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MATT HIRSCHMAN CONTINUES HIS DOMINANCE OF LAKE ERIE SPEEDWAY WITH “BASH BY THE LAKE” WIN

GEORGE SKORA, III SPORTSMAN, TOMMY KRAWCZYK – SUPER STOCK, BOBBY HOLMES – TQ MIDGET, BRYCE BAILEY & DJ SHAW – FOUR CYLINDER DASH SERIES WINNERS AT LAKE ERIE

North East, Pennsylvania – (June 28, 2020) – Matt Hirschman of Northampton, Pennsylvania, continued his dominance at Lake Erie Speedway this past Saturday night as he scored the opening night Series victory in the “Bash by the Lake” 75 for the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series. Hirschman has won the last six races at the North East, Pa., speed plant, dating back to the surprise victory by Will Thomas of Sharpsville, Pa., in 2016. It was Hirschman’s 48th career Race of Champions series victory.

“It was a big night for us,” stated Hirschman. “Things have obviously been different this year and we are happy to come out and do our things. I love Lake Erie, it has been a great race track for me. I’m very thankful the show worked out. The weather didn’t look so good this week. We had a great car, a good draw and things just went our way. I hope the next race comes sooner rather than later, but whenever it is, we will be ready.”

Hirschman topped Andy Jankowiak of Tonawanda, N.Y., finished second after a late race charge at Hirschman. Patrick Emerling of Orchard Park, N.Y., the defending series champion finished third. Mike Leaty of Williamson, N.Y., finished fourth with Timmy Catalano of Ontario, N.Y., rounding out the top-five.

Bobby Holmes of Lockport, N.Y., won the T.Q. Midget Series race over Andy Nye of Lancaster, N.Y., and Kyle Hutchinson of East Aurora, N.Y. Holmes, Nye and Hutchinson staged an epic battle with several lead changes throughout the race.

In Friday’s action, George Skora, III of Eden, N.Y., scored his first Race of Champions Sportsman Modified Series victory. Skora was a former Late Model track champion at Lake Erie. Leaty finished second with Jankowiak third. Daryl Lewis, Jr., of Ontario, ,N.Y. finished fourth and Jake Wylie of Derby, N.Y., rounded out the top-five.

Tommy Krawczyk of West Seneca, N.Y., survived several restarts to win the Super Stock Series event. Krawczyk out ran Tommy Barron from Ontario, N.Y., who is the defending series champion. TJ Cochrane of Cheektowaga, N.Y., finished third. Nik Welshans of West Seneca, N.Y., finished fourth with Trevor Catalano of Ontario, N.Y., finishing fifth.

Bryce Bailey, who is just 15-years old from Waverly, N.Y., scored his first feature victory on Friday night in his first start with the Four Cylinder Dash Series. Bailey topped DJ Shaw of Waverly, N.Y., who finished second and Erik Johnson of Elyria, Ohio, who came home third. Jason Anasiewicz of Alden, N.Y., finished fourth and Charles Palmer of Cheektowaga, N.Y., finished fifth.

D.J. Shaw moved up one position on Saturday evening and captured his first Four Cylinder Dash Series victory. Palmer finished second with Bryar Dils of Derby, N.Y., finishing third. Anasiewicz finished fourth with Josh Schosek of Hamburg, N.Y., finishing fifth.

Full and detailed race results and point standings can be obtained at www.rocmodifiedseries.com (http://www.rocmodifiedseries.com/schedule/)

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, Printed Image of Buffalo, Waddell Communications, Pilat Graphic Design, TDH Refrigeration, RPM Newsletter and Workshops; Sherwood Racing Wheels, DirtTrackDigest.com, Wilbert’s U-Pull It and Speed51.com. The 70th annual Race of Champions weekend will take place in 2020 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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RACE OF CHAMPIONS MODIFIED SERIES AND LAKE ERIE SPEEDWAY SET TO GO GREEN AT LAKE ERIE SPEEDWAY, FRIDAY JUNE 26 AND SATURDAY JUNE 27

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Elma, New York (June 5, 2020) – Race of Champions Modified Series and Lake Erie Speedway management have been able to secure a return to racing date with events taking place on Friday, June 26 and the originally scheduled show on Saturday, June 27.

The show that was postponed on Friday, June 6 featuring the Race of Champions Sportsman Modifieds and Race of Champions Super Stocks will move to Friday, June 26 with the divisions being adjusted slightly to include the Race of Champions Four Cylinder Dash Series as well as the U.S. (INEX) Legend Cars, and Bandoleros.

