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   The Saturday, July 26th Race of Champions Dart Asphalt Modified Tour that was slated to be to run at the Mahoning Valley Speedway has been cancelled. After conversations between Andrew Harpell, Gena and Doug Hoffman the race has been taken off the 2008 schedule.
   Race of Champions Dart Asphalt Modified Tour Director Andrew Harpell remarked about the schedule change, "To be perfectly clear there is no rift between the Race of Champions and Mahoning Valley Speedway or any of the personnel.' 'We have already discussed next season and we fully anticipate being back at the speedway with the RoC Tour in 2009."
   Mahoning Valley Speedway has suffered through a season plagued with bad weather. Seven rainouts in 2008 have certainly made for a difficult season at the popular quarter mile oval. "It is so hard to gain any momentum in this industry when you have that many rainouts", stated Harpell. "As a track owner I can fully appreciate how hard that can be for a track operator."
   The decision was finalized on Saturday, July 19th between the Hoffman's and Harpell to give both the race teams and spectators any opportunity to plan accordingly. Mahoning Valley Speedway will conduct a regular racing program of Modifieds, Late Models, Street Stocks, Pro 4 and Four Cylinders next Saturday, July 26th. The action gets underway at 7 p.m.
   Lastly Harpell commented, "We really appreciate the advance notice provided by the Hoffman's regarding this event, they have been hit hard with bad weather this season and I fully understand the reasoning behind the decision. We look forward to working with them again in 2009 and will still have RoC qualifiers for their support divisions prior to the 58th RoC Weekend this year."
   Weather has played havoc with the entire northeast 2008 racing season. The Race of Champions Dart Asphalt Tour has had two rainouts thus far and at Oswego Speedway this past Saturday the 100 lap feature was called complete on lap 87 due to rain.
   Looking ahead the next event on the Race of Champions Dart Asphalt Modified Tour is a Friday August 1st stop at John White’s beautiful Spencer Speedway. Defending RoC Tour champion Pete Brittain will be leading the points at Spencer with Matt Hirschman, Daren Scherer, Billy Putney and defending Spencer race winner Jan Leaty completing the top five.
   Spencer will be the fourth of five regular season point races before the season ending five championship series events that will determine the Race of Champions Dart Asphalt Modified Tour Champion this year.
   For more information on the Race of Champions Dart Asphalt Modified Tour please call 607 – 775 – 5555 or log on to the World Wide Web at;
   The Race of Champions Dart Asphalt Modified Tour is sponsored by; Dart Machinery, Gater Racing News, Hoosier Racing Tire, Sunoco Race Fuels, PBM Performance Products, Total Seal Piston Rings, Dura – Bond, Competition Engineering By Moroso, Dynatech, Xceldyne, Afco, CV Products, LA Sleeve.


Source: JR's Motorsports Media / RoC Dart Asphalt Modified Series
Posted:  July 20, 2008

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