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Monday, March 27, 2017

Lancaster announces 2017 improvements

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Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway has announced new improvement projects for the 2017 season.

Two improvements will be made to the dragway portion of the facility starting with the replacement of the burnout box, as well as the two sections of concrete just in front of them. Oak Orchard Concrete, owned by long-time drag racing supporter Tim Payne, was awarded the bid.

Another improvement is right around the 60-foot mark of the ⅛-mile dragstrip where the existing starting line area meets the newer concrete surface that was installed last year. A slight dip in the MacKenzie’s Automotive and Performance Center Lane No. 1 will be addressed and raised up to make it level. Last year, Bravo Concrete Maintenance successfully did a similar procedure to the Franco’s Pizza Lane No. 2, and will perform the work on Lane 1 before the Franco’s Pizza IHRA Drag Racing season starts on April 29.

The sound system for the pit areas used by both drag racing and stock car competitors will receive an upgrade with new wiring and speakers being installed. This is being done to reduce delays for both racing programs as competitors will have an easier time hearing when their division or class is called to their respective staging areas.

The fan concourse will receive an upgrade as well with the construction of a brand new 12 Gates Brewing Beer Stand. The old structure, previously known as Bruz’s Place, will be taken down with a new building going up in its place. Plans call for an area for people to hang out with a view to both the drag and stock car action. 12 Gates Brewing of Williamsville became the official sponsor of Lancaster’s beer stand prior to last season.

“This is just another step regarding the commitment of the ownership group towards the teams and loyal supporters of Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway,” said Tim Packman, Track President. “The past three years have marked significant improvements and repairs to multiple areas of the track. The results have been growth in fans, race teams, reputation and a positive vibe about Lancaster.”

“We’ve announced new shows coming to the track like ISMA Supermodifieds, Buffalo Street Outlaws Thunderdome, Niagara Auto Swap Meet & Car Show and Monster Trucks, to name a few. We are also adding new food items to our concession stands, namely the return of fresh cut fries. The anticipation for both race teams and fans has been picking up the past few weeks as we get closer to our openers. And, improvements like these just further that along a little more.”

These improvements are scheduled to be completed before the start of the season with additional projects to possibly be undertaken during the year.

The “Queen City Clash” season opener for the X-Press Signs Stock Car Series is Saturday, April 22 and is followed by the Race of Champions Modified Series “Fans in the Stands 75” on Saturday, April 29; both are 2 p.m. starts. The Franco’s Pizza Friday Night Drag Racing season kicks off with a Test n’ Tune on Friday, April 28 and points begin on Friday, May 5.  Keep up with the action at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com.

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Lancaster’s first RoC race of the season: “Fans in the Stands 75”

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Lancaster National Speedway and the Race of Champions have announced the name of the first RoC Modified event for 2017: the “Fans in the Stands 75” is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 29.

“Joe Skotnicki of the Race of Champions and myself were talking about what their season opener could be called,” said Tim Packman, Track President. “Our opener the week before is the “Queen City Clash” and we were kicking around a Buffalo or WNY theme. But, we wanted to make it more personal to the track and series.”

“Who better to pay tribute to than the people who have stuck by the track through the good and bad times. The fans of Lancaster have been an inspiration and reason to keep making improvements to the facility and why we have grown crowd and car counts in recent years. Having this race in their honor is our honor.”

Skotnicki took over the Race of Champions in 2016 and has been involved at Lancaster in various capacities during his racing career. He knows what Modified racing means to Lancaster, and what the fans of the track mean to the open-wheel Ground Pounders.

“Modified racing has a strong history at Lancaster and the fans are a big reason we have four events there every year,” said Skotnicki. “Like the track, last year was a good one for the Race of Champions Modified Asphalt Series in growth and racing action.”

“Having a race to honor fans of Lancaster and Modified racing is just our way of saying thank you for their support through the years. Both us and the track are heading in a good direction and none of it would matter without those people who spend their hard-earned money and time to watch.”

In addition to the Race of Champions Modifieds racing that day, the Race of Champions Super Stocks, Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks and Roaming Buffalo 4 Cylinders will also be in competition. Keep up with the action at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com.

