LANCASTER, N.Y. (August 18, 2019) – Lancaster Speedway @ New York International Raceway Park hosted one of its crown jewels of the stock car season on Saturday night with the 30th running of the Tommy Druar/Tony Jankowiak Memorial 110 for the Race of Champions Modified Series.
A total of 24 Modifieds took the green flag for the 110 lap feature with Chuck Hossfeld and Karl Hehr leading the field. Eric Beers swiftly moved from the third starting position to take the lead from Hossfeld down the backstretch on the opening lap.
The race was halted on lap 6 when Hehr’s car got loose coming out of turn four and made heavy impact with the Thermal Foam blocks, retaining wall and catch fence before rolling over.
Lancaster’s Safety Crew was quick to respond where they able to establish communication with the driver before gently putting the car back on its wheels. Hehr was able to climb from his car and walked to the ambulance where he received further evaluation.
The damage to the catch fence combined with track’s curfew forced officials to postpone the remainder of the event until Friday, September 13 at 8 p.m. The final 104 laps of the Tommy/Tony 110 will be completed as a kickoff to the 31st annual U.S. Open weekend.
Beers was scored as the leader of the race when it was red flagged followed by Hossfeld, Patrick Emerling, Daren Scherer and Daryl Lewis, Jr.
In other action on Saturday, Joe Mancuso of Buffalo won the 37-lap Race of Champions Super Stock feature in honor of Tommy Druar and Tony Jankowiak. Mancuso led all 37 laps from the pole for his first RoC Super Stock win of the season. He was followed closely throughout most of the race by Tommy Krawczyk, Tommy Barron and Andy Cryan. That trio followed Mancuso across the finish line with TJ Cochrane rounding out the top five.
In the Street Stocks, Brian Hoffman of S. Wales, N.Y. led all 25 laps of the feature from the pole position. Hoffman and Rich Sharpe started on the front row after the pair had a spirited heat race earlier in the night that saw Sharpe get the win.
The roles were reversed for the feature as Hoffman had to hold off Sharpe for the entire race. The pair made contact down the backstretch following a restart on lap 14, but Hoffman was able to shake it off.
While Hoffman was the first car across the finish line he was penalized all points and money for a post-race technical infraction. Sharpe finished second followed by Mike Scott, Tommy Wentland and Nik Welshans.
In the NYPA TQ Midgets, Bobby Holmes of Lockport, N.Y. led all 20 laps of the feature claim his first win of the season. Holmes, driving for car owner Charlie DiRosa, survived about a half dozen restarts to secure the victory.
A mid race incident put Dave Wollaber on Holmes’s back bumper for the final 10 laps of the race. The pair of drivers, who were teammates at one point in their respective careers, battled right to the finish with Holmes coming out on top. Wollaber placed second followed by Brandon Zavarella, Erik Musto and Vinny Christiano III.
Stock car racing returns to Lancaster this Saturday, August 24, with the third annual Ken Heckler Tribute “51” for the Street Stocks. The Street Stocks will do battle in their longest race of the year that pays tribute to a gentle giant in the “Hurricane” Ken Heckler. The Race of Champions Sportsman Modifieds, 4-Cylinders and NYPA TQ Midgets will also be in action. Racing starts at 6:30 p.m.
