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PATRICK EMERLING OPENS UP RACE OF CHAMPIONS ASPHALT MODIFIED SERIES SEASON WITH A VICTORY IN THE QUEEN CITY CLASH

Defending Series Champion Tim Gullo Wins Race of Champions Super Stock Series Opener-

 Lancaster, N.Y. – (May 14, 2018) – Patrick Emerling of Orchard Park, N.Y., took the lead on lap 41 after starting 9th on the field to earn the victory in the season opening “Queen City Clash” at Lancaster (N.Y.) National Speedway this past Saturday night.

It was the 13th victory of Emerling’s Race of Champions career.

“We had to work hard for that one tonight,” smiled Emerling in victory lane. “Daren (Scherer) had the pressure on after we got to the lead and he was right with us. It feels good. We didn’t catch many breaks last season, so we will take this one and get ready for the next race. It’s always great to start off the season with a win.”

Daren Scherer of Binghamton, N.Y., started on the pole and led the first 41 circuits fending off the challenges of Tommy Catalano of Ontario, N.Y., and Daryl Lewis, Jr., of Ontario, N.Y.

Catalano would later fade with brake issues.

Scherer thought he had an engine issue when his exhaust broke, moved over for Emerling handing him the lead. Scherer resumed chase but he could not regain the top spot. Emerling held on for the win, while Scherer came home second with Lewis finishing third.

George Skora, III of Eden, N.Y., finished fourth after an eventful race and Chuck Hossfeld of Ransomville, N.Y., came home fifth after moving up through the field early in the race.

Hossfeld posted the fastest time during qualifying and won the final qualifying race while Leaty and Lewis claimed the other two qualifying races.

Tim Gullo of Elmira, N.Y., won the Race of Champions Super Stock after an epic battle with 2016 Series Champion, Joe Mancuso of Buffalo, N.Y. Mancuso raced his way to the top spot before spinning out in turn two under the caution forfeiting his top spot.

The duo ran side-by-side for many laps before the incident occurred late in the race.

“This is a great win for us,” explained Gullo from victory lane. “Our team works extremely hard. We take great pride in our efforts and today was just an incredible way to get the year started. Joe (Mancuso) and I had a great battle, but I’m not sure what happened up there, he just went around.”

Chris Finnachario finished second. Chuck Anderson third, while Joe Mancuso and Dana Novoa rounded out the top-five.

Tim Gullo and Joe Mancuso won the qualifying races.

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Feature Finish

Queen City Clash

Lancaster National Speedway, Lancaster, NY.

Finishing Position, Car Number, Driver, Laps Completed, Reason Out (If Any)

Finish       Starting Position      No.           Name                                       Laps

1              9                             07            Patrick Emerling                       75

2              1                              3              Daren Scherer

3              4                              10            Daryl Lewis Jr.

4              12                            65            George Skora III

5              6                              22            Chuck Hossfeld

6              11                            12x          Andy Jankowiak

7              7                              45B          Eric Beers

8              20                            17            Danny Knoll Jr.

9              17                            88            Scott Wylie

10            8                              25            Mike Leaty

11            10                            66            Austin Kochenash

12            3                              54C          Tommy Catalano

13            19                            45H          Bill Hebing

14            5                              2              Kevin Miller

15            16                            59            Karl Hehr                                 74

16            2                              32            Tyler Rypkema                         74

17            18                            54E          Jack Ely                                    30 (Clutch)

18            15                            64            Amy Catalano                           19 (Power Steering)

19            14                            4              Zack Knowlden                         17

20            22                            28            Kreig Heroth                            3 (Accident)

21            21                            40            Alan Bookmiller                       2

22            13                            01            John Barber                             0 (Engine)

Time of Race: 48 minutes 1.394 seconds              Average Speed 46.852 mph

Margin of victory: 1.413 econds       Fast Qualifying Lap: Chuck Hossfeld / 17.204 seconds @ 104.433 mph

Lead Changes: 1 among 2 drivers (Daren Scherer 1-41, Patrick Emerling 38-39, Tyler Rypkema 40-45, Andy Jankowiak 46-75)

Paved Track Qualifying Race Winners; Mike Leaty (1); Daryl Lewis, Jr. (1); Chuck Hossfeld (1)

Jerico Performance “Jammin’ Gears Awards”; Danny Knoll, Jr. (Advanced 12 positions in feature)

US Army Top Performer Award; Tommy Catalano (17.266 seconds @ 104.251 mph)

Jan “Pops” Leaty Award – Leader Lap 25 – Daren Scherer

MyRacePass “Free Pass” Award – N/A

Feature Finish

Queen Citty Clash ‘30’

Lancaster National Speedway, Lancaster, NY.

