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LANCASTER, N.Y. (February 13, 2018) – The recent announcement about Lancaster National Speedway hosting five Race of Champions Modified Series events in 2018 inspired track management to create an award honoring the best driver for those races.
The RoC Modified Series driver with the best average finish in the five events at Lancaster will receive the Treichler Troyer Trophy. The trophy pays tribute to three drivers who combined to win 13 Lancaster National Speedway Modified track championships from 1968 to1982 – Roger Treichler, Merv Treichler and Maynard Troyer.

“Lancaster National Speedway has a deep and rich history of Modified racing,” said Tim Packman, Track President. “The way Modified racing is done may have changed through the years, but the names Treichler and Troyer are very prominent throughout our history. Dave Buchanan (track announcer and Dir. of Media Relations) proposed an idea to recognize a driver for the five races. We tweaked it a bit and are now going to recognize a Modified driver from the Race of Champions.

“A call to Joe Skotnicki from the RoC was met with a quick response supporting this initiative giving those drivers an extra incentive to etch their names alongside the many Modified greats who have raced at Lancaster. This makes their five events with us even more interesting and our fans another aspect to follow.”

Roger Treichler won his first, of five, Lancaster championships in 1968 and followed it up with another in ’69. Eight years passed until his third title in 1977, and he added two more in 1981 and 1982 behind the wheel of his iconic “Genesee Beer Wagon”. After his brother won back-to-back championships to close out the 1960s, “The Flying Florist” Merv Treichler began the 1970s with three-straight track titles of his own doing so in 1970, ’71 and ’72. His fourth championship came in 1974, the same season he won a Modified title on the dirt at Ransomville Speedway. Maynard Troyer won his first two Lancaster Modified crowns in 1975 and 1976 before piloting his famous No. 6 to two more titles in 1978 and 1979.
The Race of Champions Modified Series kicks off its 2018 campaign at Lancaster on Saturday, May 12 with a 75-lap event. They return on Thursday, June 28 for the fourth annual Ol’ Boy Cup 60 Bill Colton Memorial. The recently added Midweek Modified Mania will take place Thursday, August 2 featuring a 50-lap race. The series wraps up with the two biggest Modified races of the season at Lancaster with the Tommy Druar/Tony Jankowiak Memorial 110 on Saturday, August 18 and the 30th annual U.S. Open 125 on Sunday, September 23
Last season, three different drivers won the four Modified races at Lancaster. Andy Jankowiak picked up two wins, including the U.S. Open 125 last September. Tyler Rypkema and George Skora III each earned their first-career RoC Series wins as Rypkema won the Ol’ Boy Cup and Skora captured the Tommy/Tony 110.
Marketing partnership opportunities for the Treichler Troyer Trophy program and all five RoC Modified events at Lancaster are available. Contact the Speedway office for more details.

About Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway: Founded in 1959, Lancaster National Speedway and Dragway, WNY’s Premier Motorsports and Event Facility, is a multi-use facility located on 77 acres just outside of metropolitan Buffalo, N.Y. The facility features a 1/8-mile drag strip, a 1/2-mile oval track and hosts several non-motorsports events such as car shows and concerts. For the latest information on Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway check out our website www.lancasternationalspeedway.com. Additional information for racers and fans can be found on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/LancasterSpeedway) and on Twitter (@LancasterSpdwy).



-Currently 12 Asphalt Modified Series Dates Confirmed for 2018 Season-

Elma, New York (February 8, 2017) – Race of Champions management is taking the first step in releasing its 2018 racing schedules with the publication of a 12 race schedule for the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series.

The schedule takes 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 2018 season to showcase the Race of Champions brand of racing.

