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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

LANCASTER TO CLOSE OUT SEASON WITH STELLAR SEPTEMBER

LANCASTER, N.Y. (August 30, 2017) – The 2017 racing season at Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway is headed into its final month and the on-track action is heating up. Points battles for the Franco’s Pizza Friday Night IHRA Drag Racing Series and X-Press Signs Stock Car Series track championships will be decided during these crucial final weeks of the year.

September kicks off this Friday night, September 1, with a full card of Franco’s Pizza IHRA Drag Racing, including the Buffalo Street Outlaws. The championships in all four weekly classes are all up for grabs with just four races left.

The following Friday, September 8, is a bonus night for the Tread City Tire Street class plus an appearance by the TNT Hot Rod Series.

Saturday, September 9 is Season Championship Night for the X-Press Signs Stock Car Series. The 2017 track champions for the Sunoco Sportsman, Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks and Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders will all be crowned. The NYPA TQ Midgets will also be in action. Racing starts at 6:30 p.m. The raindate for Season Championship Night is Sunday, September 10 at 2 p.m.

On Tuesday, September 12, Lancaster will run the rescheduled $5,000-to-win Pro Modified Shootout. This special mid-week drag racing event will attract some of the top Pro Mod teams from the region in this “Chicago Style” Shootout. Two-time defending event winner Bruce Boland of Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada will be on hand looking to go for the “three-peat”. There will also be $1,000-to-win Box and No-Box Shootouts for Lancaster’s weekly bracket racers.

The power of car-crushing Monster Trucks returns to Lancaster National Speedway for the first time in several years on Saturday, September 16 with the stars of the Monster Truck Racing League. Six Monster Trucks will go head-to-head in a show that will be popular with fans of all ages. There will be more smashing and crashing with a Demolition Derby, which also makes a long overdue return to Lancaster.

Kids 11 and under are free for this family-friendly event. There will be a special pit party from 4-5:30 p.m. where fans can get up close and personal with their favorite Monster Trucks. The show starts at 6 p.m.

The following week (September 21-24) is Lancaster’s biggest party of the year with the 29th annual U.S. Open. The fun starts Thursday night with a full card of Franco’s Pizza IHRA Drag Racing in the next-to-last points race of the year.

The on-track excitement for the stock cars starts Friday, September 22 with practice plus the annual U.S. Open Kickoff Party featuring live music from Disco Duck. Saturday’s racing program is headlined by the 75-lap Sunoco Sportsman feature. The U.S. Open 125 for the Race of Champions Modified Series takes the green flag on Sunday afternoon.

Lancaster National Dragway closes out the month on Friday, September 29 with the points finale for the Franco’s Pizza Drag Racing program. The class champions in Mallare Enterprises Top, McGard Mod, Hebeler’s Sales Bikes & Sleds and Tread City Tire Street will be crowned during this final event of the season.

Wednesday Cruise Nights also wrap up during September with the final one scheduled for September 13.

The starts times and ticket pricing for all these events can be found on the Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway website.

PHOTO BY JOE GRABIANOWSKI

LANCASTER SETS SCHEDULE FOR 29TH ANNUAL U.S. OPEN WEEKEND

Three days of on-track action planned

LANCASTER, N.Y. (August 23, 2017) – Lancaster National Speedway is ready to once again host the biggest party of the racing season with the 29th running of U.S. Open weekend, September 22-24.

Western New York’s Racing Finale kicks off of 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.

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.

Last season Patrick Emerling of Orchard Park, N.Y. completed his season sweep of the four RoC Series races at Lancaster with his first U.S. Open victory. This year Emerling will look to pad his points lead in the RoC Series as he defends his U.S. Open title.

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.

Driver registration forms for the U.S. Open are available on the Lancaster National Speedway website. Ticket pricing for U.S. Open weekend will be announced shortly. Camping for the U.S. Open will continue to remain free.

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).

The 29th Annual U.S. OPEN – September 22-24, 2017
Lancaster National Speedway; Lancaster, NY
*All times and events are subject to change

Friday, September 22

4 p.m. Pit Gates Open, Inspection Begins
5:30 p.m. Grandstand Gates Open FREE ADMISSION
6 p.m. Practice – by division (minimum of two rounds)
9:30 p.m. (approx.) Conclusion of Practice – U.S. Open “Kick-Off Party” with band Disco Duck
11:30 p.m. Pit Area Closed / Secure Facility

Saturday, September 23

12:30 p.m. Pit Gates Open – Inspection Begins
2 p.m. Front Gates Open – Practice by Division (2 Rounds per Division – Inner Oval First)
4 p.m. Driver’s Meetings (Tech Barn)
4:30 p.m. Opening Ceremonies (Invocation & Anthems) followed by heat races

Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinder Qualifying Races (8 laps) – Inner Oval
NYPA T.Q. Midget Qualifying Races (8 laps) – Inner Oval
Race of Champions Super Stock Qualifying Races (8 laps)
Sunoco Sportsman Qualifying Races – (10 laps)

Roaming Buffalo 4 Cylinder Feature Race (25 laps)  – Inner Oval
NYPA T.Q. Midget Feature Race (25 laps)  – Inner Oval
Sunoco Sportsman B-Main IF NEEDED (10 laps)
Sportsman Redraw on Fronstretch (time permitting)
Race of Champions Super Stock Feature (30 laps)
Sunoco Sportsman Feature (75 laps)

Sunday, September 24

10:30 a.m. Pit Gates Open
12:00 p.m. Front Gates Open – Practice by Street Stocks & Late Models (2 Rounds per Division)
1 p.m. Modified Practice (2 rounds)
1:30 p.m. Driver’s Meetings (Tech Barn)
2 p.m. Opening Ceremonies (Invocation & Anthems) followed by qualifying

Race of Champions Modified Series Group Time Trials (G-W-C)
Advance Auto Parts Street Stock Qualifying Races (8 laps)
Race of Champions Late Model Qualifying Races (8 laps)
Race of Champions Modified Series Qualifying Races (10 laps)

Street Stock B-Main IF NEEDED (10 laps)
Modified B-Main IF NEEDED (10 laps)
Modified Redraw on Fronstretch

Advance Auto Parts Street Stock Feature (35 laps)
Race of Champions Late Model Feature (30 laps)
Race of Champions Modified Series U.S. Open 125 (125 laps)

ATTACHED PHOTO BY JOE GRABIANOWSKI