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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

IndyCar Grand Prix at The Glen – September 2-4, 2016

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The Verizon IndyCar Series returns to Watkins Glen International for this weekend’s IndyCar Grand Prix at the Glen, Friday through Sunday, September 2-4. Joining the IndyCars at The Glen will be the Indy Lights.

The Verizon IndyCar Series last visited The Glen in 2010, with Will Power picking up the win for Team Penske. Scott Dixon won three-straight races from 2005-2007, while Ryan Hunter-Reay won in 2008 and the late Justin Wilson won in 2009.

On-track activity begins Friday at 10 a.m. with Indy Lights practice, followed by IndyCar practice at 11 a.m. The Indy Lights return to the track at 2:30 p.m., while the IndyCars do the same at 3:30 p.m. On Saturday, the Indy Lights qualify at 10 a.m., followed by their race at 1:35 p.m.; the IndyCars practice at 11 a.m. and qualifying at 3 p.m. Sunday’s IndyCar Grand Prix at The Glen goes green at 2:37 p.m., following the National Anthems by Buffalo’s own Doug Allen.

Find a complete weekend schedule here.

All tickets for the weekend are general admission – weekend passes are $90, while Sunday only tickets are $75. Get more information and purchase tickets at www.theglen.com

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

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Lancaster National Speedway
**start time 6:30 p.m. **
  • September 10 – Championship Night with Sportsman, Street Stocks, NYPA TQ Midgets and 4-Cylinders
  • September 23-25 – 28th annual U.S. Open Weekend – Race of Champions Modified Tour (125 laps), Sportsman, Late Models, Super Stocks, Street Stocks, TQ Midgets, 4-Cylinders – find out more here
Lancaster National Dragway
** Friday start time 6 p.m.**
  • September 2 – Buffalo Street Outlaws with Quick 16 plus Top, Mod, Street, Sleds & Bikes
  • September 16 – TNT Hot Rod and Gasser Racing Series plus Top, Mod, Street, Sleds & Bikes
  • September 22 – Pack the Track - $5 admission – plus Top, Mod, Street, Sleds & Bikes
  • September 30 – points finale with Top, Mod, Street, Sleds & Bikes
Humberstone Speedway
**start time 6:30 p.m. unless noted**
  • September 4 – final points night for DIRTcar Sportsman plus RUSH Late Models, Street Stocks, Pro 4 Trucks, Mini Stocks and Vintage Cars
  • September 11 – DIRTcar Sportsman Tour plus RUSH Late Models and final points night for Street Stocks, Pro 4 Trucks and Mini Stocks
  • September 18 – Safe Cracker 100 for DIRTcar Sportsman and final point night for RUSH Late Models plus Street Stocks, Pro 4 Trucks and Mini Stocks
  • September 25 – noon start – Tidyman Maintenance presents Eve of Destruction
Ransomville Speedway
**start time 7:15 p.m.**
  • September 2 – 50-lap Modified Special plus full card of racing (Mod and Spts Champions Crowned)
  • September 9 – Super DIRTcar Sportsman Series plus Ki-Po Chevrolet Street Stocks, Gippsters Collision 4 Bangers and Van Raine Construction Novice Sportsman (SS Champ & 4 Cylinder Champions Crowned)
  • September 16 – King of the Hill Qualifying plus 4/6 cylinder Enduro (Novice Champion Crowned)
  • September 17 – King of the Hill Twin Events - $1000 to win Sportsman 100 plus $1000 to win Street Stock 100, Gippsters Collision 4 Bangers, and Van Raine Construction Novice Sportsman
Freedom Motorsports Park
**start time 7:30 p.m.**
  • September 2 – FREEDOM KING OF THE HILL – $1,000 to win, $125 to Start RUSH Crate Late Models (35 laps); $1,000 to win Race of Champions Tour Crate Sportsman ; $400 to win Street Stocks (20 laps); $200 to win, $30 to start FWD Mini Stocks (20 laps); $150 to win RWD Mini Stocks (15 laps)
  • September 9 – SUNOCO RACE FUELS NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS – Season Championship Night – regular program
  • September 10 – SPRINT TO THE CURE BREAST CANCER RESEARCH CHARITY EVENT – 600 Mini Sprint, winged and non-winged event, men’s and ladies’ classes.
Oswego Speedway
  • September 2 -4 – Classic Week – Friday – Supermodified Time Trials, SBS Time Trials and heats, Party in the Pits (time trials begin at 5:30 p.m.); Saturday – NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, ISMA Supermodifieds (time trials begin at 4:30 p.m.); Sunday – Supermodifieds International Classic 200, SBS 75 (time trials 11:30 a.m.)
  • September 15 -17 – Race of Champions Weekend – Sportsman Modifieds, RoC Big 10 Super Stocks, Small-Block Supers, Classic Asphalt Modifieds, RoC Modifieds – find out more here
Wyoming County International Speedway
  • September 3 – 3 p.m. – SST Mod 100-lap special, 4-Cylinders, 6-Cylinders, Vintage Late Models
  • September 4 – 3 p.m. – Modified 75-lap special, Super Stocks, Classic Asphalt Modifieds
Holland Speedway
  • September 3 – 5 p.m. start – BUSCH 200 – Sportsman Modified 75-lapper, Pro Charger 75-lapper and Hornet 50-lapper plus NYPA TQ Midgets, Figure 8s, INEX Legends, Rookie 4s
  • September 10 – 6:30 p.m. start – Crash-A-Rama (rain date September 11)


Tuesday, August 30, 2016

September 2016 racing schedule: Where to see your favorites

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NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series –
  • August 31-September 5 – Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis
  • September 16-18 – NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway in Concord, NC
  • September 29-October 2 – NHRA Keystone Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, PA
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series –
NASCAR Xfinity Series –
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  • September 3 – Darlington Raceway
  • September 9 – Richmond International Raceway
  • September 17 – Chicagoland Speedway
  • September 24 – Kentucky Speedway
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series –
Verizon IndyCar Series –
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  • September 4 – Watkins Glen International
  • September 18 – Sonoma Raceway (season finale)
ARCA Racing Series –
For more information on any of these events, click on the link provided.

Rudolph crosses the border, wins Cosco Memorial at Humberstone

Erick Rudolph in victory lane
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Third-generation driver Erick Rudolph of Ransomville took home the win in the second running of the Pete Cosco Memorial for the DIRTcar Modifieds at Humberstone Speedway, honoring late speedway owner Pete Cosco, who passed away two years ago. It was Rudolph’s second victory in the Cosco Memorial. Brad Rouse won his sixth PC Works DIRTcar Sportsman main event of the season, while Dennis Lunger Jr. won his seventh Pinty’s Delicious Foods RUSH Late Models feature of the season. Bill Bleich Jr. earned his third win of the season in the JC Auto Street Stocks, Jason Coutu picked up his second Cosco Haulage Mini Stocks feature of 2016, and Dylan Llord drove to his 10th win of the season in the Mike Knapp Ford Pro 4 Trucks.

