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’

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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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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


David Ragan Scores Top-20 at Dover

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (May 16, 2016) – David Ragan, driver of the No. 23 Dr Pepper Toyota Camry, scored a top-20 following the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway.
“I’m proud of the work that our BK Racing team did today,” Ragan said. “We worked hard all day and learned a lot that we will be able to use when we come back here in the fall. I’d like to say a huge thank you to Dr Pepper for their continued support of our team.”
After starting in the 27th position, Ragan reported to crew chief Patrick Donahue that his car was very tight and a plan was formulated for the first pit stop to adjust the handling.
The “big one” occurred at Lap 356 and swept up 18 cars in the melee. Ragan sustained mild damage to the nose and rear of the No. 23 Dr Pepper Camry. Quick action by the pit crew allowed him to stay in contention for the closing laps of the AAA 400. One final caution slowed the race and allowed Ragan and team to continue to work on the car. As the checkered flag flew, Ragan brought home a 17th place finish for the No.23 BK Racing team.
Ragan’s finish at Dover adds to BK Racing’s top-25 tally, which now stands at six for the season, marked improvement over previous seasons.
Ragan and the No. 23 team have two weeks off from travel as racing heads to Charlotte Motor Speedway next weekend in which they will race Friday night in the Sprint Showdown in hopes to advance into the Sprint All-Star on Saturday night.

Fan Appreciation $10 Admission this Saturday at Oswego Speedway

OSWEGO, NY (May 16, 2016) – Oswego Speedway will be back in action this Saturday, May 21 with the first of three fan appreciation specials, this week featuring just $10 adult general admission presented by Best Western PLUS/Quality Inn and Suites Riverfront of Oswego.

The day’s racing activity will see grandstand gates open at 4:30 p.m. with the start of hot laps and the first heat race of the day going green at 6:30 p.m.

The night’s racing card will present the second event in the Road to the Championship for the Novelis Supermodifieds and the Pathfinder Bank SBS.

Best Western PLUS Captain’s Quarters as well as the Quality Inn and Suites Riverfront will return as race day partners for this weekend’s events.

The Best Western PLUS Captain’s Quarters and Quality Inn and Suites Riverfront of Oswego are located on East 1st Street in Oswego, offering breathtaking views of the Oswego Harbor and Lake Ontario.

Within walking distance from local shopping, fishing, parks, Fort Ontario, and the Marine Museum, Best Western PLUS/Quality Inn and Suites is a home away from home.

For more information on either location call (315) 342-4040 or visit the lodging links under the information tab at

Last Saturday Michael Barnes earned the Novelis Supermodified Kick-Off victory with defending champion Mike Bond picking up the first Pathfinder Bank SBS feature win of the season.

Cold and wet weather delayed the May 14 program some five hours, but Speedway officials were patient and eventually ran off the entire racing schedule.

Early forecasts show a tremendous turn around in weather for this Saturday, May 21 with sunny skies and temps in the lower 70’s currently expected.

Kids 16 and under will again be admitted free at all Speedway events in 2016 with the exception of Budweiser International Classic Weekend and Race of Champions Weekend.

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