LANCASTER, N.Y. (September 30, 2019) – Lancaster Speedway @ New York International Raceway Park is proud to congratulate its 2019 track champions as part of the series of stock car events that were promoted in conjunction with the Race of Champions.
Rich Sharpe of Lancaster, N.Y. captured his third career Street Stock track championship. Sharpe won three out of the five Street Stock features, including his fifth win at the U.S. Open. Sharpe finished his season last weekend with a win at Race of Champions weekend at Lake Erie Speedway.
Nik Welshans placed second in the final standings with four top ten finishes. Chris Powers finished third after a top ten finish in all five of his starts. Tommy Wentland and Mark Hoch completed the top five in Street Stock points.
Dave Brunka of Cheektowaga, N.Y. won his first career track championship in the 4-Cylinder division. Brunka won two races, and did not finish worse than fifth in four races this season at Lancaster. He won the July 20 and August 27 features, and then clinched the title with a third place run at the U.S. Open.
Josh Schosek finished second in the 4-Cylinder standings. Schosek earned his first career win on opening night, and then won at the U.S. Open. 2018 track champion Dan Dressel finished third in points. Charles Palmer and Chris Pennell rounded out the top five.
The Friends of Auto Racing (FOAR Score) collected a points fund for the Street Stocks and 4-Cylinders through the 50/50 ticket sales. The points money will be handed out by FOAR Score this offseason on a yet to be determined date.
The New York International Raceway Park ownership group thanks all the competitors that were part of the 2019 stock car season at Lancaster Speedway.
LANCASTER, N.Y. (September 15, 2019) – Patrick Emerling of Orchard Park, N.Y. won the 31st annual U.S. Open 125 Race of Champions Modified Series event on Sunday afternoon at Lancaster Speedway @ New York International Raceway Park. It was the second career U.S. Open win for Emerling, after winning the event back in 2016.
In supporting action from the final day of the U.S. Open, Eldon King III of Freedom, N.Y. won the Race of Champions Late Model Series feature. Rich Sharpe of Lancaster won the U.S. Open Street Stock feature for the fourth-straight year, and for the fifth time in the last six years.
Andy Jankowiak and Timmy Catalano led the field of 24 Modifieds to the opening green flag of the U.S. Open 125. Jankowiak led the opening lap before giving way to Catalano. Catalano controlled the pace through the first 20 laps of the event. The yellow flag was displayed for the first time on lap 20 when Chris Ridsdale spun.
Mike Leaty started fourth after setting fast time in qualifying and winning his heat race. He moved into second behind Catalano when the race restarted on lap 27. Leaty took the lead on the following restart 11 laps later.
Catalano did not let Leaty get away without a fight, however, as he chased Leaty for 15 laps before recapturing the lead on 53. His brother, Tommy Catalano, was running third until a mechanical issue took him out contention on lap 57. The caution flag was displayed again when Catalano stopped on the race track, which set off the first round of pit stops. Catalano, Emerling, Jankowiak, Scott Wylie and Owen Bednasz were among the ten cars that decided to pit.
Leaty was handed the lead back as Catalano made his pit visit. He was joined at the front of the field by Eric Beers, Matt Hirschman, George Skora III and TJ Potrzebowski when the race restarted just after the halfway point.
The misfortune for the Catalano family continued on lap 76 when Amy Catalano stopped on the track with an issue to bring out the yellow flag again. Leaty and Skora came to the pits during this caution period, which gave the lead to Beers and moved Hirschman to second.
Hirschman, the defending and five-time U.S. Open winner, didn’t waste time on the restart as he pulled away from Beers. It looked like Hirschman could be on his way to a sixth win on lap 87 when Chuck Hossfeld and Timmy Catalano made contact in turn one to signal the final caution period of the race. Hirschman and Beers pitted at this time to try and set themselves up for about a 30-lap dash through the field.
Emerling was handed the lead when Hirschman and Beers, which were the final two cars in the field to pit. Jankowiak lined up second followed by Hossfeld, Kevin Miller and Timmy Catalano.
