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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Single-day tickets on sale for Honda Indy Toronto

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Single-day tickets to the Honda Indy Toronto, taking place July 15-17 at Exhibition Place, are now on sale. The weekend will be a “double-feature,” with the Pinty's Grand Prix of Toronto headlining Saturday's track activity with the NASCAR Pinty's Series and the Verizon IndyCar Series in its historic Sunday afternoon spot.

“Each day of the event weekend is jam-packed with quality entertainment, on and off the track,” said Jeff Atkinson, President of Honda Indy Toronto. "The double-feature format, with the Pinty's Grand Prix of Toronto on Saturday and the Verizon IndyCar Series on Sunday, is a win-win for race fans and guarantees great racing, no matter which day you plan on attending.”

There's also plenty to see and do between races at the Honda Indy Toronto. Fans can enjoy interactive games and activities at Honda World and Thunder Alley, or stop by one of the beer gardens throughout the event site, including the new Pinty's Pub & Grill at Turn 1.

Single-day tickets to the Honda Indy Toronto start at $40 for Saturday or Sunday general admission, and range from $70 to $95 for single-day reserved grandstand seats. For a seventh consecutive year, admission is free on Fan Friday with a donation to Make-A-Wish Canada, thanks to the Ontario Honda Dealers Association. For full pricing information or to buy tickets to the event, visit www.hondaindytoronto.com or call 1-877-725-8849. 

Quotes in this piece provided by Torchia Communications.

Armstrong wins Sportsman feature at Humberstone

Dennis Lunger Jr. picked up the feature win in RUSH
Late Models
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Port Colborne, Ontario’s Jeff Armstrong picked up his first win of season in the PC Works DIRTcar Sportsman on The Reeb House Night at the Humberstone Speedway. Dennis Lunger Jr. from Albion, Pennsylvania took the win in the Pinty’s RUSH Late Models, while Port Colborne’s Jason Fontaine won his second JC Auto Street Stock feature of the season. Kyle Tomaski from Dain City, Ontario picked up his first career win in the Mike Knapp Ford Pro 4 Trucks, and Kyle Haynes from Caledon, Ontario won the feature event for the Cosco Haulage Mini Stocks.

Armstrong took the lead on a Lap 14 restart in the Sportsman feature to pick up the third win of his career in the class. Cody McPherson finished second, followed by Justin Sharp, Chad Chevalier and Joey Mastrioanni.

Lunger took the lead on Lap 5 and held off a late-race challenge from Colton Ledingham to grab the RUSH Late Models win. Rob Pietz and Ledingham got together in Turn 3 of the final lap, giving up positions to Jeff Dayman, Travis Martineau, Tim Gillespie and Mike Greene in the top five.

Next Sunday, June 5, “the Winged Warriors with an Attitude”, the Southern Ontario Sprints, will make the first of two visits on the season, which will also feature the DIRTcar Sportsman, RUSH Late Models, Street Stocks, Pro 4 Trucks and Mini Stocks. Gates open at 4:30 p.m., with racing beginning at 6:30 p.m. Find out more about Humberstone at www.humberstonespeedway.com

Monday, May 30, 2016

Hanna’s Jet Funny Cars warm up Lancaster

Mark Herbold picked up the win in TNT Hot Rod
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The annual appearance of Al Hanna’s Jet Funny Cars at Lancaster National Dragway heated up an already-warm evening on Friday, as Hanna’s Eastern Raider and Gojo Firebird Funny Cars both broke the 200 mph barrier in less than four seconds. 

The Joe’s Transmission TNT Hot Rod Super Series made its first visit of the season to Lancaster, with Mark Herbold of Elma taking the win over Tom Reed in the finals. Zell Gaymon of Buffalo picked up the win in Top 8, while Rick Szewczyk Jr. of Chaffee scored his first win of the year in Mallare Enterprises Top ET.

In McGard Mod ET, Reid Ricketson of Darien Center won for the second-straight week, defeating John Cira Jr. in the finals. Cira Jr. then came back to get the win in Tread City Tire Street, marking the second time this season Cira Jr. lost in the Mod final but won Street. Rob Brandel of Williamsville took down Patrick Vaughan in Hebeler’s Sales Sleds & Bikes, breaking the three-race winning streak of Alan Fletcher.

Lancaster National Dragway’s schedule picks up over the next couple weeks, beginning this Tuesday, May 31, with the start of the season for our K100/Bauer Racing Junior Dragsters, Senior Nostalgia class and Teen Championship Racing as part of Advance Auto Parts Test n’ Tune Tuesdays. 

On Friday, June 4 the Buffalo Street Outlaws return to Lancaster with two classes of racing plus our weekly Franco’s Pizza IHRA Drag Racing classes. On Tuesday, June 7, the second annual Pro Modified Shootout will also feature a Box/No-Box Shootout for our weekly racers.

Lancaster teams up with Hunter Truck Sales, Peterbilt of Buffalo for Truck, Rig Nights

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Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway will team with Hunter Truck Sales and Peterbilt of Buffalo, which will serve as the presenting sponsors for Truck Night on Friday, August 26 and Big Rig Night on Saturday, August 27. 

In addition to event sponsorship, Hunter Truck Sales and Peterbilt of Buffalo will be represented at the track with multiple billboards around the facility. This is the second year in a row the companies will be the presenting sponsors for the truck-themed nights at Lancaster.

Truck Night on Friday, August 26 will be part of the Franco's Pizza IHRA Drag Racing program for that evening. There will be special Semi-Truck, Dump Truck, Pickup Truck and SUV classes of drag racing, along with Lancaster's four weekly classes. 

For Big Rig Night on Saturday, August 27, anyone with a valid CDL license will receive $5 off their general admission ticket that evening. There will be a full card of stock car racing featuring the Sunoco Sportsman, Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks, Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders and the Race of Champions Big 10 Super Stocks. 

Hunter Truck Sales is a leader in Heavy Commercial Trucks since 1938. Hunter provides unparalleled customer service with a wide array of services geared to the trucking industry. With long-standing relationships with premium-quality producers Peterbilt and International, Hunter operates 20 service points across Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, West Virginia, and Ohio.

Hinchcliffe falls short in quest for 100th Indy 500 crown

James Hinchcliffe on the pole forming the famous 11 rows of
3 to start the 100th Indianapolis 500
credit: Doug Mathews/Torchia Communications
Oakville, Ontario’s James Hinchcliffe, the polesitter for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, ran near the front throughout the race until tire issues in the final laps left him to finish seventh. Rookie Alexander Rossi, who pitted on Lap 164 and gambled that he would have enough fuel, saved enough gas to win the Centennial Edition of the 500 on Sunday before a crowd of 350,000 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Carlos Munoz of Colombia and Josef Newgarden of Tennessee finished second and third, respectively.

While Hinchcliffe’s car was fast for most of the 500 miles, problems with grip late in the race led to a disappointing finish.

