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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Lancaster Speedway seeing increased car counts through nine races

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Lancaster National Speedway is enjoying increased participation on the oval side of the catchfence this season, with an average car count of just over 74 cars pitside through nine races .

This season’s low car count to date is 64 cars (April 30) – two cars more than the season high of 62 for 2015. Among the three weekly divisions – Sportsman, Street Stock and 4-Cylinders – the average car count is just over 54 cars.

The average field size for the Sunoco Sportsman division is 21.5, with a season high of 26 on June 18. Eight drivers have participated in all eight races this season, including points leader Jake Lyon and reigning Sportsman champ Mark Pennell. Patrick Emerling leads the division with four wins on the season.

In nine Advance Auto Parts Street Stock features this season, an average of 18.3 cars are taking the track, with a season high of 21 on July 23. Seven drivers have appeared in all nine races, including three-time winner Dave Wilson, who leads the division in wins.

An average field of 14.8 cars take the track each race in the Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinder division, with a season-high of 18 cars on April 30. Five drivers have appeared in every race this season, including points leader Kevin Bainbridge, who leads the division with six wins.

The oval gets back in gear on Saturday, August 6 with a special 2 p.m. show featuring the three weekly classes and the Late Models, followed by a concert featuring country star Chase Rice and special guest Eric Van Houten; it’s also autograph day.

Saturday, August 13 will feature an appearance by the Can-Am TQ Midgets with the three weekly series for a 6:30 p.m. start, and Saturday, August 20 features the return of the Race of Champions Modified Series as well as the Street Stocks, NYPA TQ Midgets and 4-Cylinders. Saturday, August 27 is Big Rig Night, featuring the three weekly series plus the RoC Big 10 Super Stocks – all CDL license holders pay just $5 admission.

The regular season concludes Saturday, September 10 with the crowning of division champions, but the final event of the season is the U.S. Open, taking place Friday through Sunday, September 23-25. Find out more about the rest of the season at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com.

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

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

August 2016 racing schedule: Where to see your favorites

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NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series 
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series –
NASCAR Xfinity Series 
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series –
  • August 17 – Bristol Motor Speedway
  • August 27– Michigan International Speedway
Verizon IndyCar Series –
  • August 21 – Pocono Raceway
ARCA Racing Series –
  • August 6 – Berlin Raceway
  • August 21 – Illinois State Fairgrounds
World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series –
For information on these races and to purchase tickets, please click on the links provided (if available).

All Canadian Championships at Humberstone – July 31, 2016

DIRTcar Sportsman at Humberstone
credit: Softouch Photo/Humberstone Speedway
The All Canadian Championships at Humberstone Speedway is a Civic Holiday tradition that goes back to the early days of racing at the Port Colborne oval. The 2016 edition has a unique twist on it and it will take place on Sunday, July 31. Pit gates will open at 3 p.m. with the draw opening at 3:30 p.m. The grandstand gates will open at 4:30 p.m. with time trials getting underway at 6 p.m. followed by qualifying and feature racing.

Group time trials for Humberstone’s five weekly divisions will begin at 6 p.m. with Mini Stocks, Trucks, Street Stocks, Late Models and Sportsman. Time trials for the Vintage Cars will be determined on race day. Top time trialers will lock themselves into the redraw for the feature. All others will line up heads up for the last chance heat races.

If there are less than 10 cars in a division, the top four will redraw and the remaining field will run one heat race. If there are 10-17 cars in a division, the top nine will redraw and positions 10-17 will run one heat race. If there are 18-22 cars in a division, the top 12 will redraw with one heat race being held. If there are 23 or more cars in a division, the top 12 will redraw and two heat races will fill out the remaining field. Humberstone Speedway has the right to revise the above based on car counts. Any changes will be made prior to any time trial events. Laps for the heat races will be determined by car counts with a maximum of 10 laps for each qualifying event.  

The Cosco Haulage Mini Stocks will be running a 20-lap feature event as will the Mike Knapp Ford Pro 4 Trucks. The JC Auto Street Stocks will be running a 50-lap feature event as part of the Duel on the Dirt Championship Series, a combined series between Brighton, Humberstone, Merrittville and Ohsweken Speedways. The Pinty’s Delicious Foods RUSH Late Models will run a 30-lap feature and the PC Works DIRTcar Sportsman will also run a 50-lap feature.

Adult grandstand admission tickets will be $18 and students/seniors tickets will be $15; kids 8-12 are just $5 and children under 7 are free. Pit admission is $25 for DIRTcar/Humberstone Memberships and $30 for non-members. Free camping is available all weekend with an adult paid admission ticket to the All Canadian Championships. Find out more at www.humberstonespeedway.com

