ZMUDA & MALVASO TOP SUPERCHARGED BOUNTY HUNTERS AT NYIRP

ZMUDA & MALVASO TOP SUPERCHARGED BOUNTY HUNTERS AT NYIRP

LANCASTER, N.Y. (June 15, 2019) – Mike Zmuda of Lackawanna, N.Y. and Frank Malvaso of Rochester won the final matchups for the Supercharged Bounty Hunters on Friday night at Lancaster Dragway @ New York International Raceway Park.

Supercharged Bounty Huner Mike Zmuda (David Hilner Photography)

The field of nine Supercharged Bounty Hunters was set through qualifying with Mike Zmuda and Chuck McMahon of Rochester taking top two spots. They then faced off head-to-head in the first final of the night. McMahon left the starting line first, but Zmuda was first to top end with a pass of 4.656 seconds at 149.55 mph.

Supercharged Bounty Hunter Frank Malvaso (David Hilner Photography)

The second final featured the #3 and #4 qualifiers, with Malvaso facing off against the Chevy Nova of Ron Szewczyk. Malvaso picked up the win with an elapsed time of 4.619 seconds at 155.76 mph.

Dave Balser went to a pair of finals on Friday (David Hilner Photography)

Dave Balser of Akron, N.Y. almost became the first driver of the season to score multiple class wins in the same night. Balser started out by winning Top 8 Eliminator by beating Chris Van Baalen in a close matchup. He was then inserted into the Mallare Trucking Top ET ladder, and made his way to the finals to face Chuck Mendola of Lancaster. Balser’s quest to do the double was derailed when he brokeout, which gave Mendola his first win of the season.

Top ET winner Chuck Mendola (David Hilner Photography)
“Fast Eddie” won Mod ET (David Hilner Photography)

In Gianna Mazia’s Mod ET, “Fast Eddie” Semlitsch of West Seneca picked up the class win. Semlitsch defeated Keith Banas in the final round as Banas was a little too quick in trying to erase Semlitsch’s 2-second head start. Banas narrowly broke out while Semlitsch ran his dial-in to score the victory.

Bikes & Sled winner Mike Peters (David Hilner Photography)

It was a matchup of veteran riders in the Hebeler’s Sales Bikes & Sleds final as four-time and defending track champion, Mike Peters of Akron, N.Y., beat Dick Nearhoof. Peters overcame a half-second disadvantage on the starting tree to pass Nearhoof at top end with both riders putting down around 6-second runs at over 110 mph.

Street winner Dan Knab (David Hilner Photography)

Dan Knab of Elma, N.Y. picked up the win in Tread City Tire Street. Knab beat Deanna Winkowski in the final in a battle of Saturns.

Next Friday, June 21, the baddest street cars in Western New York return to Lancaster as the Buffalo Street Outlaws are in action plus the TNT Hot Rod Series and a full card of IHRA Drag Racing. Time trials start at 5 p.m.

RESULTS (Driver, hometown, vehicle, reaction time, dial-in, elapsed time and top speed)

Supercharged Bounty Hunters

“A Final”

Winner: Mike Zmuda (Lackawanna, N.Y.) 1975 Dodge Dart .451 4.656 seconds, 149.55 mph

Runner-up: Chuck McMahon (Rochester, N.Y.) 1991 Pontiac .426 5.801 seconds, 84.44 mph

 “B Final”

Winner: Frank Malvaso (Rochester, N.Y.) 1933 Willys .550 4.619 seconds, 155.76 mph

Runner-up: Ron Szewczyk (W. Seneca, N.Y.) 1963 Chevrolet Nova 66.676 seconds

Mallare Trucking Top ET

Winner: Chuck Mendola (Lancaster, N.Y.) 1986 Chevrolet S-10 .503 5.98 6.002 seconds, 113.30 mph

Runner-up: Dave Balser (Akron, N.Y.) 1990 Dodge Daytona .541 5.63 5.623 seconds, 122.28 mph

