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Monday, August 14, 2017

Westbrook takes S.O.S. A-Main at Humberstone Sunday

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Dylan Westbrook won the A-Main for the Southern Ontario Sprints at Humberstone Speedway on Sunday evening. Cody McPherson won his second PC Works DIRTcar Sportsman feature of the season, while Paul Grigsby won his first main event of the season for the Maple Leaf Foods RUSH Late Models. Dave Bailey won his fourth JC Auto Street Stocks feature of the season, Olivier Larocque scored his second win of the season in the Cosco Haulage Mini Stocks, and Danny Wurster picked up his second win of the season for the Mike Knapp Ford Pro 4 Trucks.

Westbrook and Chris Jones brought the field of Southern Ontario Sprints to the green flag for their 25-lap A-Main, with Westbrook taking the lead. Cory Turner caught Westbrook in heavy lap traffic with seven laps remaining, but Westbrook pulled away to win his fifth straight A-Main, his eighth S.O.S. feature victory of the season. Cory Turner and Ryan Turner completed the top three.   

Westbrook broke the previous 360 Sprint Car track record of 13.507 seconds, set in 2009 by Bobby Breen, with his hot lap time of 13.434 seconds.

Darrell Farraway and McPherson led the PC Works DIRTcar Sportsman to the green flag for their 25-lap feature event with McPherson jumping into the lead quickly and never looking back, going on to score his second win of the season.

Grigsby and Tim Gillespie shared the front row for the feature for the Maple Leaf Foods RUSH Late Models, with Grigsby taking the lead early. Jeff Dayman took the lead from Grigsby on Lap 9, but Grigsby returned to the lead on Lap 11. Chad Homan caught Grigsby with two laps remaining but Grigsby held on for the win, his first at Humberstone since September 2015.

Racing will return to Humberstone on Sunday, August 20 as Port Colborne Home Hardware presents a full card of racing plus the second appearance of the season by the Mod Lites and Round 4 of the Cooper Motorsports Minivans of Mayhem. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. in the pits and 5 p.m. in the grandstands, with race time scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Keep up with the action at www.humberstonespeedway.com

Rain gets the best of Western New York racing Friday and Saturday

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  • For the seventh time in 2017, management of Ransomville Speedway called off the Friday night, August 11 show due to rain and the threat for more thunderstorms throughout the evening. Drivers and crews are asked to keep their wristbands to use for admission for next week and fans are asked to keep their ticket stub to be used for next week. The autograph session scheduled for Friday, August 11 will now take place on Friday, August 18. Pit gates that night will open at 5 p.m. with grandstands opening at 6 p.m. and racing beginning at 7:15 p.m. Find out more at www.ransomvillespeedway.com.
  • Bob Bogner won the main event for the Advance Auto Parts Hornets on Saturday night at Holland International Speedway before the rains came and ended the night. Josh Marchese won in the INEX Legends and Ryan Bille won the first main event for the INEX Bandoleros. With the Getzoni Agency NASCAR Pro Modifieds, Bank of Holland Chargers and the NYPA TQ Midget Jerry Gradl Sr. Memorial Mini Indy 50 not being held, rain checks will be honored for the next event, scheduled for Saturday, August 26. Drivers and pit crews must keep their wristbands to be used for admission. The Saturday, August 26 show will see the NYPA TQ Midgets run the Mini Indy 50 plus a full NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program. Qualifying will start at 6 p.m. with NASCAR feature racing beginning at 7:05 p.m. Find out more at www.hollandspeedway.com.
  • Lancaster National Speedway could only get two heat races in before thunderstorms rolled in and rained out the remainder of the X-Press Signs Stock Series program on Saturday night. The Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders ran their two heat races, with Bobby Woch and Dan Dressel earning wins in their respective heats. An attempt was made to dry the track, but the amount of moisture combined with high humidity and the threat of more rain forced track officials to postpone the show. The Ken Heckler Tribute 51 Street Stock race as well as the Kids Night festivities will now take place on Saturday, August 26 as part of Big Rig Night. Rain checks from the event will be honored on August 26 or on September 9 for Season Championship Night. They will not be good for the Saturday, August 19, which is the 28th annual Tommy Druar/Tony Jankowiak Memorial 110 Race of Champions Modified Series event. The Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks, Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders and NYPA TQ Midgets will also be in action. Find out more at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com


Monday, August 7, 2017

Increased purse, format announced for Heckler 51 at Lancaster this Saturday

Ken Heckler in the No. 51 Street Stock
credit: Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway
Lancaster National Speedway will honor the memory of a recently departed member of its racing family this Saturday with the Ken "Hurricane" Heckler 51 Tribute Race for the Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks. Heckler, who passed away suddenly in March, raced for many years at Lancaster in the Street Stocks, Super Stocks, Sportsman and Cup Lites before transitioning into the role of Pit Steward after his driving career ended. The Ken Heckler Tribute Race will be 51 laps in honor of the car number Heckler used during his days in the Street Stock division.

This special event will feature an increased purse, a special race format and around $1,800 in lap money up for grabs. 

