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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Red Bull Global Rallycross season opener set for Lancaster Speedway, June 9-10

Red Bull Global Rallycross in Memphis in April 2017
credit: Chris Tedesco/Red Bull Content Pool
The Red Bull Global Rallycross Buffalo double-header event will take place Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10, as Lancaster National Speedway hosts the season opener of the 2018 Red Bull GRC season.  The series will add its own flavor to nearly six decades of motorsports history at the speedway, bringing rally style racing to the venue for the first time.

“Lancaster National Speedway will be an exciting addition to this year’s schedule as we kick off our first event of the season with both a doubleheader and a new venue,” said Red Bull GRC CEO Colin Dyne. “The location is perfectly suited for all our rallycross fans in the northeast.”

The series will assemble a purpose-built course featuring multiple racing surfaces and a 70-foot dirt jump, utilizing segments of the two-existing oval tracks.  Additionally, the Polaris GRC class will stage its debut event at Lancaster, as the new Polaris RZR RS1 takes on the challenges of a rallycross course for the first time.

“Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway is very pleased to welcome Red Bull Global Rallycross to our award-winning motorsports facility,” said Track President Tim Packman. “This will be the first event of its kind for us and we look forward to welcoming all the teams and fans to this great event.  We are honored to be the facility kicking off the 2018 season for this internationally-followed series. Welcome to Lancaster National Speedway, we look forward to having you all.”

Tickets for Red Bull Global Rallycross Buffalo, taking place this June 9-10 at Lancaster National Speedway, are on sale now at http://www.redbullglobalrallycross.com/tickets. For more information, visit http://www.redbullglobalrallycross.com or follow the series on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @GRCseries.

Keep up with Lancaster’s 2018 season at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com

Lancaster announces Treichler Troyer Trophy for RoC competitors

The recent announcement about Lancaster National Speedway hosting five Race of Champions Modified Series events in 2018 inspired track management to create an award honoring the best driver for those races. 

The RoC Modified Series driver with the best average finish in the five events at Lancaster will receive the Treichler Troyer Trophy, which pays tribute to three drivers who combined to win 13 Lancaster National Speedway Modified track championships from 1968 to 1982: Roger Treichler, Merv Treichler and Maynard Troyer.  

"Lancaster National Speedway has a deep and rich history of Modified racing," said Track President Tim Packman. "The way Modified racing is done may have changed through the years, but the names Treichler and Troyer are very prominent throughout our history. Dave Buchanan (track announcer and Dir. of Media Relations) proposed an idea to recognize a driver for the five races. We tweaked it a bit and are now going to recognize a Modified driver from the Race of Champions.”  

"A call to Joe Skotnicki from the RoC was met with a quick response supporting this initiative giving those drivers an extra incentive to etch their names alongside the many Modified greats who have raced at Lancaster. This makes their five events with us even more interesting and our fans another aspect to follow."

Roger Treichler won his first of five Lancaster championships in 1968 and followed it up with another in '69. Eight years passed until his third title in 1977, and he added two more in 1981 and 1982 behind the wheel of his iconic "Genesee Beer Wagon". After his brother won back-to-back championships to close out the 1960s, "The Flying Florist" Merv Treichler began the 1970s with three-straight track titles of his own doing in 1970, '71 and '72. His fourth championship came in 1974, the same season he won a Modified title on the dirt at Ransomville Speedway. Maynard Troyer won his first two Lancaster Modified crowns in 1975 and 1976 before piloting his famous No. 6 to two more titles in 1978 and 1979. 

The Race of Champions Modified Series kicks off its 2018 campaign at Lancaster on Saturday, May 12 with a 75-lap event. They return on Thursday, June 28 for the fourth annual Ol' Boy Cup 60 Bill Colton Memorial. The recently added Midweek Modified Mania will take place Thursday, August 2 featuring a 50-lap race. The series wraps up with the two biggest Modified races of the season at Lancaster with the Tommy Druar/Tony Jankowiak Memorial 110 on Saturday, August 18 and the 30th annual U.S. Open 125 on Sunday, September 23. 

Last season, three different drivers won the four Modified races at Lancaster. Andy Jankowiak picked up two wins, including the U.S. Open 125 last September. Tyler Rypkema and George Skora III each earned their first-career RoC Series wins as Rypkema won the Ol' Boy Cup and Skora captured the Tommy/Tony 110. 

