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Lancaster National Speedway Announces 2018 Racer Registration

 PHOTO BY JOE GRABIANOWSKI

LANCASTER, N.Y. (December 28, 2017) – It has often been said that it is sometimes better to be lucky than good in racing. With that in mind, Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway is going with a big dose of luck by holding Racer Registration on St. Patrick’s Day – Saturday, March 17.

Registration will be held at the same place as last year, Magruder’s Pub on Broadway in Depew, but this year it will be on a Saturday starting at 3 p.m. Car owners, drivers and crew members can register car numbers and memberships for the year. Forms will be available online in late January for anyone to download, print and fill out.

As discussed during the recent Stock Car meetings, all reserved pit pads for oval track teams are $100 each and there must be a registered car for that pad. Teams that had pit pads last year get first dibs on their pad(s) from last year, as long as there is registered car and car number to go with the respective pad. There will be no more renting a pad in someone’s name.

Deadline to renew Pit Pad rentals is March 17. Any unclaimed pads will be available after that date for a 2018 season rental.

There is no price or policy change for Dragway teams from last year in regards to pit spots. There will not be a price increase in registration fees for the Stock Car or Dragway teams, as well.  

“The annual Racer’s Registration is a great way to kick off the season and everyone to get together” said Tim Packman, Track President. “After the winter, the temps begin to warm up and teams start getting antsy to go racing.

“By doing it on a Saturday this year, it will give people more time to get there and not be rushed after work on a Friday night. With it being St. Patrick’s Day, we’ll get everything wrapped up early afternoon freeing everyone up for the evening.

“This date was also chosen to give teams time to get back their tax returns and/or pay down their holiday Christmas debts before investing in the 2018 racing season.”

The 2018 Stock Car season kicks off on Saturday, April 21 with the Queen City Clash and the Dragway season on Friday, May 4 for the first night of IHRA points.

Pricing Announced for 62nd Budweiser International Classic Weekend at Oswego Speedway

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OSWEGO, NY (December 28, 2017) – Twenty Saturdays away from the 68th consecutive season of racing at Oswego Speedway, track officials have announced the schedule and pricing for the 62nd running of Budweiser International Classic Weekend to be held Friday, August 31 through Sunday, September 2.

For the third year in a row, $5 admission ‘Pole Day’ qualifying for the Budweiser International Classic 200 for Supermodifieds as well as time trials and semi-finals races for the Bud Light SBS Classic 75 will kickstart on-track activity on Friday, August 31 ahead of the ‘Party in the Pits’ later that evening to feature fireworks, live music, plus the top 6 redraw for the Small Block Supers. The popular Party in the Pits will remain FREE to all patrons in 2018 while Saturday and Sunday ticket holders for International Classic Weekend will also be admitted free to view time trials and the 10-lap qualifying races.

Another tradition that will see its third year in the running come this September is that of the return of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour for the Toyota Mod ‘Classic’ 150 to be contested on Saturday, September 1 alongside the fan favorite Bud Light ISMA Supernationals 60 for the Winged Supermodifieds. Fans can catch this action-packed, can’t miss combination event for as little as $45 seating in general admission areas with reserved seating available for $50.

On Sunday, September 2, Oswego’s 68th season will come to a close with the 62nd running of the $15,000 to win Budweiser International Classic 200 for the Novelis Supermodifieds plus the Bud Light SBS Classic 75 as well as round 2 of time trials and semi-final events for the Supers to be held in advance of the Small Block main event. Ticket prices for the richest and most prestigious Supermodified race in the world will remain at a reasonable $55 for general admission seating or $60 for reserved seats.

Although remaining free with a paid adult for all regular speedway events in 2018, ticket prices for kids 16 and under will change come Labor Day Weekend. All weekend long, Kids 5 and Under will be admitted FREE with the price for Kids 6 to 16 being raised to the $5 GA amount on Friday, $20 on Saturday and $15 on Sunday.

The popular ticket combo options will return for the 62nd edition of Classic Weekend as well. Three day general admission seating is priced at $90 for general admission or $95 for reserved seats, while a three-day pit pass will be set at $125 with the Saturday and Sunday ONLY pit pass option also returning at the price of $100.

As done for the past several years, the first track time of the week will take place on Monday, August 27 and continue through Thursday, August 30 when Supermodified, ISMA and SBS teams will have the opportunity to take to the track for testing with sessions being held each day.

Off-track action includes the popular ‘Racing Rolling’ Classic Bowling to take place at Lighthouse Lanes adjacent to the speedway as well as the 12th annual Oswego Kartway Classic at the dirt ‘bullring’ located behind the back grandstands.

The long lasting tradition of move-in day for campers one week before the International Classic gets the green flag will continue this season with speedway grounds opening for motorhomes and campers on Sunday, August 26. Camping and season ticket packages for Budweiser International Classic Weekend as well as the entire 2018 season will be announced in the near future. The speedway office remains open from 11am-4pm on Saturdays throughout the offseason for merchandise, gift certificate, or Classic Weekend ticket purchases.