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

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Ransomville Speedway announces 2017 schedule

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2017 marks the second season of operation of Ransomville Speedway under the Atwal family, and it will be a special one as “The Big R” is celebrating its 60th anniversary season.

Car show season will kick off in March as Ransomville will be represented at the 31st annual Motorsports Expo at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse the weekend of March 11-12. The cars and stars of the Big and Little R will take center stage at the Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls USA the weekend of March 24-26 with the annual Ransomville Speedway car show.

The stock cars will hit the track for the first time season with the annual Test, Tune and Time for all drivers on Friday, April 28. The 358 Modified and Sportsman pole winners will each receive a 55-gallon drum of VP Fuel presented by VP Racing Fuels.

VP Racing Small Engine Fuels presents the 60th season opener on Friday, May 5, featuring a full card of racing staring the Krown Undercoating of Ransomville 358 Modifieds, Investors Services Sportsman, KiPo Chevrolet Street Stocks, Gippsters Collision 4 Bangers and the Stevenson’s Hardware Novice Sportsman. The following week, May 12, Martin’s Fantasy Island presents a full card of racing plus the first Spectator 1-on-1 race of the season. On May 19, Johnston’s Restaurant will present a full card plus a Street Stock mechanics race. The first Autograph Night of the year is set for Friday, May 26, presented by United Materials LLC.

A-Verdi Storage Containers and Johnston’s Restaurant presents the Patriot Sprint Cars plus the Sportsman, Street Stocks, 4 Bangers and Novice Sportsman on Friday, June 2. BlueCross and BlueShield of WNY presents Labor Night at the Races to benefit the United Way on Friday, June 9. Niagara Hardwood and A1 Landscape are also presenting sponsors that evening, which will feature a full card of racing plus an open wheeled pit crew contest. On June 16, WGR 550 presents a full card of racing plus a full fender pit crew contest. The popular Bicycle races return on June 23 as Scott Joy Trucking presents the racing card. On June 30, celebrate Independence Day with fireworks as Farmer’s Insurance of Lockport and HyTech Concrete presents a full card of racing.

On Friday, July 7, the JetPort Lounge presents a full card plus Kids Rides. Kids Power Wheel Races will be ran on July 14 as Regional Haulage will present the racing action. July 21 will be the 60th Anniversary Celebration presented by the Lewiston Chamber of Commerce. On Sunday, July 23, Budweiser presents “The Greatest Show on Dirt” as the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Cars makes its return to Ransomville for the first time in 20 years for the “Big R Outlaw Shootout”! A special $750-to-win Sportsman race will also be on the card. Friday night action returns on Friday, July 28 as the Sunset Bar and Grill presents a full card plus the second spectator 1-on-1 race of the season.

On Friday August 4, Performance MFG Inc. and Jeffery Machine present the Sid Jeffery Memorial, featuring a $1,000-to-win Sportsman special plus the Modifieds, 4 Bangers, Novice Sportsman and the inaugural visit of the Pennsylvania Vintage Modifieds. The 33rd running of the Summer Nationals for the Big Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series will take place on Tuesday, August 8. Coors Light, Parco Buildings and Wendt’s Propane will present the racing action, which will also include the Sportsman and Street Stock divisions plus the popular Ransomville Fire Department Chicken BBQ.  Stirling Lubricants, Randy’s Smoke Shop and the FOAR Score Fan Club presents the racing program on Friday, August 11 as well as the second Autograph Night of the year. Kids Rides will be held on August 18 presented by Crop Production Services, Firth’s Jewelers and the Barker Lions Club. On August 25, Moley Magnetics presents the second visit of the season by the Patriot Sprint Tour, who will be joined by the Sportsman, Street Stocks, 4 Bangers and Novice Sportsman.

