One of the most anticipated races on the Race of Champions (RoC) Asphalt Modified Series schedule, the Ol' Boy Cup 60, will take place at Lancaster National Speedway (NY) on Thursday night. Speed51.com's resident "Stat Boy" Elgin Traylor takes a look at the race "by the numbers."
07: According to the series website, Patrick Emerling is the points leader coming into the mid-week event at Lancaster. Emerling won the most races a year ago and finished fourth in the points.
4: This race, the Ole Boy Cup 60 will be the second of four races at Lancaster this year. The others will be the Tommy Druar/Tony Jankowiak Memorial in August and the US Open 125 in September. Patrick Emerling won at Lancaster earlier this season.
5: There have been four winners this season on the tour. Patrick Emerling has a pair of wins, while Chuck Hossfeld, Eric Beers, Mike Leaty and Will Thomas also each have a victory.
7: Matt Hirschman is a seven-time series champion in the RoC ranks. The Northampton, Pennsylvania driver has not yet won a race this season. He has over 30 wins in the series and six wins at Lancaster including three of the past four US Open races at Lancaster.
9: When it comes to domination this track is Chuck Hossfeld’s house having won nine times on the New York track.
22: Chuck Hossfeld led all 60-laps form the outside pole one year ago to pick up the win in the first Ole Boy Cup 60. We will see if he can make it two in a row this week.
51: Thursday's Ol' Boy Cup will be the first ever RoC Modified event broadcast live on Speed51.com. Fans from all around the world will be able to watch the race via a live pay-per-view broadcast. Click here to purchase an online video ticket today.
60: The race will be 60 laps on Thursday night. It’s one of the shortest races of the year, but could easily be one of the most exciting ones.
71: The No. 71 ride of Jimmy Zacharias sits third in the most recent points. He has a pair of wins in the series and hopes to become the fifth different winner on Thursday.
1994: Was the first RoC Modified tour season and Charlie Rudolph was the series first champion.
2003: Legendary RoC driver George Kent won his sixth and final series title back in 2003.
History: This is the second race in memory of Bill Colton Jr., who innovated the introduction of soft walls to the Lancaster 5/8-mile high speed facility in the early 1990s. While NASCAR later introduced SAFER barriers at many of their facilities, these styrofoam-style barriers that protect drivers from impacting the outside concrete in the corners remain in existence here and followed at additional tracks in the region such as Oswego Speedway and Watkins Glen International. Colton passed away in 2003, but the legacy of the family's name in short track racing continues to live on with his son Billy Colton III as owner of Troyer Race Cars.
-By Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent - Twitter: @ElginTraylor
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