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QUALIFYING RACE WINNERS TO RECEIVE BONUS FROM WADDELL COMMUNICATIONS AT PRESQUE ISLE DOWNS & CASINO RACE OF CHAMPIONS WEEKEND

-Waddell Communications, the Official Communications Provider of the Race of Champions to Reward Racers-

North East, Pennsylvania – (September 26, 2018) – Waddell Communications of Plainville, Connecticut, who is an authorized Racing Electronics dealer and retailer and the official two-way communication provider of the Race of Champions Series will provide additional support for the Presque Isle Downs & Casino Race of Champions Weekend at Lake Erie Speedway in North East, Pennsylvania featuring the 68th Annual Race of Champions 250.

Waddell Communications will provide all Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series and Race of Champions Asphalt Sportsman Modified qualifying race winners with a radio specific carbon equipment case. In addition the fastest qualifier in group time trials for the Modifieds will receive a case.

“The Race of Champions is a great event and we are proud to support it,” stated Shawn Waddell, owner and proprietor of Waddell Communications. “Short track racing and primarily Modified racing is our passion and making sure those teams have professional service and solid working communication tools is our paramount focus. We look forward to contributing to this outstanding event.”

For more information in regard to Waddell Communications visit www.waddellcommunications.com; e-mail: shawnwaddell@sbcglobal.net or phone: 860.573.8821.

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 67th Annual Race of Champions 250

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

     For more information, contact;

Race of Champions Media at media@rocmodifiedseries.com

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SPEED51.COM TO POST AWARDS AS PART OF PRESQUE ISLE DOWNS & CASINO RACE OF CHAMPIONS WEEKEND

Speed51.com to Post Awards and Bring Media Coverage to the Race of Champions Weekend-

North East, Pa. – (September 25, 2018) –  Speed51.com, the nation’s premier short track racing news website, will present a variety of bonuses to competitors during this weekend’s Race of Champions 250 at Lake Erie Speedway. In all, the Concord, North Carolina based operation will hand out over $600 across three Race of Champions divisions.

“Bob Dillner and the entire Speed51.com staff have a huge passion for Modified and short track racing.  We appreciate their support of our series and our racers during our biggest event of the year,” said Joe Skotnicki with the Race of Champions. “These unique bonuses will put some extra cash in the pockets of our racers this weekend.”

As announced earlier this year for every Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series and Race of Champions Super Stock Series event, Speed51.com will once again present the “Top of the Board” award to the fastest qualifier in both divisions.  The Modified fast qualifier will receive a $151 cash bonus, while the Super Stock fast qualifier will receive a $51 cash bonus.

Unique to the Race of Champions 250, Speed51.com will also be presenting a $251 bonus to the fastest Modified driver in practice. The $251 cash bonus will be delivered to the driver who posts the fastest overall lap between all of the weekend’s practice sessions.

“We’re talking about practice? Yes, we are,” said Speed51.com Editor Brandon Paul.  “People always say, ‘You can’t win practice.’ Guess what? You can at the Race of Champions.  We believe this award goes along with the ‘every lap matters’ motto embraced by Joe Skotnicki and the Race of Champions.”

In addition to their support of the Super Stocks and Modifieds, Speed51.com will also help boost the purse for the RoC Late Models feature on Saturday afternoon.  The winner of the 40-lap feature will receive an extra $251, making the race a minimum of $1,251-to-win.

Speed51.com will be on location at Lake Erie Speedway throughout the weekend providing the latest news and information about the 68th Annual Race of Champions 250.

Race fans unable to make it to Lake Erie will be able to watch a live broadcast of Saturday’s race via a pay-per-view broadcast on Speed51.com.

Speed51.com also presents the Race of Champions Most Popular Driver Award. Voting takes place at; https://speed51.com/most-popular-driver-roc-race-of-champions-2018/

For more information in regard to Speed51.com, visit www.speed51.com

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 67th 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.

For more information, contact;

Race of Champions Media at media@rocmodifiedseries.com

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MATT HIRSCHMAN EARNS 5TH US OPEN VICTORY IN THE 30TH ANNUAL EDITION OF THE RACE SUNDAY AFTERNOON AT LANCASTER NATIONAL SPEEDWAY

Chuck Hossfeld, Joe Mancuso, Tommy Catalano and Jacob Gustafson all Earn US Open Race of Champions Series Victories-

Lancaster, N.Y. – (September 24, 2018) – Matt Hirschman of Northampton, Pa., earned his fifth US Open victory in the 30th edition of the event on Sunday afternoon in front of a sun drenched crowd at Lancaster (N.Y.) National Speedway. It was Hirschman’s fourth Race of Champions victory during the 2018 season.

