Chemung, N.Y. – (May 1, 2021) – Chemung (N.Y.) Speedrome will provide the stage for the Race of Champions Modified Series return to racing in its home state of New York. The series was “idle” in the Empire State during the 2020 season due to the Covid-19 pandemic that wreaked havoc worldwide. With life returning to normal, the series will set out to face the challenging Southern Tier oval on its traditional May date.
“We’re excited to get going,” offered Chemung promoter, Ray Hodge. “It’s been a long road to get here, but we’ve been working hard and we are ready. We are looking forward to hosting the series on May 8 and getting things going in the right direction for a great season at Chemung.”
From the driver standpoint Chemung provides several unique challenges. Defending Series champion and past race-winner at Chemung, Patrick Emerling of Orchard Park, N.Y., intends to have his engine woes behind him and be part of the field on May 8.
“Chemung is a challenging place for us,” stated Emerling. “It is so different on either end and you have to be on your game as a driver. It is a very precise race track, you have to hit your marks and take care of your equipment. Anything can happen. We are looking forward to the challenge and getting back to racing in New York, we’ve missed being able to race in our home state.”
This season, this will be the first of two visits for the Series to the challenging track. The Modifieds will return on Saturday, August 7, for the running of the Rod Spalding Classic. Gates will open at 12:00 pm (noon) with practice to follow at 1:00 pm and qualifying to begin at 2:00 pm on Saturday, May 18. For more information contact Chemung Speedrome at 607.529.9998.
What: “Empire State Opener 75”, Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series
When: Saturday, May 18, 2019
Where: Chemung Speedrome Tickets: $23 – General Admission, $18 Seniors (65 years and older); $5 Children (ages 6 to 12); Children 5 and under FREE. The track is located at 605 Wyncoop Creek Road, Chemung, NY 14825, Exit 59 off of Interstate 86 (12 miles East of Elmira, N.Y., 45 miles West of Binghamton, N.Y., and 45 miles South East of Watkins Glen, N.Y.)
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 with primary marketing partners Hoosier Racing Tire, VP Racing Fuels, FX Caprara, Waddell Communications, Image X Graphic Design, TDH Refrigeration, Sherwood Racing Wheels, PavedTrackDigest.com, Presque Isle Downs & Casino and the Erie Sports Commission. The 71st annual Race of Champions weekend will take place in 2021 at Lake Erie Speedway in North East, Pennsylvania and is the second longest consecutive auto-racing event in North America, second only to the Indianapolis 500.
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