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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Honda Indy Toronto adds Metrolinx/GO Transit, Coca Cola as partners

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Taking GO Transit will be among the easiest ways to get to and from Exhibition Place during the 2016 Honda Indy Toronto race weekend. Race fans travelling to and from the event can enjoy 30-minute service on GO Transit’s Lakeshore lines throughout the event weekend, July 15-17. Metrolinx will also have a presence onsite during the festival weekend with an interactive and educational Light Rail Vehicle Exhibit in the Speed Zone that kids and adults alike can enjoy.

Kids under 12 will have the opportunity to enjoy free train and bus trips to the event when accompanied by an adult with an event ticket and valid GO fare. Additionally, event volunteers will also be granted complimentary rides, with a valid credential, throughout the weekend.

"We are very excited to be working with Metrolinx, it’s a natural fit — we're both committed to convenience and accessibility for people looking to get to and from our event," said Jeff Atkinson, president of the Honda Indy Toronto. "This offer to allow free rides for kids under 12 on GO Transit services throughout the event weekend will complement our free admission for kids program very well.”

Honda Indy Toronto organizers also announced that Coca-Cola Refreshments Canada will be the official beverage supplier for the event weekend. As part of a new five-year agreement, race fans will have the opportunity to "Taste The Feeling" and enjoy Coca-Cola products throughout the event site at concession stands, hospitality suites and exhibiting areas through 2021.

"Coca-Cola is an iconic brand and having its long term presence onsite will help enhance the overall hospitality experience for everyone attending the event, from the general admission ticket holder to our VIP hospitality clients,” said Atkinson. "Many Canadians have a special connection to the Coca-Cola brands, making them a perfect addition to the Honda Indy Toronto team. We are very pleased to welcome them to our growing list of official sponsors." 

Starting this year, Honda Indy Toronto fans will be refreshed with a variety of Coca-Cola products including Minute Maid juices and beverages, NESTEA iced tea, POWERADE sports drinks, Dasani water and, of course, Coca-Cola.  As part of the partnership, Coca-Cola will support the Honda Indy Toronto volunteer program by providing apparel and Dasani water to keep all volunteers hydrated during the hot July weekend in Toronto. More than 500 volunteers are integral to the event's success assisting in many different capacities around the track.

“Each year tens of thousands of fans come together to share the thrills and energy of the Honda Indy Toronto and Coca-Cola is revved up to be part of this exciting event,” said Scott Lindsay, Senior Vice President, Sales and Customer Marketing, Coca-Cola Refreshments Canada.  “With events and activities for the whole family, we’re looking forward to keeping fans cool and refreshed while they catch the hot action on the race track.”

The full on-track schedule for 2016 Honda Indy Toronto and more information can be found at www.hondaindytoronto.com.

Quotes and information in this piece provided by Torchia Communications.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Race of Champions Modifieds, “TC” visit Lancaster on Thursday night

The RoC Mods lined up for last year's inaugural Ol' Boy Cup 60
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On Thursday, June 30 Lancaster National Speedway will host the Ferris Mowers Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series fueled by Sunoco and the 2nd annual ‘Ol’ Boy Cup 60,’ paying tribute to the late Bill Colton, who, along with the late Alex Friesen, put up the first Thermal Foam barriers surrounding the 1/2-mile. It was an effort that became legendary as several other speedways adopted the same or similar blocks to assist in protecting drivers. The ‘Ol’ Boy – Bill Colton – later spearheaded the “Super Fan Plan” and several other programs that helped drive Modified racing and Lancaster National Speedway forward. This race will remember and honor those efforts as well as continue propelling the sport forward. Colton’s sons, Billy (Troyer Race Cars), Jim and Chris (Colton RV) have stepped forward with bonuses for the second consecutive ‘Ol’ Boy Cup.

“My Dad loved Modified racing and Lancaster National Speedway,” said Billy Colton, the driving force behind Troyer Race Cars since the early 1990’s. “It’s an honor to have his name preserved in this manner with an event at the track he enjoyed so much. We are very proud of the legacy that he created and happy that we can be a part of it. We know the ‘Ol Boy’ will be smiling down on us Thursday night.”

An extra $4,000 in money and prizes will be available to drivers during the 60-lap ‘Ol’ Boy Cup feature, including $2,800 in lap awards. There will be seven laps with cash prizes of $200 courtesy of Colton RV and seven additional laps will have giveaways of $200 certificates to Troyer Race Cars. The prizes will be given away using the “Lucky 15” format, which Bill Colton used when he organized the lap sponsorship program for Lancaster’s U.S. Open. Drivers running inside the top 15 on each lap will be eligible with the winning position randomly selected prior to the race. In addition to the lap money, the winner of the race will receive $600 in cash from Colton RV and a $600 certificate to Troyer Race Cars.

Patrick Emerling of Orchard Park currently leads Chuck Hossfeld of Ransomville by just 13-points in the championship standings. The pair battle at Lancaster in May, with Emerling edging out Hossfeld in the Queen City Clash. They will be joined by RoC drivers including Mike Leaty, Tyler Rypkema, Bryan Sherwood, Andy Jankowiak and Matt Hirschman.

Asphalt Modified racing star Ted Christopher of Plainville, CT, will also be in the RoC race at Lancaster on Thursday night, driving in a car prepared by Trey Hoddick. Christopher, coming off wins at Stafford (CT) Motor Speedway, will make his first Lancaster start since 2009 in the Ol’ Boy Cup 60.


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Evans takes Crate Sprint Car win at Humberstone

Crate Sprint Car winner Shone Evans
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Shone Evans from Scotland, Ontario picked up the win in the Crate Sprint Car feature at Humberstone Speedway on Sunday night. Brad Rouse from St. Catharines picked up his third PC Works DIRTcar Sportsman feature of the 2016 racing season, and Chad Homan of Macedon, NY turned his first-ever appearance at Humberstone into a win in the Pinty’s Delicious Foods RUSH Late Models. Dave Bailey from Hagersville, Ontario won his first JC Auto Street Stock feature of the season, and Dillon Llord from St. Catharines won his fourth Mike Knapp Ford Pro 4 Truck feature. 
Kyle Rothwell from Welland, Ontario won his first Cosco Haulage Mini Stock feature of the season.

Evans and Jesse McDonald started on the front row for the Crate Sprint Car A-Main with Evans leading over McDonald and Aaron Turkey early on. Evans held off McDonald to pick up the win, with Aaron Turkey finishing third. It was Evans’ first career victory of any kind.