RACE OF CHAMPIONS MODIFIED SERIES
Fast Qualifier: Mike Leaty – 17.123 seconds
Heat Winners: Chuck Hossfeld, Mike Leaty, Amy Catalano
Feature: Race postponed until September 13 after six laps due to catch fence damage
RACE OF CHAMPIONS SUPER STOCKS
Heat Winners: Joe Mancuso, Tommy Barron
Feature: JOE MANCUSO, Tommy Krawczyk, Tommy Barron, Andy Cryan, TJ Cochrane, Zach Willis, Travis Montgomery, Joel Gleason, Rob Pocobello, Don Adamczyk, Dale Lazzaro, Dave Bailey, Ron Richter, Vern Hedderick, Ryan Lagoda, Chuck Anderson
Heat Winners:Lou Carbone, Mike Scott, Ken Maltby, Rich Sharpe
Feature: BRIAN HOFFMAN, Rich Sharpe, Mike Scott, Tommy Wentland, Nik Welshans, Lou Carbone, Chris Powers, Mark Hoch, Mike Dalfonso, Ken Maltby, Jerry Kosmowski, Tim Garlock, Scott Chaplin, Jim Dauer, Ed Culliton, Dave Whittaker, Wes Labar, Michele Russo, Scott Soos, Mike Rogers, Josh Schosek, Rick Meyers, Garrett Cleversley, Max Northem, Dylan Carbone, Tim Welshans, Frank Prell
NYPA TQ MIDGETS
Heat Winners: Andy Jankowiak, Dave Wollaber
Feature: BOBBY HOLMES, Dave Wollaber, Brandon Zavarella, Erik Musto, Vinny Christiano III, Andy Jankowiak, Vinny Christiano, Jr., Arik McGruder, Jim Fleischman, Pat Smith, Jim Musto, Cameron Ruggiero, Kevin Wilson, Tony Patrea, Greg Urban, Andy Nye, Tim Ruggiero, AJ Hessler, Kyle Hutchinson, Ryan Lagoda DNS: Chad Haywood
LANCASTER, N.Y. (August 10, 2019) – Lancaster Speedway & Dragway @ New York International Raceway Park (NYIRP) starts the homestretch run of the 2019 season next weekend with a twin-bill of exciting motorsports events.
The action starts Friday night, August 16, as Mallare Trucking presents Truck Night at Lancaster Dragway. Come see trucks of all sizes race down the 1/8-mile drag strip.
It is your only opportunity to see dump trucks and semi trucks drag race side-by-side in special $750-to-win classes.. Halleen’s Automotive and Truck Accessories is also sponsoring a Street Truck class for anyone to race their pick-up truck.
There is also a full night of IHRA Drag Racing with Mallare Trucking Top ET, Top 8 Eliminator, Gianni Mazia’s Mod, Hebeler’s Sales Bikes & Sleds and Tread City Tire Street. Anyone with a CDL license will receive a special admission discount at the front gate. Time trials start at 5 p.m.
The following night, Saturday, August 17, is the 30th annual Tommy Druar/Tony Jankowiak Memorial Modified 110 for the Race of Champions Modified Series. The groundpounders return to the home of Modified racing in Western New York for one of the most prestigious races of the season.
Defending race winner, Andy Jankowiak, leads Chuck Hossfeld by 52 points in the RoC Modified Series standings with just four races to go in their season. They’ll be joined by fellow Modified stars Eric Beers, Mike Leaty, Patrick Emerling, Daryl Lewis, Jr., George Skora III and more. This event brings out the best of the “Mod Squad” as they battle it out for 110 laps. Teams will also be on their toes as they will have to pull off a lightning fast pit stop when their drivers comes in for a tire change during the race.
The Tommy/Tony 110 pays tribute to two of its fallen heroes, Modified drivers Tommy Druar and Tony Jankowiak, who were taken from us in two separate racing incidents less than a year apart. The 110-lap distance is based on the combination of the car numbers of Druar (No. 37) and Jankowiak (No 73).
The Race of Champions Super Stocks, Street Stocks and NYPA TQ Midgets will also be in action. Front gates will open at 4 p.m. on Saturday with racing beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Check out www.lancasternationalspeedway.com or the Lancaster Speedway & Dragway social media channels for more information on both events.
LANCASTER, N.Y. (July 21, 2019) – Chuck Hossfeld of Ransomville, N.Y. captured the 25-lap Race of Champions Sportsman Modified Series event as part of Autograph Night at Lancaster Speedway @ New York International Raceway Park on Saturday.
