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Monday, June 26, 2017

Westbrook takes Crate Sprint Car win at Humberstone

Dylan Westbrook picked up the Crate Sprint win at \
Humberstone - credit: Softouch Photo
Dylan Westbrook from Oakland, Ontario won the main event for the Crate Sprint Cars from Ohsweken Speedway Sunday night at Humberstone Speedway. Chad Chevalier from Port Colborne, Ontario won his second feature of the season for the PC Works DIRTcar Sportsman, while Chad Homan from Macedon, NY won the feature for the Maple Leaf Foods RUSH Late Models. Olivier Larocque from Port Colborne, Ontario won the feature for the Cosco Haulage Mini Stocks, and Mitch Dumont from St. Catharines, Ontario took the win in Mike Knapp Ford Pro 4 Trucks.

AJ Lewis and Aaron Turkey led the 20-car Crate Sprints field to the green flag for their 20-lap A-Main with Turkey leading on the start. Holly Porter took second from Lewis and took the lead on Lap 6. After a Lap 10 caution, Westbrook drove to the front of the field on the restart, passing Jerry Hill, Jesse McDonald and Turkey as he went after race leader Porter. Westbrook took the lead on Lap 18 after Porter gave up the bottom groove and held off Turkey and Porter to score the win.

Adam Leslie led Cody McPherson off the start of the PC Works DIRTcar Sportsman feature event. Chevalier worked through the field and battled for third by the race's midway point. After a Lap 11 caution, Chevalier passed McPherson to take over second, then took the lead from Leslie following a Lap 16 restart. Chevalier held off the field to score his second win of the season.

Humberstone will be back in action on Sunday, July 2 as Brian’s Tire Repair presents the Canada Day $1,000-to-win Showdown special for all classes in memory of Harold Sonnenberg. The Race of Champions Sportsman Tour will make its first stop of the season, and there’s a 40-lap $1000-to-win Enduro. Pit gates open at 4:30 p.m., followed by grandstands at 5 p.m. and racing scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Keep up with the action at www.humberstonespeedway.com

Emerling earns Pro Modified win at Holland

Patrick Emerling in victory lane at Holland
credit: Mike Piscitello
Patrick Emerling won the main event for the Getzoni Nationwide Insurance Agency NASCAR Pro Modifieds on Saturday evening at Holland International Speedway. Nik Welshans won his first Bank of Holland Charger feature of the season, while Dave Wollaber picked up his third NYPA TQ Midget win of the season. Josh Schosek won his first career feature event for the Advance Auto Parts Hornets, Anthony Riforgiato won his first career INEX Legends feature, and Marty Hughes won his third M&M U Pull-It Figure 8 car feature of the season.

Timmy and Amy Catalano led the field of Pro Modifieds to the green flag, with Timmy leading early followed by older brother Tommy in second and Kirk Totten passing Amy Catalano for third; Tommy passed Timmy for the lead on Lap 7. Emerling moved into second place on Lap 14 and took the lead from Tommy Catalano on Lap 15. After Dean Kroll spun in Turn 2 to bring out the caution with 12 laps remaining, Emerling pulled away from Tommy Catalano off the restart and went on to score his first win of the season at Holland. Tommy and Amy Catalano finished second and third, respectively, followed by Eldon King III and Eddie Hawkins to round out the top five.

Justin Myers and Jim Loffredo brought the field of Bank of Holland Chargers to the green flag for their 25-lap feature with Myers taking the lead as Loffredo had rear end issues in his car. Nik Welshans took command of the field on Lap 7 and ran away from the field to score his first win of the season at Holland. Justin Myers finished second, followed by Tim Welshans, Josh Hathaway and Dave Wilson.

Holland’s 58th season of racing continues on Saturday, July 15 with the Mid-Season Championships, featuring a full card of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing action. Pit gates will open at 3:30 p.m., with grandstands opening at 5:45 p.m., qualifying at 6 p.m. and NASCAR feature racing at 7:05 p.m. Keep up with the action at www.hollandspeedway.com

Monday, June 19, 2017

Humberstone defeated by Mother Nature on Sunday

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Humberstone Speedway canceled its scheduled Super Mario’s Pizza Sunday Night racing program due to rain. So far this season, Humberstone Speedway has just raced two full nights of action.

