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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Lancaster announces schedule for 28th annual US Open

credit: Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway
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)

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