WET WEATHER CANCELS FRIDAY NIGHT DRAG RACING

WET WEATHER CANCELS FRIDAY NIGHT DRAG RACING

LANCASTER, N.Y. (August 17, 2018) – Lancaster National Dragway has canceled its Franco’s Pizza Friday Night IHRA Drag Racing program for August 17. Afternoon rain showers combined with the significant threat of evening thunderstorms forced officials to pull the plug on racing for the first time in the 2018 season.

The X-Press Signs Stock Car Series event scheduled for tomorrow is still on as planned. Racing starts at 6:30 p.m. for the Tommy Druar/Tony Jankowiak Memorial 110 for the Race of Champions Modified Series.

Drag racing action continues Tuesday night with Advance Auto Parts Test & Tune, Amateur Drags, Junior Dragsters and 7.50 Index Heads-Up class. Wednesday night Grudge Racing resumes this week after a two week break as well.

Next Friday is Big Rig Night for the Franco’s Pizza IHRA Drag Racing program. We will run special drag racing classes for big rigs, dump trucks and more. Time trials start at 5 p.m.

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Pit Notes for Friday, August 17, 2018

Pit Notes for Friday, August 17, 2018

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JOE SKOK RACKS UP THREE WINS IN ONE WEEK AT LANCASTER

JOE SKOK RACKS UP THREE WINS IN ONE WEEK AT LANCASTER

LANCASTER, N.Y. (August 11, 2018) – Joe Skok of Lancaster wrapped up quite a week on Friday night at Lancaster National Dragway. Skok took the win in McGard Mod ET on Friday for his third victory and fourth final round appearance in the past six days.

Skok’s hot streak started during last weekend’s Sunday Nostalgia event where he won Comp Eliminator on both Saturday on Sunday. He then advanced to the final round of a special Tuesday night Box/No-Box Shootout, but could not get his third win in a row. Skok’s “Head Knocker” Chevrolet Nova was back in a final round during Franco’s Pizza Friday Night Drag Racing as he defeated Eddie Semlitsch in the Mod ET finals for his third class victory in six days.

Mike Swinarski of Orchard Park, N.Y. scored his second win of the year in Top 8 Eliminator and his third win overall at Lancaster in 2018. He picked up the win after Wayne Cleveland triggered the red light in the finals. Swinarski was recently named to the 2018 class of the Lancaster National Dragway Wall of Fame. He’ll be inducted during the season awards banquet in November.

In Top ET, Paul Cochi of Amherst, N.Y. earned his first win of the season after a red light by his opponent, Dale Eckert. The only final round that wasn’t decided by a red light was Hebeler’s Sales Bikes & Sleds as Vic Puglia of Tonawanda, N.Y. scored his third win of the season. Puglia beat Patrick Vaughan despite Vaughan having nearly two second head start on the starting tree.

Tim Markle was going for his third win in a row in Tread City Tire Street, but Markle also fell victim to the dreaded red light. Markle left the starting line too soon, and handed the victory to defending track champion Mason Fix.

Friday was also Alcohol Funny Car Night at Lancaster featuring a pair of match races. Vince Rastelli faced off against Chris Zagoda while John Kwasniewski’s Pol-Cal Corvette took on the “Total Insanity” Chevrolet Monza Funny Car of Chris Massarella. Fans were treated to classic big, smoky Funny Car burnouts and the floppers trekked the 1/8-mile dragstrip in around four and a half seconds.

The Franco’s Pizza Friday Night Drag Racing program is back in action this Friday night, August 17, with a full card of racing plus the Buffalo Street Outlaws and TNT Super Series. Time trials start at 5 p.m.

