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JACK ELY WINS CAREER FIRST WALL MODIFIED RACE SATURDAY

WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Third generation race car driver Jack Ely won his first ever Wall Stadium Speedway Modified stock car race Saturday night in just his second appearance behind the wheel of the famous Dick Barney Big Red No. 14. The Wall resident, who is filling in for team driver Blake Barney who is recovering from an illness, completed the non-stop event in just 8 minutes, 43.544 seconds.

Ely, who took advantage of a front row starting spot after setting fast time in qualifying, wrestled for the top spot with Matawan’s Anthony Sesely in the early going before taking command of the race. That left Sesely to fight for second with Toms River’s Derek Hopkinson, former champion Steven Reed of Jackson and point leader Andrew Krause of Holmdel.

As Ely distanced himself from the pack, his most challenging moment came near lap 25 when lapped cars blocked his path. Ely was able to negotiate through the traffic and race on to the win. Hopkinson, Sesely, Reed and Krause wrapped up the top five.

“It is an honor to be able to fill in for Blake and drive the red No. 14,” Ely said in the winner’s circle. “This car right here is the best car I’ve ever raced. Both my father and grandfather raced here so it is an honor to be the first member of my family to win a Modified race here. My step-grandfather, who supported my racing every lap, passed away over the winter so I want to dedicate this win to his memory.

“It is also an honor to add my name to the list of famous drivers who have won in a Dick Barney No. 14!”

Howell’s John Carpenter took the lead early in the companion 25-lapper for the Factory Stocks and raced on to his first win of the campaign. He fought off eventual runner-up Elliot Wohl of Beachwood and former champion Mike Montano of Freeport, N.Y. Point leader Bryan O’Shea of Neptune City and Scott Riggleman of Manchester were fourth and fifth.

TJ Graves of Wall took the lead near the halfway mark and raced on to win the 25-lap feature race for the 4 Cylinder Stocks. Burlington’s Alonzo Morales chased Graves to the stripe, with Farmingdale’s Doug Ashford, point leader Ryan Maher of Neptune City and Hazlet’s Sal Liguori wrapping up the top five.

Carsten DiGiantomasso of Jackson grabbed the top spot near lap 20 and then led Brick’s Robert Sutphin across the finish line in the Sportsman 25-lapper. Title contender Jake Nelke of Manahawkin was third, with Jackson’s Jarret DiGiantomasso, fourth, and Rob Anderton of Howell, fifth.

Buddy Miller of Asbury Park raced to his first win in the 25-lap event for the Limited Late Models by taking the lead on lap five and never looking back. Long Island’s Rick Giannino, point leader Chris Silvestri of Hazlet, Toms River’s Steve Puglisi and Bayville’s Mike Tillett were second through fifth.

The 2020 Saturday night regular season continues this Saturday (Oct. 3) evening with the Modified stock cars racing in a 40-lap event while the Factory Stocks, 4 Cylinder Stocks, Sportsman cars, Legend Cars and the Limited Late Models are on the card in 25-lap main events. The pit area will open at 1:00 p.m. Grandstands will open at 4:30 p.m., qualifying starts at 5:30 p.m. and main event action starts at 7:00 p.m.

Current plans call for Saturday night racing action to continue through October 10 with updated schedule details always available at wallspeedwayracing.com.

Wall Stadium is located on Route 34 in Wall Township, N.J., just one mile north of Garden State Parkway exit 98 and Interstate 195 exit 35B. The speedway hotline number is 732-681-6400 and email address is ckmotorsports@aol.com.

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RACE RESULTS

MODIFIED FEATURE – 40 Laps – 1. JACK ELY, WALL, 2. Derek Hopkinson, 3. Anthony Sesely, 4. Steven Reed, 5. Andrew Krause, 6. Kyle Scisco, 7. Tyler Truex, 8. Kenny Van Wickle, 9. Kevin Davison, 10. Jason Treat, 11. Tommy Martino, 12. Dom Fattaruso, 13. Glenn Slocum, 14. Eddie McCarthy, 15. Ron Frees, 16. Joey Merlino, 17. Ricky Collins

FACTORY STOCK FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. JOHN CARPENTER, HOWELL, 2. Elliot Wohl, 3. Mike Montano, 4. Bryan O’Shea, 5. Scott Riggleman, 6. John Bowers, 7. Nick Kilmer, 8. Brian Osborn, 9. Kevin Flores, 10. Gerry Koenig, 11. Robert Stack, 12. Mike Baldwin, 13. Nick Catone, 14. Tom Rajkowski, 15. Matt Badessa, 16. Chris Webber, 17. Steve Mangano, 18. Gary Burton, 19. Steve Adams, 20. Billy Both

