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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).

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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



– Next Saturday, June 11, One of the Most Anticipated Events of the Season is Here –

North East, Pa. – (June 5, 2016) – When the Ferris Mowers Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series fueled by Sunoco rolls into Lake Erie Speedway in North East, Pennsylvania next Saturday afternoon it will signify one of the most anticipated events of the 2016 racing season. For the past two years, Lake Erie Speedway has held a “Specials Only” schedule with limited racing activity. The Farmers Insurance / Stewart Agency 75 presented by Jim Moss Builders will signify a rebirth to true Stock Car Racing at the ultra-modern facility.

“We are definitely looking forward to a great night for our fans,” stated Lake Erie Speedway Operations Manager, A.J. Moore. “It’s going to be an exciting show and it’s finally here. We’ve talked a lot about it, but now its show time and we are definitely ready and looking forward to it.”

George Skora Jr at SpeedLake Erie Speedway will come into play and George Skora, Jr., from Eden, N.Y., has raced at the track in several divisions.

I’m looking forward to racing the Modified at Erie, it’s an event we circled on our calendar when it was announced last October,” explained Skora, who has won Late Model features at the facility. “It is an awesome facility and a great track. There is plenty of room to race and I think it’s going to be an exciting race for the fans to see.”

Lake Erie Speedway is a 3/8-mile banked asphalt oval, which opened in 2002. The last time the Series visited the popular facility was in 2005 when East Aurora, New York’s, Billy Putney captured the victory.

The event will also have the Race of Champions Big 10 Super Stocks, Xtreme Racing Series US Legend Cars National Qualifer, NYPA and Lucas Oil Can Am Midgets 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).

Where: Lake Erie Speedway, North East, Pa.

When: Saturday, June 11, 2016. Grandstands open at 5:00 pm, Racing at 6:00 pm

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

What: The Ferris Mowers Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series fueled by Sunoco, Farmers Insurance / The Stewart Agency 75 presented by Jim Moss Builders

More Information: www.lakeeriespeedway.com (Track Phone: 814.725.3303) / www.rocmodifiedseries.com

  George Skora Jr  Photo: Alex and Helen Bruce