Austin Kochenash has sights set on Race of Champions Tour win at Mahoning Valley Speedway season opener

(LEHIGHTON, Pa. 3-30-16) When the green flag drops on the season opening Ferris Mowers Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series Fueled by Sunoco “Break-the-Ice 75” feature on April 9 at Lehighton’s Mahoning Valley Speedway, fans will be treated to a wide-open field of amazing talent that will be lined-up, all with the main focus of collecting the $2800 top prize.

Of those drivers look for 20-year old Austin Kochenash to be among the likely favorites and for good reason. In just a five year span of racing a Modified, “Kid Kochenash” has risen to the ranks of probable winner each and every time he rolls out onto the demanding quarter mile oval.

Kochenash’s talents aren’t just limited to Mahoning Valley either where he has 22 career wins, 17 in a Late Model plus a championship. He also has five Modified victories at Evergreen Raceway.

And now he stands the chance to win a Race of Champions Asphalt Tour race and with this being at his home track, the Mahoning opener could very well be it.

“I was excited when they first announced that the RoC would be coming here because we are able to race an event like this so close to home and at a track that I’m really familiar with,” said Kochenash, who drives the Performance Driveline/M & T Repair/Fastenal of Lehighton/Circle 1 Designs No. 66 Troyer with power coming from Boardwick Racing Engines.

“A lot of the (RoC) Tour guys may have the advantage when we are in New York at most of those tracks but here at Mahoning I feel we definitely have a good shot at the win. We ran well in the extra distance races here last year and that’s where I seem to be at my best. It will come down to if you have the luck.”

Kochenash is coming off a great season that saw him loose a very tight point battle to champion Earl Paules. He clicked off three wins including a 100 lapper and finished all but one point race inside the top ten. He also came close to a victory in the marquee season ending Octobesfast 150 before being scooped up in a late race skirmish.

For two years, 2013-14, he was part of the Race of Champions Asphalt Tour where he was named Rookie of the Year and had a best point finish of third. Same goes for his best race finish.

Although he been close to a win on numerous occasions when he traveled the Tour, now that it’s on his home turf he feels poised to bring his first RoC checkered flag back to his nearby Danielsville home.

“We’ve been close at other tracks too but I feel that this race is our best opportunity to get that first RoC Tour victory. I have been racing here since I was a kid and there is no doubt I know this track better than any others that we go to,” said Kochenash.

As the race draws near the list of Modified teams continues to grow and that number is expected to exceed 40 come race day. Kochenash knows the job of winning won’t come easy but he is ready to put is expertise of racing at Mahoning to good use.

“75 laps could click off here in a hurry so getting a good starting spot will be important. If you’re set-up right then you won’t see a lot of tire fall off. You’ll pretty much have to jump out right from the green. I think starting anywhere beyond 12th will be tough to win that day,” admitted Kochenash.

“When I won Opening Night a couple of years ago that was the same thing. It was only 50 laps and you had to hammer down right from the start.”

Mahoning Valley is known for its two-wide racing and Kochenash stated that lane choice will be pivotal.

“If there’s someone on the outside that will drag you back then it’s best to get to the bottom in a hurry and wait it out. With the inside you always have the opportunity to drive underneath for the pass which works well here but for this race you’ll have to make that decision quick.”

The matchup among the weekly regulars is tough enough and then you add in a host of New Jersey aces plus all of the RoC Tour drivers and Break-The-Ice-75 has the components of one amazing must see race.

“There are going to be a lot of great teams rolling in here and you certainly can’t count any of them out. They’ll adapt and the fans are going to be in for a good entertaining race. If you have the right setup you should be able to run all 75 laps hard from start to finish,” said Kochenash.

On Opening Day 2016 will see race teams enter the pits starting at 11:00 a.m. followed by Modified inspection at 11:30 a.m. Sign-in takes place from 1:00 – 2:15 p.m. Heat racing will begin at 4:00 p.m. Also on the card will be Late Models, Street Stocks and Hobby Stocks.

For additional information please log onto www.mahoning-speedway.com or on Facebook at Mahoning Valley Speedway. Likewise with the Race of Champions at www.rocmodifiedseries.com

MAJOR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS TO GREET RIVERHEAD RACEWAY FANS THIS SPRING

Riverhead, NY Mar. 29th

With the formal announcement made track side last August that Eddie & Connie Partridge & Tom Gatz had purchased Riverhead Raceway, the Long Island racing community could rest comfortable the future of stock car racing was secure at their beloved quarter mile. During the off season the new ownership trio have furthered their commitment to Riverhead Raceway with a major capital improvement program that will greet fans when they visit the track for the first time on Saturday April 23rd for the first warm-up day of 2016.

