Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Race of Champions Modifieds, “TC” visit Lancaster on Thursday night

The RoC Mods lined up for last year's inaugural Ol' Boy Cup 60
On Thursday, June 30 Lancaster National Speedway will host the Ferris Mowers Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series fueled by Sunoco and the 2nd annual ‘Ol’ Boy Cup 60,’ paying tribute to the late Bill Colton, who, along with the late Alex Friesen, put up the first Thermal Foam barriers surrounding the 1/2-mile. It was an effort that became legendary as several other speedways adopted the same or similar blocks to assist in protecting drivers. The ‘Ol’ Boy – Bill Colton – later spearheaded the “Super Fan Plan” and several other programs that helped drive Modified racing and Lancaster National Speedway forward. This race will remember and honor those efforts as well as continue propelling the sport forward. Colton’s sons, Billy (Troyer Race Cars), Jim and Chris (Colton RV) have stepped forward with bonuses for the second consecutive ‘Ol’ Boy Cup.

“My Dad loved Modified racing and Lancaster National Speedway,” said Billy Colton, the driving force behind Troyer Race Cars since the early 1990’s. “It’s an honor to have his name preserved in this manner with an event at the track he enjoyed so much. We are very proud of the legacy that he created and happy that we can be a part of it. We know the ‘Ol Boy’ will be smiling down on us Thursday night.”

An extra $4,000 in money and prizes will be available to drivers during the 60-lap ‘Ol’ Boy Cup feature, including $2,800 in lap awards. There will be seven laps with cash prizes of $200 courtesy of Colton RV and seven additional laps will have giveaways of $200 certificates to Troyer Race Cars. The prizes will be given away using the “Lucky 15” format, which Bill Colton used when he organized the lap sponsorship program for Lancaster’s U.S. Open. Drivers running inside the top 15 on each lap will be eligible with the winning position randomly selected prior to the race. In addition to the lap money, the winner of the race will receive $600 in cash from Colton RV and a $600 certificate to Troyer Race Cars.

Patrick Emerling of Orchard Park currently leads Chuck Hossfeld of Ransomville by just 13-points in the championship standings. The pair battle at Lancaster in May, with Emerling edging out Hossfeld in the Queen City Clash. They will be joined by RoC drivers including Mike Leaty, Tyler Rypkema, Bryan Sherwood, Andy Jankowiak and Matt Hirschman.

Asphalt Modified racing star Ted Christopher of Plainville, CT, will also be in the RoC race at Lancaster on Thursday night, driving in a car prepared by Trey Hoddick. Christopher, coming off wins at Stafford (CT) Motor Speedway, will make his first Lancaster start since 2009 in the Ol’ Boy Cup 60.

Quotes in this piece provided by Race of Champions.

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