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PATRICK EMERLING AND MATT HIRSCHMAN WIN AT SPENCER AND HOLLAND

-Patrick Emerling Sweeps Spencer Speedway while Hirschman earns 4th Series win of 2017-

Elma, N.Y. – (July 24, 2017) – Patrick Emerling of Orchard Park, N.Y., who is the defending Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series fueled by Sunoco champion and Matt Hirschman of Northampton, Pa., earned victories during a weekend of racing for the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series at Spencer Speedway in Williamson, N.Y. and the Holland (N.Y.) International Speedway.

Emerling worked his way to the front at Spencer Speedway on Friday night in the Patsy and Joe Catalano Tribute 75 and passed Mike Leaty of Williamson, N.Y., which put him in victory lane for the second time this season giving him the Spencer Speedway sweep.

“We had a great car tonight,” stated Emerling in victory lane. “We had to work for it and Mike (Leaty) is always strong here. It was a good race for us and we are happy with the result. It was a great way to kick off two nights of racing.”

Emerling was followed to the stripe by Leaty. Tommy Catalano finished third while Chuck Hossfeld of Ransomville, N.Y. and Andy Jankowiak of Buffalo, N.Y., rounded out the top-five.

The Catalano family rewarded racers with several special awards including $5,454.54 in lap money. Bryan Sherwood of Binghamton, N.Y., and Karl Hehr of Cheektowaga, N.Y., were the big earners in the lap money department, while Hossfeld picked up the hard charger award.

Mike Leaty posted the fastest lap and earned the bonus points during the green-white-checker time trials. Leaty, Tyler Rypkema of Owego, N.Y., and Emerling won the qualifying races.

On Saturday night in the Thunder in the Hills 100 presented by Upstate Auto Group at Holland International Speedway Hirschman made a late race pass of Austin Kochensash from Danielsville, Pa., and went to earn the 40th Series win of his career, which is the most on the all-time win list.

“Things just went our way tonight,” beamed Hirschman from victory lane. “We had a good spot and just had to bide our time. Austin (Kochenash) ran well tonight and we had to work hard to get around him. I didn’t want to make contact with him, we did in the heat, and I didn’t want to do that again. I love Holland and coming here. This is a great track and a very good win for us.”

“This is another great win for us,” smiled Hirschman from victory lane surrounded by his family. “This is a family effort for us and today we had a great car. Once we got to the lead, I knew Patrick (Emerling) was coming but I had enough to hold on get us here. This streak we are on right now is a personal best in my career and something I am extremely proud of. We will definitely take it.”

Emerling finished second, which extended his lead in the series championship standings. Kochenash hung on for third, while Scott Wylie of Blasdell, N.Y., worked his back through the field after an early race incident to claim 4th. Hossfeld rounded out the top-five.

Hossfeld, Emerling and Daryl Lewis, Jr., of Ontario, N.Y., won the qualifying races while Hossfeld earned the fastest time during group qualifying.

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  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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Feature Finish

Tribute to Patsy & Joe Catalano ’75’

Spencer Speedway, Williamson, NY.

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

 

Pos           No.           Name                       Laps

1              07            Patrick Emerling       75

2              25            Mike Leaty                               75

3              54            Tommy Catalano      75

4              22            Chuck Hossfled         75

5              12x          Andy Jankowiak        75

6              51            TJ Potrzebowski       75

7              32            Tyler Rypkema         75

8              65            George Skora III       74

9              3              Daren Scherer          74

10            64            Amy Catalano           74

11            95            Bryan Sherwood       74

12            1              Mike Barnes             74

13            2t             Austin Kochenash     74

14            40r           Tommy Rought         72

15            40b          Alan Bookmiller       68

16            59            Karl Hehr                 61

17            45            Timmy Catalano       27

18            10            Daryl Lewis Jr.          0

 

Time of Race: 29 minutes 46 seconds              Average Speed 77.017 mph

Margin of victory: 1.179 seconds       Fast Qualifying Lap: Mike Leaty / 18.955 seconds

Lead Changes: 2 among 3 drivers

 

Qualifying Race Results:

Qualifying Race 1

Pos           No.           Name

1              25            Mike Leaty

2              22            Chuck Hossfled

3              64            Amy Catalano

4              51            TJ Potrzebowski

5              3              Daren Scherer

6              40r           Tommy Rought

 

Qualifying Race 2

Pos           No.           Name

1              32            Tyler Rypkema

2              12x          Andy Jankowiak

3              2t             Austin Kochenash

4              95            Bryan Sherwood

5              1              Mike Barnes

6              45            Timmy Catalano

 

Qualifying Race 3

Pos           No.           Name

1              07            Patrick Emerling

2              54            Tommy Catalano

3              65            George Skora III

4              59            Karl Hehr

5              40b          Alan Bookmiller

6              10            Daryl Lewis

 

 

 

 

Feature Finish

Thunder in the Hills 100 presented by Upstate Auto Group

Holland International Speedway, Holland, NY.

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

 

Pos           No.           Name                       Laps

1              60            Matt Hirschman       100

2              07            Patrick Emerling       100

3              2t             Austin Kochenash     100

4              22w         Scott Wylie              100

5              22h          Chuck Hossfeld         100

6              01            Cam Barber              100

7              25            Mike Leaty                               100

8              54            Tommy Catalano      100

9              10l           Daryl Lewis, Jr.         100

10            95            Bryan Sherwood       100

11            12x          Tom McGrath           100

12            59            Karl Hehr                 99

13            17            Danny Knoll, Jr.        99

14            32            Tyler Rypkema         99

15            24            David Rigan              99

16            40r           Tommy Rought         96

17            10f           Mike Fiebelkorn       79

18            76            Randall Richards       71

19            64            Amy Catalano           70

20            99            Bill Mislin                 62

21            10b          Alan Bookmiller       62

22            3              Daren Scherer          48

23            65            George Skora III       10

24            73x          Andy Jankowiak        10

 

Time of Race: 29 minutes 46 seconds              Average Speed 64.354 mph

Margin of victory: .812 seconds       Fast Qualifying Lap: Chuck Hossfeld / 13.902 seconds

Lead Changes: 3 among 3 drivers

 

Qualifying Race 1

Pos           No.           Name

1              22            Chuck Hossfeld

2              65            George Skora, III

3              22w         Scott Wylie

4              73x          Andy Jankowiak

5              3              Daren Scherer

6              32            Tyler Rypkema

7              10f           Mike Fiebelkorn

8              64            Amy Catalano

 

Qualifying Race 2

Pos           No.           Name

1              07            Patrick Emerling

2              60            Matt Hirschman

3              2t             Austin Kochenash

4              76            Randall Richards

5              59            Karl Hehr

6              24            David Rigan

7              40r           Tommy Rought

8              12x          Tom McGrath

 

Qualifying Race 3

Pos           No.           Name

1              10l           Daryl Lewis, Jr.

2              95            Bryan Sherwood

3              25            Mike Leaty

4              54            Tommy Catalano

5              01            Cam Barber

6              99            Bill Mislin

7              17            Danny Knoll, Jr.

8              10b          Alan Bookmiller

 

Point Standings following
Holland International Speedway
07/21/2017:
Pos No. Name Total
1 07 Patrick Emerling 825
2 25 Mike Leaty 777
3 12x Andy Jankowiak 710
4 54 Tommy Catalano 704
5 65 George Skora 681
6 32 Tyler Rypkema 639
7 22 Chuck Hossfeld 568
8 95 Bryan Sherwood 546
9 60 Matt Hirschman 540
10 64 Amy Catalano 527
11 3 Daren Scherer 526
12 66 Austin Kochenash 446
13 10 Daryl Lewis 419
14 59 Karl Hehr 418
15 40 Tommy Rought 377
16 51 TJ Potrzebowski 242
17 22jr Scott Wylie 242
18 40 Alan Bookmiller 240
19 01 Cam Barber 187
20 99 Bill Mislan 163
21 11 Kirk Totten 160
22 76 Zane Zeiner 159
23 1 Chris Ridsdale 108
24 7ny Kevin Miller 107
25 19 Brandon Oltra 106
26 24 David Rigan 106
27 45 Timmy Catalano 101
28 17 Danny Knoll Jr. 101
29 76 Randall Richards 91
30 71 Jimmy Zacharias 72
31 5 Kyle Ebersole 72
32 17 Roger Coss 66
33 12x Tom McGrath 58
34 1 Mike Barnes 56
35 01x John Barber 48
36 4 Kreig Heroth 48
37 72 David French Jr. 48
38 10f Mike Fiebelkorn 47
39 25r John Ramsay 20

