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RACE OF CHAMPIONS LATE MODEL AND SUPER STOCK SERIES RETURN TO THE TRACK @ HILLSIDE BUFFALO

– Two Exciting Events on Tap this Saturday for the Late Models and Super Stocks –

Holland, N.Y. – (June 18, 2018) – The Race of Champions Late Model and Super Stock Series will return to the high banks of The Track @ Hillside Buffalo this coming Saturday night.

It is the highly anticipated return of Late Models to the high-banks. Late Models are steep in tradition at Holland dating back to the track’s beginning and spanning throughout its history including the celebrated career of the legendary Art Clark of West Seneca, N.Y., who is now inducted into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall-of-Fame.

Sam Fullone of North Collins, N.Y., has witnessed the Late Model tradition firsthand and is excited about the return of Late Models to The Track @Hillside Buffalo (formerly Holland Speedway).

“We are really looking forward to it,” stated Fullone, who won the Race of Champions Late Model event last year at Lake Erie for the first time and finished 4th in the season opening event at Lake Erie on June 9th. “It’s a big deal for Late Model racers. Holland has always been a Late Model track and now we have the opportunity to bring it back there. We are exciting and I think it will be a great race.”

In addition to the Late Models returning to Holland the Race of Champions Super Stock Series will take part in the June 23 Autograph Night event. Tim Gullo of Elmira, N.Y., won the first race of the Super Stock season at Lancaster (N.Y.) National Speedway and leads the Series into the event.

“We have a competitive Series,” offered Gullo. “Hillside is a different challenge for us. The Series hasn’t been there in quite some time (since it was run under the Big 10 banner) and we’re looking forward to it. I think fans are in store for a treat on Saturday night. It’s going to be a good show.”

The grandstands will open at 3:00 pm with Qualifying beginning at 4:00 pm for the Saturday, June 23, 2018 event. The Track @ Hillside will host a practice on Wednesday evening beginning at 6:00pm and going until sundown for $15 per car.

Where: The Track @ Hillside Buffalo, Holland, N.Y.

When: Saturday, June 23, 2018. Grandstands open at 3:00 pm, Qualifying at 4:00 pm

Directions: The track is located on Holland / Glenwood Road off of Route 16 just minutes from downtown Buffalo and the Southtowns of Western New York.

What: The Race of Champions Late Model Series – Autograph Night “30”; Race of Champions Super Stock Series – Autograph Night “25”

More Information: www.hillsidebuffalo.com (Track Phone: 716.418.7223) / 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.

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MATT HIRSCHMAN RUNS TO THIRD CONSECUTIVE VICTORY AT LAKE ERIE SPEEDWAY

-Roy Hayes Runs to Race of Champions Late Model Series Victory in CPS 40-

 North East, Pennsylvania – (June 10, 2018) – Matt Hirschman of Northampton, Pa., drove to his 41st career Race of Champions Series victory this past Saturday night at Lake Erie Speedway in North East, Pa., in the Lake Erie 75 presented by Jim Moss Builders.

Hirschman took the lead from Tommy Catalano early in the event and never looked back in his first win of 2018.

ROC Four Wide Lake Erie Speedway 6 9 2018 Alex and Helen Bruce Photos.

“I always love coming to Lake Erie, this is one of my favorite tracks,” stated Hirschman from victory lane. “Tommy (Catalano) was strong early but we were able to get where we needed to be and use good track position. It played out in our favor tonight. I have to thank everyone involved with our team, it was a really good night for us.”

Hirschman held off a charging Patrick Emerling from Orchard Park, N.Y., and Andy Jankowiak of Tonawanda, N.Y., who started 16th and finished 3rd.

Scott Wylie of Blasdell, N.Y., who started second, his second consecutive front row starting position in this race, earned fourth while Randall Richards who towed from Titusville, Pa., drove from 15th to finish 5th.

Chuck Hossfeld won the overall fast time for the second consecutive race in green, white, checker qualifying.

Hossfeld, Kevin Miller, Tommy Catalano and Hirschman all won qualifying races.

Roy Hayes of Concord, N.C., came to Lake Erie and took home the victory in the season opening Race of Champions Late Model Series event presented by CPS (Center for Plastic Surgery). Hayes held of Jeric Johnson of Mooresville, N.C., to earn the victory.

“This is a big night for us,” explained Hayes, who is originally from the Erie, Pa., area. “It’s great to come back here and put our car in victory lane along with having everyone here. The car was spot on from the start of the race and we were fortunate to have everything go our way.”

Johnson ended up second with Dave Russell of Clarence, N.Y., third. Sam Fullone of North Collins, N.Y., finished fourth with Eldon King of Delevan, N.Y., rounding out the top-five.

Russell and Fullone won the qualifying races.

The results are unofficial until Tuesday, June 12, 2018.

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Feature Finish

Lake Erie 75 presented by Jim Moss Builders

Lake Erie Speedway, North East, Pennsylvania

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

Finish  Start              .       No.           Name                                         Laps

1              3                              60            Matt Hirschman                       75

2              4                              07            Patrick Emerling

3              16                            12x          Andy Jankowiak

4              2                              88            Scott Wylie

5              15                            0              Randall Richards

6              9                              22            Chuck Hossfeld

7              23                            17            Danny Knoll, Jr.

