Opening Race of Champions Modified Event at Lancaster Pays Tribute to Fans

“Fans in the Stands 75” is to thank Lancaster and Modified loyal for their support

 LANCASTER, N.Y. (March 26, 2017) – Lancaster National Speedway and Race of Champions management wanted to come up with a way to thank the loyal fans of the track and series.

Thus, the first Race of Champions Modified event for 2017 will be the “Fans in the Stands 75” scheduled for 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 29 at WNY’s Premier Motorsports facility.

“Joe Skotnicki of the Race of Champions and myself were talking about what their season opener could be called,” said Tim Packman, Track President. “Our opener the week before is the “Queen City Clash” and we were kicking around a Buffalo or WNY theme. But, we wanted to make it more personal to the track and series.

“Who better to pay tribute to than the people who have stuck by the track through the good and bad times. The fans of Lancaster have been an inspiration and reason to keep making improvements to the facility and why we have grown crowd and car counts in recent years.

“Having this race in their honor, is our honor.”

Skotnicki took over the Race of Champions in 2016 and has been involved at Lancaster in various capacities during his racing career. He knows what Modified racing means to Lancaster, and what the fans of the track mean to the open-wheel Ground Pounders.

“Modified racing has a strong history at Lancaster and the fans are a big reason we have four events there every year,” Skotnicki said. “Like the track, last year was a good one for the Race of Champions Modified Asphalt Series in growth and racing action.

“Having a race to honor fans of Lancaster and Modified racing is just our way of saying thank you for their support through the years. Both us and the track are heading in a good direction and none of it would matter without those people who spend their hard-earned money and time to watch.”

In addition to the Race of Champions Modifieds running the “Fans in the Stands 75” that day, the Race of Champions Super Stocks, Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks and Roaming Buffalo 4 Cylinders will be competing that day.

About Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway: Founded in 1959, Lancaster National Speedway and Dragway is a multi-use facility located on 77 acres just outside of metropolitan Buffalo, N.Y. The facility features a 1/8-mile drag strip, a 1/2-mile oval track and hosts several non-motorsports events such as car shows and concerts. For the latest information on Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway check out our website Additional information for racers and fans can be found on our Facebook page ( and on Twitter (@LancasterSpdwy).

Photo by Joe Grabianowski


Lancaster National Speedway Announces 2017 Facility Improvements

New beer stand, burnout boxes, pit area speakers plus Dragway repair on tap

LANCASTER, N.Y. (March 26, 2017) – Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway is pleased to announce a slate of improvement projects for their multiple-award winning WNY facility..

Two improvements will be made to the dragway portion of the facility starting with the replacement of the burnout box, as well as the two sections of concrete just in front of them. Oak Orchard Concrete, owned by long-time drag racing supporter Tim Payne, was awarded the bid.

Lancaster Dragway
Lanaster Dragway

Another improvement is right around the 60-foot mark of the ⅛-mile dragstrip where the existing starting line area meets the newer concrete surface that was installed last year. A slight dip in the MacKenzie’s Automotive and Performance Center Lane No. 1 will be addressed and raised up to make it level. Last year, Bravo Concrete Maintenance successfully did a similar procedure to the Franco’s Pizza Lane No. 2, and will perform the work on Lane 1 before the Franco’s Pizza IHRA Drag Racing season starts on April 29.

The sound system for the pit areas used by both drag racing and stock car competitors will receive an upgrade with new wiring and speakers being installed. This is being done to reduce delays for both racing programs as competitors will have an easier time hearing when their division or class is called to their respective staging areas.

The fan concourse will receive an upgrade as well with the construction of a brand new 12 Gates Brewing Beer Stand. The old structure, previously known as Bruz’s Place, will be taken down with a new building going up in its place. Plans call for an area for people to hang out with a view to both the drag and stock car action. 12 Gates Brewing of Williamsville, N.Y. became the official sponsor of Lancaster’s beer stand prior to last season.