“I‘ve got to give everybody on the Arrow crew a ton of credit for just the effort they gave over the entire month,” said Hinchcliffe. “Obviously with the GP, qualifying and then the race today, it was a solid effort. We had a super strong first half and were definitely one of the cars to beat. It really was just track temperature that caught us out at the end there. We started losing grip as the track temp came up late in the afternoon. The last two stints was a real struggle just trying to make the tires last.”

“We came in for a splash of fuel at the end and a couple of guys took a punt on fuel and congratulations to Alex (Rossi). It was obviously great for him, and also great to see Honda back on top. Realistically, we probably had a third or fourth place, which is nothing to turn your nose up at. It was a really strong effort from the Arrow guys all month on.”

The next race on the Verizon IndyCar schedule is the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, with back-to-back races on Saturday and Sunday, June 4-5. Keep up with the action at www.indycar.com, and follow Hinchcliffe at www.hinchtown.com.

Quotes in this piece provided by Torchia Communications.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

June 2016 racing: Where to see your favorite national series


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David Castillo Dominici
NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series:
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series:
NASCAR Xfinity Series:
  • June 4 – Pocono Raceway
  • June 11 – Michigan International Speedway
  • June 19 – Iowa Speedway
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series:
Verizon IndyCar Series:
ARCA Racing Series:
For more information on any of these races, click the provided links.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

June 2016 racing: Catch the action at your favorite local tracks

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David Castillo Dominici
Lancaster National Speedway
**start time 6:30 p.m.**
  • June 4 – Sportsman, Big 10 Super Stocks, Street Stocks and 4-Cylinders
  • June 18 – Joe Reilly Summer Slam for Sportsman (75 laps) plus Street Stocks, NYPA TQ Midgets and 4-Cylinders
  • June 25 – Sportsman, Street Stocks, NYSS Super Stocks and 4-Cylinders
  • June 30 – 7 p.m. start – Ol’ Boy Cup 60 for the Race of Champions Modified Tour (60 laps) plus Street Stocks, NYPS TQ Midgets and 4-Cylinders
Lancaster National Dragway
** start time 6 p.m.**
  • June 3 –Buffalo Street Outlaws plus Top, Mod, Street, Sleds & Bikes
  • June 7 – Pro Mods plus Box/No-Box
  • June 10 – Quick 16 plus Top, Mod, Street, Sleds & Bikes
  • June 12 – MOPAR Day with WNY Mopars plus Box/No-Box
  • June 17 – Queen of Diamonds Jet and Ladies Night (Amateur and Pro) plus Top, Mod, Street, Sleds & Bikes
  • June 24 – Tread City Tire Street Special with Quick 16 plus Top, Mod, Street, Sleds & Bikes
Humberstone Speedway
**start time 6:30 p.m.**
  • June 5 – Southern Ontario Sprints plus DIRTcar Sportsman, RUSH Late Models, Street Stocks, Pro 4 Trucks and Mini Stocks
  • June 12 – DIRTcar Sportsman, RUSH Late Models, Street Stocks, Pro 4 Trucks, Mini Stocks and Vintage Cars
  • June 19 – Autograph Night with Duel on the Dirt Race No. 2 for Street Stocks plus DIRTcar Sportsman, RUSH Late Models, Pro 4 Trucks and Mini Stocks
  • June 26 – 602 Crate Sprints plus DIRTcar Sportsman, RUSH Late Models, Street Stocks, Pro 4 Trucks and Mini Stocks
Ransomville Speedway
**start time 7:15 p.m.**
  • June 3 – Patriot Sprints plus Investors Services Sportsman, Ki-Po Chevrolet Street Stocks & Gippsters Collision 4 Bangers
  • June 10 –Labor Night at the Races to Benefit the United Way – full card of racing and Open Wheel Pit Crew Contest
  • June 17 – full card of racing plus Full Fender Pit Crew Contest
  • June 24 – full card of racing plus Bicycle Races
Freedom Motorsports Park
**start time 7:30 p.m.**
  • June 3 – 2nd Annual Ron Baker Memorial RUSH Tour Race presented by Bob McKerrow & Sons RV – Late Model Event plus Sportsman, Street Stocks and FWD Mini Stocks
  • June 10 – Bixby Hill Shootout – $750 to win Street Stock race presented by Nova Glass and NY6A Mini Sprint Tour presented by Casey’s Truck Salvage plus Sportsman, FWD and RWD Mini Stocks
  • June 17 – SIXT LUMBER NIGHT – regular program
  • June 18 – 2nd Annual Freedom Swap Meet Automotive/Race Car event
  • June 24 – Sahlen’s Night at the Races – Buy One-Get One Free Hot Dogs – regular program
Oswego Speedway
  • June 11 – 6:30 p.m. – Spring Championship – Supers (50), SBS (30)
  • June 18 – 6:30 p.m. – Autograph Night – Supers (Twin 35s), SBS (30)
Wyoming County International Speedway
**7 p.m. start time**
  • June 4 – SST Mods, Super Stocks, 4-Cylinders
  • June 11 – SST Mods, Super Stocks, 4-Cylinders, Vintage Late Models
  • June 18 – SST Mods, Super Stocks, 4-Cylinders
  • June 25 – SST Mods, Super Stocks, 4-Cylinders
Holland Speedway
**start time 7:05 p.m. unless noted**
  • June 4 – Pro Charger twin features, NYPA TQ Midgets, Hornets, Figure 8s, INEX Legends, Rookie 4s
  • June 11 – 6:30 p.m. start – Crash-A-Rama (rain date June 12)
  • June 18 – Pro Charger twin features, Hornets, Figure 8s, INEX Legends, Rookie 4s
  • June 25 – Country 89 Canadian Outlaw Midget Series plus Pro Chargers, NYPA TQ Midgets, Hornets, Figure 8s, INEX Legends, Rookie 4s


