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LANCASTER, N.Y. (July 23, 2016) – Lancaster National Speedway celebrated Christmas in July this past Saturday complete with an appearance by Santa Claus and bicycle giveaway for children.

A pair of first time winners graced victory lane as Joe Brunka of Cheektowaga, N.Y. scored his first career Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinder feature win and Andy Cryan of Buffalo earned his first win in the Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks. The Sunoco Sportsman feature turned out to be a war of attrition with Amy Catalano of Ontario, N.Y. coming out on top after 35 laps.

LNS0723-6Bobby Lippa, Jr. and John Barber brought the field of 20 Sunoco Sportsman to the initial green flag. Trouble struck shortly after the leaders completed the first lap when Tommy Catalano spun on the front straightaway, which collected Matt Druar and Neal Dietz, Jr.

A spin by Owen Bednasz in turns 1 and 2 brought the yellow flag out again on lap 4. This set up a restart with Barber and Sherri Hogan on the front row. Barber and Hogan hooked wheels on the backstretch one lap after the restart, which sent Hogan hard in to the Thermal Foam in turn 3.

This set off a chain of events that saw several cars at the front of the field take damage. At least seven cars were damaged, including those of Billy Burd and Jake Lyon who were right behind Hogan and Barber. When the clean-up was complete, George Skora III was scored as the leader with Amy Catalano, Danny Knoll, Jr., Mike Ramos and Russ Gian running in the top five.

Skora took off from the field when racing resumed with Catalano in second. Burd recovered from the damage he took in the melee on the backstretch to move back into the third position on lap 14. Tommy Catalano and Jake Lyon overcame their earlier issues to work back into the top five as well.

The yellow flag flew again on lap 20 when the engine expired in Neal Dietz’s car. When the race went back to green, Skora could not get up to speed and pulled off the track with an engine issue. Skora’s demise shook up the front of the field with cars trying to avoid Skora as he slowed. Amy Catalano took over the lead with her son, Tommy, landing in second place.

The youngest Catalano in the field, 16-year-old Timmy Catalano, brought out the race’s final yellow flag on lap 27. This set up a crucial restart with Amy Catalano ahead of Burd, Tommy Catalano and Lyon. When the green flag flew Amy Catalano pushed up the track in turn two and took Burd with her up the banking. Tommy Catalano squeezed through to capture the lead from his mom.

Amy Catalano came back one lap later to drive around the outside of her son to regain the lead. Jake Lyon moved up to second late in the race to make a run at Catalano, but came up short in the end. Catalano crossed the finish line first for her second career win at Lancaster. Lyon settled for second place for the second week in a row. Tommy Catalano came home third. Burd and Bednasz salvaged top five finishes.

LNS0723-5Andy Cryan led all 25 laps from the outside pole position to get his first career win in the Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks. He held off challenges from points leader Dave Wilson to secure the win. Cryan has been fast in his first full season of competition, but luck had not been on side until Saturday night.

Wilson fought off Lou Carbone to maintain his points lead with a runner-up finish. Carbone, Eric Brown and Jarrod Brown completed the top five.

Joe Brunka led all 25 laps from the pole position to earn his first career win in the Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders. Brunka led a tight four-car pack for most of the race that broke away from the field. He then had to survive a final green-white-checkered finish to collect his first win. Bobby Woch was on Brunka in the final laps and finished second. Frank Prell, Kevin Bainbridge and Rich Bartel rounded out the top five.

In the NYPA TQ Midgets, Andy Nye of Lancaster scored his first win of the season. Nye dove under Bobby Holmes on lap 13 of the 20-lap feature to take the lead for good. Holmes settled for second with Dave Wollaber just behind him in second. Nye’s brother, Shawn, finished fourth with Erik Musto completing the top five.

Lancaster National Speedway’s stock car program takes next weekend off for the Sunday Nostalgia Drag Racing weekend. Racing resumes on Saturday, August 6 for Autograph Night plus the return of the Xpress Signs Late Models. The August 6 program will start at 2 p.m. with a concert featuring national Country music recording artist Chase Rice starting at 6:30 p.m. Concert tickets are available at and include admission to the races that day. 

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: Sherri Hogan, Billy Burd, Tommy Catalano

Feature: AMY CATALANO, Jake Lyon, Tommy Catalano, Billy Burd, Owen Bednasz, Mike Ramos, Danny Knoll, Jr., Russ Gian, Timmy Catalano, Mike Rogers, George Skora III, Dick Kluth, Neal Dietz, Jr., Bobby Lippa, Jr., Matt Druar, John Barber, Sherri Hogan, Mark Pennell, Jayme Thompson, Tim Nies DNS: Mike Fiebelkorn, Jr.


Heat Winners: Rich Sharpe, Lou Carbone, Dennis Londos

Feature: ANDY CRYAN, Dave Wilson, Lou Carbone, Eric Brown, Jarrod Brown, Jerome Hruby, Tommy Wentland, Dennis Londos, Trevor Pettit, Ken Maltby, Lexi Wilson, Garrett Cleversley, Jake Weber, Ed Culliton, Rick Meyers, Rob Pocobello, Rich Sharpe, Nate Straus, Keith Flanigan, Brian Hoffman, Don Sitarski


Heat Winners: Joe Brunka, Bobby Woch

Feature: JOE BRUNKA, Bobby Woch, Frank Prell, Kevin Bainbridge, Rich Bartel, Chris Pennell, Dave Milbrand, Jr., Jason Anasiewicz, Zach Cleversley, Danny Dressel, Jamie Woods, Laurie Krol, Howard Guthrie, Billy McNerney, Austin Hauser


Heat Winners: Vinny Christiano, Jr., Andy Nye

Feature: ANDY NYE, Bobby Holmes, Dave Wollaber, Shawn Nye, Erik Musto, Kent Turnbull, Vinny Christiano, Jr., Chad Haywood, Tommy Catalano, Sean McNamara, Vinny Christiano III, Chris Baumann, Charlie DiRosa, Pat Smith, Chuck Kowalski, Scott Gleed, Jamie Pew, Kevin Wilson


Current Rules in Place Will Also be Allowed for July 16 Race

LANCASTER, N.Y. – (July 8, 2016) – Lancaster National Speedway management has agreed to utilize the Ferris Mowers Race of Champions fueled by Sunoco rule book for the Late Model division. The current rules in place on the track’s website will be allowed for the upcoming race, as will the current Race of Champions Late Model rules. For the remainder of the season, the Race of Champions Late Model rules located on their website will be implemented.

“In an effort to streamline the rules for multiple competitors and allowing more opportunity to compete at Lancaster National Speedway, the Late Model rules as printed in the 2016 Race of Champions rule book will be acceptable in the next Late Model event on July 16,” said Tim Packman, Lancaster National Speedway, Track President. “We will allow the current package stated on our website and the Race of Champions rules to be in effect that night.”

When the Late Models return to Lancaster National Speedway on August 6, the Race of Champions rule book will be the acceptable rules for everyone. This gives the division a unique format allowing competitors to come and compete from several different series and regions on a previously used and proven rules platform.

“This track has a long history of Late Model racing and we want to see them compete at our track. The other visiting series such as the Race of Champions Modifieds, Race of Champions Big 10 Super Stocks, NY Super Stocks, NYPA TQ Midgets and Can Am TQ Midgets all have their own rule books,” added Packman. “We, on our own, tried to work with several Late Model teams during the off-season and throughout this season and there seemed to be several different directions that the constituents wanted to go, however, the rules proved restrictive and it is our goal to invite as many people to our facility as possible to compete. This streamlines the rules, gives Late Models the next race to compete as they are now and then allows enough time before the August 6 race to make any needed changes to their cars. We look forward to more competitors joining us in the future.”

The Race of Champions rule book is available at The rules currently in place for the Late Models at Lancaster are available at under the Speedway and Rules section.

The Late Models compete at Lancaster National Speedway on Saturday, July 16; Saturday, August 6 and during the 28th Annual U.S. Open from September 23 to 25.

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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