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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Busy month of June at Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway

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Press release

The month of June will be busy at Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway. The action kicks off this weekend with a full slate of racing action. Both the Franco's Pizza Friday Night IHRA Drag Racing program and X-Press Signs Stock Car Series are hungry to get back on track after wet weather put a damper on racing last week.

On Friday, June 2, the Buffalo Street Outlaws return to the strip along with a full card of IHRA bracket racing. The Street Outlaws runs heads up with the fastest ride taking the spoils of victory. Time trials start at 5 p.m.

Saturday night, June 3, the International Supermodified Association (ISMA) returns to Lancaster for Double Wing Night. The fastest short track race cars in America will tackle Lancaster's 1/2-mile oval for the first time since 2003 in a 50-lap special. Joining the ISMA Supers will be the winged Can-Am TQ Midgets plus the Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks and Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders. Racing starts at 6:30 p.m.

Lancaster will hold its third annual Pro Mod Shootout on Tuesday, June 6. This event traditionally attracts the top Pro Modified racers from around the region with $5,000 on the line for the winner. Bruce Boland of Stoney Creek, Ontario has been victorious in the first two editions of this event. There will also be a Box/No-Box Shootout with $1000 going to each winner. 

The weekend of June 9-10 is all about Mopars at Lancaster. Friday, June 9 features a full card of IHRA Drag Racing plus the Supercharged Bounty Hunters and a special class for Mopar vehicles only. Saturday, June 10, is Mopar Day at Lancaster presented by the WNY Mopars Club. Dodges, Plymouths, Chryslers and other Mopar vehicles will be on display and racing down the drag strip. There will also be a special Box/No-Box Shootout open to any vehicle make that day. 

Thursday, June 15 is "Rockin' the Raceway" at Lancaster featuring a concert by KISS Army, Metal Militia and 1980 Something. Tickets are only $15 for this live music event. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. with the first band hitting the stage at 6:30 p.m.

The biggest race of the year for Lancaster's Sunoco Sportsman division takes place on Saturday, June 17 with Joe Reilly Sportsman Summer Slam 75. This event will feature the top Sportsman teams in WNY doing battle for 75 laps plus a full card of X-Press Signs Stock Car Series racing. 

Friday through Sunday, June 23-25, Lancaster National Speedway will host the Niagara Swap Meet & Car Show. It will be the first time this iconic WNY automotive event comes to Lancaster. Vendors and classic show cars from across the country will be on hand all weekend. 

Lancaster closes out the month of June with two huge events. On Thursday, June 29 it’s the third annual Bill Colton Memorial Ol' Boy Cup 60 for the Race of Champions Modified Series. This 60-lap sprint race for the Modifieds will feature intense action throughout the field. This special Thursday night stock car show starts at 7 p.m.

On Friday, June 30, the stars of the reality TV show "Street Outlaws" return to Lancaster National Dragway. Kamikaze Chris and Dominator will go head-to-head with the best of the Buffalo Street Outlaws in Street Outlaws: 716 vs. 405 Round 2. Last year, the hometown racers defended their turf against the Street Outlaws, who will be looking for revenge. 

There are additional events slated for the month of June at Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway. The full schedule is available at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com

Monday, May 29, 2017

Chevalier score inaugural BEI Lightning Series win at Humberstone

BEI Lightning Series winner Chad Chevalier
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Chad Chevalier from Port Colborne, Ontario scored the inaugural event win for the BEI Lightning Series at Humberstone Speedway on Davidson Line Marking and Parking Lot Maintenance night. Chad Homan from Macedon, NY won the feature event for the Maple Leaf Foods RUSH Late Models, while Dave Bailey from Hagersville, Ontario won the main event for the JC Auto Street Stocks.  Port Colborne, Ontario’s Leroy Buscumb scored the win in the Cosco Haulage Mini Stocks, and Dylan Llord from St. Catharines, Ontario won the main event for the Mike Knapp Ford Pro 4 Trucks.

Chris Burek and Darrell Farraway led the field of BEI Lightning Series Sportsman to the green flag for their 40-lap feature event with Burek showing the way. James Michael Friesen took the lead on Lap 4 with Brad Rouse following into second. Friesen led at halfway and hit lap traffic on Lap 23 as Burek, Cody McPherson, Chevalier and Rouse rounded out the top five. Rouse slowed on the front straightaway just as Friesen spun after contact with the slower lap cars of Austin Susice, Garrison Krentz and Robbie Johnston on Lap 26 brought out the caution. McPherson took the lead on Lap 27, as Chevalier battled with McPherson in the final laps. Chevalier went to the outside and completed the pass with three laps remaining, holding off McPherson to score the win.

Sam Pennacchio led the opening circuits of the feature event for the Maple Leaf Foods RUSH Late Models over Rob Pietz and Chad Homan. Homan took the lead away from Pennacchio with just three laps remaining and went on to get the win.