Tyler Puchalski and Jordan Cosco brought the PC Works DIRTcar Sportsman to the green flag for their 25-lap feature, while Rouse started eighth and was battling McPherson for third at the end of Lap 1. Cosco and Puchalski made contact coming off Turn 4, allowing Cody McPherson to take over the lead. Rouse took the lead on a Lap 7 restart and never looked back, scoring his third win of the season. Jay Mallory finished second followed by Cosco.

Tim Gillespie and Homan were on the front row for the Pinty’s Delicious Foods RUSH Late Model feature, with Homan jumping out to an early lead. Jeff Dayman passed Gillespie to take over second on Lap 3, but Homan pulled away from Dayman and picked up his first career Humberstone victory. Sam Pennacchio held off Dayman for second.

Humberstone will return to action on Sunday, July 3 as Tidyman Maintenance and Port Colborne Laundry presents the Kid’s Poster Contest plus Vintage Cars and the complete Humberstone weekly racing program. Also on the card will be the first Eve of Destruction Enduro qualifier. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. with race time set for 6:30 p.m. A full schedule for the 2016 season and more information can be found at www.humberstonespeedway.com

Hinchcliffe overcomes penalty to finish 14th at Road America

James Hinchcliffe during the Saturday practice at Elkhart Lake
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After being relegated to a 22nd-place starting position due to a Race Control-imposed penalty for blocking Alexander Rossi during qualifications, Oakville, Ontario’s James Hinchcliffe rebounded to a 14th-place finish in the Kohler Grand Prix on Sunday at Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI, just ahead of Rossi, the Indy 500 winner.

The official explanation for the penalty was: "Pursuant to Rule 8.3.7, 5-Hinchcliffe had best two lap times invalidated in his session for qualifying interference."

“Kind of a bittersweet day,” said Hinchcliffe. “The Arrow car was really good on the reds and we went off sequence a little there to try and get some clean track and pumped out a lot of quick laps and made some gains on some guys. I had a spin early on in the race, which really killed us not having a yellow early on to catch back up.”

“As for the penalty, Race Control got it wrong and I’ll leave it at that.”

Will Power led from green to checkered to take the win on Sunday, barely holding off Tony Kanaan at the checkered flag. Kanaan almost caught Power on his fresh red tires, with Power struggling on primary blacks, but Power had just enough at the end and held on.

The next race on the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule is the Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa on Sunday, July 10. Keep up with the action at www.indycar.com, and follow Hinchcliffe at www.hinchtown.com.

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Myers takes Pro Charger win at Holland, Bound wins Outlaw Midgets

East Concord’s Zach Myers took the win in the Getzoni Nationwide Insurance Agency NASCAR Pro Chargers on Kwik Fill Night at Holland International Speedway on Saturday night, June 25. Jody Bound from Uxbridge, Ontario claimed the victory in the inaugural visit by the Canadian Outlaw Midgets presented by Country 89 and Ben Russo from Lancaster won the Bank of Holland Hornet feature. Dave Wollaber from North Tonawanda picked up his second win NYPA TQ Midgets at Holland and Carl Vilardo IV from Westfield won in the Advance Auto Parts INEX Legends. James Steins from South Wales won his second consecutive M&M U Pull-It Figure 8 feature and Dale Lombardo was victorious in the Rookie 4’s.

Myers took the lead from Jim Mallaber on Lap 10 and pulled away to score his second win of the season. Tim and Nik Welshans finished third and fourth, respectively, with Josh Hathaway rounding out the top five.

Jody Bound
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Bound dominated the Canadian Outlaw Midgets event, followed by Dave Bradley in second. Steve Lassman, Adam Carrothers and Wayne Mckibbon rounded out the top five. Bound was also victorious in the Outlaw Midgets Dash. The Canadian Outlaw Midgets will return to Holland on Saturday, July 23.

Craig Orr crossed the finish line first in the Hornets feature but was found to be illegal in post-race tech, giving the win to Russo. Josh Hill finished second, followed to the line by Bob Bogner, George Anthony and Jeff Szafraniec.

Wollaber took the lead on Lap 14 of the TQ Midget feature, passing Kyle Hutchinson on the front straightaway. A six-lap late-race shootout saw Hutchinson look underneath Wollaber for the lead but Wollaber held the lead by a car length at the line on Lap 15. Hutchinson continued to challenge Wollaber but was unable to get past him. Shawn Nye, Andrew Nye and Vinnie Christiano Jr. completed the top five.

The Race of Champions Modified Tour returns to Holland on Saturday, July 9 for a 100-lap feature. Joining the RoC Modifieds will be the Chargers, NYPA TQ Midgets and the Hornets. Pit gates will open at 2:30 p.m. while grandstands open at 4:30 p.m. Qualifying gets underway at 5 p.m., followed immediately by features. Find out more at www.hollandspeedway.com

Monday, June 27, 2016

Wilson wins Jeff Brown Sr. Memorial at Lancaster Speedway

Street Stock winner Dave Wilson
18 Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks took the green flag for the Jeff Brown Sr. Memorial Street Stock 25 at Lancaster National Speedway on Saturday night, June 25, with rookie Trevor Pettit taking the lead until Lap 3, when Andy Cryan got by Pettit to take the top spot away and started to pull away from the field. Dave Wilson started 12th and he worked his way to the front of the pack along with Terry Weldy and Mark Hoch. The trio caught Cryan around Lap 10, but it took Wilson five more laps to take over the lead.

Wilson slowly pulled away while Weldy and Hoch battled for the runner-up position. Wilson took the checkered flag for his third win of the season, while Weldy edged Hoch for second. Tommy Wentland and Jarrod Brown rounded out the top five.

Tommy Catalano
Tommy Catalano of Ontario picked up his first win of the season in the Sunoco Sportsman snapping Patrick Emerling’s four-race win streak. Catalano led 32 of 35 laps after starting fifth to earn the victory. Jake Lyon settled for second, while Billy Burd finished third. Emerling faded late in the race and saw his win streak end with a fourth-place finish. Defending track champion Mark Pennell rounded out the top five.

Jim Steffanhagen
The NY Super Stock Series made its first and only appearance of the season at Lancaster, with Jim Steffenhagen of Marion, N.Y. winning the 50-lap feature. Steffenhagen passed Jake Wylie for the lead on Lap 10 when Wylie suffered engine problems, then held off Mitchell Wright the rest of the way for the win. The win for Steffenhagen completed a NYSS weekend sweep after he won their feature on Friday night at Spencer Speedway. Steve Peserak, Brian Wozniak and Chris Vogler rounded out the top five.

Bobby Woch
Bobby Woch won the Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinder feature in his first start in the Team 49/King Oil No. 45. The key to victory for Woch was a Lap 7 restart as Joe Brunka and Kevin Bainbridge got together while racing for second. Woch slipped by and then made the eventual race winning pass on Dan Dressel one lap later. Bainbridge recovered to finish second, followed by Ransomville Speedway Street Stock driver Austin Hauser, who finished third in his first pavement race in Jim Dauer’s No. 73. Frank Prell and Jamie Woods rounded out the top five.

On Thursday night, June 30, the Race of Champions Modified Series returns to Lancaster for the second annual Ol’ Boy Cup 60 Bill Colton Memorial, with racing getting underway at 7 p.m. The stars of the RoC Series will battle in a 60-lap sprint around Lancaster’s 1/2-mile. The NYPA TQ Midgets, Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks and Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders will also be in action. Find out more at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com

Markle wins Street ET special at Lancaster Dragway

Street ET winner Tim Markle
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The Tread City Tire Street ET took center stage at Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway on Friday, June 24 with a special $250-to-win race. In the final round, Kale Wischman broke out by .001 seconds to hand the win to Tim Markle of Hilton, N.Y.

Reid Ricketson of Darien Center scored his fourth win of the year in McGard Mod ET, driving past brother Clay in the semifinals and twin brother Ryan in the finals. Mike Peters of Angola had a big night in Hebeler’s Sales Sleds & Bikes, starting as the No. 1 qualifier and proceeding to record the best reaction time during eliminations; he then beat Tony Bellucco in the finals for his second win of the 2016 season.

In Top 8, Jim Mallare Jr. of Lancaster denied Wayne Cleveland his second win of the season, using a hole shot advantage off the starting line to narrowly defeat Cleveland for the victory. Paul Cochi of Amherst earned his win of the season in Mallare Enterprises Top ET, defeating Paul Young in the finals.

Coming up this Friday, July 1 it is the most talked about event of the season at Lancaster National Dragway as Kamikaze Chris and Boosted GT from the Street Outlaws reality TV show come to Lancaster to take on the Buffalo Street Outlaws. Tickets are now available for just $25 on the Lancaster National Dragway website and at the track office during regular business hours. Front gates will open at 4 p.m. with time trials starting at 5 p.m. Find out more at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com.

RoC Dirt 602 Sportsman make two area visits this weekend

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Dirt racing fans have two opportunities to see the Ferris Mowers Race of Champions Dirt 602 Sportsman Modified Series fueled by Sunoco this coming holiday weekend. The series makes its first stop at Freedom Motorsports Park during a rare Saturday event with the Independence Weekend Celebration 30 presented by Primetime Energy Services on July 2, and on Sunday, July 3, the series visits Utica-Rome Speedway in Vernon, N.Y. for the Lights Auto/NAPA and Clinton Tractor 30.

“We are excited to have the Race of Champions 602 Sportsman on hand at Freedom,” said track owner Bob Reis. “We are trying to build something with the Series for our Sportsman racers to have a fun alternative that gives them a chance to travel, but also maintain an affordable package that keeps them racing at their home track each week. It’s a good formula and we feel that it’s going to give our fans something exciting to watch.”

“The combination we have for this event is going to be spectacular,” said Utica-Rome Speedway owner Bill Shea. “We have three premier sanctioning bodies in dirt racing, working together with the Big Blocks, Sportsman and Sprint Cars to give fans one incredible night at Utica-Rome. It’s going to be a great night. We are all looking forward to it.”

Cody McPherson of St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada won the inaugural Race of Champions Dirt 602 Sportsman Modified Series event at Humberstone Speedway in Port Colborne, Ontario on Sunday, May 8.

On Saturday, grandstands at Freedom Motorsports Park open at 5 p.m., with racing getting underway at 6 p.m. On Sunday, grandstands open at 3:30 p.m. at Utica-Rome Speedway, with racing beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Quotes in this piece provided by Race of Champions.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

July 2016 racing: Where to see your favorites

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NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series:
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series:
NASCAR Xfinity Series:
  • July 1 – Daytona International Speedway
  • July 8 – Kentucky Speedway
  • July 16 – New Hampshire Motor Speedway
  • July 23 – Indianapolis Motor Speedway
  • July 30 – Iowa Speedway
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series:
  • July 7 – Kentucky Speedway
  • July 20 – Eldora Speedway
  • July 30 – Pocono Speedway
Verizon IndyCar Series:
World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series:
For more information on these races and these tracks, click on the link where provided.

Friday, June 24, 2016

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

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Lancaster National Speedway
**start time 6:30 p.m.**
  • July 16 – Sportsman, Late Models, Street Stocks and 4-Cylinders
  • July 23 – Sportsman, Street Stocks, NYPA TQ Midgets and 4-Cylinders
Lancaster National Dragway
** Friday start time 6 p.m.**
  • July 1 – Kamikaze Chris and Boosted GT from Street Outlaws with Buffalo Street Outlaws plus Top, Mod, Street, Sleds & Bikes (rain date July 2)
  • July 8 – Buffalo Superchargers plus Top, Mod, Street, Sleds & Bikes
  • July 15 – Nitro Night of Fire with TNT Hot Rods plus Top, Mod, Street, Sleds & Bikes
  • July 22 – Pack the Track - $5 admission – with Quick 16 plus Top, Mod, Street, Sleds & Bikes
  • July 24 – Bike & Sled Race and Bike Show
  • July 29 – Nostalgia Division plus Top, Mod, Street, Sleds & Bikes
  • July 30-31 – Sunday Nostalgia Weekend
Humberstone Speedway
**start time 6:30 p.m.**
  • July 3 – Vintage Cars plus DIRTcar Sportsman, RUSH Late Models, Street Stocks, Pro 4 Trucks, Mini Stocks and 25-lap Enduro Eve of Destruction qualifier
  • July 10 – DIRTcar Sportsman, RUSH Late Models, Street Stocks, Pro 4 Trucks, Mini Stocks and Vintage Cars
  • July 17 – Autograph Night plus DIRTcar Sportsman, RUSH Late Models, Street Stocks, Pro 4 Trucks, Mini Stocks and 30-lap Eve of Destruction qualifier
  • July 24 – Go Nuclear Late Model Tour plus DIRTcar Sportsman, Street Stocks, Pro 4 Trucks and Mini Stocks
  • July 31 – DIRTcar Sportsman, RUSH Late Models, Street Stocks Duel on the Dirt, Pro 4 Trucks, Mini Stocks and Vintage Cars
Ransomville Speedway
**start time 7:15 p.m.**
  • July 1 – FIREWORKS!!!!  plus a full card of racing & 4/6 Cylinder Enduro
  • July 8 – full card of racing plus Kid’s Rides
  • July 15 –RUSH Late Model Series plus Mod., SS, 4 Bangers, and Novice Sportsman
  • July 22 – full card of racing plus Power Wheel Races
  • July 29 –Patriot Sprints plus Sportsman, SS, 4 Bangers, and Novice Sportsman
Freedom Motorsports Park
**start time 7:30 p.m.**
  • July 2 – Start time 6 p.m. – Race of Champions Tour 602 Sportsman Tour Race, $300 to win FWD Mini Stock/RWD Mini Stocks/RUSH Late Models/Street Stocks/360 Late Models presented by Primetime Energy Services
  • July 8 – Danny Heineman and Sons Night at the Races – NY6A Mini Sprints presented by Casey’s Truck Salvage plus regular program
  • July 15 – ULMS Super Late Models presented by Java Farm Supply plus Sportsman, Street Stocks,FWD and RWD Mini Stocks
  • July 22 – Bellinger Electric Lightning Sportsman Series Round No. 2 plus regular program
  • July 29 – Marcos Pizza Night – AUTOGRAPH NIGHT plus regular program
Oswego Speedway
**6:30 p.m. start time**
  • July 2 – Independence Weekend Grand Prix – Supers (75), SBS (35) and Fireworks
  • July 9 – King of Wings VIII – ISMA Supermodified King of Wings (50), SBS (30)
  • July 16 – Summer Championship – Supers (50), SBS (30)
  • July 23 – Mr. Novelis Supermodified (50) - $10,000 to win, Mr. Pathfinder Bank SBS (35) - $1,500 to win
Wyoming County International Speedway
**7 p.m. start time**
  • 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
Holland Speedway
**start time 7:05 p.m. unless noted**
  • 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


