• Jackson gets a ride for the 2010 campaign at Kawartha Speedway driving the    Rankin machine out of the Barton stable. We will see if we can't get the hulk    machine back to victory lane. During the offseason the car will go through a major   overhaul from front to back. Look for the car to run upfront and challenge for the   championship.

For Immediate Release
Re:  Race of Champions 2010 Tour Openers


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.