Humberstone Speedway will be back in action on Sunday, June 4 with special guest Ken Schrader in the house competing with the UMP Modifieds. Zanchin Truck and Trailer will present the racing program that will also feature the first scheduled appearance by the Southern Ontario Sprints. Sportsman, Street Stocks, Pro 4 Trucks and Mini Stocks will also be on the program. Also on the card will be the Construction Crush Off from the Dawn of Destruction. Pit gates will open at 4:30 p.m. and grandstands at 5 p.m. with race time scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Keep up with the action at www.humberstonespeedway.com

Holland to honor May 27 tickets on June 3

flooded grounds at Holland
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Due to inclement weather and flooded grounds, Holland International Speedway management was forced to cancel the Memorial Day Weekend racing festivities. “All tickets that were dated for tonight (5/27) will be valid for next Saturday, June 3,” said Holland Speedway’s Dan Sellon. 

On June 3, Holland will join the #NASCARSalute to the troops with our Military Appreciation Night. All veterans will receive free admission with ID, and $5 admission for their family members. It will also be WNY Pet Night at the speedway. Bring a blanket, treat, toy, or other pet donation and receive $5 admission as well, thanks to Home Away From Home Kennels.

The Bank of Holland Chargers will be featured in a 50-lap feature that night, joined by a full card of Pro Modifieds, NYPA TQ Midgets, INEX Legends, Hornets, Figure 8’s, and Super Sixes. Pit gates will open at 4:15 p.m., with grandstand gates open at 5:45 p.m. and qualifying heats starting at 6 p.m.; NASCAR feature racing gets underway at 7:05 p.m. Keep up with the action at www.hollandspeedway.com

Ransomville schedules Monday Madness on June 26

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In efforts to make up the race that was canceled on Friday, May 19, Ransomville Speedway will race on Monday night, June 26. The “Monday Madness” event will feature a full card of Krown Undercoating 358 Modifieds, Investors Service Sportsman, KiPo Chevrolet Street Stocks, Gippster’s Collision 4 Bangers, and the Stevenson’s Hardware Novice Sportsman.

“We appreciate everyone’s patience and willingness to make a weekday show happen,” said Ransomville Speedway General Manager Jenn Martin. “We do not want Season Ticket holders, as well as our fans and drivers, missing any shows that we can help, so we will see everyone on Monday, June 26.”

A special at the concession stand that night will be $1 hot dogs.

Due to the rained out go-kart event scheduled for Thursday, May 25, the makeup date for the go-kart program will be Monday, July 10. “Just like the stock cars, we do not want to lose a show for the kids so we will have a “Monday Madness” race for them on Monday, July 10,” said Ransomville Speedway Public Relations Director Steven Petty.

Racing will resume at the Big R on Friday, June 2 as A-Verdi Storage Containers and Johnston’s Restaurant presents the Patriot Sprint Tour plus double features for the Investors Service Sportsman. Joining the Patriot Sprints and the Sportsman will be the KiPo Chevrolet Street Stocks, Gippsters Collision 4 Bangers, and Stevenson’s Hardware Novice Sportsman. Gates will open in the pits at 5 p.m. with grandstands opening at 6 p.m. and racing starting at 7:15 p.m. Keep up with the action at www.ransomvillespeedway.com.

Quotes in this piece provided by Ransomville Speedway.

Kamikaze Chris, Dominator set to visit Lancaster Dragway June 30

Kamkaze Chris at Lancaster Dragway - 2016
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Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway and Kozak Motorsports Marketing have finalized the line-up for this year’s Street Outlaw Night, scheduled for Friday, June 30. Kamikaze Chris and his popular ElCo will be returning to WNY, and this year, he’s bringing his fellow driver, Dominator, and his 1967 Dodge Dart from the popular “Street Outlaws” TV show on Discovery Channel.

It was a successful night and huge crowd turnout from last year’s event when Kamikazi Chris and Boosted GT, representing the 405, took on the 716 Buffalo Street Outlaws in a thrilling show. Since then, all involved have been waiting with anticipation in regards to who was coming from the 405 to challenge the 716 this year. 

"Last year we brought in Boosted and Kamikazi to take on our local guys, the Buffalo Street Outlaws,” said Tim Packman, Track President. “They came to race, no exhibition passes. It was a huge success and we can't wait to expand on it for this year’s show. Both Kamikaze and Boosted were ‘small tire’ guys that took on our Outlaw Class of the Buffalo Street Outlaws. The 716 took the win with both Moe Alfaqih and Douglas Vanstrom taking impressive runs over the duo from the 405.”

Rob Kozak, of KMM, has been in touch with both Kamikaze Chris and Joe Woods, AKA Dominator, in putting the final touches on this year’s event.

“This year, Kamikazi is coming back with revenge on his mind and Alfaqih has been working hard all off season to stay ahead of him,” said Kozak. “With the success and word of mouth from the event last year, Dominator is coming with his ‘big tire’ Mopar and is calling out the Blown Alcohol Duster of Lackawanna, N.Y.’s Mike Zmuda.”

