LANCASTER ANNOUNCES DATE FOR 2018 RACER REGISTRATION

LANCASTER ANNOUNCES DATE FOR 2018 RACER REGISTRATION

LANCASTER, N.Y. (December 28, 2017) – It has often been said that it is sometimes better to be lucky than good in racing. With that in mind, Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway is going with a big dose of luck by holding Racer Registration on St. Patrick’s Day – Saturday, March 17.

Registration will be held at the same place as last year, Magruder’s Pub on Broadway in Depew, but this year it will be on a Saturday starting at 3 p.m. Car owners, drivers and crew members can register car numbers and memberships for the year. Forms will be available online in late January for anyone to download, print and fill out.

As discussed during the recent Stock Car meetings, all reserved pit pads for oval track teams are $100 each and there MUST be a registered car for that pad. Teams that had pit pads last year get first dibs on their pad(s) from last year, as long as there is registered car and car number to go with the respective pad.There will be no more renting a pad in someone’s name.

Deadline to renew Pit Pad rentals is March 17. Any unclaimed pads will be available after that date for a 2018 season rental.

There is no price or policy change for Dragway teams from last year in regards to pit spots. There will NOT be a price increase in registration fees for the Stock Car or Dragway teams, as well.

“The annual Racer’s Registration is a great way to kick off the season and everyone to get together” said Tim Packman, Track President. “After the winter, the temps begin to warm up and teams start getting antsy to go racing.

“By doing it on a Saturday this year, it will give people more time to get there and not be rushed after work on a Friday night. With it being St. Patrick’s Day, we’ll get everything wrapped up early afternoon freeing everyone up for the evening.

“This date was also chosen to give teams time to get back their tax returns and/or pay down their holiday Christmas debts before investing in the 2018 racing season.”

The 2018 Stock Car season kicks off on Saturday, April 21 with the Queen City Clash and the Dragway season on Friday, May 4 for the first night of IHRA points.

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2018 DRAG RACING & STOCK CAR SCHEDULES ANNOUNCED

2018 DRAG RACING & STOCK CAR SCHEDULES ANNOUNCED

LANCASTER, N.Y. (December 15, 2017) – While race teams, fans and partners are looking for the perfect gift to give their loved ones this holiday season, Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway is giving their own gift to its racing family.

The 2018 Franco’s Pizza Friday Night IHRA Drag Racing and X-Press Signs Stock Car Series track schedules have finally come together and are ready for release.

Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway will begin its 59th consecutive season of operation on Saturday, April 21 at 2 p.m. featuring the annual Queen City Clash for the Stock Cars. The Dragway season opener is Friday, April 27 with tech inspection and time trials.

In 2017, the ISMA Supermodifieds, Niagara Swap Meet and Car Show and Monster Trucks were the big additions to the schedule. For the upcoming season, fans and race teams can count on all of them taking place again plus traditional shows, such as, four Race of Champions Modified races, the Nitro Night of Fire, Street Outlaws and the 30th Anniversary for the U.S. Open. There are still some minor additions looking to be added once the final plans and negotiations are completed.

“Putting out the schedule now gives race teams the information they need to obtain partners for 2018,” said Tim Packman, Track President. “It also allows our fans in the stands to make their plans for the upcoming season. We have been building upon what was started in 2015 and plan on moving forward and upward next year, as well.

“In putting on the larger shows last year, we learned a lot of things we can improve on for this year. We’re going to try some different things with our advertising to get even more people to come to our track to enjoy the fun.”

In addition to the regular Stock Car divisions of Sportsman, Street Stocks and 4 Cylinders; Lancaster will have four visits each from the Race of Champions Modifieds, Late Models and Super Stocks. The NYPA TQ Midgets are racing at Lancaster five times in 2018.

The 2018 season at Lancaster National Speedway will culminate the weekend of September 21-23 with the 30th running of its signature stock car event, the U.S. Open. Since it was started in 1989, the U.S. Open has become a prestigious event for racers in the region and the biggest party of the year for race fans.

