SUNOCO RACE OF CHAMPIONS MODIFIED WEEKEND TO MOVE TO THE CHEMUNG SPEEDROME ON OCTOBER 2, 3 AND 4

Date: 7/28/2015 10:02:58 PM

SUNOCO RACE OF CHAMPIONS MODIFIED WEEKEND TO MOVE TO THE CHEMUNG SPEEDROME ON OCTOBER 2, 3 AND 4

BINGHAMTON, NY…The 65th consecutive running of the Sunoco Race of Champions Weekend will have a new venue and date for this fall. The race weekend will be moving to the Chemung Speedrome on October 2nd, 3rd and 4th this fall. The Sunoco Race of Champions Modified 200 will be on Sunday, October 4th of the weekend. The race had been scheduled for Oswego Speedway, a place that saw the past nineteen editions of the event held.

The October 2nd, 3rd and 4th weekend had been previously established with the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Tour at the Shangri La II Motor Speedway. RoC teams and fans had already made individual schedule plans for a race on the date of Sunday, October 4th. It will now be the showcased Sunoco Race of Champions Modified 200 at the Chemung Speedrome.

The change from Oswego Speedway is certainly sudden and unexpected by many but Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Tour Director and event Promoter Andrew Harpell summed it up like this, “With this being the last Sunoco Race of Champions Weekend that I’m involved with I wanted to put the emphasis on our Modified teams that have supported the race over the years. We feel that the smaller sized Chemung Speedrome will make this a Modified event that will be as enticing for big budget teams and the teams with the most restricted budget.” He added, “The size of the track will make for excellent side by side racing and provide virtually every Modified team in attendance a shot at the RoC win.”

Eric Beers (2004 race winner) commented, “The event being at Chemung certainly peaks my interest, this will be a true short track friendly race.” Chuck Hossfeld, the 1999, 2005, 2014 race winner stated, “We are fresh off a win this past May at Chemung and look forward to the challenge that the 200 will bring us in October.” “I love racing at Oswego and look forward to being back there on Classic Weekend in September.” Matt Hirschman who knows the short tracks like Mahoning Valley and is the 2012 and 2013 RoC race winner said, “Our shows are always exciting at Chemung, the pit action will be very visible for the fans and I’m looking forward to seeing the hillside full for the Sunoco Race of Champions.”

Harpell also stated, “When the Sunoco Race of Champions ended at Flemington Speedway in 1995 it was done. Alex Friesen and I took over the event from the Gerber family and moved it to Oswego Speedway where it has been the ever since.” “Oswego Speedway is like my second home, since we started hosting the event there we have worked with three different ownership groups (The Caruso Family, Pat Fulong and Steve Gioia and current owners The Torresse Family) and have been treated incredibly well by all of them.” “The Torresse Family who owns the speedway today have been great to work with and have been nothing but first class with all of our dealings and have put a tremendous amount of work in to the facility.” “This decision was made solely with the idea of putting on a Sunoco RoC Modified 200 that bring teams back to the event from places like Mahoning Valley and Riverhead Speedway’s and seeing how they stack up against our RoC Asphalt Modified Tour stars.” “The size of Oswego Speedway has eliminated some of the smaller budgeted teams in recent years and my goal is to make this a one-time event that has a level playing field and that a big motor budget isn’t required to have a shot to win.” “The Chemung Speedrome layout will do exactly that.” Harpell stated lastly, “In 2016 Joe Skotnicki will be taking over ownership of the Race of Champions programs and he will be able to host the RoC Weekend where he believes it is best suited. For this year, I think this will be a fantastic event for our Modified teams and fans and I will certainly support Joe in his efforts any way that I can for next year’s edition, wherever he decides it should be held.”

Friday, October 2nd will see race team registration from 3 to 6 p.m. with a chicken barbecue taking place between 6 and 8 p.m. The pole barn off of turn 4 will be utilized for the chicken barbecue and driver reception that evening.

Saturday, October 3rd will see pit gates opening at 10 a.m. with a paid practice session being held from 12 noon to 2:30 p.m. that day. The evening racing card will get underway at 6 p.m. featuring the Race of Champions Sportsman 100, INEX Legend Cars, Bandolero’s and Four Cylinder open event. There will also be a driver autograph session behind the grandstand area that evening with some of the Modified teams.

Sunday, October 4th will see pit gates opening at 10 a.m. with racing set for 2:30 p.m. The Sunoco Race of Champions Modified event will be joined by the Super Stock 75 and a front wheel drive Four Cylinder Open.

Marilyn Toal and her family will continue to work on the Modified Lap Fund program for this event as they have for many, many years. Marilyn Toal stated, “I’m glad to see that the Modified teams will be the emphasis of Andrew’s last year running the event.” “The Modified races at Chemung have been exciting and this one should be too.” “We love Oswego Speedway and our history there but are supportive of the decision for this year.”

The remaining Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Tour schedule will see the series at the Chemung Speedrome on Saturday, August 8th for a 100 lap special event. The tour will then move to the Lancaster National Speedway on Saturday, August 15th for the “Tommy/Tony 110” event. Friday, September 4th will see day one of the “Classic Weekend” at Oswego Speedway with the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Tour in action on that evening with a 100 lap event. On Sunday, September 27th the RoC Asphalt Modified Tour will return to the Lancaster National Speedway for the “U.S. Open Weekend” and a 125 lap event. The 2015 RoC Tour will now conclude with the 65th running of the Sunoco Race of Champions Weekend and the Modified 200 on Sunday, October 4th at the Chemung Speedrome. All of the remaining events are extra distance, extra paying races for the RoC teams.

A lot of additional details will be released this week and entering the next RoC Modified Tour event at the Chemung Speedrome on Saturday, August 8th.

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