This will be Kamikaze’s second trip to the 716, one which he remembers fondly from last year. "The people of Buffalo were awesome to us. They were great and we had a great time. I’m talking about everyone from the Nite Cappe, Lancaster Dragway and everywhere we went. We stayed there for a few days, checked out the area and my sister even went to Woodlawn Beach. Who woulda thought that's in Buffalo?”

“I can't wait to come back. We made some great friends, but Moe better have his ‘stuff’ together."
With the highly popular Discovery Channel “Street Outlaws” TV show and a tight shooting schedule being dependent on weather, they are looking forward to making the trip to Buffalo and the 716 area – something Dominator doesn’t take for granted when making bookings like the upcoming event at Lancaster Dragway. "I'm always hesitant to take bookings because I never want to disappoint the fans. The show is our main thing and sometimes, shooting schedules change. Our shooting schedule is just like going to a race, we always have to have good weather. If there is a string of bad weather, that puts shooting behind and it forces us to cancel appearances. And that is something none of us want but, I would rather be upfront with the fans and let them know how it works for us.”

“Believe me, I'm excited about coming to Lancaster and doing the car show at the Nite Cappe. I'm looking forward to checking out that Duster/Demon and after speaking to both Kamikazi Chris and Boosted GT, I truly look forward to coming to Lancaster and meeting the racers and fans of Buffalo. Boosted and Kamikazi had a great time there last year and were really impressed with the people of the area.”

In addition to racing the Buffalo Street Outlaws, the 405 representatives will spend Thursday, June 29 at the Nite Cappe Steak and Seafood in Lackawanna for the annual BSO Street Outlaw Car Show.
Keep up with the action at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com.

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

Friday, May 26, 2017

Jet Funny Car show at Lancaster Dragway canceled for Friday

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Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway has canceled the Franco's Pizza Friday Night IHRA Drag Racing Program for Friday, May 26 after afternoon rains dampened the facility. Track officials had planned on proceeding as scheduled with Jet Funny Car Night earlier in the day, but the late-arriving showers put an end to those plans.

"All weather indications earlier said we were in the clear, however, a new system popped up now and it started to rain at the track again," said Tim Packman, Track President. "It would have been unsafe to race down the strip, and probably miserable for any dedicated fans that showed up."

Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway has a full slate of events planned for next week. It starts Tuesday, May 30 with Test n' Tune, Junior Dragsters and Senior Nostalgia drag racing. Friday night's Franco's Pizza IHRA Drag Racing program will feature the Buffalo Street Outlaws plus all weekly classes. Saturday, June 3 is Double Wing Night for the X-Press Signs Stock Car Series with the ISMA Supermodifieds and Can-Am TQ Midgets. Keep up with the action at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com

Ransomville cancels Friday night action

The pit area at Ransomville Speedway
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The wet month of May continues to plague Ransomville Speedway, as management was forced to pull the plug on the Memorial Day Weekend event on Friday, May 26 due to saturated grounds. This is the third time in four weeks that the racing action was interrupted by Mother Nature.

“The rain that has fallen over the last 24 hours plus the rain that is expected in the forecast throughout the day has forced us to cancel tonight,” said Ransomville Speedway General Manager Jenn Martin.

The double features that were scheduled for the Street Stocks and Novice Sportsman will now take place on Friday, June 16. The scheduled Military Appreciation Night will now take place on Friday, July 7.

“We appreciate all that have served and currently are serving in the military and we really want this night to happen, so we have rescheduled it for July 7,” said Martin.

Racing will resume at the Big R on Friday, June 2 as A-Verdi Storage Containers and Johnston’s Restaurant presents the Patriot Sprint Tour plus double features for the Investors Service Sportsman. Joining the Patriot Sprints and the Sportsman will be the KiPo Chevrolet Street Stocks, Gippsters Collision 4 Bangers, and Stevenson’s Hardware Novice Sportsman. Pit gates will open at 5 p.m. with grandstands opening at 6 p.m. and racing starting at 7:15 p.m. Keep up with the action at www.ransomvillespeedway.com

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Lancaster Speedway cancels Thursday night action

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Lancaster National Speedway has canceled the Thursday night, May 25 X-Press Stock Car Series event due to heavy rains that fell overnight and into Thursday morning. The amount of precipitation that fell in a short period of time has left the track grounds saturated beyond use. Ponding water in the pit areas, on the track and in parking lots, plus saturated grandstands, have forced this cancellation.

"We were hoping the overnight rains would diminish early enough in the day to get tonight's show in for everyone," said Tim Packman, Track President. "Surveying the situation revealed much of the pit road area under about three inches of water. There is also a very large area of water in Turns 1 and 2 that will not be dried by the time teams were scheduled to get on track for practice.”

"This was supposed to be a nice way to kick off the Memorial Day weekend, but Mother Nature didn't want to cooperate. Our next X-Press Signs Stock Car Series event will now be June 3 when the Supermodifieds come to town. We hope our stock car fans and teams have a great holiday weekend and look forward to seeing everyone next Saturday."

Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway will host Franco's Pizza Friday Night IHRA Drag Racing on Friday night, May 26, featuring Al Hanna's Jet Funny Cars. Time trials start at 5 p.m.

