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Patrick Emerling runs to Ferris Mowers Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series fueled by Sunoco Victory Lane at Oswego Speedway in Richie Evans Memorial ‘61’

Walter Smith Photos

Oswego, New York – (May 14, 2016) – The Ferris Mowers Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series fueled by Sunoco made a stop at the legendary Oswego (N.Y.) Speedway this past Saturday night for the Richie Evans Memorial 61 and when the checkered flag waved Orchard Park, N.Y.’s, Patrick Emerling stood tall in victory lane.DSC_3800 copy

“Things just went our way tonight,” explained Emerling following the victory. “Our teammate Mike Leaty had the car to beat and the way things worked out he got to the lead and it looked like he might hold us off. Then he developed a problem and we were able to get by him for the lead. We have a great team and Jan Leaty gave me a great setup for tonight. We are going to enjoy it and to honor the best that ever raced a modified with a win in his race is a great feeling. We are going to enjoy this one.”

Daryl Lewis, Jr., of Ontario, N.Y., started on the pole and led the early stages of the event before Mike Leaty of Williamson slipped into the lead on lap 10. Leaty held the lead until he began to smoke from the right side of his machine. Internal engine issues would sideline Leaty during the race. Emerling, who started 6th, picked up the top spot on lap 32 with Matt Hirschman, of Northampton, Pa., and the defending Series Champion in tow.

DSC_3644_edited-1         Hirschman made a couple of attempts to overtake Emerling, but it was to no avail.

Hirschman finished second for the second straight race, followed by Austin Kochenash (3rd), Bryan Sherwood (4th) and Jimmy Zacharias (5th).

Patrick Emerling set the fastest time during the group time trials for the second consecutive event. Due to the condensed scheduled created by inclement weather which delayed the start of the event by several hours the qualifying races were cancelled.

The next event for the Race of Champions is Saturday, May 21 at Lancaster National Speedway in Lancaster, N.Y.

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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. The 66th annual Race of Champions weekend will take place in 2016 and is the second longest consecutive auto-racing event in North America, second only to the Indianapolis 500.

 

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Feature Finish

Richie Evans Memorial 61

Oswego Speedway, Oswego, N.Y.

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

1.)      Patrick Emerling 61

2.)      Matt Hirschman

3.)      Austin Kochenash

4.)      Bryan Sherwood

5.)      Jimmy Zacharias

6.)      Nick Pecko

7.)      Daryl Lewis

8.)      George Skora

9.)      Tommy Catalano

10.)   Tyler Rypkema

11.)   T.J. Potrzebowski

12.)   Jody Buckley

13.)   Amy Catalano

14.)   Chris Risdale 52

15.)   John Wilber 45

16.)   Karl Hehr 45

17.)   Mike Leaty 44, Engine

18.)   Andy Lewis 18

19.)   Chuck Hossfeld 9

20.)   Calvin Carroll 2, Accident

21.)   Tony Hanbury 2, Accident

22.)   Daren Scherer 0, Accident

 

Time of Race: 30 minutes 10 seconds              Average Speed 75.825 mph

Margin of victory: 1.060 seconds     Fast Qualifying Lap: Patrick Emerling – 17.729 seconds / 126.911 mph

 

Qualifying Results (Group Time Trials)

Richie Evans Memorial 61

Oswego Speedway, Oswego, N.Y.

 

1.) Patrick Emerling  17.729

2.) Matt Hirschman  17.784

3.) Chuck Hossfeld  17.909

4.) Mike Leaty  18.018

5.) Bryan Sherwood  18.065

6.) Daren Scherer  18.080

7.) John Wilber  18.084

8.) Austin Kochenash  18.113

9.) Tyler Rypkema  18.115

10.) Daryl Lewis Jr.  18.128

11.) Tony Hanbury  18.200

12.) Calvin Carroll  18.226

13.) Jimmy Zacharias  18.316

14.) Andy Lewis  18.369

15.) Amy Catalano  18.376

16.) Nick Pecko  18.407

17.) Tommy Catalano  18.437

18.) George Skora III  18.440

19.) Karl Hehr  18.462

20.) T.J.Potrzebowski  18.811

21.) Jody Buckley  18.855

22.) Chris Ridsdale  19.334

 

Point Standings following Oswego (N.Y.) Speedway (Including Qualifying Time Bonus) – 5/14/2016:

Pos Name Total
1 Matt Hirschman 185
2 Patrick Emerling 163
3 Bryan Sherwood 146
4 Jimmy Zacharias 138
5 Chuck Hossfeld 132
6 Austin Kochenash 127
7 Nick Pecko 120
8 Eric Beers 115
9 Tony Hanbury 115
10 Tyler Rypkema 108
11 TJ Potrzebowski 106
12 Daren Scherer 96
13 Kristopher Graver 95
14 Don Wagner 90
15 Chris Ridsdale 90
16 Calvin Carroll 86
17 Earl Paules 80
18 Brian Defebo 78
19 George Skora 69
20 Tommy Catalano 66
21 Daryl Lewis 63
22 Bobby Jones 60
23 Jody Buckey 58
24 Roger Coss 57
25 Amy Catalano 54
26 John Wilber 52
27 Nick Baer 51
28 Karl Hehr 48
29 Mike Leaty 47
30 Andy Lewis 46
31 Terry Markovic 44
32 Jack Ely 44
33 Kyle Strohl 43
34 Todd Baer 40
35 Lee Sharpsteen 40
36 Lou Strohl 40
37 Gene Bowers 40
38 John Markovic 40
39 Glen Slocum 40
40 Levi Arthur 40