The Dragway will have the Top, Mod, Street and Bikes/Sleds Classes competing on a regular basis. Lancaster’s weekly drag racers will once again earn IHRA points and be eligible to qualify for the Summit Team Finals in September. Drivers that earn a spot for the Summit Team Finals can also compete for the $200,000 IHRA World Championship during the IHRA World Finals at Memphis, Tennessee in October.

There will be five visits by the Buffalo Street Outlaws with some TNT Hot Rods, Supercharged Bounty Hunters, Jet Funny Cars, Top Fuel and Alcohol Burning Funny car events, as well.

Test n Tune will be back on Tuesday nights, including Jr. Dragsters, starting May 15. The popular Wednesday Cruise Nights will take place starting May 2 through mid September. Cruise Night will have the same rules and policies in effect as 2017.

“The main thing we want to do is provide a quality show for the fans’ entertainment dollar,” Packman said. “We are not going to raise the regular back and front gate prices. We are going to have a $2 increase for an adult ticket to the three regular season RoC Modified shows.

“One policy change for the fans is, after numerous complaints the past two years, there will be NO SMOKING of any kind in the main grandstands. Cigarettes, cigars and vaping will be allowed behind the main grandstands in two designated areas and also in the Midway near the Beer Stand.

The unofficial start to the season will take place with Racer Registration in March, date to be announced soon.

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2018 SEASON MAX PASSES NOW AVAILABLE FOR HOLIDAY SHOPPING SEASON

2018 SEASON MAX PASSES NOW AVAILABLE FOR HOLIDAY SHOPPING SEASON

LANCASTER, N.Y. (November 27, 2018) – What better way to say “You are awesome” to someone than gifting them an entire season of racing than a 2018 Max Pass to Lancaster National Speedway and/or Dragway for the holidays.

The track is offering something even Santa’s workshop can’t create with a Dragway Max Pass and a Speedway Max Pass for dedicated Lancaster fans. Each person who purchases a Max Pass will save a season’s total of $46 off the regular front gate admission for the eligible nights. Not all events are included in either pass, see forms for details.

“We weren’t able to offer this up last year during the Christmas season because of some final scheduling,” said Tim Packman, Track President. “So, this year we made it a point to get them out in time for folks to make Christmas mornings even better for some.

“People who do take advantage of this now will save $46 if they were to come to every Friday night or Saturday night event, or $92 if they came to both. In addition to the savings, it’s nice to have that Max Pass in your pocket as you head to the Front Gate knowing your entrance ticket is already paid.”

All that’s needed is to download and print the form off our website, send it to the PO Box and we will send you a numbered Gift Certificate to print and present for Christmas. Forms must be received by December 22 to ensure delivery of certificate for Christmas. Any time after April 14, the recipient can present the certificate at the track office to receive the actual Max Pass.

As an extra incentive to purchase early, the first 25 Dragway Max Pass and 25 Speedway Max Pass purchases will receive a free track T-shirt.

Be a super Santa this year… give the gift of speed…with a Max Pass.

Click the links below to download Max Pass order forms:

2018 STOCK CAR MAX PASS

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TRACK CHAMPIONS HONORED AT SEASON AWARDS BANQUETS

TRACK CHAMPIONS HONORED AT SEASON AWARDS BANQUETS

LANCASTER, N.Y. (November 12, 2017) – Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway celebrated the 2017 season for both the Franco’s Pizza IHRA Drag Racing program and X-Press Signs Stock Car Series this past weekend during the annual Season Awards Banquets, held at the Variety Club Banquet Hall in Lancaster.

Lancaster National Dragway’s track champions were honored on Friday evening. Leading the list of Franco’s Pizza IHRA Drag Racing track champs was Dale Eckert in Mallare Enterprises Top ET. It was Eckert’s first Top title after winning ten championships in Mod ET.

The McGard Mod ET championship went to Reid Ricketson this year for his first Lancaster title. Mike Peters repeated as Hebeler’s Sales Bikes & Sleds track champion thanks to four wins in 2017. Mason Fix won the Tread City Tire Street track title for a second year in a row as well. The Junior Dragster champion was also honored as Zac Vitez won the title as part of the Advance Auto Parts Tuesday Night Drag Racing program.

