NEWS AND NOTES FROM THE FERRIS MOWERS RACE OF CHAMPIONS
ASPHALT MODIFIED SERIES FUELED BY SUNOCO – JULY 12, 2016
To date 55 different drivers have registered in the 2016 Ferris
Mowers Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series fueled by Sunoco
point standings. Patrick Emerling of Orchard Park, N.Y., currently
leads those standings by 78-points over Chuck Hossfeld or
Ransomville, N.Y. Things can change quickly in the standings with 5
bonus points for posting the fastest overall time in group time
trials and 15 bonus points offered for a qualifying race win.
Qualifying races pay points to the top three positions 15, 5, 3.
- In the Series first eight races, five different drivers have won
races. Eric Beers, Northampton, Pa.; Mike Leaty, Williamson, N.Y.;
Chuck Hossfeld, Ransomville, N.Y.; Patrick Emerling, Orchard Park,
N.Y., Will Thomas of Sharpsville, Pa., giving fans the most
surprising win of the season to date at Lake Erie Speedway in
- To win at Lake Erie Speedway, Thomas, ironically had to pass
Patrick Emerling, who has won four of the eight races this season.
His average finish in his last 7 series starts has been 2nd.
- Final Tally I: In honor of their late Father Bill Colton, the
Colton Family posted several bonus awards through their businesses,
Colton RV and Troyer Race Cars, for the June 30, Ol’ Boy Cup ‘60’ at
Lancaster National Speedway. Their bonuses totaled an additional
$4,000 in cash and certificates. For winning Patrick Emerling picked
up an additional $600 in cash and a $600 certificate to Troyer Race
Cars making his win worth a total of $4,000 for 60-laps. The
remainder of the prizes were awarded as follows: Rusty Smith ($400
Troyer Certificate); Mike Leaty ($400 cash); Ted Christopher ($400
cash); Patrick Emerling ($200 Troyer Certificate); Tyler Rypkema
($200 Troyer Certificate); Chuck Hossfeld ($200 cash); Jimmy
Zacharias ($200 Troyer Certificate); Amy Catalano ($400 Troyer
Certificates); Jeff Hamman ($200 cash); Cam Barber ($200 cash).
- Final Tally II: Rob Laskowski raised $2,532 in Bonus Lap Money for
the June 30, Ol’ Boy Cup ‘60’ at Lancaster National Speedway, that
went to several teams with the following break down; Tommy Catalano
($50); Daryl Lewis, Jr. ($100); Amy Catalano ($100); Daren Scherer
($100); Kevin Timmerman ($138); Rusty Smith ($75); Patrick Emerling
($175, including $100 lap leader bonus); Calvin Carroll ($75); Sam
Fullone ($150); Ted Christopher ($94); Alan Bookmiller ($225,
including non redraw bonus); Cam Barber ($75); TJ Zacharias ($250
including non redraw bonus); Mike Leaty ($25); Bryan Sherwood ($50);
George Skora, III ($25); Andy Jankowiak ($50); Chuck Hossfeld ($50);
Donny Hartzell ($25); Lee Sharpsteen ($25); Chris Risdale ($125,
including Hard Luck Award); Jimmy Zacharias ($50); Jeff Hamman
($275, including non redraw bonus); Tyler Rypkema ($200, including
Hard Charger bonus); Karl Hehr ($50).
- Both Tyler Rypkema and Bryan Sherwood have had remarkably
consistent seasons. Rypkema and Sherwood come from racing families.
Rypkema’s Father Dean and his sister Makayla have both raced, while
Sherwood’s Father Lee is multiple time Shangri-La Speedway / Tioga
Motorsports Park champion and his Grandmother Betty heads up the
Spalding Foundation for Injured Drivers. Rypkema is currently 5th in
the standings while Sherwood is 6th.
- Young driver Calvin Carroll of Andover, N.J. continues to improve.
He posted his best finish of the season with a 14th in the series
most recent race at Holland International Speedway.
- Speaking of Holland International Speedway, the first date of the
2017 schedule has been announced and it is July 15 at Holland
- “Mr. Quick Time” – Chuck Hossfeld leads all drivers with overall
fast times posted during the group time trial sessions. Hossfeld has
achieved this mark six times.
- By the numbers: To date this season, 17 different drivers have
earned a top-five finish in the first 8 races with 33 drivers having
earned a top-ten.
- The countdown to the 66th Annual Race of Champions at Oswego
(N.Y.) Speedway on Saturday, September 17 is on. The additional
50-laps added for this season, making the race 250-laps will present
new strategic challenges to teams. Interestingly, very few
competitors that currently compete in the Series had the opportunity
to compete when the race distance was 250-laps, which dated back to
its days on the 3/4-mile at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway. Tickets are
available by calling the Oswego Speedway ticket office at
- Making Laps – The Race of Champions 250 Lap Sponsorship program is
being spearheaded by Betty Sherwood and the Spalding Foundation for
Injured Drivers, Inc. for the 66th Annual Race of Champions. To
sponsor a lap(s) for this prestigious event, please print the form
at the following link; (http://media.wix.com/ugd/4a67a6_926b6810b4ad49d3bff407d22981321e.pdf)
and mail to the Spalding Foundation for Injured Drivers, Inc. or
contact the foundation at 607.687.2991 / cell 607.759.7881 / e-mail:
- The next event for the series is the second event and final visit
for 2016 to the Spencer Speedway in Williamson, N.Y. The Flower City
75. Mike Leaty captured the series June visit at Spencer in exciting
fashion, utilizing the outside groove to pass the top-three cars to
take the lead and eventually win the race.
July 12, 2016