Monday, June 20, 2016

Emerling wins Sportsman Summer Slam 75 at Lancaster

Patrick Emerling during Saturday's heat races
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
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
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
credit: wnymotorsports,com
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

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

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