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Monday, June 18, 2018

Rouse wins Sportsman feature at Humberstone


Brad Rouse scored the win in the 25-lap Sportsman feature by the thinnest of margins at Humberstone Speedway on Sunday night during Stoneridge Specialty Insurance Night, but many fans were not happy with the way it played out. After Cody McPherson took the lead from Justin Sharp on a Lap 7 restart, Rouse worked his way into second on Lap 10. From there, McPherson set the pace while Rouse tried to close. The first time was on Lap 15 when he drew within three car lengths, and then on Lap 20, he got within two car lengths, as his car was clearly better in the turns.

Rouse finally got under McPherson low in Turn 3 on Lap 23 to take the lead, but McPherson wasn’t finished, and he drew alongside on Lap 24. As the two headed for the stripe on the final lap, McPherson and Rouse were close to dead even. There was contact just before the line, which sent McPherson careening hard into the outside wall, with Rouse declared the winner over McPherson by .015 seconds. They were followed by Sharp, Adam Leslie, and Jordan Cosco to complete the top five.

When Rouse emerged from his car, he was met with a chorus of boos from the crowd, who felt that Rouse pinched McPherson to get the win. For his part, Rouse declared, “You know, it was close racing. I wouldn’t have done that. I didn’t mean to do that. We all bumped together, but you know what? They can think what they want. You know what? It is what it is.”

The Action Sprint Tour, the highly competitive Crate Sprint Car class headquartered at Ohsweken Speedway, was also on hand, nineteen strong. After a couple of jingles at the start, the group got over their jitters and pole sitter Aaron Turkey took command, streaking to a good lead before the caution flew again on Lap 8. He jumped ahead of his teammate, defending champion Holly Porter, who went off second, once again and never looked back in the entertaining 20-lap event. Porter finished second, while rookie Jacob Dykstra finished a strong third.

In other racing, Pete Reid made it two for two in Thunder Stock starts at Humberstone, coming from 10th to seize the lead from polesitter Jason Fontaine on Lap 14 of the 20 lapper. Fontaine settled for second, followed by defending champion Dave Bailey. Craig Vlasic came from 12th to win an unusually rugged 15-lap Mini Stock race over defending track champion Cole Hardy, while Mitch Dumont took the Pro 4 Truck event. Brad Webb was the winner of the first qualifier for the Eve of Destruction Enduro, Canada’s Wildest Motorsports event in September.   

The Sportsman will run double features next Sunday night, June 24, as Zanchin Truck and Trailer will present the racing action. The Late Models will return with home race number two of the Northeast Late Model Alliance. Gates will open at 4:30 p.m. with racing getting underway at 6:30 p.m. Kids are encouraged to join the Humbee’s Kids Club for their activities starting at 5 p.m. on race nights. Keep up with the action at www.humberstonespeedway.com.

Press release provided by Humberstone Speedway

Hossfeld takes second-straight Sportsman Summer Slam at Lancaster


Chuck Hossfeld captured the Joe Reilly Sportsman Summer Slam 75 on Saturday night at Lancaster National Speedway, his second-straight win in the event that honors the memory of championship winning crew chief, Joe Reilly.

In additional X-Press Signs Stock Car Series action, Andy Cryan won his third-straight Advance Auto Parts Street Stock feature, Dan Dressel scored his second win of the season in the Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders, and Kyle Hutchinson of won the NYPA TQ Midget feature.

Sportsman Summer Slam winner Chuck Hossfeld
credit: Paula Thompson
Twenty-three VP Racing Fuels Sportsman Modifieds were on hand for the third edition of the Joe Reilly Sportsman Summer Slam. Tommy Catalano turned a heat race win into the pole position for the 75-lap feature, sharing the front row with his mother, Amy, with his brother, Timmy, starting in the fourth position. Patrick Emerling was the outsider in the family reunion at the front of the starting grid as he lined up third after also winning his heat race.

Hossfeld also won his qualifier, but luck was not on his side in the draw. The defending race winner drew 12th, and also faced an electrical issue before the start of the feature.

The green flag waved with Tommy Catalano taking the early lead, but a spin by Joe Evans brought out the yellow flag on Lap 2. Hossfeld didn’t waste any time moving his way through the field, entering the top five by Lap 6, and taking third on Lap 10. Hossfeld then passed Tommy Catalano on Lap 14 to move into the runner-up position behind Emerling.

