The Race of Champions 250, one of the truly historic events in short track racing, takes place this weekend at Lake Erie Speedway. It will be an action-packed weekend of racing at the Pennsylvania bullring.
Before the 70th Race of Champions kicks off, here are 10 Things to Know about the venerable racing classic.
1 – Let’s tip our cap where it due first. The Race of Champions is one of the most notable and historic races in the history of short track racing. The event will be run for the 70th time the year and that dates back to 1951 when it was run on the dirt.
2 – Some fans might say we say too much about Matt Hirschman, but when you have won the last five runnings of this race and seven of the last eight, then you get talked about. We guess the real question is, would you take Matt or the field?
3 – One fun footnote to the 2019 race was that Eric Beers finished second with his son Austin Beers coming home in fifth. A great father-son combo in the top five.
4 – Chuck Hossfeld kinda stepped away from the series last year, but he’s made a few starts here and there and we might see him back for what would be his 21st start at the Race of Champions.
5 – George Kent holds the record for the most starts in this race, while Jan Leaty holds the record for the most top 10 runs with 15.
6 – Grandstand admission is free on Friday for practice – visit this link for more information about tickets for the weekend. – https://www.rocmodifiedseries.com/roc/
7 – SA total of 26 cars will start the 250-lap Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series main event, with $12,570,70 going to the winner.
8 – Between Matt and his father, Tony, the Hirschman family has 11 wins at the Race of Champions.
9 – The main event is a 250-lap race on the Lake Erie Speedway which measures at 0.375. The track has 12 degrees of banking in the turns.
10 – According to the series this race is the longest consecutively contested race in America, behind only the Indy 500.
-Story by: Elgin Traylor, Speed51 Correspondent
-Photo credit: Speed51 Photo