The next X-Press Signs Stock Car Series event is Saturday, June 3 – it’s Double Wing Night, featuring the International Supermodified Association (ISMA) and the Cam-Am TQ Midgets. It will be the first ISMA race at Lancaster since 2003. The Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks and Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders will also be in action. Racing starts at 6:30 p.m.  Keep up with the action at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Nye declared official Sportsman winner at Lancaster

Press release

Sportsman winner Shawn Nye
Lancaster National Speedway has posted the official results for the Sunoco Sportsman feature from Saturday, May 20, 2017. 

Shawn Nye, driver of the No. 51, has been declared the official winner earning his first-career victory in that division.

After a thorough investigation, unofficial winner Chuck Hossfeld has been disqualified for a violation of the shock rules as stated in the LNS rule book.

Sunoco Sportsman Feature Official Results: SHAWN NYE, Owen Bednasz, Matt Druar, Kevin Miller, Mark Pennell, Tony Carbone, Sherri Hogan, Jake Lyon, Mike Ramos, Andy Jankowiak, Mike Meyers, Jayme Thompson, Dave Kozlowski, Mike Rogers. DQ: Chuck Hossfeld

Lancaster National Speedway's X-Press Signs Stock Car Series is back in action this Thursday night at 7 p.m. with the Race of Champions Late Models making their season debut along with the Sunoco Sportsman, Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks and Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders. 

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

Monday, May 22, 2017

Humberstone postpones May 21 opener

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Humberstone Speedway management pulled the plug on the season opening event scheduled for Sunday, May 21.

“While the weather has been frustrating for us so far in 2017, we believe that it is in the best interest of our teams and fans to make an early decision,” said Race Director Tom Beales. “We have confirmed with the B.E.I. Lightning Series and they will be ready to run with us next Sunday, May 28.”

Humberstone Speedway is currently working on rescheduling the rest of the Opening Day activities that included the Construction Crush Off and Pre-Race Tailgate Party and will release that information as soon as possible. Keep up with the action at www.humberstonespeedway.com.

Totten takes Pro Modified victory at Holland

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Kirk Totten led all 30 laps to pick up the win in the first feature of the season for the Getzoni Nationwide Insurance Agency NASCAR Pro Modifieds at the 58th season opener for Holland International Speedway on Saturday night. Tim Welshans won the main event for the Bank of Holland Chargers, while Bob Palmer won the feature event for the Advance Auto Parts Hornets. Dave Wollaber won the feature event for the NYPA TQ Midgets, and Bryce Norton won the INEX Legends feature event. Darren Lehnardt won the inaugural event for the Talking Phone Book Super Sixes race, and Marty Hughes won the M&M U Pull-It Figure 8 feature.

Totten and Tommy Catalano led the Pro Modifieds to the green flag for their 30-lap season opener with Totten jumping into the early lead just ahead of Catalano, Patrick Emerling and George Skora. Emerling got around Catalano for second on Lap 4, but Totten answered the challenges from Emerling to pick up the win. Catalano, Skora and Eldon King III completed the top five.

Josh Hathaway and Welshans brought the Bank of Holland Chargers to the green flag for their main event with Welshans showing the way. Welshans held off multiple challenges from Hathaway as well as his brother Nik Welshans for most of the main event, with Tim leading Nik across the finish line. Hathaway, Dave Vona and Zach Myers rounded out the top five.

This Saturday, May 27, Eastern Hills Mall presents a full NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program of Pro Modifieds, Chargers, Hornets, NYPA TQ Midgets, INEX Legends, Super Sixes and Rookie 4’s at Holland. It is also Military Family Appreciation Night, featuring a huge fireworks display plus the first Hometown Heroes promotion of the season for residents and drivers living in Arcade, Delevan, East Concord, Holland, Sardinia, and Springville. Free camping is allowed all weekend long. Pit gates will open at 4:15 p.m., with grandstand gates opening at 5:45 p.m. Qualifying heats start at 6 p.m. with NASCAR feature racing getting underway at 7:05 p.m. Keep up with the action at www.hollandspeedway.com

First-time winners in victory lane at Lancaster

A pair of first time feature winners visited victory lane at Lancaster National Speedway on Saturday night, as Max Northem and Chris Pennell both scored their first-ever victories in Street Stocks and 4-Cylinders, respectively.

Chuck Hossfeld won for the second-straight week in the Sunoco Sportsman. Hossfeld started third behind Matt Druar and Jake Lyon at the drop of the green flag for the 35-lap race, quickly moving into second and taking the lead from Druar on Lap 4. Shawn Nye finished second for the second week in a row, while points leader Owen Bednasz finished third. Druar and Kevin Miller rounded out the top five.

Max Northem
Northem led all 25 laps from the outside pole to win the Advance Auto Parts Street Stock feature. Northem was driving his father’s car after mechanical problems in practice put his own car on the trailer. Both Max and his father, Tom, have dealt with mechanical issues this season but their combined efforts led to a dominating performance. Trevor Pettit was credited with second place followed by Keith Flanigan, John Carlson and Dave Wilson.