As a reward to the drivers in the Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks for helping grow the division over the last three seasons and for their exciting side-by-side racing action, Lancaster National Speedway will pay out the same purse that the division gets for the season-ending U.S. Open. The race will pay $500 to the winner and it will be a minimum of $75 to start the feature. 

"The Advance Auto Part Street Stocks have had some of the largest car counts and put on some great shows this year," said Tim Packman, Track President. "Ken Heckler cast a big shadow on this track, and not just because of his height. He left his mark as a driver, official and friend through four decades. So, if we're going to honor a big man like Hurricane, we're going to do it in a big way for his race."

In addition to the increased purse, there will also be close to $1,800 lap money thanks to the efforts of Heckler's wife, Debbie, and the racing community. Debbie Heckler collected a minimum of $25 per lap for all 51 laps. All drivers in the feature field will be eligible for the lap money, with a random draw deciding which position receives the payout for each lap. Long time LNS supporter Howie Markel has also added a $10 lap leader bonus for all 51 laps. 

To make things interesting there will be a competition caution on Lap 26 to invert part of the field before the start of the second half of the race. A random draw place will take place to determine the amount of cars that will be inverted. If there are 25 or 26 cars in the race, then the maximum possible number of cars to invert will be 13. The maximum number for the inversion will be 12 for a 23-24 car field, 11 with 21-22 cars, and so on. The number of cars to be inverted will be not be revealed until the competition caution. 

The Sunoco Sportsman and Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders will also be in action on Saturday night. The championship race in both divisions is heating up with just a few weeks left in the regular season. There will also be lap money available for both the Sportsman and 4-Cylinders this Saturday thanks to Debbie Heckler. 

This Saturday is also Kids Night at Lancaster National Speedway. There will be a Power Wheels race during intermission for any child that brings their own power car from home plus a kids bicycle giveaway. Admission for kids 11 and under will be free on Saturday, which is the case for all Speedway and Dragway events. 

Ken “Hurricane” Heckler Tribute 51 Lap Street Stock Purse
  • 1st $500   
  • 2nd $350
  • 3rd $300
  • 4th $275
  • 5th $250
  • 6th $225
  • 7th $200
  • 8th $175
  • 9th $150    
  • 10th $125
  • 11th to 15th $100
  • 16th through end of field $75
Find out more at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com.

Quotes in this piece provided by Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway.

Chevalier takes Sportsman win at All Canadian Championships at Humberstone

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Chad Chevalier won the 50-lap feature for the PC Works DIRTcar Sportsman as part of the annual All Canadian Championships presented by Gilletta Flooring Services and Cosco Haulage at Humberstone Speedway on Sunday evening. Dave Bailey won the 50-lap Duel on the Dirt for the JC Auto Street Stocks, his third win of the season.  Chad Homan won his fifth Maple Leaf Foods RUSH Late Models feature of the season, Mark Bazuin won in Cosco Haulage Mini Stocks and Craig Vlasic won the feature for the Mike Knapp Ford Pro 4 Trucks. Nathan Berry, Rick St. Pierre and Jeff Larmet won the main events for the Vintage Cars.

Rob Goulding and Adam Leslie led the DIRTcar Sportsman to the green flag, with Leslie showing the way. Chevalier would take second away from Jay Mallory on Lap 12 and went after Leslie, taking the lead away on a restart following a Lap 17 caution. Chevalier pulled away from the field to score the win, his third of the season. Matt Farnham, Cody McPherson, Justin Sharp and Darrell Farraway completed the top five.

Ken Sargent and Trevor DeBoer brought the field of JC Auto Street Stocks to the green flag for their Duel on the Dirt Combined Race with Sargent showing the way. Bailey took the lead on Lap 17 and held on until 18 to go, when Jason Fontaine took the lead for one lap; Bailey regained the lead just one lap later. Fontaine caught Bailey again with 10 to go but Bailey held him off, scoring his second straight All Canadian Championship win .

Racing will return to Humberstone on Sunday, August 13 as Zanchin Truck and Trailer presents the Southern Ontario Sprints plus a full card of racing and another round of the Performance ATV Side-By-Side Races. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. in the pits and 5 p.m. in the grandstands, with racing schedule to start at 6:30 p.m. Keep up with the action at www.humberstonespeedway.com

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Summer Nationals return to Ransomville August 8

The 4-wide salute from the 2016 Summer Nationals
credit: Alex and Helen Bruce
One of the most prestigious events in the Northeast, the 33rd running of the Summer Nationals for the Big Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series at Ransomville Speedway will take place on Tuesday, August 8 presented by Coors Light, Parco Buildings, and Wendt’s Propane and Gas.

Billy Decker leads Larry Wight by just two points coming into upcoming events at Merrittville and Ransomville. Decker, 2014 winner of the Summer Nationals has three wins in the series this season while Wight has earned one victory on the tour. Three previous winners of the Summer Nationals – Brett Hearn (1990, 2005), Pat Ward (2007), and Stewart Friesen (2006, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2016) – round out the top five in Super DIRTcar Series points entering the Monday-Tuesday Niagara region doubleheader.

