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. 

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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

MATT HIRSCHMAN WINS 5TH U.S. OPEN 125

MATT HIRSCHMAN WINS 5TH U.S. OPEN 125

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LANCASTER, N.Y. (September 23, 2018) – Matt Hirschman of Northampton, PA won the 30th annual U.S. Open 125 Race of Champions Modified Series event on Sunday afternoon at Lancaster National Speedway for his record-tying fifth U.S. Open Modified win.

In additional action from U.S. Open Sunday, Tommy Catalano of Ontario, N.Y. won the 30-lap Race of Champions Late Model Series event. Rich Sharpe of Lancaster won the Advance Auto Parts Street Stock U.S. Open feature for the third year in a row.

The 30th edition of the U.S. Open 125 featured an all Catalano front row as brothers Tommy and Timmy Catalano drew the top two spots during the redraw. They lined up in front of Hirschman and Mike Leaty for the opening green flag. Tommy Catalano and Hirschman launched from their inside row starting positions to take first and second place on the opening lap.

Catalano and Hirschman broke away from the pack early on with Leaty running third. Chuck Hossfeld made his way from the eighth starting position to fourth place. The caution flag came out for just the second time on lap 43 when Chris Ridsdale spun out in turn 1. Close to half of the field pitted during the caution period, including Leaty, Hossfeld, Patrick Emerling, Daren Scherer, Daryl Lewis, Jr., and George Skora III.

Catalano and Hirschman stayed out along with Timmy Catalano, Tyler Rypkema, Danny Knoll, Jr. and Scott Wylie. Hirschman took advantage of the lap 50 restart to take the lead from Catalano from the outside of the front row. His stay in first place was short lived, however, as Catalano managed to take back on lap 54. Catalano drove under Hirschman down the frontstretch to regain the top spot.

While Catalano and Hirschman battled for the lead, the cars that pitted for a new tire were barnstorming their way back to the front of the field led by Leaty, Hossfeld and Andy Jankowiak. Leaty took over second from Hirschman on lap 64. It looked like Leaty would then track down Catalano, but two laps later slid out of the groove in turn 2 to give the runner-up spot back to Hirschman.

The yellow flag flew for the third time on lap 79 when Eric Beers spun into the grass off of turn 4. Hirschman used this opportunity to make his tire stop and surrendered his track position. This put Leaty back in second followed by Jankowiak and Emerling. Jankowiak, the 2017 U.S. Open 125 winner, needed just two laps after the restart to get by Leaty and Catalano to take the lead on lap 90.

Jankowiak had command of the field with 25 laps to go followed by Leaty, Skora, Emerling and Hirschman. Hirschman got by Emerling and Skora on lap 103 to take back third. The final caution period of the race happened on lap 103 when Daryl Lewis, Jr. spun out in turn 3. Hirschman dispatched of Leaty for second shortly after the ensuing restart.

On lap 110, Hirschman dove under Jankowiak down the front straightaway, and by the time the pair exited turn 2 Hirschman had taken the lead. Hirschman then cruised the final 15 laps to score his fifth U.S. Open Modified victory. He tied Chuck Hossfeld for most Modified win in the 30 years of the event.

Jankowiak finished second after leading 20 laps late in the race. He closed within five points of Hossfeld for the RoC Modified Series championship with one race to go. Leaty finished third followed by teammate Patrick Emerling. Tommy Catalano completed the top five after leading 86 of the first 90 laps.

Emerling’s fourth place finish gave him enough points to clinch the Treichler-Troyer Trophy as the RoC Modified driver to earn the most points in the five RoC Series races at Lancaster in 2018. The points were based on the scoring system used by Lancaster’s weekly divisions. He was awarded a unique championship trophy that was designed and built by NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series driver Corey LaJoie.

Before starting on the pole for the Modified feature, Tommy Catalano won the RoC Late Model Series feature for his first U.S. Open victory. Catalano, driving the Joe Brainard-owned #98, passed Eldon King III for the lead on a lap 13, and then held on for the win.

King took the lead from Sam Fullone on the race’s second lap. He originally lost the lead to Catalano following a restart on lap 12 when Catalano drove under him and Bobby Weber. The pass was negated, however, when the yellow flag came out again for a spin by Dave Whittaker. Catalano made a similar move after the ensuing restart to pass King and Weber again out of turn 2.

Rich Sharpe dominated the 35-lap Advanced Auto Parts Street Stock feature as he led every lap after starting on the pole. The win was Sharpe’s third U.S. Open Street Stock win in a row.

While Sharpe pulled away from the pack there was an intense battle for the rest of the top five spots. Mike Scott, Nik Welshans and Jake Wylie were among the drivers that fiercely ran hard side-by-side for most of the race. Welshans eventually secured his spot at the top of the heap as he finished second. Wylie finished third. Jarrod Brown and Tommy Wentland rounded out the top five.

