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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

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