Top 8 Eliminator

Winner: Dave Balser (Akron, N.Y.) 1990 Dodge Daytona .510 5.65 5.654 seconds, 119.61 mph

Runner-up: Chris Van Baalen Chevrolet Monte Carlo .524 5.84 5.854 seconds, 117.20 mph

Gianni Mazia’s Mod ET

Winner: Ed Semlitsch (W. Seneca, N.Y.) 1963 Chevrolet II .556 8.77 8.770 seconds, 75.89 mph

Runner-up: Keith Banas (Buffalo, N.Y.) 1972 Chevrolet Chevelle .532 6.76 6.753 seconds, 97.46 mph

Hebeler’s Sales Bikes & Sleds

Winner: Mike Peters (Angola, N.Y.) 1980 Kawsaki .560 5.52 5.553 seconds, 114.77

Runner-up: Dick Nearhoof (Wheatfield, N.Y.) 1990 Kawasaki ZX10 .615 5.98 6.003 seconds, 113.66 mph

Tread City Tire Street ET

Winner: Dan Knab (Elma, N.Y.) 2004 Saturn .642 10.35 10.413 seconds, 68.39 mph

Runner-up: Deanna Winkowski (Depew, N.Y.) 2001 Saturn .592 11.97 11.861 seconds, 58.31

FLETCHER, MADURI, RICKETSON, SALEMI & WINKOWSKI WIN AT NYIRP

FLETCHER, MADURI, RICKETSON, SALEMI & WINKOWSKI WIN AT NYIRP

LANCASTER, N.Y. (June 8, 2019) – Second-generation racer Thomas Fletcher of Churchville, N.Y. took home top honors in Mallare Trucking Top ET on Friday night at Lancaster Dragway @ New York International Raceway Park.

Thomas Fletcher wins Top ET

In other IHRA Drag Racing action, Pete Maduri, Jr. of North Tonawanda, N.Y. won Top 8 Eliminator. Ryan Ricketson won in Gianna Mazia’s Mod ET. Lucas Salemi of Clarence Center, N.Y. picked up his second-straight Hebeler’s Sales Bikes & Sleds win. Cody Winkowski of Depew, N.Y. won for the second week in a row in Tread City Tire Street ET.

Fletcher launches off the line (David Hilner photo)

The Mallare Trucking Top ET final was billed as the “War of the Wagons” as Fletcher’s Peak Antifreeze station wagon went head-to-head with the Chevy Vega wagon of Mark Glomb. Fletcher used his starting line advantage by way of his slower dial-in to beat Glomb for his first win of the year at Lancaster @ NYIRP.

War of the Wagons

Pete Maduri, Jr. had a bye run in the finals of Top 8 after his opponent broke in the semifinal round. The win was the second of the year at Lancaster for the Maduri family as his father, Pete Maduri, Sr., won on opening night.

Ryan Ricketson won the family feud final in Mod ET

Twin brothers, Ryan and Reid Ricketson, went head-to-head in the finals of Gianni Mazia’s Mod ET. Ryan Ricketson held off his brother at top end to pick up his first win of the season, and deny Reid the chance to win for the second week in a row.

Lucas Salemi just keeps winning (David Hilner Photo)

Lucas Salemi remained hot in Hebeler’s Sales Bikes & Sleds. Salemi advanced to the final round for the third-straight week to begin the 2019 season, and then won for the second week in a row as he knocked off Mike Peters in the finals.

In Tread City Tire Street, Cody Winkowski picked up his second-straight win. Winkowski beat Canadian Peter Van Baalen in a double breakout to go back-to-back.

Back-to-back wins for Cody Winkowski in Street

Next week Lancaster Dragway @ NYIRP is back in action with Tuesday Test & Tune, Wednesday Cruise Night and a IHRA Drag Racing program on Friday night headlined by the Supercharged Bounty Hunters. Visit www.lancasternationalspeedway.com for the full schedule of events.

