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Monday, July 31, 2017

Emerling picks up Sportsman win at Lancaster Speedway

Patrick Emerling
Patrick Emerling picked up his first win of the year in the Sunoco Sportsman at Lancaster National Speedway Saturday night during Autograph Night. Tommy Catalano scored his first career win in the Race of Champions Late Models, Rich Sharpe won his sixth feature in a row and eighth overall this season in the Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks, and Bobby Woch was declared the winner of the Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinder feature for his third win of 2017.

20 Sportsman took the initial green flag for the 35-lap feature with Owen Bednasz and Jayme Thompson leading the field. Bednasz dominated most of the race as he took off from the pole position and pulled away from the field. A number of cautions set up a four-lap showdown between Bednasz and Emerling, as the two drivers battled wheel-to-wheel for two laps before Bednasz lost the handling in Turn 2 and spun out to bring out the yellow flag for the final time. Emerling, who started 15th in the feature, lined up with Tommy Catalano for the final restart of the night, racing side-by-side during the green-white-checkered finish with Emerling holding off Catalano by a half car length. It was Emerling’s first Sportsman win of the season at Lancaster after he won eight times in 2016 between the Sportsman and Modifieds.

Tommy Catalano
The Race of Champions Late Models Series made their second appearance of the season at Lancaster, with Tommy Catalano on the pole for the 30-lap feature. Catalano took off from Frank Batista at the drop of the green flag to take the early lead. Bobby Weber quickly moved into the second position to challenge Catalano early on. Catalano and Weber battled side-by-side during the opening laps before Weber nearly spun out on Lap 4. He saved the car, but this allowed Catalano to pull away. A late caution gave Weber a final chance at Catalano for the win, but Catalano drove to the victory while Weber fended off Dave Heitzhaus in the closing laps to finish second. The win for Catalano gives him victories in three different divisions at Lancaster, including the Sportsman, TQ Midgets and Late Models.

Nine-time Late Model track champion John Julicher made the final start of his career driving a car owned by Bobby Weber. Julicher ran in the Late Model race at Lancaster two weeks ago, but mechanical issues sidelined him early in the event. This time he was able to run the entire feature and finished eighth.

Rich Sharpe
In the Street Stock feature, Rich Sharpe took the lead on a Lap 17 restart and never looked back, winning his sixth race in a row. Sharpe started 15th in the 24-car field, but he quickly maneuvered his way to the front. The first caution of the 25-lap race happened on Lap 16 when Brian Hoffman broke a right front wheel. On the ensuing restart, Sharpe got the jump on race leader Dave Wilson to take the lead for good. He cruised the final eight laps for his eighth win of the season.


Bobby Woch
Bobby Woch was declared the winner of the Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinder after Dave Milbrand Jr. was disqualified during post-race inspection. It was Woch’s third win of the season.

Lancaster National Speedway will be off this Saturday for the Sunday Nostalgia Drag Racing weekend. The X-Press Signs Stock Car Series return to action on Saturday, August 12 for Kids Night and the inaugural 51-lap Ken Heckler Memorial for the Street Stocks. Find out more at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com

Krause takes Enduro win at Holland

Greg Krause took the Enduro win at Holland
credit: Holland Speedway
Greg Krause led the final 30 laps to score the win in the Summer Sizzler Enduro Special at Holland International Speedway on Saturday evening, while Bob Palmer scored the win in the Figure 8 Bonanza.

After a standing start, the 75-lap Enduro took to the speedway for their main event with Garrett Zielonka leading Lap 1. Krause took the lead on Lap 2 and held on until Lap 24, when contact in Turn 2 gave the lead to Zielonka. Krause retook the lead following a Lap 45 red flag and pulled away from the rest of the field, holding on for the win.

The Figure 8 Bonanza saw Palmer pull away from the field in the opening circuits and hold off Steve Goodwill for the win and the $500 paycheck.

NASCAR weekly racing returns to Holland on Saturday, August 5 for the 18th running of the George Decker Memorial 75 for the Pro Modifieds. The Bank of Holland Chargers, Advance Auto Parts Hornets, NYPA TQ Midgets, INEX Legends and Bandoleros will also be in action. Heats will start at 5 p.m. with feature racing starting at 7:05 p.m. Fans are encouraged to stop by Towne Automotive Group to pick up their free Tickets to the George Decker Memorial. Keep up with the action at www.hollandspeedway.com

Malvaso takes Bounty Hunters win at Lancaster Dragway

Lancaster National Dragway hosted the Supercharged Bounty Hunters on Friday night as part of the final Franco’s Pizza IHRA Drag Racing program for the month of July. It was the second visit of the season by the Bounty Hunters, and the final pairing was a rematch of the final round from their race at Lancaster on June 9, as Mike Zmuda went head-to-head with Frank Malvaso. Zmuda won in their first meeting on a holeshot advantage, but Malvaso got his revenge on Friday night.

Frank Malvaso takes the win in Supercharged Bounty
Hunters - credit: Lancaster National Speedway &
Dragway
Zmuda once again left the starting line first, but Malvaso was able to catch and pass him before the finish line to score the victory. Malvaso made up the nearly two-tenths of seconds that he lost at the starting line to beat Zmuda with an elapsed time of 4.439 seconds at 160.11 mph.

