ANDY JANKOWIAK OPENS RACE OF CHAMPIONS ASPHALT MODIFIED SERIES SEASON WITH A WIN AT CHEMUNG SPEEDROME

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– Bob Bogner takes Race of Champions Four Cylinder Dash Series Victory –

Chemung, New York – (May 19, 2019) – Andy Jankowiak of Buffalo, N.Y., collected his 7th career Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series victory on Saturday afternoon at Chemung (N.Y.) Speedrome after a strong performance and survival of the “Lid Lifter” 75.

Jankowiak had a spirited battle with Tyler Rypkema of Owego, N.Y., finally wrestling the lead away from Rypkema on lap 46 and surviving several restarts to claim the victory.

“We had a good day. Tom and Erin McGrath and Bud Dreher, this whole team, gave me a great car,” began Jankowiak in victory lane. “It became a survival race. Tyler (Rypkema) and I battled on several restarts and we were finally able to get by him. It feels good to start the year off this way.”

Jankowiak, who started 9th, patiently worked his way through the field and avoided multiple incidents before getting to second and battling Rypkema on several restarts before being able to gain the top spot. Jankowiak was able to fend off all challenges in the closing laps of the race.

Zack Curren of Horseheads, N.Y., a weekly Chemung racer, finished second with Bryan Sherwood of Binghamton, N.Y., finishing third after recovering from multiple pit stops to finish third.

Zane Zeiner of Bath, Pa., finished fourth and Matt Hirschman of Northampton, Pa., rounded out the top-five after having a hectic back and forth day.

Sherwood posted the Speed51.com “Top of the Board” overall fast time in group time trials with a lap of 14.709 with an average speed of 91781 mph.

Mike Leaty of Williamson, N.Y.; Rypkema; Zane Zeiner of Bath, Pa., and Chuck Hossfeld of Ransomville, N.Y., won the qualifying races.

Bob Bogner of Orchard Park, N.Y., scored his first-ever Race of Champions Four Cylinder Dash Series victory. Bogner had a hard fought battle with Jacob Gustafson of Webster, N.Y., during the final stages of the race swapping the lead back and forth, with Bogner eventually being able to work around a lapped car and drive to victory lane. Gustafson finished second with Dan Dressel of Clarence, N.Y., finishing third.

Bogner and Joey Bevacqua of Penfield, N.Y., won the qualifying races.

The Race of Champions is a sanctioning body presenting Modified and Stock Car racing on asphalt and dirt surfaces throughout the Northeast, with events in New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey with primary marketing partners Hoosier Racing Tire, VP Racing Fuels, US Army, Upstate Automotive Group, Waddell Communications, Pilat Graphic Design, TDH Refrigeration, Sherwood Racing Wheels, PavedTrackDigest.com and Speed51.com. The 69th annual Race of Champions weekend will take place in 2019 at Lake Erie Speedway in North East, Pennsylvania and is the second longest consecutive auto-racing event in North America, second only to the Indianapolis 500.

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Feature Finish

“Lid Lifter 75” (75-laps)

Chemung Speedrome, Chemung, N.Y.

Finishing Position, Car Number, Driver, Laps Completed, Reason Out (If Any)

Finish 1Starting Position 9No. 12xName Andy JankowiakLaps 75
2394Zack Curren 
31295Bryan Sherwood 
440Zane Zeiner 
51060Matt Hrischman 
61972TJ Potrzebowski 
7132Tyler Rypkema 
8218Chris Finnachario 
9113Daren Scherer 
101665George Skora, III 
111788Scott Wylie 
121510Daryl Lewis, Jr. 
13225Mike Leaty 
141427Donny Hartzell 
152340Jake Rought 
162419Austin Beers 
171848Owen Bednasz73 Running
18745Eric Beers66 Accident
19622Chuck Hossfeld38 Accident
2052Kevin Miller33 Accident
21135Kyle Ebersole29 Accident
222053Brian Defebo25 Mechanical
23866Austin Kochenash17 Mechanical
24221Chris Risdale16 Accident
252559Karl Hehr15 Mechanical
262617cKen CanestrariDNS Retired

Time of Race: 1 hour 9 minutes & 37 seconds       Average Speed: 24.240 mph               Margin of Victory: 1.095 seconds Lead Changes: 11 among 3 drivers. [25, Mike Leaty] 1-1, [32, Tyler Rypkema] 2-4,  [25, Mike Leaty] 5-5, [32, Tyler Rypkema] 6-23, [22, Chuck Hossfeld], 24-24, [32, Tyler Rypkema], 25-28, [22, Chuck Hossfeld], 29-29,  [32, Tyler Rypkema] 30-33, [12x, Andy Jankowiak] 34-34,  [32, Tyler Rypkema] 35-45, [12x, Andy Jankowiak] 46-75

Speed51.com “Top of the Board” Award; Bryan Sherwood (14.709 seconds @ 91.781 mph)

Dirt Track Qualifying Race Winners; Mike Leaty; Tyler Rypkema; Zane Zeiner; Chuck Hossfeld

US Army Top Performer Award; Mike Leaty (14.236 seconds @94.830mph)

Wilwood Engineering Certificate Award (5th Place) – Matt Hirschman

MyRacePass “Free Pass” Award – (No Eligible Driver, No “Free Pass” Given during race”)

Feature Finish

Race of Champions Four Cylinder Dash Series

Lid Lifter (25-laps) Chemung Speedrome, Chemung, N.Y.

Finishing Position, Car Number, Driver, Laps Completed, Reason Out (If Any)

Finish 1Starting Position 5No. 30Name Bob Bogner   
2166Jacob Gustafson 
3309Dan Dressel 
4437nyJosh Schosek 
5632nyBob Palmer 
61075Mark Taylor 
772Tyler Harbst 
880DJ Shaw 
91404Alex Browne 
10914Allison Montgomery 
111111Adam Killingbeck 
121211Brett Bardette 
13241Joe Bevacqua 
141389Jody London 

Qualifying Race 1; Bob Bogner  – Qualifying Race 2; Joe Bevacqua


Photo Credit: Zachary Skotnicki

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