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RACE OF CHAMPIONS READY FOR 30TH ANNUAL US OPEN WEEKEND AT LANCASTER NATIONAL SPEEDWAY

-Five Race of Champions Series; Modifieds, Sportsman Modifieds, Late Models, Super Stocks and Four Cylinder Dash Series set to do Battle –

– One-of-a-Kind Corey LaJoie Trophy to be presented to Modified Driver Earning Most points in Five Lancaster National Speedway Events –

 Lancaster, NY – (September 17, 2018) – Lancaster (N.Y.) National Speedway will come alive for the final time during the 2018 stock car season this weekend with the 30th Annual running of the US Open.

The US Open, which debuted under the guidance of promoter Alex Friesen, in 1989 began a Western New York racing tradition that has become a must-see event for racing fans from throughout the region. This season’s edition will see several racing highlights including the Super Stock Series honoring speedway racing legend John Julicher in the inaugural $1,500-to-win “John Julicher Classic” on Saturday.

On Sunday, the Modified Series will compete in 125-lap feature. Andy Jankowiak of Tonawanda, N.Y., is the defending event champion. The driver, who has earned the most points in the five Lancaster Modified races, will be the recipient of unique one-of-a-kind trophy designed by NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Driver, Corey LaJoie named the “Troyer / Treichler” Trophy.

“It’s a privilege to build a trophy commemorating those drivers” stated LaJoie. “There are some of the biggest names in Modified racing at one of the most historic Modified tracks in the country and the series is one of the most recognized Series in the sport. It is fun building trophies, but when they have some significance it makes me put a little more effort to make the trophy stand out.”

The US Open begins with practice on Friday, September 21. Gates open at 4:00pm with practice at 6:00pm and a party beginning at 9:30pm. Saturday, September 22, qualifying will begin at 4:30pm. On Sunday, September 23, the final day of competition, qualifying will begin at 2:00pm. For more information contact Lancaster National Speedway at 716.759.6818.

 Where: Lancaster National Speedway, Lancaster, New York.

When: Friday, September 21, 2018. FREE Grandstands open at 5:30pm. Practice at 6:00pm. Party at 9:30pm; Saturday, September 22, 2018. Grandstands open at 2:00 pm.  Racing at 4:30; Sunday, September 23, 2018 Grandstands open at 12:00pm (Noon). Racing at 2:00pm.

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: Saturday, September 22, 2018 – Race of Champions Asphalt Sportsman Modified Series; Race of Champions Super Stock Series; Race of Champions Four Cylinder Dash Series; Sunday, September 23, 2018 – Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series; Race of Champions Late Model Sereis.

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

The Race of Champions is a sanctioning body presenting Modified and Stock Car racing on asphalt and dirt surfaces throughout the Northeast, with events in New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey with primary marketing partners Hoosier Racing Tire, VP Racing Fuels, US Army, Upstate Automotive Group, Waddell Communications, Pilat Graphic Design, Jerico Performance, TDH Refrigeration, Sherwood Racing Wheels, PavedTrackDigest.com and Speed51.com. The 68th annual Race of Champions weekend will take place in 2018 at Lake Erie Speedway in North East, Pennsylvania and is the second longest consecutive auto-racing event in North America, second only to the Indianapolis 500.

For more information, contact;

Race of Champions Media at media@rocmodifiedseries.com

Follow us on Twitter; Instagram and Facebook; @RoCModSeries or visit our website: www.rocmodifiedseries.com

