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Cryan Honors Fallen Champion Julicher with Ken Heckler Tribute 51 Win a Lancaster

Skora, Sprgaue & Palmer score victories

LANCASTER, N.Y. (August 11, 2018) – Andy Cryan’s eighth Advance Auto Parts Street Stock win of the season might have been his most meaningful as he captured the 2nd annual Ken Heckler Tribute 51 on Saturday night at Lancaster National Speedway.

The win by Cryan came just two days after the passing of nine-time Late Model track champion, John Julicher. Julicher had been a mentor to Cryan during the past couple seasons, and his son, Brad Julicher, serves as Cryan’s crew chief. Cryan runs the #09 and sports a paintscheme that is similar to Julicher’s Late Models as a tribute the winningest Late Model driver in track history.

Cryan lined up ninth in the 22-car field for the Ken Heckler Tribute 51 lap race. The event pays tribute to former racer and track official, Ken Heckler, who passed away suddenly in 2017. Garrett Cleversley and Bob Palmer started on the front row. Cleversley grabbed the early lead followed by Tim Welshans, Mike Dalfonso and Tommy Wentland.

Welshans took the lead from Cleverlsey on lap 3 and Dalfonso followed him into second place. Dalfonso took the top spot from Welshans eight laps later just before the yellow flag waved after Ken Camidge’s engine expired in turn four. The race restarted with Dalfonso leading Dave Vona, Welshans, Tommy Wentland, and Nik Welshans.

The trio of Dalfonso, Vona and Wentland pulled away from the field until lap 25 when the yellow flag was displayed again. This caution period was for the mandatory field inversion. A random draw between 2-12 decided how many cars would be inverted. The Heckler family drew the number 12 for the inversion, which meant the leader was dropped to 12th place, and the 12th place car moved to first.

Chris Powers became the leader of the race following the inversion followed by Jarrod Brown, Jerome Hruby, Tim Welshans and Mark Hoch. Powers jumped out to the lead following the restart with Brown and Welshans battling for second. Tim Welshans took the lead from Powers on lap 28 with his brother, Nik, following him into second place. Nik Welshans grabbed the lead from his brother just one lap later.

Cryan restarted eighth following the inversion after making his way up to fifth before the mandatory caution. The invert forced Cryan to start his trek to the front of the field all over again with the same amount of laps he would have for a normal Saturday night feature. Cryan quickly made his way to second place by lap 30. Three laps later he was able to pass Welshans to take the lead.

Tim Welshans night came to an end on lap 39 when he tangled with Rich Sharpe and Tommy Wentland on the front straightaway. Welshans hit in the inside retaining wall to take him out of competition. The final caution period of the race happened on lap 43 when polesitter Cleversley plowed into the Thermal Foam blocks in turn two.

The race restarted with Cryan leading Nik Welshans, Brian Hoffman, Wentland and Mark Hoch. Hoffman was making his second Lancaster start of the season after winning in his season debut on July 14. He quickly dispatched of Welshans after the final restart of the night to move into second place with seven laps to go.

Hoffman tried to hang with Cryan at the front of the field, but he lost sight of the leader in the closing laps. Cryan cruised to his eighth Street Stock win of the season. He was joined in victory lane by the Julicher family and friends.

Hoffman finished second followed by Nik Welshans, Sharpe and Wentland. Sharpe came back through the field late in the race after pitting following the incident on lap 32 with Tim Welshans. Hoch, Vona, Hruby, Powers and Jay Canonico rounded out the top ten.

In additional X-Press Signs Stock Car Series action, George Skora III of Eden, N.Y. won the 35-lap VP Racing Fuels Sportsman feature. Skora passed Jayme Thompson for the lead on lap five of the event. He then held off division points leader Owen Bednasz in the closing lap to score his first win of the season.

The victory serves as a tune up for Skora as he looks to defend his Tommy Druar/Tony Jankowiak Memorial 110 title next week against the rest of the Race of Champions Modified Series field. Skora scored his first career RoC Series in last year’s Tommy/Tony 110.

Bednasz finished second to maintain his lead in the point standings.  Shawn Nye finished third followed by Dave Kozlowski and Leo Becker.

The Midwest Compact Series made their debut at Lancaster on Saturday on the ½-mile oval. The series based out of Ohio gave many four cylinders racer their first chance to tackle the big track after competing on the inner oval. Brian Sprague of Brookville, PA won the 25 lap feature. Sprague passed Don Rufener, Jr. for the lead on lap three, and then held off Jacob Gustafsson in the closing laps to score the win.

Jake Alrbight of Dover, OH was one of the pre-race favorites following the heats, but he developed engine issues after a lap 10 restart while running second. The restart gave Gustafsson a shot the win as he was running a straightaway behind Sprague and Albright before the caution came out.

