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Monday, December 19, 2016

Lancaster Dragway announces 2017 schedule

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Lancaster Dragway has released its preliminary drag racing schedule for the 2017 season, with a promise to add more events in the coming weeks.

LND is increasing the general admission adult front-gate price for regular Friday night events from $7 to $8 in 2017, however special event prices will remain the same.

Weekly Friday night IHRA Drag Racing will take place from May to September featuring four weekly classes of competition (Mallare Enterprises Top ET, McGard Mod ET, Hebeler's Sales Bikes & Sleds and Tread City Tire Street), and a variety of special events are scheduled throughout the season, which kicks off on Friday, April 28 with tech inspection and a test n' tune session. IHRA points will begin for all weekly classes on May 5.

The biggest event of 2016 at Lancaster featured the stars of "Street Outlaws" taking on the Buffalo Street Outlaws in the first edition of the 716 vs. 405. “Street Outlaws” star Kamikaze Chris will return to Lancaster in 2017, looking to avenge his 2016 defeat on Friday, June 30.

The Buffalo Street Outlaws will make a total of seven appearances at Lancaster in 2017. BSO will defend their home turf on Saturday, July 22 in a special event titled “Thunderdome: BSO vs. The World.” Thunderdome will feature the Buffalo Street Outlaws taking on teams of invading street legal racers from other states and regions.

Also returning in 2017 is the annual Memorial Day weekend visit from Al Hanna's Jet Funny Cars on May 26. A special Thursday night show has been added on June 21 to serve as the kick off to the recently acquired Niagara Swap Meet & Car Show; all four weekly classes plus Junior Dragsters and BSO Real Street will be in action. The annual Nitro Night of Fire presented by A-Verdi Storage Containers will take place on July 14.

Lancaster's Sunday Nostalgia Weekend moves back to the first weekend of August this season. The weekend gets going on Friday, August 4 with the regular IHRA drag racing program plus a Nostalgia Eliminator class and the Buffalo Street Outlaws. Saturday's events will include the third annual Lancaster National Dragway Hall of Fame induction ceremony and dinner. Sunday will feature a full day of racing, including the new Modern Muscle class for cars from 1981-1997, and the infield car show.

The late season schedule is highlighted by Alcohol Funny Cars on August 11 and Big Rig Night presented by Hunter Truck Sales/Peterbilt of Buffalo on August 25. Big Rig Night will include semi-trucks and dump trucks competing in their own special class. The 2017 season will conclude on Friday, September 30 with the final points night for all classes.

Tuesday Test n' Tune nights start on May 16 and run through September 12. Amateur drag racing, Junior Dragsters and Senior Nostalgia are also on the schedule for Tuesdays. Lancaster's popular Wednesday Cruise Nights will begin on May 3 and run through September 13 with free admission continuing in 2017.

Racers are invited to register for the 2017 season on Friday, March 10 at Magruder's Pub on Broadway in Depew from 6-9 p.m. Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway will also have booths at the Cavalcade of Cars, March 3-5 at the Hamburg Fairgrounds, and the Buffalo Motorama, March 24-26 at the Buffalo Convention Center. Keep up with the off-season action at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

A look ahead: 2017 ARCA Racing Series schedule

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David Castillo Dominici
  • February 18 – Daytona International Speedway
  • April 8 – Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville
  • April 30 – Salem Speedway
  • May 5 – Talladega Superspeedway
  • May 21 – Toledo Speedway
  • June 3 – Elko Speedway
  • June 9 – Pocono Raceway
  • June 16 – Michigan International Speedway
  • June 23 – Madison International Speedway
  • July 8 – Iowa Speedway
  • July 21 – Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis
  • July 28 – Pocono Raceway
  • August 6 – Winchester Speedway
  • August 20 – Illinois State Fairgrounds
  • August 27 – Road America
  • September 4 – DuQuoin State Fairgrounds
  • September 9 – Salem Speedway
  • September14 – Chicagoland Speedway
  • September 22 – Kentucky Speedway
  • October 20 – Kansas Speedway


Sunday, December 11, 2016

A look ahead: 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule

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  • February 24 – Daytona International Speedway
  • March 4 – Atlanta Motor Speedway
  • April 1 – Martinsville Speedway
  • May 12 – Kansas Speedway
  • May 19 – Charlotte Motor Speedway
  • June 2 – Dover International Speedway
  • June 9 – Texas Motor Speedway
  • June 17 – Gateway Motorsports Park
  • June 23 – Iowa Speedway
  • July 6 – Kentucky Speedway
  • July 19 – Eldora Speedway
  • July 29 – Pocono Raceway
  • August 12 – Michigan International Speedway
  • August 16 – Bristol Motor Speedway
  • September 3 – Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
  • September 15 – Chicagoland Speedway
  • September 23 – New Hampshire Motor Speedway
  • September 30 – Las Vegas Motor Speedway
  • October 14 – Talladega Superspeedway
  • October 28 – Martinsville Speedway
  • November 3 – Texas Motor Speedway
  • November 10 – Phoenix International Raceway
  • November 17 – Homestead-Miami Speedway


Thursday, December 8, 2016

A look ahead: 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule

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  • March 12 – Streets of St. Petersburg
  • April 9 – Streets of Long Beach
  • April 23 – Barber Motorsports Park
  • May 13 – Grand Prix of Indianapolis
  • May 28 – Indianapolis 500
  • June 3-4 – Raceway at Belle Isle Park
  • June 10 – Texas Motor Speedway
  • June 25 – Road America
  • July 9 – Iowa Speedway
  • July 16 – Streets of Toronto
  • July 30 – Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
  • August 20 – Pocono Raceway
  • August 26 – Gateway Motorsports Park
  • September 3 – Watkins Glen International
  • September 17 – Sonoma Raceway