In other Franco’s Pizza Friday Night IHRA Drag Racing action, Mike Swinarksi scored his second win of the year in Top 8 Eliminator, defeating Brian Hitchcock in the finals after Hitchcock broke out. Hitchcock left the starting line with a near-perfect .502 reaction time, but ran .011 seconds under his 5.21 dial-in. Alex Noltee got his first career victory in Mallare Enterprises Top ET with a win over Clay Ricketson in the finals after Ricketson broke out.

In McGard Mod ET, Reid Ricketson picked up his first win of 2017 in the class, driving past Andrew Zimmer in the finals to get the win. Former Junior Dragster and Quick 16 champion Victor Puglia earned his first ever win in Hebeler’s Sales Bikes & Sleds. Puglia, in just his second week of racing motorcycles, defeated Angelo Salemi in the finals. John Wachowicz became the eighth different winner of the year in Tread City Tire Street, getting the win over Mario Kroese on a double breakout.

This weekend Lancaster National Dragway hosts its biggest multi-day drag racing event of the season with the annual Sunday Nostalgia Drags Weekend and Car Show. The event starts Friday, August 4 with a full card of Franco’s Pizza IHRA Drag Racing plus a special Nostalgia Eliminator class. Saturday, August 5 is the Clutch Artists Car Show on the infield of the stock car oval plus Nostalgia AA Gassers, the Gasser Racing Series and three additional classes of nostalgia racing. The third class of the Lancaster Dragway Wall of Fame will be inducted after the racing program on Saturday. Sunday, August 6 features a full day of racing with Gassers and classic race cars. Both Saturday and Sunday’s racing programs will feature a Modern Muscle class for cars built from 1981-1997. Find out more at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com

Murray victorious in Susice Memorial at Ransomville

Street Stock winner Rob Murray
credit: Ransomville Speedway
Rob Murray was victorious in the inaugural John Susice Memorial for the KiPo Chevrolet Street Stocks at Ransomville Speedway on Friday evening. Jesse Cotriss won his second Krown Undercoating Modified feature of the season, while Jim Harbison won his first career Investors Service Sportsman feature. Cole Susice won his third Gippster’s Collision 4 Bangers feature of the season, and David Fingerlow won his first career Stevenson’s Hardware Novice Sportsman feature.

The Street Stocks were led to the green flag by Mike Kramarz and Jordan Moden, with Kramarz leading until Lap 7, when Dave Bailey took over the lead. Murray took the lead away from Bailey with five to go, but Bailey retook the lead coming off Turn 2. Casey Jonathan leaked fluid on the race track to bring out the caution with three laps remaining, and on the restart Bailey hit the Turn 4 wall with a flat right front tire. Jake Stefanski and Brian Monahan came together on the front straightaway to bring out the caution with one lap to go, and Murray held off Jaren Israel to score the win.  

Jim Zimmerman and Jesse Cotriss brought the Modifieds to the green flag for their 30-lap feature, with Cotriss jumping into the lead and never looking back; at the halfway mark, Cotriss’ lead was up to nearly six seconds. Cotriss pulled away from the field and led every lap to score his second win of the season nearly a month after his first career Modified victory. 

The 60th season of racing at Ransomville Speedway continues on Friday, August 4 as Performance Mfg. and Jeffery Machine presents the $1,000-to-win Sid Jeffrey Memorial for the Investors Service Sportsman. The “Thunder on the Dirt” Series for Vintage Cars will be on hand as well, joined by the Modifieds, 4 Bangers and Novice Sportsman. Keep up with the action at www.ransomvillespeedway.com

Monday, July 24, 2017

McPherson, Rouse earn Sportsman wins at Humberstone

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On a very busy Sunday night at Humberstone Speedway, Cody McPherson and Brad Rouse earned victories in the PC Works DIRTcar Sportsman on Verge Insurance Center Night.  Rob Pietz and Sam Pennacchio each took home the checkered flags in the Maple Leaf Foods RUSH Late Models. Jim Lampman and Jason Fontaine took wins in the two main events for the JC Auto Street Stocks. Kyle Haynes won the main event for the Cosco Haulage Mini Stocks, Dylan Llord scored another win in the Mike Knapp Ford Pro 4 Trucks, and Max Chechuk survived the field and won the Demolition Derby. The Sportsman, Late Models, and Street Stocks all raced in makeup features from last Sunday’s rainout.

McPherson picked up his first win of the season in the rained out feature from July 16 for the PC Works DIRTcar Sportsman, with Chad Chevalier, Mark Chiddy, Adam Leslie, and Jay Mallory rounding out the top five. In the regularly scheduled 25-lap feature, Rouse earned his fourth feature win of the season, followed by McPherson, Leslie, Justin Sharp, and Chevalier.

Pietz scored his first win of the season in the rained out feature for the Maple Leaf Foods RUSH Late Models, holding off Chad Homan, Pennacchio, Jeff Dayman and Colton Ledingham to get the win. In the second 20-lap feature for the Late Models, Pennacchio took home his second win of the season. Pietz, Tim Gillespie, Dayman and Homan rounded out the top five finishers.

