Re: Race of Champions 2010 Tour Openers
2010 RACE OF CHAMPIONS TOUR OPENERS INKED FOR ASPHALT AND DIRT
BINGHAMTON, NY…The 2010 Race of Champions Dart Asphalt Modified Tour
and Dirt Modified Tour season openers have been inked. Both tours
will start their seasons with major events to lead the way in to a
big 2010 schedule.
On Thursday, Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Tour Director Andrew
Harpell, Modified Racing Series (formerly True Value Mod Series)
Director Jack Bateman and Albany Saratoga Speedway owner Bruce
Richards met at the Malta oval with the hopes of finalizing plans
for a major spring event. Those plans came together nicely and for
the first time the RoC and MRS will run a combined race event on
Sunday, April 18th at Albany Saratoga Speedway.
The Race of Champions Dart Dirt Modified Tour will start the 2010
season once again at the Selinsgrove Speedway in Pennsylvania on
March 19th and 20th. On Friday, March 19th the RoC Small Blocks
will take to the speedway on Saturday, the RoC Big Block Modifieds
will take part in the third running of the “Ice Breaker”. Last year
Pat Ward was victorious in the Friday night Small Block event and
Danny Johnson was Saturday Modified winner.
The “East versus West” Asphalt Modified All-Star event will pit the
best from the Race of Champions Dart Asphalt Modified Tour against
the very best from the New England based Modified Racing Series.
The 100 lap race program will see the two organizations working
together for the first time on a joint effort to put together what
will be a must see event at Albany Saratoga.
On Saturday, April 17th the speedway will host an open practice
session for teams looking to gain valuable track time. On Sunday
racing is expected to get underway at 1:00 p.m. with qualifying heat
races and the 100 lap Modified showdown. Jonathon McKennedy is the
defending Modified Racing Series Champion and two-time RoC Champion
Matt Hirschman will lead the respective groups in to Albany Saratoga
for this neutral ground battle.
Richards, who recently completed re-paving on the Albany Saratoga
Speedway has worked with Harpell in the past in hosting two RoC Dart
Dirt Dirt Modified Tour races. Those events were won by Brett Hearn
and Brian Weaver. Harpell commented, “Our relationship with Bruce
and the RoC dirt races was great and we certainly hope we can bring
that same type of success to the speedway for the inaugural asphalt
race at the speedway.”
The speedway was open for testing on Thursday with impressive
results. Jack Bateman and Ken Berry had their asphalt Modifieds on
the speedway and Otto Sitterly tested with his ISMA SuperModified.
Sitterly ran in the first RoC Modified All-Star event in September
after winning the International Classic on Labor Day weekend.
The rich asphalt Modified history at Albany Saratoga Speedway will
certainly add to the drama of this first time event in April. The
event is expected to serve as the opening date in a new era for the
speedway. With the RoC and MRS combining efforts it will be a huge
race for all involved. Additional details on the event will be
released in the weeks to come.
The complete RoC schedules are expected to be released in the next
two weeks. For additional information on the RoC Dart Dirt Modified
Tour please log on to
www.rocdirt.com. For the latest on the RoC Dart Asphalt
Modified Tour please log on to
www.raceofchampions.net. or phone 607-775-5555.