Wednesday, May 25, 2016

2016 Holland Speedway schedule

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**please note: schedule posted subject to change**
**racing starts at 7:05 p.m. unless noted**
  • May 28 – 57th annual opening day – Pro Modified 50-lapper plus Pro Chargers, NYPA TQ Midgets, Hornets, Figure 8s, INEX Legends, Rookie 4s
  • June 4 – Pro Charger twin features, NYPA TQ Midgets, Hornets, Figure 8s, INEX Legends, Rookie 4s
  • June 11 – 6:30 p.m. start – Crash-A-Rama (rain date June 12)
  • June 18 – Pro Charger twin features, Hornets, Figure 8s, INEX Legends, Rookie 4s
  • June 25 – Country 89 Canadian Outlaw Midget Series plus Pro Chargers, NYPA TQ Midgets, Hornets, Figure 8s, INEX Legends, Rookie 4s
  • July 9 – 5 p.m. start – Race of Champions Modified Tour and Pro Modifieds plus Pro Chargers, NYPA TQ Midgets, Hornets
  • July 16 – Pro Charger twin features, NYPA TQ Midgets, Hornets, Figure 8s, INEX Legends, Rookie 4s
  • July 23 – Abbott Pizza Late Models and Country 89 Canadian Outlaw Midget Series plus Pro Chargers, Hornets, Figure 8s, INEX Legends, Rookie 4s
  • July 30 – 5 p.m. start – George Decker Memorial Pro Modified 75 and NYA TQ Midgets 50-lapper plus Pro Chargers, Hornets, Figure 8s, INEX Legends, Rookie 4s
  • August 6 – Pro Charger twin features, NYPA TQ Midgets, Hornets, INEX Legends, Rookie 4s
  • August 13 – Hornet 50-lapper plus Pro Chargers, NYPA TQ Midgets, Figure 8s, INEX Legends, Rookie 4s
  • August 20 – Pro Charger twin features, Hornets, Figure 8s, INEX Legends, Rookie 4s
  • August 27 – Pro Charger twin features, NYPA TQ Midgets, Hornets, Figure 8s, INEX Legends, Rookie 4s
  • September 3 – 5 p.m. start – Pro Charger 50-lapper and Hornet 50-lapper plus NYPA TQ Midgets, Figure 8s, INEX Legends, Rookie 4s
  • September 10 – 6:30 p.m. start – Crash-A-Rama (rain date September 11)
Find out more at www.hollandspeedway.com

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

2016 Indianapolis 500 – May 26-29, 2016

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The “month of May” at Indianapolis Motor Speedway concludes with the Indy Lights, Carb Day and the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 29.

On-track schedule:

Thursday, May 26
  • Gates open – 8 a.m. ET
  • Indy Lights practice – 9 a.m.-noon ET
  • Pit stop practice – 12:15-1 and 2:30-4 p.m. ET
  • Indy Lights qualifying – 1:15-2:15 p.m. ET
Friday, May 27
  • Gates open – 8 a.m. ET
  • Final Verizon IndyCar practice – 11 a.m.-noon ET
  • Indy Lights Freedom 100 – 12:30 p.m. ET
  • Tag Heuer Pit Stop Competition – 2-3:10 p.m. ET
  • Neal Schon Vortex/Journey concerts – 3:30 p.m. ET
Saturday, May 28
  • Gates open – 8 a.m. ET
  • Indy 500 Memorabilia Show – 8a.m.-3 p.m. ET
  • Indy500 full field autograph session – 9-10 a.m. ET
  • Public drivers meeting – 10:30-11 a.m. ET
  • Blake Shelton concert – 5 p.m. ET
Sunday, May 29
  • Gates open – 6 a.m. ET
  • Green flag – 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 – 12:19 p.m. ET
Thursday tickets for the Indy Lights are $10, while Carb Day tickets for Friday are $30; Legends Day tickets for Saturday are $10, but concert tickets are an additional $50. General admission tickets for the Indy 500 on Sunday, May 29 (no grandstand access) are available for $40. Learn more about the Indianapolis 500 at www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com

Monday, May 23, 2016

National weekend wrap-up: May 20-22, 2016

Matt Crafton celebrates at Charlotte
credit: NASCAR via Getty Images/Jonathan Ferrey
Sprint Cup Series – Joey Logano took home $1 million Saturday night, winning the Sprint All-Star Race over his Team Penske teammate Brad Keselowski. Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished third, followed by Carl Edwards and Kurt Busch.

Camping World Truck Series – Matt Crafton took the checkered flag in Saturday’s NC Education Lottery 200, beating Kyle Busch for the top spot for the first time in his career and winning two in a row for the first time. Busch was runner-up to his former groomsman, followed by Johnny Sauter, Tyler Reddick and Matt Tifft.

Verizon IndyCar Series – James Hinchcliffe captured the pole for the 10th running of the Indianapolis 500, taking place Sunday, May 29. Josef Newgarden and Ryan Hunter-Reay join Hinchcliffe on the front row.

NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series – Doug Kalitta (Top Fuel), Matt Hagan (Funny Car) and Jason Line (Pro Stock) earned Wallys on Sunday in the NHRA Kansas Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka. It was the second-straight race all three drivers were in the winner’s circle.

Waters picks up RUSH Late Model win at Humberstone

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John Waters from Whitesville, NY won the Sweeney Chevrolet, Buick GMC RUSH Late Model Touring Series feature Sunday night, John Puhl Memorial Night, at the Humberstone Speedway in Port Colborne, Ontario.

Waters took the lead on Lap 18 of the feature to earn his third consecutive RUSH Late Model Touring Series event at Humberstone. Mike Pegher finished second, followed by Bryce Davis, Jason Knowles and Brian Knowles.

“Man I love this place,” said Waters in victory lane. “It fits my driving style so well and I just love running here.”

Cody McPherson from St. Catharines, Ontario won his second feature of the season for the PC Works DIRTcar Sportsman, and Rob Murray, also from St. Catharines, claimed the feature event for the JC Auto Street Stocks. Frank Perry from Burlington, Ontario picked up the win in the Mike Knapp Ford Pro 4 Trucks, and Evan Curtis from Port Colborne picked up the win in the Cosco Haulage Mini Stocks.

Humberstone Speedway is back on track Sunday, May 29 as The Reeb House presents a full card of DIRTcar Sportsman, RUSH Late Models, Street Stocks, Pro 4 Trucks and Mini Stocks. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. with racing beginning at 6:30 p.m. Find out more about Humberstone at www.humberstonespeedway.com.

Quotes in this piece provided by Humberstone Speedway.

Coming full circle: Hinchcliffe captures Indy pole

(l-r) Sam Schmidt, James Hinchcliffe and Ric Peterson
celebrate the Indy 500 pole
credit: IndyCar Media/Leigh Spargur
A year ago, James Hinchcliffe watched the Indy 500 as an outsider after a terrifying accident during practice at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. In 2016, Hinchcliffe has come full circle, taming Indy and collecting his first career pole position, which comes in the historic 100th running of the Indy 500.

“I came into this month hoping we would have a new story to talk about after what happened  last year, and I think we did it,” said Hinchclifffe just moments after clinching P1. He edged out Josef Newgarden with his four-lap average of 230.760 mph bringing a loud roar from the stands at The Brickyard at the checkered flag.

“The Arrow Electronics car was just an absolute smoke show out there; it was right on the edge,” said Hinchcliffe. “Allen McDonald, all my engineers, did such a great job…these guys worked so hard.  Three Schmidt Peterson Motorsports cars in the top 10? It’s incredible.  Now we’ve got the best seat in the house for the start of the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500. ”

Hinchcliffe’s parents were right in the middle of the pole celebration, and he was proud to share the moment with his two biggest fans.

