61st Sunoco Race of Champions Weekend Gets Even Bigger

*R.O.C. Press*

Major Announcement Made to Include ISMA Super Modifieds on Friday racing card.

Weekend to Now See Sunday Racing Action for the Late Models and RoC Sportsman.

BINGHAMTON, NY…The 61st Sunoco Race of Champions Weekend scheduled for July 22nd and 23rd has now gotten even bigger.  Race of Champions event owner Andrew Harpell announced on Monday that the ISMA winged Super Modifieds will now highlight the Friday portion of the RoC Weekend at Oswego Speedway.  This will shuffle the originally scheduled Friday events to Sunday.  The Saturday schedule will remain intact featuring the Sunoco Race of Champions Modified 200.  A complete schedule is posted below.  For northeast race fans the 61st RoC Weekend will be a major league event held in the mid-summer.  Tickets are now available.

The Friday ISMA event will be the first of back to back stops in New York State on the weekend of July 22nd and 23rd.  The teams will pack up after the Friday racing at Oswego Speedway and trek over to Mike Perrotte’s popular Airborne Speedway on Saturday.  The ISMA races are scheduled to be 50 lappers at both facilities.

Joining the ISMA Super Modifieds on Friday at Oswego Speedway for the RoC Weekend will be the SBS Super Modifieds and Mini Stocks.  The SBS teams will compete in an Oswego Speedway point event.  The original Friday schedule which was set to feature the RoC Sportsman and Late Models will take place on Sunday along with the Factory Stocks.   Racing on Friday evening will get underway at 7:30 p.m.  The Sunday racing will get underway at 12 noon.  The Saturday schedule remains unchanged.

RoC owner Andrew Harpell commented, “We have always wanted to give our race fans and teams the biggest and best weekend of racing with the Sunoco Race of Champions at Oswego Speedway.”  He added, “We wanted to try and avoid as many conflicts as possible for the dedicated support divisions to this event.”  “By moving the Sportsman and Late Models to Sunday it becomes a much better fit for the teams.”  “As a race fan myself I couldn’t be more excited about the addition of the ISMA program to make this the biggest racing weekend of the year.”

Sunday will still be utilized as a possible rain date for the Modified 200 if needed.  With summer temperatures, any required track drying time can be minimized as needed and the program can fit in to the Sunday schedule.  Of course the hope is that this would not even be a factor.

The 61st running of the Sunoco Race of Champions Modified 200 will take place on the weekend of July 22, 23 and 24 at the historic Oswego Speedway.  The 61st edition will be a tribute to the memory of the great Richie Evans who won the event in 1973, ’79 and ’80.  The 200 lap affair will once again pay a minimum of $10,000 to the race winner and a minimum of $600 to take the green. The Modified portion of the weekend will take place on Saturday of the weekend with a next day (Sunday) rain date.

Joining the RoC Modifieds on Saturday, will be the Oswego Speedway Super Modifieds in a 61 lap battle that will also pay tribute to the memory of Evans.  The race will be a point show for the weekly Oswego Speedway teams and will see an increased purse on the line for the teams.  The Super Stocks will fill out the card on “Super Saturday” of the RoC weekend.

Tickets for the 61st running of the Sunoco Race of Champions will be available through the Oswego Speedway box office beginning in early February.  They can be contacted directly at 315-342-0646.  The Race of Champions offices can be contacted at 607-775-5555 or by emailing the office at [email protected].  The official RoC website can be found at www.RaceOfChampions.net.

61st Sunoco Race of Champions Schedule:

Friday, July 22nd
11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.  –  Paid Open Practice for all classes
3:45 p.m.  –  Pits re-open for night racing program
6:00 p.m.  –  Practice
7:30 p.m.  –  Friday night racing program for ISMA Super Modifieds, SBS Super Modifieds and Mini Stocks.

Saturday, July 23rd
(Times to be announced)
–  Sunoco Race of Champions Modified 200 – a tribute to Richie Evans
–  Oswego Super Modifieds 61
–  Super Stocks

Sunday, July 24th
12 noon  –  RoC Sportsman 100, Late Model 100 and Factory Stocks