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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). 

Up to Speed: RoC Modified Richie Evans Memorial Joins Oswego’s 66th Season Opening Events on Saturday

OSWEGO, NY (May 10, 2016) – Oswego Speedway will open for its 66th consecutive season of racing this Saturday, May 14 presented by Mitchell’s Speedway Press of Oswego featuring Kick-Off events for the Novelis Supermodifieds and Pathfinder Bank SBS as well as the Richie Evans Memorial for the Ferris Mowers Race of Champions Asphalt Modifieds.

Over 75 racecars are expected for the Speedway’s opening night triple header, which will open the point championships for the Novelis Supermodifieds and Pathfinder Bank Small Block Supers.

The RoC Modified Richie Evans Memorial will be the second event on the RoC schedule with the ground pounders already having competed in one event this season with Eric Beers scoring a victory at Mahoning Valley Speedway on April 23.

A total of 31 RoC Modifieds were on hand for the RoC opener in April, with another stellar field expected this weekend.

Beers leads the series standings over Matt Hirschman, Don Wagner, Kristopher Graver, Earl Paules, Chuck Hossfeld, Jimmy Zacharias, Brian Defebo, Tony Hanbury, and Patrick Emerling.

Last year, Mike Leaty topped a stout field of RoC machines to take home the coveted Evans Memorial clock at Oswego beating out Emerling, Hanbury, Tyler Rypkema, and Rusty Smith for the big win.

For more information on the RoC Modifieds visit online at www.rocmodifiedseries.com.

WHAT:

Mitchell’s Speedway Press 66th season opener featuring the Novelis Supermodified Kick-Off 50, the Pathfinder Bank SBS Kick-Off 30, and the 61-lap Race of Champions Modified Richie Evans Memorial.

 WHEN:

Saturday May 14, at Oswego Speedway in Oswego, NY.  Pit gates will open at 11:30 a.m., grandstands at 1:30 p.m., hot laps at 1:30 p.m., time trials at 4 p.m., racing at 5 p.m.  Rain date set for Saturday, June 4.

WHERE:

Oswego Speedway is located at 300 East Albany St. in Oswego, NY

TICKETS:

Padded reserved seats $35, general admission $25, Pit Passes $40, VIP $90.  Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling (315) 342-0646.  Kids 16 and under are free with paid adult.  Active military are free with proper ID.

ON THE INTERNET:

Oswego Speedway – www.oswegospeedway.com

Twitter – @OswegoSpeedway

Facebook – facebook.com/OswegoSpeedway

YouTube – OswegoSpeedwayOnline

Live Updates can be seen on Twitter, Facebook, as well as the Oswego Speedway website

 

ABOUT THE TRACK:

Oswego Speedway is a semi-banked 5/8 mile paved oval.  The non-wing Novelis Supermodified track record is held by Joey Payne with a time of 15.802 seconds at 142.397 mph, established on August 29, 2014.  The wing Supermodified track record is 14.829 seconds at 151.730 mph, set by Mike Lichty on May 23, 2015.  The official SBS track record is held by Russ Brown with a lap of 18.554 seconds at 121.268 mph set on August 29, 2014.

Novelis Supermodified Opening Night Winners:

1962 – Art Bennett
1963 – Dave Paul
1964 – Nolan Johncock
1965 – Art Bennett
1966 – Bob Smith
1967 – Gordon Dukes
1968 – Red Barnhart
1969 – Ken Andrews
1970 – Norm Mackareth
1971 – Jim Shampine
1972 – Jim Shampine
1973 – Jim Shampine
1974 – Jim Shampine
1975 – Jim Shampine
1976 – Jim Shampine
1977 – Kempton Dates
1978 – Ed Bellinger Jr.
1979 – Jim Shampine
1980 – Bentley Warren
1981 – Chuck Ciprich
1982 – Doug Heveron
1983 – Steve Gioia Jr.
1984 – Warren Coniam
1985 – Ed Bellinger Jr.
1986 – Bentley Warren
1987 – Bentley Warren
1988 – Joe Gosek
1989 – Bentley Warren
1990 – Mike Ordway
1991 – Joe Gosek
1992 – Pat Abold
1993 – Pat Abold
1994 – Bentley Warren
1995 – Doug Didero
1996 – Cliff Graves
1997 – Mike Muldoon
1998 – Randy Ritskes
1999 – Mike Muldoon
2000 – Greg Furlong
2001 – Bob Goutermout
2002 – Mike Ordway
2003 – Mike Ordway
2004 – Mike Ordway
2005 – Joe Gosek
2006 – Otto Sitterly
2007 – Joe Gosek
2008 – Otto Sitterly
2009 – Ray Graham
2010 – Otto Sitterly
2011 – Randy Ritskes
2012 – Otto Sitterly
2013 – Davey Hamilton
2014 – Dave Danzer
2015 – Otto Sitterly

 

Pathfinder Bank Small Block Super Opening Night Winners:

1992 – John Phelps
1993 – Russ Brown
1994 – Scott Landers
1995 – Fred Taylor
1996 – Bob Rundell
1997 – Tom Jodway
1998 – Ray Graham
1999 – Brian Sweeney
2000 – Shawn Muldoon
2001 – John Ketcham
2002 – Matt Wheeler
2003 – Mike Bond
2004 – Kris Meyn
2005 – Russ Brown
2006 – Josh LaRochelle
2007 – Larry Muroski
2008 – Mike Bond
2009 – Dave Gruel
2010 – Steve Abt
2011 – Mike Bond
2012 – JJ Andrews
2013 – AJ Bernys
2014 – Andrew Schartner
2015 – Dalton Doyle

 

