CRYAN HONORS FALLEN CHAMPION JULICHER WITH KEN HECKLER TRIBUTE 51 WIN

CRYAN HONORS FALLEN CHAMPION JULICHER WITH KEN HECKLER TRIBUTE 51 WIN

LANCASTER, N.Y. (August 11, 2018) – Andy Cryan’s eighth Advance Auto Parts Street Stock win of the season might have been his most meaningful as he captured the 2nd annual Ken Heckler Tribute 51 on Saturday night at Lancaster National Speedway.

The win by Cryan came just two days after the passing of nine-time Late Model track champion, John Julicher. Julicher had been a mentor to Cryan during the past couple seasons, and his son, Brad Julicher, serves as Cryan’s crew chief. Cryan runs the #09 and sports a paintscheme that is similar to Julicher’s Late Models as a tribute the winningest Late Model driver in track history.

Cryan lined up ninth in the 22-car field for the Ken Heckler Tribute 51 lap race. The event pays tribute to former racer and track official, Ken Heckler, who passed away suddenly in 2017. Garrett Cleversley and Bob Palmer started on the front row. Cleversley grabbed the early lead followed by Tim Welshans, Mike Dalfonso and Tommy Wentland.

Welshans took the lead from Cleverlsey on lap 3 and Dalfonso followed him into second place. Dalfonso took the top spot from Welshans eight laps later just before the yellow flag waved after Ken Camidge’s engine expired in turn four. The race restarted with Dalfonso leading Dave Vona, Welshans, Tommy Wentland, and Nik Welshans.

The trio of Dalfonso, Vona and Wentland pulled away from the field until lap 25 when the yellow flag was displayed again. This caution period was for the mandatory field inversion. A random draw between 2-12 decided how many cars would be inverted. The Heckler family drew the number 12 for the inversion, which meant the leader was dropped to 12th place, and the 12th place car moved to first.

Chris Powers became the leader of the race following the inversion followed by Jarrod Brown, Jerome Hruby, Tim Welshans and Mark Hoch. Powers jumped out to the lead following the restart with Brown and Welshans battling for second. Tim Welshans took the lead from Powers on lap 28 with his brother, Nik, following him into second place. Nik Welshans grabbed the lead from his brother just one lap later.

Cryan restarted eighth following the inversion after making his way up to fifth before the mandatory caution. The invert forced Cryan to start his trek to the front of the field all over again with the same amount of laps he would have for a normal Saturday night feature. Cryan quickly made his way to second place by lap 30. Three laps later he was able to pass Welshans to take the lead.

Tim Welshans night came to an end on lap 39 when he tangled with Rich Sharpe and Tommy Wentland on the front straightaway. Welshans hit in the inside retaining wall to take him out of competition. The final caution period of the race happened on lap 43 when polesitter Cleversley plowed into the Thermal Foam blocks in turn two.

The race restarted with Cryan leading Nik Welshans, Brian Hoffman, Wentland and Mark Hoch. Hoffman was making his second Lancaster start of the season after winning in his season debut on July 14. He quickly dispatched of Welshans after the final restart of the night to move into second place with seven laps to go.

Hoffman tried to hang with Cryan at the front of the field, but he lost sight of the leader in the closing laps. Cryan cruised to his eighth Street Stock win of the season. He was joined in victory lane by the Julicher family and friends.

Hoffman finished second followed by Nik Welshans, Sharpe and Wentland. Sharpe came back through the field late in the race after pitting following the incident on lap 32 with Tim Welshans. Hoch, Vona, Hruby, Powers and Jay Canonico rounded out the top ten.

In additional X-Press Signs Stock Car Series action, George Skora III of Eden, N.Y. won the 35-lap VP Racing Fuels Sportsman feature. Skora passed Jayme Thompson for the lead on lap five of the event. He then held off division points leader Owen Bednasz in the closing lap to score his first win of the season.

The victory serves as a tune up for Skora as he looks to defend his Tommy Druar/Tony Jankowiak Memorial 110 title next week against the rest of the Race of Champions Modified Series field. Skora scored his first career RoC Series in last year’s Tommy/Tony 110.

Bednasz finished second to maintain his lead in the point standings. Shawn Nye finished third followed by Dave Kozlowski and Leo Becker.

The Midwest Compact Series made their debut at Lancaster on Saturday on the ½-mile oval. The series based out of Ohio gave many four cylinders racer their first chance to tackle the big track after competing on the inner oval. Brian Sprague of Brookville, PA won the 25 lap feature. Sprague passed Don Rufener, Jr. for the lead on lap three, and then held off Jacob Gustafsson in the closing laps to score the win.

Jake Alrbight of Dover, OH was one of the pre-race favorites following the heats, but he developed engine issues after a lap 10 restart while running second. The restart gave Gustafsson a shot the win as he was running a straightaway behind Sprague and Albright before the caution came out.