Lancaster Speedway Set to Celebrate 30 Years of U.S. Open Excitement

30th annual U.S. Open to wrap up 2018 Stock Car season
 
LANCASTER, N.Y. (September 15, 2018) – Lancaster National Speedway will celebrate the 30th anniversary of its signature Stock Car event, the U.S. Open, this coming weekend (September 21-23). An event started by former promoter Alex Friesen in 1989 to give the facility a major end of season stock car event has grown into one of the must-see motorsports weekends in the Northeast.
Over 150 teams from across New York, Pennsylvania and Ontario are expected to descend on Lancaster National Speedway for the three-day event. Many of those teams will impact the local economy by staying in nearby hotels, getting supplies at local stores and dining in area restaurants during their visit. In addition to the traveling race teams, there is also the enormous amount of fans that camp in the speedway parking lot during the event.
A total of seven divisions will be in action during U.S. Open weekend, including Lancaster’s three  X-Press Signs Stock Car Series home track divisions: the VP Racing Fuels Sportsman, Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks and Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders. The Race of Champions will host races for all five of its pavement series as part of the event, including the Race of Champions Modifieds, Late Models, Sportsman, Super Stocks and 4-Cylinder Dash Series. The RoC Sportsman and 4-Cylinder Dash fields will feature Lancaster’s weekly racers going head-to-head with the top invading series regulars. The NYPA TQ Midgets, which have been part of the U.S. Open for 25 years, are also on the schedule.
Western New York’s Racing Finale kicks off on Friday night, September 21, with practice and the U.S. Open Kickoff Party. Pit gates open and inspection begins at 4 p.m. with practice for all divisions starting at 6 p.m. The grandstand gates will open at 5:30, and fans will be allowed to enter for free to watch practice.
Immediately after practice the main concourse will come to life with the U.S. Open Kickoff Party. Popular WNY rock band, 1980 Something, will be playing live music starting at 9:30 p.m., just outside of the 12 Gates Brewing Beer Stand. All former racers and track employees are encouraged to attend as part of the 30th anniversary festivities.
The RoC Sportsman Series take center stage on U.S. Open Saturday with a 75-lap main event. Chuck Hossfeld we’ll be looking for his third-straight U.S. Open Sportsman win as he’ll battle top Sportsman and Modified stars from across the region. 2018 VP Racing Fuels Sportsman champion, Owen Bednasz, will lead the field of Lancaster regulars along with Shawn Nye, Tony Carbone, Jake Vernon and Mark Pennell. Modified standouts George Skora III, Andy Jankowiak, Scott Wylie and Patrick Emerling will likely be in the field as well.
The RoC Super Stock feature has received added importance this year with the event recently being christened the “John Julicher Classic” in honor of former Super Stock and Late Model champion, John Julicher, Sr. The race will pay $1,500 to the winner along with additional bonuses throughout the field. Current RoC Super Stock points leader, Tim Gullo, is the defending U.S. Open Super Stock winner. One of Gullo’s biggest challengers will be two-time U.S. Open winner Joe Mancuso. Gullo, Mancuso and Tommy Barron had a memorable battle for the win in the last RoC Super Stock race at Lancaster back in August with Gullo coming out on top for his sixth win at LNS over the last two seasons.
The NYPA TQ Midgets and RoC 4-Cylinder Dash Series will also be part of the Saturday’s action. Last year Dave Wollaber won his fifth U.S. Open TQ Midget feature, but it was his first in nine years. The RoC 4-Cylinder Dash winner will take home $333.33. Kevin Bainbridge is the two-time and defending winner of the event. Pit gates open at 1 p.m. on Saturday with practice starting at 2. Front gates will also open at 2 p.m. with qualifying beginning at 4:30.
U.S. Open weekend reaches its crescendo on Sunday afternoon with the 30th annual U.S. Open 125 for the Race of Champions Modified Series. The first U.S. Open Modified feature was won by Jan Leaty in 1989, and since then a who’s who of Modified racing has won the event, including Sege Fidanza, Charlie Rudolph, Tony Hirschman, Reggie Ruggiero, Rick Fuller and George Kent. More recently the names of current stars, such as, Chuck Hossfeld, Matt Hirschman, Eric Beers, Patrick Emerling and Andy Jankowiak have added their names to the U.S. Open trophy.
Defending U.S. Open winner, Jankowiak, enters the event chasing Hossfeld for the RoC Modified Series championship. They are separated in the standings by just 49 points with two races left in the season. Jankowiak and Hossfeld are also tied for most career U.S. Open feature wins with each driver winning seven races across multiple divisions.
The U.S. Open 125 is the fifth RoC Modified Series event of the season at Lancaster. Four different drivers have visited RoC Modified victory lane at LNS in 2018. Patrick Emerling kicked off the year with a win in the Queen City Clash. Hossfeld won the Ol’ Boy Cup 60 in June. Mike Leaty won the inaugural Midweek Modified Mania 50 in early August, and Jankowiak won the Tommy Druar/Tony Jankowiak Memorial 110 two weeks later.
Those drivers will also be competing for the Treichler-Troyer Trophy, which goes to the driver that earns the most points in all five Lancaster RoC races based on the track’s point system. Emerling leads Hossfeld by 14 points, with Jankowiak three points behind the “Hotshoe”. Leaty is fourth in the standings, 29 points out of the lead. Daryl Lewis, Jr. is just two points back of Leaty in fifth thanks to a trio of third place finishes at Lancaster.
Joining the Modifieds on Sunday will be the Race of Champions Late Model Series and the Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks. Dave Heitzhaus, who won a feature during the very first U.S. Open in 1989, is the two-time and defending U.S. Open Late Model champion. Heitzhaus will face off against RoC Late Model points leader Eldon King III and former U.S. Open winners Bobby Weber, Terry Weldy and Dave Russell.
The U.S. Open Street Stock feature will likely come down to a battle between two-time U.S. Open winner Rich Sharpe and 2018 Street Stock track champion Andy Cryan. Last season Sharpe won 10 features, including the U.S. Open while en route to the 2017 track title. He has four wins this season. This year has been dominated by Cryan, who has nine feature wins, and is looking to match Sharpe’s 10-win 2017 campaign. Some other drivers to watch include Brian Hoffman, who has wins at Lancaster, the Track at Hillside and Spencer Speedway this year. Hillside champion Ken Maltby, Tim and Nik Welshans, Dave Vona, Tommy Wentland, Mark Hoch and Max Northem could also be in the mix for the win.
Pit gates open on Sunday at 11 a.m. with practice beginning and front gates opening at 12 noon. The program starts at 2 p.m. with Modified time trials followed by heat races.
The full schedule of events and information on ticket pricing can be found on the U.S. Open event page on the Lancaster National Speedway website.
PHOTO BY JOE GRABIANOWSKI

