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RACE OF CHAMPIONS ASPHALT MODIFIED SERIES READY TO CLOSE OUT SEASON AT MAHONING VALLEY SPEEDWAY WITH HALL-OF-FAME HAL RENNINGER “99”

-Patrick Emerling Racing for Second Consecutive and Third Overall Series Championship –

Lehighton, Pennsylvania (September 29, 2020) – Patrick Emerling of Orchard Park, N.Y., holds a slim lead over Mike Leaty of Williamson, N.Y., in the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series championship point standings. The championship race will take place at Mahoning Valley Speedway in Lehighton, Pa., on Saturday evening for the first time since the 2016 season as part of the Speedway’s Hall of Fame Series with the running of the Hal Renninger “99”.

Emerling and Leaty have combined to win three of the last four championships. Emerling in 2016 and 2019, while Leaty won in 2017. Chuck Hossfeld was the Series champion in 2018. All three are expected to be in competition Saturday.

Race of Champions management will award be able to award a “pandemic” reduced Series point fund for the Modified Series season being reduced by the pandemic.

Qualifying for the Hal Renninger “99” at Mahoning will begin at 4:00pm on Saturday, October 3rd. Street Stocks, Hobby Stocks and Rookie Hobby Stocks will join the card.

Where: Mahoning Valley Speedway, Lehighton, Pa.

When: Saturday, October 3, 2020

Directions: The track is located in Lehighton, Pa., (2522 Blakeslee Blvd. E., Lehighton, Pa.) just a few short miles (Southwest) off Interstate 476 (Pennsylvania Northeast Extension) and Pennsylvania 209.

What: Hall of Fame “Hal Renninger 99” for the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series.

More Information: www.mahoningvalley-speedway.com/ (Track Phone: 570-386-4900) / www.rocmodifiedseries.com

NSN Expanding Milk Bowl Coverage with Five-Camera Broadcast

Barre, VT — Just like the racing teams at Barre’s Thunder Road, the Northeast Sports Network (NSN) is pulling out all the stops for the 58th Vermont Milk Bowl presented by Northfield Savings Bank this Sunday, October 4. NSN has unveiled plans for a five-camera broadcast of Sunday’s event with Multi-Angle Instant Replay sponsored by Wes Ward Auto Repair of St. Johnsbury.

For the Milk Bowl, NSN is expanding beyond their normal two-camera broadcast that has proved popular among fans. Milk Bowl Sunday’s high-end production style will show fans even more of the action in a way they have never seen before. The five cameras will be positioned all around the track for complete coverage of every thrilling pass, incidental fender rub, or heart-stopping accident.

Each camera angle will be able to provide instant replays whether or not that angle provided the live picture.  If there is a crash or important pass and the live camera misses it, one of the other four cameras will almost certainly capture it, letting fans see exactly what happened.

“We are excited to unveil this enhanced level of broadcast to the Thunder Road fans,” NSN Operations Manager Kevin Trask said. “The multi-angle replay has been well received whenever we use it.  Thank you to Wes Ward Auto Repair for sponsoring this feature.  We have enjoyed working with everyone at Thunder Road this year, and we hope the fans enjoy this expanded coverage to end the season!”

Those who tune in to NSN’s broadcast get to watch some of the biggest names in ACT-type Late Model racing fight for the right to kiss the cow. Newly crowned Thunder Road “King of the Road” Jason Corliss, defending Milk Bowl winner Bobby Therrien, Midsummer Classic 250 winner Dillon Moltz, American-Canadian Tour (ACT) standout Ryan Kuhn, and two-time Thunder Road champion Scott Dragon are just a handful of the top racers who have entered the 58th Milk Bowl.

Sunday’s Vermont Milk Bowl presented by Northfield Savings Bank is part of a three-day racing festival to wrap up the Thunder Road season. The weekend kicks off Friday, October 2 at 6:00pm with Mekkelsen RV Milk Bowl Friday featuring the Pro All Stars Series Super Late Models, PASS Modifieds, Honey Badger Bar & Grill Street Stock Series, and North East Mini Stock Tour. Booth Bros./H.P. Hood Milk Bowl Qualifying Day is Saturday, October 3 at 1:00pm is with the three-segment Milk Bowl on Sunday, October 4 at 12:15pm.

The Northeast Sports Network will have a live pay-per-view broadcast of the entire weekend. The broadcast is $50 for all three days, $40 for Saturday/Sunday, or $25 for Friday-only. Fans can sign up at www.NSNsports.net/sponsors/racing.

For more information, contact the Thunder Road offices at (802) 244-6963, media@thunderroadvt.com, or visit www.thunderroadvt.com. You can also get updates on Facebook and Twitter at @ThunderRoadVT.

For more about the Northeast Sports Network, visit www.NSNsports.net or follow them on Facebook and Twitter at @NSNsports.

