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-Over 60 former Drivers and Racing Personalities Attend Shangri La / Chemung Reunion-


Matt Hirschman Rod Spalding Classic 75 winner. August 4th 1018 Walt Smith Photo

Chemung, New York – (August 5, 2018) – Matt Hirschman of Northampton, Pa., showed why he is a contender whenever he shows up with the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series on Saturday at the Chemung (N.Y.) Speedrome. Hirschman captured his second win of the 2018 season, which is the 42nd of his Race of Champions career.

Hirschman came from 12th and took the lead from his neighbor Eric Beers of Northampton, Pa., on the 45th circuit around the challenging speedway.

“We had a good night, but drawing 12th made it challenging,” stated Hirschman in victory lane. “We had a good car and things worked out our way tonight. Andy (Jankowiak) was coming and we’ve had a couple of good races. I’m just happy to honor some great racing history and my good friend Ed McGuire here tonight. Rod Spalding and the Spalding Foundation has been such a big of our sport. This is a great way for us to end a great night.”

Jack Ely of Wall Township, N.J., drew the pole and was flanked by Beers on the start. Ely led the opening lap before Beers took the top spot for the next 44 circuits.

Hirschman patiently worked his way through traffic and moved past Beers on lap 45. Hirschman was able to keep Andy Jankowiak of Buffalo, N.Y., at bay as the duo charged to the checkered, reversing their roles of July 21 at Hillside Buffalo where Jankowiak won and Hirschman finished second.

Daryl Lewis of Ontario, N.Y., continued his impressive season with another third place finish. In the seven races so far, Lewis has yet to finish outside of the top-ten and has recorded four top-five finishes.

Chuck Hossfeld of Ransomville, N.Y., finished 4th with Beers rounding out the top-five.

Hirschman scored the Speed 51 “Top of the Board” Award in group qualifying with a lap of 14.581 seconds (92.586 mph).

Hossfeld, Roger Coss of Lafayette, N.J. and Skora won the three qualifying races.

Joe Mancuso of Buffalo, N.Y., scored his second Race of Champions Super Stock Series victory of the season in the Tribute to Ed McGuire 51 as he took the lead from Tim Gullo of Elmira, N.Y., as Gullo went into the pit area with a flat right front tire. Mancuso, who started 8th held off Charlie Sharpsteen of Waverly, N.Y., finished second. Sharpsteen started 10th. Jason Duke of Newark Valley, N.Y., started 16th and finished 3rd. Gullo finished 4th and Tommy Barron of Ontario, N.Y., rounded out the top-fve.

Gullo and Barron won the qualifying races.

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Feature Finish

Rod Spalding Classic  (75-laps)

Chemung Speedrome, Chemung, N.Y.

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

Finish             Starting Position     Name                                                          

1                      12        60              Matt Hirschman

2                      8           12x            Andy Jankowiak

3                      4         10        Daryl Lewis, Jr.

4                      5         22                   Chuck Hossfeld

5                      2          45                   Eric Beers

6                      21        26                   JR Kent

7                      6          25                   Mike Leaty

8                      9          65                   George Skora, III

9                      7        17c                 Roger Coss

10                   1        54e                 Jack Ely

11                   18       95                   Bryan Sherwood

12                   25        4                      Zack Knowlden

13                   15     53                   Brian Defebo

14                   14       07  Patrick Emerling

15                   24          40                  Alan Bookmiller

16                   16          3                    Daren Scherer

17                   10          66              Austin Kochenash

18                   22  59                   Karl Hehr                                                     19                   20          17                   Danny Knoll

20                   16            54c                 Tommy Catalano

21                   17          72                   TJ Potrzebowski

22                   13         32                   Tyler Rypkema

23                   19          45c                 Timmy Catalano

24                   11       5                   Kyle Ebersole

25                   26           64                   Amy Catalano

26                   23          40                   Tommy Rought

Time of Race: 40 minutes and 35 seconds               Average Speed: 42.053 mph               Margin of Victory: 1.084 seconds

