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Wyoming County International Speedway Announces Jim Pierce Memorial SST 100 Qualifying Series

Perry, New York – Wyoming County International Speedway has partnered with Lancaster National Speedway and The Track at Hillside Buffalo to create a series of five qualifying events for the Second Annual Jim Pierce Memorial SST 100.  The Sportsman/SST Modified feature winners of specific races at each track will earn a guaranteed starting spot for the memorial 100-lap event, which is scheduled for October 13, 2018 at WCIS.

The qualifying series encompasses the Joe Reilly Sportsman Summer Slam 75 (June 16) and the Sportsman Feature at the US Open (September) at Lancaster; the George Decker Memorial 75 (August 4) at The Track at Hillside; and the WCIS 58th Anniversary 58-Lap SST Modified feature (July 28) and Labor Day SST Modified 100 (September 1) at Wyoming County International Speedway.

“We are thrilled to be able to work in conjunction with all of the tracks that Pierce used to compete at and especially being able to highlight what were some of his favorite events to race,” said Lori Overdorf, race organizer.

The inaugural memorial race last year honored local racer Jim Pierce, who passed away suddenly last August at the age of 47. In his No. 26 SST Modified, Pierce captured multiple feature wins at Wyoming County Speedway, as well as a 2007 SST Modified Championship.  He also took home feature wins at Lancaster National Speedway, The Track at Hillside, Lake Erie Speedway and competed at other local tracks in Western New York.

“We are truly honored to show our continued tribute to not only a fellow racer, but a friend, by running the Jim Pierce Memorial,” said Jim Majchrzak, WCIS owner. “We are very happy to work with other local tracks to make this event one of the marquee shows of the season.”

Lancaster didn’t hesitate to throw their support and involvement behind the tribute and work with their neighboring short tracks.

“Like cousin Jim (Majchrzak) said, Jim Pierce was not only a racer at Lancaster, but a friend to many,” said Tim Packman, Lancaster track president. “If we can gain more interest for the Sportsman divisional races at our respective tracks and pay tribute to a great person and championship driver, then all the better for everyone involved.”

The Track at Hillside management as well as the Decker family were enthusiastic as well about joining in the qualifying series.

“Racing at times, on the track and in the pits, can get ferocious between competitors and crews but this show of support for the Pierce family is an example of the true brotherly nature the community is all about. It is great what Lori Overdorf is doing to make this race happen and it is a privilege to have Hillside Buffalo play a small part in it.” commented Hillside General Manager Nick Johnston.

A “Lucky 15” Lap Money program for the drivers will also take place for the Jim Pierce Memorial SST 100 and will be run by Lori Overdorf.  Laps are a minimum of $26 each, in honor of Pierce’s racing number, and are now available for purchase.  Specialty awards such as Hard Charger, Hard Luck and more are available for sponsorship as well.  All of the lap money raised will go towards the drivers participating in the memorial race.  To purchase a lap, please contact LOverdorf@hotmail.com or at 716-207-2824.

In addition to the lap money, a custom trophy is being designed by Dennis Murphy and RNE Precision.  Additional bonuses for participating drivers are also in development.

The Shootout at the Bullring, slated for October 13 and 14, 2018 will feature some of the best racers from the east coast vying for the checkered flag.  For more information visit www.thebullringwcis.com.

photo credit Rob Micoli

“Big Money” Strikes for Second $10,000 Payday at the Bullring

 By; Steven Petty

PERRY, NY (October 21, 2017) For the second consecutive year, “Big Money” Matt Hirschman from Northampton, Pennsylvania is now $10,000 richer after earning his first career win at the Perry Bullring in the third running of the American Racer 100 for the Tour-Type Modifieds at Wyoming County International Speedway on Saturday afternoon. Zach Myers from East Concord, NY led every lap to score the win in the Super Stocks. Bob Rip Ripley from Pine City, NY was victorious in the CAMS Modified exhibition event.

“We rode around for the first half of the race but when the second half of the race rolled around and after the first caution, we decided to come in and get the new tire and the car was fast all day” stated Hirschman in victory lane. “I always love coming here to Perry, the track is racy and we’ve always had good success here” Hirschman added.

Chuck Hossfeld and Austin Kochenash were on the front row for the third running of the American Racer 100 for the Tour-Type Mods with Hossfeld showing the way from the start. Eric Beers took second away from Kochenash on lap three and began to chase down Hossfeld. Throughout the races early stages, the field was single file for the top dozen or so positions. Matt Hirschman would start working his way up through the field from his sixth starting spot as we worked around John Fortin to move into the fourth position on lap 15.

Hossfeld would hit lap traffic by lap 20 as he started to pull away from Eric Beers and Kochenash. While the field was strung around the 1/3rd mile-Bullring, Kochenash would catch Beers and would battle for the second position. TJ Zacharias would slow in turn two to bring out the races first caution on lap 57. As most of the leaders went into the pits, Jimmy Zacharias, Brian DeFebo, and Tony Hanbury stayed on the track to take over the top three spots. On the restart, DeFebo would take the lead away from Zacharias with Hossfeld moving into third. Chris Ridsdale spun in turn three to bring out the races second caution on lap 58. Brian DeFebo’s strong run came to an end on lap 60 after slowing entering turn three, as Daniel Majchrzak and Bill Mislin got together trying to avoid the slowing DeFebo.

