NORTH EAST, PA – Lake Erie Speedway is set to welcome back the thunder of the ground-pounding Ferris Mowers Race of Champions Modified Series on Saturday, June 11 for the Farmers Insurance/The Stewart Agency 75 presented by Jim Moss Builders.
The Race of Champions Modifieds will make their first appearance at Lake Erie Speedway since 2005. Billy Putney of East Aurora, N.Y. bested a field of 23 cars on July 23, 2005 to claim victory in the series’ only visit to LES.
“We are excited to bring this type of Modified racing back to Lake Erie Speedway,” said A.J. Moore, Operations Manager. “The Race of Champions Modified Series has a devoted fan base that will be eager to check out our facility plus local race fans will enjoy the thrilling side-by-side competition the RoC Series is known for.”
The RoC Modified Series competes on short tracks across New York and Pennsylvania. The Farmers Insurance/The Stewart Agency 75 presented by Jim Moss Builders will be the sixth stop on the series’ 14-race 2016 schedule. The open-wheeled race cars are powered by 358-cubic inch, V8 engines that generate over 600 horsepower, and they race on 15-inch Hoosier Racing Tires.
Leading the charge for the RoC Modified Series will be seven-time and defending series champion, Matt Hirschman of Northampton, PA. Hirschman finished tenth in the 2005 event. Since that day he has gone on to earn the nickname of “Big Money Matt” for his ability to win some of the most prestigious and highest-paying Modified races in the Northeast.
The Hirschman family has visited victory lane at Lake Erie Speedway in the past. Matt’s father, Tony Hirschman, won a NASCAR Modified Tour race at LES in 2004. Matt’s brother, Tony Hirschman III, is the spotter for NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Kyle Busch.
One of the drivers looking to challenge Hirschman will be three-time series champion, Chuck “The Hotshoe” Hossfeld of Ransomville, N.Y. Hossfeld did not compete in the 2005 RoC Series event at Lake Erie, but he did record top ten finishes in both NASCAR Modified Tour events held at LES in 2003 and 2004.
A pair of former Lake Erie Speedway Late Model track champions will also likely be in the field for the Farmers Insurance/The Stewart Agency 75 on June 11.
2012 Late Model track champion, George Skora III of Eden, N.Y. and 2008-2010 Late Model champ Will Thomas of Sharpsville, PA have both recently made the transition to the open-wheeled Modifieds.
After Skora won his championship in 2012 he returned to Western New York where he raced Sportsman Modifieds before making his Race of Champions Modified Series debut in 2014. Thomas made the switch to racing on dirt and has had success driving Late Models and E-Modifieds in Pennsylvania and Ohio. He acquired a RoC Modified late last season after getting the itch to run on pavement again. Both drivers will look to use their extensive knowledge of Lake Erie’s 3/8-mile oval as an advantage over the competition.
The support divisions for the Farmers Insurance/The Stewart Agency 75 presented by Jim Moss Builders will include a $1,000-to-win U.S. Legends Car National Qualifier for the Xtreme Racing Series plus the NYPA TQ Midget Association and the Lucas Oil Can-Am TQ Midget Series.
Pre-sale tickets for the Farmers Insurance/The Stewart Agency 75 presented by Jim Moss Builders are now available on the Lake Erie Speedway website. Adult general admission tickets are just $15; children 6-12 years old are $10 and five and under are free. Pre-sale reserved seating tickets are available for $30. All pre-sale tickets are subject to a processing fee.
Grandstand gates will open at 5 p.m. on June 11 with heat racing starting at 6 p.m. followed by the feature events at 7 p.m.
-RoC Modified Press Release.