“This is just another step regarding the commitment of the ownership group towards the teams and loyal supporters of Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway,” said Tim Packman, Track President. “The past three years have marked significant improvements and repairs to multiple areas of the track. The results have been growth in fans, race teams, reputation and a positive vibe about Lancaster.

“We’ve announced new shows coming to the track like ISMA Supermodifieds, Buffalo Street Outlaws Thunderdome, Niagara Auto Swap Meet & Car Show and Monster Trucks, to name a few. We are also adding new food items to our concession stands, namely the return of fresh cut fries.

“The anticipation for both race teams and fans has been picking up the past few weeks as we get closer to our openers. And, improvements like these just further that along a little more.”

These improvements are scheduled to be completed before the start of the season with additional projects to possibly be undertaken during the year.

The “Queen City Clash” opener for the X-Press Signs Stock Car Series is Saturday, April 22 and is followed by the Race of Champions Modified Series “Fans in the Stands 75” on Saturday, April 29; both are 2 p.m. starts. The Franco’s Pizza Friday Night Drag Racing season kicks off with a Test n’ Tune on Friday, April 28 and points begin on Friday, May 5.

About Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway: Founded in 1959, Lancaster National Speedway and Dragway is a multi-use facility located on 77 acres just outside of metropolitan Buffalo, N.Y. The facility features a 1/8-mile drag strip, a 1/2-mile oval track and hosts several non-motorsports events such as car shows and concerts. For the latest information on Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway check out our website Additional information for racers and fans can be found on our Facebook page ( and on Twitter (@LancasterSpdwy).


Kelly and Lawrence Celebrate with Evergreen Wins; Verwys and Lawrence Claim Championships

By: Gene Ostrowski

March 26, 2017

 St. Johns, PA-  The third and final leg of Evergreen’s “Triple Crown Series” for Enduro competitor concluded Saturday afternoon with the running of their “March Madness” event. With hopes of winning the event and with championships on the line, Enduro racers and fans braved Mother Nature’s cool spring temperatures. However, that didn’t slow the action one bit. When it was all said and done, Bryan Kelly of Long Island claimed the Four Cylinder victory. A strong second place finish by Pete Verwys of Stroudsburg propelled him to not only the championship in his division, but also to the overall Triple Crown. In different fashion, Woot Lawrence of Long Island, NY capitalized on Harry O’Neill’s misfortune to not only claim the 6/8-Cylinder victory, but also the divisional championship and Triple Crown.

The green flag dropped for the 100-lap Four Cylinder Enduro portion of the show and Mark Hammer quickly took command over Jeff Ackerman. With nearly three laps in the books, Ackerman took his turn at the race lead.

Hammer regained the top spot just before twenty laps were complete and Ackerman rustled it back on lap 36. Meanwhile, Carl Altemose cracked the top five and took his hand at controlling the field on lap 55 before Pete Verwys, who started deep in the field, made an outside move to gain the top spot on lap 66. Altemose fought hard and battled back to the front on lap 70, but he suffered mechanical issues shortly after and retired from the event.

Verwys was back in command and appeared to have the win in the bag. However, with just over a lap remaining, Bryan Kelly made his move to take the lead and victory in a nail biter. Verwys settled for second, followed by Hammer, Tony Rispin and Ackerman.

Thanks to kitchen managers, Kevin and April Makarewicz, Kelly also won a $100 Visa gift card for the longest 4 Cylinder tow.

After starting from the pole, Dennis Kurras led the first lap of the 6/8-Cylinder Enduro over Harry O’Neill, Joey Helberg, Scott Adams and Mike Asdahl.

After winning the first two events, O’Neill didn’t waste any time and grabbed the race lead. Woot Lawrence climbed into the second spot and with 31 laps complete, Kurras held third, followed by Kevin Nowak and Adams.

Trouble struck O’Neill on lap 59 when his right front wheel left his racecar. Although it attempted to complete another circuit, O’Neill’s car did not and his day came to an end.

The change of events handed the lead to Lawrence, who drove away with the victory over Nowak, Kurras, Asdahl and minivan driver Kenny Hejna.