Monday, December 5, 2016

A look ahead: 2017 NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule

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  • February 25 – Daytona International Speedway
  • March 4 – Atlanta Motor Speedway
  • March 11 – Las Vegas Motor Speedway
  • March 18 – Phoenix International Raceway
  • March 25 – Auto Club Speedway
  • April 8 – Texas Motor Speedway
  • April 22 – Bristol Motor Speedway
  • April 29 – Richmond International Raceway
  • May 6 – Talladega Superspeedway
  • May 27 – Charlotte Motor Speedway
  • June 3 – Dover International Speedway
  • June 10 – Pocono Raceway
  • June 17 – Michigan International Speedway
  • June 24 – Iowa Speedway
  • June 30 – Daytona International Speedway
  • July 7 – Kentucky Speedway
  • July 15 – New Hampshire Motor Speedway
  • July 22 – Indianapolis Motor Speedway
  • July 29 – Iowa Speedway
  • August 5 – Watkins Glen International
  • August 12 – Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
  • August 18 – Bristol Motor Speedway
  • August 27 – Road America
  • September 2 – Darlington Raceway
  • September 8 – Richmond International Raceway
  • September 16 – Chicagoland Speedway
  • September 23 – Kentucky Speedway
  • September 30 – Dover International Speedway
  • October 6 – Charlotte Motor Speedway
  • October 21 – Kansas Speedway
  • November 4 – Texas Motor Speedway
  • November 11 – Phoenix International Raceway
  • November 18 – Homestead-Miami Speedway


Sunday, December 4, 2016

Lancaster Speedway releases 2017 oval schedule

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After a successful 2016 season, Lancaster National Speedway officials have unveiled the 2017 Stock Car schedule, featuring 16 events during the 59th season of racing at the 1/2-mile oval.

Building on a tradition that started in 2015, the theme for the 2017 season will be "Stability & Loyalty," letting teams know the track will remain committed to what it has been building. While other facilities in the area have dropped divisions from its weekly program and added new add ones at random, Lancaster will continue to support the drivers and teams that have stuck with them through recent years.

The only significant change will be an increase of $1 for adult admission for regular weekly season Stock Car events from $12 to $13 in 2017. The admission fee of $8 for students ages 12-17 will remain, as will free admission for children 11 and under for weekly regular events.

The Sunoco Sportsman, Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks and 4-Cylinders will return as Lancaster's home track divisions competing for the track championships and points fund payouts. All three divisions had a marked increase in support last season as the stock car program earned its biggest weekly car counts in several years.

The 2017 Stock Car season kicks off Saturday, April 22 at 2 p.m. with the Queen City Clash, featuring all three weekly divisions plus the first of four visits from the NYPA TQ Midgets. The early season Saturday afternoon shows continue on April 29 when the Race of Champions Modified Series takes to the track for a 75-lap event, followed by X-Press Signs Late Model Mania on May 6.

6:30 p.m. Saturday night racing begins on May 13 when the New York Super Stock Series makes its lone stop at Lancaster for a 50-lap race. May 20 is Ladies Night with $5 general admission for women plus a 4-Cylinder Powder Puff race open to any female that doesn't have previous points- racing experience. 

LNS is treating fans to Double Wing Night on June 3, with the return of International Supermodified Association (ISMA) and the winged Can-Am TQ Midgets. The ISMA Supermodifieds are back by popular demand for the first time since 2003, and will be the first Supermodified race at Lancaster since 2009. The raindate for that event is Sunday, June 4. The Sunoco Sportsman will be in the spotlight for the Joe Reilly Summer Slam 75 presented by A-Verdi Storage Containers on June 17, while Lancaster kicks off summer on Thursday, June 29 with the third annual “Ol' Boy Cup 60,” a tribute to Bill Colton featuring the Race of Champions Modified Series. The RoC Big 10 Super Stocks, Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks and 4-Cylinders will take part in the action that night, as well, with racing set to begin at 7 p.m.

The summer portion of the schedule is filled with several special themed nights, including First Responders Night on July 9, Homecoming and Retro Night on July 16, Autograph and FOAR Score Fan Club Night on July 29, Kids Night on August 12 and Big Rig Night on August 26. The Kids Night program will feature bicycle giveaways and power car races for the kids, plus a 50-lap race for the Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks. The Kids Choice Street Stock 50 will a have special stipulation as children in attendance will get to decide how many cars will get inverted at the race's halfway point.

The RoC Modifieds are back on August 19 for the most prestigious race on the schedule, the 28th annual Tommy Druar/Tony Jankowiak 110. The regular season will come to an end on September 9 with Season Championship Night and three track champions being crowned.

Lancaster closes out the stock car season with the 29th annual U.S. Open during the weekend of September 22-24. WNY's racing finale continues to grow every year with more race cars, more campers and new memories to be made. The RoC Modified Series will headline the weekend with the U.S. Open 125 on Sunday.

Lancaster National Speedway will be active this winter taking part the Cavalcade of Cars show, March 3-5 at the Hamburg Fairgrounds, and the Buffalo Motorama, March 24-26 at the Buffalo Convention Center. Drivers will be able to sign up for the 2017 season on Friday, March 10 during the annual preseason registration party. Keep up with the off-season at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com

Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway acquires Niagara Swap Meet

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Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway has announced its acquisition of the Niagara Swap Meet and Car Show, moving it from the Niagara County Fairgrounds to the speedway in 2017. It will be held on its traditional last weekend of June, but add Friday to the weekend event for the dates of June 23 - 25, 2017. In addition to the Swap Meet portion of the event, the Car Show, Car Corral and all the events that are part of the show’s tradition are currently planned to remain on the schedule.

“This is a large step for the track in adding events to our offering of uses for our facility,” said Tim Packman, Track President. “We worked closely with the owners of the show to ensure we make this transition to our location great for the vendors, car enthusiasts, attendees and current partners of the event.

“Al Thomas and Tony Cory of CHT Productions (prior owners) are going to stay on in a consulting role for this year’s event. We already have a tentative layout of the facility and how it will work for the vendors and participants. We are confident the areas we have available for everything will be beneficial to everyone involved. Our location will make attending the event more attractive for people from Central and Southern New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Southern Ontario regions, as well.”

In addition to the more than 340 vendors, the event will have a Car Corral, where people can sell their classic cars, and the annual Car Show – these are currently planned to occupy part of the racing areas. The track is looking to have a preview day on Friday and live band later that night for all involved.

The show will then take place during the daytime on Saturday and Sunday giving everyone a chance to see and experience all aspects of the event. Vendors and participants will be getting information from the track in the near future.

Anyone with questions about the event are encouraged to call the track and/or leave message at 716-759-6818 or send an email to niagarashow@lancasternationalspeedway.com.

