Category Archives: Lancaster Speedway


Nichols, Bainbridge & Nye win U.S. Open features

LANCASTER, N.Y. (September 25, 2016) – Chuck Hossfeld of Ransomville, N.Y. won the 75-lap Sunoco Sportsman feature on Saturday night at Lancaster National Speedway to kick off the 28th annual U.S. Open weekend. Hossfeld inherited the lead on lap 39 and led the final 36 laps to get the win.

In other action on Saturday at Lancaster, Mike Nichols of Elmira, N.Y. won the 30-lap Super Stock feature. Kevin Baindbridge of Buffalo won the 25-lap Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinder feature for his eighth win of the year. Andy Nye of Lancaster, N.Y. won the 25-lap NYPA TQ Midget feature.

A total of 40 Sunoco Sportsman attempted to qualify for the main event. A total of 28 cars were locked in following six qualifying heats and two consolation races.

Matt Durar and 2016 Sunoco Sportsman track champion Jake Lyon led the field to the opening green flag.  Lyon moved out into the early lead followed Druar, Sherri Hogan and Shawn Nye. Tommy Catalano quickly worked his forward from the fifth starting position, and he took over second place on lap 8.

Druar spun out in turn two while racing George Skora III for third place on lap 12 to bring out the third caution of the race. On the ensuing restart, Catalano got by Lyon to take over first place.

lns0924-5Hossfeld started 11th and he methodically picked off the cars in front of him as he moved through the field. He made it to third place by lap 23 and was running behind Catalano and Lyon when the yellow flew again for another incident involving Druar. This time Druar hit the wall in turn one. He was uninjured, but the car was done for the evening.

When racing resumed Hossfeld had the best seat in the house as Catalano and Lyon battled side-by-side for the lead for about 15 laps right in front of him. The drama, however, was ended prematurely as the yellow flag ended the longest green flag run of the race on lap 39 for an incident involving Amy Catalano, Owen Bednasz and Moose Rutherford.

lns0924-6On the ensuing restart, Catalano and Lyon made contact going into turn one, which sent Lyon spinning into the grass. Catalano was penalized for the contact and sent to the rear of the field. This put Hossfeld in the lead followed by Skora, Neal Dietz, Jr., Scott Wylie and Shawn Nye.

Hossfeld led throughout the second half of the feature, but he faced stiff competition from Skora, who made several attempts to wrestle the lead away. Skora’s night came to an end, however, on lap 66 when a suspension failure sent him to the pits.

Veteran John Barber had the last shot at Hossfeld, but once again the former Modified track champion held strong. Hossfeld picked up his first career Sportsman win at Lancaster. The victory was also his sixth career feature win at the U.S. Open as Hossfeld has also won the Modified feature five times. He is one of four drivers with six U.S. Open victories. Kirk Rutherford, Andy Jankowiak and Jeremy Haudricourt are the other three.

Barber finished second after starting 18th and not having the best handling car early in the race. Tommy Catalano rebounded from his penalty to finish third. Scott Wylie and Shawn Nye rounded out the top five. Mark Pennell finished sixth after starting 19th. Jankowiak, Bobby Holmes, Lyon and Rick Kluth completed the top ten.

Mike Nichols won the 30-lap Super Stock feature for his second career U.S. Open victory. Nichols inherited the lead with five laps to go after Jake Wylie and Tommy Krawczyk ran into each other under caution while running first and second at the time. Krawczyk was sent to the pits for the incident while Wylie suffered a broken rear end that took him out of competition.

Nichols came from the sixth starting spot to pass Krawczyk for the lead on lap 16, but Wylie got by him for first place just two laps later. After Wylie and Krawczyk tangled, Nichols only needed to lead the final five laps to score the win.

lns0924-2For the second time in his career, Nichols won the Super Stock feature at the Race of Champions at Oswego Speedway and Lancaster’s U.S. Open in the same season. Bill Frisbie, Jr. finished second with Robert Fink, Mike Montgomery and Eric Hadley completing the top five. Had ley started last in the 28-car field.

2016 track champion Kevin Bainbridge used a thrilling three-wide pass to win the Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinder feature. Bainbridge went between race leader Tim Durfy and a lapped car going into turn three on lap 9 to take the lead for good. He then held off Jamie Woods in the closing laps to earn his eighth victory of 2016.