Winkowski’s Monte Carlo (David Hilner photo)

RESULTS (Driver, hometown, vehicle, reaction time, dial-in, elapsed time and top speed)

Mallare Trucking Top ET

Winner: Thomas Fletcher (Churchville, N.Y.) .519 6.55 6.559 seconds, 100.91 mph

Runner-up: Mark Glomb (Depew, N.Y.) 1972 Chevrolet Vega .547 5.87 5.934 seconds, 115.68 mph

Top 8 Eliminator

Winner: Pete Maduri, Jr. (N.Tonawanda, N.Y.) Rear Engine Dragster .525 4.67 4.672 seconds, 145.68 mph

Runner-up: Opponent Broke

Gianni Mazia’s Mod ET

Winner: Ryan Ricketson .537 7.96 7.968 seconds, 84.60 mph

Runner-up: Reid Ricketson (Darien Center, N.Y.) 1974 Plymouth Duster .560 7.12 7.129 seconds, 93.36 mph

Hebeler’s Sales Bikes & Sleds

Winner: Lucas Salemi (Clarence Center, N.Y.) Arctic Cat .523 6.51 6.884 seconds, 73.06 mph

Runner-up: Mike Peters (Angola, N.Y.) 1980 Kawasaki 1200 .522 5.54 7.468 seconds, 49.13 mph

Tread City Tire Street ET

Winner: Cody Winkowski (Depew, N.Y.) 1987 Chevrolet Monte Carlo .536 8.51 8.480 seconds, 81.05 mph

Runner-up: Peter Van Baalen (Wellandport, Ontario) 1985 Chevrolet .623 8.00 7.945 seconds, 77.71 mph

CLEVELAND, RICKETSON, FIX, SALEMI & WINKOWSKI SCORE WINS AT LANCASTER @ NYIRP

CLEVELAND, RICKETSON, FIX, SALEMI & WINKOWSKI SCORE WINS AT LANCASTER @ NYIRP

CLEVELAND, RICKETSON, FIX, SALEMI & WINKOWSKI SCORE WINS AT LANCASTER @ NYIRP

LANCASTER, N.Y. (June 1, 2019) – Keith Cleveland of Cheektowaga, N.Y. took top honors in Mallare Trucking Top ET on Friday night at Lancaster Dragway @ New York International Raceway Park. The second generation driver beat 12-time track champion Dale Eckert in the final round when Eckert left the starting line too soon.

Keith Cleveland won Mallare Trucking Top ET

In Gianna Mazia’s Mod ET, Reid Ricketson of Darien Center, N.Y. took advantage of a red light by Russell Morris in final round to earn his first win of 2019. Last week’s Mod ET final that was postponed due to curfew also ran in a meeting between two track champions from last season. 2018 Street ET champ Mason Fix got the win over defending Mod champ Jeff Kerl in a double breakout run. Fix ran just one one-hundredth of a second under his dial-in.

Reid Ricketson got his first win in Mod ET this season

The Hebeler’s Sales Bikes & Sleds final was a rematch of the opening night final pair as Lucas Salemi faced off against former track champion Alan Fletcher. Salemi got revenge for his loss a week ago as Fletcher red lighted the race away to give Salemi the win.

Lucas Salemi won in Bikes & Sleds

Russell Morris made it to his second final round of the night in Tread City Tire. Unfortunately Morris finished the night 0-for-2 as he lost to Cody Winkowski after Winkowski beat Morris at top end.

Street ET winner Cody Winkowski

Longtime 97 Rock on-air personality and Buffalo Broadcasters Hall of Fame member Carl Russo has taken over duties as the track announcer on Friday night at Lancaster. Russo has been fixture at Lancaster throughout the years as a former stock car racer and host of Wednesday Cruise Night. He is quickly learning the ropes as a IHRA Drag Racing track announcer, and is a hit with racers and fans. New York International Raceway Park is thrilled to have Carl Russo as part of the team this season.

