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Stock Car Banquet – Saturday, November 10 at Buffalo Pizza & Ale House & Banquet Room (603 Dingens St.)

Prices: $38 for adults, $20 17 & Under – Ticket order forms to be out Friday – CLICK HERE FOR TICKET ORDER FORM

Menu: Roast beef, Chicken Marsala, vegetable medley, garlic mashed potatoes, salad and rolls

Open bar 3 hours: draft beer, well liquor, wine and pop included. $2 up-charge for bottled beer and top shelf

Cocktails 6-7 p.m., 7-8 dinner & awards, 8-10 DJ and dancing

Ticket includes live music in bar next to banquet room plus 50% off hotel rooms. Must book rooms through bar (716-240-9161)

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MATT HIRSCHMAN WINS 5TH U.S. OPEN 125

MATT HIRSCHMAN WINS 5TH U.S. OPEN 125

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

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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LANCASTER TO CELEBRATE 30 YEARS OF U.S. OPEN EXCITEMENT THIS WEEKEND

LANCASTER TO CELEBRATE 30 YEARS OF U.S. OPEN EXCITEMENT THIS WEEKEND

LANCASTER, N.Y. (September 15, 2018) – Lancaster National Speedway will celebrate the 30th anniversary of its signature Stock Car event, the U.S. Open, this coming weekend (September 21-23). An event started by former promoter Alex Friesen in 1989 to give the facility a major end of season stock car event has grown into one of the must-see motorsports weekends in the Northeast.

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Over 150 teams from across New York, Pennsylvania and Ontario are expected to descend on Lancaster National Speedway for the three-day event. Many of those teams will impact the local economy by staying in nearby hotels, getting supplies at local stores and dining in area restaurants during their visit. In addition to the traveling race teams, there is also the enormous amount of fans that camp in the speedway parking lot during the event.

A total of seven divisions will be in action during U.S. Open weekend, including Lancaster’s three X-Press Signs Stock Car Series home track divisions: the VP Racing Fuels Sportsman, Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks and Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders. The Race of Champions will host races for all five of its pavement series as part of the event, including the Race of Champions Modifieds, Late Models, Sportsman, Super Stocks and 4-Cylinder Dash Series. The RoC Sportsman and 4-Cylinder Dash fields will feature Lancaster’s weekly racers going head-to-head with the top invading series regulars. The NYPA TQ Midgets, which have been part of the U.S. Open for 25 years, are also on the schedule.

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

Immediately after practice the main concourse will come to life with the U.S. Open Kickoff Party. Popular WNY rock band, 1980 Something, will be playing live music starting at 9:30 p.m., just outside of the 12 Gates Brewing Beer Stand. All former racers and track employees are encouraged to attend as part of the 30th anniversary festivities.

The RoC Sportsman Series take center stage on U.S. Open Saturday with a 75-lap main event. Chuck Hossfeld will be looking for his third-straight U.S. Open Sportsman win as he’ll battle top Sportsman and Modified stars from across the region. 2018 VP Racing Fuels Sportsman champion, Owen Bednasz, will lead the field of Lancaster regulars along with Shawn Nye, Tony Carbone, Jake Vernon and Mark Pennell. Modified standouts George Skora III, Andy Jankowiak, Scott Wylie and Patrick Emerling will likely be in the field as well.

The RoC Super Stock feature has received added importance this year with the event recently being christened the “John Julicher Classic” in honor of former Super Stock and Late Model champion, John Julicher, Sr. The race will pay $1,500 to the winner along with additional bonuses throughout the field. Current RoC Super Stock points leader, Tim Gullo, is the defending U.S. Open Super Stock winner. One of Gullo’s biggest challengers will be two-time U.S. Open winner Joe Mancuso. Gullo, Mancuso and Tommy Barron had a memorable battle for the win in the last RoC Super Stock race at Lancaster back in August with Gullo coming out on top for his sixth win at LNS over the last two seasons.

The NYPA TQ Midgets and RoC 4-Cylinder Dash Series will also be part of the Saturday’s action. Last year Dave Wollaber won his fifth U.S. Open TQ Midget feature, but it was his first in nine years. The RoC 4-Cylinder Dash winner will take home $333.33. Kevin Bainbridge is the two-time and defending winner of the event. Pit gates open at 1 p.m. on Saturday with practice starting at 2. Front gates will also open at 2 p.m. with qualifying beginning at 4:30.

U.S. Open weekend reaches its crescendo on Sunday afternoon with the 30th annual U.S. Open 125 for the Race of Champions Modified Series. The first U.S. Open Modified feature was won by Jan Leaty in 1989, and since then a who’s who of Modified racing has won the event, including Sege Fidanza, Charlie Rudolph, Tony Hirschman, Reggie Ruggiero, Rick Fuller and George Kent. More recently the names of current stars, such as, Chuck Hossfeld, Matt Hirschman, Eric Beers, Patrick Emerling and Andy Jankowiak have added their names to the U.S. Open trophy.

Defending U.S. Open winner, Jankowiak, enters the event chasing Hossfeld for the RoC Modified Series championship. They are separated in the standings by just 49 points with two races left in the season. Jankowiak and Hossfeld are also tied for most career U.S. Open feature wins with each driver winning seven races across multiple divisions.

The U.S. Open 125 is the fifth RoC Modified Series event of the season at Lancaster. Four different drivers have visited RoC Modified victory lane at LNS in 2018. Patrick Emerling kicked off the year with a win in the Queen City Clash. Hossfeld won the Ol’ Boy Cup 60 in June. Mike Leaty won the inaugural Midweek Modified Mania 50 in early August, and Jankowiak won the Tommy Druar/Tony Jankowiak Memorial 110 two weeks later.

Those drivers will also be competing for the Treichler-Troyer Trophy, which goes to the driver that earns the most points in all five Lancaster RoC races based on the track’s point system. Emerling leads Hossfeld by 14 points, with Jankowiak three points behind the “Hotshoe”. Leaty is fourth in the standings, 29 points out of the lead. Daryl Lewis, Jr. is just two points back of Leaty in fifth thanks to a trio of third place finishes at Lancaster.

Joining the Modifieds on Sunday will be the Race of Champions Late Model Series and the Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks. Dave Heitzhaus, who won a feature during the very first U.S. Open in 1989, is the two-time and defending U.S. Open Late Model champion. Heitzhaus will face off against RoC Late Model points leader Eldon King III and former U.S. Open winners Bobby Weber, Terry Weldy and Dave Russell.

The U.S. Open Street Stock feature will likely come down to a battle between two-time U.S. Open winner Rich Sharpe and 2018 Street Stock track champion Andy Cryan. Last season Sharpe won 10 features, including the U.S. Open while en route to the 2017 track title. He has four wins this season. This year has been dominated by Cryan, who has nine feature wins, and is looking to match Sharpe’s 10-win 2017 campaign. Some other drivers to watch include Brian Hoffman, who has wins at Lancaster, the Track at Hillside and Spencer Speedway this year. Hillside champion Ken Maltby, Tim and Nik Welshans, Dave Vona, Tommy Wentland, Mark Hoch and Max Northem could also be in the mix for the win.

Pit gates open on Sunday at 11 a.m. with practice beginning and front gates opening at 12 noon. The program starts at 2 p.m. with Modified time trials followed by heat races.

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BEDNASZ, CRYAN & DRESSEL CLINCH LANCASTER TRACK CHAMPIONSHIPS

BEDNASZ, CRYAN & DRESSEL CLINCH LANCASTER TRACK CHAMPIONSHIPS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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