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66th ANNUAL RACE OF CHAMPIONS TO RUN SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29TH

-Final New York Asphalt Modified Race of 2016 Season-

Oswego, N.Y. – (October 28, 2016) – The 66th Annual Race of Champions 250 will be run Saturday, October 29, featuring the Ferris Mowers Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series fueled by Sunoco. This will be the final event of the 2016 season and the most anticipated, with $12,500 going to the winner and the series championship will be decided.

Grandstand gates for the event will open at 12:30pm and the schedule may be adjusted if necessary to accommodate any potential weather delays.

Additional qualifers will be added to the set field of 28 cars, with those entrants starting behind any previously qualified driver.

Qualifying positions remain open to all teams interested in participating in the Ferris Mowers Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series fueled by Sunoco, the Super Stock All-Star, which the top-16 have already been locked in. The previous criteria based on the original weekend is no longer in effect and any Super Stock team wishing to participate in the Super Stock All-Star is eligible to attend and start behind the top-16. The same is in place for any Small Block Supermodified team that wishes to compete.

$5 discount coupons toward the purchase of any ticket have been placed throughout the region for fans to receive an additional discount off the reduced price of the ticket for the event.

$5 discount coupons are available throughout the region, including the Oswego Speedway box office; Lighthouse Lanes; Cam’s Pizzeria; A&P Automotive; Burger King; Dunkin’ Donuts; the Holiday Inn Express; the Knight’s Inn; Quality Inn; Best Western and the Press Box Restaurant all in Oswego as well as select Sunoco locations throughout Central New York and Ontario County. Additional locations for $5 discount coupons are; Roger Phelps Used Cars in Phoenix, N.Y.; Mr. Auto Parts in Ontario, N.Y.; Wilbert’s U-Pull It in Williamson, N.Y.; the Red Roof Inn in Fulton, N.Y.; Airport Collision and Airport Truck and Auto in Cheektowaga, N.Y.; Jerry Gradl Motors in North Tonawanda, N.Y.; Vicari’s Pizzeria in Ontario, N.Y.; Rite Aid in Wolcott, N.Y.

Where: Oswego Speedway, Oswego, N.Y.

When: Saturday, October 29, 2016

Directions: The track is located at 300 E. Albany Street in Oswego, N.Y., just off of NY Route 104. 35 minutes North of Syracuse near the shores of Lake Ontario.

What: The 66th Annual Race of Champions Weekend. The Ferris Mowers Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series fueled by Sunoco 66th Annual Race of Champions 250, the Super Stock “All-Star”; Small Block Supermodifieds.

More Information: www.oswegospeedway.com/ (Track Phone: 315.342.0646) / www.rocmodifiedseries.com

YOUNG KYLE STROHL RUNS TO IMPRESSIVE MAHONING VALLEY SPEEDWAY VICTORY IN OCTOBERFAST 150

-Strohl Earns First Victory Against Stacked Field in 150-lap Grind-

 Lehighton, Pa., – (October 22, 2016) – Mahoning Valley Speedway’s season finale Octoberfast 2016 was highlighted by the Ferris Mowers Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series fueled by Sunoco racing in a 150-lap feature on the tight confines of the shortest track that the series competes on. With a star-studded field on hand that included a host of premier asphalt Modified talent, it would be a 16-year old that stood proudly in victory lane when all was said and done.

Kyle Strohl of Palmerton, Pa., bested a strong contingent of Race of Champions steadies as well as home track regulars along with other invaders to claim a defining moment in his budding career.

“This is by far the biggest accomplishment of my career. I can’t thank my crew enough for how much effort they put into the car this year and to win against all these guys is unbelievable,” said Strohl, who earned a $5,000 for the win.

Strohl, who started fifth in the field of 26, would inherit the lead after a lap 112 restart. He then stayed up front the rest of the way. He and runner-up Lou Strohl (no relation) were the only two that did not make a pit stop.