Marketing partnership opportunities for the Treichler Troyer Trophy program and all five RoC Modified events at Lancaster are available. Contact the Speedway office for more details. 

Keep up with the off-season at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

More marketing partners renew with Ransomville Speedway

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Ransomville Speedway management has continued to renew marketing partnerships with long-time supporters of the Big R: VP Fuels, Fantasy Island, A-Verdi and Stirling Lubricants.

VP Fuels has been a longtime supporter of racing at Ransomville and 2018 is no different, as VP Fuels is presenting Test, Tune & Time on Friday, April 27, as well as the 61st season opener on Friday, May 4. VP was founded in 1974 and has become a leader in racing fuels across the country and beyond. VP Fuels has been a longtime sponsor of the World Racing Group, which operates the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Cars, Late Models, and the Big Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series. For more information on VP Fuels and what it can do for your race team, visit them online at www.vpracingfuels.com

Opening in 1961, Fantasy Island is home to over 40 attractions including the famous Silver Comet roller coaster.  Fantasy Island is located at 2400 Grand Island Blvd on Grand Island and can be contacted online at www.fantasyislandny.com . Fantasy Island is also a supporter of the Kids Club: each week, any child ages 3-12 can be a member of the kid’s club and sign up to win tickets to go to Fantasy Island. They are the presenting sponsor of the racing action scheduled for Friday, May 11.

Locally owned and operated by the Verdi Family for over 35 years, A-Verdi Storage Containers is the premier provider of Storage and office solutions throughout New York State. From Albany to Buffalo and all points in between, A-Verdi believes that it takes great customers, suppliers, and employees to operate a successful business. A-Verdi can be reached by phone at 1-800-248-3734 and online at www.averdi.com. A-Verdi Storage Containers presents the annual visit by the Patriot Sprint Tour on Friday, June 1.

Stirling Lubricants is a leading manufacturer and supplier of all types of oils and has become a leader in automotive lubricating oils.  Established over 100 years ago, Stirling Lubricants is headquartered in Rochester, NY and can be contacted by phone at 585-461-8310 or online at www.stirlinglubricants.com. You can also see the Stirling Lubricants logo on the quarter panels of the 358 Modified of Jeff McGinnis and the Sportsman ride of Brett Senek. Stirling Lubricants is one of the presenting sponsors for the return of the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Cars on Friday, July 27 and the mighty Big Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series Summer Nationals on Tuesday, August 7.

If your company is interested in becoming a marketing partner at Ransomville Speedway, please contact General Manager Jennifer Martin at 716-791-3602 or by email at raceransomville@gmail.com.

Keep up with the off-season at www.ransomvillespeedway.com

Monday, February 12, 2018

Ransomville sponsors renew for 2018

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The management team of Ransomville Speedway has been busy reaching out to both new and renewing marketing partners and is excited to announce that all the divisional sponsors for both the Friday night racing program and the Thursday night go-kart program have all renewed their marketing partnerships with the Big R.

Krown Undercoating of Ransomville is once again the divisional sponsor of the premier division at Ransomville, the 358 Modifieds. Owned and operated by Jipp Ortiz, Krown Undercoating offers rust proofing and protection products to extend the life of your vehicle. Krown Undercoating is located in Ed’s Garage, the site of the original Ransomville Speedway in the late 1950s. Both Krown Undercoating and Ed’s Garage can be found at 2662 Youngstown Lockport Road in Ransomville, and reached by phone at 716-791-3712.

Investors Services has once again signed on for divisional sponsorship of the Sportsman.  Investors Services, owned and operated by former competitor Mike Greenawalt, restores and renovates properties while coordinating with the property owners to ensure complete satisfaction. Investors Services has been in business for over 10 years with proven results and has completed numerous projects throughout Erie and Niagara Counties. Investors can be reached by mail at 4939 Lockport Road in Niagara Falls, NY, by phone at 716-285-3000 or online at www.investorsservicecompany.com.

KiPo Chevrolet will continue as divisional sponsor for the Street Stock division. KiPo Chevrolet is the area’s premier Chevrolet dealer and their entire team works together to provide you with the ultimate Chevrolet shopping experience. You can visit the newly-remodeled KiPo Chevrolet at 2534 Youngstown-Lockport Road in Ransomville, reach them by phone at 716-791-5378, or see their entire inventory of new and used Chevrolets online at www.kipocars.com.

