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JANKOWIAK EARNS WIN IN FIFTH ANNUAL TRIBUTE TOJOE REILLY CROWN ROYAL CLASSIC 54

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(Jerick Johnson, Late Models; Dave Milbrand, Four Cylinder Dash Series, Tommy Krawczyk, Super Stocks and Bobby Holmes, NYPA TQ Midgets all win at Lake Erie as part of Presque Isle Downs & Casino Race of Champions Weekend presented by VP Racing Fuels)

September 27, 2020 – (Northeast, Pennsylvania) – Andy Jankowiak of Tonawanda, NY, won the Sportsman Modified Series Tribute to Joe Reilly Crown Royal Classic 54 Saturday at Lake Erie Speedway as part of the Presque Isle Downs & Casino Race of Champions Weekend.

The win was Jankowiak’s second in as many year’s after winning the sportsman modified feature at last year’s championship weekend.

Before the race, the field was led around the track by Jayme Thompson as the racers’ crews lined the backstretch in order to honor the late Joe Reilly. After the race, fans were invited onto the track to send 54 lanterns into the night sky as well.

“It was a beautiful tribute that they did for Joe,” Jankowiak said after the race. “Joe is a huge part of our class and he’s a sportsman-winning champion crew chief.”

It was Jankowiak and George Skora III of Eden, NY, who provided much of the in-race action, as the two traded the top two spots. Jankowiak lost the lead momentarily after a bad lap-25 restart, but was able to regain the lead and ultimately hold on.

“I want to say thanks to George for racing me clean,” Jankowiak added. “I don’t always get that courtesy near the end of races. I always appreciate that and that will always be returned.”

Following Skora was Mike Leaty of Williamson, NY, in third; Daryl Lewis Jr. of Ontario, NY, in fourth; and Jake Vernon of Hamburg, NY, who finished fifth after starting on the pole.

Matt Hirschman of Northampton, PA, Zack Curren of Horseheads, NY, Tony Hanbury of Owego, NY, Patrick Emerling of Orchard Park, NY, and Eddie Hawkins of Marion, NY, finished off the top 10 finishers, respectively.

David Milbrand of Clarence, NY, finished first in the second of three Dash Series Triple Challenge races after taking the lead on lap 22 of 25.

Bob Palmer of Buffalo, NY, and Jason Anasiewicz of Alden, NY, rounded out the top three, and all three improved on their starting positions by at least six spots. Anasiewicz came off a second-place finish in the first race of the series Friday night.

Charles Palmer of Cheektowaga, NY, took fourth while Nicholas Robinson of Waverly, NY, came from a bottom-half start to finish fifth. Briar Dils of Derby, NY, who took the checkered flag in the first race of the challenge Friday after a late surge, was forced to settle with 15th on Saturday.Dils won the single-race version of the event last year.

On Friday, Joey Bevacqua of Rome, PA, was quick to take the lead after drawing second position to start the race, and he retained the lead through the first half. Dils took the lead on lap 11, but lost it to Anasiewicz after rubbing tires heading into turn three. Anasiewicz did his best to hold off Dils, but was forced to setlle for second place after giving back the lead on lap 19. DJ Shaw of Waverly, NY, and Milbrand finished third and fourth, respectively.

The asphalt 4-cylinders will conclude their series Sunday.

Jerick Johnson of Mooresville, NC, kicked off the feature events Saturday with a repeat win in the Rick Wylie 48 late model feature after leading most of the race. After, he made sure to acknowledge the contributions Rick Wylie made to the sport.

“I want to thank the Wylie’s for everything they did for the late model class,” he said. “With the pay and what Race of Champions does with this race, I can’t believe we don’t get to race here more often.”

Rick’s son, Scott, had some early bad luck in the inaugural event after starting on the pole. A slow start saw him quickly slip to third, only to get pushed to the back after he was spun around in an early caution. He was only able to claw his way back up to seventh.

Mirroring last year’s event, Johnson and Sam Fullone of North Collins, NY led the bulk of the way, while Patrick Emerling finished third in his first of three races this weekend. Brandan Marhefka of Windber, PA, and Dave Heitzhaus of Strykersville, NY, finished fourth and fifth. Tommy Catalano of Ontario, NY, who was part of the lead trio until experiencing tire issues, finished in sixth.

Tommy Krawcyzk of Orchard Park, NY, capitalized on a mid-race restart to take first and held on for the win in the Super Stock Series National Parts Peddler 40.