“A year ago, they came here for a very different reason,” said Hinchliffe. “They were out of the country when I had my accident last year. I can’t imagine what that plane trip must have been like for them. (This year) Mom moved in on May 1. She said she wasn’t missing a single minute on track action just in case I tried to kill myself again and luckily that wasn’t the case. We’re here. These two have been everything in my life and my career. I couldn’t have done any of it without them.”

The 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 takes place Sunday, May 29. Keep up with the action at www.indycar.com, and follow Hinchcliffe at www.hinchtown.com.

Quotes in this piece provided by Torchia Communications.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Emerling doubles up at Lancaster Speedway

Patrick Emerling of Orchard Park swept the open-wheeled divisions at Lancaster National Speedway Saturday night, winning both the Race of Champions Modified Series “Queen City Clash 75” and the 35-lap Sunoco Sportsman feature. Emerling held off Ransomville’s Chuck Hossfeld in both races to earn the wins.


Hossfeld set quick time during RoC time trials with a lap time of 16.651 seconds, establishing a new track record at Lancaster.

Emerling earned his second career Modified win at Lancaster and his second straight on the RoC circuit. Hossfeld settled for second, followed by Jimmy Zacharias, Tyler Rypkema and Mike Leaty.


In the Sportsman feature, Emerling started last in the 24-car field after a post-heat race altercation with John Barber, and went on to win his second-straight Sportsman feature at Lancaster. Hossfeld was once again second, while Billy Burd recorded his third-straight top three finish with a third place run. Mike Fiebelkorn Jr. and Neal Dietz Jr. rounded out of the top five.


Dave Wilson was credited with the win in the Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks after unofficial winner TJ Cochrane was disqualified in post-race inspection. Dennis Londos finished second followed by Mark Hoch, Tommy Wentland and Keith Flanigan.


The NYPA TQ Midgets made their first visit to Lancaster’s ¼-mile inner oval, with Dave Wollaber picking up the win in the 20-lap feature. Wollaber passed Kyle Hutchinson for the lead on Lap 3 and never looked back. Hutchinson finished second, with Bobby Holmes, Andy Nye and Erik Musto rounding out the top five.


Kevin Bainbridge won his third Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinder feature in a row after starting last because he was attending his daughter’s dance recital and missed the heat race. Bobby Hanel finished second, followed by Chris Pennell, Billy Anderson and Dan Dressel.

Lancaster National Speedway is off Memorial Day weekend, but will be back in action on Saturday, June 4, which is First Responders night at Lancaster – all police, fire and EMT personnel receive $5 admission with valid ID. The RoC Big 10 Super Stocks join Lancaster’s three weekly home track classes on the race card. Find out more at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com

Cayea picks up Quick 16 win at Lancaster Dragway

Wes Cayea won in Quick 16 Friday night at Lancaster Dragway
credit: Mary Neffke Motorsports
Wes Cayea of Williamson, NY picked up the season-opening win in Quick 16 Friday night at Lancaster National Dragway, then made it to the final round of Top ET. Alan Fletcher picked up another win in Sleds & Bikes, while Reid Ricketson won in Mod ET and Mason Fix won in Street.

Cayea defeated defending class champion Steve Ferstl in the Quick 16 final, then jumped into the Top ET bracket and advanced to the final round, where he fell to Joe Masullo.

Fletcher, of Lancaster, remained perfect in Sleds & Bikes, winning his third-straight to open the season over Mike Nearhoof. Ricketson, of Darien Center, picked up the win in Mod ET over Ray Thurston IV, and second-generation racer Fix, of Amherst, scored the Street victory when Chris Kujawski red lighted in the finals.

The speeds continued to pick up at Lancaster National Dragway as teams work on dialing in their cars to the new concrete racing surface. Victor Puglia posted the fastest run to date, making a 4.22-second pass at 168 mph in his dragster.

Al Hanna’s Jet Funny Cars come to town to kick off Memorial Day Weekend on Friday, May 27. The jet funny car match race will be part of a show that also includes the Joe’s Transmission TNT Hot Rod Series, Top 8 and Lancaster’s four weekly classes of IHRA drag racing. Find out more at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com

Indy 500 lineup: Hinchcliffe completes comeback with Indy 500 pole

James Hinchcliffe celebrates his first career pole with his
parent at Indy
credit: IndyCar Media/Chris Owens
One year ago, James Hinchcliffe was in a hospital room after almost losing his life in a practice crash at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Today, he’s on the pole for the 100th running of the Indy 500, taking place Sunday, May 29.

Watch for more on this story on www.wnymotorsports.com.
  • Row 1 – James Hinchcliffe, Josef Newgarden, Ryan Hunter-Reay
  • Row 2 – Townsend Bell, Carlos Munoz, Will Power
  • Row 3 – Mikhail Aleshin, Simon Pagenaud, Helio Castroneves
  • Row 4 – Oriol Servia, Alexander Rossi, Takuma Sato
  • Row 5 – Scott Dixon, Marco Andretti, JR Hildebrand
  • Row 6 – Charlie Kimball, Juan Pablo Montoya, Tony Kanaan
  • Row 7 – Sebastien Bourdais, Ed Carpenter, Gabby Chaves
  • Row 8 – Max Chilton, Sage Karam, Conor Daly
  • Row 9 – Pippa Mann, Graham Rahal, Matt Brabham
  • Row 10 – Bryan Clauson, Spencer Pigot, Stefan Wilson
  • Row 11 – Jack Hawksworth, Buddy Lazier, Alex Tagliani
Find out more about the upcoming Indy 500 at www.indycar.com.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Holland announces Pro Modified Triple Crown

Pro Modifieds at Holland in 2015
credit: Holland International Speedway
Holland International Speedway, partnering with Sunoco Race Fuels and Insinger Performance, has announced the Sunoco Pro Modified Triple Crown, which will kick off next Saturday, May 28.

The 57th annual season opening event next Saturday will be the first event in the Sunoco Pro Modified Triple Crown, with other dates in the special bonus program on Saturday, July 9 and Saturday, July 30. If any driver can win all three of those scheduled events, he or she will take home an additional $10,000 in prize money. If any driver wins two of the three scheduled events, he or she will take home an additional $5,000 in prize money. The maximum amount a driver can win is $10,000.

“This is an exciting promotion for both race teams and fans,” said Tim Bennett, Promoter and General Manager of Holland International Speedway. “We’ve looked for something exciting to jumpstart the season and we feel this adds to the excitement that is building for our 57th Annual Opener. Holland is a Western New York tradition that we continue to build on and we look forward to seeing everyone next week for opening day.”

Holland International Speedway will specify the use of Sunoco Race Fuels Standard 110 (purple) in all Sunoco Pro Modified Division events.

Find a complete 2016 schedule at www.hollandspeedway.com.