BEDNASZ, CRYAN & DRESSEL CLINCH LANCASTER TRACK CHAMPIONSHIPS

Jake Vernon gets first Lancaster Sportsman win; Sharpe & Brunka win again 

LANCASTER, N.Y. (September 8, 2018) – Lancaster National Speedway’s X-Press Signs Stock Car Series put a bow on the 2018 regular season on Saturday night during Season Championship Night. Owen Bednasz of Lakeview, N.Y. locked up the VP Racing Fuels Sportsman championship. Andy Cryan of Buffalo celebrated his first career Advanced Auto Parts Street Stock track title. Dan Dressel of Amherst, N.Y. took top honors in the Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders for 2018.

On top of the battles for points positions there were also plenty of teams dialing in their cars for the 30th annual U.S. Open weekend, which is coming up in less than two weeks (September 21-23).

Sportsman winner Jake Vernon Sept 8th 2018 Paula Thompson Photo

The final points race of the season for VP Racing Fuels Sportsman featured 16 cars with Jake Vernon of Hamburg, N.Y. and Scott Wylie leading the field to the final green flag of the regular season. Vernon jumped out to the lead at the start of the race. He led a four-car breakaway at the front of the field that included Wylie, Shawn Nye and George Skora III.

There were just two caution periods in the first half of the 35-lap race. The first happened on lap nine when Jason Bowden of Hamilton, Ontario plowed into the Thermal Foam blocks in turn three. The OSCAAR Modified driver from Canada was making his first-ever start at Lancaster. Then on lap 17 there was contact between Tony Carbone and Owen Bednasz in turn two, and Carbone spun to bring out the yellow flag for the second time.

Wylie and Nye traded the runner-up position back-and-forth as the second half of the race got under way. Wylie eventually regained the spot from Nye. The lead quartet continued to dominate the race while the remaining positions inside the top ten were up for grabs between the likes of Bobby Weber, John Barber, Chris Finocchario and others

Two late-race cautions set up some drama for the final laps of the feature. Dave Kozlowski spun out in turn two on lap 32 for the first yellow flag. Then Jayme Thompson slammed the outside wall coming off of turn four to set up a green-white-checkered finish.

Vernon held off Skora and Wylie for the final two laps to secure his first-ever VP Racing Fuels Sportsman win at Lancaster. The victory was an emotional one for Vernon as he had arrived to the track late and missed practice because he was attending a celebration of life for his grandmother who had passed away three weeks earlier.

Skora, Wylie and Nye followed Vernon across the finish line. John Barber rounded out the top five after starting 14th.