Hossfeld was able to get by Emerling to take the lead shortly after a restart on Lap 24. Hossfeld and Emerling pulled away from the pack during a 20-lap green flag run, building almost a straightaway lead over Tommy Catalano. A spin by Tony Carbone on Lap 44 bunched the field back up again.
The second half of the race continued with Emerling chasing Hossfeld. Emerling kept Hossfeld within reach during the final laps, but could not get past the back bumper of the leader. Hossfeld held on for his first win of 2018 over Emerling. Owen Bednasz finished third, with Tommy and Timmy Catalano rounding out the top five.

Cryan kept his hot streak going in the Street Stocks with his third win in a row. Cryan started seventh for the 25-lap feature and methodically worked his way to the front of the field. He passed Ken Maltby for third on Lap 8 and slid by Mark Hoch for second on Lap 10. On Lap 12, Cryan challenged Dave Vona for the lead. Vona went up high to try and block Cryan, but he went low and was able to pass Vona for the lead. Cryan then held off a hard-charging Max Northem in the closing laps to pick up his third win a row.

Dressel passed Joe Brunka on Lap 5 of the 4-Cylinder race to pick up his second win of the season. Dressel held on for the final 20 laps to score the win. Jason Anasiewicz survived a rough and tumble feature to finish second. Tim Durfy, Dave Brunka and Joe Brunka rounded out the top five.

Hutchinson led all 20 laps of the NYPA TQ Midget feature for his second win of the weekend in the series’ first event at Lancaster this season.  Dave Wollaber, AJ Hessler, Vinny Christiano Jr. and Andy Nye filled out the top five.

The X-Press Signs Stock Car Series is off next weekend for the Niagara Swap Meet and Car Show. The next event is Thursday, June 28 for the fourth annual Ol’ Boy Cup 60 for the Race of Champions Modified Series. The RoC Super Stocks, Street Stocks and 4-Cylinders are also on the race card. Keep up with the action at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com.

Press release provided by Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Eckert doubles up at Lancaster Dragway


Sometimes in life you don’t get a second chance, but on Friday night at Lancaster National Dragway, Dale Eckert got two second chances and used them to win both Top Eliminator and McGard Mod ET.

Double winner Dale Eckert
credit: Lancaster National Dragway
The 11-time track champion lost in the first round of both Top & Mod, but used buybacks to be reinserted into the bracket of both classes. Buybacks allow to competitors to pay a second entry fee to continue racing if they lost in the first round. The investment paid off for Eckert as he advanced all the way to the finals in each class.

Eckert went up against Tony Galuzzi in the Top final in an almost heads-up race as the drivers’ dial-ins were separated by only .09 seconds. Galuzzi cut a near perfect light at the starting line, but could not catch Eckert at top end. He didn’t have to work as hard in the McGard Mod final as his opponent, Robert Hetrick, triggered the red light at the starting line, which allowed Eckert to cruise to victory. The wins give Eckert three overall victories in 2018, including back-to-back wins in Mod ET.

In other Franco’s Pizza Friday Night IHRA Drag Racing action, Mike Nowak took the win in Top 8 Eliminator over Zell Gaymon. Nowak blistered the dragstrip with an elapsed time of 4.998 seconds and average speed of 139.37 mph.

The Salemi family picked up their second win in a row in Hebeler’s Sales Bikes & Sleds. Lucas Salemi was the winner this week after his cousin Angelo won the week before. Adding to the Salemi family’s success as of late was Evan Salemi, who went to the final round of Junior Dragsters during Advance Auto Parts Tuesday Test & Tune earlier this week.

In Tread City Tire Street, Derek Kovach defeated Meg Grzekiewicz for his first win of the season in a double breakout.  

Lancaster continued its annual Ladies Night tradition of special female only drag racing classes with the top prize of a diamond ring from Cash & Go Pawn on the line for each winner.  Sharon Hayek won the Ladies Pro class for experienced drivers for the second year in a row as she beat Deanna Nugent in the finals. Sara Taulbee was victorious in the Amateur Ladies class over Kat Brewer.

The Franco’s Pizza IHRA Drag Racing program is off next weekend for the Niagara Swap Meet & Car Show presented by Totally Tools. There is a $1,000 Box/No-Box Shootout open to all competitors this Tuesday night, June 19, to make up for the week off. Friday night racing resumes on June 29 with a special Buffalo Street Outlaws show. Full details to be released in the near future. Find out more at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com.

