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MARK SAMMUT CAPTURES ISMA SUPERMODIFIED WIN AT LANCASTER

Cryan, Bainbridge & Dryden score feature wins in front of great crowd

LANCASTER, N.Y. (June 3, 2018) – Mark Sammut of London, Ontario captured the 50-lap International Supermodified Association (ISMA) feature on Saturday night at Lancaster National Speedway. Sammut passed Michael Muldoon for the lead with 12 laps go to secure his second career Supermodified win at Lancaster.

In additional X-Press Signs Stock Car Series action, Andy Cryan of Buffalo won the 25-lap Advance Auto Parts Street Stock feature. Kevin Bainbridge of Amherst, N.Y. earned the victory in the 25-lap Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinder feature. In the Can-Am TQ Midgets, Darren Dryden of Freelton, Ontario won the 25-lap main event.

A large crowd was on hand to see the ISMA Supers back at Lancaster following their triumphant return last season after 14 years. Dave Shullick, Jr. broke the track record he set last season during his heat race with a fast lap of 14.561 seconds with an average speed of almost 123 mph.

Dave McKnight and Michael Muldoon led the field of 17 ISMA Supers to the initial green flag for the 50-lap feature. Muldoon jumped out the early lead and quickly pulled away from the field.

Sammut started third and battled with McKnight early on for the runner-up position. He eventually took over second on lap 15, but Muldoon had built up an advantage of nearly five seconds on the track.

Shullick started 13th and had his work cut out for him as he tried to drive through the field to catch Sammut and Muldoon. He entered the top five just past halfway point of the race on lap 26. Shullick then took third place from McKnight on lap 36.

Muldoon continued to lead, but Sammut closed the gap to just over two seconds as the leader approached lapped traffic. Before Sammut could make up those final two seconds, he caught a break as the caution flag came out for the first and only time on lap 36 when Mike Lichty stopped on the track with a broken front end. This bunched the field up for a restart with 14 laps to go as Muldoon led Sammut and Shullick.

On lap 38, Sammut moved to the outside of Muldoon coming off of turn two and took the lead as the pair entered turn three. Shullick got by Muldoon three laps later to take second, and he then went after Sammut. Shullick chased Sammut for the final nine laps with both drivers running their fastest laps of the race during this time.

Sammut was able to protect the inside line and hold off Shullick to collect the win. It was his second career Supermodified win at Lancaster after an MSA Supermodified victory in 2009. It was also the seventh ISMA Supers win of his career.

Shullick finished second after earning the Hard Charger Award for coming from 13th to second. Dan Bowes of Epping, NH rounded out the top three finishers. Chris Perley came from the 11th starting position to finish fourth. Moe Lilje rounded out the top five. Muldoon dropped out of the race with mechanical issue shortly after giving up third to Shullick.

In the Advance Auto Parts Street Stock feature, Mark Hoch and Tommy Wentland battled from their front row starting positions at the drop of the green flag. Rich Sharpe started sixth and was looking for his third-straight win to start the season.

Sharpe caught Hoch for the lead on lap eight, but the pair made contact in turn two. This allowed Andy Cryan to drive by and take the lead. Sharpe recovered and chased Cryan down to take over first place on lap 13.

The yellow flag was displayed on lap 17 when Nate Straus developed a mechanical problem. Sharpe was forced to pit during the caution period for an unsafe bar protruding from the left front of the car. The pit stop by Sharpe handed the lead back to Cryan.

Sharpe drove back through the field after his pit visit. He caught Hoch and Nik Welshans going into turn three on lap 21 when the trio collided and plowed into the Thermal Foam.

Cryan held of Max Northem for the final four laps to score the victory. Dave Vona, Tim Welshans and Ken Maltby rounded out the top five.

Kevin Bainbridge passed Dave Milbrand, Jr. for the lead with seven laps to go to capture the Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinder feature. Milbrand had led every lap from the pole until that point, and he had done a good job at protecting the bottom line through the first 17 laps. On the 18th circuit, Bainbridge squeezed between Milbrand and the inside retaining wall on the frontstretch to take over first.