Several DIRTcar Hall of Famers and future Hall of Famers have graced victory lane in the Summer Nationals. Bob McCreadie has won the event on six occasions, as have both Alan Johnson and Danny Johnson. Friesen will be trying to win his sixth Summer Nationals.

The $6,000-to-win event for the Big Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series will also feature the Investors Service Sportsman and the KiPo Chevrolet Street Stocks. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. with hot laps at 6:30 p.m. Time Trials for the Big Blocks will take place at 7 p.m., with qualifying heats taking the green flag at 7:15 p.m. Before the races, enjoy the famous Ransomville Volunteer Fire Company Chicken BBQ for just $10, with all proceeds benefiting the Ransomville Volunteer Fire Company.

The stars of the Super DIRTcar Series – including Matt Shepard, Larry Wight, Brett Hearn, Billy Decker, Tim Fuller, Peter Britten, Jimmy Phelps and Max McLaughlin – will be joined by defending Ransomville track champion Ryan Susice, past race winner Erick Rudolph and veteran Pete Bicknell, plus all the Big R regulars, as they try to defend home turf against the best DIRTcar Modified racers in the Northeast. Find out more at www.ransomvillespeedway.com

All Canadian Championships at Humberstone Speedway on August 6

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This Sunday, August 6, is the annual All Canadian Championships at Humberstone Speedway. The Civic Holiday Weekend tradition is a fan favorite and the 2017 edition is a show that is not to be missed. The 2017 All Canadian Championships and Salute to the Troops, in conjunction with the Wounded Warriors of Canada, is sponsored by Gilletta Flooring Services and Cosco Haulage.

Pit gates will open at 9 a.m. Sunday morning for hauler parking. The pits will be cleared at 2 p.m. and will officially re-open at 3 p.m.; grandstand gates will also open at 3 p.m. The draw will open at 4 p.m. for those drivers who did not take part in Time Trials earlier in the season. At 5 p.m., a special Salute to the Troops pre-race show will take place featuring a firing of two Howitzer Cannons and parachute jumpers jumping out of a DC3 War Plane; vehicles and equipment from World War 1 and World War 2 will on display. Any member of the Armed Forces who is in uniform and or shows Military ID will be admitted FREE on Sunday night.

The racing program will begin at 6 p.m. with the Leslie Motorsports Junior Race Fan of the Week and Time Trials for the Vintage Cars. The PC Works DIRTcar Sportsman will be featured in a 50-lap All Canadian Championships Special and the JC Auto Street Stocks will also be running a 50-lap feature as part of the Duel on the Dirt Series. The Maple Leaf Foods RUSH Late Models, Cosco Haulage Mini Stocks, and the Mike Knapp Ford Pro 4 Trucks will also be in action. The Vintage Car program will feature the PA Vintage Racers, racing for a third straight night on Sunday at the All Canadian with over 40 Vintage Cars expected from throughout Ontario, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio and more.

The party will keep on going after the races have ended out in the camping area as Guilty Pleasures will take the stage after the races. Camping is free for the All Canadian Championships with a paid adult admission to the races. Find out more at www.humberstonespeedway.com

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Westbrook takes Crate Sprint Car win at Humberstone

Dylan Westbrook (center) celebrates his Crate Sprint Car
win at Humberstone
credit: Softouch Photo
Dylan Westbrook won the main event in the second appearance this season by the Crate Sprint Cars on The Reeb House Night at Humberstone Speedway on Sunday evening. Brad Rouse won his fifth PC Works DIRTcar Sportsman feature of the season, while Chad Homan won his fourth Maple Leaf Foods RUSH Late Models victory of the season. Billy Bleich Jr. scored his first feature of the season for the JC Auto Street Stocks, Leroy Buscumb won his second feature of the season in the Cosco Haulage Mini Stocks, and Craig Vlasic won his first Mike Knapp Ford Pro 4 Trucks feature of the season.

Jerry Hill led early on in the 20-lap A-Main for the Crate Sprints before Westbrook took the lead on Lap 6 off a restart. Westbrook drove away from the field to score the win, his second of the season at Humberstone.

Chad Chevalier led the Sportsman feature early on, while Rouse worked his way through the field and gained second place on Lap 13. Rouse closed in on Chevalier and took the lead away with five laps remaining.

Adam Leslie set the fastest time in Time Trials for the All Canadian Championships for the Sportsman. Leslie will be on the pole for heat race No. 1 next week. 

Next Sunday, August 6, is the longest-running event in Southern Ontario, the All Canadian Championships. The Street Stocks will race in their first combined series race as part of the Duel on the Dirt; they will be joined by the Vintage Cars and a full Humberstone racing card. The All Canadian Championships will also feature a post-race party in the camping area plus a Tribute to the Troops. Times are still being finalized and will be released on the track’s social media pages in the coming days. Race time is scheduled for 6 p.m. Find out more at www.humberstonespeedway.com