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

Top 8 Eliminator

Winner: Mike Swinarski (Orchard Park, N.Y.) 2002 Chevrolet Camaro .513 5.28 5.281 seconds, 130.18 mph

Runner-up: Wayne Cleveland (Williamsville, N.Y.) 1923 Ford T-Bucket .497 FOUL

Top ET

Winner: Paul Cochi (Amherst, N.Y.) 1971 Dodge Demon .580 6.36 6.332 seconds, 108.13 mph

Runner-up: Dale Eckert (S. Wales, N.Y.) 1969 Chevrolet Camaro .492 FOUL

McGard Mod ET

Winner: Joe Skok (Lancaster, N.Y.) 1967 Chevrolet Nova .542 6.90 6.928 seconds, 97.37 mph

Runner-up: Ed Semlitsch (W. Seneca, N.Y.) 1963 Chevrolet Nova II .465 FOUL

Hebeler’s Sales Bikes & Sleds

Winner: Vic Puglia (Tonawanda, N.Y.) 2005 ZX10R .542 5.53 5.625 seconds, 112.74 mph

Runner-up: Patrick Vaughan (Tonawanda, N.Y.) 1981 Kawasaki GPZ 1100 .599 7.35 7.437 seconds, 95.54 mph

Tread City Tire Street ET

Winner: Mason Fix (Amherst, N.Y.) 1966 Plymouth Fury III .506 8.70 8.638 seconds, 79.39 mph

Runner-up: Tim Markle (Hilton, N.Y.) 1984 Pontiac Firebird .478 FOUL

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Malvaso Tops Supercharged Bountyhunters Field

Malvaso Tops Supercharged Bountyhunters Field

LANCASTER, N.Y. (July 28, 2018) – Frank Malvaso of Rochester is always threat to win when he comes to Lancaster National Dragway. Malvaso’s 1933 “Rush” Willy’s has had success in a number of events in recent years, and this past Friday night Malvaso added another Lancaster win to his resume as he conquered the field of Supercharged Bountyhunters as part of Franco’s Pizza IHRA Drag Racing.

Malvaso defeated David Texido in the Supercharged Bountyhunters finals as Texido had to pedal the car down the strip to maintain traction. Malvaso ran 4.328 seconds at 169.15 mph in the 1/8-mile to pick up the win.

Dynabrade sponsored Top 8 Eliminator and Top ET on Friday to set up a special night for both classes. Jimmy Mallare of Lancaster defeated the Dynabrae-sponsored Chevrolet S-10 of Pete Maduri, Jr. to win Top 8 Eliminator. Maduri was making his first appearance at his home track since winning his first-ever NHRA National Event at the New England Nationals in Epping, N.H. on July 8. The final run was nearly a heads-up race with both drivers’ dial-ins separated but only .04 seconds. The slight advantage on the starting tree gave Mallare the margin he needed to pick up the win.

The Maduri family still had found their way to victory lane on Friday night as Pete Maduri, Sr. won Top ET in his Dynabrade Chevrolet Corvette. The elder Maduri defeated Kyle Szalchta in the Top final after Szalchta broke out.

The Buffalo Street Outlaws were also on hand to debut their new X235 class. Former track champion John McGowan of N. Tonawanda, N.Y. beat Stan Relosky in a battle of 1990s Ford Mustangs to get the inaugural class win.

In McGard Mod ET, Kale Wischman of Williamsville, N.Y. defeated Keith Banas to get his first win of 2018. Wischman denied Banas his second-straight win in Mod. Rob Brandel of Williamsville, N.Y. scored his first win of the season in Hebeler’s Sales Bikes & Sleds. Brandel drove past Pete Marston in the finals for the win.

Tim Markle of Hilton, N.Y. won Tread City Tire Street for the second week in a row. Markle upended Daniel Knab in the finals for the repeat victory.

Next weekend is one of Lancaster National Dragway’s biggest of the year with the annual Sunday Nostalgia Drags and Car Show. Sunday Nostalgia weekend kicks off on Friday night with a full card of Franco’s Pizza IHRA Drag Racing with a special Nostalgia Eliminator class open to cars from 1980 or older with no electronics.

Saturday features a full afternoon of nostalgia drag racing, including the Gasser Racing Series and the 10th annual AA Gasser Showdown. The 2018 class of the Lancaster National Dragway Wall of Fame will also be inducted on Saturday. Sunday’s action includes Nostalgia Gas and Street Eliminator classes. The Clutch Artists of Buffalo will host a car show on the infield of the stock car oval on Sunday. Gates open at 10 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday with time trials at noon and eliminations starting at 2 p.m.

