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Brown, Bainbridge & Catalano also grab win 

LANCASTER, N.Y. (July 1, 2016) – Patrick Emerling of Orchard Park, N.Y. picked up his sixth win of the season at Lancaster National Speedway on Thursday night as he captured the second annual Ol’ Boy Cup 60 Bill Colton Memorial Race of Champions Modified Series event presented by Thermal Foams.

LNS0630-5Emerling started fifth in the 25 car field and inherited the lead from Chuck Hossfeld on lap 36 after Hossfeld pulled off the track with an apparent mechanical issue.

Daren Scherer and George Skora III led the field to the initial green flag. Scherer grabbed the early lead with Skora settling into second followed by Rusty Smith, Andy Jankowiak and Emerling. The first caution of the race took place on lap 10 when Sam Fullone and Karl Hehr spun in turn two. Smith relinquished a top five position during the yellow flag period to pit for adjustments.

One lap after the ensuing restart, Jankowiak spun out in turn two while racing Emerling for position. The caution flag came out again on lap 13 for a multicar pile up on the frontstretch that started when Kevin Timmerman hit the outside wall. Tommy Catalano, Cam Barber and Ted Christopher were also involved with just Baber and Christopher returning to competition.

The race finally settled down after the wreckage was cleared with Scherer leading Emerling, Hossfeld, Skora and Jimmy Zacharias. Hossfeld, the defending race winner, had quickly moved from the 11th starting spot to take over second place from Emerling on lap 14. One lap later he got to the inside of Scherer to move into the top spot.

Yellow fever took over again from laps 32-35. It started on lap 32 when Lee Sharpsteen stopped on the frontstretch to bring out the yellow flag to end a 19-lap stretch of green flag racing. Andy Jankowiak spun out for a second time on lap 34 to bring out the yellow flag again.

Racing attempted to resume on lap 35, but Sharpsteen slowed once again. As the field came to the yellow flag, Calvin Carroll and Chris Risdale got together on the frontstretch. Both cars suffered serious damage. On the ensuing restart, Skora suffered damage from hitting the wall. Fullone got turned around in the aftermath and backed his car into the Thermal Foam blocks in turn three.

The race restarted on lap 35 with Hossfeld leading Emerling and Mike Leaty, but Hossfeld’s day came to end shortly thereafter when he pulled off the track while leading.

This handed the lead to Emerling who won the first RoC Modified race of the season at Lancaster, and has also won four Sunoco Sportsman features.

Scherer battled back to reclaim second place from Leaty with just 13 laps remaining. He attempted to chase down Emerling in the closing laps, and was just as fast as the leader during the final stretch to the finish. Scherer took a look to the inside of Emerling as the came to the checkered flag, but he could not get past him.

Emerling picked up his second Modified win of the season at LNS0630-4Lancaster and third RoC Modified Series win of the year. The victory also gave him six total wins at Lancaster in 2016. Scherer finished second with Leaty in third. Tyler Rypkema charged from the 17th starting position to finish fourth. Daryl Lewis, Jr. rounded out the top five.

Eric Brown of Springville, N.Y. stole a surprise win in the Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks. In his first start of the season at Lancaster, Brown came from the 12th starting position to pass Terry Weldy for the lead with just three laps to go. Weldy finished a close second followed by Jerome Hruby, Tommy Wentland and Jarrod Brown.

Kevin Bainbridge picked up his fifth win of the season in the Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders. Bainbridge inherited the lead during a caution on lap 8 when Chris Pennell pitted with a flat tire. He drove away for the final 17 laps to score the win. Tim Durfy finished second with Rich Bartel, Jason Anasiewicz and Dan Dressel rounding out the top five.

In the NYPA TQ Midgets, Kyle Hutchinson looked to be on his way victory after leading the first 19 laps of the feature from the pole. Tommy Catalano, however, gave Hutchinson the bump-n-run in turn four on the final lap to steal the win. It was Catalano’s second Lancaster win in less than a week after winning the Sunoco Sportsman feature this past Saturday.

Lancaster’s stock car program is now off until July 16. That night will be Retro Night with fans encouraged to wear their favorite old school racing shirts, jackets, hats and anything else they can find. The Xpress Signs Late Models will join three weekly division racing. Following the races, the Kiss tribute band Kiss This will perform in the concourse in full Kiss makeup and costumes. Racing starts at 6:30 p.m.

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).



Heat Winners: Daren Scherer, Chuck Hossfeld, Mike Leaty, Daryl Lewis, Jr.

Ol’ Boy Cup 60 Bill Colton Memorial Finish: PATRICK EMERLING, Daren Scherer, Mike Leaty, Tyler Rypkema, Daryl Lewis, Jr., Cam Barber, Bryan Sherwood, Jimmy Zacharias, Rusty Smith, Ted Christopher, Amy Catalano, TJ Zacharias, Jeff Hamman, Lee Sharpsteen, Donny Hartzell, Andy Jankowiak, Chuck Hossfeld, George Skora III, Sam Fullone, Alan Bookmiller, Calvin Carroll, Chris Risdale, Kevin Timmerman, Tommy Catalano, Karl Hehr DNS: Dave Rigan


Heat Winners: Dave Wilson, Trevor Pettit, Mark Hoch

Feature: ERIC BROWN, Terry Weldy, Jerome Hruby, Tommy Wentland, Jarrod Brown, Keith Flanigan, Andy Cryan, Trevor Pettit, Dave Wilson, Ken Maltby, Jim Bryant, Mike Dalfonso, Jr., Dennis Londos, Garrett Cleverlsey, Ed Culliton, Nate Straus, Tim Garlock, Mark Hoch, Mike Dalfonso, Sr., Don Sitarski


Heat Winners: Matt Druar, Billy McNerney

Feature: KEVIN BAINBRIDGE, Tim Durfy, Rich Bartel, Jason Anasiewicz, Dan Dressel, Dave Milbrand, Jr., Zach Cleverlsey, Howard Guthrie, Billy McNerney, Joe Brunka, Jody London, Laurie Krol, Chris Pennell, Frank Prell, Bobby Woch, Matt Druar


Heat Winner: Kyle Hutchinson, Charlie DiRosa

Feature: TOMMY CATALANO, Kyle Hutchinson, Andy Nye, Dave Wollaber, Erik Musto, Vinny Christiano, Jr., Shawn Nye, Mack DeMan, AJ Hessler, Jonathan Reid, Arik McGruder, Sean McNamara, Charlie DiRosa, Vinny Christiano III, Jim Musto, Greg Richardson, Jamie Pew, Chad Haywood, Kent Turnbull, Kevin Wilson, Chuck Kowalski


Colton RV and Troyer Race Cars to Add Bonuses for Racers Thursday Night –

ColtonLancaster, N.Y. – (June 27, 2016) – On Thursday, June 30 the Ferris Mowers Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series fueled by Sunoco will take part in the 2nd annual ‘Ol’ Boy Cup ‘60’ at Lancaster National Speedway. The race pays tribute to the late Bill Colton, who along with the late Alex Friesen, put up the first Thermal Foam barriers surrounding the 1/2-mile. It was an effort that became legendary as several other speedways adopted the same or similar blocks to assist in protecting drivers. The ‘Ol’ Boy – Bill Colton – later spearheaded the “Super Fan Plan” and several other programs that helped drive Modified racing and Lancaster National Speedway forward. This race is to remember and honor those efforts as well as continue propelling the sport forward. Colton’s sons, Billy (Troyer Race Cars), Jim and Chris (Colton RV) have stepped forward with bonuses for the second consecutive ‘Ol’ Boy Cup.

“My Dad loved Modified racing and Lancaster National Speedway,” explained Billy Colton, the driving force behind Troyer Race Cars since the early 1990’s. “It’s an honor to have his name preserved in this manner with an event at the track he enjoyed so much. We are very proud of the legacy that he created and happy that we can be a part of it. We know the ‘Ol Boy’ will be smiling down on us Thursday night.”

