April 21st, 2013
Race of Champions Tour Opens at Chemung
By: John Flock
Race of Champions Modified tour invades John Whiteís Chemung
Speedrome on Sunday afternoon, May 5th. This traditional
Chemung Speedrome event has been moved to the spring opener
on Sunday, May 5th. Many teams are expected to take
advantage of a 1:00 p.m. practice session on Saturday, May
The 75 lap Race of Champions event on the tight 3/8 mile oval demands
that the talented Modified pilots to use their skill and
patience to capture victory. Last yearís Chemung event
showcased tour regulars Matt Hirschman, Kyle Ebersole, Chuck
Hossfeld, Erick Rudolph and Brian DeFebo battling hard to
earn top five finishes. Kyle Ebersole fought his way from
mid-pack to second place, earning the hard charger award.
Chemung area drivers showed well, with JR Kent, Daren
Scherer, and TJ Potrzebowski earning top ten finishes. Matt
Hirschman added winner points from Chemung to lead his
charge to his fifth RoC Championship in 2012.
The list of past champions certainly is fitting to the name of the Race
of Champions Modified Tour. George Kentís six titles are
followed by Hirschmanís five. Both J.R. Kent and Chuck
Hossfeld have two tour championships each accounting fifteen
of the nineteen years of the series. Fan favorites Charlie
Rudolph, Tony Hanbury, Earl Paules and Pete Brittain have
also earned the title.
Chemung Speedrome was originally opened by the Bodine family in 1951 as a
ľ mile dirt oval. In the late 1990ís, the speedway received
a facelift as a modern 3/8 mile asphalt oval. The first race
on this new configuration was in year 2000. Now featuring
aluminum seating for 3,000 and powerful Musco lighting,
guests will find clean and modern amenities for their
comfort and enjoyment. Check out our web site and see all of
the special events added to the 2013 Chemung Speedrome
Sunday, May 5th is the date to remember. Admission gates will open at
12:00 noon. Practice will begin at 1:00 p.m., and racing
will start promptly at 2:15 p.m. Support divisions will
include the Super Stocks, 4-Cylinder Stocks, and INEX
Legends. Weekly NASCAR sanctioned racing will start on
Friday, May 10th and continue on Friday evenings throughout
the 2013 season.
Chemungís sister speedway, Spencer Speedway in Williamson, NY, will hold
their RoC tour show on Friday, June 7th.
Admission gates will open at 12:00 noon. Practice will begin at 1:00
p.m., and racing will start promptly at 2:15 p.m. Support
divisions will include the Super Stocks, 4 Cylinder Stocks,
and INEX Legends. Weekly NASCAR sanctioned racing will start
on Friday, May 10th and continue on Friday evenings
throughout the 2013 season.