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– Lee Sharpsteen Scores Tribute to Ed McGuire 51 and Andy Jankowiak Wins Inaugural Race of Champions TQ Midget Series Event –

Chemung, New York – (August 5, 2019) – Patrick Emerling of Orchard Park, N.Y., earned his 16th career Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series victory this past Saturday in the Rod Spalding Classic at Chemung (N.Y.) Speedrome.

Emerling’s win ties him with his crew chief, Jan Leaty of Williamson, N.Y., for 4th on the all-time win list.

Emerling started 10th and methodically worked his way through the field, ultimately wrestling the lead away from TJ Potrzebowski of Elmira, N.Y., on lap 45 and heading to victory lane.

“We’ve been challenged here, looking for speed,” stated Emerling from victory lane. “But we found it tonight. The car was good throughout the race and I just used some patience to get into a position to win. It can get wild here. I’m proud of my team, we’ve had a long weekend and this is a good way to end it.”

Owen Bednasz of Lakeview, N.Y., led the field to the green and led the first circuit before Potrzebowski claimed the top spot.

Tyler Rypkema of Owego, N.Y., took his turn out front after passing Potrzebowski, while the action was fast and furious behind him. Potrzebowski then slipped back into the lead just before halfway and led until Emerling went in to the top spot for good.

Matt Hirschman of Northampton, Pa., finished second, while Austin Kochenash of Danielsville, Pa., finished third. Brian Defebo of Scranton, Pa., came home fourth while Scott Wylie of Blasdell, N.Y., finished fifth.

Hirschman posted the fastest time during group qreen-white-checker qualifying with a time of 14.903 (90.586 mph).

Rypkema, Chuck Hossfeld of Ransomville, N.Y., Mike Leaty of Williamson, N.Y., and Jack Ely of Wall Township, N.J., won the qualifying races.

Lee Sharpsteen of Waverly, N.Y., won the Tribute to Ed McGuire 51 for the Race of Champion Super Stock Series over Mike Nichols of Elmira, N.Y., who finished second. Joe Mancuso of Buffalo, N.Y., finished third.

Andy Jankowiak of Buffalo, N.Y., won a thrilling first-ever Race of Champions TQ Midget feature event. Jankowiak topped Kyle Hutchinson of East Aurora, N.Y., who finished second. Joey Bailey of Monroe, N.J., finished third.

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Feature Finish

Rod Spalding Classic  (75-laps)

Chemung Speedrome, Chemung, N.Y.

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

 1Start Pos 10No. 07Name Patrick EmerlingLaps 75 
2560Matt Hirschman  
3666Austin Kochensash  
41853Brian Defebo  
51988Scot Wyle  
61712Andy Jankowiak  
7272TJ Potrzebowski  
8322Chuck Hossfeld  
91225Mike Leaty  
101310lDaryl Lewis, Jr.  
11432Tyler Rypkema  
121145Eric Beers  
131595Bryan Sherwood  
14143Daren Scherer  
15222Kevin Miller 
16219Brandon Oltra 
172019Austin Beers 
18148Owen Bednasz74 
191640rJake Rought  
2084Zack Knowlden73 Accident 
21246Scott Hossfeld67 
22954eJack Ely50 Mechanical 
2375Kyle Ebersole36 Mechanical 
242394Zack Curren26 Mechanical 

Time of Race: 46 minutes 56 seconds                       Average Speed: 36.225 mph               Margin of Victory: .347 seconds

Lead Changes: 4 among 4 drivers. [48, Owen Bednasz) 0-1, [72, TJ Potrezbowski] 1-4, (32, Tyler Rypkema) 5-34, (72, Potrezbowski) 35-44, (07, Patrick Emerling) 45-75

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