The race restarted with 31 laps to go, and Emerling and Jankowiak took off from the field as they turn things into a two car battle for the win. Jankowiak appeared to have the stronger car early in the stretch run as he pressed Emerling especially on the outside through turns one and two. Emerling ran that outside line to block the advances of Jankowiak.
Emerling began to pull away in the final 15 laps as Jankowiak’s car started to fade. He pulled out to over a one second advantage as Emerling worked through lapped traffic. Emerling cruised to the checkered flag for his second win in the U.S. Open 125. His victory, combined with a second place run in Friday’s Tommy Druar/Tony Jankowiak Memorial 110, has allowed Emerling to close within two points of Jankowiak for the RoC Modified Series points lead.
Jankowiak finished second after a strong showing. Leaty came home third to give his L2 Autosport team two cars in the top three. Hirschman finished fourth after his strategy to pit late did not go as well as he had hoped. He got hung up in traffic, and wasn’t able to move through the field until very late. Chuck Hossfeld finished fifth in what could be his final U.S. Open start as he has announced he will retire from driving full-time at the end of this season.
Eldon King III held off Danny Knoll, Jr. to clinch his first win RoC Late Model Series win at the U.S. Open. King took the lead from Terry Weldy on lap four, and then survived 29 lap green flag run to the finish to pick up the win. Knoll was right on King’s tail throughout most of the race, but was unable to overtake him. Weldy finished third behind King and Knoll. Dave Whittaker and Bobby Weber rounded out the top five.
Rich Sharpe continued his domination of the Street Stocks at the U.S. Open as he won for the fifth time in six years. Sharpe did have his work cut out for him, however, as he started 12th in the 24-car field.
Nik Welshans and Chris Powers led the field to green, and Welshans took the lead at the drop of the green flag. Welshans held the lead until lap 16 when Mike Scott drove between him and a lapped car down the front straightaway to take over first place.
The start of the Street Stock feature went caution free for the first 17 laps until Brian Hoffman spun out in turn two. Rain began to fall during the caution period, which caused about a 30 minute delay to dry the track.
When the rain stopped and the race resumed, Sharpe moved into second place behind Scott followed by Nik and Tim Welshans and Tommy Wentland. Debris on the track brought the yellow flag out again on lap 21. Sharpe lined up on the front row with Scott on the restart, and he took over the lead when the race went back to green.
Sharpe drove away for the final eight laps to pick up his fourth win in a row at the U.S. Open. Scott held on to finish second followed by Tim and Nik Welshans and Wentland rounding out the top five.
The U.S. Open brings an end to the 2019 Stock Car season at Lancaster Speedway. The NYIRP ownership group and the Race of Champions have already announced that they will be working together again to present a schedule of stock car events in 2020. The 32nd annual U.S. Open will take place September 11-13, 2020. The full schedule will be released in November.
RACE OF CHAMPIONS MODIFIED SERIES
Fast Qualifier: Mike Leaty – 17.041 seconds
Heat Winners: Mike Leaty, Andy Jankowiak, Patrick Emerling
U.S. Open 125 Finish: PATRICK EMERLING, Andy Jankowiak, Mike Leaty, Matt Hirschman, Chuck Hossfeld, George Skora III, Eric Beers, Timmy Catalano, Kevin Miller, Owen Bednasz, Scott Wylie, Tyler Rypkema, Daren Scherer, Amy Catalano, Dan Majchrzak, T.J. Potrzebowski, Chris Ridsdale, Austin Beers, Tommy Catalano, Daryl Lewis, Jr., Mark Tychoniewicz, Dave DiPietro, Jake Rought, Andy Lewis
RACE OF CHAMPIONS LATE MODEL SERIES
Heat Winners: Terry Weldy, Eldon King III
Finish: ELDON KING III, Danny Knoll, Jr., Terry Weldy, Dave Whittaker, Bobby Weber, Dave Heitzhaus, Tommy Catalano, Sam Fullone, Ron Richter, Jeremy Haudricourt, Frank Batista, Dave Rigan
Heat Winners: Rich Sharpe, Lou Carbone, Mike Scott
Feature: RICH SHARPE, Mike Scott, Tim Welshans, Nik Welshans, Tommy Wentland, Chris Powers, Brian Hoffman, Tyler Day, Mike Dalfonso, Lou Carbone, Jim Dauer, Frank Prell, Scott Gleed, Garrett Cleversley, Scott Chaplin, Scott Soos, Mike Rogers, Bob Palmer, Michele Russo, Max Northem, Wes Labar, Ken Maltby, Jay Canonico DNS: Dylan Carbone
LANCASTER, N.Y. (September 15, 2019) – Chuck Hossfeld of Ransomville, N.Y. won the Joe Reilly Crown Royal Classic 54 Race of Champion Sportsman Modified event on Saturday at Lancaster Speedway @ New York International Raceway Park as part of the 31st annual U.S. Open Weekend.