4 CYLINDER STOCK FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. TJ GRAVES, WALL, 2. Alonzo Morales, 3. Doug Ashford, 4. Ryan Maher, 5. Sal Liguori, 6. Billy Pross, 7. Nicole Razzano, 8. Cody Critelli, 9. Sean Vuksanic, 10. Ian Ashford, 11. Darianne McLaren, 12. John Ciaella, 13. Kayleigh Sharry, 14. Deanna McLaren, 15. Kevin Mee, 16. Max Montijo

SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25 Laps- 1. CARSTEN DIGIANTOMASSO, JACKSON, 2. Robert Sutphin, 3. Jake Nelke, 4. Jarret DiGiantomasso, 5. Rob Anderton, 6. Jimmy Wolcott, 7. Kenny Reaves, 8. Ryan Fisher, 9. Dave Bailey, 10. Jonathan Laureigh, 11. Jeffrey Loesch, 12. Neil Rutt III, 13. Tomas Stainionis, 14. Eric Lane

LIMITED LATE MODEL FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. BUDDY MILLER, ASBURY PARK, 2. Rick Giannino, 3. Chris Silvestri, 4. Steve Puglisi, 5. Mike Tillett, 6. Greg Gastelu, 7. Andy Gamble

TWO CLASSICS, ONE SEASON: Oswego’s 64th Classic Weekend to Run May 27-29, 2021

OSWEGO, NY (September 27, 2020) – With the COVID-19 pandemic having wreaked havoc on the 2020 racing season, cancelling Oswego Speedway’s entire 70th Anniversary slate, anxious Supermodified fans and teams can now mark their calendars for May 2021, which will conclude with the 64th running of International Classic Weekend. 

Although the 64th edition of the Classic was initially postponed until September 3-6 2021, track management has instead opted to give everyone the opportunity to be part of something never done before in Oswego Speedway’s history; two Classic Weekends, in one season. 

“We are thrilled to announce plans to hold two Classics in the 2021 season,” said track owner John Torrese. “The great support we have received from the fans, race teams, and community through these unparalleled times has been overwhelming. It is very exciting to give everyone a really big thing to look forward to as we begin the countdown to May 2021.” 

While private track rentals and shared sessions will be available throughout the entire month of May, Classic Weekend 64 will get underway on Thursday, May 27, 2021 with an official opening practice session held from 5 to 9pm. 

On Friday, May 29, the first competitive racing of this historic weekend will take place, as the Sunoco New York Super Stock Series headlines with a full, action packed program under the lights for fendered racers.

Sticking with tradition, Friday will also serve as ‘Pole Day’ for Oswego’s hometrack divisions, with Classic time trials for Novelis Supermodifieds, Pathfinder Bank SBS, and the J&S Paving 350 Supers all on the docket.

Finally, Classic Weekend 64 will conclude Saturday night, May 29, with the 64th International Classic 200 for Novelis Supermodifieds, 29th Classic 75 for Pathfinder Bank SBS, and the 3rd Classic 35 for J&S Paving 350 Supers. The 200 will be run under the lights, with the green flag waving at 7pm. 

Prior to this special, once in a lifetime weekend, Oswego Speedway will open up early in the month of May, with an initial Open Practice on Saturday, May 1 from 1 to 5pm. 

One week later, on Saturday, May 8, the 70th annual Season Opener takes center stage, which will see a regular event for Novelis Supermodifieds, Pathfinder Bank SBS, and the J&S Paving 350 Supers. Full points will be awarded towards the 2021 track championship. 

The Speedway will host a second weekly show, also included in the final 2021 point standings, a week later on Saturday, May 15. Each of the opening events will feature races of 50, 30, and 25-laps for the Supermodifieds, Pathfinder Bank SBS, and 350 Supers, respectively. 

Saturday, May 22, has been reserved as an off week to allow teams to prepare for the Classic, or could serve as a potential rain date should weather impact the May 8 or May 15 programs.

The 65th annual edition of Budweiser International Classic Weekend will now run on schedule from September 3 to 6, 2021. Divisions and other details for the September edition of Classic, as well as the full 2021 Oswego Speedway schedule, will be announced at a later date. 

A full copy of the May 2021 schedule, including a preview of the detailed outlook for Classic Weekend 64, is viewable at the bottom of this press release. 

Those interested in purchasing tickets or camping for the 64th edition of Classic Weekend, will be able to do so in the near future. Fans are asked to check OswegoSpeedway.com, and track social media outlets, for more information over the next few weeks.

As always, those who have already renewed their tickets and camping for Classic Weekend 64, do not need to do anything. Your seat in the grandstands or spot in the campgrounds is already reserved.