Bill Balser, Jr. was given the Sportsman of the Year Award. The Balser family also won the Alex Friesen Spirit of Racing Award, which goes to individuals that not only compete hard on the track, but also have a good time with their fellow competitors after the races end.

Sandy Boczar was honored with the “Team Libby” Award for her efforts in raising funds for Lancaster’s drag racers that attended the IHRA Team Finals. Boczar heads up the weekly 50/50 ticket sales at the track and also collects bottles and cans to help earn money for Team Lancaster. The “Team Libby” Award is named in honor of Libby Gaymon, who recently passed away after battling cancer. She was the wife of racer Zell Gaymon.

The champions of Lancaster National Speedway’s X-Press Signs Stock Car Series were honored during Stock Car Awards Banquet on Saturday evening. Shawn Nye was crowned champion of the Sunoco Sportsman division. Nye captured his first two Sportsman feature wins the season while en route to the title.

Rich Sharpe collected his second career Advance Auto Parts Street Stock championship following a dominating season that saw him win ten features. Sharpe had the title locked up with two races remaining in the 2017 season.

The Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinder track champion was Bobby Woch. Woch posted three wins and a top five finish in all 13 regular season races this season to win his second career track championship.

Super Stock racer and former track official “Jazzy” Jeff Whalen was honored with the Tommy Druar Contribution to Racing Award. Whalen started a campaign to help raise funds for Lancaster’s Safety Crew to purchase two state-of-the-art fire extinguishing systems. Former racer Rich Warden was given the Alex Friesen Spirit of Racing Award. Warden was forced to retire from racing in 1990s after he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, but that has not has diminished his dedication and love for the sports of racing. Warden continues to attend the races on a weekly basis as a fan and is involved with the Friends of Auto Racing (FOAR Score) Fan Club. Lancaster’s ADA seating deck is named “Rich’s Roost” in his honor.

Preparations for the 2018 racing season have already begun. Drag Racing and Stock Car teams have already met with track officials to discuss rules for next season, and the schedules for both programs are close to being finalized. Opening day for the Stock Cars will be Saturday, April 21. The complete schedules are expected to be announced sometime in December. The Race of Champions Modified Series will have once again have four races at Lancaster next season. The ISMA Supermodifieds will return on Saturday, June 2.

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Dragway Track Champions Crowned

Dragway Track Champions Crowned

LANCASTER, N.Y. (October 1, 2017) – Lancaster National Dragway’s 2017 season came to an end on Friday after the final Franco’s Pizza IHRA Drag Racing event of the year was rained out. With the schedule now in the books that means the 2017 drag racing track champions have been decided, and they will be honored at the Season Awards Banquet on Friday, November 10.

Dale Eckert captured his first career Mallare Enterprises Top ET championship following a run of 10 titles in 11 years while competing in Mod ET. Eckert edged Jan Winkowski by just ten points to lock up the title.

Reid Ricketson became just the third different driver in 12 year to win the McGard Mod ET championship. Ricketson and teammate Ray Thurston IV combined to win two races in 2017 to help clinch the track title one week before the season ended.

In Hebeler’s Sales Bikes and Sleds, Mike Peters won his second-straight track championship. Peters won three out of the first four races of the season and then won the final race of the year to edge fellow four-time race winner Lucas Salemi for the title. He has won the Bikes & Sleds championships in three out of the last four years.

Mason Fix repeated as track champion in Tread City Tire Street ET. Fix won the final two races of the year to help propel him ahead of Eddie Semlitsch for the Street crown.

In the Tuesday night Junior Dragster program, Zac Vitez won his second track championship in three year. Bob Kollander won the Tuesday night Senior Nostalgia track championship.

All of the Franco’s Pizza IHRA Drag Racing champions will be saluted during the Season Awards Banquet on Friday, November 10 at the Variety Club Banquet Hall.