In the first 20-lap feature for the JC Auto Street Stocks, Lampman took the win over Dave Bailey, Billy Bleich Jr., Jason Fontaine, and Kyle Pelrine. In the nightcap, Fontaine used a late race pass to get around defending track champion Bailey to score his first win of the season, with Pelrine, Ryan Dinning, and Bleich Jr. completing the top five.

The racing action continues at Humberstone on Sunday, July 30 as the Reeb House presents a full card of racing plus the second visit of the season by the Crate Sprint Cars. Time Trials for the All Canadian Championships will also be held for the PC Works DIRTcar Sportsman. 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

Hirschman gets RoC Modified win at Holland Speedway

Matt Hirschman - credit: Mojo Photos
Matt Hirschman took home a $3,500 payday after winning the Thunder in the Hills 100 presented by the Upstate Automotive Group for the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series fueled by Sunoco at Holland International Speedway on Saturday evening. For Hirschman, it was his third career win at Holland and fourth on the 2017 Race of Champions Modified Series. Nik Welshans took the win in the Bank of Holland Chargers, while Andrew Nye earned the NYPA TQ Midget win and Bob Palmer won the main event for the Advance Auto Parts Hornets.

“This place is so much fun driving a Modified,” said Hirschman in victory lane. “I felt all race that I had to beat Emerling to the front and we did that tonight. I love racing at Holland and race at this competitive track and we can change lanes here and can't make much better racetracks than Holland.”

“Restarts were huge tonight. I love coming here, it's my favorite racetrack and we were in good shape and we started on the bottom and we (Hirschman and I) had equal cars and it was a good points night,” said runner-up finisher Patrick Emerling.

Chuck Hossfeld was the fastest in Time Trials for the RoC Modifieds with a 13.902-second lap around the 3/8-mile oval; Hossfeld, Emerling and Daryl Lewis Jr. took heat wins. Randall Richard and Austin Kockenash led the 24-car field of Race of Champions Modifieds to the green flag for their ninth race of the season, with Kockenash taking the lead on the start. Hirschman, who started 10th on the grid, worked his way into the top five early on, but took until Lap 82 to catch Kockenash and challenge for the lead. Hirschman took the lead on Lap 88, while Emerling caught Kockenash for second, taking over second place with six laps remaining. Hirschman pulled away to score the win, followed by Emerling, Kockenash, Scott Wylie, and Hossfeld in the top five.

Holland’s 58th season continues on Saturday, July 29 with the Summer Sizzler Enduro and Figure 8 Bonanza. Times are still being finalized and will be released in the coming days on Holland’s social media pages. NASCAR racing returns on Saturday, August 5 for the 18th running of the George Decker Memorial 75 for the Pro Modifieds. The Chargers, Hornets, NYPA TQ Midgets, INEX Legends and Bandoleros will also be in action. Heats will start at 5 p.m. with feature racing starting at 7:05 p.m.  Keep up with the action at www.hollandspeedway.com.

Quotes in this piece provided by Holland Speedway.

Cleveland doubles up at Lancaster Dragway

Top 8 and Top ET winner Wayne Cleveland in the winner's
circle - credit: Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway
For the second season in a row Wayne Cleveland walked away from Lancaster National Dragway with two class wins in one night, taking top honors in both Top 8 Eliminator and Mallare Enterprises Top ET on Friday night.

In other Franco’s Pizza IHRA Drag Racing action, Angelo Salemi took the $500-to-win special for Hebeler’s Sales Bikes & Sleds, Pete Maduri Jr. won the TNT Hot Rod Series event,Ryan Ricketson won in McGard Mod ET, and Timothy Markle was victorious in Tread City Tire Street ET.

Cleveland’s first win of the night came in Top 8 Eliminator as he held off Michael Mallare in the final round to score the victory. He was then inserted into the Mallare Enterprises Top ET bracket where he once again went to the final, this time to face Zell Gaymon. It wound up being a bye run for Cleveland as Gaymon failed to make a run to the 1/8-mile dragstrip. Cleveland now has three wins in the 2017 season with two Top 8 victories and one in Mallare Enterprises ET.

Hebeler’s Sales Bikes & Sleds had a special bonus night on Friday with $500 on the line for the winner. The final pair featured a “Family Feud” between three-time winner Lucas Salemi and his cousin, Angelo. Angelo got the win after Lucas broke out in the finals, claiming his first win of the season.

The TNT Hod Rod Series returned to Lancaster National Dragway on Friday night, with Pete Maduri Jr. taking the win over Patrick Boniferro on a holeshot off the starting line. McGard Mod ET was guaranteed to have its first repeat winner of the 2017 season as the final round featured previous winners Ryan Ricketson and Jeff Kerl. Ricketson left the starting line first and held of Kerl to score win No. 2 in Mod. Timothy Markle got his first win of the year in Tread City Tire ET. Both he and his opponent, Mason Fix, broke out in the finals with Markle running close to his dial-in.