Ticket holders and campers for Classic Weekend 64 will again have the opportunity to renew for Budweiser Classic Weekend 65. A mandatory renewal date will be posted next summer. Those who do not renew their tickets or camping by this date, will have seats and campsites released and made available for purchase by other patrons. 

For more information, or any other questions, please visit OswegoSpeedway.com. You can also contact us thru Facebook at Facebook.com/OswegoSpeedway, on Twitter @OswegoSpeedway, or Instagram @OfficialOswegoSpeedway. The track email is oswegospeedway@gmail.com

About Oswego Speedway: Oswego Speedway is a 5/8 mile semi-banked pavement racing oval located off the shores of Lake Ontario in scenic Oswego, NY. The speedway has been a continuously run weekly racing venue since August 1951. The premier open-wheel pavement short track cars in the world, Supermodifieds, run weekly at the Oswego Speedway making it the only weekly Supermodified racing venue in the world. The Small Block Supermodifieds and 350 Supermodifieds accompany the full blown Supers on a weekly Saturday night schedule which runs from May through September. Oswego Speedway is mentioned in racing circles as the “Indy of the East,” as no fewer than a dozen past and present competitors have competed at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway including Mario Andretti, two-time Indy 500 champion Gordon Johncock, and former International Classic Champions Bentley Warren, Joe Gosek, and Davey Hamilton.

‘THE PLACE TO BE IN MAY 2021’ – OSWEGO SPEEDWAY’S 70TH SEASON KICKOFF SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: 

Saturday, May 1 – Open Practice (1 to 5pm)

Saturday, May 8 – 70th Season Kickoff (Novelis Supermodified 50, Pathfinder Bank SBS 30, J&S Paving 350 Super 25) 

Saturday, May 15 – Weekly Program (Novelis Supermodified 50, Pathfinder Bank SBS 30, J&S Paving 350 Super 25) 

Saturday, May 22 – OFF / Rain Date for May 8 or 15 

*Track will be open the entire month of May for rentals. $200 per car (6 car minimum), or $1,500 for a private, four hour session.*

CLASSIC WEEKEND 64: 

Thursday, May 27 – OPEN PRACTICE (5 to 9pm) 

Friday, May 28 – POLE DAY plus SUNOCO NEW YORK SUPER STOCK SERIES

  • Warmups 2 rounds each division 
  • J&S Paving 350 Supermodified time trials 
  • Pathfinder Bank SBS time trials 
  • Novelis Supermodified time trials 

DONE by 5pm 

Full program for Sunoco New York Super Stock Series – plus potential second division. 

Saturday, May 29 – CLASSIC SATURDAY 

  • Consolation Events 
  • 3rd annual J&S Paving 350 Supermodified Classic 35 
  • 29th annual Pathfinder Bank SBS Classic 75 
  • 64th annual Novelis Supermodified International Classic 200 

JANKOWIAK EARNS WIN IN FIFTH ANNUAL TRIBUTE TOJOE REILLY CROWN ROYAL CLASSIC 54

Photo : ROC

(Jerick Johnson, Late Models; Dave Milbrand, Four Cylinder Dash Series, Tommy Krawczyk, Super Stocks and Bobby Holmes, NYPA TQ Midgets all win at Lake Erie as part of Presque Isle Downs & Casino Race of Champions Weekend presented by VP Racing Fuels)

September 27, 2020 – (Northeast, Pennsylvania) – Andy Jankowiak of Tonawanda, NY, won the Sportsman Modified Series Tribute to Joe Reilly Crown Royal Classic 54 Saturday at Lake Erie Speedway as part of the Presque Isle Downs & Casino Race of Champions Weekend.

The win was Jankowiak’s second in as many year’s after winning the sportsman modified feature at last year’s championship weekend.

Before the race, the field was led around the track by Jayme Thompson as the racers’ crews lined the backstretch in order to honor the late Joe Reilly. After the race, fans were invited onto the track to send 54 lanterns into the night sky as well.

“It was a beautiful tribute that they did for Joe,” Jankowiak said after the race. “Joe is a huge part of our class and he’s a sportsman-winning champion crew chief.”

It was Jankowiak and George Skora III of Eden, NY, who provided much of the in-race action, as the two traded the top two spots. Jankowiak lost the lead momentarily after a bad lap-25 restart, but was able to regain the lead and ultimately hold on.

“I want to say thanks to George for racing me clean,” Jankowiak added. “I don’t always get that courtesy near the end of races. I always appreciate that and that will always be returned.”

Following Skora was Mike Leaty of Williamson, NY, in third; Daryl Lewis Jr. of Ontario, NY, in fourth; and Jake Vernon of Hamburg, NY, who finished fifth after starting on the pole.

