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CHUCK HOSSFELD CAPTURES U.S. OPEN SPORTSMAN 75 FOR SECOND-STRAIGHT YEAR

Earns track record 7th career U.S. Open victory 

LANCASTER, N.Y. (September 24, 2017) – Lancaster National Speedway kicked off the competitive portion of the 29th U.S. Open weekend on Saturday night with over 100 cars pitside across four divisions. Chuck Hossfeld of Ransomville, N.Y. captured the main event of the program as he won the 75-lap Race of Champions Sunoco Sportsman feature for the second year in a row.

In other X-Press Signs Stock Car Series action, Tim Gullo of Elmira, N.Y. won the Race of Champions Super Stock feature. Kevin Bainbridge of Buffalo won the Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinder U.S. Open feature for the second-straight year. Dave Wollaber of Ransomville, N.Y. won the NYPA TQ Midget feature.

A total of 39 Sunoco Sportsman attempted to qualify for the 28-car starting field for round two of the Race of Champions Sportsman Series. Neal Dietz, Jr. established a track record for Sportsman cars during qualifying with a quick time of 18.174 seconds.

Sportsman rookie Jeremy Haudricourt and Kevin Miller led the field to the opening green flag. What started out as a promising night for Dietz ended very quickly as he was involved in an incident on the opening lap of the race. He returned to a few laps before dropping out on lap 8. Miller and Tommy Catalano eventually settled into the top two spots when the race restarted. Catalano took the lead from Miller on lap 5 before pulling away from the field early on.

Defending race winner Chuck Hossfeld started ninth and was on the move from the drop of the green flag. He moved up to fourth place by lap six and took over the runner-up position from Miller just five laps later.

Catalano and Hossfeld were the class of the field as they pulled away during a long green flag run through the middle stages of the event. Hossfeld took the lead from Catalano as the pair went under crossed flags to mark the halfway point of the race on lap 38. They caught lapped traffic shortly thereafter and Catalano was able to maneuver around Hossfeld and a lapped car to regain the lead on lap 49.

The 31 laps of continuous green flag racing was interrupted moments later for a spin by Owen Bednasz on lap 49. It took Hossfeld two laps after the race restarted to regain the lead on lap 51.

The biggest wreck of the feature happened on lap 69 for multi-car pileup that included Owen Bednasz, Andy Lewis and Timmy Catalano. All drivers were ok, but all three cars suffered serious damage.

Hossfeld held on through a few final restarts to win the U.S. Open Sportsman feature for a second year in a row. The victory gives him seven career U.S. Open with five in the Modifieds to go along with his two Sportsman wins. That gives Hossfeld the record for most overall U.S Open victories.

Catalano had to settle for second after leading on two separate occasions. Tyler Rypkema rebounded from an early race spin to finish third. Daryl Lewis, Jr. finished fourth. George Skora III rounded out the top five.

Joel Gleason and Joe Mancuso led the field to the green flag in the 30-lap Race of Champions Super Stock feature. The pair battled back-and-forth early on before Mancuso took control of the race.

Tim Gullo came up through the field quickly after starting in the tenth position. He had moved up the second spot by just lap 6. Mancuso and Gullo were the dominant cars for most of the race as they pulled away from the pack during the longer green flag runs.

Mancuso slipped up around lap 23 when pushed high in turn two, which allowed Gullo to take the lead. Mancuso eventually got tangled up with Gleason as the pair battled for second place with less than five laps to go.

Gullo cruised the rest of the way for this fourth RoC Super Stock win at Lancaster in 2017 and his first victory in the U.S. Open. Eric Hadley finished second followed by Tommy Reese, Terry Cheetham and TJ Cochrane.

Kevin Bainbridge captured his second straight U.S. Open win in the Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders. Bainbridge started tenth and he managed to pick-and-choose his way through the field to get to the front. The race came down to catching teammate Chris Bugenhagen for the lead in the closing laps. Both cars approached lap traffic going into turn 1 on lap 22 when Bugenhagen got hung up behind a lapped car and Bainbridge drove past him on the inside to take the lead.

