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UPDATED SCHEDULE SET FOR PRESQUE ISLE DOWNS & CASINO RACE OF CHAMPIONS WEEKEND AT LAKE ERIE SPEEDWAY

The Tradition Continues with the 69th Annual “Race of Champions 250” to highlight Weekend

North East, PA – (September 19, 2019) – The schedule for the September 26, 27 and 28 Presque Isle Downs & Casino Race of Champions Weekend at Lake Erie Speedway in North East, Pennsylvania has been updated to include the Lancaster Street Stock Division. The schedule includes the running of the 69th Annual “Race of Champions 250” for the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series. The event includes three days filled with racing and festivities.

Thursday, September 26:  Practice will take place on Thursday, September 26, with gates opening at 3:00 pm and practice from 4:00 pm until dusk for all divisions. Information regarding a special event this night is forthcoming.

Friday, September 27; Racing will include the Race of Champions Asphalt Sportsman Modified Series in a 75-lap event that concludes the second four-race season of this dynamic series. The Race of Champions Super Stock Series will compete in a 40-lap event that will complete their season and see the Series champion crowned, in addition to the final race in the TDH Refrigeration “Cool Performance of the Hottest Races of the Season” championship within a championship. The always exciting Lancaster Street Stock division has been added to the card to fill out the night’s racing activitiy.

Saturday, September 28; The featured event will be the running of the 69th Annual “Race of Champions 250”. The event features 250 exciting laps of action for racing enthusiasts and is the second longest consecutive auto-racing event to take place each year in North America, second only to the Indianapolis 500. The Race of Champions Asphalt Late Model Series will conclude its season along with support from the Race of Champions TQ Midget Series.  The Race of Champions Four Cylinder “Dash” Series will once again thrill fans as a champion is set to be crowned.

Tickets may be purchased for the weekend and will be available at the Lake Erie Speedway ticket office or at www.lakeeriespeedway.com.

Ticket prices for Thursday, September 26; Adult, Senior, Children (Infant – 16) – Grandstands Free. Pit Pass – Member $20 / Non-Member $25.

Ticket prices for Friday, September 27 purchased before September 1, 2019; Adult General Admission Tickets – $20; Senior General Admission Tickets – $17; Reserved Seat Tickets (Regardless of Age) – $25 – Children (6-16) – General Admission Tickets – $10; Children Under 5 General Admission Tickets – Free; Pit Passes – Members $35 / Non-Members $45.

Ticket prices for Saturday, September 28 purchased before September 1, 2019; Adult General Admission Tickets – $35; Senior General Admission Tickets – $33; Reserved Seat Tickets (Regardless of Age) – $40 – Children (6-16) – General Admission Tickets – $12; Children Under 5 General Admission Tickets – Free; Pit Passes – Members $55 / Non-Members $65.

3-Day Pit Pass Combo – Members $95 / Non-Members – $115

If you plan to attend the weekend and camp at the facility, spots will be sold at the track for the designated camping areas. Tickets and camping spots for the Presque Isle Downs & Casino Race of Champions Weekend are available at the Lake Erie Speedway ticket office 814.725.3303.

Where: Lake Erie Speedway, North East, Pa.

When: Thursday, September 26; Friday, September 27 and Saturday, September 28

Directions: The track is located just twenty minutes West of Erie, Pa., minutes from Interstate 90 and directly of Interstate 86 at 10700 Delmas Drive, North East, PA  16428

What: The Presque Isle Downs & Casino Race of Champions Weekend at Lake Erie Speedway featuring the 69th Annual “Race of Champions 250”

More Information: www.lakeeriespeedway.com (Track Phone: 814.725.3303) / 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, Jerico Performance, TDH Refrigeration, Sherwood Racing Wheels, PavedTrackDigest.com and Speed51.com. The 6i9th 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 250

Lake Erie Speedway, North East, Pennsylvania

*All times and events subject to change

DATE                                       TIME                                       EVENT

Wednesday – 9/25              5:00pm – 10:00pm             Early Arrival Camping

Thursday – 9/26                   10:00 am                               Gates open for Campers and Haulers

                                                3:00 pm                                 Pit Gates Open for Practice – ALL DIVISIOINS

                                                4:00 pm to dusk                   Practice by Division

Friday – 9/27                         9:00 am                                 Gates Open for Campers and Haulers

                                                2:00 pm                                 Pit Gates Open

                                                2:30 pm                                 Inspection and Draw for All Divisions Open

                                                4:30 pm                                 Driver’s Meeting (by Division–Race of Champions Sportsman Modifieds, Race

of Champions Super Stock Series and Lancaster Street Stock Division)

5:15 pm                                 Practice by Division (Race of Champions Sportsman Modifieds, Race of Champions Super Stock Series and Lancaster Street Stock Division)

6:00 pm                                                Grandstand’s Open

Followed by:

                                                7:05 pm                                                 Opening Ceremonies (Anthems, Invocation)

7:15 pm                                 Qualifying Races by Division:

                                                Lancaster Street Stock Division (8-laps)

                                                                Race of Champions Sportsman Modified Series (10 laps)

Race of Champions Super Stock Series (8 laps)

8:15 pm                                 B-Main / Non Qualifier Race(s) if necessary by Division

Sportsman Modifieds (12-laps);

Race of Champions Super Stocks (10 laps)

Lancaster Street Stock Division (30-laps)

8:45 pm                                 Race of Champions Super Stock Feature (40 laps)

9:15 pm                                 Race of Champions Sportsman Modified Driver Introductions (Drivers in car, staged on front stretch)

9:30 pm                                 Race of Champions Sportsman Modified Series 75 – (75 laps – Cautions do not count)

10:30 pm                               Race of Champions Sportsman Modified Series 75 victory lane

11:00 pm                               Pit Area Closed

Race of Champions 250

Lake Erie Speedway, North East, Pennsylvania

*All times and events subject to change

DATE                       TIME                                       EVENT

Saturday – 9/28   10:00 am                               Pit Gates Open (Haulers Enter)

11:00 am                               Inspection and Draw for Group Begins

12:00 pm (Noon)                 Driver’s Meeting Four Cylinder Dash Series

                                12:10 pm                               Driver’s Meeting TQ Midget Series

                                12:20 pm                               Driver’s Meeting Late Model Series

                                12:30 pm                               Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series Driver’s Meeting in Pit Entrance Building

                                1:00 pm                                                 Grandstands Open

                                1:00 pm                                 Hot Laps by Division (2 rounds):

                                                                                                Race of Champions Four Cylinder Dash Series

                                                                                Race of Champions TQ Midgets

                                                                                Race of Champions Late Models

                                                Race of Champions Asphalt Modifieds

2:00 pm                                 Qualifying Races for Race of Champions Four Cylinder Dash Series (6-laps)

2:30 pm Approx.                  G-W-C Group Time Trials for the Race of Champions Modifieds;

Immediately Following        Qualifying Races by Division:

                                                Race of Champions TQ Midgets (8 laps)

                                                Race of Champions Late Models (8 laps)

                                                Race of Champions Modifieds (10 laps)

Immediately Following        B-Main / Non-Qualifiers (if necessary)

                                                Race of Champions Modifieds (12laps)

4:30 pm (Approx.)               Race of Champions Four Cylinder Dash Series Feature (20-laps)

Followed by:                         Victory Lane

Immediately Following        Race of Champions TQ Midget Feature (TBA)

Followed by:                         Victory Lane

5:15 pm (Approx.)               Race of Champions Late Model Series (40 laps)

Followed by:                         Victory Lane

5:50 pm                                 Pre-Race, cars begin to stage

5:55 pm                                 Race of Champions Introductions beginning with special awards:

                                                                – Hall of Fame Induction

                                                – Grand Marshall Introduction

                                                – Honorary Starter

6:00 pm                                 Driver Introductions

6:20 pm                                 Command to Start Engines

6:30 pm                                 Roll off

6:38 pm approx.                  Green Flag, 69th Annual Race of Champions 250

8:30 pm approx.                  Race of Champions 250 Victory Lane

                                10:00 pm                               Pit Area Closed

HALL OF FAME INDUCTION TO HONOR TO PAST INDUCTEES AT 69TH ANNUAL PRESQUE ISLE DOWNS & CASINO RACE OF CHAMPIONS WEEKEND AT LAKE ERIE SPEEDWAY

 Don Toal and Mike Stefanik to be Remembered at Lake Erie Speedway during 69th Annual Presque Isle Downs & Casino Race of Champions Weekend –

North East, Pa. – (September 18, 2019) – In an effort to properly honor the lives of Don Toal of Rochester, N.Y., and Mike Stefanik of Coventry, R.I., there will be no inductions into the Race of Champions Hall of Fame at the 69th Annual Presque Isle Downs & Casino Race of Champions weekend.

Stefanik won the classic on the ¾-mile at Pocono Raceway in 1990. Winning the race automatically places the driver in the Hall of Fame.

