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Tim Packman returns to WNY to oversee day-to-day operations

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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.”

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“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.

LNS1019-2The 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.com. Additional information for racers and fans can be found on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/LancasterSpeedway) and on Twitter (@LancasterSpdwy).

Photo Credit: JOE GRABIANOWSKI

Race of Champion Fan and Team information from Andy Harpell

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Time to settle the 2015 RoC Modified Tour Title – what you need to know!

The focus has certainly ramped up for the 65th running of the Sunoco Race of Champions Modified 200 on Sunday. We have been receiving a huge amount of phone calls from Buffalo to Riverhead, parts of New Jersey and beyond. It will be a big crowd and we have a great forecast for Sunday! Racing begins at 2:15 p.m. Pit gates open at 10 a.m. and grandstand gates open at 12 noon.

To accommodate the large crowd we will be running a school bus from the across the street camping/parking area to and from the pit area and grandstand area throughout the day. The bus will also transport people from the turn 4 overflow parking area to the grandstand area. Thank you to Ed McGuire for providing the bus for our fans!

Race fans should remember if you want to save $5 and take advantage of the great hillside view be sure to bring a portable lawn chair. The hillside has been manicured and can fit literally thousands of chairs and blankets…With the rain on Saturday if you want to bring a blanket for the hill consider putting plastic down first.

The race teams should plan on entering the pit area in the normal turn 4 entrance. Please do not stop in front of the ticket booth area as we will be selling all pit passes at the bottom of the hill in our RoC trailer by the pit gate entrance in turn 4. We want to keep our traffic patterns moving.

RoC Modified Tires will be exclusively at the pole barn off turn 4. We have a large amount in a tractor trailer and did not want to cut off spectator visibility by parking it in the infield.

We have rented a street sweeper for the race track surface itself to clean up after haulers cross the race track to unload cars. We do ask that teams unload their cars in a timely fashion so we can sweep the speedway properly prior to practice.

Our Race of Champions Tee Shirts and Hoodies will be available directly in front of the ticket booth during the early part of the day. They will sell out so be sure to get yours. We will be running a special on a new inventory of RoC embroidered hats as well 1 for $10 or 2 for $15.

We have extra portable rest rooms on top of the hillside in addition to the normal bath room area. This will alleviate any lines for the rest rooms and allow fans on the hillside not to have to walk too far if they choose not to.

The speedway does sell beer and fans area permitted to bring in a six pack sized cooler – please no glass bottles.

All race day questions can be directed to us by phoning 607-775-5555.

All plans are in place for Sunday – we hope you be a part of the excitement.

ALL SYSTEMS A GO FOR 65TH SUNOCO RACE OF CHAMPIONS WEEKEND AT THE CHEMUNG SPEEDROME.

logo for web croppedBINGHAMTON, NY…All systems are a go for the 65th running of the Sunoco Race of Champions Weekend this Saturday and Sunday at the Chemung Speedrome.  The Sunoco Race of Champions Modified 200 will take center stage on Sunday with racing set to begin at 2:15 p.m.  Several former race champions will be returning for this year’s event.
After an early week forecast that cast some doubt on the race weekend, the forecast has changed dramatically for the better.  Both this Saturday and Sunday look very good weather wise with Sunday completely dry with temperatures expected to be in the lower 60’s.
A number of former Sunoco Race of Champions Modified 200 race winners are expected to contend for this year’s title.  Defending race winner Chuck Hossfeld will return as he is also chasing back to back Modified 200 winner Matt Hirschman in the 2015 Tour Point Championship.  This Sunday will decide the championship between the long time rivals.
Other former Modified 200 race winner T.J. Potrzebowski will be looking to garner his second win in this event in front of the home town crowd.  Potrzebowski from Elmira was the 2006 race winner at the Oswego Speedway and would like nothing more than to get the job done in front of the home town fans.  Zane Zeiner, the 2011 race winner is expected to make his return to the Chemung Speedrome in hopes of becoming a two-time winner.
Four time Sunoco Race of Champions Modified 200 race winner George Kent from Horseheads, NY is also working on securing a ride for this Sundays event.  He is expected to try and win his fifth and record breaking Modified 200 victory.
On Saturday the racing program will get underway at 6 p.m. featuring the RoC Sportsman in a 125 lap feature event.  Jimmy Zacharias from Candor, NY is the 2015 Chemung Speedrome and New York State NASCAR Champion in the class. The INEX Legends cars will compete in their richest paying event in the northeast this season on Saturday presented by Northern PA Notary.  A Four Cylinder Open and Bandolero race program will complete the evening of racing.
Sunday racing will get underway at 2:15 p.m. with the Sunoco Race of Champions Modified 200 the center of the action.  The Super Stocks will do battle in a 75 lap affair with a FWD Four Cylinder event capping the day of racing.
The Race of Champions offices can be contacted at 607-775-5555 or by emailing the office at rocpavement@aol.com.  Tickets can be purchased by phoning the speedway offices and using your major credit card.  A full weekend schedule and pricing can be found at www.raceofchampionsweekend.com.  Kids 5 and younger will be admitted FREE of charge both days!