Quotes in this piece provided by Holland International Speedway.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

2016-17 NASCAR Next class features DIRTcar star Dippel

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Wallkill, NY native Tyler Dippel, a star on the DIRTcar series before jumping to NASCAR’s K&N Pro Series East this season, is among the 11 drivers selected by NASCAR as part of its 2016-17 NASCAR Next campaign, highlighting the up-and-coming drivers that they believe will impact the future of the sport. NASCAR stars Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott and Ryan Blaney are all NASCAR Next graduates.

The 16-year-old driver scored his first K&N Pro Series East victory in March. Dippel previously competed in the DIRTcar Racing Series in the northeast, earning the rookie of the year title and becoming the youngest race winner in that series.

The other 10 drivers in the NASCAR Next class are:
  • Harrison Burton – The 15-year-old from Huntersville, North Carolina, is the son of former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jeff Burton. He has climbed to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series after setting the record last year as the youngest Division I race winner in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series history.
  • Collin Cabre – In his second season driving for Rev Racing and the NASCAR Drive for Diversity in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, the 22-year-old from Tampa, Florida, captured his first career win last October after making the successful move from racing sprint cars.
  • Spencer Davis – The 17-year-old Dawsonville, Georgia, driver has shown a proficiency in nearly everything he’s raced. After winning the Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award last season in the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour, Davis has transitioned to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, where he has established himself as a championship contender with top six finishes in his first seven series starts dating back to last season.
  • Alon Day – One of two international drivers on the list, Day is the first NASCAR Whelen Euro Series driver to earn a NASCAR Next recognition. Day, 24, from Ashdod, Israel, completed his first full season in the Whelen Euro Series as championship runner-up. Including the final two rounds of 2015, Day has won four of the last eight Elite 1 races and is again a threat win the title.
  • Todd Gilliland – The son of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series veteran David Gilliland, the 16-year-old from Sherrills Ford, North Carolina, made NASCAR history by winning his first four career NASCAR K&N Pro Series starts. He became the youngest winner in series history with his victory last fall, and has followed it up with wins in both the K&N Pro Series East and West season openers this year.
  • Noah Gragson – The 17-year-old from Las Vegas finished second in the championship standings last year in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, collecting the Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award in the process. Gragson followed the path set by Kyle and Kurt Busch, learning his trade in the Legends and Bandolero Divisions at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He earned a pair of K&N Pro Series West wins in 2015 and is again a championship contender.
  • Gary Klutt – The second Canadian to be named to the program and the first full-time driver from the NASCAR Pinty’s Series, Klutt represents a crop of young drivers making an impact on Canada’s championship stock car series. The 23-year-old from Halton Hills, Ontario, earned his first career pole and win last year en route to being named the Jostens Rookie of the Year. He finished fifth in series points and will be among the title contenders when the series opens later this month.
  • Julia Landauer – Landauer, 24, from New York City, got her start racing a variety of cars – from Formula BMW to Ford Focus Midgets to stock cars. The versatile Landauer was a contestant on the hit reality show ‘Survivor’ before graduating from Stanford in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Science, Technology, and Society. She became the first female to win a Limited Late Model division championship at Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, Virginia, last year before graduating to the K&N Pro Series West this season.
  • Ty Majeski – The 21-year-old from Seymour, Wisconsin, showcased his ability with a dominating display at Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway in February, collecting three wins and earning the 2016 Super Late Model championship in the 50th Annual World Series of Stock Car Racing. Majeski added a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model track record and victory in the FrostBuster at Wisconsin’s LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway in April.
  • Matt Tifft – A development driver for Joe Gibbs Racing, the 19-year-old from Hinckley, Ohio, is driving part-time in the NASCAR XFINITY Series for JGL Racing as well as JGR, and racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for Red Horse Racing. He earned his first career pole in the NASCAR XFINITY Series at Talladega earlier this month.
Learn more about the program and the drivers at next.nascar.com.

Driver bios provided by NASCAR Media.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

2016 Indianapolis 500 qualifying – May 19-23, 2016

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The “month of May” at Indianapolis Motor Speedway continues with practice and qualifying for the Indianapolis 500, culminating in the 100th running of the historic race on Sunday, May 29.

On-track schedule:

Thursday, May 19
  • Gates open – 10 a.m. ET
  • Verizon IndyCar practice – noon-6 p.m. ET
Friday, May 20
  • Gates open – 10 a.m. ET
  • Verizon IndyCar practice – noon-6 ET
  • Indy 500 qualifying draw – 6:15 p.m. ET
Saturday, May 21
  • Gates open – 7 a.m. ET
  • Verizon IndyCar practice – Group 1 – 8-8:30 a.m. ET
  • Verizon IndyCar practice – Group 2 – 8:30-9 a.m. ET
  • Verizon IndyCar practice – full field – 9-10 a.m. ET
  • Indy 500 qualifying – 11 a.m.-5 p.m. ET
Sunday, May 22
  • Gates open – 10 a.m. ET
  • Verizon IndyCar practice – Positions 22-33 – noon-12:30 p.m. ET
  • Verizon IndyCar practice – Positions 10-21 – 12:45-1:15 p.m. ET
  • Verizon IndyCar practice – Fast 9 – 1:30-2 p.m. ET
  • Indy 500 qualifying – Positions 10-33 – 2:45-4:45 p.m. ET
  • Indy 500 qualifying – Fast 9 – 5-5:45 p.m. ET
Monday, May 23
  • Gates open – noon ET
  • Verizon IndyCar practice – 12:30-4 p.m. ET
  • Indy Lights testing – 4:30-7 p.m. ET
Tickets are still available for Indianapolis 500 practice and qualifying – practice tickets are $15 and qualifying tickets are $20. General admission tickets for the Indy 500 on Sunday, May 29 (no grandstand access) are available for $40. Learn more about the Indianapolis 500 at www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com

Lancaster National Speedway adds to stock car schedule

credit: Lancaster National Speedway and Dragway
With car counts up and fans excited about the 2016 season, Lancaster National Speedway has announced the addition of two dates to the stock car schedule.

There will be a stock car practice session for Thursday, May 26 at 6 p.m. to allow teams to get some extra laps on the 1/2-mile oval. The session will be open to any area stock car teams looking for some track time. Pit gates will open at 5 p.m., with practice running from 6-8:30 p.m. approximately. Pit admission will be $15 for the practice session, and fans are invited to come watch practice for free from the speedway grandstands; concessions will not be open that evening. 

Track officials also announced the stock car program that was rained out on May 14 will be made up on Saturday, June 25. This date was previously listed as "to be determined" on the schedule. The program will feature Lancaster's three weekly home track divisions, Sunoco Sportsman, Advance Auto Parts Street Stock and Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders, plus the New York Super Stock Series. The only visit to Lancaster this season by the NYSS Super Stocks will be part of a Western New York swing for the series as they have a race the night before at the Spencer Speedway outside of Rochester. Racing is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m.