The 30th U.S. Open brings an end to the 2018 X-Press Signs Stock Car Series at Lancater National Speedway. The day had a bittersweet feel as it was the final stock car event for both Track President Tim Packman and race director Todd Hannon. We wish both Packman and Hannon all the best in the future endeavors, and thank them for their years of dedication to LNS.

RESULTS

RACE OF CHAMPIONS MODIFIED SERIES

Fast Qualifier: Mike Leaty – 17.012

Heat Winners: Daren Scherer, Andy Jankowiak, Matt Hirschman

U.S. Open 125 Finish: MATT HIRSCHMAN, Andy Jankowiak, Mike Leaty, Patrick Emerling, Tommy Catalano, George Skora III, Eric Beers, Scott Wylie, Chuck Hossfeld, Tyler Rypkema, Timmy Catalano, Daryl Lewis, Jr., Karl Hehr, Danny Knoll, Jr., Alan Bookmiller, Larry Jackson, Amy Catalano, Chris Ridsdale, Daren Scherer, Jack Ely DNS: Chris Finocchario

RACE OF CHAMPIONS LATE MODEL SERIES

Heat Winners: Bobby Weber, Eldon King III

Feature: TOMMY CATALANO, Eldon King III, Bobby Weber, Terry Weldy, Dave Heitzhaus, Bob Minacapelli, Frank Batista, Jr., Nick Crassi, Sam Fullone, Dave Whittaker, Ron Richter, Mark Mecurio DNS: Dave Russell, Matt Bove

ADVANCE AUTO PARTS STREET STOCKS

Heat Winners: Max Northem, Brian Hoffman, Dave Vona, Jim Mallaber

Feature: RICH SHARPE, Nik Welshans, Jake Wylie, Jarrod Brown, Tommy Wentland, Jim Mallaber, Max Northem, Andy Cryan, Dave Vona, Tim Welshans, Chris Powers, Mike Scott, Tim Garlock, Kenny Hejna, Garrett Cleversley, Frank Prell, Kory Rider, Jay Canonico, Rick Meyers, Jeff Szafraniec, Brian Hoffman, Bob Blaszak, Jr., Scott Soos, Scott Chaplin DNS: Lou Carbone, Mike Rogers

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HOSSFELD SCORES THIRD-STRAIGHT U.S. OPEN SPORTSMAN WIN

HOSSFELD SCORES THIRD-STRAIGHT U.S. OPEN SPORTSMAN WIN

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LANCASTER, N.Y. (September 22, 2018) – Chuck Hossfeld and Andy Jankowiak continued to leave their mark on the U.S. Open record books at Lancaster National Speedway on Saturday night. Both drivers captured their eighth career Open victories to kick off the prestigious weekend of racing at the Western New York ½-mile oval.

Hossfeld, of Ransomville, N.Y., bagged his third-straight win in the Race of Champions Sportsman Series 75-lap feature while Jankowiak, of Tonawanda, N.Y., dominated the 25-lap feature for the NYPA TQ Midgets.

In other X-Press Signs Stock Car action, Joe Mancuso of Buffalo, N.Y. won the inaugural John Julicher Classic for the Race of Champions Super Stock Series. Jacob Gustafson of Webster, N.Y. won the 25-lap Race of Champions 4-Cylinder Dash Series feature.

The Saturday portion of the 30th annual U.S. Open kicked off under cool, but sunny skies with 100 cars jamming the pits across the four divisions of racing.

In the evening’s main event, Mike Ramos and Bobby Weber led the field of 26 RoC Sportsman to the opening green flag. Ramos grabbed the lead at the start with Mike Fiebelkorn, Jr. moving from the third starting to the runner-up position. He eventually passed Ramos for the lead on lap 5

The first ten laps of the race were marred by five caution periods that derailed some potential front-running cars. Bobby Weber spun out coming off of turn on lap 8 while running inside the top five. His car nearly hit the end of the inside frontstretch wall, but luckily he missed it and spun into the infield. On the ensuing start, Ramos and former U.S. Open winner Tony Hanbury both took hard hits into the backstretch wall. Both drivers were unhurt. One lap later 2018 track champion, Owen Bednasz, triggered a multicar incident on the frontstretch. Both John Barber and Andy Jankowiak took damage in the melee, but both were able to return to the track.

Once the carnage was cleared, Fiebelkorn was the leader followed by Chris Finocchario, George Skora III, Tyler Rypkema and Hossfeld. Skora and Hossfeld quickly dispatched of Finocchario when racing resumed, and they then went after the leader. The duo of RoC Modified Series stars took over the top two spots in the field from Fiebelkorn on lap 14.

Skora and Hossfeld quickly pulled away from the pack with the two-time and defending winner of the race, Hossfeld, hounding Skora for the lead. Hossfeld drove past Skora for first place on lap 22, but their battle was far from over.

