GAYMON, BAUER, HUTCHINSON & HINRICH TAKE AUTUMN CLASSIC WINS

GAYMON, BAUER, HUTCHINSON & HINRICH TAKE AUTUMN CLASSIC WINS

LANCASTER, N.Y. (October 19, 2019) – Lancaster Dragway @ New York International Raceway Park closed out the 2019 season on Saturday afternoon with the inaugural Autumn Classic Box/No-Box Shootout. Over 175 cars showed up to compete on a picture-perfect October afternoon.

Zell Gaymon of Buffalo scored the win in the Box bracket. Gaymon defeated Pete D’Agnolo in the final round to earn the victory.

In the No-Box bracket, Robert Bauer III of Elma, N.Y. took down 12-time track champion Dale Eckert in the final round. Bauer’s K-100 Fuel Treatment Chevrolet Nova caught Eckert at top end to pick up the win.

There were also classes for Street cars and Junior Dragsters. JC Hutchinson of Cayuga, Ontario beat former Tread City Tire Street champion Cody Winkowski to score the Street class win. Brody Hinrich of Pavilion, N.Y. beat William Balser in the Junior Dragster final.

The staff and management of Lancaster Dragway @ NYIRP would also like to congratulate Keith Cleveland of Cheektowaga, N.Y. on winning the Top ET World Championship at the IHRA Summit Super Series World Finals at Memphis, Tennessee. Cleveland won over $20,000 in cash and prizes for the win. He picked up one win in Mallare Trucking Top ET this past season at Lancaster.

The 2019 Lancaster Dragway @ NYIRP Awards Banquet and Wall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be Friday, December 6 at the Variety Club Banquet Hall on Broadway in Lancaster.

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

BOX

Winner: Zell Gaymon (Buffalo, N.Y.) 1994 Chevrolet Lumina .528 5.49 5.476 seconds, 126.77 mph

Runner-up: Pete D’Agnolo (Rochester, N.Y.) 1978 Chevrolet Monza

NO-BOX

Winner: Robert Bauer III (Elma, N.Y.) 1968 Chevrolet Nova .506 6.20 6.222 seconds, 106.90 mph

Runner-up: Dale Eckert (S. Wales, N.Y.) 1969 Chevrolet Camaro .526 7.09 7.110 seconds, 93.75 mph

Tread City Tire Street ET

Winner: JC Hutchinson (Cayuga, Ontario) 2015 Dodge Ram .522 9.15 9.186 seconds, 70.61 mph

Runner-up: Cody Winkowski (Depew, N.Y.) 1987 Chevrolet Monte Carlo .568 8.47 8.505 seconds, 79.11 mph

Jr. Dragsters

Winner: Brody Hinrich (Pavilion, N.Y.) .596 8.25 8.304 seconds, 76.65 mph

Runner-up: William Balser (W. Seneca, N.Y.) .658 7.95 7.989 seconds, 80.21 mph

JOE DESOUSA TOPS UNFINISHED BUSINESS OUTLAW INVITATIONAL

JOE DESOUSA TOPS UNFINISHED BUSINESS OUTLAW INVITATIONAL

LANCASTER, N.Y. (October 7, 2019) – New York International Raceway Park and Ian Hill Race Productions hosted Unfinished Business on Saturday at Lancaster Dragway. Over 200 cars from the United States and Canada jammed the pit area with Pro Street racers and Sportsman drivers competing across 11 classes of racing.

Joe DeSousa of Milton, Ontario topped the field in the $3,000-to-win 10.5W Outlaws Invitational Shootout. DeSousa defeated Nick Agostino in the final round of the “clocks off” battle for Outlaw supremacy.

John Pfuntner of Nunda, N.Y. won Moe’s Tire & Transmission 235 Outlaws as he narrowly beat Corrado Lentmello of Aurora, Ontario. John Sahli of Youngstown, Ohio won the 5.50 Index Limited class on starting line hole-shot over David Kelly of Syracuse. The Passing Lane Automotive 6.50 Index class came to a pair of local drivers as Dan Marvin of Kenmore, N.Y. beat Andy Bates of Lancaster. Sammy and Moe Alfaqih decided to split the Jet Automotive Limited 28s class.

Lancaster’s weekly classes of bracket racing were also in action with bonus money added to their purse. Jeff Blamowski defeated Wayne Cleveland in the finals of Mallare Trucking Top ET. Big G Roofing added an extra $1,000 to the purse of Top 8 Eliminator. Rich Yacos of Cambria, N.Y. beat Mike Swinarski in the Top 8 Final for the win and a $1,000 pay day.