“This is a big win for us, we had to work for it,” stated Hirschman from victory lane. “Andy (Jankowiak) was strong but our tire strategy played out and here we are. I’m really proud of all of my team, they did a great job. We lost a great competitor this week in Greg Hodnett and I wanted to recognize him and all that he meant to racing.”

Hirschman started third and chased Tommy Catalano of Ontario, N.Y., during the early stages of the race even swapping the lead with Hirschman before pitting. Andy Jankowiak of North Tonawanda, N.Y., who was the defending event champion made his way to the top spot before Hirschman took the lead for good on lap 110.

Hirschman held off Jankowiak over the closing 15 laps to earn the victory. Jankowiak was second with Mike Leaty of Ontario, N.Y., finishing third. Patrick Emerling of Orchard Park, N.Y., finished fourth while Catalano rounded out the top-five.

In the Late Model Series race, Catalano maneuvered around Bob Weber of Clarence, N.Y., and Eldon King, III of Delevan, N.Y., to earn the victory. King finished second with Weber third.

Chuck Hossfeld of Ransmoville, N.Y., scored the Sportsman Modified Series victory on Saturday. Hossfeld held off Mike Fiebelkorn of Eden, N.Y., and Eddie Hawkins of Rochester, N.Y., to earn his third straight Sportsman US Open victory.

Joe Mancuso of Buffalo, N.Y., came out on top in the Super Stock Series race. Mancuso took the lead from Tim Gullo of Elmira, N.Y., after a spirited battle for the win. Tommy Krawczyk of West Seneca, N.Y., finished a close second in the feature event with Gullo coming home third.

Jacob Gustafson of Webster, N.Y., scored his first-ever Race of Champions Four Cylinder Dash Series victory on Saturday evening. Kenny Hejna of South Buffalo, N.Y., finished second but was penalized for refusing post-race inspection. Jimmy Pierce of Buffalo, N.Y., finished third.

For more information, contact;

Race of Champions Media at media@rocmodifiedseries.com

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Feature Finish

US Open 125

Lancaster National Speedway, Lancaster, N.Y.

Finishing Position, Car Number, Driver, Laps Completed, Reason Out (If Any)

Finish             Starting Position                No.                 Name                                                            Laps

1                      3                                              60                   Matt Hirschman                                        125

2                      11                                           12x                 Andy Jankowiak

3                      4                                              25                   Mike Leaty

4                      6                                              07                   Patrick Emerling

5                      1                                              54c                 Tommy Catalano

6                      7                                              65                   George Skora, III

7                      9                                              45B                 Eric Beers

8                      18                                           88                   Scott Wylie

9                      8                                              22                   Chuck Hossfeld

10                   5                                              32                   Tyler Rypkema

11                   2                                              45c                 Timmy Catalano.

12                   12                                           10l                  Daryl Lewis, Jr.

13                   13                                           59                   Karl Hehr

14                   15                                           17                   Danny Knoll, Jr.

15                   21                                           40                   Alan Bookmiller

16                   20                                           84                   Larry Jackson                                             124

17                   14                                           64                   Amy Catalano                                            123

18                   17                                           1                      Chris Risdale                                               100                 Suspension

19                   10                                           3                      Daren Scherer                                           100                 Power Steering

20                   19                                           54e                 Jack Ely                                                         2                      Rotor

21                   20                                           8                      Chris Finnocchario                                    0                      Engine

Time of Race: 53 minutes and 8 seconds                 Average Speed: 71.390 mph               Margin of Victory: .568 seconds

Lead Changes: 4 among 3 drivers (Tommy Catalano – 1-50; Matt Hirschman 51-53; Catalano 54-89; Andy Jankowiak 90-109; Hirschman 110-125)

Speed51.com “Top of the Board” Award; Mike Leaty (17.248 seconds)

Paved Track Qualifying Race Winners; Daren Scherer (2); Andy Jankowiak (2); Matt Hirschman (4)

Jerico Performance “Jammin’ Gears Awards”; Scott Wylie (Advanced 10 positions in feature)

US Army Top Performer Award; Matt Hirschman (17.248 seconds)

Jan “Pops” Leaty Award – Leader Lap 25 – Tommy Catalano

$100 Bicknell Racing Products Certificate Award (Third Place) – Mike Leaty

MyRacePass “Free Pass” Award – Alan Bookmiller

Feature Finish

US Open 30 – Late Models

Lancaster National Speedway, Lancaster, N.Y.