Novelis Supermodified Tentative Roster:

00 – Joe Gosek – Oswego, NY

01 – Dan Connors Jr. – Oswego, NY

02 – Brandon Bellinger – Fulton, NY

05 – Jeff Abold – Baldwinsville, NY

0 – Tim Snyder – Tilton, NH

5 – Tim Devendorf – Brewerton, NY

6 – Davey Hamilton – Boise, ID

7 – Otto Sitterly – Canajoharie, NY

11 – Aric Iosue – Oswego, NY

12 – Pat Lavery – Oswego, NY

14 – Davey Hamilton Jr. – Boise, ID ®

15 – Michael Muldoon – Baldwinsville, NY

21 – Kody Graham – Liverpool, NY
24 – Jerry Curran – Oswego, NY
47 – Bob Bond – Mexico, NY

50 – Dave Gruel – Fulton, NY
51 – Joey Moriarty – Phoenix, AZ

52 – David Danzer – Oswego, NY

55 – Keith Shampine – Cornelius, NC

56 – Hal LaTulip – Oswego, NY

68 – Michael Barnes – Mexico, NY
70 – Dave McKnight – Ontario, Canada
71 – Bill Sharkey – Oswego, NY

83 – Lou LeVea Jr. – Fulton, NY

90 – Ray Graham – Ankeny, IA
91 – Tim Jedrzejek – Independence, OH

 

 

Pathfinder Bank Small Block Super Tentative Roster:

01 – Dalton Doyle – Fulton, NY

04 – Kreig Heroth – Ephratah, NY

1 – Anthony Losurdo – Oswego, NY
7 – Alex Hoag – Bath, NY

8 – Josh Kerr – Whitesboro, NY

9 – Jack Patrick – Fulton, NY
13 – Russ Brown – Belleville, NY
14 – Alex McRae – Oswego, NY
15 – James Babcock – Oswego, NY

22 – Mike Bruce – Oswego, NY

23 – Cameron Black – Lafargevile, NY
24 – Dennis Richmond – Oswego, NY

37 – Jesse Bearup – Redwood, NY
50 – Dave Cliff – Oswego, NY

54 – Camden Proud – Oswego, NY

69 – Mark Castiglia – Oswego, NY
71 – Ray Sand Jr. – Brockport, NY

74 – Mike Bond – Mexico, NY

76 – Scott Shafer – Oswego, NY

77 – Cameron Rowe – Oswego, NY
87 – Matt Magner – Oswego, NY
88 – Ron Pratt – Oswego, NY

90 – Greg O’Connor – Oswego, NY

91 – Barry Kingsley – Volney, NY

99 – Dennis Rupert – Fulton, NY – FFB

Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Points (Top15):

  1. Eric Beers – 115
  2. Matt Hirschman – 95
  3. Don Wagner – 95
  4. Kristopher Graver – 90
  5. Earl Paules – 87
  6. Chuck Hossfeld – 80
  7. Jimmy Zacharias – 78
  8. Brian Defebo – 74
  9. Tony Hanbury – 66
  10. Patrick Emerling – 61
  11. Bryan Sherwood – 60
  12. Bobby Jones – 58
  13. Roger Coss – 57
  14. Tyler Rypkema – 53
  15. Daren Scherer – 52

UP NEXT at Oswego:

Saturday, May 21st – $10 Fan Appreciation Night presented by Best Western PLUS/Quality Inn and Suites.  Racing on May 21 will feature a 50-lap Novelis Supermodified main and a 30-lap Pathfinder Bank SBS feature.  Grandstand gates will open at 4:30 p.m. with the beginning of hot laps and racing will start at 6:30pm.

 

For more information on Oswego Speedway be sure to visit www.oswegospeedway.com.  You can also LIKE the (Official) Oswego Speedway page at facebook.com/OswegoSpeedway, or FOLLOW on Twitter @OswegoSpeedway.  To purchase tickets or order merchandise please call the Speedway box office at (315) 342-0646.

 

MAY PROVIDES BUSY SLATE FOR THE RACE OF CHAMPIONS ON BOTH DIRT AND ASPHALT

Five Races Highlight May Schedule for the Race of Champions

Elma, New York – (May 9, 2016) – The month of May is always a highlighted month in racing circles and synonymous with the Indianapolis 500. For the Ferris Mowers Race of Champions fueled by Sunoco it presents a busy stretch for the series on both asphalt and dirt.

Matt Sheppard Alex and Helen BruceThe Dirt Modifieds jump into action at Utica-Rome Speedway on Sunday, May 22 in the highly anticipated Victoria 200 event (the race is a 55-lap sprint event) which will signify the opening event of the season for the Race of Champions Dirt Modified Series with $5,500 going to the winner.

Matt Sheppard has opened strong at Utica-Rome posting two early season victories.

“Things will get stepped up on Sunday, May 22,” offered Sheppard. “It’s an event we all want to win and it’s a sprint, so it’s not a pace race. You have to go as hard as you can from the drop of the green. It’s going to be an exciting night.”

The Asphalt Modifieds have three events scheduled with the Richie Evans Memorial at Oswego Speedway on Saturday, May 14, the Queen City Clash at Lancaster National Speedway on Saturday, May 21 and then the rescheduled Chemung Speedrome event on Friday, May 27.

“This stretch will define a lot of the season,” offered Ransomville’s Chuck Hossfeld. “Because the weather hasn’t been very cooperative, the schedule has been compressed and our teams are going to have to work hard to maintain the pace. It’s going to be challenging and interesting.”

The month of May will provide Race of Champions teams the platform that vaults them toward the Summer’s stretch of races, ultimately determining who will be the 2016 Series champions.

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