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

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

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Lancaster National Speedway
**start time 6:30 p.m. unless noted**
  • August 6 – 2 p.m. start – Autograph Day with Sportsman, Late Models, Street Stocks and 4-Cylinders, followed by concert with Chase Rice and Eric Van Houten
  • August 13 – Sportsman, Street Stocks, Can-Am TQ Midgets and 4-Cylinders
  • August 20 – 27th annual Tommy Druar/Tony Jankowiak Memorial 110 featuring the Race of Champions Modified Tour (110 laps) plus Street Stocks, NYPA TQ Midgets and 4-Cylinders
  • August 27 – Sportsman, Big 10 Super Stocks, Street Stocks and 4-Cylinders
Lancaster National Dragway
** Friday start time 6 p.m.**
  • August 5 – Alcohol Funny Cars plus Top, Mod, Street, Sleds & Bikes
  • August 7 – Kids Day with Junior Dragster and Teen Championship Racing
  • August 12 – Buffalo Superchargers with Quick 16 plus Top, Mod, Street, Sleds & Bikes
  • August 19 – Gasser Racing Series with Bike & Sled Special plus Top, Mod, Street
  • August 26 – Truck Night with Semi, Dump, Pickup and SUV classes plus Top, Mod, Street, Sleds & Bikes
  • August 28 – Race of Champions and Memorial Box/No-Box race with Empire State Series (rain date September 18)
Humberstone Speedway
**start time 6:30 p.m.**
  • August 7 – Southern Ontario Sprints plus DIRTcar Sportsman, RUSH Late Models, Street Stocks, Pro 4 Trucks and Mini Stocks
  • August 14 – DIRTcar Sportsman, RUSH Late Models, Street Stocks, Pro 4 Trucks, Mini Stocks and 30-lap Enduro Eve of Destruction qualifier
  • August 21 – TUSA Mr. Dirt Modified Lite Tour plus DIRTcar Sportsman, RUSH Late Models, Street Stocks, Pro 4 Trucks and Mini Stocks
  • August 28 – Pete Cosco Memorial for the DIRTcar 358 Modifieds and DIRTcar Sportsman plus Late Models, Street Stocks, Pro 4 Trucks and Mini Stocks
Ransomville Speedway
**start time 7:15 p.m.**
  • August 2 –32nd annual Summer Nationals – Super DIRTcar Big Block Modified Series 100 plus Investors Services Sportsman and Ki-Po Chevrolet SS, plus Fireman’s Famous Chicken BBQ (Rain date is Wednesday, August 3)
  • August 5 – Hawaiian Night – full card of racing plus Spectator One on One Races
  • August 12 – full card of racing plus Autograph Night
  • August 19 – full card of racing plus Kids Rides
  • August 26 – full card of racing plus Ladies Race (4 Bangers)
Freedom Motorsports Park
**start time 7:30 p.m.**
  • August 5 – PEPSI NIGHT AT THE RACES – regular program plus 360 Late Models
  • August 12 – NY6A Mini Sprint Tour presented by Casey’s Truck Salvage plus regular classes
  • August 19 – Bellinger Electric Lightning Sportsman Series Round No. 3 plus regular program
  • August 26 – regular program
Oswego Speedway
**6:30 p.m. start time**
  • August 6 – Supers (45), SBS (30)
  • August 13 – SBS (Twin 20s), Supers (50)
  • August 20 – Track Championship Night – Supers (50), SBS (30)
Wyoming County International Speedway
**7 p.m. start time**
  • 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
Holland Speedway
**start time 7:05 p.m.**
  • 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


Mowat earns first Go Nuclear Late Model win at Humberstone

Brandon Mowat
credit: Softouch Photo/Humberstone Speedway
Brighton, Ontario’s Brandon Mowat scored his first career Go Nuclear Late Model Tour victory at Humberstone Speedway on Sunday, becoming the first Ontario-based driver to win in four series events at the Port Colborne oval. 

In other action, Cody McPherson scored his third PC Works DIRTcar Sportsman victory of the 2016 season, while Dave Bailey earned his second victory of the season in the JC Auto Street Stocks. Craig Vlasic earned his third Mike Knapp Ford Pro 4 Trucks win of the season, and Rob Goulding earned his second Cosco Haulage Mini Stock feature win in the past three weeks.

Mowat and Dennis Lunger Jr. led the Go Nuclear Late Model Tour to the green flag and the caution came out immediately in Turn 1 as Norm Mayhew, Andy Mayhew and Travis Martineau came together. On the restart, Mowat took the lead over Lunger and held on the rest of the way for the win; Lunger, Charlie Sandercock, Sam Pennacchio, and AJ Kingsley rounded out the top five.

Next Sunday night is the All-Canadian Championships, featuring extra distance races and extra money in all of the weekly classes. The Street Stocks will be featured in their Duel on the Dirt Championship Series event, and the Vintage Cars will be back on the program as well. There will be free camping all weekend with an adult ticket purchase to the All Canadian. Find out more at www.humberstonespeedway.com

Monday, July 25, 2016

Hoch wins in Pro Chargers at Holland

Mark Hoch captured the Pro Chargers win at Holland
credit: Holland Speedway
Mark Hoch scored his first win of the season in the Getzoni Agency NASCAR Pro Charger class during Mid-Season Championship night at Holland International Speedway on Saturday. Richard Woodland scored the win in the Canadian Outlaw Midgets, while Ben Russo picked up the win in Bank of Holland Hornets feature. Carl Vilardo took the win in the Advance Auto Parts INEX Legends, Dale Lombardo scored his third Rookie 4 win of the season, and Jim Steins picked up the win in the M&M U Pull-It Figure 8 feature.

Hoch picked up second place from Tim Welshans on Lap 11 of the Pro Chargers feature and set his sights on leader Rich Carnes. Hoch took the lead at the halfway point of the race until the caution came out on Lap 20. On the restart, Welshans took the lead away from Hoch, who in turn regained the lead on Lap 24. Hoch went on to score the win; Hoch’s race winnings get donated to the SPCA of Erie County.

Steve Lassman led from the pole in the feature event for the Canadian Outlaw Midgets presented by Country 89, with Woodland taking over third place on Lap 5 and second on Lap 7. Woodland took the lead for good on Lap 14, using lap traffic to hold off James Rodgers in the late stages to pick up the victory.   

July ends with the 17th running of the George Decker Memorial 75 for the Pro Modifieds on Saturday, July 30, the only time the Pro Modifieds will be on the highbanks in 2016. The Decker Memorial is the most prestigious event for the Pro Modifieds/Sportsman Modifieds/SST/SK division in the Northeast, with $2,000 to win and over $2,500 in lap bonus money. The NYPA TQ Midgets will also be on the program next week for the second annual Jerry Gradl Sr. Memorial Mini Indy 50. A full Holland NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program rounds out the card. Pit gates open at 2:30 p.m., with grandstand gates opening at 4:45 p.m. and qualifying getting underway at 5 p.m.  Find out more at www.hollandspeedway.com

Cryan, Brunka first-time winners at Lancaster Speedway

Lancaster National Speedway hosted Christmas in July on Saturday, July 23 as a pair of first-time winners graced victory lane. Joe Brunka scored his first career Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinder feature win and Andy Cryan earned his first win in the Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks. Andy Nye picked up the win in the NYPA TQ Midget feature, and Amy Catalano was victorious in the Sunoco Sportsman feature.