For more information on Oswego Speedway, be sure to visit online at OswegoSpeedway.com. You can also FOLLOW on Twitter @OswegoSpeedway or LIKE on Facebook at Facebook.com/OswegoSpeedway.

The full 2018 schedule for Oswego Speedway, set to open with the first ever running of the Jim Shampine Memorial Twin 50’s on Saturday, May 26, has been posted online at OswegoSpeedway.com. Pricing and time schedules will be added after the 1st of the year. All kids 16 and under will remain FREE with a paid adult this coming season.

About Oswego Speedway: Oswego Speedway, a sports entertainment company, is a 5/8 mile semi-banked pavement racing oval located off the shores of Lake Ontario in scenic Oswego, NY. Oswego Speedway has been a continuously run weekly racing venue since August, 1951. The premier open-wheel pavement short track cars in the world, Supermodifieds, run weekly at Oswego Speedway making Oswego the only weekly Supermodified racing venue in the world. The Small Block Supermodifieds accompany the full blown Supers on a weekly Saturday night schedule which runs from May through September. Oswego Speedway is mentioned in racing circles as the “Indy of the East,” as no fewer than a dozen past and present competitors have competed at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway including Mario Andretti, arguably the greatest driver of all time, two-time Indy 500 champion Gordon Johncock, along with former International Classic Champions Bentley Warren, Joe Gosek, and Davey Hamilton.

Schedule and Pricing Guide for 62nd Budweiser International Classic Weekend:

Wednesday, 8/29 – ‘Racing Rolling’ Classic Bowling at Lighthouse Lanes

Thursday, 8/30 – Oswego Kartway Classic (behind speedway)

Friday, 8/31 – $5 Admission ‘Classic Qualifying Night’

  • Party in the Pits

  • Budweiser International Classic 200 ‘Pole Day’ Time Trials for Novelis Supermodifieds

  • Pathfinder Bank SBS Bud Light Classic 75 Time Trials and Semi-Final Races

Pricing – Front Grandstand Admission ONLY: $5 – Saturday/Sunday Ticket Holders: FREE – Pit Pass: $30 – Kids 5 and Under: FREE – Kids 16 to 16: $5

Saturday, 9/1 – ‘Super Saturday’

  • NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Mod ‘Classic’ 150

  • Bud Light ISMA Supernationals 60

Pricing – General Admission: $45 – Reserved Seating: $50 – Pit Pass: $55 – Kids 5 and Under GA: FREE – Kids 6 to 16 GA: $20

Sunday, 9/2 – 62nd ‘Classic Sunday

  • 62nd Annual Budweiser International Classic 200 for Novelis Supermodifieds

  • 27th Bud Light Classic 75 for Pathfinder Bank SBS

Pricing – General Admission: $55 – Reserved Seating: $60 – Pit Pass: $65 – Kids 5 and Under General Admission: FREE – Kids 6 to 16 GA: $15

Monday, 9/3 – Weekend Rain Date

Ticket Combos – 3-Day GA Seating: $90 – 3-Day Reserved Seating: $95 – 3-Day Pit Pass: $125 – Saturday and Sunday Pit Pass: $100

Long Time Journalist Mark Wiernasz To Be Honored At The Hoosier Tire/Sunoco Race Fuels New England Racers Auction & Trade Show

Matthew Wiernasz

SPRINGFIELD, MA-  The Hoosier Tire/Sunoco Race Fuels New England Racers Auction & Trade Show presented by CARQUEST Genden Auto Parts will honor longtime Journalist Mark Wiernasz  with the Race Day CT Mark Wiernasz New England Short Track Media Person Of The Year Award at the MassMutual Center on Saturday, December 2.
” Mark Wiernasz was a journalist that I met early in my career covering motorsports and I always had the utmost respect for him. Shawn Courchesne Publisher Of Racedayct.com Said
” He was a professional in everything he did and a great asset to the local racing community. I’m so proud to be able to help honor his legacy with this award.”
This year’s award winner is  Kyle Souza.
” I am honored that I have been recognized at the first recipient of the Mark Wiernasz/Race Day CT New England Short Track Writer Of The Year Award in 2017. I often spoke with Mark at the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Races specifically at Thompson Speedway over the last few years. Mark always gave me advice on my career that I will treasure forever. There are so many other New England Racing journalists who deserve this award and I will be forever grateful that I was selected.” Souza Said
Wiernasz was the Assignment  Editor at WWLP 22 News in Springfield and worked for the company for nearly 42 years.  He had great knowledge in the industry and was passionate about what he did and he was a mentor to many of his fellow co-workers.
Wiernasz brought fans to their feet as he announced the races with Rollie Jacobs and Gary Danko at Riverside Park Speedway in Agawam and with Dave Sutherland at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, NH and also wrote race stories for WWLP as well and was more then just a journalist and race announcer. He was a great husband to his wife Jean and great father to his two sons Matthew and Peter. Wiernasz passed away in July after a brief illness.
There will be a Riverside Park Speedway Reunion held at the show.
Tickets for the event will be $10 with children 12 and under free.

For more info on this event, please visit the shows’ website at www.neracersauction.com or the show’s Facebook page at New England Racers Auction & Trade Show