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– Lee Sharpsteen Scores Tribute to Ed McGuire 51 and Andy Jankowiak Wins Inaugural Race of Champions TQ Midget Series Event –

Chemung, New York – (August 5, 2019) – Patrick Emerling of Orchard Park, N.Y., earned his 16th career Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series victory this past Saturday in the Rod Spalding Classic at Chemung (N.Y.) Speedrome.

Emerling’s win ties him with his crew chief, Jan Leaty of Williamson, N.Y., for 4th on the all-time win list.

Emerling started 10th and methodically worked his way through the field, ultimately wrestling the lead away from TJ Potrzebowski of Elmira, N.Y., on lap 45 and heading to victory lane.

“We’ve been challenged here, looking for speed,” stated Emerling from victory lane. “But we found it tonight. The car was good throughout the race and I just used some patience to get into a position to win. It can get wild here. I’m proud of my team, we’ve had a long weekend and this is a good way to end it.”

Owen Bednasz of Lakeview, N.Y., led the field to the green and led the first circuit before Potrzebowski claimed the top spot.

Tyler Rypkema of Owego, N.Y., took his turn out front after passing Potrzebowski, while the action was fast and furious behind him. Potrzebowski then slipped back into the lead just before halfway and led until Emerling went in to the top spot for good.

Matt Hirschman of Northampton, Pa., finished second, while Austin Kochenash of Danielsville, Pa., finished third. Brian Defebo of Scranton, Pa., came home fourth while Scott Wylie of Blasdell, N.Y., finished fifth.

Hirschman posted the fastest time during group qreen-white-checker qualifying with a time of 14.903 (90.586 mph).

Rypkema, Chuck Hossfeld of Ransomville, N.Y., Mike Leaty of Williamson, N.Y., and Jack Ely of Wall Township, N.J., won the qualifying races.

Lee Sharpsteen of Waverly, N.Y., won the Tribute to Ed McGuire 51 for the Race of Champion Super Stock Series over Mike Nichols of Elmira, N.Y., who finished second. Joe Mancuso of Buffalo, N.Y., finished third.

Andy Jankowiak of Buffalo, N.Y., won a thrilling first-ever Race of Champions TQ Midget feature event. Jankowiak topped Kyle Hutchinson of East Aurora, N.Y., who finished second. Joey Bailey of Monroe, N.J., finished third.

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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)

 1Start Pos 10No. 07Name Patrick EmerlingLaps 75 
2560Matt Hirschman  
3666Austin Kochensash  
41853Brian Defebo  
51988Scot Wyle  
61712Andy Jankowiak  
7272TJ Potrzebowski  
8322Chuck Hossfeld  
91225Mike Leaty  
101310lDaryl Lewis, Jr.  
11432Tyler Rypkema  
121145Eric Beers  
131595Bryan Sherwood  
14143Daren Scherer  
15222Kevin Miller 
16219Brandon Oltra 
172019Austin Beers 
18148Owen Bednasz74 
191640rJake Rought  
2084Zack Knowlden73 Accident 
21246Scott Hossfeld67 
22954eJack Ely50 Mechanical 
2375Kyle Ebersole36 Mechanical 
242394Zack Curren26 Mechanical 

Time of Race: 46 minutes 56 seconds                       Average Speed: 36.225 mph               Margin of Victory: .347 seconds

Lead Changes: 4 among 4 drivers. [48, Owen Bednasz) 0-1, [72, TJ Potrezbowski] 1-4, (32, Tyler Rypkema) 5-34, (72, Potrezbowski) 35-44, (07, Patrick Emerling) 45-75



– Tom Barron, Race of Champions Super Stock Series and Dave Reiber Wilbert’s U-Pull It Four Cylinders Also Winners –

Williamson, New York – (July 27, 2019) – Andy Jankowiak of Buffalo, N.Y., turned in a dominating performance to win the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series Spencer Speedway presented by Wilbert’s U-Pull It 65th Anniversary 100 this past Friday. It was the 9th victory of Jankowiak’s career, but first at Spencer.

Jankowiak drew the pole, used a timely pitstop and went on to win the 100-lap event.

“This was big for us,” stated Jankowiak. “We had a great car all night. Spencer has presented me with its challenges however tonight we were able to overcome them and end up in victory lane. I’m proud of our entire team. Everything went our way. I’m lucking to get to drive this car. Tonight was an awesome victory for this team and we’re going to celebrate this one.”

Jankowiak, flanked by Scott Wylie of Blasdell, N.Y., led the field to the green. Jankowiak had to withstand the advances of Chuck Hossfeld of Ransomville, N.Y., to hang on to the top spot.