Lead Changes: 2 among 3 drivers. (Jack Ely 1, Eric Beers 2-45, Matt Hirschman 46-75 ) “Top of the Board” Award; Matt Hirschman (14.581 seconds @ 92.586 mph)

Paved Track Qualifying Race Winners; Chuck Hossfeld (5); Roger Coss (1); Daryl Lewis, Jr. (2); Matt Hirschman (2)

Jerico Performance “Jammin’ Gears Awards”; JR Kent (Advanced 15 positions in feature)

US Army Top Performer Award; Jack Ely (14.906 seconds @ 90.568 mph lap 7)

Jan “Pops” Leaty Award – Leader Lap 25 – Mike Leaty

$100 Bicknell Racing Products Certificate Award (Third Place) – Daryl Lewis, Jr.

MyRacePass “Free Pass” Award – (No Eligible Driver, No “Free Pass” Given during race”)

Feature Finish

Tribute to Ed McGuire 51 (51-laps)

Chemung Speedrome, Chemung, N.Y.

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

Finish             Starting Position                No.                 Name                                                            Laps

1                      8                                              64                   Joe Mancuso                                              51

2                      10                                           34                   Charlie Sharpsteen

3                      16                                           13                   Jason Duke

4                      1                                              71                   Tim Gullo

5                      2                                              28                   Tommy Barron

6                      3                                              7                      Terry Potrzebowski

7                      4                                              89                   Frank Chapman, Jr.

8                      14                                           14                   Broc Brown

9                      5                                              96                   Dana Novoa

10                   11                                           04                   JP Herbst

11                   7                                              48                   Tommy Krawczyk

12                   6                                              71                   RJ Zacharias                                                50

13                   13                                           18                   Jason Duke, Jr.                                          50

14                   15                                           1                      Vern Hedderick                                         49

15                   9                                              42                   Derrick Tarbox                                          37

16                   12                                           75a                 Chuck Anderson                                        Accident

Qualifying Race 1; Tim Gullo – Qualifying Race 2; Tommy Barron



TRIBUTE TO ED MCGUIRE 51, INEX LEGENDS & BANDOLEROS -All Racing Action Joins Spalding Foundation for Injured Drivers Shangri-La and Chemung Reunion-



-All Racing Action Joins Spalding Foundation for Injured Drivers Shangri-La and Chemung Reunion-

Chemung, N.Y. – (July 29, 2018) – The Race of Champions will be the proud presenter of the Rod Spalding Classic 75 for the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series the Tribute to Ed McGuire 51 for the Race of Champions Super Stock Series at the Chemung (N.Y.) Speedrome this Saturday, August 4.

The Super Stock Series race is a special event as McGuire’s career spanned several seasons in the Late Model category at Shangri-La Speedway with nearly $2,000 in addition in lap and in contingency money being raised in addition to the $1,000-to-win.

“It’s going to be a cool event for us,” stated Tim Gullo. “Ed (McGuire) was a great figure in racing in our area and this is a great way to honor him. Obviously Ed owned Modifieds but he was long time competitor into what has evolved into this division. There is lap money on the line and we are really looking forward to it.”

Bryan Sherwood of Owego, N.Y., comes into the Modified portion of the event looking to honor Rod Spalding.

“This night is a big deal for all of us,” stated Sherwood. “There is more to this night than just racing as we honor several fallen heroes and bring the drivers and personalities back to prominence and give them the opportunity to be reunited and have a night that’s about them while we compete on the track. We’re all looking forward to it.”

The Spalding Foundation for Injured Drivers will not only host their traditional auction but is also presenting a Drivers Reunion for racing personalities that competed and officiated at the Shangri-La Speedway and Chemung Speedrome.

The INEX Legends and Bandolero division will also have INEX points on the line in the highly anticipated night of competition at the challenging “speedplant”. The INEX Legends will have $275-to-win on the line and $75-to-start as part of their program.

For more information on the Spalding Foundation contact Betty Sherwood at or at 607.759.7881.