Bainbrdige held off Dave Brunka in the final two laps to secure his second U.S. Open win a row. Brunka finished second with Bugenhagen settling for third. Jason Anasiewicz and pole sitter Russ Hartke rounded out the top five.

Dave Wollaber captured his fifth career U.S. Open win in the NYPA TQ Midgets. Wollaber took over the lead with just seven laps to go on a daring three-wide pass between leader Kyle Hutchinson and the lapped car of Vinny Christiano, Jr. Wollaber held on to score his first U.S. Open win since 2008.

Bobby Holmes finished second followed by Hutchinson, Erik Musto and Brandon Zavarella.

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

SUNOCO SPORTSMAN

Heat Winners: Chuck Hossfeld, Neal Dietz, Jr., Kevin Miller, Tyler Rypkema

Consi winners: Timmy Catalano, Bobby Holmes

Fast qualifier: Neal Dietz, Jr. (18.174 seconds)

Feature: CHUCK HOSSFELD, Tommy Catalano, Tyler Rypkema, Daryl Lewis, Jr., George Skora III, Shawn Nye, Zack Knowlden, Jeff Brown, Joe Evans, Rusty Smith, Andy Jankowiak, Alan Bookmiller, Bobby Weber, Kevin Miller, Amy Catalano, Keith Flanigan, Owen Bednasz, Andy Lewis, Timmy Catalano, Sam Fullone, Jayme Thompson, Bobby Holmes, Sherri Hogan, Tony Hanbury, Jeremy Haudricourt, Neal Dietz, Jr., Scott Wylie, Tim Nies DNQ: Jake Lyon, Mark Pennell, Jake Vernon, Tony Carbone, Connor Sellars, Russ Gian, Justin Demelo, Jay Withey, Jr., Mike Meyers, Dave Kozlowski

RACE OF CHAMPIONS SUPER STOCKS

Heat Winners: Joel Gleason, Tim Gullo, Terry Cheetham

Feature: TIM GULLO, Eric Hadley, Tommy Reese, Terry Cheetham, TJ Cochrane, Joe Mancuso, Zach Willis, Joel Gleason, Josh Hunter, Dana Novoa, Rob Misczak, Dale Lazzaro, Shawn Frarey, Bobby Schosek, Kyle Sharpe, Ryan Lagoda, Jeff Whalen, Josh Schoonamker, Vern Hedderick DQ: Tommy Barron, Jake Wylie DNS: Mike Scott, Tommy Krawczyk

ROAMING BUFFALO 4-CYLINDERS

Heat Winners: Bobby Woch, Kenny Hejna, Dave Milbrand, Jr.

Feature: KEVIN BAINBRIDGE, Dave Brunka, Chris Bugenhagen, Jason Anasiewicz, Russ Hartke, Chris Pennell, Dan Dressel, Kenny Hejna, Dave Milbrand, Jr., Marc Scarpace, Tim Durfy, Casey Pew, Paul Flye, Mark Meyers, Michele Russo, Bob Palmer, Charles Palmer, Jr., Bob Bogner, Mark Annis, Jr., Josh Schosek, Jacob Gustafson, Nikki Maltby, Joe Brunka, Bobby Woch, Travis Murphy DNS: Bobby Hanel, Jr.

NYPA TQ MIDGETS

Heat Winners: Dave Wollaber, Bobby Holmes

Feature: DAVE WOLLABER, Bobby Holmes, Kyle Hutchinson, Erik Musto, Brandon Zavarella, Andy Nye, Tommy Catalano, AJ Hessler, Mark Schulz, Jonathan Reid, Chad Haywood, Vinny Christiano III, Vinny Christiano, Jr., Tony Patrea, Jim Fleischman, Dan Dressel, Jamie Pew, Kevin Wilson, Patrick Smith, Ryan Hessler, Sean McNamara

ATTACHED PHOTOS BY JOE GRABIANOWSKI

LANCASTER SPEEDWAY READY TO CLOSE OUT 2017 SEASON WITH THIS WEEKEND’S U.S. OPEN

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 www.lancasternationalspeedway.com. Additional information for racers and fans can be found on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/LancasterSpeedway) and on Twitter (@LancasterSpdwy).

