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Cryan gets fifth-straight Street Stock win; Hejna & Wollaber win 

LANCASTER, N.Y. (July 7, 2018) – Patrick Emerling of Orchard Park, N.Y. continued his hot start to the 2018 season with his third win of the season in the VP Racing Fuels Sportsman at Lancaster National Speedway. The win was Emerling’s fourth overall at Lancaster this season with one Race of Champions Modified Series victory to go along with his three Sportsman triumphs.

Emerling started 10th in the 18-car field for the 35-lap feature. Alan Bookmiller and Eddie Hawkins shared the front row for the initial start. Hawkins made his first visit of the season to Lancaster, and the Marion, N.Y. driver started his night with a win in his heat race, and then jumped out to the early lead in the feature.

Hawkins led through the early stages of the race while Emerling worked his way to the front of the field. Emerling entered the top five by lap 7, and then moved into the runner-up position on lap 13. He then caught Hawkins, and was about to make a move for the lead on lap 16 when the caution flag was displayed for a multi-car incident that included Joe Evans, Matt Druar and Dave Kozlowski.

The ensuing restart gave Emerling the opportunity he needed to take the lead. He got by Hawkins on the restart to move into first place.

Emerling maintained his lead through several late-race restarts and was able to pull away to score the win. He has won all three points-paying Sportsman features at Lancaster so far in 2018. Emerling dedicated the victory to the memory of his grandmother, who passed away two weeks ago.

Hawkins finished second for his best-ever run at Lancaster. Mike Fiebelkorn, Jr. was credited with third place. Fiebelkorn was also making his first start of the season at Lancaster in a brand new car, and just like Hawkins, he won his heat race. Mark Pennell finished fourth. Shawn Nye finished fifth after running most of the race inside the top three, and overcoming late race contact with Andy Jankowiak.

In other X-Press Signs Stock Car Series action, Andy Cryan of Buffalo extended his win streak to five races in the Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks with the most hard-fought win of the streak. Cryan battled his way from the 11th starting position as the Street Stocks featured a season-high field of 20 cars. It took him until lap 19 of the 25-lap feature to make his way into the runner-up position.

Mike Dalfonso, Jr. had led virtually every lap until this point after starting on the pole. Dalfonso was in the hunt for his first career Street Stock win. Dalfonso and Cryan battled side-by-side for the lead in the closing laps despite Cryan dealing with the right side of his hood flapping up in the breeze after breaking a hood pin earlier in the race.

The race was decided with less than two laps to go when Max Northem attempted to pass Dalfonso and Cryan with a three-wide maneuver. Northem and Dalfonso made contact going into turn one and it allowed Cryan to take over the lead for good. Cryan held on for the final laps to pick up his fifth in a row. Ken Maltby finished second after winning his heat race earlier in the night. John Carlson was credited with third place. Jeff Szafraniec and Tim Welshans rounded out the top five.

Kenny Hejna of Buffalo picked up his first win at Lancaster since 2009 in the Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders. Hejna quickly drove from the eighth starting position to take lead from Charles Palmer on lap 5 of the 25-lap feature, and then drove away to open a large lead on the rest of the field.

4-Cylinder points leader Dan Dressel finished second. Dave Brunka, Joe Brunka and Jason Anasiewicz finished in the top five.

The NYPA TQ Midgets made their second appearance of the season at Lancaster, and Dave Wollaber of Lockport, N.Y. won the 20-lap feature. Wollaber looked to be en route to a second place finish to defending series champion Kyle Hutchinson when Hutchinson suffered a mechanical issue with five laps to go. Wollaber took over the lead and drove on to the victory. Andy Nye finished second to Wollaber. AJ Hessler, Vinny Christiano, Jr. and Mark Schulz rounded out the top five.

Next Saturday is Retro Night at Lancaster National Speedway for the X-Press Signs Stock Car Series. Fans are encouraged to wear their old-school racing shirts, jackets and hats. The Race of Champions Late Models will join Lancaster’s three weekly home track divisions, plus a vintage Modified exhibition race. There will be special “retro pricing” at the concession stand with $1 hot dogs and popcorn and $2 draft beer from when the front gates open until racing starts at 6:30 p.m.

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).