They raced until lap 37 when the yellow flag reappeared after a 27-lap green flag run following an incident in turn four between Daryl Lewis, Jr. and Jayme Thompson. Hossfeld and Skora continued to duel for the lead with Skora being able to get some runs under Hossfeld in turns two and four.

As the second half of the race went on the drama continued to build as Hossfeld and Skora raced each other as well as lapped traffic. The caution came out again on lap 64 after another long green flag run. Dave Kozlowski slammed the Thermal Foam blocks at the exit of turn four, but managed to drive away. Skora was forced to go to the pits during the caution period as a broken panhard bar ended his night early.

With Skora out of the picture, there was a little less pressure on Hossfeld with just nine laps to go. Fielbelkorn had hung with leaders most of the race, and was now back to second followed Rypkema and Jankowiak. Jankowiak had motored his way through the field after suffering damage early in the event.

The final restart of the race took place with just five laps to go, and Hossfeld pulled away during the final five circuits to score the victory. The win gives him eight career U.S. Open wins between the Modifieds and Sportsman, including three-straight in the Sportsman event.

Fiebelkorn finished an impressive second as the new car that he debuted late in the season ran very well once again. Rypkema finished third and showed some speed late in the race that gave him a shot to win. Eddie Hawkins and Jankowiak rounded out the top five.

Hossfeld’s eighth U.S. Open win was a record-tying victory, and not a record-breaking one as earlier in the night Jankowiak became the first driver with eight U.S. Open wins after rolling up the field in the NYPA TQ Midget feature.

Jankowiak led all 25 laps from the pole position to break the record and he also became the first driver to win U.S. Open features in four different divisions. He previously won in the Street Stocks (2006), Sportsman (2010-2014) and last year won the U.S. Open 125 Modified race.

Dave Wollaber might have had a shot to challenge Jankowiak for the win, but would have needed a late race caution to do so. Wollaber stormed through the field to finish second followed by Mark Schulz, Kyle Hutchinson and Jeremy Haudricourt.

The inaugural John Julicher Classic for the RoC Super Stock Series featured a great battle for the win between eventual victor Joe Mancuso, Tim Gullo and Tommy Krawczyk. Scott Wylie and Zach Willis led the 26-car field to the drop of the green flag. Krawczyk started third, but took lead by the third lap of the race.

Gullo and Mancuso started tenth and 11th respectively, which forced them to work their way through the field to contend for the win. Mancuso led the charge as he made it up to sixth place by lap 8 with Gullo not far behind.

A trio of midrace cautions kept the field bunched up, which allowed Mancuso and Gullo to work their way through the top five. Mancuso and Gullo landed just behind Krawczyk in the running order with about 12 laps to go. On lap 20, Gullo managed to move from third place to take the lead from Krawczyk while Mancuso got shuffled back to fourth behind Chuck Anderson.

Mancuso had to crawl his way back to the front of the field again, and he caught Gullo with just five laps to go. He wrestled the lead from Gullo on lap 27 after an intense battle between all three cars. Gullo pushed up high into Mancuso on a couple occasions, and Krawczyk nearly passed both of them on the inside.

A final caution period on lap 28 set up a green-white-checkered finish, but Mancuso took off on the final restart. Krawczyk and Gullo were left to battle for the runner-up spot as he cruised to his third career U.S. Open Super Stock win and a $1,500 payday. Krawczyk edged Gullo for second. Jake Wylie was the hard charger of the event as he came from the 19th starting position to finish fourth. Chuck Anderson completed the top five.

Jacob Gustafson was the lone winner of the night to get his name on the U.S. Open trophy for the very first time. Gustafson led the final 11 laps of the Race of Champions 4-Cylinder Dash Series to secure his first-ever win at Lancaster.

Gustafson passed pole sitter Jimmy Pierce for the lead just after a restart on lap 13, and then drove away from the field to pick up the victory. Pierce had a strong as he controlled the first half the event from the pole position before giving way to Gustafson. He finished second followed by Jason Anasiewicz, Bobby Woch and Scott Fritz.

The 30th annual U.S. Open resumes at Lancaster National Speedway on Sunday afternoon with the RoC Modified Series U.S. Open 125 plus the RoC Late Models and Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks. Racing begins at 2 p.m.

