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The Late Model division has shared a great deal of history on the pavement throughout the northeast during the last sixty years. Once again this season they will be a big part of the excitement of the 60th Race of Champions Weekend at Oswego Speedway. The T.J. Toyota/Waite Toyota 125 will pay $4,000 to the race winner on Saturday, Sept. 24th.

The Late Models first ran as a companion division to the Modified RoC back in 1974 at the Trenton Speedway. The Late Model Sportsman as they were known, were a very competitive division. In 1974 Bill Dennis was the race winner at the 1.5 mile Trenton Speedway in New Jersey. The following year Bobby Allison was the race winner. Junior Hanley won back to back events at Trenton in 1976 and 1977. The 1976 event was won at Trenton with his 1977 victory coming at the Pocono Raceway.

In 1999 RoC promoter Andrew Harpell brought the class back in to the big RoC weekend activities at Oswego Speedway. Pennsylvania Late Model star Jimmy Wismer was the winner that season. Dan Abold a local Oswego product collected the win in 2000 and the Late Models would become an annual affair at the “Steel Palace”. Southern Tier New York talent Chris Zacharias was the race winner in 2001. Lancaster Speedway standout John Julicher was the 2002 race winner with Shawn Dunning winning back to back in ’03 and ’04. Western New York drivers would dominate the action the following years with Todd Hoddick winning in ’05 and ’08 and Joey Brainard winning in ’06. Will Thomas was the ’07 winner.

ASA 2009 National Champion Tommy Cloce won the first 125 lap Late Model event last season in what was won of the best Late Model races at Oswego. The 125 lap format allowed teams to pit and make changes if needed throughout the race and the action up front was intense. Cloce held off Will Thomas and Todd Hoddick for the victory. George Skora, III and Bob Weber rounded out the top five.

The 2010 T.J. Toyota/Waite Toyota Late Model 125 will pay a cool $4,000 to the race winner with the runner-up slot being paid $2,000. Third place will pay $1,200 with fourth $1,100 and fifth being paid $1,000. A strong field of the northeast’s best Late Model teams is expected to take part in the Saturday action.

The Sunoco Race of Champions Weekend is set for Friday and Saturday, September 24th and 25th. An open practice will occur on Thursday, September 23rd. For a complete schedule of events and pricing please log on to www.raceofchampions.net or www.oswegospeedway.com.

To order your tickets please phone the Oswego Speedway box office at 315-342-0646.

  Source: JR Kennerup / RoC Modified Tour
Posted: September 15, 2010

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