SELINSGROVE 2015 ROC TOUR OPENER POSTPONED
Weather in Coming Weeks & Impact at Selinsgrove & Other Tracks Will Determine New Date
SELINSGROVE , PA…February 28, 2015… The hopes on starting the 2015 Northeast racing season at Selinsgrove Speedway with the annual Race of Champions Dirt Icebreaker VIII on Saturday, March 14, have been dashed as the record cold February has forced the postponement of the event for the Modified and Sportsman stock cars. Selinsgrove Speedway promoter, Charlie Paige, and event promoter and track race director, Joe Kaminski made the call on Saturday morning, February 28.
"With the record-breaking, harsh winter we have had here, and continue to experience, we stuck with the plan, with ‘hope against hope,' to stage our 8th Annual RoC Icebreaker at Selinsgrove on March 14," offered Joe Kaminski of JGK Motorsports. "With the race being just two weeks out, RoC’s Andrew (Harpell) along with Charlie and I agreed to postpone the race. I really appreciate all of our continuing sponsors. I have so much respect for them, our race fans and the race teams that I know it is the right decision to make the call well in advance, rather than inconvenience them and have them traveling unnecessarily.”
The planned Saturday-only format is a change for the annual two-day Selinsgrove RoC Ice Breaker which could make it easier to slot the event into the RoC, Selinsgrove and Northeast racing schedule. And Paige, Kaminski and Harpell are already this weekend discussing possible new dates for the event in 2015!
“Honestly looking at the track right now and the impact of the freezing and even sub-zero temperatures we experienced in February,” shared Charlie Page, “it appears that we are at least three weeks out from now with a possible season opener,… and that assumes we get a break in this weather.”
"We are currently looking at every viable option for the event to be rescheduled, as the Modifieds have been a great show over the years and I believe the Sportsman will be impressive as well,” continued Kaminski. “We do want to get this show in and will need to not only look at our timetable, but also the schedule revisions of other tracks in the Northeast. Tracks to our north will be dealing with the same things we are. The bigger question is where tracks to the south and southeast of Selinsgrove will be with their Openers. If everyone is delayed, we may find an early date. If not we need to look later in the season.”
The excitement and anticipation for the Icebreaker has not diminished with the cold weather.
Charlie Paige announced that Selinsgrove has decided to increase the tow money paid to non-qualifying modified teams to $50 from the $25 of the past and the sportsman will now also receive non-qualifier’s tow money of $25.
2015 Race of Champions Dirt Modified Tour Schedule Officially Released
BINGHAMTON, NY…The 2015 Race of Champions Dirt Modified Tour will begin its eleventh season of competition on Saturday, March 14th at the Selinsgrove Speedway for the eighth annual “Ice Breaker” event. That 40 lap Modified feature event will pay a cool $5,000 to win. Eleven races are currently slated for the upcoming RoC Dirt Modified Tour.
It was released prior that the month of March will again serve as a very busy month for the RoC Dirt Modified teams. Bonuses have been put in place for teams that compete in all three of the early season affairs. After the “Ice Breaker” event at Selinsgrove the RoC Dirt Modified Tour will head to the New Egypt Speedway for the Annual “Cabin Fever 60” on Saturday, March 21st. Last year local knowledge paid off for weekly star Ryan Godown as he raced to the victory in the New Jersey state lid lifter. The race was certainly memorable for the dominating performance but also the outstanding racing that took place on the table top smooth March surface. The month of March will wrap up again at the Bridgeport Speedway for the “60 Over Remembered” event honoring the memory of the legendary Doug Hoffman.
The special Bridgeport Speedway event will take place on Saturday, March 28th. The Race of Champions event is especially appropriate as Hoffman was one of very few drivers that competed in RoC events on both dirt and asphalt during his stellar career. He was the motivating factor in the RoC Dirt Modified Tour making the annual spring trip at Bridgeport Speedway and also hosted RoC events on the pavement at the Mahoning Valley Speedway during his tenure there. Last year the race was postponed to Easter Sunday in April with Ryan Watt dominating the event. The race was slowed by only one caution on a perfect lightning fast race surface with Watt pocketing over $6,000 for the victory.
