RoC SUPER STOCK SERIES RACE AT U.S. OPEN TO BECOME INAUGURAL “JOHN JULICHER CLASSIC”

RoC SUPER STOCK SERIES RACE AT U.S. OPEN TO BECOME INAUGURAL “JOHN JULICHER CLASSIC”

$2,000 in Bonus Awards Posted for John Julicher Classic from TDH Refrigeration, Art Hill Excavation, Airport Collision, Stadium Collision and the Julicher Family

Lancaster, N.Y. (September 3, 2018) – One of Lancaster (N.Y.) National Speedway’s top drivers of all-time, John Julicher of Williamsville, N.Y., cut his teeth and had great success in Lancaster’s Super Stock division. In August of 2018 Julicher, a larger than life figure in the motorsports community, lost his battle with cancer. The Julicher family, principals from the Race of Champions and Lancaster management got together and unanimously decided the Race of Champions Super Stock Series race during the 30th Annual U.S. Open will be deemed the “John Julicher Classic.”

The race on Saturday, September 22 already has a bolstered purse and bonus program through the efforts John Lyon, a good friend to the Julicher family and leader of the TDH Refrigeration Motorsports program, who posted $500 from TDH Refrigeration. Art Hill Excavating, one of Julicher’s long-time partners, is posting $500. In addition, Airport Collision $500 and $500 from the Julicher Family has been raised in honor of their family leader and good friend.

The winner will receive an additional $1,000 making it $1,500-to-win. The ninth-place finisher will receive $250. The leader of lap nine will receive a $100 bonus. The first car out will receive $100. Second, third and fourth place finishers will each receive $100. Fifth place will receive an additional $50. The hard charger will receive an additional $100 and the fastest overall qualifier will receive $100.

Qualifying will begin at 4:30 p.m. on that Saturday Please contact Lancaster National Speedway at 716.759.6818 if you have additional questions.

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History & Memories to be made at 30th annual U.S. Open this September

History & Memories to be made at 30th annual U.S. Open this September

LANCASTER, N.Y. (August 23, 2018) – Lancaster National Speedway’s signature stock car event, the US Open, is turning the “Big 3-0” this year and it is almost time to celebrate. The 30th annual three-day event is set for September 21-23 featuring seven divisions of X-Press Signs Stock Car Racing, including the U.S. Open 125 for the Race of Champions Modified Series.

The U.S. Open was created in 1989 by former speedway promoter Alex Friesen to give Lancaster a big end-of-year event to close out the stock car season, and to draw competitors and fans from across the region. Jan Leaty of Williamson, N.Y. won the inaugural U.S. Open Modified feature making it a “must win” for Modified drivers at the famed 5/8-mile asphalt oval of Lancaster.

Western New York’s Racing Finale kicks off on Friday, September 21, with the traditional practice session and U.S. Open Kickoff Party. Pit gates open and inspection begins at 4 p.m. with practice for all divisions starting at 6 p.m. The grandstand gates will open at 5:30 p.m. with fans allowed in for FREE to watch practice.

Immediately after practice, the main concourse comes to life with the U.S. Open Kickoff Party. This year WNY and fan favorite “1980 Something” returns to play their hits live in the concourse right by the 12 Gates Brewing Beer Stand starting at 9:30 p.m.

Saturday’s racing action headlines with the 75-lap main event for the VP Racing Fuels Sportsman as part of the Race of Champions Sportsman Series. The “Hotshoe” Chuck Hossfeld of Ransomville, N.Y. has won this race two years in a row. There will be plenty of competition from Lancaster’s weekly Sportsman racers as well as challengers from across the region looking to deny him a third-straight win.

The RoC Super Stocks, RoC 4-Cylinder Dash Series and NYPA TQ Midgets will also run their heats and features on Saturday. Pit gates open at 1 p.m. with practice starting at 2. Front gates will also open at 2 p.m. with qualifying beginning at 4:30.

