Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Lancaster wraps up oval season with U.S. Open

The oval track season at Lancaster National Speedway concluded last weekend with the 28th annual U.S. Open, featuring seven classes and more than 180 cars over two days of action.

RoC Modified winner Patrick Emerling

Sportsman winner Chuck Hossfeld
Patrick Emerling made it a season sweep at Lancaster by winning Sunday’s Race of Champions Modified Series 125-lap race; he won all four RoC races at the track this season. Chuck Hossfeld won the 75-lap Sunoco Sportsman feature on Saturday night, leading the final 36 laps on his way to the win.
4-Cylinder winner Kevin Bainbridge

TQ Midget winner Andy Nye (66) battles Tommy Catalano

Super Stock winner Mike Nichols
In other action on Saturday at Lancaster, Mike Nichols won the 30-lap Super Stock feature, Kevin Bainbridge won the 25-lap Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinder feature for his eighth win of the year, and Andy Nye won the 25-lap NYPA TQ Midget feature. On Sunday, Dave Heitzhaus won the 30-lap X-Press Signs Late Model feature presented by Abbott Rd Pizza, and Rich Sharpe was victorious in the 35-lap Advance Auto Parts Street Stock feature.

Street Stock winner Rich Sharpe

Late Model winner Dave Heitzhaus

Impressive fields and incredible wrecks were the order of the weekend. Lancaster’s three weekly series were represented by 40 Sportsman, 32 Street Stocks and 23 4-Cylinders, with 19 TQ Midgets, 28 Super Stocks, 16 Late Models and 26 RoC Modifieds added for good measure.

One of the scariest incidents of the weekend took place on Sunday on Lap 22 of the Street Stock feature, when the No. 49 of Jim Bryant hit the end of the inside retaining wall on the front straightaway. Bryant’s car hit the tire that protects the end of the wall to send it airborne. The car flipped in the air before landing on its roof. Bryant walked away from the accident.

Jim Bryant walked away from this accident on the frontstretch
credit: Joe Grabianowski/Lancaster National Speedway

Track president Tim Packman announced the 2017 stock car season at Lancaster will open on Saturday, April 22. The Race of Champions Modified Series will once again have four dates at Lancaster with the Queen City Clash on Saturday, April 29, the third annual Ol’ Boy Cup 60 on Thursday, June 29, the 28th annual Tommy Druar/Tony Jankowiak Memorial 110 on Saturday, August 19 and the 29th annual U.S. Open weekend September 22-24.

Packman also announced that the International Supermodified Association (ISMA) will return to Lancaster on Saturday, June 3. The exciting winged ISMA Supermodifieds haven’t raced at the facility since 2003. The ISMA series hosted its first ever race at Lancaster back in 1974.

The season awards banquet will be held on Saturday, November 12 at the Variety Club Banquet Hall on Broadway in Lancaster. Find out more at

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