Lancaster, N.Y. – The 2018 Race of Champions Asphalt Modified and Super Stock Series seasons will get the green light at Lancaster (N.Y.) National Speedway this Saturday, May 12, with the Queen City Clash. The Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series will take on the demanding ½-mile in a 75-lap dash while the Super Stock Series will battle it out for 30-laps.
Mike Leaty of Williamson, N.Y., is the defending Asphalt Modified Series champion. Last season he earned the championship without winning an event.
“We were consistent last season, but it would feel great to come out of the box and win,” offered Leaty, driver of the L2 Auto Sports Troyer. “We’ve got a new car and our goal is to repeat, but we want to do that and win. Of course that’s everyone’s goal and to start the year off strong. You have to be good from the start, that’s for sure. The competition on the Series is tough. We’ll put our best foot forward and give it all we’ve got Saturday night.”
The Series has many top performers returning to Lancaster Saturday. Tyler Rypkema of Owego, N.Y., Bryan Sherwood of Binghamton, N.Y., and George Skora, III of Eden, N.Y., all earned their first series wins in 2017. They now become contenders along with Patrick Emerling of Orchard Park, N.Y., Andy Jankowiak of Buffalo, N.Y., and Chuck Hossfeld of Ransomville, N.Y., in addition to Tommy Catalano of Ontario, N.Y., Austin Kochenash of Danielsville, Pa., and Eric Beers of Northampton, Pa., who is returning to the Series this season.
The Race of Champions Super Stock Series also kicks off Saturday with a 30-lap event. Last season Tim Gullo of Elmira, N.Y., raced his way to the championship. Gullo knows that things will be even more competitive in 2018.
“In racing, things need to go your way,” stated Gullo. “We caught breaks last year and things worked out. We had a really good year and we are very proud of being the Series champion. This season, it’s shaping up to be a very competitive year. We’ll have to have everything working for us. We’re looking forward to it and to getting the season going at Lancaster.”
Pit gates open at 2:00pm at Lancaster National Speedway on Saturday. Visit www.lancasternationalspeedway.com or www.rocmodifiedseries.com for more information on the “Queen City Clash”.
Where: Lancaster National Speedway, Lancaster, N.Y.
When: Saturday, May 12, 2018. 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: Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series & Race of Champions Super Stock Series “Queen City Clash”
More Information: http://speedway.lancasternationalspeedway.com/ (Track Phone: 716.759.6818) / www.rocmodifiedseries.com
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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