The Race of Champions (RoC) is hard at work shaping the 2020 schedules for all their classes of racing, including the flagship RoC Asphalt Modified Series. While the sanctioning body recently revealed the weekend of September 24-26 for the 70th running of the RoC 250 weekend at Lake Erie Speedway in western Pennsylvania, the series proudly announced the return to another historic Keystone State venue during the upcoming season.
Eastern Pennsylvania will welcome the RoC Modifieds back to the Mahoning Valley Speedway in 2020, where it will also be the final showdown to decide the season’s Modified champion on Saturday, October 3. It will be the third time RoC has run at the quarter-mile oval, running there twice in the 2016 season, with the second race also serving as the season finale that year.
It is a long-awaited return that RoC promoter Joe Skotnicki has been working hard with over the past two years with the management and ownership that has come to take over the track.
“We went there twice in 2016 and had some successful events, then they chose to make a tire change, and it just wasn’t going to work for us. Then when Jack Carlino took over ownership, we had some initial conversations and looked at it. Over time we got closer and closer. This year it finally came together. Keith Hoffman has a good vision for the sport, and we’re looking forward to going back.”
While the switch of the finale to the Lehighton, Pennsylvania oval shifts the crowning of a champion away from Erie, the RoC 250 will still play a pivotal roll in the final championship run, but the main focus of the weekend will be placed even more on the race itself and who will add their name to prestigious trophy.
“We’ll be crowning our champion there (at Mahoning Valley), like we did in 2016. So, it’s not anything we haven’t done in the past. I liked the concept of Lake Erie closing things out with the 250, of course the 250 is such a huge event in itself, plus this was an opportunity we couldn’t pass up. So, we went ahead and made that adjustment.”
Skotnicki is also looking forward to be putting the spotlight of touring racing back on a track that he and many others hold in high regard.
“It’s some of the best Modified racing, some of the best racing you’ll see period on a short track.”
Stay with Speed51 for the full RoC schedules which will be revaled some time in the coming weeks.
-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51 Northeast Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT
-Photo credit: Speed51 / MoJo Photos