|credit: Lancaster National Speedway and Dragway|
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.