 

WADDELL COMMUNICATIONS SIGNS ON AS OFFICAL TWO-WAY COMMUNICATION PROVIDER

image001(1)Race of Champions Communications to be provided by Authorized Racing Electronics Dealer

Elma, New York (May 11, 2016) – Waddell Communications of Plainville, Connecticut, who is an authorized Racing Electronics dealer and retailer will become the official two-way communication provider of the Ferris Mowers Race of Champions fueled by Sunoco. Waddell Communications is one of the top dealers for communications equipment in the Northeast led by veteran Shawn Waddell.

“We have a passion for Modified racing,” stated Waddell, who is the proprietor of Waddell Communications. “The Race of Champions is one of the most notable names in the sport and we are proud to be associated with the program as it moves forward. We look forward to a long and lasting relationship with the Race of Champions and the teams that race within those series.”

Waddell Communications provides a variety of services for the racing community from new equipment to repairing and programming on a variety of levels.

“Waddell Communications provides exceptional service and quality products,” explained Joe Skotnicki, of the Race of Champions. “Shawn has done a lot of work on a variety of levels that I am very familiar with and we are proud to have him associated with us. The company provides a service and brings a quality product to the table that all racers need. We look forward to having Waddell Communications as a partner for years to come, it certainly is a win-win for both parties.”

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LANCASTER WELCOMES RACE OF CHAMPIONS MODIFIED SERIES ON MAY 21

PHOTO  BY JOE GRABIANOWSKI

RoC Mods headline 5-division show with special 5:30 p.m. start time

LANCASTER, N.Y. (May 10, 2016) – Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway continues its historic tradition as the home of Modified racing in Western New York on Saturday, May 21 when the Ferris Mowers Race of Champions Modified Series makes its first, of four, visits to the half-mile oval this season.

The rescheduled Queen City Clash 75 is part of a ground-pounding, five-division program that night which will include the Sunoco Sportsman, Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks, Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders and the NYPA TQ Midgets. It will be the only chance this season for area race fans to catch both the Modifieds and Sportsman in feature action on the same night.

With the stacked slate of racing for that evening, Lancaster National Speedway officials have decided to move the start time to 5:30 p.m. This will allow fans to enjoy a full show of racing without running late into the night. General Admission for this race, and this race only, will be $25 for adults, students 12 to 17 will remain at $10 for special events and children under 12 will be admitted free of charge. Concessions will open at 4:30 p.m. that day.

“When we rescheduled the original RoC Modified date from April 17 to May 21, we didn’t want to take the Sunoco Sportsman off the schedule as they are our premier division,” said Tim Packman, Track President. “With five divisions of racing, the Front Gate price will be $25 for this one race, only. When the RoC Modifieds return on June 30 and August 20, we will go back to our regular $20 adult, special-event admission for those nights.

“To add more value for the $5 extra, we are opening the Front Gates two hours before race time so fans can catch practice or get their favorite seats. We’re expecting a lot of race cars, a lot of people and a lot of action that night.”

Three different Modified drivers visited victory lane last season at Lancaster. Former track champion, Chuck Hossfeld, won the inaugural Ol’ Boy Cup Bill Colton Memorial 60 in June, Patrick Emerling earned his first Lancaster Modified checkered flag in August in the prestigious Tommy Druar/Tony Jankowiak Memorial 110 and Matt Hirschman captured the U.S. Open 125 in September for the fourth time.

Two of those drivers were at Lancaster this past Saturday competing in the Sunoco Sportsman getting some valuable track time on the improved racing surface. Emerling dominated the second half of the 35-lap feature to get the win. Hossfeld rebounded from a spin on the race’s second lap to finish fourth. Former U.S. Open winner and RoC Series regular Tony Hanbury was also in the Sportsman field and finished ninth. Former Sportsman and Street Stock track champion, Andy Jankowiak, was there with his RoC Modified to take some hot laps.

As a reminder, adult general admission tickets for the Queen City Clash 75 will be $25, students (12-17) are just $10 and kids under 12 are free. Front gates will open at 3:30 p.m. to allow fans the opportunity to catch some of the practice sessions and the concessions will open at 4:30 p.m. that day.

About Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway: Founded in 1959, Lancaster National Speedway and Dragway 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 1/2-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 www.lancasternationalspeedway.com. Additional information for racers and fans can be found on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/LancasterSpeedway) and on Twitter (@LancasterSpdwy).