The Race of Champions Modified Series takes center stage on Sunday with the running of the 30th annual U.S. Open 125. This is the biggest race of the year for Modified racing in Western New York and is the penultimate event of the RoC Series season.

Last season, Andy Jankowiak of Tonawanda, N.Y. dominated the 125-lap feature for his first U.S. Open Modified win. Jankowiak is coming off a huge victory in the Tommy Druar/Tony Jankowiak Memorial 110 that ran on August 18. He is locking horns with Chuck Hossfeld for the RoC Modified Series championship this season.

The Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks and Race of Champions Late Models fill out the program on Sunday afternoon. Both highly competitive divisions will have stacked fields going for the chance to add their name to the U.S. Open trophy.

Pit gates open on Sunday at 11 a.m. with practice beginning and front gates opening at 12 noon. Heat racing starts at 2 p.m.

DRIVERS & CAR OWNERS: Click here for the U.S. Open Registration Form

The 30th Annual U.S. OPEN – September 21-23, 2018

Lancaster National Speedway; Lancaster, NY

*All times and events are subject to change

Friday, September 21

4 p.m. Pit Gates Open, Inspection Begins

5:30 p.m. Grandstand Gates Open FREE ADMISSION

6 p.m. Practice – by division (minimum of two rounds)

9:30 p.m. (approx.) Conclusion of Practice – U.S. Open “Kick-Off Party” with band 1980 Something

11:30 p.m. Pit Area Closed / Secure Facility

Saturday, September 22

1 p.m. Pit Gates Open – Inspection Begins

2 p.m. Front Gates Open – Practice by Division (2 Rounds per Division – Inner Oval First)

4 p.m. Driver’s Meetings (Tech Barn)

4:30 p.m. Opening Ceremonies (Invocation & Anthems) followed by heat races

RoC 4-Cylinder Dash Series/Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinder Qualifying Races (8 laps) – Inner Oval

NYPA T.Q. Midget Qualifying Races (8 laps) – Inner Oval

Race of Champions Super Stock Qualifying Races (8 laps)

RoC Sportsman Series/VP Racing Fuels Sportsman Qualifying Races – (10 laps)

RoC 4-Cylinder Dash Series/Roaming Buffalo 4 Cylinder Feature Race (25 laps) – Inner Oval

NYPA T.Q. Midget Feature Race (25 laps) – Inner Oval

VP Racing Fuels Sportsman B-Main IF NEEDED (10 laps)

Sportsman Redraw on Fronstretch (time permitting)

Race of Champions Super Stock Feature (30 laps)

RoC Sportsman Series/VP Racing Fuels Sportsman Feature (75 laps)

Sunday, September 23

11 a.m. Pit Gates Open

12:00 p.m. Front Gates Open – Practice by Street Stocks & Late Models (2 Rounds per Division)

1 p.m. Modified Practice (2 rounds)

1:30 p.m. Driver’s Meetings (Tech Barn)

2 p.m. Opening Ceremonies (Invocation & Anthems) followed by qualifying

Race of Champions Modified Series Group Time Trials (G-W-C)

Advance Auto Parts Street Stock Qualifying Races (8 laps)

Race of Champions Late Model Qualifying Races (8 laps)

Race of Champions Modified Series Qualifying Races (10 laps)

Street Stock B-Main IF NEEDED (10 laps)

Modified B-Main IF NEEDED (10 laps)

Modified Redraw on Fronstretch

Advance Auto Parts Street Stock Feature (35 laps)

Race of Champions Late Model Feature (30 laps)

Race of Champions Modified Series U.S. Open 125 (125 laps)

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LANCASTER ADJUSTS OPENING DATES FOR 2018 SEASON

LANCASTER ADJUSTS OPENING DATES FOR 2018 SEASON

LANCASTER, N.Y. (April 9, 2018) – Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway has been forced to make adjustments to the previously scheduled opening days for its 60th season of operation.

