The Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series is more than halfway through its season as they prepare a weekend doubleheader this Friday and Saturday in the State of New York. For a pair of championship contenders, the doubleheader could make or break their championship hopes.

An action-packed weekend for the Modifieds begins Friday evening at Spencer Speedway where drivers race in memory of Patsy and Joe Catalano. Family relatives Amy Catalano and her son Tommy Catalano will be among the drivers in the field racing in honor of Joe and Patsy.

300x250 Summer Thunder 2017.07.22 ROC HollandSaturday night the RoC Modifieds head to Holland Speedway for the first time this season for the Thunder in the Hills 100, a race which will be broadcast live on’s Summer Thunder TV presented by PFC Brakes.

With the season winding down and two nights of racing this weekend the battle for the championship could heat up with Patrick Emerling leading Mike Leaty into the weekend.

“We had some misfortune earlier this season but we’ve been lucky to have put together some strong runs to place ourselves in the points lead. I think we are going to be strong at both tracks this weekend since we won at Spencer earlier this year and have won at Holland before,” Emerling told powered by JEGS.

Mike Leaty is looking to close the points gap on Emerling but knows that it’s going to take a strong weekend to do so as Emerling currently leads him by 25 points.

“Spencer is my home track and Holland is Pat’s home track. Even though he won the race at Spencer earlier I definitely felt like I had the faster car; I just got wrapped up in an incident. I think if we can get the win at Spencer and run good at Holland that will really help close the gap up,” Leaty said.

While the two nights of racing has the potential to heat things up, there is also potential to tear things up.

Fortunately for the two points leaders they are in a good position for the double header.

“We are one of the lucky teams that have two cars so should something happen we will still be in decent shape for Saturday night,” Emerling stated.

For fans who can’t make the trip to the state of New York as the RoC Modifieds battle it out for two nights of racing, will have the most in-depth coverage on the web. will have live Trackside Now coverage from Spencer on Friday before a live video broadcast of Saturday’s race at Holland as part of the Summer Thunder TV schedule.

The Summer Thunder TV races are free to Speed51 Network premium members, but for those who are not members and are looking to watch can become members for $7.99 a month or $59.99 a year.

Story by: Hannah Newhouse – Southeast Correspondent

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RoC Mods Prepared for Vital Doubleheader Weekend