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RACE OF CHAMPIONS ASPHALT MODIFIED SERIES RETURNS TO NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY PARK

Lancaster, N.Y. – (June 17, 2019) – On Thursday, June 27, 2019, when the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series rolls onto the surface at New York International Raceway Park home to Lancaster National Speedway for the running for the fifth annual Ol’ Boy Cup, it will be a homecoming, which many did not think would happen in 2019, until the track was saved from closing in May. It will be an emotional night for many.

The race will once again on Bill Colton, one of Lancaster’s biggest supporters and the innovator the foam soft walls, which are provided by Thermal Foams. Colton of North Tonawanda, N.Y., in a cooperative effort with former Lancaster an originating partner of the Race of Champion Series, Alex Friesen from Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario installed the original foam blocks (the original soft wall barriers) at Lancaster which were produced in Kenmore, N.Y., at Thermal Foams.

Chuck Hossfeld of Ransomville, N.Y., walked around the ½-mile oval last fall with doubts that he would be racing at his “home track” in 2019.

“I can’t wait,” stated Hossfeld, one of most Lancaster’s most prolific winners. “When the news came out that there might not be racing at the track, it was a hard pill to swallow, then we waited. It was last minute and the emotions are hard to explain, but the important part is we’re back there racing and we all need to look at this as an opportunity for the place to shine. Bill (Colton) helped my career immensely, he was so influential in the racing community. We’re looking forward to racing at Lancaster and honoring one of the men that made the place so great. It’s going to be a very special night.”

The Lancaster Street Stock division; Lancaster Four Cylinder Division and NYPA T.Q. Midgets will join the Modifieds for the stock car season opener at Lancaster.

Pit gates will open at 3:00pm for the Modifieds only, with other divisions opening at 3:30pm. Qualifying will begin at New York International Raceway Park home to Lancaster National Speedway on Thursday at 7:05pm. Visit www.rocmodifiedseries.com for more information on the “Ol’ Boy Cup V”.

Where: New York International Raceway Park home to Lancaster National Speedway, Lancaster, N.Y.

When: Thursday, June 27, 2019. Racing at 7:00 pm

Directions: The track is located at 57 Gunnville Road in Lancaster, N.Y., just North of Route 33 and minutes from the New York State Thruway.

What: Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series “Ol’ Boy Cup V”; Lancaster Street Stocks; Lancaster Four Cylinders and NYPA TQ Midgets.

More Information: http://speedway.lancasternationalspeedway.com/ (Track Phone: 716.759.6818) / www.rocmodifiedseries.com

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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Race of Champions Media at media@rocmodifiedseries.com

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The Unexpected Road Trip and the Islip 300

By Andy Jankowiak

So with carefully thought out planning and preparation we decided to go to Riverhead Raceway for the Islip 300 this past weekend. After the ROC race at Lake Erie Speedway and the Bullring Bash at White Mountain Motorsports Park were rained out we made the phone calls around 2 pm Friday and were delighted to find out they were willing to let me race in the Islip 300.

With two hours to prepare we shifted gears and began to get ready for our new destination. We set about the task of converting the car from White Mountain over to what we needed for Riverhead. This did not involve any re scaling or gear changes, instead we spent the time we had make a stubby nose and adding bracing to the front bumper… little did I know we would need more then I had added. 

Andy Jankowiak during qualifying at Riverhead Raceway June 15th 2019 Michael Jaworecki Myracenews Photo


We unloaded and we weren’t fast, way too tight. With three people in the pits and trying to get 7 tires figured out for later the whole day kind of got away from me. You can only do so much and by the time I knew it was time for time trials. We managed to put the left side tires on backwards and timed with less then 3 inches of stagger, my fault. I told Steven I wanted to swap lefts after time trials but I didn’t explain that they were currently marked for there eventual race time placement. Miscue… 


It was an impound race so I didn’t have my usual time to come up with a plan. We didn’t have enough gear, the car needed wholesale changes but we were kind of stuck. We had 15 minuets to work before the race so I did what I thought was best and we headed out. 

They say 300 laps click off quick at the head. I did not experience this sensation, I was in for a long night. We started out free which was new. We clicked off some spots and worked our way up from 19th only to get shoved into a wreck on lap 25. I could see my bumper pointing straight up in the air, but the tires were fine so we kept trucking along.

The car became tight after this, I assumed I bent the left side of the front frame section up and thus had preloaded the sway bar. We pitted to try and free it up but for the most part I would be grabbing two bites of the wheels for the rest of the night. 