SCHEDULE SET FOR PRESQUE ISLE DOWNS & CASINO RACE OF CHAMPIONS WEEKEND

 LAKE ERIE SPEEDWAY FEATURING THE 67th ANNUAL “RACE OF CHAMPIONS 250”

– The Tradition Continues with the 67th Annual “Race of Champions 250” fueled by Sunoco to highlight Weekend –

North East, PA – (July 13, 2017) – The schedule for the September 28, 29 and 30 Presque Isle Downs & Casino Race of Champions Weekend at Lake Erie Speedway in North East, Pennsylvania has been set. The schedule includes the running of the 67th Annual “Race of Champions 250” for the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series fueled by Sunoco. The event includes three days filled with racing and festivities.

Thursday, September 28:  Practice will take place on Thursday, September 28, with gates opening at 3:00 pm and practice from 4:00 pm until dusk for all divisions. In the evening the Race of Champions and Lake Erie Speedway will host “One Hell of A Racing Party” featuring recording artist Eddie Lee and Closing Time at 8:00 pm.  Any person that is in the track pit area and/or grandstand area for practice, prior to the start of the concert, will be able to attend for free. Beginning at 7:30 pm, a $5.00 admission will be in place at the front gate. Eddie Lee and Closing Time have appeared regionally and with the Race of Champions, as well as having a successful European album release.

Friday, September 29Racing will include the Race of Champions Asphalt Sportsman Modified Series in a 75-lap event that concludes their three-race inaugural season. The Race of Champions Super Stock Series will compete in a 40-lap event that will complete their season and see the Series champion crowned, in addition to the conclusion of the TDH Refrigeration “Cool Performance of the Hottest Races of the Season” championship within a championship.

Saturday, September 30The featured event will be the running of the 67th Annual “Race of Champions 250” fueled by Sunoco. The event features 250 exciting laps of action for racing enthusiasts and is the second longest consecutive auto-racing event to take place each year in North America, second only to the Indianapolis 500. The Race of Champions Asphalt Late Model Series will conclude its season along with support from the highly competitive Lancaster National Speedway Street Stock division.  A new addition to the Saturday festivities which will be a 4-Cylinder event.

If you plan to attend the weekend and camp at the facility, spots are already 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 West of Erie, Pa., minutes from Interstate 90 and directly of Interstate 86 at 10700 Delmas Drive, North East, PA  16428

What: The Presque Isle Downs & Casino Race of Champions Weekend at Lake Erie Speedway featuring 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 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

Race of Champions 250

Lake Erie Speedway, North East, Pennsylvania

*All times and events subject to change

DATE                       TIME                                       EVENT

Wednesday – 9/27  5:00pm – 10:00pm                 Early Arrival Camping

Thursday – 9/28      9:00 am                                   Gates open for Campers and Haulers

3:00 pm                                   Pit Gates Open for Practice – ALL DIVISIOINS

4:00 pm to dusk                      Practice by Division

8:00 pm – 10:00 pm               Eddie Lee and Closing Time “One Hell of a Racing Party” $5.00 cover charge begins @ 7:30 pm

 Friday – 9/29           9:00 am                                   Gates Open for Campers and Haulers

3:00 pm                                   Pit Gates Open

3:30 pm                                   Inspection and Draw for All Divisions Open

4:30 pm                                   Driver’s Meeting (by Division–Race of Champions Sportsman Modifieds, Race of Champions Super

Stock Series)

6:00 pm                                   Grandstand’s Open

6:00 pm                                   Hot Laps by Division (Race of Champions Sportsman Modifieds, Race of Champions Super Stock Series)