“We canceled to due to the heavy and severe thunderstorms that were in the forecast during the scheduled race time and for the thunderstorms that were in the area throughout the afternoon and early evening,” said Humberstone Speedway General Manager Bob Davidson. “We canceled early enough to give our drivers, fans, and officials a chance to celebrate Father’s Day with their family and also we did not want to open the gates just to cancel prior to race time. We want to get the races in, no one wants to more than we do. But with the severe weather, we wanted our drivers, crews, officials, and fans safe and out of harm's way when it comes to the weather.”

Humberstone will be back in action on Sunday, June 25 as J N’E Towing and Country 89 presents the first appearance of the season by the Crate Sprint Cars. The PC Works DIRTcar Sportsman, Maple Leaf Foods RUSH Late Models, Cosco Haulage Mini Stocks, and the Mike Knapp Ford Pro 4 Trucks will all be in action as well as round two of the Cooper Motorsports Minivans of Mayhem Series. Pit gates will open at 4:30 p.m., followed by grandstands at 5 p.m. and racing at 6:30 p.m. Keep up with the action at www.humberstonespeedway.com

Hossfeld takes Summer Slam 75 at Lancaster

Chuck Hossfeld
Ransomville’s Chuck Hossfeld won the Joe Reilly Sportsman Summer Slam 75 at Lancaster National Speedway Saturday night, his second Sunoco Sportsman win of the season. In other X-Press Signs Stock Car Series racing action, Rich Sharpe won his fourth Advance Auto Parts Street Stock feature of the season, Jason Anasiewicz picked up his third win of the year in the Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders, and Andy Nye won the 20-lap NYPA TQ Midget feature.

The Joe Reilly Sportsman Summer Slam 75 is the most prestigious regular season event for Lancaster’s Sunoco Sportsman division. A field of 24 cars took the opening green flag with Neal Dietz Jr. and Jake Lyon trading the lead during the opening laps. Hossfeld started seventh but quickly worked his way to the front of the field, taking the lead from Dietz on Lap 8.

Rich Sharpe
Shawn Nye battled through some early race issues to come back through the field, working his way into the runner-up position. Nye picked up his third-straight top two finish. Scott Wylie, Andy Lewis and Mark Pennell rounded out the top five and were the only other cars remaining on the lead lap by race’s end.

In the Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks, Sharpe picked his way through the field after starting ninth. He caught then-race leader Mark Hoch late in the race and passed him in Turn 2 to take control, cruising to his fourth win of 2017. Hoch finished second, followed by Keith Flanigan, Dave Wilson and Tommy Wentland.

Jason Anasiewicz


Anasiewicz returned to Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinder victory lane for the first time since April, leading 23 of 25 laps. Anasiewicz passed pole sitter Joe Brunka on Lap 2 and never looked back. Teammates Dan Dressel and Bobby Woch finished second and third, respectively, while Dave and Joe Brunka rounded out the top five.

Andy Nye



In the NYPA TQ Midgets, Nye led all 20 laps to win the feature. Bobby Holmes came from ninth to second place, with Erik Musto, Kyle Hutchinson and Brandon Zavarella rounding out the top five.


Lancaster National Speedway will be off next weekend as the facility plays host to the Niagara Swap Meet & Car Show. Vendors from across the country will be on hand all weekend, plus the Clutch Artists will be hosting a car show. The next X-Press Signs Stock Car event will be Thursday, June 29 for the third annual Ol’ Boy Cup 60 Bill Colton Memorial race for the Race of Champions Modified Series. Racing starts at 7 p.m. Keep up with the action at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com.

Melanie Salemi takes ladies’ night at Lancaster Dragway

Lancaster National Dragway hosted Ladies Night for the Franco’s Pizza IHRA Drag Racing program on Friday night, featuring special Pro and Amateur classes for female racers. An additional highlight was a special match race between Melanie Salemi’s “Purple Reign” Pro Modified and the Top Dragster of Kathy Fisher. Salemi posted a winning elapsed time of 4.513 seconds at 125.77 mph.

Top 8 winner Zell Gaymon
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In Mallare Enterprises Top ET, Rick Szewczyk Jr. posted his first career win, getting the win light after Zell Gaymon left the starting line too soon. It was the second final round of the night for Gaymon, who picked up the win in Top 8 by defeating Mike Nowak in the final.