RESULTS

RACE OF CHAMPIONS SPORTSMAN SERIES – VP RACING FUELS SPORTSMAN

Fast Qualifier: George Skora III – 18.247 seconds

Heat Winners: Chuck Hossfeld, Tyler Rypkema, George Skora III

Feature: CHUCK HOSSFELD, Mike Fiebelkorn, Jr., Tyler Rypkema, Eddie Hawkins, Andy Jankowiak, Scott Wylie, Chris Finocchario, Mark Pennell, Sherri Hogan, John Barber, Andy Lewis, Dave Kozlowski, Jake Vernon, Alan Bookmiller, Timmy Lewis, Jayme Thompson, Leo Becker, Bobby Weber, Scott Hossfeld, George Skora III, Daryl Lewis, Jr., Owen Bednasz, Mike Ramos, Tony Hanbury, Tony Carbone, Connor Sellars DNS: Shawn Nye

RACE OF CHAMPIONS SUPER STOCKS

Fast Qualifier: Joe Mancuso – 19.619 seconds

Heat Winners: Tommy Krawczyk, Joe Mancuso, Zach Willis

Feature: JOE MANCUSO, Tommy Krawczyk, Tim Gullo, Jake Wylie, Zach Willis, Chuck Anderson, Terry Cheetham, Eric Brown, TJ Cochrane, Josh Schoonmaker, Joel Gleason, Dale Lazzaro, Cole Hicks, Bob Ripley, Tom Northem, Willie Strusz, Kory Rider, Joe Fetzer, Vern Hedderick, Mike Nichols, Andy Cryan, Tommy Barron, Scott Wylie, Jeff Whalen, Max Northem DNS: Charles Buchanan

RACE OF CHAMPIONS 4-CYLINDER DASH SERIES – ROAMING BUFFALO 4-CYLINDERS

Heat Winners: Dave Brunka, Dave Milbrand Jr., Jacob Gustafson, Charles Palmer

Feature: JACOB GUSTAFSON, Jimmy Pierce, Jason Anasiewicz, Bobby Woch, Scott Fritz, Joe Brunka, Jody London, Chris Pennell, Andy Danielwicz, Dave Brunka, Bob Palmer, Travis Montgomery, Ryan Palmer, Jason Adams, Bob Bogner, Adam Killingbeck, Tommy Hughes, Braden Suffaletta, Briar Dils, Jeff Dorenzo, Kevin Bainbridge, Charles Palmer, Dave Milbrand, Jr. DQ: Kenny Hejna DNS: Dan Dressel, Justin Sass, Dave Evans, Andy Jankowiak, Greg Krause, Tim Durfy

NYPA TQ MIDGET SERIES

Heat Winners: Jeremy Haudricourt, Erik Musto

Feature: ANDY JANKOWIAK, Dave Wollaber, Mark Schulz, Kyle Hutchinson, Jeremy Haudricourt, Erik Musto, Andy Nye, AJ Hessler, Vinny Christiano, Jr., Pat Smith, Vinny Christiano III, Cameron Ruggiero, Kevin Wilson

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BEDNASZ, CRYAN & DRESSEL CLINCH LANCASTER TRACK CHAMPIONSHIPS

BEDNASZ, CRYAN & DRESSEL CLINCH LANCASTER TRACK CHAMPIONSHIPS

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LANCASTER, N.Y. (September 8, 2018) – Lancaster National Speedway’s X-Press Signs Stock Car Series put a bow on the 2018 regular season on Saturday night during Season Championship Night. Owen Bednasz of Lakeview, N.Y. locked up the VP Racing Fuels Sportsman championship. Andy Cryan of Buffalo celebrated his first career Advanced Auto Parts Street Stock track title. Dan Dressel of Amherst, N.Y. took top honors in the Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders for 2018.

On top of the battles for points positions there were also plenty of teams dialing in their cars for the 30th annual U.S. Open weekend, which is coming up in less than two weeks (September 21-23).

The final points race of the season for VP Racing Fuels Sportsman featured 16 cars with Jake Vernon of Hamburg, N.Y. and Scott Wylie leading the field to the final green flag of the regular season. Vernon jumped out to the lead at the start of the race. He led a four-car breakaway at the front of the field that included Wylie, Shawn Nye and George Skora III.

There were just two caution periods in the first half of the 35-lap race. The first happened on lap nine when Jason Bowden of Hamilton, Ontario plowed into the Thermal Foam blocks in turn three. The OSCAAR Modified driver from Canada was making his first-ever start at Lancaster. Then on lap 17 there was contact between Tony Carbone and Owen Bednasz in turn two, and Carbone spun to bring out the yellow flag for the second time.

Wylie and Nye traded the runner-up position back-and-forth as the second half of the race got under way. Wylie eventually regained the spot from Nye. The lead quartet continued to dominate the race while the remaining positions inside the top ten were up for grabs between the likes of Bobby Weber, John Barber, Chris Finocchario and others

Two late-race cautions set up some drama for the final laps of the feature. Dave Kozlowski spun out in turn two on lap 32 for the first yellow flag. Then Jayme Thompson slammed the outside wall coming off of turn four to set up a green-white-checkered finish.

Vernon held off Skora and Wylie for the final two laps to secure his first-ever VP Racing Fuels Sportsman win at Lancaster. The victory was an emotional one for Vernon as he had arrived to the track late and missed practice because he was attending a celebration of life for his grandmother who had passed away three weeks earlier.