Next week is jam-packed for Lancaster Speedway & Dragway @ NYIRP. Both the Tuesday Test & Tune and Wednesday Cruise Night program hope to avoid the curse of Mother Nature this time around after both fell victim to rain this past week. Next Friday, June 7, is round #3 of weekly IHRA Drag Racing. Saturday, June 8 is the first stock car event of the season with a practice session for all divisions. Pit gates will open at 11 a.m. on Saturday with practice starting at 1 p.m.

RESULTS (Driver, hometown, vehicle, reaction time, dial-in, elapsed time and top speed)

Mallare Trucking Top

Winner: Keith Cleveland (Cheektowaga, N.Y.) 1970 Oldsmobile .503 7.10 7.097 seconds, 94.18 mph

Runner-up: Dale Eckert (S. Wales, N.Y.) 1969 Chevrolet Camaro .486 FOUL

Gianni Mazia’s Mod ET

Winner: Reid Ricketson (Darien Center, N.Y.) 1974 Plymouth Duster .542 7.05 7.040 seconds, 94.67 mph

Runner-up: Russell Morris (Alden, N.Y.) 1987 Oldsmobile Cutlass .484 FOUL

Gianni Mazia’s Mod ET (from 5/24)

Winner: Mason Fix (Amherst, N.Y.) 1969 Dodge Dart .523 7.31 7.300 seconds, 85.71 mph  

Runner-up: Jeff Kerl (Cheektowaga, N.Y.) 1968 Chevrolet Camaro .526 6.49 6.476 seconds, 105.60 mph

Hebeler’s Sales Bikes & Sleds

Winner: Lucas Salemi (Clarence Center, N.Y.) Arctic Cat .534 6.56 .6.552 seconds, 100.05 mph

Runner-up: Alan Fletcher (Lancaster, N.Y.) Kawasaki .478 FOUL

Tread City Tire Street

Winner: Cody Winkowski (Depew, N.Y.) 1987 Chevrolet Monte Carlo .550 8.27 8.644 seconds, 74.21 mph

Runner-up: Russell Morris (Alden, N. Y.) 1966 Dodge Fury III .650 9.01 9.019 seconds, 76.79 mph

LANCASTER DRAGWAY @ NYIRP BEGINS NEW SEASON & NEW ERA

LANCASTER DRAGWAY @ NYIRP BEGINS NEW SEASON & NEW ERA

LANCASTER, N.Y. (May 25, 2019) – It was the start of a new season and a new era on Friday night at the facility known as Lancaster Speedway & Dragway. The New York International Raceway Park ownership group led by Vito & Sylvia Antonicelli and Mike Swinarski held their first IHRA points race just a month removed from officially taking ownership of the 60-year-old racing facility. The drag racing community responded in a big way with 177 cars supporting the opening night show.

The Buffalo Street Outlaws and TNT Super Series were on hand along with Lancaster’s five weekly classes of racing. Chris Scarlatra of Bergen, N.Y. swept the Buffalo Street Outlaws (BSO) Street Limited classes, winning both Street Limited 5.50 and Street Limited 6.60. Scarlata defeated Mike Gwynn in the Street Limited 5.50 final on a holeshot as Gwynn had the faster elapsed time, but Scarlata had a better reaction time. Scarlata then beat Brian Krawkowski in Street Limited 6.60.

Moe Alfaqih of Cheektowaga, N.Y. chalked up another Buffalo Street Outlaw win at Lancaster as he defeated Terry Doyle in a battle of Ford Mustangs.

TNT Super Series winner Pete Maduri, Sr.

In the TNT Super Series, Pete Maduri, Sr. of North Tonawanda, N.Y. scored the win after Larry Pulver red lighted the race away. Joe Passero of Stevensville, Ontario picked up the win in Top 8. Passero faced Mark Talmadge in the finals, but Talmadge left the starting line too soon to trigger a red light on the starting tree.

Street winner Derrick Kovach with two-legged and four-legged friends

Eight-time track champion Alan Fletcher of Lancaster took the opening night win in Hebeler’s Sales Bikes & Sleds. Fletcher defeated the snowmobile of Lucas Salemi in the finals after catching him at top end. Derrick Kovach of Lancaster picked up the win in Tread City Tire Street.

