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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LANCASTER ADDS MIDWEST COMPACT TOURING SERIES DATE TO 2018 SCHEDULE

LANCASTER ADDS MIDWEST COMPACT TOURING SERIES DATE TO 2018 SCHEDULE

LANCASTER, N.Y. (December 27, 2017) – Lancaster National Speedway has added the Midwest Compact Touring Series (MCTS), a traveling 4-Cylinder series, to its 2018 schedule as part of the X-Press Signs Stock Car Series event on Saturday, August 11.

The Midwest Compact Touring Series is mostly comprised of teams from Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan that compete in races across nine different states. The MCTS schedule is broken into three geographical regions with Lancaster’s race falling into the East region, however, the August 11 event at LNS will be the only MCTS race scheduled that day to allow teams from across the entire series to compete.

Adding even more anticipation to the event is the fact that the race will be run on LNS’s “Big Track” (½-mile oval) instead of the usual “Inner Oval” normally utilized by the Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinder Division. Lancaster’s own 4-Cylinder division teams will be allowed to participate, as long as they conform to the MCTS’s car and safety rules.

Several Lancaster National Speedway 4-Cylinder drivers competed in the MCTS event at Lake Erie Speedway last season with Dave Brunka and Dave Milbrand, Jr. both finishing inside the top ten. LNS Pit Steward Jamie Woods finished seventh in that race as well.

Fans attending the August 11 show will now be treated to the Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders, Sunoco Sportsman, Midwest Compact Touring Series plus a 50-lap Advance Auto Parts Street Stock feature.

“We have been in touch with the MCTS for awhile now and we were finally able to put together an agreement for them to join us,” said Tim Packman, Track President. “Our own Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders have been asking to run the big track for years and here is their chance to do so, as long as they conform to the MCTS rules and safety requirements.

“From a track standpoint, we have an opportunity to bring in something new for our fans and give the 4-Cylinders a chance to run two races in one night – on two different tracks. We will have the Sunoco Sportsman and still feature our exciting Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks as the marquee event with their long-distance race that night.”

During the off-season, LNS officials talked with various other series wanting to take part in the 2018 season. Dates lined up with the MCTS and then the safety requirements and rules were discussed.

“When we first started talking to our own teams, they were quick to say they would like to come up to the Buffalo area and run at Lancaster Speedway,” said Andy Jach, MCTS Promoter. “Once we found a date that would work for all us, the safety aspect of our cars was the first thing we discussed with us racing on the big track.

“We had a good showing of Lancaster and WNY 4-Cylinders when we ran at Lake Erie last year. We’re hoping for that same response when we come to Lancaster for the first time in August.”

Adult admission for the August 11 event will be $15. This is a slight $2 increase from a regular Saturday program with the added value of the MCTS race and the extended Street Stock feature.

Any 4-Cylinder teams interested in running the MCTS event on August 11 should review the safety rules located on their website – http://www.midwestcompacts.com/rules.html

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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:

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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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ANDY JANKOWIAK LEADS WIRE-TO-WIRE FOR U.S. OPEN 125 VICTORY

ANDY JANKOWIAK LEADS WIRE-TO-WIRE FOR U.S. OPEN 125 VICTORY

LANCASTER, N.Y. (September 24, 2017) – Andy Jankowiak of Tonawanda, N.Y. captured the U.S. Open 125 Race of Champions Modified Series event on Sunday afternoon at Lancaster National Speedway. Jankowiak started on the pole and lead 124 of 125 laps for his first U.S. Open Modified victory and his seventh U.S. Open win overall.

“Total team effort today,” said Jankowiak, “we went out and practiced and we were fast right out of the box.” “I gotta thank my crew, I killed them today with mounting tires. We all came together as a team.”

Jankowiak was joined on the front row by Tommy Catalano to lead the 23-car field to the initial green flag. A total of 25 cars signed in at the start of the day before Tony Hanbury and Eric Beers were forced to withdraw from the event. Beers had drawn the outside pole position for the feature, but a broken rocker arm took him out of competition.

The first half of the race was dominated by Jankowiak and Catalano as the pair pulled away from the pack during a run of 66 green flag laps without a caution. Daryl Lewis, Jr., Daren Scherer and Mike Leaty settled into the rest of the top five slots.

By the halfway point of a race Jankowiak was catching a pack of lapped cars that included former U.S. Open winners Matt Hirschman and Chuck Hossfeld. Hirschman had started 11th and was leading the group of cars that were hanging on to the tail end of the lead lap. Hossfeld time trialed third fastest overall, but a mechanical problem kept him from running his heat race and he had to start at the rear of the field.

The caution flag came on lap 66 just before Jankowiak was going to put Hossfeld a lap down. Bobby Holmes spun in turn 2 to bring out the first yellow flag of the race.

