HOSSFELD & SHARPE TAKE KEN HECKLER TRIBUTE NIGHT WINS AT LANCASTER

HOSSFELD & SHARPE TAKE KEN HECKLER TRIBUTE NIGHT WINS AT LANCASTER

LANCASTER, N.Y. (August 25, 2019) – Chuck Hossfeld of Ransomville, N.Y. made a thrilling last lap pass on Shawn Nye and Patrick Emerling to win the Race of Champions (RoC) Sportsman Modified Series on Saturday night at Lancaster Speedway @ New York International Raceway Park.

Rich Sharpe of Lancaster won the 3rd annual Ken Heckler Tribute 51 Street Stock race in dominating fashion. Dave Brunka of Cheektowaga, N.Y. won the 4-Cylinder feature. In the NYPA TQ Midgets, Bobby Holmes of Lockport, N.Y. won for the second week in a row.

Lancaster Speedway hosted its final stock car event before the season-ending U.S. Open weekend in September with a solid turnout of 86 cars in the pits across the four divisions. 

The RoC Sportsman Modifieds had a full field of 27 cars with former track champions Shawn Nye and Bobby Weber leading the pack to the opening green flag of their 35-lap feature. Nye grabbed the lead on the opening lap with Hossfeld moving up from the third starting spot to run second behind him. 

Hossfeld made a move to the inside of Nye on lap 8 to take the lead through turns 1 & 2. Patrick Emerling came from sixth place on the starting grid to follow Hossfeld past Nye to move into second. Emerling ran second to Hossfeld for just seven laps as he passed Hossfeld for the lead on lap 15. 

The trio of Emerling, Hossfeld and Nye were the class of the field on this night as they pulled away from the pack. Hossfeld challenged Emerling for the lead on multiple occasions throughout the second half of the race, but did not have any success. 

The final caution of the race came on lap 30 when Eddie Hawkins spun out while running inside the top ten. This set up one last restart for the leaders to survive. When the race restarted it was Nye that made the big move as he got by Hossfeld take over the runner-up spot. 

Nye then tracked down Emerling and challenged him for the lead on the final lap. He drove his car hard to the inside of Emerling as the pair entered the final two corners of the race. As Nye pulled even with Emerling both cars pushed up the race track. This left the bottom of the track open in turn four for Hossfeld who darted to the inside to make a three-wide pass, and steal the win on the final corner of the race.

It was the second win of the weekend for Hossfeld who won the night before in the RoC Sportsman at Spencer Speedway. Nye had to settle for second with Emerling falling to third. Mike Fiebelkorn, Jr. and Daryl Lewis, Jr. both ran solid races to round out the top five.

Amy Catalano finished sixth after starting dead last in the feature. She suffered a broken rear end in her heat race, but her crew finished the repairs just in time for her to start the feature.

The third annual Ken Heckler Tribute 51 for the Street Stocks paid tribute to former racer and track official Ken Heckler, who passed away suddenly in 2017. A total of 25 Street Stocks lined up to take the green flag for their longest race of the season. 

Rich Sharpe started on the pole and led all 51 laps for his first win in the Ken Heckler Tribute race. Tim Welshans started second and chased Sharpe for all 51 laps before settling for a second place finish. 

A number of driver circulated in and out of the top five throughout the entire race. Brian Hoffman got as far as third place until he spun out on lap 21. He collected Lou Carbone before hitting the turn two pit gate with the rear end of his car. 

Ken Maltby started tenth and worked his way up to second on lap 34, but on the very same lap he got together with Mike Scott in turn four and spun out into the infield. Both cars were forced to go to the end of the field. 

Chris Powers hung out in the top five for most of the race after starting third. He did fall out of the top five at one point late in the proceedings before rallying to finish right where he started the race in third. Mark Hoch started fourth, and he also bounced around from about third place back to sixth before finishing the night where he started. Mike Dalfonso rounded out the top five after starting eighth.

Mike Scott (7th), Jim Dauer (11th) and Scott Soos (17th) each received $300 from WECK Radio as contingency awards for finishing in positions that were randomly chosen before the race to receive the bonus money. Many drivers in the field also received lap money and prizes based on where they were running during the race thanks to the efforts of the Heckler family.

Photo by Craig Duve

Dave Brunka scored his second win of the season in the 4-Cylinders after leading all 25 laps of their feature from the pole position. Kevin Bainbridge pursued Brunka throughout the event, but could not mount a challenge in the later laps. Chris Pennell finished third followed by Robert Palmer and Dan Dressel.