Skora, Wylie and Nye followed Vernon across the finish line. John Barber rounded out the top five after starting 14th.

Following the race Owen Bednasz was crowned the 2018 track champion. The final leg of his championship season was an eventful one. It started with a crash in his heat race after getting tangled up with two other cars at the start. The car was repaired in time to make the feature, but the right-side nerf bar came loose early in the race and he had to pit to get it reattached. Luckily for Bednasz he had a mathematical lock on the championship coming into the final race.

Rich Sharpe of Lancaster dominated the Advance Auto Parts Street Stock feature for his fourth win of the season. Sharpe led all 25 laps from the pole position.

Andy Cryan overcame a straightaway-sized deficit to catch Sharpe in the closing laps. Cryan got within a car-length of Sharpe but the right rear tire started to go away in the final circuits. Cryan finished second to round out his championship winning season that included nine feature wins.

Mark Hoch finished third behind Sharpe and Cryan. Tim Welshans came home fourth. Max Northem rounded out the top five in a brand new car.

In the Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders, Dave Brunka of Cheektowaga, N.Y. led 19 of 25 laps for his second win of the season. Brunka quickly moved from the fifth starting position to pass Chris Pennell for the lead on lap six, and then drove away to a sizable lead.

It was a Brunka family 1-2 finish as his brother, Joe, placed second. Dan Dressel finished third to sew up his first career Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinder track championship. Jason Anasiewicz and Spencer Speedway regular Jacob Gustafson rounded out the top five.

The NYPA TQ Midgets also had their final tune up before the U.S. Open. AJ Hessler and Mark Schulz dominated for most of the race, pulling out to a large lead until a couple of late-race cautions bunched the field up again. Hessler held off Schulz and Kyle Hutchinson in the final three laps to secure the win.

Lancaster National Speedway closes out the 2018 season with 30th annual U.S. Open on September 21-23. The weekend starts on Friday night with practice and the U.S. Open Kickoff Party with live music from 1980 Something. Saturday’s program is headlined by the 75-lap event for the Race of Champions Sportsman Series and the VP Racing Fuels Sportsman. The Race of Champions Modified Series closes out the show on Sunday with the 30th annual U.S. Open 125. Full details are available on the Lancaster National Speedway website.

RESULTS

VP RACING FUELS SPORTSMAN

Heat Winners: Jake Vernon, Scott Wylie

Feature: JAKE VERNON, George Skora III, Scott Wylie, Shawn Nye, John Barber, Bobby Weber, Chris Finocchario, Tony Carbone, Owen Bednasz, Sherri Hogan, Russ Gian, Dave Kozlowski, Jayme Thompson, Mark Pennell, Jason Bowden

2018 Track Champion: Owen Bednasz

ADVANCE AUTO PARTS STREET STOCKS

Heat Winners: Rich Sharpe, Jarrod Brown, Andy Cryan

Feature: RICH SHARPE, Andy Cryan, Mark Hoch, Tim Welshans, Max Northem, Nik Welshans, Chris Powers, Dave Vona, Jarrod Brown, Ken Maltby, Kenny Hejna, Tommy Wentland, Jay Cannonico, Mike Dalfonso, Jerry Koznowski, Garrett Cleversley, Frank Prell, Rick Meyers, Jeff Szafraniec, Mike Rogers, Scott Soos DNS; Bob Blaszak, Jr.

2018 Track Champion: Andy Cryan

ROAMING BUFFALO 4-CYLINDERS

Heat Winners: Dan Dressel, Chris Pennell

Feature: DAVE BRUNKA, Joe Brunka, Dan Dressel, Jason Anasiewicz, Jacob Gustafson, Chris Pennell, Scott Fritz, Andy Danielwicz, Charles Palmer, Josh Schosek, Briar DIls, Dave Evans, Jamie Pew

2018 Track Champion: Dan Dressel

NYPA TQ MIDGETS

Heat Winners: Andy Nye, AJ Hessler

Feature: AJ HESSLER, Mark Schulz, Kyle Hutchinson, Ryan Fraser, Dave Wollaber, Ronnie Flaim, Arik McGruder. Vinny Christiano III, Vinny Christiano Jr., Chad Haywood, Cameron Ruggiero, Tony Patrea, Ted Jones, Jr., Andy Nye, Adrian Stahle, Sean McNamara, Jamie Pew, Erik Musto DNS: Chester Haywood

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NYE, CRYAN, PALMER & HUTCHINSON VICTORIOUS AT LANCASTER

NYE, CRYAN, PALMER & HUTCHINSON VICTORIOUS AT LANCASTER

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LANCASTER, N.Y. (August 25, 2018) – Shawn Nye of Lancaster captured his first VP Racing Fuels Sportsman feature win of the season at Lancaster National Speedway. The 2017 Sportsman track champion held off a late-race challenge from current division point leader Owen Bednasz to secure the victory.