DIRTcar Modifieds, both big and small blocks, took the green flag for the 75-lap Pete Cosco Memorial with Mike Bowman and Scott Wood leading the field to green. Mat Williamson took the lead on Lap 3, holding on until Lap 55, when Rudolph took over the point. In the final 20 circuits, Rudolph held off challenges from Williamson and Chris Steele, eventually driving away from the pair in the late going to go on to pick up the victory.

Joey Mastrioanni and Rob Knapp led the PC Works DIRTcar Sportsman to green, with Mastrioanni jumping into the lead. Mastrioanni continued to show the way until Rouse drove on the outside to take the lead on Lap 14. Rouse pulled away from Cody McPherson and Chad Chevalier to collect another feature win.

The final month of the 2016 racing season at the Humberstone Speedway begins Sunday, September 4 as we will crown a champion for the PC Works DIRTcar Sportsman.  A full card of Late Models, Street Stocks, Pro 4 Trucks, Mini Stocks and Vintage Cars round out the card. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. with racing getting underway at 6:30 p.m. Find out more at www.humberstonespeedway.com

Monday, August 29, 2016

Carnes, Northem pick up Pro Charger wins at Holland Speedway

Rich Carnes - credit: Holland
International Speedway
Rich Carnes and Tom Northem picked up the wins in the twin features for the Getzoni Nationwide Insurance Agency NASCAR Pro Chargers on Dick Flaig Remembrance Night at Holland International Speedway. Ben Russo won his fourth feature of the season for the Bank of Holland Hornets, while Dave Wollaber earned his fifth checkered flag of the season in the NYPA TQ Midgets. Bryce Norton scored his first win of the year in the Advance Auto Parts INEX Legends, Darryl Phillips took home top honors in the Rookie 4’s and Sharon Hughes scored her second win of the year in the M&M U Pull-It Figure 8’s.

Rich Carnes and Chuck Anderson led Pro Charger feature No. 1 to the green flag, with Carnes jumping into the lead. Nik Welshans moved into the runner up spot and challenged the leader but Carnes held off Welshans to score his second win of the season.

In race No. 2 for the Pro Chargers, Matt Fleming and Tim Welshans led the field to green with Fleming showing the way early over Tim and Ted Welshans. Northem went three wide with Jim Mallaber and Welshans to take over third place on Lap 6, then passed Tim Welshans for second and challenged Fleming for the lead at the halfway mark. Northem took the lead away with ten laps remaining, pulling away to score the win.

Season championships for all divisions will be decided next Saturday night, September 3 as part of the Busch 200. The 2016 format includes the season championship 75-lap event for the Pro Chargers that will be split into two segments, plus a 50-lap feature for the Hornets and the return of the Pro Modifieds in the running of a 75-lap feature. The NYPA TQ Midgets, Advance Auto Parts INEX Legends, Rookie 4’s and M&M U Pull-It Figure 8’s round out the racing card. Racing action will get underway at 4:30 p.m. followed by features. Find out more at www.hollandspeedway.com

Cochrane, Lyon, Flanigan, Woch winners at Lancaster Speedway

Lancaster National Speedway hosted the Race of Champions Big 10 Super Stock Series in addition to its three weekly series on Saturday night, with former Lancaster Street Stock champ TJ Cochrane leading all 25 laps and picking up the win, his first in the Super Stock division. Joe Mancuso rallied from being involved in early race incident to finish second, followed by Timmy Catalano, Eric Hadley and Bobby Schosek.

TJ Cochrane
Jake Lyon came one step closer to the Sunoco Sportsman track championship with his third win of the season on Saturday night. The victory extended his points lead over Tommy Catalano, who finished third.

Jake Lyon
Lyon worked his way to the front of the field from the 10th starting position. By Lap 8 he was running second and hooked up with Mark Pennell to pull away from the field. On Lap 13, Lyon dove to the inside of Pennell going into Turn 3 and took the lead by the time the pair got back to the start/finish line and never looked back.

Lyon goes into the regular season finale with a 44-point lead over Catalano. Pennell finished second between the two championship contenders. Shawn Nye and Neal Dietz Jr. rounded out the top five.

Keith Flanigan picked up his second win of the season in the Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks, leading all 25 laps from the outside pole position to score the win. Mark Hoch finished second with Tommy Wentland, Brian Hoffman and Dave Wilson completing the top five.

Keith Flanigan
Wilson unofficially clinched the 2016 Street Stock track championship with his fifth-place run. Flanigan padded his slim lead in the race to finish second in the standings. He began the night with a one-point advantage over Jerome Hruby.

Bobby Woch scored his third win of the season in the Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders, passing teammate Dan Dressel for the lead on Lap 11 and never looked back. Kevin Bainbridge finished second, followed by Dressel, Chris Pennell and Jason Anasiewicz.

Bobby Woch and family
Bainbridge clinched the 2016 track championship before the race even started. His seven feature wins helped him build an insurmountable lead in the standings. Dressel and Pennell are battling for second in points.

Lancaster National Speedway will take off for the Labor Day weekend next week before closing out the regular season on Saturday, September 10. It will be the final points races for the Sunoco Sportsman, Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks and Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders. The NYPA TQ Midgets will also be in action. Find out more at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com

Truck Night a big hit at Lancaster Dragway

Semi Truck action at Lancaster Dragway
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Lancaster National Dragway hosted Truck Night presented by Hunter Truck Sales, Peterbilt Buffalo and Mallare Enterprises on Friday night, featuring Dump Truck and Semi Truck classes, which had great turnouts of around 20 trucks in each class. Greg Graham took the win in the Semi Truck class in his 1979 Peterbilt, and Tim Payne won the Dump Truck class aboard a 2013 Caterpillar. Both winners took home $750 for their efforts.

There was also a special class for pick-up trucks and SUVs sponsored by Halleen’s Auto & Truck Accessories. Street ET regular Chris Kujawski scored the win in a 2008 Chevy Trailblazer.

In regular Franco’s Pizza Friday Night IHRA Drag Racing action, Joe Masullo continued his hot streak, making the Top 8 finals for the sixth week in a row and earning his third win during that stretch as he defeated Steve Ferstl in the finals. Masullo now has six total win in the 2016 season.

