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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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

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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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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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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Tim Packman Stepping Down as Lancaster Speedway President

Tim Packman Stepping Down as Lancaster Speedway President

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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Lancaster partners with local NASCAR iRacing Driver Tyler Marble

Lancaster partners with local NASCAR iRacing Driver Tyler Marble

LANCASTER, N.Y. (July 23, 2018) – Lancaster National Speedway and Team Marble Racing have entered a two-year agreement with local iRacing driver Tyler Marble.

Marble, 15, has been competing in multiple levels of iRacing and is currently in a playoff position in the NASCAR Ignite Youth Series, presented by iRacing.com.

The Ignite Series is officially sanctioned by NASCAR for iRacers in the 13-16 age group. NASCAR and iRacing.com created the series to help young drivers in the racing simulation series. One such driver today who has taken his skills from the iRacing Series and actually turned into an on-track career in NASCAR is William Byron, driver of the No. 24 Monster Energy Cup Series for Hendrick Motorsports.

“This series has gone from a hobby with drivers from all over the country to a sanctioned, sponsored and respected method for racing,” said Tim Packman, Track President for Lancaster. “NASCAR drivers such as Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Tony Stewart still compete in iRacing, even though they are no longer full-time active drivers in NASCAR.

“Tyler has been doing this for a few years and the results are starting to show in his rankings. When Team Marble approached the track and showed us his skill level, we were interested because of that and his local connection.

“It also helps they designed their cars to carry the Lancaster colors and logos on their cars. Two local racing entities on a national stage like iRacing is great for everyone.”

What is iRacing? Iracing.com is a computer-based racing simulation. It allows participants to race drivers from all across the world. iRacing offers many types of competition on the NASCAR, Dirt, Road and Rally Cross Series.

Tyler Marble is currently in playoff contention for the Ignite Series championship that begins on August 25 at New Smyrna Speedway. You can follow Tyler’s progress at Team Marble iRacing on Facebook.

For anyone interested in becoming an iRacing driver, they offer a 40% discount for new members and also have a $99 Ignite Series promotion that expires July 30. The promo includes a one-year subscription and 10 extra tracks.

Visit the Team Marble iRacing facebook page for further assistance on how to join

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