In additional X-Press Signs Stock Car Series action, Andy Cryan of Buffalo won his ninth Advance Auto Parts Street Stock feature of the year. Charles Palmer of Cheektowaga, N.Y. claimed his third Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinder feature in a race that was interrupted by a 30-minute rain delay. Kyle Hutchinson of East Aurora, N.Y. scored his second win of the season at Lancaster in NYPA TQ Midgets.

Shawn Nye started his day competing at the Track at Hillside, but made it to Lancaster just in time to run his heat race. Nye’s good timing allowed him to secure a qualifying position in the heat which put him on the outside pole for the 35-lap feature.

Jayme Thompson lined up on the pole after winning her second heat race of the season with Nye to her outside on the initial start. Nye quickly jumped out to the early lead with Andy Jankowiak and Owen Bednasz behind him.

The first 23 laps of the feature went caution-free as Nye stormed out a big lead while Bednasz made his way to second place and Mike Fiebelkorn, Jr. moved up to third after starting in fifth. The trio tightened up as the race passed the halfway point with Bednasz and Fiebelkorn closed in on the leader.

The yellow flag flew for the first time on lap 23 when Sherri Hogan and Dave Kozlowski tangled on the backstretch. This set off a series of caution periods, mainly for simple spin outs, that slowed down the pace of the race. Nye held his own on the multiple restarts, while Bednasz and Fiebelkorn dueled for second.

Bednasz eventually won the battle with Fiebelkorn as he set his sights on Nye for the lead. A caution for a spin by Scott Hossfeld set up a green-white-checkered finish between the reigning Sportsman track champion in Nye and the driver currently leading the points in Bednasz.

Nye got a great jump on the final restart, but Bednasz reeled him back in. Bednasz gave Nye a shot in the back bumper in turn 3, and then pulled to the inside of Nye as they raced to the checkered flag. Nye held for his first checkered flag at Lancaster in 2018.

Bednasz settled for second place for the second race in a row, but he is now in the driver’s seat to clinch his first track title heading to Season Championship Night on September 8. Fiebelkorn finished third with Amy Catalano and Bobby Weber rounding out the top five.

Andy Cryan made it nine wins for the #09 car in 2018 in the Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks. Cyran battled hard with Mark Hoch for the win throughout the second half of the 25-lap feature. Hoch had command of the inside line, which forced Cryan to run the high line as he challenged for the lead.

A late caution on lap 23 may have made the difference for Cryan. He was scored as the leader when the yellow flag was displayed, which allowed him to line up on the inside row for the final restart. With the roles reversed, Cryan was able to drive away from Hoch on the green-white-checkered finish to pick up another win.

Cryan has unofficially put a lock on the 2018 Street Stock championship as no other driver has a mathematical shot to win the title. His closest competitor in the standings, Dave Vona, finished third in the race behind Cryan and Hoch. Tommy Wentland and Mike Dalfonoso completed the top five.

The 25-lap Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinder feature was interrupted by rain just past the halfway point of the race. A brief shower delayed the program by about 30 minutes.

Joe Brunka was the leader of the race going into the weather delay followed by his brother, Dave, and Charles Palmer. The Brunkas made contact in turn 2 when the race resumed, which set off a mad scramble down the backstretch. Chris Pennell managed to take the lead followed by Dave Brunka, Josh Schosek and Palmer.

Pennell attempted to hold off Brunka as he tried for his third win of the season. The pair tangled coming to the checkered flag with Pennell getting turned around off of turn 4. The victory was awarded to Palmer for his third win of the season.

Dan Dressel finished second to pad his points lead in the division going into the final race of the regular season. Andy Danielwicz finished third followed by Briar Dils and Josh Schosek.

Kyle Hutchinson passed Ted Jones, Jr. for the lead on lap nine of the NYPA TQ Midget and never looked back as he cruised to his second win of the year at Lancaster. Hutchinson was able to pass on the outside despite green track conditions following the rain delay. Dave Wollaber finished in second place. AJ Hessler, Jones and Chad Haywood filled out the top five.

Lancaster National Speedway is back in action on Saturday, September 8 for Season Championship Night as the track champs will be crowned in the Sportsman, Street Stocks and 4-Cylinders. The NYPA TQ Midgets will be on hand as well for a final tune up before the U.S. Open. Racing starts at 6:30 p.m.

RESULTS

VP RACING FUELS SPORTSMAN

Heat Winners: Jayme Thompson, Mike Fiebelkorn, Jr.

