 100 will be the 13th of 15 points races on the 2015 schedule and the second of two visits to New Hampshire Motor Speedway. This will also be the 600th race in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour history.

The Procedure: The maximum starting field is 38 cars, including provisionals. The first 33 cars will secure starting positions based on two-lap qualifying. The remaining five spots will be awarded through the provisional process. This is an impound race, scheduled for 100 laps (105.8 miles), with an allotment of four change tires. There will be a five-minute midway break at or near the conclusion of Lap 50.

The Track: NHMS, a 1.058-mile slightly-banked asphalt oval, is the largest track on the Whelen Modified Tour schedule. NHMS has played host to the Whelen Modified Tour 62 times previously for points races, the most of any facility outside of Connecticut.

Race Winners: There have been 20 different race winners at NHMS, led by Mike Stefanik with eight victories. Woody Pitkat is the defending winner of the F.W. Webb 100.

Pole Winners: There have been 26 different pole winners at NHMS, led by Jan Leaty’s six. Ted Christopher is the active poles leader with five. Mike Ewanitsko holds the qualifying record at 28.693 seconds (132.743 mph), set in 2001.

F.W. Webb 100 Notes:
Points Battle Moves on to Magic Mile: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour’s intense championship battle will resume after an idle month with the F.W. Webb 100 where Ryan Preece brings just a one-point lead in the season standings on Woody Pitkat. There has been little give between the two as the season has progressed. Preece has four wins to Pitkat’s one, and those victory bonus points have been crucial since Pitkat has registered 10 top-five finishes to Preece’s six. Defending titlist Doug Coby is also in the mix, 25 points behind Preece.

Preece Set for Sprint Cup Series Debut: Preece will face more than just a test from fellow modified championship contender Pitkat this weekend in Loudon as he will also attempt to make his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut. Preece, from Berlin, Connecticut, will compete in the No. 98 Tommy Baldwin Racing entry for a spot in Sunday’s Sylvania 300, the same organization with which he made his first NASCAR XFINITY Series appearance in 2013 at NHMS. The No. 98 Mohawk Northeast/East West Marine Chevrolet will feature a modified car tribute paint scheme for Preece’s grandfather, Bob Judkins, who was the longtime owner of the No. 2x modified most famously driven by Ed Flemke Sr.

Christopher, Rocco Reunite as Teammates: Our Motorsports will field two entries this week at New Hampshire, the No. 22 for Keith Rocco and the No. 23 for Ted Christopher. It will mark the first time in more than a decade that the two have been teammates instead of rivals. Rocco served as a crew member on Christopher’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified team in the early 2000s – highlighted by the 2001 national title – before launching his own racing career, and the two have since battled on a weekly basis at the three Connecticut short tracks as well as the Whelen Modified Tour. Christopher filled in for Rocco in the No. 22 in the team’s last two appearances after Rocco suffered a wrist injury.

Seuss Returns Home the Southern Points Leader: Hampstead, New Hampshire, native Andy Seuss will return to his home state for Saturday’s Whelen Modified Tour event as the new points leader in the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour. Driving the No. 11 Harvey Racing Chevrolet down south, Seuss has posted three wins and seven top 10s in nine events to forge a 10-point lead with two races remaining. He’ll race his family’s No. 70 Chevrolet at NHMS, where he’s recorded four top 10s in 14 career starts.

Big Field: As many as 38 cars are anticipated to enter the F.W. Webb 100. The previous season high for cars to take the green flag, not counting the combination race with the Whelen Southern Modified Tour at Bristol Motor Speedway in August, was 35 for the season opener at Thompson in April. The largest starting grid for a NASCAR regional touring series non-combination race so far in 2015 was 38 for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West at Sonoma (California) Raceway.