Charles Palmer of Cheektowaga won the 25-lap Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinder for his second victory of the season. Palmer passed Andy Danielwicz for the lead on lap three and then drove away to a large lead. He was able to pull away as several drivers competed fiercely for second place on back.

Dave Brunka won out the battle to finish second. Jason Anasiewicz, Chris Pennell and Dan Dressel rounded out the top five.

Next week is one of Lancaster National Speedway’s most prestigious events of the year, the 29th annual Tommy Druar/Tony Jankowiak Memorial 110 for the Race of Champions Modified Series. The Race of Champions Super Stocks, Street Stocks and 4-Cylinders will also be in action. Racing start at 6:30 p.m.

About Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway: Founded in 1959, Lancaster National Speedway and Dragway, WNY’s Premier Motorsports and Event Facility, 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).



Heat Winner: Jayme Thompson

Feature: GEORGE SKORA III, Owen Bednasz, Shawn Nye, Dave Kozlowski, Leo Becker, Tony Carbone, John Barber, Jayme Thompson, Eddie Hawkins, Mark Pennell


Heat Winners: Mike Dalfonso, Tim Welshans, Andy Cryan

Ken Heckler Tribute 51 Finish: ANDY CRYAN, Brian Hoffman, Nik Welshans, Rich Sharpe, Tommy Wentland, Mark Hoch, Dave Vona, Jerome Hruby, Chris Powers, Jay Canonico, Bob Palmer, Jeff Szafraniec, Mike Rogers, Bob Blaszak, Jr., Scott Soos, Rick Meyers, Garrett Cleversley, Tim Welshans, Ted Welshans, Mike Dalfonso, Jarrod Brown, Tim Garlock, Jerry Kosmowski, Ken Camidge


Heat Winners: Joe Brunka, Jason Anasiewicz

Feature: CHARLES PALMER, Dave Brunka, Jason Anasiewicz, Chris Pennell, Dan Dressel, Joe Brunka, Andy Danielwicz, Dave Evans, Kevin Bainbridge, Kenny Hejna, Ryan Palmer


Heat Winners: Jake Albright, Jacob Gustafsson

Feature: BRIAN SPRAGUE, Jacob Gustafsson, Jody London, Craig Orr, Kenny Hejna, Jason Anasiewicz, Charles Palmer, Dan Rufener Jr., Kelly Lillie, Ryan Palmer, Jake Albright, Bob Bogner, Joe Brunka, Dave Brunka, Tim Durfy, Jeff Szafraniec, Josh Schosek, Dave Milbrand, Jr.


-Race of Champions Super Stock Series Part of Prestigious Night at Lancaster-

 Lancaster, NY – (August 9, 2018) – The Race of Champions Super Stock Series returns to action at Lancaster (N.Y.) National Speedway as part of one of the most special and traditional nights of the season. The series will participate in a 37-lap $1,000-to-win race prior to the 29th running of the Tribute to Tommy Druar / Tony Jankowiak 110 on Saturday, August 18.

“This is always one of the biggest nights in Western New York for racing and it just got a little bigger,” explained Joe Mancuso of Buffalo, N.Y., who has won the last two Race of Champions Super Stock Series races. “Growing up those were the biggest names in the sport and it is an honor to race on a night where they are being honored and paid respect to. This is a great step for our series and I think I can speak on everyone’s behalf with the Series, I’m really looking forward to it.”

The Race of Champions Super Stocks join the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series for this event, along with the Street Stocks and Four Cylinders as part of the 29th Annual running.

Qualifying will begin at 6:30pm on the 18th. Grandstand tickets will be $22, Students (12-17 years old) $10; Children under 11 admitted Free; Grandstand Family Pass is $55 (2 Adults and 2 Students); VIP Suite Seat is $27 while if you would like the VIP Suite Experience they begin at $500. Please contact Lancaster National Speedway at 716.759.6818 if you have additional questions.

 Where: Lancaster National Speedway, Lancaster, NY

When: Saturday, August 18, 2018. Grandstands open at 5:00 pm.  Racing at 6:30 pm

Directions: The track is located at 57 Gunnville Road in Lancaster, N.Y., just North of Route 33 and minutes from the New York State Thruway.

What: The Race of Champions Asphalt Modified and Race of Champions Super Stock Series.  29th Annual Tribute to Tommy Druar / Tony Jankowiak 110-lap Modified race, 37-lap Super Stock race.

More Information: (Track Phone: 716.759.6818) /

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Justin Bonsignore Keeps His Dominant Roll Going at Thompson

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Championship Points Leader Scores Fifth WIn

Tom Morris Myracenews Photo

THOMPSON, Conn. — Justin Bonsignore seems to have mastered Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

The Holtsville, New York, veteran pulled into NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Victory Lane for the fifth time in 2018 on Wednesday night as part of the Bud “King of Beers” 150.