Five Mile Point Speedway will host the RoC Dirt Modified Tour on Sunday, April 12th for the rescheduled Southern Tier 100 “RoC Style”. The race will determine the held-over fall championship for the RoC Dirt Modified Tour once again between Stewart Friesen and Matt Sheppard. Last year Sheppard won the battle but it was Friesen winning the war. Sheppard emerged the 100 lap race winner worth just under $6,000 with Friesen locking up the RoC title. This is the first of two events at the quarter mile oval with the tour finale scheduled for Saturday, October 31st.
Utica Rome Speedway will host two holiday weekend RoC Dirt Modified Tour events again this season. The series will move to the speedway for the first of two races on Memorial Day - Monday, May 25th for the annual “Victoria” event. Last year local knowledge again proved key as Stewart Friesen recorded over $10,000 for the victory. The RoC Dirt Modified Tour will return on Labor Day – Monday, September 7th for the “New Yorker” 100. Again the 2014 theme held true with another weekly campaigner emerging the winner. “Lightning” Larry Wight collected $10,000 for the victory. Both races will again pay $10,000 to the winner of the RoC sanctioned affairs in 2015. A tremendous amount of excitement is building for the Vernon, New York facility heading in to the upcoming season under the direction of new owner Bill Shea. This will mark the eleventh straight year that the RoC Modified Tour has been hosted at the Utica Rome Speedway.
Penn Can Speedway will again hold two RoC Dirt Modified Tour events as it did for every of the prior ten years on the RoC trail. Dan Harpell will be promoting the Friday night facility for the first time in 2015. He follows the duo of Reed Miller and Al Wilcox that promoted the speedway and supported the RoC Tour for each of its ten years of existence. The first will take place on Tuesday, June 9th for the annual “Clash at the Can” event. The excitement of last year’s race will be difficult to match as track regular Kevin Hartnett and RoC Tour mainstay Danny Johnson tied for the victory. The series will return on Friday, October 16th for the “King of the Can” RoC Tour event. This event was part of the series for many years with a track record 66 Modifieds converging on the popular PA oval several years ago under the RoC leadership. Another solid field will certainly be looking for their chance to sit on top of the throne!
Tuesday, June 30th will see the popular “Thunder on the Hill” promoted RoC Modified Tour event at the Grandview Speedway. The race will be run along with the 410 Sprint Cars as part of their Pennsylvania Speedweeks. The event has traditionally seen a capacity crowd for the rare double header of horsepower. Last season Duane Howard utilized his victory in the event to help catapult himself to another American Racer Cup Overall Championship worth $10,000. Each participating track in the American Racer Cup program are able to utilize two “mid-week” events in part of the overall ranking system each season.
The “Friends of Mike” race is another very meaningful event held each season at the Bridgeport Speedway. Once again this season the race will be held under the Race of Champions Dirt Modified Tour banner on Tuesday, August 18th. The mid-week event is the only Modified special that week and should provide another stellar field of the top chauffeurs.
The 2015 season is just around the corner with the March opener at the Selinsgrove Speedway on Saturday, March 14th. A $3,000 bonus point fund has been established for the top teams in the point standings after the three March events (Selinsgrove Speedway, New Egypt Speedway, Bridgeport Speedway).
Tour sponsor Sunoco Race Fuels has put together a promotional package for both the fans and drivers at all of the 2015 Race of Champions Dirt Modified Tour events. A 5 gallon certificate of racing fuel will be awarded to the “Hard Charger” at each event (the driver that advances the most positions during the event). Fans will also have an opportunity to win a prize pack at each race courtesy of Sunoco Race Fuels by choosing the winning driver. Ballots will be provided to fans prior the start of the feature event at each tour race with fans having an opportunity to choose the winner and also be entered a season ending VIP grand prize.