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

Monday, November 28, 2016

A look ahead: 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule

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  • February 9-12 – Circle K NHRA Winternationals – Pomona, Calif.
  • February 24-26 – Advance Auto Parts NHRA Nationals – Phoenix
  • March 16-19 – Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals (PSM) – Gainesville, Fla.
  • March 31-April 2 – DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals – Las Vegas
  • April 21-23 – NHRA SpringNationals – Houston
  • April 28-30 – NHRA Four-Wide Nationals (PSM) – Charlotte, N.C.
  • May 5-7 – NHRA Southern Nationals (PSM) – Atlanta
  • May 19-21 – NHRA Kansas Nationals – Topeka, Kan.
  • June 2-4 – NHRA New England Nationals – Epping, N.H.
  • June 8-11 – NHRA Summernationals (PSM) – Englishtown, N.J.
  • June 16-18 – NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals – Bristol, Tenn.
  • June 22-25 – Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals (PSM) – Norwalk, Ohio
  • July 6-9 – Route 66 NHRA Nationals (PSM) – Chicago
  • July 21-23 – Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals (PSM) – Denver
  • July 28-30 – Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals (PSM) – Sonoma, Calif.
  • August 4-6 – NHRA Northwest Nationals – Seattle
  • August 17-20 – Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals (PSM) – Brainerd, Minn.
  • August 30-September 4 – Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals (PSM) – Indianapolis
NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship
  • September 15-17 – NHRA Carolina Nationals (PSM) – Charlotte, N.C.
  • September 21-24 – NHRA Keystone Nationals (PSM) – Reading, Pa.
  • September 29-October 1 – AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals (PSM) – St. Louis
  • October 12-15 – AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals (PSM) – Dallas
  • October 26-29 – NHRA Toyota Nationals (PSM) – Las Vegas
  • November 9-12 – Auto Club NHRA Finals (PSM) – Pomona, Calif.
(PSM) - Event will include Pro Stock Motorcycle

Saturday, November 26, 2016

A look ahead: 2017 NASCAR Cup Series schedule

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  • February 18 – The Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway
  • February 19 – Daytona 500 qualifying
  • February 23 – Can-Am Duel at Daytona
  • February 26 – Daytona 500
  • March 5 – Atlanta Motor Speedway
  • March 12 – Las Vegas Motor Speedway
  • March 19 – Phoenix International Raceway
  • March 26 – Auto Club Speedway
  • April 2 – Martinsville Speedway
  • April 9 – Texas Motor Speedway
  • April 23 – Bristol Motor Speedway
  • April 30 – Richmond International Raceway
  • May 7 – Talladega Superspeedway
  • May 13 – Kansas Speedway
  • May 20 – All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway
  • May 28 – Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte
  • June 4 – Dover International Speedway
  • June 11 – Pocono Raceway
  • June 18 – Michigan International Speedway
  • June 25 – Sonoma Raceway
  • July 1 – Coke Zero 400 at Daytona
  • July 8 – Kentucky Speedway
  • July 16 – New Hampshire Motor Speedway
  • July 23 – Indianapolis Motor Speedway
  • July 30 – Pocono Raceway
  • August 6 – Watkins Glen International
  • August 13 – Michigan International Speedway
  • August 19 – Bristol Motor Speedway
  • September 3 – Darlington Raceway
  • September 9 – Richmond International Raceway
  • September 17 – Chicagoland Speedway
  • September 24 – New Hampshire Motor Speedway
  • October 1 – Dover International Speedway
  • October 7 – Charlotte Motor Speedway
  • October 15 – Talladega Superspeedway
  • October 22 – Kansas Speedway
  • October 29 – Martinsville Speedway
  • November 5 – Texas Motor Speedway
  • November 12 – Phoenix International Raceway
  • November 19 – Homestead-Miami Speedway


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

2016 champions, award winners honored by Humberstone Speedway

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Humberstone Speedway hosted its 2016 Awards Banquet at the Americana Resort in Niagara Falls on Saturday evening.

Brad Rouse from St. Catharines, Ontario picked up the 2016 title in the PC Works DIRTcar Sportsman. Dennis Lunger Jr. from Albion, PA won his second straight Pinty’s Delicious Foods RUSH Late Model Championship. Dave Bailey from Hagersville, Ontario won the JC Auto Street Stock Championship, and was also crowned track champion at both Ohsweken and Merrittville. Kyle Haynes from Caledon, Ontario won the Cosco Haulage Mini Stocks championship, his first track title at Humberstone. Dylan Llord from St. Catharines, Ontario won the Mike Knapp Ford Pro 4 Trucks championship behind 10 feature wins.

Most Improved Driver Awards was presented to Joey Mastrioanni, Tim Gillespie, Kyle Pelrine, Kyle Haynes and Craig Vlasic. The Most Sportsmanlike Driver Awards went to Justin Sharp, Jeff Dayman, Bryce Richardson, Garnet Wilson and Andy Imbeault. Chad Chevalier, Jeff Dayman, Bryce Richardson, Brandon Iudiciani and Kyle Tomaski won the Best Appearing Car/Truck Awards. Hard Charger Awards went to Brad Rouse, Dennis Lunger Jr., Jason Fontaine, Evan Curtis and Dylan Llord. Jay Mallory, Colton Ledingham, Andrew Reece, Brandon Iudiciani and Kyle Tomaski were the recipients of Hard Luck Awards.

Dylan Davidson, Travis Martineau, Andrew Reece, Olivier Larocque and Mitch Dumont were honored by being named Rookie of the Year in their respective divisions.

The Pete Cosco Dedication to the Sport Award went to Pro 4 Truck driver Kyle Tomaski. Tomaski went out into the region to help promote Humberstone at different events throughout the season.

The Jim Simpson Crew Chief of the Year Award went to Jeff Armstrong. Armstrong, a DIRTcar Sportsman driver, also wrenched on stepson Tyler Puchalski’s Sportsman as well as a Sportsman and a Pro 4 Truck for Emily Puchalski.

The Trevor Wilkens Driver of the Year went to Dave Bailey. Bailey won the track titles at all three tracks in the Niagara Region (Ohsweken, Merrittville and Humberstone) and just missed out on the overall title for the Duel on the Dirt, a four track series between Brighton, Ohsweken, Merrittville and Humberstone.

Race Director Tom Beales spoke to the crowd that was on hand, releasing the speedway’s plan for the 2017 season. New improvements to the speedway will be made including an upgrade to the track lighting system. The first event for the 2017 will be the second annual Dawn of Destruction, taking place the first weekend of May. More information about a potential race night change will be announced after the DIRTcar fall promoters meeting in Syracuse in mid-November.

