MT. CARMEL , PA — The 2015 Northeast racing season will jump right into high gear with the annual Selinsgrove Speedway Race of Champions Ice Breaker VIII on Saturday, March 14, this season. Once again the Race of Champions Dirt Modified Tour will be center stage with the Race of Champions Dirt Sportsman teams sharing the two division spotlight.
The Saturday-only format is a change for the annual Selinsgrove RoC Ice Breaker, which in the past has been a two-day show, on Friday night and Saturday. This year’s event will carry a raindate of Sunday, March 15.
“After conversations that Joe (Kaminski, Selinsgrove Race Director) and I had with Andrew (Harpell) of Race of Champions, we decided to move to a one day event,” offered Selinsgrove Speedway promoter, Charlie Paige. “We will again plan a two division show of the Race of Champions Sportsman and Modified divisions. Hopefully we won’t need it, but we will have the next day (Sunday) raindate available for the event. It has always been a great show for the fans to come to our track and I enjoy it as well.”
The Race of Champions Dirt Modified Tour will open their 2015 season in the $5000-to-win feature event which always draws a stellar field from the sNortheast. Past Ice Breaker Modified winners have included Pennsylvanian Rick Laubach (2008), New Yorker’s Danny Johnson (2009 and 2011) and Matt Sheppard (2010), and New Jersey’s Billy Pauch (2012). The weather came out on top the last two years by forcing the cancellation of the race and all are looking forward to snapping that trend.
Race of Champions Tour Director Andrew Harpell remarked,”We are extremely excited about the Ice Breaker at Selinsgrove Speedway. The rich history of the facility combined with the modern updates that Charlie Paige has put into the property makes it one of the premier destinations for the Race of Champions Tour.”
Reinforcing that comment, the RoC Dirt Sportsman competitors have been added to this year’s Ice Breaker making their first appearance at Selinsgrove Speedway. There should be a big field of the top northeast Sportsman teams in competition for the RoC Tour lid lifter on the big, one-half mile oval as the event should bring more participants from Pennsylvania and New Jersey to challenge for the $1200 first prize.
Last season the North, South and Overall RoC Sportsman titles were hotly contested with Claude Hutchings Jr. taking the North as well as the Overall Final Point Championships over Brad Walters while Walters won the South title over Hutchings. Butch Green and Randy Shantel provided strong competition for these two and filled the next spots in the final tallies.
“In announcing our 2015 show a few weeks ago, I got plenty of positive feedback already from the Modified and Sportsman teams looking to kick off the season at our big half-mile. At the Parts Peddler show in Syracuse, I already confirmed many returning sponsors for the event and many more to be announced in the future. Although it was a tough decision to drop the Friday night 358 show, I think in the long run it will be less of a burden on the teams financially, especially those that would be running in both the modified shows.” Event promoter Joe Kaminski of JGK Motorsports and Selinsgrove Speedway Race Director continued, “We enjoy working with Andrew Harpell and his staff at RoC; it is a perfect fit for us at Selinsgrove and in years past we have had some great races with the Modifieds and I think the Sportsman will be a welcome addition to our “Icebreaker Weekend.”
-Selinsgrove Speedway Press Release
-Photo Credit: Jimmy Davis Racing