STAR STUDDED FIELD COMING TOGETHER FOR SUNDAY’S RACE OF CHAMPIONS SPRING 100 AT FIVE MILE POINT SPEEDWAY.
KIRKWOOD, NY…They say good things come to those that wait. For Stewart Friesen he is hoping the long winter layoff will pay dividends as the 2013 Race of Champions Dirt Modified Tour Championship will be decided this Sunday at Five Mile Point Speedway. Racing gets underway at 4 p.m.
The RoC Dirt Modified Tour Championship 100 was postponed in the fall due to inclement weather and rescheduled to this Sunday, April 13th. This gave the fans and the teams the opportunity to see the title decided on the race track. This Sunday that is exactly what will happen after a long winter layoff.
Two of the most successful drivers in dirt Modified racing will go head to head to decide the Race of Champions Dirt Modified Tour Title. Stewart Friesen, the current point leader and 2010 Race of Champions Dirt Modified Tour Champion will battle with Matt Sheppard, one of the most prominent dirt Modified racers of the day. Friesen leads Sheppard in the point standings 506- 475. The feature win will award 100 points and a team can also capture 5 bonus points by winning a qualifying heat race. A lot remains to be decided as the teams will race in the 100 lapper paying a minimum of $5,555 to win!
Just on the outside looking in on these two drivers is New York Capitol District driver Bobby Varin. Varin sits in third place with 465 points and is still in the hunt for the title as well. For Varin this is a remarkable story after spending the last several months recuperating from a broken neck sustained during a downhill skiing accident this winter. After a long several months of rehabilitation and getting a clearance from his doctor to resume his racing career Varin will be looking for his second RoC Tour title. In 2005 he tied Mitch Gibbs for the RoC overall title (the first year of the popular series). Varin has won all over the northeast but is still looking for his first ever Five Mile Point Speedway victory.
A star studded field of Modified talent coming together for this big spring 100 event at Five Mile Point Speedway. Danny Johnson, currently fourth in RoC points has won a lot of big Five Mile Point Speedway 100 events in the past. Johnson also won the RoC title in 2012. Mike Mahaney grabbed a win in the non-points Southern Tier 100 this past fall and is currently fifth in the RoC points. They will be joined by former RoC Modified Tour Champions Pat Ward and Billy Decker. Ward is a three time RoC Tour Champion and Decker won the title in 2011.
A number of other top invaders like Ryan Godown from Ringoes, NJ will be in competition. Godown was the opening day RoC winner on March 22nd at the New Egypt Speedway (NJ). Fellow New Jersey competitor Jimmy Horton is expected as well as Rick Laubach, Ryan Phelps and many, many more of the top invaders.
Five Mile Point Speedway Defending Track Champion Mike Colsten will try to rebound from a bad crash at the RoC opening event at the New Egypt Speedway. Colsten flipped his new car on lap 1 of the feature event back on March 22nd and is hoping to open his Five Mile Point Speedway season in a much better fashion.
Several young up and coming stars are also expected to compete for the big 100 win on Sunday. Larry Wight one of the top Central New York Modified stars will be part of the Gypsum Racing Team in action. Jackie Brown, Jr. the 2013 Accord Speedway Track Champion will be in the hunt along with fellow Accord regular Danny Tyler. Tyler has one Modified victory in the past at the quarter mile oval. Anthony Perrego a former RoC Dirt Sportsman competitor will be looking to make his mark on the Modified field as well as young talent Tyler Dippel, a weekly competitor at the Lebanon Valley Speedway. These young talents will have to content with weekly “young gun” Chris Wood from Binghamton. Wood was a Modified rookie at Five Mile Point Speedway last season and won the Season Championship event in September.
Erick Rudolph from Ransomville, New York will try and accomplish a very rare feat on Sunday during his first ever appearance at Five Mile Point Speedway. Rudolph is one of the top competitors on the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Tour and he will be making his first ever start at Five Mile Point Speedway on Sunday. Rudolph is looking to join New Jersey driver Billy Pauch as the only driver to win a Race of Champions Modified event on both the asphalt and dirt surface during the “modern era”.
Racing on Sunday will get underway at 1 p.m. The RoC Modifieds will be joined by the IMCA Modified Empire State Series opener, a special Crate Modified Open and Excel 600 c.c. Modified Tour event.
On Saturday the speedway will host an open testing session beginning at 2 p.m. At 6:30 p.m. there will be a special racing program held over from this past Sunday. Feature events for the RoC Street Stocks, Factory Stocks and Four Cylinders will be held. All rain stubs from this past Sunday will be honored on Saturday night only!
For additional information please phone 607-775-5555 or log on to www.fivemilepointspeedway.net .
Current Race of Champions Dirt Modified Tour Points Entering this Sunday’s Championship Event.