Jim Kalinowski took top honors in Mod ET over Roger Kieffer, while Lucas Salemi picked up his second win of the season in Hebeler’s Sales Bikes & Sleds over Pete Marston. In Tread City Tire Street ET, DJ Raiser scored his second win of the season after his opponent, Joe Busch, broke out in the finals.

Sharon Hayek won the Pro Ladies class for female drivers that are current competitors, defeating last week’s Street winner, Meg Grzekiewicz, in the finals. Rachel Lama won the Amateur Ladies class.

Lancaster National Dragway will be off next week as the facility plays host to the Niagara Swap Meet & Car Show. Vendors from across the country will be on hand all weekend, plus the Clutch Artists will be hosting a car show. Keep up with the action at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com

Bicknell takes 358 Mod win at Ransomville

Pete Bicknell in victory lane
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12-time Ransomville Speedway Modified track champion Pete Bicknell earned his first victory of the season Friday night at Ransomville Speedway. Jonathan Reid won his first career Investors Service Sportsman feature event, while Jaren Israel won the make-up feature from May 12 for the KiPo Chevrolet Street Stocks. Cameron Tuttle won the make-up Stevenson’s Hardware Novice Sportsman feature from May 12, Kyle Wendt won the regularly-scheduled Novice Sportsman feature, and Chris Leone won the main event for the Gippsters Collision 4 Bangers.

Rick Richner and Scott Kerwin brought the field of Krown Undercoating 358 Modifieds to the green flag, with Kerwin showing the way early on. Bicknell took the lead from Kerwin on Lap 3 and held on for his first Ransomville triumph of the season. Richner finished second, followed closely by Ryan Susice, Erick Rudolph, and Chad Brachmann.

Darrell Borkenhagen and Dustin Gorhan were on the front row for the Investors Service Sportsman feature, with Gorhan taking the initial lead. Mike Williams took the lead from Gorhan on the restart following a Lap 5 caution. Reid took over second on Lap 9, just as the caution came out for Justin McKay; Reid took the lead on the restart and held on to score his first career Investors Service Sportsman triumph. Williams, Dave Flannigan Jr., Jim Harbison and Gorhan rounded out the top five.

The 60th season of racing at the Big R continues on Friday, June 23 as Scott Joy Trucking presents a full card of racing plus bicycle races. Pit gates open at 5 p.m. with grandstands opening at 6 p.m. and racing starting at 7:15 p.m. Ransomville Speedway will also be racing on Monday, June 26 at 7:15 p.m. for the Monday Madness Special: a full card of racing will be presented as well as the popular $1 Hot Dog Night. Keep up with the action at www.ransomvillespeedway.com

Monday, June 12, 2017

Rouse takes DIRTcar Sportsman win at Humberstone

Brad Rouse
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Defending track champion Brad Rouse was the winner in the PC Works DIRTcar Sportsman feature on Sunday at Humberstone Speedway. Paul Klager scored the win in the TUSA Mod Lites feature event, while Sam Pennacchio won his first career Maple Leaf Foods RUSH Late Models feature event. Ryan Dinning was declared the winner in the JC Auto Street Stock feature, while Kyle Rothwell won his first main event of the season for the Cosco Haulage Mini Stocks and Kyle Tomaski took his first win of the season in the Mike Knapp Ford Pro 4 Trucks.

Tom Richau Jr. led the opening laps in the 25-lap main event for the PC Works DIRTcar Sportsman with Cody McPherson and Brad Rouse racing in second and third. After a Lap 3 restart, Rouse took over the lead with Adam Leslie challenging Richau for second place. Luke Carleton passed Leslie and Richau to take over second on Lap 9. Rouse went on to take home the checkered flag for his first win at Humberstone in 2017.

Humberstone will be back in action on Sunday, June 18 for the annual Father’s Day Special. Super Mario’s Pizza presents a full card of racing plus the first visit of the season by the Vintage Cars. Pit gates open at 4:30 p.m., with grandstands opening at 5 p.m. and racing scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Keep up with the action at www.humberstonespeedway.com.