Track ownership and management mutually agreed upon the difficult decision following several weeks of “extended winter” in Western New York instead of the arrival of spring.

The Queen City Clash opening day event for the X-Press Signs Stock Car Series will now be Saturday, May 5 with a 2 p.m. start featuring the Late Model Mania race card that was previously scheduled for that day. Lancaster’s weekly home track divisions, Sportsman, Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks and Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders, will make their season debuts plus the Race of Champions Late Models will be in action. The remainder of the 2018 Stock Car schedule remains unchanged starting with the first Saturday night show of the season on May 12 at 6:30 p.m., with the first of five appearances by the Race of Champions Modified Series.

Weather will dictate when the track will schedule a preseason practice session for Stock Car teams.

The Franco’s Pizza Friday Night drag racers will begin their IHRA points season on Friday, May 11 for VIP Night with a 5 p.m. start. The following week is the first appearance of the Supercharged Bounty Hunters on May 18 with a 5 p.m. start.

Test & Tune and Tech Inspection will now take place on Friday, May 4 at 5 p.m.

“Going off the past two years, scheduling the April races with 2 p.m. starts seemed feasible,” said Tim Packman, Track President. “As the cold temps and snow continued through much of March and into April this year, it became obvious we needed to alter our plans.

“The track and ground must be ready for racers and fans. If the ground under the asphalt remains soft and doesn’t have time to drain off and dry, we will crumble the asphalt and end up having bigger problems.

“I hate this more than anyone, trust me. But, we’re all in this together and we appreciate everyone’s cooperation. We can look forward to the new opening days and nicer weather together, as well.”

With the new opening days, the track is extending the Max Pass ticket offer for both the Drag and Stock Car seasons until April 25. Fans can take advantage of the savings and avoid the lines with the new Max Pass/VIP entry ticket window being utilized this season. For more information go to https://www.lancasternationalspeedway.com/2018-season-max-passes-now-available-holiday-shopping-season/.

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LANCASTER SETS SCHEDULE FOR U.S. OPEN WEEKEND

LANCASTER SETS SCHEDULE FOR U.S. OPEN WEEKEND

LANCASTER, N.Y. (August 23, 2017) – Lancaster National Speedway is ready to once again host the biggest party of the racing season with the 29th running of U.S. Open weekend, September 22-24.

Western New York’s Racing Finale kicks off on Friday night, September 22, with the traditional practice session and U.S. Open Kickoff Party. Pit gates open and inspection begins at 4 p.m. with practice for all divisions taking place from 6-9:30. The grandstand gates will open at 5:30, and fans will be allowed to enter for free to watch practice.

Immediately after practice the main concourse will come to life with the U.S. Open Kickoff Party. Buffalo’s premier retro band, Disco Duck, will be playing live music starting at 9:30 p.m., just outside of the 12 Gates Brewing Beer Stand.

Saturday’s racing action will be headlined by the 75 lap main event for the Sunoco Sportsman. The top Sportsman teams from across the region will do battle against Lancaster’s weekly regulars to make the starting grid for one of the most prestigious races for Sportsman Modifieds.

The Race of Champions Super Stocks, Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders and NYPA TQ Midgets will also run their heats and features on Saturday. Pit gates open at 12:30 p.m. with practice starting at 2. Front gates will also open at 2 p.m. with qualifying beginning at 4:30.

The Race of Champions Modified Series takes center stage on Sunday with the running of the 29th annual U.S. Open 125. This race is the biggest of the year for Modified racing in Western New York and is the penultimate event of the RoC Series season.

Last season Patrick Emerling of Orchard Park, N.Y. completed his season sweep of the four RoC Series races at Lancaster with his first U.S. Open victory. This year Emerling will look to pad his points lead in the RoC Series as he defends his U.S. Open title.

The Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks and Race of Champions Late Models fill out the program on Sunday afternoon. Both highly competitive divisions will have stacked fields going after the chance to add their name to the U.S. Open trophy.

Pit gates open on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. with practice beginning and front gates opening at 12 noon. Heat racing starts at 2 p.m.

Click here to be taken to U.S. Open Info page to download driver registration form. Ticket pricing for U.S. Open weekend will be announced shortly. Camping for the U.S. Open will continue to remain free.

The 29th Annual U.S. OPEN – September 22-24, 2017
Lancaster National Speedway; Lancaster, NY
*All times and events are subject to change

Friday, September 22

4 p.m. Pit Gates Open, Inspection Begins
5:30 p.m. Grandstand Gates Open FREE ADMISSION
6 p.m. Practice – by division (minimum of two rounds)
9:30 p.m. (approx.) Conclusion of Practice – U.S. Open “Kick-Off Party” with band Disco Duck
11:30 p.m. Pit Area Closed / Secure Facility

Saturday, September 23

12:30 p.m. Pit Gates Open – Inspection Begins
2 p.m. Front Gates Open – Practice by Division (2 Rounds per Division – Inner Oval First)
4 p.m. Driver’s Meetings (Tech Barn)
4:30 p.m. Opening Ceremonies (Invocation & Anthems) followed by heat races

Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinder Qualifying Races (8 laps) – Inner Oval
NYPA T.Q. Midget Qualifying Races (8 laps) – Inner Oval
Race of Champions Super Stock Qualifying Races (8 laps)
Sunoco Sportsman Qualifying Races – (10 laps)

Roaming Buffalo 4 Cylinder Feature Race (25 laps) – Inner Oval
NYPA T.Q. Midget Feature Race (25 laps) – Inner Oval

Sunoco Sportsman B-Main IF NEEDED (10 laps)
Sportsman Redraw on Fronstretch (time permitting)

Race of Champions Super Stock Feature (30 laps)
Sunoco Sportsman Feature (75 laps)

Sunday, September 24

10:30 a.m. Pit Gates Open
12:00 p.m. Front Gates Open – Practice by Street Stocks & Late Models (2 Rounds per Division)
1 p.m. Modified Practice (2 rounds)
1:30 p.m. Driver’s Meetings (Tech Barn)
2 p.m. Opening Ceremonies (Invocation & Anthems) followed by qualifying

Race of Champions Modified Series Group Time Trials (G-W-C)
Advance Auto Parts Street Stock Qualifying Races (8 laps)
Race of Champions Late Model Qualifying Races (8 laps)
Race of Champions Modified Series Qualifying Races (10 laps)

Street Stock B-Main IF NEEDED (10 laps)
Modified B-Main IF NEEDED (10 laps)
Modified Redraw on Fronstretch

Advance Auto Parts Street Stock Feature (35 laps)
Race of Champions Late Model Feature (30 laps)
Race of Champions Modified Series U.S. Open 125 (125 laps)

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KEN “HURRICANE” HECKLER 51 TRIBUTE STREET STOCK RACE PURSE & FORMAT

KEN “HURRICANE” HECKLER 51 TRIBUTE STREET STOCK RACE PURSE & FORMAT

LANCASTER, N.Y. (August 7, 2017) – Lancaster National Speedway will honor the memory of a recently departed member of its racing family this Saturday with the Ken “Hurricane” Heckler 51 Tribute Race for the Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks.

Heckler, who passed away suddenly in March, raced for many years at Lancaster in the Street Stocks, Super Stocks, Sportsman and Cup Lites before transitioning into the role of Pit Steward after his driving career ended. The Ken Heckler Tribute Race will be 51 laps in honor of the car number Heckler used during his days in the Street Stock division.

This special event will feature an increased purse, a special race format and around $1,800 in lap money up for grabs.