In additional action from U.S. Open Saturday, Joe Mancuso of Buffalo won the John Julicher Memorial RoC Super Stock feature. Josh Schosek of Hamburg, N.Y. won the RoC 4-Cylinder Dash Series feature. Bobby Holmes of Lockport, N.Y. won his second career RoC TQ Midget U.S. Open feature.
Tyler Catalano and Daryl Lewis, Jr. led the field of 29 RoC Sportsman to the opening green flag of the 4th annual Joe Reilly Crown Royal Classic, which pays tribute to championship winning crew chief, Joe Reilly, who passed away in 2016. Lewis grabbed the lead at the start while Catalano slipped backwards in the opening laps. Heat winner Eddie Hawkins landed in second place followed by Shawn Nye, Patrick Emerling and Hossfeld.
The first caution of the event happened on lap 8 when Dave Kozlowski spun out in turn two. On the restart Tommy Catalano spun into the infield off of turn four. Leo Becker also spun, which collected Ted Appleton and Jayme Thompson. Hossfeld and Emerling got by Nye on the restart to move into second and third place respectively.
The yellow flag came out again on lap 20 when Becker spun out again in turn three. On the restart, Hossfeld pushed up high going into turn one, which cost him about four positions. This moved Emerling to second followed Nye, Mike Fiebelkorn, Jr. and Andy Jankowiak
The caution flag came out again on lap 21 for a spin by Becker and Jeff Szafraniec. The cars splashed water up on the race track from the infield, which led to a lengthy caution. Emerling developed an axle problem under caution, and was forced to pit. With Emerling surrendering the runner-up spot it moved up Nye, Fiebelkorn, Jankowiak and the rest of the field.
Tyler Catalano backed into the Thermal Foam blocks in turn two on lap 31. Jankowiak had moved up to second place by this point followed by Hossfeld, Fiebelkorn and Nye. Hossfeld managed to take the lead from Lewis on the restart.
Lewis and Jankowiak got together in turn one on lap 34, which resulted in another caution period that included Mike Ramos and Tony Carbone. By this point Tommy Catalano had driven his way back through the field after his lap 8 spin. He moved into third place behind Hossfeld and Nye by lap 34.
Catalano got by Hossfeld for the lead on lap 36, but his stay at the front of the field was short lived as Hossfeld regained first place just three laps later. Hossfeld and Catalano continued to battle for first as the race entered the final ten laps. Despite repeated attempts by Catalano, Hossfeld would not be denied his fourth-straight U.S. Open Sportsman feature win.
Hossfeld crossed the finish line first just ahead of Catalano. Emerling came back through the field after his crew repaired the broken axle to finish third. Mike Leaty came home fourth with Fiebelkorn rounding out the top five. The victory gives Hossfeld nine career U.S. Open victories with five wins in the Modifieds and four in the Sportsman.
Joe Mancuso scored his fourth career U.S. Open Super Stock feature win and second in a row to capture the second annual John Julicher Memorial. Mancuso passed TJ Cochrane for the lead on lap 7, and never looked back as the race went caution-free for the first 29 of 30 laps.
Cochrane spun out while running second to bring out the yellow, which set up a green-white-checkered finish. Mancuso out ran Tommy Krawczyk for the final two laps to secure the victory. Krawczyk finished second followed by Jake Wylie, Tommy Barron and Andy Cryan. Cryan finished fifth starting fifteenth.