Swinarski picks up Top 8, Top ET wins at Lancaster Dragway

Double-winner Mike Swinarski
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Lancaster National Dragway had its first double winner of 2017 on Friday night as Mike Swinarski of Boston, NY picked up wins in both Top 8 and Mallare Enterprises Top ET. In other Franco’s Pizza IHRA Drag Racing action, Mike Zamuda of Buffalo won the first ever event at Lancaster for the Supercharged Bounty Hunters, while Clay Ricketson of East Aurora took top honors in McGard Mod. Mike Peters of Angola scored his third win of the year in Hebeler’s Sales Bikes & Sleds, Meg Grzekiewicz of Belfast, NY won Tread City Tire Street and Reid Ricketson won a special Mopar vehicles only class.

Veteran drag racer Swinarski started off the winning by holding off Joe Masullo in the finals of Top 8. He then was inserted into the Top ET bracket where he once again advanced to the finaling pairing. This time Swinarski was the chaser instead of the one being chased, and he made up about a one-second head start on the starting tree to defeat Ken Babiak Jr. for win No. 2.

The Supercharged Bounty Hunters thundered into Lancaster for the very first time, with Zamuda taking down Frank Malvaso in the finals. In McGard Mod, Clay Ricketson picked up his first win of the season over veteran Jeff Kerl, while his younger brother Reid gave the family a second win in a special Mopar only class.

Peters continued his hot streak in Hebeler’s Sales Bikes & Sleds, advancing to his fourth final round in a row and scoring his third win after his competitor, Michael Puglia, broke out. Grzekiewicz earned her first Tread City Tire Street win in her 1984 GMC pickup truck.

Friday, June 17, is Ladies Night at Lancaster National Dragway with $5 admission for all females. Come see a special match race featuring the Purple Reign Pro Modified of Melanie Salemi and the Top Dragster of the “Dragoness” Kathy Fisher. There will also be special ladies only Pro and Amateur classes with each winner receiving a diamond ring from Cash & Go Pawn. Time trials start at 5 p.m. Keep up with the action at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com

Susice, Rudolph take Twin 358 feature wins at Ransomville

Ryan Susice
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Ransomville drivers Ryan Susice and Erick Rudolph took home the twin features for the Krown Undercoating 358 Modifieds at Ransomville Speedway on Friday night. Dave DiPietro II from North Tonawanda won his first career feature event for the Investors Service Sportsman, while Jaren Israel from Ransomville picked up the win in the KiPo Chevrolet Street Stocks. Cameron Tuttle from Wilson won his first Stevenson’s Hardware Novice Sportsman feature of the season, and Chad Desso from Wilson picked up his first win of the season in the Gippsters Collision 4 Bangers.

The first Krown Undercoating 358 Modified feature of the night was the make-up event from May 12 and was led to the green flag by Chad Brachmann and Kenny Wills, with Wills leading Lap 1. Brachmann took the lead from Wills following a Lap 9 caution, with Rudolph taking second away from Wills on Lap 22 and Susice taking third with seven laps remaining. After Rudolph slowed coming off Turn 4 while running second with two to go and Brachmann had issues under another late-race caution and went to the pits, Susice drove away from Tyler Willard to pick up the win. Jeff McGinnis, Tommy Flannigan and Kenny Wills completed the top five.  

Erick Rudolph
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In the second feature, McGinnis and Gary Lindberg led the field to the green flag with Lindberg showing the way as Rudolph battled McGinnis for second. Rudolph took the runner-up spot on Lap 2 and went after Lindberg, finally taking command over the field on Lap 8. Rudolph went on to score the win in the BCL Racing entry for his first win at Ransomville in 2017. Lindberg would finish in second followed by McGinnis, Susice, and Brachmann. 

The 60th season of racing at the Big R continues on Friday, June 16 as WGR 550 and Wraptile Graphics presents a full card of racing plus double features for the Street Stocks and Novice Sportsman. Pit gates open 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

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Humberstone loses Sunday night racing to Mother Nature

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Just as the racing program was about to begin at Humberstone Speedway, Mother Nature intervened with heavy rain showers and management called the show. The action that was scheduled for Zanchin Truck and Trailer Night would have featured the first of two visits of the season by the Southern Ontario Sprints.

Fans are encouraged to keep their ticket stubs and drivers to keep their wristbands and follow the speedway through social media and the website, www.humberstonespeedway.com to see when rain stubs will be valid.