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

Holland Speedway honors 2016 champs, award winners

Holland's year-end trophies
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Holland International Speedway hosted their Night of Champions Awards Banquet on Friday at the Millennium Hotel in Cheektowaga. 

East Concord’s Zach Myers earned his second career track championship for the Getzoni Nationwide Insurance Agency NASCAR Pro Chargers, while his pit crew was voted best appearing. Rich Carnes won Most Popular Driver and Ted Welshans had the best appearing car. Jim Mallaber was the hard luck recipient while Nik Welshans was named Most Improved Driver. Mark Hoch received his trophy for winning the Busch 75 on Labor Day weekend. 

Jeff Szafraniec won his second career Bank of Holland Hornets Championship. In 10 years of racing, the Dice Racing team has accumulated six divisional championships. Szafraniec was named Most Popular Driver while he and his Dice Racing teammates had the best appearing pit crew and Mandie Orr had the best appearing car. Hard Luck went to Josh Hill while George Anthony was named Most Improved. Jeff Szafraniec and Ben Russo received their winning trophies from the 50-lap special during the summer. 

Dave Wollaber was not only crowned the Holland divisional champion for the NYPA TQ Midgets, but was the overall NYPA Series Champion as well. Wollaber won the Holland title over Kyle Hutchinson and Chad Haywood; Hutchinson had the best appearing pit crew. The Best Appearing Car went to Charlie DiRosa, while Vinnie Christiano III won the Most Popular Driver. Wollaber won the NYPA Series title over Erik Musto and Vinnie Christiano Jr., and Vinnie Christiano III was named Rookie of the Year. The Hard Luck Award went to Greg Richardson while Jim Fleischman received the Mechanical Achievement Award. Pat Smith was the Sportsmanship Award recipient and NYPA Public Relations Director JP Windschitl won the Ambassador Award. 

Carl Vilardo IV was the track champion for the Advance Auto Parts INEX Legends. Vilardo was also most improved while Terry Lindstrom had the best appearing car. 

Jim Steins used his six wins to the divisional crown for the M&M U Pull-It Figure 8’s. Steins won the Most Improved Driver award while Sharon Hughes was the Hard Luck recipient. Don Haskell was voted Most Popular Driver. 

Darryl Phillips won the Rookie 4’s track championship over Dale Lombardo. Lombardo won the best appearing pit crew award and the best appearing car award. Lombardo was also voted Most Popular Driver by the fans. 

Single race win trophies went out to Patrick Emerling for winning the 16th annual George Decker Memorial and George Skora III for his triumph in the Graff Trucking 75 on Labor Day weekend. The Clark Rice Rookie of the Year Award went to Darryl Phillips (Rookie 4) and Jim Steins (Figure 8’s). NYPA TQ Midget driver Vinnie Christiano III received the UNOH Youth Achievement Award; Christiano was awarded a $500 scholarship to UNOH. The Welshans family was honored by winning the Family in Racing Award, and Dice Racing Team was the recipient of the Sportsmanship Award. Mike Marranacchio was the Unsung Hero Award recipient and Larry Ott from the Buffalo News received the Media Award for his contributions to auto racing. 

Track General Manager Tim Bennett spoke to the crowd, releasing early plans for the 58th consecutive season of racing under the same management at Holland. The Pro Modifieds will be back as the headline division at the Speedway in 2017, with opening day scheduled for Saturday, May 13. Special dates on the schedule include the Race of Champions Modified Tour 100 on Saturday July 22 and the George Decker Memorial for the Pro Modifieds on Saturday, July 29. The perennial Bud 100 and season championship night will be Saturday, September 2, while Crash-A-Rama will return with two thrilling shows on June 10 and September 9. The new Six-Cylinder division, the Talking Phonebook Super Six’s, will debut next May.

Stay tuned to www.hollandspeedway.com and the track’s social media pages for more details on the 2017 schedule that will be announced soon as well as Holiday Specials and other offers for race fans and drivers of all ages.

Monday, November 14, 2016

2016 Lancaster Speedway champions, award winners honored

(l-r) Jake Lyon, Dave Wilson and Kevin Bainbridge
Lancaster National Speedway officials, drivers and teams honored the track’s 2016 champions and award winners on Saturday during the annual Season Awards Banquet at the Variety Club Banquet Hall in Lancaster.

Lancaster paid out nearly $22,000 in points fund money to its drivers during the evening. The points fund comes from a portion of the money collected from the sale of Hoosier Racing Tires and Sunoco Race Fuel at the speedway during the season, plus money collected by the Friends of Auto Racing (FOAR Score) Fan Club from its weekly 50/50 tickets sales. FOAR Score's contribution to the points fund was over $12,000 this season, which is double the amount that was raised last year. The top ten points finishers in each of Lancaster's three weekly home track classes took home a share of the points money.

Headlining the class of 2016 track champions was Sunoco Sportsman champion Jake Lyon of Elma. Lyon won three features in 2016, including two of the final three races of the year. His title run was cemented by a stretch of five races late in the year where he finished either first or second.

Track official Cory Lischer, recipient of the Alex Friesen
Spirit of Racing Award
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Dave Wilson of Hamburg was crowned the 2016 Advance Auto Parts Street Stock champion. Wilson, in his first full season in Street Stocks at Lancaster, finished in the top 10 in 13 out 14 races in 2016. He also collected three feature wins, including the Jeff Brown Sr. Memorial in June.

The 2016 Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinder champion was Kevin Bainbridge of Buffalo. Bainbridge dominated the division with eight feature wins, including the U.S. Open, and finished in the top 5 in all but one of the 14 features races this season.

All three track champions were presented with a commemorative jacket from Sunoco and Insinger Race Fuels.

Speedway official Cory Lischer was presented with the Alex Friesen Spirit of Racing Award, which is presented to a member of the Lancaster Speedway community that exemplifies the spirit of late speedway owner Alex Friesen by working hard during the races and have plenty of fun after the races as well.

Paul "Woody" Thompson, recipient of the Tommy Druar
Contribution to Racing Award, with Mickey Druar
credit: Lancaster National Speedway
Car owner Paul "Woody" Thompson was given the Tommy Druar Contribution to Racing Award. Thompson worked as a crew member with several high profile drivers before becoming a car owner. He fields a team of four cars in the 4-Cylinder division. His team had its best season ever with four wins and a second-place points finish with driver Dan Dressel.