“That was awesome,” Krawczyk said from victory lane. “It’s been a crazy year with the pandemic and everything. Looking around, this is what we do, and it’s great to be out here with this group of cars.”

Cole Hicks of Brockport, NY, who started on the pole, lost his lead early to Andy Cryan of Hamburg, NY, and wound up settling for a last-place finish. Krawcyzk trailed Cryan for much of the first half before taking the lead on lap 20.

Cryan fell out of the top 15, and nobody who started in the top 5 finished there. Tommy Baron finished second, with Josh Hunter of Derby, NY; TJ Cochrane of Cheektowaga, NY; and Jason Dieter of Lake View, NY, rounding out the top five finishers.

Bobby Holmes delivered an impressive finish in the first of two TQ Midget features this weekend as the Race of Champions weekend will feature a midget race on both Saturday and Sunday due to a new partnership with the NYPA TQ Midget Series.

Saturday’s event was a points paying event in the NYPA program, while Sunday will see the Race of Champions TQ Midget “Harry Macy Classic.”

Holmes made quick work of the pack, jumping six spots to third place after just one lap. From there, Holmes was able to wrestle away the lead and fend off Dave Wollaber after a late-race, single-file restart.

“I figured if he was going to take it, he’d have to go on the outside because I was going to take the bottom,” Holmes said of Wollaber.

Wollaber took second, with Jankowiak, Andy Nye, and Kyle Hutchinson the top five finishers.

Full results may be found at www.rocmodifiedseries.com

The Presque Isle Downs & Casino Race of Champions Weekend rolls on Sunday with the “Harry Macy Classic” 29-lap TQ Midget Series feature, “Butch Palmer Classic” Dash Series Triple Challenge finale, Street Stock Series 30-lap feature, and the 70th Annual Race of Champions 250.

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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PRESQUE ISLE DOWNS & CASINO RACE OF CHAMPIONS WEEKEND

  Presque Isle Downs & Casino Race of Champions Weekend presented by VP Racing Fuels –

North East, Pa. – (September 23, 2020) – VP Racing Fuels, the official Fuel, Lubricant and Additive supplier for the Race of Champions is a presenting partner of the Presque Isle Downs & Casino Race of Champions Weekend and the 70th Annual “Platinum Edition” running of the Race of Champions 250.

VP Racing Fuels are not strangers to victory lane at the Race of Champions including memorable victories like 1987 with Reggie Ruggerio of Forrestville, Connecticut driving the late Mario Fiore’s famous 44 to victory on the ¾-mile at Pocono Raceway.

VP Racing Fuels will be present at the event, servicing participants and fans, with a display and merchandise in the midway as well as their recognized fuel truck in the pit area. Ms. VP Racing Fuels, Mariah Reilly will be on hand all weekend for photographs and victory lane celebrations.

VP Racing Fuels, where there passion is your performance. See all that VP Racing Fuels has to offer this weekend at the Presque Isle Downs & Casino Race of Champions Weekend at Lake Speedway in North East, Pa., this weekend September 25, 26 and 27.

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

PIT PAY APP TO OFFER HALFWAY BONUS TO LEADER OF LAP 125 IN 70TH ANNUAL PLATINUM EDITION OF THE RACE OF CHAMPIONS 250

– 70th Annual Race of Champions 250 Platinum Edition set to Take Center Stage on Sunday, September 27 –

 North East, PA – (September 20, 2020) – Pit Pay, the only Mobile Pit Pass app for the motorsports industry, will be offering the leader of lap 125 in the 70th Annual Race of Champions 250 a $250 bonus for leading the platinum edition of the race at halfway. The race is second longest running consecutively only to the Indianapolis 500 and is “the Granddaddy” of Modified racing tradition and the lone modified race remaining that tests teams for more than 200 laps.

“This is a tremendous race with a rich history, and we are looking forward to supporting the event,” said Frank Bolter, founder and owner of Pit Pay. “The Race of Champions and Lake Erie Speedway have become great partners in using our application and we look forward to working with them for years to come.”

Pit Pay will pay the bonus directly.

Pit Pay is committed to providing you with a simple, hassle-free experience in the app and at the track. With hundreds of tracks and events in the app, you can quickly purchase your pit passes in advance safely and securely. It’s easy – once you’re set up, all it takes is a few clicks and you’re ready to go. At the track, go to the Pit Pay check-in area, present your mobile pit pass and receive your armband or credential. For more information on the Pit Pay app, please visit PitPay.com or interact on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

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

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