Charles Palmer of Cheektowaga won the 25-lap Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinder for his second victory of the season. Palmer passed Andy Danielwicz for the lead on lap three and then drove away to a large lead. He was able to pull away as several drivers competed fiercely for second place on back.

Dave Brunka won out the battle to finish second. Jason Anasiewicz, Chris Pennell and Dan Dressel rounded out the top five.

Next week is one of Lancaster National Speedway’s most prestigious events of the year, the 29th annual Tommy Druar/Tony Jankowiak Memorial 110 for the Race of Champions Modified Series. The Race of Champions Super Stocks, Street Stocks and 4-Cylinders will also be in action. Racing start at 6:30 p.m.

RESULTS

VP RACING FUELS SPORTSMAN

Heat Winner: Jayme Thompson

Feature: GEORGE SKORA III, Owen Bednasz, Shawn Nye, Dave Kozlowski, Leo Becker, Tony Carbone, John Barber, Jayme Thompson, Eddie Hawkins, Mark Pennell

ADVANCE AUTO PARTS STREET STOCKS

Heat Winners: Mike Dalfonso, Tim Welshans, Andy Cryan

Ken Heckler Tribute 51 Finish: ANDY CRYAN, Brian Hoffman, Nik Welshans, Rich Sharpe, Tommy Wentland, Mark Hoch, Dave Vona, Jerome Hruby, Chris Powers, Jay Canonico, Bob Palmer, Jeff Szafraniec, Mike Rogers, Bob Blaszak, Jr., Scott Soos, Rick Meyers, Garrett Cleversley, Tim Welshans, Ted Welshans, Mike Dalfonso, Jarrod Brown, Tim Garlock, Jerry Kosmowski, Ken Camidge

ROAMING BUFFALO 4-CYLINDERS

Heat Winners: Joe Brunka, Jason Anasiewicz

Feature: CHARLES PALMER, Dave Brunka, Jason Anasiewicz, Chris Pennell, Dan Dressel, Joe Brunka, Andy Danielwicz, Dave Evans, Kevin Bainbridge, Kenny Hejna, Ryan Palmer

MIDWEST COMPACT SERIES

Heat Winners: Jake Albright, Jacob Gustafsson

Feature: BRIAN SPRAGUE, Jacob Gustafsson, Jody London, Craig Orr, Kenny Hejna, Jason Anasiewicz, Charles Palmer, Dan Rufener Jr., Kelly Lillie, Ryan Palmer, Jake Albright, Bob Bogner, Joe Brunka, Dave Brunka, Tim Durfy, Jeff Szafraniec, Josh Schosek, Dave Milbrand, Jr.

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MIKE LEATY WINS MIDWEEK MODIFIED MANIA 50

MIKE LEATY WINS MIDWEEK MODIFIED MANIA 50

LANCASTER, N.Y. (August 2, 2018) – Mike Leaty of Williamson, N.Y. won the inaugural Midweek Modified Mania 50 Race of Champions Modified Series event on Thursday night at Lancaster National Speedway. Leaty took the lead back from teammate Patrick Emerling on lap 19 to score his first win of the season.

A total of 19 Race of Champions Modified signed in for competition on Thursday with some not-so-regular names in the field. Trans Am Series driver Tony Buffomonte of Chicago, Illinois made his RoC Modified Series debut in a third car for the L2 Autosport team. The Grand Island, N.Y. native was back home trying his hand at short track racing. Super DIRTCar Modified Series driver Billy Whitaker of Central Square, N.Y. piloted a RoC Modified for Rick Kluth and 2-Kwik Racing Chassis as well.

George Skora III and Danny Knoll, Jr. lined up on the front row for the start of the 50 lap feature. Skora grabbed a hold of the lead at the start with Scott Wylie, Knoll and Daryl Lewis, Jr. lined up behind him. Leaty started sixth, and quickly charged to the front. He took over second place on lap 12, and one lap later Leaty edged Skora the start/finish line to take the lead.

The caution flag waved moments after Leaty crossed the stripe ahead of Skora for the stopped car of Andy Short. Skora was able to get the jump on Leaty on the ensuing restart and gained the lead back for two laps. Leaty came back on lap 16 to regain the lead, and brought his L2 Autosport teammate, Patrick Emerling, along with him. Leaty and Emerling took over the top two spots just the yellow flag came out again for Short.

Emerling managed to steal the lead from his teammate after the restart on lap 18, but it would be short lived. He pushed up the track in turn two, and Leaty drove underneath Emerling to take the top spot back just one lap later.

The short distance made for an exciting race as drivers had little time to waste in getting to the front. Andy Jankowiak was one driver that had his work cut out for him as he started deep in the field in 15th. Jankowiak didn’t enter the top five until the 37th circuit. By then Leaty and Emerling had checked out on the field. Luckily a late caution for Alan Bookmiller gave Jankowiak a shot at the win.

The race restarted with nine laps to go and Leaty and Emerling once again took off from the field. Jankowiak was left to battle with Skora and Chuck Hossfeld for third place in the closing laps.

Leaty crossed the finish line first ahead, just ahead of his teammate Emerling, for his first Race of Champions Modified Series win of the season. Skora narrowly edged Jankowiak to finish third for his best result of the season. Hossfeld was fast qualifier earlier in the night, but had to settle for fifth.

In other X-Press Signs Stock Car Series action, Andy Cryan of Buffalo scored his seventh win of the season in the Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks. Cryan held off Tommy Wentland for the final 15 laps of the race to secure the win. Mike Dalfonso came home in third place. Dave Vona and Ken Maltby rounded out the top five.

Dan Dressel of Clarence, N.Y. was declared the winner of the Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinder feature for his fourth win of 2018. Dressel crossed the finish line second behind Jason Anasiewicz, but Anasiewicz was disqualified in post-race inspection. Dave Brunka was credited with second place followed by Kevin Bainbridge, Chris Pennell and Charles Palmer.

Lancaster National Speedway is back in action on Saturday, August 11 for Kids Night plus the Ken Heckler Tribute 51-lap Street Stock race. The Midwest Compact Series will make their Lancaster debut as the 4-Cylinder race cars will tackle the ½-mile oval. The VP Racing Fuels Sportsman will also be in action.

RESULTS

RACE OF CHAMPIONS MODIFIED SERIES

Fast Qualifier: Chuck Hossfeld – 16.906 seconds

Heat Winners: Mike Leaty, Chuck Hossfeld, George Skora III

Midweek Modified Mania 50 Finish: MIKE LEATY, Patrick Emerling, George Skora III, Andy Jankowiak, Chuck Hossfeld, Daren Scherer, Tommy Catalano, Daryl Lewis, Jr., Scott Wylie, Jack Ely, Tony Buffomante, Danny Knoll, Jr., Timmy Catalano, Karl Hehr, Amy Catalano, Billy Whittaker, Alan Bookmiller, Andy Short, Bill Mislin

ADVANCE AUTO PARTS STREET STOCKS

Heat Winners: Nik Welshans, Ken Maltby, Andy Cryan

Feature: ANDY CRYAN, Tommy Wentland, Mike Dalfonso, Dave Vona, Ken Maltby, Tim Welshans, Mark Hoch, Nik Welshans, Jarrod Brown, Brian Rogers, Garrett Cleversley, Chris Powers, Bob Palmer, Jeff Szafraniec, Scott Soos, Rick Meyers, Tim Garlock, Max Northem DNS: Bob Blaszak, Jr.

ROAMING BUFFALO 4-CYLINDERS

Heat Winners: Josh Schosek, Chris Pennell

Feature: DAN DRESSEL, Dave Brunka, Kevin Bainbridge, Chris Pennell, Charles Palmer, Scott Fritz, Bobby Woch, Joe Brunka, Andy Danielwicz, Josh Schosek, Bob Bogner, Dave Evans, Ryan Palmer, John Byrd, Waylon Price DNS: Kenny Hejna DQ: Jason Anasiewicz, Tim Durfy

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Catalano Brothers Finish 1-2 In VP Racing Fuels Sportsman Feature

Catalano Brothers Finish 1-2 In VP Racing Fuels Sportsman Feature

LANCASTER, N.Y. (July 28, 2018) – The Catalano family of Ontario, N.Y. had a night to remember on Saturday at Lancaster National Speedway. Brothers Tommy and Timmy Catalano finished first and second in the VP Racing Fuels Sportsman feature with their mother, Amy, coming home in fifth place. Tommy also added a third place finish in the Race of Champions Late Model Series event.

In other X-Press Signs Stock Car Series action, Eldon King III of Freedom, N.Y. narrowly won his second-straight Race of Champions Late Model feature. Andy Cryan of Buffalo grabbed his sixth win of the year in the Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks. Chris Pennell of Lancaster scored his first win of the season in the Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders.

Tony Carbone and Jayme Thompson led the field to the green flag for the 35-lap main event for the VP Racing Fuels Sportsman. Carbone quickly jumped out to the early lead and pulled away during the opening laps while Thompson was left to defend second place from the likes of Tommy Catalano, Jake Vernon and Mike Fiebelkorn, Jr.

Catalano and Fiebelkorn eventually got past Thompson to fill out the rest of the top three early on. Thompson got tangled up with Patrick Emerling on lap 9 to bring out the first caution of the race. The yellow flag reappeared one lap later when Emerling and Eddie Hawkins made contact in turn three.

