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COLTON RV RETURNS TO THE PRESQUE ISLE DOWNS & CASINO RACE OF CHAMPIONS WEEKEND

-Colton RV Renews Naming Rights to Camping Areas for the 68th Annual Race of Champions-

North East, Pa. – (September 19, 2018) – The management team of the Race of Champions and Colton RV are proud to announce a partnership in regard to once again hold the naming rights of the campgrounds for the Presque Isle Downs & Casino Race of Champions Weekend at Lake Erie Speedway in North East, Pennsylvania, Thursday, September 28 through Saturday, September 30. Campers will have the ability to camp in the “Colton RV Campgrounds at Lake Erie” – outside the turn four VIP Building.  Campers may camp in the secured “Colton RV Campgrounds at Lake Erie” throughout the event, beginning Wednesday, September 27 for just $50.

For more than 50 years the Colton family has been a recognized family name in the automotive industry including motorsports. The family patriarch, Bill Colton, carried a passion for people and motorsports that was passed down to his sons, who carry on his legacy throughout their businesses. Jim and Chris Colton carry on their father’s passion every day at Colton RV offering their customers unprecedented service once they walk through their doors.

“We are proud to partner with this great event,” stated Jim Colton of Colton RV. “My Dad loved Modified Racing and looked forward to this event each and every year for as long as I can remember.  It was a big part of our family, just as our business is. Colton RV has grown over time to become one of the most recognized names in the industry and we are proud to carry on the legacy that our father built surrounding our family name. Partnering with this event brings together two great names and two of the most recognized names in their respective industries.”

Whether you are planning to drive it or pull it, Colton RV is your RV dealer in New York State, serving the Northeast with the best selection of RV’s, including Class A, Class B, Class C, Fifth Wheels and Travel Trailers.

 For more than 50 years, the Colton family has been in the automotive business and has been specializing in motor homes, travel trailers, fifth wheels, camper vans and tent campers. Colton RV is proud to carry brand names such as Airstream, Coachmen, Dynamax, Forest River, Grand Design, Keystone RV, KZ RV, Prime Time, Thor Motorcoach and Tiffin Motorhomes.

 There is no New York RV dealer that can match the selection at Colton RV or the Colton RV Customer and Service commitment. If you are looking for a great deal on RV sales in New York, Colton RV is here for you. Colton RV is also a proud member of the Priority RV Network. Colton RV currently has two stores located in Western New York in North Tonawanda and in Orchard Park.  For more information in regard to Colton RV, visit www.coltonrv.com or call 877-846-1151.

                 Where: Lake Erie Speedway, North East, Pa.

When: Thursday, September 27; Friday, September 28 and Saturday, September 29.

Directions: The track is located just twenty minutes of East Erie, Pa., minutes from Interstate 90 and directly of Interstate 86 at 10700 Delmas Drive, North East, Pa., 16428

What: Presque Isle Downs & Casino Race of Champions Weekend; the 68th 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 with primary marketing partners Hoosier Racing Tire, VP Racing Fuels, US Army, Upstate Automotive Group, Waddell Communications, Pilat Graphic Design, Jerico Performance, TDH Refrigeration, Sherwood Racing Wheels, PavedTrackDigest.com and Speed51.com. 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.

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Race of Champions Media at media@rocmodifiedseries.com

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PREVIEW TO THE 68th ANNUAL RACE OF CHAMPIONS 250

-Guaranteed Starting Positions for Several Competitors-

-$12,500-to-Win and $1,000-to-Start in 68th Annual Race of Champions 250-

North East, Pa. – (September 17, 2018) – Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series competitors are preparing for their two biggest event weekends of the season. This year the Presque Isle Downs & Casino Race of Champions Weekend runs or the second consecutive year at Lake Erie Speedway in North East, Pennsylvania for the running of the 68th Annual Race of Champions 250, the culmination of the Race of Champions Season and the Series’ biggest event of the year.

There will be a plethora of talent that can capture the limelight in 68th Annual 250-lap “Granddaddy” Modified race.

Matt Hirschman of Northampton, Pennsylvania, won the race at Lake Erie Speedway in June and is seeking his sixth Race of Champions 250 victory. Hirschman is always a threat to winning any event that he enters.

Chuck Hossfeld of Ransomville, N.Y., currently leads the Series championship standings. Hossfeld has one victory this season in the ‘Ol’ Boy Cup at Lancaster (N.Y) National Speedway. Hossfeld has won this race three times in the past.

2017 Series Champion, Mike Leaty of Williamson, N.Y., finished second in the race last year to claim the championship and will be looking to advance one more position as he hopes to win his first ever Race of Champions 250. Leaty won the Race of Champions “Thunder by the Thruway” race at Lancaster on August 2nd.

“There was so much going on last year,” stated Leaty. “We are really not in the hunt for the points championship this year, so that’s not on our mind, but winning is and we certainly had a car capable of winning the event last year, but I knew we also had the championship riding on it, so that definitely played a role in how aggressive I was at the end of the event. We don’t have that this year, so we will see how things go.”

