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Monday, December 19, 2016

Lancaster Dragway announces 2017 schedule

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Lancaster Dragway has released its preliminary drag racing schedule for the 2017 season, with a promise to add more events in the coming weeks.

LND is increasing the general admission adult front-gate price for regular Friday night events from $7 to $8 in 2017, however special event prices will remain the same.

Weekly Friday night IHRA Drag Racing will take place from May to September featuring four weekly classes of competition (Mallare Enterprises Top ET, McGard Mod ET, Hebeler's Sales Bikes & Sleds and Tread City Tire Street), and a variety of special events are scheduled throughout the season, which kicks off on Friday, April 28 with tech inspection and a test n' tune session. IHRA points will begin for all weekly classes on May 5.

The biggest event of 2016 at Lancaster featured the stars of "Street Outlaws" taking on the Buffalo Street Outlaws in the first edition of the 716 vs. 405. “Street Outlaws” star Kamikaze Chris will return to Lancaster in 2017, looking to avenge his 2016 defeat on Friday, June 30.

The Buffalo Street Outlaws will make a total of seven appearances at Lancaster in 2017. BSO will defend their home turf on Saturday, July 22 in a special event titled “Thunderdome: BSO vs. The World.” Thunderdome will feature the Buffalo Street Outlaws taking on teams of invading street legal racers from other states and regions.

Also returning in 2017 is the annual Memorial Day weekend visit from Al Hanna's Jet Funny Cars on May 26. A special Thursday night show has been added on June 21 to serve as the kick off to the recently acquired Niagara Swap Meet & Car Show; all four weekly classes plus Junior Dragsters and BSO Real Street will be in action. The annual Nitro Night of Fire presented by A-Verdi Storage Containers will take place on July 14.

Lancaster's Sunday Nostalgia Weekend moves back to the first weekend of August this season. The weekend gets going on Friday, August 4 with the regular IHRA drag racing program plus a Nostalgia Eliminator class and the Buffalo Street Outlaws. Saturday's events will include the third annual Lancaster National Dragway Hall of Fame induction ceremony and dinner. Sunday will feature a full day of racing, including the new Modern Muscle class for cars from 1981-1997, and the infield car show.

The late season schedule is highlighted by Alcohol Funny Cars on August 11 and Big Rig Night presented by Hunter Truck Sales/Peterbilt of Buffalo on August 25. Big Rig Night will include semi-trucks and dump trucks competing in their own special class. The 2017 season will conclude on Friday, September 30 with the final points night for all classes.

Tuesday Test n' Tune nights start on May 16 and run through September 12. Amateur drag racing, Junior Dragsters and Senior Nostalgia are also on the schedule for Tuesdays. Lancaster's popular Wednesday Cruise Nights will begin on May 3 and run through September 13 with free admission continuing in 2017.

Racers are invited to register for the 2017 season on Friday, March 10 at Magruder's Pub on Broadway in Depew from 6-9 p.m. Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway will also have booths at the Cavalcade of Cars, March 3-5 at the Hamburg Fairgrounds, and the Buffalo Motorama, March 24-26 at the Buffalo Convention Center. Keep up with the off-season action at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

A look ahead: 2017 ARCA Racing Series schedule

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  • February 18 – Daytona International Speedway
  • April 8 – Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville
  • April 30 – Salem Speedway
  • May 5 – Talladega Superspeedway
  • May 21 – Toledo Speedway
  • June 3 – Elko Speedway
  • June 9 – Pocono Raceway
  • June 16 – Michigan International Speedway
  • June 23 – Madison International Speedway
  • July 8 – Iowa Speedway
  • July 21 – Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis
  • July 28 – Pocono Raceway
  • August 6 – Winchester Speedway
  • August 20 – Illinois State Fairgrounds
  • August 27 – Road America
  • September 4 – DuQuoin State Fairgrounds
  • September 9 – Salem Speedway
  • September14 – Chicagoland Speedway
  • September 22 – Kentucky Speedway
  • October 20 – Kansas Speedway


