Pit Notes 8-18-18

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CRYAN HONORS FALLEN CHAMPION JULICHER WITH KEN HECKLER TRIBUTE 51 WIN

CRYAN HONORS FALLEN CHAMPION JULICHER WITH KEN HECKLER TRIBUTE 51 WIN

LANCASTER, N.Y. (August 11, 2018) – Andy Cryan’s eighth Advance Auto Parts Street Stock win of the season might have been his most meaningful as he captured the 2nd annual Ken Heckler Tribute 51 on Saturday night at Lancaster National Speedway.

The win by Cryan came just two days after the passing of nine-time Late Model track champion, John Julicher. Julicher had been a mentor to Cryan during the past couple seasons, and his son, Brad Julicher, serves as Cryan’s crew chief. Cryan runs the #09 and sports a paintscheme that is similar to Julicher’s Late Models as a tribute the winningest Late Model driver in track history.

Cryan lined up ninth in the 22-car field for the Ken Heckler Tribute 51 lap race. The event pays tribute to former racer and track official, Ken Heckler, who passed away suddenly in 2017. Garrett Cleversley and Bob Palmer started on the front row. Cleversley grabbed the early lead followed by Tim Welshans, Mike Dalfonso and Tommy Wentland.

Welshans took the lead from Cleverlsey on lap 3 and Dalfonso followed him into second place. Dalfonso took the top spot from Welshans eight laps later just before the yellow flag waved after Ken Camidge’s engine expired in turn four. The race restarted with Dalfonso leading Dave Vona, Welshans, Tommy Wentland, and Nik Welshans.

The trio of Dalfonso, Vona and Wentland pulled away from the field until lap 25 when the yellow flag was displayed again. This caution period was for the mandatory field inversion. A random draw between 2-12 decided how many cars would be inverted. The Heckler family drew the number 12 for the inversion, which meant the leader was dropped to 12th place, and the 12th place car moved to first.

Chris Powers became the leader of the race following the inversion followed by Jarrod Brown, Jerome Hruby, Tim Welshans and Mark Hoch. Powers jumped out to the lead following the restart with Brown and Welshans battling for second. Tim Welshans took the lead from Powers on lap 28 with his brother, Nik, following him into second place. Nik Welshans grabbed the lead from his brother just one lap later.

Cryan restarted eighth following the inversion after making his way up to fifth before the mandatory caution. The invert forced Cryan to start his trek to the front of the field all over again with the same amount of laps he would have for a normal Saturday night feature. Cryan quickly made his way to second place by lap 30. Three laps later he was able to pass Welshans to take the lead.

Tim Welshans night came to an end on lap 39 when he tangled with Rich Sharpe and Tommy Wentland on the front straightaway. Welshans hit in the inside retaining wall to take him out of competition. The final caution period of the race happened on lap 43 when polesitter Cleversley plowed into the Thermal Foam blocks in turn two.

The race restarted with Cryan leading Nik Welshans, Brian Hoffman, Wentland and Mark Hoch. Hoffman was making his second Lancaster start of the season after winning in his season debut on July 14. He quickly dispatched of Welshans after the final restart of the night to move into second place with seven laps to go.

Hoffman tried to hang with Cryan at the front of the field, but he lost sight of the leader in the closing laps. Cryan cruised to his eighth Street Stock win of the season. He was joined in victory lane by the Julicher family and friends.

Hoffman finished second followed by Nik Welshans, Sharpe and Wentland. Sharpe came back through the field late in the race after pitting following the incident on lap 32 with Tim Welshans. Hoch, Vona, Hruby, Powers and Jay Canonico rounded out the top ten.

In additional X-Press Signs Stock Car Series action, George Skora III of Eden, N.Y. won the 35-lap VP Racing Fuels Sportsman feature. Skora passed Jayme Thompson for the lead on lap five of the event. He then held off division points leader Owen Bednasz in the closing lap to score his first win of the season.

The victory serves as a tune up for Skora as he looks to defend his Tommy Druar/Tony Jankowiak Memorial 110 title next week against the rest of the Race of Champions Modified Series field. Skora scored his first career RoC Series in last year’s Tommy/Tony 110.

Bednasz finished second to maintain his lead in the point standings. Shawn Nye finished third followed by Dave Kozlowski and Leo Becker.

