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ANDY JANKOWIAK DOMINATES SPENCER SPEEDWAY PRESENTED BY WILBERT’S U PULL-IT

65TH ANNIVERSARY 100 WITH 3RD VICTORY OF THE SEASON

– Tom Barron, Race of Champions Super Stock Series and Dave Reiber Wilbert’s U-Pull It Four Cylinders Also Winners –

Williamson, New York – (July 27, 2019) – Andy Jankowiak of Buffalo, N.Y., turned in a dominating performance to win the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series Spencer Speedway presented by Wilbert’s U-Pull It 65th Anniversary 100 this past Friday. It was the 9th victory of Jankowiak’s career, but first at Spencer.

Jankowiak drew the pole, used a timely pitstop and went on to win the 100-lap event.

“This was big for us,” stated Jankowiak. “We had a great car all night. Spencer has presented me with its challenges however tonight we were able to overcome them and end up in victory lane. I’m proud of our entire team. Everything went our way. I’m lucking to get to drive this car. Tonight was an awesome victory for this team and we’re going to celebrate this one.”

Jankowiak, flanked by Scott Wylie of Blasdell, N.Y., led the field to the green. Jankowiak had to withstand the advances of Chuck Hossfeld of Ransomville, N.Y., to hang on to the top spot.

After a series of mid-race pitstops Jankowiak worked his way back to the spot and took command until the checkers flew. Wylie ended up second. Daryl Lewis of Ontario, N.Y., finished third.

Amy Catalano of Ontario, N.Y., finished fourth with Eric Beers of Northampton, Pa., rounding out the top-five.

Chuck Hossfeld of Ransomville, N.Y., posted the Speed51.com “Top of the Board” overall fast time in group time trials with a lap of 19.085 seconds with an average speed of 94.315 mph.

Hossfeld; Amy Catalano of Ontario, N.Y., and Patrick Emerling of Orchard Park, N.Y., won the qualifying races.

Tom Barron of Ontario, N.Y., picked up his second win in the Race of Champions Super Stock Series. Barron fended off the challenges of Joe Mancuso of Buffalo N.Y., who finished second. Tommy Krawczyk of West Seneca, N.Y., finished third.

Dave Reiber of Ontario, N.Y., won the Wilbert’s U Pull-It Four Cylinder division race. Reiber topped Jacob Gustafson of Webster, N.Y., (second) and Corey Capland of Ontario, N.Y. (third).

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Feature Finish

Spencer Speedway 65th Anniversary 100

Spencer Speedway, Williamson, N.Y.

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

Finish 
1
Starting Position 
1
No. 12xName 
Andy Jankowiak
Laps 100 
2288Scott Wylie  
31210Daryl Lewis, Jr.  
4464Amy Catalano  
51045bEric Beers  
6722Chuck Hossfeld  
7307Patrick Ermerling  
8198Chris Finnochario  
9654cTommy Catalano  
101440Alan Bookmiller  
11111Chris Risdale  
122159Karl Hehr  
131654eJack Ely  
141719Austin Beers  
152054pjTyler Catalano 
161540Jake Rought 
17845cTimmy Catalano 
18925Mike LeatyIgnition 
19133Daren SchererAccident 
20181Mike RamosOver Heating 
2152Kevin MillerAccident 

Photo Credit: Ken and Bev Dippel Photos

65TH ANNIVERSARY RACE OF CHAMPIONS ASPHALT MODIFIED SERIES 100-LAP THIS FRIDAY AT SPENCER SPEEDWAY

– 100-LAP MODIFIED EVENT TO FEATURE PITSTOPS; RACE OF CHAMPIONS SUPER STOCK SERIES $1000-TO-WIN –

– Advance Ticket Sales Available at 3 Wilbert’s Locations –

Williamson, N.Y. – (July 22, 2019) – On Friday, July 26, 2019 the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series will return to action at Spencer Speedway presented by Wilbert’s U-Pull It for a 100-lap event. It will be in honor of the speedway that has stood the test of time for 65-years, making it one of the most historic tracks in Modified racing history.

The track which opened in 1955 has been a staple in Modified racing history with all of Modified’s “big names” making the track a weekly home or sporadic visit throughout the years. Richie Evans, Jerry Cook, Jimmy Spencer, Tony Hirschman, Jan Leaty and more have made Spencer “home” throughout the years.

In more recent times, the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series has been the feature Modified division at the track. Chuck Hossfeld, Matt Hirschman, Patrick Emerling and Mike Leaty have all had outstanding performances at the paperclip oval.

Hossfeld is coming off a Race of Champions Asphalt Sportsman Modified win this past Saturday at New York International Raceway Park, home to Lancaster National Speedway.

“Spencer is challenging,” stated Hossfeld. “We’ve run a lot of 75 lap races there recently without tire changes. This presents a unique challenge for us. It will be different and tire strategy will definitely play a role in how things work out. It will be exciting for everyone that is guaranteed.”

