BIGGEST RACE OF THE YEAR BECOMES THE 71st ANNUAL “LUCAS OIL RACE OF CHAMPIONS 250”

Buffalo, N.Y. – (September 16, 2021) – Race of Champions is proud to announce Lucas Oil Products as a primary partner with the Race of Champions Series brand of racing through a multi-year agreement.

Lucas Oil will now be the title sponsor for the Race of Champions 250, branding this year’s edition as the 71st Annual Lucas Oil Race of Champions 250, which is part of the Presque Isle Downs & Casino Race of Champions Weekend.

“Lucas Oil is proud to be part of such a historic race in America,” said Brandon Bernstein, Director of Partnership Marketing for Lucas Oil. “The Race of Champions has a long-standing tradition within the culture of motorsports in the Northeast. Those drivers, crewmembers and fans in that area are important to Lucas Oil. Together I believe we will have a successful partnership that will help expand all of our brands.”

The Lucas Oil sponsorship will also engage in the entire Presque Isle Downs & Casino Race of Champions Weekend.  Comprehensive coverage of the Race of Champions Super Stocks, Sportsman Modified Series and the Lucas Oil Race of Champions 250 will be provided in the form of network television coverage on MAVTV, as well as other divisions through MAVTV Plus.  

“This is something that we have been wanting for our series for a long time and we now have a great partner in Lucas Oil moving forward,” stated Joe Skotnicki, Race of Champions. “Lucas Oil has so many products that our teams and fans can use on a daily basis.  Broadcasting, whether it be through a network or a live streaming opportunity is a critical element for any series. Lucas Oil and MAVTV will be tremendous partners as we move forward with our broadcasting plans as we establish our own production capabilities in the coming years.  It will also help our series and our teams be exposed to a whole new set of fans across the country.”

About Lucas Oil Products;

Lucas Oil is the one of the top selling and most recognized brands of lubricants and additives in the automotive industry in addition to the one of the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry. Premium lines of oils, greases and problem solving additives has helped firmly establish Lucas as a prominent figure in the marketplace. Through a history of motorsports involvement, activation and partnerships along with premium products and applications, Lucas Oil has also become one of the most recognized name in all of motorsports. In addition Lucas also produces a heavy duty line of products for the industrial and agricultural markets. The Lucas success story has been built with hard work and an unparalleled line of premium products and an unwavering commitment to customer satisfaction. This single formular will continue to guide Lucas Oil Products as it grows in years to come.

About MAVTV;

MAVTV Motorsports Network is the only cable television network in the U.S. dedicated exclusively to motorsports. MAVTV offers an unparalleled line-up of exclusive and unique events. MAVTV goes beyond the national mainstream motorsports events to include grassroots racing from across the globe: drag racing, pro motocross, sprint boats, rally cars, short course off-road truck racing, sprint cars, pro pulling, drifting, ice racing and everything in between. MAVTV knows you don’t have to be a race fan to be an automotive enthusiast, which is why we have developed a package of automotive reality and custom build shows that are truly second-to-none. From 24/7 automotive and motorsports content on MAVTV Motorsports Network to the free and exclusive content available on MAVTV Select and the on-demand streaming service of MAVTV Plus, if it has a motor, it’s probably on MAVTV – The Motorsports Network!

Where: Lake Erie Speedway, North East, Pa.

When: Friday, September 24; Saturday, September 25 and Sunday, September 26, 2021.

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 71st Annual Lucas Oil Products Race of Champions 250

More Information: www.lakeeriespeedway.com (Track Phone: 814.725.3303) / ww.rocmodifiedseries.com      

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

In the event that there is inclement weather, the event will be postponed to 2022.

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, Lucas Oil Products Waddell Communications, Image X Graphic Designs, Sherwood Racing Wheels, DirtTrackDigest.com, FX Caprara and Billy Whittaker Ford. The 71st annual Race of Champions weekend will take place in 2021 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

ROLLING TO STAR SPEEDWAY: KEVIN IANNARELLI LOOKS FOR STRONG PERFORMANCE AT FAMILIAR TRACK

By Souza Media/Kyle Souza

Photo: Tom Morris

SHIRLEY, Mass. — Kevin Iannarelli is heading back to a familiar track, and has winning in mind this weekend in New England. The Modified ace will be heading to Star Speedway in Epping, New Hampshire, to compete in the 100-lap Modified Racing Series feature as part of the 56th annual Star Classic on Sunday, September 19. The race is the headliner of the final of three days of the Star Classic, known as one of the most prestigious weekends of short-track racing in the area.