Feature: SHAWN NYE, Owen Bednasz, Mike Fiebelkorn, Jr., Amy Catalano, Bobby Weber, Tony Carbone, George Skora III, Tommy Catalano, Timmy Catalano, Scott Wylie, Jayme Thompson, Andy Jankowiak, John Barber, Dave Kozlowski, Jake Vernon, Leo Becker, Scott Hossfeld, Sherri Hogan, Russ Gian, Mike Rogers DNS: Mark Pennell

ADVANCE AUTO PARTS STREET STOCKS

Heat Winners: Mark Hoch, Rich Sharpe

Feature: ANDY CRYAN, Mark Hoch, Dave Vona, Tommy Wentland, Mike Dalfonso, Tim Garlock, Garrett Cleversley, Alex Morris, Jeff Szafraneic, Rick Meyers, Scott Soos, Jay Cannonico, Rich Sharpe

ROAMING BUFFALO 4-CYLINDERS

Heat Winners: Joe Brunka, Dave Brunka

Feature: CHARLES PALMER, Dan Dressel, Andy Danielwicz, Briar Dils, Josh Schosek, Dave Evans, Mark Annis, Jr., Chris Pennell, Dave Brunka, Joe Brunka, Rob Sapienza, Kevin Bainbridge, Jamie Pew

NYPA TQ MIDGETS

Heat Winners: Kyle Hutchinson, Chad Haywood

Feature: KYLE HUTCHINSON, Dave Wollaber, AJ Hessler, Ted Jones, Jr., Chad Haywood, Vinny Christiano, Jr., Ryan Fraser, Erik Musto, Mark Schulz, Vinny Christiano III, Tony Patrea, Jamie Pew, Arik McGruder, Pat Smith, Chet Haywood, Andy Nye, Cameron Ruggiero, Kevin Wilson, Andy Jankowiak DNS: Jeremy Haudricourt

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ANDY J WINS TOMMY DRUAR/TONY JANKOWIAK MEMORIAL 110

ANDY J WINS TOMMY DRUAR/TONY JANKOWIAK MEMORIAL 110

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LANCASTER, N.Y. (August 19, 2018) – Andy Jankowiak of Tonawanda, N.Y. won the 29th annual Tommy Druar/Tony Jankowiak Memorial 110 Race of Champions Modified Series event at Lancaster National Speedway on Saturday night. The race pays tribute to Jankowiak’s late father and uncle who were killed in separate racing accidents in 1989 and 1990.

Jankowiak held off Patrick Emerling during the final 20 laps of the race to secure his third Race of Champions Series win of the 2018 season.

Scott Wylie and Emerling led the field to the start of the 110-lap main event. Emerling, a former two-time winner of the Tommy/Tony 110, grabbed the early lead. Chuck Hossfeld followed him from the third starting position to move into second place.

Defending race winner George Skora III was on the move early in the race. He came from the eighth place starting position to quickly move up to third by lap 16. The caution flag came out for the first time on lap 19 when Chris Ridsdale slowed on the track. Daryl Lewis, Jr. was one of the first cars to make a pit stop as his crew bolted on a new right rear tire on lap 21.

Emerling, Hossfeld and Skora led the field until the yellow flag came out on again on lap 35. A chain reaction incident happened out of turn 2 when Timmy Catalano slowed on the track. It bunched the back end of the field, and Alan Bookmiller bounced off the wall before being run into from behind by Ridsdale.

This caution period was a signal for the majority of the leaders to come down pit road. Emerling, Hossfeld, Skora and Jankowiak were among the frontrunners that pitted for a new tire. Daren Scherer, Jack Ely and Tommy Catalano inherited the top three spots in the running order after they stayed on the track.

The race resumed with Scherer and Catalano battling for the lead. Lewis’s early pit stop put him ahead of all the leaders that pitted on lap 38, and he quickly entered the top three. Skora spun out in turn 3 on lap 52 to bring out the yellow flag for a fourth time.

The race restarted just past the halfway point with Jankowiak leading the cars that had pitted for a new tire. He had made his way back up to fourth place with just over 50 laps to go. Jankowiak quickly dispatched of Lewis and Scherer to move into second place by lap 60. He then tracked down Catalano, and passed him for the lead on lap 66 after a brief side-by-side battle.

The longest green flag run of the night ended on lap 86 when Eric Beers spun into the grass off of turn 2. This bunched the field up for the restart with Jankowiak leading Lewis, Emerling, Mike Leaty and Hossfeld. Emerling got past Lewis for second on lap 89.

Two late race cautions happened inside the final 15 laps of the race, the worst of which happened on lap 104 when George Skora plowed into the Thermal Foam blocks in turn 3. Skora was racing with Eric Beers and Tommy Catalano for position when he tagged the wall.

This set up a final six lap dash between Jankowiak and Emerling. Emerling was able to get to Jankowiak’s back bumper on multiple occasions in the closing laps, but was unable to make an attempt at a pass. Jankowiak held on to score the victory. He has won three of  RoC Modified events held at Lancaster in the last two season.