The victory was the fifth of the season for Bonsignore, his 17th of his Whelen Modified Tour career and his eighth at Thompson. He has now been in Victory Lane for all three stops at the 0.625-mile oval.

“I just can’t believe the season we are having,” Bonsignore said. “We just have to keep it going. Ryan Stone brought a great LFR car here. We have a long way to go, but hopefully we can just keep winning races.”

RACING-REFERENCEBud “King of Beers” 150 Race Results

Bonsignore started from the top spot after winning his first Thompson pole and led the first 15 laps, but gave the lead up to Chase Dowling in the approach to lapped traffic. He took the lead back on lap 79, and even though he pitted during a caution on lap 89 for tires, it didn’t take him long to get back to the front.

He passed Doug Coby for the lead on lap 96 and never lost the top spot en route to the victory.

Matt Swanson, who got the call to drive the Boehler Racing No. 3 after the birth of Rowan Pennink’s first child, finished second. The result was his best career run on the Whelen Modified Tour in his first start with the BRE Racing team.

“The guys called me last night and asked if I wanted to drive their car,” Swanson said. “They told me to give it everything I had, and we did that tonight.”

Doug Coby, who led four laps, charged back through the field after spinning on lap 123, and finished third. Chase Dowling and Bobby Santos III rounded out the top five.

Woody Pitkat was sixth, followed by Andrew Krause, Craig Lutz, Chris Pasteryak and Timmy Solomito.

Bonsignore opened his advantage to 58 points over Dowling with six races remaining in the championship points chase. Timmy Solomito is third, 78 points back.

The Bud “King of Beers” 150 will air on NBCSN on Wednesday, August 15, at 7 p.m.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to the track at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee, on Wednesday, August 15.

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour-Bud ‘King of Beers’ 150 Results


At Thompson  International Speedway

Thompson, CT

Lap length: 0.625 miles

(Start position in parentheses)

  1. (1) Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150 laps, 96.844 mph.
  2. (7) Matt Swanson, Acton, Mass., Chevrolet, 150.
  3. (3) Doug Coby, Milford, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
  4. (2) Chase Dowling, Roxbury, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
  5. (5) Bobby Santos, III, Franklin, Mass., Chevrolet, 150.
  6. (11) Woody Pitkat, Stafford, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
  7. (12) Andrew Krause, Holmdel, N.J., Chevrolet, 150.
  8. (4) Craig Lutz, Miller Place, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150.
  9. (16) Chris Pasteryak, Lisbon, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
  10. (8) Timmy Solomito, Islip, N.Y., Ford, 150.
  11. (10) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150.
  12. (6) Jon McKennedy, Chelmsford, Mass., Chevrolet, 150.
  13. (15) Blake Barney, Lakewood, N.J., Chevrolet, 149.
  14. (14) Dave Sapienza, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 148.
  15. (21) Gary Putnam, Vernon, Conn., Chevrolet, 148.
  16. (9) Rob Summers, Manchester, Conn., Chevrolet, 148.
  17. (18) Ray Parent, Tiverton, R.I., Chevrolet, 146.
  18. (19) Austin Pickens, Windermere, Fla., Chevrolet, 146.
  19. (17) Calvin Carroll, Newton, N.J., Chevrolet, 146.
  20. (22) Tommy Catalano, Ontario, N.Y., Chevrolet, 145.
  21. (25) Wade Cole, Hartland, Conn., Chevrolet, 142.
  22. (26) Gary McDonald, Ronkonkoma, N.Y., Chevrolet, 140.
  23. (13) Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn., Chevrolet, 138.
  24. (24) Joe Degracia, Nutley, N.J., Chevrolet, 134.
  25. (23) Ken Heagy, Calverton, N.Y., Ford, 118.
  26. (27) Melissa Fifield, Wakefield, N.H., Chevrolet, 40, power steering.
  27. (20) Ron Silk, Norwalk, Conn., Chevrolet, 33, rear end.
  28. (29) Ronnie Williams, Ellington, Conn., Chevrolet, 0, withdrew.
  29. (28) Walter Sutcliffe Jr., East Haven, Conn., Chevrolet, 0, withdrew.

Race Statistics

Time of Race: 58 minutes, 5 seconds

Margin of Victory: 0.887 seconds

Fastest Qualifier: . ( mph,  seconds)

Caution Flags: 3 for 15 laps.

Lead Changes: 3 among 3 drivers.

Lap Leaders: J. Bonsignore 1-15; C. Dowling 16-78; j. Bonsingore 79-91; D. Coby 92-95; J. Bonsignore 96-150.

Standings: 1. J. Bonsignore, 436; 2. C. Dowling, 378; 3. T. Solomito, 358; 4. C. Lutz, 343; 5. D. Coby, 337; 6. R. Summers, 317; 7. R. Pennink, 305; 8. E. Goodale, 304; 9. D. Sapienza, 292; 10. C. Pasteryak, 282.