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Hundreds of racers, thousands of fans expected during 3-day event

LANCASTER, N.Y. (September 19, 2017) – Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway will close the curtain on the 2017 X-Press Signs Stock Car Series season with this weekend’s U.S. Open. This three-day event is in its 29th year and has become the area’s most popular racing event of the season with racers and fans.

Over 150 race teams from all over the Northeast are expected to compete across the seven divisions of racing this weekend, including the Race of Champions (RoC) Modified Series, Sunoco Sportsman, Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks, RoC Late Model Series, RoC Super Stock Series, Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders and NYPA TQ Midgets.

“The U.S. Open is Lancaster’s biggest event of the season, with great racing and tons of fans having fun in the stands and camping area,” said Tim Packman, Track President. “With the forecast of summer-like weather for this weekend, this could be our biggest one ever.”

Western New York’s Racing Finale kicks off on Friday night, September 22, with the traditional practice session and U.S. Open Kickoff Party. Pit gates open and inspection begins at 4 p.m. with practice for all divisions taking place from 6-9:30. 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. Buffalo’s premier retro band, Disco Duck, will be playing live music starting at 9:30 p.m., just outside of the 12 Gates Brewing Beer Stand.

Saturday’s racing action will be headlined by the 75 lap main event for the Sunoco Sportsman. The top Sportsman teams from across the region will do battle against Lancaster’s weekly regulars to make the starting grid for one of the most prestigious races for Sportsman Modifieds. This event is also a part of the Race of Champions Sportsman Series, which kicked off its schedule last Friday at the Delaware (Ontario) Speedway.

The Race of Champions Super Stocks, Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders and NYPA TQ Midgets will also run their heats and features on Saturday. Pit gates open at 12:30 p.m. with practice starting at 2. Front gates will also open at 2 p.m. with qualifying beginning at 4:30.

The Race of Champions Modified Series takes center stage on Sunday with the running of the 29th annual U.S. Open 125. This race is the biggest of the year for Modified racing in Western New York and is the penultimate event of the RoC Series season.

The Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks and Race of Champions Late Models fill out the program on Sunday afternoon. Both highly competitive divisions will have stacked fields going after the chance to add their name to the U.S. Open trophy.

Pit gates open on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. with practice beginning and front gates opening at 12 noon. Heat racing starts at 2 p.m.

Free camping is available all weekend in the Speedway parking lot.

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.

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 Additional information for racers and fans can be found on our Facebook page ( and on Twitter (@LancasterSpdwy).


29: This is the 29th annual U.S. Open event. It was started in 1989 by the late Alex Friesen to create a major end-of-season event at the facility. It was his vision that made the Open into what it is today.

345: There will be 345 laps of feature racing action among the seven divisions of competition.

22: The numbers of years between U.S. Open wins for Dave Heitzhaus of Strykersville, N.Y. Heitzhaus won the Late Model feature last year to give him his first Open victory since 1994 when he won the Late Model Pro Stock for the third time in seven years.

22 (part 2): 22 different drivers have won the U.S. Open Super Stock feature. There was only one repeat in the first 20 years of the event. In 2016, Mike Nichols won the race for the second time in his career. Jay Mudra has won the race three times for the most all-time wins.

6: The record for most career U.S. Open feature wins is six, which is held by four drivers. Chuck Hossfeld became the latest driver to reach that mark last year when he won the Sunoco Sportsman U.S. Open feature to go along with his five Modified titles.

2: A pair of drivers have won U.S. Open features in three different divisions. Karl Hehr won the inaugural Late Model (then Super Stock) feature in 1989, he won the Sportsman race in 1995 and then scored what might be the most popular win in the event’s history when he captured the 2002 Modified feature. Todd Hoddick accomplished the feat more recently with wins in the Super Stock (1999), Late Model (2007) and Sportsman (2009) features.

2005: The year Eric Beers of Northampton, PA won the U.S. Open 125. Beers will retun to Lancaster for the first time in several years this weekend to attempt to win his second. His Delange Racing teammate, Jack Ely of Wall, N.J., will make his Lancaster debut as well.

13: In 2015, Terry Weldy (Street Stock) and Bobby Hanel, Jr. (4-Cylinders) both got their first U.S. Open wins in 13 years. Both drivers had last won at the 2002 edition of the event with Weldy winning the Super Stock race and Hanel victorious in the Street Stocks.