Evergreen management would like to extend their thanks to all of the drivers and fans that helped make the Triple Crown Series a success. The speedway will be hosting a Triple Awards Ceremony, which is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, May 20. More details will follow on the speedway website and Facebook page.

In just two weeks, the speedway will is hosting an event called “Four Banger Sunday”. The Sunday, April 9 show will feature non-points events for the Evan’s Roadhouse Four Cylinders and the Wheel’s Bar & Grill Junior Four Cylinders. The regular Four Cylinder feature will be 40 laps and thanks to Thanks to J & K Auto Service and Race Fab, Big Al’s Subpar Sandwich Shop, Lehigh Valley Grand Prix and Talk Shirty to Me, the winner will take home $400. A 40-lap “Soccer Mom 40” minivan Enduro is slated to cap off the events for that afternoon.

Those who wish to compete in the Soccer Mom 40 event will be charged a $40 registration fee on race day. Drivers are to follow the regular Enduro event rules for the event. The payout will be based on the speedway’s standard Enduro payout sheet, based on car count.

The pit gates on Sunday, April 9 will swing open at 10:30 AM. Four Cylinder practice will kick off at 12:30 PM and racing will begin at 2 PM. The grandstands will open at 11 AM. Grandstand admission is just $5 for adults and free for kids 12 years of age and younger. Pit admission is $35 and transponder rental fee is $10.

Evergreen Raceway is located minutes from Hazleton, PA, in between routes 93 and 309. For more information regarding Evergreen Raceway, including the entire season schedule, directions and divisional payouts, please visit and don’t forget to like their Facebook page as well.

Evergreen Raceway is proud to be associated with Harry’s U Pull It, Penn’s Peak Radio, Wheel’s Bar & Grill, CK Auto Service & Race Fab, Himmer Graphics, Evan’s Roadhouse, Bob’s Subs, Piechota’s Service Center, Barbush Automotive, Penn’s Peak, Printers Edge, Tito Juice &

Four Cylinder Enduro (100-laps) 1. BRYAN KELLY 2. Pete Verwys 3. Mark Hammer 4. Tony Rispin 5. Jeff Ackerman 6. Jimmy Ayre 7. Don Rogers 8. Bob Wink 9. Joey Helberg 10. Mitch Sponenberg 11. Jake Jones 12. Eric Germuth 13. Ray Kennedy 14. James Prestly 15. Paul Mercante 16. Mark Morgan 17.Ray Kochin 18. Scott Adams 19. Evan Gregory 20. Matt Hauck 21. Kyle Laubach 22.Kody Welsh 23. Mitch Patern 24. Larry Spencer III 25. Randy Parsons 26. Tom Stevens 27. PJ Thomas 28. Hunter Iatalese 29. Ray Downs 30. Randy Boston 31. Joe Russell 32. Matt Lloyd 33. Carl Altemose 34. Kevin Nowak 35. David Sponenberg 36. Cody Fronk 37. John Rose 38. Dave Imler Jr 39. Jeff Statkiewicz 40. Anthony Patti 41.Nate Henry 42. Victor Vega 43. Chris Small 44. Dave Imler 45. Harry O’Neill 46.Robert Jakubowski 47. Brian Brian 48. Pete Verwys 49. Frank Shetler 50. Ed Spencer 51. Scott Sipe

6/8-Cylinder Enduro (100-laps) 1. WOOT LAWRENCE 2. Kevin Nowak 3. Dennis Kurras 4. Michael Asdahl 5. Kenny Hejna 6. Brandon Esposito 7. Ray Kennedy 8. Shawn Galluci 9. Hunter Iatalese 10. Kyle Lilick 11. Erick Knapp 12. Carl Altemose 13. Joe Russell 14. Pete Verwys 15. Lauren Gimbi 16. Matt Hauck 17.Harry O’Neill 18. Kris Dane 19. Scott Adams 20. Bryan Kelly 21. Jeff Stansky

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