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STATEMENT FROM LANCASTER NATIONAL SPEEDWAY PRESIDENT TIM PACKMAN REGARDING MODIFIED RACES IN 2016

“Because of a recent announcement,  some speculation has come about in regards to Lancaster National Speedway’s Modified dates on the 2016 schedule. After talking to numerous people and much thought, Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway is going forward with our four scheduled dates with the Ferris Mowers Race of Champions Modified Series.
“We have spent the last several months getting ready for this season communicating to our fans, partners and race teams what we’re going to do and the Modified dates at Lancaster are ones that get circled on calendars.
“I am not in agreement with announcing a new series five weeks before we start our season that could possibly divide tracks, teams and fans. The financial and business  transaction involving the sale of the Race of Champions should not place other people in a bad position this time of year.
“Personally, I can’t be expected to make any decision having not seen rules, purse or operating procedures to review in regards a new series. What if we moved our dates to them and it failed? Then we would have to go back and attempt to get back those four dates we’ve worked so hard to obtain and promote through the years.
“Lancaster owes it to our people on all sides to stick with what we’ve known for more than 20 years. We look forward to working with the Race of Champions for those four popular events. And, to all our race fans – get ready for our first Modified race on Sunday, April 17.”

RACERS READY TO TACKLE THE CHALLENGE OF THE RACE OF CHAMPIONS

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Ferris Mowers Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series Preparing for 2016

Elma, N.Y. – (March 11, 2016) – Competitors on the Ferris Mowers Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series Fueled by Sunoco have been preparing through the winter for their 2016 season opener.

That event, the “Break-the-Ice 75” is only weeks away at Mahoning Valley Speedway, on Saturday, April 9.

With the event looming on the horizon, race teams have been preparing for months. Several western New York race teams will be kicking off the season earlier than normal with the 75-lap special event at the challenging quarter-mile paved oval.

“We are looking forward to it and looking forward to having a great season with the Race of Champions Asphalt Series,” said Ransomville, N.Y. driver Chuck Hossfeld. “We have a great team and we truly enjoy getting back on track. Going to Mahoning is going to be one of those events where you aren’t quite sure what’s going to happen. There are so many good cars and tough competitors, it’s a big step for our series and it’ll be a show fans won’t want to miss.”

Hossfeld, a three-time Race of Champions series titlist, will lead a large contingent of drivers to the Pennsylvania oval for the season opener. It’s a time of optimism for all teams because the event opens the door to the traveling series’ point race.

“Our goal is to the put entire season together and book end it with two solid performances at Mahoning,” Hossfeld continued. “We know we have our work cut out for us, but our team will never give up until we reach our goal.”

Patrick Emerling of Orchard Park, N.Y., enjoyed a break-through year in 2015. Solid efforts on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and three Race of Champions series victories established Emerling as a top contender at every track on the schedule.

“Last season was good to us on many fronts, our first win at Shangri-La then to win at Lancaster and our home track Holland International Speedway, it really was an unforgettable year for us. But we are looking forward racing for a series championship this year,” Emerling said. “We feel have all of the tools necessary to compete for wins week in and week out. I like this year’s schedule and I’m looking forward to racing it. Mahoning will present us a unique challenge but we’ll be ready for it.”

Race-winning drivers from 2015 will be returning to compete at a majority of the events. Mike Leaty of Williamson, N.Y., is a race winning and track champion driver who is building on his father Jan’s legacy. Mike Leaty scored his first Race of Champions victory at Oswego (N.Y.) Speedway in 2006 with his most recent trip to victory lane being in the same race last season at the “Steel Palace”.

“We are looking forward to getting going,” Leaty said. “We love Modified racing and we feel we have what it takes to get the job done. Winter is almost over and it’s time to go racing.”

Andy Jankowiak of Tonawanda, N.Y., has established himself as one of the series regulars to beat and 2016 will be no different for the second generation racer. He stood tall in victory lane at Oswego following the Labor Day International Classic weekend race last September and quickly followed up with another win in a southern Modified Series at Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway on the same weekend.