Rick Szewczyk, Sr. took top honors in Mallare Enterprises Top ET as he edged Bill Blaser Jr. in the final round. Clay Ricketson won McGard Mod ET for the second week in a row after his opponent, Derrick Kovach, broke out in the finals. In Hebeler’s Sales Sleds & Bikes, Brian Babiak won for the second time in 2016 after catching Lucas Salemi in a motorcycle versus snowmobile final pairing.

Before Friday night, Cody Winkowski had advanced to the final round of Tread City Tire Street six times but had not picked up the victory. Seven turned out to be Winkowski’s lucky number as he finally picked up his first win of the season as he beat Brad Zygaj for the victory.

This Friday, September 2, the Buffalo Street Outlaws return to Lancaster along with the Empire State Drag Racing Series, TNT Hot Rods and Lancaster’s weekly Franco’s Pizza IHRA Drag Racing classes. Time trials start at 5 p.m. Find out more at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

2016 Race of Champions weekend schedule announced

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The schedule for the 66th annual Raceof Champions Weekend at Oswego Speedway, taking place Thursday through Saturday, September 15-17, has been released. The weekend will host four divisions of racing, highlighted by the Ferris Mowers Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series fueled by Sunoco 66th Annual Race of Champions 250.

The Sportsman Modifieds will compete in a 75-lap feature on Friday, September 16, joined by the Race of Champions Big 10 Super Stocks in championship events. On Saturday, September 16, the Small Block Supermodifieds will join the Super Stocks, who will compete in an “All-Star” event on Saturday as preliminary events to the 66th annual Modified classic.

Ryan Preece of Berlin, CT; Eric Goodale of Riverhead, NY; Justin Bonsignore of Holtsville, NY; Matt Hirschman of Northampton. PA.; and Austin Kochenash of Danielsville, PA, have all earned guaranteed starting positions for the 250.

Tickets for the 66th Annual Race of Champions Weekend are available at the Oswego Speedway ticket office (315) 342-0646 or by contacting Oswego Speedway via e-mail at contact@oswegospeedway.com

In the event of inclement weather, Sunday, September 18 will be used if necessary.

The 66th annual Race of Champions weekend – September 15-17 – Oswego Speedway, Oswego, NY

*All times and events subject to change

Thursday, September 15

3 p.m. – pit gates open
4 p.m. to dusk – practice by division

Friday, September 16

2 p.m. – pit gates open
2:30 p.m. – inspection and draw for all divisions opens
5 p.m. – drivers’ meetings by division
6 p.m. – hot laps by divisions
7:05 p.m. – Opening ceremonies
7:15 p.m. – qualifying races:
  • Sportsman Modifieds (10 laps)
  • Race of Champions Big 10 Super Stocks (8 laps)
8:15 p.m. – non-qualifiers race(s) if needed:
  • Sportsman Modifieds (12 laps)
  • RoC Big 10 Super Stocks (10 laps)
8:45 p.m. – RoC Big 10 Super Stock feature (25 laps)
9:15 p.m. – Sportsman Modified introductions
9:30 p.m. – Sportsman Modified 75 (cautions do not count)

Saturday, September 17

8 a.m. – pit gates open
9 a.m. – inspection and draw for divisions opens
10:30 a.m. – RoC Modified drivers’ meeting
11 a.m. – hot laps by division:
  • All-Star Super Stock event
  • RoC Modifieds
  • Small-block Supermodifieds
  • Classic Asphalt Modifieds
12:45 p.m. – RoC Modified Time Trials
1:30 p.m. – welcome
1:40 p.m. – qualifying races by division:
  • Small Block Supermodifieds (8 laps)
  • Race of Champions Modifieds (10 laps)
2:45 p.m. – B-Main/non-qualifiers (if needed):
  • Small Block Supermodifieds (10 laps)
  • Race of Champions Modifieds (12 laps)
3:30 p.m. (approximate) – All-Star Super Stock feature (20 laps)
4 p.m. – Small-Block Supermodified feature (25 laps)
4:30 p.m. – Classic Asphalt Modified feature (15 laps)
5:25 p.m. – RoC Modified introductions
6 p.m. – green flag – Race of Champions 250

Find out more at www.rocmodifiedseries.com

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Humberstone presents Pete Cosco Memorial on August 28

358 Mods go 4-wide
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This Sunday, August 28, the second annual Pete Cosco Memorial for the DIRTcar Modifieds will be held at Humberstone Speedway. This event is in honor and memory of Pete Cosco, who passed away two years ago.

“Last year’s event was strictly a 358 Modified event and this year we have decided to allow the Big Block Modifieds to come up and compete,” said Clinton Geoffrey, Humberstone Speedway’s Director of Race Night Operations. The Big Blocks will be going head to head against the best 358 Modified drivers that the Niagara Region and Western New York has to offer.

Gates will be opening at 4:30 p.m. Sunday with racing getting underway at 6:30 p.m.  for the six-division show presented by CAA Niagara.

The 75-lap Pete Cosco Memorial for the Modifieds will be paying $4,017 to the winner, $1,000 for second, $900 for third, $800 for fourth and $700 for fifth. Bonus money and lap sponsorship money are also up for grabs for the Modifieds. Each of the Humberstone weekly divisions will also be running for lap sponsorship money as well.

For the second year in a row, CAA Niagara will be presenting the racing action that will also feature a full card of DIRTcar Sportsman, RUSH Late Models, Street Stocks, Mini Stocks and Pro 4 Trucks as they continue to battle their way towards the 2016 track championships.

Last year’s event saw an epic battle throughout the event between Erick Rudolph and Mat Williamson with Rudolph getting the upper hand as the third-generation driver from Ransomville, NY went on to score the victory in the inaugural event. Find out more at www.humberstonespeedway.com

Klager victorious in Mod Lites at Humberstone

TUSA Mod Light winner Paul Klager
Klager victorious in Mod Lites at Humberstone
Paul Klager took the win in the annual TUSA Mod Lite Tour visit to Humberstone Speedway on Sunday, while Cody McPherson picked up the victory in the PC Works DIRTcar Sportsman. Dennis Lunger Jr. won his sixth Pinty’s RUSH Late Model feature of the season and Dave Bailey won his fourth JC Auto Street Stocks feature of the season. Dylan Llord picked up another victory in the Mike Knapp Ford Pro 4 Trucks, and Kyle Haynes won his fourth Cosco Haulage Mini Stocks feature.

Jamie Gilbert and Derek Wagner led the Mod Lites to the green flag for their 20-lap feature event, which was slowed by a Lap 1 red flag when Chris Watson flipped in Turn 3. On the restart, Gilbert and Wagner battled for the lead with Wagner taking the lead before losing the handle in Turn 2 in Lap 3. Gilbert continued to show the way with Klager running in second. Klager used the outside to take the lead on Lap 5 and drove away from the field to pick up the victory, for his second tour triumph of the weekend.

