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PATRICK EMERILING WINS JOE REILLY SPORTSMAN SUMMER SLAM 75 AT LANCASTER

Fourth-straight Sportsman win for Emerling 

LANCASTER, N.Y. (June 19, 2016) – Patrick Emerling of Orchard Park, N.Y. captured the Joe Reilly Sportsman Summer Slam 75 presented by A-Verdi Storage on Saturday night at Lancaster National Speedway for his fourth-straight win in the Sunoco Sportsman.

Emerling started 20th in the 26-car field after a penalty for rough-riding relegated him to a fifth place finish in his heat race.

Mark Pennell and Jeff Brown led the field to the initial green flag. Brown grabbed the early lead followed by Pennell and Mike Fiebelkorn, Jr.

Billy Burd moved up from the seventh starting position to second place following a restart on lap 10. He would be followed by Tommy Catalano, who started ninth, as Catalano slid into the third position. The trio of Brown, Burd and Catalano ran away from the field during the early stages of the race.

Burd pulled to the inside of Brown on lap 23 to make a bid for the lead. The pair battled side-by-side for a couple laps before Burd wrestled the top spot away. Brown made contact with Catalano shortly after losing the lead, which allowed Emerling to move from the fourth spot to the runner-up position.

The caution flag flew for the third time on lap 31 for a spin by Miami, Florida-native Luis Rodriguez, Jr. who was making his first career start at Lancaster. Rodriguez is a development driver for Troy Williams Racing.

Burd and Emerling took off from the pack following the restart on lap 34. Emerling pressured Burd around the track during the midway portion of the event, but could not overtake Burd for the lead. The yellow flag came out for the final time on lap 55 for a crash by Kevin Miller on the front straightaway.

On the ensuing restart Emerling dropped to the inside of Burd going into turn one and passed him for the lead. Emerling completed the pass as his car slid up the track in front of Burd.

Emerling held on for the final 20 laps to capture the longest race of the season for Sunoco Sportsman. It was his fourth win of the season in the Sportsman and his fifth win overall this year at Lancaster. Burd had to settle for second, followed by Catalano, Brown and George Skora III.

“I never thought we’d get by the Burd man,” said Emerling in victory lane. “We just have so much fan racing at Lancaster.”

The race was run in memory of Thompson Racing crew chief, Joe Reilly, who passed away shortly before the 2016 season started. The Reilly and Thompson families collected over $3,200 in lap and bonus money for the Summer Slam 75.

Terry Weldy captured the Advance Auto Parts Street Stock feature, driving in a relief role for Heather Weber. Weldy passed Dave Wilson with three laps to go for his first win of the season. Wilson had to settle for second. Ken Maltby led the first 15 laps of the race from the pole, but finished third. Keith Flanigan and Tommy Wentland rounded out the top five.

Kevin Bainbridge was awarded the Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinder feature win after the unofficial winner was disqualified in post-race inspection. That gives Bainbridge four wins for the 2016 season. Joe Brunka was credited with second. Rich Bartel, Chris Pennell and Tim Durfy completed the top five.

A.J. Hessler of Tonawanda, N.Y. survived a late-race restart with four laps to go to win the NYPA TQ Midget feature. Hessler led every lap of the 20-lap feature, but he had to hold off Dave Wollaber and Bobby Holmes in the closing moments to secure the win. Vinny Christiano, Jr. and Andy Jankowiak rounded out the top five.

Racing continues at Lancaster National Speed on Saturday, June 25 with the Jeff Brown, Sr. Memorial 25 for the Street Stocks presented by Wilson Crane Service. The Sunoco Sportsman, Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders and NY Super Stock Series will also be in action. Racing starts at 6:30 p.m.

About Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway: 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).