Humberstone will be back in action on Sunday, June 11 as CAA Niagara presents a full card plus Mod Lites & Performance ATV Side-By-Side UTV Races. Pit gates open at 4:30 p.m. and grandstands at 5 p.m. with racing scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

Hathaway, Dietz Jr. take Holland Speedway wins Saturday night

Chargers feature winner Josh Hathaway
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Holland’s Josh Hathaway used a late race pass to win his second career feature event for the Bank of Holland Chargers at Holland International Speedway, while Neal Dietz Jr. from Holland returned to victory lane in the Getzoni Nationwide Insurance Agency NASCAR Pro Modifieds feature. Dave Wollaber from Lockport won his second straight NYPA TQ Midget feature and Bob Palmer from Buffalo was declared the winner in the main event for the Advance Auto Parts Hornets. Bryce Norton from Walworth, NY earned his second straight win in the INEX Legends and Marty Hughes from Holland won the main event for the M&M U Pull-It Figure 8’s.

Ted Welshans and Rich Carnes brought the Chargers to the green flag for the annual Bank of Holland Charger 50 with Welshans taking the lead. Ted Welshans led the opening 17 laps until brother Tim took over at the front. With the three Welshans brothers – Tim, Ted, and Nik – running in the top three, Hathaway worked his way into fourth. After getting around Nik and Ted, Hathaway went after Tim Welshans for the lead, completing the pass and taking over the lead with just four laps remaining.

Past divisional champion Dietz Jr. grabbed the lead from the drop of the green in the 30-lap feature for the Getzoni Nationwide Insurance Agency NASCAR Pro Modifieds. 2015 track champion Tommy Catalano passed mother Amy for second on the opening circuit and Patrick Emerling raced his way passed Amy Catalano to take third away on Lap 4. Dietz opened up his advantage over Tommy Catalano and went on to hold off Kevin Miller, Catalano, Sam Fullone, and Amy Catalano.

Holland’s 58th season continues on Saturday, June 17 with the “Wildest Show on Wheels”, Crash-A-Rama. Enduro, Boat-Trailer Race, Flag Pole Race, and the popular School Bus Figure 8 race are just some that will be on the racing card. NASCAR racing returns on Saturday, June 24 with a full NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program. Pit gates open at 4:15 p.m., with grandstand gates opening at 5:45 p.m., qualifying at 6 p.m. and NASCAR feature racing at 7:05 p.m. Keep up with the action at www.hollandspeedway.com

Lancaster postpones Pro Mod Shootout until September

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Inclement weather forced Lancaster National Dragway to postpone the Pro Modified Shootout scheduled for Tuesday, June 6 until Tuesday, September 12. The decision was made on Monday rather than wait until later in the day Tuesday to accommodate race teams and fans that were traveling several hours for the event. 

"We didn't want teams loading up and getting ready to leave tomorrow, only to have to turn around if we called it later on Tuesday," said Tim Packman, Track President. "All weather forecasts are calling for rains starting overnight and continuing right through our start time. Add in temps in the high 50s and windy conditions and it makes for an unpleasant experience for all.” 

"With that said, if anyone has an in and/or a connection with Mother Nature, please feel free to share it with me. Heck, I'll even bake her some cookies if it will help us out with the weather."

This Friday will be the debut appearance of the Supercharged Bounty Hunters at Lancaster's 1/8-mile dragstrip as part of Franco's Pizza Friday Night Drag Racing. All for weekly classes will be in action, plus a special class just for Mopar vehicles as part of a special weekend for Mopars at Lancaster
On Saturday afternoon, Lancaster National Dragway will host Mopar Day presented by the WNY Mopar Club. The event begins at 1 p.m. Keep up with the action at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com.

Quotes in this piece provided by Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway 

Monday, June 5, 2017

Stephens takes win as ISMA Supermodifieds return to Lancaster


Trent Stephens and family in victory lane
A packed crowd was on hand Saturday night as the International Supermodified Association (ISMA) made its first visit to Lancaster National Speedway in 14 years. Fans got to see the fastest short track cars in the world thunder around Lancaster’s 1/2-mile as part of “Double Wing Night” at Lancaster.

The ISMA Supermodifieds blistered the track with the quickest lap times being run in under 15 seconds and average lap speeds of over 132 mph. Dave Shullick Jr. of N. Ridgeville, Ohio set a new track record during practice with a lap time of 14.794 seconds.

24 ISMA Supermodifieds took the green flag for their first feature at Lancaster since 2003. Moe Lilje and Dan Bowes led the field to the initial start of the 50-lap main event with Lilje jumping out to the early lead. Trent Stephens of Ravenna, Ohio started fourth, but took advantage of a restart on Lap 4 to move into the second position, then tracked down Lilje for the lead, which he took over on Lap 15.