Followed by:

7:05 pm                                   Opening Ceremonies (Anthems, Invocation)

7:15 pm                                   Qualifying Races by Division:

Race of Champions Sportsman Modified Series (10 laps)

Race of Champions Super Stock Series (8 laps)

8:15 pm                                   B-Main / Non Qualifier Race(s) if necessary by Division

Sportsman Modifieds (12-laps);

Race of Champions Big 10 Super Stocks (10 laps)

8:45 pm                                   Race of Champions Big 10 Super Stock Feature (40 laps)

9:15 pm                                   Race of Champions Sportsman Modified Driver Introductions (Drivers in car, staged on front stretch)

9:30 pm                                   Race of Champions Sportsman Modified Series 75 – (75 laps – Cautions do not count)

10:30 pm                                 Race of Champions Sportsman Modified Series 75 victory lane

11:00 pm                                 Pit Area Closed

 Race of Champions 250

Lake Erie Speedway, North East, Pennsylvania

*All times and events subject to change

DATE                       TIME                                       EVENT

 Saturday – 9/30      8:00 am                                   Pit Gates Open (Haulers Enter)

                                9:00 am                                   Inspection and Draw for Group Begins

11:00 am                                 Hot Laps for 4-Cylinders

11:30 am                                 Grandstands Open

11:45 am                                 Qualifying Races for 4-Cylinders (6 laps)

12:30 am                                 Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series Driver’s Meeting in Pit Entrance Building

1:00 pm                                   Hot Laps by Division (2 rounds):

Lancaster Street Stocks

Race of Champions Late Models

Race of Champions Asphalt Modifieds

2:00 pm                                   4-Cylinder Feature (20-laps)

2:30 pm                                   G-W-C Group Time Trials for the Race of Champions Modifieds;

2:45 pm                                   Soft Opening, Welcome

3:00 pm                                   Qualifying Races by Division:

Lancaster Street Stocks (8 laps)

Race of Champions Late Models (8 laps)

Race of Champions Modifieds (10 laps)

4:00 pm                                   B-Main / Non-Qualifiers (if necessary)

Race of Champions Modifieds (12laps)

4:30 pm (Approx.)                   Lancaster Street Stock Feature (30 laps)

Followed by:                           Victory Lane

5:00 pm                                   Race of Champions Late Model Series (40 laps)

Followed by:                           Victory Lane

5:30 pm                                   Classic Asphalt Modified Series Feature (15 laps)

Followed by:                           Victory Lane

5:45 pm                                   Trophy Enters Facility from Grandstands for Pre-Race (Escorted and Carried by US Army)

5:50 pm                                   Pre-Race, cars begin to stage

5:55 pm                                   Race of Champions Introductions beginning with special awards:

– Hall of Fame Induction

– Grand Marshall Introduction

– Honorary Starter

(All held in place to create receiving line)

6:00 pm                                   Driver Introductions (through line, sent to car and strap in)

6:20 pm                                   Command to Start Engines

6:30 pm                                   Roll off (8 total pace laps – 4th pace lap will be 4-wide salute)

6:38 pm approx.                      Green Flag, Race of Champions 250

8:30 pm approx.                      Race of Champions 250 Victory Lane

10:00 pm                                 Pit Area Closed

MATT HIRSCHMAN ROLLS TO THIRD RACE OF CHAMPIONS VICTORY OF 2017

-Hirschman Collects 5th Straight Victory in as Many Starts-

Oswsego, N.Y. – (July 9, 2017) – Matt Hirschman of Northampton, Pa., is rolling through the 2017 season right now. On Saturday in the “Super 67” for the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series fueled by Sunoco Hirschman took the lead early on in the event and never looked back as he went on to record his third series in of the season. It was his 5th consecutive victory in asphalt modified competition.

“This is another great win for us,” smiled Hirschman from victory lane surrounded by his family. “This is a family effort for us and today we had a great car. Once we got to the lead, I knew Patrick (Emerling) was coming but I had enough to hold on get us here. This streak we are on right now is a personal best in my career and something I am extremely proud of. We will definitely take it.”

