EMERLING WINS RoC MODIFIED QUEEN CITY CLASH 75

EMERLING WINS RoC MODIFIED QUEEN CITY CLASH 75

LANCASTER, N.Y. (May 13, 2018) – Lancaster National Speedway was finally able to wave the green flag on its 60th season of racing on Saturday with the lid lifter for the X-Press Signs Stock Car Series. Patrick Emerling of Orchard Park, N.Y. kicked off the 2018 campaign with a win in the Queen City Clash 75 for the Race of Champions Modified Series.

Daren Scherer and Tyler Rypkema led the field of 22 RoC Modifieds to opening green flag. Scherer grabbed the early lead, but the caution flag was displayed quickly when Andy Jankowiak cut down a tire on the opening lap.

Scherer settled into the lead with Tommy Catalano coming from the third starting position to provide an early challenge. Catalano hounded Scherer as he forced the leader to run hard during the early stages. The pair pulled away from the field until the caution flag flew again on lap 17 for a spin by rookie Zack Knowlden.

The race restarted with Scherer and Catalano followed by Chuck Hossfeld, Rypkema and Emerling. Hossfeld quickly dispatched of Catalano to move into third. Emerling started the race in ninth, but was already in to the top five by this point. He passed Catalano for third on lap 33 and then set his sights on Hossfeld. Six laps later Emerling moved past Hossfeld for the runner-up position just before the caution flag came out for a spin by Karl Hehr.

Scherer and Emerling were now perched on the front row for the restart with just 36 laps to go. It took Emerling just two laps before Scherer slowed momentarily off of turn two to give up the lead. Scherer thought there was a problem with his engine, but the muffler had just fallen off. Hossfeld passed Scherer for second two laps later.

The final caution period of the night happened on lap 50 when Tommy Catalano spun in turn two. The race restarted with Emerling leading Hossfeld, Scherer, Daryl Lewis, Jr. and Eric Beers. Scherer was able to regain second from Hossfeld and Lewis also took over third from him on lap 58. The pair then tried to reel in Emerling. Scherer appeared to be catching Emerling in the turn three end of the race track, but Emerling was a little bit better through turn two. Scherer tried hard to close the gap to Emerling, but Emerling increased his margin with five laps to go.

Patrick Emerling held on to score his first RoC Modified win at Lancaster since sweeping all four Modified races in 2016. Scherer settled for second for his best RoC finish in a couple season. Lewis, Jr. finished third after having a very fast race car all day. George Skora III got caught in an early incident and then battled through a flat tire to finish fourth. Hossfeld rounded out the top five.

Tim Gullo of Elmira, N.Y. continued his domination of the Race of Champions Super Stock Series at Lancaster. Gullo, who won four out of the five RoC Super Stock races at Lancaster in 2017, kicked off the 2018 season with a win in the 30-lap Super Stock feature.

Gullo, however, needed a little bit of luck to get his win. He took the lead from Chris Finocchario on lap 4 and held it until lap 16 when Joe Mancuso got by him. Mancuso looked to be on his way victory when he spun out shortly after the yellow flag was displayed with about three laps to go. That gave the lead back to Gullo. He held on for the final few laps to score the win.

Finocchario finished in second place. Chuck Anderson finished third in his first start in several seasons. Mancuso and Dana Novoa rounded out the top five.

In the Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks, defending track champion Rich Sharpe of Lancaster picked up where he left off from last year to score the win. Sharpe passed Tim Welshans for the lead shortly after a restart on lap 22.

Pole sitter Dave Vona grabbed the lead at the drop of the green flag and was very fast early on. John Carlson was running second to Vona until lap 5 when there was contact with Sharpe on the back straightaway. Carlson did a complete 360-degree spin, but kept on going to avoid bringing out the yellow flag. Sharpe was penalized for the contact and sent to the rear of the field during a caution period on lap 6.

The penalty moved Welshans into second place, and he passed Vona for the lead on lap 9. Welshans led for the majority of the race while Sharpe worked his way back through the field. The yellow flag was displayed on lap 21 for an incident involving Mark Hoch and Carlson. Sharpe had landed back in second place by this time and was able to take advantage of the late race restart to make the race-winning pass.

