|credit: Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway|
With severe weather forecasted for the Western New York area on Saturday evening, Lancaster National Speedway officials postponed Season Championship Night for the stock car program until Thursday, September 22, now a precursor to U.S. Open weekend. The Sunoco Sportsman, Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks and Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders will run their final points races of the 2016 season and crown their respective track champions, with racing starting at 7 p.m.
"We have had some great racing this year and the points battles between the second and 10th positions are very tight," said Tim Packman, Track President. "Having it decided by rain rather than racing wasn't the fitting way to end it for our three weekly divisions."
The top 10 in points for each division are eligible to receive money at the year-end banquet, and there are still plenty of important points battles that need to be settled. The biggest one is the chase for the Sunoco Sportsman track championship with Jake Lyon holding a 44-point lead over Tommy Catalano. With the possibility of earning a maximum of 70 points, there is still a chance for Catalano to win the title.
"This will be treated as a totally separate event from the U.S. Open, which starts the next day (Friday, September 23),” said Packman. “There is already a lot of interest in this year's U.S. Open and this will add even one more day of action for everyone to come out and enjoy some great racing at Lancaster."
Pit gates will open at 4:30 p.m. on September 22 with practice starting and front gates opening at 5:30. Racing will begin at 7 p.m.
The full schedule of events for the 28th annual U.S. Open is available at www.thelancasterusopen.com. Fans and racers planning on camping for the U.S. Open are welcome to set up camp on Thursday.
Quotes in this piece provided by Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway.