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Elma, New York (January 27, 2017) – Race of Champions, Lake Erie Speedway and the Erie Sports Commission Officials are to announce that the 2017 Race of Champions Weekend will take place at the Lake Erie Speedway Thursday, September 28 through Saturday, September 30. The culmination of the traditional weekend will see the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series compete for 250 laps in the 67th Annual Race of Champions.

“This is a very positive move for the event and short track racing in general,” stated Joe Skotnicki, Race of Champions steward. “We took a different approach to this and it has proven very affective. After meeting with the Track Management and the Erie Sports Commission we knew this was the direction this event needed. The involvement from the surrounding community and the opportunity to have a marquee track like Lake Erie host such an event is a great way to enhance and carry on the great tradition that is the Race of Champions.”

Matt Hirschman won the 2016 edition of the Race of Champions at Oswego, the fourth victory of his career.

It also marks the first time the race returns to Pennsylvania since 1991 when Donald ‘Satch’ Worley won on the 3/4-mile Pocono Raceway. The race had previously run at the legendary Langhorne Speedway, where Hully Bunn won the first ever event in 1951. Since that first event, the race has been 35 times in Pennsylvania between Langhorne and Pocono.

“Teams will be faced with different challenges at Erie, but it will be an exciting race,” explained Skotnicki. “They will also be welcome within the community at hotels and restaurants and we are looking forward to that. The schedule will mirror last year with practice beginning on Thursday. Racing for the Sportsman Modifieds and Race of Champions Super Stocks on Friday along with the addition of the Lancaster type Street Stocks and Race of Champions Late Models on Saturday in addition to the 250 for the Modifieds. It is all building up to be an exciting event and we are looking forward to putting the pieces in place to give everyone an event they are proud to see, participate in and proud to have.”

Thursday, September 28, will allot teams an open practice day, while Friday, September 29, will see a Race of Champions Sportsman Modified special along with a championship event for the Race of Champions Super Stocks. Saturday, September 30 will see the running of the 67th Annual Race of Champions the Race of Champions Late Models and Lancaster National Speedway Street Stock division will fill out the days events. More information will be forthcoming and details will be made available in the coming months on the Race of Champions website.

-This weekend, along with the Saturday, July 8 date at Oswego (N.Y.) Speedway and Sunday, September 24 date at Lancaster (N.Y.) National Speedway as part of the 29th Annual U.S. Open will make up the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series “triple crown” with further details coming in regard to these three premiere asphalt modified racing dates.

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. The 67th annual Race of Champions weekend will take place in 2017 and is the second longest consecutive auto-racing event in North America, second only to the Indianapolis 500.

For more information, contact

Race of Champions Media at media@rocmodifiedseries.com

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ace of Champions management is taking the first step in releasing its 2017 racing schedules with the publication of the current dates which are secured for the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series. Currently 14 events are on this portion of the schedule that take fans to premier racing facilities throughout the Northeast. These dates and locations will bring together an interesting blend of familiar venues, along with new and interesting facilities, giving everyone a variety of exciting events throughout the 2017 season to showcase the Race of Champions brand of racing.

 “Scheduling for 2017 continues to be a work in progress for all of our programs,” offered Joe Skotnicki with the Race of Champions.  “Building and maintaining a solid schedule takes an incredible effort. We will continue to focus on a schedule that is exciting, as well as manageable for the teams, the fans and facilities. It’s a challenging task and that we take great pride in. We will continue to push forward and will have more to announce in the near future.”

 The Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series will kick off at Lancaster National Speedway where the series will visit the Buffalo-based half-mile on four different occasions; Saturday, April 29; Thursday, June 29; Saturday, August 19 and Sunday, September 24. Chemung Speedrome will host two dates on Saturday, May 6 and Saturday, August 5. Spencer Speedway will see the Series visit on Friday, June 2 and Friday, July 21. The Series returns to Lake Erie Speedway in Northeast, Pa., on Saturday, June 10.  Oswego Speedway will host the series in two giant events on Saturday, May 13 and Saturday, July 8. The series will also return to Holland International Speedway on Saturday, July 22.

 A new addition to the schedule will see the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series make their debut at the beautiful Jennerstown (Pa.) Speedway on Saturday, June 17.

 The Series will also race on the weekend of September 29, 30 and October 1. The details of that event are forthcoming.

 The Race of Champions Late Models and Super Stock schedules are beginning to take shape as well, with 4 dates for the Late Models and 5 dates for the Super Stock division at Lancaster National Speedway. The Late Models will race on Saturday, May 6, Saturday, July 15, Saturday, July 29, and Sunday, September 24. The Super Stocks will race on Saturday, April 29, Thursday, June 29, Saturday, July 8, Saturday, August 26 and Saturday, September 23.

 The 2017 Race of Champions rule book has been posted at www.rocmodifiedseries.com

 Work will continue on the schedules with the event dates being released as they become available.

2017 Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series Schedule;

Weekday        Month                        Day                        Track                                                  

 Saturday          April                            29                                Lancaster

Saturday          May                             6                                  Chemung

(Rain date – Sunday, May 7)

Saturday          May                             13                                Oswego Speedway

Friday              June                             2                                  Spencer Speedway

Saturday          June                             10                                Lake Erie Speedway

Saturday          June                             17                                Jennerstown

Thursday         June                             29                                Lancaster National

Saturday          July                              8                                  Oswego Speedway

Friday              July                              21                                Spencer Speedway

Saturday          July                              22                                Holland

Saturday          August                         5                                  Chemung

Saturday          August                         19                                Lancaster

Sunday             September                        24                                Lancaster National Speedway

Friday              September                  29                                TBA

Saturday          September                  30                                TBA

Sunday             October                       1                                  TBA

2017 Race of Champions Asphalt Late Model Schedule;

 Saturday          May                             6                                  Lancaster

Saturday          July                              15                                Lancaster

Saturday          July                              29                                Lancaster

Sunday             September                  24                                Lancaster

Saturday          September                  30                                TBD

2017 Race of Champions Super Stock Schedule;

 Saturday          May                             6                                  Lancaster

Saturday          July                              15                                Lancaster

Saturday          July                              29                                Lancaster

Saturday          September                  23                                Lancaster

Friday              September                  29                                TBD

Will Thomas Takes Home Winner’s Laurels in Stewart Agency / Farmer’s Insurance 75

North East, Pennsylvania – (June 11, 2016) – On Saturday, especially at the conclusion of the Ferris Mowers Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series fueled by Sunoco feature at Lake Erie Speedway in North East, Pennsylvania, many people were asking, “Who is Will Thomas?” Thomas of Sharpsville, Pa., made his asphalt modified debut with the Series in 2015 at Lancaster (N.Y.) National Speedway in the U.S. Open, before running the Queen City Clash this in May at Lancaster. At Lake Erie, Thomas is a master, earning 3 Late Model track championships. After the track shelfed it’s weekly racing program, Thomas ventured into the dirt racing arena, but on Saturday night, in just his third Race of Champions start on a track that hasn’t run a stock car race in two years, he found himself holding the trophy in victory lane for the Stewart Agency / Farmer’s Insurance 75 presented by Jim Moss Builders.

“This is pretty awesome,” smiled Thomas from victory lane. “After Lancaster earlier this year, I wasn’t sure we could get the hang of this and then we enlisted the help of some veteran Modified folks (former driver Kenny Troyer and veteran spotter Greg Aumann) and here we are. It’s an incredible turn around and to beat the guys we did, well that’s just unreal. I’m so proud of all my guys, thankful for my wife Tammy. It’s surreal.”

Daren Scherer led the field to the green, but Jimmy Zacharias took the led and showed the way for the first 37 circuits before losing the lead to Daryl Lewis, Jr., on a restart. Lewis then paced the field until third place starter Matt Hirschman, who is the defending Series champion, found his way to the lead moving around Lewis and pulling away before a single file restart regrouped the field. Thomas, who had worked his way forward from the 7th starting position moved to 2nd and then passed Hirschman for first to lead the final 10 laps.

Patrick Emerling of Orchard Park, N.Y., regained the point lead with a second place finish. Zacharias finished third.

Hirschman and Bryan Sherwood rounded out the top-five.

Hossfeld posted a series leading fourth consecutive fast time in the Timed Hot Lap session to establish the heat race line ups with a time of 14.519 seconds (92.982 mph).

The next event for the Race of Champions is Thursday, June 30 at Lancaster (N.Y.) National Speedway with the running of the Ole’ Boy Cup II.

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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. The 66th annual Race of Champions weekend will take place in 2016 and is the second longest consecutive auto-racing event in North America, second only to the Indianapolis 500.