Joe Brunka
Brunka led all 25 laps from the pole position to earn his first career win in the Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders. Bobby Woch was on Brunka in the final laps and finished second, with Frank Prell, Kevin Bainbridge and Rich Bartel rounding out the top five.

Andy Cryan
Cryan led all 25 laps from the outside pole to get his first career win in the Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks, holding off challenges from points leader Dave Wilson to secure the win. Wilson fought off Lou Carbone to maintain his points lead with a runner-up finish, with Carbone, Eric Brown and Jarrod Brown completing the top five.

Andy Nye
In the NYPA TQ Midgets, Nye scored his first win of the season, diving under Bobby Holmes on Lap 13 of the 20-lap feature to take the lead for good. Holmes settled for second with Dave Wollaber just behind him in third. Nye’s brother, Shawn, finished fourth with Erik Musto completing the top five.

In the Sportsman feature, Amy Catalano took the lead following a Lap 20 caution, with her son, Tommy, in second place. The youngest Catalano in the field, 16-year-old Timmy, brought out the race’s final caution on Lap 27, setting up a crucial restart with Amy Catalano ahead of Billy Burd, Tommy Catalano and Jake Lyon. When the green flag flew Amy Catalano pushed up the track in Turn 2 and took Burd with her up the banking. Tommy Catalano squeezed through to capture the lead from his mom.

Amy Catalano
Amy Catalano came back one lap later to drive around the outside of her son to regain the lead. Lyon moved up to second late in the race to make a run at Catalano, but came up short in the end. Catalano earned her second career win at Lancaster, with Lyon settling for second place for the second week in a row. Tommy Catalano came home third, followed by Burd and Owen Bednasz.

Lancaster National Speedway’s stock car program takes next weekend off for the Sunday Nostalgia Drag Racing weekend. Racing resumes on Saturday, August 6 for Autograph Day and the return of the Xpress Signs Late Models. The August 6 program will start at 2 p.m., followed by a concert featuring national Country music recording artist Chase Rice starting at 6:30 p.m. Concert tickets are available at Ticketfly.com and include admission to the races that day. Find out more at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com.


Masullo wins Top 8 at Lancaster Dragway

Top 8 winner Joe Masullo
credit: Neffke Motorsports Photography
Lancaster National Dragway hosted Pack the Track night for their Franco’s Pizza Friday Night IHRA Drag Racing program on July 22, where a large crowd took advantage of discounted general admission on a warm night.

The Top 8 class final came down to a battle between dragster vs. doorslammer. The rear engine dragster of Joe Masullo of Buffalo came out on top over Tony Madonia after Madonia slowed up on his final pass of the night. Jeff Sobczysnki of West Seneca was victorious in Mallare Enterprises Top ET, beating Bill Balser Jr. for the win.

McGard Mod ET was once again a Ricketson Family Feud, with Reid Ricketson beating his brother, Clay, for his second win of the season. The Ricketson family has six wins in McGard Mod ET this season. In Hebeler’s Sleds & Bikes, Brian Babiak earned his second win of the season over Pete Marston.Tim Markle picked up his third win of the season in Tread City Tire Street after Kale Wischman red lighted in the finals.

Coming up next weekend, Lancaster National Dragway hosts its biggest event of the season with the annual Sunday Nostalgia Reunion Weekend, July 29-31. The fun starts Friday night with a regular card of Franco’s Pizza Friday Night IHRA Drag Racing plus a special Nostalgia Eliminator class. Saturday and Sunday are full days of old school racing, including the AA Nostalgia Gassers, Gasser Racing Series and more. Saturday’s program will conclude with the induction of the second class of the Lancaster National Dragway Wall of Fame. Sunday will feature a giant car show hosted by the Clutch Artists of Buffalo. For more information log on to sundaynostalgiadrags.com.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Nostalgia Drag Racing Reunion at Lancaster July 29-31

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Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway closes out July with one the facility's signature events, the Sunday Nostalgia Drag Racing Reunion. The 2016 edition of Sunday Nostalgia Weekend will take place Friday through Sunday, July 29-31, and features three days of drag racing and a classic car show.

The action starts Friday, July 29 with Lancaster’s weekly Franco’s Pizza Friday Night IHRA Drag Racing program. The program features five classes of racing, including Mallare Enterprises Top, McGard Mod, Hebeler's Sales Sleds & Bikes, Tread City Tire Street and a special Nostalgia Eliminator class for cars from 1980 or earlier. 

The Saturday, July 30 show will be headlined by the Gasser Racing Series and the ninth annual meeting of the Nostalgia AA Gassers. There will be two additional classes of racing for cars from 1980 or earlier. Following the racing program fans and racers are invited to stick around for the induction ceremony of the second class of the Lancaster National Dragway Wall of Fame. There will be a chicken barbecue dinner (tickets are $13) plus live music following the induction ceremony.

Sunday, July 31 will be highlighted by the Clutch Artists of Buffalo car show on the infield of the stock car oval. Entry into the car show is just $20. The car show is open to vehicles from any production year. The on-track action will be headlined by Top Eliminator, which will feature an eight-car field, running heads up on a pro (.400) tree with $1,500 going to the winner. Five additional classes of racing (Nostalgia AA Gassers, Competition Eliminator, Little Eliminator, Nostalgia Gas (period correct cars from 1966 and older) and Street Eliminator) will be on hand with vehicles from 1980 or earlier. 

Pit gates open 8 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday with time trials beginning at 10 a.m. Eliminations are scheduled to start at approximately 2 p.m. both days. Adult all-access passes for each day are $15 for Friday and Saturday’s events and $20 for Sunday; fans can also buy a three-day pass for $40. Students are just $7 on Friday and Saturday and $10 on Sunday, and kids 12 and under are free all weekend.

For information on the Sunday Nostalgia Drag Racing Reunion event log on to sundaynostalgiadrags.com.