$61,485: That is the total posted purse to be paid out among the seven divisions. The total does not include any lap money or other bonuses to be paid out.

407: The number of miles Matt Galko will travel from Meriden, CT to drive the Kluth Motorsports Modified in the U.S. Open 125 in his first Lancaster start.


LNS0919-1: Patrick Emerling takes the checkered flag in the 2016 U.S. Open 125


WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Auto racing fans have a big event slated for this Saturday (Sept. 23) at Wall Stadium Speedway with five main events and a Demolition Derby during Pack the Track Night” action. A special discounted admission price of just $10 for adults and $5 for students aged 7 to 17 will be offered. Kids 6 and under are always free. Spectator seating will open at 5:00 p.m., with qualifying slated for 5:45 p.m. Main event action will follow at around 7:00 p.m. This “Carnival Night” themed event will feature games on the midway area.
On the famous high banked third mile paved oval five feature races will be presented with the Snap On Sportsman cars, the O’Shea’s Auto Repair Factory Stocks, the Green Flag Driving Experience Legend Cars, the Surfside Collision 4 Cylinder Stocks and the Elite Maintenance Limited Late Models all battling in a 25-lap main events.
The night of action will conclude with a championship Demolition Derby where cars will be destroyed until only one is still running! Fans are also welcome to try to win great prizes as Carnival games will be offered in the grandstand midway all evening long.
Saturday’s schedule will see the competitor pit area open at 1:00 p.m. Regular practice will start at 3:00 p.m., while spectator seating will open at 5:00 p.m. Qualifying will then begin at 5:45 p.m. and feature race action for all divisions is slated for 7:00 p.m.
Wall Stadium Speedway is located on Route 34 in Wall Township, N.J., just one mile north of Garden State Parkway exit 98 and Interstate 195 exit 35B. More information can be obtained by visiting speedway hotline number is 732-681-6400 and email address is


-Pilat Design to Add $750 Value to the Race of Champions 250-

Waterloo, N.Y. – (September 19, 2017) – Pilat Design of Waterloo, N.Y., “the Champions Choice”, the official graphic designer for the Race of Champions Modified Series, will once again deliver bonuses for racers participating in the 67th Annual Race of Champion 250 which is the culmination of the Presque Isle Downs & Casino Race of Champions Weekend at Lake Erie Speedway in North East, Pennsylvania. Pilat Design has provided the Race of Champions with all victory lane display checks for the past two seasons as well as designing the new victory lane backdrop and all Race of Champions provided graphics.

The winner of the 67th Annual Race of Champions 250 will receive a $500 certificate for product from Pilat Graphic Design. The 30th place finisher in the 250-lap race will receive an additional certificate for $250.

“The Race of Champions is a special event and we are proud to be a part of it,” stated Dan Pilat, owner of Pilat Graphic Design. “There are so many great racers and a true legacy from the event that partnering with it and the series is a great platform for us to reach racers and expose them to our work. It has been a great partnership and we look forward to building on it and carrying it on for years to come.”

Since 1995, Pilat Graphic Design, Inc., has designed, produced and implemented creative graphic designs for businesses and race teams throughout North America. Pilat Graphic Design is constantly pushing the boundaries to give its customers the most creative image possible. The new 6,000 square foot state of the art facility features a full showroom, new offices alongside ultra-modern equipment for full graphic design as well as full painting capabilities.

For more information in regard to Pilat Graphic Design, visit or call 315-539-3484.

Where: Lake Erie Speedway, North East, Pa.

When: Thursday, September 28Friday, September 29 and Saturday, September 30.

Directions: The track is located just twenty minutes of East Erie, Pa., minutes from Interstate 90 and directly of Interstate 86 at 10700 Delmas Drive, North East, Pa., 16428

What: Presque Isle Downs & Casino Race of Champions Weekend; the 67th Annual Race of Champions 250

More Information: (Track Phone: 814.725.3303) /

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. The 67th annual Race of Champions weekend will take place in 2017 at Lake Erie Speedway in North East, Pennsylvania as part of Presque Isle Downs & Casino Race of Champions Weekend and is the second longest consecutive auto-racing event in North America, second only to the Indianapolis 500.