“VIP” Experience Ticket will Feature Suite Ticket and Pit Credential as well as Preferred Parking –

North East, Pennsylvania – (September 14, 2020) – Race of Champions Modified Series management will introduce a “VIP” ticket as part of the Presque Isle Downs & Casino Race of Champions weekend experience at Lake Erie Speedway on Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September 27.

Race fans will be able to watch the race from “suite” in turn four at Lake Erie Speedway and also visit the pits with a “limited time”pit pass. These pit passes will not be sold to nor are they intended for competitor purchase. The pit pass will only be available for pickup in the suite area in turn four and will only be valid for special times during the Saturday and Sunday programs

On Saturday, September 26, the “VIP” ticket will be available for $80 dollars, with the pit pass open for pickup at 12:00pm (noon) and be valid through 4:00pm. On Sunday, September 27, the “VIP” ticket will be available for $100 dollars, with the pit pass open for pickup at 11:00am and being valid through 2:30pm. At no time will any alcoholic beverages be permitted in the pit area and it will be in the judgment of Race of Champions and Lake Erie Speedway along with event security personnel to remove and/or not award any patron a pit pass. The tickets are only available to those 16-years of age and older.

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 2021, due to the prior commitment to Mahoning Valley Speedway and their Race of Champions Modified Series event on Saturday, October 3, with an agreed upon and announced inclement weather date of Saturday, October 10.

Ticket prices for Friday, September 25; Adult, Senior, Children (Infant – 16) – Grandstands Free. Pit Pass – $30

Ticket prices for Saturday, September 26; 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 – $45.

Ticket prices for Sunday, September 27; 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 – $65.

3-Day Pit Pass Combo – $125

If you plan to attend the weekend and camp at the facility, spots will be sold at the track for the designated camping areas for $50 for the entire weekend. 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: Friday, September 25; Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September 27

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, Upstate Automotive Group, Waddell Communications, Pilat Graphic Design,  TDH Refrigeration, Sherwood Racing Wheels, PavedTrackDigest.com and Speed51.com. The 70th  annual Race of Champions weekend will take place in 2020 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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Inside The Musket: Santos Becoming The Best at New Hampshire

By: Kyle Souza / Photo: Tom Morris/My Race News

Bobby Santos and New Hampshire Motor Speedway seem to be the perfect match.

After 12 months of not making a start on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, Santos returned to competition in the Musket 200 presented by Whelen last weekend at NHMS and parked his No. 63 ThinkLite Chevrolet in Victory Lane.

Santos hasn’t been out of the seat in 2020 — competing in Sprint Cars and Midgets across the country — including a victory in the prestigious Little 500 just one week prior. But his tenure on the Whelen Modified Tour dwindled a bit the last few years, as he continues to build a family and race elsewhere. But, when he rolls into NHMS, it doesn’t matter whether he’s been on the Whelen Modified Tour lately or not.

He finds a way to win. Santos now has six victories in 28 starts there, including two in the prestigious Musket extra-distance event.

His six wins leads all active drivers, and has him tied for third in the list of all-time drivers at the ‘Magic Mile’. Only seven-time champion Mike Stefanik (8) and Tony Hirschman (7) have more. Santos’ most recent win tied him with Reggie Ruggerio.

“This place has been good to me, I just love coming here,” Santos said. “Good cars and good people around me giving me what I need and making the right adjustments. It’s about getting a feel that I like in the race car so I can race it. I want to be comfortable so I can maneuver and put ourselves in position. It’s also understanding that you have to be in the first couple of spots at the end of the race. If you are third, fourth, fifth on back, it becomes really hard to get to the front without doing anything drastic.”

New Hampshire’s style of racing includes drafting similar to what NASCAR Cup Series fans might see at Daytona and Talladega, but on a much smaller level. There are no large packs three and four-wide, but instead, a slight bump draft, or group or two cars chasing one, makes a difference.

It’s a major wild card of a race with the potential to be collected in a wreck high.

Saturday, Santos wasn’t much of a factor for the lead early, but was riding comfortably inside the top-10. He led his first lap on 169 of 200, and would lead a total of 24 before it was done — including the final one. It was in typical Santos fashion that he doesn’t show up to the front dance until it matters most.

In his six wins, Santos hasn’t led a lap before the 31 laps to go mark in any race. In fact, in all but one of his victories, Santos didn’t lead until there was under 10 laps to go.

He is always there when the big money is on the line, and this time, it earned him a $20,000 prize in the biggest paying Whelen Modified Tour race of the year.

“It was a long race, just trying to bide our time and put ourselves in position to be there at the end,” Santos said. “We just pushed as hard as we could.”

Santos swapped the lead back and forth with 2018 Whelen Modified Tour champion Justin Bonsignore countless times in the final laps.

His first four victories at NHMS were with Tinio Motorsports, but after they decided to step away, the last two have come with Dave Sapienza as his car owner. Sapienza, a competitor on the tour himself, tabbed Santos to drive his car in 2019 after Sapienza was injured in a tour race at Wall Stadium Speedway. Santos was involved in a wreck, earning a DNF in July of last year, but won the September Musket 250.

This year, he made it back-to-back. In those two Musket races only, he’s collected over $40,000 in winning prizes.

Sapienza also competed in the race on Saturday, but finished outside the top-10 a few laps down.