Chad Chevalier and Brad Rouse battled for the lead early on in the DIRTcar Sportsman main event, while McPherson worked his way into the top five by Lap 15. After charging through positions five through two, McPherson took the lead on Lap 22 and didn’t look back, grabbing the win over Chevalier.

Lunger Jr. and Tim Gillespie led the RUSH Late Models to the green flag, with Lunger grabbing the lead as Rob Pietz challenged Gillespie for second early on. Lunger checked out on the field and drove away to earn his sixth win of the season.

The month comes to a close on Sunday, August 28 with the second annual Pete Cosco Memorial 75 for the 358 DIRTcar Modifieds. This will be an emotional night as the track honors the man who is responsible for keeping the racing action alive at Humberstone. A full card of Sportsman, Late Models, Street Stocks, Pro 4 Trucks and Mini Stocks will round out the show. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. with racing getting underway at 6:30 p.m. Find out more at www.humberstonespeedway.com

Lancaster announces schedule for 28th annual US Open

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Lancaster National Speedway will host the 28th annual US Open Friday through Sunday, September 23-25, 2016 with seven divisions of racing on tap.

The weekend kicks off with a practice session for all teams on Friday night, September 23, followed by the annual U.S. Open Kickoff Party as soon as the on-track action wraps up with live music in the main concourse featuring the popular cover band 1980 Something. Pit gates open at 4 p.m. on Friday with practice running from 6 to 9:30. Grandstand gates open at 5:30 p.m. with free general admission for all race fans wanting to watch practice.

Racing action begins on Saturday, September 24 at 4:30 p.m. with heats and features for the Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders, NYPA TQ Midgets, Super Stocks and the Sunoco Sportsman. The 75-lap Sunoco Sportsman feature is the main event on Saturday with many visiting cars expected to try and make the show. Last season, Tony Hanbury ended Andy Jankowiak’s five-race win streak at the US Open with a victory in one of the biggest Sportsman Modified races in the Northeast. Pit gates open at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday with grandstand gates opening at 2 p.m. for practice.

The weekend culminates with the US Open 125 for the Race of Champions Modified Series on Sunday, September 25. The event is the longest race on the Lancaster National Speedway schedule. Last year Matt Hirschman made a pass for the lead with 18 laps remaining to win his fourth US Open 125. The X-Press Signs Late Models and Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks will also be a part of the Sunday afternoon program. The Street Stock field could be the most competitive of the weekend as the division has averaged more than 20 cars on a weekly basis with eight different feature winners so far in 2016. Pit gates open at 11 a.m. on Sunday with grandstand gates opening for practice at noon. Opening ceremonies will take place at 2 p.m. followed by time trials for the Modifieds.

Two-day adult general admission tickets are just $40, a savings of $5 for fans. A student (age 12-17) weekend ticket is $15, with kids under 12 free. Family passes are available for two adults and two students. Free camping is available all weekend in the speedway parking lot.

The 28th Annual U.S. OPEN – September 23-25, 2016 – Lancaster National Speedway, Lancaster, NY

*All times and events are subject to change

Friday, September 23

4 p.m. Pit Gates Open, Inspection Begins
5:30 p.m. Grandstand Gates Open FREE ADMISSION
6 p.m. Practice – by division (minimum of two rounds)
9:30 p.m. (approx.) Conclusion of Practice – US Open “Kick Off Party”/Band in Concourse
11:30 p.m. Pit Area Closed / Secure Facility

Saturday, September 24

12:30 p.m. Pit Gates Open – Inspection Begins
2 p.m. Front Gates Open – Practice by Division (2 Rounds per Division – Inner Oval First)
4 p.m. Driver’s Meetings (Tech Barn)
4:30 p.m. Opening Ceremonies (Invocation & Anthems) followed by heat races:
  • Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinder Qualifying Races (8 laps) – Inner Oval
  • NYPA T.Q. Midget Qualifying Races (8 laps) – Inner Oval
  • Super Stock Qualifying Races (8 laps)
  • Sunoco Sportsman Qualifying Races (10 laps)
Roaming Buffalo 4 Cylinder Feature Race (25 laps) – Inner Oval
NYPA T.Q. Midget Feature Race (25 laps) – Inner Oval
Sunoco Sportsman B-Main IF NEEDED (10 laps)
Sportsman Redraw on Frontstretch (time permitting)
Super Stock Feature (30 laps)
Sunoco Sportsman Feature (75 laps)

Sunday, September 25

11 a.m. Pit Gates Open
Noon. Front Gates Open – Practice for Street Stocks & Late Models (2 Rounds per Division)
1 p.m. Modified Practice (2 rounds)
1:30 p.m. Driver’s Meetings (Tech Barn)
2 p.m. Opening Ceremonies (Invocation & Anthems) followed by qualifying:
  • Race of Champions Modified Series Group Time Trials (G-W-C)
  • Advance Auto Parts Street Stock Qualifying Races (8 laps)
  • X-Press Signs Late Model Qualifying Races (8 laps)
  • Race of Champions Modified Series Qualifying Races (10 laps)
Street Stock B-Main IF NEEDED (10 laps)
Modified B-Main IF NEEDED (10 laps)
Modified Redraw on Fronstretch
Advance Auto Parts Street Stock Feature (35 laps)
X-Press Signs Late Model Feature (30 laps)

Race of Champions Modified Series U.S. Open 125 (125 laps)

Monday, August 22, 2016

Northem, Myers take Pro Charger wins at Holland Speedway

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Tom Northem and Zach Myers scored the wins in the Twin 25s for the Getzoni Nationwide Insurance Agency NASCAR Pro Chargers Saturday night at Holland International Speedway, while Ben Russo and Jeff Szafraniec picked up the victories in the Bank of Holland Hornets twin features. Brandon DeBrakeleer picked up his fourth win of the season for the Advance Auto Parts INEX Legends, Dale Lombardo took the win in the Rookie 4’s, and Jim Steins earned his fifth win of the season in the M&M U Pull-It Figure 8’s.

The first of two 25 lappers for the Getzoni Nationwide Insurance Agency NASCAR Pro Chargers was led to the green flag by Nik Welshans and Jim Mallaber, with Welshans jumping into the lead. Myers took second early and chased down Welshans for the lead, taking it over on Lap 8 as Northem took second. Northem took the lead heading to the white flag and went on to score the win, his third of the season.

In the nightcap, Myers and Tim Welshans shared the front row with Myers showing the way early. Myers opened up his advantage over the field and held off Josh Hathaway and Dave Vona to score the win, his fourth of the season.

