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TOMMY CATALANO WINS “THE GREAT CANADIAN” RACE AT DELAWARE SPEEDWAY IN DELAWARE ONTARIO

-Catalano Scores First-Ever Victory in Historic Series Debut on Foreign Soil-

Delaware, Ontario – (September 16, 2017) – Tommy Catalano of Ontario, N.Y., scored the first ever Race of Champions Asphalt Sportsman Modified victory this past Friday night in at Delaware Speedway in Delaware, Ontario, Canada. Catalano’s win came in the track’s traditional “Great American Race Weekend” which played host to the first-ever Race of Champions Asphalt Sportsman Modified Series fueled by Sunoco.

Catalano set overall fast time during group qualifying, scored a win his in his qualifying race, his brother Troyer Catalano, redrew the pole in the customary redraw and he held of Patrick Emerling of Orchard Park, N.Y., to take home the victory laurels.

“This was a big night for us,” smiled Catalano in victory lane. “It was a new track that I saw for the first time when I walked in earlier. We were able to adapt quickly and make things work. This is a family run team and it is great to come here tonight and be able to put everything together and win. I want to make sure I thank everyone including the track for having us. This was just a great night for all of us.”

Side-by-side racing was at a premium during restarts. Emerling worked his way forward from the 6th position while Scott Wylie of Blasdell, N.Y., challenged Catalano during the early to mid-stages of the race.

On each restart Emerling worked his way closer to Catalano and he was able to get to Catalano’s back bumper. Late in the race the duo entered lapped traffic and Catalano was able to break away and hold off Emerling for the victory.

Andy Jankowiak of North Tonawanda, N.Y., finished third while Wylie came home fourth. Connor Sellars of Owego, N.Y., who made the longest tow to participate in the event rounded out the top-five.

Wylie won the second qualifying race.

The Race of Champions is a sanctioning body presenting Modified and Stock Car racing on asphalt and dirt surfaces throughout the Northeast, with events in New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The 67th annual Race of Champions weekend will take place in 2017 at Lake Erie Speedway in North East, Pennsylvania as part of Presque Isle Downs & Casino Race of Champions Weekend and is the second longest consecutive auto-racing event in North America, second only to the Indianapolis 500.

 

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Feature Finish

The Great Canadian Race

Delaware Speedway, Delaware, Ontario, Canada

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

 

Pos           No.           Name                       Laps

1              54            Tommy Catalano      75

2              07            Patrick Emerling       75

3              41            Andy Jankowiak        75

4              44            Scott Wylie              75

5              00            Connor Sellars          75

6              64            Amy Catalano           75

7              82            Justin Demelo          75

8              9              Neil Hopkins            75

9              48            Sam Fullone             75

10            84            Neal Dietz                75

11            27            Jake Vernon             74

12            36            Dave Kozlowski        73

13            88            Ryan Dick                 73

14            51            Shawn Nye               43

15            90            Mark Hamacher        39

16            74            Sherri Hogan            30

17            1              Barry Newman         DNS

 

Time of Race: 45 minutes 13 seconds              Average Speed 49.760 mph

Margin of victory: .407      Fast Qualifying Lap: Tommy Catalano / 19.567 seconds @ 91.922 mph

Lead Changes: None (Tommy Catalano – 1-75)

 

Qualifying Race 1:

 

1              44            Scott Wylie

2              51            Shawn Nye

3              84            Neal Dietz

4              27            Jake Vernon

5              48            Sam Fullone

6              64            Amy Catalano

7              36            Dave Kozlowski

8              74            Sherri Hogan

 

Qualifying Race 2:

 

1              54            Tommy Catalano

2              07            Patrick Emerling

3              00            Connor Sellars

4              41            Andy Jankowiak

5              82            Justin Demelo

6              9              Neil Hopkins

7              88            Ryan Dick

8              90            Mark Hamacher

 

PRESQUE ISLE DOWNS & CASINO RACE OF CHAMPIONS WEEKEND ENTRY BLANK MAIL IN DEADLINE

Mail in Entries Must be Received by Tuesday, September 26, 2017

North East, Pa. – (September 11, 2017) – Competitors participating in the Presque Isle Downs & Casino Race of Champions Weekend will have a mail in entry deadline of Tuesday, September 26, 2017. If an entry is not received by the mail in deadline competitors must enter at the event beginning Thursday, September 28.

Entry blanks for the Presque Isle Downs & Casino Race of Champions Weekend and the 67th Annual Race of Champions are available by visiting the website (www.rocmodifiedseries.com) or they were issued within the comprehensive Competition Format for the event which was released on September 9, 2017.

