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Sunday Portion of US Open Weekend Rescheduled for October 23

By: Steven Petty

Kristen Ruble Photo

LANCASTER, NY (September 12, 2021) … Due to the forecast and the persistent showers in the area throughout the day, management of New York International Raceway Park at Lancaster Speedway and Dragway made the decision to reschedule the Sunday portion of the 33rd US Open to Saturday, October 23.

Everyone that purchased a two-day wristband are encouraged to keep their two-day wristbands and receipts, as both are mandatory for entry on the October 23 race date.  

The race card on October 23 will feature the 125-lap US Open for Tour-Type Modifieds, with Late Models and Street Stocks completing the program.

Gate times and more information will be released in the coming days. For more information, check out and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and now on Instagram.  

Andy Jankowiak, Ryan Lagoda, Dave Wollaber, and Kevin Bainbridge Win Saturday Portion of US Open

By: Steven Petty

Photo Kristen Ruble Photography

LANCASTER, NY (September 11, 2021) …Andy Jankowiak from Tonawanda, NY held off Jimmy Zacharias and George Skora III to claim his ninth victory during the 33rd US Open Weekend at NYIRP at Lancaster Speedway and Dragway on Saturday night. For the second-generation driver, it was also his 24th career Sportsman win at Lancaster. Ryan Lagoda from Middleport, NY won his second Super Stock feature of the season. Dave Wollaber from North Tonawanda, NY won the Jerry Gradl Motors NYPA TQ Midget feature event for his second victory of the season. It was also Wollaber’s sixth career triumph during US Open Weekend, and 30th career TQ Midget win at Lancaster. Kevin Bainbridge from Amherst, NY won the 4 Cylinder feature. 

Andy Jankowiak and Tony Carbone was on the front row for the Sportsman feature event, with Jankowiak showing eth way over Camden Barber, Carbone, Blake Barney, and Tom MacLeod racing in the top five. Todd Lorenzo slowed on the back straightaway to bring out the race’s first caution on lap three. On the restart, Jankowiak would take off over Barber, with Carbone being challenged and would be passed by Blake Barney to move into third place. Following a Neal Dietz Jr spin on lap eight, Jankowiak would once again take off over Barber and Barney, with Jimmy Zacharias, and Carbone racing in the top five with George Skora III running in the sixth position. Barney would battle with Barber for second off a lap 13 restart, as Skora and Mike Fiebelkorn Jr moved into fifth and sixth respectively. Zacharias would move into third place on lap 18, as Jankowiak and Barney pulled away from the field. The leaders would hit lap traffic with 20 laps remaining. Tony Carbone would bring out the caution on lap 31, setting up a restart with Jankowiak and Barney on the front row. Jimmy Zacharias would take over second and Skora would work into third with 17 laps remaining. Timmy Lewis Jr would work into the top ten after starting 23rd and Jake Vernon did as well after starting 20th on the grid. Skora and Zacharias would battle for second with Barney right behind, Jankowiak would hold off Zacharias and Skora to claim the victory.  

Joe Mancuso and Tim Welshans brought the Super Stocks to the green flag for their 31-lap tribute to Gene Stevenson with Mancuso showing the way. Mancuso would start to pull away from the field as Eric Brown raced in second. Ryan Lagoda would take over second from Brown and would quickly reel in Mancuso. Mancuso’s strong run would end on lap ten as the motor blew entering turn three. On the restart, Josh Hunter would challenge Lagoda for the lead, as Travis Montgomery moved into third place and would challenge Hunter for second place. Montgomery would take over second with ten laps remaining. Montgomery started dead last on the field after changing transmissions after practice earlier in the afternoon.  

Dave Wollaber and Vinnie Christiano III brought the Jerry Gradl Motors NYPA Midgets to the green flag for their feature event with Wollaber showing the way. After a lap one caution for a spinning Andy Nye, Kyle Hutchinson quickly moved into the top three after starting seventh on the grid. Hutchinson would then take over second place and would go after Wollaber for the lead. Andy Jankowiak would move into fourth place on lap seven. Wollaber would pull away from Hutchinson to earn his sixth career US Open weekend victory, and 30th career win in a TQ Midget at Lancaster.

Casey Pew and Kevin Bainbridge was on the front row for the 25-lap 4 Cylinder feature event with Pew in the lead with Bainbridge, Russ Bulger Jr, Kyle Casper, and Dan Dressel in the top five. Russ Bulger spun in turn four to bring out the caution on lap three, as Bainbridge and Casper made contact. Pew would lead Dressel on the restart, as track champion David Brunka took over second on lap five. Dressel would regain the second position on lap eight and would challenge Pew for the lead, as Charles Palmer, Brunka, and Bainbridge raced in the top five. Brunka would regain the runner up position with ten laps remaining and would challenge Pew for the lead. The duo would make contact with two laps remaining, giving the lead to Bainbridge. Bainbridge would go on to pick up the victory, his first of the season.  