Welshans settled for second with Dave Vona, Ken Maltby and Max Northem closing out the top five finishers.

Dave Brunka of Cheektowaga, N.Y. kicked off his second season in the Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders with a feature win on opening day. Brunka led the race from the pole position before giving it away to Chris Pennell on lap 7, but this would not be his final time in first on this night.

Pennell and Dan Dressel hooked up to pull away from the field, but caught lapped traffic late in the race. Dressel got into the back Pennell and spun him out with just six laps to go. Both cars fell to the rear of the field and gave the lead back to Brunka,

Brunka held on for the final six laps to pick up his first win of the season over Jason Anasiewicz, Scott Fritz, Joe Brunka and Dave Mibrand, Jr.

Lancaster National Speedway is back in action next Saturday at 6:30 p.m. for Ladies Night. Females can enter the gates for just $5. The VP Racing Fuels Sportsman make their season debut plus the Street Stocks and 4-Cylinders.

RESULTS

RACE OF CHAMPIONS MODIFIED SERIES

Heat Winners: Mike Leaty, Daryl Lewis, Jr., Chuck Hossfeld

Fast Qualifier: Chuck Hossfeld – 17.204 seconds

Queen City Clash 75 Finish: PATRICK EMERLING, Daren Scherer, Daryl Lewis, Jr., George Skora III, Chuck Hossfeld, Andy Jankowiak, Eric Beers, Danny Knoll, Jr., Scott Wylie, Mike Leaty, Austin Kochenash, Tommy Catalano, Bill Hebing, Kevin Miller, Karl Hehr, Tyler Rypkema, Jack Ely, Amy Catalano, Zack Knowlden, Kreig Heroth, Alan Bookmiller DNS: John Barber

ADVANCE AUTO PARTS STREET STOCKS

Heat Winners: John Carlson, Tim Welshans

Feature: RICH SHARPE, Tim Welshans. Dave Vona, Ken Maltby, Max Northem, Tommy Wentland, Mark Hoch, Nik Welshans, Jerry Kosmowski, Jeff Szafraniec, Andy Cryan, John Carlson, Mike Dalfonso, Jr., Chris Powers, Mike Rogers, Garrett Cleversley

ROAMING BUFFALO 4-CYLINDERS

Heat Winners: Kevin Bainbridge, Chris Pennell, Joe Brunka

Feature: DAVID BRUNKA, Jason Anasiewicz, Scott Fritz, Joe Brunka, Dave Milbrand, Jr., Dan Dressel, Tim Durfy, Chris Pennell, Casey Pew, Russ Hartke, Jeff Landwehr, Andy Danielwicz, Robert Palmer, Dave Evans, Josh Schosek, Kevin Bainbridge, Charles Palmer, Kenny Hejna, Mark Annis, Jr., Kayla Joseph

RACE OF CHAMPIONS SUPER STOCK SERIES

Heat Winners: Tim Gullo. Joe Mancuso

Feature: TIM GULLO, Chris Finocchario, Chuck Anderson, Joe Mancuso, Dana Novoa, Tommy Barron, Josh Schoonamaker, Joel Gleason, Vern Hedderick, Ron Richter, Tommy Reese, TJ Cochrane, Zach Willis, Tommy Krawczyk DNS: Jeff Whalen

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X-PRESS SIGNS RETURNS AS OFFICIAL PARTNER OF LANCASTER STOCK CAR PROGRAM

X-PRESS SIGNS RETURNS AS OFFICIAL PARTNER OF LANCASTER STOCK CAR PROGRAM

LANCASTER, N.Y. (May 4, 2018) – Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway is proud to announce X-Press Signs of West Seneca, N.Y. has renewed its marketing partnership as the official title sponsor of the Saturday night Stock Car program.

The 2018 season will mark the third year that the X-Press Signs Stock Car Series will compete on Saturday nights at Lancaster. The X-Press Signs Stock Car Series features Lancaster’s three home track divisions of racing: VP Racing Fuels Sportsman, Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks and Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders plus specials appearances from the RoC Modifieds, Late Models, NYPA TQ Midgets and more.

