NYE, CRYAN, PALMER & HUTCHINSON VICTORIOUS AT LANCASTER

NYE, CRYAN, PALMER & HUTCHINSON VICTORIOUS AT LANCASTER

Stock Car Racing

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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History & Memories to be made at 30th annual U.S. Open this September

History & Memories to be made at 30th annual U.S. Open this September

Stock Car Racing

LANCASTER, N.Y. (August 23, 2018) – Lancaster National Speedway’s signature stock car event, the US Open, is turning the “Big 3-0” this year and it is almost time to celebrate. The 30th annual three-day event is set for September 21-23 featuring seven divisions of X-Press Signs Stock Car Racing, including the U.S. Open 125 for the Race of Champions Modified Series.

The U.S. Open was created in 1989 by former speedway promoter Alex Friesen to give Lancaster a big end-of-year event to close out the stock car season, and to draw competitors and fans from across the region. Jan Leaty of Williamson, N.Y. won the inaugural U.S. Open Modified feature making it a “must win” for Modified drivers at the famed 5/8-mile asphalt oval of Lancaster.

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

Immediately after practice, the main concourse comes to life with the U.S. Open Kickoff Party. This year WNY and fan favorite “1980 Something” returns to play their hits live in the concourse right by the 12 Gates Brewing Beer Stand starting at 9:30 p.m.

Saturday’s racing action headlines with the 75-lap main event for the VP Racing Fuels Sportsman as part of the Race of Champions Sportsman Series. The “Hotshoe” Chuck Hossfeld of Ransomville, N.Y. has won this race two years in a row. There will be plenty of competition from Lancaster’s weekly Sportsman racers as well as challengers from across the region looking to deny him a third-straight win.

The RoC Super Stocks, RoC 4-Cylinder Dash Series and NYPA TQ Midgets will also run their heats and features on Saturday. Pit gates open at 1 p.m. with practice starting at 2. Front gates will also open at 2 p.m. with qualifying beginning at 4:30.

The Race of Champions Modified Series takes center stage on Sunday with the running of the 30th annual U.S. Open 125. This is the biggest race of the year for Modified racing in Western New York and is the penultimate event of the RoC Series season.

Last season, Andy Jankowiak of Tonawanda, N.Y. dominated the 125-lap feature for his first U.S. Open Modified win. Jankowiak is coming off a huge victory in the Tommy Druar/Tony Jankowiak Memorial 110 that ran on August 18. He is locking horns with Chuck Hossfeld for the RoC Modified Series championship this season.

The Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks and Race of Champions Late Models fill out the program on Sunday afternoon. Both highly competitive divisions will have stacked fields going for the chance to add their name to the U.S. Open trophy.

Pit gates open on Sunday at 11 a.m. with practice beginning and front gates opening at 12 noon. Heat racing starts at 2 p.m.

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The 30th Annual U.S. OPEN – September 21-23, 2018

Lancaster National Speedway; Lancaster, NY

*All times and events are subject to change

Friday, September 21

4 p.m. Pit Gates Open, Inspection Begins

5:30 p.m. Grandstand Gates Open FREE ADMISSION

6 p.m. Practice – by division (minimum of two rounds)

9:30 p.m. (approx.) Conclusion of Practice – U.S. Open “Kick-Off Party” with band 1980 Something

11:30 p.m. Pit Area Closed / Secure Facility

Saturday, September 22

1 p.m. Pit Gates Open – Inspection Begins

2 p.m. Front Gates Open – Practice by Division (2 Rounds per Division – Inner Oval First)

4 p.m. Driver’s Meetings (Tech Barn)

4:30 p.m. Opening Ceremonies (Invocation & Anthems) followed by heat races

RoC 4-Cylinder Dash Series/Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinder Qualifying Races (8 laps) – Inner Oval

NYPA T.Q. Midget Qualifying Races (8 laps) – Inner Oval

Race of Champions Super Stock Qualifying Races (8 laps)

RoC Sportsman Series/VP Racing Fuels Sportsman Qualifying Races – (10 laps)

RoC 4-Cylinder Dash Series/Roaming Buffalo 4 Cylinder Feature Race (25 laps) – Inner Oval