Andy Nye led all 25 laps of the NYPA TQ Midgets after starting third. Nye did a masterful job holding off Bobby Holmes in the closing laps to secure the win. Holmes settled for second with Dave Wollaber, Kyle Hutchinson and Tommy Catalano rounding out the top five.

Lancaster National Speedway closes out the 2016 on Sunday, September 25 with the final day of the 28th annual U.S. Open. The Race of Champions Modified Series will headline the show with a 125-lap feature. The Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks and X-Press Signs Late Model will also be in action. More information can be found at

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, Chuck Hossfeld, George Skora III, Rusty Smith, Tommy Catalano, Andy Jankowiak

Consi Winners: Tony Hanbury, Kevin Miller

Feature: CHUCK HOSSFELD, John Barber, Tommy Catalano, Scott Wylie, Shawn Nye, Mark Pennell, Andy Jankowiak, Bobby Holmes, Jake Lyon, Rick Kluth, Kevin Timmerman, Neal Dietz, Jr., Sherri Hogan, Zach Truesdail, Russ Gian, Kevin Miller, Ricky Knapp, George Skora III, Joe Evans, Amy Catalano, Tyler Rypkema, Tony Hanbury, Rusty Smith, Owen Bednasz, Moose Rutherford, Matt Druar, Mike Ramos, Tony Carbone DNQ: Jayme Thompson, Timmy Lewis, Bryan Weisenburg, Tim Garlock, Todd Lorenzo, Travis Spaulding, Cam Ayers, Alan Bookmiller, Mike Rogers, Scott Stolzenberg, Patti Pruitt, Steve Fuchs


Heat Winners: Jake Wylie, Tim Gullo, Terry Cheetham, Sam Fullone

Feature: MIKE NICHOLS, Bill Frisbie, Jr., Robert Fink, Mike Montgomery, Eric Hadley, Willie Strusz, Eric Brown, Mitchell Wright, Jeff Whalen, Tom Barron, Terry Cheetham, TJ Cochrane, Kevin Ide, Daniel Majchrzak, Dana Novoa, Joel Gleason, Joe Mancuso, Rob Miszczak, Bobby Schosel, Ryan Lagoda, Sam Fullone, Joe Fetzer, Jake Wylie, Tommy Krawczyk, Tommy Reese, Tim Gullo, Zach Willis, Pete Pieczysnki


Heat Winners: Jason Anasiewicz, Dan Dressel, Jamie Woods

Feature: KEVIN BAINBRIDGE, Jamie Woods, Jason Anasiewicz, JP Harbst, Bobby Woch, Frank Prell, Jim Duaer, Jason Adams, Tim Durfy, Howard Guthrie, Dan Dressel, Chris Bugenhagen, Mike Meyers, Craig Orr, Zach Cleversley, Josh Schosek, Dave Milbrand, Jr., Laurie Krol, Bob Bogner, Joelle Dziduch, Butch Paler, Joe Brunka, Chris Pennell


Heat Winners: Kyle Hutchinson, Dave Wollaber

Feature: ANDY NYE, Bobby Holmes, Dave Wollaber, Kyle Hutchinson, Tommy Catalano, Mark Schulz, AJ Hessler, Andy Jankowiak, Vinny Christiano, Jr., Pat Smith, Vinny Christiano III, Timex Morgan, Brandon Zavarella, Tony Patrea, Jamie Pew, Erik Musto, Kevin Wilson, Chris Bauman DNS Ronnie Flaim


Abbott Rd. Pizza Delivers Support Once Again for US Open Late Model Event

open16LANCASTER, N.Y. (September 13, 2016) – Lancaster National Speedway is once again pleased to announce that Abbott Rd. Pizza is returning to support the 28th Annual US Open by sponsoring the X-Press Signs Late Model event on Sunday, September 25.

Abbott Rd. Pizza of South Buffalo, located at 1177 Abbott Rd in South Buffalo, is the presenting sponsor of the race which will pay $1,500 to the winner of the 30-lap event. In addition, each position from second on back will receive an extra $350 to $150, depending on where they finish, more than a regular race during the season. The race will pay a minimum of $350 to start for a 20-car field.

The owners of Abbott Rd Pizza have been supporters of the Late Model division at Lancaster National Speedway for the past two seasons.