Chris Pennell
Third-generation driver Pennell picked up his first-ever win in the Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders after passing Casey Pew for the lead on Lap 3. Bobby Woch settled into second place, followed by Dave Brunka, Dan Dressel and Dave Milbrand Jr.

Mariah Reilly won the 10-lap Ladies Race after making a pass for the lead with three laps to go. Reilly is the granddaughter of Thompson Racing patriarch Jim Thompson. Reilly borrowed the No. 33 car of Bob Hanel Sr. to compete in the event.  It was her first time behind the wheel of a race car.

Lancaster’s X-Press Signs Stock Car Series has a special mid-week show scheduled for Thursday, May 25. The Late Models will join the Sportsman, Street Stocks and 4-Cylinders. Pit gates open at 5 p.m. with front gates opening at 5:30. Racing begins at 7 p.m. Keep up with the action at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Lancaster cancels cruise nights for remainder of May

Press release

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Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway has canceled the two remaining Cruise Nights scheduled for the month of May due to recent events that have taken place.

The facility will now be dark on Wednesday, May 24 and Wednesday, May 31. During that time Speedway management will review its policies and the structure of Cruise Night in its current form to determine what changes need to be made for Cruise Nights to possibly continue. An announcement of future plans will be revealed by June 1.

“We have repeatedly asked patrons in the past to respect our property and recognize the fact we have drag racing and stock car teams that race here on a weekly basis,” said Tim Packman, Track President. “While many have heeded our request, a small portion has not and continues to do donuts, burnouts and/or destroy the property while here for Cruise Night.”

“One incident of that nature on Wednesday, May 17 escalated into a confrontation. We have dealt with that on our end and are working with local authorities in assisting in the investigation.”

“A video was shared on social media of the incident before anyone from the track could review it and address the situation. That has resulted in posted threats, messages and aggressive phone calls to the track that were troubling.”

“I personally will not put anyone at risk that steps foot on this property. We have worked too hard to get back to being a place that families, fans and racers look forward to attending events.”

All other previously scheduled events at Lancaster, including Franco’s Pizza Friday Night Drag Racing and the X-Press Signs Stock Car Series, will go on as planned. 

Find out the latest on this story at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com

Hitchcock, Ricketson, Salemi, Semlitsch, Bezinque tops at Lancaster Dragway

Top ET winner Brian Hitchcock
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Lancaster National Dragway hosted its second race of the 2017 season Friday night, with Brian Hitchcock (Mallare Enterprises Top), Ryan Ricketson (McGard Mod), Lucas Salemi (Hebeler’s Sales Bikes & Sleds), Ed Semlitsch (Tread City Tire Street) and Jason Bezinque (Buffalo Street Outlaws Real Street) taking the wins.

In Mallare Enterprises Top ET, Hitchcock picked up the win over Tom Coonly after both drivers broke out; Hitchcock ran closer to his dial-in to score his first win of 2017. Ricketson took the win in McGard Mod with a victory over John Cira Jr.

Hebeler’s Sales Bikes & Sleds came down to a motorcycle vs. snowmobile final pairing with the sled of Salemi getting the win over the motorcycle of Mike Peters. Peters broke out by .001 seconds to hand the win to Salemi.

Semlitsch scored the victory in Tread City Tire Street over Tim Markle in the final round, while Bezinque scored his second-straight Buffalo Street Outlaws victory at Lancaster, this time in the Real Street class.

Lancaster National Dragway kicks off Memorial Day weekend on Friday, May 26 with Al Hanna’a Jet Funny Cars, as well as a full card of Franco’s Pizza IHRA Drag Racing with Joe’s Transmission TNT Hot Rod Series joining our four weekly classes. Keep up with the action at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com

Ransomville cancels Friday program, Tuesday night practice

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Due to the abundantly wet spring season and its effects on the speedway grounds, Ransomville Speedway canceled the racing program on Friday, May 19 and also canceled the scheduled Tuesday night practice session for May 23.

“We are working as hard as we can to provide the best racing surface for our drivers and give the fans the best racing possible,” said Ransomville Speedway General Manager Jenn Martin. “We prioritize driver and fan safety.”

To accommodate the schedule, we are pushing back the double features for the Street Stocks and Novice Sportsman to May 26, with double features for the Sportsman on June 2 as part of the Patriot Sprint Tour event. Double features for the 358 Modifieds will take place on June 9. The autograph session, originally scheduled for June 9, will now move to June 16.