In supporting action, Terry Weldy of Clarence, N.Y. won the Race of Champions Late Model feature. Rich Sharpe of Lancaster captured the Street Stock feature. Dave Brunka of Cheektowaga, N.Y. won the 4-Cylinder feature. Dave Wollaber of Ransomville, N.Y. won the NYPA TQ Midget feature.
The front row of the RoC Sportsman Series feature included a pair of drivers from Eden, N.Y. as George Skora III and Mike Fiebelkorn, Jr. led the field of 23 cars to the opening green flag. Skora grabbed the lead while Chuck Hossfeld came from the third starting spot to move into second place. Two laps later Hossfeld got by Skora to take the lead.
The race was slowed by a trio of cautions during laps 7-8. The front of the field saw a major shakeup with the second of these incidents. Skora slowed up on the outside line and eventually hooked nerf bars with Fiebelkorn. Daryl Lewis, Jr. received damage in the chaos and collided with Erick Ruffell. Tony Carbone was also involved.
This moved Shawn Nye into second place followed by Joe Evans, John Barber, Eddie Hawkins and Andy Jankowiak.
The rest of the race ran off caution free as Hossfeld and Nye distanced themselves from the rest of the field. Hossfeld held off Nye in the closing laps to secure the victory. Nye finished second followed by Barber, Hawkins and Jimmy Zacharias.
Terry Weldy captured his first career Late Model feature win on Saturday at Lancaster in the RoC Late Model Series 30-lap feature. Weldy took over the lead following a lap 2 restart when he drove under race leader Sam Fullone. Fullone had slid up on the restart to possibly block Bobby Weber, Weldy used that as an opportunity to get by Fullone.
Weldy and Weber dominated the majority of the race as they opened up a sizable advantage over the field. The pair of late race cautions shook things up. Dave Whittaker spun out on lap 21 to bring out the first caution after a 19-lap run. Weber and Eldon King III tangled in turn two, two laps later.
This set up the final run to the finish for Weldy, who drove away for the final seven laps to score his first career Late Model win. Frank Batista, Jr. finished in second place. Fullone, Weber and King rounded out the top five.
Rich Sharpe led all 25 laps of the Street Stock feature to capture his first win of the season. The first 15 laps of the race went caution free. Ken Maltby and Nik Welshans were chasing Sharpe through lapped traffic when Maltby was slowed by a lapped car. Welshans ran into the back of Maltby to spin him out while Mike Scott spun to avoid them.
This moved Brian Hoffman to second place followed by Mark Hoch, Mike Dalfonso and Tommy Wentland. Hoffman challenged Sharpe for the lead when the race went back to green, but Sharpe pulled away in the closing laps. Sharpe picked up the win followed by Mark Hoch, Wentland, Chris Powers and Dalfonso.
Dave Brunka and Kenny Hejna battled for the win in the 4-Cylinder feature. Hejna attempted to get a run alongside Brunka late in the race, but lapped traffic made it difficult for him to make a pass. Brunka held on to score the victory over Hejna, Dan Dressel, Charles Palmer and Chris Pennell.
Dave Wollaber passed Bobby Holmes with five laps to go to win the 20-lap NYPA TQ Midget feature. Holmes passed Chad Haywood for the lead on lap 6. Wollaber moved into second place five laps later. He then got a run to the inside of Holmes down the back straightaway to take the lead.
The engine expired in Holmes’s car shortly after this to set up a battle between Wollaber and Kyle Hutchinson to decide the race. Hutchinson challenged Wollaber all the way to the finish, but could not overtake him. Wollaber scored the victory followed by Hutchinson, Andy Jankowiak, Erik Musto and Andy Nye.
Stock car racing continues at Lancaster Speedway @ NYIRP on Saturday, August 17 with the 30th annual Tommy Druar/Tony Jankowiak Memorial Modified 110 for the Race of Champions Modified Series.