The Midwest Compact Series made their debut at Lancaster on Saturday on the ½-mile oval. The series based out of Ohio gave many four cylinders racer their first chance to tackle the big track after competing on the inner oval. Brian Sprague of Brookville, PA won the 25 lap feature. Sprague passed Don Rufener, Jr. for the lead on lap three, and then held off Jacob Gustafsson in the closing laps to score the win.

Jake Alrbight of Dover, OH was one of the pre-race favorites following the heats, but he developed engine issues after a lap 10 restart while running second. The restart gave Gustafsson a shot the win as he was running a straightaway behind Sprague and Albright before the caution came out.

Charles Palmer of Cheektowaga won the 25-lap Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinder for his second victory of the season. Palmer passed Andy Danielwicz for the lead on lap three and then drove away to a large lead. He was able to pull away as several drivers competed fiercely for second place on back.

Dave Brunka won out the battle to finish second. Jason Anasiewicz, Chris Pennell and Dan Dressel rounded out the top five.

Next week is one of Lancaster National Speedway’s most prestigious events of the year, the 29th annual Tommy Druar/Tony Jankowiak Memorial 110 for the Race of Champions Modified Series. The Race of Champions Super Stocks, Street Stocks and 4-Cylinders will also be in action. Racing start at 6:30 p.m.

RESULTS

VP RACING FUELS SPORTSMAN

Heat Winner: Jayme Thompson

Feature: GEORGE SKORA III, Owen Bednasz, Shawn Nye, Dave Kozlowski, Leo Becker, Tony Carbone, John Barber, Jayme Thompson, Eddie Hawkins, Mark Pennell

ADVANCE AUTO PARTS STREET STOCKS

Heat Winners: Mike Dalfonso, Tim Welshans, Andy Cryan

Ken Heckler Tribute 51 Finish: ANDY CRYAN, Brian Hoffman, Nik Welshans, Rich Sharpe, Tommy Wentland, Mark Hoch, Dave Vona, Jerome Hruby, Chris Powers, Jay Canonico, Bob Palmer, Jeff Szafraniec, Mike Rogers, Bob Blaszak, Jr., Scott Soos, Rick Meyers, Garrett Cleversley, Tim Welshans, Ted Welshans, Mike Dalfonso, Jarrod Brown, Tim Garlock, Jerry Kosmowski, Ken Camidge

ROAMING BUFFALO 4-CYLINDERS

Heat Winners: Joe Brunka, Jason Anasiewicz

Feature: CHARLES PALMER, Dave Brunka, Jason Anasiewicz, Chris Pennell, Dan Dressel, Joe Brunka, Andy Danielwicz, Dave Evans, Kevin Bainbridge, Kenny Hejna, Ryan Palmer

MIDWEST COMPACT SERIES

Heat Winners: Jake Albright, Jacob Gustafsson

Feature: BRIAN SPRAGUE, Jacob Gustafsson, Jody London, Craig Orr, Kenny Hejna, Jason Anasiewicz, Charles Palmer, Dan Rufener Jr., Kelly Lillie, Ryan Palmer, Jake Albright, Bob Bogner, Joe Brunka, Dave Brunka, Tim Durfy, Jeff Szafraniec, Josh Schosek, Dave Milbrand, Jr.

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MIKE LEATY WINS MIDWEEK MODIFIED MANIA 50

MIKE LEATY WINS MIDWEEK MODIFIED MANIA 50

LANCASTER, N.Y. (August 2, 2018) – Mike Leaty of Williamson, N.Y. won the inaugural Midweek Modified Mania 50 Race of Champions Modified Series event on Thursday night at Lancaster National Speedway. Leaty took the lead back from teammate Patrick Emerling on lap 19 to score his first win of the season.

A total of 19 Race of Champions Modified signed in for competition on Thursday with some not-so-regular names in the field. Trans Am Series driver Tony Buffomonte of Chicago, Illinois made his RoC Modified Series debut in a third car for the L2 Autosport team. The Grand Island, N.Y. native was back home trying his hand at short track racing. Super DIRTCar Modified Series driver Billy Whitaker of Central Square, N.Y. piloted a RoC Modified for Rick Kluth and 2-Kwik Racing Chassis as well.