RESULTS

SUNOCO SPORTSMAN

Heat Winners: Jake Vernon, John Barber, George Skora III, Jeff Brown

Joe Reilly Sportsman Summer Slam 75: PATRICK EMERLING, Billy Burd, Tommy Catalano, Jeff Brown, George Skora III, Andy Jankowiak, Mark Pennell, Amy Catalano, Sherri Hogan, Rusty Smith, Bobby Holmes, Jake Lyon, Jayme Thompson, Kevin Miller, Mike Fiebelkorn, Jr., Tim Nies, Scott Stolzenberg, Mike Rogers, Luis Rodriguez, Jr., John Barber, Bobby Lippa, Jr., Jake Vernon, Tony Carbone, Billy Semmler, Owen Bednasz, Todd Lorenzo

ADVANCE AUTO PARTS STREET STOCKS

Heat Winners: Ken Maltby, Andy Cryan, Dave Wilson

Feature: TERRY WELDY, Dave Wilson, Ken Maltby, Keith Flanigan, Tommy Wentland, Dennis Londos, Jerome Hruby, Nate Straus, Jim Bryant, Lexi Wilson, Mike Dalfonso, Jr., Trevor Petit, John Carlson, Tim Garlock, Ed Culliton, Andy Cryan, Lou Carbone, Jim Stein DQ: Mark Hoch

ROAMING BUFFALO 4-CYLINDERS

Heat Winners: Frank Prell, Chris Bugenhagen

Feature: KEVIN BAINBRIDGE, Joe Brunka, Rich Bartel, Chris Pennell, Tim Durfy, Chris Bugenhagen, Dan Dressel, Howard Guthrie, Dave Milbrand, Jr., Frank Prell, Laurie Krol, Billy McNerney DQ: Bobby Hanel, Jr.

NYPA TQ Midgets

Heat Winner: Vinny Christiano, Jr., Charlie DiRosa, Bobby Holmes

Feature: AJ HESSLER, Dave Wollaber, Bobby Holmes, Vinny Christiano, Jr., Andy Jankowiak, Andy Nye, Erik Musto, Chad Haywood, Shawn Nye, Jim Musto, Arik McGruder, Andy Patton, Ronnie Flaim, Sean McNamara, Jamie Pew, Tommy Catalano, Kyle Hutchinson, Vinny Christiano III, Charlie DiRosa, Chris Bowman, Kevin Wilson, Chuck Kowalski, Scott Gleed, Greg Richardson, Brent McLean

PHOTOS ATTACHED BY JOE GRABIANOWSKI

LNS0618-1: Patrick Emerling with the Reilly family in victory lane

LNS0618-2: Emerling emerges from the car victorious

LNS0618-3: Emerling crossing the finish line

LNS0618-4: Emerling chases Billy Burd (44) early in the Summer Slam 75

LNS0618-5: Street Stock winner Terry Weldy

LNS0618-6: Four-time 4-Cylinder winner Kevin Bainbridge

LNS0618-7: NYPA TQ Midget winner AJ Hessler

LANCASTER’S “OL’ BOY CUP 60” LIVE BROADCAST AVAILABLE ON SPEED51.COM

LANCASTER, N.Y. (June 18, 2016) – Lancaster National Speedway is proud to announce the second annual “Ol’ Boy Cup 60” Bill Colton Memorial Race of Champions Modified Series event on Thursday, June 30 will be streamed live via pay-per-view on Speed51.com

This will be the first-ever race held at Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway to be available via live online stream for the price of $19.95 through the motorsports website Speed51.com. There will be a 150-mile IP address blackout of the live stream that begins at 7 p.m. ET.

Race fans outside of the blackout will be able to watch all the action on June 30, highlighted by the heats and 60-lap feature for the Race of Champions Modified Series. Plus, they will see the Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks, Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders and NYPA TQ Midgets.  

The feed will feature audio from the voice of Lancaster National Speedway, Dave Buchanan, plus co-announcer Caz Krul and Race of Champions Modified Series announcer Charlie Langlois.

“When we first talked to Speed51.com about this, it intrigued me what a historic step this is for Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway,” said Tim Packman, Track President. “Knowing our track and great racing could be seen by our fans who no longer live in the WNY area via the great job Speed51.com does makes this event even better.