Marquee events like the return of the Race of Champions to Nelles Corners, Ontario and the Jukasa Motor Speedway (formerly Cayuga) on Saturday, July 14, highlight the calendar. Jukasa underwent a multi-million dollar facelift over the course of the last 3 years and is a must-visit track for any racing fan in the region, located just a short drive from Buffalo, Toronto or London, Ontario, the track will host the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series and the International Super Modified Association on the same day, giving fans a wild day of racing. (For more information visit www.jukasamotorspeedway.com)

The Series premier event, the 68th Annual Race of Champions 250, will once again take place in North East, Pa., at the beautiful Lake Erie Speedway where fans in attendance witnessed a thrilling event in 2017, when Matt Hirschman of Northampton, Pa., recorded his record tying 5th victory in the prestigious event. Lake Erie will also host its traditional, June 9th date as well a new date for the Series, which will be announced in the near future once all logistics have been confirmed. (For more information visit www.lakeeriespeedway.com)

The Series will appear on five occasions at Lancaster (N.Y.) National Speedway. The four traditional dates with the season opener on Saturday, May 12 which is the first race under the lights at the Speedway, followed on Thursday, June 28 by the Ole’ Boy Cup. A new event will appear on the schedule onThursday, August 2. On Saturday, August 18, the Tribute to Tommy Druar and Tony Jankowiak 110 will take place. The Lancaster season will conclude on a huge note with the running of the 30th Annual US Open. (For more information visit www.lancasternationalspeedway.com)

The Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series will also pay its traditional visit to Holland International Speedway with a 100-lap blast on Saturday, July 21. (For more information visit www.hollandspeedway.com)

Chemung (N.Y.) Speedrome will host one date on Saturday, August 4 which has become a Series tradition and runs in conjunction with the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in competition at Watkins Glen. (For more information visit www.chemungspeedrome.net)

On Friday, August 31, the series will pay its only visit to Spencer Speedway in Williamson, N.Y., which holds a rich tradition in Modified racing. (For more information visit www.spencerspeedway.org)

The Race of Champions Late Models and Super Stock schedules are beginning to take shape as well, with 6 dates for the Late Models, an additional two associated events as well as a 7 race slate for the Super Stock division. The Race of Champions Super Stock Series will visit Evergreen Speedway in St. Johns, Pa., for the first time on Sunday, May 20. The Race of Champions Asphalt Sportsman Modified Series continues to be a work in progress with three dates inked, while continuing to seek additional events for all Race of Champions divisions.

The 2018 Race of Champions rule book has been posted at www.rocmodifiedseries.com

Work will continue on the schedules with the new event dates and the Race of Champions 602 Dirt Sportsman Modified Series schedule being released as they become available.


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 68th annual Race of Champions weekend will take place in 2018 in North East, Pennsylvania at Lake Erie Speedway and is the second longest consecutive auto-racing event in North America, second only to the Indianapolis 500.

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Race of Champions Media at media@rocmodifiedseries.com

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Lancaster Speedway and Race of Champions Add Fifth Modified Race

Midweek Modified Mania to take place on Thursday, August 2

LANCASTER, N.Y (February 5, 2018) – Lancaster National Speedway and the Race of Champions are adding a Modified race to the 2018 schedule now giving the devout fans of the series five opportunities to see the Ground Pounders at LNS.

Being dubbed “Midweek Modified Mania” for the added race, it will be a 50-lap chase to the checkered flag on Thursday, Aug. 2 and include the Advance Auto Street Stocks and Roaming Buffalo 4 Cylinders. Race time will be 7 p.m. and General Admission tickets will be $18, instead of $22.

“Fans keep asking for more Race of Champions Modified races at Lancaster and the opportunity came about to add one this year,” said Tim Packman, Track President. “Joe (Skotnicki, RoC Director) and I took a look at our schedule and that Thursday in August works because the Stock Car Series is off that Saturday for the Sunday Nostalgia weekend on the Dragway.

“By having three divisions racing that night, that means fans and teams can look forward to fast-paced races and get home at a decent hour. We have a long history with Modifieds on our 5/8-mile oval and this shows our continued commitment to the Race of Champions and providing added racing excitement for our fans.”

“Lancaster is an outstanding partner of the Race of Champions and as our schedule evolved this opportunity presented itself,” stated Joe Skotnicki, Race of Champions. “Tim (Packman) helped put this together and it gives everyone another opportunity to see the Modifieds at Lancaster and we’re excited about this. We’ve looked at a shorter race and this event is perfect for that format.”

Lancaster is holding its Racer Registration on Saturday, March 17 at Magruder’s Restaurant & Pub on Broadway in Depew as they prepare for the Queen City Clash opening day on Saturday, April 21 at 2 p.m.

The Race of Champions Modified Series opens its season on Saturday, May 12 at Lancaster.

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