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.
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.
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.
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.
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.