NYPA T.Q. Midget Feature Race (25 laps) – Inner Oval

VP Racing Fuels Sportsman B-Main IF NEEDED (10 laps)

Sportsman Redraw on Fronstretch (time permitting)

Race of Champions Super Stock Feature (30 laps)

RoC Sportsman Series/VP Racing Fuels Sportsman Feature (75 laps)

Sunday, September 23

11 a.m. Pit Gates Open

12:00 p.m. Front Gates Open – Practice by Street Stocks & Late Models (2 Rounds per Division)

1 p.m. Modified Practice (2 rounds)

1:30 p.m. Driver’s Meetings (Tech Barn)

2 p.m. Opening Ceremonies (Invocation & Anthems) followed by qualifying

Race of Champions Modified Series Group Time Trials (G-W-C)

Advance Auto Parts Street Stock Qualifying Races (8 laps)

Race of Champions Late Model Qualifying Races (8 laps)

Race of Champions Modified Series Qualifying Races (10 laps)

Street Stock B-Main IF NEEDED (10 laps)

Modified B-Main IF NEEDED (10 laps)

Modified Redraw on Fronstretch

Advance Auto Parts Street Stock Feature (35 laps)

Race of Champions Late Model Feature (30 laps)

Race of Champions Modified Series U.S. Open 125 (125 laps)

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ANDY J WINS TOMMY DRUAR/TONY JANKOWIAK MEMORIAL 110

ANDY J WINS TOMMY DRUAR/TONY JANKOWIAK MEMORIAL 110

Stock Car Racing

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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CRYAN HONORS FALLEN CHAMPION JULICHER WITH KEN HECKLER TRIBUTE 51 WIN

CRYAN HONORS FALLEN CHAMPION JULICHER WITH KEN HECKLER TRIBUTE 51 WIN

Stock Car Racing

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

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

Stock Car Racing

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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Tim Packman Stepping Down as Lancaster Speedway President

Tim Packman Stepping Down as Lancaster Speedway President

Stock Car Racing

LANCASTER, N.Y. (July 25, 2018) – Upon completion of a three-year agreement with the ownership group, Tim Packman will be stepping down as Track President of Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway.

Packman will complete his term and finish out the 2018 season, which concludes at the end of September, before returning to North Carolina seeking to continue his career in motorsports. The future of the award-winning motorsports facility is secure and racing will continue as it has done since 1959.

“This wasn’t an easy decision and a lot of thought and talks with Gordon Reger were held leading up to this point,” Packman said. “Lancaster is where I started my motorsports career and the past three years have been great to watch how the track has grown.

“By announcing this now, it will give the ownership group time to find the next person to lead Lancaster into even better days. It will also allow time for that person to become acclimated and see the day-to-day operations and get ready for next season now and keep it growing forward.

“I owe tons of gratitude to the ownership group for this opportunity, the stars in the cars for wanting to race at Lancaster, the partners who have invested their advertising dollars here and a big thank you goes to the fans in the stands. I especially want to thank the Drag, Stock Car, maintenance, safety and office staffs for their hard work and dedication to Lancaster.”

During the past three seasons, the ownership group has made multiple improvements to the facility and allowed for booking of larger shows like the ISMA Supermodifieds, Street Outlaws from Discovery Channel and Monster Trucks, to name a few. In addition to solidifying the Drag and Stock Car programs, the larger events also brought new fans to Lancaster.

The results have shown with increased car counts for both the Drag and Stock Car programs, attendance, Social Media presence, improvements in the track’s overall image and reputation.

Reger, CEO of Reger Holdings, the parent company of Lancaster, is committed to making sure racing continues at 57 Gunnville Rd.

“I appreciate all that Tim has been able to accomplish in the past three years,” Reger said. “I know there a lot of factors that go into keeping the track running and he did it well. We will now begin solidifying the future of Lancaster and Tim will be very involved managing all inquiries to find his successor.

“It might be a challenge to find someone to match his passion for the track and his will to see it be a successful business. But, I personally want everyone involved with the track to know racing and the traditions of Lancaster will continue.”

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