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BINGHAMTON, NY…The second oldest consecutively run auto racing event in the United States will take place this Sunday, October 4th at the Chemung Speedrome.  The Sunoco Race of Champions Modified 200 will see over $18,000 in bonus lap money on top of the nearly $50,000 payout.  The race winner will earn a minimum of $10,000 for the victory in the traditional 200 lapper.  This year will mark the 65th consecutive running of the event, second only to the Indianapolis 500.  The race is being held in the southern tier region of New York for the first time ever with the Chemung Speedrome set to host the prestigious event.

Race of Champions Hall of Famers Marilyn and Don Toal have once again done an outstanding job of raising the bonus lap money for the Modified 200.  This year’s total is an impressive $18,340 and all of the money collected will go directly to the Modified teams competing in the 200 lap event.  The total is even more impressive as the announcement of the race changing venues from Oswego Speedway to the Chemung Speedrome only occurred in July.  This certainly did not leave a lot of time for the lap money raising efforts.  The Toal family has had a huge impact on the event over the years and in 2014 Marilyn and Don were awarded the Eastern Motorsports Press Association Junie Donleavy Spirit of Racing Award.

Marilyn Toal was also awarded the Gater Racing News Dirtcar Hall of Fame Outstanding Woman Award in 2008.  Both Marilyn and Don are also Race of Champions Hall of Fame Members and were inducted in 1998.  They are looking forward to many more years of fund raising efforts for the race teams.

Race of Champions owner Andrew Harpell commented on the annual lap fund, “Marilyn and Don are such an important part of the event.  Their contributions over the years have spanned all of the venues the race has been held at and the drivers have benefited immensely from their efforts.”  “Being able to raise what they have for this year’s event is remarkable especially with our venue change.”  Harpell added, “This year to honor both Marilyn and Don the Race of Champions staff worked with our race teams to do our own fund raising effort to present to them at Chemung.”  Fellow RoC Hall of Fame Member Jim Burleigh helped to spearhead the effort.

The top three drivers in the running order on each of the 200 laps will randomly earn the bonus lap money posted for that lap.  This change was made a few years ago and has given many more drivers the opportunity at bonus lap money.  Along with the top three bonuses a number of other contingency bonuses will be in place.

A number of special bonus awards have been posted in additional to the lap sponsor fund. Once again this year Harpell will pay a bonus to the leader of lap 68 in Memory of Alex Friesen.  Friesen and Harpell purchased the event from Joe Gerber in 1996 and moved the race to the location that has proven to be the longest tenure of the race – Oswego Speedway.  The energy and vision that Alex Friesen brought to the event lives with the traditional lap 68 bonus award each year.  The leader of that lap will receive $500.  Harpell will close out his involvement with the event with the 65th edition as the rights to the race have been purchased by Joe Skotnicki and officially change hands in January.

Tommy Baldwin has posted an additional $500 for the “Tiger Tom Baldwin” Hard Charger Award from Baldwin Automotive, Inc. in East Patchogue, NY.  That bonus will award the driver that advances the most positions in the 200 lapper.  E.J.M Energy Services/Ed McGuire will award $100 bonuses to the following:  the leader of lap 100, the 10th place runner on lap 100, the winner at lap 200 and the last car to take the checkered flag on lap 200.  The first car out of the race will receive a $100 bonus from Chuck Boos and the last car to cross the finish line on the lead lap will also earn $100 courtesy of Frank & Dave Varecka.  Other $50 contingency bonuses have been posted by John Markovic, Tom Fecteau and Ed & Chrissy Simon.


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logo for web croppedFRIDAY, OCTOBER 2ND

10 a.m.                        Camping and Spectator Parking Begins

3 p.m. – 6 p.m.           Race Team Registration

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.           Chicken BBQ/Race Team Reception…


10 a.m.                        Pit Gates Open For Paid Practice

12 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.    Paid Practice.  (non Saturday race teams stage outside of turn 4).

3 p.m.                          Pit Area Cleared.

4 p.m.                          Pit Area Re-Opens For Saturday Racing Program.

4:30 p.m.                     Grandstand Opens.

5:15 p.m.                     Practice For Saturday Evening Divisions (1 round each).

6:00 p.m.                     Bandalero Heat Races.

Heat Races For Sunoco Modifieds (Sportsman)

INEX Legend Car Heat Races.

Four Cylinder Open Heat Races (RWD vs. FWD).

Bandalero Feature.

Consolations as needed…

INEX Legend Car Feature.

Four Cylinder Feature.

Sunoco Modifieds (Sportsman) 100


10 a.m.                        Pit Gates Open.

12 noon                      Spectator Gates Open.

1 p.m. – 2 p.m.           Practice.

2:30 p.m.                     Sunoco Race of Champions Modified 200 Qualifying.

FWD Four Cylinder Heat Races.

Super Stock Heat Races.

Consolation Events.

FWD Four Cylinder Feature.

Sunoco Race of Champions Modified 200 Driver


Sunoco Race of Champions Modified 200.

Super Stock 75.

ROC Points as of September 4th Oswego Speedway Race

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1. 07 Patrick Emerling – 606
2. 60 Matt Hirschman – 597
3. 22 Chuck Hossfeld – 570
4. 73x Andy Jankowiak – 568
5. 21 Tony Hanbury – 549
6. 3 Daren Scherer – 414
7. 25 Mike Leaty – 412
8. 51b TJ Potrzebowski – 389
9. 8 Bobby Holmes – 364
10. 32 Tyler Rypkema – 359
11. 42 Nick Pecko – 355
12. 17 Roger Coss – 320
13. 95 Bryan Sherwood – 319
14. 53 Brian Defebo – 279
15. 69 Tommy Cloce – 275
16. 1 Chris Ridsdale – 254
17. 71 Jimmy Zacharias – 243
18. 65 George Skora III – 242
19. 47 Jim Storace – 233
20. 9 Brandon Oltra – 231
21. 11 Kirk Totten – 223
22. 54 Tommy Catalano – 219
23. 10 Daryl Lewis Jr. – 201
24. 34 Rusty Smith – 200
25. 44 Rick Kluth – 180
26. 59 Karl Hehr – 171
27. 64 Amy Catalano – 147
28. 27 Don Hartzell – 135
29. 48 Sam Fullone – 110
30. 66 Austin Kochenash – 109
31. 73 Paul Hartwig – 106
32. 4 John Wilber – 102
33. 14 Doug Reaume – 99
34. 51r Lee Sharpsteen – 87
35. 71X TJ Zacharias – 72
36. 31 Nick Barzee – 72

37. 2 Dave Wollaber – 71
38. Ken Canestrari – 59
39. 99 Bill Mislin – 44
40. 51b Terry Potrzebowski – 40
41. 94 Zach Curren – 39
42. 90 Bobby Santos III – 26
43. 45 Kevin Timmerman – 23
44. 44 Chris Finocchario – 21
45. 13 Jim Steffenhagen Jr. – 16
46. 24 David Rigan – 15
47. 2 Todd Lorenzo – 15