Mallare Trucking Top ET and Gianni Mazias Mod ET were unable to declare a winner due to curfew. Top ET had three cars remaining in competition. Mason Fix and Jeff Kerl were the final two cars remaining in Mod ET.

Racing continues next week at Lancaster Dragway @ NYIRP with Test & Tune on Tuesday night, Cruise Night/Grudge Drags on Wednesday and IHRA Drag Racing on Friday night.

The opening festivities went off smoothly with just few hiccups as the new ownership group and staff get acclimated. “Its trial and error and we will get there,” said Sylvia Antonicelli, NYIRP owner. “Everyone has been great, and we appreciate the many people thanking us, but we couldn’t have done it without everyone who came.”

A special thank you goes to Carl Russo of 97 Rock for filling in as track announcer on Friday night. Russo is a former racer and longtime supporter of racing at Lancaster. 

RESULTS (Driver, hometown, vehicle, reaction time, dial-in, elapsed time and top speed)

Top 8 Eliminator

Winner: Joe Passero (Stevensville, Ontario) Rear Engine Dragster .503 4.70 4.710 seconds, 146.60 mph

Runner-up: Mark Talmadge (Fairport, N.Y.) .493 FOUL

Buffalo Street Outlaws (“Clocks Off”)

Winner: Moe Alfaqih (Cheektowaga, N.Y.) 1988 Ford Mustang

Runner-up: Terry Doyle (Grand Island, N.Y.) 1988 Ford Mustang

BSO Street Limited 5.50

Winner: Chris Scarlata (Bergen, N.Y.) 1994 Pontiac Firebird .463 5.556 seconds, 120.33 mph

Runner-up: Mike Gwynn (Syracuse, N.Y.) 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle .566 5.526 seconds, 124.68 mph

BSO Street Limited 6.60

Winner: Chris Scarlata (Bergen, N.Y.) 1994 Pontiac Firebird .463 6.879 seconds, 83.80 mph

Runner-up: Brian Karkowski (Buffalo, N.Y.) 1995 Ford Mustang .519 7.782 seconds, 70.66 mph

TNT Super Series (7.00 Index)

Winner: Pete Maduri, Sr. (N. Tonawanda, N.Y.) Chevrolet Monza .520 7.521 seconds, 81.05 mph

Runner-up: Larry Pulver (Palmya, N.Y.) 1967 Chevrolet Camaro .499 FOUL

Hebeler’s Sales Bikes & Sleds

Winner: Alan Fletcher (Lancaster, N.Y.) Kawasaki .562 5.62 5.642 seconds, 109.78 mph

Runner-up: Lucas Salemi (Clarence Center, N.Y.) Arctic Cat .567 6.48 6.539 seconds, 99.31 mph

Tread City Tire Street

Winner: Derrick Kovach (Lancaster, N.Y.) 2011 Dodge Charger .512 8.42 8.407 seconds, 83.17 mph

Runner-up: Dan Knab (Elma, N.Y.) Saturn .476 FOUL

New Admission Policy for Wednesday Cruise Night

New Admission Policy for Wednesday Cruise Night

There is a new admission policy for Wednesday Cruise Nights at New York International Raceway Park that goes in to effect with the first Wednesday night of the season on May 22. Patrons attending Cruise Night will pay a $5 admission fee to enter the facility through either the front grandstand gate or the entrance to the infield/pit area with their vehicle. Patrons driving through the pit gate will receive one free grudge race with their $5 admission. Additional passes down the drag strip will cost $5.

Kids 11 and under will be admitted through the front gate for free.

Additional rules for Wednesday Cruise Night to please keep in mind:

NO WEAPONS – Please leave them at home. We will have security checking people on their way in to the facility

NO FIGHTING

NO PETS

NO OUTSIDE ALCOHOL – Concessions and beer stand will be open

Motorcycles riders must have helmet and full leather gear (chaps, jacket & gloves) to grudge race.

