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LANCASTER UNVEILS 2016 STOCK CAR SCHEDULE

Schedule expanded to 17 events; Early season 2 p.m. starts planned

LANCASTER, N.Y. (December 24, 2015) – Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway officials are pleased to announce the 2016 season schedule for its Saturday night Stock Car program. It is the most jam-packed schedule in several seasons with 17 events planned, which is an increase from the 13 events scheduled in 2015.

Lancaster National Speedway’s three weekly home track divisions will continue to be the Sportsman, Street Stocks and 4-Cylinders in 2016. The Sportsman division saw a tremendous turnout in the second half of last season with strong fields exceeding 20 cars. Lancaster is the only short track in Erie County running this open-wheel division on a weekly basis this season. The Street Stocks and 4-Cylinders fields are looking to increase fields, as well, based off interest and turnout during their recent preseason meetings.

“A lot of input and guidance went into creating this schedule,” said Tim Packman, Track President. “We look forward to our very-talented Lancaster racers and all the visiting teams coming out to race at our track. The preseason divisional meetings went very well across the board and there is a lot of anticipation for 2016.”

The 58th season of stock car racing at Lancaster will begin on Sunday, April 17 with the reintroduction of a speedway tradition. The lid lifter will once again be called the “Queen City Clash” and will feature a 75-lap event for the Race of Champions Modified Series. The Street Stocks, 4-Cylinders and NYPA TQ Midgets will fill out the program with racing beginning at 2 p.m.

Lancaster will keep the pedal to the metal once the green flag waves on the new season. The three Saturdays following the Queen City Clash will feature racing programs starting at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 23 will be headlined by the seasonal debuts for the Sportsman and Late Models. Saturday, April 30 is “Pack the Track” day with $5.00 grandstand admission and the Big 10 Super Stocks joining Lancaster’s weekly divisions. The Late Models return for the final Saturday afternoon show on May 7 for “Walk the Track” day.

“We asked the drivers and teams if they wanted to start racing in April if we open the middle of that month,” Packman said. “They all said they did, so we came up with a schedule to go along with what we discussed. They have race cars and we have a race track, so let’s race.”

The traditional “Saturday night under the lights” stock car racing shows begin on Saturday, May 14 when the start time reverts to 6:30 p.m. for the remainder of the season.

The ground-pounding Race of Champions (RoC) Modified Series returns for an unprecedented four dates in 2016, including the Queen City Clash. Lancaster will once again hold a special mid-week show for the “Mighty Modifieds” on Thursday, June 30 for the second annual “Ol’ Boy Cup 60” Bill Colton Memorial. Saturday, August 20 will be the 27th annual Tommy Druar/Tony Jankowiak Memorial Modified 110 for the RoC Modified Series. The Modifieds will also headline the 28th annual U.S. Open weekend on Sunday, September 25 with the U.S. Open 125.

The Late Models will run four times during Lancaster’s regular season as part of a seven-race series with Holland Motorsports Complex. In addition to their two early season dates, the full-fendered warriors will do battle on Lancaster’s 1/2-mile oval on July 16 and August 6.

Additional special events include the return of the Sportsman Summer Slam 75 on Saturday, June 18. Super Stock action continues on May 14 with the New York Super Stock Series and August 27 with a second appearance by the Big 10 Super Stocks. TQ Midget racing will return to Lancaster with five dates for the NYPA TQ Midget Association plus the winged Can-Am TQ Midgets Series make a return on August 13.

“The Late Models, NYPA TQ Midgets, Can-Am TQ Midgets, NY Super Stocks and Big 10 Super Stocks are great additions to this strong schedule,” Packman said. “This gives our fans a nice variety of racing throughout the season to go along with our weekly divisions.”

The 2016 season wraps up with the 28th edition of Western New York’s racing finale, the U.S. Open, on September 23-25 with eight divisions in action throughout the weekend.

Four Thursdays practice/rain dates have been added to the schedule, as well. Racing could take place if any Saturday programs are rained out, if not they will be used as practice sessions. These will take place on May 26, June 9, August 4 and September 1. More details will be available in the near future.

The 2016 preseason registration party for both the stock cars and drag racers will take place on Sunday, February 28, 2016 at 2 p.m. at the Variety Banquet Hall at 6114 Broadway in Lancaster. Racers will be able to register their cars, purchase memberships and reserve pit pads.

About Lancaster: 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 www.lancasternationalspeedway.com. Additional information for racers and fans can be found on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/LancasterSpeedway) and on Twitter (@LancasterSpdwy).

Click below for a downloadable PDF of the 2016 schedule.

2016 Stock Car Schedule

Whelen Modified 2016 Schedules Announced

Concord, Oswego, Seekonk Return; East Carolina A Newcomer

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – What was old has become new again as the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour 2016 schedules have been revealed.

