Williamson, N.Y. – On Friday, August 31, 2018 the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series will make their only appearance of 2018 at the half-mile Spencer Speedway (Williamson, NY) that has a steep history in Modified racing. This season’s appearance will be in honor of the late Jan “Pops” Leaty. Over the last several decades Leaty was a staple at Spencer on any race day in support of his son, Jan, or his grandson, Mike.


Last season the Catalano family ran a lap program for an event in honor of Patsy and Joe Catalano and this season they thought it should be a tribute to “Pops” Leaty.


“We are honored that this will honor and be a tribute to my Grandfather,” stated Mike Leaty. “Many of us that race come from a long line of racers within our families–the Catalano’s, the Lewis family, our family– they are all synonymous with Spencer Speedway. It is a night that we are truly looking forward to. It’s going to be exciting and it’s always great to have Modifieds racing at Spencer.”


The lap money will be distributed based on draw per lap to those cars running in the top 15 positions.


In addition to the “Tribute to Pops 75” the Race of Champions Four-Cylinder Dash Series will participate in their second event. Travis Montgomery of Ontario, N.Y., captured the first event at the Track @ Hillside Buffalo. The Lancaster type Street Stocks will also join the card for a $500-to-win event.


The gates open at 5 pm at Spencer Speedway for fans with racing to follow at 7 pm.


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”

More Information: www.spencerspeedway.org / 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 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.


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Race of Champions Media at [email protected]

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-Race of Champions Press Release

-Photo credit: Speed51.com / MoJo Photos

RoC Mods, Spencer Speedway to Honor Jan ‘Pops’ Leaty