In addition to their support of the Stock Car program, X-Press Signs created all the signage and billboards around the facility. Everything from the signs at the main gate to the billboards around the track were created and installed by X-Press Signs.

“The commitment by Rick Johnson and everyone at X-Press Signs is a testament to the involvement of racers and fans at our track,” said Tim Packman, Track President. “They came on board last year and enabled us to make some improvements in various ways around the track.

X-Press Signs is the premier destination in Western New York for business signs, LED signs and vehicle wraps. They have been in business for over 15 years, providing commercial marketing needs for a variety of businesses. Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway encourages their fans and teams to support X-Press Signs anytime they need professional signage or a vehicle wrapped for their business.

“Saying ‘thank you’ isn’t enough to X-Press Signs, so we’ll just have to put on some great racing shows so people will be talking about what they saw on X-Press Signs Stock Car Series nights at Lancaster,” said Packman.

Lancaster National Speedway’s 60th season of X-Press Signs Stock Car racing starts Saturday, May 12 at 6:30 p.m. with the Queen City Clash 75 for the Race of Champions Modified Series plus RoC Super Stocks, Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks and Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders.

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LANCASTER MAKES SCHEDULE CHANGES AHEAD OF 2018 SEASON

LANCASTER MAKES SCHEDULE CHANGES AHEAD OF 2018 SEASON

LANCASTER, N.Y. (April 28, 2018) – Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway officials have been forced to push back the start of the 2018 campaign yet another week to ensure the facility is race-ready to start its 60th season of operation.

Rain and cold temperatures delayed pouring of new concrete in two important sections for the drag strip and stock car oval. The repairs were needed past the starting line of the drag strip and towards the shut down area where concrete poured in 2016 meets the asphalt near Turn 4 of the oval. This is being done to provide racers with a smoother and consistent racing surface in those two areas.

The racing events previously scheduled for the weekend of May 4 and 5 have been canceled. Dragway officials will hold preseason tech inspection for all competitors on Friday, May 4 from 4-7 p.m.

If the concrete sets up properly and the track can be properly prepared, the first on-track action will take place Wednesday, May 9 with the first Cruise Night of the year. Fans can once again attend Cruise Nights for free during the 2018 season by entering the grandstand gates. There will continue to be a $5 admission for vehicles wishing to park on the oval and/or grudge race. A ticket for one pass down the drag strip is included with vehicle admission.

Lancaster has added a Stock Car practice session for Thursday, May 10 from 5-8 p.m. Fans can watch from the grandstands for free and there will be limited concessions open.

Franco’s Pizza Friday Night drag racers will get on track Friday, May 11 with a Test & Tune session starting at 5 p.m. Grandstand admission will be free that night with the main concessions and 12 Gates Brewing Beer Stand open for business. VIP Night has been rescheduled for Friday, June 8. All passes VIP passes for May 11 will be honored that night.

The X-Press Signs Stock Car Series opener is slated for Saturday, May 12 at 6:30 p.m. with the Queen City Clash 75 for the Race of Champions Modified Series plus RoC Super Stocks, Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks and Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders.

Tuesday Test & Tune for the drag racers start up on Tuesday, May 15. IHRA points begin on Friday, May 18 for all classes. The Supercharged Bounty Hunters will also be part of the first night of drag racing.

Lancaster Speedway management and staff want to thank the stars in the cars and fans in the stands for the continued patience. Mother Nature? Not so much.

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Lancaster National Speedway Partners with VP Racing Fuels

Lancaster National Speedway Partners with VP Racing Fuels

LANCASTER, N.Y. (April 23, 2018) — Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway is proud to announce a new multi-year partnership with VP Racing Fuels for the company to become the official racing fuel supplier of LNS&D.
After talks with track competitors and VP Fuels, LNS&D has agreed to resume a partnership that was in place years ago. VP Fuels is a leading racing fuel for asphalt, dirt and drag racing programs around the country.