Upstate New York’s Oswego Speedway and Massachusetts’ Seekonk Speedway have returned to the Whelen Modified Tour schedule for the coming season, reuniting the northeast-based circuit with two venues that have played an integral part of the tour’s history. Likewise, North Carolina speedplant Concord Speedway has also rejoined the Whelen Southern Modified Tour calendar for next year while East Carolina Motor Speedway is a newcomer to the southern circuit.

The 32nd season for the Whelen Modified Tour will feature nine different facilities and 17 championship races, the most for the tour since 2005. Here is a breakdown of the 2016 calendar:

• Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park will once again hold the season opening and season closing events as well as two midseason races. Each of Stafford Motor Speedway’s four traditional dates also return to the famed Nutmeg State oval.
• The Whelen Modified Tour will remain a fixture on the racing card for both New Hampshire Motor Speedway NASCAR national series weekends.
• The Whelen Modified and Whelen Southern Modified Tours will return to Bristol Motor Speedway for the eighth edition of the annual combination event during the popular August NASCAR race week.
• Long Island New York’s Riverhead Raceway once again will return with events while Monadnock Speedway and New London-Waterford Speedbowl will feature one race each.
• The late spring run of consecutive Connecticut events at New London-Waterford, Stafford and Thompson returns for the second year, but is spaced out over the course of a month this time around.
• Oswego, a .625-mile oval near the shore of Lake Ontario, contested four Whelen Modified Tour races in both 1988 and 1989. Seekonk, bordering Rhode Island and its capital city Providence, held its first Whelen Modified Tour race in 1987. The .333-mile oval welcomed the tour back for five races between 2000 and 2005.

The 12th season of Whelen Southern Modified Tour competition will feature 11 points races at seven different southeastern tracks. Here’s how the 2016 schedule shakes out for the southern tour:

• North Carolina’s Caraway Speedway will once again play host to the season opener. The venerable oval will have three subsequent dates, one more than a year ago.
• A champion will once again be crowned at Charlotte Motor Speedway, marking the seventh consecutive year the tour has visited the frontstretch quarter-mile at the legendary North Carolina facility.
• Virginia’s South Boston Speedway will return with two events while famed Bowman Gray Stadium has its traditional summer showcase.
• Concord, a high-speed, half-mile tri-oval located in the heart of North Carolina’s NASCAR industry, held one previous Whelen Southern Modified Tour event in 2009.
• East Carolina’s high banks are set to play host to the first Whelen Southern Modified Tour event in its history. The D-shaped, .375-mile oval is located in Robersonville, North Carolina.

The All-Star Shootout will also return for a third season as part of the July NASCAR race weekend at New Hampshire. The non-points event features champions, race winners and Sunoco Rookies of the Year from both the Whelen Modified and Whelen Southern Modified Tours.

The 2015 Whelen Modified and Whelen Southern Modified Tour seasons concluded in mid-October with Doug Coby and Andy Seuss the respective titlists.

Next year’s NASCAR Pinty’s Series schedule was released earlier this week by NASCAR while the 2016 NASCAR K&N Pro Series calendars are nearing completion. The 2016 television broadcast schedules for each of NASCAR’s regional touring series will be announced at a later date.

2016 NASCAR WHELEN MODIFIED TOUR SCHEDULE

Date Track Location
4/10 Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Thompson, Conn.
4/24 Stafford Motor Speedway Stafford, Conn.
5/14 New London-Waterford Speedbowl Waterford, Conn.
6/3 Stafford Motor Speedway Stafford, Conn.
6/15 Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Thompson, Conn.
6/25 Riverhead Raceway Riverhead, N.Y.
7/15 New Hampshire Motor Speedway (All-Star Shootout) Loudon, N.H.
7/16 New Hampshire Motor Speedway Loudon, N.H.
7/23 Monadnock Speedway Winchester, N.H.
8/5 Stafford Motor Speedway Stafford, Conn.
8/10 Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Thompson, Conn.
8/17 Bristol Motor Speedway (combination with NWSMT) Bristol, Tenn.
8/27 Riverhead Raceway Riverhead, N.Y.
9/3 Oswego Speedway Oswego, N.Y.
9/10 Seekonk Speedway Seekonk, Mass.
9/24 New Hampshire Motor Speedway Loudon, N.H.
10/2 Stafford Motor Speedway Stafford, Conn.
10/16 Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Thompson, Conn.