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Bleich Jr. victorious at Humberstone on Sunday

Bill Bleich Jr. in victory lane at Humberstone Sunday
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Bill Bleich Jr. won Sunday’s JC Auto Street Stock Duel on the Dirt Home Race at Humberstone Speedway, his second win the past three races. Joining Bleich Jr. in victory lane were Brad Rouse in PC Works DIRTcar Sportsman, Dennis Lunger Jr. in Pinty’s Delicious Foods RUSH Late Model competition, Craig Vlasic in Mike Knapp Ford Pro 4 Trucks  and Kyle Haynes in Cosco Haulage Mini Stock.

Bleich Jr. took over the lead with four laps to go in the Street Stock feature and scored the victory over Rob Murray, Chris Crawford and Dave Bailey who went three wide across the line for second place. Rouse took the lead on Lap 20 of the Sportsman event and held off Cody McPherson to score the win; Chad Chevalier, Justin Sharp and Tyler Puchalski completed the top five.

Lunger Jr. took control of the field on Lap 7 of the RUSH Late Model feature, picking up the win over Paul Grigsby with Sam Pennacchio, Jeff Dayman and Ken Winfield rounding out the top five. Vlasic and jumped out to the early lead in the Pro 4 Trucks before losing the top spot to Tony Spitery on Lap 7; Spitery and Frank Perry made contact coming into Turn 4, and Vlasic went around both drivers to pick up the win, his first of the season. Haynes took the lead for good on Lap 11 of the Mini Stock feature, holding off Evan Curtis to pick up the win; Garnet Wilson, Rob Goudling and Nick Sarantakos rounded out the top five.

The month of June wraps up with the inaugural visit for the 602 Crate Sprint Cars from Ohsweken Speedway, joining the DIRTcar Sportsman, RUSH Late Models, Street Stocks, Pro 4 Trucks and the Mini Stocks. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. with racing set for 6:30 p.m. A full schedule for the 2016 season and more information can be found at www.humberstonespeedway.com.


Welshans, Myers split Pro Charger features at Holland

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Tim Welshans and Zach Myers picked up the wins in the twin feature events for the Getzoni Nationwide Insurance Agency NASCAR Pro Chargers on WNY Sportsman Night Saturday at Holland International Speedway. Bob Bogner got credited with the victory in the Bank of Holland Hornets and Darryl Phillips picked up the win in the Rookie 4’s. Brandon DeBrakeleer won in the INEX Legends class and James Steins Wales took the win in the M&M U Pull-It Figure 8 car feature.

Welshans took the lead on Lap 6 of the first Pro Chargers feature and held off Zach Myers and Tom Northem to pick up the victory, his first since winning the track title 10 seasons ago. Northem and Brown both failed post-race inspection after the first feature. In the second race, Myers took the lead on a Lap 13 restart and held off Nik Welshans, Dave Vona, Ted Welshans and Tim Welshans to pick up the victory.

Bogner benefitted from another competitor’s failed post-race inspection in Hornets, picking up the win. He was followed to the line by Josh Hill, Jeff Szafraniec, George Anthony and Ryan Palmer. Phillips took the lead on Lap 2 of the Rookie 4’s feature and took off with a ten-car-length advantage over the field. Phillips was able to pull away to pick up the win. DeBrakeleer took over the lead on Lap 7 of the INEX Legends feature and held off Carl Vilardo and Bryce Norton to pick up the win, his second win of the season at Holland Speedway. Steins and Sharon Hughes ran in the top two for much of the M&M U Pull-It Figure 8 feature event before Steins pulled away to score the win with Don Haskell coming home in third; it was Steins’ first win in eight years.

Holland returns to action on Saturday, June 25 with Kwik-Fill Night at the Races – stop by your neighborhood Kwik-Fill location to pick up free tickets for the night. Making their inaugural visit to Holland will be the Country 89 Canadian Outlaw Midget Series. They’ll be joined by the NYPA TQ Midgets, Getzoni Nationwide Insurance NASCAR Pro Chargers, Bank of Holland Hornets, M&M U Pull-It Figure 8’s, Advance Auto Parts INEX Legends and the Rookie 4’s. Grandstand gates open at 5 p.m. with qualifying beginning at 6 p.m. and NASCAR feature racing getting underway at 7:05 p.m. Find out more at www.hollandspeedway.com.

National weekend wrap-up: June 17-19, 2016

Sam Hornish Jr. celebrates with his family in victory lane
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Xfinity Series – Sam Hornish Jr., who hadn’t been in a race car in approximately seven months, made it look easy Sunday at Iowa Speedway, winning the American Ethanol E15 250 presented by Enogen in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18. Ty Dillon, Brad Keselowski, Daniel Suarez and Alex Bowman completed the top five in Iowa.

Camping World Truck Series – Rookie William Byron put his Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota Tundra back in victory lane Saturday, winning the Speediatrics 200 at Iowa Speedway over Cole Custer and Cameron Hayley. Ben Rhodes and Tyler Reddick rounded out the top five.

NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series – Funny Car driver Tommy Johnson Jr. picked up his first Wally of 2016 Sunday at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway in Tennessee. Shawn Langdon (Top Fuel) and Jason Line (Pro Stock) were also winners of their respective categories.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Lancaster adds Jeff Brown Sr. Memorial Street Stock 25 to June 25 race card

Street Stock driver Dave Wilson has two wins this season
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Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway has announced the addition of special race on the Saturday, June 25 Stock Car racing program: the Jeff Brown Sr. Memorial Street Stock 25 presented by Wilson Crane Service.

Jeff Brown Sr. was the father of two-time U.S. Open Late Model winner and current Sunoco Sportsman driver Jeff Brown; Brown Sr. recently passed away after a battle with cancer. In addition to helping his son's racing efforts, Brown Sr. was an influential person in the racing career of Advance Auto Parts Street Stock driver Dave Wilson and his family. Wilson, who is also the owner of Wilson Crane Services, wanted to pay tribute to his friend with this special race.

Wilson, a two-time winner this season at Lancaster in the Advance Auto Parts Streets Stocks, has donated his winnings from those two victories ($250) as a bonus for the top three finishers in the Jeff Brown Sr. Memorial. The feature winner will receive a $125 bonus, second will take home a $75 bonus and third place will receive $50 from Wilson Crane Services.

In addition to the cash bonus, Towel City Tire has donated a tire for the fourth-, fifth- and sixth-place finishers. Lancaster National Speedway tire distributor Bob Mullen of Speed Enterprises has donated a tire for each of the remaining top 10 finishers.

"This is an incredible testament to the type of people and racers we have here at Lancaster," said Lancaster Track President Tim Packman. "Dave Wilson came to us with this idea to honor Mr. Brown, offered his own winnings up to his fellow drivers and we were able to add some other items for fourth- to 10th-place courtesy of our partners.”

"Special thanks to Dave, his company, Towel City, Speed Enterprises and the Brown Family for their participation in this tribute race. This division puts on some great racing and we expect it even better now with the incentives they have for this event.”

The Jeff Brown Sr. Memorial 25 will be part of a full card of racing on Saturday, June 25, with racing starting at 6:30 p.m. The Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks will be joined by the Sunoco Sportsman, Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders and the only appearance of the New York Super Stock Series. There will also be an exhibition race at intermission with the Buffalo Cycle Club on their motorized bicycles. Find out more at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com.

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

Emerling wins Sportsman Summer Slam 75 at Lancaster

Patrick Emerling during Saturday's heat races
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Patrick Emerling of Orchard Park captured the Joe Reilly Sportsman Summer Slam 75 presented by A-Verdi Storage Saturday night at Lancaster National Speedway for his fourth-straight win in the Sunoco Sportsman.

Mark Pennell, for whom Reilly was a crew chief before his unexpected passing, and Jeff Brown led the field to the green flag, with Brown grabbing the early lead followed by Pennell and Mike Fiebelkorn Jr. Emerling led the final 20 laps to capture the longest race of the season for Sunoco Sportsman, his fourth win of the season in the Sportsman and his fifth win overall this year at Lancaster. Billy Burd settled for second, followed by Tommy Catalano, Brown and George Skora III.

“I never thought we’d get by the Burd man,” said Emerling in victory lane. “We just have so much fun racing at Lancaster.”

Terry Weldy wins in Street Stocks
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The race was run in memory of Thompson Racing crew chief, Joe Reilly, who passed away shortly before the 2016 season started. The Reilly and Thompson families collected over $3,200 in lap and bonus money for the Summer Slam 75.

In other action Saturday night, Terry Weldy captured the Advance Auto Parts Street Stock feature, passing Dave Wilson with three laps to go for his first win of the season. Wilson had to settle for second, with Ken Maltby finishing third. Keith Flanigan and Tommy Wentland rounded out the top five.

Kevin Bainbridge was awarded the Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinder feature win after the unofficial winner was disqualified in post-race inspection, giving Bainbridge four wins for the 2016 season. Joe Brunka was credited with second. Rich Bartel, Chris Pennell and Tim Durfy completed the top five.

Kevin Bainbridge won his fourth 4-Cylinder race
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A.J. Hessler of Tonawanda survived a late-race restart with four laps to go to win the NYPA TQ Midget feature. Hessler led every lap of the 20-lap feature, holding off Dave Wollaber and Bobby Holmes in the closing laps to secure the win. Vinny Christiano, Jr. and Andy Jankowiak rounded out the top five.
AJ Hessler (center) leads Dave Wollaber (left) and Bobby
Holmes (right) in TQ Midgets
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Racing continues at Lancaster National Speed on Saturday, June 25 with the Jeff Brown Sr. Memorial 25 for the Street Stocks presented by Wilson Crane Service. The Sunoco Sportsman, Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders and NY Super Stock Series will also be in action. Racing starts at 6:30 p.m. Find out more at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com.

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

Honda Indy Toronto announces event schedule for July 15-17, 2016

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Honda Indy Toronto event organizers have revealed a robust line up of off-track activities for the upcoming Verizon IndyCar Series event, which runs Friday through Sunday, July 15-17 at Exhibition Place. With 55-percent more interactive exhibits, activities and vendors than last year, race fans can expect more things to see and do all day than ever before.

Families will also find the event a little easier on their wallets with the announcement that kids under 12 will be admitted free when accompanied by an adult who has purchased a ticket.

“We want to open up the Honda Indy Toronto to more people, and offering free admission to kids under 12 will help make this event more accessible for families,” said Jeff Atkinson, President of Honda Indy Toronto.

This year, Honda Indy Toronto introduces a family-friendly Speed Zone, an area filled with activities and fast-paced fun, including interactive games, activities from Toronto’s favorite sports teams, and community exhibits. Honda World, located at the heart of the Toronto street course, will feature face painting, racing simulators, a unique photo opportunity and the chance to sign James Hinchcliffe's race suit in support of Make-A-Wish Canada. Honda World also presents kids aged 6-12 the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of dirt biking with the return of the Honda Junior Red Riders program. In a nod to the rich history of the event, Thunder Alley will be an area dedicated to activations, product sales and promotional activities from event partners, food vendors and fan merchandise.

“We’re trying to build up the community aspect of the event and want to make the overall experience as exciting as possible for race fans, so that the moment they arrive onsite, there is something to see and do,” said Atkinson.

The full on-track schedule for 2016 Honda Indy Toronto was also revealed this week and can be viewed at www.hondaindy.com/eventschedule.  

Quotes and information in this piece provided by Torchia Communications.

