SUNOCO RACE OF CHAMPIONS MODIFIED 200 NEXT SUNDAY,
OCTOBER 4TH AT THE CHEMUNG SPEEDROME
MODIFIED WINNER TO EARN $10,000 PLUS OVER $18,000
IN ADDITIONAL LAP MONEY NOW POSTED
second oldest consecutively run auto racing event in the United
States will take place this Sunday, October 4th at the Chemung
Speedrome. The Sunoco Race of Champions Modified 200 will see over
$18,000 in bonus lap money on top of the nearly $50,000 payout. The
race winner will earn a minimum of $10,000 for the victory in the
traditional 200 lapper. This year will mark the 65th consecutive
running of the event, second only to the Indianapolis 500. The race
is being held in the southern tier region of New York for the first
time ever with the Chemung Speedrome set to host the prestigious
Race of Champions Hall of Famers Marilyn and Don Toal have once
again done an outstanding job of raising the bonus lap money for the
Modified 200. This year’s total is an impressive $18,340 and all of
the money collected will go directly to the Modified teams competing
in the 200 lap event. The total is even more impressive as the
announcement of the race changing venues from Oswego Speedway to the
Chemung Speedrome only occurred in July. This certainly did not
leave a lot of time for the lap money raising efforts. The Toal
family has had a huge impact on the event over the years and in 2014
Marilyn and Don were awarded the Eastern Motorsports Press
Association Junie Donleavy Spirit of Racing Award.
Marilyn Toal was also awarded the Gater Racing News Dirtcar Hall of
Fame Outstanding Woman Award in 2008. Both Marilyn and Don are also
Race of Champions Hall of Fame Members and were inducted in 1998.
They are looking forward to many more years of fund raising efforts
for the race teams.
Race of Champions owner Andrew Harpell commented on the annual lap
fund, “Marilyn and Don are such an important part of the event.
Their contributions over the years have spanned all of the venues
the race has been held at and the drivers have benefited immensely
from their efforts.” “Being able to raise what they have for this
year’s event is remarkable especially with our venue change.”
Harpell added, “This year to honor both Marilyn and Don the Race of
Champions staff worked with our race teams to do our own fund
raising effort to present to them at Chemung.” Fellow RoC Hall of
Fame Member Jim Burleigh helped to spearhead the effort.
The top three drivers in the running order on each of the 200 laps
will randomly earn the bonus lap money posted for that lap. This
change was made a few years ago and has given many more drivers the
opportunity at bonus lap money. Along with the top three bonuses a
number of other contingency bonuses will be in place.
A number of special bonus awards have been posted in additional to
the lap sponsor fund. Once again this year Harpell will pay a bonus
to the leader of lap 68 in Memory of Alex Friesen. Friesen and
Harpell purchased the event from Joe Gerber in 1996 and moved the
race to the location that has proven to be the longest tenure of the
race – Oswego Speedway. The energy and vision that Alex Friesen
brought to the event lives with the traditional lap 68 bonus award
each year. The leader of that lap will receive $500. Harpell will
close out his involvement with the event with the 65th edition as
the rights to the race have been purchased by Joe Skotnicki and
officially change hands in January.
Tommy Baldwin has posted an additional $500 for the “Tiger Tom
Baldwin” Hard Charger Award from Baldwin Automotive, Inc. in East
Patchogue, NY. That bonus will award the driver that advances the
most positions in the 200 lapper. E.J.M Energy Services/Ed McGuire
will award $100 bonuses to the following: the leader of lap 100, the
10th place runner on lap 100, the winner at lap 200 and the last car
to take the checkered flag on lap 200. The first car out of the race
will receive a $100 bonus from Chuck Boos and the last car to cross
the finish line on the lead lap will also earn $100 courtesy of
Frank & Dave Varecka. Other $50 contingency bonuses have been posted
by John Markovic, Tom Fecteau and Ed & Chrissy Simon.
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phoning the RoC offices at 607-775-5555.
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