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NYIRP SALUTES 2019 CHAMPIONS & WALL OF FAME INDUCTEES AT AWARDS BANQUET

NYIRP SALUTES 2019 CHAMPIONS & WALL OF FAME INDUCTEES AT AWARDS BANQUET

LANCASTER, N.Y. (December 7, 2019) – Lancaster Dragway @ New York International Raceway Park (NYIRP) honored the efforts its competitors and teams during the 2019 season on Friday night during the annual awards banquet. 

The Variety Club Banquet Hall in Lancaster was the venue for the sold out affair that recognized track champions, award winners and the induction of the 2019 class of the Lancaster Dragway Wall of Fame.

Topping the list of 2019 track champions was Mallare Trucking Top ET champion Jan Winkowski of Cheektowaga, N.Y. WInkowski has piloted his “Lunatic Fringe” Chevrolet Nova 31 seasons at Lancaster, but never won a title until this season.

Reid Ricketson of Darien Center, N.Y. claimed his second Gianna Mazia’s Mod ET track title out of the last three seasons. Ricketson piled up four class wins while en route to the championship.

In Hebeler’s Sales Bikes & Sleds, Lucas Salemi of Amherst, N.Y. won his second career track championship. Salemi and Mike Peters battled all season long with each driver winning five times in 2019, but Salemi prevailed in the points race.

Donny “DJ” Raiser claimed his first track in 24 years by taking top honors in Tread City Tire Street. Raiser, a member of the Lancaster Dragway Wall of Fame, won three times in Street this year.

PJ Marston claimed his first ever Jr. Dragster track title in 2019 during our Tuesday Night racing program.

The fourth ever class of the Lancaster Dragway Wall of Fame was inducted during the ceremonies. Leading the 2019 class was NYIRP track owner, car builder and former racer Vito Antonicelli. Antonicelli and his wife Sylvia, along with Mike Swinarski, purchased the racing facility just weeks before the start of the 2019 racing season. 

Joining Antonicelli was racer and contributor Mike Janis. Janis got his start racing at Lancaster and has gone on to win Pro Modified World Championships in both NHRA and IHRA. He is also the owner of Jan-Cen Racing Engines and Jan-Cen Motorsports, which is located in Elma, N.Y. Jan-Cen builds engines for racers around the world.

The third member of the 2019 class was former racer and graphic designer Dan DeLaney. DeLaney competed for a number of years at Lancaster, but is best known for his artwork. Dan “The Sign Man” DeLaney has designed and hand painted graphics on numerous race cars that have competed around the country.

The final inductee into the Wall of Fame was former racer and car builder Jim Salemi. Salemi owns and operates G-Force Racing Cars, which is an industry leader in building “doorslammer” style drag racing cars. Salemi is also the father of Bikes & Sleds champion Lucas Salemi.

A few individuals were also recognized for their efforts during the 2019 season with specialty awards. Wayne Cleveland was honored as the Sportsman of the Year. Diane Frank received the Libby Gaymon Award for her support of the Bracket Finals team that traveled to Pittsburgh this past September. Top ET racer Ann Marie Nugent was given the Most Improved Driver Award. She was the only driver to rack up two wins in Top this season.

With the 2019 season now in the books the staff and management of NYIRP will reflect on their first season as the stewards of Lancaster Dragway & Speedway during the holiday and Christmas season, and then turn their attention to preparing for 2020. The NYIRP ownership group thanks the Western New York racing community for their support during these past months, and looks forward to continuing the tradition of racing at Lancaster.

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.