“I really hadn’t run a long distance race like this before and I wasn’t sure how the car was going to work out. I just went with my gut decision to not pit and it worked out,” said Strohl.

Calvin Carroll and Don Wagner brought the field to the green. Wagner wasted no time in darting out the lead while Austin Kochenash took hold of second. Kochenash grabbed the top spot after a caution on lap 20.

During a long green flag stretch Strohl worked his way to second behind Kochenash.

“It was really tough to get around all those cars. I just tried to stay clean and pass when I could and not over-drive the car and make any dumb moves,” said Strohl.

The fast-paced action came to a halt on lap 112 for a multi car incident. Included in the turn four melee was Emerling who was towed from the scene but was able to return.

It was at that juncture that most of the field took that opportunity to head pit side for a tire change and adjustments.

Strohl, elected to stay on track and would restart as the new leader when the field was reset. The upstart showed the way over Hossfeld, Darren Scherer, who came from 23rd starting spot, Zacharias and L. Strohl.

“My tires were starting to fade away as the race went on but I just stayed focused and tried not to worry about that. We had talked some about a game strategy coming in tonight but it was really uncertain for us because no one knows how it all plays out,” admitted Strohl.

“It was hard but really great to race against some of the top rated drivers and I couldn’t be more proud to have pulled it off and beat them.

Over most of the final 25 laps the battle for second went back and forth between L. Strohl and Zeiner. Zeiner had passed with 17 laps to go but lapped traffic helped L. Strohl regain the spot with 10 circuits remaining.

Zeiner was on the rear bumper of L. Strohl at the finish. He was looking to score his second Octoberfast but time ran out on his effort but Strohl held on for second with Zeiner coming home third. Don Wagner finished fourth while Chuck Hossfeld was the highest finishing Race of Champions regular in fifth.

In the timed hot lap sessions Kyle Strohl set the quick time of the day with a 9.912-second lap at 90.799 mph.

Qualifying race winners were Kyle Strohl, Wagner, Zeiner and first time Race of Champions and Mahoning starter Blake Barney. DJ Wagner won the b-main.

The next event for the Ferris Mowers Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series fueled by Sunoco is the 66th Annual Race of Champions at Oswego (N.Y.) Speedway on Saturday, October 29.

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Feature Finish

Octoberfast ‘150’

Mahoning Valley Speedway, Lehigton, PA.

Finishing Position, Car Number, Driver, Laps Completed

Pos           No.           Name                       Laps

1              44            Kyle Strohl                               150

2              88            Lou Strohl                                150

3              76            Zane Zeiner              150

4              22            Don Wagner             150

5              22h          Chuck Hossfeld         150

6              8              Earl Paules                               150

7              7              Patrick Emerling       150

8              1              Kristopher Graver    150

9              3              Daren Scherer          150

10            25            Mike Leaty                               150

11            32            Tyler Rypkema         150

12            14            Blake Barney            150

13            95m         John Markovic          150

14            2              Joey Jarowicz           150

15            51            TJ Potrzebowski       150

16            71            Jimmy Zacharias       150

17            1B            Todd Bear                148

18            95            Bryan Sherwood       146

19            39            Calvin Carroll           145

20            8L            Terry Markovic         144

21            53            Brian Defebo            126

22            54            Jack Ely                    119

23            45            Eric Beers                 119

24            72            Austin Kochenash     119

25            22nj         DJ Wagner                               115

26            10            Daryl Lewis Jr.          45

Time of Race: 1 hour 09 minutes 50 seconds              Average Speed 32.280 mph

Margin of victory: 0.453 seconds       Fast Qualifying Lap: Don Wagner / 9.888 seconds @ 91.019 mph

Lead Changes: 3 among 3 drivers (Don Wagner 1-20, Austin Kochenash 21-112, Kyle Strohl 113-150)

Qualifying Race Results:

Qualifying Race 1

Pos           No.           Name

1              44            Kyle Strohl

2              32            Tyler Rypkema

3              7              Patrick Emerling

4              53            Brian Defebo

5              25            Mike Leaty

6              2              Joey Jarowicz

7              95m         John Markovic

8              51M         Eric Mauriello

Qualifying Race 2  

Pos           No.           Name

1              22            Don Wagner

2              8              Earl Paules

3              72            Austin Kochenash

4              88            Lou Strohl

5              51            TJ Potrzebowski

6              22nj         DJ Wagner

7              95            Bryan Sherwood

8              1B            Todd Bear

Qualifying Race 3            

Pos           No.           Name

1              76            Zane Zeiner

2              54            Jack Ely

3              45            Eric Beers

4              8L            Terry Markovic

5              1              Kristopher Graver

6              3              Daren Scherer

7              x66          Shawna Ingraham

Qualifying Race 4

Pos           No.           Name

1              14            Blake Barney

2              71            Jimmy Zacharias

3              39            Calvin Carroll

4              22h          Chuck Hossfeld

5              10            Daryl Lewis Jr.

6              1              Chris Ridsdale

7              40            Tommy Rought

B Main

Pos           No.           Name

1              22nj         DJ Wagner

2              2              Joey Jarowicz

3              x66          Shawna Ingraham

4              51M         Eric Mauriello

5              40            Tommy Rought

6              3              Daren Scherer

7              95m         John Markovic

8              95            Bryan Sherwood

9              1B            Todd Bear

10            1              Chris Ridsdale

 

Point Standings following Mahoning Valley Speedway (Including Fastest Qualifying Time and Qualifying Race Bonus) 10/22/2016:

 

Pos           No.           Name                       Total

1              07            Patrick Emerling       1360

2              22            Chuck Hossfeld         1290

3              25            Mike Leaty                               1078

4              32            Tyler Rypkema         967

5              3              Daren Scherer          950

6              10            Daryl Lewis              919

7              71            Jimmy Zacharias       852

8              95            Bryan Sherwood       840

9              51            TJ Potrzebowski       746

10            65            George Skora           679

11            54            Tommy Catalano      645

12            39            Calvin Carroll           629

13            64            Amy Catalano           618

14            60            Matt Hirschman       574

15            59            Karl Hehr                 554

16            1              Chris Ridsdale          540

17            45            Kevin Timmerman    505

18            53            Brian Defebo            392

19            27            Andy Jankowiak        347

20            9              Jeff Hamman            347

21            65            Andy Lewis               298

22            66            Austin Kochenash     293

23            01            Cam Barber              278

24            9              Will Thomas             262

25            20            Jody Buckley            254

26            4              John Wilber             252

27            22            Don Wagner             252

28            40            Tommy Rought         231

29            8s             Lee Sharpsteen        226

30            21            Tony Hanbury           213

31            8              Earl Paules                               212

32            44            Kyle Strohl                               207

33            1              Kristopher Graver    202

34            45            Eric Beers                 180

35            8L            Lou Strohl                                180

36            11            Kirk Totten                               178

37            42            Nick Pecko                               165

38            27            Donny Hartzell         146

39            67            Levi Arthur                               140

40            95m         John Markovic          132

41            40            Alan Bookmiller       128

42            34            Rusty Smith              124

43            17            Roger Coss               123

44            40            Erick Rudolph           116

45            92            Terry Markovic         115

46            54            Jack Ely                    113

47            48            Sam Fullone             111

48            7              T.J.  Zacharias           96

49            72            Matt Alix                  85

50            24            Dave Rigan               83

51            1B            Todd Bear                79

52            40P          Ryan Preece             63

53            13            Ted Christopher       60

54            1J             Bobby Jones             58

55            42            Dave Pecko              58

56            99            Keith Flanagan         54

57            41x          Nick Baer                 51

58            86            Tim Nies                   47

59            14            Doug Reaume          46

60            41b          Todd Baer                40

61            28            Gene Bowers           40

62            2              Glen Slocum            40

63            17            Ken Canstrari           40

64            x66          Shawna Ingraham     20

65            51M         Eric Mauriello          20

 

