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RACE OF CHAMPIONS ASPHALT MODIFIED SERIES RETURNS TO NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY PARK

Lancaster, N.Y. – (June 17, 2019) – On Thursday, June 27, 2019, when the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series rolls onto the surface at New York International Raceway Park home to Lancaster National Speedway for the running for the fifth annual Ol’ Boy Cup, it will be a homecoming, which many did not think would happen in 2019, until the track was saved from closing in May. It will be an emotional night for many.

The race will once again on Bill Colton, one of Lancaster’s biggest supporters and the innovator the foam soft walls, which are provided by Thermal Foams. Colton of North Tonawanda, N.Y., in a cooperative effort with former Lancaster an originating partner of the Race of Champion Series, Alex Friesen from Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario installed the original foam blocks (the original soft wall barriers) at Lancaster which were produced in Kenmore, N.Y., at Thermal Foams.

Chuck Hossfeld of Ransomville, N.Y., walked around the ½-mile oval last fall with doubts that he would be racing at his “home track” in 2019.

“I can’t wait,” stated Hossfeld, one of most Lancaster’s most prolific winners. “When the news came out that there might not be racing at the track, it was a hard pill to swallow, then we waited. It was last minute and the emotions are hard to explain, but the important part is we’re back there racing and we all need to look at this as an opportunity for the place to shine. Bill (Colton) helped my career immensely, he was so influential in the racing community. We’re looking forward to racing at Lancaster and honoring one of the men that made the place so great. It’s going to be a very special night.”

The Lancaster Street Stock division; Lancaster Four Cylinder Division and NYPA T.Q. Midgets will join the Modifieds for the stock car season opener at Lancaster.

Pit gates will open at 3:00pm for the Modifieds only, with other divisions opening at 3:30pm. Qualifying will begin at New York International Raceway Park home to Lancaster National Speedway on Thursday at 7:05pm. Visit www.rocmodifiedseries.com for more information on the “Ol’ Boy Cup V”.

Where: New York International Raceway Park home to Lancaster National Speedway, Lancaster, N.Y.

When: Thursday, June 27, 2019. Racing at 7:00 pm

Directions: The track is located at 57 Gunnville Road in Lancaster, N.Y., just North of Route 33 and minutes from the New York State Thruway.

What: Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series “Ol’ Boy Cup V”; Lancaster Street Stocks; Lancaster Four Cylinders and NYPA TQ Midgets.

More Information: http://speedway.lancasternationalspeedway.com/ (Track Phone: 716.759.6818) / www.rocmodifiedseries.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 with primary marketing partners Hoosier Racing Tire, VP Racing Fuels, US Army, Upstate Automotive Group, Waddell Communications, Pilat Graphic Design, TDH Refrigeration, Sherwood Racing Wheels, PavedTrackDigest.com and Speed51.com. The 69th annual Race of Champions weekend will take place in 2019 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.

For more information, contact;

Race of Champions Media at media@rocmodifiedseries.com

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RACE OF CHAMPIONS TO PRESENT SIX SPECIAL STOCK CAR SHOWS AT LANCASTER NATIONAL SPEEDWAY HOME OF NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY PARK IN 2019

– Three Race of Champions Asphalt Modifed Series Events to Highlight Schedule including Ol’ Boy Cup; the 30th Annual Tribute to Tommy Druar and Tony Jankowiak and the 31st Annual US Open –

Lancaster, New York (May 10, 2019) – Lancaster National Speedway, home of New York International Raceway Park will roar to life for the 2019 season with six big nights of stock car racing at the historic Western New York speed plant. Recently purchased by local drag racers and Buffalo area businessmen, Vito Antonicelli and Mike Swinarski, the track will once again entertain racing enthusiasts throughout the region in a multitude of racing genres, including modified stock car racing.

Opening night will be Thursday, June 27, with the running of the 5th Annual Ol’ Boy Cup in honor of Bill Colton and his efforts to develop the Thermal Foam soft wall blocks which are now used at many tracks. The Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series will highlight the night with a 60-lap feature. The Lancaster Street Stocks, Four Cylinders and NYPA Midgets will round out the racing card.

The Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series will also race on Saturday, August 17 with the running of the 30th Annual Tribute to Tommy Druar and Tony Jankowiak as well as part of the 30th Annual US Open on Sunday, September 15.