Patrick Emerling of Orchard Park, N.Y., will be looking for his first win in the 250, while seeking his third consecutive win in the preliminary 75-lap $2,500-to-win Sportsman Modified Series race on Friday night. Emerling won the season opener at Lancaster in May and in the Series visit to Jukasa Motor Speedway in Ontario in July.

“We have had our eyes on the 250 for several years,” stated Emerling. “We’ve finished second at Oswego, the year we won the championship and we are trying to get the handle on Lake Erie. We will put our best foot forward and see where the chips fall when the checkered flag flies.”

Andy Jankowiak of Buffalo, N.Y., was making a late race run to the front in last year’s edition of the event, but was involved in a crash that took him out of contention. Jankowiak is currently second in the championship standings.

The race pays $12,500 to the winner, with 26 starting positions paying $1,000-to-start.

Several Guaranteed Starting positions for the 68th Annual Race of Champions 250 have been awarded throughout the 2017 and 2018 season. Matt Hirschman (Concord Motorsports Park – North/South Shootout); Jimmy Blewett (Wall Stadium – Turkey Derby); Ryan Preece (Concord Motorsports Park – North/South Shootout); Ron Silk (Seekonk Speedway – Open Wheel Wednesday) all have guaranteed starting positions for the event.

In addition the 68th Annual Race of Champions 250, the Race of Champions Asphalt Sportsman Modified Series, the Race of Champions Late Model Series and Race of Champions Super Stock Series will all conclude their seasons. Currently Connor Sellars of Owego, N.Y., leads the Sportsman Championship. Eldon King, III or Delavan, N.Y.., leads the Late Model title chase.

Tim Gullo of Elmira, N.Y., is out front over Joe Mancuso of Buffalo N.Y.by just 5-points in the Race of Champions Super Stock Series standings. The Super Stocks race on Friday night, September 28 at Lake Erie.

Travis Montgomery of Ontario, N.Y., is ahead in the inaugural Race of Champions Four Cylinder Dash Series standings by 30 over Austin Montgomery of Ontario, N.Y., and 32 over Jody London of Rochester, N.Y. The Dash Series races Saturday, September 29 at Lake Erie.

The Lancaster National Speedway Street Stocks also take part in the action on Saturday at Lake Erie Speedway where T.J. Cochrane is the defending event champion.

If you are planning to attend the Presque Isle Downs & Casino Race of Champions Weekend and camp at the facility, spots are 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 27; Friday, September 28 and Saturday, September 29.

Directions: The track is located just twenty minutes of East Erie, Pa., minutes from Interstate 90 and directly of Interstate 86 at 10700 Delmas Drive, North East, Pa., 16428

What: Presque Isle Downs & Casino Race of Champions Weekend; the 68th Annual Race of Champions 250

More Information: www.lakeeriespeedway.com (Track Phone: 814.725.3303) / www.rocmodifiedseries.com

Photo Credit: Matt Hirschman 2017. Alex and Helen Bruce Photo.

CONNOR SELLARS RUNS TO $2,500 VICTORY AT DELAWARE SPEEDWAY IN ONTARIO

– Sellars holds Point Lead over Scott Wylie heading into final Two Events of 2018 –

 Delaware, Ontario – Canada – (September 15, 2018) – The Race of Champions Asphalt Sportsman Modified Series visited the Delaware (Ontario) Speedway on Saturday afternoon and when the dust settled, Connor Sellars of Owego, N.Y., earned his first Race of Champions Series victory of his career.

Sellars, the Chemung Speedrome, track champion, finished second in the series opener at Evans Mills Speedway and this past Saturday after starting 3rd, he inherited the lead with six laps remaining in the 75-lap feature and went on to score his first series victory.

“This is great,” stated Sellars in victory lane. “We ran very well at Evans Mills and this feels great. We had some clutch problems and my Dad worked his tail off to get this going. It really worked out well for us and I’m very thankful to be here and in victory lane. This is a great win for us and I’m very proud of all my guys.”

Scott Wylie of Blasdell, N.Y., drew the pole and led the early portion of the race until a mid-race restart when Andy Jankowiak of Buffalo, N.Y., worked his way to the top spot. Jankowiak relinquished the lead to Sellars. After sliding back, Wylie worked his way back to finish second.

Jankowiak finished third.

Justin Demelo of London, Ontario finished fourth.

Dave Koslowski of Clarence, N.Y., rounded out the top-five.

Sellars and Wylie split the qualifying races while Wylie posted the fastest time in green-white-checker 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 with primary marketing partners Hoosier Racing Tire, VP Racing Fuels, US Army, Upstate Automotive Group, Waddell Communications, Pilat Graphic Design, Jerico Performance, TDH Refrigeration, Sherwood Racing Wheels, PavedTrackDigest.com and Speed51.com. 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.

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

Zachary Skotnicki photo