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

Dynabrade Top 8 Eliminator

Winner: Jim Mallare, Jr. (Lancaster, N.Y.) 1927 Roadster .532 5.58 5.593 seconds, 122.61 mph

Runner-up: Pete Maduri, Jr. (N. Tonawanda, N.Y.) 1993 Chevrolet S-10 .531 5.54 5.565 seconds, 122.34 mph

Dynabrade Top ET

Winner: Peter Maduri, Sr. (N. Tonawanda, N.Y.) 2006 Chevrolet Corvette .533 6.50 6.519 seconds, 116.23 mph

Runner-up: Kyle Szalchta (Niagara Falls, N.Y.) 1970 Dodge Challenger .527 6.03 6.022 seconds, 113.10 mph

Supercharged Bountyhunters

Winner: Frank Malvaso (Rochester, N.Y.) 1933 Willys .576 4.328 seconds, 169.15 mph

Runner-up: Dave Texido (Grand Island, N.Y.) 1969 Pontiac Firebird .457 5.278 seconds, 91.24 mph

Buffalo Street Outlaws X235

Winner: John McGowan (N. Tonawanda, N.Y.) 1992 Ford Mustang .453 6.563 seconds, 107.94 mph

Runner-up: Stan Relosky (Lockport, N.Y.) 1993 Ford Mustang .365 6.497 seconds, 105.85 mph

McGard Mod ET

Winner: Kale Wischman (Williamsville, N.Y.) 1985 Pontiac Grand Prix .518 7.70 7.710 seconds, 87.41 mph

Runner-up: Keith Banas (Tonawanda, N.Y.) 1972 Chevrolet Chevelle .527 6.73 6.742 seconds, 95.93 mph

Hebeler’s Sales Bikes & Sleds

Winner: Rob Brandel (Williamsville, N.Y.) 2003 Arctic Cat .513 6.34 6.359 seconds, 98.29 mph

Runner-up: Pete Marston (Grand Island, N.Y.) 2002 ZR 800 .631 6.49 6.465 seconds, 96.72 mph

Tread City Tire Street ET

Winner: Tim Markle (Hilton, N.Y.) 1989 Pontiac Firebird .548 9.38 9.440 seconds, 67.78 mph

Runner-up: Dan Knab (Elma, N.Y.) 2001 Saturn .504 11.67 11.801 seconds, 60.80 mph

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Tim Packman Stepping Down as Lancaster Speedway President

Tim Packman Stepping Down as Lancaster Speedway President

LANCASTER, N.Y. (July 25, 2018) – Upon completion of a three-year agreement with the ownership group, Tim Packman will be stepping down as Track President of Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway.

Packman will complete his term and finish out the 2018 season, which concludes at the end of September, before returning to North Carolina seeking to continue his career in motorsports. The future of the award-winning motorsports facility is secure and racing will continue as it has done since 1959.

“This wasn’t an easy decision and a lot of thought and talks with Gordon Reger were held leading up to this point,” Packman said. “Lancaster is where I started my motorsports career and the past three years have been great to watch how the track has grown.

“By announcing this now, it will give the ownership group time to find the next person to lead Lancaster into even better days. It will also allow time for that person to become acclimated and see the day-to-day operations and get ready for next season now and keep it growing forward.

“I owe tons of gratitude to the ownership group for this opportunity, the stars in the cars for wanting to race at Lancaster, the partners who have invested their advertising dollars here and a big thank you goes to the fans in the stands. I especially want to thank the Drag, Stock Car, maintenance, safety and office staffs for their hard work and dedication to Lancaster.”

During the past three seasons, the ownership group has made multiple improvements to the facility and allowed for booking of larger shows like the ISMA Supermodifieds, Street Outlaws from Discovery Channel and Monster Trucks, to name a few. In addition to solidifying the Drag and Stock Car programs, the larger events also brought new fans to Lancaster.

The results have shown with increased car counts for both the Drag and Stock Car programs, attendance, Social Media presence, improvements in the track’s overall image and reputation.

Reger, CEO of Reger Holdings, the parent company of Lancaster, is committed to making sure racing continues at 57 Gunnville Rd.

“I appreciate all that Tim has been able to accomplish in the past three years,” Reger said. “I know there a lot of factors that go into keeping the track running and he did it well. We will now begin solidifying the future of Lancaster and Tim will be very involved managing all inquiries to find his successor.

“It might be a challenge to find someone to match his passion for the track and his will to see it be a successful business. But, I personally want everyone involved with the track to know racing and the traditions of Lancaster will continue.”

