Williamson, New York – Throughout the 2018 season, one of the most dedicated individuals within the asphalt Modified racing community will be honored at every race during the 2018 Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series campaign with a $25 bonus to competitors.
In late April the racing community mourned the loss of Jan “Pops” Leaty, who was one of the leaders of the Leaty racing teams that have been fielded out of Williamson, New York throughout the years for son Jan and his grandson and defending Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series champion, Mike Leaty.
During the 2018 season on lap 25 of each race an additional $25 in “lap money” will be awarded to the leader in honor of “Pops’. It’s an award to recognize someone who shared the spirit and passion of the modified racing community throughout his years and rarely missed a race, bringing his motorhome to many of the events and enjoying them thoroughly.
“This is a great way to honor my Dad,” stated Jan Leaty, who has played an integral role in the last two championship seasons with Patrick Emerling in 2016 and then his son Mike last season. “He left a great legacy behind and we are going to miss him a great deal, but I’m proud that he will be recognized as part of each race during the 2018 season.”
Jan and Mike have both achieved success before “Pops” eyes on the Series. Jan Leaty drove to victory in many NASCAR Modified Tour events as well winning 1996 and 2007 Race of Champions event at Oswego (N.Y.) Speedway. Mike has been a track champion at Spencer Speedway and in 2017 won the Race of Champions Series crown with a thrilling performance in the last race of the season.
The 2018 Race of Champions Asphalt Modified season begins on Saturday, May 12 at Lancaster National Speedway.
The Race of Champions is a sanctioning body presenting Modified and Stock Car racing on asphalt and dirt surfaces throughout the Northeast, with events in New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The 68th annual Race of Champions weekend will take place in 2018 at Lake Erie Speedway in North East, Pennsylvania as part of Presque Isle Downs & Casino Race of Champions Weekend and is the second longest consecutive auto-racing event in North America, second only to the Indianapolis 500.
-Race of Champions Press Release
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