The Saturday portion of the US Open began with a patriotic ceremony to remember, honor, and reflect on the events that took place recently in Afghanistan, but the events of September 11, 2001. The American Legion Post 362 from East Aurora’s color guard presented our nation’s colors and American Idol contestant Jocelyn Grimaldi performing the national anthem. The speedway also remembered longtime team owner and friend of the speedway Gene Stevenson by having his Sportsman entry campaigned by Tony Carbone lead the field in a salute to Gene, with the missing man formation.

Day two of the 33rd edition of the US Open Weekend will take place on Sunday, September 12. The Tour-Type Modifieds return and will take center stage for the US Open 125. The Late Models and Street Stocks will also be on the card. Pit gates will open at 9:00 am, grandstands open at 12 noon, and racing will get underway at 1:30 pm. Grandstand admission will be $30 for adults, students 8-12 $10, and kids aged 7 and under will be admitted FREE.

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SPORTSMAN: ANDY JANKOWIAK, Jimmy Zacharias, George Skora III, Blake Barney, Camden Barber, Mike Fiebelkorn Jr, TJ Potrzebowski, Shawn Nye, Timmy Lewis, Jake Vernon, Scott Wylie, Bobby Hanel Jr, Tom MacLeod, Joe Evans, Tony Carbone, Neal Dietz Jr, Todd Lorenzo, Neil Hopkins, Bobby Weber, Mark Pennell, Chris Ridsdale, Gary Noe, Jay Withey Jr, Kyle Hutchinson

Qualifying Heats: Shawn Nye, Neal Dietz Jr, Tony Carbone

SUPER STOCKS: RYAN LAGODA, Travis Montgomery, Josh Hunter, Nik Welshans, Eric Hadley, Tim Welshans, Paul Godby,Eric Brown, Joe Mancuso

Qualifying Heat: Ryan Lagoda

JERRY GRADL MOTORS NYPA TQ MIDGETSDAVE WOLLABER, Kyle Hutchinson, Mark Schulz, Brian Schulz, Andy Nye, Moose Rutherford, Vinnie Christiano III, Erik Musto, Vinnie Christiano Jr, Arik McGruder, Kevin Wilson, Chet Haywood, Adam Brown, Ronnie Flaim, Andy Jankowiak, Jonathan Reid

Qualifying Heats: Andy Nye, Kyle Hutchinson

4 CYLINDERSKEVIN BAINBRIDGE, Casey Pew, Charles Palmer, Dan Dressel, Tim Durfy, Russ Bulger Sr, Matt Friend, Ryan Lent, David Brunka, Russ Bulger Jr, Kyle Casper, Mason Offhaus

Qualifying Heats: Charles Palmer, Dan Dressel

Shawn Nye, Rich Sharpe, Dave Brunka Claim 2021 Lancaster Track Championships>

Andy Jankowiak, Sam Fullone, Sharpe, Brunka, and Andy Nye Score Victories

By: Steven Petty

Photo: Kristen Ruble Photography

LANCASTER, NY (August 21, 2021) … Andy Jankowiak from Tonawanda, NY won his third Sportsman feature of the season. Shawn Nye from Lancaster, NY won the track championship. Sam Fullone from North Collins, NY won the Late Model special. Rich Sharpe from Depew, NY won his third Street Stock feature of the season and picked up the track championship. Dave Brunka from Cheektowaga, NY won his fourth 4 Cylinder feature and claimed the track title. Andy Nye from Lancaster won his second Jerry Gradl Motors NYPA TQ Midget feature of the season.

Mark Pennell and Bob Reis was on the front row for the Sportsman feature event, and it was Reis showing the way. Andy Jankowiak would take over second and would go after Reis for the lead. Jankowiak would take the lead away from Reis on lap five and Shawn Nye would take over second just two laps later. Reis, Jimmy Zacharias, Timmy Lewis and Pennell would all battle for third place. Zacharias would take over third on lap 17. Jankowiak and Nye would pull away from the rest of the field. Neil Hopkins spun in turn two to bring out the caution on lap 27, erasing the lead that Jankowiak and Nye had over the field. On the restart, Jankowiak would take over the lead. Nye and Zacharias would battle for second. Jankowiak would go on to score the win, his third of the season and career win #23 in a Sportsman, tying Karl Hehr for fourth on the all-time division win list.

Joe Mancuso would lead from his front-row starting spot in the Late Model feature go. While working lap traffic, Dave Heitzhaus would take the lead away from Mancuso, with Eldon King III and Sam Fullone racing in third and fourth. Off a lap seven restart, Heitzhaus would take off out front with Sam Fullone taking over second place. Fullone would then take the lead away on lap nine, with King moving into second place. King would catch Fullone and would take over the lead on lap 18, as the top two would pull away from Jeff Brown, Heitzhaus, and Chase Williams. Fullone and King battled for several laps, and it was Fullone edging out King to score the victory.

Tim Garlock and Scott Soos was on the front row for the Street Stock feature event and before the field completed the first lap, Mark Hoch spun, in turn, three after dropping fluid out of the 07. Entering the night, Hoch was the division’s points leader. After leaking water, Nik Welshans spun, in turn, one to bring out the caution once again. Garlock would lead on the restart with Soos, Mike Rogers, Al Piasecki, and Tim Welshans racing in the fifth spot. Rich Sharpe worked his way into sixth place and then on lap seven, moved into fourth place. Welshans and Soos battled for second place as Garlock started to pull away from the field. Dave Krawczyk raced into the top five and stayed behind Sharpe for the duration of the event. After a lap 15 caution, Sharpe would take over the lead with Welshans battling with Garlock for second place. Dave Krawczyk would take over second place late in the event, with Rich Sharpe showing the way. Sharpe went on to score the win, career win 30 and clinched the track title by a single point over Krawczyk

Vinny Christiano Jr and Brian Schulz brought the Jerry Gradl Motors NYPA Midgets to the green flag for their 20-lap feature with Christiano showing the way. Mark Schulz would take second away from his younger brother on lap two. Andy Jankowiak spun, in turn, two and dropped fluid on the track to bring out the caution. On the restart, Schulz would take over the lead with Bobby Holmes in second. Andy Nye would work his way through the field to take over the lead with Holmes and Dave Wollaber in third.  Nye would pull away to his second win of the season and seventh career TQ Midget win at Lancaster.

Casey Pew took the lead from his pole position in the 4 Cylinder feature event. Dave Brunka would take over the lead off a lap three restart. Pew and Dan Dressel would battle for several laps for second place as Brunka would pull away from the field. Brunka would go on to score the win and claim the 2021 track championship.

Speedway management would like to thank Brian from BRK Engines and Nu-Way Auto Parts for their support of Autograph Night. Over $2,900 in gift cards were given away to young race fans throughout the night.

The Stock Car program will take a couple of weeks off to get ready for the 33rd edition of the US Open Weekend on September 11 and 12. On Saturday, September 11, the Sportsman, Super Stocks, 4 Cylinders, and the Jerry Gradl Motors NYPA TQ Midgets will all be in competition. Racing will get underway at 4:30 pm with grandstands opening at 3:00 pm and the pits will open at 10:00 am with practice getting underway at 1 pm. Then on Sunday, the Tour-Type Modifieds will take center stage for the 33rd US Open 125. The Street Stocks and Late Models will also take part in day two of the US Open Weekend. Racing on Sunday will start at 1:30 pm. Pit gates on Sunday will open at 9:30 am, practice gets underway at 10:30 am, and grandstands will open at 12 noon. follow NYIRP at Lancaster on social media and website in the coming days for admission prices and more information regarding US Open Weekend.

The Rusty Wallace Driving Experience will be at the speedway on Sunday, August 29. Contact them for times and pricing.

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SPORTSMAN: ANDY JANKOWIAK, Shawn Nye, Jimmy Zacharias, Bob Reis, Timmy Lewis Jr, Scott Wylie, Mark Pennell, Kyle Hutchinson, Dave Kozlowski, Neil Hopkins, Jeff Szafraniec, John Barber, Leo Becker

Did Not Start: Tim Garlock, Jeff Lutz

Qualifying Heats: Andy Jankowiak, Jimmy Zacharias

LATE MODELS: SAM FULLONE, Eldon King III, Jeff Brown, Dave Heitzhaus, Chase Williams, Danny Knoll Jr, Dave Russell, Steve Schultz, Joe Mancuso, Jared Shanley, Ron Richter

Qualifying Heats: Eldon King III, Jeff Brown

STREET STOCKS: RICH SHARPE, Dave Krawczyk, Tim Welshans, Tim Garlock, Tommy Wentland, Mike Dalfonso, Frank Prell, Tyler Day, Mike Rogers, Ken Maltby, Jerry Kosmowski, Jason Anasiewicz, John Carlson, Scott Soos, Al Piasecki, Jim Dauer, Garret Cleversley, Bobby Blaszak, Ed Culliton, Matt Friend, Will Cloutier, Wes La Bar, Kyle Schosek, Dave Evans, Nik Welshans, Mark Hoch

Did Not Start: Chris Powers

Qualifying Heats: Tommy Wentland, Rich Sharpe, Jerry Kosmowski

JERRY GRADL MOTORS NYPA TQ MIDGETS: ANDY NYE, Bobby Holmes, Dave Wollaber, Mark Schulz, Brian Schulz, Kyle Hutchinson, Jonathan Reid, Vinnie Christiano Jr, Moose Rutherford, Vinnie Christiano III, Ronnie Flaim, Arik McGruder, Tony Petrea, Kevin Wilson, Ricky Farina, Erik Musto, Andy Jankowiak, Chet Haywood

Qualifying Heats: Brian Schulz, Vinnie Christiano Jr

4 CYLINDERS: DAVID BRUNKA, Casey Pew, Dan Dressel, Kyle Casper, Andy Danielwicz, Christopher Deyoe Jr, Bob Heineman, Mason Offhaus, Jimmy Dunkleman, Jonathan Klamut

Did Not Start: Charles Palmer

Qualifying Heats: David Brunka, Casey Pew