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PATRICK EMERLING GOES THE DISTANCE TO WIN TOMMY DRUAR/TONY JANKOWIAK MEMORIAL 110

LANCASTER, N.Y. (August 20, 2016) – Patrick Emerling of Orchard Park, N.Y. continued his phenomenal 2016 season on Saturday night at Lancaster National Speedway as he captured the 27th annual Tommy Druar/Tony Jankowiak Memorial 110 event for the Race of Champions Modified Series for the second year in a row.

Emerling won the race without making a pit stop after most of the field pitted for a new right rear tire at some point during the event.

T.J. Potrzebowski and Chuck Hossfeld led a field of 24 Modifieds to the green flag for the most prestigious single-day event on the Lancaster National Speedway schedule. Hossfeld grabbed the lap one lead with Potrzebowski and Emerling settling in behind him.

Business picked up early at the front of the field as Emerling wasted little time in going after Hossfeld. On lap 5 he took over the lead after passing Hossfeld to the inside out of turn two.

NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Ryan Preece of Berlin, CT made his first ever start at Lancaster in the Booker Motorsports #40. Preece started third, but he followed Emerling to the front of the field and took over the lead on lap 12.

There was one more lead change before the race even reached lap 20 as George Skora III came screaming through the field. Skora appeared to be on a mission as he caught and passed Preece for the lead on lap 17.

The first caution of the race came on lap 30 for a spin out in turn 3 by Tyler Rypkema due to a flat right front tire. During the caution period, Skora relinquished the lead when he pitted for a new right rear tire. This put Preece and Emerling back out in front.

Skora brought the yellow flag out again on lap 41 when he developed left front flat tire. He was able to get back to the pits and stay on the lead lap.

Hossfeld moved around Preece to reclaim second place on lap 50 just before the yellow flag waved for a third time when Kirk Totten and Karl Hehr got together in turn two. Hossfeld made a pit road visit during the caution period to give the runner up spot back to Preece.

LNS0820-5Preece remained in second place until lap 74 when he brought the Booker Motorsports entry in for a new right rear tire. This moved Daren Scherer and Daryl Lewis, Jr. into second and third place respectively. They were the only cars besides Emerling that had yet to make pit stop.

Hossfeld came back through the field after making his pit stop just before the halfway point of the race. He was back up to fourth with 25 laps to go. The “Hotshoe” got by Lewis for second with just 15 laps remaining and then went after Emerling for the lead.

Hossfeld got to the back bumper of Emerling and even gave him a shot of the “chrome horn” a couple times, but he could not make the pass. Hossfeld could only watch for the third Modified race in a row at Lancaster as he followed Emerling as they crossed under the checkered flag.

Emerling scored his third Modified win of the season at Lancaster and sixth overall on the RoC Modified trail. He now has 11 total wins in 2016, including four Sunoco Sportsman wins at Lancaster. He won without making a pit stop, but still managed to run fastest laps of the race in the later stages of the feature.

Daryl Lewis, Jr. finished a career best third as he also ran all 110 laps on the same set of tires. Mike Leaty finished fourth. Skora battled back to round out the top five.

In other action, Mark Hoch of West Seneca, N.Y. was declared the official winner of the Advance Auto Parts Street Stock feature for his second win of the season. Hoch was awarded the win after the first and second place finishers were disqualified in post-race inspection.

Rich Sharpe led all 25 laps of the feature, but was hounded by Hoch for the first 23 laps of the race. The race’s only caution came just as the leaders had taken the white flag. That set up a green-white-checkered finish with Sharpe pulling away in the end.

Kevin Bainbridge picked up his seventh win of the season in the Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders. Bainbridge passed Jamie Woods for the lead on lap 17 when he made a bonsai run to the inside going into turn one. He cleared Woods for the lead and then drove away for the final eight laps to score the win.

Bainbridge competed despite being struck in the face with a rock during his heat race. The rock came through his window net and hit him just above his left eye. Bainbridge required stitches, but he still managed to score the victory.

Kyle Hutchinson of East Aurora, N.Y. dominated the 20-lap NYPA TQ Midget feature. Hutchinson passed Arik McGruder for the lead on lap 3 and never looked back. Series points leader, Dave Wollaber, finished second. Tommy Catalano, Andy Nye and Erik Musto rounded out the top five.

Lancaster National Speedway wraps up the month of August next Saturday with Truck Night presented by Hunter Truck Sales and Peterbilt of Buffalo. The Race of Champions Big 10 Super Stocks will join the Sunoco Sportsman, Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks and Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders. Anyone with a current CDL license can get in for just $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 www.lancasternationalspeedway.com. Additional information for racers and fans can be found on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/LancasterSpeedway) and on Twitter (@LancasterSpdwy).