This Friday night, July 28, the Supercharged Warriors thunder into Lancaster for a special show. They will be joined by a full card of Franco’s Pizza Friday Night IHRA Drag Racing. Time trials start 5 p.m. Keep up with the action at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com

Bicknell earns feature win at Ransomville Speedway

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13-time Track Champion Pete Bicknell won his second feature of the season in the Krown Undercoating Modifieds, as the Lewiston Chamber of Commerce presented the 60th Anniversary Celebration at Ransomville Speedway on Friday night. Justin McKay won his first career Investors Service Sportsman feature, while Bill Bleich Jr. won his first KiPo Chevrolet Street Stock feature of the season. Chad Desso won his second Gippsters Collision 4 Bangers feature of the season, and Kyle Wendt won his second Stevenson’s Hardware Novice Sportsman feature of the season.

Steve Schumacher and Rick Richner led the field of Modifieds to the green flag for their 30-lap feature with Richner leading early. Bicknell worked his way into the top three early on, battling Tommy Flannigan for second before taking the lead from Richner on Lap 14. Bicknell held off Ryan Susice on a Lap 20 restart and held on for his second win of the season.

McKay and Jonathan Reid were on the front row for the Sportsman feature event with McKay showing the way throughout, leading every lap to score his first career Investors Service Sportsman victory.

Bleich Jr. took the lead late in the Street Stock event and went on to score the win, his first of the season. The Street Stock feature finish is unofficial pending a technical review.

Friday night racing returns to Ransomville on July 28 as Sunset Bar and Grille presents the John Susice Memorial for the KiPo Chevrolet Street Stocks. The Street Stocks will be joined by the Modifieds, Sportsman, Novice Sportsman, 4 Bangers and the Spectator 1-on-1 races. Race time is at 7:15 pm. Keep up with the action at www.ransomvillespeedway.com

Monday, July 17, 2017

Small, Wurster earn Humberstone wins before Mother Nature strikes again

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Dave Small won the main event for the Cosco Haulage Mini Stocks and Danny Wurster earned his first Mike Knapp Ford Pro 4 Trucks feature win of the season on Sunday night at Humberstone Speedway. The rest of the features were washed out by Mother Nature –stay tuned to the website regarding when make-up features will be scheduled for the Sportsman, Street Stocks, Late Models and Vintage Cars.

Small and Jay Moulton led the field of Mini Stocks to the green flag for their 15-lap feature event with Moulton showing the way. Patrick Abrahamson spun on the back straightaway on Lap 6 to bring out the first caution. On the restart, Small took over the lead and didn’t look back as he rolled to the win.

Mitch Dumont and Wurster were on the front row for the Mike Knapp Ford Pro 4 Trucks with Wurster leading the 15-lap race from start to finish to score his first win of the season.

The racing action continues at Humberstone on Sunday, July 23 as Verge Insurance presents Fan Appreciation Night, featuring $1 hot dogs plus another round of the Performance ATV UTV side-by-side races and Time Trials for the All Canadian Championships for the PC Works DIRTcar Sportsman. Pit gates open at 4:30 p.m., with grandstands opening at 5 p.m. and racing scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Find out more at www.humberstonespeedway.com

Skora III gets Sportsman win at Lancaster Speedway

George Skora III
Lancaster National Speedway paid tribute to its past with Homecoming/Retro Night on Saturday night, with 82 cars pitside for an action-packed night of racing. George Skora III won the Sunoco Sportsman feature, while Dave Russell picked up the win in the Race of Champions Late Models. Rich Sharpe scored his seventh win of the year in the Advanced Auto Parts Street Stocks, Dave Brunka earned his first career win in the Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders, and Mark Tychoniewicz picked up the win in the Classic Asphalt Modified feature. 

Mark Pennell and Jake Lyon led the field of 20 Sportsman to the opening green flag. Pennell led the first four laps before being overtaken by Lyon on a restart. Last week’s feature winner, Kevin Miller, chased Lyon for the lead until Lap 19 when the pair made contact in Turn 1. Lyon spun out, as did Miller shortly thereafter, creating chaos as the field tried to avoid both cars. Several got caught up in the incident, including Tommy Catalano, Mark Pennell, Shawn Nye and Zach Truesdail. This reshaped the front of the field as it moved Skora to the lead, with Andy Jankowiak, Scott Wylie, Tony Carbone and Jake Vernon rounding out the top five.

On the ensuing restart, Sherri Hogan’s car dropped a massive amount of fluid on the racing surface, which required a lengthy cleanup. The race finally resumed with Skora leading Wylie and Carbone after Jankowiak dropped out under caution with a suspension problem. Skora and Wylie pulled away from the pack throughout the second half of the race with Skora hanging for the win. It was Skora’s first Sportsman win at Lancaster since the final regular season race of 2016. Wylie, Carbone, Tommy Catalano and Jake Vernon rounded out the top five. 

Dave Russell
The Race of Champions Late Models made their first appearance of the season, with Terry Weldy leading the opening laps of the 30-lap feature from the pole position before giving way to Russell on Lap 7. Russell then held the field in check until a caution with two laps to go set up a final restart. The green-white-checkered finish gave Bobby Weber a final shot at Russell for the win. Weber tried to get a run on the outside when the race restarted, but he was thwarted by Russell, who held on for his first Late Model win at Lancaster since the 2015 U.S. Open. Weber settled for second with Eldon King III in third. Tommy Catalano drove Nick Crassi’s backup car to a fourth place finish after not even running a heat race. Frank Batista rounded out the top five. 

Sharpe continued his domination in the Advanced Auto Parts Street Stocks with his fifth win a row and seventh overall. Sharpe passed Dave Wilson for the lead on Lap 6 and never looked back as he cruised to the win.

Brunka claimed his first ever Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinder win, passing Chris Pennell for the lead on Lap 8. He led until Lap 21 when Jason Anasiewicz got by him with a bump-and-run maneuver. Anaziewicz crossed the finish line first, but was penalized for the contact and the victory was awarded to Brunka. 

Lancaster National Speedway returns to action on July 29 with Autograph Night. The Race of Champions Late Models will be back along with the Sunoco Sportsman, Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks and Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders. Racing starts at 6:30 p.m. Keep up with the action at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com

Dave Brunka

Mark Tychoniewicz
 
Rich Sharpe

Wills earns first Modified win at Ransomville

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Allan Wills earned the first win of his career in the Krown Undercoating Modifieds at Ransomville Speedway on Friday evening. Brett Senek won his second Investors Service Sportsman feature of the season, while Brandon Sherwood won his first KiPo Chevrolet Street Stocks feature of the season. Cole Susice won his second Gippsters Collision 4 Bangers feature this season, and Chris Leone won the completed 4 Banger feature from July 7. Cameron Tuttle won his fourth Stevenson’s Hardware Novice Sportsman feature of the season.

The Wills family shared the front row for the Modified feature as Allan and Kenny brought the field to the green flag, with Allan showing the way over cousin Kenny. Kenny Wills would start to reel in his cousin at the halfway mark, but Allan took off on a late race restart. Allan Wills led every lap en route to his first career victory. Kenny Wills, Scott Kerwin, Erick Rudolph and Pete Bicknell completed the top five.

Rookie Jordan Moden and past divisional champ Brandon Sherwood were on the front row for the Street Stock main event with Sherwood taking the lead early on. Following a Lap 3 caution flag, Sherwood and Mike Kramarz battled for the lead; Kramarz took the lead on Lap 6, but Sherwood regained it shortly thereafter. Jaren Israel took the lead on Lap 9, only to have Sherwood regain the lead on a restart. Sherwood would hold off Pete Stefanski to score his first win of the season.

Next weekend is a big doubleheader weekend at the Big R. Friday, July 21 will be the 60th Anniversary Celebration, with pit gates opening at 5 p.m., grandstands at 6 p.m. and racing action starting at 7:15 p.m. On Sunday, July 23, Budweiser presents the Big R Outlaw Shootout featuring the Craftsman World of Outlaw Sprint Cars plus a special $750-to-win event for the Investors Service Sportsman. Pit gates will open at 1 p.m. with the Will Call Window opening at 2 p.m. Grandstand gates will open at 4 p.m., with racing getting underway at 7 p.m. Find out more at www.ransomvillespeedway.com

Monday, July 10, 2017

Rouse earns third Sportsman win at Humberstone

Brad Rouse in the winner's circle
credit: Softouch Photo
Brad Rouse scored his third win of the season for the PC Works DIRTcar Sportsman Sunday night at Humberstone Speedway . Chad Homan won his third Maple Leaf Foods RUSH Late Model feature of 2017, while defending champion Dave Bailey won his second JC Auto Street Stock feature of the season. Jason Coutu won his first Cosco Haulage Mini Stocks feature of the season, and Kyle Tomaski won his third Mike Knapp Ford Pro 4 Trucks feature of the season.

Adam Leslie and Tyler Puchalski made up the front row for the 25-lap feature for the PC Works DIRTcar Sportsman, with Leslie taking the lead and Rouse taking over second from Puchalski. Rouse closed in on Leslie and took the lead on Lap 7. Rouse pulled away from the field to score his third win of the season. Tyler Puchalski, Adam Leslie, Cody McPherson and Dave Flannigan Jr. completed the top five.

Jeff Dayman jumped into the lead from the drop of the green flag in the 20-lap Maple Leaf Foods RUSH Late Model feature. Homan took the lead from Dayman on Lap 8 and pulled away to score his third win of the season. Dayman, Rob Pietz, Sam Pennacchio and Tim Gillespie rounded out the top five.

Jim Lampman and Jason Fontaine set the pace for the JC Auto Street Stocks 20-lap feature event, with Lampman showing the way in front of a three-wide battle for second between Billy Bleich Jr., Jason Fontaine and Bailey. Fontaine took the lead away on Lap 3 and then had a three-wide battle for the lead with Bailey and Ken Sargent on Lap 7 with Bailey taking over the lead. Bailey pulled away for his second win of the season, followed by Fontaine, Ryan Dinning, Kyle Pelrine and Sargent.

The racing action continues at Humberstone on Sunday, July 16 as the Metro Group of Companies presents a full card of racing plus Vintage Cars, All Canadian Championship Time Trials for the RUSH Late Models and Autograph Night. Pit gates will 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

Miller earns first Sportsman victory at Lancaster Speedway


Sportsman winner Kevin Miller
Kevin Miller earned his first career Sunoco Sportsman win at Lancaster National Speedway on Saturday night, while Rich Sharpe won his fourth Advance Auto Parts Street Stock feature in a row and sixth of the season. Bobby Woch won his second Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinder feature of 2017, and Tommy Reese won the Race of Champions Super Stock feature.