Sunday, December 11, 2016

A look ahead: 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule

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  • February 24 – Daytona International Speedway
  • March 4 – Atlanta Motor Speedway
  • April 1 – Martinsville Speedway
  • May 12 – Kansas Speedway
  • May 19 – Charlotte Motor Speedway
  • June 2 – Dover International Speedway
  • June 9 – Texas Motor Speedway
  • June 17 – Gateway Motorsports Park
  • June 23 – Iowa Speedway
  • July 6 – Kentucky Speedway
  • July 19 – Eldora Speedway
  • July 29 – Pocono Raceway
  • August 12 – Michigan International Speedway
  • August 16 – Bristol Motor Speedway
  • September 3 – Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
  • September 15 – Chicagoland Speedway
  • September 23 – New Hampshire Motor Speedway
  • September 30 – Las Vegas Motor Speedway
  • October 14 – Talladega Superspeedway
  • October 28 – Martinsville Speedway
  • November 3 – Texas Motor Speedway
  • November 10 – Phoenix International Raceway
  • November 17 – Homestead-Miami Speedway


Thursday, December 8, 2016

A look ahead: 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule

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  • March 12 – Streets of St. Petersburg
  • April 9 – Streets of Long Beach
  • April 23 – Barber Motorsports Park
  • May 13 – Grand Prix of Indianapolis
  • May 28 – Indianapolis 500
  • June 3-4 – Raceway at Belle Isle Park
  • June 10 – Texas Motor Speedway
  • June 25 – Road America
  • July 9 – Iowa Speedway
  • July 16 – Streets of Toronto
  • July 30 – Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
  • August 20 – Pocono Raceway
  • August 26 – Gateway Motorsports Park
  • September 3 – Watkins Glen International
  • September 17 – Sonoma Raceway


Monday, December 5, 2016

A look ahead: 2017 NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule

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  • February 25 – Daytona International Speedway
  • March 4 – Atlanta Motor Speedway
  • March 11 – Las Vegas Motor Speedway
  • March 18 – Phoenix International Raceway
  • March 25 – Auto Club Speedway
  • April 8 – Texas Motor Speedway
  • April 22 – Bristol Motor Speedway
  • April 29 – Richmond International Raceway
  • May 6 – Talladega Superspeedway
  • May 27 – Charlotte Motor Speedway
  • June 3 – Dover International Speedway
  • June 10 – Pocono Raceway
  • June 17 – Michigan International Speedway
  • June 24 – Iowa Speedway
  • June 30 – Daytona International Speedway
  • July 7 – Kentucky Speedway
  • July 15 – New Hampshire Motor Speedway
  • July 22 – Indianapolis Motor Speedway
  • July 29 – Iowa Speedway
  • August 5 – Watkins Glen International
  • August 12 – Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
  • August 18 – Bristol Motor Speedway
  • August 27 – Road America
  • September 2 – Darlington Raceway
  • September 8 – Richmond International Raceway
  • September 16 – Chicagoland Speedway
  • September 23 – Kentucky Speedway
  • September 30 – Dover International Speedway
  • October 6 – Charlotte Motor Speedway
  • October 21 – Kansas Speedway
  • November 4 – Texas Motor Speedway
  • November 11 – Phoenix International Raceway
  • November 18 – Homestead-Miami Speedway


Sunday, December 4, 2016

Lancaster Speedway releases 2017 oval schedule

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After a successful 2016 season, Lancaster National Speedway officials have unveiled the 2017 Stock Car schedule, featuring 16 events during the 59th season of racing at the 1/2-mile oval.

Building on a tradition that started in 2015, the theme for the 2017 season will be "Stability & Loyalty," letting teams know the track will remain committed to what it has been building. While other facilities in the area have dropped divisions from its weekly program and added new add ones at random, Lancaster will continue to support the drivers and teams that have stuck with them through recent years.

The only significant change will be an increase of $1 for adult admission for regular weekly season Stock Car events from $12 to $13 in 2017. The admission fee of $8 for students ages 12-17 will remain, as will free admission for children 11 and under for weekly regular events.

The Sunoco Sportsman, Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks and 4-Cylinders will return as Lancaster's home track divisions competing for the track championships and points fund payouts. All three divisions had a marked increase in support last season as the stock car program earned its biggest weekly car counts in several years.