As a bonus an extra $4,000 in money and prizes will be available to drivers during the 60-lap ‘Ol’ Boy Cup feature including $2,800 in lap awards. There will be seven laps with cash prizes of $200 courtesy of Colton RV and seven additional laps will have giveaways of $200 certificates to Troyer Race Cars. The prizes will be given away using the “Lucky 15” format, which Bill Colton used when organized the lap sponsorship program for Lancaster’s U.S. Open. Drivers running inside the top 15 on each lap will be eligible with the winning position randomly selected prior to the race. In addition to the lap money, the winner of the race will receive $600 in cash from Colton RV and a $600 certificate to Troyer Race Cars.

Patrick Emerling of Orchard Park, N.Y., currently leads Chuck Hossfeld of Ransomville, N.Y., by just 13-points in the championship standings. Emerling edged out Hossfeld in May at Lancaster in the Queen City Clash. They will be joined by the likes of Mike Leaty, Tyler Rypkema, Bryan Sherwood, Andy Jankowiak, Matt Hirschman and many of the other Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Teams, along with asphalt Modified racing superstar, Ted Christopher of Plainville, Connecticut. Christopher has been tabbed to drive the Booker Motorsports entry at Lancaster on Thursday.

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

When: Thursday, June 30, 2016. Grandstands open at 5:00 pm, Racing at 7:00 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, ‘Ol’ Boy Cup II ‘60’

More Information: (Track Phone: 716.759.6818) /

Will Thomas Takes Home Winner’s Laurels in Stewart Agency / Farmer’s Insurance 75

North East, Pennsylvania – (June 11, 2016) – On Saturday, especially at the conclusion of the Ferris Mowers Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series fueled by Sunoco feature at Lake Erie Speedway in North East, Pennsylvania, many people were asking, “Who is Will Thomas?” Thomas of Sharpsville, Pa., made his asphalt modified debut with the Series in 2015 at Lancaster (N.Y.) National Speedway in the U.S. Open, before running the Queen City Clash this in May at Lancaster. At Lake Erie, Thomas is a master, earning 3 Late Model track championships. After the track shelfed it’s weekly racing program, Thomas ventured into the dirt racing arena, but on Saturday night, in just his third Race of Champions start on a track that hasn’t run a stock car race in two years, he found himself holding the trophy in victory lane for the Stewart Agency / Farmer’s Insurance 75 presented by Jim Moss Builders.

“This is pretty awesome,” smiled Thomas from victory lane. “After Lancaster earlier this year, I wasn’t sure we could get the hang of this and then we enlisted the help of some veteran Modified folks (former driver Kenny Troyer and veteran spotter Greg Aumann) and here we are. It’s an incredible turn around and to beat the guys we did, well that’s just unreal. I’m so proud of all my guys, thankful for my wife Tammy. It’s surreal.”

Daren Scherer led the field to the green, but Jimmy Zacharias took the led and showed the way for the first 37 circuits before losing the lead to Daryl Lewis, Jr., on a restart. Lewis then paced the field until third place starter Matt Hirschman, who is the defending Series champion, found his way to the lead moving around Lewis and pulling away before a single file restart regrouped the field. Thomas, who had worked his way forward from the 7th starting position moved to 2nd and then passed Hirschman for first to lead the final 10 laps.

Patrick Emerling of Orchard Park, N.Y., regained the point lead with a second place finish. Zacharias finished third.

Hirschman and Bryan Sherwood rounded out the top-five.

Hossfeld posted a series leading fourth consecutive fast time in the Timed Hot Lap session to establish the heat race line ups with a time of 14.519 seconds (92.982 mph).

The next event for the Race of Champions is Thursday, June 30 at Lancaster (N.Y.) National Speedway with the running of the Ole’ Boy Cup II.

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Feature Finish

Farmers Insurance/The Stewart Agency 75 presented by Jim Moss Builders

Lake Erie Speedway, Erie, PA.

