Category Archives: Touring Modified Series


Loretto Family to Post Lap Money for 75-lap Race of Champions Modified Race-

North East, Pa. – (March 30, 2018) – When the Race of Champions Modified Series hits the track on Saturday, June 9 there will be an additional lap money posted by the Loretto family in tribute to the late Pete Loretto.

Loretto’s daughter Melissa will once again being selling laps beginning at $25 per lap. In 2017 just under $2,000 was raised and paid out to driver’s who participated in the race with all 75-laps being sold. Loretto wanted to make sure her Father was remembered by all who knew him in the racing community.

“My Father’s real love was racing,” stated Loretto. “He was around it all of his life from a very young age until he left us. Our family felt that this was a great way to pay tribute to him and carry on his legacy. We are excited to be involved once again at Lake Erie and look forward to a great event.”

Loretto, a long-time racing enthusiast, who passed in 2016, was one of the most familiar tracks through the Western New York and Pennsylvania regions. He served as an official, media member and more importantly was a huge fan which built the tremendous amount of personal racing memories he accumulated over the years. Besides being involved in the local short track racing, Loretto was a family man, retired highway supervisor, firefighter and emergency disaster coordinator.

Loretto can be contacted via e-mail at or at 716.517.1871.

Lap Fund:                              Lake Erie 75 Tribute to Pete Loretto             

When:                                    Saturday, June 9, 2018

Where:                                  Lake Erie Speedway

Lap Sponsorship Contact:  Melissa Loretto

Phone:                                   716.517.1871



-Internationally Recognized Headwear Brand Joins Race of Champions Family of Partners-

Buffalo, New York (April 13, 2018) – Race of Champions Series Management has partnered with the iconic headwear brand, New Era Cap, to be the official headwear brand for the Race of Champions.

This spring, New Era will introduce caps donning the Race of Champions logo mark on one of its core styles, the 9FORTY. The caps are being sold at the Race of Champions events throughout Series schedule of races.

“This is an excellent opportunity for New Era Cap to continue to grow and expand within the world of motorsports,” stated Billy Rieck, assistant motorsports manager, New Era. “The Race of Champions has proven over the years to be an important series in motorsports and it was an easy decision to partner with them.”

Since 1920, New Era has been hand-crafting the finest headwear in the world. Today, with apparel and accessories lines, the brand is a market leader rooted in sports and an influencer of street and lifestyle culture around the globe. With over 500 licenses in its portfolio, New Era is the brand of choice in the worlds of sport, fashion, music and entertainment.  The Company is headquartered in Buffalo, N.Y., and its products are sold in more than 80 countries. For more information on New Era’s global offices and partnerships, visit and social channels @neweracap.

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 with primary marketing partners Hoosier Racing Tire, VP Racing Fuels, Upstate Automotive Group, Waddell Communications, Pilat Graphic Design, Jerico Performance, TDH Refrigeration, Sherwood Racing Wheels, and The 68th annual Race of Champions weekend will take place in 2018 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.

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour-Icebreaker 150 Results


At Thompson  International Speedway

Thompson, CT

Lap length: 0.625 miles

(Start position in parentheses)

  1. (3) Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, NY, Chevrolet, 150 laps, 63.884 mph.
  2. (10) Craig Lutz, Miller Place, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150.
  3. (4) Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, Pa., Chevrolet, 150.
  4. (27) Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
  5. (21) Matt Swanson, Acton, Mass., Ford, 150.
  6. (2) Doug Coby, Milford, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
  7. (20) Rob Summers, Manchester, CT, Chevrolet, 150.
  8. (14) Chase Dowling, Roxbury, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
  9. (18) Bobby Santos, Franklin, Mass., Chevrolet, 150.
  10. (8) Timmy Solomito, Islip, N.Y., Ford, 150.
  11. (23) Chris Pasteryak, Lisbon, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
  12. (25) Woody Pitkat, Stafford, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
  13. (13) Burt Myers, Walnut Cove, N.C., Chevrolet, 150.
  14. (22) Andrew Krause, Holmdel, N.J., Toyota, 150.
  15. (28) Tommy Catalano, Ontario, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150.
  16. (17) Calvin Carroll, Newton, N.J., Chevrolet, 150.
  17. (31) Gary McDonald, Ronkonkoma, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150.
  18. (36) Wade Cole, Hartland, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
  19. (1) Ronnie Williams, Ellington, Conn., Chevrolet, 149, accident.
  20. (5) Jon McKennedy, Chelmsford, Mass., Chevrolet, 149.
  21. (33) Manny Dias, Attleboro, Mass., Chevrolet, 147.
  22. (32) Joe Degracia, Nutley, N.J., Chevrolet, 147.
  23. (29) Bryan Dauzat, Alexandria, La., Chevrolet, 146.
  24. (9) Ron Silk, Norwalk, CT, Chevrolet, 141, accident.
  25. (12) Dave Sapienza, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 138, rear end.
  26. (11) Andy Seuss, Hampstead, N.H., Chevrolet, 134, accident.
  27. (24) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 134, accident.
  28. (16) Jimmy Blewett, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 134, accident.
  29. (7) Austin Pickens, Windermere, Fla., Chevrolet, 126.
  30. (35) Melissa Fifield, Wakefield, N.H., Chevrolet, 116.
  31. (15) Blake Barney, Lakewood, N.J., Chevrolet, 112, accident.
  32. (30) Kyle Soper, Manorville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 57, accident.
  33. (6) Patrick Emerling, Orchard Park, NY, Chevrolet, 25, accident.
  34. (26) Kyle Bonsignore, Bay Shore, N.Y., Chevrolet, 24, accident.
  35. (34) Walter Sutcliffe Jr., East Haven, Conn., Chevrolet, 9, ignition.
  36. (19) Max Zachem, Preston, Conn., Chevrolet, 1, accident.

Race Statistics

Time of Race: 1 hour 28 minutes 3 seconds

Margin of Victory: Under caution

Fastest Qualifier: R.Williams (119.738 mph, 18.791 seconds)

Caution Flags: 11 for 56 laps.

Lead Changes: 16 among 9 drivers.

Lap Leaders: D. Coby 1-36; C. Dowling 37-59; D. Coby 60; C. Dowling 61-63; T. Solomito 64; C. Dowling 65-76; J. Bonsignore 77-79; E. Goodale 80; T. Solomito 81-86; C. Lutz 87-91; R. Pennink 92-93; J. Blewett 94-107; C. Dowling 108-114; J. Blewett 115; C. Dowling 116-118; J. McKennedy 119-145; J. Bonsignore 146-150.

Standings: 1. J. Bonsignore, 87; 2. C. Lutz, 79; 3. C. Dowling, 79; 4. J. McKennedy, 72; 5. R. Summers, 71; 6. D. Coby, 70; 7. T. Solomito, 67; 8. C. Carroll, 64; 9. B. Myers, 60; 10. J. Blewett, 59.