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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Jankowiak takes RoC Modified win at Lancaster

Andy Jankowiak
Andy Jankowiak of Tonawanda took the opening round of the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified schedule with his Saturday win in the Fans in the Stands 75 at Lancaster National Speedway, his first ever Modified win at Lancaster. In other action, Tim Gullo of Elmira won the Race of Champions Super Stock event, Rich Sharpe of Lancaster won the Advance Auto Parts Street Stock feature and Jason Anasiewicz of Lancaster picked up his second-straight win in the Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders.

Amy Catalano and Tyler Rypkema led the Modifieds to the opening green flag with Rypkema grabbing the early lead. The most serious incident of the day happened after a restart on Lap 39, as Kevin Miller and Catalano touched tires going down the backstretch, sending Catalano hard into the wall outside wall. Catalano walked away from the accident, but her day was over.

Tim Gullo
Following clean-up, Jankowiak took the lead from Rypkema after a restart on Lap 46 and didn’t look back. Jankowiak took the checkered for his first win in the Race of Champions Modified Series at Lancaster. He is a three-time track champion with numerous wins in the Sportsman, Street Stocks, TQ Midgets and 4-Cylinders, but it took him several years to triumph at his home track in a Modified. The win also came his very first start driving a Modified owned by 2005 Modified track champion Tom McGrath.

Skora settled for second, followed by Emerling, Hossfeld and Daren Scherer.

Rich Sharpe
The Race of Champions Super Stocks also opened their season at Lancaster on Saturday. Gullo, who started from the outside pole position, earned his first win at Lancaster after a spirited battle with Joe Mancuso. Mancuso finished second followed by Josh Hunter, Dana Novoa and Frank Petroski.

In the Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks, 2015 track champion Rich Sharpe made his first start of the season a memorable one as he captured the 25-lap feature. Sharpe drove around the outside of Tommy Wentland for the lead on Lap 10 and never looked back. Mark Hoch finish second, followed by Nik Welshans in third. Wentland and Ken Maltby rounded out the top five.

Jason Anasiewicz (3)
Jason Anasiewicz remained perfect in the Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders, leading every lap to win the feature for the second week in a row. Anasiewicz faced stiff competition from Kevin Bainbridge and Bobby Woch this time around, but he held strong in the front of the field. Bainbridge, Woch, Dan Dressel and Dave Brunka completed the top five.

Lancaster National Speedway closes out the Saturday matinee portion of its schedule this Saturday, May 6 at 2 p.m. with the first visit of the year from the X-Press Signs Late Models plus the Sunoco Sportsman, Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks and the Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders. Keep up with this season’s action at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Barber, Welshans, Anasiewicz and Nye victorious at Lancaster

Lancaster National Speedway kicked off its 59th season with the Queen City Clash on Saturday, April 22, with more than 70 cars pitside – one of the largest opening day turnouts in several seasons.
Queen City Clash winners included John Barber of Bliss in the Sunoco Sportsman, Nik Welshans of West Falls in the Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks, Jason Anasiewicz of Lancaster in the Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders and Andy Nye of Lancaster in the NYPA TQ Midgets.

John Barber
24 Sunoco Sportsman took the green flag for their first 35-lap feature of 2017, with Tony Carbone and Patrick Emerling starting on the front row. The cooler-than-normal temps combined with a green racing surface made handling a challenge for many competitors during the opening laps, leading to a number of early-race cautions.

Emerling was leading the pack on the final restart with three laps to go and held off Barber, but was disqualified in the post-race inspection. Barber was awarded his first win of the season, followed by sophomore driver Owen Bednasz with a career-best second-place finish. George Skora III, Kevin Miller and Carbone rounded out the top five.

Nik Welshans
Mark Hoch and Max Northem led the field of Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks to the green flag of their 25-lap feature. The veteran Hoch outran rookie Northem on the race’s opening lap to take the initial lead. Hoch remained in the lead until Lap 10, when he made contact with Trevor Pettit in Turn 2. Hoch spun out, sending the field scattering to avoid him, and the pair moved to the rear of the field after the incident.