For more information, contact;

Race of Champions Media at media@rocmodifiedseries.com

Follow us on Twitter; Instagram and Facebook; @RoCModSeries or visit our website: www.rocmodifiedseries.com

Feature Finish

Farmers Insurance/The Stewart Agency 75 presented by Jim Moss Builders

Lake Erie Speedway, Erie, PA.

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

Pos           No.           Name                       Laps

1              9              Will Thomas             75

2              07            Patrick Emerling       75

3              71            Jimmy Zacharias       75

4              60            Matt Hirschman       75

5              95            Bryan Sherwood       75

6              65            George Skora           75

7              10            Daryl Lewis              75

8              45            Kevin Timmerman    75

9              48            Sam Fullone             75

10            32            Tyler Rypkema         75

11            25            Mike Leaty               75

12            64            Amy Catalano           75

13            4              John Wilber             75

14            3              Daren Scherer          75

15            22            Chuck Hossfeld         75

16            27            Andy Jankowiak        75

17            20            Jody Buckley            75

18            39            Cavlin Carroll           74

19            1              Chris Ridsdale          74

20            59            Karl Hehr                 54 Accident

21            24            Dave Rigan               51 Out

22            54            Tommy Catalano      41 Out

Time of Race: 33 minutes 01 seconds              Average Speed 51.106 mph

Margin of victory: 0.377 seconds       Fast Qualifying Lap: Chuck Hossfeld / 14.519 seconds @ 92.982 mph

Lead Changes: 5 among 5 drivers (Daren Scherer 0, Jimmy Zacharias 1-37, Darryl Lewis Jr 38-51, Matt Hirschman 52-64, Will Thomas 65-75)

Qualifying Race Results:

Qualifying Race 1

Pos           No.           Name

1              22            Chuck Hossfeld

2              07            Patrick Emerling

3              71            Jimmy Zacharias

4              3              Daren Scherer

5              95            Bryan Sherwood

6              54            Tommy Catalano

7              4              John Wilber

Qualifying Race 2                

Pos           No.           Name

1              9              Will Thomas

2              45            Kevin Timmerman

3              25            Mike Leaty

4              48            Sam Fullone

5              24            Dave Rigan

6              1              Chris Ridsdale

7              20            Jody Buckley

Qualifying Race 3        

Pos           No.           Name

1              60            Matt Hirschman

2              65            George Skora

3              32            Tyler Rypkema

4              10            Daryl Lewis Jr.

5              64            Amy Catalano

6              27            Andy Jankowiak

7              59            Karl Hehr

8              39            Calvin Carroll

Point Standings following Lake Erie Speedway (Including Fastest Qualifying Time and Qualifying Race Bonus) 06/11/2016:

Pos           No.           Name                       Total

1              07            Patrick Emerling       543

2              22            Chuck Hossfeld         530

3              71            Jimmy Zacharias       469

4              60            Matt Hirschman       429

5              32            Tyler Rypkema         415

6              25            Mike Leaty               388

7              95            Bryan Sherwood       368

8              10            Daryl Lewis              355

9              3              Daren Scherer          332

10            51            TJ Potrzebowski       309

11            54            Tommy Catalano      292

12            64            Amy Catalano           265

13            65            George Skora           264

14            4              John Wilber             252

15            59            Karl Hehr                 243

16            45            Kevin Timmerman    238

17            1              Chris Ridsdale          234

18            66            Austin Kochenash     232

19            39            Calvin Carroll           230

20            21            Tony Hanbury           213

21            53            Brian Defebo            208

22            42            Nick Pecko               165

23            20            Jody Buckley            163

24            9              Will Thomas             159

25            67            Levi Arthur               140

26            17            Roger Coss               123

27            45            Eric Beers                 115

28            22            Don Wagner             95

29            1              Kristopher Graver    90

30            8              Earl Paules               87

31            48            Sam Fullone             63

32            1J             Bobby Jones             58

33            42            Dave Pecko              58

34            41x          Nick Baer                 51

35            27            Andy Jankowiak        48

36            01            Cam Barber              47

37            65            Andy Lewis               46

38            92            Terry Markovic         44

39            54            Jack Ely                    43

40            40            Alan Bookmiller       43

41            24            Dave Rigan               43

42            44            Kyle Strohl               42

43            41b          Todd Baer                40

44            8s             Lee Sharpsteen        40

45            8L            Lou Strohl                40

46            28            Gene Bowers           40

47            95m         John Markovic          40

48            2              Glen Slocum            40

49            7              T.J.  Zacharias           40