Darren Dryden came from the fourth starting position to win the 25-lap Can-Am TQ Midget feature. Dryden passed pole sitter Brandon Zavarella for the lead with eight laps to go to score his second win of the Can-Am TQ season.

Adrian Stahle finished second with former Lancaster TQ winner Mack DeMan in third. Zavarella finished fourth with Kyle Hutchinson rounding out the top five.

Lancaster’s X-Press Signs Stock Car Series is back in action this Thursday night at 7 p.m. with a special midweek show. The VP Racing Fuels Sportsman will finish their rain-delayed feature from May 19 followed by a full show for all three home track divisions. The next Saturday night stock car event is June 16 with the Joe Reilly Sportsman Summer Slam 75.

RESULTS

ISMA SUPERMODIFIEDS

Heat Winners: Mike Muldoon, Mike Ordway, Jr.

Feature: MARK SAMMUT, Dave Shullick, Jr., Dan Bowes, Chris Perley, Moe Lilje, Kyle Edwards, Mike Ordway, Jr., Timmy Jedrzejek, Trent Stephens, Dave McKnight, Mike Muldoon, Mike Lichty, Dave Duggan, Ben Seitz, Rich Reid, Larry Lehnert, Mike McVetta DNS: Talon Stephens

ADVANCE AUTO PARTS STREET STOCKS

Heat Winners: Andy Cryan, Max Northem, Rich Sharpe

Feature: ANDY CRYAN, Max Northem, Dave Vona, Tim Welshans, Ken Maltby, Tommy Wentland, Jerry Kosmowski, Jerome Hruby, Jeff Szafraniec, Rick Meyers, Mike Rogers, Nik Welshans, Nate Straus, Garrett Cleversley, Josh Schosek DQ: Mark Hoch, Rich Sharpe

ROAMING BUFFALO 4-CYLINDERS

Heat Winners: Dan Dressel, Chris Pennell, Jason Ansiewicz

Feature: KEVIN BAINBRIDGE, Dave Milbrand, Jr., Dan Dressel, Jason Ansiewicz, Chris Pennell, Tim Durfy, Scott Fritz, Andy Danielwicz, Josh Schosek, Casey Pew, Dave Evans, Kayla Joseph, Joe Brunka, Dave Brunka, Charles Palmer, Russ Hartke, Mark Annis, Jr.

CAN-AM TQ MIDGETS

Heat Winners: Brandon Zavarella, Darren Dryden

Feature: DARREN DRYDEN, Adrian Stahle, Mack DeMan, Brandon Zavarella, Kyle Hutchinson, Erik Musto, Arik McGruder, Dominique Smith, Tim Neis, Luc Munsie, Andy Nye, Steven Murdock

