Monday, July 25, 2016

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 and include admission to the races that day. Find out more at

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