A total of 16 Sunoco Sportsman signed in for competition on Saturday, with the two most recent track champions, Mark Pennell and Jake Lyon, leading the field to the start of the 35-lap feature. Miller started fifth and began working his way to the front, passing Pennell for second just before the yellow flag waved on Lap 4 for a spin by Alan Bookmiller. On the ensuing restart, Miller outran Lyon to take over the race lead. 

The race stayed green until Lap 26 when Mike Ramos and Matt Druar tangled in turn one. Ramos's car slammed the temporary wall that blocks the end of the dragstrip hard while Druar backed into the Turn 1 wall. Both drivers walked away, but both cars suffered heavy damage. Lyon tried to get a run on Miller on the restart with nine to go, but Miller held off the challenge to earn his first-ever Sunoco Sportsman win. Lyon finished second followed by Jake Vernon, Owen Bednasz and Pennell.   

Rich Sharpe in victory lane for the sixth time in 2017
Sharpe came from the 11th starting position to pick up his sixth win of the year in the Advanced Auto Parts Street Stocks. The father-son duo of Tom and Max Northem led the 22-car field to the green flag. Tom Northem led an inside row charge on the opening lap and took the lead. Sharpe moved to third place by Lap 6 and into the lead a few laps later following a caution. A handful of the cautions in the second half of the race kept the field bunched up, but Sharpe hung on for his fourth-straight victory, followed by Ken Maltby, Jake Wylie, Trevor Pettit and Max Northem. 

RoC Super Stock winner Tommy Reese
The RoC Super Stocks made their third visit of the year to Lancaster, with Tim Gullo looking for his third-straight win as he took the initial race lead from the outside pole; mechanical problems took him out of contention on Lap 9. Nearly half of the field was collected in a big pile up on Lap 11, and the race resumed with Tommy Reese leading Robert Fink. The duo led the field all the way to the white flag when they made contact in Turn 4. Reese spun out and both cars were sent to the rear of the field, moving Zach Willis to the lead.

Two green-white-checkered attempts were made, but the second one was later nullified by RoC officials after consulting with the drivers over confusion on the yellow and checkered flag being displayed. Reese was declared the winner with Shawn Frarey, Josh Hunter, Robert Fink and Vern Hedderick completing the top five.

Bobby Woch celebrates with his daughters in victory lane
Woch led 22 of 25 laps for his second win of the year in the Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders. Woch and teammate Kevin Bainbridge dominated the majority of the race, which went caution free. Jason Anasiewicz finished third behind the team cars, with Dan Dressel and Dave Brunka rounding out the top five. 

Next up for Lancaster National Speedway is Homecoming & Retro Night on Saturday, July 15. We will welcome back drivers from the past and encourage fans to wear their favorite throwback gear (shirts, hats, jackets, etc.). The Race of Champions Late Models and Vintage Modifieds will join Lancaster’s three weekly divisions. Racing starts at 6:30 p.m. Keep up with the action at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com

Harkiewicz take Top 8 Eliminator at Lancaster Dragway

Top 8 Eliminator winner Steve Harkiewicz
credit: Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway
A mix of new faces and veterans visited victory lane on Friday night at Lancaster National Dragway. Headlining the class winners for the Franco’s Pizza IHRA Drag Racing program was Steve Harkiewicz, who picked up his first win in Top 8 Eliminator after defeating Michael Mallare in the final round.

Dale Eckert beat Jan Winkowski in finals of Mallare Enterprises Top ET, while Jeff Kerl became the sixth different winner of the season in McGard Mod ET, winning after Reid Ricketson broke out in the finals. Hebeler’s Sales Bikes & Sleds got just their third different winner of 2017 as Gerry Vaughan picked up the win over Alan Fletcher. Vaughan is the first driver besides Mike Peters and Lucas Salemi to win in Bikes & Sleds this year.

In Tread City Tire Street, Derrick Kovach was victorious in the final round over Timothy Markle. The Junior Dragsters made a rare Friday night appearance with a special a 7.90-index class as well, with Alexandra Young beating her sister, Victoria, in the final pairing.

Next Friday, July 15, Lancaster National Dragway hosts its annual Nitro Night of Fire. Todd Paton and Bobby Lagana return to Lancaster with their Top Fuel Dragsters to attempt to break the track records once again. Last year, Paton smashed both the elapsed time and speed records. The TNT Hot Rod Series and a full card of IHRA Drag Racing will also be on tap. Keep up with the action at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com

Rudolph takes 358 Modified win at Ransomville

Erick Rudolph in the winner's circle
credit: Rudolph Racing via Ransomville Speedway
Third-generation driver Erick Rudolph was the winner of the Krown Undercoating 358 Modified feature on Friday night at Ransomville Speedway. Chris Burek won his first Investors Service Sportsman feature of the season, and Robbie Johnston won his second feature of the season for the Stevenson’s Hardware Novice Sportsman. The Gippsters Collision 4 Bangers feature was called after five laps due to rain.

