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Test and Tune days set for Mahoning Valley Speedway

(LEHIGHTON, Pa. 2-25-16) Mahoning Valley Speedway will have the first of three Test and Tune days on Saturday March 26 which will be followed by Saturday and Sunday, April 2-3 as the other dates.

Test and Tune days have always been well-attended as many of the Mahoning loyal are not only anxious to return to the paved ¼-mile Lehighton oval but it has also serves as the sneak peek by those teams who participate in giving fans a look at the sleek new rides for the upcoming season.

This time, however, there is added interest, perhaps more so than any other preseason Test and Tune as not only will the track regulars be shaking down their mounts but many of the Race of Champions (RoC) asphalt Modified Series teams are expected to make laps in anticipation of the much awaited season opening 75-lapper on April 9.

Since it was announced that the RoC Tour would open at Mahoning Valley and then the addition of a second date with the track’s season ending Octoberfast, the office has been a buzz over the past few weeks with call after call inquiring about the RoC opener and Test and Tune.

“This is pretty awesome. With the cooperation of the Santee’s it’s just been outstanding to be able to bring the RoC Tour back to Mahoning Valley Speedway,” said Joe Skotnicki, RoC Series head.

“We have been fielding calls every day of late in regards to the Mahoning opener and there is no doubt this will be a big way to kick off both our season and Mahoning Valley’s. I know there are a lot of guys who will be looking at making the Test and Tune days, especially since Mahoning is such a unique track and it will be a challenge for those who have yet to race there.”

Each of the Test and Tune days will run from noon to 4:00 pm. If need be time will be extended. The cost to take part for any of the three days is $25 per car and $10 per person for pit entrance. Grandstand admission for all Test and Tune days are free.

Race cars of all types are welcome to come out for Test and Tune days.

Opening Day 2016 will get the green flag on Saturday, April 9. Start time is 4:00 pm for this event. The RoC feature will be 75-laps and pay $2800 to win. Also on the card will be regular main events for the Late Models, Street Stocks and Hobby Stocks.

“It’s exciting. Mahoning is a terrific track that provides great racing,” added Skotnicki. 

“I think it’s a great step for asphalt Modified racing and we’re building on the legacy of the RoC. Floyd and all of the Santee’s have done a terrific job promoting there and it’s great that we could bring things together to put an event on that has all of the elements to become a must see.”

Additional news can be found on the track’s official website at www.mahoningvalley-speedway.com or on Facebook at Mahoning Valley Speedway. You can also log onto the RoC website at http://www.rocmodifiedseries.com

Test and Tune March 26 and April 2-3

April 9 @ 4:00 pm Opening Night RoC Tour 75 $2800-to-win + Late Models, Street Stocks & Hobby Stocks

April 16 @ 6:00 pm Regular show all divisions Race #1 ARSSGS + Micro Stocks




Emerling, Hossfeld, Jankowiak, Rouse and Rudolph Saturday, March 5 3:00-4:00pm


Patrick Emerling 2015 (2)Hamburg, N.Y. (February 25, 2016) – Five stars of the Race of Champions will be making an appearance and signing autographs at the 23rd Annual Cavalcade of Cars at the Events Center at the Hamburg (N.Y.) Fairgrounds. The autograph session will be presented by Sunoco Race Fuels and Insinger Performance.

Patrick Emerling of Orchard Park, N.Y.; Chuck Hossfeld of Ransomville, N.Y.; Andy Jankowiak of Tonawanda, N.Y.; Brad Rouse of Saint Catherines, Ontario and Erick Rudolph of Ransomville, N.Y., will join together for an hour long autograph session on Saturday afternoon March 5 from 3:00 to 4:00 pm giving fans an opportunity to meet and greet the stars of the Race of Champions.Chuck Hossfeld 2015 (2)

Emerling enjoyed a breakout season in 2015 with his first victories on the Series. Hossfeld is a multi-time series champion, along with a winner of the series most prestigious event, the Race of Champions and his car will be on display at the show fresh off a week of competition in Florida at New Smyrna Speedway. Jankowiak scored his first win at Oswego Speedway last year and has become one of the young faces of the sport. Rouse of Saint Catherines, Ontario-Canada is one of the top Crate Sportsman racers in the Northeast and will take part in the 2016 Race of Champions Crate Sportsman Series. Rudolph is winner on a dirt and asphalt and one of the most versatile drivers in racing today.

Erick Rudolph 2015(1)In addition to being able to meet Emerling, Hossfeld and Jankowiak at the Cavalcade of Cars Western New York race fans will be able to see them compete in a few short weeks at Lancaster National Speedway in the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series as part of the Queen City Clash on Sunday, April 17. Rudolph will be in action at Selinsgrove (Penn.) Speedway on Saturday, March 19 before heading North to race at Canandaigua (N.Y.) Motorsports Park on Saturday, April 16 with the Race of Champions dirt Modified Series. Rouse will play a part in the Niagara Frontier opener for the Race of Champions Crate Sportsman Modified Series at Humberstone Speedway on Sunday, May 8.Brad Rouse 2015

The 23rd Annual Cavalcade of Cars will be presented March 4-6 at the Event Center at the Hamburg Fairgrounds. Hot rods, custom and race-prepared vehicles will be displayed. The famous “Batmobile” will be featured. Also on hand will be auto-related vendors. Discount tickets are available at Advance Auto Parts, CarQuest and K&S Automotive. For information call (716) 656-9734 or visit cavalcadeofcars.com.

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.

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Photo Credits to Alex and Helen Bruce




VERNON, NY- The Race of Champions Dirt Modified Series schedule was released this past weekend and once again the Utica-Rome Speedway will continue their strong relationship with the touring series.  Three dates at the Vernon oval make up the 10 event schedule which means that Utica-Rome Speedway will play an important role in the battle for the series championship.
“We have always had a great relationship with Andrew Harpell and the RoC Series,” stated track owner Bill Shea, “and now with Joe Skotnicki at the helm we look forward to continuing that relationship.  I see nothing but a positive future for the RoC Series.”
The first stop at the Utica-Rome Speedway for the series will be on Sunday, May 29 with 55 lap main event and returns again on Sunday August 21 with a 60 lap feature event.  The highlight of the tour is on Saturday September 10 when the final event RoC event at Utica-Rome Speedway in 2016 will be the return of the 200 lap New Yorker.  Like the asphalt RoC tour, the dirt tour will now have a signature annual event.
Full purse details and other information about upcoming events at the Utica-Rome Speedway will be released in the coming weeks.  Meanwhile, the schedule is continuing to be firmed up and look for many exciting events in 2016.  The season opener is planned for Sunday April 17.
For more information, please log on to www.uticaromespeedway.com or continue to follow us on Facebook or Twitter.  The speedway office can be contacted by calling (315)829-4557.