What:                                      Rod Spalding Classic 75, Tribute to Ed McGuire 51 – Shangri-La Speedway / Chemung Speedrome Driver’s Reunion presented by the Spalding Foundation for Injured Driver’s

When:                                     Saturday, August 4, 2018

Where:                                    Chemung Speedrome

Tickets:                                   $20 – General Admission; $17 Seniors (65 years and older) and Military; $8 Children (ages 6 to 11); Children 5 and under FREE

Contact:                                   Betty Sherwood

Phone:                                     607.759.7881 (reunion)

E-Mail:                           (reunion)

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Shangri-La (Tioga) Speedway and Chemung Speedrome Driver’s to Share Limelight-

Owego, N.Y. – (July 23, 2018) – On Saturday, August 4, 2018 the Spalding Foundation for Injured Driver’s and the Race of Champions will partner to host a unique Driver’s Reunion at the Chemung Speedrome Race of Champions event. The day will feature appearances from several famous drivers and racing personalities from those famous speedways as well as the traditional Spalding Foundation auction. NASCAR stars, Brett and Geoff Bodine have indicated they will be in attendance.

“We have talked about hosting an event like this for some time,” stated Betty Sherwood of the Spalding Foundation for Injured Driver’s. “This event provided all of the opportunity for us to bring everything together. We have a lot planned for the evening but it will be great to bring back the drivers, have some fun and share our time together. We are really looking forward to seeing everyone there.”

The Rod Spalding Classic for the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series will take center stage for 75 laps around the challenging Chemung track, joined by the Race of Champions Super Stock Series in the Tribute to Ed McGuire 51 lap event. The INEX Legends and INEX Bandoleros will round out the four division show.

There will be an autograph session for the reunion drivers as well as the Spalding Foundation auction. In lieu of raising the price of the ticket for a contribution to the Spalding Foundation, the Race of Champions will donate $1,000.

List of confirmed drivers attending event;

Kirk Abbott   Jeff Ackerman         Ralph Beers

Paul Bennett*   Brett Bodine           Geoff Bodine          Graeme Bolia

Barry Bowen*     Jim Burleigh*          Larry Catlin

Ed Conoran   Tim Connolly  Al Chapman

Frank Chapman Sr. B ill Chandler  Jerry Chandler

Wayne Edwards  Steve Faber    Pete Elston

Bob Gentile  Gary Gitchell  Billy Griffin

Randy Hedger   Tony Hirschman*    George Kent*

Glenn Lawrence  Cal Lane   Jan Leaty*

Wayne Lent   Daryl Lewis*  Dave Machuga

Duane Manzer   Bill Matzel   Billy Maynard

Dale Merz  Wayne Miller   Kenny Moore

Daryl Nichols   Dave Nichols  Larry Nye

Bobby Osgood   Dave Osgood* Terry Potrzebowski*

Chris Pozzi   John Preston Eddie Rafferty

Vince Randisi  Eddie Roberts  Al Robinson*

Jake Rought*  Tom Rought    Dave Rosh

Jim Rosh   Tom Schwarz*  Buck Sharpsteen

Ron Shepherd Lee Sherwood*  Denny Shipman

Jerry Shipman  Gordie Smith  Joe Snell

Benny Stephens  Pete Turner Jim Visingard

Matt Visingard  Tracey Yeagle   Jim Zacharias

Betty Sherwood can be contacted via e-mail at or at 607.759.7881.

What:  Rod Spalding Classic 75, Tribute to Ed McGuire 51 – Shangri-La Speedway / Chemung Speedrome Driver’s Reunion presented by the Spalding Foundation for Injured Driver’s

When:   Saturday, August 4, 2018

Where:   Chemung Speedrome

Tickets: $20 – General Admission; $17 Seniors (65 years) and Military; Children 5 and under FREE

Contact:   Betty Sherwood

Phone:   607.759.7881 (reunion)

E-Mail: (reunion)

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, Upstate Automotive Group, Waddell Communications, Pilat Graphic Design, Jerico Performance, TDH Refrigeration, Sherwood Racing Wheels, and The 68th annual Race of Champions weekend will take place in 2018 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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