Race of Champions
PATRICK EMERLING (LANCASTER MOTORPLEX) & CODY MCPHERSON (OHSWEKEN SPEEDWAY) VISIT RACE OF CHAMPIONS MODIFIED SERIES VICTORY LANES THIS WEEKEND
Patrick Emerling of Orchard Park, N.Y., and Cody McPherson of St. Catherines, Ontario-Canada, each raced their way to victories in this weekend’s Race of Champions Series events.
Emerling, who started 3rd on Saturday night at the Lancaster (N.Y.) Motorplex, quickly worked his way to the lead and fended off Austin Beers on a late race restart to earn the victory in the 60-lap sprint race. Emerling earned $4,000 in traditional purse money and another $1,200 from Colton RV and the Colton family, in a salute to Bill Colton, Jr. (the Ol’ Boy), who the race is named after, for a total of $5,200.
“This was a good victory for everyone with our Advantage Motorsports Team,” stated Emerling from victory lane. “The car was really dialed in tonight and we were able to work our way to the lead quickly and set our own pace. It’s always great to win here at Lancaster.”
Austin Beers of Northampton, Pa., the defending series champion held on for second, while George Skora, III of Eden, N.Y., came home third. Tony Hanbury of Owego, N.Y., finished 4th, while Mike Leaty of Williamson, N.Y., who is the current series championship leader, rounded out the top-five.
Detailed for the Ol’ Boy Cup VI can be found here; www.rocmodifiedseries.com/schedules/event/418785
On Friday night, Cody McPherson of St. Catherines, Ontario-Canada, kicked off the resumption of the Race of Champions Dirt 602 Sportsman Modified Series by visiting victory lane at Ohsweken (Ontario-Canada) Speedway on the Six Nations Reservation for the first time.
McPherson worked his way around Justin Sharp of St. Catherines, Ontario-Canada, just before the midway point of the race and went on to the victory.
“This is a good night for all of us,” stated McPherson. “We had a great car and we finally won here at Ohsweken. This place means a lot to us, there are a lot of memories that I have coming up here to race. It feels great to finally win here, I can’t thank everyone enough for helping us get here.”
Sharp finished 2nd with Bill Bleich of Port Robinson, Ontario coming home 3rd. Adam Leslie of Wainfleet, Ontario finished 4th and Jay Mallory of St. Catherines, Ontario rounded out the top five.
Detailed results for JIBS Action Sports Night at Ohsweken Speedway can be found here; www.rocmodifiedseries.com/schedules/event/421056
The next races for the Race of Champions Modified family of Series are Friday Night, August 19, “Harvest Fest” Spencer Speedway in Williamson, N.Y.; the Rod Spalding Classic at Chemung (N.Y.) Speedrome on Saturday, August 20 and the Pete Cosco Memorial on Sunday, August 21 at Humberstone Speedway near Port Colborne, Ontario-Canada.
The Race of Champions is a sanctioning body presenting Modified and Stock Car racing on asphalt and dirt surfaces throughout the Northeast, with events in New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey with primary marketing partners Hoosier Racing Tire, VP Racing Fuels, Lucas Oil Products, MAVTV, MAVTV Plus, Airport Collision, Rocket Performance, Waddell Communications, Image X Design, Sherwood Racing Wheels, DirtTrackDigest.com and Speed Sport. The 72ndt annual Race of Champions weekend will take place in 2022 at Lake Erie Speedway in North East, Pennsylvania and is the second longest consecutive auto-racing event in North America, second only to the Indianapolis 500.
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