Kenny Wills and Allan Wills brought the Modifieds to the green flag for their 30-lap feature, with Kenny Wills getting the lead over his cousin Allan. Racing in the top five for much of the race, Rudolph and Ryan Susice battled for the lead and the win as the laps wound down. After Kenny Wills slowed on the main straightaway to bring out the caution on Lap 24, a six-lap shootout saw Rudolph take off and pull away from Susice and Pete Bicknell to score his second win of the season.

Dave Conant and Noah Walker led the field of the Investors Service Sportsman to the green flag for their 25-lap feature with Conant showing the way. Walker spun in Turn 3 to bring out the race's first caution, and Chris Burek took the lead on the Lap 1 restart with Derrick Borkenhagen, Austin Susice and Greg Martin racing inside the top five. Conant caught Burek with five laps remaining and would make contact coming into Turn 3 with two laps to go, but Burek held off Conant to score his first feature win of the season. Burek became the sixth different winner in six races.

The 60th season of racing at the “Big R” will continue on Friday, July 14 as Regional Haulage presents a full card of racing plus power wheel races and the remaining 10 laps for the Gippsters Collision 4 Bangers feature. 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

Monday, July 3, 2017

Rouse earns RoC Sportsman Series win at Humberstone

RoC Sportsman winner Brad Rouse - credit: Softouch Photo
Brad Rouse was victorious in the Race of Champions Sportsman Series main event as part of the Brian’s Tire Repair Canada Day $1,000 to win Showdown in memory of Harold Sonnenberg at Humberstone Speedway on Sunday evening.  Kyle Sopaz won the main event for the Maple Leaf Foods RUSH Late Models, while Ken Sargent earned the win in the JC Auto Street Stock feature. Kyle Rothwell won his second feature of the season for the Cosco Haulage Mini Stocks feature, Kyle Tomaski won in Mike Knapp Ford Pro 4 Trucks, and Jason Coutu held off Mason Smith to score the win in the $1,000 Enduro.

Defending track champion Brad Rouse and Tyler Puchalski set the front row for the 50-lap feature for the RoC Sportsman Series, with Rouse showing the way early on. Rouse and Justin Sharp battled for the lead for several circuits, with Sharp taking over the lead on Lap 11. Following a caution on Lap 18, Rouse and Cody McPherson took the top two spots. Late in the race, Chad Chevalier put pressure on Rouse on a restart and eventually took the lead on Lap 44, but Rouse took the lead back on a late-race caution and held off Chevalier and Sharp to grab the win and the $1,000 payday.

Humberstone will be back in action on Sunday, July 9 as Walters Excavating presents a full card of racing plus a Racers’ Only “Grudge Match” Demolition Derby. Also on the card will be Time Trials for the All Canadian Championships for the Mini Stocks and Pro 4 Trucks. Pit gates will open at 4:30 p.m. and grandstands at 5 p.m., with races scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. Keep up with the action at www.humberstonespeedway.com

Alfaqih, 716 crew earn win over Kamikaze Chris Friday night at Lancaster

Moe Alfaqih - credit: Raymond Halm
Lancaster National Dragway hosted a huge crowd for Street Outlaws 405 vs. 716 Round 2 featuring Kamikaze Chris from the Discovery Channel reality show “Street Outlaws” on Friday night.

Moe Alfaqih not only topped the field of 26 Buffalo Street Outlaws, but he also defeated the “Elco” of Kamikaze Chris in special grudge race to give the 716 crew the win for the second year in a row. In the final round of the Buffalo Street Outlaws, Alfaqih defeated last year’s winner Ed McGuinn to claim the victory.

The Buffalo Street Outlaws debuted their new Unlimited Big Tire class, which included two-time Pro Modified World Champion Mike Janis among the competitors. Ron Szewczyk got the win in his “Head Knocker” Chevrolet Nova over Mike Zmuda. Chris Halton took top honors in BSO Street Limited over three-time winner Jason Bezinque.

In Franco’s Pizza IHRA Drag Racing action, Wayne Cleveland picked up the win in Top 8 over Michael Mallare. Cleveland made a near-perfect pass in the finals as he ran his 5.74 dial-in with a .518 reaction time.

Mason Fix almost picked up two wins as he defeated Roger Kieffer in the finals of McGard Mod ET. He then advanced to the final round of Tread City Tire Street, but lost on a double breakout to Matt Hughes.

Lucas Salemi earned his third win of the season, and second in a row, in Hebeler’s Sales Bikes & Sleds. Salemi and Mike Peters are the only two drivers to win in the class in 2017 with each driver taking three wins a piece.

Mallare Enterprises Top ET was split between Rick Szewczyk Jr. and Jan Winkowski as the final could not be run for the midnight curfew.

This Friday night, July 7, is First Responders Night at Lancaster National Dragway. All firefighters, EMTs and police personnel can see a full show of Franco’s Pizza IHRA Drag Racing for just $5 with valid ID. Keep up with the action at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com

Cotriss, Wagner earn first wins at Ransomville Speedway

Modified winner Jesse Cotriss
credit: Steve Petty
Jesse Cotriss earned his first career Krown Undercoating Modified victory at the Ransomville Speedway Friday night, while Derek Wagner won his first career Investors Service Sportsman feature event. Ryan Hoolihan won the main event for the KiPo Chevrolet Street Stocks, Cameron Tuttle won his third Stevenson’s Hardware Novice Sportsman feature of the season, and Chad Desso won his second Gippsters Collision 4 Bangers feature of the season.