The division has run three races this year at Lancaster with decent car counts for each event. Five-time U.S. Open Late Model winner, Bobby Weber, won the first two events of 2016 with Dave Whittaker winning the most recent Late Model race held on August 6. Lancaster has adopted the Race of Champions Late Model rule book in an attempt to draw a diverse field cars.

Weber has been fielding a four-car operation this season with a talented stable of drivers, including Late Model veteran and former Pro Cup Series driver Sam Fullone, defending U.S. Open Street Stock winner Terry Weldy and open-wheeled young gun Tommy Catalano.

Dave Russell of Clarence, N.Y. is the defending U.S. Open winner. He passed 2014 winner Jeff Brown for the lead on lap 17 and never looked back to score his biggest win ever at Lancaster.

The 28th annual U.S. Open at Lancaster National Speedway will take place September 23-25. The Late Models will run their heats and feature on Sunday. The full schedule of events is posted on the event’s official website Pre-event preregistration is available there, as well.

Abbott Rd Pizza, opened last year under new ownership with a new menu, new items, and more choices, serves South Buffalo, Lackawanna, West Seneca and the surrounding neighborhoods. Hot, fresh meals available for dine-in, delivery or pick-up. With ample parking, Wi-Fi and catering, they have your every dining need covered. For more information about Abbott Rd Pizza or to see their menu and specials please visit

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).

X-Press Signs Late Model U.S. Open feature presented by Abbott Rd Pizza Purse

Feature length: 30 laps

1st: $1,500

2nd: $1,000

3rd: $850

4th: $800

5th: $750

6th $700

7th $650

8th: $625

9th: $600

10th: $575

11th: $500

12th: $450

13th: $425

14th: $400

15th-24th: $350

U.S Open Late Model feature winners

1989 – Karl Hehr #59

1990 – Jim Reid  #76

1991 – Bob Skora #56

1992 – John Murrett #49

1993 – Ron Nurmi #2

1994 – John Julicher #09

1995 – Bob Weber #11

1996 – Joe Carbone #31

1997 – Brett Scherrer #44

1998 – Bob Weber (2) #11

1999 – John Julicher (2)  #09

2000 – Tim Windnagle #61

2001 – Vern Bliss #03

2002 – Bob Weber (3) #11

2003 – Vern Bliss (2) #03

2004 – Vern Bliss (3) #03

2005 – Mark Bliss #0

2006 – Will Thomas #9

2007 – Todd Hoddick #49

2008 – Jeff Brown #3

2009 – Bob Weber (4) #11

2010 – Bob Weber (5) #11

2011 – Scott Skora #56

2012 – George Skora III  #65

2013 – NO RACE

2014 – Jeff Brown (2) #3

2015 – Dave Russell #93

Photo attached by Joe Grabianowski


LANCASTER, N.Y. (September 10, 2016) – With the threat of severe weather for the Western New York area on Saturday evening, Lancaster National Speedway officials have postponed Season Championship Night for the stock car program.

Season Championship Night will now be run on Thursday, September 22 as a precursor to U.S. Open weekend. The Sunoco Sportsman, Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks and Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders will run their final points races of the 2016 season and crown their respective track champions. Racing will start at 7 p.m.

“We have had some great racing this year and the points battles between the second and 10th positions are very tight,” said Tim Packman, Track President. “Having it decided by rain rather than racing wasn’t the fitting way to end it for our three weekly divisions.”

The top ten in points for each division are eligible to receive money at the year end banquet, and there are still plenty of important points battles that need to be settled. The biggest one is the chase for the Sunoco Sportsman track championship with Jake Lyon holding a 44-point lead over Tommy Catalano. With the possibility of earning a maximum of 70 points, there is still a chance for Catalano to win the title.

“This will be treated as a totally separate event from the US Open, which starts the next day. There is already a lot of interest in this year’s US Open and this will add even one more day of action for everyone to come out and enjoy some great racing at Lancaster.”

Pit gates will open at 4:30 p.m. on September 22 with practice starting at 5:30. Front gates will also open at 5:30. Racing will begin at 7 p.m.

The full schedule of events for the 28th annual U.S. Open is available at Fans and racers planning on camping for the U.S. Open are welcome to set up camp on Thursday.