Huge Race of Champions

Andrew Harpell
Administrative Director:
(607) 775-5555
E-Mail: [email protected]

Race of Champions  P.O. Box 2828
Binghamton, NY 13902
24-hour fax:
(607) 775-3417

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Huge Race of Champions/Five Mile Point Banquet Planned For Jan. 6, 2007

12/12/06 – By BRETT DEYO

BINGHAMTON, NY – The Binghamton Regency Hotel and Conference Center will be the Northeast’s ‘center of racing’ on Sat., Jan. 6, 2007 as competitors from the Race of Champions Dirt Modified Tour, Race of Champions Pavement Series and N.Y.’s Five Mile Point Speedway congregate for a huge 2006 Awards Banquet.

“It’s been a big year for both versions of the RoC brand and Five Mile Point,” said Andrew Harpell, who directs the RoC Dirt and Pavement series while serving as owner/promoter of Five Mile Point, a historic quarter-mile clay oval in Kirkwood, N.Y.

“We’re going to wrap up 2006 and kick off 2007 in style.”

Alan Johnson of Phelps, N.Y., will be the top RoC Dirt honoree, as the veteran racer earned the Modified Tour’s overall crown. Jimmy Horton of Neshanic Station, N.J., (South Region) and Mitch Gibbs of North Norwich, N.Y., (North Region) will also receive championship laurels.

In the companion RoC Dirt Sportsman Tour, Middletown, N.Y.’s Danny Creeden was the overall and South Region champion. Steve Way of Vernon Center, N.Y., topped the North Region.

Earl Paules of Kunkletown, Pa., capped a career year by winning the RoC Pavement Series overall title. Paules was also the top performer in the North standings, while Eric Beers of Northampton, Pa., was the Central Region point title winner.

At Five Mile Point, 2006 champs included Mitch Gibbs of North Norwich, N.Y. (Modified), Brad Grim of Coplay, Pa., (Sportsman), Mike Stolarcyk III of Whitney Point, N.Y., (IMCA-Modified), Jerry Tonti of Tunkhannock, Pa., (Street Stock) and Charlie Gilbert of Binghamton, N.Y., (Pure Stock).

Aside from trophy presentations and points-fund distribution to the top point-getters, a number of special awards will be handed out during the evening.

Tickets are available now at $40 each and must be purchased by Jan. 1, 2007. Dinner choices are Prime Rib, Chicken Cordon Bleu or Pasta Primavera. Groups of 10 may request a reserved table with their ticket purchase. No tickets will be sold at the door.

Dinner will get underway at 6 p.m. this year, with a cocktail hour set for 5 p.m. Dancing and entertainment will conclude the evening.

Informational/rules meetings are planned for the afternoon. A schedule will follow in future releases.

To purchase tickets, look for the order form online at:, or or contact the RoC/Five Mile Point office at: (607) 775-5555.

Those wishing to stay overnight should call the Binghamton Regency at: (800) 723-7676 or (607) 722-7575. There are a number of greatly discounted rooms available (a single or double room is priced at $69, which is a $30 savings over the normal rate; triple and quad rooms are also available at a discount). To receive the special rate, reservations must be made by Dec. 23. Be sure to mention the RoC/Five Mile Point Awards Banquet. Directions to the Binghamton Regency are on the web at:

NOTES TO COMPETITORS FROM ANDREW HARPELL: We do ask that you wear a jacket and tie, even if it is only for the photos. These photos are sent to all of the racing trade papers and make for a nice presentation for your sponsors. Also, a number of media members will be on hand, so it will be a good opportunity to inform them of 2007 racing plans. If you have driver cards or race team information, we encourage you to bring the info so it can be placed on the media distribution table….

To receive points-fund money, you must purchase a ticket and be present at the Awards Banquet….