Cotriss and Jim Zimmerman led the Krown Undercoating Modifieds to the green flag for their 30-lap feature, with Cotriss taking off with the lead. Chad Brachmann challenged Cotriss in the final 10 laps but Cotriss held on to win his first career Modified feature. Brachmann took second, followed by Scott Kerwin, Erick Rudolph and Pete Bicknell.

Darrell Borkenhagen and Dustin Gorhan were on the front row for the Investors Service Sportsman feature, with Borkenhagen leading the field of 25 cars. Wagner moved into second on Lap 7 and took the lead on Lap 13. Wagner held on to score his first career Sportsman feature, followed by Matt Farnham, Greg Martin, Gorhan and Dave Flannigan Jr.

The 60th season of racing at the “Big R” will continue on Friday, July 7 as the Jetport Lounge and Niagara Lazy Lakes Resort presents a full card of racing plus Kids Rides. Gates will open in the pits at 5 p.m. with grandstands opening at 6 p.m. and racing getting underway at 7:15 p.m. Keep up with the action at www.ransomvillespeedway.com

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Rypkema wins Ol’ Boy Cup 60 RoC Modified race at Lancaster

Tyler Rypkema won the third annual Ol’ Boy Cup 60 Bill Colton Memorial presented by Thermal Foams at Lancaster National Speedway on Thursday night. It was the first ever Race of Champions Modified Series win for the 20-year-old Rypkema. In other action, Rich Sharpe scored his fifth win of the season in the Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks, Jason Anasiewicz earned his fourth win of the year in the Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders and Tim Gullo won the 25-lap feature for the Race of Champions Super Stock Series.

RoC Modified winner Tyler Rypkema

Scott Wylie and Mike Leaty led 21 Race of Champions Modifieds to the green flag, with Leaty taking the lead and Tommy Catalano settling into second place early. A few laps later Catalano passed Leaty to the inside to take the lead.

The first caution of the event happened on Lap 13 for a spin by Kevin Miller. The yellow flag flew again one lap later when Patrick Emerling spun out in Turn 4. Catalano and George Skora III battled for the lead on the restart, with Skora eventually taking over the top spot on Lap 17. Shortly after that Catalano started to slow on the track with a mechanical issue, moving Rypkema to second.

Half of the field was involved in a massive pile up on Lap 32 after Daren Scherer’s car slowed in the middle of the pack in Turn 4. Several cars collided as they tried to dodge Scherer, who suffered brake failure in the narrowest part of the race track. Tommy Catalano, Danny Knoll Jr., Amy Catalano, Bill Mislin, Camden Barber, John Barber, Alan Bookmiller and Kevin Miller were some of the cars that got caught up in the wreck.

Only about 12 cars remained in competition once the wreck was cleared. Skora was shown as the leader ahead of Rypkema, Andy Jankowiak, Emerling, Wylie and Leaty. On Lap 43, Rypkema made a bold move going into Turn 3 as he drove hard into the corner underneath Skora. The pass paid off as he had wrestled the lead away for good just one lap later. Unfortunately for Skora his night ended shortly after that as he stopped on the track with engine issues on Lap 53.

Rypkema had to fend off Chuck Hossfeld in the closing laps, with Hossfeld moving to the inside of Rypkema as they went under the white flag. The pair made contact in Turn 1 with both drivers saving their cars from spinning out. Rypkema had just enough momentum to maintain the lead and held on to cross the finish line first.

The win was the second career Modified victory for Rypkema and first ever on the Race of Champions Modified circuit. Hossfeld was second, followed by Leaty in third. Jankowiak and Emerling rounded out the top five.

Street Stock winner Rich Sharpe
Sharpe earned his fifth win of the year after starting eighth in the 21-car field and passing Mark Hoch for the lead with seven laps to go. Sharpe cruised the final seven laps to earn the win. Hoch finished second followed by Keith Flanigan in third. Ken Maltby came home fourth, followed by Jake Wylie in fifth.

Super Stock winner Tim Gullo
Gullo started from the pole and led all 25 laps of the Race of Champions Super Stock feature. Tom Barron finished second, followed by Joel Gleason in third. Ryan Lagoda and Joe Mancuso rounded out the top five.

4-Cylinder winner Jason Anasiewicz (3) battles
eventual runner-up Dan Dressel (09)
Anasiewicz found himself in victory lane despite crossing the finish line second. Dave Brunka led most of the race until contact with Bobby Woch with two laps to go took him out of contention. Woch was penalized three positions for the contact, which gave the win to Anasiewicz. Dan Dressel finished second, followed by Brunka, Woch and Kevin Bainbridge.

Lancaster National Speedway resumes X-Press Signs Stock Car racing on Saturday, July 8 with First Responders Night presented by 10-75 Emergency Lighting – all first responders receive $5 admission with valid ID. The Sunoco Sportsman return to action alongside the Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks, Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders and the Race of Champions Super Stocks. Racing starts at 6:30 p.m. Keep up with the action at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com