“I’ve been staying busy, racing my sprint cars and midgets, but at the end of the day it comes down to Dave Sapienza and his team,” Santos said. Tommy Grasso (crew chief) works so hard on the cars and prepares them so well. The team was so impressive this weekend — showing up with two cars and the guys bouncing back and forth. It was impressive the way they worked together and did what they could to accommodate me as the outsider and also understanding that it’s Dave’s team and giving him what he needs. It’s just an honor to be able to drive their car.”

If you look back at the history of the Whelen Modified Tour at NHMS, you can now argue that Santos might go down as one of the best drivers to ever run the track in a modified. The eight wins Stefanik has seems like a small number with Santos’ career still going full steam ahead.

Short Track Super Series to Crown North Region Champion Sept. 26 at Penn Can Speedway

SUSQUEHANNA, PA – There will be a Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco North Region Modified champion crowned, after all.

On Saturday, September 26 at Penn Can Speedway, the ’20 Halmar International North Region point title will be decided in the 55-lap, $5,555-to-win ‘King of the Can’ at the Susquehanna County track.

The original ’20 North Region schedule called for 10 events. However, COVID-19 restrictions put in place by New York State made completing North Region events virtually impossible. The combined North-South program at Big Diamond Speedway in Minersville, Pa., on June 16 and the July 5 ‘Firecracker 50’ at Fonda (N.Y.) Speedway were run.

Via an agreement with the STSS and the Folk family – promoters of Penn Can Speedway – the Sept. 26 ‘King of the Can’ event will now be sanctioned by the series and serve as a championship event.

STSS management has pledged the following North Region point fund for the abbreviated three-race North Region: 1 – $4,000; 2 – $2,300; 3 – $1,325; 4 – $1,000; 5 – $825; 6 – $660; 7 – $580; 8 – $545; 9 – $510; 10 – $480; 11 – $330; 12 – $330. The total distributed will be $12,885.

After two events, Mike Gular of Boyertown, Pa., finds himself atop the North Region standings with 158 points. He leads Larry Wight (155), Billy Pauch Jr. (150), Tyler Dippel (145), Stewart Friesen (140), Jimmy Horton (135), Andy Bachetti (128), Matt Sheppard (116), Craig Hanson (114), Mike Mahaney (108), Danny Creeden (104) and Allison Ricci (95).

Complete point standings can be found at the following link: https://stss.racestatcentral.com/?IDseries=1&IDseason=2020

Championship points, based upon the 150-point schedule, will be utilized for this event. The breakdown follows: 1 – 150; 2 – 145; 3 – 140; 4 – 135; 5 – 130; 6 – 125; 7 – 120; 8 – 116; 9 – 112; 10 – 108; 11- 104; 12 – 100; 13 – 96; 14 – 92; 15 – 88; 16 – 84; 17 – 80; 18 – 77; 19 – 74; 20 – 71; 21 – 68; 22 – 65; 23 – 62; 24-Last – 60. Did Not Qualify/Did Not Start – 35.

Fifty-five laps around Penn Can Speedway will determine the series’ North Region title winner in a lucrative event paying $5,500 to win plus lap money. A very robust purse has been posted throughout the field: 1 – $5,555; 2 – $3,000; 3 – $2,500; 4 – $2,000; 5 – $1,500; 6 – $1,400; 7 – $1,300; 8 – $1,200; 9 – $1,100; 10 – $1,000; 11 – $900; 12 – $800; 13 – $700; 14 – $600; 15 – $500; 16-Last – $400. Provisional Starters (-$200).

Race information for the ‘King of the Can’ has been uploaded to the STSS website: http://shorttracksuperseries.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/KingoftheCanGeneralInfoSheet.pdf

Penn Can Speedway was part of the inaugural Short Track Super Series season in 2014. On Sept. 9, 2014 Danny Johnson was the victor over Kevin Hartnett, Ryan Watt, Anthony Perrego and Jeff Strunk.

BD Motorsports Media LLC owner Brett Deyo promoted ‘Clash at the Can,’ ‘Hot Summer Night’ and ‘King of the Can’ events at Penn Can in 2010-2014 under the Reed Miller and Al Wilcox regime at the track. 

Penn Can Speedway is located on Route 171 in Susquehanna, PA. To learn more, visit www.penncanspeedway.net or e-mail penncanspeedway@gmail.com.

To learn more about the Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco, visit www.shorttracksuperseries.com, e-mail bdmotorsportsmedia@gmail.com, check out ‘Short Track Super Series’ on Facebook or @ShortTrackSS on Twitter or Instagram.

The Short Track Super Series is presented by American Racer/Lias Tire, Sunoco Race Fuel, Insinger Performance, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Halmar International, Velocita-USA, Design for Vision/Sunglass Central, Rob Sherlock Roofing, ATL Racing Fuel Cells, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Beyea Custom Headers, Bicknell Racing Products, Dirt Track Digest, EIBACH Springs, Escape RV, Fast Axle, Fox Racing Shocks, Henry’s Exhaust, Hig Fab, HyperCo, Kirkey Racing Fabrication, Land Hoe Maintenance, K&N, MJK Home Maintenance, Precision Hydraulic & Oil, QA1, Racing Optics, Superior Remodeling, Teo-Pro Car, VAHLCO, Velocita, WELD Racing & Wilwood.

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