Press release provided by Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway

Marlar takes WoO Late Model win at Ransomville Speedway

WoO Late Model winner Mike Marlar
credit: Tom Stevens

Mike Marlar was the big winner on Friday night in front of a packed grandstand at Ransomville Speedway as the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series made its much-anticipated return in the 50-lap A-Main presented by Busch Beer, Stirling Lubricants, Champion Oil, and Kubiniec Plumbing. For the third time in 2018, 13-time Krown Undercoating 358 Modified track champion Pete Bicknell celebrated in victory lane, while Chris Burek was the sixth different winner in six races in the Investors Service Sportsman division.

Tyler Erb and Brandon Sheppard brought the “Most Powerful Late Models on the Planet,” the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Models, to the green flag for their 50-lap A-Main with Erb showing the way early over Sheppard and David Breazeale. Chris Madden moved into third on Lap 1 with Devin Moran racing in fourth. Erb and Sheppard pulled away from Madden as the leaders hit lap traffic on Lap 10, with Sheppard taking over the lead on Lap 12. Marlar passed Chub Frank for third with 20 laps to go, and took over second from Madden on Lap 34. Marlar caught Sheppard for a battle for the lead with a dozen laps remaining. Marlar took the lead with 11 laps remaining and went on to score his second series win of the season.  

Gary Lindberg and Ryan Susice were on the front row for the 30-lap main event for the 358 Modifieds with Susice leading early. Bicknell quickly moved into third place on Lap 2 and went after Lindberg for second as Susice pulled away from the field. Susice came to a stop with nine laps to go after going up in smoke down the front stretch, giving the lead to Lindberg. Lindberg jumped out of line on the restart, giving the lead to Bicknell over Chad Brachmann. Brachmann challenged Bicknell late in the race, but Bicknell held off Brachmann and Rick Richner to earn his third win of the season.

Rutland-Corwin Funeral Home will present the racing action next Friday night, June 22. The Modifieds and Sportsman will be joined by the Street Stocks, 4 Bangers, and Novice Sportsman. Also on the card will be the popular bicycle race during intermission. Pit gates open at 5 p.m., with grandstands opening at 6 p.m. and the first green flag of the night set to wave at 7:15 p.m. Find out more at www.ransomvillespeedway.com.

Press release provided by Ransomville Speedway

Monday, June 11, 2018

Nye earns SST Modified win at The Track @ Hillside


Shawn Nye captured the SST Modified feature at The Track @ Hillside Saturday night, holding off a challenge over the last few laps from Neil Dietz Jr.  Kevin Timmerman took the third spot.

In the Street Stock 8 feature, Josh Hathaway started from the third row in the field and picked his way up to the second spot, challenging leader Ken Maltby in a side by side battle for several laps.  Hathaway was finally able to lock down the lead in Turn 2 of the final lap to claim the victory over Maltby, John Calhoun, Jim Loffredo, and Chris Handley.

In the Street Stock 4 feature, Ken Hejna grabbed the lead from Michelle Russo four laps in but had to go to the pits to remove a dragging rear bumper cover and restarted in the rear.  Hejna motored back through the field and after several laps of battling side by side with Craig Orr for the lead got the top spot back on Lap 14 and pulled away for the win.  Orr, Charlie Palmer, David Brunka, and Russo rounded out the top five.

The Crazy 8's event was captured by Marty Hughes.

The Track @ Hillside returns to action with two events for Father's Day weekend. Friday night, June 15 will feature the SST Modifieds, the return of the NYPA TQ Midgets, plus Street Stock 8 and Street Stock 4 action.  Friday night's racing begins at 7:30 p.m.  Saturday, June 16 is the first Crash-O-Rama event of the season, featuring the ever popular Enduro race, a trailer race, a School Bus race, and much more.  The Crash-O-Rama gets underway Saturday at 6 p.m.  For more information, check the new web site at hillsidebuffalo.com.