June will be busy at Lancaster, beginning with First Responders Night presented by Master Collision and 10-75 Emergency Lighting on June 4. All police, fire and rescue personnel can get it for just $5 that night with valid ID. The RoC Super Stocks join Lancaster's three weekly divisions on the race card that night. Saturday, June 18 is the Joe Reilly Memorial Sportsman Summer Slam 75. The longest race of the year for the Sunoco Sportsman returned to the Lancaster schedule for the 2016 campaign. The month ends with the second annual Ol' Boy Cup 60 Bill Colton Memorial for the Race of Champions Modified Series on Thursday, June 30. This mid-week Modified special also features the Street Stocks, 4-Cylinders and NYPA TQ Midgets and starts at 7 p.m.

Find out more about Lancaster at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

2016 Wyoming County International Speedway schedule

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**please note: schedule posted subject to change**
**racing starts at 7 p.m.**
  • May 21 – Opening Day – SST Mods, Super Stocks, 4-Cylinders, Vintage Late Models
  • May 28 – Super Stock 35-lap special plus SST Mods, 4-Cylinders, Vintage Late Models
  • June 4 – SST Mods, Super Stocks, 4-Cylinders
  • June 11 – SST Mods, Super Stocks, 4-Cylinders, Vintage Late Models
  • June 18 – SST Mods, Super Stocks, 4-Cylinders
  • June 25 – SST Mods, Super Stocks, 4-Cylinders
  • July 2 – SST Mod 50-lap special, Super Stocks, 4-Cylinders, Vintage Late Models plus fireworks
  • July 9 – SST Mods, Super Stocks, 4-Cylinders plus Smash-n-Crash
  • July 16 – SST Mods, Super Stocks, 4-Cylinders
  • July 23 – SST Mod 56-lap special, Super Stocks, 4-Cylinders, Vintage Late Models
  • July 30 – SST Mods, Super Stocks, 4-Cylinders plus Smash-n-Crash
  • August 6 – Super Stock 50-lap special, SST Mods, 4-Cylinders
  • August 13 – SST Mods, Super Stocks, 4-Cylinders, Vintage Late Models
  • August 27 – SST Mods, Super Stocks, 4-Cylinders
  • September 3 – 3 p.m. – SST Mod 100-lap special, 4-Cylinder Dirt v. Asphalt, Vintage Late Models
  • September 4 – 3 p.m. – Modified 75-lap special, Super Stock 50-lap special, Classic Asphalt Modifieds
  • October 8 – 1 p.m. – SST Mod 100-lap special, 4-Cylinders, Vintage Late Models, American Modified 100 qualifying
  • October 9 – 1 p.m. – American Modified 100 last-chance qualifying and 100-lap special, Super Stock 50-lap special
Find out more at www.thebullringwcis.com

Monday, May 16, 2016

National weekend wrap-up: May 13-15, 2016

Simon Pagenaud at Indy GP
credit: IndyCar Media/Chris Jones
Sprint Cup Series – Matt Kenseth picked up his first win of the season after a late-race wreck-fest in the AAA 400 Drive for Autism on Sunday at Dover International Speedway in Delaware. Kyle Larson put up a good fight against Kenseth in the closing laps, settling for a runner-up finish, while rookie Chase Elliott put the pressure on Larson to finish third. Kasey Kahne and Kurt Busch rounded out the top five.

Xfinity Series – Erik Jones won his second Dash 4 Cash this season and locked in a spot in the Xfinity Series Chase with a win in the Ollie’s Bargain Outlet 200 at Dover on Saturday. Darrell Wallace Jr. finished second, followed by Alex Bowman in third. Justin Allgaier and Ty Dillon came home fourth and fifth, respectively.

Camping World Truck Series – Matt Crafton took the checkered flag in Friday’s Dover 200, beating Kyle Busch Motorsports drivers Daniel Suarez and Christopher Bell for the win. Johnny Sauter finished fourth, and Cole Custer came home fifth.

(l-r) Eddie Krawiec, Jason Line, Matt Hagan and Doug
Kalitta in the winner's circle at Atlanta
credit: NHRA Media
Verizon IndyCar Series – Simon Pagenaud made it three in a row with his win in the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday. Helio Castroneves finished second, followed by James Hinchcliffe in third. Graham Rahal and Charlie Kimball rounded out the top five.

NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series – Doug Kalitta (Top Fuel), Matt Hagan (Funny Car), Jason Line (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) earned Wallys on Sunday in the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway in Georgia.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Eckert, Fletcher claim second wins of season at Lancaster

Alan Fletcher and crew in victory lane for Bikes & Sleds
credit: David Vaught
The Buffalo Street Outlaws made their first appearance of the 2016 season at the Franco’s Pizza IHRA Drag Racing program Friday night at Lancaster National Dragway, with wins going to Don Turner of Greenville, PA in the BSO finals and Terry Doyle of Grand Island in the BSO Limited Street finals.

Dale Eckert picked up his second-straight win in McGard Mod ET after beating Billy Ryan in the finals, while the final round of Hebeler’s Sales Sleds & Bikes saw Alan Fletcher defeat Rob Brandel for the second-straight week. 

In Mallare Enterprises Top ET, Chris Van Baalen got the win after a red light by Jon Jablosnki in the finals, while Pete D’Agnolo held off Zell Gaymon in the finals of Top 8. Chris Kujawski defeated Cody Winkowski in Tread City Tire Street.

On Friday, May 20, Lancaster National Dragway hosts First Responders Night, with discounted grandstand admission for all police, fire and rescue personnel with valid ID. Quick 16 joins Lancaster’s weekly classes for their first race of the season. Find out more about Lancaster at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com.


Lancaster, Humberstone cancel weekend shows due to weather

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Mother Nature threw the red flag on racing this weekend, as both Lancaster National Speedway and Humberstone Speedway cancelled events on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

Rain, cold temperatures and high winds forced officials at Lancaster to cancel the stock car program on Saturday, which was scheduled to include a visit from the NYSS Super Stocks. Next weekend, May 21, the track will host five divisions, including the first visit of the season from the Ferris Mowers Race of Champions Modified Series, as part of a program that begins at 5:30 p.m. (gates open at 3:30 p.m.). The RoC Modifieds will be joined by the Sunoco Sportsman, Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks, Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders and the NYPA TQ Midgets. It will be the only time this season the Mods and Sportsman will compete in feature action at Lancaster on the same night. General admission for this race only will be $25 for adults, $10 for students 12 to 17 and free for children under 12.

Poor weather conditions on Sunday in Port Colborne, Ontario also led to the cancellation of Sunday’s racing action at Humberstone. Management is working to reschedule the Duel on the Dirt for the Street Stocks plus the Vintage Car event and autograph session that was scheduled for the evening. Humberstone returns to action on Sunday, May 22 with John Puhl Memorial Night, featuring the RUSH Late Model Touring Series powered by Pace Performance, PC Works DIRTcar Sportsman, JC Auto Street Stocks, Mike Knapp Ford Pro 4 Trucks and the Cosco Haulage Mini Stocks, plus fireworks to celebrate Victoria Day. Gates open at 4:30 p.m., with racing getting underway at 6:30 p.m.