NO BURNOUTS or DOUGHNUTS in the parking lot, pit areas or stock car oval. Anyone caught will be ejected from the facility and not welcomed back.

Security will be inspecting vehicles coming into the pit area for grudge drags. Cars with excessive rust, damage, mud/dirt or are deemed unsafe will not be allowed into the infield area of the facility. You can still park in the general parking lot and enter through the front gate. Please do not message us about specific situations regarding this policy. Security will make the decision.

NYIRP UNVEILS 2019 SCHEDULE

NYIRP UNVEILS 2019 SCHEDULE

LANCASTER, N.Y. (May 15, 2019) – The 60th anniversary season of racing at Lancaster Speedway & Dragway @ New York International Raceway Park kicks off this Saturday with a Test & Tune session for the IHRA Drag Racing program.

Pit gates will open at 10 a.m. on Saturday for tech inspection followed by a time trial session from 12-5 p.m. 

Following of a winter of uncertainty surrounding the facility, local businessmen Vito Antonicelli and Mike Swinarski purchased the 77-acre property and will continue to operate it as a motorsports venue as well as bring in additional events to compliment the 2019 racing schedule.

The new ownership group will operate the business under the name New York International Raceway Park (NYIRP) while keeping the 60 year tradition of racing in Lancaster going strong.

“When the possibility of racing not happening at Lancaster in 2019 started to become a reality, Mike and I decided we needed to step in and help,” said Antonicelli.  “We look at it as redefining the future for generations to come. To keep the facility open for our current racers and fans while growing and adding racers and fans that will keep it going for another 60 years.”

The traditional weekly schedule of drag racing events will start next week with Tuesday night Test & Tune, Wednesday Cruise Night and Friday night IHRA Drag Racing.

Gates will open at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21 for Test & Tune and amateur drag racing. The Junior Dragsters will once again be a part of Tuesday nights this season with their first race on June 4. The Senior Nostalgia class also returns on Tuesdays with six races. Wednesday, May 22, will mark the return of the popular Wednesday Cruise Nights at NYIRP starting at 6 p.m.

The first night of points for the IHRA Drag Racing program will be Friday, May 24 for all weekly classes, including Top ET, Mod ET, Bikes & Sleds and Street ET. The TNT Super Series and the fan-favorite Buffalo Street Outlaws will be a part of the action on opening night.

The ownership of NYIRP have partnered with the Race of Champions (RoC) to put on a series of six stock car events this season. Opening night for Lancaster Speedway @ NYIRP will be Thursday, June 27 with the running of the 5th annual Ol’ Boy Cup 60 for the RoC Modified Series featuring the top Modified stars from New York and Pennsylvania. The Street Stocks, 4-Cylinders and NYPA TQ Midgets will round out the first stock car event of 2019.

A second midweek stock car special follows on Thursday, July 11 with the 4th annual Joe Reilly Tribute 54-lap race for the RoC Sportsman Modified Series. The traditional “Saturday night under lights” stock car action returns on Saturday, July 20 with Autograph Night headlined by the RoC Sportsman and Late Model Series.

One of Lancaster’s biggest Modified races returns home on Saturday, August 17 with the 30th running of the Tommy Druar/Tony Jankowiak Memorial 110 for the RoC Modifieds. The following Saturday, August 24, will be the Ken Heckler Tribute 51 for the Street Stocks.

Lancaster Speedway @ NYIRP will close out its season in its traditional fashion with “WNY’s Racing Finale”, the 31st annual U.S. Open during the weekend of September 13-15. U.S. Open weekend will keep its traditional schedule with the excitement reaching its peak with the U.S. Open 125 for the RoC Modifieds on the afternoon of Sunday, September 15.

NYIRP will host Road Rage-A-Rama (formerly known as Crash-A-Rama) on Saturday, June 15 presented by JM Motorsports Productions. This family favorite event will include and Enduro Race, Demolition Derby, School Bus Race, Flag Pole Race, Skid Plate Race and Boat Trailer Race. More details on Road Rage-A-Rama will be posted in the coming weeks.

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