BINGHAMTON, NY…Asphalt Modified teams are gearing up for the 63rd consecutive running of the Sunoco Race of Champions at Oswego Speedway, next Saturday, July 20th. The Modified race winner will earn a minimum of $15,000 with over $17,000 in bonus lap money also up for grabs. The 63rd Sunoco Race of Champions Weekend will take place next Friday and Saturday, July 19th and 20th.
Race of Champions event owner Andrew Harpell has again raised the stakes this year in all the divisions competing over the two days. Friday will feature the Sportsman, Small Block Super Modifieds, Late Models along with qualifying for the Super Stocks.
The Saturday racing program has been streamlined to include qualifying for the RoC Modifieds and Super Modifieds prior to feature racing. The Super Modifieds will be running for a pay increase in a 100 lap event. The Super Stocks will have a last chance race along with their 75 lap feature event.
The 63rd Sunoco Race of Champions Modified 200 is slated to go green at 8:15 p.m. on Saturday with a lot of money up for grabs. This year’s race winner will earn a minimum of $15,000 for the victory. A total of $17,031 in bonus lap money has been collected by Marilyn and Don Toal with the majority of that money being distributed among the top three drivers in the running order throughout the 200 lapper. Once again Andrew Harpell will put up a $1,000 in memory of Alex Friesen to the leader of lap 68.
Last year Matt Hirschman not only won the Modified 200 worth $10,000 he netted an additional $4,907 in bonus lap money. With the winners share bumped up to $15,000 this year it will be no stretch for a driver to pick up over $20,000 for the victory in this year’s race. Four other drivers each cashed in on over $2,000 in bonus money last year (T.J. Potrzebowski $2,944 – Erick Rudolph $2,382 – Wilbur Hebing $2,350 – Tommy Cloce $2,060). Kyle Ebersole earned $1,962 in bonus money with T.J. Zacharias netting $1,350 in bonus cash. Both Jan Leaty and Chuck Hossfeld picked up an extra $1,200 each.
Once again this season the race will pay a minimum of $600 to take the green. There will be a mandatory pit stop after lap 50 like other years. This year could see some different strategy as teams may not take tires during that pit stop, rather choosing only to fuel up and gain track position. With the pit strategy and distance of the event the Sunoco Race of Champions remains one of the greatest events in short track racing each season. Last year Matt Hirschman won by less than half a car length.
Every class competing in this year’s RoC weekend will see a pay boost over last year. Fans won’t want to miss out on the two days of excitement for the super bowl of weekly northeast asphalt racing.
For additional information please contact the Race of Champions offices at 607-775-5555 or for ticket information please phone the Oswego Speedway box offices at 315-342-0646. The official Race of Champions website can be found at www.raceofchampions.net.