Adam Killingbeck and Mandie Orr led the field to green for the first Bank of Holland Hornets feature, with Orr showing the way early on. Bob Palmer took the lead from his sixth-place starting spot at the end of the first lap, with Jason Adams taking second away from Orr. Russo took the lead away from Adams at the halfway point and pulled away to score the win.

In the nightcap, Killingbeck and Bob Bogner set the front row, with Bogner jumping into the lead early. Jason Adams took the lead on Lap 5 as Szafraniec moved into second. Szafraniec took over the lead on Lap 8 and went on to score the win, his third of the season.

Racing continues on Saturday, August 27 with a full NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program including twin features for the Pro Chargers and an appearance by the NYPA TQ Midgets. Pit gates open at 4:15 p.m., with grandstand gates opening at 5:45 p.m. and qualifying action at 6 p.m. Find out more at www.hollandspeedway.com

Emerling wins Tommy/Tony Memorial 110 at Lancaster Speedway


Patrick Emerling
Patrick Emerling’s incredible 2016 season continued on Saturday night at Lancaster National Speedway, capturing the 27th annual Tommy Druar/Tony Jankowiak Memorial 110 event for the Race of Champions Modified Series for the second year in a row. Emerling won the race without making a pit stop after most of the field pitted for a new right rear tire at some point during the event.

T.J. Potrzebowski and Chuck Hossfeld led a field of 24 Modifieds to the green flag, with Hossfeld grabbing the lead on Lap 1 with Potrzebowski and Emerling settling in behind him. Emerling wasted little time in going after Hossfeld, taking over the lead on Lap 5.

Ryan Preece
NASCAR Xfinity Series driver and Whelen Modified standout Ryan Preece made his first career start at Lancaster in the Booker Motorsports No. 40, starting third but following Emerling to the front and taking over the lead on Lap 12.

George Skora III passed Preece for the lead on Lap 17, but relinquished the lead during a pit stop following a Lap 30 caution flag. Skora brought out the second yellow flag on Lap 41 when he developed left front flat tire. He was able to get back to the pits and stay on the lead lap.

Mark Hoch (07)
Emerling took over the lead and stayed out front until the checkered flag, in spite of Hossfeld’s best efforts. Emerling scored his third Modified win of the season at Lancaster and sixth overall on the RoC Modified trail. He now has 11 total wins in 2016, including four Sunoco Sportsman wins at Lancaster. Hossfeld settled for runner-up, while Daryl Lewis Jr. finished a career best third. Mike Leaty finished fourth, while Skora battled back to round out the top five.

Mark Hoch was declared the official winner of the Advance Auto Parts Street Stock feature, his second win of the season. Hoch was awarded the win after the first and second place finishers were disqualified in post-race inspection.

Kevin Bainbridge
Kevin Bainbridge picked up his seventh win of the season in the Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders, passing Jamie Woods for the lead on Lap 17 and driving away for the final eight laps to score the win. Bainbridge competed despite being struck in the face with a rock during his heat race. The rock came through his window net and hit him just above his left eye. Bainbridge required stitches, but he still managed to score the victory.

Kyle Hutchinson dominated the 20-lap NYPA TQ Midget feature, passing Arik McGruder for the lead on Lap 3 and never looking back. Series points leader Dave Wollaber finished second, followed by Tommy Catalano, Andy Nye and Erik Musto.

Kyle Hutchinson
Lancaster National Speedway wraps up the month next Saturday, August 27 with Truck Night presented by Hunter Truck Sales and Peterbilt of Buffalo. The Race of Champions Big 10 Super Stocks will join the Sunoco Sportsman, Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks and Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders. Anyone with a current CDL license can get in for just $5. Find out more at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com

Peters captures Sleds & Bikes special at Lancaster Dragway

Bikes & Sleds winner Mike Peters
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Mike Peters scored his third win of the season at Lancaster National Dragway on Friday night, capturing the $500-to-win special for the Hebeler’s Sales Sleds & Bikes class. Peters claimed victory after Dick Nearhoof red lighted in the finals, tying him with Alan Fletcher for wins in Bikes & Sleds this season.

The Gasser Racing Series (GRS) made their third visit of the year to Lancaster, with Paul Wandt taking the win in GRS Mod thanks to a red light by Lyndsy Payne in the finals. Art Misuraca was victorious in the GRS Gassers.

In other Franco’s Pizza Friday Night IHRA action, Robert Weller denied Joe Masullo a second-straight win in Top 8, while Wayne Cleveland scored his second win of the season in Mallare Enterprises Top ET over Jason Sobczynski. Clay Ricketson took the win in McGard Mod ET after a red light by Deanna Nugent in the final round, the eighth win of the season for the Ricketson family in Mod. Nick Morrisey pickd up the victory in Tread City Tire Street ET. 

Friday, August 26 is Truck Night presented by Hunter Truck Sales and Peterbilt Buffalo at Lancaster National Dragway. There will be special racing classes for dump trucks, semi-trucks, pick-up trucks and SUVs plus a full card of Franco’s Pizza IHRA Drag Racing. Find out more at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com

Monday, August 15, 2016

Sharp wins Sportsman feature at Humberstone

Sportsman winner Justin Sharp
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Justin Sharp took the main event for the PC Works DIRTcar Sportsman Sunday night at Humberstone Speedway for his first win of the season. Rob Pietz won his fourth feature of the season for the Pinty’s Delicious Foods RUSH Late Models, while Rob Murray won his sixth JC Auto Street Stock feature. Dylan Llord picked up his eighth win of 2016 in the Mike Knapp Ford Pro 4 Trucks and Jason Coutu picked up his first win of the season in the Cosco Haulage Mini Stocks.  Nick Masi won his second Eve of Destruction Enduro qualifier, but a second-place effort gave Steve Robison a qualifying spot for the event, set for Sunday, September 25.

Sharp and Cody McPherson led the 23-car DIRTcar Sportsman field to the green flag for their 25-lap feature, with Sharp leading until Lap 7, when McPherson took over. Sharp regained the lead just one lap later, battling McPherson, Brad Rouse and Chad Chevalier for the lead throughout the rest of the event. Sharp held off McPherson and Rouse to score the win, with Chevalier and Dylan Davidson rounding out the top five.

Bruce Hordusky Jr. and Colton Ledingham led the RUSH Late Models to the green flag, with Hordusky showing the way over Ledingham and Pietz. Pietz took the lead away from Hordusky at the end of the first lap and drove away from the field to grab his fourth win of the season. Dennis Lunger Jr., Hordusky, Sam Pennacchio and Ledingham completed the top five.