The 2017 Stock Car season kicks off Saturday, April 22 at 2 p.m. with the Queen City Clash, featuring all three weekly divisions plus the first of four visits from the NYPA TQ Midgets. The early season Saturday afternoon shows continue on April 29 when the Race of Champions Modified Series takes to the track for a 75-lap event, followed by X-Press Signs Late Model Mania on May 6.

6:30 p.m. Saturday night racing begins on May 13 when the New York Super Stock Series makes its lone stop at Lancaster for a 50-lap race. May 20 is Ladies Night with $5 general admission for women plus a 4-Cylinder Powder Puff race open to any female that doesn't have previous points- racing experience. 

LNS is treating fans to Double Wing Night on June 3, with the return of International Supermodified Association (ISMA) and the winged Can-Am TQ Midgets. The ISMA Supermodifieds are back by popular demand for the first time since 2003, and will be the first Supermodified race at Lancaster since 2009. The raindate for that event is Sunday, June 4. The Sunoco Sportsman will be in the spotlight for the Joe Reilly Summer Slam 75 presented by A-Verdi Storage Containers on June 17, while Lancaster kicks off summer on Thursday, June 29 with the third annual “Ol' Boy Cup 60,” a tribute to Bill Colton featuring the Race of Champions Modified Series. The RoC Big 10 Super Stocks, Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks and 4-Cylinders will take part in the action that night, as well, with racing set to begin at 7 p.m.

The summer portion of the schedule is filled with several special themed nights, including First Responders Night on July 9, Homecoming and Retro Night on July 16, Autograph and FOAR Score Fan Club Night on July 29, Kids Night on August 12 and Big Rig Night on August 26. The Kids Night program will feature bicycle giveaways and power car races for the kids, plus a 50-lap race for the Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks. The Kids Choice Street Stock 50 will a have special stipulation as children in attendance will get to decide how many cars will get inverted at the race's halfway point.

The RoC Modifieds are back on August 19 for the most prestigious race on the schedule, the 28th annual Tommy Druar/Tony Jankowiak 110. The regular season will come to an end on September 9 with Season Championship Night and three track champions being crowned.

Lancaster closes out the stock car season with the 29th annual U.S. Open during the weekend of September 22-24. WNY's racing finale continues to grow every year with more race cars, more campers and new memories to be made. The RoC Modified Series will headline the weekend with the U.S. Open 125 on Sunday.

Lancaster National Speedway will be active this winter taking part the Cavalcade of Cars show, March 3-5 at the Hamburg Fairgrounds, and the Buffalo Motorama, March 24-26 at the Buffalo Convention Center. Drivers will be able to sign up for the 2017 season on Friday, March 10 during the annual preseason registration party. Keep up with the off-season at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com

Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway acquires Niagara Swap Meet

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Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway has announced its acquisition of the Niagara Swap Meet and Car Show, moving it from the Niagara County Fairgrounds to the speedway in 2017. It will be held on its traditional last weekend of June, but add Friday to the weekend event for the dates of June 23 - 25, 2017. In addition to the Swap Meet portion of the event, the Car Show, Car Corral and all the events that are part of the show’s tradition are currently planned to remain on the schedule.

“This is a large step for the track in adding events to our offering of uses for our facility,” said Tim Packman, Track President. “We worked closely with the owners of the show to ensure we make this transition to our location great for the vendors, car enthusiasts, attendees and current partners of the event.

“Al Thomas and Tony Cory of CHT Productions (prior owners) are going to stay on in a consulting role for this year’s event. We already have a tentative layout of the facility and how it will work for the vendors and participants. We are confident the areas we have available for everything will be beneficial to everyone involved. Our location will make attending the event more attractive for people from Central and Southern New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Southern Ontario regions, as well.”

In addition to the more than 340 vendors, the event will have a Car Corral, where people can sell their classic cars, and the annual Car Show – these are currently planned to occupy part of the racing areas. The track is looking to have a preview day on Friday and live band later that night for all involved.

The show will then take place during the daytime on Saturday and Sunday giving everyone a chance to see and experience all aspects of the event. Vendors and participants will be getting information from the track in the near future.

Anyone with questions about the event are encouraged to call the track and/or leave message at 716-759-6818 or send an email to niagarashow@lancasternationalspeedway.com.

Quotes in this piece provided by Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway.