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LANCASTER UNVEILS 2016 STOCK CAR SCHEDULE

Schedule expanded to 17 events; Early season 2 p.m. starts planned

LANCASTER, N.Y. (December 24, 2015) – Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway officials are pleased to announce the 2016 season schedule for its Saturday night Stock Car program. It is the most jam-packed schedule in several seasons with 17 events planned, which is an increase from the 13 events scheduled in 2015.

Lancaster National Speedway’s three weekly home track divisions will continue to be the Sportsman, Street Stocks and 4-Cylinders in 2016. The Sportsman division saw a tremendous turnout in the second half of last season with strong fields exceeding 20 cars. Lancaster is the only short track in Erie County running this open-wheel division on a weekly basis this season. The Street Stocks and 4-Cylinders fields are looking to increase fields, as well, based off interest and turnout during their recent preseason meetings.

“A lot of input and guidance went into creating this schedule,” said Tim Packman, Track President. “We look forward to our very-talented Lancaster racers and all the visiting teams coming out to race at our track. The preseason divisional meetings went very well across the board and there is a lot of anticipation for 2016.”

The 58th season of stock car racing at Lancaster will begin on Sunday, April 17 with the reintroduction of a speedway tradition. The lid lifter will once again be called the “Queen City Clash” and will feature a 75-lap event for the Race of Champions Modified Series. The Street Stocks, 4-Cylinders and NYPA TQ Midgets will fill out the program with racing beginning at 2 p.m.

Lancaster will keep the pedal to the metal once the green flag waves on the new season. The three Saturdays following the Queen City Clash will feature racing programs starting at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 23 will be headlined by the seasonal debuts for the Sportsman and Late Models. Saturday, April 30 is “Pack the Track” day with $5.00 grandstand admission and the Big 10 Super Stocks joining Lancaster’s weekly divisions. The Late Models return for the final Saturday afternoon show on May 7 for “Walk the Track” day.

“We asked the drivers and teams if they wanted to start racing in April if we open the middle of that month,” Packman said. “They all said they did, so we came up with a schedule to go along with what we discussed. They have race cars and we have a race track, so let’s race.”

The traditional “Saturday night under the lights” stock car racing shows begin on Saturday, May 14 when the start time reverts to 6:30 p.m. for the remainder of the season.

The ground-pounding Race of Champions (RoC) Modified Series returns for an unprecedented four dates in 2016, including the Queen City Clash. Lancaster will once again hold a special mid-week show for the “Mighty Modifieds” on Thursday, June 30 for the second annual “Ol’ Boy Cup 60” Bill Colton Memorial. Saturday, August 20 will be the 27th annual Tommy Druar/Tony Jankowiak Memorial Modified 110 for the RoC Modified Series. The Modifieds will also headline the 28th annual U.S. Open weekend on Sunday, September 25 with the U.S. Open 125.

The Late Models will run four times during Lancaster’s regular season as part of a seven-race series with Holland Motorsports Complex. In addition to their two early season dates, the full-fendered warriors will do battle on Lancaster’s 1/2-mile oval on July 16 and August 6.

Additional special events include the return of the Sportsman Summer Slam 75 on Saturday, June 18. Super Stock action continues on May 14 with the New York Super Stock Series and August 27 with a second appearance by the Big 10 Super Stocks. TQ Midget racing will return to Lancaster with five dates for the NYPA TQ Midget Association plus the winged Can-Am TQ Midgets Series make a return on August 13.

“The Late Models, NYPA TQ Midgets, Can-Am TQ Midgets, NY Super Stocks and Big 10 Super Stocks are great additions to this strong schedule,” Packman said. “This gives our fans a nice variety of racing throughout the season to go along with our weekly divisions.”

The 2016 season wraps up with the 28th edition of Western New York’s racing finale, the U.S. Open, on September 23-25 with eight divisions in action throughout the weekend.

Four Thursdays practice/rain dates have been added to the schedule, as well. Racing could take place if any Saturday programs are rained out, if not they will be used as practice sessions. These will take place on May 26, June 9, August 4 and September 1. More details will be available in the near future.

The 2016 preseason registration party for both the stock cars and drag racers will take place on Sunday, February 28, 2016 at 2 p.m. at the Variety Banquet Hall at 6114 Broadway in Lancaster. Racers will be able to register their cars, purchase memberships and reserve pit pads.

About Lancaster: Founded in 1959, Lancaster National Speedway and Dragway 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).

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2016 Stock Car Schedule

LANCASTER NATIONAL SPEEDWAY HONORS 2015 CHAMPIONS AT SEASON AWARDS BANQUET

 
LANCASTER, N.Y. (November 15, 2015) – Lancaster National Speedway put the wraps on a successful 2015 season for the Seneca Resorts & Casinos Stock Car program on Saturday night with the annual season awards banquet held at the Backstage Pub in Cheektowaga, N.Y.
LNS1115- (2)Drivers from Lancaster’s three weekly home track divisions shared in the $10,000 point fund. Money collected from the sale of each Hoosier Racing tire sold at the speedway during the 2015 season went towards the points fund as did a contribution from track management. The Friends of Auto Racing (FOAR Score) Fan Club paid out an additional $5,900 to the drivers that was raised through the 50/50 ticket sales administered by FOAR Score every Saturday night at Lancaster.
The stars of the evening were the 2015 Lancaster National Speedway track champions. Mark Pennell of Lancaster secured first career track championship in the Sportsman Modifieds. Pennell bounced back from finishes of 11th and 13th in the first two LNS1115- (1)races of the season to take home the title for the Thompson Racing team. It was the first championship for the Thompson team since 1996.
Richard Sharpe of Lancaster picked up the 2015 Street Stock title. Sharpe had a dominant season with wins in six out of the seven races. He failed to finish outside of the top three in 2015. It’s the first championship for the 2014 U.S. Open Street Stock winner.
LNS1115- (5)Depew, N.Y.’s Rich Bartel was crowned 4-Cylinder champion for the second-straight year. Bartel’s title defense came down to the final night of the season as he caught and passed Chris Bugenhagen with four laps to go to secure the championship. His title run was sparked by a run of four-straight top two finishes to end the season, including two wins.
A pair of specialty awards were also presented. Long time Lancaster fans, “Camper Jim” and Linda Gottman, received the Alex Friesen Spirit of Racing Award. The Gottmans are a fixture of the camping area in the speedway parking lot, where they faithfully park their RV for each and every Modified race. They are also supporters of lap sponsorship programs where the contribute in the memory of their departed friend, Alex Friesen.
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Lancaster National Speedway General Manager, Melissa McGowan, was presented with the Tommy Druar Contribution to Racing Award for her efforts in leading the turn around of the facility this season. McGowan started her position on December 1, 2014, and within a few months had assembled a management staff, planned a season schedule and put together the initial details of the speedway’s capital improvement plan. All of this was done with a devotion for a place that she had seen for the first time in her life just a few months prior.  McGowan will be scaling back her role with Lancaster in 2016 to spend more time with her family in North Carolina.
LNS1115- (4)Newly named Track President, Tim Packman, addressed the audience and committed to continuing the progress made this past season. Packman has signed a three-year contract with the track’s ownership group as he takes on his new role. He and McGowan have already begun preparations for the 2016 season by securing sponsors for the upcoming year.
The 2016 season at Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway will begin the weekend of April 16-17. The stock car opener will be Sunday, April 17 featuring a 75-lap event for the Race of Champions Modified Series.
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 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).