George Skora III and Danny Knoll, Jr. lined up on the front row for the start of the 50 lap feature. Skora grabbed a hold of the lead at the start with Scott Wylie, Knoll and Daryl Lewis, Jr. lined up behind him. Leaty started sixth, and quickly charged to the front. He took over second place on lap 12, and one lap later Leaty edged Skora the start/finish line to take the lead.

The caution flag waved moments after Leaty crossed the stripe ahead of Skora for the stopped car of Andy Short. Skora was able to get the jump on Leaty on the ensuing restart and gained the lead back for two laps. Leaty came back on lap 16 to regain the lead, and brought his L2 Autosport teammate, Patrick Emerling, along with him. Leaty and Emerling took over the top two spots just the yellow flag came out again for Short.

Emerling managed to steal the lead from his teammate after the restart on lap 18, but it would be short lived. He pushed up the track in turn two, and Leaty drove underneath Emerling to take the top spot back just one lap later.

The short distance made for an exciting race as drivers had little time to waste in getting to the front. Andy Jankowiak was one driver that had his work cut out for him as he started deep in the field in 15th. Jankowiak didn’t enter the top five until the 37th circuit. By then Leaty and Emerling had checked out on the field. Luckily a late caution for Alan Bookmiller gave Jankowiak a shot at the win.

The race restarted with nine laps to go and Leaty and Emerling once again took off from the field. Jankowiak was left to battle with Skora and Chuck Hossfeld for third place in the closing laps.

Leaty crossed the finish line first ahead, just ahead of his teammate Emerling, for his first Race of Champions Modified Series win of the season. Skora narrowly edged Jankowiak to finish third for his best result of the season. Hossfeld was fast qualifier earlier in the night, but had to settle for fifth.

In other X-Press Signs Stock Car Series action, Andy Cryan of Buffalo scored his seventh win of the season in the Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks. Cryan held off Tommy Wentland for the final 15 laps of the race to secure the win. Mike Dalfonso came home in third place. Dave Vona and Ken Maltby rounded out the top five.

Dan Dressel of Clarence, N.Y. was declared the winner of the Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinder feature for his fourth win of 2018. Dressel crossed the finish line second behind Jason Anasiewicz, but Anasiewicz was disqualified in post-race inspection. Dave Brunka was credited with second place followed by Kevin Bainbridge, Chris Pennell and Charles Palmer.

Lancaster National Speedway is back in action on Saturday, August 11 for Kids Night plus the Ken Heckler Tribute 51-lap Street Stock race. The Midwest Compact Series will make their Lancaster debut as the 4-Cylinder race cars will tackle the ½-mile oval. The VP Racing Fuels Sportsman will also be in action.

RESULTS

RACE OF CHAMPIONS MODIFIED SERIES

Fast Qualifier: Chuck Hossfeld – 16.906 seconds

Heat Winners: Mike Leaty, Chuck Hossfeld, George Skora III

Midweek Modified Mania 50 Finish: MIKE LEATY, Patrick Emerling, George Skora III, Andy Jankowiak, Chuck Hossfeld, Daren Scherer, Tommy Catalano, Daryl Lewis, Jr., Scott Wylie, Jack Ely, Tony Buffomante, Danny Knoll, Jr., Timmy Catalano, Karl Hehr, Amy Catalano, Billy Whittaker, Alan Bookmiller, Andy Short, Bill Mislin

ADVANCE AUTO PARTS STREET STOCKS

Heat Winners: Nik Welshans, Ken Maltby, Andy Cryan

Feature: ANDY CRYAN, Tommy Wentland, Mike Dalfonso, Dave Vona, Ken Maltby, Tim Welshans, Mark Hoch, Nik Welshans, Jarrod Brown, Brian Rogers, Garrett Cleversley, Chris Powers, Bob Palmer, Jeff Szafraniec, Scott Soos, Rick Meyers, Tim Garlock, Max Northem DNS: Bob Blaszak, Jr.

ROAMING BUFFALO 4-CYLINDERS

Heat Winners: Josh Schosek, Chris Pennell

Feature: DAN DRESSEL, Dave Brunka, Kevin Bainbridge, Chris Pennell, Charles Palmer, Scott Fritz, Bobby Woch, Joe Brunka, Andy Danielwicz, Josh Schosek, Bob Bogner, Dave Evans, Ryan Palmer, John Byrd, Waylon Price DNS: Kenny Hejna DQ: Jason Anasiewicz, Tim Durfy

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