Sunday, July 31, 2016

Lancaster Speedway seeing increased car counts through nine races

credit: Lancaster National Speedway and Dragway
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

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

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