2018 Lancaster Sportsman Champion Owen Bednasz. Paula Thompson Photo

Following the race Owen Bednasz was crowned the 2018 track champion. The final leg of his championship season was an eventful one. It started with a crash in his heat race after getting tangled up with two other cars at the start. The car was repaired in time to make the feature, but the right-side nerf bar came loose early in the race and he had to pit to get it reattached. Luckily for Bednasz he had a mathematical lock on the championship coming into the final race.

Rich Sharpe of Lancaster dominated the Advance Auto Parts Street Stock feature for his fourth win of the season. Sharpe led all 25 laps from the pole position.

Andy Cryan overcame a straightaway-sized deficit to catch Sharpe in the closing laps. Cryan got within a car-length of Sharpe but the right rear tire started to go away in the final circuits. Cryan finished second to round out his championship winning season that included nine feature wins.

Mark Hoch finished third behind Sharpe and Cryan. Tim Welshans came home fourth. Max Northem rounded out the top five in a brand new car.

In the Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders, Dave Brunka of Cheektowaga, N.Y. led 19 of 25 laps for his second win of the season. Brunka quickly moved from the fifth starting position to pass Chris Pennell for the lead on lap six, and then drove away to a sizable lead.

It was a Brunka family 1-2 finish as his brother, Joe, placed second. Dan Dressel finished third to sew up his first career Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinder track championship. Jason Anasiewicz and Spencer Speedway regular Jacob Gustafson rounded out the top five.

The NYPA TQ Midgets also had their final tune up before the U.S. Open. AJ Hessler and Mark Schulz dominated for most of the race, pulling out to a large lead until a couple of late-race cautions bunched the field up again. Hessler held off Schulz and Kyle Hutchinson in the final three laps to secure the win.

Lancaster National Speedway closes out the 2018 season with 30th annual U.S. Open on September 21-23. The weekend starts on Friday night with practice and the U.S. Open Kickoff Party with live music from 1980 Something. Saturday’s program is headlined by the 75-lap event for the Race of Champions Sportsman Series and the VP Racing Fuels Sportsman. The Race of Champions Modified Series closes out the show on Sunday with the 30th annual U.S. Open 125. Full details are available on the Lancaster National Speedway website.

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 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

VP RACING FUELS SPORTSMAN

Heat Winners: Jake Vernon, Scott Wylie

Feature: JAKE VERNON, George Skora III, Scott Wylie, Shawn Nye, John Barber, Bobby Weber, Chris Finocchario, Tony Carbone, Owen Bednasz, Sherri Hogan, Russ Gian, Dave Kozlowski, Jayme Thompson, Mark Pennell, Jason Bowden

2018 Track Champion: Owen Bednasz

ADVANCE AUTO PARTS STREET STOCKS

Heat Winners: Rich Sharpe, Jarrod Brown, Andy Cryan

Feature: RICH SHARPE, Andy Cryan, Mark Hoch, Tim Welshans, Max Northem, Nik Welshans, Chris Powers, Dave Vona, Jarrod Brown, Ken Maltby, Kenny Hejna, Tommy Wentland, Jay Cannonico, Mike Dalfonso, Jerry Koznowski, Garrett Cleversley, Frank Prell, Rick Meyers, Jeff Szafraniec, Mike Rogers, Scott Soos DNS; Bob Blaszak, Jr.

2018 Track Champion: Andy Cryan

ROAMING BUFFALO 4-CYLINDERS

Heat Winners: Dan Dressel, Chris Pennell

Feature: DAVE BRUNKA, Joe Brunka, Dan Dressel, Jason Anasiewicz, Jacob Gustafson, Chris Pennell, Scott Fritz, Andy Danielwicz, Charles Palmer, Josh Schosek, Briar DIls, Dave Evans, Jamie Pew

2018 Track Champion: Dan Dressel

NYPA TQ MIDGETS

Heat Winners: Andy Nye, AJ Hessler

Feature: AJ HESSLER, Mark Schulz, Kyle Hutchinson, Ryan Fraser, Dave Wollaber, Ronnie Flaim, Arik McGruder. Vinny Christiano III, Vinny Christiano Jr., Chad Haywood, Cameron Ruggiero, Tony Patrea, Ted Jones, Jr., Andy Nye, Adrian Stahle, Sean McNamara, Jamie Pew, Erik Musto DNS: Chester Haywood

 PHOTOS BY PAULA THOMPSON