Josh Schosek led all 25 laps from the pole position to win the Butch Palmer Memorial for the RoC 4-Cylinder Dash Series. Schosek was the dominant car as he pulled away from the field late in the race to score his first U.S. Open win and second feature win of 2019 at Lancaster.
Charles Palmer finished second after an intense battle with the rest of the top five. Dave Brunka finished third after starting 12th. Bob Palmer and Briar Dils rounded out the top five finishers.
Bobby Holmes captured his second career U.S. Open TQ Midget feature win as he won the 25-lap RoC TQ Midget Series event. Holmes started 11th and passed Kyle Hutchinson and Dave Wollaber to take the lead on lap 14.
Hutchinson started on the pole and led the first 13 laps. Wollaber and Holmes made their way to the front of the field to join Hutchinson in a three-car battle. Holmes went from third to first to take the lead for good with 11 laps to go.
Andy Jankowiak came from the 20th starting position to finish second after passing Wollaber late in the race. Wollaber placed third followed by Hutchinson and Jeremy Haudricourt.
The 31st annual U.S. Open weekend continues at Lancaster Speedway on Sunday with U.S. Open 125 for the Race of Champions Modified Series plus the RoC Late Models and Street Stocks. Qualifying begins at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
RACE OF CHAMPIONS SPORTSMAN MODIFIEDS
Fast Qualifier: Chuck Hossfeld – 18.178
Heat Winners: Daryl Lewis, Jr., Eddie Hawkins, Mike Fiebelkorn, Jr., Chuck Hossfeld
Joe Reilly Crown Royal Classic 54: CHUCK HOSSFELD, Tommy Catalano, Patrick Emerling, Mike Leaty, Mike Fiebelkorn, Jr., John Barber, Bobby Weber, Daryl Lewis, Jr., Andy Jankowiak, Dave Kozlowski, Joe Evans, Mark Pennell, Tyler Catalano, Tony Carbone, Mike Ramos, Eddie Hawkins, Leo Becker, Cassie Logsdeon, Erick Ruffell, Jeff Szafraneic, Shawn Nye, Tyler Rypkema, Andy Lewis, Kyle Hutchinson, Jayme Thompson, Jay Withey, Ted Appleton, Josh Shoonmaker, Pete Sisti
RACE OF CHAMPIONS SUPER STOCKS
Heat Winners: Tommy Krawczyk, Joe Mancuso
John Julicher Memorial 30 : JOE MANCUSO, Tommy Krawczyk, Jake Wylie, Tommy Barron, Andy Cryan, Eric Brown, Tim Gullo, Chuck Anderson, Rob Pocobello, Ryan Lagoda, Josh Hunter, TJ Cochrane, Zach Willis, Travis Montgomery, Trevor Catalano, Dale Lazzaro, Max Northem, Joeal Gleason, Eric Hastrieter DNS: Vern Hedderick
RACE OF CHAMPIONS 4-CYLINDER DASH SERIES
Heat Winners: Jason Anasiewicz, Chris Pennell, Dave Brunka
Bob Palmer Memorial: JOSH SCHOSEK, Charles Palmer, Dave Brunka, Bob Palmer, Briar Dils, Chris Pennell, Jacob Gustafsson, Bob Bogner, Dan Dressel, Andy Danielwicz, Dave Milbrand, Jr., Andy Cryan, Kyle Casper, Dave Heimes, Travis Murphy, Dave Evans, Evan Riorden, Tommy Hughes, Jason Anasiewicz, Mason Offhaus, Bobby Woch, Casey Pew, Russ Bulger, Jr.
RACE OF CHAMPIONS TQ MIDGETS
Heat Winners: Vinny Christiano III, Brandon Zavarella, Bobby Holmes
Feature: BOBBY HOLMES, Andy Jankowiak, Dave Wollaber, Kyle Hutchinson, Jeremy Haudricourt, Jonathan Reid, Mark Schulz, Tyler Rypkema, Graham Hughes, Vinny Christiano III, Vinny Christiano, Jr., Ryan Hessler, Pat Smith, Greg Urban, Tim Ruggerio, Erik Musto, Brandon Zavarella, Shawn Nye, Tyler Wagner, AJ Hessler, Cameron Ruggerio, Andy Nye
MATT HIRSCHMAN WINS TOMMY DRUAR/TONY JANKOWIAK 110 FOR FOURTH TIME
LANCASTER, N.Y. (September 13, 2019) – Matt Hirschman of Northampton, PA won the 30th annual Tommy Druar/Tony Jankowiak Memorial 110 for the Race of Champions Modified Series on Friday night at Lancaster Speedway @ New York International Raceway Park.