Press release provided by The Track @ Hillside


Sunday, June 10, 2018

Three new 2018 winners at Lancaster Dragway Friday night

Top 8 Eliminator winner Jeff Sobczynski
credit: Lancaster National Dragway

Three new winners and two repeat winners topped their respective classes on VIP Night at Lancaster National Dragway on Friday. The Franco’s Pizza Friday Night IHRA Drag Racing winners included: Jeff Sobczynski in Top 8 Eliminator, Brian Hitchcock in Top ET, Dale Eckert in McGard Mod ET, Angelo Salemi in Hebeler’s Sales Bikes & Sleds and “Fast Eddie” Semlitsch in Tread City Tire Street.

The race of the night was the final in Top ET as Hitchcock and Mike Swinarski lined up for a heads-up race with identical dial-ins. Hitchcock left the starting line first in his rear engine dragster while Swinarski gave chase. Swinarski was a little too fast in his pursuit as he broke out at top end by just .003 seconds to hand the win to Hitchcock.

Sobczynski picked up his first win of the year Top 8 Eliminator, holding off Zell Gaymon in the final round as Gaymon could not make up the difference on the starting tree. The McGard Mod ET final came down to two drivers both looking for their second wins of the year in Dale Eckert and Ryan Ricketson. Eckert got the victory in a double breakout finish.

Hebeler’s Sales Bikes & Sleds had their first snowmobile winner of the season as Angelo Salemi took top honors. Salemi faced Tom Varney in the final pairing, but a red light by Varney gave the win to Salemi’s sled. “Fast Eddie” Semlitsch was in the final round of Tread City Tire Street for the second week in a row. This time he was able to trigger the win light at top end by defeating Wade Schneckenberger. The victory gives Semlitsch two wins overall in 2018 with a win in Mod ET the week before.

This Friday, June 15 at Lancaster National Dragway is Ladies Night. All ladies get in for just $5. We will once again feature special female-only classes of racing: amateur for drivers with no experience and street legal cars and a Pro class for former winners and current female competitors. The winner of each class will win a diamond ring from Cash & Go Pawn. Find out more at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com.

Press release provided by Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway

Bicknell earns second win at Ransomville this season


13-time Krown Undercoating Modified track champion Pete Bicknell earned his second feature win of the 2018 season as BlueCross BlueShield of WNY and the Niagara-Orleans Labor Council AFL/CIO presented the 10th annual Labor Night at the Races. Garrison Krentz scored his first career Investors Service Sportsman feature, while Chris Dziomba scored his second KiPo Chevrolet Street Stock feature of the season. Chad Desso earned his first feature of the season in the Gippsters Collision 4 Bangers and Orval Harris scored his first career Stevenson’s Hardware Novice Sportsman feature win.

Pete Bicknell in victory lane at Ransomville
credit: Tom Stevens
Jeff McGinnis and Jesse Cotriss shared the front row in the 358 Modifieds feature event with Allan Wills inheriting the lead after McGinnis and Cotriss hooked crash bars going into Turn 3. Greg Martin took the lead away as Rick Richner raced in second. Off a Lap 5 restart, Martin showed the way over Richner and Pete Bicknell, with Ryan Susice and Erick Rudolph racing inside the top five, which pulled away from the rest of the field. Richner took the lead from Martin on Lap 17, only to have Bicknell take the lead on Lap 20. Bicknell held on to earn his second feature of the season by .044 seconds over Susice. Rudolph, Richner, and Martin completed the top five.

Bryce Richardson and Dziomba led the Street Stocks to the green flag for their 20-lap feature event with Dziomba jumping into the lead. Dziomba went on to win his second feature of the season in a runaway.  Richardson, Cory Sawyer, Mike Kramarz, and Jaren Israel completed the top five.

Brandon Potter and Desso were on the front row for the 15-lap 4 Bangers feature with Desso taking the lead from the drop of the green flag. Desso pulled away from the field to earn his first victory of the season. Nick Tarnowski finished second with Matt Hornquist, Potter, and Cole Susice completing the top five.

“The most powerful Late Models on the Planet,” the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Models will be making their return to Ransomville next Friday, June 15 presented by Busch Beer. The Krown Undercoating Modifieds and Investors Service Sportsman will round out the racing card. Pit gates will open at 2 p.m., grandstands at 4 p.m., and hot laps beginning at 6:45 p.m. Admission is $30 presale and $35 at the gates. Presale tickets are still available by calling 1-844-DIRT-TIX or by going online to www.woolms.com/tickets and click on Ransomville Speedway. Find out more at www.ransomvillespeedway.com.

Press release provided by Ransomville Speedway