On Saturday night, the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series returns to action to kick off the 2019 season, racing at Chemung Speedrome (NY). Heading into the season, Speed51's resident stat guru Elgin Traylor presents this "By the Numbers" preview of the campaign.
4: Last year Chuck Hossfeld picked up his fourth RoC points title by a margin of 74 markers.
7: The Race of Champions sanctioning body supports seven different divisions. Check out the series website for more information on the support classes.
12: A total of 12 Race of Champion Modified events make up the 2019 season. Things heat up in August with three races leading up to the championship run. September caps off the year with the two big events in the US Open and the Race of Champions.
5/18 - Chemung Speedrome (NY)
5/31 - Spencer Speedway (NY)
6/15 - Lake Erie Speedway (PA)
6/27 - Lancaster National Speedway (PA) - 5th Annual Ol' Boy Cup
7/6 - The Track at Hillside (NY)
7/13 - Jukasa Motor Speedway (ON)
7/26 - Spencer Speedway (NY) - Spencer 100
8/3 - Chemung Speedrome (NY) - Rod Spaulding Classic
8/17 - Lancaster National Speedway (PA) - 30th Annual Tribute to Tommy Druar / Tony Jankowiak '110'
8/30 - Spencer Speedway (NY) - Maynard Troyer Classic
9/15 - Lancaster National Speedway (PA) - US Open 100
9/28 - Lake Erie Speedway (PA) Race of Champions
15: Drivers should take note of a press release that came out this past week. According to the release qualifying race winners will receive 15 points; second will receive 10; third place finishers will receive 8; fourth place finishers will receive 5; fifth place finishers will receive 3.
The overall fast-time award in group qualifying will still receive 5 bonus points. The feature race point system will remain as it has since the 2016 season.
This could be big when it comes to battling for the championship.
31: The Race of Champion Modified Tour features several marquee events and the US Open 100 at Lancaster Speedway will run the race for the 31st time this fall.
43: Matt Hirschman is the series all-time wins leader with 43.
69: Speaking of Marquee events, the Race of Champions will fire off from Lake Erie Speedway for what will be the 69th running of the historic event. The event has never missed a year and is one of the longest running events in the county in any form of racing.
75: The season opener will be a 75-lap dash for a trophy in the Lid Lifters 75 at Chemung Speedway (NY).
258: There have been 258 races on the RoC tour.
RoC Modified Past Champions
2018 Chuck Hossfeld
2017 Mike Leaty
2016 Patrick Emerling
2015 Matt Hirschman
2014 Chuck Hossfeld
2013 Matt Hirschman
2012 Matt Hirschman
2011 Chuck Hossfeld
2010 Matt Hirschman
2009 Matt Hirschman
2008 Matt Hirschman
2007 Pete Brittain
2006 Earl Pauls
2005 Matt Hirschman
2004 Tony Hanbury
2003 George Kent
2002 George Kent
2001 George Kent
2000 George Kent
1999 J.R. Kent
1998 J.R. Kent
1997 Chuck Hossfeld
1996 George Kent
1995 George Kent
1994 Charlie Rudolph
*From 2003 to 2007 Only National Champions listed
-Story by: Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent
-Photo credit: Speed51.com photo