Heat Winners: Mike Fiebelkorn, Jr., Eddie Hawkins, Owen Bednasz

Feature: PATRICK EMERLING, Eddie Hawkins, Mike Fiebelkorn, Jr., Mark Pennell, Shawn Nye, Owen Bednasz, Joe Evans, Jake Vernon, John Barber, Tony Carbone, Dave Kozlowski, Scott Hossfeld, Travis Spalding, Alan Bookmiller, Matt Druar, Jayme Thompson, Leo Becker DQ: Andy Jankowiak


Heat Winners: Tommy Wentland, Ken Maltby, Garrett Cleversley

Feature: ANDY CRYAN, Ken Maltby, John Carlson, Jeff Szafraniec, Tim Welshans, Mike Dalfonso, Jr., Jerome Hruby, Garrett Cleversley, Dave Vona, Tommy Wentland, Jerry Kozmowski, Ted Welshans, Don Sitarski, Ryan Rogers, Kyle Sharpe, Scott Soos, Robert Palmer, Chris Powers DNS: Rick Meyers DQ: Max Northem


Heat Winners: Charles Palmer, Dave Brunka

Feature: KENNY HEJNA, Dan Dressel, Dave Brunka, Joe Brunka, Jason Anasiewicz, Chris Pennell, Kayla Joseph, Tim Durfy, Driar Dils, Dave Evans, Ryan Palmer, Chris Eagan, Charles Palmer, Andy Danielwicz, Scott Fritz DNS: Josh Schosek


Heat Winners: Kyle Hutchinson, Chad Haywood

Feature: DAVE WOLLABER, Andy Nye, AJ Hessler, Vinny Christiano, Jr., Mark Schulz, Kevin Wilson, Ted Jones, Jr., Tony Patrea, Jamie Pew, Sean McNamara, Tim Nies, Kyle Hutchinson, Chad Haywood, Erik Musto, Pat Smith, Vinny Christiano III, Cameron Ruggiero, Arik McGruder, Andy Jankowiak


-Joe Mancuso Holds Off Chuck Anderson to Top Spot in Race of Champions Super Stock Feature-

 Lancaster, New York – (June 30, 2018) – Chuck Hossfeld of Ransomville, N.Y., earned his 28th career victory in an emotional fashion this past Thursday at Lancaster (N.Y.) National Speedway when he won the race honoring the man who gave him his start in Modified racing, Bill Colton, the Ol’ Boy Cup IV. It was the series 250th race and the 50th time the series ran at Lancaster.

Hossfeld took the lead on a lap 20 restart from Daryl Lewis, Jr., of Ontario, N.Y., and had to hold off a hard Mike Leaty of Williamson, N.Y., to claim the win.

“We have worked hard to get back here,” stated Hossfeld in victory lane. “This means a lot to me, to us, this was a great race. Mike (Leaty) ran us clean and I knew he was coming. I really wanted to win this race because of Bill (Colton), he is a great man and I’m proud of all that he did to help me and this track. He loved this place and this is a great way to honor him.”

Leaty, who started 11th, came through the field in rapid fashion to pressure Hossfeld. On the last lap Leaty went to the outside of Hossfeld in turn three and the duo dragged race to the start/finish line to finish second to Hossfeld by .019 seconds the closest margin of victory recorded electronically in the history of the series.

Lewis held on for third, while Patrick Emerling of Orchard Park, N.Y., finished fourth with Daren Scherer of Binghamton, N.Y., rounding out the top-five.

Chuck Hossfeld won the overall fast time for the third time earning the Speed51.com “Top of the Board” Award.

Leaty, Cam Barber of Bliss, N.Y., and Hossfeld earned the PavedTrackDigest.com qualifying race victories.

Joe Mancuso of Buffalo, N.Y., scored his first Race of Champions Super Stock Series victory of the season in an exciting 30-lap feature. Mancuso started third and worked his way to the lead but was chased throughout by Tommy Barron of Ontario, N.Y., who finished second. Tim Gullo of Elmira, N.Y., recovered from a late race spin to finish third.

“This is a great victory for our team,” stated Mancuso from victory lane. “We almost had the opener here until we spun in oil. This is a bit of redemption for us. I couldn’t be happier for our entire team.”

Roy Hayes of Concord, N.C., came to Lake Erie and took home the victory in the season opening Race of Champions Late Model Series event presented by CPS (Center for Plastic Surgery). Hayes held of Jeric Johnson of Mooresville, N.C., to earn the victory.

Tommy Krawczyk of Buffalo, N.Y., finished fourth and Chuck Anderson of Alden, N.Y., finished fifth.

Krawczyk and Gullo won the qualifying races.

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Feature Finish

Ol’ Boy Cup IV (60-laps)

Lancaster National Speedway, Lancaster, N.Y.

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

Finish       Starting Position      No.           Name                                       Laps

1              2                              22            Chuck Hossfeld                         60

2              11                            25            Mike Leaty

3              1                              10            Daryl Lewis, Jr.

4              5                              07            Patrick Emerling

5              10                            3              Daren Scherer

6              7                              12x          Andy Jankowiak

7              13                            65            George Skora, III

8              23                            59            Karl Heh

9              21                            64            Amy Catalano

10            3                              45            Eric Beers

11            18                            88            Scott Wylie

12            19                            4              Zack Knowlden

13            20                            45            Timmy Catalano

14            14                            14            Kreig Heroth

15            12                            32            Tyler Rypkema

16            15                            40            Alan Bookmiller

17            8                              54e          Jack Ely

18            17                            71            Danny Knoll, Jr.