Carbone spun his tires on the ensuing restart which bottled up the inside line. This allowed Catalano to take the lead followed by Vernon, Owen Bednasz and Andy Jankowiak. The tire spin by Carbone may have been part of a mechanical issue as he quickly faded through the field. He eventually stopped on the track on lap 17 to bring out the third caution of the race.

Tommy Catalano and Bednasz were the class of the field by the halfway point of the race. Bednasz looked to have the stronger car during the middle stages, and pressure Catalano for the lead.

Patrick Emerling’s night went from bad to worse on lap 21 when he hit the wall off of turn 4, which also caught up his teammate Matt Druar. The drivers walked away, but both cars suffered significant damage.

Catalano’s brother, Timmy, had landed in third place by this point. The younger of the two Catalano brothers in the race started tenth and he slowly climbed his way to the front. Bednasz was sandwiched between the two Catalanos as he tried to go for second-straight Sportsman win.

A spin by Thompson on lap 30 set up a five lap dash to the finish. Tommy Catalano quickly pulled away from the field while Timmy Catalano was able to take over second from Bednasz. The Catalano brothers crossed the finish line 1-2 for the first time at Lancaster.

Bednasz settled for third place, but maintained his points lead in the Sportsman division. Mike Fiebelkorn, Jr. finished fourth, Amy Catalano came home in fifth to give the Catalano family three top five finishes. Carbone rallied from his issues earlier in the race to finish sixth.

The Race of Champions Late Model feature came down to a three lap dash between Dave Russell and Eldon King III. Russell had led the first 27 laps from the pole position and was able to drive away from the field on restarts. King, however, made it count on the final restart of the night as he managed to stay side-by-side with Russell, and eventually took the lead on the outside.

Russell made a last-ditch effort on the final lap to try and steal the win, but came up .094 seconds short at the finish line to give King his second RoC Late Model win in a row. Tommy Catalano finished third behind King and Russell. Bobby Weber and Dave Heitzhaus rounded out the top five.

Andy Cryan bounced back from having his five-race Advance Auto Parts Street Stock win streak snapped two weeks earlier, to score his sixth win of 2018. Cryan passed Tommy Wentland for the lead on lap 4 and then pulled away from the field during a long green flag run.

A couple of late race cautions gave Ken Maltby a shot at Cryan for the lead, but in the end he was no match for the current division points leader. Cryan cruised to his sixth win in the last seven Street Stock races. Dave Vona was credited with second place. Tim Welshans, Mark Hoch and Rich Sharpe completed the top five.

In the Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders, Chris Pennell fended off points leader Dan Dressel for his first win of the season. Pennell overtook Andy Danielwicz for the lead on lap 6. He was able to protect the bottom lane to hold off Dressel throughout the second half of the race. Jason Anasiewicz, Kenny Hejna and Joe Brunka placed in the top five.

About 14 drivers across Lancaster’s three X-Press Signs Stock Car Series home track divisions managed to make it to the track after competing earlier in the day at The Track at Hillside in Holland. Lancaster National Speedway officials appreciate the dedication of its competitors and are grateful to the officials at The Track at Hillside for making it possible for the drivers to make both shows.

Race fans were treated to an on-track autograph session during intermission to give them a chance to meet their favorite drivers and/or make some new favorites.

Lancaster National Speedway is back in action on Thursday, August 2 for the Midweek Modified Mania 50 for the Race of Champions Modified Series. The Street Stocks and 4-Cylinders were also be in action on Thursday. Racing starts at 7 p.m.

RESULTS

VP RACING FUELS SPORTSMAN

Heat Winners: Owen Bednasz, Tony Carbone

Feature: TOMMY CATALANO, Timmy Catalano, Owen Bednasz, Mike Fiebelkorn, Jr., Amy Catalano, Tony Carbone, Jake Vernon, Shawn Nye, Eddie Hawkins, Scott Wylie, Dave Kozlowski, Kevin Lewis, Sherri Hogan, Jayme Thompson, Leo Becker, Andy Jankowiak, Patrick Emerling, Matt Druar, Mark Pennell, John Barber

RACE OF CHAMPIONS LATE MODEL SERIES

Heat Winners: Tommy Catalano, Bobby Weber

Feature: ELDON KING III, Dave Russell, Tommy Catalano, Bobby Weber, Dave Heitzhaus, Bob Minacapelli, Dave Whittaker, Sam Fullone, Ron Richter, Terry Weldy

ADVANCE AUTO PARTS STREET STOCKS

Heat Winners: Andy Cryan, Mark Hoch

Feature: ANDY CRYAN, Dave Vona, Tim Welshans, Mark Hoch, Rich Sharpe, Tommy Wentland, Jim Mallaber, Jay Cananico, Mike Rogers, Jerry Kozmowski, Chris Powers, Rick Meyers, Scott Soos, Mike Dalfonso, Garrett Cleverlsey, Jerome Hruby, Bob Palmer DNS: Jeff Szafraneic, John Carlson DQ: Ken Maltby

