|Date: 3/6/2014 11:52:40 PM|
By DINO OBERTO … “Keeping Track”
(SELINSGROVE 3-6-14)When the seventh annual Race of Champions (RoC) Icebreaker event featuring Modified stock cars gets underway on March 14-15 at Selinsgrove Speedway it will mark the official start to the outdoor racing season here in the northeast and race fans and teams should no doubt be flocking to the popular ˝-mile Snyder County dirt oval especially after enduring weeks of cabin fever from the long, hard-hit winter.
On Friday, which is sponsored by Insinger Performance Products, the RoC Dirt small block Modifieds will race in a 25 lap feature paying a $2500. Early arriving fans will receive a free RoC embroidered hat to commemorate the 100th Race of Champions Dirt Modified Tour event.
As has been the case in previous Friday RoC races, an extra incentive is on the line. Should the winner go on to victory in Saturday’s big block event there is a $1,000 bonus. The Saturday 40 lap main, sponsored by Alexander Family Dealerships, pays $5000. This would bring the weekend tally to over $8500 for only 65 laps of feature racing. The $1000 bonus is once again being provided by an anonymous Selinsgrove Speedway race fan.
For the first time the RoC Sportsman teams will be part of the two day event. On Saturday they will compete after the big block race in a 20 lap feature that pays $1200 to win. This race should also draw a good number of Sportsman cars that run locally at Grandview and Big Diamond Speedways.
The Icebreaker is under the direction of Joe Kaminski who serves
as the weekly Race Director at Selinsgrove for track promoter Charlie Paige.
Andrew Harpell is the longtime series head of the successful RoC tour which
begins its 10th season.
With Kaminski it’s all about the fans, the racers and the track and he always goes above and beyond to put on a good show. By this being the first outdoor race of the season he stands to make a huge splash too.
“It just means a lot to us and it’s a great feeling to Charlie (Paige), I and everyone else at Selinsgrove that people love coming out to this show. We have fans and teams coming in from as far north as Canada and south to Maryland,” explained Kaminski.
“I am very happy with having the RoC, they’re a great organization and it just works for us. Andrew is also a promoter and owns a race track and knows what goes on in all facets of the sport and its great having his knowledge behind our show. It’s a perfect match for both RoC and Selinsgrove.”
While Sprints and Late Models are the mainstream of race cars that Selinsgrove is noted for, this is the only time the Modifieds are showcased and to date the track has been packed with incredible car counts and a full grandstand. It will be a star-studded field of dirt Modified talent pitted.
For a Modified racer, Selinsgrove is a pure driver’s track as they run virtually wide-open all the way around.
“It’s neat to hear those guys talk about it, especially the small blocks that can run flat out. The big blocks kind of burb through the corners. We are a very wide track so there is room for error if need be. I’ve been told by many of those drivers they wish they could run at our track every week that’s how much they enjoy it,” said Kaminski.
While a good payout awaits all the winners, Kaminski has also lined up a long list of cash and contingency sponsors that virtually assures almost everyone walking away with something.
It’s no mystery that the weather has been playing havoc on all events in recent weeks and with the Icebreaker just around the corner there has been concern. Friday night racing will go off at 7:00 p.m. however, in a wise decision to better streamline the show on Saturday, the start time has been bumped up to a 2:00 p.m. start.
One week later, on Sunday March 23, the 410 Sprint cars will be in action at
Selinsgrove. The 2014 season opener is slated for Saturday, April 5. The day
prior will be the start of the year for Selinsgrove Raceway Park, the inner 1/5th
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