On Saturday, June 27, the Race of Champions Modified Series will take center stage in a 75-lap event along with the Race of Champions T.Q. Midgets, Race of Champions Four Cylinder Dash Series and Midwest Compacts. The June 27 event is the originally scheduled date for the event.

Masks or facial coverings will be recommended and social distancing will be practiced due to state and county established restrictions due to COVID-19 as Erie County Pennsylvania moves into the “green” phase of the state’s reopening plan.

Phased reopening in all states varies based on the guidelines set forth by local, regional and state authorities. Until spectators are permitted In New York it is not financially feasible for many speedways and series, including the Race of Champions management plan at Spencer Speedway, to conduct racing events.

All Race of Champions events that are run will follow all guidelines as set forth by any authority including the CDC.

The Race of Champions will be introducing their contactless points of purchase, membership and event registration in the next two weeks.

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, Printed Image of Buffalo, Waddell Communications, Pilat Graphic Design, TDH Refrigeration, RPM Newsletter and Workshops; Sherwood Racing Wheels, DirtTrackDigest.com, Wilbert’s U-Pull It and Speed51.com. The 70th annual Race of Champions weekend will take place in 2020 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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MATT HIRSCHMAN ADDS NUMBER 7 AS THE MOST PROLIFIC WINNER IN THE HISTORY OF THE RACE OF CHAMPIONS

Photo Credit: Alex and Helen Bruce Photos.

-Andy Jankowiak (Sportsman); Andy Cryan (Super Stocks); Briar Dils (Four Cylinders); Rich Sharpe (Street Stocks); Jerick Johnson (Late Models); Shawn Nye (TQ Midget)

all Race of Champions Weekend Winners-

North East, Pennsylvania – (October 1, 2019) – Matt Hirschman of Northampton, Pennsylvania, earned his 7th career and 5h consecutive in the 69th edition of the event at Lake Erie Speedway in North East, Penn., to close out Presque Isle Downs & Casino Race of Champions weekend.  Hirschman’s victories came on three distinctly different type tracks in Chemung (N.Y.) Speedrome, Oswego (N.Y.) Speedway and Lake Erie, which is a 3/8-mile progressively banked oval.

“This is the biggest race of our season and when it rained, I thought, this just isn’t my year,” stated Hirschman following the race. “Then when I knew we would finish I was pumped up to get going again. Things worked out our way. This track is great. There are multiple grooves and it really is exciting racing. It takes everything to win this race and to do it is extremely humbling to win. This race means a great deal to my family. My Dad (Tony Hirschman) has won it four times. It is an incredible feeling and this truly means a great deal to all of us.”

Hirschman took home $12,500 for the win.

Hirschman captured the pole during group qualifying. After a rain delay when George Skora, III of Eden, N.Y., was leading, Hirschman worked his way back to the front and ultimately held off his neighbor, Eric Beers of Northampton, Pa., to score the victory. Skora worked his way back to finish third. Scott Wylie of Blasdell, N.Y., and young Austin Beers of Northampton, Pa., rounded out the top-five.

During post-race inspection several items were specifically inspected including; compression, the ignition system, MSD Box, transmission and carburetors. All cars passed inspection.

Briar Dils of Derby, N.Y., won the Race of Champions Four Cylinder “Dash” Series event while Jacob Gustafson of Webster, N.Y., earned the Race of Champions Four Cylinder “Dash” Series championship.

Shawn Nye of Lancaster, N.Y., won the “Harry Macy Classic 29” in exciting fashion, passing eventually TQ Midget Series champion Andy Jankowiak of Tonawanda, N.Y., late in the race to earn the victory.

Jerick Johnson of Mooresville, N.C., captured the Race of Champions Late Model Series 40-lap feature. Johnson had to hold off defending race winner Sam Fullone of North Collins, N.Y., to take home the top-prize. Terry Weldy of Corfu, N.Y., scored his first Race of Champions Late Model Series championship.

On Friday night Jankowiak scored an exciting and emotional Race of Champions Sportsman Modified Series victory over Nye and Hirschman. Chuck Hossfeld of Ransomville, N.Y., earned the Series title after earning the Modified Series crown in 2018.

Andy Cryan of Hamburg, N.Y., raced to his first ever Race of Champions Super Stock Series victory. Tom Barron of Ontario, N.Y., raced to his first-ever Race of Champions Series Championship.

Rich Sharpe of Buffalo, N.Y., claimed the Street Stock race over Ken Maltby of West Seneca, N.Y., who came home second. Brian Hoffman of South Wales, N.Y., finished third.

Full and detailed race results and point standings can be obtained at www.rocmodifiedseries.com

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