Hinchcliffe earns podium finish in Honda Indy Toronto

The podium at Toronto: Helio Castroneves (second), Will
Power (winner) and James Hinchcliffe (third)
credit: IndyCar Media/Torchia Communications
James Hinchcliffe and his Schmidt Peterson Racing team went for the finish with a fuel management strategy in the final 25 laps of the Honda Indy Toronto on Sunday.  The result was a third-place finish for “the Mayor” in his hometown race, the second podium of the 2016 season for the Arrow Electronics car.       

A final caution on Lap 80 proved to be beneficial for the Oakville, Ontario native.

“I was hoping not to screw it up at the end and for once we caught a break in Toronto,” said Hinchcliffe. “That last yellow really helped, but we might have made it without it too.”

Midway through the 85-lap race on the streets of Toronto's Exhibition Place, Hinchcliffe admitted to some struggles. “Guys were throwing elbows at the beginning but we were able to maintain position. On the blacks, with the track temperature going up, we were really struggling.”

Will Power picked up the win at Toronto, with Helio Castroneves joining Power and Hinchcliffe on the podium in second.

The next race on the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule is the Honda Indy in Mid-Ohio on Sunday, July 31 at 2 p.m. ET. Keep up with the action at www.indycar.com, and follow Hinchcliffe at www.hinchtown.com.

Quotes in this piece provided by Torchia Communications

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Chevalier wins DIRTcar Sportsman race at Humberstone

Chad Chevalier-credit: Softouch Photo/Humberstone Speedway
Chad Chevalier got the win in the PC Works DIRTcar Sportsman Sunday night at Humberstone Speedway, with Dennis Lunger Jr. winning his fourth Pinty’s Delicious Foods RUSH Late Models race of the season. Rob Murray won his fourth JC Auto Street Stocks feature of the season, while Dillon Llord earned his fifth Mike Knapp Ford Pro 4 Trucks feature of the season. Evan Curtis won his third Cosco Haulage Mini Stock feature of the season, and Nick Masi won the Eve of Destruction Enduro qualifier.

Darrel Farraway and Jeff Armstrong led the field of PC Works DIRTcar Sportsman to the green flag, with Chevalier moving into second on Lap 8 and beginning to reel in race leader Armstrong. Armstrong continued to show the way at the halfway mark, but Chevalier caught Armstrong while working in lap traffic and passed Armstrong for the lead with three laps remaining.

John McIntire and Rob Pietz shared the front row for the Pinty’s RUSH Late Models feature event, with McIntire showing the way early. Lunger Jr. took the lead from McIntire on Lap 2 and would start to pull away from the field, driving away to collect his fourth win of the season.

Next Sunday, July 24, the Go Nuclear Late Model Tour headlines the racing program, joining Sportsman, Street Stocks, Pro 4 Trucks and Mini Stocks on the card. Gates open at 4:30 p.m., with race time set for 6:30 p.m. Find out more at www.humberstonespeedway.com

Nye takes Holland TQ mid-season championship

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Shawn Nye picked up the Mid-Season Championship for the NYPA TQ Midgets Saturday night at Holland International Speedway. Zach Myers and Dave Vona won in the twin 25-lap features for the Getzoni Nationwide Insurance Agency NASCAR Pro Chargers, while Kenny Hejna won the Bank of Holland Hornet feature. Brandon DeBrakeleer won his third Advance Auto Parts INEX Legends feature of the season, Dale Lombardo scored his second win of the season in the Rookie 4’s, and Sharon Hughes won her first M&M U Pull-It Figure 8 car feature in several seasons.

took the lead on the opening lap of the 20-lap feature for the NYPA TQ Midgets. Dave Wollaber challenged Nye late in the race but Nye was too tough on this night, going on to score the victory.

In the first Getzoni Agency NASCAR Pro Charger feature event, Rich Carnes jumped into the early race lead. Near the halfway point of the race, Carnes, Max Northem and Vona made contact down the front straightaway, with Carnes and Northem heading towards the Turn 1 wall and Carnes landing on his side; Carnes and Northem both climbed out of their racers under their own power with Vona being the only one able to continue in the feature event. With Vona going to the rear of the field for his involvement in the incident, Myers and Nik Welshans shared the front row on the restart, with Myers taking off into the lead. Myers held off the constant pressure from Welshans to score his third win of the season.

In the second race, Josh Hathaway had the lead by the end of the first lap, with Vona and Myers working their way up through the field. Vona took the lead from Hathaway on Lap 3 and began to pull away from the rest of the field, going on to score his first career Holland Charger win.

Hejna took the lead from the drop of the green flag in the Bank of Holland Hornets feature, pulling away from the field to score the win, his first of the season. DeBrakeleer passed Carl Vilardo IV on Lap 7 to take the lead away in the Advance Auto Parts INEX Legends feature event, pulling away to score his third win of the season. Lombardo dominated the Rookie 4 feature, taking the lead on Lap 3 from Brian Erler and never looking back, going on to collect the checkered flag. Hughes returned to victory lane in the M&M U Pull-It Figure 8 car feature, pulling away from Don Haskell to pick up the popular win.

On Saturday, July 23, Holland International Speedway presents the Mid-Season Championships for all divisions. The Country 89 Canadian Outlaw Midget Series will be returning for their second appearance of the season, joined by the Chargers, Hornets, INEX Legends, Rookie 4’s and Figure 8’s. Pit gates open at 4:15 p.m., and grandstand gates open at 5:45 p.m., with qualifying getting underway at 6 p.m. and feature scheduled to go green at 7:05 p.m. Find out more at www.hollandspeedway.com

Carbone celebrates Retro Night in Lancaster’s winner’s circle

Lancaster National Speedway hosted Retro Night on Saturday night, July 16 with the original Batmobile and the KISS This tribute band, as well as some familiar names in victory lane.

Lou Carbone
In the Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks, Lou Carbone earned his first career victory. Carbone was involved in a three-car battle for first place early in the race with Jim Bryant and Dave Wilson, but when Bryant spun out after contact with Wilson it gave Carbone the lead for good.

The win was a long overdue return to victory lane for the Carbone family, which has raced at Lancaster for over 30 years. Lou’s brother Joe was a feature winner in the Street Stocks and Late Models, and Joe’s son Tony currently races in the Sportsman. The Carbone family is a fixture in the grandstands as well, decked out in orange shirts and jackets that match the color of their race cars.