The RoC Sportsman tour opener will take place on Saturday, March 14th at Selinsgrove Speedway with other early season events at the New Egypt Speedway on March 21st and Five Mile Point Speedway on April 12th. The full RoC Sportsman and Street Stock schedules will be released in the weeks to come.
2015 RoC Schedule
Sat. March 14th Selinsgrove Speedway 40
Sat. March 21 New Egypt Speedway 60
Sat. March 28 Bridgeport Speedway 60
Sun. April 12 Five Mile Point Speedway 100
Mon. May 25 Utica Rome Speedway 100
Tues. June 9 Penn Can Speedway 60
Tues. June 30 Grandview Speedway 60
Tues. Aug. 18 Bridgeport Speedway 60
Mon. Sept. 7 Utica Rome Speedway 100
Fri. Oct. 16 Penn Can Speedway 60
Sat. Oct. 31 Five Mile Point Speedway 100
NORTHEAST SHOWDOWN FOR RoC MODIFIEDS SET TO GO AT YATES COUNTY SPEEDWAY TUESDAY, MAY 13TH
DUNDEE, NY…The Race of Champions Modified Series will invade the all new Yates County Speedway, formerly Black Rock Speedway, for the Northeast Showdown on Tuesday, May 13th at 7:00 p.m. They will be joined on the card by the Crate Sportsman.
This will be the first of four big Modified races at Yates County Speedway, now under the direction of Dan Harpell. “The fans have stated that they want to see the Modifieds so here is their chance to show me how much”, said Harpell. “We have put together four big events for the Modifieds throughout the season that are sure to create a lot of excitement”, he added. The other races will be held on Tuesday, July 22nd, Friday, September 19th and Saturday, October 25th.
This will be the second appearance of the Race of Champions Modified Series at the Dundee, New York oval. The last one was in 2012 with Matt Sheppard taking the victory over Alan Johnson, Jimmy Phelps, Ryan Godown and Pat Ward. Expect to see those drivers return along with defending RoC Champion Stewart Friesen.
Godown turned a lot of heads in the 2012 race. It was his first time at the track and after a mid race pit stop he charged back through the pack for the impressive fourth place finish. This year all eyes will be on another first time visitor to the track, Pennsylvania’s Rick Laubach. Laubach is looking forward to his first trip to Yates County Speedway.
Much like two years ago, you can expect to see a very diverse field of Modifieds to turn out for the 60 lap, $5,000 to win feature event. With it being early in the season, equipment is fresh and everyone is in the point battle.
Another incentive was just released by Race of Champions Director Andrew Harpell with the inclusion of a North and South Bonus. The overall points will not be effected as the RoC Champion is crowned by running all of the races in the series. The new North/South bonus is in addition to the overall title.
This race at Yates County will be the second North race on the schedule, which in essence is a mini series in addition to the overall champion. The first was recently held at Five Mile Point Speedway. Other tracks in the North division are Utica Rome Speedway and I-88 Speedway. A driver can now win a North title, a South title and the Overall title.
The Crate Sportsman will also be in competition on this night. They will run in a 30 lap point race paying $1,000 to win. The race will count toward the American Racer Cup Championship. It will not be a handicapped race. Drivers will draw for position so it is open to any Crate Sportsman that follows Yates County Speedway rules.
Get ready for an exciting night of racing with the Northeast Showdown at Yates County Speedway in Dundee, New York. The Race of Champions Modifieds and the Crate Sportsman make up the show which will get underway at 7:00 p.m. For further information look us up on Facebook under Yates County Speedway or log onto yatescountyspeedway.com.
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)
March 14 Selinsgrove -ppd
March 21 New Egypt
March 28 Bridgeport
April 12 Five Mile
May 25 Utica Rome
June 9 Penn Can
June 30 Grandview
Aug. 18 Bridgeport
Sept. 7 Utica Rome
Oct. 16 Penn Can
Oct. 31 Five Mile