Toal and his wife Marylin were inducted to the Race of Champions Hall of Fame in 1998.

Don Toal

The Toal’s were instrumental in the large lap funds that were presented to the drivers for being a lap leader of the Race of Champions. Don also served as an official throughout his career ultimately being inducted into the Eastern Motorsports Press Association as well the Friends of Auto-Racing (FOAR Score) Hall of Fame.

Toal passed away on September 7, at the age of 83 after a long illness.

Stefanik, who is the all-time leader in NASCAR Modified Tour victories as well tied with Richie Evans of Rome, N.Y., with 9 championships, passed away suddenly on September 15 after a plane crash. Stefanik was 61.

Both Toal and Stefanik will be honored during pre-race, with reflection on their careers and a moment of silence.

If you are planning to attend the weekend and camp at the facility, spots are being sold at the track for the designated camping areas. Tickets and camping spots for the Presque Isle Downs & Casino Race of Champions Weekend are available at the Lake Erie Speedway ticket office 814.725.3303.

Where: Lake Erie Speedway, North East, Pa.

When: Thursday, September 26; Friday, September 27 and Saturday, September 28.

Directions: The track is located just twenty minutes of East Erie, Pa., minutes from Interstate 90 and directly of Interstate 86 at 10700 Delmas Drive, North East, Pa., 16428

What: Presque Isle Downs & Casino Race of Champions Weekend; the 69th Annual Race of Champions 250

More Information: www.lakeeriespeedway.com (Track Phone: 814.725.3303) / 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, Wilbert’s U-Pull It 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

Follow us on Twitter; Instagram and Facebook; @RoCModSeries or visit our website: www.rocmodifiedseries.com              

Patrick Emerling wins U.S. Open 125 at Lancaster Speedway

LANCASTER, N.Y. (September 15, 2019) – Patrick Emerling of Orchard Park, N.Y. won the 31st annual U.S. Open 125 Race of Champions Modified Series event on Sunday afternoon at Lancaster Speedway @ New York International Raceway Park. It was the second career U.S. Open win for Emerling, after winning the event back in 2016. 

In supporting action from the final day of the U.S. Open, Eldon King III of Freedom, N.Y. won the Race of Champions Late Model Series feature. Rich Sharpe of Lancaster won the U.S. Open Street Stock feature for a fourth-straight year, and for the fifth time in the last six years. 

Andy Jankowiak and Timmy Catalano led the field of 24 Modifieds to the opening green flag of the U.S. Open 125. Jankowiak led the opening lap before giving way to Catalano. Catalano controlled the pace through the first 20 laps of the event. The yellow flag was displayed for the first time on lap 20 when Chris Ridsdale spun. 

Mike Leaty started fourth after setting fast time in qualifying and winning his heat race. He moved into second behind Catalano when the race restarted on lap 27, and then took the lead on the following restart 11 laps later. 

Catalano did not let Leaty get away without a fight, however, as he chased Leaty for 15 laps before recapturing it on lap 53. His brother, Tommy Catalano, was running third until a mechanical issue took him out contention on lap 57. The caution flag was displayed again when Catalano stopped on the race track, which set off the first round of pit stops. Timmy Catalano, Emerling, Jankowiak, Scott Wylie and Owen Bednasz were among the ten cars that decided to pit. 

Leaty was handed back the lead as Catalano made his pit visit. He was joined at the front of the field by Eric Beers, Matt Hirschman, George Skora III and TJ Potrzebowski when the race restarted just after the halfway point. 

The misfortune for the Catalano family continued on lap 76 when Amy Catalano stopped on the track with an issue to bring out the yellow flag again. Leaty and Skora came to the pits during this caution period, which gave the lead to Beers and moved Hirschman to second. 

Hirschman, the defending and five-time U.S. Open winner, didn’t waste time on the restart as he took off when the green flag came back out to take the lead from Beers. It looked like Hirschman could be on his way to a sixth win on lap 87 when Chuck Hossfeld and Timmy Catalano made contact in turn one to signal the final caution period of the race. Hirschman and Beers pitted at this time to try and set themselves up for about a 30-lap dash through the field.

Emerling inherited the lead when Hirschman and Beers made their stops, which were the final two cars in the field to pit. Jankowiak lined up second followed by Hossfeld, Kevin Miller and Timmy Catalano. 

The race restarted with 31 laps to go, amd Emerling and Jankowiak took off from the field as they turn things into a two car battle for the win. Jankowiak appeared to have the stronger car early in the stretch run as he pressed Emerling especially on the outside through turns one and two. Emerling ran that outside line to block the advances of Jankowiak. 