“We rode the roller coaster last year and did the best we could,” began Jankowiak. “Fall was very good to us. Winning at Oswego will forever be a highlight day of my life and for my family. It was incredible. My Uncle Jake (Jankowiak) has been going to Oswego for 30 years so it was great to be able have that kind of emotion behind such a huge accomplishment. We’re dedicated to this program and my passion is Modified racing. I love it. I have never been to Mahoning so that will be interesting, but we will be there and ready to go when April 9 rolls around.”

The 2016 version of the Ferris Mowers Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series Fueled by Sunoco will see competitors adventure to new as well as familiar speedways, pitting them against one another in new and exciting events, as well as those filled with tradition. With new corporate sponsorship, increased media exposure from great partners, anticipation grows for the Mahoning Valley event on April 9.

Briggs & Stratton Corporation, headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is the world’s largest producer of gasoline engines for outdoor power equipment. Its wholly owned subsidiaries include North America’s number one marketer of portable generators, pressure washers and turf care products, and it is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of lawn and garden, turf care and job site products through its Simplicity®, Snapper®, Snapper Pro®, Ferris®, Allmand™, Billy Goat®, Murray®, Branco® and Victa® brands. Briggs & Stratton products are designed, manufactured, marketed and serviced in over 100 countries on six continents. For additional information, please visitwww.basco.com and www.briggsandstratton.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 66th annual Race of Champions weekend will take place in 2016 and is the second longest consecutive auto-racing event in North America, second only to the Indianapolis 500.

SPEED SPORT PARTNERS WITH RACE OF CHAMPIONS TO TELECAST 66TH ANNUAL RACE OF CHAMPIONS 250

66th Annual Race of Champions 250 to be Televised on Award-Winning Suzuki presents SPEED SPORT on MAVTV

East West Marine and FireAde to Present Racers with Additional Exposure

SpeedSportLogoElma, N.Y. – (March 12, 2016)  – One of the crown jewels of northeastern pavement Modified racing will be the subject of a one-hour television special in 2016 presented by East West Marine and FireAde.

 The Race of Champions 250 for the Ferris Mowers Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series Fueled by Sunoco at Oswego (N.Y.) Speedway on Saturday, September 17 will be televised as a taped one-hour special this fall. The race will be showcased by the anthology television series “Suzuki presents SPEED SPORT on MAVTV.” An air date will be announced.

 The Race of Champions 250 is the marquee event of the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series.

 “This is a time-honored event and we’re already working with the Race of Champions to bring the sights and sounds of a world-class race into living rooms across the United States,” said SPEED SPORT’s Chris Dolack.

 East West Marine of Long Island, N.Y., and FireAde of Fayetteville, Ga., signed on to present the one-hour telecast. East West Marine is a full service supplier to the marine construction industry. FireAde is a world leader in developing firefighting agents.

 “When I found out there was a chance to become a sponsor of the Race of Champions 250 television coverage, I jumped at the opportunity,” said Brian Slaga, president and owner of East West Marine and is also associated with the development and distribution of FireAde. “We believe in the betterment of Modified racing and assisting in creating a great platform and value for Race of Champions sponsors at every level. This will be a great highlight for the entire modified racing community.”

 Dolack expects television coverage the 66th annual Race of Champions 250 to be compelling.

 “There is so much history at Oswego Speedway along with the 65 year history of the Race of Champions,” Dolack said. “This race is an intriguing marathon where strategy and horsepower play out before our viewers’ eyes. Televising this race enhances our programming. It’s the exact content we strive to bring viewers with Suzuki presents SPEED SPORT on MAVTV.”

 Briggs & Stratton Corporation, headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is the world’s largest producer of gasoline engines for outdoor power equipment. Its wholly owned subsidiaries include North America’s number one marketer of portable generators, pressure washers and turf care products, and it is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of lawn and garden, turf care and job site products through its Simplicity®, Snapper®, Snapper Pro®, Ferris®, Allmand™, Billy Goat®, Murray®, Branco® and Victa® brands. Briggs & Stratton products are designed, manufactured, marketed and serviced in over 100 countries on six continents. For additional information, please visit www.basco.com and www.briggsandstratton.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 66th annual Race of Champions weekend will take place in 2016 and is the second longest consecutive auto-racing event in North America, second only to the Indianapolis 500.

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