The final 15 laps ran without a caution, which forced the leaders into lap traffic in the closing laps. Tommy Wentland led Nik Welshans on the final lap, but as the pair entered Turn 3 they came upon the lapped car of Frank Prell. Wentland’s path was blocked by the slower car and Welshans was able to steal the lead in the final two turns. Welshans earned his first career Lancaster win in just his second start. Wentland settled for second to equal his best finish at Lancaster. Welshans’ brother, Tim, finished third, with Rob Pocobello and Dave Wilson rounding out the top five.

Jason Anasiewicz
Anasiewicz captured his first career win in the Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders, leading all 25 laps from the outside pole position and crossing the finish line half a lap before his next closest competitor. Defending track champion Kevin Bainbridge finished second followed by Tim Durfy, Dan Dressel and Bobby Woch.

Nye scored the win in the opening race of the year for the NYPA TQ Midgets after passing Tommy Catalano for the lead on Lap 5 of the 20-lap feature. He held off a hard-charging Bobby Holmes in the closing laps to secure the victory. Catalano, Brandon Zavarella and Erik Musto rounded out the top five.

Andy Nye
On Saturday, April 29, the Race of Champions Modified Series rolls into Lancaster for the Fans in the Stands 75-lapper, paying tribute to the best fans in racing. The Race of Champions Super Stocks, Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks and Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders will also be in action. Racing starts at 2 p.m., with gates opening at 11 a.m. so fans can watch practice. Keep up with this season’s action at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Lancaster announces 2017 marketing partners

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Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway (LNS&D) is proud to announce its family of marketing partners for the 2017 racing season.

Both of Lancaster’s weekly motorsports programs have title sponsors for the 2017 campaign. Franco’s Pizza returns for a third season as the naming rights partner for the Friday Night IHRA Drag Racing program, while X-Press Signs has expanded their relationship with LNS&D to become the title sponsor for the Saturday Stock Car program this season.

Franco’s is also the “Official Pizza” of Lancaster and race fans will once again be able to enjoy fresh, hot slices of Franco’s Pizza on race nights. X-Press Signs was previously involved with LNS&D as the official sign partner for the facility.

New marketing partners for 2017 include: MacKenzie’s Automotive and Performance Center of Niagara Falls as the official sponsor of Lane 1 of the 1/8-mile dragstrip. Magruder’s Pub and Jerry Gradl Motors are new victory lane sponsors on the fronstretch of the stock car oval. Old Man Engineering will be the new title sponsor for the kids big wheel races during stock car events.  LNS&D anticipates future announcements of new brands once contracts become finalized.

All of Lancaster’s divisional and class sponsors from 2016 are returning for this season. The stock car program’s weekly divisions will once again be the Sunoco Sportsman, Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks and the Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders, while IHRA Drag Racing weekly classes include Mallare Enterprises Top ET, McGard Mod ET, Hebeler’s Sales Bikes & Sleds and Tread City Tire Street ET. Advance Auto Parts also returns as the presenting sponsor for the weekly Tuesday Test n’ Tune nights.

Additional returning marketing partners include 12 Gates Brewing, which is the official sponsor of the new beer stand under construction, and Coca-Cola of Buffalo, which will continue to be the “Official Soft Drink” of Lancaster National Speedway. The 12 Gates Brewing beer stand will be stocked with products from Try-It Distributing; the family-owned beverage distributor is the “Official Adult Beverage Supplier” of LNS&D. Race fans have been enjoying Coca-Cola products at Lancaster since 2015.

One of the most familiar features of Lancaster National Speedway are the Thermal Foam blocks lining the walls of the 1/2-mile stock car oval. Thermal Foams and the Wopperer family have provided LNS&D with the blocks of expandable polystyrene for 25 years to help protect our drivers in the event of a crash.

The stars and cars of LNS&D will once again run on Sunoco Race Fuels, delivered by Insinger Race Fuels. They will also ride on tires from Hoosier Racing Tires and East Coast Speed. The Lancaster National Speedway Chevrolet Camaro pace car features lighting from 10-75 Emergency Lighting. Our track safety crew is supplied with equipment from First Out Rescue.