Gippsters Collision is back for their ninth season as the divisional sponsor for the Four Banger division. Operated by longtime Ransomville supporter Gerry Gipp, Gippsters Collision is a full-service repair shop repairing cars, trucks, and SUV’s. Gippsters is located at 1215 Balmer Road in Youngstown and can be reached by phone at 716-745-3679.

Stevenson’s Hardware has been sponsoring the action at the Ransomville Speedway for several years and in 2018 will begin their second season as the divisional sponsor for the Novice Sportsman. Stevenson’s Hardware is a locally owned and operated TrueValue Hardware store located in Downtown Ransomville at 2535 Youngstown Lockport Road. Stevenson’s is the area’s Stihl and Husqvarna dealership. Stevenson’s can be reached by phone at 716-791-3312 and can be found on Facebook.

The Thursday night go-kart program would also like to welcome back their divisional sponsors: Slack Karts (Junior 1), Jeffery Machine (Junior 2), Fitzgibbon Contracting and Construction (Junior 3) and the Finish Line Auto Detail (Senior Heavy). We are currently looking for a divisional sponsor for the Senior Lites.

Ransomville has also announced a four-race, $100-to-win series for all five go-kart points classes. The races will all be $100 to win, with the normal purse going to positions 2-4. This adds an additional $2000 into the entire season long purse with no additional entry fees.  Ransomville could not do this without the support of many great partners: Matt Farnham Racing (Junior 1), Tim Phillips Garage (Junior 2), Bud’s Apple Juice (Junior 3), Jerry Gradl Motors (Senior Lite) and 61 Racing (Senior Heavy).

“We would really like to thank our loyal supporters for stepping up and helping us provide an all new program for our karters,” said Ransomville General Manager Jennifer Martin. “Karting is an integral part of our entire program and we want to thank the racers with some better paying races.”

The 2018 go-kart schedule is available online at www.ransomvillespeedway.com under the go-kart icon.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Lancaster, Totally Tools partner for Niagara Swap Meet

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Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway has partnered with Totally Tools and Small Engine Repair & Parts to become the title partner for the Niagara Swap Meet & Car Show, taking place June 22-24. Located on Walden Ave. in Depew by Transit Rd., Totally Tools is owned by Mark Golba, who has been in business since 1999 and has been a big supporter of the event for years.

“We are pleased to bring Mark and Totally Tools and Small Engine Repair & Parts on board for the Niagara Swap Meet & Car Show,” said Track President Tim Packman. “When we completed our first time hosting the event last year, Mark was very helpful in garnering vendors to support the show. He’s also a former Enduro champion and employee of the track, which makes this even more special.”

“Having someone like Totally Tools come on board like this only makes our event stronger with his contacts and the fact he travels the Swap Meet circuit. We appreciate him believing in our event and signing on as our title partner.”

As part of the agreement, Totally Tools will have a billboard facing the inner oval, a Totally Tools Night at the Races which includes a VIP suite, name recognition in all Niagara Swap Meet advertising and his company logo on the back of the event T-shirt.

“Totally Tools and Small Engine Repair & Parts is very glad to be part of the Swap Meet and Lancaster Speedway,” said Mark Golba, owner. “My association with the track goes back to the early 80s working there and then racing there.”

“I am a big believer of swap meets and the event did well last year for the first time at Lancaster. Our goal now is to keep it growing and making it stronger for everyone’s sake.”

The three-day event will take place Friday through Sunday, June 22-24, with vendor set up available on Thursday, June 21. In addition to the 100s of Swap Meet vendors, there is also great food, music, fun, Car Corral and Clutch Artists Car Show. For more information on the event, email niagarashow@lancasternationalspeedway.com or check out the event’s Facebook page. 

Monday, February 5, 2018

Lancaster Speedway adds fifth Race of Champions Modified Race

The Race of Champions Modifieds have added a fifth show
at Lancaster National Speedway in 2018
Lancaster National Speedway and the Race of Champions are adding another Modified race to the 2018 schedule, bringing this year’s LNS total to five.

Being dubbed “Midweek Modified Mania,” the 50-lap chase takes place on Thursday, Aug. 2; the event will also include the Advance Auto Street Stocks and Roaming Buffalo 4 Cylinders. Race time will be 7 p.m. and General Admission tickets will be $18, instead of $22.