Mark Pennell
2015 Sunoco Sportsman champ Mark Pennell picked up his first win of the season in the class, leading all but one of the 35 laps in a dominating performance. The win was an emotional one for Pennell and the Thompson Racing team as it was their first win since the passing of crew chief Joe Reilly.
Bobby Weber
The X-Press Signs Late Models made their second appearance of the season with Bobby Weber in victory lane for the second time this year. The three-time track champion led 24 laps while en route to the win, with only teammate Tommy Catalano besting him for one lap.

Kevin Bainbridge
Kevin Bainbridge was credited with his sixth win of the year in the Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders after the original winner was disqualified in post-race tech inspection. Paul McCarthy won a 15-lap exhibition race for the Classic Asphalt Modified Series.

Paul McCarthy
Coming up on Saturday, July 23, Lancaster National Speedway hosts Christmas in July Night, with a children’s bike giveaway and an appearance by Santa Claus. The NYPA TQ Midgets will join Lancaster’s three weekly home track divisions, with racing starting at 6:30 p.m. Find out more at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com.

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

Monday, July 18, 2016

RoC Dirt 602 Sportsman Series heads to Ohsweken Speedway

Brad Rouse in victory lane at
Freedom Motorsports Park
credit: Zachary Skotnicki/RoC
The Ferris Mowers Race of Champions Dirt 602 Sportsman Modified Series fueled by Sunoco heads to Ohsweken Speedway in Ohsweken, Ontario for a special event designed for crate racers on Monday, July 25. The Northern Crate Nationals, created by Ohsweken Speedway, gives crate racers an opportunity to compete as the headline divisions at one of the Northeast’s finest facilities. Brad Rouse of St. Catherines, Ontario leads the Series to Ohsweken.

 “This is a fun series for us and this race at Ohsweken (Speedway) is a great opportunity for our fans to come out and support our type of racing,” said Rouse, who has won the last two series races. “We have been fortunate and things have seemed to go our way and we are looking forward to a big night at Ohsweken. I think it’s going to be fun and it’s a great event for our division. We are definitely proud to be a part of it.”

It will be the series’ first visit to Ohsweken. The series opened its season at Humberstone Speedway in Port Colborne, Ontario, with Cody McPherson winning. Rouse found victory lane at Freedom Motorsports Park in Delevan, NY, as well as Utica-Rome Speedway in Vernon, NY, in his first-ever visit to the facility.

One of the unique items of the Burger Barn Northern Crate Nationals is that all entrants in the crate-specified events that night will be entered in a draw that gives away a crate engine.

“These racers are the backbone of our sport,” said Ohsweken Speedway General Manager, Clinton Geoffrey. “This is our opportunity to reward them and give them an opportunity to shine on a night that is dedicated to them. We have tried this and revamped it and we are looking forward to having a big night with the Race of Champions 602 Sportsman Modified Series and all of the crate series and racers in attendance. It’s going to be a very enjoyable program.”

Ohsweken Speedway is located at 16987 Chiefswood Rd. in Ohsweken, with grandstands opening at 3 p.m. and racing beginning at 7:30 p.m. Find out more at www.ohswekenspeedway.ca.

Quotes in this piece provided by Race of Champions.

Paton resets track record at Lancaster Friday night

Todd Paton and Bobby Lagana Jr. at Lancaster Friday night
credit: Neffke Motorsports Photography
Todd Paton of Rancho Santa Margarita, CA reset the Lancaster National Dragway record books this past Friday during the Nitro Night of Fire with a pair of blistering passes in his Top Fuel Dragster down Lancaser’s 1/8-mile dragstrip.

On his first run, he shattered the track ET record with a 3.306-second pass at 229.37 mph; the previous fastest pass by a Top Fueler was by the legendary Shirley Muldowney in 1995 (3.469 seconds). It also bested the fastest pass ever in Lancaster National Dragway history, a record previously held by eight-time NHRA Top Fuel champ Tony Schumacher in a jet dragster.

His second pass was also a record breaker as he reset the track’s speed record with 3.349-second run at 233.00 mph; the previous Top Fuel speed mark that was set by Muldowney in 1996 at 215.31 mph. That also became the fastest average speed ever recorded on the 1/8-mile, breaking the previous record of 222.74 mph held by Jesse Harris of Park Ridge, Ill. since 2007.  

Running against Paton was Bobby Lagana, Jr., whose runs of 3.716 seconds and 3.621 seconds also came close to breaking the track Top Fuel ET record. Fans were also treated to runs by the Fuel Altereds of Tom Motry and Gary Krause and the nitro-injected front engine dragsters of Frank Mazi and Chuck Getz.

In Franco’s Pizza Friday Night IHRA Drag Racing action, Zell Gaymon held off Dave Cleveland to return to victory lane in Top 8, while Mark Glomb picked up his first win of the year in Mallare Enterprises Top ET after Thomas Fletcher triggered the red light in the finals.

The Joe’s Transmission TNT Hot Rod Series made its second appearance of the season at Lancaster, with Billy Ryan defeating Lancaster veteran Jeff Sobczynski in the final. McGard Mod ET came down to a final pairing of the class’s two biggest winners in 2016 as four-time winner Reid Ricketson met three-time winner Dale Eckert, with Eckert getting win No. 4. Angelo Salemi picked up the win in Hebeler’s Sales Sleds & Bikes after a red light by Mike Peters in the finals, and Kale Wischman was victorious in Tread City Tire Street after Cody Winkowski red-lighted.

Coming up this Friday night, July 22, at Lancaster National Dragway is Pack the Track Night featuring $5 general admission. Quick 16 joins Lancaster’s four weekly classes of Franco’s Pizza IHRA Drag Racing. Find out more at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Mallory, Lunger Jr. tops at Humberstone Speedway

Jay Mallory - credit: Softouch Photo/Humberstone Speedway
Jay Mallory took the checkered flag in the main event for the PC Works DIRTcar Sportsman on Sunday night at the Humberstone Speedway, while Dennis Lunger Jr. scored the win in the Pinty’s RUSH Late Models. Jason Fontaine picked up his third JC Auto Street Stock feature win of the season, and Craig Vlasic took home the win in the Mike Knapp Ford Pro 4 Trucks. Rob Goulding took the checkered in the Cosco Haulage Mini Stock feature, and Mark Shadwell won the Vintage Car feature.

