Williamson, N.Y. – Ryan Preece of Berlin, Connecticut, who currently drives for Joe Gibbs Racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, has agreed to drive a L2 Autosport entry in the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series Tribute to “Pops” Leaty 75 at Spencer Speedway on Friday, August 31.
Preece, who has won twice in the Xfinity Series — once at Iowa Speedway in 2017 and once earlier this season at Bristol Motor Speedway — is also the 2013 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion.
“Mike (Leaty) called and asked if I wanted to drive one of this families cars and I jumped at the chance,” stated Preece, who will already be in the area for an event at Oswego Speedway on Saturday. “I’ve run several times with the Race of Champions and I’m looking forward to it. I knew Mike’s Grandfather and this a great tribute to ‘Pops’, we are going to enjoy this night and opportunity.”
The Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series will be competing for over $5,500 in lap money that is a bonus to the racing purse, with money raised by the Catalano and Leaty families. The Modifieds will be joined by the Lancaster Speedway type Street Stocks who will compete for $500-to-win along with the Race of Champions Four Cylinder Dash Series which will race for $333.33-to-win in their second event of the season to make up an exciting evening of racing action.
In addition to racing, Heintzelman’s BBQ Pit Food Truck will be on hand as well two other local food trucks for snacks and desert items. Cavallaro-Neubauer Chevrolet Buick will present victory lane for the Modified race and have vehicles on display with information available in the midway.
The Sodus Microd club will have a display as well a brief demonstration prior to the feature racing action.
The event night is being presented by Rochester Steel Treating Works, Inc. (www.rstwinc.com) and Cavallaro-Neubauer Chevrolet and Buick.
The gates open at 5 pm at Spencer Speedway for fans with racing to follow at 7 pm. General Admission tickets for the event are just $22, with a Senior and Military ticket being $19 (adult $2 coupons are available for the event); Children 6-11 years of age are $8 and children 5 and under are free.
Where: Spencer Speedway, Williamson, N.Y.
When: Friday, August 31, 2018. Grandstands open at 5 pm, racing at 7 pm
Directions: The track is located just fifteen minutes east of Rochester, N.Y. at 3020 Route 104, Williamson, N.Y. 14589
What: The Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series “Tribute to Pops 75”, Lancaster Speedway Type Street Stocks, Race of Champions Four Cylinder Dash Series.
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 with primary marketing partners Hoosier Racing Tire, VP Racing Fuels, US Army, Upstate Automotive Group, Waddell Communications, Pilat Graphic Design, Jerico Performance, TDH Refrigeration, Sherwood Racing Wheels, PavedTrackDigest.com and Speed51.com. The 68th annual Race of Champions weekend will take place in 2018 at Lake Erie Speedway in North East, Pennsylvania and is the second longest consecutive auto-racing event in North America, second only to the Indianapolis 500.
-Race of Champions Press Release
-Photo credit: Speed51.com / MoJo Photos