The Joe Reilly Summer Slam will take place on Thursday, July 11 for the Race of Champions Sportsman Modified Series, with Race of Champions Sportsman Modified Series events also being held on Saturday, July 20 and Saturday, August 24 along with highlighting the Saturday, September 14 portion of the US Open.

The Lancaster Street Stocks, under their 2018 Lancaster National Speedway rules package will join the card on all six occasions highlighted by the Ken Heckler ‘51’ when the division will take center stage on Saturday, August 24.

The Four Cylinders will bring their thrilling brand of racing to the inner-oval on six different occasions, including as a part of the Race of Champions Four Cylinder Dash Series as part of the US Open. The Four Cylinders will utilize their 2018 rules for the division.

The NYPA TQ Midgets will also play a role in the season, performing on five different nights at the track. Thursday, July 27; Thursday, June 11; Saturday, July 20; Saturday, August 17 and Saturday, August 24.

Purse and race information will be released for the Race of Champions divisions, the Lancaster Street Stocks and Four Cylinders in the near future. Pit Pads will go on sale on June, 1 and will be $40 for the season and the purchased pit pad will be available on the night your respective division races, including the US Open. Any questions in regard to the Stock Car program at Lancaster National Speedway, home of New York International Raceway Park, should be run through the Race of Champions (http://www.rocmodifiedseries.com/contact/).

The Lancaster National Speedway, home of New York International Raceway Park schedule for the 2019 season is;

Saturday, June 8 – Practice – All Divisions.

Thursday, June 27 – 5th Annual Ol’ Boy Cup 60 – Race of Champions Modified Series; Lancaster Street Stocks; Four Cylnders; NYPA TQ Mdgets

Thursday, July 11 – 4th Annual Joe Reilly Summer Slam ‘54’ – Race of Champions Sportsman Modifed Series; Lancaster Street Stocks; Four Cylinders; NYPA TQ Midgets

Saturday, July 20 – “Autograph Night” – Race of Champions Late Model Series; Race of Champions Sportsman Modified Series, Lancaster Street Stocks; Four Cylinders; NYPA TQ Midgets

Saturday, August 17 – 30th Annual Tribute to Tommy Druar / Tony Jankowiak ‘110’ – Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series; Race of Champions Super Stock; Lancaster Street Stocks, NYPA TQ Midgets

Saturday, August 24 – 3rd Annual Ken Heckler ‘51’ – Lancaster Street Stocks; Race of Champions Sportsman Modifieds; Four Cylinders; NYPA TQ Midgets

Friday, September 13 – 31ST Annual US Open – Practice – All Divisions

Saturday, September 14 – Race of Champions Sportsman Modified Series; Race of Champions Super Stock Series; Race of Champions Four Cylinders Dash Series; Race of Champiions TQ Midgets

Sunday, September 15 – Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series; Race of Champions Late Model Series; Lancaster Street Stocks

 Alex and Helen Bruce photo.

ISMA Offers Update on Lancaster Event Scheduled for Saturday, June 1

OSWEGO, NY (March 22, 2019) – The International Supermodified Association is prepared to offer an update concerning the status of its event scheduled for New York’s Lancaster Speedway on Saturday, June 1, 2019.

Due to the prospective sale of the track which has yet to ensue, ISMA’s Board of Directors recently elected to pull the Lancaster show from its schedule despite rumors of ongoing negotiations.

“Our board made the decision to pull Lancaster from the schedule,” ISMA president Doc Hathaway confirmed. “Since that time, I have heard rumblings to indicate there is a party interested in purchasing the track.”

Whether or not a purchase of the Western New York speedway is now imminent, the June 1 date still remains an open slot on ISMA’s schedule.

“I’ve been asked if Lancaster is still on our schedule and it is not,” Hathaway said. “However, we have not filled that date. If negotiations were to advance to the point where Lancaster becomes a possible race, we would consider it if informed in enough time that our teams could prepare.”  

Recently, ISMA was asked to allow two weeks to contemplate any developments that may transpire regarding the track’s sale. The second week in that period is now here.

“I granted two weeks to see how negotiations were advancing, but it is now at the end of our second week,” Hathaway continued. “ISMA would like to thank everyone for their patience in this matter. Lancaster has always been a great track for our Supermodifieds and we will keep you informed as information is received.”

Should ISMA be unable to return to Lancaster on June 1, the tour’s first event would take place two weeks later at the Delaware Speedway in Ontario on Saturday, June 15.

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