ROAMING BUFFALO 4-CYLINDERS

Heat Winners: Chris Pennell

Feature: CHRIS PENNELL, Dan Dressell, Jason Anasiewicz, Kenny Hejna, Joe Brunka, Dave Brunka, Charles Palmer, Andy Danielwicz, Briar Dils, Scott Fritz, Josh Schosek, Dave Evans, John Byrd, Michelle Russo

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BEDNASZ GETS FIRST CAREER SPORTSMAN WIN

BEDNASZ GETS FIRST CAREER SPORTSMAN WIN

LANCASTER, N.Y. (July 15, 2018) – Owen Bednasz of Lakeview, N.Y. recorded his first career VP Racing Fuels Sportsman victory on Saturday night at Lancaster National Speedway. The 22-year-old Bednasz passed defending track champion Shawn Nye for the lead with 14 laps to go, and then drove on to score the win.

In additional X-Press Signs Stock Car Series action, Eldon King III from Freedom, N.Y. won the Race of Champions Late Model Series 30-lap event. Brian Hoffman of South Wales, N.Y. captured his first win of the season in the Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks. Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinder points leader, Dan Dressel of Clarence, N.Y. picked up his third win of 2018.

The start of the program was delayed approximately an hour and fifteen minutes due to late day showers. The track crew worked quickly to get the track in race-ready condition following the rain.

Tony Carbone started on the pole for the 35-lap VP Racing Fuels Sportsman feature, but gave up the lead to Shawn Nye on the opening lap. Bednasz overtook Carbone one lap later to move into second. The duo of Nye and Bednasz then pulled away from the field.

Bednasz stalked Nye throughout the first half of the race, looking for an opportunity to steal the lead. That chance came on lap 21 when Nye bobbled off of turn 2. Bednasz drove past Nye to take the lead in what was the race winning pass.

The 35-lap race went caution-free and Bednasz drove away to large margin to grab his first Sportsman win. Eddie Hawkins was credited with second to give back-to-back runner-up finishes. Mark Pennell, Tony Carbone and Jayme Thompson rounded out the top five.

The Race of Champions Late Model Series made its first visit of the season to Lancaster for its second race of the season. Sam Fullone and Bobby Weber led the field to green for the start of the 30-lap feature. That pair battled for the lead during the opening stages of the race. Weber took first from Fullone on a lap 12 restart.

Caution period around the middle portion of the race allowed Eldon King III to get involved in the race for the win. King passed Fullone on lap 13 for second, and then restart on lap 17 gave him the opportunity to take the lead from Weber. Weber unfortunately got tangled up with Frank Batista a couple of laps later to take away his chance to race King for the win.

King cruised to the checkered flag for his first win of 2018. Jerick Johnson of Mooresville, N.C. finished second in the POW-MIA Freedom #76. Fullone, Weber and Dave Whittaker finished in the top five.

Brian Hoffman snapped the five-race win streak of Andy Cryan in the Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks. Hoffman made his first start of the season on Saturday night and had to come through the field to catch and pass Tommy Wentland for the lead with nine laps to go.

Cryan’s chance to extend his win streak to six races came to an end on lap 18 when a wheel came off his car on the back straightaway to bring out the only caution of the 25-lap feature.

Wentland’s night came to an end as well during the caution period when his car lost power. This handed the runner-up spot to Max Northem, but he would also be bitten by mechanical gremlins and dropped out of the race with less than five laps to go.

Hoffman made the most of his first race of 2018 as he cruised to the victory. Dave Vona took advantage of Northem’s misfortune to finish second. Kyle Sharpe placed third. Ken Maltby and Jerome Hruby completed the top five.

Dan Dressel picked up his third win of the year in Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders to keep him up on top of the division point standings. Dressel came from the sixth starting position to pass Dave Brunka for the lead with 10 laps to go.

Joe Brunka got by his brother Dave late in the race to finish second. Chris Pennell overcame on early race incident to come home in third. Charles Palmer and Dave Brunka rounded out the top five.

Lancaster National Speedway is back in action on Saturday, July 28 for Autograph and FOAR Score Night. Fans can up close and personal with their favorite drivers during an on-track autograph session during intermission. All three X-Press Signs Stock Car Series divisions will be in action, plus the Race of Champions Late Model will be back as well. Racing starts at 6:30 p.m.

