LANCASTER, N.Y. (October 19, 2015) –Lancaster National Speedway and Dragway has made an organizational change to its management staff as it begins preparations for the 2016 racing season. Tim Packman, of Akron who has a long association with the track, will return to the area to oversee the day-to-day operations of the facility as Track President. Melissa McGowan will continue to be part of the speedway management team in a reduced role.
“I just fell in love with Lancaster when I was part of the team that promoted the 2014 U.S. Open,” McGowan said. “It was my goal to continue to rebuild and restore the tradition of such a great racing facility. We were able to accomplish some of that in just a few months, and created some great momentum for next year. I feel confident leaving that mission in Tim’s hands.”
Packman returns to the area after 15 years of living in Mooresville, N.C. working in NASCAR. He previously worked at Lancaster as a track announcer and served as the President of Stock Car Operations for the premier WNY racing facility during the 2012 season.
He is a 10-time award-winning writer and author who has worked in Communications and Team Management for the past decade. His time spent at Dale Earnhardt, Inc. and Richard Childress Racing (RCR) enabled him to learn the running of a racing business, while also learning more
about promotions and advertising. His most current position was with RCR as its Director of Corporate Communications.
“Returning to Lancaster National Speedway and Dragway is a dream come true in many ways,” Packman said. “During my entire time in N.C. traveling the NASCAR circuit, I always kept an eye on what was taking place at the track.”
“What the ownership group, Melissa and the entire Dragway and Speedway staff have done this past year was incredible. People in WNY and surrounding areas want to see and be part of short track racing. The proof was in the increased car counts and fans in the stands. It is
our responsibility to give them a safe, clean and fun place to enjoy what we all love – racing.”
“The biggest goal ahead of us for 2016 is to build upon the achievements of 2015. The track cannot go backwards – ever again. Too many people put too much into it through the years, it is my intention to give racers and fans alike a place to enjoy our sport for many, many years.”
Both the stock car and drag racing programs will not see any major changes in their respective leadership for 2016. John Nelson will return as the Program Director for the stock cars, while Sharon Hughes will remain the IHRA drag racing Program Director.
The 2016 season will begin at Lancaster the weekend of April 16 & 17 with a special doubleheader. Saturday, April 16 will be the lid lifter for the drag racing season with a Box/No-Box shootout. Stock car racing emerges from its hibernation on Sunday, April 17 with a 75-lap event for the Race of Champions Modified Tour.
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 5/8-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.
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