Lancaster’s Ol Boy Cup 60 RoC Modified race on Speed51.com

RoC Modifieds lined up for last year's Ol' Boy Cup 60
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Lancaster National Speedway has announced that the second annual "Ol' Boy Cup 60" Bill Colton Memorial Race of Champions Modified Tour event on Thursday, June 30 will be streamed live via pay-per-view on Speed51.com

This will be the first-ever race held at Lancaster National Speedway to be available via live online stream for the price of $19.95 through the motorsports website Speed51.com. There will be a 150-mile IP address blackout of the live stream that begins at 7 p.m. ET.

Race fans outside of the blackout area will be able to watch the heats and 60-lap feature for the Race of Champions Modified Series as well as the Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks, Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders and NYPA TQ Midgets.  

The feed will feature audio from the voice of Lancaster National Speedway, Dave Buchanan, plus co-announcer Caz Krul and Race of Champions Modified Series announcer Charlie Langlois.

“When we first talked to Speed51.com about this, it intrigued me what a historic step this is for Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway,” said Lancaster Track President Tim Packman. “Knowing our track and great racing could be seen by our fans who no longer live in the WNY area via the great job Speed51.com does makes this event even better.”

“We are proud of our facility, our competitive racing and racers in all divisions. Modern technology is only getting better and the chance to bring more attention to Lancaster and the great racing the Modifieds and our regular divisions put on each week to people across the country is welcomed.”

The only previous live video broadcast from Lancaster was in August of 1996 when the American Speed Association made its only visit to the facility. The race was broadcast live on The Nashville Network (TNN). Lancaster National Speedway has also appeared on ESPN, Time Warner Cable Sports Network and Empire Sports Network in taped broadcasts.

The "Ol' Boy Cup 60" is the seventh event of the season for the RoC Modifieds. Current series points leader Patrick Emerling won the Queen City Clash 75 at Lancaster on May 21. Defending "Ol' Boy Cup 60" winner Chuck Hossfeld is currently second in RoC Modified standings. Hossfeld finished second to Emerling in the Queen City Clash. Find out more at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com.

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

Nugent, Grimes-Davis win Ladies Night at Lancaster Dragway

Annmarie Nugent and Jay Grimes-Davis took the wins on
Ladies Night at Lancaster National Dragway
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Friday night’s Franco’s Pizza Friday Night IHRA Drag Racing program at Lancaster National Dragway was also Ladies Night, headlined by the Queen of Diamonds Jet Dragster, piloted by 24-year-old Sarah Edwards of Stamford, CT. Edwards blistered Lancaster’s 1/8-mile drag strip with 3.76-second run at 198.01 mph in her final pass of the night.

Two winners in ladies’ only drag racing action picked up a 1/4-carat diamond ring courtesy of Cash & Go Pawn. In the Ladies Pro class, for experienced racers, Annmarie Nugent of West Seneca picked up the win and the ring over Stacy Budinger. The Ladies Amateur class featured 19 drivers trying their hand at drag racing, with Jay Grimes-Davis of Cheektowaga taking home the winner’s ring over Sara Taulbee.

In regular Franco’s Pizza Friday night action, Jamie Stoneman of Clarence topped the bracket in Top 8 with a win over Michael Mallare, who red-lighted in the finals. Jason Sobzysnki of Lancaster held off Bill Balser Jr. to win Mallare Enterprises Top ET.

Defending track champion Dale Eckert picked up his third win of the year in McGard Mod ET after his opponent, Robert Hetrick, broke out by the closest of margins in the finals. Brian Babiak of Elma won Hebeler’s Sales Sleds & Bikes after a red light by Mike Peters. Second generation racer Mason Fix of Amherst picked up the win in Tread City Tire Street ET over Cody Winkowski.

Drag racing action at Lancaster continues on Friday, June 24 with the second race of the season for Quick 16 and a special event for Tread City Tire Street; Top, Mod and Sleds & Bikes will also be in action, with time trials beginning at 5 p.m. Find out more at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com

Monday, June 13, 2016

National weekend wrap-up: June 10-12, 2016

(l-r) Ron Capps, Steve Torrence, Greg Anderson and Angelle
Sampey celebrate their wins at Englishtown
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NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series – three-time Pro Stock Motorcycle champ Angelle Sampey picked up her first win since 2007, joining Steve Torrence (Top Fuel), Ron Capps (Funny Car) and Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) in the winner’s circle Sunday at the NHRA Summernationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ. 

Sprint Cup Series – Joey Logano won his first race of the season Sunday at Michigan International Speedway, besting Chase Elliott in the Firekeepers Casino 400. Kyle Larson finished third, while Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick completed the top five.

Xfinity Series – Daniel Suarez became the first Mexican driver to win a top-tier NASCAR race on Saturday, winning the Menards 250 at Michigan over his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch. Paul Menard, Erik Jones and Elliott Sadler rounded out the top five.

Camping World Truck Series – William Byron used a late-race pass on runner-up Matt Crafton to pick up his second win of the season, this time the Rattlesnake 400 at Texas Motor Speedway. Johnny Sauter finished third, Ben Kennedy fourth and Tyler Reddick fifth.

Verizon IndyCar Series – the IndyCar race scheduled for Saturday night at Texas was postponed due to weather until Sunday, when only 71 laps were completed before it began raining again. The race has been rescheduled for Saturday, August 27, and will be started from Lap 71 with James Hinchcliffe leading the way. Josef Newgarden was injured during the only wreck in the first 71 laps, fracturing his right clavicle and right hand.

Mallory picks up Sportsman win at Humberstone Speedway

Jay Mallory
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Jay Mallory from St. Catharines, Ontario was the winner in the PC Works DIRTcar Sportsman feature on Super Mario’s Pizza Night at Humberstone Speedway Sunday evening, while Colton Ledingham won in the Pinty’s RUSH Late Models. Rob Murray from St. Catharines won his second JC Auto Street Stock feature of the season, while Dylan Llord from St. Catharines picked up his third Mike Knapp Ford Pro 4 Trucks feature of the season. Tony Kelly from Niagara Falls, Ontario won his first Cosco Haulage Mini Stocks feature of the season, and Mark Shadwell from Hamilton, Ontario won the Vintage Car feature.

Dylan Davidson showed the way early in the Sportsman feature, but Mallory got underneath Davidson to take over the lead on Lap 7 and never looked back. Davidson, Cody McPherson, Brad Rouse, and Matt Sharpe rounded out the top five.

Ledingham led all 20 laps in the RUSH Late Model feature to pick up his first win of the season. Rob Pietz, John McIntire, Dennis Lunger Jr. and Jeff Dayman finished second through fifth, respectively.