8              13                            10            Daryl Lewis, Jr.

9              11                            3              Daren Scherer

10            12                            45            Eric Beers

11            8                              66            Austin Kochenash

12            10                            25            Mike Leaty

13            17                            32            Tyler Rypkema

14            14                            65            George Skora, III

15            22                            59            Karl Hehr

16            21                            64            Amy Catalano

17            7                              5              Kyle Ebersole

18            24                            28            Kreig Heroth

19            6                              54            Jack Ely

20            25                            1              Chris Risdale

21            1                              54            Tommy Catalano                      Engine

22            5                              2              Kevin Miller                             Accident

23            20                            45            Timmy Catalano

24            19                            40            Alan Bookmiller

25            –                               4              Zack Knowlden                         Oil Leak

Time of Race: 39 minutes 53.493 seconds

Fast Qualifying Lap: Chuck Hossfeld

Lead Changes: 1 among 2 drivers (Tommy Catalano / Matt Hirschman)

Paved Track Qualifying Race Winners; Chuck Hossfeld (2); Kevin Miller (1); Tommy Catalano (1); Matt Hirschman (1)

Jerico Performance “Jammin’ Gears Awards”; Danny Knoll, Jr. (Advanced 16 positions in feature)

US Army Top Performer Award; Matt Hirschmam

Jan “Pops” Leaty Award – Leader Lap 25 – Matt Hirschman

$100 Bicknell Racing Products Certificate Award (Third Place) – Andy Jankowiak

MyRacePass “Free Pass” Award – Alan Bookmiller (Only Eligible Driver)

Feature Finish

CPS ‘40’

Lake Erie Speedway, North East, Pa.

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

1              1              Roy Hayes                                40

2              2              Jeric Johnson

3              4              Dave Russell

4              3              Sam Fullone

5              8              Eldon King

6              5              Tommy Catalano

7              7              Bob Weber

8              13            Mike Parks

9              14            Bob Minacapelli

10            6              David Heitzhaus

11            11            Dave Whittaker

12            15            Ron Richter

13            10            Nick Crassi

14            9              Terry Weldy

15            12            Timmy Catalano

Qualifying Race Winners; Dave Russell, Sam Fullone

RACE OF CHAMPIONS SERIES HAS EXCITING NIGHT OF RACING PLANNED FOR LAKE ERIE SPEEDWAY THIS SATURDAY

Alex and Helen Bruce Photo.

ASPHALT MODIFIED SERIES RETURNS TO ACTION WITH LATE MODEL SERIES OPENER

-Second Harvest Food Bank Food Drive Also to Take Place with Ticket Discounts For Fans-

North East, PA – (June 4, 2018) – The Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series swings back into action, while the Race of Champions Late Model Series takes to the track for the first time this season on Saturday, June 9, at the beautiful Lake Erie Speedway in North East, PA, with the running of the “Lake Erie 75” presented by Jim Moss Builders for the Modifieds and the “CPS 40” for Late Models.

“This will be an exciting card of racing for the fans and will be a prelude to the 68th Annual Race of Champions Weekend that takes place at Lake Erie in late September, including the 68th Annual Race of Champions 250,” stated RoC Promoter Joe Skotnicki.

Patrick Emerling of Orchard Park, NY, kicked off the Modified Series season with win at Lancaster Speedway (NY) on May 12.

“Lake Erie is an exciting track,” offered Emerling. “It has multiple grooves which makes exciting racing for the fans. We’re looking forward to it.”

On the Late Model side, veteran Late Model pilot Bob Weber of Clarence, N.Y., is looking forward to racing.

“We’ve had a long winter off and our opener saw inclement weather, so this is our start,” stated Weber. “It couldn’t come at a better track. We are really excited about kicking things off and getting going at Erie this weekend.”

Lake Erie Speedway management is offering fans a free ticket promotion if they bring a non-perishable food item(s) for the Second Harvest Food Bank on Saturday. This is a great opportunity to make a contribution to the community and offer assistance to those in need. Fans that purchase an Adult General Admission ticket to the June 9, 2018, event who bring a non-perishable donation(s) will receive a second adult General Admission and a child’s General Admission ticket for free.

The Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania is the largest nonprofit food distribution organization in northwest Pennsylvania and the only food bank in the region. Second Harvest distributes millions of pounds of grocery products each year to hundreds of nonprofit agencies that directly serve people facing hard times in 11 counties. Recipients, who receive food free of charge, include unemployed and underemployed workers, the homeless, senior citizens, individuals with disabilities, families in crisis situations and children. A total of 167,700 unduplicated individuals receive food from Second Harvest each year. This number represents one in four people in northwest Pennsylvania. For more information, visit; www.nwpafoodbank.org

The event will also have the US Legend Cars National Qualifier, NYPA T.Q. Midgets and Midwest Compacts 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).

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.

Where: Lake Erie Speedway, North East, Pa.

When: Saturday, June 9, 2018. Grandstands open at 5:00 pm, Qualifying Races begin at 6:00 pm

Directions: The track is located just 20 minutes of West Erie, Pa., minutes from Interstate 90 and directly of Interstate 86 at 10700 Delmas Drive, North East, PA 16428

What: The Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series, Lake Erie 75; Race of Champions Asphalt Late Model Series CPS 40

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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