Both the Franco’s Pizza Drag Racing and X-Press Signs Stock Car programs will fully switch over to VP Fuels following a two week period to allow teams the opportunity to run off any previous fuel inventory from last season. Lancaster will also utilize VP’s track prep materials for the Dragway, and for needed instances on the Stock Car track. The agreement also calls for the weekly premier Stock Car division to be called the VP Racing Fuels Sportsman and includes signage around the facility.

“In talking with VP Fuels, it quickly became apparent this was going to be a good partnership for all involved,” said Tim Packman, Track President. “The program they offered us will go towards the end-of-season points purses for both the X-Press Signs Stock Car and Franco’s Pizza Friday Night Drags programs.”
“I’m excited to work with everyone at Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway,” said Tim Houge, VP Racing Fuels Regional Manager. “Both the drag strip and the circle track are run at the highest level and we look forward to being a part of the Lancaster family.”

After being forced to cancel the first two weeks of the season, Lancaster is scheduled to begin operations with a Test and Tune for the Drag program on Friday, May 4. The next day, the Stock Cars will take to the track for the “Queen City Clash” and Late Model Mania on Saturday, May 5 with a 2 p.m. start.

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Lancaster Global Rallycross Event Canceled

Lancaster Global Rallycross Event Canceled

LANCASTER, N.Y. (April 17, 2018) – Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway management was informed early Tuesday morning that the Red Bull Global Rallycross organization has ceased operations for the 2018 season and the event scheduled for Lancaster on June 9-10 has been canceled.

Global Rallycross will be issuing refunds to anyone that already purchased tickets for the event.

An announcement regarding the events at Lancaster for the week of June 4-10 will be announced in the near future. The Stock Car program will remain off that weekend for the Race of Champions Modified Series event at Lake Erie Speedway on June 9.

Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway kicks off its 60th season of operation the weekend of May 4-5 with Test, Tune & Inspection for the Franco’s Pizza IHRA Drag Racing Program on Friday, May 4 and the Queen City Clash X-Press Signs Stock Car Series season opener on Saturday, May 5 at 2 p.m.

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LANCASTER ADJUSTS OPENING DATES FOR 2018 SEASON

LANCASTER ADJUSTS OPENING DATES FOR 2018 SEASON

LANCASTER, N.Y. (April 9, 2018) – Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway has been forced to make adjustments to the previously scheduled opening days for its 60th season of operation.

Track ownership and management mutually agreed upon the difficult decision following several weeks of “extended winter” in Western New York instead of the arrival of spring.

The Queen City Clash opening day event for the X-Press Signs Stock Car Series will now be Saturday, May 5 with a 2 p.m. start featuring the Late Model Mania race card that was previously scheduled for that day. Lancaster’s weekly home track divisions, Sportsman, Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks and Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders, will make their season debuts plus the Race of Champions Late Models will be in action. The remainder of the 2018 Stock Car schedule remains unchanged starting with the first Saturday night show of the season on May 12 at 6:30 p.m., with the first of five appearances by the Race of Champions Modified Series.

Weather will dictate when the track will schedule a preseason practice session for Stock Car teams.

The Franco’s Pizza Friday Night drag racers will begin their IHRA points season on Friday, May 11 for VIP Night with a 5 p.m. start. The following week is the first appearance of the Supercharged Bounty Hunters on May 18 with a 5 p.m. start.

Test & Tune and Tech Inspection will now take place on Friday, May 4 at 5 p.m.

“Going off the past two years, scheduling the April races with 2 p.m. starts seemed feasible,” said Tim Packman, Track President. “As the cold temps and snow continued through much of March and into April this year, it became obvious we needed to alter our plans.

“The track and ground must be ready for racers and fans. If the ground under the asphalt remains soft and doesn’t have time to drain off and dry, we will crumble the asphalt and end up having bigger problems.

“I hate this more than anyone, trust me. But, we’re all in this together and we appreciate everyone’s cooperation. We can look forward to the new opening days and nicer weather together, as well.”

With the new opening days, the track is extending the Max Pass ticket offer for both the Drag and Stock Car seasons until April 25. Fans can take advantage of the savings and avoid the lines with the new Max Pass/VIP entry ticket window being utilized this season. For more information go to https://www.lancasternationalspeedway.com/2018-season-max-passes-now-available-holiday-shopping-season/.

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