Race of Champions Weekend

Erie Sports Commission

The 68th Annual Race of Champions Weekend will be held at Lake Erie Speedway September 27 through September 29.

The three-day event is the final event of the Race of Champions’ 2018 asphalt racing calendar. The event is the second-longest consecutive-running auto racing event in North America, second only to the Indianapolis 500. This marks the return of the event to Erie for the 2nd year in a row. Event festivities will get underway on Thursday, September 27 with practice beginning for approximately 100 top racing teams from New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Events continue Friday, September 28 and Saturday, September 29 with the Sportsman Modifieds, Super Stocks, Late Models and the finale, the 68th Annual Race of Champions 250.

Tickets are on sale now! To purchase, visit or call (814) 725-3303. 

Learn more on the event series here


Thursday- 9/27

3:00 pm- Pit gates open for practice- ALL DIVISIONS 

4:00 pm to dusk- Practice by division 

9:00 pm- 11:00 pm- Kick off gathering at Black Jax Grill- next to Quality Inn

Friday- 9/28

2:00 pm- Pit gates open 

4:30 pm- Driver's meeting (by division- Race of Champions Sportsman Modifieds, Race of Champions Super Stock Series)

6:00 pm- Grandstand's Open

6:00 pm- Hot laps by division (Race of Champions Sportsman Modifieds, Race of Champions Super Stock Series)

7:05 pm- Opening ceremonies (Anthem- Carol Housock)

7:15 pm- Qualifying races by division: Race of Champions Sportsman Modifieds (10 laps), Race of Champions Super Stock Series (8 laps)

8:15 pm- B-main/ non-qualifier races (if necessary by division)

-Sportsman Modifieds (12 laps) 

-Race of Champions Big 12 Super Stocks (10 laps)

8:45 pm- Race of Champions Big 10 Super Stock Feature (40 laps)

9:15 pm- Race of Champions Sportsman Modified Driver Instructions (Drivers in car, staged on front stretch)

9:30 pm- Race of Champions Sportsman Modified Series 75- (75 laps. Cautions do not count) 

10:30 pm- Race of Champions Sportsman Modified Series 75 victory lane 

11:00 pm- Pit area closes 

Saturday 9/30

8:00 am- Pit gates open (haulers enter)

9:00 am- Inspection and draw for group begins

11:00 am- Hot laps for 4-cylinders

11:30 am- Grandstands open

11:45 am- Qualifying races for 4-cylinders (6 laps)

12:30 am- Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series Driver's Meeting in pit entrance building 

1:00 pm- Hot laps bu division (2 rounds): 

-Lancaster Street Stocks

-Race of Champions Late Models

-Race of Champions Asphalt Modifieds 

2:00 pm- 4-Cylinder Feature (20 laps)

2:30 pm- G-W-C Group time trials for the Race of Champions Modifieds

2:45 pm- Soft opening, welcome

3:00 pm- Qualifying races by division:

-Lancaster Street Stocks (8 laps)

-Race of Champions Late Models (8 laps)

-Race of Champions Modifieds (10 laps)

-Classic Asphalt Modified Series (8 laps)

4:00 pm- B-Main/ Non-qualifiers (if necessary)

-Race of Champions Modifieds (12 laps)

5:00 pm- Race of Champions Late Model Series (40 laps)

5:50 pm- Pre-race, cars begin to stage

6:00 pm- Driver Introductions

8:30 pm- Race of Champions 250 Victory lane

10:00 pm- Pit area closes  



Host Hotel

Quality Inn & Suites Conference Center - Presque Isle Downs & Casino
8040 Perry Highway
Erie, PA 16509
(814) 864-4911

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