19            4                              2              Kevin Miller

20            16                            54            Tommy Catalano                      Electrical

21            6                              01j           John Barber

22            9                              01c          Cam Barber

23            22                            1              Chris Risdale                            Overheating

Time of Race: 30 minutes .09 seconds     Average Speed: 59.764 mph

Fast Qualifying Lap: Chuck Hossfeld

Lead Changes: 1 among 2 drivers (Daryl Lewi, Jr., 1-20; Chuck Hossfeld 21-60)

Speed51.com “Top of the Board” Award; Chuck Hossfeld (16.932 second @ 106.308 mph)

Paved Track Qualifying Race Winners; Chuck Hossfeld (3); Cam Barber (1); Mike Leaty (2)

Jerico Performance “Jammin’ Gears Awards”; Karl Hehr (Advanced 15 positions in feature)

US Army Top Performer Award; Mike Leaty (17.248 seconds @ 104.179 mph lap 37)

Jan “Pops” Leaty Award – Leader Lap 25 – Chuck Hossfeld

$100 Bicknell Racing Products Certificate Award (Third Place) – Daryl Lewis, Jr.

MyRacePass “Free Pass” Award – (No Eligible Driver, No “Free Pass” Given during race”)

Feature Finish

Ol’ Boy Cup IV “30”

Lancaster National Speedway, Lancaster, N.Y.

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

1              3              Joe Mancuso

2              5              Tommy Barron

3              6              Tim Gullo

4              7              Tommy Reese

5              4              Chuck Anderson

6              2              Tommy Krawczyk

7              1              Zach Willis

8              11            Dana Novoa

9              13            Josh Hunter

10            15            Josh Schoonmaker

11            8              Aaron Higgins

12            12            Vern Hedderick

13            9              Joel Gleason

14            10            Robert Fink

15            14            Jeff Whalen

16            16            Ron Richter

Qualifying Race Winners; Tommy Krawczyk, Tim Gullo

Photo Credit: Alex and Helen Bruce Photo


– 250th Race in Series History, 50th Race in Series at Lancaster Getting Set to Go –

Lancaster, N.Y. – (June 25, 2018) – Each time the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series takes to the track it writes another chapter in modified racing history but this Thursday night, the Race of Champions will wave the green flag on the Ol’ Boy Cup 60 IV presented by Thermal Foams at Lancaster (N.Y.) National Speedway which will mark the 250th race in Series history and the 50th race that the Series competes in at Lancaster. The race is also in honor of one of Lancaster’s biggest supporters, Bill Colton.

Colton of North Tonawanda, N.Y., in a cooperative effort with former Lancaster an originating partner of the Race of Champion Series, Alex Friesen from Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario installed the original foam blocks (the original soft wall barriers) at Lancaster which were produced in Kenmore, N.Y., at Thermal Foams.

48 different drivers have won races since the opening season of the series in 1994. Currently, Chuck Hossfeld of Ransomville, N.Y., has the most series victories with nine (9) at Lancaster and he’s looking to register another victory Thursday.

“We’ve worked really hard to get our Modified program back to where it needs to be,” stated Hossfeld, who established the fast time in the first two series races of 2018. “This race means a lot to me because Bill Colton gave me my start in modified racing and became a very close friend. I miss him a lot and am looking forward to racing in his honor Thursday night.”

Tyler Rypkema of Owego, N.Y., is the defending race champion of the Ol’ Boy Cup, where he held off Hossfeld to earn his first and only series victory to date.

The Race of Champions Super Stock Series also joins the card for a 30-lap event. Tim Gullo of Elmira, N.Y., currently leads the championship standings and is the defending Series champion. Gullo topped Chris Finnochario of Ontario, N.Y., and Chuck Anderson of Alden, N.Y., in the season opener at Lancaster.

Pit gates open at 3:00pm at Lancaster National Speedway on Thursday with racing beginning at 7:00pm. Visit www.lancasternationalspeedway.com or www.rocmodifiedseries.com for more information on the “Ol’ Boy Cup IV”.

Where: Lancaster National Speedway, Lancaster, N.Y.

When: Thursday, June 28, 2018. Racing at 7:00 pm

Directions: The track is located at 57 Gunnville Road in Lancaster, N.Y., just North of Route 33 and minutes from the New York State Thruway.

What: Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series & Race of Champions Super Stock Series “Ol’ Boy Cup IV”

More Information: http://speedway.lancasternationalspeedway.com/ (Track Phone: 716.759.6818) / www.rocmodifiedseries.com

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