Bring your Dad to the races next Sunday, June 19, for the Father’s Day Special presented by Brian’s Tire Repair. The Street Stocks, who will be featured in their second home track race as part of the Duel on the Dirt, join the DIRTcar Sportsman, RUSH Late Models, Pro 4 Trucks and Mini Stocks as part of the program, which will also feature an autograph session. Gates open at 4:30 p.m., with racing set to begin at 6:30 p.m. A full schedule for the 2016 season and more information can be found at www.humberstonespeedway.com

Boland wins Pro Mods, Ryan Ricketson doubles up at Lancaster Dragway

Bruce Boland and team
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Bruce Boland of Stoney Creek, Ontario picked up the $5,000 check for winning Thursday’s second annual Pro Modified Shootout at Lancaster National Dragway, making him a two-time winner in the event. Boland defeated Frank Malvaso and Moe Alfaqih in the first two rounds before besting Gary Grahner in the finals.

In Thursday’s Box/No-Box Shootout, Timothy Fletcher won the Box Shootout over Pete D’Agnolo, while Ryan Ricketson bested his brother Reid in the No-Box Shootout.

On Friday night, Wayne Cleveland of Williamsville won both Quick 16 and Mallare Enterprises Top ET. Cleveland picked up the Quick 16 win over Mark Talmadge, then defeated veteran Jan Winkowski in Top ET.

Ryan Ricketson
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Ricketson earned his second win of the week at Lancaster, taking top honors in McGard Mod ET over Keith Banas. In the Gasser Racing Series (GRS), Rod Pontlitz got the win in the GRS Gassers class when Randy Kirker red-lighted in the finals, while Jim LaFauve picked up the GRS Mod victory, holding off Paul Wandt.

In Hebeler’s Sales Sleds & Bikes, Mike Campagna got the win after Mike Nearhoof left the line too soon, and Matt Hughes benefitted from a red light by Daniel Knab to take the victory in Tread City Tire Street ET.

Next Friday, June 17, Lancaster National Dragway hosts Ladies Night with the Queen of Diamonds Jet Dragster. Lancaster will run two special Ladies only classes (Pro & Amateur) with each winner taking home a diamond ring, plus all four weekly classes. Find out more at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Janis hopes to reclaim season in Englishtown

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Lancaster native Mike Janis is not pleased with how his season has started in the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series, but he doesn’t believe he is far away from finding the solution. Janis is still searching for his first round win of 2016 heading into this weekend’s NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series portion of the NHRA Summernationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, taking place June 9-12.

Janis failed to qualify at the third race of the season in Atlanta in his Jan-Cen Racing Chevrolet Camaro, but thinks a turnaround in Englishtown is closer than the first three races indicate.
“I think it looks worse than it actually is,” said Janis. “The car itself is running well and we’re happy with that. We know we can be competitive (in Englishtown), we just have to put it all together. We feel good and the car ran well in testing, but the guy you have to look out for right now is Rickie (Smith).”

Janis is currently 19th in points, but he has advanced to two final rounds in the race, winning in 2013. Janis has also set career-best speeds at the race in both 2014 and 2015, going 250.41 mph last year. His career-best E.T. was also set at the track in 2011, giving Janis added confidence heading into the race.

“Englishtown has been pretty good to us as far as us going fast,” said Janis, who has four career wins in NHRA Pro Mods. “We’re looking forward to it and it should be a good weekend. It’s close for us, the air is just awesome there and it’s been good to us in the past.”

Janis is looking to jump back into the championship race after finishing a career-best second in points a year ago, and the slow start means things will need to change in a hurry. Many small mishaps have plagued Janis’ early-season, but he knows things can turn around quickly.

“Right now we’re not thinking about that,” said Janis. “We’re a little off right now and we’re just taking it race by race. We’ve been in this position before where we’ve started slow and then been on fire the last half of the season. We’re not going to give up. I’m real comfortable with the car and it’s responding well.”

Janis is confident he will improve on the last event in Atlanta, as long as the team sticks to its strengths.

“There’s always a little more pressure coming off a race like that,” said Janis. “We just didn’t put it all together. We know we can do much better as long as we don’t make any silly mistakes. We just have to stick to the gameplan, do our thing and race like we know we can, and we’ll be okay.”

NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series qualifying begins Friday, June 10 with qualifying sessions at 3:00 and 5:30 p.m. ET, continuing with the final qualifying session on Saturday, June 11 at 3:30 p.m. ET. Round one of eliminations takes place Saturday at 6:00 p.m. ET. Keep up with the action at www.nhra.com.

Quotes in this piece provided by the NHRA.

Joe Reilly Sportsman Summer Slam 75 at Lancaster on June 18

Mark Pennell (top) and Jayme Thompson during the first
race of the season - 4/30/16
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Lancaster National Speedway's Sunoco Sportsman division will compete in their longest event of the season on Saturday, June 18, as the Joe Reilly Sportsman Summer Slam 75 presented by A-Verdi Storage Containers takes place. Joining the Sunoco Sportsman on the program will be the Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks, Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders and the NYPA TQ Midgets. Racing starts at 6:30 p.m.

The 75-lap feature will pay $1,750 to the winner, with a minimum of $225 to take the green flag. First place will also receive a $150 bonus to bring the total top prize to $1,900. The runner-up will take home a total of $1,100 with $1,000 in purse money and a $100 bonus. The bonus money is part of a season-long program courtesy of the Petrie family. 

This year's Sportsman Summer Slam has special meaning as the race has been named in honor of championship winning crew chief Joe Reilly, who passed away suddenly before the 2016 season, and just months after helping Mark Pennell win the 2015 Sportsman track championship. Reilly was an integral member of the Thompson Racing team that fields Sportsman Modifieds for Pennell and Jayme Thompson and a 4-Cylinder for Chris Pennell. Reilly was the son-in-law of team owner Jim Thompson.

The Reilly and Thomspon families have put together a lap sponsorship program for the Sportsman Summer Slam 75 in Joe's memory and have collected more than $3,000 to date. All cars in the field will be eligible to earn lap money. Included in the lap money is a $100 bonus for the leader of lap 54 in honor of the car number used by the Thompson team. The last car on the lead lap on that lap will receive $54 as well. In keeping with the theme of the number 54, the fifth and fourth place finishers (5 & 4) will each receive a $100 bonus. 

With all the Sportsman laps sold, the Reillys and Thompsons are now collecting lap money for the Advance Auto Part Street Stock feature for that night. 

The Sunoco Sportsman division has had an exciting start to the 2016 season with large car counts and stacked fields. Leading the way is Race of Champions Modified Series regular, Patrick Emerling, who has won the last three Sportsman features. Additional front runners include Jake Lyon, Billy Burd, John Barber, Tommy Catalano, Neal Dietz, Jr. and defending track champion Mark Pennell. 