The 110-lap race originally started on August 17, but was halted after six laps after a crash by Karl Hehr damaged the catch fence on the front straightaway. The race resumed on Friday night to kick off the 31st annual U.S. Open weekend at Lancaster.
When the race was stopped Eric Beers was scored as the leader followed by Chuck Hossfeld, Patrick Emerling, Daren Scherer and Daryl Lewis, Jr.
The race resumed 27 days after it was halted, and Beers retained his command of the field followed by Hossfeld and Emerling. Hossfeld developed an issue around lap 20 and began dropping through field. He eventually spun out in turn two on lap 24 to bring out the yellow flag. Hossfeld would be in and out of the pits throughout the rest of the race.
Several of the front runners pitted during the caution period, including Emerling, Daren Scherer, Amy Catalano and Kevin Miller. The race restarted on lap 32, but was quickly under the caution flag again when RoC Series points leader Andy Jankowiak, Chris Ridsdale and George Skora III tangled in turn three. Jankowiak’s car drove over the front end of Ridsdale. He went to the pits, but came back out with something dragging from the rear of the car.
Beers continued to lead the race with Tommy Catalano now in second place followed by Matt Hirschman and Amy Catalano. Jankowiak stopped on the track to bring out the yellow flag again on lap 41.
The race went past the halfway point with Beers still leading. Catalano and Hirschman traded the runner-up position back and forth. Emerling led the cars that pitted earlier in the race, and was up to fourth place by lap 57.
Owen Bednasz spun out on lap 71 to bring out the caution flag after just over 20 laps of racing under green. This gave Beers and Hirschman the opportunity to pit for a new tire while Catalano elected to stay out.
Catalano inherited the lead when Beers pitted, which also moved Emerling to second followed by Scherer, Skora, Hirschman and Beers. It took Emerling just three laps to get by Catalano when the race restarted. Hirschman quickly moved his way to the front of the field, and he passed Catalano for second lap 83. Emerling and Hirschman eventually pulled away from the pack.
Skora and Miller tangled on lap 97 to cause another caution period. Hirschman continued to pursue Emerling when the race restarted. On lap 100, Hirschman got a run to the inside of Emerling down the frontstretch. He was able to stay to the inside of Emerling going into turn one, and took the lead for good by the time they exited turn two.
One final caution with five laps to go was all that separated Matt Hirschman from his fourth career win in the Tommy/Tony 110. He pulled away in the final circuits to secure his first RoC Modified Series win of 2019. Emerling had to settle for second, but he managed to cut Andy Jankowiak’s series points lead to just 12. Beers finished third with Kevin Miller and Tommy Catalano rounded out the top five.
The U.S. Open continues at Lancaster on Saturday with the Joe Reilly Crown Royale Classic 54 for the RoC Sportsman Modifieds and the John Julicher Memorial for the RoC Super Stocks plus TQ Midgets and 4-Cylinders. Racing starts at 4 p.m.
RACE OF CHAMPIONS MODIFIED SERIES
Fast Qualifier: Mike Leaty – 17.123 seconds
Heat Winners: Chuck Hossfeld, Mike Leaty, Amy Catalano
30th annual Tommy Druar/Tony Jankowiak Memorial 110 finish: MATT HIRSCHMAN, Patrick Emerling, Eric Beers, Kevin Miller, Tommy Catalano, Daren Scherer, Owen Bednasz, Amy Catalano, George Skora III, Alan Bookmiller, Chris Ridsdale, Austin Beers, Andy Jankowiak, Chuck Hossfeld, Scott Wylie, Bobby Hanel, Timmy Catalano, Dave Kozlowski, Daryl Lewis, Jr., Mike Leaty, Tyler Catalano, Karl Hehr, Bill Mislin, Randall Richard
LANCASTER, N.Y. (September 12, 2019) – The 2019 stock car season will come to a close at Lancaster Speedway @ New York International Raceway Park when the checkered flag falls at the end of the U.S. Open 125 on Sunday afternoon, but plans are already in place for the 2020 racing season.