1. Stewart Friesen 506
2. Matt Sheppard 475
3. Bobby Varin 465
4. Danny Johnson 409
5. Mike Mahaney 407
6. Rick Laubach 346
7. Jimmy Horton 295
8. Billy Decker 279
9. Pat Ward 274
10. Mel Schrufer 268
Godown Kicks Off 2014 with ROC Cabin Fever 60 Victory at New Egypt
New Egypt, NJ (March 22, 2014) – Ryan Godown of Ringoes, NJ started off the 2014 season in impressive fashion at New Egypt Speedway Saturday evening as he took top honors in the 60 lap RoC Tour Modified feature event. The “Cabin Fever 60” season opener for both the series and the speedway saw Godown draw the worst starting position he could, 12th, and then racing thru the field passing some of the best drivers in northeast dirt racing on his way to his 29th career victory at NES. The win ties him with Kenny Brightbill for second on the all-time win list at New Egypt Speedway.
“I love racing side-by-side with Rick (Laubach), we can be right next to each other and never touch…I could race with him all day long!” exclaimed Godown in victory lane, “And the track was in such great shape, Wayne (Asay) and his crew did a great job preparing the surface despite all of the winter’s challenges. It was smooth and wide, what more can you ask for.”
Matt Sheppard and last year’s winner Jimmy Horton brought the field to the start with Horton leading thru 2 attempts to get the race underway. The second saw veteran hotshoe Mike Colsten flipping wildly in turn two bringing out the red flag. He was uninjured but the car was extensively damaged eliminating him from the event. Horton lead the first lap scored when a caution slowed the action again, and during the ensuing caution period Horton stopped on the front stretch and could not re-fire is motor being pushed to the pit area. The restart saw Rick Laubach power past Sheppard for the lead as Horton charged back onto the track without losing a lap. By the thirs lap Godown was already up to third spot and was chasing after Sheppard while Laubach cruised out in front. I took Godown 5 laps before he was able to wrestle second place away from Sheppard and set his sights on the leader. Billy Pauch quickly moved into third as Danny Johnson was now racing in the top five as well. A lap 15 restart saw Godown finally find a line past Laubach as he surged to the lead, with Johnson moving into third to challenge Laubach. All eyes at this point were on Horton, who was flying thru the field from the rear moving into fourth position again on lap 27.
The halfway point at lap 30 saw a planned Fuel stop for the field, to accommodate the drivers running Alcohol. Godown lead at this point followed by Laubach, who revealed he had lost the brakes on his mount during the first half of the race, Johnson, Horton and Sheppard. Sixth running Pauch and 8th running JR Heffner both chose to go into the pit area for further adjustments during the stop, and restarted at the rear of the field. When green flag racing resumed Laubach figured out how to make the car work without brakes and began pressuring Godown each lap. Horton brought out the caution on lap 35, as the same problem plagued him again ending his race as he stalled on the backstretch. Godown held Laubach at bay as the duo approached lapped traffic. However Godown did a masterful job in lapped traffic, pulling away to the popular victory. Laubach drove a strong race to finish second, while “the Doctor” Danny Johnson crossed the line third. 2007 NES champ Matt Sheppard came home fourth and Stewart Friesen made a late race charge to get fifth. Rounding out the top ten were Rocco Infante, Craig Von Dohren, Sammy Piazza, Pauch and Heffner.
Joe Funk captured his first win at NES in the 40 lap RoC Sportsman tour race. Funk took the lead from Brandon Walters on the second lap, and then held off a persistent Kevin Beach over the last half of the event to post his first career win at the speedway. Beach invaded with another strong run, getting his best finish ever at NES as runner-up. Walters finished third followed by New Egypt regulars Steve Davis and Mike Howardson.
This Saturday, March 29, New Egypt Speedway will host its annual practice day from 12noon-5pm. All divisions will be practicing and fans are invited to come and watch free of charge. Then on April 5th NES will kickoff the 2013 regular season with a full card of 358 Modifieds, Crate Modieds, Street Stocks and the first event of the 2014 HCI/SpikeNGo Rookie Sportsman series. . Gates open at 4:00 p.m. with the first race starting at 6:00 pm. Billy Pauch’s 700th win at the end of last season will be celebrated, with the first 100 fans thru the gate getting a commerative Billy Pauch 700th win poster. For more information call the speedway office at (609) 758-1900 or log on to www.newegyptspeedway.net
Feature (60 Laps): 1. Ryan Godown 2. Rick Laubach 3. Danny Johnson 4. Matt Sheppard 5. Stewart Friesen 6. Rocco Infante 7. Craig Van Dohren 8. Sammy Piazza 9. Billy Pauch 10. JR Heffner 11. Ryan Anderson 12. Brad Trice 13. Jimmy Blewett 14. Frank Cozze 15. Ryan Watt 16. Robin Schultz 17. DJ Ruppert 18. Andrew Krause 19. Neal Williams 20. Anthony Perrego 21. Jimmy Horton 22. Justin Grim 23. Billy Pauch Jr. 24. Joey Colsten 25. Mike Colsten
Heat 1: 1. Danny Johnson 2. Rick Laubach 3. Sammy Piazza 4. Rocco Infante 5. DJ Ruppert
Heat 2: 1. JR Heffner 2. Jimmy Horton 3. Frank Cozze 4. Neal Williams 5. Anthony Perrego
Heat 3: 1. Jimmy Blewett 2. Billy Pauch 3. Craig Van Dohren 4. Ryan Watt 5. Billy Pauch Jr.