It was hard to roll through one and two and as much as I tried to stay out of trouble it seemed to find me often. I became the popular car to run into if you needed a caution, on some instances I’m not sure I did my best to save the car once they had me halfway around as I myself didn’t hate the prospect of some slow laps to catch my breath. 


Around halfway things got worse. A “friend” hip checked me hard in the left front and jammed up my electric power steering unit. He also gave me a flat left front and we didn’t have a spare so we had to put the left rear on that we started the race with. The car was very hard to drive after that. The rack had free play from the hit and the car was very darty and unpredictable. If I could run by myself I could hang onto it but it was very hard to go side by side with anyone without bouncing off the wall. 

Andy Jankowiak #573 racing with Howie Brode #96 at Riverhead Raceway June 15th 20919 Michael Jaworecki Myracenews Photo


Despite all of this, we managed to stay on the lead lap all day and once the sun went down the car started to feel a little better around lap 175. We hung onto the bumper of the red number 5 and I followed him up into the top ten until about fifty to go. This was the only part of the race where I felt we ran respectable. Not good, but we got better. I learned a better line following the red 5 car and we improved. With 50 to go a couple cars upfront pitted and we restarted in 5th. We kept our place for a couple of restarts but one the pit stop cars came I didn’t want to risk to much with my steering issues and all, but we settled into 7th or 8th. 


With 15 to go we got turned around by a car that needed a lucky dog. He spun me to the right down the back stretch, all I could think about was how pissed I was going to be to put 285 laps on my engine and not finish the damn race. I gassed it and managed to slap the wall in a way that wouldn’t take me out. We got turned back around and I made it my mission to try and get a top ten. 


We got a good start and I clipped off a couple guys only to get tangled up again with 8 to go. Someone jumped my left rear and we went spinning. I grabbed a gear and got back inline in front of the cars that crashed with us. 


Many cars that had less drama then us were sitting pit side. My race had turned into a test of what we could endure. Its not a race I am proud of, it was in fact a race that I will be quick to forget. I am certain my better qualities as a driver were not on display this evening, but I have never been one to accept when it just isn’t my day.

I had spent 292 laps getting shoved around, driven over and breaking pieces on my car. The steering was so far off that I had to take two grabs of the wheel every corner of every lap, I have never noticed myself doing this before. We were still rolling though and a top ten was within reach. If I have one talent in a race car that never lets me down, even on my bad days its that I am a hard to kill. We weren’t out yet. 


The green dropped and again I made my mischief of the restarts before I fell in line and tried to hold on. I did what I could to hold place and keep an eye on the front pack in case of a crash. On the last lap I saw a car go spinning and everyone scatter. Sue called on my radio what I could already see. As her warnings came through she let go of the push to talk and the radio reminded me one last time that the battery was dying, perfect I thought to myself. I kept my foot on the gas and weaved my way though. I knew I was around 10th and I did not want to slow down and get passed. 
We made it through and crossed the line.

I called up to the spotter. Top 10? No answer. Again, did I make it back to the top 10? Where was I? Finally Sue answered. Yup! 9th! Which was exciting since ninth place paid the exact amount of my tire bill. That is a win! Other then the 6 wheels and the 84 dollars those crooks charged me to cross the George Washington bridge with an open deck trailer I think we did OK. We made the most of a very bad night where we were not 100 percent and finished 300 laps at the Head in the top ten. That’s not the goal we started with, we always want to win but considering the obstacles it felt OK on this night.

Big thank you to Jake, Steve and Sue for coming with. Big thanks to the Riverhead Raceway and all of its fans for being so welcoming and thoughtful whenever they talked to me. It was cool. We will be back someday and much smarter as far as what we need to do. For the moment though I think my 300 laps has satisfied my Riverhead ambitions for awhile.

REED WINS THIRD GARDEN STATE CLASSIC AT WALL SATURDAY

WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Veteran All American Auto Group Modified stock car driver Steven Reed survived most of the carnage and raced on to victory in the Garden State Classic auto race at Wall Stadium Speedway Saturday night. It was the Jackson speedster’s third victory in the 125 lap grind.

Tyler Truex of Little Egg Harbor was the early leader of this 59th edition of the race as Reed lurked in the top pack for most of the early going. Reed pitted earlier than most for new tires and he felt that may have been the winning move. When Truex and a host of others headed to the pit area for a tire change around lap 80 Reed took over the top spot.

