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Mike Leaty Drives to Ferris Mowers Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series fueled by Sunoco Win in Apple Country ’75’ at Spencer Speedway

Photo : Ken Dippel

Williamson, New York – (June 4, 2016) – Friday night’s Ferris Mowers Race of Champions fueled by Sunoco Apple Country ‘75’ at Spencer Speedway gave race fans plenty to talk about. Mike Leaty of Williamson, N.Y., capitalized on his home track experience and a strong racecar to win for the first time in the season.

Leaty took the lead on a lap 25 restart from Daren Scherer of Binghamton, N.Y., after starting fourth. He then held off a charging Matt Hirschman of Northampton, Pa., and a brush with the outside wall to hold on and visit victory lane.

“We had a good car all night and we found the outside before anyone else,” Leaty explained in victory lane. “We were running a hard pace and I wasn’t backing down and got into the wall but we were able to hold on. I hope it was an exciting race for the fans. I have to thank all of my guys, we’ve been working hard and had a few setbacks earlier this season, but we’ve recovered and things are heading in the right direction. Tonight is a special win for us and we are certainly going to enjoy it.”

Hirschman finished second for the third time this season, right on Leaty’s bumper, with a chance to win the race after Leaty made contact in the closing laps.

Chuck Hossfeld recovered from a pit stop to finish third and took the point lead over by 12 on Patrick Emerling.

Darin Scherer, who started on the pole, finished fourth and Daryl Lewis, Jr., finished rounded out the top-five.

Hossfeld posted his third consecutive fast time in the Timed Hot Lap session to establish the heat race line ups with a time of 18.856 seconds (95.460 mph).

The next event for the Race of Champions is Saturday, June 11 at Lake Erie Speedway in North East, Pennsylvnia.

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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

The Apple Country 75

Spencer Speedway, Williamson, N.Y.

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

 

Pos           No.           Name                       Laps

1              25            Mike Leaty               75

2              60            Matt Hirschman       75

3              22            Chuck Hossfeld         75

4              3              Daren Scherer          75

5              10            Daryl Lewis              75

6              7              Patrick Emerling       75

7              32            Tyler Rypkema         75

8              54            Tommy Catalano      75

9              59            Karl Hehr                 75

10            64            Amy Catalano           75

11            71            Jimmy Zacharias       75

12            95            Byran Sherwood       75

13            4              John Wilber             75

14            51            TJ Potrzebowski       75

15            39            Calvin Carroll           74

16            67            Levi Arthur               73

17            1              Chris Risdale            Out

18            45            Kevin Timmerman    Driveshaft

Time of Race: 33 minutes 14 seconds              Average Speed 67.680 mph

Margin of victory: 0.13 seconds       Fast Qualifying Lap: Chuck Hossfeld / 18.856 seconds @ 95.460 mph

Lead Changes: 1 among 2 drivers (Daren Scherer 1-25, Mike Leaty 26-75)

Qualifying Race Results:

Qualifying Race 1

Pos           No.           Name

1              22            Chuck Hossfeld

2              71            Jimmy Zacharias

3              60            Matt Hirschman

4              45            Kevin Timmerman

5              59            Karl Hehr

6              67            Levi Arthur

 

Qualifying Race 2

Pos           No.           Name

1              51            TJ Potrzebowski

2              10            Daryl Lewis

3              3              Daren Scherer

4              54            Tommy Catalano

5              39            Calvin Carroll

6              1              Chris Ridsdale

 

Qualifying Race 3

Pos           No.           Name

1              07            Patrick Emerling

2              25            Mike Leaty

3              32            Tyler Rypkema

4              64            Amy Catalano

5              95            Bryan Sherwood

6              4              John Wilber

 

Point Standings following Spencer Speedway (Including Fastest Qualifying Time and Qualifying Race Bonus) 06/03/2016:

Pos           No.           Name                       Total

1              22            Chuck Hossfeld         460

2              07            Patrick Emerling       448

3              71            Jimmy Zacharias       381

4              32            Tyler Rypkema         352

5              60            Matt Hirschman       334

6              25            Mike Leaty               327

7              51            TJ Potrzebowski       309

8              95            Bryan Sherwood       293

9              10            Daryl Lewis              286

10            3              Daren Scherer          280

11            54            Tommy Catalano      250

12            66            Austin Kochenash     232

13            21            Tony Hanbury           213

14            64            Amy Catalano           209

15            53            Brian Defebo            208

16            59            Karl Hehr                 199

17            4              John Wilber             198

18            1              Chris Ridsdale          189

19            65            George Skora           187

20            39            Calvin Carroll           184

21            45            Kevin Timmerman    167

22            42            Nick Pecko               165

23            67            Levi Arthur               140

24            17            Roger Coss               123

25            20            Jody Buckley            116

26            45            Eric Beers                 115

27            22            Don Wagner             95

28            1              Kristopher Graver    90

29            8              Earl Paules               87

30            1J             Bobby Jones             58

31            42            Dave Pecko              58

32            41x          Nick Baer                 51

33            01            Cam Barber              47

34            65            Andy Lewis               46

35            92            Terry Markovic         44

36            9              Will Thomas             44

37            54            Jack Ely                    43

38            40            Alan Bookmiller       43

39            44            Kyle Strohl               42

40            41b          Todd Baer                40

41            8s             Lee Sharpsteen        40

42            8L            Lou Strohl                40

43            28            Gene Bowers           40

44            95m         John Markovic          40

45            2              Glen Slocum            40

46            7              T.J.  Zacharias           40

FERRIS MOWERS RACE OF CHAMPIONS ASPHALT MODIFIED SERIES FUELED BY SUNOCO

FARMERS INSURANCE / THE STEWART AGENCY 75 PRESENTED BY JIM MOSS BUILDERS NEXT UP AT LAKE ERIE SPEEDWAY

– Next Saturday, June 11, One of the Most Anticipated Events of the Season is Here –

