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

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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 SETS SCHEDULE FOR U.S. OPEN WEEKEND

LANCASTER SETS SCHEDULE FOR U.S. OPEN WEEKEND

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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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LANCASTER TO RESUME CRUISE NIGHTS ON JUNE 7

LANCASTER TO RESUME CRUISE NIGHTS ON JUNE 7

Fan Announcements

LANCASTER, N.Y. (June 1, 2017) – Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway today announced that it is going to resume its popular Cruise Nights, but with new procedures and security in place, on Wednesday, June 7.

All cars, trucks and motorcycles desiring to enter the infield areas of the facility will now be charged an Oval Access Fee of $5, per vehicle, every time they enter the area. Once paid the vehicle will receive a ticket, which is good for one free pass down the dragstrip to Grudge Race. Any vehicle that exits through the pit/infield entry gate must pay the Oval Access Fee again to re-enter

The track has also hired the nationally acclaimed firm US Security Associates, Inc. to patrol and monitor activities during Cruise Nights as well as all events being held at LNS&D for the remainder of the 2017 season. There will be a minimum of 10 security guards on hand during Cruise Nights.

“We feel very confident going forward that Cruise Night will now be a much better experience for everyone involved,” said Tim Packman, Track President. “In the past few weeks, we have heard from many families who said they quit coming here on Wednesday nights because they didn’t like the atmosphere.

“That pained me greatly because the number one thing we want is for families and patrons of all ages to have a good time while at Lancaster National Speedway. You have been heard and we welcome you back.

“The guards of US Security are either military and/or law enforcement trained and have Homeland Security clearance. We appreciate them becoming part of our team and have full confidence in them.”

Wednesday Cruise Nights will continue to have free general admission for anyone that wishes to enter the facility through the main entrance.  Patrons can park in the main lot off of Gunnville Rd., come in to enjoy the facility, concessions and watch Grudge Racing. They will still be able to access the oval and infield areas from the front gate.

Vehicles wishing to enter the infield area of the facility will be stopped at the top of the fencing along the Pit Road Entrance, where they will pay the Oval Access Fee and receive their ticket. Other cars will be directed to the main parking lot. Vehicles with rusted out fenders, muddy bodies and/or in otherwise poor condition will now be pointed to the parking lot.

“We have received multiple messages and phone calls the past few weeks from people wanting us to continue Cruise Night,” Packman said. “We enjoy having everyone come out to our facility. However, we are no longer going to stand for a few select individuals through recent years who have chosen to come here and damage our property or cause problems. We have repeatedly asked for that not to happen, and now we are taking measures to make our customers feel safe and protect our property.

“On Friday and Saturday nights, we have drag and stock car teams that have invested thousands of dollars in their race cars. We need to have a safe and well-kept pit area and racing surfaces for them to compete.

“In the long run, we strongly feel these new measures will be well received and looked forward to the people who really want to be part of our events for what they are intended to be – fun.”

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JAM PACKED JUNE ON TAP FOR LANCASTER

JAM PACKED JUNE ON TAP FOR LANCASTER

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LANCASTER, N.Y. (May 30, 2017) – The month of June will be a busy one at Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway with a jam-packed schedule of events planned for Western New York’s premier Motorsports and event facility.

The action kicks off this weekend with a full slate of racing action. Both the Franco’s Pizza Friday Night IHRA Drag Racing program and X-Press Signs Stock Car Series are hungry to get back on track after wet weather put a damper on racing last week.

On Friday, the Buffalo Street Outlaws return to the strip along with a full card of IHRA bracket racing. The Street Outlaws runs heads up with the fastest ride taking the spoils of victory. Time trials start a 5 p.m.

Saturday night the International Supermodified Association (ISMA) returns to Lancaster for Double Wing Night. The fastest short track race cars in America will tackle Lancaster’s 1/2-mile oval for the first time since 2003 in a 50-lap special. Joining the ISMA Supers will be the winged Can-Am TQ Midgets plus the Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks and Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders. Racing starts at 6:30 p.m.

