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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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)
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 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.
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.
LANCASTER, N.Y. (November 11, 2018) – Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway saluted its top performers of the 2018 season this past weekend with the annual awards banquets for the Franco’s Pizza IHRA Drag Racing program and the X-Press Signs Stock Car Series.
The celebration of the Dragway season was held on Friday night at the Variety Club Banquet Hall in Lancaster. Dale Eckert of South Wales, N.Y. was crowned champ in Top ET for the second-straight year. Eckert now has 12 track championships over the last 13 seasons. In McGard Mod ET, Jeff Kerl of Cheektowaga, N.Y. claimed fourth career class championship, and first since 2009. Mike Peters of Angola, N.Y. took top honors in Hebeler’s Sales Bikes & Sleds for the third year in a row. Mason Fix of Amherst, N.Y., was honored as Tread City Tire Street ET champion as he also was a “three-peat” champion.
Drag Champs: Mike Peters, Mason Fix & Jeff Kerl
The Sportsman of the Year award went to competitor Dave Texido for his efforts behind the scenes at Lancaster Dragway. The second annual Libby Gayman Award went to Ann-Marie Nugent in honor of her support of Team Lancaster at the IHRA Summit Team Finals.
As an added bonus to what was already a special evening, the 2018 class of the Lancaster National Dragway Wall of Fame were also inducted. Inductees included former track champion and IHRA National Event winner Mike Swinarski, racer and major supporter of Sunday Nostalgia Weekend Dick Collins and former racer and accomplished chassis builder John Torrelli. Former track employee Mac Myers was inducted posthumously, his son and current LNS&D Director of Safety Mike Myers accepted on his behalf.
The Speedway banquet was held the following night at the Buffalo Pizza & Tap Room. Leading the list of 2018 track champions was Owen Bednasz of Lakeview, N.Y. who claimed his first career VP Racing Fuels Sportsman title. Bednasz’s championship season was highlighted by his feature win on July 14 and top ten finishes in all nine regular season Sportsman races.
Andy Cryan of Buffalo was the 2018 Advance Auto Parts Street Stock champion thanks to a nine-win season in the division. Cryan paid tribute to the late John Julicher, Sr. in his acceptance speech for the support and mentoring he gave Cryan during the final years of his life.
Dan Dressel of Amherst, N.Y. clinched the 2018 Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinder championship with four wins this past season. He recorded top ten finishes in all 14 4-Cylinder features in 2018.
Street Stock driver Mike Dalfonso received the 2018 Alex Friesen Spirit of Racing Award. Dalfonso continues to improve in the competitive Street Stock division, but is also willing to lend a hand to his fellow competitors when needed. Lancaster National Speedway lead tech inspector Dave Johnson was honored with the Tommy Druar Contribution to Racing Award. In his three years on the job, Johnson has tirelessly sought to improve the tech inspection process, worked on rules changes and used his own money to acquire new tech tools for his staff.
Both programs had their largest banquet gatherings in several years with over 150 guests at each event. Following the Stock Car banquet on Saturday, Program Director Todd Hannon assured those in attendance that racing will continue at Lancaster in 2019.
LANCASTER, N.Y. (October 19, 2018) – It’s that time of year when Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway racers put away the fire suits and helmets and get out the suits and ties or dresses for the annual Season Awards Banquets.
The Lancaster National Dragway banquet will be held Friday, November 9 at the Variety Club Banquet Hall at 6114 Broadway in Lancaster. Pre-dinner cocktails will begin at 6 p.m. followed by dinner, awards and dancing. The 2018 Franco’s Pizza IHRA Drag champions and top point finishers will be recognized, plus the 2018 class for the Lancaster National Drag Wall of Fame will be inducted. The 2018 Wall of Fame class includes John Torrelli, Mike Swinarski, Dick Collins and Mac Myers.
Tickets are $50 for adults and $20 for kids under 18. Junior Dragster points members will receive free entry. CLICK HERE for the Dragway Banquet ticket order form. All ticket orders should be sent to Sharon Hughes by November 2.
The Lancaster National Speedway awards banquet will be held the following night, Saturday, November 10, at the Buffalo Pizza & Ale House & Banquet Room at 603 Dingens St. in Buffalo. Cocktails start at 6 p.m. followed by dinner and the awards ceremony. A live DJ will provide music for dancing following the awards. Tickets are $38 for adults and $20 for kids 17 and under. Banquet tickets include admission to the live music playing at the bar next to the banquet room. Attendees can also receive 50% off rooms at the adjoining Best Western hotel. Rooms can be booked by calling the hotel at 716-240-9161.
Stock Car banquet ticket order forms can be found by CLICKING HERE. Orders must be sent to Todd Hannon by November 3.