Find out more about Lancaster at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com, and more about Humberstone at www.humberstonespeedway.com.


Hinchclliffe climbs podium at GP of Indy

James Hinchcliffe was smiling after a third-place finish in
the Grand Prix of Indianapolis
credit: IndyCar Media/Dana Garrett
Oakville, Ontario’s James Hinchcliffe reached the podium for the first time this season in the Verizon IndyCar Series after a third-place finish in Saturday’s Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis. Simon Pagenaud captured the checkered flag for the third-straight race, while Helio Castroneves was runner-up on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

"It was great to be able to push and not have to save fuel,” said Hinchcliffe. “That yellow in the middle there kind of really helped everybody because the windows here were pretty small up to that point. We had a great car. Huge credit to everybody at Schmidt Peterson. The Arrow Electronics car was great all weekend. Missed the whole first practice. Managed to put it on the second row. Got caught up on some of the restarts there but the guys were awesome in the pits.”

“I thank my team for helping me qualify in the second row,” he continued. “It is a lot easier to get a result when there aren’t too many cars in front of you, especially at the beginning of a race. I had a great battle with Charlie (Kimball, who finished fifth), back and forth, and at any one time, it was hard to say who was going to prevail.”

Last year when Hinchcliffe visited Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the famed “Month of May,” he nearly lost his life in a practice accident that forced him off the track for the rest of the season.

Hinchcliffe has announced that he is donating part of his winnings from Saturday’s race to the Canadian Red Cross to help the more than 14,000 families and dozen communities affected by the wildfires in Alberta earlier this month. Team owner Sam Schmidt and Arrow’s Mike Long have also announced that they will match his donation.

“Canadians from coast to coast have opened their hearts and wallets to help our fellow citizens,” said Hinchcliffe. “I feel it is important to help.”

The next race on the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule is the historic Indianapolis 500. Qualifying for the 100th running of the event takes place Saturday and Sunday, May 21-22, with the race going green on Sunday, May 29. Keep up with the action at www.indycar.com, and follow Hinchcliffe at www.hinchtown.com.

Quotes in this piece provided by Torchia Communications.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Race of Champions Asphalt Mods return to Lancaster May 21

Race of Champions Modifieds at Lancaster in 2015
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Lancaster National Speedway hosts the Ferris Mowers Race of Champions Modified Series for its first of four visits to the half-mile oval this season on Saturday, May 21. With the stacked slate of racing for that evening, including Sportsman, Street Stocks, 4-Cylinders and NYPA TQ Midgets, speedway officials have decided to move the start time to 5:30 p.m., allowing fans to enjoy a full show of racing without running late into the night.

General Admission for this race only will be $25 for adults, $10 for students 12 to 17 and free for children under 12. Gates will open at 3:30p.m., and concessions will open at 4:30 p.m. that day.
The Queen City Clash 75 for the RoC Modifieds, rescheduled from mid-April, will be the only chance this season for area race fans to catch both the Modifieds and Sportsman in feature action on the same night.

“When we rescheduled the original RoC Modified date from April 17 to May 21, we didn’t want to take the Sunoco Sportsman off the schedule as they are our premier division,” said Track President Tim Packman. “With five divisions of racing, the Front Gate price will be $25 for this one race only. When the RoC Modifieds return on June 30 and August 20, we will go back to our regular $20 adult, special-event admission for those nights.”

“To add more value for the $5 extra, we are opening the Front Gates two hours before race time so fans can catch practice or get their favorite seats. We’re expecting a lot of race cars, a lot of people and a lot of action that night.”  

Three different Modified drivers visited victory lane last season at Lancaster. Former track champion Chuck Hossfeld won the inaugural Ol’ Boy Cup Bill Colton Memorial 60 in June, Patrick Emerling earned his first Lancaster Modified checkered flag in August in the prestigious Tommy Druar/Tony Jankowiak Memorial 110 and Matt Hirschman captured the U.S. Open 125 in September for the fourth time.

Emerling and Hossfeld were at Lancaster this past Saturday, May 7, competing in the Sunoco Sportsman division and getting some valuable track time on the track’s new racing surface. Emerling dominated the second half of the 35-lap feature to get the win, while Hossfeld rebounded from a spin on the second lap to finish fourth. Former U.S. Open winner and RoC Series regular Tony Hanbury was also in the Sportsman field and finished ninth.

Find out more as the date approaches at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com.

Quotes and information in this piece provided by Lancaster National Speedway and Dragway.

IndyCar returns to Watkins Glen International

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With the cancellation of the Verizon IndyCar Series event in Boston Labor Day weekend, the series has now announced its return to Watkins Glen International, located in the Finger Lakes region of New York State. The event will take place Labor Day weekend, September 1-4, and will also feature the Indy Lights Series. Tickets for the event will go on sale next week and will be available for purchase at www.theglen.com and by calling 1-866-461-RACE.

The race will be the 15th event on the 16-race 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule and will likely play a role in determining the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series champion.

"It's great to have the Verizon IndyCar Series return to Watkins Glen," said Jay Frye, INDYCAR President of Competition and Operations. "A tremendous amount of thanks goes to track President Michael Printup and his entire staff for their efforts in helping make this a reality in such a short time frame. Obviously, Watkins Glen has great racing history and it's a track that will showcase the on-track competition and overall excitement level of our series. Our season is off to a great start and we can't wait to bring the Verizon IndyCar Series back to our fans at Watkins Glen."

Watkins Glen joins Phoenix International Raceway and Road America in a 2016 schedule that returns the series to fan-favorite venues with deep history in the sport. The 60-lap event will be held on the track's 3.4-mile permanent road course and will be broadcast live on NBCSN and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network, XM 209 and Sirius 212.

"We're excited to welcome INDYCAR back to The Glen," said Watkins Glen International President Michael Printup. "The fact that we could put this deal together so quickly shows how motivated each party was to make this happen for the fans and the competitors. I know our team has the capability to make this a premier event for INDYCAR, and I believe the drivers are really going to love the new asphalt and that translates into an exciting weekend for the fans. It's truly a win-win for everyone."

"We'd also like to thank Governor Andrew Cuomo for his support and diligence in bringing this international event back to Watkins Glen International," Printup continued. "Tourism in the Finger Lakes Region and across New York State will benefit from this exciting addition to our 2016 schedule."

Watkins Glen International has hosted nine IndyCar races, from 1979-81 and again from 2005-10. The first two events were run on the 2.4-mile short course and were both won by Bobby Unser. The race moved to the 3.4-mile course in 1981, with Rick Mears finding the winner’s circle.