Track president Tim Packman thanked the drivers, crews, sponsors and officials in attendance for helping to make this past season the best one for Lancaster's stock car program in a decade. He also vowed to continue the improvements at the facility in 2017 and build upon the successes of this past season.

The 2017 stock car season at Lancaster will kick off on Saturday, April 22. A full schedule of events will be released in the coming weeks. Keep up with the off-season at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com

Lancaster Dragway honors 2016 champions, award winners

(l-r) Dale Eckert, Shawn Beatty, Mike Peters, Mason Fix and Victoria Young
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Lancaster National Dragway honored its 2016 Franco's Pizza IHRA Drag Racing track champions Friday night at the Season Awards Banquet at the Variety Club Banquet Hall in Lancaster. Racers signed up for the weekly points program shared in a $10,000 point fund, part of which came from the sales of Sunoco Race Fuel at the track during the season. In addition to their points fund money and trophy, 2016 track champions received a commemorative jacket from Sunoco and Insinger Race Fuels. 

All of the 2016 Lancaster National Dragway class champions were honored during the festivities, including Shawn Beatty in Mallare Enterprises Top ET, Dale Eckert (and Clay Ricketson) in McGard Mod ET, Mason Fix (with Jim Bruckman and Nick Morrissey) in Tread City Tire Street and Mike Peters in Hebeler's Bikes & Sleds. 

The champions from the two classes that ran as part of the Advance Auto Parts Tuesday night program were also honored. Victoria Young was the K100/ Bauer Racing Junior Dragster champion while Anthony Lazzazero won the Teen Championship Racing title. The Buffalo Outlaw Street Outlaws honored their champions as well, with Moe Alfaqih (BSO Street Outlaws) and Terry Doyle (Limited Street and Real Street) taking home the hardware. 

Buffalo Street Outlaws competitor Alex Wesolowski was presented with the 2016 Exemplary Award for his dedication to the sport of drag racing. Junior Dragster champion Victoria Young was the recipient of the Most Improved Driver award as she ascended to the top of her class in just her second season. Buffalo Street Outlaw racers Douglas Vanstrom and Moe Alfaqih were co-winners of the Showman of the Year Award.

The 2017 season at Lancaster National Dragway will begin on Friday, April 28 with a test and tune session. The first points race will be Friday, May 5. Keep up with the off-season at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

November 2016 racing: Where to see your favorites


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NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series:
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series:
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NASCAR Xfinity Series:
  • November 5 – Texas Motor Speedway
  • November 12 – Phoenix International Raceway
  • November 19 – Homestead-Miami Speedway (finale)
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series:
  • November 4 – Texas Motor Speedway
  • November 11– Phoenix International Raceway
  • November 18 – Homestead-Miami Speedway (finale)
For more information on these events, click on the links provided.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Pro Modifieds return to top billing at Holland for 2017

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Holland Speedway has announced the return of the Pro Modifieds as the top NASCAR division. With great support throughout this past season on special modified event nights, the decision was made to bring the division back for 2017. The Division I Pro Modifieds will be competing for a season ending points fund of $10,000 in addition to their weekly purses.

Opening night of the 2017 season at the Holland Speedway will be Saturday, May 13, with Crash A Rama events scheduled for June 10 and September 9, the Race of Champions Modified Tour 100 on July 22, and the classic George Decker Memorial on July 29. Season championships and the perennial Bud 100 are set for September 2.

While the final details on the upcoming season’s schedule and dates continue to be sorted out, the excitement for the return of the Pro Modified division is clear. The post season recap also gives management a great opportunity to thank fans and drivers alike for a tremendous racing season in 2016.

“This year was full of great racing action, exciting new sponsorships and local corporate partnership, and true fan passion,” said Track General Manager Tim Bennett. “Congratulations to all our Track Champions this season, we’re looking forward to honoring all of you at our November 11 Banquet, and we truly cannot wait to have you back for our 58th year in the spring”.

The track is also proud to announce a new 6-Cylinder division for 2017; the Talking Phonebook Super Six’s will debut next May. 

Stay tuned to the Holland Speedway website and social media pages for more details on the 2017 schedule.

Quotes in this piece provided by Holland Speedway.

Lancaster offers sneak peak at 2017 schedule

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The 2016 season at Lancaster National Speedway and Dragway is over, but plans are already in place for 2017. The facility is coming off the second season of its rebuilding era, with upgrades including the resurfacing of the 1/8-mile dragstrip, paving racing and pit surfaces and improved lighting. The track is seeing renewed enthusiasm and support from competitors and fans, as well – in fact, the track is already receiving inquiries about pit pads for 2017.

The 2017 oval season will open on Saturday, April 22 at 2 p.m. with a matinee stock car program. The action continues the following Saturday, April 29, with the first of four visits from the Race of Champions Modified Series. 

The mighty Modifieds will return for three additional prestigious events: the third annual Bill Colton Memorial Ol' Boy Cup 60 on Thursday, June 29; the 28th annual Tommy Druar/Tony Jankowiak Memorial 110 on August 19; and the 29th annual U.S. Open on the weekend of September 22-24.

The biggest addition to the oval schedule is the return of the International Supermodified Association on Saturday, June 3. The fastest short track cars in America will make their first appearance at Lancaster since 2009 and it will be the first visit by the ISMA series since 2003. 

ISMA held their first-ever race at Lancaster on July 3, 1974 with Ohio driver Todd Gibson winning that inaugural event. Some of the biggest names in Supermodified racing have won at Lancaster in the years that followed, including Jim Shampine, Bentley Warren, Mike McLaughlin, Doug Heveron, Joe Gosek, Dave McKnight, Russ Wood and Chris Perley. 

The Franco's Pizza IHRA Drag Racing season will open on Friday, April 28 with test and tune and tech inspection. The first points race of the year will take place the following Friday, May 5. 

The full 2017 schedules for the stock car and drag racing programs will be released in the coming months. Keep up with the off-season at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com

Monday, October 3, 2016

Beatty, Eckert, Peters and Fix clinch 2016 Lancaster Dragway titles

Bikes & Sleds champ Mike Peters
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Lancaster National Dragway wrapped up its 2016 Franco’s Pizza IHRA Drag Racing season on Friday night as the track champions were crowned for all four weekly classes. The season finale also featured four drivers ending the year with their first wins of the season.