RESULTS

VP RACING FUELS SPORTSMAN

Heat Winner: Shawn Nye

Feature: OWEN BEDNASZ, Eddie Hawkins, Mark Pennell, Tony Carbone, Jayme Thompson, Dave Kozlowski, Leo Becker DQ: Shawn Nye

RACE OF CHAMPIONS LATE MODELS

Heat Winners: Terry Weldy, Eldon King III

Feature: ELDON KING III, Jerick Johnson, Sam Fullone, Bobby Weber, Dave Whittaker, Bob Minacappelli, Frank Batista, Jr., Terry Weldy, Ron Richter, Andy Cryan

ADVANCE AUTO PARTS STREET STOCKS

Heat Winners: Max Northem, Dave Vona, Kyle Sharpe

Feature: BRIAN HOFFMAN, Dave Vona, Kyle Sharpe, Ken Maltby, Jerome Hruby, John Carlson, Jay Cannonico, Jarrod Brown, Mike Dalfonso, Jr., Jerry Kosmowski, Jeff Szafraneic, Robert Palmer, Scott Soos, Jon Richael, Max Northem, Tommy Wentland. Andy Cryan, Garrett Cleversley DNS: Mike Rogers

ROAMING BUFFALO 4-CYLINDERS

Heat Winners: Joe Brunka, Chris Pennell

Feature: DAN DRESSEL, Joe Brunka, Chris Pennell, Charles Palmer, Dave Brunka, Josh Schosek, Bob Palmer, Briar Dils, Dave Evams, John Valencourt, Andy Danielwicz

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EMERLING SCORES THIRD SPORTSMAN WIN OF 2018 AT LANCASTER

EMERLING SCORES THIRD SPORTSMAN WIN OF 2018 AT LANCASTER

LANCASTER, N.Y. (July 7, 2018) – Patrick Emerling of Orchard Park, N.Y. continued his hot start to the 2018 season with his third win of the season in the VP Racing Fuels Sportsman at Lancaster National Speedway. The win was Emerling’s fourth overall at Lancaster this season with one Race of Champions Modified Series victory to go along with his three Sportsman triumphs.

Emerling started 10th in the 18-car field for the 35-lap feature. Alan Bookmiller and Eddie Hawkins shared the front row for the initial start. Hawkins made his first visit of the season to Lancaster, and the Marion, N.Y. driver started his night with a win in his heat race, and then jumped out to the early lead in the feature.

Hawkins led through the early stages of the race while Emerling worked his way to the front of the field. Emerling entered the top five by lap 7, and then moved into the runner-up position on lap 13. He then caught Hawkins, and was about to make a move for the lead on lap 16 when the caution flag was displayed for a multi-car incident that included Joe Evans, Matt Druar and Dave Kozlowski.

The ensuing restart gave Emerling the opportunity he needed to take the lead. He got by Hawkins on the restart to move into first place.

Emerling maintained his lead through several late-race restarts and was able to pull away to score the win. He has won all three points-paying Sportsman features at Lancaster so far in 2018. Emerling dedicated the victory to the memory of his grandmother, who passed away two weeks ago.

Hawkins finished second for his best-ever run at Lancaster. Mike Fiebelkorn, Jr. was credited with third place. Fiebelkorn was also making his first start of the season at Lancaster in a brand new car, and just like Hawkins, he won his heat race. Mark Pennell finished fourth. Shawn Nye finished fifth after running most of the race inside the top three, and overcoming late race contact with Andy Jankowiak.

In other X-Press Signs Stock Car Series action, Andy Cryan of Buffalo extended his win streak to five races in the Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks with the most hard-fought win of the streak. Cryan battled his way from the 11th starting position as the Street Stocks featured a season-high field of 20 cars. It took him until lap 19 of the 25-lap feature to make his way into the runner-up position.

Mike Dalfonso, Jr. had led virtually every lap until this point after starting on the pole. Dalfonso was in the hunt for his first career Street Stock win. Dalfonso and Cryan battled side-by-side for the lead in the closing laps despite Cryan dealing with the right side of his hood flapping up in the breeze after breaking a hood pin earlier in the race.

The race was decided with less than two laps to go when Max Northem attempted to pass Dalfonso and Cryan with a three-wide maneuver. Northem and Dalfonso made contact going into turn one and it allowed Cryan to take over the lead for good. Cryan held on for the final laps to pick up his fifth in a row. Ken Maltby finished second after winning his heat race earlier in the night. John Carlson was credited with third place. Jeff Szafraniec and Tim Welshans rounded out the top five.

Kenny Hejna of Buffalo picked up his first win at Lancaster since 2009 in the Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders. Hejna quickly drove from the eighth starting position to take lead from Charles Palmer on lap 5 of the 25-lap feature, and then drove away to open a large lead on the rest of the field.

4-Cylinder points leader Dan Dressel finished second. Dave Brunka, Joe Brunka and Jason Anasiewicz finished in the top five.

