Story By: RACE OF CHAMPIONS – NORTH EAST, PA – As Modified race fans and racers traverse the country in search of great events, the 72nd Lucas Oil Race of Champions 250 is getting ready to take center stage to conclude Presque Isel Downs & Casino Race of Champions Weekend with “The Greatest Tradition in Modified Racing.”
The list includes; a condensed travel schedule in regard to other facilities outside of the region; history filled event built rich in tradition; every lap counts; an incredible facility and fun for the entire family in one of the “richest” one-day modified events in the country.
For the teams, the race is just an 8 tire race with only 3 men across the wall to service the racecar during a pitstop. Teams may only take one tire during a caution period which ads to the strategy of the race for race fans as drivers come and go from the top positions in attempt to put themselves in place to have an opportunity to win race that has been labeled “The Greatest Tradition in Modified Racing”.
“The race, the strategy, how things play out is all exciting,” states George Skora, III, a former Lake Erie track champion, now a Modified competitor, who has been in contention to win the event. “The breaks have to go your way. We were leading one year when the rains came, but they were able to dry the track, of course we want to put our name on the trophy, but it would be even better to do racing our way there and whenever we go to Lake Erie we feel like we have a chance to do just that.”
The race will now play a pivotal role early on in the chase for the coveted Race of Champions Modified Series championship being another extra distance points paying event for the 2023 season.
The hottest driver of season to this point, Matt Hirschman of Northampton, Pa., will be in the field searching for his 9th victory in the race.
Competitors will be racing for their biggest purse of the season as part of Presque Isle Downs & Casino Race of Champions Weekend in the 72nd Annual Lucas Oil Race of Champions 250 with well over $60,000 in posted awards and lap money up for grabs on Saturday, April 22, 2023 with $15,072.72 going to the winner.