After a series of mid-race pitstops Jankowiak worked his way back to the spot and took command until the checkers flew. Wylie ended up second. Daryl Lewis of Ontario, N.Y., finished third.

Amy Catalano of Ontario, N.Y., finished fourth with Eric Beers of Northampton, Pa., rounding out the top-five.

Chuck Hossfeld of Ransomville, N.Y., posted the Speed51.com “Top of the Board” overall fast time in group time trials with a lap of 19.085 seconds with an average speed of 94.315 mph.

Hossfeld; Amy Catalano of Ontario, N.Y., and Patrick Emerling of Orchard Park, N.Y., won the qualifying races.

Tom Barron of Ontario, N.Y., picked up his second win in the Race of Champions Super Stock Series. Barron fended off the challenges of Joe Mancuso of Buffalo N.Y., who finished second. Tommy Krawczyk of West Seneca, N.Y., finished third.

Dave Reiber of Ontario, N.Y., won the Wilbert’s U Pull-It Four Cylinder division race. Reiber topped Jacob Gustafson of Webster, N.Y., (second) and Corey Capland of Ontario, N.Y. (third).

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Feature Finish

Spencer Speedway 65th Anniversary 100

Spencer Speedway, Williamson, N.Y.

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

Starting Position 
No. 12xName 
Andy Jankowiak
Laps 100 
2288Scott Wylie  
31210Daryl Lewis, Jr.  
4464Amy Catalano  
51045bEric Beers  
6722Chuck Hossfeld  
7307Patrick Ermerling  
8198Chris Finnochario  
9654cTommy Catalano  
101440Alan Bookmiller  
11111Chris Risdale  
122159Karl Hehr  
131654eJack Ely  
141719Austin Beers  
152054pjTyler Catalano 
161540Jake Rought 
17845cTimmy Catalano 
18925Mike LeatyIgnition 
19133Daren SchererAccident 
20181Mike RamosOver Heating 
2152Kevin MillerAccident 

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– Advance Ticket Sales Available at 3 Wilbert’s Locations –

Williamson, N.Y. – (July 22, 2019) – On Friday, July 26, 2019 the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series will return to action at Spencer Speedway presented by Wilbert’s U-Pull It for a 100-lap event. It will be in honor of the speedway that has stood the test of time for 65-years, making it one of the most historic tracks in Modified racing history.

The track which opened in 1955 has been a staple in Modified racing history with all of Modified’s “big names” making the track a weekly home or sporadic visit throughout the years. Richie Evans, Jerry Cook, Jimmy Spencer, Tony Hirschman, Jan Leaty and more have made Spencer “home” throughout the years.

In more recent times, the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series has been the feature Modified division at the track. Chuck Hossfeld, Matt Hirschman, Patrick Emerling and Mike Leaty have all had outstanding performances at the paperclip oval.

Hossfeld is coming off a Race of Champions Asphalt Sportsman Modified win this past Saturday at New York International Raceway Park, home to Lancaster National Speedway.

“Spencer is challenging,” stated Hossfeld. “We’ve run a lot of 75 lap races there recently without tire changes. This presents a unique challenge for us. It will be different and tire strategy will definitely play a role in how things work out. It will be exciting for everyone that is guaranteed.”

Advance ticket sales will take place at 3 Wilbert’s locations in the area of the track. Wilbert’s U-Pull It in Williamson; Wilbert’s Premium Auto Parts in Webster and Wilbert’s Premium Auto Parts in Ontario. The advance tickets at Wilbert’s will be sold for $20 per ticket and will only be valid for the Friday, July 26 event.

The Race of Champions Super Stock Series will join the card with another $1,000-to-win event along with the Wilbert’s U-Pull It Four Cylinders.

The “Food Truck Frenzy” featuring local food trucks and tastes from the area will also make its return. The gates open at 5:00 pm at Spencer Speedway for fans, with qualifying to follow at 7:15 pm.

Where: Spencer Speedway, Williamson, N.Y.

When: Friday, July 26, 2019. Grandstands open at 5:00 pm, Qualifying at 7:15 pm; all racing to follow.

Tickets: $23 General Admission; $20 for Seniors/Military (65 years and older and Military with proper identification); Children 5-to-15 years of age will be $10; Family Four Pack $58; Children 4-and-under will be Free.

Directions: The track is located just fifteen minutes east of Rochester, N.Y. at 3020 Route 104, Williamson, N.Y. 14589

What: The Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series “Salute to 65-years at Spencer” 100

More Information: 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, US Army, Upstate Automotive Group, Waddell Communications, Pilat Graphic Design, TDH Refrigeration, Sherwood Racing Wheels, PavedTrackDigest.com and Speed51.com. The 69th annual Race of Champions weekend will take place in 2019 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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