Dave Kozlowski of Williamsville, N.Y., who will participate in the Sportsman Modified division on Friday, September 29 at Lake Erie Speedway and who is a weekly competitor at Lancaster (N.Y.) National Speedway became the first driver to enter the prestigious event on Saturday.

If you plan on attending Presque Isle Downs & Casino Race of Champions Weekend at Lake Erie Speedway tickets and camping spaces are available. Camping spots are being sold at the track for the designated camping areas. For tickets, camping and more information call the Lake Erie Speedway ticket office 814.725.3303.

Where: Lake Erie Speedway, North East, Pa.

When: Thursday, September 28Friday, September 29 and Saturday, September 30.

Directions: The track is located just twenty minutes of East Erie, Pa., minutes from Interstate 90 and directly of Interstate 86 at 10700 Delmas Drive, North East, Pa., 16428

What: Presque Isle Downs & Casino Race of Champions Weekend; the 67th Annual Race of Champions 250

More Information: www.lakeeriespeedway.com (Track Phone: 814.725.3303) / www.rocmodifiedseries.com

 

The Race of Champions is a sanctioning body presenting Modified and Stock Car racing on asphalt and dirt surfaces throughout the Northeast, with events in New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The 67th annual Race of Champions weekend will take place in 2017 at Lake Erie Speedway in North East, Pennsylvania as part of Presque Isle Downs & Casino Race of Champions Weekend and is the second longest consecutive auto-racing event in North America, second only to the Indianapolis 500.

 

For more information, contact;

Race of Champions Media at media@rocmodifiedseries.com

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PRESQUE ISLE DOWNS & CASINO RACE OF CHAMPIONS WEEKEND PURSE AND COMPETITION GUIDE POSTED

-$12,500-to-Win and $1,000-to-Start for 67th Annual Race of Champions 250

North East, Pa. – (September 9, 2017) – The comprehensive Competition Guide for the Presque Isle Downs & Casino Race of Champions Weekend featuring the 67th Annual Race of Champions 250 at Lake Erie Speedway in North East, Pa., has been issued and posted. For the second consecutive season the winner will receive $12,500 and racers will receive $1,000-to-start the prestigious event. In addition racers will receive lap money from Betty Sherwood and the Spalding Foundation for Injured Drivers, making it one of the most lucrative events in all of short track racing.

The Competition Guide includes information in regard to all aspects of the weekend at the multi-million dollar ultra-modern facility that is set to host the major race weekend for the first time. The guide is a great reference for competitors and fans seeking additional information regarding the event and can be viewed on the event page at www.rocmodifiedseries.com.

On Thursday, September 28, the facility opens the race weekend with practice for all divisions and an evening that is being dubbed as “One Hell of a Racing Party” with musical recording artists Eddie Lee & Closing Time playing at 8:00pm.

On Friday, September 29, following practice, racing for the Race of Champions Asphalt Sportsman Modified and Race of Champions Super Stock Series takes center stage at 7:30pm.

On Saturday, September 30, the Pennsylvania State Troopers Four Cylinder Championship, Classic Asphalt Modified Series, Lancaster National Speedway Street Stocks, Race of Champions Late Models play as a prelude to the “Granddaddy” 67th Annual Race of Champions 250, which will bring the Presque Isle Downs & Casino Race of Champions Weekend to an exciting conclusion at Lake Erie.

If you plan to attend the weekend and camp at the facility, spots are being sold at the track for the designated camping areas. Tickets and camping spots for the Presque Isle Downs & Casino Race of Champions Weekend are available at the Lake Erie Speedway ticket office 814.725.3303.

Where: Lake Erie Speedway, North East, Pa.

When: Thursday, September 28Friday, September 29 and Saturday, September 30.

Directions: The track is located just twenty minutes of East Erie, Pa., minutes from Interstate 90 and directly of Interstate 86 at 10700 Delmas Drive, North East, Pa., 16428

What: Presque Isle Downs & Casino Race of Champions Weekend; the 67th Annual Race of Champions 250

More Information: www.lakeeriespeedway.com (Track Phone: 814.725.3303) / www.rocmodifiedseries.com

The Race of Champions is a sanctioning body presenting Modified and Stock Car racing on asphalt and dirt surfaces throughout the Northeast, with events in New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The 67th annual Race of Champions weekend will take place in 2017 at Lake Erie Speedway in North East, Pennsylvania as part of Presque Isle Downs & Casino Race of Champions Weekend and is the second longest consecutive auto-racing event in North America, second only to the Indianapolis 500.

For more information, contact;

Race of Champions Media at media@rocmodifiedseries.com

Follow us on Twitter; Instagram and Facebook; @RoCModSeries or visit our website: www.rocmodifiedseries.com