“Fans keep asking for more Race of Champions Modified races at Lancaster and the opportunity came about to add one this year,” said Track President Tim Packman. “Joe (Skotnicki, RoC Director) and I took a look at our schedule and that Thursday in August works because the Stock Car Series is off that Saturday for the Sunday Nostalgia weekend on the Dragway.”

“By having three divisions racing that night, that means fans and teams can look forward to fast-paced races and get home at a decent hour. We have a long history with Modifieds on our 5/8-mile oval and this shows our continued commitment to the Race of Champions and providing added racing excitement for our fans.”

“Lancaster is an outstanding partner of the Race of Champions and as our schedule evolved this opportunity presented itself,” said Joe Skotnicki, Race of Champions. “Tim (Packman) helped put this together and it gives everyone another opportunity to see the Modifieds at Lancaster and we’re excited about this. We’ve looked at a shorter race and this event is perfect for that format.”

Lancaster is holding its Racer Registration on Saturday, March 17 at Magruder’s Restaurant & Pub on Broadway in Depew as they prepare for the Queen City Clash opening day on Saturday, April 21 at 2 p.m.

The Race of Champions Modified Series opens its season on Saturday, May 12 at Lancaster.

Keep up with the action at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Ransomville Speedway releases 2018 schedule

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series in 2017
credit: Tom Stevens/Ransomville Speedway
The 61st season of racing at Ransomville Speedway kicks off in just three months, with a Friday night race schedule jam-packed with everything race fans in the Northeast could want to see.

Before the cars hit the track for the first time, they will be on display at the Motorsports Expo in Syracuse the weekend of March 10-11 and then the annual car show at the Fashion Outlets Niagara Falls USA the weekend of March 23-25 during mall hours. For the second season, the crowning of Miss Ransomville will be held at the car show on Saturday, March 24. Any female 18 years of age or older that would like to apply for Miss Ransomville can do so by calling the speedway office at 716-791-3602, by email at raceransomville@gmail.com or by messaging the Ransomville Speedway Facebook page. Event times will be released in the coming weeks.

The cars will hit Ransomville’s new surface on Friday, April 27 for Test, Tune, and Time presented by VP Racing Fuels; the rain date for Test, Tune, and Time will be on Wednesday, May 2. The 61st season opener will take place on Friday, May 4 as VP Racing Small Engine Fuels presents the opener for all divisions, including the Krown Undercoating 358 Modifieds, Investors Service Sportsman, KiPo Chevrolet Street Stocks, Gippsters Collision 4 Bangers and the Stevenson’s Hardware Novice Sportsman.

Ransomville Speedway is only one of a handful of tracks in the Northeast that will be hosting all three major touring series in 2018: the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Cars, the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Models and the Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modifieds.  For the first time since 2006, the “Baddest Late Models on the Planet,” the World of Outlaw Craftsman Late Models, will invade Ransomville on Friday, June 15; the 358 Modified and Sportsman classes will also be on the card. For the second straight season, “The Greatest Show on Dirt,” the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Cars, will be at the Big R on Friday, July 27, and will be joined in competition by the Investors Service Sportsman class. The Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modifieds will be in action for the annual Summer Nationals on Tuesday, August 7, along with Sportsman and Street Stock classes.

An announcement will be announced in the coming weeks regarding ticket purchases for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Models and World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Cars events.

The Patriot Sprint Tour will make their annual visit on Friday, June 1, while the Super DIRTcar Series Sportsman class will start their Niagara Region swing with a stop at the Big R on Friday, September 7. The Sportsman SDS race will be the Sportsman King of the Hill 50 with lap money. The BEI Lightning Series for Sportsman will make their inaugural trip to Ransomville on Friday, September 14, and the PA Vintage Modifieds will make their first trip to Ransomville on Friday, August 3 along with a Sportsman/Novice Shootout. Fans of demolition derbies can mark Friday, August 31 on their calendars.

The Krown Undercoating Modifieds will have a couple of big-money shows throughout the season, including a $2,000-to-win event on Friday, May 25. The Sid Jeffery Memorial will be a Modified event on Friday, August 17, and the KiPo Chevrolet Street Stocks will once again have their 100-lap special on Friday, September 14 for the running of the King of the Hill. Plans are still in the works for the John Susice Memorial for the Street Stocks, which will take place on Friday, July 13.  

A full schedule of events is available online at www.ransomvillespeedway.com