This led to the entire field coming down pit road to change a tire and make adjustments. Jankowiak’s crew got him back out on the track in the lead. The big winners were Hossfeld and Hirschman as they followed Jankowiak out of the pits to move into second and third place respectively.

Hirschman eventually moved into second after a restart on lap 79 and he and Jankowiak pulled away from the field as the went into the later stages. Jankowiak then started to pull away from Hirschman as the race went past lap 100.

A couple of late cautions put the end of the race in doubt for a just little longer. The first caution came on lap 121 for a spin by Jack Ely on the frontstretch. Patrick Emerling then spun out in turn four on lap 123 to set up a green-white-checkered run to the finish.

Jankowiak would not be denied as he held on to earn his first win in the U.S. Open 125. The win gives him seven career U.S. Open victories, which ties Chuck Hossfeld for most overall wins. Jankowiak also joins Karl Hehr and Todd Hoddick as the only drivers to win U.S. Open features in three different divisions.

In victory lane, Jankowiak dedicated the win to the memory of Ted Christopher. He had a piece of duct tape in his car with the phrase “Be Ted” written on it as inspiration. “I just wanted to win this for Teddy, I don’t even think he liked me,” said Jankowiak. “It’s been an emotional time for Modified racing and just what Teddy meant to racing. I always ride around and I always try to save my tires, but TC never did that. I went out and led every single lap because that’s what TC would’ve done.”

Hirschman cruised to his second place finish in his first Modified start at Lancaster this season. Mike Leaty finished third and he gained ground on teammate Emerling for the RoC Modified Series championship. Scott Wylie and George Skora III rounded out the top five.

Dave Heitzhaus of Strykersville, N.Y. won the 30-lap Race of Champions Late Model Series feature. Heitzhaus inherited the lead on lap 14 after Ron Nurmi and Bobby Weber tangled in turn two while racing for the top spot. He then held off a late race challenge from Terry Weldy to score his second-straight U.S. Open Late Model win.

Nurmi was making his final Late Model start before hanging up his helmet in retirement. The three-time track champion started on the pole and led the first 14 laps, but he got caught up in a couple incidents to finish ninth.

Rich Sharpe of Lancaster dominated the 35-lap Advance Auto Parts Street Stock feature for his tenth win of the season. Sharpe took the lead from Mark Hoch on lap 8 and never looked back as he cruised his way to a second-straight U.S. Open victory.

A long green flag run during the second half of the race combined unseasonably hot temperatures made the race a war of attrition for several drivers. Brian Hoffman finished second followed by Andy Cryan, Garrett Cleversley and Jarrod Brown.

The conclusion of the 29th annual U.S. Open brings the X-Press Signs Stock Car Series season to a close for Lancaster National Speedway. The next event will be the annual Season Awards Banquet on Saturday, November 11.

RESULTS

RACE OF CHAMPIONS MODIFIED SERIES

Fast Qualifier: Matt Hirschman (17.077 seconds)

Heat Winners: Patrick Emerling, Matt Hirschman, Bobby Holmes

U.S. Open 125 Finish: ANDY JANKOWIAK, Matt Hirschman, Mike Leaty, Scott Wylie, George Skora III, Tyler Rypkema, Chuck Hossfeld, Daryl Lewis, Jr., Austin Kochenash, Tommy Catalano, Cam Barber, Bryan Sherwood, Daren Scherer, Jack Ely, Patrick Emerling, Amy Catalano, Bobby Holmes, John Barber, Matthew Galko, Karl Hehr, Danny Knoll, Jr., Jake Rought, Chris Ridsdale DNS: Eric Beers, Tony Hanbur

RACE OF CHAMPIONS LATE MODEL SERIES

Heat Winners: Dave Heitzhaus, Eldon King III

Feature: DAVE HEITZHAUS, Terry Weldy, Dave Rigan, Sam Fullone, Tommy Catalno, Frank Batista, Jr., Jeff Ruddy, John Julicher, Ron Nurmi, Ron Richter, Bobby Weber, Nick Crassi, Eldon King III DNS: Dave Russell

ADVANCE AUTO PARTS STREET STOCKS

Heat Winners: Eric Brown, Andy Cryan, Rich Sharpe, Brian Hoffman

Feature: RICH SHARPE, Brian Hoffman, Andy Cryan, Garrett Cleversley, Jarrod Brown, Mark Hoch, TJ Cochrane, Ken Maltby, Dave Wilson, Tim Welshans, Dave Vona, Craig Orr, Rich Pocobello, Matt Druar, Frank Prell, Scott Gleed, Steve DeCapua, Keith Flanigan, Tommy Wentland, Gino Pinto, Rick Meyers, John Carlson, Lou Carbone, Tommy Reese, Dylan Carbone, Nik Welshans, Eric Brown DNS: Jason Deiter

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