RACE OF CHAMPIONS SPORTSMAN MODIFIED SERIES
Heat Winners: Chuck Hossfeld, George Skora III, Shawn Nye
Feature: CHUCK HOSSFELD, Shawn Nye, John Barber, Eddie Hawkins, Jimmy Zacharias, Mike Fiebelkorn, Jr., Neal Dietz, Jr., Andy Jankowiak, Andy Lewis, Joe Evans, Bobby Weber, Mark Pennell, Jeff Szafraniec, Tim Gullo, Leo Becker, Cassie Logsdon, Bob Wilson, Jr., Jayme Thompson, Daryl Lewis, Jr., Tony Carbone, Erick Ruffell, George Skora III, Bobby Hanel DNS: Dave Kozlowski
RACE OF CHAMPIONS LATE MODEL SERIES
Heat Winners: Terry Weldy, Eldon King III
Feature: TERRY WELDY, Frank Batista, Jr., Sam Fullone, Bobby Weber, Eldon King III, Dave Whittaker, Ron Richter, Dave Heitzhaus, Dave Rigan, Joe Brainard
Heat Winners: Nik Welshans, Ken Maltby, Rich Sharpe
Feature: RICH SHARPE, Mark Hoch, Tommy Wentland, Chris Powers, Mike Dalfonso, Lou Carbone, Max Northem, Garrett Cleversley, Tim Garlock, Mike Scott, Mike Rogers, Ken Maltby, Nik Welshans, Jerry Kosmowski, Jim Dauer, Michele Russo, Wes LeBar, Brian Hoffman, Scott Chaplin, Scott Soos, Frank Prell, Glenn Absolom
Heat Winners: Dave Brunka, Chris Pennell
Feature: DAVE BRUNKA, Kenny Hejna, Dan Dressel, Charles Palmer, Jr., Chris Pennell, Andy Danielwicz, Josh Schosek, Dave Evans, Kyle Casper, Casey Pew, Mason Offhaus, Justin Vallone, Braden Suffoletta, Mike Long DNS: Tommy Hughes, Anton Anderson
NYPA TQ MIDGETS
Heat Winners: AJ Hessler, Bobby Holmes
Feature: DAVE WOLLABER, Kyle Hutchinson, Andy Jankowiak, Erik Musto, Andy Nye, Brandon Zavarella, AJ Hessler, Vinny Christiano, Jr., Vinny Christiano III, Ted Jones, Kevin Wilson, Chad Haywood, Tony Patrea, Arik McGruder, Cameron Ruggiero, Jim Musto, Tim Ruggiero, Bobby Holmes, Ryan Lagoda DNS: Mark Schulz
LANCASTER, N.Y. (July 11, 2019) – New York International Raceway Park (NYIRP) and Race of Champions (RoC) officials have postponed the 4th Annual Joe Reilly Crown Royal Classic 54 for the Race of Champions Asphalt Sportsman Modified Series scheduled for Thursday evening due to the threat of severe weather.
The Joe Reilly Crown Royal Classic will now be part of the 31st annual U.S. Open weekend on Saturday, September 14.
The next stock car event for Lancaster Speedway @ NYIRP will be Saturday, July 20 with Autograph Night. The RoC Sportsman Modified Series and RoC Late Model Series will co-headline the show, featuring an on-track autograph session during intermission. The Street Stocks, 4-Cylinders and NYPA TQ Midgets will also be in action. Gates will open at 4 p.m. with racing starting at 6:15 p.m.
Lancaster Dragway @ NYIRP hosts the Supercharged Bounty Hunters and a full card of IHRA Drag Racing tomorrow night (Friday, July 12). It’s the 716 vs. 585 as four Buffalo-based supercharged doorslammers take on four invaders from Rochester. Time trials start at 5 p.m.
LANCASTER, N.Y. (June 28, 2019) – A near capacity crowd welcomed the 60th consecutive year of stock car racing at Lancaster Speedway @ New York International Raceway Park on Thursday night as Andy Jankowiak of Tonawanda, N.Y. won the 5th annual Ol’ Boy Cup 60 Bill Colton Memorial race for the Race of Champions Modified Series.