As a reward to the drivers in the Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks for helping grow the division over the last three seasons and for their exciting side-by-side racing action, Lancaster National Speedway will pay out the same purse that the division gets for the season-ending U.S. Open. The race will pay $500 to the winner and it will be a minimum of $75 to start the feature.

“The Advance Auto Part Street Stocks have had some of the largest car counts and put on some great shows this year,” said Tim Packman, Track President. “Ken Heckler cast a big shadow on this track, and not just because of his height. He left his mark as a driver, official and friend through four decades. So, if we’re going to honor a big man like Hurricane, we’re going to do it in a big way for his race.”

In addition to the increased purse, there will also be close to $1,800 lap money thanks to the efforts of Heckler’s wife, Debbie, and the racing community. Debbie Heckler collected a minimum of $25 per lap for all 51 laps. All drivers in the feature field will be eligible for the lap money, with a random draw deciding which position receives the payout for each lap. Long time LNS supporter, Howie Markel, has also added a $10 lap leader bonus for all 51 laps.

To make things interesting there will be a competition caution on lap 26 to invert part of the field before the start of the second half of the race. A random draw place will take place to determine the amount of cars that will be inverted. If there are 25 or 26 cars in the race, then the maximum possible number of cars to invert will be 13. The maximum number for the inversion will be 12 for a 23-24 car field, 11 with 21-22 cars, and so on. The number of cars to be inverted will be not be revealed until the competition caution.

The Sunoco Sportsman and Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders will also be in action on Saturday night. The championship race in both divisions is heating up with just a few weeks left in the regular season. There will also be lap money available for both the Sportsman and 4-Cylinders this Saturday thanks to Debbie Heckler.

This Saturday is also Kids Night at Lancaster National Speedway. There will be a Power Wheels race during intermission for any child that brings their own power car from home plus a kids bicycle giveaway. Admission for kids 11 and under will be free on Saturday, which is the case for all Speedway and Dragway events.

Ken “Hurricane” Heckler Tribute 51 Lap Street Stock Purse

1st $500
2nd $350
3rd $300
4th $275
5th $250
6th $225
7th $200
8th $175
9th $150
10th $125
11th to 15th – $100
16th through field – $75

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LAP SPONSORSHIP PROGRAMS FOR LANCASTER STOCK CAR EVENTS IN AUGUST

LAP SPONSORSHIP PROGRAMS FOR LANCASTER STOCK CAR EVENTS IN AUGUST

LANCASTER, N.Y. (August 3, 2017) – Lancaster National Speedway is set to host two prestigious events during the month of August for the X-Press Signs Stock Car Series. The first is August 12 when the Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks will compete in the Ken Heckler Memorial 51. The 51-lap feature pays tribute to former racer and official, Ken Heckler, who passed away earlier this year.

Ken’s widow and Lancaster National Speedway scorer, Deb Heckler, has been collecting lap money for the event and has raised about $1300 in bonuses for the Street Stock drivers. Heckler is also collecting lap money for the Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinder and Sunoco Sportsman features that night.

On August 19, Lancaster welcomes back the Race of Champions Modified Series for the Tommy Druar/Tony Jankowiak Memorial 110. Erin McGrath, who is a car owner for Andy Jankowiak on the RoC Series, took it upon herself to put a lap program into place that directly supports the racers. Laps start at $40 per lap. McGrath has already raised nearly $3,000 toward the event for the lap fund.

“We love modified racing and I enjoy supporting the sport” stated McGrath. Her husband is driver Tom McGrath, who also prepares the car Andy Jankowiak has run in all but one Race of Champions event in 2017. McGrath came out of retirement to wheel the car in that event Holland and will run it again at Lancaster on August 19. “It is fun and it helps support the teams and we know firsthand what it takes. All of the funds I collect go directly to the racers.”

If anyone would like to sponsor laps for either race, they can see Deb Heckler, Erin McGrath or Lancaster National Speedway Stock Car Program Director Todd Hannon.

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