The NYPA TQ Midgets made their second appearance of the season at Lancaster, and Dave Wollaber of Lockport, N.Y. won the 20-lap feature. Wollaber looked to be en route to a second place finish to defending series champion Kyle Hutchinson when Hutchinson suffered a mechanical issue with five laps to go. Wollaber took over the lead and drove on to the victory. Andy Nye finished second to Wollaber. AJ Hessler, Vinny Christiano, Jr. and Mark Schulz rounded out the top five.

Next Saturday is Retro Night at Lancaster National Speedway for the X-Press Signs Stock Car Series. Fans are encouraged to wear their old-school racing shirts, jackets and hats. The Race of Champions Late Models will join Lancaster’s three weekly home track divisions, plus a vintage Modified exhibition race. There will be special “retro pricing” at the concession stand with $1 hot dogs and popcorn and $2 draft beer from when the front gates open until racing starts at 6:30 p.m.

RESULTS

VP RACING FUELS SPORTSMAN

Heat Winners: Mike Fiebelkorn, Jr., Eddie Hawkins, Owen Bednasz

Feature: PATRICK EMERLING, Eddie Hawkins, Mike Fiebelkorn, Jr., Mark Pennell, Shawn Nye, Owen Bednasz, Joe Evans, Jake Vernon, John Barber, Tony Carbone, Dave Kozlowski, Scott Hossfeld, Travis Spalding, Alan Bookmiller, Matt Druar, Jayme Thompson, Leo Becker DQ: Andy Jankowiak

ADVANCE AUTO PARTS STREET STOCKS

Heat Winners: Tommy Wentland, Ken Maltby, Garrett Cleversley

Feature: ANDY CRYAN, Ken Maltby, John Carlson, Jeff Szafraniec, Tim Welshans, Mike Dalfonso, Jr., Jerome Hruby, Garrett Cleversley, Dave Vona, Tommy Wentland, Jerry Kozmowski, Ted Welshans, Don Sitarski, Ryan Rogers, Kyle Sharpe, Scott Soos, Robert Palmer, Chris Powers DNS: Rick Meyers DQ: Max Northem

ROAMING BUFFALO 4-CYLINDERS

Heat Winners: Charles Palmer, Dave Brunka

Feature: KENNY HEJNA, Dan Dressel, Dave Brunka, Joe Brunka, Jason Anasiewicz, Chris Pennell, Kayla Joseph, Tim Durfy, Driar Dils, Dave Evans, Ryan Palmer, Chris Eagan, Charles Palmer, Andy Danielwicz, Scott Fritz DNS: Josh Schosek

NYPA TQ MIDGETS

Heat Winners: Kyle Hutchinson, Chad Haywood

Feature: DAVE WOLLABER, Andy Nye, AJ Hessler, Vinny Christiano, Jr., Mark Schulz, Kevin Wilson, Ted Jones, Jr., Tony Patrea, Jamie Pew, Sean McNamara, Tim Nies, Kyle Hutchinson, Chad Haywood, Erik Musto, Pat Smith, Vinny Christiano III, Cameron Ruggiero, Arik McGruder, Andy Jankowiak

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CHUCK HOSSFELD HOLDS OFF MIKE LEATY FOR OL’ BOY CUP 60 WIN

CHUCK HOSSFELD HOLDS OFF MIKE LEATY FOR OL’ BOY CUP 60 WIN

LANCASTER, N.Y. (June 29, 2018) – Chuck Hossfeld of Ransomville, N.Y. held off hard-charging Mike Leaty to win the fourth annual Ol’ Boy Cup 60 Bill Colton Memorial presented by Thermal Foams on Thursday night at Lancaster National Speedway. Leaty made a last lap challenge on Hossfeld, but came up just a few feet short as Hossfeld won by .019 seconds.

In X-Press Signs Stock Car Series Action, Joe Mancuso of Buffalo won the 30-lap Race of Champions Super Stock feature. Andy Cryan of Buffalo was victorious in the Advance Auto Parts Street Stock for the fourth race in a row. In the Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders, Jason Anasiewicz of Alden, N.Y. scored his first feature win of the season.

Hossfeld showed plenty of speed right off the trailer as he topped Race of Champions Modified Series qualifying with a quick lap of 16.932 seconds. He went on to win his heat race and then drew second for his starting position in the 60-lap main event.

Daryl Lewis, Jr. drew one better than Hossfeld and started on the pole for the fourth edition of the Ol’ Boy Cup 60. Eric Beers and Kevin Miller started the race in the second row.

Lewis took off with the lead at the drop of the green flag followed by Hossfeld, Beers and Patrick Emerling. That foursome pulled away from the field during the first third of the race.

Mike Leaty was just as fast Hossfeld to start the night, but his luck wasn’t as good. Leaty was second fastest in qualifying and he also won his heat race. His luck ran out during the redraw and had to start 11th for the feature. The short distance of the race forced him to move to the front quickly. It took Leaty 14 laps to work his way up to fifth place.