Finishing Position, Driver, Laps Completed, Reason Out (If Any)

1              Tim Gullo

2              Chris Finnachario

3              Chuck Anderson

4              Joe Mancuso

5              Dana Novoa

6              Tommy Barron

7              Josh Schoonmaker

8              Joel Gleason

9              Vern Hedderick

10            Ron Richter

11            Tommy Reese

12            T.J. Cochrane

13            Zach Willis

14            Tommy Krawczyk

15            Jeff Whalen

Qualifying Race Winners; Tim Gullo, Joe Mancuso

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PATRICK EMERLING WINS SEASON-OPENING QUEEN CITY CLASH 75 AT LANCASTERP

Gullo, Sharpe & Brunka score opening day wins

LANCASTER, N.Y. (May 13, 2018) – Lancaster National Speedway was finally able to wave the green flag on its 60th season of racing on Saturday with the lid lifter for the X-Press Signs Stock Car Series. Patrick Emerling of Orchard Park, N.Y. kicked off the 2018 campaign with a win in the Queen City Clash 75 for the Race of Champions Modified Series.

Daren Scherer and Tyler Rypkema led the field of 22 RoC Modifieds to opening green flag. Scherer grabbed the early lead, but the caution flag was displayed quickly when Andy Jankowiak cut down a tire on the opening lap.

Scherer settled into the lead with Tommy Catalano coming from the third starting position to provide an early challenge. Catalano hounded Scherer as he forced the leader to run hard during the early stages. The pair pulled away from the field until the caution flag flew again on lap 17 for a spin by rookie Zack Knowlden.

The race restarted with Scherer and Catalano followed by Chuck Hossfeld, Rypkema and Emerling. Hossfeld quickly dispatched of Catalano to move into third. Emerling started the race in ninth, but was already in to the top five by this point. He passed Catalano for third on lap 33 and then set his sights on Hossfeld. Six laps later Emerling moved past Hossfeld for the runner-up position just before the caution flag came out for a spin by Karl Hehr.

Scherer and Emerling were now perched on the front row for the restart with just 36 laps to go. It took Emerling just two laps before Scherer slowed momentarily off of turn two to give up the lead. Scherer thought there was a problem with his engine, but the muffler had just fallen off. Hossfeld passed Scherer for second two laps later.

The final caution period of the night happened on lap 50 when Tommy Catalano spun in turn two. The race restarted with Emerling leading Hossfeld, Scherer, Daryl Lewis, Jr. and Eric Beers. Scherer was able to regain second from Hossfeld and Lewis also took over third from him on lap 58. The pair then tried to reel in Emerling. Scherer appeared to be catching Emerling in the turn three end of the race track, but Emerling was a little bit better through turn two. Scherer tried hard to close the gap to Emerling, but Emerling increased his margin with five laps to go.

Patrick Emerling held on to score his first RoC Modified win at Lancaster since sweeping all four Modified races in 2016. Scherer settled for second for his best RoC finish in a couple season. Lewis, Jr. finished third after having a very fast race car all day. George Skora III got caught in an early incident and then battled through a flat tire to finish fourth. Hossfeld rounded out the top five.

Tim Gullo of Elmira, N.Y. continued his domination of the Race of Champions Super Stock Series at Lancaster. Gullo, who won four out of the five RoC Super Stock races at Lancaster in 2017, kicked off the 2018 season with a win in the 30-lap Super Stock feature.

Gullo, however, needed a little bit of luck to get his win. He took the lead from Chris Finocchario on lap 4 and held it until lap 16 when Joe Mancuso got by him. Mancuso looked to be on his way victory when he spun out shortly after the yellow flag was displayed with about three laps to go. That gave the lead back to Gullo. He held on for the final few laps to score the win.

Finocchario finished in second place. Chuck Anderson finished third in his first start in several seasons. Mancuso and Dana Novoa rounded out the top five.

In the Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks, defending track champion Rich Sharpe of Lancaster picked up where he left om last year to score the win. Sharpe passed Tim Welshans for the lead shortly after a restart on lap 22.

Pole sitter Dave Vona grabbed the lead at the drop of the green flag and was very fast early on. John Carlson was running second to Vona until lap 5 when there was contact with Sharpe on the back straightaway. Carlson did a complete 360-degree spin, but kept on going to avoid bringing out the yellow flag. Sharpe was penalized for the contact and sent to the rear of the field during a caution period on lap 6.

The penalty moved Welshans into second place, and he passed Vona for the lead on lap 9. Welshans led for the majority of the race while Sharpe worked his way back through the field. The yellow flag was displayed on lap 21 for an incident involving Mark Hoch and Carlson. Sharpe had landed back in second place by this time and was able to take advantage of the late race restart to make the race-winning pass.