Racing continues on Sunday, August 21 with the TUSA Mr. Dirt Modified Lite Tour. A full racing program of the PC Works DIRTcar Sportsman, Pinty’s Delicious Foods RUSH Late Models, JC Auto Street Stocks, Cosco Haulage Mini Stocks and the Mike Knapp Ford Pro 4 Trucks will also be on the card. Gates will open up at 4:30 p.m. with racing getting underway at 6:30 p.m. Find out more at www.humberstonespeedway.com

Rain cancels Saturday night events at Lancaster, Holland

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Forecasted rain showers for Saturday afternoon and evening forced the cancelation of stock car racing at both Lancaster National Speedway and Holland International Speedway on Saturday, August 13. 

Stock car racing resumes at Lancaster on Saturday, August 20 with the 27th Annual Tommy Druar/Tony Jankowiak Memorial Modified 110 for the Race of Champions Modified Series, where teams will use the inner-oval for live pit stops. The Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks, Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinder and NYPA TQ Midgets will also be in action. Racing will begin an hour earlier at 5:30 p.m. Adult general admission tickets are just $20, kids 12-17 are $10 and kids under 12 are free. Find out more at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com.

All Holland tickets that were dated for August 13 are good for the program on August 20, which is Firefighter Family Night, offering free admission to firefighters and their families, as well as Library Night, offering children that read two books a free pass to the races from the Buffalo & Erie County Public Libraries. A full NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program will be on track, with the Pro Chargers running twin features. Pit gates open at 4:15 p.m., with grandstand gates opening at 5:45 p.m. and racing action starting at 6 p.m. Find out more at www.hollandspeedway.com

Masullo wins Top ET and Top 8 at Lancaster

Joe Masullo in the winner's circle Friday at Lancaster
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Joe Masullo piloted his rear engine dragster to victories in both Mallare Enterprises Top ET and Top 8 Friday night at Lancaster National Dragway, the second driver to win in two classes this season.
Masullo joins Wayne Cleveland as the only other driver to pick up two class wins in the same night. He now has five overall wins at Lancaster in 2016 with three in Top 8 and two in Top ET.

Masullo defeated Vito Antonicelli in the Top 8 finals, then took the win over Jan Winkowski in the Top ET finals.

In other Franco’s Pizza Friday Night IHRA Drag Racing action, Jim Rubino picked up the win in the Buffalo Superchargers after Frank Malvaso red lighted in the final pairing. Ryan Ricketson scored his third win of the season in McGard Mod ET, outrunning Mark Peikart in the finals; Ricketson and his twin brother Reid have combined for seven wins in Mod this season.

The Nearhoof family scored their third-straight win Hebeler’s Sales Sleds & Bikes as Mike Nearhoof won for the second week in a row after Dave Lawrence left the starting line early in the finals. Ken Wischman took the win in Tread City Tire Street ET for the second time in 2016, topping Keith Balser.

The Gasser Racing Series returns to Lancaster on Friday, August 19 with two classes of racing. All of Lancaster’s weekly Franco’s Pizza drag racing classes will be in action, including a special event for Sleds & Bikes. Find out more at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Race of Champions Modifieds, Preece visit Lancaster on August 20

NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Ryan Preece makes his first
career visit to Lancaster on August 20
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Lancaster National Speedway welcomes the Ferris Mowers Race of Champions Modified Series powered by Sunoco Race Fuels to the 1/2-mile oval on Saturday, August 20 for the 27th annual Tommy Druar/Tony Jankowiak Memorial Modified 110. The Tommy/Tony race is the most prestigious event on the Lancaster National Speedway schedule as it pays tribute to two of its fallen heroes. The 110-lap distance is based on the combination of the car numbers of Druar (No. 37) and Jankowiak (No 73). It is Lancaster's second-longest race of the season, just behind the U.S. Open 125 for the RoC Mods.

Former track official and long-time racing supporter Howie Markel has contributed $1,100 in bonus money for the 2016 edition of the race, with the leader of every 10th lap receiving a $100 bonus in memory of Druar and Jankowiak.

Fans will get to see the Modified teams pitting in the track’s inner oval so they can witness all the stops right in front of them during the race.

Current RoC Series points leader Patrick Emerling is the defending event winner. Emerling has five 2016 wins on the RoC circuit, including the Queen City Clash 75 and the Ol' Boy Cup 60 earlier this season at Lancaster. He also has four Sunoco Sportsman feature wins this year at the track. Three-time Tommy Druar/Tony Jankowiak Memorial winner Chuck Hossfeld finished second to Emerling in both Modified races run at Lancaster this season. Hossfeld won the 2003, 2008 and 2011 editions of the Tommy/Tony race.

NASCAR Xfinity Series driver and former NASCAR Modified champion Ryan Preece will make his first ever start at Lancaster National Speedway in the Tommy/Tony 110. Preece is in his first full season in the Xfinity Series driving for JD Motorsports. In 2013, he became the youngest driver ever to win a NASCAR Modified Tour title, winning the championship at age 22. 

The RoC Modifieds will be joined on August 20 by the Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks, Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders and NYPA TQ Midgets. Adult general admission tickets are just $20 and kids under 12 are free. Racing start time has been moved up to 5:30 p.m. for this long-distance race. Find out more at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com

Westbrook takes SOS win at Humberstone

Dylan Westbrook won his fourth straight SOS event
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Oakland, Ontario’s Dylan Westbrook won the A-Main for the Southern Ontario Sprints (SOS) on Sunday night at Humberstone Speedway, his fourth consecutive victory on the SOS Tour. Brad Rouse won his fifth feature of the season for the PC Works DIRTcar Sportsman, while Dennis Lunger Jr. won his fifth main event of the season for the Pinty’s Delicious Foods RUSH Late Models. Dave Bailey won his third feature of the season for the JC Auto Street Stocks, and Jay Moulton won his second Cosco Haulage Mini Stocks feature. Dylan Llord picked up his seventh win of the season in the Mike Knapp Ford Pro 4 Trucks.

Cory Turner and Westbrook brought the SOS field to the green flag with Turner showing the way. Westbrook caught Turner with eight laps to go and completed the pass for the lead on Lap 17. Westbrook pulled away following a late race caution to pick up the win. Turner, Ryan Susice, Dave Dykstra, and Chris Steele rounded out the top five. Westbrook ran a lap time of 13.078 seconds during hot laps, which shattered the Humberstone track record.

Dylan Davidson and Adam Leslie led the PC Works DIRTcar Sportsman field to the green, with Davidson setting the pace early on. Rouse took over the lead on Lap 17, going on to score career win No. 101. Chad Chevalier scored a runner-up finish followed by Davidson, Cody McPherson and Adam Leslie.

Racing continues on Sunday, August 14 as Pinty’s Delicious Foods presents a full card of DIRTcar Sportsman, RUSH Late Models, Street Stocks, Pro 4 Trucks and Mini Stocks plus a 30-lap Eve of Destruction Enduro qualifier. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. with racing getting underway at 6:30 p.m. Find out more at www.humberstonespeedway.com

Aasbo eyeing second Formula Drift title

Fredric Aasbo is in contention for his second straight title
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Defending Formula Drift champion Fredric Aasbo is locked in a fierce battle for the 2016 championship, one of the closest in the series’ history.

"The level of competition in the championship is incredible and that's what we want," said team owner Stephan Papadakis. "That's what motivates us all to push harder and the fans are getting a great show."

The most recent round was a standing-room only event this past weekend at the Evergreen Speedway, near Seattle. Judges called for multiple rematches throughout the day and there were some surprising upsets as title contenders were eliminated in early rounds. After Round 6, Aasbo remains second in the championship standings, just five points out of the lead.

"The sport is getting more and more aggressive every weekend," said Aasbo. "We have so much grip with the Nexen N'Fera tires that we're calling for more and more power. As far as we've taken our four-banger, now it's time to take it even further."

The first “One More Time” call for Aasbo came in the Top 16, as he put down a strong extra round to defeat Matt Field and advance to the Top 8. There, he was defeated in a close contest by Aurimas "Odi" Bakchis, who went on to take the event win.

Among the fans at the track this weekend were members of Toyota's NHRA program, including driver J.R. Todd, who took a special thrill ride in a high-powered drift car. Papadakis Racing joined their Toyota teammates as guests at the NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways on Sunday.

Next, the 2016 Formula Drift Pro Championship continues to Round 7: Showdown on September 9-10 at Texas Motor Speedway in Dallas/Fort Worth. Learn more about Aasbo and Papadakis Racing at www.fredricaasbo.com and www.papadakisracing.com. Learn more about Formula Drift at www.formulad.com.

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Monday, August 8, 2016

Carnes, Vona score Pro Charger wins at Holland

NYPA TQ Midget winner Dave Wollaber
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Rich Carnes and Dave Vona scored wins in the twin features for the Getzoni Nationwide Insurance Agency NASCAR Pro Chargers at Holland International Speedway on Saturday night. For Carnes, it was his first win of the season while Vona picked up his second victory of the year. Dave Wollaber earned his fourth win of the season for the NYPA TQ Midgets, while Jeff Szafraniec was declared the winner in the Bank of Holland Hornet feature. Carl Vilardo IV scored his fourth Advance Auto Parts INEX Legends win and third in a row, and Darryl Phillips won the Rookie 4 feature after post-race tech.

In the first feature of the night for the Pro Chargers, Carnes jumped out to an early lead over Ted Welshans and stayed there, picking up the win over Welshans, Zach Myers, Jim Mallaber and Dave Vona. Tim and Nik Welshans set the pace for the second feature, with Tim showing the way early. Vona battled Josh Hathaway for several laps before taking the runner-up spot away from him just past halfway, then taking the lead with six laps to go. Vona went on to score the win. Hathaway, Myers, Tim Welshans and Mallaber rounded out the top five.

Scott Gleed and Vinnie Christiano III led the NYPA TQ Midgets to the green flag for their 20-lap feature, with Christiano III showing the way early. Vinnie Christiano Jr. and Dave Wollaber raced their way into second and third and began to chase down the younger Christiano. Wollaber took over the lead on Lap 5 and drove away from the rest of the field to earn the win. Kyle Hutchinson, Christiano Jr., Erik Musto and AJ Hessler rounded out the top five.

Holland gets back on track on Saturday, August 13, as the Bank of Holland Hornets will be featured in a 50-lap event along with a full NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program featuring twin features for the Chargers plus NYPA TQ Midgets, INEX Legends, M&M U Pull-It Figure 8’s and Rookie 4’s. Also appearing is the Dale Earnhardt Jr. Nationwide Insurance No. 88 showcar and simulator presented by Getzoni Nationwide Insurance. Pit gates open at 4:15 p.m., with grandstand gates opening at 5:45 p.m. and racing action starting at 6 p.m. Find out more at www.hollandspeedway.com

Lyon grabs second Sportsman win of the season at Lancaster Speedway

Sunoco Sportsman points leader Jake Lyon picked up his second win of the season Saturday afternoon at Lancaster National Speedway after passing Sherri Hogan for the lead just past the halfway point of the 35-lap feature.

Sportsman winner Jake Lyon
20 Sunoco Sportsman took the green flag Saturday afternoon, with Jayme Thompson taking the lead from the pole position. Sherri Hogan moved past Thompson for the lead on Lap 3, as Lyon, who started ninth, worked his way through the field during the first half of the race. He passed Mike Ramos for second on Lap 10, and Lyon and Hogan began to pull away from the field. After a Lap 13 caution flag set up a side-by-side restart with Hogan and Lyon, Lyon took control of the field on the restart. By Lap 14 he was out in front of Hogan, Ramos and the rest of the field and drove away. Tommy Catalano chased down Hogan late in the race to take second place, followed by Hogan in third. Tim Nies finished a career-best fourth after winning his second heat race of the season earlier in the day. John Barber rounded out the top five.

Whittaker (2) battles King (0) and Russell (93)
Dave Whittaker was declared the official winner of the X-Press Signs Late Model feature after Eldon King III was disqualified in post-race tech inspection. King led the first 15 laps of the race from the pole before being passed by Dave Russell. Russell led until Lap 19 when a mechanical failure took him out of contention. The lead went back to King who held it until the end. Travis Fisher was credited with second place. Frank Batista finished third followed by Ron Nurmi and Bill Osborn.

Street Stock winner Keith Flanigan
The Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks had a season-high 25 cars sign in for competition, with Keith Flanigan picking up his first feature win in over two years in the 25-lap feature. Flanigan started on the pole and led early before Dennis Londos took over the lead on Lap 5. Flanigan came back to retake the lead on Lap 8, holding on until the end to return to victory lane. Andy Cryan finished second, followed by Londos, Dave Wilson and Trevor Pettit.

4-cylinder winner Bobby Woch
In the Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders, Bobby Woch was declared the official winner of the 25-lap feature after Frank Prell was disqualified in post-race technical inspection. The victory is Woch’s second of the 2016 season. Points leader Kevin Bainbridge finished second, followed by Chris Pennell, Jim Dauer and Dan Dressel.