The event was the first stock car race held under the New York International Raceway Park (NYIRP) ownership group, which purchased the facility in late April. NYIRP has partnered with the management and staff of the Race of Champions to put on a six-race schedule of stock car races in 2019.
In additional action, Tim Welshans of West Falls, N.Y. earned his first career Street Stock victory at Lancaster. Josh Schosek of Hamburg, N.Y. captured his first ever win at Lancaster in the 4-Cylinders. In the NYPA TQ Midgets, Kyle Hutchinson of East Aurora, N.Y won the 20-lap feature.
A total of 25 RoC Modifieds were on hand for the first of three visits by the series this season at Lancaster. Timmy Catalano and Daryl Lewis, Jr. were scheduled to lead the field to the opening green flag. Things did not go as planned for Lewis, however, as he pulled out of line just as the field came out of turn four to take the green. He stopped on the track to put the start of the race on hold.
This moved Scott Wylie to the front row for the second attempt to start the race. Wylie capitalized on this as he grabbed the lead from Catalano when the race got under way. Eric Beers eventually settled into second followed by Patrick Emerling, Catalano and Chuck Hossfeld.
Emerling, a former Ol’ Boy Cup winner, wasted little time as he moved from his seventh starting position to take over second from Beers on lap 6. The race continued just past the halfway point without another caution as Wylie and Emerling pulled out to a slight advantage over the field.
Jankowiak started 10th after winning his heat race. He passed Hossfeld for third on lap 14, but was over a second behind the leaders at this point. Jankowiak made up the ground, and was challenging Emerling for second right before the caution came out on lap 31 for a spin by Jake Rought.
The race took a dramatic turn following a restart on lap 34. Wylie and Emerling were racing for the lead in turn two when the pair made contact. Wylie suffered a damaged left front wheel, and lost control of the car. A few cars were caught up in the chaos the ensued. Daryl Lewis, Jr. hit a Thermal Foam block protecting an infield light pole, but was able to drive away. Jack Ely suffered the worst damaged, which ended his night. Wylie’s night was also done after leading the first 34 laps.
Emerling lost momentum when he made contact with Wylie and slipped back to second place. Jankowiak was scored as the leader when the race restarted followed by Emerling, Catalano, Hossfeld and Beers.
Catalano got past Emerling for second on the restart. This allowed Jankowiak to pull away as the pair battled for position. He looked to be on cruise control to an easy victory when a pair of yellow flags on lap 48 bunched the field up one more time.
Emerling regained second on the restart, and then went after Jankowiak to try and take the lead. He hounded Jankowiak throughout the final 10 laps, looking to make an inside move. While Emerling looked to have the stronger car, Jankowiak did a masterful job of not relinquishing the inside line.
Jankowiak held on to capture the Ol’ Boy Cup V for his fourth career RoC Modified win at Lancaster. He has won four of the last ten RoC races at Lancaster dating back to the start of the 2017 season.
While he has done a lot of traveling to other tracks up and down the East Coast this season, Jankowiak was happy to be back in victory lane at the track he grew up at. “It is fun going in the truck to Riverhead, Bowman Gray and Seekonk, but this is home, and I’m glad so many fans came out to support this race tonight at Lancaster,” said Jankowiak.
Emerling had to settle for second followed by Hossfeld, Catalano and Beers. The RoC Modifieds return to Lancaster on August 17 for the 30th annual Tommy Druar/Tony Jankowiak Memorial 110.
Front row starters Mark Hoch and Tim Welshans battled for the duration of the 30-lap Street Stock feature. Hoch led the opening seven laps from the pole while followed closely by Welshans. There was one caution during the race. It came on lap 7 when Ken Maltby and Rich Sharpe got together off of turn two.
Welshans took advantage of the restart to take the lead from Hoch. He then held off Hoch for the final 22 laps, without a caution, to capture his first ever Street Stock win at Lancaster. Hoch finished second followed by Nik Welshans, Max Northem and Tommy Wentland. A total of 23 Street Stocks were on hand.
