RACE OF CHAMPIONS DIRT MODIFIED SERIES KICKS OFF WITH PRESITGIOUS VICTORIA EVENT AT UTICA-ROME SPEEDWAY

-Race of Champions Dirt Modified Tour to Kick Off with $5,500-to-Win Event-

Vernon, N.Y. – (May 15, 2016) – The Ferris Mowers Race of Champions Series fueled by Sunoco is ready to kick off the dirt portion of the series with the “Victoria 200” on tap at the Utica-Rome Speedway on Sunday night May 22.  The 2016 edition of the historic race is scheduled to be a 55-lap feature with a $5,500 payday going to the winner.

The first “Victoria 200” took place at the Utica-Rome Speedway in 2008 after then track owner Gene Cole purchased the naming rights to the race.  Danny Johnson, of Rochester, N.Y., pulled off the win driving for JIR Motorsports in the 200-lap affair.  Gary Tomkins topped a stellar field in year two as he also won a 200-lap race.  The final 200-lap feature distance event was run in 2010 with Tim McCreadie putting Vinnie Salerno’s No. 4* ride in Victory Lane.

Bobby Varin, a multi-time Fonda Speedway champion, won the first 100-lap Victoria event in 2011 and then backed it up with another victory the following year.  Varin figured out the sail panel setup making him nearly unbeatable in longer distance events at Utica-Rome for those two seasons.

The 2013 edition was highly contested with invader Jimmy Phelps scoring his only win of the race at Utica-Rome.  One year later multi-time track champion and the all-time winner in the Modified ranks at Utica-Rome Speedway Stewart Friesen parked his ride on the frontstretch as the winner for the first time.

Last season Matt Sheppard was the victor while on his way to his second career track title at Utica-Rome.  So far in 2016 Sheppard has been the driver to beat earning two wins in the three events run with the last three weeks of action falling to Mother Nature.  Long range forecast call for temperatures in the 70’s with sunshine.

Pit gates open at Utica-Rome Speedway open on Sunday at 3:00 pm with the grandstand gates opening at 3:30pm. Racing begins at 6:00pm. The full competition format is available by visiting either www.rocmodifiedseries.com or  www.uticaromespeedway.com.

Past Victoria 200 Winners

5/11/2008 – Danny Johnson (200 laps)

5/10/2009 – Gary Tomkins (200 laps)

5/31/2010 – Tim McCreadie (200 laps)

5/30/2011 – Bobby Varin (100 laps)

5/28/2012 – Bobby Varin (100 laps)

5/27/2013 – Jimmy Phelps (100 laps)

5/26/2014 – Stewart Friesen (100 laps)

5/25/2015 – Matt Sheppard (100 laps)

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Limited Sportsman Take Center Stage at Thompson Wednesday Night

May 16, 2016 (THOMPSON, Conn) The XtraMart Limited Sportsman competitors will take center stage Wednesday night as racing action returns to Thompson Speedway’s 5/8-mile oval. Competitors in the full body division will double down to run 40 laps presented by Circuit One Events, which is twice the usual distance.


Josh Wood comes into the race after finding victory in the season opening Icebreaker, doing so in dominating fashion and is expected to be strong again for event number two. Even though he is one of the younger competitors in the class he is still considered a favorite and speaks with a veteran’s perspective.

“You need to go easier on the tires for the first 20 laps or so to save them (for the end) and be patient,” says Wood.

Parity is one word used to describe the XtraMart Limited Sportsman division, consisting of several teams with equal chance to get to victory lane. Corey Hutchings has finally gotten the monkey off his back by getting through the Icebreaker unscathed, but the question remains to be answered if he can keep the momentum rolling into the heart of the season. Regardless he still comes in as the championship favorite based on past success; that is at least until another competitor can prove otherwise.

Then there is Larry Barnett who is more determined than ever to rise to the top of the class. “I have been preparing for weeks for this race,” said the multi-time champion. “I’m more than ready for this event.”