North East, Pa. – (June 5, 2016) – When the Ferris Mowers Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series fueled by Sunoco rolls into Lake Erie Speedway in North East, Pennsylvania next Saturday afternoon it will signify one of the most anticipated events of the 2016 racing season. For the past two years, Lake Erie Speedway has held a “Specials Only” schedule with limited racing activity. The Farmers Insurance / Stewart Agency 75 presented by Jim Moss Builders will signify a rebirth to true Stock Car Racing at the ultra-modern facility.

“We are definitely looking forward to a great night for our fans,” stated Lake Erie Speedway Operations Manager, A.J. Moore. “It’s going to be an exciting show and it’s finally here. We’ve talked a lot about it, but now its show time and we are definitely ready and looking forward to it.”

George Skora Jr at SpeedLake Erie Speedway will come into play and George Skora, Jr., from Eden, N.Y., has raced at the track in several divisions.

I’m looking forward to racing the Modified at Erie, it’s an event we circled on our calendar when it was announced last October,” explained Skora, who has won Late Model features at the facility. “It is an awesome facility and a great track. There is plenty of room to race and I think it’s going to be an exciting race for the fans to see.”

Lake Erie Speedway is a 3/8-mile banked asphalt oval, which opened in 2002. The last time the Series visited the popular facility was in 2005 when East Aurora, New York’s, Billy Putney captured the victory.

The event will also have the Race of Champions Big 10 Super Stocks, Xtreme Racing Series US Legend Cars National Qualifer, NYPA and Lucas Oil Can Am Midgets on the card. Pre-sale event tickets are now available through the Lake Erie Speedway website (www.lakeeriespeedway.com) for just $15 ($20 the day of the show).

Where: Lake Erie Speedway, North East, Pa.

When: Saturday, June 11, 2016. Grandstands open at 5:00 pm, Racing at 6:00 pm

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

What: The Ferris Mowers Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series fueled by Sunoco, Farmers Insurance / The Stewart Agency 75 presented by Jim Moss Builders

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

  George Skora Jr  Photo: Alex and Helen Bruce  

MIKE LEATY LOOKS FOR A LITTLE “HOME COOKING” IN APPLE COUNTRY 75

Photo Credit: Alex and Helen Bruce.

Ferris Mowers Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series fueled by Sunoco Head to Spencer Speedway –

Williamson, N.Y. – (May 31, 2016) – Mike Leaty of Williamson, N.Y., has been a staple on the Ferris Mowers Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series for the past several years and this Friday, the series heads to the track where Leaty cut his teeth, Spencer Speedway just East of Rochester, N.Y.

Leaty has been a track champion at Spencer and continues to race weekly at the track in the Sunoco Modified division on Friday Nights.

“Spencer Speedway is home for us and it has played a huge role in my family’s racing history,” stated Leaty. “Every time the Series heads to Spencer it is a big night for our family, we really look forward to it and enjoy it. Hopefully we can enjoy it with a victory. That would truly make it special.”

While the Leaty name is synonymous with Spencer so are several others that participate with the Race of Champions Series. The Catalano and Lewis families also race Spencer on a weekly basis as well as participate in the Series.

“The track has given a lot of racers a great start and a place to race on Friday nights,” Leaty added. “The track has been a staple in the New York racing community for so many years. All of the great drivers in Modified history have run here at one time or another. Friday night will be another page in the history book. We’re looking forward to writing our own page.”

Where: Spencer Speedway, Williamson, N.Y.

When: Friday, June 3, 2016. Grandstands open at 5:00 pm, Racing at 7:00 pm

Directions: The track is located just fifteen minutes east of Rochester, N.Y. at 3020 Route 104, Williamson, N.Y. 14589

What: The Ferris Mowers Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series fueled by Sunoco, Apple Country “75”

More Information: www.spencerspeedway.org (Track Phone: 315.589.3018) / www.rocmodifiedseries.com

Briggs & Stratton Corporation, headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is the world’s largest producer of gasoline engines for outdoor power equipment. Its wholly owned subsidiaries include North America’s number one marketer of portable generators, pressure washers and turf care products, and it is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of lawn and garden, turf care and job site products through its Simplicity®, Snapper®, Snapper Pro®, Ferris®, Allmand™, Billy Goat®, Murray®, Branco® and Victa® brands. Briggs & Stratton products are designed, manufactured, marketed and serviced in over 100 countries on six continents. For additional information, please visitwww.basco.com and www.briggsandstratton.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. 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.

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