Matt Hirschman of Northampton, PA, Zack Curren of Horseheads, NY, Tony Hanbury of Owego, NY, Patrick Emerling of Orchard Park, NY, and Eddie Hawkins of Marion, NY, finished off the top 10 finishers, respectively.

David Milbrand of Clarence, NY, finished first in the second of three Dash Series Triple Challenge races after taking the lead on lap 22 of 25.

Bob Palmer of Buffalo, NY, and Jason Anasiewicz of Alden, NY, rounded out the top three, and all three improved on their starting positions by at least six spots. Anasiewicz came off a second-place finish in the first race of the series Friday night.

Charles Palmer of Cheektowaga, NY, took fourth while Nicholas Robinson of Waverly, NY, came from a bottom-half start to finish fifth. Briar Dils of Derby, NY, who took the checkered flag in the first race of the challenge Friday after a late surge, was forced to settle with 15th on Saturday.Dils won the single-race version of the event last year.

On Friday, Joey Bevacqua of Rome, PA, was quick to take the lead after drawing second position to start the race, and he retained the lead through the first half. Dils took the lead on lap 11, but lost it to Anasiewicz after rubbing tires heading into turn three. Anasiewicz did his best to hold off Dils, but was forced to setlle for second place after giving back the lead on lap 19. DJ Shaw of Waverly, NY, and Milbrand finished third and fourth, respectively.

The asphalt 4-cylinders will conclude their series Sunday.

Jerick Johnson of Mooresville, NC, kicked off the feature events Saturday with a repeat win in the Rick Wylie 48 late model feature after leading most of the race. After, he made sure to acknowledge the contributions Rick Wylie made to the sport.

“I want to thank the Wylie’s for everything they did for the late model class,” he said. “With the pay and what Race of Champions does with this race, I can’t believe we don’t get to race here more often.”

Rick’s son, Scott, had some early bad luck in the inaugural event after starting on the pole. A slow start saw him quickly slip to third, only to get pushed to the back after he was spun around in an early caution. He was only able to claw his way back up to seventh.

Mirroring last year’s event, Johnson and Sam Fullone of North Collins, NY led the bulk of the way, while Patrick Emerling finished third in his first of three races this weekend. Brandan Marhefka of Windber, PA, and Dave Heitzhaus of Strykersville, NY, finished fourth and fifth. Tommy Catalano of Ontario, NY, who was part of the lead trio until experiencing tire issues, finished in sixth.

Tommy Krawcyzk of Orchard Park, NY, capitalized on a mid-race restart to take first and held on for the win in the Super Stock Series National Parts Peddler 40.

“That was awesome,” Krawczyk said from victory lane. “It’s been a crazy year with the pandemic and everything. Looking around, this is what we do, and it’s great to be out here with this group of cars.”

Cole Hicks of Brockport, NY, who started on the pole, lost his lead early to Andy Cryan of Hamburg, NY, and wound up settling for a last-place finish. Krawcyzk trailed Cryan for much of the first half before taking the lead on lap 20.

Cryan fell out of the top 15, and nobody who started in the top 5 finished there. Tommy Baron finished second, with Josh Hunter of Derby, NY; TJ Cochrane of Cheektowaga, NY; and Jason Dieter of Lake View, NY, rounding out the top five finishers.

Bobby Holmes delivered an impressive finish in the first of two TQ Midget features this weekend as the Race of Champions weekend will feature a midget race on both Saturday and Sunday due to a new partnership with the NYPA TQ Midget Series.

Saturday’s event was a points paying event in the NYPA program, while Sunday will see the Race of Champions TQ Midget “Harry Macy Classic.”

Holmes made quick work of the pack, jumping six spots to third place after just one lap. From there, Holmes was able to wrestle away the lead and fend off Dave Wollaber after a late-race, single-file restart.

“I figured if he was going to take it, he’d have to go on the outside because I was going to take the bottom,” Holmes said of Wollaber.

Wollaber took second, with Jankowiak, Andy Nye, and Kyle Hutchinson the top five finishers.

Full results may be found at www.rocmodifiedseries.com

The Presque Isle Downs & Casino Race of Champions Weekend rolls on Sunday with the “Harry Macy Classic” 29-lap TQ Midget Series feature, “Butch Palmer Classic” Dash Series Triple Challenge finale, Street Stock Series 30-lap feature, and the 70th Annual Race of Champions 250.

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, Upstate Automotive Group, Waddell Communications, Pilat Graphic Design,  TDH Refrigeration, Sherwood Racing Wheels, PavedTrackDigest.com and Speed51.com. The 70th  annual Race of Champions weekend will take place in 2020 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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