“We are proud of our facility, our competitive racing and racers in all divisions. Modern technology is only getting better and the chance to bring more attention to Lancaster and the great racing the Modifieds and our regular divisions put on each week to people across the country is welcomed.”

The only previous live video broadcast from Lancaster was in August of 1996 when the American Speed Association made its only visit to the facility. The race was broadcast live on The Nashville Network (TNN). Lancaster National Speedway has also appeared on ESPN, Time Warner Cable Sports Network and Empire Sports Network in taped broadcasts.

The “Ol’ Boy Cup 60” will be the seventh event of the season for the Race of Champions Modified Series. Current series points leader, Patrick Emerling, won the Queen City Clash 75 at Lancaster on May 21. He has also won three Sunoco Sportsman features at Lancaster, so far, in 2016.


Defending “Ol’ Boy Cup 60” winner Chuck Hossfeld is currently second in the RoC Modified Series standings. Hossfeld finished second to Emerling in the Queen City Clash back in May.

About Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway: 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 ⅛ mile drag strip, a ½ mile oval track and hosts non- motorsports events such as car shows and concerts. For the latest information on Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway check out their website www.lancasternationalspeedway.com . Additional information for racers and fans can be found on their Facebook page (www.facebook.com/LancasterSpeedway ) and on Twitter (@LancasterSpdwy).

JOE REILLY SPORTSMAN SUMMER SLAM 75 ON TAP FOR JUNE 18 AT LANCASTER

Race bonuses include $3,000 in lap money

LANCASTER, N.Y. (June 9, 2016) – Lancaster National Speedway’s Sunoco Sportsman division will compete in their longest event of the season on Saturday, June 18 in the Joe Reilly Sportsman Summer Slam 75 presented by A-Verdi Storage Containers.

The 75-lap feature will pay $1,750 to the winner, with a minimum of $225 to take the green flag. First place will also receive a $150 bonus to bring the total top prize to $1,900. The runner-up will take home a total of $1,100 with $1,000 in purse money and a $100 bonus. The bonus money is part of a season long program courtesy of the Petrie family.

This year’s edition of the Sportsman Summer Slam has an extra special meaning as the race has been named in honor of championship winning crew chief, Joe Reilly. Reilly passed away suddenly before the 2016 season, and just months after helping Mark Pennell win the 2015 Sportsman track championship. Reilly was an integral member of the Thompson Racing team that fields Sportsman Modifieds for Pennell and Jayme Thompson and a 4-Cylinder for Chris Pennell. Reilly was the son-in-law of team owner Jim Thompson.

The Reilly and Thomspon families have put together a lap sponsorship program for the Sportsman Summer Slam 75 in Joe’s memory. They have collected more than $3,000 to date. All cars in the field will be eligible to earn lap money. Included in the lap money is a $100 bonus for the leader of lap 54 in honor of the car number used by the Thompson team. The last car on the lead lap on that lap will receive $54 as well. In keeping with the theme of the number 54, the fifth and fourth place finishers (5 & 4) will each receive a $100 bonus.

With all the Sportsman laps sold, the Reillys and Thompsons are now collecting lap money for the Advance Auto Part Street Stock feature for that night.

The Sunoco Sportsman division has had an exciting start to the 2016 season with large car counts and stacked fields. Leading the way is Race of Champions Modified Series regular, Patrick Emerling, who has won the last three Sportsman features. Additional front runners include Jake Lyon, Billy Burd, John Barber, Tommy Catalano, Neal Dietz, Jr. and defending track champion Mark Pennell.

Teams competing in the Joe Reilly Sportsman Summer Slam 75 must pre-register on the Lancaster National Speedway website and pay a $30 entry fee. The entry fee increases to $50 starting June 12.

Joining the Sunoco Sportsman on the June 18 program at Lancaster will be the Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks, Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders and the NYPA TQ Midgets. Racing starts at 6:30 p.m.

About Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway: 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).