2016 NASCAR WHELEN SOUTHERN MODIFIED TOUR SCHEDULE

Date Track Location
3/12 Caraway Speedway Sophia, N.C.
3/19 Concord Speedway Concord, N.C.
4/9 South Boston Speedway South Boston, Va.
4/16 Caraway Speedway Sophia, N.C.
7/1 Caraway Speedway Sophia, N.C.
8/6 Bowman Gray Stadium Winston-Salem, N.C.
8/17 Bristol Motor Speedway (combination with NWMT) Bristol, Tenn.
9/3 East Carolina Motor Speedway Robersonville, N.C.
9/17 South Boston Speedway South Boston, Va.
9/24 Caraway Speedway Sophia, N.C.
10/6 Charlotte Motor Speedway (.25-mile) Concord, N.C.

Statement from East Carolina Motor Speedway owner Wayne M. Perry:
“East Carolina Speedway is proud to have the opportunity to host the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour for the first time. We really enjoy being a part of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series and this will be a great opportunity to bring a popular NASCAR Touring Series to our track for the fans. It’s going to be a great show.”

Statement from Concord Speedway race promoter Darren Hackett:
“We’re very happy to help get a race at Concord Speedway back on the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour schedule. We decided to take one of our races that we would have held at Caraway Speedway and move it there, and the competitors are excited to get to go back to an ultra-fast track.”

Statement from Oswego Speedway co-owner John Torresse:
“Budweiser International Classic Weekend is a staple event in open-wheel pavement racing and it should be treated as such. As we celebrate the 60th anniversary of this amazing racing weekend we felt the time was right to work together with NASCAR to bring back one of the traditions of this great weekend. A long distance, Saturday night special, featuring some of the best Modified drivers anywhere in the country – fighting for the distinguished right to be called a Classic champion at Oswego.”

Statement from Seekonk Speedway Director of Business Development Ed St Germain:
“Seekonk Speedway is excited to add another top flight open wheel race to its 2016 schedule. Our fans have spoken to us and we have listened. We strive to give our fans the best touring series and weekly racing that we can put on the track every Saturday night. We feel that the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour embodies the best of open wheel racing that the country has to offer. We look forward to seeing the top notch drivers of the NWMT test their skills on the 1/3 mile bull ring at Seekonk.”

Tri Track Open Modified Series Announces Return to New London-Waterford Speedbowl

LONG ISLAND, N.Y.

The Tri Track Open Modified Series (TTOMS) announced two more dates for their 2016 schedule on Friday morning, with a double return to the New London-Waterford Speedbowl in Connecticut on tap for the organization.

The Speedbowl will host the first of the two races on Thursday night Aug. 25, with $10,000 up for grabs to the winner of the 100 lap feature. A second event will be on Sunday Oct. 23 as part of the 2nd annual “Bemer’s Big Show.”

“I think the most important thing is that there a such a wide variety of all the touring divisions that come together, it’s the ultimate race of talent and the guys that put the show on care so much about the drivers and the teams. We’re really excited to have Tri Track back again,” said Speedbowl General Manager Shawn Monahan. “There were a few dates other series had so we weren’t able to go with the original plan and with potential construction going on, it was to risky to do an April race like I had talked about with Dick Williams. We decided to go with the Thursday night [in August] and as for the October date, that October show is going to be a knockout deal.”

The format for the October show is still undecided at this point — though the format for the August show will be the classic heat races, consolations and B-main leading up to the 100 lap feature for a $10,000 payday.

The addition of the Waterford Thursday night race makes three $10,000 to win features already scheduled for the 2016 season. Events at Seekonk Speedway (June 29) and Star Speedway (July 30) will also have a prize of $10,000 for the winner.

In 2015, the Tri Track Series ran two races at Waterford with one in September and the other in October. Woody Pitkat scored the win in the 65 lap race in October, but it was Ron Silk winning the 100 lap race in September.

IMG_0658Defending Tri Track Series champion Matt Hirschman said that the addition of Waterford to the schedule will provide some exciting racing for fans in Connecticut.

“Waterford is a track I really like, but it is probably the toughest on the schedule because of the experience many drivers in the field have there,” Hirschman said. ”The other Tri Track Open Modified Series venues have modifieds there as only special events, where Waterford runs SK’s weekly and a lot of drivers came up through there at some point in their career. The place produces some great side by side racing where sometimes the outside can be to your advantage.”

Three of the four races scheduled for 2016 will be part of the championship point fund, with a final decision on which three races to be announced in the near future.

The series continues to work with the sponsors from the 2015 season, hoping to secure them once again for the upcoming campaign. Officials are also hoping to bring on board some new sponsors for the upcoming season. Anyone interested in helping out can contact James Schaefer on Facebook, or series Media Director Kyle Souza.

Race teams are encouraged to begin preparation for the 2016 season. Series officials will be contacting drivers from across the Northeast in early January to begin the registration process for the year ahead.

For more information on the Tri Track Open Modified Series visit www.tritrackopenmodifiedseries.com 

New London-Waterford Speedbowl photo