Emerling began to pull away in the final 15 laps as Jankowiak’s car started to fade. He pulled out to over a one second advantage as Emerling worked through lapped traffic. Emerling cruised to the checkered flag for his second win in the U.S. Open 125. His victory, combined with a second place run in Friday’s Tommy Druar/Tony Jankowiak Memorial 110, has allowed Emerling to close within two points of Jankowiak for the RoC Modified Series points lead. 

Jankowiak finished second after a strong showing. Leaty came home third to give his L2 Autosport team two cars in the top three. Hirschman finished fourth after his strategy to pit late did not go as well as he had hoped. He got hung up in traffic, and wasn’t able to move through the field until very late. Chuck Hossfeld finished fifth in what could be his final U.S. Open start as he has announced he will retire from driving full-time at the end of this season. 

Eldon King III held off Danny Knoll, Jr. to clinch his first win RoC Late Model Series win at the U.S. Open. King took the lead from Terry Weldy on lap four, and then survived 29 lap green flag run to the finish to pick up the win. Knoll was right on King’s tail throughout most of the race, but was unable to overtake him. Weldy finished third behind King and Knoll. Dave Whittaker and Bobby Weber rounded out the top five. 

Rich Sharpe continued his domination of the Street Stocks at the U.S. Open as he won for the fifth time in six years. Sharpe did have his work cut out for him, however, as he started 12th in the 24-car field. 

Nik Welshans and Chris Powers led the field to green, and Welshans took the lead at the drop of the green flag. Welshans held the lead until lap 16 when Mike Scott drove between him and a lapped car down the front straightaway to take over first place. 

The start of the Street Stock feature went caution free for the first 17 laps until Brian Hoffman spun out in turn two. Rain began to fall during the caution period, which caused about a 30 minute delay to dry the track. 

When the rain stopped and the race resumed, Sharpe moved into second place behind Scott followed by Nik and Tim Welshans and Tommy Wentland. Debris on the track brought the yellow flag out again on lap 21. Sharpe lined up on the front row with Scott on the restart, and he took over the lead when the race went back to green. 

Sharpe drove away for the final eight laps to pick up his fourth win in a row at the U.S. Open. Scott held on to finish second followed by Tim and Nik Welshans and Wentland rounding out the top five. 

The U.S. Open brings an end to the 2019 Stock Car season at Lancaster Speedway. The NYIRP ownership group and the Race of Champions have already announced that they will be working together again to present a schedule of stock car events in 2020. The 32nd annual U.S. Open will take place September 11-13, 2020. The full schedule will be released in November. 

RESULTS

RACE OF CHAMPIONS MODIFIED SERIES

Fast Qualifier: Mike Leaty – 17.041 seconds

Heat Winners: Mike Leaty, Andy Jankowiak, Patrick Emerling

U.S. Open 125 Finish: PATRICK EMERLING, Andy Jankowiak, Mike Leaty, Matt Hirschman, Chuck Hossfeld, George Skora III, Eric Beers, Timmy Catalano, Kevin Miller, Owen Bednasz, Scott Wylie, Tyler Rypkema, Daren Scherer, Amy Catalano, Dan Majchrzak, T.J. Potrzebowski, Chris Ridsdale, Austin Beers, Tommy Catalano, Daryl Lewis, Jr., Mark Tychoniewicz, Dave DiPietro, Jake Rought, Andy Lewis

RACE OF CHAMPIONS LATE MODEL SERIES

Heat Winners: Terry Weldy, Eldon King III

Finish: ELDON KING III, Danny Knoll, Jr., Terry Weldy, Dave Whittaker, Bobby Weber, Dave Heitzhaus, Tommy Catalano, Sam Fullone, Ron Richter, Jeremy Haudricourt, Frank Batista, Dave Rigan

STREET STOCKS

Heat Winners: Rich Sharpe, Lou Carbone, Mike Scott

Feature: RICH SHARPE, Mike Scott, Tim Welshans, Nik Welshans, Tommy Wentland, Chris Powers, Brian Hoffman, Tyler Day, Mike Dalfonso, Lou Carbone, Jim Dauer, Frank Prell, Scott Gleed, Garrett Cleversley, Scott Chaplin, Scott Soos, Mike Rogers, Bob Palmer, Michele Russo, Max Northem, Wes Labar, Ken Maltby, Jay Canonico DNS: Dylan Carbone