Dave Brunka of Cheektowaga, N.Y. kicked off his second season in the Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders with a feature win on opening day. Brunka led the race from the pole position before giving it away to Chris Pennell on lap 7, but this would not be his final time in first on this night.

Pennell and Dan Dressel hooked up to pull away from the field, but caught lapped traffic late in the race. Dressel got into the back Pennell and spun him out with just six laps to go. Both cars fell to the rear of the field and gave the lead back to Brunka,

Brunka held on for the final six laps to pick up his first win of the season over Jason Anasiewicz, Scott Fritz, Joe Brunka and Dave Mibrand, Jr.

Lancaster National Speedway is back in action next Saturday at 6:30 p.m. for Ladies Night. Females can enter the gates for just $5. The VP Racing Fuels Sportsman make their season debut plus the Street Stocks and 4-Cylinders.

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).

RESULTS RACE OF CHAMPIONS MODIFIED SERIES

Heat Winners: Mike Leaty, Daryl Lewis, Jr., Chuck Hossfeld

Fast Qualifier: Chuck Hossfeld – 17.204 seconds

Queen City Clash 75 Finish: PATRICK EMERLING, Daren Scherer, Daryl Lewis, Jr., George Skora III, Chuck Hossfeld, Andy Jankowiak, Eric Beers, Danny Knoll, Jr., Scott Wylie, Mike Leaty, Austin Kochenash, Tommy Catalano, Bill Hebing, Kevin Miller, Karl Hehr, Tyler Rypkema, Jack Ely, Amy Catalano, Zack Knowlden, Kreig Heroth, Alan Bookmiller DNS: John Barber

ADVANCE AUTO PARTS STREET STOCKS

Heat Winners: John Carlson, Tim Welshans

Feature: RICH SHARPE, Tim Welshans. Dave Vona, Ken Maltby, Max Northem, Tommy Wentland, Mark Hoch, Nik Welshans, Jerry Kosmowski, Jeff Szafraniec, Andy Cryan, John Carlson, Mike Dalfonso, Jr., Chris Powers, Mike Rogers, Garrett Cleversley

ROAMING BUFFALO 4-CYLINDERS

Heat Winners: Kevin Bainbridge, Chris Pennell, Joe Brunka

Feature: DAVID BRUNKA, Jason Anasiewicz, Scott Fritz, Joe Brunka, Dave Milbrand, Jr., Dan Dressel, Tim Durfy, Chris Pennell, Casey Pew, Russ Hartke, Jeff Landwehr, Andy Danielwicz, Robert Palmer, Dave Evans, Josh Schosek, Kevin Bainbridge, Charles Palmer, Kenny Hejna, Mark Annis, Jr., Kayla Joseph

RACE OF CHAMPIONS SUPER STOCK SERIES

Heat Winners: Tim Gullo. Joe Mancuso

Feature: TIM GULLO, Chris Finocchario, Chuck Anderson, Joe Mancuso, Dana Novoa, Tommy Barron, Josh Schoonamaker, Joel Gleason, Vern Hedderick, Ron Richter, Tommy Reese, TJ Cochrane, Zach Willis, Tommy Krawczyk DNS: Jeff Whalen

Photo Michael Jaworecki Myracenews

 

LANCASTER NATIONAL DRAGWAY CANCELS TEST & TUNE

Cold temps make it difficult to provide safe racing conditions
 
LANCASTER, N.Y. (May 11, 2018) – Lancaster National Dragway has been forced to cancel the Franco’s Pizza IHRA Drag Racing Test & Tune session for Friday, May 11.
The cold temperatures made it difficult for Dragway officials to prepare a safe racing surface for competitors. Rubber and track prep materials were not sticking to the concrete, which helps provide traction for racers.
 
“We’ve put too much into the new concrete, asphalt and bulbs to get off to a bad start.” said Tim Packman, Track President. “Also, the temps at 8 p.m. will be in the 40s and then rain is scheduled to start at 9 p.m. We do not want to get our racers and fans here, only to shut it down and send them home after a few hours.”
 
Next up for Lancaster National Dragway is the first Advance Auto Parts Tuesday Test & Tune Night of the season on May 15 at 5 p.m.. IHRA points will start for all Franco’s Pizza Drag Racing classes next Friday, May 18. The exciting and earth-shaking Supercharged Bounty Hunters will also be part of the first Friday night show of 2018. 
Lancaster’s X-Press Signs Stock Car Series event for Saturday, May 12 is still planned to go on as scheduled, with racing starting at 6:30 p.m.