The XtraMart Limited Sportsman race is just one of the four NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions that will be on hand Wednesday night. The nightcap for the racing card will feature a rematch of Keith Rocco and Jeff Rocco in the 25-lap late model feature. The twin brothers tangled after a fierce battle for the lead the last time out, destroying both machines. The impact was so ferocious that it peeled the roof straight off Keith Rocco’s No. 88.

Jeff Rocco has since partnered with Don Barker, former Whelen Modified Tour championship car owner and current crew chief for Donny Lia, to acquire the assets of Eric Grant’s Late Model team. Rocco now enters the event as an owner-driver wheeling the same equipment he competed with during the Icebreaker.

The Sunoco Modified division sees Keith Rocco leading the standings with defending champion Woody Pitkat off to a slow start. Pitkat finished 17th in the first race after completing just 6 laps. It was his worst finish since joining the Stan Mertz owned team at the start of 2015.

While Pitkat looks to rebound, both Ronnie Williams and Adam Norton look to build upon top-5 finishes. Williams finished 3rd in his first outing in the Sunoco Modified at Thompson showing he is a quick learner. Williams does have multiple wins in this type of Modified at other speedways, although he is running regularly at Thompson for the first time this year.

Norton is a familiar face around the speedway and is looking for a breakout victory to solidify his name among the contenders. He showed good race pace during the bright sunshine of Icebreaker weekend and now he’ll look to dial it in for the night setup.

The first feature scheduled to roll onto the racetrack Wednesday evening will be the Mini Stock division. Dave Trudeau comes as the only defending champion to start his title defense in victory lane. All eyes point to him to be the favorite once again, but he will face a new challenger in Wayne Burroughs. In the opener, Burroughs was involved in a lap one incident and drove from the back to 3rd in just 14 laps.

The XtraMart Limited Sportsman Long Distance event, presented by Circuit One Events takes place on Wednesday, May 18. Grandstands will open at 4:30PM, qualifying is at 6:30 PM and feature races will follow.

For more information about Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park events or to order tickets, visit www.thompsonspeedway.com.

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LANCASTER NATIONAL SPEEDWAY PLAYS PIVOTAL ROLE IN DECIDING SERIES CROWN

-Queen City Clash First of Four Events to be Held at Western New York Speedplant-

Lancaster, N.Y. – (May 16, 2016) – The Ferris Mowers Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series fueled by Sunoco makes stop one of four this Saturday (May 21) at Lancaster National Speedway for the running of the Queen City Clash “75”. The half-mile will play a pivotal role in determining the outcome of the 2016 Series Championship as the only track with four dates on the Series schedule.

Chuck Hossfeld of Ransomville, N.Y., who is a veteran and past champion with the Race of Champions Series, started his career and developed his craft at Lancaster National Speedway.

“It’s a demanding place, that is very fun to drive,” explained Hossfeld. “You definitely have to manage yourself and your equipment to be successful at Lancaster and with four races there, it’s critical that we roll out of the box strong. Good finishes at Lancaster are a must if you want to have a chance at the championship.”

Bryan Sherwood of Owego, N.Y., comes to Lancaster fourth in points after a fourth place finish at Oswego. Sherwood knows that another solid performance will help build on the positive start he and his team have had to the season.

“We have been consistent and we are very happy with our first two races,” stated Sherwood. “We’ve been building a new car that we haven’t finished yet, so we’ve been running my Dad’s (Lee Sherwood) old car and it has served us very well. It handles and drives well. I know that with a little luck and patience we can have another good finish at Lancaster and keep the momentum going. I’m looking forward to Saturday, it’s going to be an exciting night.”

Pit gates open at 2:00 pm with the front gates opening at 3:30 pm. Racing begins at 5:30 pm. For more information you can visit the Lancaster National Speedway website at http://speedway.lancasternationalspeedway.com/ or the Race of Champions website at www.rocmodifiedseries.com where the Competition Format for the event is posted.

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