Finishing Position, Car Number, Driver, Laps Completed, Reason Out (If Any)

Pos           No.           Name                       Laps

1              9              Will Thomas             75

2              07            Patrick Emerling       75

3              71            Jimmy Zacharias       75

4              60            Matt Hirschman       75

5              95            Bryan Sherwood       75

6              65            George Skora           75

7              10            Daryl Lewis              75

8              45            Kevin Timmerman    75

9              48            Sam Fullone             75

10            32            Tyler Rypkema         75

11            25            Mike Leaty               75

12            64            Amy Catalano           75

13            4              John Wilber             75

14            3              Daren Scherer          75

15            22            Chuck Hossfeld         75

16            27            Andy Jankowiak        75

17            20            Jody Buckley            75

18            39            Cavlin Carroll           74

19            1              Chris Ridsdale          74

20            59            Karl Hehr                 54 Accident

21            24            Dave Rigan               51 Out

22            54            Tommy Catalano      41 Out

Time of Race: 33 minutes 01 seconds              Average Speed 51.106 mph

Margin of victory: 0.377 seconds       Fast Qualifying Lap: Chuck Hossfeld / 14.519 seconds @ 92.982 mph

Lead Changes: 5 among 5 drivers (Daren Scherer 0, Jimmy Zacharias 1-37, Darryl Lewis Jr 38-51, Matt Hirschman 52-64, Will Thomas 65-75)

Qualifying Race Results:

Qualifying Race 1

Pos           No.           Name

1              22            Chuck Hossfeld

2              07            Patrick Emerling

3              71            Jimmy Zacharias

4              3              Daren Scherer

5              95            Bryan Sherwood

6              54            Tommy Catalano

7              4              John Wilber

Qualifying Race 2                

Pos           No.           Name

1              9              Will Thomas

2              45            Kevin Timmerman

3              25            Mike Leaty

4              48            Sam Fullone

5              24            Dave Rigan

6              1              Chris Ridsdale

7              20            Jody Buckley

Qualifying Race 3        

Pos           No.           Name

1              60            Matt Hirschman

2              65            George Skora

3              32            Tyler Rypkema

4              10            Daryl Lewis Jr.

5              64            Amy Catalano

6              27            Andy Jankowiak

7              59            Karl Hehr

8              39            Calvin Carroll

Point Standings following Lake Erie Speedway (Including Fastest Qualifying Time and Qualifying Race Bonus) 06/11/2016:

Pos           No.           Name                       Total

1              07            Patrick Emerling       543

2              22            Chuck Hossfeld         530

3              71            Jimmy Zacharias       469

4              60            Matt Hirschman       429

5              32            Tyler Rypkema         415

6              25            Mike Leaty               388

7              95            Bryan Sherwood       368

8              10            Daryl Lewis              355

9              3              Daren Scherer          332

10            51            TJ Potrzebowski       309

11            54            Tommy Catalano      292

12            64            Amy Catalano           265

13            65            George Skora           264

14            4              John Wilber             252

15            59            Karl Hehr                 243

16            45            Kevin Timmerman    238

17            1              Chris Ridsdale          234

18            66            Austin Kochenash     232

19            39            Calvin Carroll           230

20            21            Tony Hanbury           213

21            53            Brian Defebo            208

22            42            Nick Pecko               165

23            20            Jody Buckley            163

24            9              Will Thomas             159

25            67            Levi Arthur               140

26            17            Roger Coss               123

27            45            Eric Beers                 115

28            22            Don Wagner             95

29            1              Kristopher Graver    90

30            8              Earl Paules               87

31            48            Sam Fullone             63

32            1J             Bobby Jones             58

33            42            Dave Pecko              58

34            41x          Nick Baer                 51

35            27            Andy Jankowiak        48

36            01            Cam Barber              47

37            65            Andy Lewis               46

38            92            Terry Markovic         44

39            54            Jack Ely                    43

40            40            Alan Bookmiller       43

41            24            Dave Rigan               43

42            44            Kyle Strohl               42

43            41b          Todd Baer                40

44            8s             Lee Sharpsteen        40

45            8L            Lou Strohl                40

46            28            Gene Bowers           40

47            95m         John Markovic          40

48            2              Glen Slocum            40

49            7              T.J.  Zacharias           40