Tim Packman returns to WNY to oversee day-to-day operations


LANCASTER, N.Y. (October 19, 2015) –Lancaster National Speedway and Dragway has made an organizational change to its management staff as it begins preparations for the 2016 racing season. Tim Packman, of Akron who has a long association with the track, will return to the area to oversee the day-to-day operations of the facility as Track President. Melissa McGowan will continue to be part of the speedway management team in a reduced role.

“I just fell in love with Lancaster when I was part of the team that promoted the 2014 U.S. Open,” McGowan said. “It was my goal to continue to rebuild and restore the tradition of such a great racing facility. We were able to accomplish some of that in just a few months, and created some great momentum for next year. I feel confident leaving that mission in Tim’s hands.”

Packman returns to the area after 15 years of living in Mooresville, N.C. working in NASCAR. He previously worked at Lancaster as a track announcer and served as the President of Stock Car Operations for the premier WNY racing facility during the 2012 season.

He is a 10-time award-winning writer and author who has worked in Communications and Team Management for the past decade. His time spent at Dale Earnhardt, Inc. and Richard Childress Racing (RCR) enabled him to learn the running of a racing business, while also learning more
about promotions and advertising. His most current position was with RCR as its Director of Corporate Communications.

“Returning to Lancaster National Speedway and Dragway is a dream come true in many ways,” Packman said. “During my entire time in N.C. traveling the NASCAR circuit, I always kept an eye on what was taking place at the track.”

“What the ownership group, Melissa and the entire Dragway and Speedway staff have done this past year was incredible. People in WNY and surrounding areas want to see and be part of short track racing. The proof was in the increased car counts and fans in the stands. It is
our responsibility to give them a safe, clean and fun place to enjoy what we all love – racing.”

“The biggest goal ahead of us for 2016 is to build upon the achievements of 2015. The track cannot go backwards – ever again. Too many people put too much into it through the years, it is my intention to give racers and fans alike a place to enjoy our sport for many, many years.”

Both the stock car and drag racing programs will not see any major changes in their respective leadership for 2016. John Nelson will return as the Program Director for the stock cars, while Sharon Hughes will remain the IHRA drag racing Program Director.

LNS1019-2The 2016 season will begin at Lancaster the weekend of April 16 & 17 with a special doubleheader. Saturday, April 16 will be the lid lifter for the drag racing season with a Box/No-Box shootout. Stock car racing emerges from its hibernation on Sunday, April 17 with a 75-lap event for the Race of Champions Modified Tour.

Founded in 1959, Lancaster National Speedway 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 5/8-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).



Danny head shotMILLSTONE, N.J. ~ Young veteran Modified stock car driver Danny Bohn will be returning to his family’s roots at Wall Stadium Speedway this Saturday (Oct. 24) as he will drive for Scott Brannick in the North American Construction No. 51 in the “Haunted Hundred” for Modified stock cars. The annual five division stock car racing event, called “The Thriller,” features the Modified stock cars in a 100-lap, $5,000 to win main event.

Bohn, the 2014 driving champion at the Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C. and four-time Bowman Gray Modified winner in 2015, is no stranger to Wall Stadium’s third mile high banked oval. In fact, his grandfather Parker Bohn and father Eddie Bohn were both driving champions and multi-time feature winners at the track.

“It feels great to be going back to Wall Stadium where it all began for my family,” Danny Bohn said. “I’m also real happy to be racing for Scott Brannick. Scott has a reputation for owning beautiful and very fast equipment. Winning is his ultimate goal. What more could a driver ask from a car-owner.”new 51

North American Construction in Brick, N.J., Brice’s NAPA Auto Supply in Freehold, N.J. and JT Motorsports in Howell, N.J sponsor Bohn’s No. 51 Modified. Bilstein shock absorbers has also joined the team as an associate sponsor for the race. The team’s new Troyer Modified is powered by a MB Race Engines prepared engine and was lettered by O’Neil Designs.

“This opportunity came up and it is good for both our race team and for Danny,” team owner Scott Brannick said. “I’m excited to get racing and to see how we do with the new car. We can’t wait for this Saturday.

“Danny will also be in the car for Turkey Derby at Wall Stadium in November and when his schedule allows in 2016.”

In addition to fielding the car for Bohn Scott Brannick will also see competition as he races the team’s companion car No. 51 in Saturday’s Sportsman division 50-lap race. Brannick’s Sportsman car is his team’s former Modified racer that won twice at Wall Stadium this season. In addition Brick’s Ronnie Mullen will be making a start in the team’s No. 51 Factory Stock on October 24.

Our Motorsports Ceases Operations

OUR MortorsportsHUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (OCTOBER 19, 2015) – Our Motorsports has announced today that it will cease operations effective immediately.
“My involvement in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour over the past four seasons has been a wonderful experience,” said team owner Chris Our. “I have been very fortunate to have developed new friendships and business associates that have made this a special time in my life.”
“I want to take this opportunity to thank my drivers, past and present, and crew members who worked countless hours to help make our program a success. To all our sponsors who have helped us over the years, we thank you for your support. Lastly, to Brad Lafontaine and Northeast Race Cars, we couldn’t have made it without you.”
Our has chosen to direct his focus towards his business and spend more time with his family.

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