Mike Nowak picked up the win in Top 8 Eliminator, defeating Mark Talmadge in a double breakout with Nowak running just .001 seconds quicker than his 4.98 dial-in. 

Jan Winkowski’s Lunatic Fringe Chevy Nova earned the win in Mallare Enterprises Top ET over Shawn Beatty. Beatty and his co-driver Chris Van Baalen received the consolation prize, however, as they clinched the 2016 Mallare Enterprises Top ET championship.

In McGard Mod ET, Ben Haight picked up his first win of the season over Bob Richards. The Mod ET championship went to Dale Eckert and his co-driver Clay Ricketson. It is Eckert’s seventh-straight title and tenth in the last 11 years.

Mike Peters locked up the 2016 Hebeler’s Sales Sleds & Bikes championship with his fourth win of the season, defeating Brian Babiak in the final round to put the exclamation point on his year.
In Tread City Tire Street, David Weller earned his first win of the season over Louie San George in the final round. Second-generation driver Mason Fix, along with teammates Nick Morrissey and Jim Bruckman, clinched his first career championship in the class.

The 2016 champions from Lancaster’s Advance Auto Parts Tuesday Night Drag Racing program were Victoria Young in Junior Dragsters and Anthony Lazzazero in Teen Championship Racing. 

Lancaster National Dragway will celebrate the 2016 season and honor its champions at the Season Awards Banquet on Friday, November 11 at the Variety Club banquet hall. Ticket details to be announced shortly at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com

Sunday, October 2, 2016

2016 Super DIRT Week at Oswego: October 5-9

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Dirt track racing fans have a new temporary home for the annual festivities of Super DIRT Week: Oswego Speedway has been covered with dirt and will host the 45th annual event. Super DIRT Week 2016 gets underway on Wednesday, October 5, culminating with the Bud Light 300 Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified race on Sunday, October 9.

Additional Super DIRT Week events will take place at three other Central New York speedways: Fulton Speedway in Fulton, Weedsport Speedway in Weedsport and Brewerton Speedway in Central Square.

On Wednesday, Super DIRT Week kicks off with practice for the Big-Block Modifieds at 3 p.m. at Oswego, followed by the DIRTcar 358-Mods and DIRTcar Sportsman Mods at Weedsport – action begins at 7:30 p.m.

On Thursday, Big-Blocks and 358-Mods practice beginning at 10 a.m. at Oswego, followed by time trials for the 358s at 1:20 p.m. and the Big-Blocks at 2:45 p.m. That evening, the 358s hit the track for the 24th annual Hurricane 100 at Brewerton – action gets underway at 7:30 p.m.

On Friday, Sportsman time trials hit the track at 12:35 p.m., followed by Futures features for Pro Stocks and Sportsman at 1 p.m. 358-Mods take practice at 2:55 p.m., followed by the Big-Blocks at 3:35 p.m. 358-Mod Futures run their feature at 4:20 p.m., followed by the Big-Block Mod Futures at 4:40 p.m. The 358-Mods will run Twin 25-lap features, followed by Sportsman qualifiers and Big-Block Triple 20-lappers, beginning at 6:55 p.m. at Oswego.

On Saturday, Pro Stock time trials at 11 a.m. are followed by Last Chance races for the 358 Modifieds, Sportsman, Pro Stocks and Big-Blocks. The 358-Modified Series Riccelli-Northern Salute the Troops 150 begins at 2 p.m., followed by Big-Block Modified final practice at 4 p.m. Evening action shifts to Fulton Speedway, where the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series hits the track along with the Big-Block “Win and You’re In” feature (winner earns 45th starting spot for Bud Light 300) – action starts at 7:30 p.m.

On Sunday, the Sportsman Mods and Pro Stocks practice at 10 a.m. Racing action kicks off at 11 a.m. with the DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Chevy Performance 75 Championship race, followed by the Pro Stock 50-lapper at noon and the 45th annual Big-Block Modified Series Bud Light 300 at 2 p.m. Rain date for Saturday or Sunday events is Monday, October 10.

Find a complete schedule of events here.

Get the complete details on Super DIRT Week XLIII at www.superdirtweekonline.com.   

2016 Shootout at the Bullring at Wyoming County International Speedway: October 7-9

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Wyoming County International Speedway, located at 35 Adrian Rd. in Perry, will be hosting the Shootout at the Bullring Friday through Sunday, October 7-9. Highlighting the weekend is the $10,000-to-win American 100 for Modifieds, which will go green on Sunday.

Festivities kick off Friday night with open practice beginning at 4:30 p.m. On Saturday, practice begins at 10 a.m. with two sessions each for the 4-cylinders, SST Modifieds, NYSS Super Stocks and Modifieds. Heat racing begins at 1 p.m., featuring NYSS Super Stocks, 4-cylinders and SST Modifieds followed by additional practice for the Modifieds and features for the Vintage Late Models, 4-cylinders, NYSS Super Stocks and SST Modifieds.

On Sunday, practice once again begins at 10 a.m. with three sessions each for Super Stocks, Vintage Modifieds and Modifieds. Heats begin at 1 p.m. for Super Stocks, Vintage Modifieds and Modifieds, followed by features for Vintage Mods and Super Stocks, and concluding with the American 100 Modified race. Find a complete weekend schedule here.

Saturday admission to the grandstand is $22 for adults, $20 for seniors (65+), $10 for kids 10-16 and free for kids 9 and under; a family pass for Saturday (two adults and unlimited children) is $55. On Sunday, admission is $28 for adults, $24 for seniors, $10 for kids 10-16 and free for kids 9 and under; a family pass on Sunday is $70. Two-day admission passes are available for $40 for adults, $35 for seniors and $15 for kids 10-16.

Find out more about the Shootout at the Bullring at www.thebullringwcis.com

Thursday, September 29, 2016

October 2016 racing: Where to see your national favorites

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NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series:
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series:
NASCAR Xfinity Series:
  • October 1 – Dover International Speedway
  • October 7 – Charlotte Motor Speedway
  • October 15 – Kansas Speedway
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series:
World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series:
ARCA Racing Series:
  • October 14 – Kansas Speedway (finale)
For more information and tickets for these events, please click the provided link.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Lancaster wraps up oval season with U.S. Open

The oval track season at Lancaster National Speedway concluded last weekend with the 28th annual U.S. Open, featuring seven classes and more than 180 cars over two days of action.