 PHOTO BY PAULA THOMPSON

JUNE STARTS WITH A BANG AT LANCASTER

LANCASTER, N.Y. (May 29, 2018) – The month of June gets off to fast and furious start at Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway with six events in the first eight days.
LNS&D celebrates the start of June this Friday night (June 1) with the Buffalo Street Outlaws and the Franco’s Pizza IHRA Drag Racing program. The baddest rides in Western New York go head-to-head in the first visit of the year by the BSO plus Lancaster’s own weekly bracket racers are in action.
Saturday, June 2 is Double Wing Night for the X-Press Signs Stock Car Series featuring the International Supermodified Association and the Can-Am TQ Midgets. Last season a huge crowd saw the ISMA Supers make their first appearance at Lancaster in 14 years, and anticipation is high for the return of the fastest short track racers in the world.
Defending race winner, Trent Stephens of Ravenna, Ohio, leads the charge of ISMA stars invading Lancaster. He’ll be joined by defending ISMA champion Jon McKennedy, the “Rowley Rocket” Chris Perley, two-time Lancaster ISMA winner Dave McKnight, the “Shoe 2” Dave Shullick, Jr., Mike Ordway, Jr. and more.
The winged Can-Am TQ Midgets also make the return to Lancaster to tackle the tricky inner-oval. The Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks and Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders round out the thrilling race card. Racing starts at 6:30 p.m.
The following week gets going with Advanced Auto Parts Tuesday Test & Tune and Wednesday Cruise Night on June 5 & 6Tuesday Test & Tune is also where the next class of Friday Night IHRA drag racers can develop their skills with the Junior Dragster and Amateur Racing classes. The Junior Dragsters are celebrating their 25th year of racing with the kids on Tuesday nights, and the program has produced many drivers that race today as adults. The Amateur class is perfect for those that might be too old to drive a Junior Dragster, but still want to learn how to drag race.
Wednesday Cruise Nights are a fun family attraction at LNS&D. Whether you want to Grudge Race your ride down the strip, check out the cars on display on the oval or just enjoy some ice-cold Coca-Cola or beverages from the 12 Gates Brewing Beer Stand while watching the show, there is something for everyone on Wednesdays at Lancaster. General admission through the front gate is always free.
The stock cars are back in action on Thursday, June 7 with Thursday Night Thunder by the Thruway. This special midweek show was added to make up for the early season events that were canceled due to weather. The VP Racing Fuels Sportsman will finish their rain-delayed feature from May 19 plus run a full program with heats and a 35-lap feature. The Sportsman will be joined by Street Stocks and 4-Cylinders. Racing starts at 7 p.m.
Friday, June 8 is VIP Night for the Franco’s Pizza Drag Racing program. Any VIP passes from May 11 will be honored this night and everyone else can attend for just $5, following the national anthems. Top ET, McGard Mod, Hebeler’s Sales Bikes & Sleds and Tread City Tire Street will tackle the strip in weekly IHRA competition.
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).
PHOTO BY JOE GRABIANOWSKI
LNS0529-1: CHRIS PERLEY (11) AND MIKE ORDWAY (61) RACE HARD DURING THE ISMA SUPERS’ VISIT TO LANCASTER LAST JUNE

Lancaster and Hillside Buffalo Speedways Work Together for Sportsman Challenge

Release by Nick Johnston – Hillside Buffalo

LANCASTER, N.Y.  (May 30, 2018) – Lancaster National Speedway and Hillside Buffalo, along with East Coast Speed, have come together to announce a special challenge for their respective Sportsman Modified Divisions in 2018.  The two-historic tracks are working together via a four-race series consisting of two at Lancaster and two at Hillside, in a winner-take-all dual-track battle.

In addition to the regular purse those nights, each driver that participates in ALL four races will be entered into the “Lancaster-Hillside Challenge.” The winner will be determined via best-average finish for the four races and will earn a $1,000 bonus and a set of tires from East Coast Speed.

The Lancaster Hillside Challenge races are:

June 1 – Hillside Twin 25’s

June 16 – Lancaster Summer Slam 75 laps

August 4 – Hillside 75 laps

September 22 – Lancaster U.S. Open 75 Laps

The winner will be presented the $1,000 check and certificate for their set of tires from Bob Mullen following the final event. For the events, it is planned to have both track’s pace cars lead the field to green.

“This collaboration between the two tracks is great for everyone involved,” said Tim Packman, Track President of Lancaster National Speedway. “Lancaster and Hillside have been part of the WNY racing fabric for six decades. I have a personal connection to Hillside as I grew up watching my dad, step father and step brother race there and my uncle was the starter at one time.

“This is good for the Sportsman teams because they have an incentive to race at both tracks and one of them will be rewarded for their consistency. Daniel Hutchinson and Nick Johnston have been great to work with and kudos to Bob Mullen from East Coast Speed for wanting to be part of this.  I hope the teams and fans enjoy some great racing because of the challenge. The two pace cars leading the field to green should make for a good photo op.”

Nick Johnston of Hillside Buffalo has dedicated a great effort to make this challenge take place.

“Being a race fan my whole life bouncing from track to track, it has always been a dream to see the racing community go to the different speedways instead of competing against the same field every week,” Johnston said. “When we met Tim Packman, it was a no-brainer that we can work with him and give something special for our fans and drivers. We are trying to create a culture within the racing community that brings some respectful competition, and more importantly a good time”.

This may be a small step towards bigger collaborations in the future, but of note this year is the fact Lancaster and Hillside only run against each other on the same night just twice all season.

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). 

 PHOTO BY JOE GRABIANOWSKI