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28th ANNUAL TRIBUTE TO TOMMY DRUAR / TONY JANKOWIAK 110 AT LANCASTER NATIONAL SPEEDWAY

THIS COMING SATURDAY, AUGUST 19TH

– Traditional Event Honors Two of Lancaster National Speedway’s Biggest Names –

Lancaster, N.Y. – (August 14, 2017) – On Saturday, August 19th, the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series fueled by Sunoco will headline the 28th Annual Tommy Druar / Tony Jankowiak Memorial 110 at Lancaster (N.Y.) National Speedway. The event honors two of Lancaster’s biggest stars. Tommy Druar and Tony Jankowiak, brothers-in-law and competitors. Druar was a two-time Lancaster track champion (1987 and 1988) with 18 modified victories at Lancaster. Jankowiak never claimed a track championship at the track, but he visited modified victory lane 13 times while also capturing the World Series of Stock Car Racing Speedweeks championship at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway in 1990.

The legacy that Druar and Jankowiak have left behind has been immeasurable. Both of their sons continue to race. Andy Jankowiak is a household name in asphalt modified racing, while Matt Druar continues to race on a local level. Druar and Jankowiak’s wives, along with crew members, sponsors, family and friends remain involved in the sport today, carrying the passion that both drivers had for the sport.

“Those two defined what racing was during that era at Lancaster,” stated longtime sponsor and friend of both drivers, Gene Emser. “Their passion was Modified racing and this is a night we all circle on our calendar each year. We get to honor two men that loved racing with a special Modified race. We have so many great memories from both of them and we are looking forward to bringing everyone together again to honor our two great friends Saturday. It is a tradition that we look forward to every year and we are all proud to be a part of it.”

Patrick Emerling of Orchard Park, N.Y., currently leads the Series championship standings heading into the Saturday event over Mike Leaty of Ontario, N.Y., and Andy Jankowiak of Buffalo, N.Y.

Tommy Catalano of Ontario, N.Y., is fourth in the championship standings. Tyler Rypkema of Owego, N.Y., who claimed his first series victory at Lancaster in June, sits fifth. All drivers will be on hand with a host of other Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series stars Saturday night to contend for the victory.

Where: Lancaster National Speedway, Lancaster, N.Y.

When: Saturday, August 19, 2017. Racing at 6:30 pm

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: The Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series fueled by Sunoco, “28th Annual Tommy Druar / Tony Jankowiak Memorial 110”

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. The 67th annual Race of Champions weekend will take place in 2017 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

HEAVY RAINS WASHES OUT KIDS NIGHT AT LANCASTER

Ken Heckler Tribute 51 moved to August 26

LANCASTER, N.Y. (August 13, 2017) – Lancaster National Speedway could only get two heat races in before thunderstorms rolled in and rained out the remainder of the X-Press Signs Stock Series program on Saturday night.

The Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders ran their two heat races before the rain arrived. Bobby Woch and Dan Dressel picked up the victories in their respective heats.

An attempt was made to get the track dry, but the amount of moisture combined with high humidity and the threat of more rain forced track officials to postpone the show.

The Ken Heckler Tribute 51 Street Stock race as well as the Kids Night festivities will now take place on Saturday, August 26 as part of Big Rig Night.

Rain checks from the event will be honored on August 26 or on September 9 for Season Championship Night. They will not be good for this Saturday’s Tommy Druar/Tony Jankowiak Memorial 110 Race of Champions Modified Series event.

Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway is hoping for better weather this coming weekend with two special shows on tap. Friday night is the rescheduled Jet Funny Car night for the Franco’s Pizza IHRA Drag Racing program. Al Hanna’s Jet Funny Car return to Lancaster to light up the night plus a full card of drag racing, including the Buffalo Street Outlaws.

Saturday night is the 28th annual Tommy Druar/Tony Jankowiak Memorial 110 for the Race of Champions Modified Series. The ground-pounding, mighty Modifieds will battle for 110 laps in this prestigious event. Defending race winner, Patrick Emerling, will defend his title with hopes of extending his RoC Series points lead while Chuck Hossfeld, Mike Leaty, George Skora III and the rest of the RoC stars will look to find their way to victory lane. The Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks, Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders and NYPA TQ Midgets will also be in action.

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).

LANCASTER ANNOUNCES PURSE & FORMAT FOR KEN “HURRICANE” HECKLER 51 TRIBUTE RACE

Street Stocks to run 51-lap, $500-to-win race this Saturday

LANCASTER, N.Y. (August 7, 2017) – Lancaster National Speedway will honor the memory of a recently departed member of its racing family this Saturday with the Ken “Hurricane” Heckler 51 Tribute Race for the Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks.

Heckler, who passed away suddenly in March, raced for many years at Lancaster in the Street Stocks, Super Stocks, Sportsman and Cup Lites before transitioning into the role of Pit Steward after his driving career ended. The Ken Heckler Tribute Race will be 51 laps in honor of the car number Heckler used during his days in the Street Stock division.

This special event will feature an increased purse, a special race format and around $1,800 in lap money up for grabs.

As a reward to the drivers in the Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks for helping grow the division over the last three seasons and for their exciting side-by-side racing action, Lancaster National Speedway will pay out the same purse that the division gets for the season-ending U.S. Open. The race will pay $500 to the winner and it will be a minimum of $75 to start the feature.

“The Advance Auto Part Street Stocks have had some of the largest car counts and put on some great shows this year,” said Tim Packman, Track President. “Ken Heckler cast a big shadow on this track, and not just because of his height. He left his mark as a driver, official and friend through four decades. So, if we’re going to honor a big man like Hurricane, we’re going to do it in a big way for his race.”

In addition to the increased purse, there will also be close to $1,800 lap money thanks to the efforts of Heckler’s wife, Debbie, and the racing community. Debbie Heckler collected a minimum of $25 per lap for all 51 laps. All drivers in the feature field will be eligible for the lap money, with a random draw deciding which position receives the payout for each lap. Long time LNS supporter, Howie Markel, has also added a $10 lap leader bonus for all 51 laps.

To make things interesting there will be a competition caution on lap 26 to invert part of the field before the start of the second half of the race. A random draw place will take place to determine the amount of cars that will be inverted. If there are 25 or 26 cars in the race, then the maximum possible number of cars to invert will be 13. The maximum number for the inversion will be 12 for a 23-24 car field, 11 with 21-22 cars, and so on. The number of cars to be inverted will be not be revealed until the competition caution.

The Sunoco Sportsman and Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders will also be in action on Saturday night. The championship race in both divisions is heating up with just a few weeks left in the regular season. There will also be lap money available for both the Sportsman and 4-Cylinders this Saturday thanks to Debbie Heckler.

This Saturday is also Kids Night at Lancaster National Speedway. There will be a Power Wheels race during intermission for any child that brings their own power car from home plus a kids bicycle giveaway. Admission for kids 11 and under will be free on Saturday, which is the case for all Speedway and Dragway events.

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).

Ken “Hurricane” Heckler Tribute 51 Lap Street Stock Purse

1st $500   

2nd $350

3rd $300

4th $275

5th $250

6th $225

7th $200

8th $175

9th $150    

10th $125

11th to 15th – $100

16th through field – $75