Lancaster, NY – The Race of Champions Late Model Series fueled by Sunoco will race for the first time in 2017 this Saturday night at Lancaster (N.Y.) National Speedway. The division, which will have four races during the 2017 season, will be highlighted at Lancaster with three events and also take part in the 67th Annual Race of Champions at Lake Erie Speedway in North East, Pa., on Saturday, September 30.


Traditional Late Model competitors like Bob Weber and Dave Russell of Clarence, N.Y., along with Nick Crassi, Ron and Scott Nurmi, Frank Batista and a host of others will take on the fast speed plant just East of Buffalo, N.Y.


Race fans will also be treated to the return on of one their own legends on Saturday when John Julicher straps into a Late Model for the first time since his announced retirement in 2005. Julicher of Williamsville, N.Y., is the winningest Late Model driver in the history of Lancaster and was inducted into the Friends of Auto-Racing (FOAR Score) Fan Club Hall-of-Fame in 2008.


In addition to his Lancaster accomplishments Julicher earned a track championship at Spencer Speedway in Williamson, N.Y., just east of Rochester.


The Race of Champions Late Model Series fueled by Sunoco joins the Sunoco Sportsman, Street Stocks and 4-Cylinders. The night’s festivities will also be a “Retro” and Homecoming Night for several of Lancaster National Speedway’s former stars.


Where: Lancaster National Speedway, Lancaster, NY

When: Saturday, July 15, 2017. Grandstands open at 5:00 pm.  Racing at 6:30 pm

Directions: The track is located at 57 Gunnville Road in Lancaster, N.Y., just North of Route 33 and minutes from the New York State Thruway.

What: The Race of Champions Late Model Series fueled by Sunoco “Retro / Homecoming Night 30”

More Information: (Track Phone: 716.759.6818) /


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 67th annual Presque Isle Downs and Casino Race of Champions weekend will take place in 2017 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.


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Race of Champions Press Release. Photo Credit: Tim Packman, Lancaster Speedway Collection.

RoC Late Models Returning to Action This Saturday at Lancaster