LANCASTER NATIONAL SPEEDWAY TO HOST
RoC TOUR FOUR TIMES IN 2015
road to the Race of Champions (RoC) Modified Tour championship will
run through Lancaster in 2015. The widely popular Modified series
will make an unprecedented four visits to Lancaster National
Speedway this season. It's the largest commitment that the speedway
has made in the tour's 22-year history.
"The Race of Champions Modified Tour events are the most popular
dates with our fans on the stock car schedule," said Lancaster
National Speedway general manger Melissa McGowan, "we thought that
this year, with the new management in place, it would be a perfect
time to step up our involvement with the tour."
The expanded commitment to the RoC Tour is the first step in
Lancaster National Speedway's rebuilding of asphalt Modified racing
in Western New York. Modified competition has a long, storied
history at the speedway dating back to the 1960s. Some of the best
open-wheeled drivers of all-time have raced and won on Lancaster's
1/2-mile oval, including Richie Evans, Dutch Hoag, Roger and Merv
Triechler, Maynard Troyer, Sege Fidanza and Jan Leaty. The tradition
continues with modern day stars, such as, defending RoC Tour
champion Chuck Hossfeld, Matt Hirschman, Erick Rudolph, Andy
Jankowiak and Mike Leaty. These four events will serve as the
cornerstone to make Lancaster National Speedway one of the top
venues for Modified racing in the Northeast once again.
For the first time ever Lancaster National Speedway will hold the
season-opening race for the Race of Champions Modified Tour.
Lancaster will lift the lid on the 2015 racing season on Sunday,
April 19 with a 75-lap race for the groundpounders. This is the
renewal of a tradition from the 1970s & 80s with Lancaster beginning
the season in mid-April with a major Modified race.
“We are excited to reinstate a season opening tradition," said
McGowan, "it is one of many ways in which we will rebuild and
continue the rich history of this speedway."
Lancaster National Speedway kicks off the summer with a rare and
special mid-week show on Thursday, June 25. The RoC Tour will run a
60-lap feature that should make for some interesting strategy. It's
the shortest race on the tour schedule, which means teams won't have
long to get to the front of the field.
The Tommy Druar/Tony Jankowiak Memorial 110 is back as a standalone
event on Saturday, August 15 with its traditional format. The
tribute to the former Modified competitors was combined with the US
Open last season after the original date was canceled, but it
returns to the RoC Tour schedule in 2015.
“We are all about our historical past with our RoC events, the
history at Lancaster with Modified racing is hard to replicate and
the events we run there are traditionally some of the most exciting
on the series,” said Race of Champions Modified Tour director Andrew
The US Open 125 will serve as the tour's penultimate event on
Sunday, September 27. Western New York's racing finale is one of the
most prestigious events in Modified racing and will have a major
impact on the outcome of the RoC Tour championship. Last season Tony
Hanbury won his first ever US Open 125 by holding off Jimmy
Lancaster National Speedway and Dragway will announce more details
for the 2015 season in January. To stay up to date on the latest
news be sure to like our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/lancasterspeedway)
and follow our Twitter account (@LancasterSpdwy). We are also
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Source: Dave Buchanan / Lancaster National Speedway