Story By: RACE OF CHAMPIONS – NORTH EAST, PA – Race of Champions Modified Series competitors will compete for $12,570.70-to-win when the 70th Annual Race of Champions 250 finally takes center stage on Sunday, September 27.
The race is second longest running consecutively, only to the Indianapolis 500 and is “the Granddaddy” of Modified racing tradition and the lone modified race remaining that tests teams for more than 200-laps.
Matt Hirschman of Northampton, Pa., has won the last five and seven of the last eight Race of Champions. Only Chuck Hossfeld of Ransomville, N.Y., disrupted Hirschman’s domination in 2014, however, several contenders have been waiting in the wings and will do their best to take on Hirschman on the Sunday, September 27.
The race will once again have live pitstops and strategy as teams tackle the challenging distance. The race will pay $1,000-to-start with several bonuses and lap monies that will be announced in the coming days.
“VIP” TICKET OFFERED FOR WEEKEND AT LAKE ERIE
Race of Champions Modified Series management will introduce a “VIP” ticket as part of the Presque Isle Downs & Casino Race of Champions weekend experience at Lake Erie Speedway on Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September 27.
Race fans will be able to watch the race from “suite” in turn four at Lake Erie Speedway and also visit the pits with a “limited time”pit pass. These pit passes will not be sold to nor are they intended for competitor purchase. The pit pass will only be available for pickup in the suite area in turn four and will only be valid for special times during the Saturday and Sunday programs.
On Saturday, September 26, the “VIP” ticket will be available for $80 dollars, with the pit pass open for pickup at 12:00pm (noon) and be valid through 4:00pm. On Sunday, September 27, the “VIP” ticket will be available for $100 dollars, with the pit pass open for pickup at 11:00am and being valid through 2:30pm. At no time will any alcoholic beverages be permitted in the pit area and it will be in the judgment of Race of Champions and Lake Erie Speedway along with event security personnel to remove and/or not award any patron a pit pass. The tickets are only available to those 16-years of age and older.
“KIDS ROC” ACTIVITIES TO BE A PART OF WEEKEND
Series management will once again host “Kids RoC”, the Race of Champions Kids Club activities, while socially distanced, throughout Race of Champions weekend on Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September 27 at Lake Erie Speedway.
“Kids RoC” will have an ice cream “social” on Saturday, September 26 beginning at 4:00pm and ending at 5:00pm with other “special” presentations taking place during this time. Children will have an opportunity to enjoy their own ice cream sundae with vanilla ice cream, syrup, whip cream and sprinkles.
On Sunday, September 26, “Kids RoC” will host a pumpkin decorating session from 1:30pm until 2:30pm under the grandstand. In addition as part of the pre-race ceremony, it is suggested that children wear their “Kids RoC” shirt as they will be invited to the frontstretch to lead all in attendance in the “Pledge of Allegiance” just prior to the 70th running of the Race of Champions 250.
Limited t-shirts remain available to children who still like to sign up for “Kids RoC”. Children 13-years of age and younger are eligible. To receive the free t-shirt, children must have their parents sign up at; https://www.myracepass.com/series/1810/registrations/2585 and then provide valid identification to receive their “Kids RoC” t-shirt at the speedway.
Tickets may be purchased for the weekend and will be available at the Lake Erie Speedway ticket office or at www.lakeeriespeedway.com. In the event that there is inclement weather, the event will be postponed to 2021, due to the prior commitment to Mahoning Valley Speedway and their Race of Champions Modified Series event on Saturday, October 3, with an agreed upon and announced inclement weather date of Saturday, October 10.