Chuck Hossfeld made it clear this week that he is more than ready to hunt for another Race of Champions trophy this Saturday at Oswego Speedway (NY).
In the weeks since the last Race of Champions (RoC) Asphalt Modified Series race on August 20 at Lancaster Speedway (NY), all preparation has gone into running 250 laps on Saturday. All that’s left now is to bring the team together and do some fine tuning within.
“I think we’re as ready as we have ever been. We got a great pit crew, we’re going to do some pit stop practice this week. Everyone’s coming over, we’ll have some wings and beer, so that’ll be fun,” Hossfeld told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “The cars are ready. We’re going to race the (Sportsman) Modified race on Friday and then the big race on Saturday, pretty excited to race 250 laps and the chance for the pit crew to shine.”
After racing at Chemung Speedrome (NY) in 2015, the Race of Champions returns to its modern home of Oswego for 2016. That is good news for Hossfeld who won his third RoC trophy the last time the race was held by Lake Ontario in 2014. He is also looking forward to racing in front of the loyal hometown fans that flock to the “Steel Palace” all year long.
“Oswego is always a good place,” Hossfeld said. “There’s great fans because they have a love not only for Modifieds plus the Supermodifieds that they really love. We were fortunate enough to win the big race three times, hopefully this will be our fourth if everything goes the way I’m hoping and hopefully we can add that to a list of accomplishments.”
The race has been given new life in 2016 for the 66th running, the first under new owner and promoter Joe Skotniki. With an increase back to 250 laps and a winner’s prize of $12,500, Hossfeld believes the future is bright not just for the race but the entire RoC tour.
“I think the whole series is getting healthier and healthier. We have a lot of good new drivers coming up and racing along with some old veterans. The mixture is good, there’s a lot of respect on the tour. It’s got a good feel, for the race it’s going to be big, the series is growing, it’s all positive. Things are looking up and it’s exciting to be a part of.”
If you are unable to make it to Oswego this weekend, be sure to follow Speed51.com this for Trackside Now coverage, as well as video highlights on the Speed51 Network. But if you can be there, don’t miss out. The Race of Champions Weekend is one of the most affordable big-time events that a Modified fan can attend in 2016.
-By Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com State Editor (CT, MA, Long Island) – Twitter: @Connor51CT
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