Emerling settled for second as he and Jankoiwak both placed in the top three on three separate occasions this season in the RoC Modified Series. Daryl Lewis, Jr. held off Mike Leaty to finish third for the fifth time this season, including three times at Lancaster. Leaty and Eric Beers rounded out the top five.

Tim Gullo of Elmira, N.Y. won the 37-lap, $1,000-to-win Race of Champions Super Stock Series feature. Gullo came out on top of an intense three-car battle for the win with Joe Mancuso and Tommy Barron.

Barron led the first 25 laps from the pole position before Gullo took the lead away for the first time. A lapped car held up Gullo going into turn 1 on lap 28 to allow Barron to regain the lead, but Gullo took it back one lap later.

Mancuso overcame from nearly spinning out on two separate occasions to challenge Gullo for the lead during the final five laps. Gullo held on to score his second RoC Super Stock Series win of the season and maintain his series points lead. Mancuso, Barron, Chuck Anderson and Zach Willis rounded out the top five finishers.

Rich Sharpe of Lancaster picked up his third win of the season in Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks. Sharpe passed Mark Hoch for the lead with 10 laps to go to secure his first win in three months.

Eight-time feature winner and division points leader Andy Cryan was taken out of contention on the second lap of the race. Cryan made contact with Dave Vona going down the backstretch, and then bounced off of Max Northem’s car to bring out the yellow flag. His crew was able to make repairs, but not before losing a couple laps.

That set up the battle between Sharpe and Hoch for the win. Vona finished third while Northem rebounded to finish fourth. Tommy Wentland led one lap while challenging Hoch for the lead early in the race, and finished in fifth.

Kevin Bainbridge of Amherst, N.Y. led all 25 laps of the Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinder feature to get his second win of the season. Bainbridge went from the third starting position to pass both front row starters, Andy Danielwicz and Charles Palmer, on the opening lap for the eventual race-winning pass.

Palmer finished second for his second-straight top two finish. Dave Brunka, Jason Anasiewicz and Joe Brunka completed the top five.

This coming Saturday at Lancaster National Speedway is Big Rig Night. All CDL license holders can get a general admission ticket for just $5. There will be a full card of X-Press Signs Stock Car Series Racing with the VP Racing Fuels Sportsman, Street Stocks, 4-Cylinders and NYPA TQ Midgets.

About Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway: Founded in 1959, Lancaser National Speedway and Dragway, WNY’s Premier Motorsports and Event Facility, is a multi-use facility located on 77 acres just outside of metropolitan Buffalo, N.Y. The facility features a 1/8-mile drag strip, a 1/2-mile oval track and hosts several non-motorsports events such as car shows and concerts. For the latest information on Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway check out our website www.lancasternationalspeedway.com. Additional information for racers and fans can be found on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/LancasterSpeedway) and on Twitter (@LancasterSpdwy).

RESULTS

RACE OF CHAMPIONS MODIFIED SERIES

Fast Qualifier: Chuck Hossfeld – 17.040 seconds

Heat Winners: Daren Scherer, Andy Jankowiak, Chuck Hossfeld

29th annual Tommy Druar/Tony Jankowiak Memorial 110 Finish: ANDY JANKOWIAK, Patrick Emerling, Daryl Lewis, Jr., Mike Leaty, Eric Beers, Chuck Hossfeld, Tommy Catalano, Daren Scherer, Jack Ely, Amy Catalano, Randall Richard, Scott Wylie, Danny Knoll, Jr., Karl Hehr, George Skora III, Alan Bookmiller, Chris Ridsdale, Timmy Catalano, Mike Ramos, Jody London, Shawn Nye, Matt Druar

RACE OF CHAMPIONS SUPER STOCKS

Heat Winners: Joe Mancuso, Tim Gullo

Feature: TIM GULLO, Joe Mancuso, Tommy Barron, Chuck Anderson, Zach Willis, Tommy Krawczyk, Tommy Reese, Joel Gleason, Dana Novoa, Eric Brown, Vern Hedderick, Jeff Whalen, Josh Hunter, Ron Richter

ADVANCE AUTO PARTS STREET STOCKS

Heat Winners: Dave Vona, Andy Cryan

Feature: RICH SHARPE, Mark Hoch, Dave Vona, Max Northem, Tommy Wentland, Jarrod Brown, Chris Powers, Jerome Hruby, Garrett Cleversley, Jerry Kosmowski, Frank Prell, Jeff Szafraneic, Rick Meyers, Nate Straus, Andy Cryan, Scott Soos, Mike Rogers DNS: Gary Bartella

ROAMING BUFFALO 4-CYLINDERS

Heat Winners: Jason Anasiewicz, Charles Palmer

Feature: KEVIN BAINBRIDGE, Charles Palmer, Dave Brunka, Jason Anasiewicz, Joe Brunka, Dan Dressel, Chris Pennell, Scott Fritz, Andy Danielwicz, Briar Dils, Bob Palmer, Dave Evans, Josh Schosek

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