In Gianni Mazia’s Mod ET, Robert Hetrick of West Seneca, N.Y. earned the class win over Jeff Kerl as he nailed his dial-in in the final pass. Brian Babiak of Elma, N.Y. won Hebeler’s Sales Bikes & Sleds. Steve Peloza took top honors in Tread City Tire Street. Ethan Pilote won the Junior Dragster final over Colin Jamieson. Riley Gregorie won the Second Chance race for the Juniors.

This Saturday, NYIRP hosts Road Rage-A-Rama II featuring a demolition derby, enduro, school bus races and more. Gates open at 4 p.m. with the show starting at 6 p.m. Advance discount presale tickets are available at select NAPA Auto Parts locations. The 2019 season concludes on Saturday, October 19 inaugural Autumn Classic with $2,000-to-win Box and No-Box Shootouts (purse based on 75 car field).

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

Outlaws Invitational – “Clocks Off”

Winner: Joe DeSousa (Milton, Ontario) 2009 Pontiac

Runner-up: Nick Agostino

Moe’s Tire & Transmission 235 Outlaws

Winner: John Pfuntner (Nunda, N.Y.) 1993 Ford Mustang .471 5.646 seconds, 104.15 mph

Runner-up: Corrado Lentmello (Aurora, Ontario) 1989 Ford Mustang .535 5.656 seconds, 128.18 mph

Street Limited 5.50 Index

Winner: John Sahli (Youngstown, Ohio) 1982 Chevrolet Monte Carlo .433 5.559 seconds, 122.60 mph

Runner-up: David Kelly (Syracuse, N.Y.) 1979 Chevrolet Camaro .496 5.527 seconds, 122.62 mph

Passing Lane Automotive 6.50 Index

Winner: Dan Marvin (Kenmore, N.Y.) .429 6.547 seconds, 92.63 mph

Runner-up: Andy Bates (Lancaster, N.Y.) .500 6.499 seconds, 90.17 mph

Mallare Trucking Top ET

Winner: Jeff Blamowski .513 5.98 6.029 seconds, 112.81 mph

Runner-up: Wayne Cleveland (Williamsville, N.Y.) 1923 Ford T Bucket .532 5.69 5.679 seconds, 113.58 mph

Top 8 Eliminator (Sponsored by Big G Roofing)

Winner: Rich Yacos (Cambria, N.Y.) Rear Engine Dragster .519 4.63 4.748 seconds, 132.29 mph

Runner-up: Mike Swinarski (Orchard Park, N.Y.) 2002 Chevrolet Camaro .667 5.18 5.196 seconds, 138.16 mph

Gianni Mazia’s Mod ET

Winner: Robert Hetrick (W. Seneca, N.Y.) 1987 Ford Mustang .558 7.00 7.000 seconds, 97.63 mph

Runner-up: Jeff Kerl (Cheektowaga, N.Y.) 1968 Chevrolet Camaro .588 6.47 6.467 seconds, 103.84 mph

Hebeler’s Sales Bikes & Sleds

Winner: Brian Babiak (Elma, N.Y.) 2009 Kawsaki .539 5.52 5.514 seconds, 128.14 mph

Runner-up: John Costa (Retsof, N.Y.) 2009 Hayabusa .484 FOUL

Tread City Tire Street ET

Winner: Steve Peloza 1963 Buick Riviera .544 9.91 10.028 seconds, 66.87 mph

Runner-up: John Wachowicz (Sanborn, N.Y.) Lincoln II Mark VI .720 9.00 8.969 seconds, 77.99 mph

WINKOWSKI & RICKETSON CLINCH NYIRP TRACK TITLES

WINKOWSKI & RICKETSON CLINCH NYIRP TRACK TITLES

LANCASTER, N.Y. (September 28, 2019) – Lancaster Dragway @ New York International Raceway Park hosted its final night of IHRA Drag Racing points for the 2019 season on Friday evening. It was a strong turnout with 170 cars on hand for Ryan Thurnherr Memorial Night and Gianni Mazia’s Mod Bonus Night.

The Thurnherr family added an extra $2,500 to the purse that was spread out amongst the weekly classes to honor the memory of former racer Ryan Thurnherr, who passed away in October 2018, and Paul Cambria added $500 to the winner’s share of Mod ET purse to raise the total purse for the evening to over $8,000.

There were two division championships left to be decided on the final night of points as Lucas Salemi had clinched the Bikes & Sleds title while DJ Raiser had already sewn up the Street championship. Jan Winkowski of Cheektowaga, N.Y. held a 30 point lead in Mallare Trucking Top ET over the team of Paul Cochi and Jeff Sobczysnki. Reid Ricketson of Darien Center, N.Y. led twin brother Ryan by 30 points for the Gianni Mazia’s Mod title.