Advance ticket sales will take place at 3 Wilbert’s locations in the area of the track. Wilbert’s U-Pull It in Williamson; Wilbert’s Premium Auto Parts in Webster and Wilbert’s Premium Auto Parts in Ontario. The advance tickets at Wilbert’s will be sold for $20 per ticket and will only be valid for the Friday, July 26 event.

The Race of Champions Super Stock Series will join the card with another $1,000-to-win event along with the Wilbert’s U-Pull It Four Cylinders.

The “Food Truck Frenzy” featuring local food trucks and tastes from the area will also make its return. The gates open at 5:00 pm at Spencer Speedway for fans, with qualifying to follow at 7:15 pm.

Where: Spencer Speedway, Williamson, N.Y.

When: Friday, July 26, 2019. Grandstands open at 5:00 pm, Qualifying at 7:15 pm; all racing to follow.

Tickets: $23 General Admission; $20 for Seniors/Military (65 years and older and Military with proper identification); Children 5-to-15 years of age will be $10; Family Four Pack $58; Children 4-and-under will be Free.

Directions: The track is located just fifteen minutes east of Rochester, N.Y. at 3020 Route 104, Williamson, N.Y. 14589

What: The Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series “Salute to 65-years at Spencer” 100

More Information: 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.

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Race of Champions Media at media@rocmodifiedseries.com

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        Jim Feeney photo

TOMMY CATALANO TAKES HOME FIRST RACE OF CHAMPIONS ASPHALT MODIFIED SERIES WIN AT JUKASA MOTOR SPEEEDWAY

– Catalano Scores Second Major Win in Canada –

Nelles Corners, Ontario, Canada – (July 14, 2019) – Tommy Catalano of Ontario, N.Y., has been knocking on the door to win a Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series race for the past several seasons and this past Saturday at the ultra-modern Jukasa Motor Speedway in Southern Ontario, Catalano broke the door down and made his way to victory lane.

Catalano sped past veteran racer and defending Series champion, Chuck Hossfeld of Ransomville, N.Y., on lap 67 after a restart following a rain delay, then held off a charging Andy Jankowiak of Tonawanda, N.Y., to claim his first Series victory. It was Catalano’s second Race of Champions victory on Canadian soil as we won at Delaware Speedway, near London, Ontario in 2017 in the Race of Champions Asphalt Sportsman Modified Series.

“They were breathing down my neck, but I’m not sure I was breathing,” Catalano said smiling from victory lane. “This was a huge night for us and I just need to thank my Mom and my Dad, our entire family and friends, for giving me such a great racecar to drive. This has been a long time working and we couldn’t ask for a better way to end the night. This is great for all of us.”

Hossfeld started from the pole and led the field for the first 66 circuits fending off challenges from Eric Beers of Northampton, Pa., Patrick Emerling of Orchard Park, N.Y., and Catalano. A rain shower brought out the red flag for 1 hour and 5 minutes, before the race resumed.

When the race did resume, Catalano made his move and went to the top spot. In the closing stages of the race Jankowiak made several bids at the top spot, however, Catalano fended him off. Emerling wound up third.

Hossfeld and Scott Wylie of Blasdell, N.Y., rounded out the top-five.

Hossfeld posted the Speed51.com “Top of the Board” overall fast time in group time trials with a lap of 17.404 seconds with an average speed of 129.28 mph.

Emering, Hossfeld and Catalano won the qualifying races.

Feature Finish

“Great Canadian” Rankin 100 (100-laps)

Jukasa Motor Speedway, Nelles Corners, Ontario

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

Finish 1Starting Position 6No. 54cName Tommy CatalanoLaps 100 
21112Andy Jankowiak  
31007Patrick Emerling  
4122Chuck Hossfeld  
51288Scot Wyle  
6348Owen Bednasz  
7445bEric Beers  
823Daren Scherer  
9864Amy Catalano  
10172Kevin Miller  
111565George Skora, III  
12754eJack Ely  
13999Bill Mislin  
14140Randall Richards  
151459Karl Hehr50 Suspension
161314AJ Emms28 Mechanical
171845Timmy Catalano27 Over Heating
1822573Austin Beers7 Oil Leak 
19525Mike Leaty5 Electrical 
201965lAndy Lewis3 Mechanical 
21162Paul Townson3 Mechanical 
222010lDaryl Lewis1 Transmission 

Time of Race: 41 minutes & 17 seconds                   Average Speed: 95.32 mph                 Margin of Victory: .187 seconds Lead Changes: 1 among 2 drivers. [22, Chuck Hossfeld) 1-66, [54, Tommy Catalano] 67-100,  

Speed51.com “Top of the Board” Award; Mike Leaty  (17.404  seconds @ 129.28 mph)

Dirt Track Qualifying Race Winners; Patrick Emerling (1);  Tommy Catalano (3); Chuck Hossfeld (4)

Wilwood Engineering Certificate Award (5th Place) – Scott Wylie

MyRacePass “Free Pass” Award – N/A

Photo Credit: Alex and Helen Bruce