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Motorsports, Fishing, Hockey Highlight Weekend in Erie

RoC Weekend 2

Erie, Pa: The 73rd Annual Race of Champions Weekend returns to Lake Erie Speedway Friday-Sunday, highlighting a weekend that will also see The Bass Federation host its District 14 National Semi-Finals and Lake Effect Hockey host its 2011 AAA Junior Otters Showcase.

“With a variety of events taking place all across Erie County, sports tourism will help drive more than half a million dollars of estimated economic impact to our hotels, restaurants and other attractions this weekend,” Erie Sports Commission Executive Director Mark Jeanneret said. “All three of these events draw diverse crowds, from families with children to adults looking for a weekend away, and I’m confident they will all find a perfect host in Erie.”

Race of Champions Weekend will once again be capped off with the 73rd running of the Lucas Oil Race of Champions 250, North America’s second-longest consecutive-running auto racing event behind the Indianapolis 500. Fans will be able to watch six disciplines compete throughout the weekend at Lake Erie Speedway.

Race of Champions Weekend Schedule:

Friday:                 4 p.m. – Practice Begins

                             6:15 p.m. – Racing Begins

Saturday:            Noon – Practice Begins

                             2:30 p.m. – Racing Begins

Sunday:               11 a.m. – Practice Begins

                             1:15 p.m. – Racing Begins     

The Bass Federation will once again give anglers an opportunity to earn a bid to their national championships at the District 14 National Semi-Finals on Presque Isle Bay Saturday-Sunday. The Bass Federation’s District 14 encompasses Pennsylvania, New York, and the Canadian province of Ontario.

Some of the top ice hockey players born in 2011 will have a chance to impress at Lake Effect Hockey’s 2011 AAA Junior Otters Showcase Friday-Sunday at ERIEBANK Sports Park. In addition to a five-game guarantee throughout the weekend, players will have the opportunity to take part in an NHL-style skills competition on Saturday night.

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