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ALFAQIH & DOTY SCORE BUFFALO STREET OUTLAWS WINS

ALFAQIH & DOTY SCORE BUFFALO STREET OUTLAWS WINS

LANCASTER, N.Y. (July 21, 2018) – The Buffalo Street Outlaws (BSO) and Hebeler’s Sales Bikes & Sleds class shared the spotlight on Friday at Lancaster National Dragway. The BSO crew made its third appearance of the season at Lancaster while the Bikes & Sleds had a $500 top prize up for grabs.

Moe Alfaiqh of Cheektowaga, N.Y. picked up his first BSO win of 2018 at Lancaster. Alfaqih defeated former BSO winner Rachel Jewell in the final pairing of the night. First time winner Jason Doty of Bergen, N.Y. walked away with top honors in BSO Street Limited. Doty took down top competition in the finals as he beat Jason Bezinque, who won several times at Lancaster in 2017.

In Franco’s Pizza IHRA Drag Racing action, Mike Peters of Angola, N.Y. won the $500-to-win Hebeler’s Sales Bikes & Sleds special for his second-straight victory in the class. Peters scored the victory after Drew Nearhoof triggered the red light in the final round.

Mike Nowak of Lancaster notched his third win of the season in Top 8 Eliminator. Nowak blistered 1/8-mile dragstrip in just under 5 seconds (4.987) at 138 mph to beat Scott Winkleman in the finals. Winkleman made the Top 8 final for the second week in a row, but came up on losing end once again. Veteran Dick Siepel of Kenmore, N.Y. grabbed the win in Top ET over Jimmy Mallare, Jr. It was the first win of 2018 for Siepel and his “Blind Faith” 1968 Corvette.

In Mod ET, Keith Banas of Tonawanda, N.Y. took the win in a double breakout against Charlie Tripi. Banas ran closer to his dial-in to secure the victory. Tim Markle of Hilton, N.Y. earned his second win of the season in Tread City Tire Street ET. Markle eliminated two-time and defending class champion Mason Fix in the finals to pick up the win.

This Friday, July 27, the Supercharged Bounty Hunters thunder back to Lancaster to put on tire-smoking, big engine show. It’s also Dynbrade Night for the Franco’s Pizza IHRA Drag Racing program as they will sponsor Top 8 and Top ET. Time trials start at 5 p.m.

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

Top 8 ET

Winner: Mike Nowak (Lancaster, N.Y.) 1967 Chevrolet Camaro .515 4.98 4.987 seconds, 138.81 mph

Runner-up: Scott Winkleman (Holley, N.Y.) Rear Engine Dragster .514 5.57 5.601 seconds 122.28 mph

Top ET

Winner: Dick Siepel (Kenmore, N.Y.) 1969 Chevrolet Corvette .512 5.87 5.866 seconds, 116.62 mph

Runner-up: Jimmy Mallare, Jr. (Lancaster, N.Y.) 1986 Pontiac Firebird .495 FOUL

Buffalo Street Outlaws – Street Limited (5.50 Index)

Winner: Jason Doty (Bergen, N.Y.) 1995 Ford Mustang .482 5.592 seconds, 127.54 mph

Runner-up: Jason Bezinque (Amherst, N.Y.) 2002 Chevrolet Camaro .489 5.658 seconds, 130.07 mph

McGard Mod ET

Winner: Keith Banas (Tonawanda, N.Y.) 1972 Chevrolet Chevelle .568 6.75 6.739 seconds, 100.68 mph

Runner-up: Charlie Tripi (Akron, N.Y.) 1967 Chevrolet Nova .538 7.26 7.241 seconds, 92.06 mph

Hebeler’s Sales Bikes & Sleds

Winner: Mike Peters (Angola, N.Y.) 1980 Kawasaki 1200 .626 5.65 5.643 seconds, 121.57 mph

Runner-up: Drew Nearhoof (Clarence, N.Y.) .484 FOUL

Tread City Tire Street ET

Winner: Tim Markle (Hilton, N.Y.) 1989 Pontiac Firebird .550 9.41 9.436 seconds, 72.58 mph

Runner-up: Mason Fix (Amherst, N.Y.) 1966 Plymouth Fury III .542 8.74 8.733 seconds, 77.33 mph

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