Not only does Iannarelli already have a race under his belt at Star this season with the Tri Track Open Modified Series in May, the driver of the No. 27 machine put together one of the best performances of his racing career there last year in September at Star. Iannarelli jumped out front of the 100-lap Modified Racing Series feature right at the drop of the green, and led the race until lap 72. From there, he fell back a bit, but still recorded a solid top-five finish. In his career, Iannarelli is a former winner with the Star weekly Modified series, and knows the track well.

It’s like home for the Shirley, Massachusetts, driver.

“It’s always great to return to Star Speedway as Bobby Webber and his family do an incredible job with the track,” Iannarelli said. “I consider Star Speedway to be one of the best race tracks in the country. I’ve won a few weekly shows there, and came up just short with the Modified Racing Series last year. My team and I are ready to go back there and compete for the win and we hope to hold the trophy at the end of 100 laps. We should have a strong piece.”

Iannarelli has multiple sponsors that make his efforts possible. However, with the team heading to Star, this edition of the race day preview will spotlight Justin Belfiore Designs. Located in Plaistow, New Hampshire, Justin Belfiore Designs offers signs, truck lettering, wraps, pinstriping and more, specializing in motorsports wraps and designs. You can find out more information about the business by visiting them on Facebook.

“Justin Belfiore has been a long time friend of mine and supporter of my racing program for many years,” Iannarelli said. “Justin’s eyes for detail are second to none. He takes great pride in the work that he does, and that’s why I enjoy working with him on our design wrap for our car. He uses top-shelf equipment and materials and delivers nothing but the best for all of his customers.” 

Iannarelli spent a stint down south working with Dale Earnhardt Jr. and JR Motorsports, before moving back to New England and taking a job with iRacing.com, where he is the Associate Producer. Iannarelli is a former winner at Star Speedway, located in Epping, N.H., in their Tour Modified weekly division. He also has sponsorship from iRacing.com, Access Realty, VTANG, Lucas Oil & others.

A full schedule of Sunday action at Star includes Modified Racing Series practice from 11-11:30 a.m., followed by the start of qualifying heats at 1 p.m. The feature race for the Modified Racing Series is estimated to begin around 3:30 p.m. The Star Speedway Woody’s Auto Street Stocks will wrap their championship as part of the day, while the Six Shooters, EXIT Realty Pro Trucks and Classic Lites are also set for competition.

For more information on the Modified Racing Series, visit themodifiedracingseries.com. For more information on Star Speedway and the entire 56th annual Star Classic weekend, visit StarSpeedwayNH.com.

Alexandra Fearn and Jeremy Lavoie Taking Stafford Speedway Limited Late Model Title Fight Down to the Wire

(Stafford Springs, CT)—The 2020 season at Stafford Speedway saw a 3-way title fight between Andrew Durand, Alexandra Fearn, and Jeremy Lavoie that was only settled by a tie-breaker margin at season’s end.  Durand and Fearn each compiled 652 points with Lavoie a further 16 points behind, and Durand won the championship thanks to a 7-3 advantage over Fearn in feature victories.  Fast forward one year and Fearn and Lavoie are once again right in the thick of a tight championship race with Fearn and the #12 SAFCO Foam team leading Lavoie and the #6 L & S Equipment team by 12 points heading into the final 3 races.  

Both Fearn and Lavoie have been about as consistent as possible this season with Fearn scoring 16 top-5 finishes in the first 17 races while Lavoie has finished all 17 races thus far in the top-5.  The difference between the two drivers comes in the win column, with Fearn currently holding a 5-1 advantage over Lavoie in that department.

“It’s been a pretty good season for us so far,” said Fearn.  “Our performance this year is the culmination of a lot of hard work and it’s definitely something that everyone on the team can be proud of.”

“The season has been, all in all, not a bad year,” said Lavoie.  “We’ve been very consistent, I think our worst finish this season has been fifth, we just couldn’t get the podium finishes and wins that we wanted to get to rack up points.  The nights where Alexandra was winning races, we were finishing fourth or fifth, so that’s where we were giving up a lot of points.  We’re kind of hard on ourselves so in that respect it’s been a bit of a roller coaster season.  We’ve been able to keep the car in one piece all year long, we just haven’t been able to capitalize when opportunity strikes this season.”

