February 24th, 2005
BINGHAMTON, NY…Race of Champions Motorsports has aligned with northeast dirt tracks to form the Race of Champions Dirt Modified Tour for the upcoming 2005 racing season. The tour will feature combined big block/small block modified events at a number of different facilities throughout the northeast this season. The first tour event is slated for Fonda Speedway with the running of the annual “Ice Jam” on Saturday, April 9th.
The tour will be catered toward the weekly short track racer with a limited number of mid-week specials and strong purses that will pay a minimum of $4,000 to win each. A solid season ending point fund will also be in place for the top teams that follow the tour during the 2005 campaign. A blend of “hometrack” rules will make the Race of Champions Dirt Modified Tour a driver friendly trail to follow for all of the competitors.
Cory Reed, the Orange County Fair Speedway Co-Promoter will serve as the Competition Director of the tour with Five Mile Point Speedway owner and Race of Champions President Andrew Harpell taking the role of Administrative Director.
Reed commented on the new tour, “There has been a great deal of excitement already generated among the participating speedways.” He added, “This has been a complete team effort among the northeast track owners and general managers.” With regards to the Race of Champions involvement Harpell remarked, “The Race of Champions identity is a natural fit for the new tour as it is based on the same concept of our Asphalt Modified Tour. We want to support the weekly racers by providing them with strong paying events at the best venues in the northeast.” He added, “The Race of Champions started on dirt at the 1 Mile Langhorne Speedway so in a sense this is a return back to its roots.”
The list of participating venues is an impressive one with the possibility of other facilities being added to the mix in the weeks to come. The tour will go green on Saturday, April 9th at Fonda Speedway with the running of the annual “Ice Jam” event. Other participating speedways include: Five Mile Point Speedway, Orange County Fair Speedway, Penn Can Speedway, Ransomville Speedway and Utica Rome Speedway. The combined efforts of all the facility owners will help to make the tour a very exciting avenue for competitors and spectators alike. The theme of being a “driver friendly” tour will be emphasized throughout the summer months. All of the events will lead up to the season ending Eastern States Weekend at the Orange County Fair Speedway on October 21 – 23.
With the tradition of the Race of Champions name partnered with the rich tradition of the participating speedways the 2005 tour will be pure dirt track excitement. The dirt tour will complement the existing asphalt modified tour. The Race of Champions Asphalt Modified race is the second longest running event in the United States. An impressive list of event winners include both dirt and asphalt stars like: Frankie Schneider, Dutch Hoag, Will Cagle, Merv Treichler, Geoff Bodine, Richie Evans, Jimmy Spencer, Billy Pauch and George Kent.
The 2005 tour schedule will be released shortly along with the dates for a companion Race of Champions Dirt Sportsman Tour. For additional information please phone Cory Reed at (315) 374-1168 or Andrew Harpell at (607) 238-0432. The official website can be found at www.rocdirt.com.