Finishing Position, Car Number, Driver, Laps Completed, Reason Out (If Any)

Pos           No.           Name

1              98            Tommy Catalano

2              0              Eldon King, III

3              11            Bob Weber

4              66            Terry Weldy

5              45            Dave Heitzhaus

6              12            Bob Minacapelli

7              37            Frank Batista, Jr.

8              07            Nick Crassi

9              48            Sam Fullone

10            2              Dave Whittaker

11            31x          Ron Richter

12            11x          Mark Mecurio

13            93            Dave Russell

14            3              Matt Bove

Qualifying Race Winners; Bob Weber, Eldon King, III

Feature Finish

US Open 75 – Sportsman

Lancaster National Speedway, Lancaster, N.Y.

Finishing Position, Car Number, Driver, Laps Completed, Reason Out (If Any)

Pos           No.           Name

1              22            Chuck Hossfeld

2              10            Mike Fiebelkorn, Jr.

3              32            Tyler Rypkema

4              33            Eddie Hawkins

5              57x          Andy Jankowiak

6              44            Scott Wylie

7              8              Chris Finocchario

8              18            Mark Pennell

9              74            Sherri Hogan

10            01            John Barber

11            65l           Andy Lewis

12            36            Dave Kozlowski

13            27            Jake Vernon

14            40            Alan Bookmiller

15            41l           Timmy Lewis

16            54t           Jayme Thompson

17            6              Leo Becker

18            11            Bobby Weber

19            6              Scott Hossfeld

20            65            George Skora, III

21            10l           Daryl Lewis, Jr.

22            2              Owen Bednasz

23            09            Mike Ramos

24            1              Tony Hanbury

25            31            Tony Carbone

26            00            Connor Sellars

27            51            Shawn Nye

Qualifying Races: Chuck Hossfeld, Tyler Rypkema, George Skora, III

Feature Finish

US Open 30 Super Stocks

Lancaster National Speedway, Lancaster, N.Y.

Finishing Position, Car Number, Driver, Laps Completed, Reason Out (If Any)

Pos           No.           Name

1              64            Joe Mancuso

2              48            Tommy Krawczyk

3              71            Tim Gullo

4              44            Jake Wylie

5              75            Zach Willis

6              75a          Chuck Anderson

7              11            Terry Cheetham

8              48b          Eric Brown

9              06            TJ Cochrane

10            84            Josh Schoonmaker

11            52            Joel Gleason

12            03            Dale Lazzaro

13            46            Cole Hicks

14            99            Bob Ripley

15            13            Tom Northem

16            22            Willie Strusz

17            94            Kory Rider

18            2f             Joe Fetzer

19            1              Vern Hedderick

20            72            Mike Nichols

21            09            Andy Cryan

22            28            Tommy Barron

23            98            Scott Wylie

24            89            Jeff Whalen

25            18            Max Northem

26            09x          Charles Buchanan

Qualifying Race Winners; Tommy Krawzcyk; Joe Mancuso; Zach Willis

Feature Finish

US Open 30 Super Stocks

Lancaster National Speedway, Lancaster, N.Y.

Finishing Position, Car Number, Driver, Laps Completed, Reason Out (If Any)

1              66            Jacob Gustafson

2              71x          Ken Hejna (Penalty)

3              26            Jimmy Pierce

4              3              Jason Anasiewicz

5              33            Bobby Woch

6              57            Scott Fritz

7              27            Joe Brunka

8              89            Jody London

9              18            Chris Pennell

10            49x          Andy Danielwicz

11            28            Dave Brunka

12            37ny        Bob Palmer

13            04            Travis Montgomery

14            10x          Ryan Palmer

15            42            Jason Adams

16            30            Bob Bogner

17            73            Adam Killingbeck

18            24            Tommy Hughes

19            9              Braden Suffaletta

20            54            Briar Dils

21            7              Jeff Dorenzo

22            9b            Kevin Bainbridge

23            10            Charles Palmer

24            12            Dave Milbriand

Did Not Start: Dan Dressel; Justin Sass; Dave Evans; Andy Jankowiak; Greg Krause; Tim Durfy

Qualifying Race Winners; Dave Brunka; Dave Milbrand, Jr.; Jacob Gustafson; Charles Palmer

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