While neither driver advanced to the final of their respective classes on the final night of the regular season, they were able to maintain their advantages in the standings. Winkowski clinched his first career track championship in his 31 years of racing. He has been behind the wheel of his “Lunatic Fringe” Chevrolet Nova for all of those 31 seasons. Ricketson scored his second Mod ET title in three years after winning his first in 2017.

Class winners on Friday night included Ann Marie Nugent of West Seneca, N.Y. in Mallare Trucking Top ET. Nugent became the first repeat winner of 2019 in Top ET after 11 different winners. Joe Passero of Stevensville, Ontario bookended the season in Top 8 Eliminator as he won on opening night in May, and then won on Friday to close the regular season.

Frank Klaskov of Lackawanna, N.Y. scored his first win of the year in McGard Mod. In Hebeler’s Sales Bikes & Sleds, Ron Dean of Williamson, N.Y. earned his first win of the season. Tim Markle of Hilton, N.Y. was victorious in Tread City Tire Street ET. Russell Morris advanced to the final in both Mod and Street, but lost on both occasions.

While the regular season comes to a close there are two drag racing events remaining in 2019 at NYIRP. Saturday, October 5 will be Unfinished Business: 10.5” W Outlaws Invitational Shootout featuring the popular Buffalo Street Outlaws and street racers from across the Northeast plus Lancaster’s weekly drag racing classes. Gates will open at 9 a.m. with time trials beginning at 11 a.m.

The drag racing season will conclude on Saturday, October 19 with the inaugural Autumn Classic Box/No-Box Shootout. Both the Box and No-Box winners will take home $2,000 based on a field of 75 cars. There will also be a Street class for cars that run slower than eight seconds. Pit gates will open at 9 a.m. with time trials starting at 10 a.m.

The 2019 Lancaster Dragway @ NYIRP Awards Banquet and Wall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be Friday, December 6 at the Variety Club Banquet Hall on Broadway in Lancaster.

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

Mallare Trucking Top ET

Winner: Ann Marie Nugent (W. Seneca, N.Y.) 1985 Chevrolet Camaro .506 5.70 5.734 seconds, 119.32 mph

Runner-up: Robert Bauer III (Elma, N.Y.) 1965 Chevrolet Nova .546 6.20 6.203 seconds, 109.46 mph

Top 8 Eliminator

Winner: Joe Passero (Stevensville, Ontario) Rear Engine Dragster .514 4.71 4.709 seconds, 145.65 mph

Runner-up: Rich Yacos (Cambria, N.Y.) Rear Engine Dragster .516 4.69 4.675 seconds, 147.58 mph

Gianni Mazia’s Mod ET

Winner: Frank Klaskov (Lackawanna, N.Y.) 1962 Dodge Dart .538 7.281 seconds, 93.34 mph

Runner-up: Russell Morris (Alden, N.Y.) 1987 Oldsmobile Cutlass .436 FOUL

Hebeler’s Sales Bikes & Sleds

Winner: Ron Dean (Williamson, N.Y.) 1997 Ski-Doo .586 6.28 6.310 seconds, 108.16 mph

Runner-up: Dave Lawrence (Cheektowaga, N.Y.) 1977 Kawasaki .494 FOUL

Tread City Tire Street ET

Winner: Tim Markle (Hilton, N.Y.) 1989 Pontiac Firebird .610 9.34 9.366 seconds, 75.03 mph

Runner-up: Russell Morris (Alden, N.Y.) 1966 Dodge Gury III .576 8.59 8.571 seconds, 78.39 mph

SALEMI & RAISER CLINCH NYIRP TRACK TITLES

SALEMI & RAISER CLINCH NYIRP TRACK TITLES

LANCASTER, N.Y. (September 13, 2019) – Lancaster Dragway @ New York International Raceway Park held a special Thursday night race for its IHRA Drag Racing program this week to make room on the schedule for U.S. Open weekend for the Stock Cars. This next to last points race of the season was a crucial one for drivers challenging for their respective class championships.

Two drivers clinched 2019 Lancaster Dragway @ NYIRP track titles on Friday. Lucas Salemi of Clarence Center, N.Y. secured the Hebeler’s Sales Bikes & Sleds track championship. It is his second career championship after winning his first in 2015. Donny “DJ” Raiser clinched the Tread City Tire Street track title. It is the third championship for Lancaster Dragway Wall of Famer and his first in 24 years. Raiser won the Pro ET championship back in 1994 & 95. Salemi and Raiser join Jr. Dragster champ PJ Marston as the first track champions crowned this season.

