Oswego, NY – The Race of Champions means many things to many different people, but when it boils right down to it, the prestige of winning the race and the prizes that go with it are what drives racers to step up to the challenge of running the grueling event. For several it will be their first-time, for others they are veterans of the grind. With lap money, bonuses and a $12,500 top prize at the end of the 66th Annual Race of Champions 250. There are several drivers looking forward to the event.
“This is our big one, but it is also a big event in the scope of Modified racing,” stated current Ferris Mowers Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series fueled by Sunoco point leader, Patrick Emerling of Orchard Park, N.Y. “We have had a very good year and the icing on the cake would be if we could put forth a good effort and get a win at Oswego. This is the type of event that can make or break a season. We are geared up and looking forward to all of it. There are some great bonuses on the line, the lap money. It has all made it a very exciting weekend for us.”
Currently Chuck Hossfeld of Ransomville, N.Y., sits second in the standings to Emerling, but with the championship points expanding the opportunity for Hossfeld to catch Emerling anything can happen. Several outsiders have also set their sights on the prize. Ronnie Silk of Norwich, Conn.; Steve Masse of Bellingham, Mass.; Brandon Oltra of Nanticoke, Pa.; Richard Savary of Canton, Mass.; Austin Kochenash of Danielsville, Pa.; and defending event champion, Matt Hirschman of Northampton, Pa., have all put intentions of competing in the event along with the list of Race of Champions Series competitors. Billy Whittaker of Central Square, N.Y., will switch over from the dirt to the asphalt for this event and run in a Rick Kluth entry.
Interest in the events have been high, including the support division events, which add to a weekend that features the Sportsman Modifieds, the Race of Champions Big 10 Super Stocks, the Small Block Supermodifieds and the Classic Asphalt Modified Series.
Fans can expect several driver’s to perform “double-duty” over the weekend competing in the Sportsman Modified on Friday and the Race of Champions 250 for the Modifieds on Saturday. Emerling, Hossfeld, Hirschman, Amy Catalano of Ontario, N.Y., Tommy Catalano of Ontario, N.Y., Tyler Rypkema of Owego, N.Y., Mike Leaty of Williamson, N.Y., George Skora of Eden, N.Y., Daryl Lewis, Jr., of Ontario, N.Y., and Rusty Smith of Oxford, N.Y., will face off against some of the division’s top drivers like Zach Truesdail of Owego, N.Y., and Kevin Timmerman of Ontario, N.Y. Western New York Late Model racing legend, Bob Weber of Clarence, N.Y., will wheel the Matt Druar entry in the Sportsman event on Friday night.
In the Race of Champions Big 10 Super Stock division a two-race weekend sets in front of them. Jake Wylie of Derby, N.Y., the defending division champion, leads a strong contingent of Super Stock competitors to Oswego for a big weekend of racing, while the Small Block Supermodifieds look to have an incredibly talented field developing for Saturday’s 25-lap showdown. Driver’s like track champion Dave Cliff, young standout Camden Proud, International Classic Weekend winner Mike Bond and Alex Hoag are potential entries for this exciting event. The 66th Annual Race of Champions Weekend is upon us and the first green flag awaits. There are many talented racers in every field looking to take home a prestigious victory, the rewards that go with it and their very own Race of Champions silver bowl. The tradition will continue this weekend at Oswego Speedway.
Where: Oswego Speedway, Oswego, NY
When: Thursday, September 15; Friday, September 16; Saturday, September 17 (Sunday, September 18 if necessary)
Directions: The track is located at 300 E. Albany Street in Oswego, NY, just off of NY Route 104, 35 minutes north of Syracuse near the shores of Lake Ontario.
What: “The 66th Annual Race of Champions Weekend”–The Ferris Mowers Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series fueled by Sunoco 66th Annual Race of Champions 250, Sportsman Modified 75, Race of Champions Big 10 Super Stocks and the Super Stock “All-Star”; Small Block Supermodifieds.
More Information: www.oswegospeedway.com/ (Track Phone: 315.342.0646) / www.rocmodifiedseries.com
-RoC Modified Series Release. Photo Credit: Race of Champions