RESULTS

RACE OF CHAMPIONS MODIFIED SERIES

Fast Qualifier: Chuck Hossfeld (16.984 seconds)

Heat Winners: Patrick Emerling, George Skora III, Chuck Hossfeld

Tommy Druar/Tony Jankowiak Memorial 110 Finish: PATRICK EMERLING, Chuck Hossfeld, Daryl Lewis, Jr., Mike Leaty, George Skora III,  Daren Scherer, T.J. Potrzebowski, Jeff Hamman, Ryan Preece, Will Thomas, Andy Lewis, Camden Barber, Kevin Timmerman, Kirk Totten, Calvin Carroll, Chris Ridsdale, Tim Nies, Tommy Catalano, Bryan Sherwood, Tyler Rypkema, Karl Hehr, Jimmy Zacharias, Amy Catalano, Andy Jankowiak

ADVANCE AUTO PARTS STREET STOCKS

Heat Winners: Mark Hoch, Tommy Wentland, Andy Cryan

Feature: MARK HOCH, Dave Wilson, Trevor Pettit, Dennis Londos, John Carlson, Jerome Hruby, Nate Straus, Ken Maltby, Alex Morris, Jim Bryant, Ed Culliton, Rob Pocobello, Rick Meyers, Keith Flanigan, Garrett Cleversley, Andy Cryan, Rick Ortwein, Jeff Whalen DQ: Rich Sharpe, Tommy Wentland

ROAMING BUFFALO 4-CYLINDERS

Heat Winners: Dan Dressel, Kevin Bainbridge

Feature: KEVIN BAINBRIDGE, Chris Bugenhagen, Tim Durfy, Danny Dressel, Jamie Woods, Jim Dauer, Jason Anasiewicz, Chris Pennell, Bobby Woch, Rich Bartel, Howard Guthrie, Joe Brunka, Mark Scarpace, Laurie Krol, Frank Prell, Dave Milbrand, Jr.

NYPA TQ MIDGETS

Heat Winners: Arik McGruder, Kyle Hutchinson

Feature: KYLE HUTCHINSON, Dave Wollaber, Tommy Catalano, Andy Nye, Erik Musto, Vinnie Christiano, Jr., AJ Hessler, Arik McGruder, Ronnie Flaine, Chad Haywood, Sean McNamara, Mark Schulz, Chris Bauman, Scott Gleed, Charlie DiRosa, Jim Musto, Vinnie Christiano III, Tony Petrea, Jamie Pew, Kevin Wilson, Bobby Holmes, Andy Patton DNS: Pat Smith

PHOTOS BY JOE GRABIANOWSKI

27th ANNUAL TOMMY DRUAR / TONY JANKOWIAK MEMORIAL 110 AT LANCASTER NATIONAL SPEEDWAY THIS COMING SATURDAY, AUGUST 20TH

Traditional Event Honors Two of Lancaster National Speedway’s Biggest Names –

Lancaster, N.Y. – (August 15, 2016) – On Saturday, August 20th, the Ferris Mowers Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series fueled by Sunoco will headline the 27th Annual Tommy Druar / Tony Jankowiak Memorial 110 at Lancaster National Speedway. The event honors two of Lancaster’s biggest stars. Tommy Druar and Tony Jankowiak, brothers-in-law and competitors. Druar was a two-time Lancaster track champion (1987 and 1988) with 18 modified victories at Lancaster. Jankowiak never claimed a track championship at the track, but he visited modified victory lane 13 times while also capturing the World Series of Stock Car Racing Tommy Druar at Stafford Motor SpeedwaySpeedweeks championship at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway in 1990.

The legacy that Druar and Jankowiak have left behind has been immeasurable. Both of their sons race. Matt Druar competes in the Sportsman Modified division, while Andy Jankowiak has become a household name in asphalt modified racing. Crew members, sponsors, family and friends remain involved in motorsports today based on their involvement with Druar or Jankowiak in the past.

“Those two defined what racing was during that era at Lancaster and Tony Jankowiak at Oswegowithin Modified racing in general,” stated longtime sponsor of both drivers, Gene Emser. “They loved racing and it was a great to be a part of their careers. We have so many great memories from both of them and we are looking forward to bringing everyone together again to honor our two great friends Saturday. It is a tradition that we look forward to every year and we are all proud to be a part of it.”

Andy Jankowiak will take part in the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series event amongst the other stars of the Series.

Ryan Preece of Berlin, Conn., will make his 2016 Race of Champions debut aboard the Booker Motorsports entry.

Patrick Emerling of Orchard Park, N.Y., currently leads Chuck Hossfeld of Ransomville, N.Y., by 56-points in the championship standings. Emerling won the last event at Chemung Speedrome and currently leads all drivers with 5 victories this year, including winning the other two races held at Lancaster this season.

Where: Lancaster National Speedway, Lancaster, N.Y.

When: Saturday, August 20, 2016. Racing at 5:30 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 Ferris Mowers Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series fueled by Sunoco, “27th Annual Tommy Druar / Tony Jankowiak Memorial 110”

More Information: http://speedway.lancasternationalspeedway.com/ (Track Phone: 716.759.6818) / www.rocmodifiedseries.com

MODIFIEDS ROAR BACK TO LANCASTER ON AUGUST 20 FOR TOMMY DRUAR/TONY JANKOWIAK MEMORIAL 110

NASCAR driver Ryan Preece to compete in prestigious event

LANCASTER, N.Y. (August 9, 2016) – Lancaster National Speedway welcomes back the Ferris Mowers Race of Champions Modified Series powered by Sunoco Race Fuels on Saturday, August 20 for the 27th Annual Tommy Druar/Tony Jankowiak Memorial Modified 110.

The Tommy/Tony race is the most prestigious event on the Lancaster National Speedway schedule as it pays tribute to two of its fallen heroes. The 110-lap distance is based on the combination of the car numbers of Druar (No. 37) and Jankowiak (No 73). It is Lancaster’s second-longest race of the season, just behind the U.S. Open 125.

Former track official and long-time racing supporter, Howie Markel, has contributed $1,100 in bonus money for the Tommy/Tony 110 once again in 2016. The method of payout will be slightly different for this year’s edition as the leader of every 10th lap will receive a $100 bonus in memory of Druar and Jankowiak.

The drivers aren’t the only one who will be rewarded with something extra this year. Fans will benefit from the Modified teams pitting in the track’s inner oval so they can witness all the stops right in front of them during the race.

Current RoC Series points leader, Patrick Emerling, is the defending event winner. Last season, Emerling became the 16th-different winner in the history of the Tommy/Tony race, which was also his first-career Modified victory at Lancaster. The Orchard Park, N.Y, driver has been the hottest thing in open-wheeled racing this season with five total wins on the RoC circuit, including the Queen City Clash 75 and the Ol’ Boy Cup 60 at LNS. He also has four Sunoco Sportsman feature wins this year at Lancaster.

Leading the charge to unseat Emerling will be three-time Tommy Druar/Tony Jankowiak Memorial winner, Chuck Hossfeld. The “Hotshoe” finished second to Emerling in both Modified races run at Lancaster this season. Hossfeld won the 2003, 2008 and 2011 editions of the Tommy/Tony race.

NASCAR Xfinity Series driver and former NASCAR Modified champion, Ryan Preece of Berlin, CT, will make his first ever start at Lancaster National Speedway in the Tommy/Tony 110. Preece is currently in his first full season in the Xfinity Series driving for JD Motorsports. He became the youngest driver ever to win a NASCAR Modified Tour title in 2013 when he won the championship at 22 years old.

The RoC Modifieds will be joined on August 20 by the Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks, Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders and NYPA TQ Midgets. Adult general admission tickets are just $20 and kids under 12 are free. Racing start time has been moved up from the normal 6:30 p.m. start time to 5:30 p.m. for this long-distance race.

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

Tommy Druar/Tony Jankowiak Memorial winners:

1990 – Sege Fidanza

1991 – Charlie Rudolph

1992 – Sege Fidanza/Rick Fuller (Separate events)

1993 – Charlie Rudolph

1994 – Tim Mangus

1995 – Jan Leaty

1996 – Billy Putney

1997 – Todd Burley

1998 – Sege Fidanza

1999 – Danny Knoll, Jr.

2000 – Billy Putney

2001 – Danny Knoll, Jr.

2002 – Rich Littlefield

2003 – Chuck Hossfeld

2004 – Buck Catalano

2005 – Dave Wollaber

2006 – No Race

2007 – Jan Leaty

2008 – Chuck Hossfeld

2009 – Jeff Hamman

2010 – Matt Hirschman

2011 – Chuck Hossfeld

2012 – Matt Hirschman

2013 – Matt Hirschman

2014 – Tony Hanbury (Combined with U.S. Open)

2015 – Patrick Emerling

 

PHOTOS ATTACHED

LNS0809-1 NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Ryan Preece will make his Lancaster debut on August 20
LNS0809-2 Mike Leaty (25) & Daryl Lewis, Jr. (10) race in the May 21 RoC Modified event at Lancaster (photo by Joe Grabianowski)
LNS0809-3 Patrick Emerling won the 2015 edition of the Tommy Druar/Tony Jankowiak Memorial 110 (photo by Joe Grabianowski)