Thursday night winners included Tom Coonly of Blasdell, N.Y. in Mallare Trucking Top ET. Wayne Cleveland of Williamsville, N.Y. was victorious in Top 8 Eliminator. In Gianna Mazia’s Mod ET, Clay Ricketson of East Aurora, N.Y. grabbed his first win of 2019. Mike Peters of Angola, N.Y. picked up his fifth win of the season in Hebeler’s Sales Bikes & Sleds. Scott Baron earned his first career win in Tread City Tire Street.

The remaining track championships left to be decided are in Gianna Mazia’s Mod ET and Mallare Trucking Top ET. Reid Ricketson leads twin brother Ryan Ricketson by 30 points for the Mod ET title. In Top ET, Jan Winkowski is ahead of Paul Cochi by 30 points and Keith Cleveland by 50 points.

The points titles will be decided on Friday, September 27 on the final night of the regular season. That night will also be the rescheduled Ryan Thurnherr Memorial with an extra $2,500 donated to the purse thanks to the Thurnherr family. Gianna Mazia’s Mod will have even more money to chase because it is their bonus bucks night with an extra $500 to the winner courtesy of Paul Cambria.

Lancaster Dragway will be open for Tuesday Test & Tune and Wednesday Cruise Night this coming week, but the facility will be quiet next weekend (Setpember 20 & 21) as our teams head to Keystone Raceway Park near Pittsburgh for the IHRA Team Finals.

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

Mallare Trucking Top ET

Winner: Tom Coonly (Blasdell, N.Y.) 1975 Chevrolet Nova .512 6.30 6.300 seconds, 104.92 mph

Runner-up: Bill Balser, Jr., (W. Seneca, N.Y.) 1972 Plymouth Duster .538 6.03 6.049 seconds, 111.95 mph

Top 8 Eliminator

Winner: Wayne Cleveland (Williamsville, N.Y.) 1923 Ford T-Bucket .508 5.68 5.702 seconds, 115.41 mph

Runner-up: Mike Swinarski (Orchard Park, N.Y.) 2002 Chevrolet Camaro .585 5.200 seconds, 132.40 mph

Gianni Mazia’s Mod ET

Winner: Clay Ricketson (E. Aurora, N.Y.) 1974 Dodge Dart .509 7.204 seconds, 93.96 mph

Runner-up: Mike Hickey (Batavia, N.Y.) 1972 Plymouth Duster .533 6.78 6.749 seconds, 98.96 mph

Hebeler’s Sales Bikes & Sleds

Winner: Mike Peters (Angola, N.Y.) 1980 Kawasaki .517 5.49 5.511 seconds, 122.96 mph

Runner-up: Lucas Salemi (Clarence Center, N.Y.) .563 6.46 6.438 seconds, 100.04 mph

Tread City Tire Street ET

Winner: Scott Baron (Lackawanna, N.Y.) 2003 Subaru Legacy .567 11.26 seconds, 63.28 mph

Runner-up: Tim Markle (Hilton, N.Y.) 1989 Pontiac Firebird .595 9.36 9.364 seconds, 74.87 mph

FRIDAY NIGHT DRAGS RAINED OUT FOR SEPTEMBER 6

FRIDAY NIGHT DRAGS RAINED OUT FOR SEPTEMBER 6

Late afternoon thunderstorms forced New York International Raceway Park officials to cancel IHRA Drag Racing for Friday, September 6.

The Ryan Thurnherr Memorial Night and Gianni Mazia’s Mod ET Bonus Night will be rescheduled for a later date. Racing resumes at Lancaster Dragway with a special Thursday night show on September 12 for VIP Night.

There is no drag racing on Friday, September 13 due to the start of U.S. Open weekend for the Stock Car program.

PUGLIA BREAKS TRACK RECORD & WINS PRO MOD/DRAGSTER SHOOTOUT

PUGLIA BREAKS TRACK RECORD & WINS PRO MOD/DRAGSTER SHOOTOUT

LANCASTER, N.Y. (August 31, 2019) – Vic Puglia of Amherst, N.Y. reset the Lancaster Dragway record books while en route to winning  the Supercharged Bounty Hunter Pro Modified vs. Dragster Shootout on Friday night at New York International Raceway Park. Puglia set a new track for fastest run by a Top Dragster with an elapsed time of 3.92 seconds at 186.89 mph.