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MASULLO, SOBCZYSNKI, RICKETSON, PETERS & FIX TAKE THURSDAY NIGHT WINS

MASULLO, SOBCZYSNKI, RICKETSON, PETERS & FIX TAKE THURSDAY NIGHT WINS

LANCASTER, N.Y. (September 22, 2017) – Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway held a Thursday night show for the Franco’s Pizza IHRA Drag Racing program as a special opening act for U.S. Open weekend. Thank You Thursday was also special treat for fans as they were able to catch the next-to-last drag race of the 2017 season for just $5.

In Top 8 Eliminator, Joe Masullo of Buffalo scored his first win of the season while denying Brian Hitchcock his third-straight Top 8 victory. Masullo took advantage of a breakout by Hitchcock to score the win.

Jeff Sobczysnki of Depew, N.Y. picked up the win in Mallare Enterprises Top ET over class points leader Dale Eckert. Eckert handed Sobczysnki his first Top win of the season by breaking out by just .02 seconds. He now holds a slim 10 point lead over Jan Winkowski going into the final race of the season.

In McGard Mod ET, Clay Ricketson of E. Aurora, N.Y. grabbed his second victory of the year. Ricketson defeated Jeff Kerl in the final round. Ricketson’s brother, Reid Ricketson, clinched the 2017 McGard Mod track championship as he extended his points lead to 90 with one race to go.

Mike Peters of Angola, N.Y. was victorious for the fourth time this season in Hebeler’s Sales Bikes & Sleds. Peters rode past the sled of Rob Brandel in the finals to earn the win. He holds a 50 point lead over Lucas Salemi going into next Friday’s Season Championship Night.

Mason Fix of Amherst, N.Y. scored his second-straight win in Tread City Tire Street to extend his points lead in the class. Fix went head-to-head with Lancaster National Dragway Wall of Famer DJ Raiser in the final round, but Raiser red lighted the race away. Fix leads Eddie Semlitsch by 40 points in the race for the Street ET title.

Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway would like to congratulate the racers and officials that represented the facility last weekend at the IHRA Division 3 Summit Team Finals at Pittsburgh Raceway Park in New Alexandria, PA. Team Lancaster won the Best Team Spirit Award for showing their home track pride and Dale Eckert won in Mod Eliminator.

The 2017 season comes to an end next Friday, September 30 on Season Championship Night. The TNT Hot Rod Series joins the four weekly classes as we crown our track champions. Time trials start at 5 p.m.

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

Top 8 Eliminator
Winner: Joe Masullo (Buffalo, N.Y.) Rear Engine Dragster .516 5.04 5.052 seconds, 136.35 mph
Runner-up: Brian Hitchcock (Amherst, N.Y.) Rear Engine Dragster .509 5.20 5.189 seconds, 131.58 mph

Mallare Enterprises Top ET
Winner: Jeff Sobczynski (Depew, N.Y.) 1967 Chevrolet Camaro .510 7.00 7.016 seconds, 104.41 mph
Runner-up: Dale Eckert (S. Wales, N.Y.) 1969 Chevrolet Camaro .553 7.14 7.124 seconds, 93.36 mph

McGard Mod ET
Winner: Clay Ricketson (E. Aurora, N.Y.) 1974 Dodge Dart .520 7.37 7.401 seconds, 91.45 mph
Runner-up: Jeff Kerl (Cheektowaga, N.Y.) 1968 Chevrolet Camaro .586 6.53 6.505 seconds, 101.99

Hebeler’s Sales Bikes & Sleds
Winner: Mike Peters (Angola, N.Y.) 1980 Kawasaki .530 5.61 5.647 seconds, 114.19 mph
Runner-up: Rob Brandel (Williamsville, N.Y.) 2003 Arctic Cat .560 6.33 6.487 seconds, 94.31 mph

Tread City Tire Street ET
Winner: Mason Fix (Amherst, N.Y.) 1966 Pontiac Fury III .555 9.62 9.545 seconds, 71.54 mph
Runner-up: DJ Raiser (Lancaster, N.Y.) 2015 Dodge Hellcat .328 FOUL

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