The Verizon IndyCar Series returned to The Glen in 2005, with Scott Dixon winning three straight years before Ryan Hunter-Reay won in 2008 for Rahal Letterman Racing. Justin Wilson secured the first-ever IndyCar win for Dale Coyne Racing in 2009, while Will Power took the checkered flag for Team Penske in 2010.

Find out more at www.indycar.com and www.theglen.com.

Quotes and information in this piece provided by IndyCar Media.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

2016 Oswego Speedway schedule

The Race of Champions Modified Tour makes two visits to
Oswego Speedway in 2016
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**please note: schedule posted subject to change**
  • May 14 – opening day – 5 p.m. – Novelis Super Kick-Off (50 laps), Race of Champions Modified Tour Richie Evans Memorial (61 laps), Pathfinder Bank SBS (30 laps)
  • May 21 – 6:30 p.m. – Fan Appreciation Night – $10 admission – Supers (50), SBS (30)
  • May 27 – 6-10 p.m. – Port City 160 Super Spectacle Weekend open practice
  • May 28 – 5 p.m. – Port City 160 Super Spectacle Weekend – Jim Shampine Memorial Supers (75), Jack Murphy Memorial ISMA Supers (50), Tony White Memorial SBS (35) – rain date May 29
  • June 11 – 6:30 p.m. – Spring Championship – Supers (50), SBS (30)
  • June 18 – 6:30 p.m. – Autograph Night – Supers (Twin 35s), SBS (30)
  • July 2 – 6:30 p.m. – Independence Weekend Grand Prix – Supers (75), SBS (35) and Fireworks
  • July 9 – 6:30 p.m. – King of Wings VIII – ISMA Supermodified King of Wings (50), SBS (30)
  • July 16 – 6:30 p.m. – Summer Championship – Supers (50), SBS (30)
  • July 23 – 6:30 p.m. – Mr. Novelis Supermodified (50) - $10,000 to win, Mr. Pathfinder Bank SBS (35) - $1,500 to win
  • August 6 – 6:30 p.m. – Supers (45), SBS (30)
  • August 13 – 6:30 p.m. – SBS (Twin 20s), Supers (50)
  • August 20 – 6:30 p.m. – Track Championship Night – Supers (50), SBS (30)
  • September 2 – TBA – Classic Week Fast Friday – Super Pole Day Time Trials, SBS Time Trials and Heats plus Party in the Pits beginning at 7:30 p.m.
  • September 3 – TBA – Classic Week Super Saturday – NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (150), ISMA Supers Super Nationals (60)
  • September 4 – TBA – Classic Week Classic Sunday – International Classic 200 for Supers, SBS Classic (75)
  • September 15 – TBA – Race of Champions Weekend open practice
  • September 16 – TBA – Race of Champions Weekend Sportsman 100
  • September 17 – TBA – Race of Champions Weekend Modified 250
Find out more about the 2016 schedule at www.oswegospeedway.com

Monday, May 9, 2016

McPherson wins inaugural RoC Sportsman 602 race at Humberstone

Cody McPherson in victory lane
credit: Softouch Photo/Humberstone Speedway
St. Catharines, Ontario’s Cody McPherson won the 50-lap Ferris Mowers Race of Champions (RoC) Sportsman 602 Series fueled by Sunoco Race Fuels main event Sunday at the New Humberstone Speedway. Jeff Dayman from Welland, Ontario earned his first career win in the Pinty’s RUSH Late Models, while Jason Fontaine from Port Colborne, Ontario picked up the win in the JC Auto Street Stocks. Dillon Llord from St. Catharines won in the Mike Knapp Ford Pro 4 Trucks and Brandon Iudiciani from Welland won in the Cosco Haulage Mini Stocks.

Brad Rouse and Adam Leslie shared the front row for the start of the RoC Sportsman 50-lap feature, with McPherson battling Leslie for second and finally completing the pass on Lap 13. McPherson passed Rouse on Lap 28 to take over the lead for the rest of the race. McPherson held off challenges from Chad Chevalier during the final eight laps to pick up the victory. Rouse finished third, followed by Jay Mallory and Leslie to complete the top five.

Sam Pennacchio and John McIntire led the Pinty’s RUSH Late Model field to the green flag with Pennacchio showing the way on the opening lap. Jeff Dayman took over the lead on Lap 7 and hold on for the win, the first of his Late Model career at Humberstone. Paul Grigsby finished second ahead of Dennis Lunger Jr., Pennacchio and Rob Pietz.

Jason Fontaine and Kyle Pelrine led the JC Auto Street Stocks field to the green flag with Fontaine leading the entire way to score the win over Bill Bleich Jr. and Dave Bailey. Vince Fargnoli and Brad Sheehan rounded out the top five.

Danny Wurster and Craig Vlasic made up the front row of the Mike Knapp Ford Pro 4 Trucks field, with Vlasic showing the way early. Dillon Llord moved into second and passed Vlasic for the race lead Lap 3, leading the rest of the way. Frank Perry, Andy Imbeault, Mitch Dumont and Vlasic completed the top five.

Iudiciani took the lead early on in the Cosco Haulage Mini Stocks and never looked back, holding off Garnet Wilson to score the win. Kyle Haynes, Evan Curtis, and Olivier Larocque rounded out the top five.

71 cars signed in pitside for opening day festivities at Humberstone, which returns to action on Sunday, May 15 as PC Works presents the first Duel on the Dirt race for the JC Auto Street Stocks. The PC Works DIRTcar Sportsman, Pinty’s RUSH Late Models, Mike Knapp Ford Pro 4 Trucks, Cosco Haulage Mini Stocks and the Vintage Cars will also be on the racing card. Gates open at 4:30 p.m., with racing getting underway at 6:30 p.m. A full schedule for the 2016 season and more information can be found at www.humberstonespeedway.com.

Tim Hortons joins Honda Indy Toronto as an official sponsor

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Tim Hortons will fuel the Honda Indy Toronto this year with its iconic coffee, as organizers of the event have announced that Canada's largest quick service restaurant chain will join the Honda Indy Toronto as an official sponsor.

As part of the sponsorship agreement, Tim Hortons will serve as the official coffee and baked goods provider at the Honda Indy Toronto this summer, having a presence onsite with a Tims Coffee Truck to deliver Canada’s Favourite Coffee to event-goers and team personnel, along with branding throughout the event site and along the historic street course. 

"Tim Hortons is a big part of Toronto and Canadian culture," said Jeff Atkinson, President of the Honda Indy Toronto. "Partnering with an iconic Canadian brand like Tim Hortons is important to us. We are excited to be working with them."

"Tim Hortons is proud to sponsor the 30th running of the Honda Indy Toronto," said David Clanachan, President and COO, Tim Hortons Canada.  “We are thrilled to help fuel Honda Indy fans with our always fresh coffee throughout race weekend.”

Find out more about the upcoming race, scheduled for July 15-17 on the streets of Exhibition Place in Toronto, at www.hondaindy.com.  

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