The 60th season of racing at the Big R continues on Friday, May 26 as United Materials LLC and Snyder Industries presents Military Appreciation Night. All veterans and members of the military will receive free admission with proper ID. A full card of racing will be presented plus double features for the Street Stocks and Novice Sportsman. Gates will open in the pits at 5 p.m., with grandstands opening at 6 p.m. and racing at 7:15 p.m. Keep up with the action at www.ransomvillespeedway.com

Quotes in this piece provided by Ransomville Speedway.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Steffenhagen, Hossfeld, Sharpe, Woch take Lancaster oval wins

Lancaster National Speedway’s X-Press Signs Stock Car Series returned to action Saturday night after a one week interruption courtesy of Mother Nature. Chuck “The Hotshoe” Hossfeld returned to victory lane in the Sunoco Sportsman, while Jim Steffenhagen won the 50-lap Mike Julicher Tribute Race for the New York Super Stock Series. Rich Sharpe picked up his second win in a row in the Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks and Bobby Woch earned his first win of the season in the Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders.

Chuck Hossfeld
Hossfeld made his first Sportsman start at Lancaster since winning last year’s U.S. Open Sportsman feature. He lined up fourth at the drop of the green flag, but quickly made his way into the runner-up position. That gave him a front row starting spot for restart on Lap 9, which was all Hossfeld needed as he took the lead from Shawn Nye when racing resumed. Hossfeld cruised to the victory followed closely by Nye, Neal Dietz, Jr., Mike Ramos and Owen Bednasz.

The New York Super Stock Series made their only Lancaster appearance of the season for a 50-lap race that paid tribute to Mike Julicher. Julicher, brother of multi-time Lancaster champion John Julicher, passed away during the offseason and was longtime supporter of racing at Lancaster National Speedway. John Lyon of TDH Refrigeration helped to raise bonus money for the drivers competing.

Jim Steffenhagen
Scott Wylie and Zach Willis led the 27-car field to the green flag with Wylie jumping out to the early lead. Wylie led until Lap 12, when he got a flat tire shortly after a restart, handing the lead to Steffenhagen, who had started third. Steffenhagen had to then contend with another member of the Wylie family as Scott’s brother, Jake, stepped up to challenge him. Jake Wylie took over the lead on Lap 13, but it did not last long. One lap later Wylie’s car slowed on the track with mechanical issues to hand the lead back to Steffenhagen.

Steffenhagen led the remainder of the race for his second-straight NYSS win at Lancaster. Chris Finocchario finished second after battling back from a flat tire. He was running second to Steffenhagen when the flat forced him to the pits late in the race, but he came back through the field in short order. Tim Gullo finished third just two weeks after winning the Race of Champions Super Stock event at Lancaster. Zach Willis and Chris Vogler rounded out the top five.

Rich Sharpe loses a tire in the backstretch
Rich Sharpe took the Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks feature over Ken Maltby, who had led the first 24 laps of the feature from the outside pole. Sharpe spun out on the race’s fifth lap after a flat tire, pitted for new rubber and came back through the field to pass Maltby in Turn 3 on the final lap. Max Northem also got by Maltby to finish second, while Maltby settled for third. Tim Welshans and Mark Hoch rounded out the top five.

Sharpe on his victory lap

Bobby Woch led every lap of the Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinder feature to score his first win of the year. He faced an early challenge from teammate Kevin Bainbridge, but Bainbridge nearly rolled his car over on Lap 12 after wheel-hopping Woch’s car. Woch held off teammate Dan Dressel to secure the win. Jason Anasiewicz finished third, while Bainbridge rallied to finish fourth. Dave Milbrand Jr. finished fifth.

Bobby Woch
Lancaster National Speedway’s X-Press Signs Stock Car Series returns to action on Saturday, May 20 for Ladies Night, with all women getting in for $5. There will also be a Ladies 4-Cylinder race open to any female competitor that does not have any recent racing experience. The Sunoco Sportsman, Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks and Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders will also be in action. Racing starts at 6:30 p.m. Keep  up with the action at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com

Lancaster Dragway opens 2017 season

Top 8 winner Mike Nowak
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Lancaster National Dragway kicked off the 2017 season for its Franco’s Pizza IHRA Drag Racing Series with a large turnout of competitors. Leading the list of winners was Mike Nowak in Top 8 Eliminator, Jason Bezinque in Buffalo Street Outlaws Limited, Mike Peters in Hebeler’s Bikes & Sleds and DJ Raiser in Tread City Tire Street.

Nowak picked up the Top 8 victory over Mark Talmadge despite Talmadge having a one-second advantage. The Buffalo Street Outlaws made their first visit to Lancaster as part of the opening day festivities, with Jason Bezinque defeating Brian Prior in the heads up final.

The Hebeler’s Sales Bikes & Sleds final came down a pair of veterans in Mike Peters and Dick Nearhoof. Nearhoof broke out by less than a tenth of a second to hand Peters the win, which kicks off his class championship defense with a victory. Donny “DJ” Raiser cruised to the win in Tread City Tire Street over Mark Schifferle. 

Mallare Enterprises Top ET and McGard Mod ET could not declare a winner due to the midnight curfew. Both classes were down to their final pairing with Pete Maduri Jr. and Kevin Frank remaining in Top and Clay Ricketson and Joe Skok in Mod.