“* Points do not include September

Oswego Speedway Event”

 

66TH ANNUAL RACE OF CHAMPIONS TO DECIDE FERRIS MOWERS RACE OF CHAMPIONS ASPHALT MODIFIED SERIES

Oswego, N.Y. – (October 24, 2016) – The 66th Annual Race of Champions will conclude an exciting 2016 season for the Ferris Mowers Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series fueled by Sunoco this Saturday, October 29 at Oswego Speedway. It will also be the final time for race fans to see asphalt modifieds compete in New York during the 2016 racing season. Orchard Park, N.Y.’s, Patrick Emerling and Chuck Hossfeld of Ransomville, N.Y., have engaged in a battle for the top spot throughout the season and with just 250-laps remaining in the season and only 70-points separating them. It will also be time to present one of the most-prized possessions in this sport, the Al Gerber Memorial Trophy, which goes to the winner of the Race of Champions 250.

Emerling has never won the Race of Champions, while Hossfeld is looking to etch his name on the trophy for a fourth time and further establish himself as one of the elite drivers in asphalt modified racing.

Hossfeld and Emerling lead a star-studded field into Saturday’s 250-lap grind at Oswego. Matt Hirschman of Northampton, Pa., Austin Kochensash of Danielsville, Pa., and Andy Jankowiak of North Tonawanda, N.Y., earned guaranteed starting positions for the event. When they pull into the historic Oswego Speedway pit area on Saturday, October 29, they will be joined by Ryan Preece of Berlin, Conn., who is currently a regular in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, the 2013 NASCAR Modified Tour champion and a guaranteed starter in the 66th Annual Race of Champions after he earned a victory last season in the Turkey Derby at Wall Stadium, one of six events where drivers could earn guaranteed starting positions for the event.

The winner of the Race of Champions 250 will also become a guaranteed starter in the North-South Shootout at Concord (N.C.) Speedway on November 3-5.

The Super Stock All-Star, Small Block Supermodifieds and the Classic Asphalt Modified Series will also take to the track for asphalt racings final party in 2016 at Oswego Speedway.

$5 discount coupons toward the purchase of any ticket have been placed throughout the region for fans to receive an additional discount off the reduced price of the ticket for the event.

$5 discount coupons are available throughout the region, including the Oswego Speedway box office; Lighthouse Lanes; Cam’s Pizzeria; A&P Automotive; Burger King; Dunkin’ Donuts; the Holiday Inn Express; the Knight’s Inn; Quality Inn; Best Western and the Press Box Restaurant all in Oswego as well as select Sunoco locations throughout Central New York and Ontario County. Additional locations for $5 discount coupons are; Roger Phelps Used Cars in Phoenix, N.Y.; Mr. Auto Parts in Ontario, N.Y.; Wilbert’s U-Pull It in Williamson, N.Y.; the Red Roof Inn in Fulton, N.Y.; Airport Collision and Airport Truck and Auto in Cheektowaga, N.Y.; Jerry Gradl Motors in North Tonawanda, N.Y.; Vicari’s Pizzeria in Ontario, N.Y.; Rite Aid in Wolcott, N.Y.

Where: Oswego Speedway, Oswego, N.Y.

When: Saturday, October 29, 2016

Directions: The track is located at 300 E. Albany Street in Oswego, N.Y., just off of NY Route 104. 35 minutes North of Syracuse near the shores of Lake Ontario.

What: The 66th Annual Race of Champions Weekend. The Ferris Mowers Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series fueled by Sunoco 66th Annual Race of Champions 250, the Super Stock “All-Star”; Small Block Supermodifieds.

More Information: www.oswegospeedway.com/ (Track Phone: 315.342.0646) / www.rocmodifiedseries.com