The 4-Cylinder 20-lap feature had several caution periods, but also had some intense battles for the lead throughout. Former track champion, Dan Dressel, grabbed the initial lead from the pole position. He led until lap 3 when Dave Brunka and Jacob Gustafson got by him.
Josh Schosek started ninth in the 19-car field, but passed Gustafson for second by lap 5. He got by Brunka for the lead just two laps later.
Gustafson landed back in second to battle Schosek for a second time. The young driver from Webster, N.Y. used the outside line to challenge Schosek for the lead. Gustafson managed to take the lead on lap 13, but could only hold it for three laps.
Schosek took the lead back for good on lap 16, and he survived two restarts with less than three laps to go to capture his first win at Lancaster. Gustafson finished second followed by Jason Anasiewicz, Dressel and Brunka.
Kyle Hutchinson dominated the NYPA TQ Midgets feature as he led all 20 laps from the pole. He faced a couple challenges from eventual runner up Dave Wollaber. Andy Nye finished in third. Andy Jankowiak started last, and made his way up to fourth by race’s end. Erik Musto rounded out the top five.
The next stock car event at Lancaster Speedway @ NYIRP is Thursday, July 11 with the Joe Reilly Tribute 54 for the RoC Sportsman Series. The Street Stocks, 4-Cylinders and NYPA TQ Midgets will be back in action as well.
RACE OF CHAMPIONS MODIFIED SERIES
Fast Qualifier: Mike Leaty – 17.232
Heat Winners: Eric Beers, Andy Jankowiak, Tommy Catalano
Ol’ Boy Cup V Finish: ANDY JANKOWIAK, Patrick Emerling, Chuck Hossfeld, Tommy Catalano, Eric Beers, Amy Catalano, Daren Scherer, Daryl Lewis, Jr., Owen Bednasz, John Barber, Chris Ridsdale, Dan Majchrzak, Austin Beers, Mike Leaty, Jake Rought, Bobby Weber, Timmy Catalano, Alan Bookmiller, Chris Finocchario, Scott Wylie, Jack Ely, Karl Hehr, Kevin Miller, George Skora III, Danny Knoll, Jr.
Heat Winners: Tim Welshans, Tommy Wentland, Max Northem
Feature: TIM WELSHANS, Mark Hoch, Nik Welshans, Max Northem, Tommy Wentland, Mike Scott, Tom Northem, Chris Powers, Rich Sharpe, Mike Dalfonso, Ken Maltby, Lou Carbone, Jerry Kosmowski, Tim Garlock, Frank Prell, Chris Handley, Rich Carnes, Mike Rogers, Wes Lebar, Jim Dauer, Scott Chaplin, Michele Russo DNS: Scott Soos
Heat Winners: Kevin Bainbridge, Jacob Gustafson
Feature: JOSH SCHOSEK, Jacob Gustafson, Jason Anasiewicz, Dan Dressel, David Brunka, Kevin Bainbridge, Dave Milbrand, Jr., Andy Danielwicz, Dave Evans, Robert Palmer, Casey Pew, Mason Offhaus, Kyle Casper, Charles Palmer, Ross Bulger, Jr., Chris Pennell, Tommy Hughes, Bob Bogner, Jimmy Pierce
NYPA TQ MIDGETS
Heat Winners Bobby Holmes, Kyle Hutchinson
Feature: KYLE HUTCHINSON, Dave Wollaber, Andy Nye, Andy Jankowiak, Erik Musto, Bobby Holmes, AJ Hessler, Brandon Zavarella, Vinny Christiano, Jr., Vinny Christiano III, Arik McGruder, Tony Patrea, Ted Jones, Chad Haywood, Pat Smith, Sean McNamara, Cameron Ruggiero, Chester Haywood, Jim Musto, Mark Schulz, Kevin Wilson, Tim Ruggerio