Mack DeMan
Dave McKnight Jr. came into the event as one of three drivers with a previous ISMA win at Lancaster. After starting the day with rear end problems during practice, his crew made repairs in time for his heat race. McKnight started eighth and used the outside line to pick up a few position early on. He made the move of the night around Lap 20 with a three-wide pass around Dan Bowes and a lapped car to take over fourth place.

McKnight moved into the runner-up position about midway through the event, but Stephens was able to pull away from McKnight and the rest of the field in clean air. Lapped traffic allowed McKnight to reel Stephens back in, but he couldn’t get by Stephens. Stephens pulled away once again after the leaders got through the lapped traffic and cruised home during the final laps to score his first ISMA victory of the season, with McKnight earning the runner-up finish.

Rich Sharpe
The other portion of “Double Wing Night” at Lancaster was the winged Can-Am TQ Midgets, which also made a long overdue return to the 1/4-mile inner oval. Mack DeMan of Mississauga, Ontario picked up the win in the 25-lap feature. DeMan passed Adrian Stahle for the lead on Lap 10 and never looked back as he drove on to victory lane, using knowledge he gained racing at Lancaster in non-winged TQ Midgets events to help him get around the track. Stahle settled for second, followed by Lancaster regulars Andy Nye and Andy Jankowiak in third and fourth respectively.

Rich Sharpe of Lancaster scored his third win of the season in the Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks, passing Lou Carbone for the lead with six laps to go. Carbone finished second followed by Mark Hoch, Trevor Pettit and Dave Wilson.

Dave Milbrand Jr.
In the Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders, Dave Milbrand Jr. of Clarence earned his first career feature win, leading 21 of 25 laps in the winning effort after passing Joe Brunka for first place on Lap 4. He survived a strong challenge from defending track champion Kevin Bainbridge in the final laps to hold on for the victory.

The X-Press Signs Stock Car Series returns to action on Saturday, June 17 with the Joe Reilly Sportsman Summer Slam. The Sunoco Sportsman will be showcased in their biggest race of the season. The Advance Auto Parts, Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders and NYPA TQ Midgets will also be in action. Racing starts at 6:30 p.m. Keep up with the action at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com

Benzique, Vanstrom take Buffalo Street Outlaw wins at Lancaster Dragway

BSO Limited winner Jason Benzique
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Lancaster National Dragway kicked off the month of June on Friday night with a full slate of Franco’s Pizza IHRA Drag Racing, including an appearance by the Buffalo Street Outlaws.

Jason Benzique of Amherst remained hot in the Buffalo Street Outlaws (BSO) with his third win a row. Benzique won the BSO Street Limited class over Chris Scarlata to stay perfect in 2017. In the main event of the Buffalo Street Outlaws, Doug Vanstrom of N. Collins took down Randy Jewell in the finals.

Mike Nowak of Lancaster nearly did the double in Top 8 and Mallare Enterprises Top ET. He was quick enough to qualify for the Top 8 ladder where he went on to the final round to defeat Michael Mallare. He then went into Top ET bracket and once again made it to the final pair; his luck would run out, however, as he broke out in the Top final, allowing Jason Sobczysnki of Lancaster to score his first win of the season.

In McGard Mod ET, Ray Thurston IV of Clarence earned his first win of the season over veteran Roger Kieffer in the finals; with both drivers running quicker than their dial-ins, Thurston earned the win by running closest to his dial-in. 

Mike Peters of Angola advanced to the final round of Hebeler’s Sales Bikes & Sleds for third-straight week to open the 2017 season, beating Angelo Salemi to score his second win of the year. Cody Winkowski of Depew scored the victory in Tread City Tire Street over Nick Morrisey.

