Category Archives: ROC Race of Champions Series


Race returning to 250-lap distance



Elma, New York (October 30, 2015) – Race of Champions and Oswego Speedway officials are proud to announce that the 2016 Race of Champions Weekend will take place at the Oswego (NY) Speedway, Thursday, September 15 through Saturday, September 17. The culmination of the traditional weekend will see the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series compete for 250 laps around the “Steel Palace” on Saturday, September 17.

“Oswego Speedway is tremendous facility, rich with history, steep in tradition,” stated Joe Skotnicki, Race of Champions steward. “Racers from all over North America set their sights on racing at Oswego and only a select few have been able to visit victory lane. While Chemung did a great job with the race this past season, we feel that Oswego is the right place for an event of this magnitude and it is our goal to enhance and carry on the great tradition that is the Race of Champions.”

Matt Hirschman won the 2015 edition of the Race of Champions at Chemung, the third of his career. Chuck Hossfeld was victorious the last time the Race of Champions visited Oswego in 2014.

John Blewett III won the race the last time it was 250 laps at Flemington Fair Speedway in 1995.  After that the event moved to the famed Lake Ontario oval and became 200 laps in distance.

“Teams will be faced with a new challenge with the additional fifty laps,” explained Skotnicki. “However, we will still maintain the rules that have been in place in regard to the tire change. It will be in their hands to manage their equipment and put forth an effort worthy of winning the race. It should add a great deal of thinking to the strategy of the event. We think race fans will enjoy this aspect and it goes back to recognizing the history involved with the event. It’s going to be exciting.”

After a one year absence, the Race of Champions, returns to Oswego Speedway. The Race of Champions is the second longest continuous running motorsports event in North America, second only to the Indianapolis 500.

“We were sad to see it go (move to Chemung in 2015), but we made a commitment to the Race of Champions when Joe (Skotnicki) began speaking with us in regard the race returning to Oswego,” explained Oswego Speedway owner John Torrese. “We look forward to a long term relationship with the Race of Champions and we’re looking forward to a thrilling event in September that enhances our schedule.”

Thursday, September 15, will allot teams an open practice day, while Friday, September 16, will see a Race of Champions Sportsman Modified special along with highlighted weekly divisions. Saturday, September 17 will see the running of the 66th Annual Race of Champions. More information will be forthcoming and details will be made available in the coming months on the Race of Champions website.

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Tim Packman returns to WNY to oversee day-to-day operations


LANCASTER, N.Y. (October 19, 2015) –Lancaster National Speedway and Dragway has made an organizational change to its management staff as it begins preparations for the 2016 racing season. Tim Packman, of Akron who has a long association with the track, will return to the area to oversee the day-to-day operations of the facility as Track President. Melissa McGowan will continue to be part of the speedway management team in a reduced role.

“I just fell in love with Lancaster when I was part of the team that promoted the 2014 U.S. Open,” McGowan said. “It was my goal to continue to rebuild and restore the tradition of such a great racing facility. We were able to accomplish some of that in just a few months, and created some great momentum for next year. I feel confident leaving that mission in Tim’s hands.”

Packman returns to the area after 15 years of living in Mooresville, N.C. working in NASCAR. He previously worked at Lancaster as a track announcer and served as the President of Stock Car Operations for the premier WNY racing facility during the 2012 season.

He is a 10-time award-winning writer and author who has worked in Communications and Team Management for the past decade. His time spent at Dale Earnhardt, Inc. and Richard Childress Racing (RCR) enabled him to learn the running of a racing business, while also learning more
about promotions and advertising. His most current position was with RCR as its Director of Corporate Communications.

“Returning to Lancaster National Speedway and Dragway is a dream come true in many ways,” Packman said. “During my entire time in N.C. traveling the NASCAR circuit, I always kept an eye on what was taking place at the track.”

“What the ownership group, Melissa and the entire Dragway and Speedway staff have done this past year was incredible. People in WNY and surrounding areas want to see and be part of short track racing. The proof was in the increased car counts and fans in the stands. It is
our responsibility to give them a safe, clean and fun place to enjoy what we all love – racing.”

“The biggest goal ahead of us for 2016 is to build upon the achievements of 2015. The track cannot go backwards – ever again. Too many people put too much into it through the years, it is my intention to give racers and fans alike a place to enjoy our sport for many, many years.”

Both the stock car and drag racing programs will not see any major changes in their respective leadership for 2016. John Nelson will return as the Program Director for the stock cars, while Sharon Hughes will remain the IHRA drag racing Program Director.

LNS1019-2The 2016 season will begin at Lancaster the weekend of April 16 & 17 with a special doubleheader. Saturday, April 16 will be the lid lifter for the drag racing season with a Box/No-Box shootout. Stock car racing emerges from its hibernation on Sunday, April 17 with a 75-lap event for the Race of Champions Modified Tour.

Founded in 1959, Lancaster National Speedway is a multi-use facility located on 77 acres just outside of metropolitan Buffalo, N.Y. The facility features a 1/8-mile drag strip, a 5/8-mile oval track and hosts several non-motorsports events such as car shows and concerts. For the latest information on Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway check out our website Additional information for racers and fans can be found on our Facebook page ( and on Twitter (@LancasterSpdwy).


Race of Champion Fan and Team information from Andy Harpell

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Time to settle the 2015 RoC Modified Tour Title – what you need to know!

The focus has certainly ramped up for the 65th running of the Sunoco Race of Champions Modified 200 on Sunday. We have been receiving a huge amount of phone calls from Buffalo to Riverhead, parts of New Jersey and beyond. It will be a big crowd and we have a great forecast for Sunday! Racing begins at 2:15 p.m. Pit gates open at 10 a.m. and grandstand gates open at 12 noon.

To accommodate the large crowd we will be running a school bus from the across the street camping/parking area to and from the pit area and grandstand area throughout the day. The bus will also transport people from the turn 4 overflow parking area to the grandstand area. Thank you to Ed McGuire for providing the bus for our fans!

Race fans should remember if you want to save $5 and take advantage of the great hillside view be sure to bring a portable lawn chair. The hillside has been manicured and can fit literally thousands of chairs and blankets…With the rain on Saturday if you want to bring a blanket for the hill consider putting plastic down first.

The race teams should plan on entering the pit area in the normal turn 4 entrance. Please do not stop in front of the ticket booth area as we will be selling all pit passes at the bottom of the hill in our RoC trailer by the pit gate entrance in turn 4. We want to keep our traffic patterns moving.

RoC Modified Tires will be exclusively at the pole barn off turn 4. We have a large amount in a tractor trailer and did not want to cut off spectator visibility by parking it in the infield.

We have rented a street sweeper for the race track surface itself to clean up after haulers cross the race track to unload cars. We do ask that teams unload their cars in a timely fashion so we can sweep the speedway properly prior to practice.

Our Race of Champions Tee Shirts and Hoodies will be available directly in front of the ticket booth during the early part of the day. They will sell out so be sure to get yours. We will be running a special on a new inventory of RoC embroidered hats as well 1 for $10 or 2 for $15.

We have extra portable rest rooms on top of the hillside in addition to the normal bath room area. This will alleviate any lines for the rest rooms and allow fans on the hillside not to have to walk too far if they choose not to.

The speedway does sell beer and fans area permitted to bring in a six pack sized cooler – please no glass bottles.

All race day questions can be directed to us by phoning 607-775-5555.

All plans are in place for Sunday – we hope you be a part of the excitement.