Cumulus Radio and 97 Rock continues their relationship as LNS&D’s “Official Media Partner”. A-Verdi Storage Containers returns as the title sponsor for the Nitro Night of Fire on July 14. O’Donnell Heating & Air Conditioning remains a trackside marketing partner.

Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway kicks off the 2017 schedule with the Queen City Clash on Saturday, April 22 at 2 p.m. The 2017 Franco’s Pizza IHRA Drag Racing season opens with Test n’ Tune on Friday, April 28, followed by the first points race on Friday, May 5. Keep up with the action at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com

Monday, April 10, 2017

Ransomville to present Rookie of the Year award in 4 Bangers

4 Bangers in action
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The Gippsters Collision 4 Bangers at Ransomville Speedway will have new opportunities this season, including a divisional Rookie of the Year Award.

Gippsters Collision is back for their eighth season as the divisional sponsor for the 4 Banger division. Located at 1215 Balmer Road in Youngstown, Gippsters Collision is a full service repair shop repairing cars, trucks and SUV’s.

New this year for the Gippster’s Collision 4 Bangers is the class’ Rookie of the Year Award. Rookies Zachary Adams and Drew Westmoreland look to be the early front runners for this award. Another opportunity for drivers: during the track’s 60th Anniversary Celebration night on July 21, Ransomville Speedway will team up with 2011 track champion Jamie Woods to present a $50 hard charger award.

Started in 2009, the Gippsters Collision 4 Bangers gives drivers the opportunity to race on a low budget and get their feet wet in the sport; it also serves as a good stepping stone for drivers moving up from go-karts into a full-size stock car. Daryl Haag, Greg Watier, Marika Morris, Dave Sheehan, Austin Susice, Chris Leone and Cole Susice have all won Gippsters 4 Bangers divisional championships; Leone is the only two time divisional titlist going back to back in 2014 and 2015. 

4-cylinder racing at Ransomville goes back to the track’s early days as Chuck Stimson won the first Mini Stock championship in 1969. The Mini Stocks ran until the end of the 1976 season when Charlie Beale was the division’s champion. In 2007, speedway management started the Fireball division for local fire companies to come out and have fun and race against each other for bragging rights. Over the years, the Fireball division turned out champions such as Mark Brown (2007), Jim Stone (2008 and 2012), Jamie O’Donnell (2009), Jim Harbison (2010), Jamie Woods (2011) and Chris Leone (2013).

Keep up with the action at www.ransomvillespeedway.com

Ransomville Speedway to host John Susice Sr. Street Stock Memorial on July 28

John and Ryan Susice
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Ransomville Speedway management recently met with members of the Susice family and will be adding a special race in memory of long time racing supporter John Susice Sr., who passed away in February 2017.

“My uncle did a lot for racers around the area, and we thought it would be great to do something in his memory,” said two-time defending Krown Undercoating of Ransomville 358 Modified champion Ryan Susice.

“John was always a huge Street Stock supporter, so it was a natural fit to have a big Street Stock race in his memory,” said Ransomville Speedway Race Director Jeff Anstett.

The format of the John Susice Sr. Memorial will be a 30-lap feature with a draw to determine starting positions in the heat races and a redraw for the feature event. Rules follow the King of the Hill Street Stock rules which includes meeting Ransomville Street Stock weight. Niagara region tracks Humberstone, Merrittville and Ohsweken rules are legal for this event. All Ransomville Street Stocks members will receive 60 show-up points.

The John Susice Sr. Memorial will pay $400 to win, with $250 for second, $150 for third, $120 for fourth and $100 for fifth. $75, $70, $60, $55 will be given for positions six through nine and  $50 will be given for positions 10-24.

Anyone interested in sponsoring a contingency program for the event can contact Ransomville Speedway General Manager Jenn Martin at 716-791-3602 or raceransomville@gmail.com or contact Ryan Susice at 716-534-7298 or ryansusice@yahoo.com.

The John Susice Sr. Memorial Street Stock event for the KiPo Chevrolet Street Stocks will be part of the racing program presented by the Sunset Bar and Grill that features a full card of Krown Undercoating of Ransomville 358 Modifieds, Investors Services Sportsman, Gippsters Collision 4 Bangers and the Stevenson’s Hardware Novice Sportsman. Also scheduled for that evening will be a Spectator 1-on-1 race. Keep up with the action at www.ransomvillespeedway.com.

Quotes in this piece provided by Ransomville Speedway.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Lancaster Speedway adds practice session to schedule

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Lancaster National Speedway has scheduled a practice session for the X-Press Signs Stock Car Series on Saturday, April 15 from 4-7 p.m. The practice session will give race teams from around the area a chance to shake down their race cars before the season-opening Queen City Clash on Saturday, April 22. 

"We have been looking at track preparation, along with the weather and we decided it would feasible to open up a week early to allow our stock car teams some preseason track time," said Tim Packman, Track President.

The back gate will open at 2 p.m. on April 15 to allow teams to go through safety tech inspection before taking the track. All cars must be inspected beforehand. Pit admission will be $15 for the practice session. Sunoco Racing fuel will be available for purchase.

Bob Mullen of East Coast Speed will have Sportsman and Street Stock tires available at the track that day for purchase as well. Sportsman teams will be able to purchase four tires, which will count towards their initial 12 tires to start the season. Sportsman teams can buy a limit of four new tires directly from East Coast Speed in Batavia the week before the practice, which will also count towards the initial 12 to start the season.

Grandstand admission is free for any fans wanting to come watch the practice session. Concession stands will be open during the day.

Race teams entering the back gate for practice are encouraged to remain in their vehicles and will be processed in a "drive-thru" style. Trailer doors will be asked to be opened.

The “Queen City Clash” 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.

Keep up with the action at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com.

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

Ransomville Speedway schedules Test, Tune and Time

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When the green flag flies for the first time at Ransomville Speedway in 2017, drivers will be racing against the clock, as on Friday, April 28, VP Racing Fuels presents Test, Tune and Time at 7:15 p.m. Gates will open at 6 p.m. 

The pole winners of the Krown Undercoating of Ransomville 358 Modifieds and the Investors Service Sportsman will each receive a 55-gallon drum of VP Racing Fuel. The Hot Wheels Traction Lab Front Row Shootout will be sponsoring the time trials for the Stevenson’s Hardware Novice Sportsman. “Hot Wheels” Greg Martin will be putting up $100 and $50 for the front row for the Novice Sportsman. Anyone wishing to sponsor the front row for the KiPo Chevrolet Street Stocks and the Gippsters Collision 4 Bangers are encouraged to contact the Speedway office at 716-791-3602, email the office at raceransomville@gmail.com, or message them through the Ransomville Speedway Facebook page. The fastest two time trailers in each class will set the front row for the features on Opening Day, Friday, May 5.

“In order to be time trialed, all cars must have transponders,” said Race Director Jeff Anstett. “We will have transponders available for rent, but you must have the transponder mount on your car.”

Friday, May 5 will be the 60th season opener presented by VP Racing Small Engine Fuels featuring a full card of racing of Krown Undercoating of Ransomville 358 Modifieds, Investors Service Sportsman, KiPo Chevrolet Street Stocks, Gippsters Collision 4 Bangers and the Stevenson’s Hardware Novice Sportsman.

Ticket are still available for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Cars, which return to Ransomville on Sunday, July 23. The only way to purchase tickets to see the anticipation return of the “Greatest Show on Dirt” is Tickets can be purchased through the DIRTcar Ticket office online at www.dirtcar.ticketforce.com or by phone by calling 844-DIRT-TIX. The Investors Service Sportsman will join the Outlaws at the Big R Outlaw Shootout with a $750-to-win event. The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Cars event at Ransomville culminates a three-day weekend featuring the 60th Anniversary Celebration on Friday, July 21 and a Classic Car Show on Saturday, July 22.

Keep up with the action at www.ransomvillespeedway.com.