The race was a tough one for most competitors as the 26 car field was forced to endure several caution flags for accidents, an oil down which stopped the race when the track crew was faced with a massive clean-up and a hard hit by Willingboro’s Trevor Alspach in the fourth turn guardrail. Fortunately, no injuries were reported.

For the final laps of the race Reed fought off the attacks of Derek Hopkinson of Toms River who battled side-by-side with Reed for many of the closing laps before finishing second. Holmdel’s Andrew Krause was in contention most of the way before finishing third while Truex finished fourth. Howell’s Eric Mauriello wrestled through many problems before finishing fifth.

“The pit strategy that we used tonight won the race for us,” Reed said in the winner’s circle. “This is our third win in the race. We never pitted in the first one and short pitted in these last two wins.

“Taking this win on Father’s Day weekend is pretty big for me. My father has been with me ever since I started racing so this win is for him.”

Like the Modifieds, the O’Shea’s Auto Repair Factory Stocks also saw plenty of action in their 25-lapper before Neptune City’s Brian O’Shea raced to his second straight victory. Union’s Joey Helberg was second, with Scott Riggleman of Manchester, Nick Kilmer of Howell and Beachwood’s Elliott Wohl wrapping up the top five.

Neil Rutt III of Edison raced through the pack and took the win in the 25-lapper for the Surfside Collision 4 Cylinder Stocks. Brian DeSarno of Wall, Farmingdale’s Doug Ashford, Neptune City’s Jeffrey Loesch and Alonzo Morales of Mt. Ephraim were second through fifth.

Rob Silver of Howell took the win in the 25-lap Green Flag Driving Experience race after the No. 88 of Sean Verwys, which crossed the finish line first, failed a post-race inspection. Peter Bruno of Little Silver, Brick’s Joe McGrath, Kyle Dealaman of Warren and Jim Downey of Cliffwood Beach wrapped up the top five.

Auto racing continues at Wall Stadium Speedway this Saturday (June 22) night. The Modified cars will battle in a 40-lapper and the Factory Stocks are set for three 25-lap main events. The Center State Engineering Sportsman cars, the Mike’s Performance Center Limited Late Models and the 4 Cylinder Stocks are all set for 25-lap feature races. Grandstand gates open at 5:00 p.m., qualifying begins at 5:45 p.m. and features start at 7:00 p.m.

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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MODIFIED FEATURE – 125 Laps – GARDEN STATE CLASSIC – 1. STEVEN REED, JACKSON, 2. Derek Hopkinson, 3. Andrew Krause, 4. Tyler Truex, 5. Eric Mauriello, 6. Dom Fattaruso, 7. Eddie McCarthy, 8. Roger Coss, 9. Kevin Davison, 10. Marc Rogers, 11. Adam LaCicero, 12. Jason Treat, 13. Trevor Alspach, 14. Joey Merlino, 15. Ricky Collins, 16. Ron Frees, 17. Shaun Carrig, 18. Vinny Marone, 19. Joey Jarowicz, 20. Chris Andretta, 21. Robert French, 22. Chris Reynolds, 23. Kenny Van Wickle, 24. Jason Hearne, 25. Danny Bohn, 26. Tom Catalano

FACTORY STOCK FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. BRYAN O’SHEA, NEPTUNE CITY, 2. Joey Helberg, 3. Scott Riggleman, 4. Nick Kilmer, 5. Elliott Wohl. 6. Tom Rajkowski, 7. Johnny Carpenter, 8. Matt Badessa, 9. Tim Majek, 10. Tony Bartone, 11. Theresa Collins, 12. Nancy Riggleman, 13. Ryan Flores, 14. Tim O’Shea, 15. Richie Byrne, 16. Billy Both, 17. Mike Baldwin, 18. Robert Ptaszynski, 19. Kevin Flores, 20. John Bowers

4 CYLINDER STOCK FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. NEIL RUTT III, EDISON, 2. Rich Desarno, 3. Doug Ashford, 4. Jeffrey Loesch, 5. Alonzo Morales, 6. Ryan Maher, 7. Sal Liguori, 8. Darianne McLaren, 9. Marko Vuksanic, 10. Nicole Razzano, 11. Dianna McLaren

LEGEND CARS FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. ROB SILVER, HOWELL, 2. Peter Bruno, 3. Joe McGrath, 4. Kyle Dealaman, 5. Jim Downey, 6. Joe Przybylinski, 7. Roger Nickerson, 8. Kevin Pitchard, 9. Eddie Idec, 10. Quinn Trimmer, 11. Bill Petrolino, DQ Sean Verwys