Mike McVetta (22) & Dave Shullick (95) lead the field of ISMA Super coming to Lancaster on June 3

Lancaster will hold its third annual Pro Mod Shootout on Tuesday, June 6. This event traditionally attracts the top Pro Modified racers from around the region with $5,000 on the line for the winner. Bruce Boland of Stoney Creek, Ontario has been victorious in the first two editions of this event. There will also be a Box/No-Box Shootout with $1000 going to each winner.

Bruce Boland will go for a third-straight Pro Mod Shootout win on June 6.

The weekend of June 9-10 is all about Mopars at Lancaster. Friday, June 9 features a full card of IHRA Drag Racing plus the Supercharged Bounty Hunters and a special class for Mopar vehicles only. The following day, June 10, is Mopar Day at Lancaster presented by the WNY Mopars Club. Dodges, Plymouths, Chryslers and other Mopar vehicles will be on display and racing down the drag strip. There will also be a special Box/No-Box Shootout open to any vehicle make that day.

Thursday, June 15 is “Rockin’ the Raceway” at Lancaster featuring a concert by KISS Army, Metal Militia and 1980 Something. Tickets are only $15 for this live music event. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. with the first band hitting the stage at 6:30.

The biggest race of the year for Lancaster’s Sunoco Sportsman division takes place on Saturday, June 17 with Joe Reilly Sportsman Summer Slam 75. This event will feature the top Sportsman teams in WNY doing battle for 75 laps plus a full card of X-Press Signs Stock Car Series racing.

The following weekend, June 23-25, Lancaster National Speedway will host the Niagara Swap Meet & Car Show. It will be the first time this iconic WNY automotive event comes to Lancaster. Vendors and classic show cars from across the country will be on hand all weekend.

Lancaster closes out the month of June with two huge events. On Thursday, June 29 its the third annual Bill Colton Memorial Ol’ Boy Cup 60 for the Race of Champions Modified Series. This 60-lap sprint race for the groundpounding mighty Modifieds will feature intense action throughout the field. This special Thursday night stock car show starts at 7 p.m.

The next night, June 30, the stars of the reality TV show “Street Outlaws” return to Lancaster National Dragway. Kamikaze Chris and Dominator will go head-to-head with the best of the Buffalo Street Outlaws in Street Outlaws: 716 vs. 405 Round 2. Last year, the hometown racers defended their turf against the Street Outlaws, who will be looking for revenge.

There are additional events slated for the month of June at Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway. The full schedule is available on the LNS&D website.

 

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Lancaster to hold “Rockin’ the Raceway” on Thursday, June 15

Fan Announcements

LANCASTER, N.Y. (May 12, 2017) – Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway (LNS&D), in conjunction with Backstage Productions, is proud to announce the “Rockin’ the Raceway” show on Thursday, June 15.  

Rockin’ the Raceway” will feature KISS Army, in support of their 25th anniversary tour plus two epic tribute bands. KISS Army, the “coolest band in the world”, is America’s best KISS tribute band

They have toured across the United States for 25 years and will bring their authentic stage performance to WNY’s Premier Motorsports and Event facility, Lancaster National Speedway, for their only Western New York appearance. 

Joining KISS Army will be Metal Militia, a renowned Metallica tribute band, and local favorite party band, 1980 Something. Gates will open at 5:30 p.m. on June 15 with the show slated to begin at 6:30. 

“We saw the response to the major concert we had last year and we were pleased with the results,” said Tim Packman, Track President. 

“There were a lot of people who came to Lancaster that had never been to our facility before. This year, we decided to go with a more intimate type of show that would attract several genres of music lovers.

“Backstage Productions was able to procure KISS Army, who is known around the country, and adding Metal Militia and 1980 Something will make for a great night for everyone.”

Tickets are just $15 and are available at the Lancaster National Speedway office during normal business hours or during any event. This is a general admission show being performed in the Hot Pits area of the facility near the facility’s main concourse. Concession stands will be open during the concert, serving food and alcoholic beverages. 

LNS&D is hoping to schedule additional shows that are similar in size and nature for later in the 2017 season. 

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