Aided by a fairly mild Long Island winter track GM John Ellwood and his staff went right to work on the 66-year old facility under the watchful eye of the new owners. Among the first improvements competitors and fans alike will notice are the restrooms which have been totally gutted and refurbished. All restrooms have had all the old fixtures stripped out with new fixtures installed complete with new interior flooring as well as roofing and siding on the outside.

The concession stands also underwent a major makeover during the winter months as they too were stripped down to nothing and totally rebuilt. Aside from new flooring, roofing and interior & exterior walls, brand new kitchen equipment has been installed to ensure the highest quality food and drink at all three food stands.

For 2016 race fans will enjoy Pepsi soft drink products at the concession stands along with an expanded delicious food menu that fans got a sneak preview of at last years Fall Frenzy Enduro program. New in 2016 will be a Beer Garden located in the third turn midway of Riverhead Raceway that will be the place to be prior to all racing events. The all new Beer Garden will feature live music weekly starting two hours before race time with Miller Lite products being offered along with Twisted Tea and select Wine choices for folks to enjoy before and during the races. The Miller Lite stand in turn one will also serve the expanded drink items.

Eddie Partridge never one afraid of getting his hands dirty recently went to work with some heavy equipment in the parking area adjacent to the pit area at the south end of the track.  Eddie removed all the rough terrain in the area ensuring a smoother and more fan friendly parking accommodations moving forward. A general clean up of all the landscape within and surrounding the track has also taken place during the off season.

With all the major improvements at Riverhead Raceway taking place and more to come the historic track without question is the place to be in 2016! Not just for competitors and race fans mind you, but also the local and national business community who can join in on all the excitement as a 2016 marketing partner. To that end GM John Ellwood indicated recently the track will be providing a state of the art VIP Tent for corporate sponsors to enjoy right behind the scoring and announce tower. American Tent of Riverhead has signed on to provide the VIP tenting for 2016.

2016 Riverhead Raceway marketing packages are currently available and for information on the comprehensive programs please call 631-842-RACE from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

Make sure you come out and view for yourself the total transformation of Riverhead Raceway when the track swings its gates open for the two traditional practice days Saturday April 23rd and April 30th. The May Meltdown on Sunday May 1st will open the 2016 campaign for the Enduro racers and their fans with Grand Opening Night set for Saturday evening May 7th. Joining the NASCAR Whelen All American Series stock cars on Grand Opening Night will be a huge Fireworks spectacular to celebrate the rebirth of Riverhead Raceway!

To download the entire 2016 Riverhead Raceway schedule please visit www.riverheadraceway.com.  E-mail can reach the track at info@riverheadraceway.com

Oswego Speedway Ranks Third Among America’s Favorite Race Tracks in SPEED SPORT Magazine National Poll

OSWEGO, NY (March 30, 2016) – For the fourth consecutive season, Oswego Speedway has ranked in the top five of SPEED SPORT Magazine’s ‘My Favorite Track’ poll, finishing in the third position overall.

SPEED SPORT’s survey was conducted from February 3-24 with votes being tallied for a total of 286 tracks in 45 states and seven countries.

For the fifth year running Rossburg, Ohio’s Eldora Speedway, owned by motorsports star Tony Stewart, claimed the top rating with Virginia International Raceway, Oswego Speedway, New Jersey Motorsports Park, and Knoxville Raceway finishing in the top five positions.

Once again, Oswego Speedway was voted as the top asphalt oval in SPEED SPORT’s poll.

“Each year this poll grows in stature and our amazing fans continue to respond,” said Oswego Speedway’s PR Director, Dan Kapuscinski.  “The fact that 286 different facilities received votes this year and we remain in the top five positions is fantastic.  We cannot thank our fan base enough, as well as everyone at SPEED SPORT for the great exposure they continue to provide not only for Oswego, but all of the short tracks in this great country.”

Indiana’s Kokomo Speedway finished in the sixth position overall with Ohio’s Fremont Speedway, Wisconsin’s Road America, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and Indiana’s Tri-State Speedway finishing the top ten positions in the annual poll.

National Speed Sport News has been known as “The bible of Motorsports.”  Since 1934, National Speed Sport News has been the authoritative voice of the sport of auto racing, providing coverage that is timely, reliable, and colorful.

For more information on National Speed Sport News visit online at www.nationalspeedsportnews.com and Follow on Twitter @SPEEDSPORT.

Oswego Speedway’s 2016 racing season will begin on Saturday, May 14 with the facilities 66th season opener featuring the Novelis Supermodifieds, Pathfinder Bank Small Block Supers, as well as the RoC Modified Richie Evans Memorial all presented by Mitchell’s Speedway Press of Oswego.

For more information on Oswego Speedway visit online at www.oswegospeedway.com or call (315) 342-0646.  Visit the Speedway on social media @OswegoSpeedway or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OswegoSpeedway.

From weekly short track racing to NASCAR Cup racing