Weekly IHRA Drag Racing winners included Mike Mallare of Tonawanda, N.Y. in Mallare Trucking Top ET. Bill Bigham of Niagara Falls scores his third win in Top 8 Eliminator. Brittany Balser of Cheektowaga, N.Y. earned her first career win in Gianna Mazia’s Mod. In Hebeler’s Sales Bikes & Sleds, Mike Peters of Angola, N.Y. picked up his fourth win of 2019. Mark Santucci II of Lancaster won Tread City Tire Street.

The Supercharged Bounty Hunters put a unique twist on their final appearance of 2019 at Lancaster as four top Pro Modifieds from the region went up against four of the best rear engine dragsters. Early in the event Vig Puglia blistered the track record for fastest pass by a Top Dragster with a sub 4-second run at nearly 200 mph.

Puglia advanced to the finals where he went up against Jack Grainy’s Pro Modified Camaro. Grainy got off the starting line first, but Puglia cruised past him in another run of less than four seconds to win the Pro Mod/Dragster Shootout.

Former multi-time winner Frank Malvaso had a scary crash during the second round qualifying when his car hooked left just past the 60’ mark. The car collided with the wall on the opposite of the track, which knocked it on its side. Malvaso’s car spun around on its side before landing back on all four wheels. Malvaso walked away without any major injuries.

Bill Bigham attempted to do the Top 8/Mallare Truck Top ET double on Friday night. Bigham picked up his third win of the season Top 8 when his opponent, Ray Agro, Jr., red lighted in the final round. He was then inserted into the Top ET bracket where he went the distance to the finals again. This time, however, it was Bigham leaving the line too soon, which gave Mike Mallare the victory in Top ET.

In Gianni Mazia’s Mod, Brittany Balser scored her first career win in the class. Balser went up against multi-time track champion Andy Mikula in the final round of Mod. Both cars broke out with Balser running closer to her dial-in to score the victory.

Mike Peters and Lucas Salemi met for third time this season in the finals of Hebeler’s Sales Bikes & SledS. The duo had already combined for eight wins in the class this season before squaring off on Friday night. Salemi tripped the red light to give Peters his fourth win of 2019, and his first head-to-head final round win over Salemi.

In Tread City Tire Street, Mark Santucci II picked up his first win of the season as he defeated Deanna Winkowski in the finals. Winkowski had over a three second head start, but Santucci caught her at top end for the win.

The first week of September is a busy one for Lancaster Dragway. This Tuesday is the 30th annual Race of Champions that is open to all 2019 race winners and any former track champions. Friday, September 6 is Ryan Thurnerr Memorial Night with extra money in all classes from the Thurnherr family to honor the memory of Ryan who passed away last October. It is also the rescheduled Gianni Mazia’s Mod bonus night with an extra $500 up for grabs courtesy of Paul Cambria.

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

Supercharged Bounty Hunter – Pro Mod vs. Dragster Shootout

Winner: Vic Puglia (Amherst, N.Y.) 2002 RE Dragster .494 3.931 seconds, 186.64mph

Runner-up: Jack Grainy (Basom, N.Y.) 1968 Chevrolet Camaro .478 4.386 seconds, 139.73 mph

Mallare Trucking Top ET

Winner: Mike Mallare (Tonawanda, N.Y.) 1927 Ford .525 5.25 6.566 seconds, 70.84 mph

Runner-up: Bill Bigham (Niagara Falls, N.Y.) 1923 Ford T-Bucket .493 FOUL

Top 8 Eliminator

Winner: Bill Bigham (Niagara Falls, N.Y.) 1923 Ford T-Bucket .533 5.69 5.710 seconds, 117.48 mph

Runner-up: Ray Agro, Jr. (Cheektowaga, N.Y.) 1932 Bantam .484 FOUL

Gianni Mazia’s Mod ET

Winner: Brittany Balser (Cheektowaga, N.Y.) 1964 Plymouth Belvedere .515 6.72 6.718 seconds, 99.37 mph

Runner-up: Andy Mikula (Lancaster, N.Y.) 1998 Pontiac Firebird .553 6.62 6.617 seconds, 98.03 mph

Hebeler’s Sales Bikes & Sleds

Winner: Mike Peters (Angola, N.Y.) 1980 Kawsaki .572 5.50 5.541 seconds, 124.69 mph

Runner-up: Lucas Salemi (Clarence Center, N.Y.) Arctic Cat .479 FOUL

Tread City Tire Street ET

Winner: Mark Santucci II (Lancaster, N.Y.) 1980 Ford Thunderbird .546 8.61 8.652 seconds, 76.79 mph

Runner-up: Deanna Winkowski (Depew, N.Y.) 2001 Saturn .681 11.84 11.874 seconds, 58.87 mph