Mallory and Darrell Farraway brought the PC Works DIRTcar Sportsman to the green flag for their 25-lap feature with Mallory showing the way from the get-go, pulling away from Cody McPherson to score his second win on the season.

Travis Martineau and Colton Ledingham led the field of Pinty’s RUSH Late Models to the green flag for their 20-lap feature event, with Martineau showing the way ahead of Rob Pietz and Dennis Lunger Jr. in the top three. Lunger moved into second on Lap 5, and completed the pass on his teammate Martineau for the race lead and the win on Lap 6.

Vince Fargnoli and Fontaine made up the front row for the JC Auto Street Stocks feature event, with Fontaine quickly picking up the lead over Bill Bleich Jr. Bleich took over the lead on Lap 3, but a Lap 13 spin erased the lead he built up. On the restart, Fontaine regained the lead, with Bleich retaking the lead on Lap 17. Fontaine took the lead back on the last lap off Turn 2 and went on to score the win, his third of the season.

Humberstone returns to action on Sunday, July 17 with Autograph Night, plus a full card of racing featuring the DIRTcar Sportsman, RUSH Late Models, Street Stocks, Pro 4 Trucks and Mini Stocks plus an Eve of Destruction Enduro Qualifier. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. with race time set for 6:30 p.m. Find out more at www.humberstonespeedway.com

Honda Indy Toronto – July 15-17, 2016

credit: Torchia Communications
The Verizon IndyCar Series heads north of the border to Exhibition Place in Toronto, Ontario for the 2016 Honda Indy Toronto, taking place Friday through Sunday, July 15-17. Joining the IndyCars in Toronto are the Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires, Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship, the Pro Mazda Championship presented by Cooper Tires, the Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama, the Stadium Super Trucks and the NASCAR Pinty’s Series.

There’s plenty to do away from the track throughout the weekend, with a number of festivals taking place on the Exhibition Place grounds. Honda World will feature Honda autos and motorcycles, face painting, racing simulators and more. Thunder Alley features the Cooper Tire Mobile Tour, live entertainment, Pinty’s products, food trucks, interactive exhibits and much more throughout the weekend. The Speed Zone offers an NHL Skills Challenge, MLSE Fan Zone, Hot Wheels, Golf Canada, Traxxas and much more. Beer gardens can be found at Pinty’s Pub and Grill @ Turn 1 and in Turn 4, as well as in Thunder Alley.

Friday, July 15 is Honda Fan Friday at the track – admission is free in exchange for a donation to Make-A-Wish Canada, and practice starts at 8 a.m. ET. All seven series will practice on Friday, and the NASCAR Pinty’s Series will qualify at 5 p.m. ET.

On Saturday, July 16, the Pro Mazda Championship kicks off the day with qualifying at 7:50 a.m. ET, followed by qualifying for the Indy Lights, USF2000 and Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge series. The day also includes races for USF2000, Indy Lights, Stadium Super Trucks, the NASCAR Pinty’s Series, Pro Mazda and Porsche GT3 Cup, as well as IndyCar qualifying at 1:30 p.m. ET.

On Sunday, July 17, racing gets underway at 8:25 a.m. ET with additional races for USF2000, Pro Mazda, Indy Lights, Porsche GT3 Cup and Stadium Super Trucks before the main event, the 30th running of the Honda Indy Toronto, at 3:15 p.m. ET.

Tickets are still available for the Honda Indy Toronto – two-day reserved passes start at $80, while general admission two-day passes start at $50. Get more information, a complete schedule and purchase tickets at hondaindytoronto.com

Monday, July 11, 2016

Hinchcliffe moves up 13 spots for top 10 finish at Iowa

James Hinchcliffe during the Saturday practice at
Iowa Speedway in Newton, IA.
credit: IndyCar/Torchia Communications
Verizon IndyCar Series driver Josef Newgarden got the early jump on pole sitter Simon Pageneaud  and ran away with the Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway on Sunday afternoon, but just as impressive as Newgarden’s performance with a broken hand was James Hinchcliffe’s ninth-place finish after starting at the back of the field in 22nd.

“I think everyone on the No. 5 Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports team needs to be pretty pleased with that result,” said Hinchcliffe. “To start shotgun on the field and end up with a top-10 without any lucky breaks is big credit to the team. The car had a lot of pace, the crew did fast stops and I stayed out of trouble. There were very few cautions, not a lot of guys going out and so we were able to just race our way through the field. The car has been good all weekend, other than that issue in qualifying, so it was disappointing to start back there but to work our way back up shows the strength that we had. Congratulations to Mikhail (Aleshin) for the top-five, it has been a great weekend for the team.”

On Saturday, the Oakville, Ontario native drew an early qualifying position, meaning he had to contend with rubber on the track from the previous ARCA Racing Series practice session – that led to his four-lap qualifying average of 175.027 mph, 10 mph behind the leaders. At race time, however, Hinchcliffe was one of the fastest drivers on the track.

The next race on the Verizon IndyCar schedule is “The Mayor’s” hometown race, the Honda Indy Toronto at Exhibition Place on Sunday, July 17 at 3 p.m. ET. This year's event will be the 30th edition of the Toronto Indy. Keep up with the action at www.indycar.com, and follow Hinchcliffe at www.hinchtown.com.

Quotes in this piece provided by Torchia Communications.

Emerling takes RoC Modified win at Holland

Patrick Emerling in victory lane at Holland
credit: Alex and Helen Bruce 
Orchard Park’s Patrick Emerling picked up his fourth Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series win of the season in Saturday night’s Thunder in the Hills 100 at Holland International Speedway. Tom Northem from Alden scored his first Getzoni Nationwide Insurance Agency NASCAR Pro Charger feature of the season, while Michele Maltby from West Seneca earned her first career win in the Bank of Holland Hornets. Dave Wollaber from North Tonawanda scored his third NYPA TQ Midget feature win of the season.

Brian DeFebo and Mike Leaty shared the front row for the RoC feature, with Leaty showing the way early on. DeFebo regained the lead from Leaty on Lap 27, with Jimmy Zacharias running in third. Zacharias took the lead on Lap 30 and continued his advantage as Emerling and George Skora III worked their way into the top five. Andy Jankowiak moved from 18th on the grid to third by Lap 60. A restart on Lap 62 had Zacharias and Emerling on the front row with Zacharias showing the way until Emerling took over the lead on Lap 86. Emerling then pulled away for the win, with Zacharias, Jankowiak, Skora and Leaty completing the top five.

“This a good win for us,” said Emerling in victory lane. “We set the car up for the longer runs and to help conserve our tires. Our laps during the race were very consistent and we never backed up too far and that helped us maintain and move forward in the end. It’s really a testament of the team that we have here. They do an incredible job. Jimmy (Zacharias) raced us clean and I respect that. It’s been a great year for us so far, I hope we can keep the momentum rolling.”

Northem led from the pole on his way to the win in the Getzoni Nationwide Insurance Agency NASCAR Pro Chargers feature, followed by Mark Hoch, Nik Welshans, Tim Welshans and Josh Hathaway. Maltby held off Kathie Ricketson to pick up her first career win, with Louis Carbone, Jeff Szafraniec and Donald Palmer completing the top five. Wollaber led Kyle Hutchinson to the checkered flag, followed by Erik Musto, Vinnie Christiano Jr. and Charlie DiRosa.

Next Saturday is Coca-Cola Night at the Races featuring the midseason championships for the NYPA TQ Midgets. The Getzoni Agency Pro Chargers will run twin features, with the Hornets, Figure 8’s, Rookie 4’s and INEX Legends will round out the racing card. Grandstand gates open at 5:45 p.m., with qualifying getting underway at 6 p.m. and   feature racing scheduled to go green at 7:05 p.m. Find out more at www.hollandspeedway.com.

Quote in this piece provided by Race of Champions.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Brad Rouse doubles up with RoC Sportsman 602 feature wins at Freedom and Utica-Rome

Brad Rouse in Victory Lane at Utica-Rome
credit: Alex and Helen Bruce/RoC
Brad Rouse of St. Catherines picked up the win Saturday night in the Ferris Mowers Race of Champions Sportsman 602 Dirt Sportsman Modified Series fueled by Sunoco event at Freedom Motorsports Park in Delevan, N.Y. Rouse won his heat race and redrew sixth for the 30-lap feature.

“We’ve been racing here weekly at Freedom and it helped us out tonight,” said Rouse in victory lane. “We got to third behind Kyle (Inman) and James (Henry). They were both running the bottom and I knew I wasn’t going to pass them there, so we went to the top where they weren’t racing and the track was good. We got a good run and were able to pass them up top and head to victory lane. It’s pretty cool. I’ve got to thank Bob Reis for having the event here and giving us a good track and a nice place to race. He works hard at this and we’ll keep digging.”

At the checkered Rouse was followed by Inman, Henry, Mark Chiddy and Ray Bliss.

Rouse, Henry and Inman won the qualifying races, with Inman posting the overall fastest time in the timed hot lap sessions.

On Sunday night, Rouse took the checkered flag again in the RoC Sportsman 602 Dirt Sportsman Modified feature at Utica-Rome Speedway in Vernon, N.Y. This time, Rouse redrew the pole but slipped to the back of the field early. He battled back to pass Utica-Rome Speedway top-gun Rocky Warner of Gloversville, N.Y., on the bottom in the closing laps to capture his second consecutive victory in as many nights. The win came in Rouse’s first visit to the legendary Utica-Rome half-mile. Rouse and Warner were followed to the line by Chris Johnson, Glenn Forward and Chris Mackey.

“This is big for us tonight,” said Rouse. “My guys volunteer and work hard to get us here. It feels really good to win here and to beat Rocky (Warner) like that, it’s just awesome. We started a bit too tight and the car got better as we went. I’m just excited about this win. We have had a great weekend.”

Keep up with the action at www.rocmodifiedseries.com.

Quotes in this piece provided by the Race of Champions.

Holland set to host Thunder in the Hills 100 for RoC Modifieds

Holland Speedway aerial shot
credit: file photo/Holland Speedway
The Thunder in the Hills 100 for the Ferris Mowers Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series fueled by Sunoco teams at Holland International Speedway this Saturday, July 9, will be the only visit the series pays to the legendary high banks – it’s also the first 100-lap race of the season for competitors.

“This is going to be an interesting race,” said driver Daryl Lewis Jr. “We have been able to change a tire during this race in the past and this year, the rules will not allow us to change a tire. We will be racing 100 laps on the same set of tires, so it’s going to take a lot of different things to be successful in the event. It’s going to be an interesting night. We hope we have another good finish when the checkered flag waves.”

Lewis, who finished fifth last at Lancaster National Speedway, currently sits sixth in the Series Championship standings.

“We’ve been having a good season,” said Lewis. “It’s a team and family effort. My Dad has been doing this for a long time and everyone in our family makes sacrifices and commitments to get this done. I couldn’t be where I’m at without all of their help.”

Patrick Emerling of Orchard Park leads the championship standings as the Series heads to Holland. Emerling is the defending champion of the Thunder in the Hills 100 and a winner of three Series events this season, including the most recent event at Lancaster.

Gates open Saturday at 4:45 p.m., with qualifying beginning at 5 p.m. Find out more at www.hollandspeedway.com.

Quotes in this piece provided by the Race of Champions.

Mastrioanni wins Sportsman feature at Humberstone

Mastrioanni at Humberstone
credit: Softouch Photo/Humberstone Speedway
Welland, Ontario’s Joey Mastrioanni picked up his first career win in the PC Works DIRTcar Sportsman division at Humberstone Speedway on Sunday night. Rob Pietz from Gasline, Ontario won his second Pinty’s RUSH Late Model feature of the season, and Rob Murray from St. Catharines, Ontario won his third JC Auto Street Stock feature of the season.  Danny Wurster from Niagara Falls, Ontario won the Mike Knapp Ford Pro 4 Truck feature event, while Jay Moulton from St. Catharines picked up the win in the Cosco Haulage Mini Stocks. Mark Shadwell from Hamilton won the Vintage Car feature, and Rob Goulding won the Eve of Destruction Enduro qualifier and is now qualified for the Eve of Destruction, set for September 25.

Mastrioanni took the lead on the first lap of the 25-lap feature and never looked back, going on to score his first career DIRT Sportsman checkered flag. Justin Sharp settled for second, followed by Cody McPherson, Dylan Davidson and Chad Chevalier.

Pietz led the RUSH Late Model feature from flag-to-flag for his second win of the season, followed by Tim Gillespie, Sam Pennacchio, Jeff Dayman and Dennis Lunger Jr.

Vince Fargnoli took the lead early in the 20-lap JC Auto Street Stocks feature, but Murray took over with a Lap 5 pass for the lead. Murray held off Jason Fontaine in the second half of the race to score his third win on the season, followed by Bill Bleich Jr., Dave Bailey and Fargnoli.

Humberstone returns to action on Sunday, July 10 as Walters Excavators presents a full card of racing featuring the DIRTcar Sportsman, RUSH Late Models, Street Stocks, Pro 4 Trucks and Mini Stocks plus the Vintage Cars. Gates open at 4:30 p.m., with racing scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Find out more at www.humberstonespeedway.com

“716” defeats the “405” in Street Outlaws match-up at Lancaster Dragway

Ed McGuinn and crew celebrate their "Street Outlaws" win
credit: Neffke Motorsports Photography
A near-capacity crowd at Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway Friday night, July 1 turned out to see the stars of the Discovery Channel reality TV show “Street Outlaws” take on Western New York’s own Buffalo Street Outlaws. Reality show stars Boosted GT and Kamikaze Chris visited Lancaster to take on the best the BSO had to offer.

14 Buffalo Street Outlaws squared off in the battle of the “405” vs. “716.” Boosted GT defeated Chris MacKenzie in round one to earn a second round bye, but a mechanical issue kept him from making the call for third round. Kamikaze Chris also survived the first round with a win over Erin Moran, but he was eliminated by Doug Vanstrom in round two.

Vanstrom went to the final round in his 1984 Ford Mustang, where he went up against Ed McGuinn of Rochester in his 1980 Pontiac Trans-Am. McGuinn beat Vanstrom to top end first in the heads up, untimed event to claim victory.

The Buffalo Street Outlaws Street Limited class was also in action with a field of 17 cars. Brian Prior took the win even though his opponent, Mark Valvo, got off the starting line quicker with a better reaction time.

In regular Franco’s Pizza Friday Night IHRA Drag Racing action, Jamie Stoneman picked up his second win of the year in Top 8 over Zell Gaymon, Jacob Cislo picked up his first career win in Hebeler’s Sales Sleds & Bikes, defeating Lucas Salemi in the final round in a battle of Arctic Cat snowmobiles.

Two classes were unable to declare a winner due to the midnight curfew. McGard Mod ET was down to a final pair with Clay Ricketson and John Cira Jr. remaining, and Mallare Enterprises Top ET was down to five cars left in competition. 

On Friday, July 8, the Buffalo Superchargers make their return to Lancaster, joining a full card of IHRA bracket drag racing with all four weekly classes in action. Find out more at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com

Emerling wins Ol’ Boy Cup 60 at Lancaster


Patrick Emerling
Orchard Park’s Patrick Emerling picked up his sixth win of the season at Lancaster National Speedway on Thursday night, June 30, capturing the second annual Ol’ Boy Cup 60 Bill Colton Memorial for the Race of Champions Modified Series presented by Thermal Foams. Eric Brown (Street Stocks), Tommy Catalano (TQ Midgets) and Kevin Bainbridge (4-Cylinders) also picked up wins Thursday night.

Emerling started fifth in the 25-car field and inherited the lead from Chuck Hossfeld on Lap 36 after Hossfeld pulled off the track with an apparent mechanical issue. Emerling won the RoC Modified event at Lancaster back in May, and also has four Sportsman wins at the track in 2016. He has three wins on the RoC tour this season.

Eric Brown (48) and Terry Weldy (22)
Darren Scherer finished second, followed by Mike Leaty in third. Tyler Rypkema and Daryl Lewis Jr. rounded out the top five.

Brown took win in the Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks in his first start of the season at Lancaster, coming from the 12th starting position to pass Terry Weldy for the lead with just three laps to go. Weldy finished a close second followed by Jerome Hruby, Tommy Wentland and Jarrod Brown.

Kevin Bainbridge
Bainbridge picked up his fifth win of the season in the Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders. Bainbridge took the lead during a caution on Lap 8 when then-leader Chris Pennell pitted with a flat tire. Bainbridge led the final 17 laps to score the win. Tim Durfy finished second with Rich Bartel, Jason Anasiewicz and Dan Dressel rounding out the top five.

In the NYPA TQ Midgets, Kyle Hutchinson led the first 19 laps and looked to be on his way victory until Tommy Catalano gave him the “bump-n-run” in Turn 4 on the final lap to steal the win. It was Catalano’s second Lancaster win in less than a week after winning the Sunoco Sportsman feature on Saturday, June 25.

(front row) Tommy Catalano and Kyle Hutchinson
Lancaster’s stock car program is off until July 16, which will be Retro Night. Fans are encouraged to wear their favorite old school racing shirts, jackets, hats and anything else they can find. The Xpress Signs Late Models will join the 4-Cylinders, Street Stocks and Sportsman, and following the races, the Kiss tribute band Kiss This will perform in the concourse in full Kiss makeup and costumes. Racing starts at 6:30 p.m. Find out more at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com