IHRA Drag Racing resumes at Lancaster National Dragway on Friday, May 19 with Buffalo Street Outlaws Real Street and Unlimited Big Tire joining the four weekly classes of racing. Time trials start at 5 p.m. Keep up with the action at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com

A. Guthrie wins 4 Banger feature at Ransomville, rest of show won by Mother Nature

4 Bangers winner Anthony Guthrie
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Anthony Guthrie held off Ashley Harbison to pick up the feature win for the Gippsters Collision 4 Bangers on Opening Night presented by VP Racing Fuels and Fantasy Island at Ransomville Speedway on Friday night. A pair of showers slowed the program down, with the second burst of rain forcing management to call off the rest of the program.

Double features will be held for the 358 Modifieds, Sportsman, Street Stocks and Novice Sportsman in the coming weeks. A complete schedule update will be posted in the coming days on the track’s social media pages as well as the track website, www.ransomvillespeedway.com.

Heat winner Howard Guthrie and Harbison led the field for the first feature of the season for the Gippsters Collision 4 Bangers, with Guthrie jumping into the lead. Chad Desso took second away from Harbison on Lap 4 as Guthrie opened up his lead to a full straightaway by the halfway mark. Brandon Potter brought out the races first caution on Lap 9, erasing Howard Guthrie’s lead. Desso caught Howard Guthrie with two laps remaining, but the leaders hit the Turn 2 wall on the final lap, giving the lead to Anthony Guthrie, who took the win over Harbison. Brendan O’Keefe, Matt Hornquist and Steve Matson rounded out the top five.

Time Trials were on the card for the Krown Undercoating 358 Modifieds and the Investors Service Sportsman, with Chad Brachmann (17.266 seconds) and Brett Senek (18.432 seconds) each winning a barrel of VP Racing Fuel. When the Modifieds will take to the track for their feature it will be Brachmann and Kenny Wills on the front row while Senek will share the front row with defending Sportsman track champion Matt Farnham for their feature event.

Krown Undercoating 358 Modifieds heat races were won by Pete Bicknell, Erick Rudolph and Allan Wills. Qualifying heats for the Sportsman were won by Derek Wagner, Dave Flannigan Jr. and Cody McPherson. Garrison Krentz won the last chance qualifier. Bill Bleich Jr. and Jaren Israel won the heat races for the KiPo Chevrolet Street Stocks. Cameron Tuttle won the qualifying heat for the Stevenson’s Hardware Novice Sportsman.

95 cars signed in pitside for Opening Night.

The 60th season of racing at the Big R will continue on Friday, May 19 as Johnston’s Restaurant presents a full card plus the Street Stock Mechanics race. Pit gates will open at 5 p.m. with grandstands opening at 6 p.m. and racing action starting at 7:15 p.m. 

Lancaster announces Rockin’ the Raceway for June 15

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Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway, in conjunction with Backstage Productions, has announced the addition of “Rockin’ the Raceway” to its schedule on Thursday, June 15. The show will feature KISS Army, in support of their 25th anniversary tour, plus two other tribute bands.
KISS Army, the "coolest band in the world", is America's best KISS tribute band. They have toured across the United States for 25 years and will bring their authentic stage performance to WNY’s Premier Motorsports and Event facility, Lancaster National Speedway, for their only Western New York appearance. 

Joining KISS Army will be Metal Militia, a renowned Metallica tribute band, and local favorite party band 1980 Something. Gates will open at 5:30 p.m. on June 15 with the show slated to begin at 6:30 p.m. 

“We saw the response to the major concert we had last year and we were pleased with the results,” said Tim Packman, Track President. “There were a lot of people who came to Lancaster that had never been to our facility before. This year, we decided to go with a more intimate type of show that would attract several genres of music lovers. Backstage Productions was able to procure KISS Army, who is known around the country, and adding Metal Militia and 1980 Something will make for a great night for everyone.”

Tickets are $15 and available at the Lancaster National Speedway office during normal business hours or during any event. This is a general admission show being performed in the Hot Pits area of the facility near the facility’s main concourse. Concession stands will be open during the concert, serving food and alcoholic beverages. 

Lancaster is hoping to schedule additional shows that are similar in size and nature for later in the 2017 season. Keep up with the 2017 season at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com.

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

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Holland cancels pre-season practice on May 13

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After heavy rains covered Western New York from the end of April through the beginning of May, Holland International Speedway management has decided to cancel the Pre-Season practice session that was scheduled for Saturday, May 13. 

Saturday, May 20 will mark the NASCAR-sanctioned facility’s 58th consecutive season of racing under the same management, the Bennett Family. Opening Day 2017 presented by McKinley Mall will feature a full racing program featuring the Getzoni Nationwide Insurance Agency NASCAR Pro Modifieds, Bank of Holland Chargers, Advance Auto Parts Hornets, NYPA TQ Midgets, M&M U Pull-It Figure 8’s, INEX Legends, Rookie 4’s and the speedway’s newest division, the Talking Phone Book Super Sixes.  

On opening day, gates will open at 4:15 p.m. in the pits and 5:45 p.m. for the grandstands, with qualifying heats starting at 6 p.m. and NASCAR feature racing getting underway at 7:05 p.m.  