Fearn closed out her 2020 campaign with a pair of second place finishes followed by a win in the season ending race and she has carried that performance over to the 2021 season.

“I think this season has been a continuation of the momentum we had from winning the last race last season,” said Fearn.  “We show up to win so that’s our priority.  We had an incident a few weeks ago on the last lap of the race that was incredibly frustrating because it put us in a bad spot.  We couldn’t afford to hang our heads and we just picked up the pieces and moved on.  Our focus is winning races and everything else comes second after that.  I’ve been trying to not worry about points because there’s nothing to gain by worrying about focusing on points when we can focus on winning.  I owe it to myself and everyone on this team that helps me out to go out there every week and give it my best effort.”

Lavoie scored 2 wins and co-led the division with 13 top-5 finishes in 14 races, but he and his team have been fighting a handling issue with their #6 car all season long that has prevented them from turning their top-5 runs into wins.

“We’ve been battling a tight car, especially in the center of the corner all season long,” said Lavoie.  “With the car being tight in the center of the corner, I have a lack of bite coming out of the corner, which costs us a couple of tenths in lap time.  In the Limited Late Model division, you can’t afford to give up a tenth of a second, never mind a couple tenths.  The competition has been very tough this season.  We’ve had 8 different winners and three first time winners with Mike Hopkins, Matt Scappini, and Devon Jencik, so things are tight and I think we’ve put on some very good shows this season for the fans.  We could just never seem to hit the setup just right, we were always lacking something.”

With only 3 more races on the schedule, Lavoie has no option other than to go all out for wins while Fearn must simply continue to do what she has done all season long.  

“We just have to do the best that we can,” said Fearn.  “I’m not going to try to set the world on fire, I’m just going to keep things realistic and try to complete all the laps.  We usually run pretty well at this time of the year so hopefully we can keep everything together and click off at least one more win before the season ends.”

“We’re definitely going to throw everything we can at it and hope for the best,” said Lavoie.  “It’s definitely going to come down to the wire.  I think Alexandra would have to have 3 bad races in a row for us to catch her so at this point it’s basically hers to win, but you never know when it comes to racing.  We’re going to throw a Hail Mary and see what happens.    If we end up finishing second, it’s still been a fantastic season for us.”

Lavoie has 2 career Limited Late Model track championships at Stafford (2018, 2019) while Fearn is in search of her first career track title.  After coming as close as can be without actually winning the championship last season, Fearn says that winning the championship would be an extra special accomplishment for her and her team.  

“It would definitely mean a lot to me and everyone on the team,” said Fearn.  “We’ve always been able to win races but it’s a little different when you’re able to be a contender every single week.  I think my team deserves the championship, especially after coming so close last season.  To be able to come back from that and get the job done would be really special for us.  Races are won in the shop during the week so big thanks to everyone who works on this car and I always look forward to being able to stand together with everyone in victory lane.”

Stafford’s weekly divisions take a week off this Friday, September 17 but all 5 divisions will return to racing action on Friday, September 24.  Stafford’s SK Light and Limited Late Model divisions will join the Whelen Modified Tour and Vintage All-Star cars on Saturday, September 25 for the NAPA Fall Final.  Tickets for both races are available online now at StaffordSpeedway.com/tickets and tickets will also be available for purchase at the admission gates.  Tickets for the Sept. 24 Stafford Weekly Racing event are $20.00 for adults, $5.00 for kids 6-14, and free for kids 5 & under.  Reserved seating is priced at $25.00 for all ages and pit passes are $35.00 with a valid 2021 Stafford Competition License and $40.00 without a Stafford license.  NAPA Fall Final tickets are $40.00 for adults, $10.00 for kids 6-14, and free for kids 5 & under.  Reserved seating is priced at $45.00 for all ages and pit passes are $50.00 with a valid 2021 Stafford Competition License and $55.00 without a Stafford license.  If you are unable to attend the event, tune into the live stream on FloRacing, the official streaming partner of Stafford Speedway. 

For more information, visit www.staffordspeedway.com, checkout Stafford Speedway on Facebook or Twitter, or contact the track office at 860-684-2783.

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