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LANCASTER WELCOMES RACE OF CHAMPIONS MODIFIED SERIES ON MAY 21

PHOTO  BY JOE GRABIANOWSKI

RoC Mods headline 5-division show with special 5:30 p.m. start time

LANCASTER, N.Y. (May 10, 2016) – Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway continues its historic tradition as the home of Modified racing in Western New York on Saturday, May 21 when the Ferris Mowers Race of Champions Modified Series makes its first, of four, visits to the half-mile oval this season.

The rescheduled Queen City Clash 75 is part of a ground-pounding, five-division program that night which will include the Sunoco Sportsman, Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks, Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders and the NYPA TQ Midgets. It will be the only chance this season for area race fans to catch both the Modifieds and Sportsman in feature action on the same night.

With the stacked slate of racing for that evening, Lancaster National Speedway officials have decided to move the start time to 5:30 p.m. This will allow fans to enjoy a full show of racing without running late into the night. General Admission for this race, and this race only, will be $25 for adults, students 12 to 17 will remain at $10 for special events and children under 12 will be admitted free of charge. Concessions will open at 4:30 p.m. that day.

“When we rescheduled the original RoC Modified date from April 17 to May 21, we didn’t want to take the Sunoco Sportsman off the schedule as they are our premier division,” said Tim Packman, Track President. “With five divisions of racing, the Front Gate price will be $25 for this one race, only. When the RoC Modifieds return on June 30 and August 20, we will go back to our regular $20 adult, special-event admission for those nights.

“To add more value for the $5 extra, we are opening the Front Gates two hours before race time so fans can catch practice or get their favorite seats. We’re expecting a lot of race cars, a lot of people and a lot of action that night.”

Three different Modified drivers visited victory lane last season at Lancaster. Former track champion, Chuck Hossfeld, won the inaugural Ol’ Boy Cup Bill Colton Memorial 60 in June, Patrick Emerling earned his first Lancaster Modified checkered flag in August in the prestigious Tommy Druar/Tony Jankowiak Memorial 110 and Matt Hirschman captured the U.S. Open 125 in September for the fourth time.

Two of those drivers were at Lancaster this past Saturday competing in the Sunoco Sportsman getting some valuable track time on the improved racing surface. Emerling dominated the second half of the 35-lap feature to get the win. Hossfeld rebounded from a spin on the race’s second lap to finish fourth. Former U.S. Open winner and RoC Series regular Tony Hanbury was also in the Sportsman field and finished ninth. Former Sportsman and Street Stock track champion, Andy Jankowiak, was there with his RoC Modified to take some hot laps.

As a reminder, adult general admission tickets for the Queen City Clash 75 will be $25, students (12-17) are just $10 and kids under 12 are free. Front gates will open at 3:30 p.m. to allow fans the opportunity to catch some of the practice sessions and the concessions will open at 4:30 p.m. that day.

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). 

EMERLING, WEBER, HOCH AND BAINBRIDGE WIN AT LANCASTER

LANCASTER, N.Y. (May 7, 2016) – Lancaster National Speedway’s stock car program built upon its strong opening day with a solid turn out for the second race of the regular season. Fans and racers enjoyed one final Saturday afternoon show before the schedule moves back to its traditional Saturday night start time.

Modified standout Patrick Emerling of Orchard Park, N.Y. grabbed the win in the 35-lap Sunoco Sportsman feature. Emerling was one of three Modified drivers that took take advantage of the week off from the Race of Champions Modified Series schedule to get some valuable track time on Lancaster’s improved racing surface.

Emerling was joined in the field by RoC Modified Series regulars Tony Hanbury and Chuck Hossfeld. A total of 25 Sunoco Sportsman took the green flag for the 35-lap feature.

Billy Burd and opening day feature winner Jake Lyon led the field to the start with Burd taking the early race lead. Mike Fiebelkorn, Jr. quickly moved from his fifth starting position to move into second place behind Burd.

Burd and Fiebelkorn quickly pulled away from the field during the race’s opening laps. Fiebelkorn’s day came to an end on lap 10, however, when electrical problems caused his car to stop on the track.

This moved Lyon and Emerling up to second and third respectively for the ensuing restart. Emerling slid into second after the race resumed and then set his sights on the leader. As the field came to the start/finish line on lap 14, Emerling was able edge Burd to take over the top spot.

Emerling was unstoppable the rest of the way as he drove on to score the victory. It was his second win at Lancaster; his first came last year in the Tommy Druar/Tony Jankowiak Memorial 110.

LNS0507-3Burd had to settle for second for his second-straight top three finish to open the season. John Barber finished third. Chuck Hossfeld finished fourth after a terrible start to his day. He was involved in a heat race incident that damaged his left front suspension, and then spun out on the second lap of the feature. Neal Dietz, Jr. rounded out the top five.

The X-Press Signs Late Models made their first appearance of the 2016 season. Bobby Weber of Clarence Center, N.Y. dominated the 25-lap feature to make a return to victory lane, a place he visited three times last year.

Weber and Sam Fullone traded the lead back and forth during the race’s first five laps until Fullone spun out after contact with Eldon King III. Weber went virtually unchallenged for the remainder of the race. Dave Whittaker finished second. Fullone, King II and Frank Batista rounded out the top LNS0507-2five.