The New York International Raceway Park ownership group will once again partner with the Race of Champions to promote and oversee a series of stock car events at the facility. The RoC and NYIRP quickly put together a six race slate of events for 2019 following the sale of the facility in early May.
The first event in June, the Ol’ Boy Cup 60, had a tremendous turn out of spectators and competitors that were excited for the 60th anniversary season of racing at Lancaster even with the short turn around. The events that followed saw a similar response, and the Western New York racing community is highly anticipating this weekend’s 31st annual U.S. Open weekend.
“The Race of Champions have been a great partner for us in keeping the tradition of stock car racing alive at Lancaster,” said Vito Antonicelli, co-owner of NYIRP. “Joe Skotnicki and his staff have been so helpful in guiding us in the right direction with the program.”
A schedule of events will be released this November on the NYIRP and RoC websites and social media channels. Dates for the Race of Champions Modified Series plus RoC Sportsman Modifieds, Super Stocks, Late Models, Lancaster Street Stocks, TQ Midgets and 4-Cylinders will make up the majority of the schedule.
The 31st annual U.S. Open weekend at Lancaster Speedway begins Friday night with practice for all divisions and the conclusion of the postponed Tommy Druar/Tony Jankowiak Memorial Modified 110 for the RoC Modified Series. Practice is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m, with the Tommy/Tony 110 scheduled to resume at 8 p.m. Grandstand admission is free.
LANCASTER, N.Y. (September 2, 2019) – Western New York’s biggest racing weekend is less than two weeks away as Lancaster Speedway @ New York International Raceway Park will host the 31st annual U.S. Open during the weekend of September 13-15. The NYIRP ownership group and Race of Champions officials are looking forward to hosting race teams and fans from across the Northeast to close out the 2019 stock car season at Lancaster.
This year’s U.S. Open features a huge doubleheader of Modified racing for the Race of Champions Modified Series with the conclusion of the Tommy Druar/Tony Jankowiak Memorial 110 on Friday night, and the U.S. Open 125 on Sunday afternoon.
The action starts on Friday with practice for all divisions followed by the final 104 laps of the Tommy Druar/Tony Jankowiak Memorial 110. Practice is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. followed by the Modified race at 8 p.m. Grandstand admission is free for Friday’s events.
The Tommy/Tony 110 was postponed after six laps back on August 17 after a crash damaged the front straightaway catch fence. The race will resume on Friday, September 13 with 104 laps to go. Eric Beers is scored as the leader followed by Chuck Hossfeld, Patrick Emerling, Daren Scherer and Daryl Lewis, Jr. RoC Modified stars Matt Hirschman, Andy Jankowiak, Mike Leaty and Tommy Catalano are also part of the field.
The U.S. Open Kickoff Party gets going following the checkered flag of the Modified race. Local Country/Southern Rock band Wasted Whiskey will perform in the main concourse as fans and racers get together to celebrate the start of U.S. Open weekend.
Saturday’s on track activity features four Race of Champions divisions in action, including Sportsman Modifieds, Super Stocks, 4-Cylinder Dash Series and TQ Midgets. Front gates open at 1:30 p.m. with racing starting at 4 p.m. The RoC Sportsman will run the rescheduled Joe Reilly Crown Royal Classic 54 while the Super Stocks will pay tribute to former track champion, John Julicher, with the second annual 30-lap race run in Julicher’s honor.
The weekend concludes on Sunday with the U.S. Open 125 for the RoC Modifieds plus the RoC Late Model Series and Lancaster’s Street Stock division. Front gates open at 11 a.m. with Modified time trials scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.
The full schedule of events, ticket pricing and camping information is available on the U.S. Open event page on the NYIRP website at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com.
Race fans looking to start their weekend early can join us on Thursday night for a full show of IHRA Drag Racing. Time trials start at 5 p.m.