North East, Pennsylvania — Matt Hirschman of Northamption, Pa., drove to his 41st career Race of Champions Series victory this past Saturday night at Lake Erie Speedway in North East, Pa., in the Lake Erie 75 presented by Jim Moss Builders.


Hirschman took the lead from Tommy Catalano early in the event and never looked back in his first win of 2018.


“I always love coming to Lake Erie, this is one of my favorite tracks,” stated Hirschman from victory lane. “Tommy (Catalano) was strong early but we were able to get where we needed to be and use good track position. It played out in our favor tonight. I have to thank everyone involved with our team, it was a really good night for us.” held off a charging Patrick Emerling from Orchard Park, N.Y., and Andy Jankowiak of Tonawanda, N.Y., who started 16th and finished 3rd.


Scott Wylie of Blasdell, N.Y., who started second, his second consecutive front row starting position in this race, earned fourth while Randall Richards who towed from Titusville, Pa., drove from 15th to finish 5th.


Chuck Hossfeld won the overall fast time for the second consecutive race in green, white, checker qualifying.


Hossfeld, Kevin Miller, Tommy Catalano and Hirschman all won qualifying races.


Roy Hayes of Concord, N.C., came to Lake Erie and took home the victory in the season opening Race of Champions Late Model Series event presented by CPS (Center for Plastic Surgery). Hayes held of Jeric Johnson of Mooresville, N.C., to earn the victory.


“This is a big night for us,” explained Hayes, who is originally from the Erie, Pa., area. “It’s great to come back here and put our car in victory lane along with having everyone here. The car was spot on from the start of the race and we were fortunate to have everything go our way.”


Johnson ended up second with Dave Russell of Clarence, N.Y., third. Sam Fullone of North Collins, N.Y., finished fourth with Eldon King of Delevan, N.Y., rounding out the top-five.


Russell and Fullone won the qualifying races.


The results are unofficial until Tuesday, June 12, 2018.


Finish       Starting Position      No.           Name                                       Laps


1              3                              60            Matt Hirschman                       75

2              4                              07            Patrick Emerling

3              16                            12x          Andy Jankowiak

4              2                              88            Scott Wylie

5              15                            0              Randall Richards

6              9                              22            Chuck Hossfeld

7              23                            17            Danny Knoll, Jr.

8              13                            10            Daryl Lewis, Jr.

9              11                            3              Daren Scherer

10            12                            45            Eric Beers

11            8                              66            Austin Kochenash

12            10                            25            Mike Leaty

13            17                            32            Tyler Rypkema

14            14                            65            George Skora, III

15            22                            59            Karl Hehr

16            21                            64            Amy Catalano

17            7                              5              Kyle Ebersole

18            24                            28            Kreig Heroth

19            6                              54            Jack Ely

20            25                            1              Chris Risdale

21            1                              54            Tommy Catalano                      Engine

22            5                              2              Kevin Miller                             Accident

23            20                            45            Timmy Catalano

24            19                            40            Alan Bookmiller

25            –                               4              Zack Knowlden                         Oil Leak


-Race of Champions Press Release

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