Mike Leaty of Williamson, N.Y., posted the fastest time in group time trials and won his qualifying race and looked to be on pace to repeat Bryan Sherwood’s performance at Oswego in May when he redrew the pole for the race, but Hirschman was able to slip by early in the going off of turn two.

Patrick Emerling of Orchard Park, N.Y., recovered from an early race spin to race back through the field and get to second. Emerling closed in on Hirschman in the late stages, but a long green flag run to close out the 67-lap event kept Emerling from mounting a serious challenge on Hirschman.

Leaty finished 3rd.

Tommy Catalano of Ontario, N.Y., finished 4th and was the last car on the lead lap. Andy Jankowiak of North Tonawanda, N.Y., rounded out the top-five.

Leaty’s fast lap was the second of the season for him as he toured the Oswego oval with a lap of 17.874 seconds with an average of 126.083 mph.

Leaty and Daren Scherer of Binghamton, N.Y., won the qualifying races.

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  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

 

Feature Finish

The Super 67

Oswego Speedway, Oswego, NY.

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

 

Pos           No.           Name                       Laps

1              60            Matt Hirschman       67

2              07            Patrick Emerling       67

3              25            Mike Leaty               67

4              54            Tommy Catalano      67

5              12x          Andy Jankowiak        66

6              32            Tyler Rypkema         66

7              65            George Skora III       66

8              10            Daryl Lewis, Jr.         66

9              64            Amy Catalano           66

10            59            Karl Hehr                 65

11            40r           Tommy Rought         62

12            22            Scott Wylie              33

13            45            Timmy Catalano       25

14            3              Daren Scherer          15

15            2t             Austin Kochenash     8

16            95            Bryan Sherwood       2

 

Time of Race: 30 minutes 55 seconds              Average Speed 86.984 mph

Margin of victory: 0.996 seconds       Fast Qualifying Lap: Mile Leaty / 17.874 @ 126.083 mph

Lead Changes: 1 among 2 drivers

 

Qualifying Race Results:

Qualifying Race 1

Pos           No.           Name

1              25            Mike Leaty

2              60            Matt Hirschman

3              07            Patrick Emerling

4              95            Bryan Sherwood

5              12x          Andy Jankowiak

6              10            Daryl Lewis, Jr.

7              22            Scott Wylie

8              32            Tyler Rypkema

 

Qualifying Race 2

Pos           No.           Name

1              3              Daren Scherer

2              2t             Austin Kochenash

3              54            Tommy Catalano

4              64            Amy Catalano

4              65            George Skora, III

5              59            Karl Hehr

7              45            Timmy Catalano

8              40            Tommy Rought

 

Point Standings following Oswego Speedway (Including Fastest Qualifying Time and Qualifying Race Bonus) 07/08/2017:

 

1 07 Patrick Emerling 620
2 25 Mike Leaty 595
3 12x Andy Jankowiak 590
4 65 George Skora 569
5 54 Tommy Catalano 548
6 32 Tyler Rypkema 518
7 60 Matt Hirschman 435
8 95 Bryan Sherwood 423
9 64 Amy Catalano 422
10 3 Daren Scherer 421
11 22 Chuck Hossfeld 393
12 59 Karl Hehr 314
13 66 Austin Kochenash 301
14 10 Daryl Lewis 295
15 40 Tommy Rought 277
16 51 TJ Potrzebowski 170
17 11 Kirk Totten 160
18 76 Zane Zeiner 159
19 22jr Scott Wylie 159
20 40 Alan Bookmiller 147
21 99 Bill Mislan 119
22 01 Cam Barber 115
23 1 Chris Ridsdale 108
24 7ny Kevin Miller 107
25 19 Brandon Oltra 106
26 71 Jimmy Zacharias 72
27 5 Kyle Ebersole 72
28 17 Roger Coss 66
29 24 David Rigan 56
30 45 Timmy Catalano 54
31 01x John Barber 48
32 4 Kreig Heroth 48
33 72 David French Jr. 48
34 17 Danny Knoll Jr. 47
35 76 Randall Richards 45
36 25r John Ramsay 20