The road to the Race of Champions (RoC) Modified Tour championship will run through Lancaster in 2015. The widely popular Modified series will make an unprecedented four visits to Lancaster National Speedway this season. It’s the largest commitment that the speedway has made in the tour’s 22-year history.
“The Race of Champions Modified Tour events are the most popular dates with our fans on the stock car schedule,” said Lancaster National Speedway general manger Melissa McGowan, “we thought that this year, with the new management in place, it would be a perfect time to step up our involvement with the tour.”
The expanded commitment to the RoC Tour is the first step in Lancaster National Speedway’s rebuilding of asphalt Modified racing in Western New York. Modified competition has a long, storied history at the speedway dating back to the 1960s. Some of the best open-wheeled drivers of all-time have raced and won on Lancaster’s 1/2-mile oval, including Richie Evans, Dutch Hoag, Roger and Merv Triechler, Maynard Troyer, Sege Fidanza and Jan Leaty. The tradition continues with modern day stars, such as, defending RoC Tour champion Chuck Hossfeld, Matt Hirschman, Erick Rudolph, Andy Jankowiak and Mike Leaty. These four events will serve as the cornerstone to make Lancaster National Speedway one of the top venues for Modified racing in the Northeast once again.
For the first time ever Lancaster National Speedway will hold the season-opening race for the Race of Champions Modified Tour. Lancaster will lift the lid on the 2015 racing season on Sunday, April 19 with a 75-lap race for the groundpounders. This is the renewal of a tradition from the 1970s & 80s with Lancaster beginning the season in mid-April with a major Modified race.“We are excited to reinstate a season opening tradition,” said McGowan, “it is one of many ways in which we will rebuild and continue the rich history of this speedway.”
Lancaster National Speedway kicks off the summer with a rare and special mid-week show on Thursday, June 25. The RoC Tour will run a 60-lap feature that should make for some interesting strategy. It’s the shortest race on the tour schedule, which means teams won’t have long to get to the front of the field.
The Tommy Druar/Tony Jankowiak Memorial 110 is back as a standalone event on Saturday, August 15 with its traditional format. The tribute to the former Modified competitors was combined with the US Open last season after the original date was canceled, but it returns to the RoC Tour schedule in 2015.“We are all about our historical past with our RoC events, the history at Lancaster with Modified racing is hard to replicate and the events we run there are traditionally some of the most exciting on the series,” said Race of Champions Modified Tour director Andrew Harpell.
The US Open 125 will serve as the tour’s penultimate event on Sunday, September 27. Western New York’s racing finale is one of the most prestigious events in Modified racing and will have a major impact on the outcome of the RoC Tour championship. Last season Tony Hanbury won his first ever US Open 125 by holding off Jimmy Zacharias.
Lancaster National Speedway and Dragway will announce more details for the 2015 season in January. To stay up to date on the latest news be sure to like our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/lancasterspeedway) and follow our Twitter account (@LancasterSpdwy). We are also working on a new website that will be housed at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com.
-Dave Buchanan Press Release. Photo Credit: Speed51.com