This Tuesday, June 6, Lancaster National Dragway will host its third annual $5,000-to-win Pro Mod Shootout. Top Pro Modified teams from around the region will be looking to take home some of the $10,000 total purse for this event. There will also be a Box/No-Box Shootout with $1000 going to the winner of each. Time trials start at 5 p.m. with Pro Mod qualifying at 6 p.m. Keep up with the action at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com

Collins wins Patriot Sprint Tour event at Ransomville

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Steve Collins from Belfast, NY won the main event for the A-Verdi Storage Containers Patriot Sprint Tour on A-Verdi Storage Containers and Johnston’s Restaurant night at Ransomville Speedway. Ransomville’s Brett Senek scored the Investors Services Sportsman feature win in the event that was rescheduled from May 12, while defending divisional champion Matt Farnham of Tonawanda was victorious in the second Sportsman feature. Bill Bleich Jr. from Port Robinson, Ontario grabbed the win for the KiPo Chevrolet Street Stocks, Cole Susice from Ransomville won the feature event for the Gippsters Collision 4 Bangers, and Robbie Johnston from Ransomville won the Stevenson’s Hardware Novice Sportsman feature event.

Kelly Hebing and Derek Jonathan brought the field of 21 Patriot Sprints to the green flag for their 25-lap A-Main with Hebing jumping into the lead, followed by Collins in second and Jonathan in third. Following a few cautions, Collins took over the lead from Hebing on Lap 15, while Kyle Drum would take second away from Hebing on Lap 19. Jared Zimbardi went after Hebing and would pass her for third place with just four laps remaining. Collins pulled away to win his second career A-Main with the Patriot Sprint Tour. Drum, Zimbardi, Hebing and Jordan Givler completed the top five.

The 60th season of racing at the “Big R” will continue on Friday, June 9 as BlueCross BlueShield of WNY presents Labor Night at the Races benefiting the United Way of Greater Niagara. A-1 Land Care Inc. and Niagara Hardwood will also present the racing program.  A full card of racing will be presented plus double features for the 358 Modifieds. Gates will open in the pits at 5 p.m. with grandstands opening at 6 p.m. and racing action starting at 7:15 p.m. Keep up with the action at www.ransomvillespeedway.com.

Lancaster announces return of Cruise Nights, new policies

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Press release

Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway has announced that its popular Cruise Nights will resume, with new procedures and security in place, on Wednesday, June 7.

All cars, trucks and motorcycles desiring to enter the infield areas of the facility will now be charged an Oval Access Fee of $5 per vehicle every time they enter the area. Once paid the vehicle will receive a ticket which is good for one free pass down the dragstrip to Grudge Race. Any vehicle that leaves the infield area must pay the Oval Access Fee again to re-enter.

The track has also hired the nationally-acclaimed firm US Security Associates, Inc. to patrol and monitor activities during Cruise Nights as well as all events being held at LNS&D for the remainder of the 2017 season. There will be a minimum of 10 security guards on hand during Cruise Nights.

“We feel very confident going forward that Cruise Night will now be a much better experience for everyone involved,” said Track President Tim Packman. “In the past few weeks, we have heard from many families who said they quit coming here on Wednesday nights because they didn’t like the atmosphere. That pained me greatly because the number one thing we want is for families and patrons of all ages to have a good time while at Lancaster National Speedway. You have been heard and we welcome you back.”

“The guards of US Security are either military and/or law enforcement trained and have Homeland Security clearance. We appreciate them becoming part of our team and have full confidence in them.”

Wednesday Cruise Nights will continue to have free general admission for anyone that wishes to enter the facility through the main entrance.  Patrons can park in the main lot off of Gunnville Rd., come in to enjoy the facility, concessions and watch Grudge Racing. They will still be able to access the oval and infield areas from the front gate.

Vehicles wishing to enter the infield area of the facility will be stopped at the top of the fencing along the Pit Road Entrance, where they will pay the Oval Access Fee and receive their ticket. Other cars will be directed to the main parking lot. Vehicles with rusted out fenders, muddy bodies and/or in otherwise poor condition will now be pointed to the parking lot.

“We have received multiple messages and phone calls the past few weeks from people wanting us to continue Cruise Night,” said Packman. “We enjoy having everyone come out to our facility. However, we are no longer going to stand for a few select individuals through recent years who have chosen to come here and damage our property or cause problems. We have repeatedly asked for that not to happen, and now we are taking measures to make our customers feel safe and protect our property.

“On Friday and Saturday nights, we have drag and stock car teams that have invested thousands of dollars in their race cars. We need to have a safe and well-kept pit area and racing surfaces for them to compete. In the long run, we strongly feel these new measures will be well received and looked forward to the people who really want to be part of our events for what they are intended to be – fun.”

See a complete schedule of 2017 events at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com