The restart with around 40-laps remaining would see Jimmy Zacharias and Chuck Hossfeld on the front row, but it was Eric Beers and Matt Hirschman moving into second and third, behind Zacharias. Austin Kochenash and Mike Leaty got together on the front straightaway to bring out the red flag on lap 63. Both Kochenash and Leaty climbed out of their racecars under their own power. Eric Beers would take the lead on the restart as Matt Hirschman moved into second, shifting Zacharias back to third. Hirschman would look underneath Beers for the lead on lap 66 and would take the lead on lap 67. Andy Jankowiak would move into the top five on lap 70 after passing Barber. Tony Hanbury came to a stop in turn four to bring out the caution on lap 89.

Hirschman would lead the final 11 circuits to grab his second American Racer 100. Eric Beers, also from Northampton, PA finished in second and Jimmy Zacharias, the 2017 New York State NASCAR Champion from Candor, NY finished in third. “We had a good car but Matt was that much better”, commented runner-up finisher Beers.

“If we went into the pits and changed the tire, would we have won? No one can answer that, but it is a win for us finishing in third, with Matt (Hirschman) and Eric (Beers) here, they are always tough wherever they go” stated Zacharias.

Zach Myers and Teej Cochrane brought the WCIS Super Stocks to the green flag for their 50-lap event with Myers in the lead. While fighting for second place, multi-time track champion Dave Krawczyk and Cochrane got together and brought out the caution and with the two spun, the track got blocked as Andy Cryan, Eric Stone, Justin Myers, Mike Chenaille, and Frank Kline. On the restart, Myers would feel the pressure from Daniel Majchrzak. The lead duo would battle for several laps until Majchrzak had issues and lost the right front tire with 12 laps remaining. Myers would lead off the late-race restart and was able to hold off a hard-charging Majchrzak to score the win. Andy Cryan, who was involved in the early race wreck, came back through the field to complete the top three.

Rip Ripley crossed the line first in the CAMS Modified exhibition event over Dan Robertson, a former WCIS competitor in the 80’s and 90’s and Tommy Smith. Terry Wilson led the early stages but it was Ripley, who worked through the eight-car field to get the win.

The Fall Shootout at the Bullring Weekend officially ended the season of asphalt racing in Western New York. Look at the track website and all social media pages for upcoming news on the 2017 Awards Banquet and 2018 registration meeting. Opening Day for 2018 will take place on Saturday, May 19th. For more information about WCIS, log online to www.thebullringwcis.com or call (585) 245-2123 or the speedway office at (585) 237-2580. You can also check out The BullRing on Facebook.

RACE RESULTS – Shootout at the Bullring Day featuring the American Racer 100

American Racer 100MATT HIRSCHMAN, Eric Beers, Jimmy Zacharias, Chuck Hossfeld, Andy Jankowiak, Camden Barber, Daren Scherer, Jack Ely, JB Fortin, Patrick Emerling, Kirk Totten, Daryl Lewis Jr, Jon Kay, Bryan Sherwood, Chris Ridsdale, Neal Dietz Jr, Billy Mislin, Tony Hanbury, Austin Kochenash, Mike Leaty, Brian DeFebo, Alan Bookmiller, Daniel Majchrzak, TJ Zacharias, and Scott Wylie

Qualifying Winners: Camden Barber, Matt Hirschman, Eric Beers, Andy Jankowiak

Super StocksZACH MYERS, Daniel Majchrzak, Andy Cryan, Rob Miszczak, Tim Garlock, Max Northem, Jim Mallaber, Eric Hastreiter, Mike Chenaille, Frank Kline, Justin Myers, Kyle Skoney, Dave Krawczyk, Eric Stone, Scott Gleed, Ron Underwood, and Teej Cochrane

Qualifying Winners: Rob Miszczak, Zach Myers, Dave Krawczyk

American Racer 100 Postponed Due to Mother Nature

 By: Steven Petty

PERRY, NY (October 15, 2017) Wyoming County International Speedway management has decided to postpone day two of the Shootout at the Bullring Weekend due to pending weather.

“Due to the forecasted weather threat throughout the afternoon, we felt it was best for the drivers, crews, and fans that we postpone the event until next Saturday, October 21st” commented WCIS Owner/Promoter Jim Majchrzak. “Everyone that purchased the two-day passes is encouraged to keep their wristbands” Majchrzak added.

Pit gates will open at 9:00 am with racing scheduled to begin at 2:00 pm sharp. In competition will be the Tour-Type Modifieds for the third running of the American Racer 100, plus the Wyoming County International Speedway Super Stocks, the INEX Legends and the CAMS Modifieds.

The previous two events of the American Racer 100 have seen Bath, Pennsylvania’s Zane Zeiner, and Northampton, PA’s Matt Hirschman leave the Perry Bullring $10,000 richer.

Night one of the Shootout at the Bullring Weekend from Saturday night featured wins by Patrick Emerling (Jim Pierce Memorial SST Modified 100), Scott Adams (Sandra Vogler Memorial New York Super Stock Series 51), Jody London (4 cylinders) and Brian Hallett (6 cylinders).

Look at the track website and all social media pages for upcoming news on the 2017 Awards Banquet and 2018 registration meeting. For more information about WCIS, log online to www.thebullringwcis.com or call (585) 245-2123 or the speedway office at (585) 237-2580. You can also check out The BullRing on Facebook.