Quotes in this piece provided by Ransomville Speedway.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Humberstone Speedway announces 2017 schedule

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Humberstone Speedway has announced its 58th season schedule of Sunday night racing at the historic oval in Port Colborne, Ontario. The season kicks off on Sunday, April 30 at 1 p.m. as ATTAR Metals presents the 2nd annual Dawn of Destruction, featuring a $1,000-to-win Enduro and the Construction Crush Off Championships plus Flag Pole Race, Ladies Race, Side By Side race and more. Gates will open that day at 11 a.m. for the grandstands. Rules are available online at humberstonespeedway.com.

The official 58th season opener presented by Country 89 will take place on Sunday, May 21 with race No. 1 for the BEI Lightning Series for the Sportsman plus a full card of RUSH Late Models, Street Stocks, Mini Stocks, Pro 4 Trucks and a 4-Cylinder Demolition Derby. May 28 will feature a full card plus race No. 1 of the Cooper Motorsports Minvans of Mayhem Series.

June 4 will feature the first of two visits from the Southern Ontario Sprints, followed by CAA Night on June 11 featuring the Mod Lites plus Performance ATV presenting the first side-by-side UTV race in Niagara. On June 18, a Father’s Day Special will see a full card plus Vintage Cars and a 40-lap Eve of Destruction Enduro Qualifier. On June 25, J.N’E. Towing presents the Crate Sprint Cars, a full card of racing plus race No. 2 of the Cooper Motorsports Minivans of Mayhem Series.

On July 2, Humberstone Speedway will present a Showdown in memory of Harold Sonnenberg, with $1,000-to-win specials for all classes plus the Race of Champions Sportsman Tour; a Kids Power Wheel Race will also be held that night. July 9 will be a full card plus a racers-only “Grudge Match” Demolition Derby and Time Trials for the All Canadian Championships for the Mini Stocks and Pro 4 Trucks. July 16 will be Time Trials for the All Canadian Championships for the RUSH Late Models. July 23 will be Fan Appreciation Night featuring $1 Hot Dogs presented by Verge Insurance plus All Canadian Championships Time Trials for the Street Stocks and Performance ATC side-by-side UTV Race. July 30 will have a full card and the second visit of the season by the Crate Sprint Cars, plus Time Trials for the Sportsman for the All Canadian Championships and race No. 3 of the Cooper Motorsports Minivans of Mayhem Series.

The All Canadian Championships will be held August 6, with Vintage Cars as well as a five-star show plus Humberstone’s Salute to the Troops, honoring the Wounded Warriors of Canada. August 13 will be the second visit of the season for the Southern Ontario Sprints, and August 20 will be a full show plus Mod Lites and race No. 4 of the Minvan Mayhem Series. The month of August ends with a two-day special for Pete Cosco Memorial Weekend. Saturday, August 26, Rankin Construction presents the inaugural visit by the Race of Champions Dirt Series Big Block Modifieds plus an RoC Sportsman Tour event and the Mini Stocks. Sunday, August 27 will feature the Pete Cosco Memorial for the Modifieds, featuring the Big Blocks vs. the 358 Small Blocks.

Season Championships for all divisions will be held on September 3, and September 10 will be the annual Safecracker 100 presented by Mike Knapp Ford, featuring the Sportsman Super DIRTcar Series in a 100-lap shootout. On September 17, ATTR Metals presents the annual Eve of Destruction, Canada’s wildest Motorsports events including a Kids Power Wheels Demolition Derby.

A major change for 2017 will be at the admission gate, where anyone 18 and under will be admitted free on race nights starting on May 21. “Allowing age 18 and under free admission will hopefully attract High School students in the region to come out and join us for a Sunday night of fun,” said General Manager Bob Davidson. “Humberstone is working hard to keep the cost down, making us the most affordable family entertainment in the region. With this, we are looking to increase both our fan base and driver rosters, and that’s what we need to do to keep growing the sport.”

Keep up with the action at humberstonespeedway.com.

Quotes in this piece provided by Humberstone Speedway.