Lancaster hosted FOAR Score/Autograph Day on Saturday afternoon as a precursor to the Chase Rice/Eric Van Houten concert that night. Race fans enjoyed meeting their favorite drivers and made some new favorites as well during the on-track autograph session at intermission.

Lancaster National Speedway returns to action on Saturday, August 13 for Wing Night as the winged Can-Am TQ Midgets make their return to Lancaster’s 1/4-mile inner oval. The Sportsman, Street Stocks and 4-Cylinders will also be in action, with racing starting at 6:30 p.m. Find out more at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com

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Masullo picks up Top 8 win at Lancaster Dragway

Top 8 winner Joe Masullo
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In Franco’s Pizza Friday Night IHRA Drag Racing action at Lancaster National Dragway Friday night, Joe Masullo picked up his second win of the year in Top 8 after his opponent, Kenn Dominczak, red lighted in the final round. Masullo now has three wins overall in 2016, with a win in Top ET as well.

Bill Blaser Sr. took top honors in Mallare Enterprises Top ET, holding off Thomas Fletcher for the win. Dale Eckert earned his fifth win of the season in McGard Mod ET, beating Clay Ricketson in the finals.

Mike Nearhoof picked up the win in Hebeler’s Sales Sleds & Bikes after Brian Babiak left the starting line early. It was the second week in a row that the Nearhoof family won Sleds & Bikes, as his son Drew earned his first win the previous week. Dan Knab became the seventh different winner of the season in Tread City Tire Street, taking his 2001 Saturn to victory lane after a red light by Cody Winkowski in the finals.

Lancaster celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Funny Car with match races between the Alcohol Funny Cars of Vinnie Rastelli and Chris Zagoda and the vintage Funny Cars of Kim McKean and Johnny K.

The Buffalo Superchargers head back to Lancaster Dragway on Friday, August 12, joining a full card of IHRA drag racing. Time trials begin at 5 p.m. Find out more at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Smith’s No. 7 to sport Dutch Hoag scheme at The Glen

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Tommy Baldwin Racing and Cato, NY native Regan Smith will sport a special paint scheme this weekend at Watkins Glen International, as the No. 7 Advanced Patient Care Chevrolet will carry the familiar paint scheme of Donald "Dutch" Hoag, a multi-time champion at a variety of short tracks throughout New York State. Born in nearby Naples, NY, Hoag also ran four Grand National – predecessor to the Sprint Cup Series – races during the 1950's.

"We wanted to recognize Dutch for a few reasons," said TBR owner Tommy Baldwin. "He was one of the drivers that my dad looked up to when he started his modified career. I remember when I was a kid, he'd always talk about how Dutch was always going to be the guy to beat, no matter what track we raced."

In additional to the many track championships, Hoag was a multi-time Race of Champions Modified event winner; in 1968, he won the race by a full lap. Hoag, who passed away in May of this year at the age of 89, won on both asphalt and dirt over four decades, from the 1940s to the 1970s.

Hoag was also influential in starting many careers. In 1969, Hoag let an eager young crewman take some hot laps in his modified. The following year Hoag fielded a second car for that kid: Chemung, NY’s Geoff Bodine. In 1972, Bodine went on to win his first Race of Champions and went on to success in the Sprint Cup Series.

"For me, this is not about just running a special paint scheme. It's a true remembrance of a driver who impacted my family and the entire Northeast modified community. My dad would be proud that we're doing this," said Long Island native Baldwin.

Smith, born and raised one-hour north of WGI, said, "If you're from NY, you know Dutch Hoag. It's pretty cool to be able to run his colors this weekend."

Follow TBR at tommybaldwinracing.com.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Cheez-It 355 at The Glen – August 4-7, 2016

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NASCAR’s Sprint Cup and Xfinity Series are joined by the K&N Pro Series East this weekend in the Finger Lakes region of New York State, home to Watkins Glen International. The action is on track Thursday through Sunday, August 4-7.

Racing began in Watkins Glen in 1948, racing through various roads in the village. A temporary road course was built in 1953, and the current 2.3-mile permanent circuit was built in 1956. The first NASCAR race at The Glen was held in 1957, and Formula One visited the track from 1961 to 1980. The Glen closed in 1981 following financial difficulties; it was purchased in 1983, renovated, and reopened in 1984. NASCAR returned to The Glen, which was repaved during the offseason, in 1986.

On-track action begins Thursday with Xfinity Series practice at 1 and 3:30 p.m. ET. On Friday, the K&N Pro Series East practices at 8:30 a.m. ET, followed by the Xfinity Series at 10 a.m. ET. The Sprint Cup Series practices at 12:30 and 3 p.m. ET, with K&N Series qualifying at 2 p.m. ET and Xfinity Series qualifying at 4:45 p.m. ET. The K&N Series competes in the Bully Hill Vineyards 100 at 6:15 p.m. ET.

On Saturday, Cup Series qualifying begins 12:15 p.m. ET, followed by the Xfinity Series Zippo 200 at The Glen at 2 p.m. ET. On Sunday, the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen goes green at 2:30 p.m. ET.

Tickets for the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen weekend are still available: three-day passes start at $105 (general admission); individual day passes are also available. For more information on these events and to purchase tickets, visit www.theglen.com.

Playing the weather brings Smith home third at Pocono

Regan Smith at Pocono on Friday
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Tommy Baldwin Racing achieved a milestone finish on Monday at Pocono Raceway, as Regan Smith, driver of the No. 7 Advanced Patient Care Chevrolet scored a third-place finish in the Pennsylvania 400 thanks to some team strategy.

The finish was the team's best for a non-restrictor plate track. In 2011, Dave Blaney scored a third-place finish at Talladega Superspeedway.

"We got to take the opportunities when they present themselves, and today and this weekend in general, just kind of had that feeling to it with the rain on and off all weekend long, and we were able to make the most out of it, and it's something I'm proud of them for doing," said Smith.

"I'm so happy for Tommy," he continued. "Tommy has done this for a long time, and his strategy is second to none. He's as good as anybody when it comes to calling a race and playing the strategy game. I think this is the team's best non-plate finish ever, so that's cool, and something that you can really get everybody pumped up at the shop about and take this on to the next race."

With 33 laps remaining on Monday, it became apparent that weather would be a factor as green-flag pit stops began. Baldwin chose not to pit until absolutely necessary, and it paid off, as just several laps into the pit cycle, NASCAR displayed the yellow flag for fog, which was followed by a red flag. After waiting less than 90 minutes, the race was declared official.

"Today it seemed like I was the car owner, crew chief and meteorologist," Baldwin joked. "Regan and I thought we'd roll the dice and bank on the weather. It's always a gamble but today it worked out for us. I'm just very proud of this team."

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