RoC Modified winner Patrick Emerling

Sportsman winner Chuck Hossfeld
Patrick Emerling made it a season sweep at Lancaster by winning Sunday’s Race of Champions Modified Series 125-lap race; he won all four RoC races at the track this season. Chuck Hossfeld won the 75-lap Sunoco Sportsman feature on Saturday night, leading the final 36 laps on his way to the win.
4-Cylinder winner Kevin Bainbridge

TQ Midget winner Andy Nye (66) battles Tommy Catalano

Super Stock winner Mike Nichols
In other action on Saturday at Lancaster, Mike Nichols won the 30-lap Super Stock feature, Kevin Bainbridge won the 25-lap Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinder feature for his eighth win of the year, and Andy Nye won the 25-lap NYPA TQ Midget feature. On Sunday, Dave Heitzhaus won the 30-lap X-Press Signs Late Model feature presented by Abbott Rd Pizza, and Rich Sharpe was victorious in the 35-lap Advance Auto Parts Street Stock feature.

Street Stock winner Rich Sharpe

Late Model winner Dave Heitzhaus

Impressive fields and incredible wrecks were the order of the weekend. Lancaster’s three weekly series were represented by 40 Sportsman, 32 Street Stocks and 23 4-Cylinders, with 19 TQ Midgets, 28 Super Stocks, 16 Late Models and 26 RoC Modifieds added for good measure.

One of the scariest incidents of the weekend took place on Sunday on Lap 22 of the Street Stock feature, when the No. 49 of Jim Bryant hit the end of the inside retaining wall on the front straightaway. Bryant’s car hit the tire that protects the end of the wall to send it airborne. The car flipped in the air before landing on its roof. Bryant walked away from the accident.

Jim Bryant walked away from this accident on the frontstretch
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Track president Tim Packman announced the 2017 stock car season at Lancaster will open on Saturday, April 22. The Race of Champions Modified Series will once again have four dates at Lancaster with the Queen City Clash on Saturday, April 29, the third annual Ol’ Boy Cup 60 on Thursday, June 29, the 28th annual Tommy Druar/Tony Jankowiak Memorial 110 on Saturday, August 19 and the 29th annual U.S. Open weekend September 22-24.

Packman also announced that the International Supermodified Association (ISMA) will return to Lancaster on Saturday, June 3. The exciting winged ISMA Supermodifieds haven’t raced at the facility since 2003. The ISMA series hosted its first ever race at Lancaster back in 1974.

The season awards banquet will be held on Saturday, November 12 at the Variety Club Banquet Hall on Broadway in Lancaster. Find out more at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com.


Friday, September 23, 2016

Lancaster kicks off weekend of racing with Championship Night

Lancaster National Speedway wrapped up its most successful regular season for its stock car program in over a decade Thursday with Season Championship Night.

The event was originally scheduled for September 10 but postponed due to rain. Track officials wanted to give competitors a chance to finish the points season with one final race instead of a rain out.

George Skora III
The Sunoco Sportsman title was up for grabs between Jake Lyon and Tommy Catalano, with Lyon holding a 44-point advantage as the night began. Catalano won his heat race, while Lyon finished second in his heat to cut the gap to 42 before the feature began.

Catalano started ninth in the feature with Lyon rolling off from 12th. Lyon’s championship hopes hit a speed bump on Lap 6 when he banged wheels with Mark Pennell going into Turn 1. He spun into the infield, but didn’t appear to suffer any significant damage.  Lyon did have to go the rear of the field.
Tommy Catalano was coming through the field, but his run for a title took a detour to the pits on Lap 11. He returned to action, but was in and out of the pits for the remainder of the race.

2016 Sportsman champ Jake Lyon
On Lap 19, a multi-car incident was triggered when Amy Catalano spun on the frontstretch. Jeff Brown wheel-hopped her car and got airborne before colliding with the wall as several other cars piled in. The lengthy clean up required speedway officials to end the program out of respect for the midnight curfew enforced by the town of Lancaster. The race was past halfway and was declared official, with George Skora III taking the win, followed by John Barber, Matt Druar, Sherri Hogan and Shawn Nye.

Lyon finished sixth to earn his first career track championship. He won three times this season, including two wins in the final three races of the year.

Rich Sharpe
The Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks had their largest field of the season with 32 cars on hand as several drivers from other tracks took advantage of the weeknight show to get some track time before the U.S. Open. The field was trimmed to 26 after heats and a last chance qualifying race.

Lou Carbone and Rob Pocobello led the impressive field to the green flag. Rookie Trevor Pettit moved through the field to challenge Carbone for the lead, getting under Carbone off of Turn 2 on Lap 15. Carbone’s car pushed up the race track as Pettit went by to take the lead. When Carbone came back down the track, he did so in front of Mark Hoch and Dave Wilson. All three cars went sliding through the infield on the backstretch. Carbone and Hoch made it through, but Wilson’s car tagged a jersey barrier and mound of earth that protects one of the infield light poles.
2016 Street Stock champ Dave Wilson

The race resumed with Pettit leading Pocobello and 2015 track champion Rich Sharpe. Sharpe went after Pettit the green flag flew and he took over the lead on Lap 16. Mike Scott had followed Sharpe to the front of the pack from his 18th starting position. The former Super Stock feature winner was in the Cochrane Motorsports No. 76 entry for the evening. Sharpe managed to hold on to score his first win of 2016.

Dan Dressel
Despite his run in with the concrete barrier in the infield, Wilson managed to finish the race and he passed under the checkered flag to lock up the 2016 Street Stock track title. It was Wilson’s first championship at Lancaster, added to his previous titles at Holland and Lake Erie. Three early season victories and a consistent second half of the season propelled Wilson to the championship.

Dan Dressel captured his first career Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinder feature. Dressel passed Joe Brunka for the lead on Lap 15 and pulled away for the final 10 laps to score the win. Brunka settled for second with Jim Dauer, Kevin Bainbridge and Bobby Woch rounding out the top five. Bainbridge had already wrapped up the 2016 track championship thanks to seven wins on the season.

2016 4-Cylinder champ Kevin
Bainbridge
Lancaster National Speedway concludes the 2016 season with the 28th annual U.S. Open this weekend. Event information can be found at www.thelancasterusopen.com.