Heat 4: 1. Ryan Godown 2. Matt Sheppard 3. Stewart Friesen 4. Brad Trice 5. Mike Colsten
DNQ: Donnie Lawson Jr., PJ Oliver, Willie Osmun, Jason Rivers, John Stangle
Feature (40 Laps): 1. Joe Funk 2. Kevin Beach 3. Brandon Walters 4. Steve Davis 5. Mike Howardson 6. Mike Butler 7. Rocky Warner 8. John Cornell III 9. Ebby Ridge 10. Charlie Hendrickson 11. Chuck Steuer 12. Butch Green 13. Claude Hutchings Jr. 14. Rusty Smith 15. Mike Lyons 16. Patrick Gold 17. Billy Moyer Jr. 18. Joe Tonti 19. John Aumick 20. Clay Butler 21. Jared Umbenhauer 22. Jarrett Rozycki 23. Ryan Simmons 24. Bob Lineman Jr.
Heat 1: 1. Butch Green 2. John Cornell III 3. Mike Butler 4. Mike Lyons 5. Ryan Simmons
Heat 2: 1. Kevin Beach 2. Rocky Warner 3. Rusty Smith 4. Claude Hutchingson Jr. 5. Ebby Ridge
Heat 3: 1. Clay Butler 2. Brandon Walters 3. Steve Davis 4. Joe Tonti 5. Billy Moyer Jr.
Heat 4: 1. Bob Lineman Jr. 2. Jared Umbenhauer 3. Joe Funk 4. John Aumick 5. Chuck Steuer
Consi 1: 1. Mike Howardson 2. Patrick Gold 3. Jarrett Rozycki 4. Charlie Hendrickson
2014 RoC Dates
RoC Big Blocks
Fri. March 14 Selinsgrove Speedway 25*
Sat. March 15 Selinsgrove Speedway 40*
Sat. March 22 New Egypt Speedway 60 (combo race)
Sat. March 29 Bridgeport Speedway 60
Sun. April 13 Five Mile Point Speedway 100**
Mon. May 26 Utica Rome Speedway 100 (combo race)
Tues. June 10 Penn Can Speedway 60
Wed. June 24 I – 88 Speedway 60
Tues. July 1 Grandview Speedway 60
Wed. July 9 Five Mile Point Speedway 60
Tues. July 29 Grandview Speedway 60
Wed. Aug. 20 Utica Rome Speedway Twin 50’s
Sun. Sept. 28 Bridgeport Speedway 60 (combo race)
Sat. Nov. 1 Five Mile Point Speedway 100 (combo race)
* please note – Selinsgrove events will see single best finish over two days count toward point tallies…
** - FMP 100 in April will determine final 2013 point standings (event was rained out in fall of 2013)…
Sportsman Tour (additional dates to be added)
Date Site Laps
Sat. March 15 Selinsgrove Speedway 20
Sat. March 22 New Egypt Speedway 40
Sun. April 6 Five Mile Point Speedway 40
Sun. May 4 Utica Rome Speedway 25
Tues. June 10 Penn Can Speedway 30
Wed. June 24 I-88 Speedway 30
Sun. July 20 Utica Rome Speedway 25
Tues. Aug. 26 I-88 Speedway 40
Fri. Sept. 12 Grandview Speedway 40
Fri. Oct. 10 Five Mile Point Speedway 40
Sat. Oct. 18 Penn Can Speedway 40
Fri. Oct. 31 Five Mile Point Speedway 100 (combo event)
2014 RoC Points
As of March 22
1. Ryan Godown 105
2. Rick Laubach 95
2. Danny Johnson 95
4. Matt Sheppard 85
5. Stewart Friesen 80
6. Rocco Infante 76
7. Craig VonDohren 72
8. Sammy Piazza 68
9. Billy Pauch 65
10. J.R. Heffner 67
March 14 Cancelled
March 15 Cancelled
March 22 Godown
March 29 Bridgeport
April 13 Five Mile
May 26 Utica Rome
June 10 Penn Can
Wed. June 24 I–88
July 1 Grandview
July 9 Five Mile
July 29 Grandview
Aug. 20 Utica Rome
Sept. 28 Bridgeport
Nov. 1 Five Mile
March 15 Cancelled
March 22 Funk
April 6 Five Mile
May 4 Utica Rome
June 10 Penn Can
June 24 I-88
July 20 Utica Rome
Aug. 26 I-88
Sept. 12 Grandview
Oct. 10 Five Mile
Oct. 18 Penn Can
Oct. 31 Five Mile