Photo by Craig Duve

The NYPA TQ Midgets made their final appearance of the season at Lancaster, and Bobby Holmes dominated the 20-lap feature for his second-straight win. Holmes faced challenges from Dave Wollaber and Kyle Hutchinson during the main event, but his Charlie DiRosa-owned TQ Midget was flawless once again. Wollaber finished second followed by Hutchinson, Andy Nye and Erik Musto.

Lancaster Speedway’s stock car program is now off until the 31st annual U.S. Open weekend on September 13-15. The action starts Friday, September 13 with practice and the conclusion of the Tommy Druar/Tony Jankowiak Memorial 110 for the Race of Champions Modified Series. Saturday, September 14 is headlined by the Joe Reilly Crown Royal Classic 54 for the RoC Sportsman Modifieds and the John Julicher Memorial RoC Super Stock race. The RoC Modifieds are back on Sunday afternoon for the U.S. Open 125. Full details are available at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com.

RESULTS

RACE OF CHAMPIONS SPORTSMAN SERIES

Heat Winners: Chuck Hossfeld, Shawn Nye, Patrick Emerling, Mike Leaty

Feature: CHUCK HOSSFELD, Shawn Nye, Patrick Emerling, Mike Fiebelkorn, Jr., Daryl Lewis, Jr., Amy Catalano, Bobby Weber, Mike Leaty, Tyler Catalano, Joe Evans, Andy Lewis, John Barber, Dave Kozlowski, Leo Becker, Jeff Szafraniec, Mark Pennell, Eddie Hawkins, Jayme Thompson, Scott Hossfeld, Cassie Logsdon, Paul Townsend, Tony Carbone, Neal Dietz, Jr., Pete Sisti, Jake Vernon, Bobby Hanel DNS: George Skora III

STREET STOCKS

Heat Winners: Nik Welshans, Mike Scott, Tim Welshans

Ken Heckler Tribute 51 Finish: RICH SHARPE, Tim Welshans, Chris Powers, Mark Hoch, Mike Dalfonso, Nik Welshans, Mike Scott, Ken Maltby, Jerry Kosmowski, Kenny Hejna, Jim Dauer, Garrett Cleversley, Scott Chaplin, Dave Whittaker, Frank Prell, Wes Labar, Scott Soos, Dylan Carbone, Mike Rogers, Ed Culliton, Brian Hoffman, Lou Carbone, Tommy Wentland, Michele Russo, Tim Garlock

4-CYLINDERS

Heat Winners: Charles Palmer, Josh Schosek

Feature: DAVE BRUNKA, Kevin Bainbridge, Chris Pennell, Robert Palmer, Dan Dressel, Casey Pew, Josh Schosek, Charles Palmer, Dave Evans, Justin Vallone, Mason Offhaus, Andy Danielwicz, Mike Long, Kyle Casper

NYPA TQ MIDGETS

Heat Winners: Kyle Hutchinson, Bobby Holmes

Feature: BOBBY HOLMES, Dave Wollaber, Kyle Hutchinson, Andy Nye, Erik Musto, Ryan Fraser, Vinny Christiano, Jr., Vinny Christiano III, Arik McGruder, Luc Munsie, Cameron Ruggiero, Chester Haywood, Jim Musto, Kevin Wilson, Jerry Toms, Greg Urban, Tim Rugggiero, Brandon Zavarella DNS: Ryan Lagoda, Pat Smith

JOE MANCUSO WINS TOMMY/TONY RoC SUPER STOCK SPECIAL; MODS POSTPONED TO SEPT. 13

JOE MANCUSO WINS TOMMY/TONY RoC SUPER STOCK SPECIAL; MODS POSTPONED TO SEPT. 13

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. 

Photo by Ken Dippel

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.

RESULTS

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

STREET STOCKS

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

BIG RIGS, DUMP TRUCKS & RoC MODIFIEDS RACING NEXT WEEKEND AT NYIRP

BIG RIGS, DUMP TRUCKS & RoC MODIFIEDS RACING NEXT WEEKEND AT NYIRP

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.

HOSSFELD, WELDY, SHARPE, BRUNKA & WOLLABER WIN ON AUTOGRAPH NIGHT

HOSSFELD, WELDY, SHARPE, BRUNKA & WOLLABER WIN ON AUTOGRAPH NIGHT

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.

RESULTS

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

STREET STOCKS

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

4-CYLINDERS

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

STOCK CAR RACING POSTPONED FOR JULY 11

STOCK CAR RACING POSTPONED FOR JULY 11

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.