29th ANNUAL U.S. OPEN BY THE NUMBERS:

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.

ATTACHED PHOTO BY JOE GRABIANOWSKI

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

NYE, SHARPE & WOCH CAPTURE LANCASTER SPEEDWAY CHAMPIONSHIPS

Lyon, Maltby, Brunka & Wollaber win Season Championship Night features

LANCASTER, N.Y. (September 9, 2017) – Lancaster National Speedway crowned its 2017 track champions for the X-Press Signs Stock Series on Saturday night during Season Championship Night. The final night of the regular season featured close racing and plenty of drama as drivers tried to capture every remaining point.

The Sunoco Sportsman title chase came down to three young drivers going after their first divisional crown with Shawn Nye of Lancaster leading Kevin Miller and Owen Bednasz. Nye padded his points lead through the heat races as he was the only driver of the three to earn points in the qualifiers. Kevin Miller’s night started on a bad note as he developed mechanical issues in his primary car during hot laps, and he was forced to borrow Joe Brainard’s car to compete.

In the 35-lap main event, Tony Carbone and Jayme Thompson started on the front row with Nye back in 10th, Bednasz in sixth and Miller 16th. Carbone grabbed the lead at the drop of the green flag with Jake Lyon following him into the second position.

The trio of Carbone, Lyon and Bednasz pulled away from the pack early on as the race settled into a long green flag run. Lyon eventually got by Carbone for the lead on lap 12. He then started to open up a gap between himself and Bednasz and Carbone.

Tommy Catalano started 12th and quickly worked his way through the field. By lap nine he had made his way to fifth place. Catalano then moved into fourth as he began to chase down Carbone and Bednasz. The lack of cautions made it difficult, but Catalano eventually caught them with less than eight laps to go.

Lyon, meanwhile, continued to drive on as the race went caution-free. He opened up a half-straightaway sized lead over his next closest competitor while cruising to his first win of the 2017 season.

Catalano got by Bednasz late in the race to finish in second place. Bednasz had to settle for third place. Jeff Brown finished fourth.

Shawn Nye finished fifth to clinch the 2017 Sunoco Sportsman track championship. Nye earned two wins and strung together a series consistent finishes to lock up the title in just his second season in the Sportsman. He got his start racing go-karts and TQ Midgets before moving into the open-wheeled cars.

The Advance Auto Parts Street Stock championship was already decided before Championship Night began as Rich Sharpe of Lancaster had locked up the title thanks to nine feature wins in 2017.

Frank Prell and Ken Maltby led the field of 20 Street Stocks to the final opening green flag of the regular season. Prell took advantage of his pole position to take the lead during the opening laps.

Prell led until a restart on lap 7 when Maltby was able to wrestle the lead away. Maltby held the spot for four laps before he was overtaken on a restart by Andy Cryan.

Sharpe started 12th, and just like he has done in every other race this season, he was able to come through the field to be a factor. He was running second on a lap 18 restart when he made contact with Cryan in turn 2. Sharpe spun out and Cryan was sent to the tail of the field for contact.

This handed the lead back to Maltby with just seven laps to go. He survived the final circuits to capture his first career Street Stock win at Lancaster.

Tim Welshans was credited with second place. Sharpe came back to finish third and finish off his championship season with another podium finish. Garrett Cleversley and Keith Flanigan rounded out the top five.

The closest championship battle was in the Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders with Bobby Woch starting the night with a one point lead over Jason Anasiewicz. Both drivers earned the same amount of points in their heat races to keep the deficit at just a single point going into the feature.

Joe Brunka started on the pole for the feature with Anasiewicz to his outside. The pair battled side-by-side for the lead during the opening 10 laps of the race.

Bobby Woch started seventh, but he almost gave up that starting position after his car developed transmission problems in his heat race. He and his team contemplated running home to get a backup car, but they eventually chose to run with what they brought to the track

Despite the transmission problems, Woch worked his way through field as he moved up from seventh to third place by lap 10. A caution on lap 12 bunched up the field and gave him a shot to challenge Anasiewicz. The race restarted with Anasiewicz getting hung out to dry on the outside of Woch and his teammate Dan Dressel. Anasiewicz and Dressel made contact on lap 17 and Dressel spun out, which led to Anasiewicz being penalized to the rear of the field.

Brunka led every lap of the feature, but he had to hold off Chris Pennell throughout the second half of the race. Pennell stayed on Brunka’s back bumper in the closing laps as Brunka held on for his first win of the season.

Woch finished third to clinch his second career Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinder track championship. Dave Brunka and Anasiewicz closed out the top five.

Dave Wollaber of Lockport, N.Y. won the 20-lap NYPA TQ Midget feature. Wollaber led most of the race, but he had to hold off Kyle Hutchinson and Bobby Holmes in the final five laps to secure the win. Hutchinson finished second and locked up the NYPA TQ Midget Series championship.

With the regular season in the books, Lancaster National Speedway can focus on the 29th annual U.S. Open weekend on September 22-24. The three days of racing and fun is headlined by the U.S. Open 125 for the Race of Champions Modified Series. Full details are available on the LNS&D website.

On Saturday, September 16, Lancaster National Speedway welcomes the Monster Truck Racing League for a family fun event. The monster trucks are part of a night of metal smashing and crashing that also includes a Demolition Derby. The event starts at 6 p.m. with a pit party from 4-5:30 where can get close to their favorite monster trucks.

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

SUNOCO SPORTSMAN

Heat Winners: Amy Catalano, Russ Gian, Jake Lyon

Feature: JAKE LYON, Tommy Catalano, Owen Bednasz, Jeff Brown, Shawn Nye, Scott Wylie, Jayme Thompson, Timmy Catalano, Mark Pennell, John Barber, Neal Dietz, Jr., Jake Vernon, Amy Catalno, Russ Gian, Kevin Miller, Bobby Weber, Tony Carbone, Dave Kozlowski, Mike Rogers, Dick Kluth, Sherri Hogan DNS: Tommy Krawczyk

ADVANCE AUTO PARTS STREET STOCKS

Heat Winners: Lou Carbone, Max Northem, Rich Sharpe

Feature: KEN MALTBY, Tim Welshans, Rich Sharpe, Garrett Cleversley, Keith Flanigan, Tommy Wentland, Jarrod Brown, Andy Cryan, Frank Prell, Jerry Kosmowski, Dylan Carbone, Lou Carbone, Dave Wilson, Trevor Pettit, Mark Hoch, Matt Druar, Max Northem, Nik Welshans, Chris Handley DQ: Jake Wylie DNS: Jay Canonico, Scott Wylie

ROAMING BUFFALO 4-CYLINDERS

Heat Winners: Chris Pennell, Joe Brunka

Feature: JOE BRUNKA, Chris Pennell, Bobby Woch, Dave Brunka, Jason Anasiewicz, Dan Dressel, Kayla Joseph, Charles Palmer, Jr., Casey Pew, Dave Anasiewicz, Mark Annis, Jr., Dave Milbrand, Jr., Bob Palmer, Michelle Russo, Jeff Szafraniec, Billy Weiss, Dave Evans DNS: Josh Schosek

NYPA TQ MIDGETS

Heat Winners: Erik Musto, Brandon Zavarella

Feature: DAVE WOLLABER, Kyle Hutchinson, Bobby Holmes, Brandon Zavarella, Vinny Christiano, Jr., Ryan Fraser, Erik Musto, Adrian Stahle, Arik McGruder, Andy Nye, Vinny Christiano III, Sean McNamara, Tony Patrea, Kevin Wilson, Tommy Catalano, Mark Schulz, Jeremy Conklin, Jim Musto, Charlie DiRosa, Patrick Smith DNS: Jamie Pew