Touring Series Divisions Invading Sunoco World Series at Thompson Speedway

BY KYLE SOUZA/SOUZA MEDIA 

THOMPSON, Conn. — While 19 different divisions get ready to battle in the 58th annual Sunoco World Series at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, October 9-11, there is quite the group of variety of race cars planned for fans. There will be a mix of touring series divisions, local classes and open shows to make up three days of racing, with everything from Modifieds, to Midgets, Late Models, Mini Stocks and more.  

Headlining the weekend will be the season-finale for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour — the Sunoco World Series 150. Although their 2020 season has been shortened due to COVID-19, they have put together nine races, including two at Thompson. In September, Ron Silk went to Victory Lane in the Thompson 150. For the Sunoco World Series 150, however, the story will surround the championship battle. 

Justin Bonsignore, looking for his second series crown, leads by 27 points over six-time champion Doug Coby. The two drivers are no strangers to Thompson victory lane – with Bonsignore winning 12 events and Coby six on the high-banks. The two of them will be joined by a stout entry list to be released next week that will keep fans sticking around until the very end. The Whelen Modified Tour race will also air live on NBC Sports Gold, NASCAR’s TrackPass platform. 

However, they aren’t the only invading division looking to steal the eyes of Thompson race fans.  

On Friday night, the Senior Tour Auto Racers (STAR) are bringing two divisions – the Modifieds and Late Models – to give fans a look back in time. The cars that compete with STAR are some of the oldest but best-kept in the New England region. Many have competed in some of the top events in the history of Northeast racing. They will be joined by the Open Vintage Modifieds, another division that flashes fans back up to five decades. 

On Saturday night, four other touring divisions will take the green flag. They are by the EXIT Realty Truck Series, which has quickly become one of the top tours in the upper part of New England. The Trucks return to Thompson with a championship battle on their hands. They will off a battle at Lee USA Speedway’s Octoberfest weekend, before heading to Thompson for their second-to-last race of the season. Winners this year so far include names like Randy Burr, Connor Souza, Duane Noll and Gerard Giordano Jr. The latter is no stranger to Thompson’s high-banks as Giordano picked up the big win last year.

The North East Mini Stock Tour has been busy in 2020, not letting COVID-19 slow down their championship battle. They have recently competed at Riverside Speedway, Star Speedway, White Mountain Motorsports Park and Oxford Plains Speedway with multiple different winners. As part of their current schedule, Thompson’s World Series 20-lap feature will be the last of the season, allowing them to crown a champion on the big stage.

The Pro 4 Modifieds continue their trend of World Series success with another 22-lap race on Saturday night, October 10. A former weekly division at Thompson, the Pro 4 group gives upcoming competitors a chance to dabble in the Modified ranks while also playing host to some veteran competitors looking to keep costs down. The race is the Harry Kourafas Memorial, remembering one of their longtime supporters. 

The winged-warriors are also coming back to Thompson with three different winged divisions set to compete at the World Series. The ISMA Supermodifieds were recently added with another 50-lap feature for the fastest division of the weekend. The International Supermodified Association had originally planned on closing shop for the year after their race in September but have extended their schedule to include the prestigious Thompson weekend for the 45th time. 

The NEMA Midgets and NEMA Lites are also headed back to the 0.625-mile oval with the NEMA Midgets running on Saturday and the Truly NEMA Lites competing on Sunday afternoon. Both divisions have a 25-lap feature race and are fan favorites.

On top of it all, the Pro All Star Series (PASS) returns to Thompson with their championship battle heating up. After a crazy, COVID-filled year, PASS is happy to add Thompson’s World Series to their schedule in 2020 as the second-to-last race of the year. PASS will crown their champion with a return to Oxford Plains Speedway the weekend after the Thompson event. Super Late Models will tour the Thompson oval for 75 laps at the World Series. Names like D.J. Shaw, Derek Griffith and Travis Benjamin will look to score the checkered flag in a stout field. 

A three-day general admission ticket for the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing is $55 for adults and $15 for kids ages 12 and under. Advance tickets can be purchased by visiting https://happsnow.com/event/Thompson-Speedway-Motorsports-Park-YHPQ/WORLD-SERIES–NO2QX. Pit passes will be sold at the track and are $75 for adults and $40 for kids ages 12 and under. 

For more information about the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing schedule, contact the ACT offices at (802) 244-6963, media@acttour.com, or visit www.acttour.com/thompson-speedway. You can also get updates on Facebook and Twitter at @ACTTour. 

For camping information and general Thompson Speedway inquires, call (860) 923-2280, email oval@thompsonspeedway.com, or visit www.thompsonspeedway.com. You can follow Thompson Speedway on Facebook and Instagram at @ThompsonSpeedway or on Twitter at @ThompsonSpdwy. 

For technical information concerning all PASS divisions, and for media or marketing questions, please contact passracing@roadrunner.com or visit www.proallstarsseries.com. Don’t forget to “Like” the Pro All Stars Series on Facebook or follow on Twitter @PASSSLM14 to keep up with breaking news as it happens.