Holland drivers are encouraged to contact the speedway office regarding purchasing tires for the Pro Modifieds and Chargers, NASCAR Whelen All-American Series decal kits for all divisions and printed pocket schedules plus NASCAR licenses and more. The 2017 schedule of events is available for download on the speedway’s website, www.hollandspeedway.com, as well as on Holland’s social media pages.

Lancaster reschedules May 6 rainout for Thursday, May 25

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Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway officials have announced that the rained out X-Press Signs Stock Car Series program from May 6 has been rescheduled for Thursday, May 25 at 7 p.m. All four divisions that were originally scheduled for the May 6 show will be in action on May 25, including the Race of Champions Late Models, Sunoco Sportsman, Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks and Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders.

"We owe it to our competitors and their sponsors to give them every opportunity to race as much as possible each season," said Tim Packman, Track President. "We can't control Mother Nature, but we can control the calendar and how we schedule events at our track and we hope the fans will like this event being rescheduled, as well."

Pit gates will open at 5 p.m. on May 25 with practice beginning at 5:30. Grandstand gates will also open at 5:30. Lancaster officials will attempt to run the weeknight event as quickly and efficiently as possible to get fans and teams back home at a reasonable hour. 

The reschedule date sets up a busy week at Lancaster with Cruise Night on Wednesday followed by the stock car program on Thursday and Franco's Pizza IHRA Drag Racing on Friday featuring Al Hanna's Jet Funny Cars. 

"The stock cars are already off on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, so putting this special mid-week show before the holiday gives everyone something else to look forward to in regards to kicking off the summer," said Packman. "If anyone needs a note to get out of work early that Thursday or to take off Friday, I will gladly write it for them."

Keep up with the action at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com

Friday, May 5, 2017

Ransomville postpones opening weekend activities

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Ransomville Speedway has postponed Opening Night presented by VP Race Fuels  as well as the Go-Kart program’s driving school and practice session scheduled for Saturday, May 6 due to persistent rain showers throughout the week and throughout the day on Friday.

“We want to race as much as anyone but due to heavy rains that has not been possible,” said Ransomville Speedway General Manager Jenn Martin. “We would like to thank everyone for their patience while we wait for Mother Nature. Fingers crossed we can get practice in on Wednesday, May 10 at 7:15 p.m. and the VP Race Fuels Opener on Friday, May 12.” 

The wet weather has left the facility very saturated, especially in the pit area and the parking lot and management felt that the additional precipitation will make it difficult for racers and fans to enter and exit the property without any hassle.

Ransomville Speedway’s Go-Kart driving school and practice session will now take place on Thursday, May 11 with the season opener on the “Little R” scheduled for Thursday, May 18. “Thursday, May 11 will have a driving school for new racers as well as those that need a refresher for those competing in the Junior 1 and 2 divisions,” said Martin. “We felt it was important to still hold the training class for new, young racers as well as those needing a refresher. We also want to give everyone a chance to have a practice and be sure all their off-season work has been successful.”

The speedway would like to remind everyone about the pit policy for children. The pits are open to anyone ages 12 and older. For kids ages 12-17, the track needs a copy of the child’s birth certificate to be put on file for the season plus the child’s parent to sign the consent form. “We ask for the parents to not assume that we have a copy of the birth certificate so that is why we are asking for a copy of the birth certificate so it can be on record and we thank everyone for their support in this matter,” said Martin.

Friday, May 12 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. Gates will open in the pits at 5 p.m. with grandstands opening at 6 p.m. and the first green flag of the season being waved at 7:15 p.m. Keep up with the action at www.ransomvillespeedway.com.

Quotes in this piece provided by Ransomville Speedway.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Lancaster postpones weekend events thanks to Mother Nature

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Press release

Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway has postponed all motorsports events for this upcoming weekend due to the heavy rains that have fallen at the facility earlier in the week combined with the additional rain and cold temperatures that are being forecasted for this weekend.

The wet weather that blanketed the Western New York area earlier this week left the facility water-logged with the parking lot and pit areas especially saturated. Any additional precipitation would make it even more difficult to get competitors in and out of the pits without getting their trailers and/or cars stuck. 

Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway will resume activities on Wednesday, May 10 with the first Cruise Night of the season. Gates open at 6 p.m. Admission is free for all Wednesday Cruise Nights in 2017.

The Franco's Pizza Friday Night IHRA Drag Racing season will start on Friday, May 12. The show will feature all weekly classes, including Mallare Enterprises Top ET, McGard Mod ET, Hebeler's Sales Bikes & Sleds and Tread City Tire Street. 

X-Press Signs Stock Car Series action will continue on Saturday, May 13 with the first Saturday night show of the season. The New York Super Stock Series will join Lancaster's three weekly home track divisions for the Mike Julicher Tribute Race. Racing starts at 6:30 p.m. May 13 is also 97 Rock Night at the races. Fans can get a general admission ticket for just $9.70, but they must pay with exact change. Keep up with the action at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com.