From there his luck started to change as the caution flag waved for the first time on lap 20 when Tommy Catalano stopped on the track with a mechanical issue. This bunched the field back up and gave Leaty a chance to challenge the leaders.

The restart also benefitted Hossfeld as he took the lead from Lewis when the race resumed.

Two more cautions just past the halfway portion of the race allowed Leaty to move his way through the top five. Leaty took over second from Lewis with 25 laps to go.

The race came down to a battle between Hossfeld and Leaty. Leaty chased “The Hot Shoe” and appeared to have the faster car in the closing laps. Leaty had two potential bids for the lead come up short. The first saw Leaty make contact with Hossfeld in turn one, and it forced him to save the car from spinning out. He regrouped and made another attempt with less than 10 laps to go, but the car pushed up the race track in turn two.

Lapped traffic and a last lap attempt decided the race. Leaty pulled the outside of Hossfeld in turn three on the final lap with a trio of lappers just ahead. Hossfeld and Leaty raced side-by-side to the checkered flag with Hossfeld crossing the finish line first by about a half of a car length.

For Hossfeld it gave him his second-straight win at Lancaster after winning the Joe Reilly Sportsman Summer Slam on June 16. It was his tenth career Race of Champions Modified Series win at Lancaster, and his first RoC Series win since July 2016.

Leaty took the defeat in stride and was happy with a second place run for his best finish of the year. Lewis finished third for his second-straight top three finish at Lancaster. Patrick Emerling and Daren Scherer rounded out the top five.

Joe Mancuso took his first Race of Champions Super Stock win of the season on Thursday night. Mancuso passed Chuck Anderson for the lead on lap eight, and then survived a series of late-race restarts to earn the victory.

Tommy Barron finished second. Tim Gullo bounced back from an early race spin on the backstretch to finish third. Tommy Reese and Anderson completed the top five.

Andy Cryan continued his win streak in the Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks. Cryan passed Ken Maltby for the lead on lap seven, and he then drove away for the final 18 laps for his fourth win in a row. Maltby placed his second for his best run of 2018. Kyle Sharpe finished third in his first race of the season.

In the Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders, Jason Anasiewicz held Kevin Bainbridge at bay for the duration of the 25-lap feature for his first win of the season. The race ran cleanly and without any yellow flags with Anasiewicz playing defense most of the way. Chris Pennell, Dan Dressel and Dave Brunka recorded top five finishes.

Lancaster’s X-Press Signs Stock Car Series is back in action on Saturday, July 7 for First Responders Night. Any firemen, police personnel or EMTs and can get in for just $5. The NYPA TQ Midgets join Lancaster’s three weekly home track divisions.

RESULTS

RACE OF CHAMPIONS MODIFIED SERIES

Fast Qualifier: Chuck Hossfeld – 16.932 seconds

Heat Winners: Mike Leaty, Camden Barber, Chuck Hossfeld

4th Annual Ol’ Boy Cup 60 Presented by Thermal Foams finish: CHUCK HOSSFELD, Mike Leaty, Daryl Lewis, Jr., Patrick Emerling, Daren Scherer, Andy Jankowiak, George Skora III, Karl Hehr, Amy Catalano, Eric Beers Scott Wylie, Zack Knowlden, Timmy Catalano, Kreig Heroth, Tyler Rypkema, Alan Bookmiller, Jack Ely, Danny Knoll, Jr., Kevin Miller, Tommy Catalano, John Barber, Camden Barber, Chris Ridsdale

RACE OF CHAMPIONS SUPER STOCKS SERIES

Heat Winners: Tommy Krawczyk, Tim Gullo

Feature: JOE MANCUSO, Tommy Barron, Tim Gullo, Tommy Reese, Chuck Anderson, Tommy Krawczyk, Zach Willis, Dana Novoa, Josh Hunter, Josh Schoonmaker, Aaron Higgins, Vern Hedderick, Joel Gleason, Robert Fink, Jeff Whalen, Ron Richter

ADVANCE AUTO PARTS STREET STOCKS

Heat Winners: Andy Cryan, Mark Hoch

Feature: ANDY CRYAN, Ken Maltby, Kyle Sharpe, Tim Welshans, Dave Vona, Tommy Wentland, Mark Hoch, John Carlson, Ted Welshans, Mike Dalfonso, Jr., Chris Powers, Jon Richeal, Jeff Szafraneic, Bob Palmer, Rick Meyers, Mike Rogers

ROAMING BUFFALO 4-CYLINDERS

Heat Winners: Dave Brunka, Charles Palmer

Feature: JASON ANASIEWICZ, Kevin Bainbridge, Chris Pennell, Dan Dressel, Dave Brunka, Tim Durfy, Charles Palmer, Scott Fritz, Jeff Dorenzo, Andy Danielwicz, Briar Dils, Russ Hartke, Dave Evans

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