Lancaster, Camping World join forces for U.S. Open

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Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway and Camping World have put together a fun contest for fans camping out at the racing facility during this weekend’s 28th annual U.S. Open.

The areas in the Lancaster National Speedway parking lot designated for campers during the U.S. Open will be known as the Camping World Village. Residents of the “Village” will have a chance to win one of three Camping World gift certificates as part of the “Best Appearing Campsite” contest.

The most impressive and creative campsite will win a $300 Camping World gift certificate with second place taking home a $150 gift certificate and third place receiving a $50 gift certificate. The judging for the contest will take place on Saturday evening, September 24, with winners being announced on Sunday afternoon, September 25.

Judges will be looking for the most creative and unique campsites. Fans are encouraged to create displays in support of their favorite drivers or divisions of racing. Entries must be tasteful and in accordance with Lancaster’s family-friendly environment.

Camping will once again be free for all race fans during U.S. Open weekend. A designated camping area will be established on the southern side of the parking lot, which is the side adjacent to the pit entrance road.

A two-day adult general admission ticket is just $40, which is a savings of $5. A student (age 12-17) weekend ticket is $15, with kids under 12 free. Family passes are available for families with two adults and two students.

The official U.S. Open website is online at www.thelancasterusopen.com with a complete schedule of events. 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Lancaster’s U.S. Open by the numbers

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Western New York’s racing finale, the 28th annual U.S. Open at Lancaster National Speedway, is coming up on September 23-25. The region’s biggest names in asphalt short track racing will convene at the Buffalo-area ½-mile oval for three days of intense competition. Lancaster Speedway has offered these important numbers heading into the biggest race weekend in the region.
  • 28: This is the 28th annual U.S. Open event. It was started in 1989 by the late Alex Friesen to create a major end-of-season event at the facility. It was his vision that made the Open into what it is today.
  • 345: There will be 345 laps of feature racing action among the seven divisions of competition.
  • 25: That was the car number of the first U.S. Open Modified feature winner, Jan Leaty. Leaty is one of the greatest Modified drivers to come out of Western and Central New York. The Williamson, N.Y. native won the U.S. Open 125 for a second time in 2008. He retired from driving a few years ago, while his son, Mike, has followed in his footsteps. He also is the crew chief for Patrick Emerling, who has won all three Modified races held at Lancaster in 2016.
  • 7: The number of wins this season at Lancaster for Patrick Emerling. The Orchard Park, N.Y. driver has been the hottest thing in open-wheeled racing in 2016, including wins in the Queen City Clash 75 on May 21, the Ol’ Boy Cup 60 on June 30 and the Tommy Druar/Tony Jankowiak Memorial 110 on August 20, plus four Sunoco Sportsman feature wins. He also has Race of Champions Modified Series wins at Oswego, Holland and Chemung, and he won the George Decker Memorial Sportsman race at Holland this year.
  • 6: The record for most career U.S. Open feature wins is six, which is held by three drivers. Kirk Rutherford was the first to reach the number with six wins in the Sportsman division (1996, 97, 99, 2002, 06 & 07). Andy Jankowiak also has six wins, with one in the 2006 Street Stock race and then five-straight wins in the Sportsman U.S. Open feature from 2010 to 2014. Jeremy Haudricourt has six wins in the Legends division at the U.S. Open. Chuck Hossfeld and Bobby Weber both have another shot at joining this club in 2016. Hossfeld is in search of his sixth win in the U.S. Open Modified 125. Weber will try once again for his sixth career Xpress Signs Late Model win that weekend. Both drivers have won the most U.S. Open features in their respective divisions.
  • 3: Karl Hehr is the only driver with U.S. Open wins in three different divisions. Hehr won the inaugural Late Model (then Super Stock) feature in 1989, he won the Sportsman race in 1995 and then scored what might be the most popular win in the event’s history when he captured the 2002 Modified feature.Three different drivers have also won multiple U.S. Open features in the same year. The first was Andy Mackereth in 1997 when the TQ Midgets ran features on both days. John Julicher Sr. won both Late Model features in 1999, back when there were still separate features for the stock frame built and tube chassis designed (Late Model Pro Stocks) cars. Current Sunoco Sportsman driver Mike Ramos swept both the New York Super Stock and Big 10 Super Stock Series races in 2013.
  • 14: A total of 14 drivers have U.S. Open wins in multiple divisions. The list includes: Vern Bliss, Tony Hanbury, Karl Hehr, Todd Hoddick, Bobby Holmes, Andy Jankowiak, Dave Johnson, John Julicher Jr., John Julicher Sr., Danny Knoll Jr., Erick Rudolph, Kyle Sharpe, Terry Weldy and Scott Wylie.
  • 5: There have been five different father/son combinations to win at the U.S. Open. The first was the Skora family in 2001 when Rich Skora won the Street Stock feature 10 years after his father, Bob, won in the Late Models. Ten years after that, Rich’s brother, Scott, won the Late Model feature in 2011.The Hirschman family has been synonymous with Modified racing and they have combined to win five U.S. Open Modified features. Tony Hirschman won the second ever U.S. Open Modified race in 1990, while Matt Hirschman is the four-time defending champion of the event.John Julicher Sr. is the greatest Late Model driver in Lancaster Speedway history, including three U.S. Open titles. His son, John Jr., has won in both the Street Stocks and 4-Cylinders.The Wylie family has been to U.S. Open victory lane seven times, including three times with Late Model great Rick Wylie and four times with his sons Scott and Jake.The first son to win before his father was Jared Turnbull in the TQ Midgets in 1999 six years before his dad, Wayne, won in 2005.
  • $59,845: That is the total purse to be paid out among the seven divisions. The total does not include any lap money or other bonuses to be paid out.

The 28th annual U.S. Open at Lancaster National Speedway opens Friday, September 23 with practice for all divisions plus the U.S. Open Kickoff Party featuring live music from 1980 Something. The Sunoco Sportsman headline Saturday night’s action with a 75-lap feature, plus the Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders, Super Stocks and NYPA TQ Midgets. Sunday’s main event is the U.S. Open 125 for the Race of Champions Modified Series. The Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks and the X-Press Signs Late Models presented by Abbott Rd. Pizza will also be in action on Sunday. The full schedule of events is available at www.thelancasterusopen.com.