Mark Hoch of West Seneca, N.Y. won 25-lap the Advance Auto Parts Street Stock feature. Hoch cruised to the win to improve his opening day result by one position.

Many of the drivers expected to challenge Hoch had issues on the race’s opening lap and spent most of the race coming back through the field. LNS0507-4Opening day winner TJ Cochrane spun out in turn three while Dave Wilson spun on the frontstretch and Keith Flanigan got a flat tire. All three drivers finished in the top five on opening day.

Wilson came back to finish second, but couldn’t get close to Hoch. Trevor Pettit finished third after starting on the pole. Tommy Wentland finished fourth. Cochrane rallied to finish in the top five.

Kevin Bainbridge returned to victory lane in the Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders. Bainbridge started on the pole and led all 25 laps to back up his opening day win. Bobby Hanel, Jr. finished second followed by Jason Anasiewicz, Dan Dressel and Howard Guthrie.

Stock car racing at Lancaster returns to its traditional Saturday night “under the lights” format on Saturday, May 14. Lancaster National Speedway welcomes the New York Super Stock Series as they join the three weekly home track classes for Spirit Night. Racing begins at 6:30 p.m.

RESULTS

SUNOCO SPORTSMAN

Heat Winners: John Barber, Patrick Emerling, Mark Pennell

Feature: PATRICK EMERLING, Billy Burd, John Barber, Chuck Hossfeld, Neal Dietz, Jr., Amy Catalano, Jake Lyon, Timmy Lewis, Tony Hanbury, Mike Ramos, Kevin Lewis, Mark Pennell, Bobby Lippa, Jr., Alan Bookmiller, Sherri Hogan, Bill Kosachook, Dick Kluth, Jayme Thompson, Tony Carbone, Ed Cain, Tommy Catalano, Matt Druar, Mike Fiebelkorn, Jr., Mike Rogers, Tim Nies

X-PRESS SIGNS LATE MODELS

Heat Winners: Tommy Catalano, Sam Fullone

Feature: BOBBY WEBER, Dave Whittaker, Sam Fullone, Eldon King III, Frank Batista, Ron Nurmi, Tommy Catalano, Billy Osborn, Ron Richter, Terry Weldy, Scott Nurmi

ADVANCE AUTO PARTS STREET STOCKS

Heat Winners: Dave Wilson, TJ Cochrane

Feature: MARK HOCH, Dave Wilson, Trevor Pettit, Tommy Wentland, TJ Cochrane, Lou Carbone, Jerome Hruby, Jarrod Brown, Keith Flanigan, Ken Maltby, Don Sitarski, Heather Weber, Ed Culliton, Garrett Cleversley DNS: Dennis Londos, Mike Dalfonso, Jr.

ROAMING BUFFALO 4-CYLINDERS

Heat Winners: Jason Anasiewicz, Bobby Hanel, Jr.

Feature: KEVIN BAINBRIDGE, Bobby Hanel, Jr., Jason Anasiewicz, Dan Dressel, Howard Guthrie, Chris Pennell, Laurie Krol, Billy McNerney, Joe Brunka, Tim Durfy, Chris Bugenhagen, Billy Anderson DNS: Zach Cleversley, Frank Prell

PHOTOS ATTACHED BY JOE GRABIANOWSKI

 

LANCASTER SET TO BE WIDE OPEN THIS WEEKEND

Dragway season opener and Pack the Track for Stock Cars on tap
 
LANCASTER, N.Y. (May 3, 2016) – Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway kicks off the month of May with their first full weekend of racing for the 2016 season.
The action starts Friday night, May 6 with the season opener for the Franco’s Pizza Friday Night IHRA Drag Racing Series. It will be the first points race to be contested on Lancaster’s recently resurfaced concrete dragstrip. The start of the season was pushed back after the resurfacing project was delayed due to snow and cold weather in early April.
All four weekly classes will be in action, including Mallare Enterprises Top ET, McGard Mod ET, Hebeler’s Sales Sleds & Bikes and Tread City Tire Street. It will also be the season debut for Quick 8 featuring the eight fastest Top ET cars that night on their own special ladder competing for an increased purse.
Pit gates open at 3 p.m. on Friday with time trials starting at 5 p.m. Adult All Access passes are just $15 and children under 12 are free.
Saturday, May 7 at Lancaster National Speedway is Pack the Track day with four divisions of thrilling Stock Car racing for just $5.00. The X-Press Signs Late Models make their season debut as they join Lancaster’s three weekly divisions.
Lancaster’s Stock Car program is coming off its biggest opening day in several years with 64 cars pitside, which was 24 more than the 2015 opener. Jake Lyon on Elma, N.Y. topped a field of 22 Sunoco Sportsman to kickoff the season with a win. TJ Cochrane of Cheektowaga held off Mark Hoch in an exciting lidlifter for the Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks. Kevin Bainbridge of Buffalo edged teammate Bobby Woch to win the Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinder feature.
Pit gates open at 9 a.m. on Saturday with practice beginning at 11 a.m. Grandstand gates will open at 1 p.m. with the first green flag to wave shortly after 2 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).