Teams competing in the Joe Reilly Sportsman Summer Slam 75 must pre-register on the Lancaster National Speedway website and pay a $30 entry fee. The entry fee increases to $50 starting June 12. Find out more at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com.

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

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

National weekend wrap-up: June 3-6, 2016

Kurt Busch celebrates in Pocono
credit: Getty Images/Todd Warshaw
Sprint Cup Series – Kurt Busch won the rain-delayed Axalta We Paint Winners 400 at Pocono Raceway on Monday, besting Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Brad Keselowski. Rookie Chase Elliott and Joey Logano rounded out the top five.

Xfinity Series – Kyle Larson won the rain-shortened Pocono Green 250 at Pocono on Saturday, the first time the Xfinity Series has raced at the track. Erik Jones finished second, followed by Ty Dillon, Kyle Busch and Logano.

NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series – Antron Brown (Top Fuel), Ron Capps (Funny Car) and Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) picked up Wallys in the rain-delayed NHRA New England Nationals at New England Dragway on Monday.

Verizon IndyCar Series – the IndyCars raced back-to-back at the Raceway at Belle Isle Park in Detroit, with Sebastien Bourdais picking up the checkered flag in Saturday’s feature. Conor Daly was runner-up, followed by Juan Pablo Montoya, Graham Rahal and Helio Castroneves. On Sunday, Will Power picked up his first win since May 2015 over Simon Pagenaud and Ryan Hunter-Reay. Josef Newgarden and Scott Dixon rounded out the top five.


Susice wins Southern Ontario Sprints feature at Humberstone

Ryan Susice picked up the Southern Ontario Sprints win
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“The Ransomville Renegade,” Ryan Susice, took the victory in the A-Main for the Southern Ontario Sprints (SOS) on Zanchin Truck & Trailer Night Sunday at Humberstone Speedway. Former Mr. DIRT Sportsman titlist Brad Rouse won his first PC Works DIRTcar Sportsman feature event of 2016, while Rob Pietz won his first Pinty’s RUSH Late Model feature of the season. Bill Bleich Jr. won his first JC Auto Street Stock feature of the season and Dylan Llord picked up his second Mike Knapp Ford Pro 4 Trucks win, while Evan Curtis took his second win in the Cosco Haulage Mini Stocks.

Susice took the lead on Lap 6 of the A-Main, holding off a late race challenge from Dylan Westbrook to pick up his first career win in a 360 Sprint Car.  The SOS returns to Humberstone on Sunday, August 7.

Matt Farnham and Rouse led the PC Works DIRTcar Sportsman to the green flag for their 25-lap feature, with Farnham and Rouse trading the lead in the early stages. Rouse took the lead for good after a Lap 8 caution and pulled away from the rest of the field to win his first Humberstone Sportsman feature in 2016.

Next Sunday, June 12, Super Mario’s Pizza presents the racing program with the Vintage Cars on the card in addition to 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. A full schedule for the 2016 season and more information can be found at www.humberstonespeedway.com

Hinchcliffe begins new month with new problems at Detroit

Hinchcliffe at Belle Isle in Detroit
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Sebastien Bourdais and Will Power won the back-to-back Verizon IndyCar Series race at Belle Isle in Detroit, but it was a tough weekend for the Mayor of Hinchtown, Oakville, Ontario’s James Hinchcliffe, who finished 18th on Saturday and 21st on Sunday.

Hinchcliffe experienced parts failure on Lap 42 on Saturday’s race, which sent him into the tires at Turn 7. The crew fixed up his car and got him back on track to eventually finish 18th.

“I don’t know what to say really,” said Hinchcliffe after Saturday’s race. “The Arrow car was really quick and ultimately we had a parts failure that put us into the tires.  It’s an opportunity lost for some solid points. We had a lot of guys we seemed to be ahead of and were keeping pace with a couple of the Penskes which was good because they were the class of the field this week.”

On Sunday, Hinchcliffe was a victim of the race’s first incident when Charlie Kimball cut off Carlos Munoz at the race’s first turn, forcing Munoz into Hinchcliffe and Hinchcliffe into the wall, effectively ending his race with a 21st-place finish.

“A silly racing incident ruined our day,” said Hinchcliffe. “The ARROW car had a reasonable start. Charlie Kimball and Carlos Munoz were going at it and we were just victims of circumstance there, not a whole lot more to say. When you start back there (seventh row) you open yourself up to stuff like that. In the future, we will focus on making sure we don’t start back there, start up front and finish up front like we should and that way we’re not back in the mess. It’s just an unfortunate missed opportunity because the car was quick all weekend and we got two races with very little to show for it, so I’m gutted for the guys and everyone at ARROW but if we know how to do one thing it’s come back, so we will be back at Texas next week stronger than ever.”

The next race on the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule is the Firestone 600 at the Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday, June 11 at 8 p.m. CT. Keep up with the action at www.indycar.com, and follow Hinchcliffe at www.hinchtown.com.

Quotes in this piece provided by Torchia Communications.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Brown sweeps Pro Charger features at Holland

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The 57th season of racing at Holland International Speedway kicked off Saturday night with Eric Brown in victory lane for both twin features for the Getzoni Nationwide Insurance NASCAR Pro Chargers. Jeff Szafraniec won the Bank of Holland Hornets feature, while Brandon DeBrakeleer won the Advance Auto Parts INEX Legends feature. Dave Wollaber won the Jerry Gradl Motors NYPA TQ Midgets feature, Don Haskell won in M&M U Pull-It Figure 8’s, and Anton Anderson III won the Rookie 4’s feature.

Brown moved into third on Lap 3 of the first Pro Chargers feature, then passed pole sitter Nik Welshans for second on lap seven. Brown finally got past Max Northem for the lead with two laps remaining and went on to pick up the win. Northem crossed the line second but failed post-race inspection. Dave Vona, Ted Welshans, Tom Northem and Zach Myers completed the top five.

In the second feature, Rob Miszczak set the pace early on, with Brown starting 10th and making his way up to fifth by Lap 4. Brown passed Myers for the lead with less than 10 laps to go and held off defending track champion Tom Northem and Myers for his second win on the night. Northem, Myers, Vona and Rich Carnes would complete the top five.

“The Wildest Show on Wheels”, Crash-A-Rama, returns to Holland for their annual Spring Show of Destruction on Saturday June 11 at 6:30 p.m. The $5,000-to-win Enduro, Boat-Trailer Race, Flag Pole Race and more will be on the card plus a Jet Powered Golf Cart and the metal crushing Transaurus. Pit gates open at 2 p.m., with grandstand gates opening at 4 p.m. and the show getting underway at 6:30 p.m. Fans are encouraged to pick up pre-sale tickets at Advance Auto Parts locations throughout WNY and also online at www.hollandspeedway.com.