Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway begins upgrades to race surfaces and grounds

Opening Weekend now moved to April 29 and April 30

LANCASTER, N.Y. (April 15, 2016) – Lancaster National Speedway and Dragway will start to make improvements to their dragstrip, oval, pit areas and other parts of the facility beginning on Monday, April 18.

Included in the plans is a concrete resurfacing of the dragstrip. It will be the first time in track history the dragstrip, which also doubles as the frontstretch of the stock car oval, will be concrete.

The next phase of capital improvements also includes repaving sections of the stock car oval. Last year, major repairs were made to the oval and it led to increased competition during Lancaster’s Saturday night stock car racing program. This round of upgrades includes section in between turns 3 & 4 and a smaller area in turn 1. Two larger areas of the Stock Car Pits are being paved, as well.

There will also be improvements to the lighting and wiring around the track, Main Concession stands and other overall upgrades to the facility.

A milling machine and other equipment arrived on the track grounds Friday morning to ensure Monday’s start date. They were delivered by one of our current partners, Mallare Enterprises via their fleet of truck equipment.

“I can’t even begin to fathom what a huge move forward this is for Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway, there a lot of people involved with this track who are very happy right now,” said Tim Packman, Track President. “The ownership group saw how the race teams and fans responded to improvements that were made last year, so they deserve a lot of the credit for showing them the investment is worthwhile.

“Those results and the anticipation surrounding this year also factored in deciding what improvements needed to be made. Unfortunately, we have to move the Opening Weekend back to April 29 and 30 to let the racing surfaces set properly and be readied for the Drag and Stock Car programs.

“I’m fairly confident our race teams and fans will understand and be even more appreciative when we start racing. This is a great time for Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway.”

Contracts were awarded to Surianello Concrete and Tom Greenauer Development for the track resurfacing with all supplies and labor being WNY related.

The Franco’s Pizza Friday Night IHRA Drag Racing program will kick off its season on Friday, April 29 with Mallare Enterprises Top ET, McGard Mod ET, Tread City Tire Street and Hebeler’s Sales Sleds & Bikes. Gates will open at 3 p.m. with Time Trials starting at 5 p.m. with $5 admission for the grandstands.

The 57th season of stock car racing will now begin on Saturday, April 30 with the Queen City Clash featuring the Sunoco Sportsman, Big 10 Super Stocks, Street Stocks and 4-Cylinders on the schedule with a 2 p.m. start for racing.

Because of the delay in opening, Pack the Track with $5 admission for all adults is now moved to Saturday May 7. That day will now be Pack AND Walk the Track with a start time of 2 p.m., as well.

The ever popular Cruise Night starts on Wednesday, May 4 with FREE admission and ending with the crowd pleasing Burnout Contest.

New England Cycle Center becomes title sponsor of Whelen Modified Tour race at New London-Waterford Speedbowl

WATERFORD — It’s a special occasion every time the Whelen Modified Tour visits the Waterford Speedbowl.

This year should even be more special.

New England Cycle Center in Hartford has climbed on board as the title sponsor of this year’s Whelen Modified Tour appearance at the Speedbowl. The New England Cycle Center 161 will take place Saturday, May 14.

It will be the fifth consecutive season that the best drivers in the Northeast have invaded the bowl, and the first time New England Cycle Center has been the title sponsor.

“We’re excited about it,” said Gary Moir, the manager of New England Cycle Center. “Everyone here at our business is enthusiastic about racing. And we’re super happy to be involved.”

The 2015 Whelen Tour event was won by Ryan Preece, who is currently competing on NASCAR’s XFINITY series. A sellout crowd turned out to watch Preece grab his second Whelen Tour win at the Speedbowl. Other winners have been Doug Coby and Bobby Santos.

“I’ve been to the Speedbowl quite a few times, and it’s a great family night out,” Muir said. “Anything we can do to promote motor sports and recreational vehicles is a priority. Everyone here enjoys racing so much that it only makes sense to get involved.”

New England Cycle Center is the largest motorcycle dealer in Connecticut and sells Yamaha, Suzuki and Victory motorcycles, Yamaha and Sea-Doo watercrafts, ATVs and UTVs. The business is located at 73 Leibert Road in Hartford.

“This will be such a big event, and it’s awesome to be a part of it,” Moir said. “We support everything pertaining to motor sports, such as car shows and bike shows. So when we had a chance to be involved at the Speedbowl, it just clicked. ”

“We would like to thanks New England Cycle Center for coming on board,” Speedbowl GM-promoter Shawn Monahan said. “This will be a night everyone will be looking forward to.”

The combination of the Whelen Modified Tour and New England Cycle Center should be a perfect fit. That’s because the people at New England Cycle Center aren’t just sponsors, they’re diehard fans.

The Speedbowl opens its 66th season Saturday, May 7, with the Blastoff, featuring the SK Modifieds, the Magnus Racing Products SK Lights, Limited Sportsmen, Mini Stocks,The Joie of Seating  Legend Cars, X-Cars, Super X-Cars, the Microblue Bandoleros and the New England Race Trucks.

sweetFrog Teams Up with BK Racing, David Ragan

 
Nation’s premier frozen yogurt franchise joins BK Racing as leading race sponsor;
New No. 23 Toyota Camry to be revealed at April 24th Richmond NASCAR event
 
HUNTERSVILLE, NC (April 14, 2016) – BK Racing recently announced that sweetFrog premium frozen yogurt will be sponsoring David Ragan and the No. 23 sweetFrog Toyota Camry for the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway.
The race scheduled for April 24th represents sweetFrog’s NASCAR debut. sweetFrog is a Richmond, VA-based, national frozen yogurt franchise that was recently named the #1 Frozen Yogurt Shop in the US by the Daily Meal. Since their 2009 inception, sweetFrog has grown to more than 350 locations in the US and abroad – serving customers in 25 states, the United Kingdom and the Dominican Republic.
“I am excited to have sweetFrog on our Toyota for Richmond,” said Ragan. “Richmond is one of my favorite races of the year, and the Sunday afternoon event will be a new challenge for our team. sweetFrog is my family’s go-to spot for frozen yogurt.   Let me put it this way – I am thrilled about this partnership, but my excitement pales in comparison to my daughter Julia’s face when we walk into sweetFrog!”
“As a team with such strong Virginia ties, we are proud to have sweetFrog join BK Racing for the upcoming Toyota Owners 400,” said Doug Fritz, CMO of BK Racing. “
“We are thrilled to partner with David Ragan and BK Racing for the spring race in sweetFrog’s hometown,” said Patrick Galleher, CEO of sweetFrog. “Our shared commitment to family and community make the partnership a perfect fit.”
For more information on sweetFrog’s products and franchise opportunities, please visit www.sweetfrog.com.
For more information on BK Racing and David Ragan, please visit www.bkracingteam.com.
About sweetFrog
 
sweetFrog (http://sweetfrog.com) is the fastest growing premium, all natural, self-serve frozen yogurt restaurant company in the country. With a wide selection of premium frozen yogurt flavors and fresh topping choices, sweetFrog was named Best Frozen Yogurt in the USA by The Daily Meal in 2014 and 2016. sweetFrog has 340 stores including both company-owned, franchise and independently licensed locations either open or under contract in twenty-four states in the U.S, Dominican Republic, United Kingdom and Egypt. The company was founded in 2009 and is based in Richmond, Virginia. Sweet Frog prides itself on providing a family-friendly environment where customers can enjoy soft-serve frozen yogurt, gelato and sorbets with the toppings of their choice. The company was founded on Christian principles and seeks to bring happiness and a positive attitude into the lives of the communities it calls home.

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