On September 1, there’s a 50-lap special for the 358 Modifieds presented by Tim Hortons, Labatt’s and Salerno’s Snowplowing and Landscaping, and the 358 Modified and Sportsman track championships will be decided. On September 8, Niagara Frontier Publications and WGR 550 presents the Sportsman Super DIRTcar Series plus the crowning of the Street Stock champion. The season will come to a close the weekend of September 15-16 as Investors Services presents the annual King of the Hill (KoH) Weekend. On Friday, September 15,  track champions will be crowned for the 4 Bangers and Novice Sportsman, plus there’s qualifying for the Street Stocks, Sportsman and the 4/6 cylinder Enduro. On Saturday, September 16, there will be twin 100’s for the Sportsman and Street Stocks with each paying $1000 to win, and the 4 Bangers and Novice Sportsman will be on the card.

Thursday night racing returns to the 1/4-mile “Little R” with go-kart action kicking off on Thursday, May 11. Racing will take place on Thursday nights (except July 20) through Championship Night on August 31. The popular Powder Puff will take place August 10, and the go-kart banquet and non-points fun race will be held on Sunday, September 10.

Keep up with the off-season at www.ransomvillespeedway.com

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Ransomville announces track improvements for 2017

A new concession stand will be going up shortly at Ransomville
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Ransomville Speedway owners, the Atwal family, and track management have announced a number of improvements taking place on the property for the 2017 season.

In late February, work began on a brand new concession stand in the concourse area after the demolition of the old structure. The new concession stand will be in the exact same location as the one that was torn down. “The new concession stand will be bigger than the old one,” said Ransomville General Manager Jenn Martin. “All of our great concession stand fare will be held in one building.”

Besides the new concession stand, there will also be updated and brand new restrooms to greet race fans. The bathrooms that sit underneath the VIP Tower will become the men’s restroom with updated stalls, urinals and sinks. There will be a brand new women’s restroom next to the men’s restroom. The restrooms that were located behind the Turn 4 grandstands have also been torn down. The new concession stand and restrooms come soon after the renovation to the VIP Tower, the brand new Souvenir Stand and Speedway Office, and the Jumbotron that was completed in 2016. 

Parco Building Systems will be the builders as HyTech Concrete will be laying the concrete for all the projects. In the spring, HyTech, located at 6136 First St. in Newfane, will be laying down concrete pads on the front row of the pit area. The 358 Modifieds will be allowed to pit on the new concrete pads. Pads can be rented for $300 for the season. 

Keep up with the off-season at www.ransomvillespeedway.com.

Quotes in this piece provided by Ransomville Speedway

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Jet Port Lounge, Niagara Lazy Lakes Resort, Scott Joy Trucking join Ransomville sponsor team

Jet Port Lounge, Niagara Lazy Lakes Resort and Scott Joy Trucking have all recently inked marketing partner agreements at Ransomville Speedway.

Jet Port Lounge is located on Porter Road in Niagara Falls. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, Jet Port Restaurant and Lounge is open Monday through Thursday 7:30 a.m.-1 a.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-midnight, Saturday 7:30 a.m.-2 a.m. and Sunday 7 a.m.-10 p.m. They can be reached by phone at 716-297-9778.

Niagara Lazy Lakes Resort is a private recreational vehicle resort located at 4312 Church Road in Lockport, featuring 275 RV sites and nine first class cabins on 80 acres. Owned and operated by the Swift family, Niagara Lazy Lakes Resort will be celebrating their 30th anniversary season. Niagara Lazy Lakes Resort can be reached by phone at 1-800-874-2957 and online at www.lazylakes.com.

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Jet Port Lounge and Niagara Lazy Lakes have both been long time sponsors for Krown Undercoating of Ransomville 358 Modified regular Rick Richner. Jet Port Lounge and Niagara Lazy Lakes Resort will present a full card of racing action on Friday, July 7 as well as Kids’ Rides.

Opening in 1989, Scott Joy Trucking is a freight shipping and trucking company located at 1661 Blood Rd. in Lyndonville. Scott Joy Trucking Night will take place on Friday, June 23 with a full card of racing plus the popular Bicycle Races.  Scott’s son Nick campaigns weekly in the Krown Undercoating of Ransomville 358 Modifieds.

Keep up with the action at www.ransomvillespeedway.com