THREE OUT OF FOUR ISN’T BAD
RoC At Spencer Speedway
Race of Champions Modified Tour took to the new asphalt surface at
Spencer Speedway last Friday, June 18. Crazy as it may seem the top
two were the same in three of the four races run and the top three
finishers were the same from the last tour race at Oswego Speedway.
Up front it was Ransomville’s Chuck Hossfeld taking his third RoC
victory of the season. Bill Hebing came home in second followed by
“I have to thank the whole team,” commented Hossfeld in victory
lane, “This thing drove like a Cadillac tonight.”
Hossfeld took the lead on lap 13, out dragging Hebing on a restart.
From there on Hebing hounded Hossfeld but was not able to mustard up
enough power to complete the pass for the lead.
“I think working at Troyer’s has helped me as a driver,” continued
Hossfeld. He also commented on the new surface, “To see some one
make improvements, even in these economic times, is great. This
track will be good for a long time to come.”
Twenty-six cars started the main event, which would take one hour
and ten minutes to complete. By luck of the redraw, Bill Putney and
Kyle Ebersole brought the field down to the green. Putney
immediately grabbed the lead, with third place starter, Hebing,
With just three laps in the books the first of eleven cautions flew.
Unfortunately for the leader, Putney, he was tapped and spun around
in the third turn. This allowed Hebing would had complete his pass
down the back stretch, before Putney was tapped, to take the lead.
The restart saw Hebing hold off Hossfeld on the restart. Up front
Ebersole joined the top three as they pulled away from the rest of
the field. But the yellow flew, slowing the pace. This time Jan and
Mike Leaty came together, with Mike looping around in the first
turn. Both pitted for tires, however Jan’s car suffered more damage
then thought and became the first to retire from the event.
Four laps later, lap 12, the yellow flew again. Four cars came
together, looping around in the first turn. With the track blocked,
the field was placed under red flag conditions. Involved in the
first turn melee were Tim McMullen, T.J. Potrzebowski, Zach Shove
and Daryl Lewis Jr.
The restart saw Hossfeld able to take the lead from Hebing. However
only one lap was completed before the yellow was out again. This
time McMullen and Bob Reis had come together. With just 22 of the 26
starters remaining the field raced a long green flag run. This
allowed Mike Leaty to work his way back to 12th.
Up front Hossfeld and Hebing made for a two car break away, with
Matt Hirschman in third, followed by Rusty Smith and Jeff Hamman.
On lap 25, the yellow flew when both Reis and Doug Reaume slowed on
the back stretch. Both were lapped before the yellow flew.
Hossfeld held strong as now six cars broke away at the front of the
field. Behind the top five was Earl Paules in sixth.
The race slowed on lap 42 when Tommy Cloce and Ebersole made contact
in the first turn. At this time Putney and Ricky Kluth ducked into
the pits to get new right rear rubber. The restart saw Jim Storace
coast to a stop in the first turn causing the yellow to fly again.
Once under way, the top six remained the same. With the laps winding
down many drivers were making their late race charges, when the
yellow came out as Reaume looped in the first turn to bring out the
yellow, lap 58. The last 17 laps saw some intense racing.
A five car spin in the third turn on lap 64 saw Kluth, McMullen,
Reis, Patrick Emerling and Ebersole all involved. Mike Leaty’s great
rebounding run was halted when he was sent to the rear for contact
that caused that incident.
Two more single car yellows would follow for minor spin outs , laps
66 and 68. This set up a charge for the checkers. The final restart
saw Hamman, who had run in the top six for most of the race,
sputter, and fall back, losing a number of positions.
Up front Hossfeld held off Hebing and Hirschman. Smith finished in
fourth followed by Paules.
“My father is not here tonight,” added Hossfeld. “I’d like to wish
him and all of the fathers a happy Fathers Day this Sunday.”
As for Hebing, he stated, “I’ve been around this place for a lot of
laps in my career. This track is really smooth and once a second
grove develops completely this place will be great.”
Hebing also added, Finishing second for the third time this year is
As for Hirschman, he commented, “This year we didn’t need to pit for
tires like we had to do before. This was a good clean run for us.”
Heat wins went to Kluth, Cloce and Paules. The consolation race was
won by Mike Leaty.
The RoC Tour continues its Western New York swing on Saturday at
Dunn Tire Motor Speedway in Lancaster, NY.
ALL COUNTY CONSTRUCTION NIGHT
RACE of CHAMPIONS MODIFIEDS
HEAT 1: R. Kluth, M. Hirschman, J. Storace, K. Ebersole, T.
McMullen, B. Reis.
HEAT 2: T. Cloce, E. Rudolph, M. Sweeney, B. Hebing, T.
Cheetham, J. Hamman.
HEAT 3: E. Paules, C. Hossfeld, B. Putney, R. Smith, T.J.
Potrzebowski, D. Lewis Jr.
CONSI: M. Leaty, J. Leaty, P. Emerling, Z. Shove, D. Reaume,
C. Risdale, D. Sherer, D. Knoll Jr. (DNQ) Kevin Timmerman, Ron
Smith, John Markovic.
Feature Results reflect finish position, driver and starting spot
FEATURE (75-laps): 1) CHUCK HOSSFELD (4), 2) Bill Hebing (3),
3) Matt Hirschman (5), 4) Rusty Smith (7), 5) Earl Paules, 6)
Michael Sweeney (6), 7) Terry Cheetham (18), 8) Billy Putney (1), 9)
Daren Sherer (24), 10) Mike Leaty (19), 11) Ricky Kluth (12), 12)
Kyle Ebersole (2), 13) Erick Rudolph (11), 14) Patrick Emerling
(26), 15) Jeff Hamman (17), 16) Doug Reaume (22), 17) Bob Reis (16),
18) Tim McMullen (13), 19) Danny Knoll Jr. (25), 20) Tommy Cloce
(8), 21) Jim Storace (9), 22) Chris Risdale (23), 23) T.J.
Potrzebowski (15), 24) Daryl Lewis Jr. (18), 25) Zach Shove (21),
26) Jan Leaty (20).
Source: Gary M. Spaid / RoC Modified Tour