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

– 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

“Andy Jankowiak, Nick Robinson Claim Lidlifters at Chemung ”

by Carol Houssock

(Chemung, NY) Chemung Speedrome’s season opener was everything a track would hope for – a nice turnout of race teams and fans, competitive racing, and beautiful weather to boot. This marked the first race under the promotional team of Ray and Ellen Hodge. Capitalizing on all the good were feature winners Andy Jankowiak (RoC Modifieds), Nick Robinson (Super Stocks), Bob Borger (RoC 4 Cylinders), Josh Duke (INEX Bandoleros – Outlaw) and Chase Sinsabaugh (INEX Bandoleros – Bandits). Racing resumes this Friday night at 7 PM.


The 75-lap RoC Modified season opener drew a field of 26 cars. Qualifying wins went to Mike Leaty, Tyler Rypkema, Zane Zeiner and Chuck Hossfeld. The top 3 in each heat drew for the top 12 starting spots during intermission and the field was set for the feature.

Tyler Rypkema drew the pole and led the way, chased early on by Mike Leaty and Chuck Hossfeld. The race itself was slowed by 14 cautions, most of which were for spins in turns three and four.  Andy Jankowiak, who broke into the top five about 20 laps into the race, gradually worked his way to the front of the pack and took the lead from Rypkema on lap 46.While just two drivers led, running among the top five proved to be risky behavior Saturday afternoon. Mike Leaty, Matt Hirschman and Zane Zeiner all learned that the hard way, and restarted at the back after being involved in cautions.

Andy Jankowiak took the lead from Rypkema on lap 46 and never looked back. He held on and picked up the win over Zack Curren, Bryan Sherwood, Zeiner and Hirschman. “I didn’t have the fastest car, but I avoided the trouble,” Jankowiak said following the win. “I didn’t pass anyone ‘til I got to third,” he said regarding the many wrecks he avoided. Staying out of trouble was key for Curren and Sherwood as well. Both mentioned how that contributed to their podium finishes.


Nick Robinson drew number five and started the 25-lap Super Stock feature from inside the third row. Pole-sitter Mike Nichols led early over Jim Lamoreaux but Robinson moved up nicely and passed Nichols for the lead seven laps in. The pair ran together for several laps, while Frank Chapman and RJ Zacharias fought for third. Nichols reclaimed the lead on lap 18, but Robinson reclaimed it a lap later and he held on through lap 25. Robinson held on for the win over Nichols, Chapman, Zacharias and Robert Fink. “It’s great starting the season off with a win and this crew helped me do it,” he said from victory lane.


The 25-lap RoC 4 Cylinders ran a pair of heats, won by Bob Borger and rookie Joey Bevacqua. The feature was a great battle between Borger and Jacob Gustafson. Several cautions slowed the action. One of those incidents included Dan Dressel, who fought back and worked his way back up toward the front. When this one was over Borger had the win over Gustafson, Dressel, Josh Schosek and Bob Palmer.


The INEX Bandolero division ran a caution-free 10-lap feature. Earlier in the day Josh Duke won their heat race and he started the feature from the pole. Duke made some beautiful moves while lapping cars mid-race and went on to score the win. When asked about those moves that scared some observers, Duke said it had scared him as well. Duke, the overall winner, is running in the Outlaw age bracket while Chase Sinsabaugh made his first-ever appearance in victory lane. He finished second but was the top runner among the Bandits. Jeffrey Noe finished third, followed by Aiden Gardner and Nial Gardner.


Chemung moves to Friday night racing this week for Northern PA Notary Night. The race card includes the track’s five regular divisions – Sunoco Modifieds, Super Stocks and 4 Cylinders, along with the INEX Legends and Bandoleros. It’s also Pack the Track night, with admission slashed to $8 for adults, $5 for seniors, $3 for kids ages 6 to 12, and free to kids ages 5 and under. Pits open at 5 PM this Friday, with practice and grandstand gates at 6 PM and racing starting at 7 PM.


For information, log on to the track’s website: chemungspeedrome.net, ‘like’ us on Facebook: Chemung Speedrome – Racing at the Drome, or call Ray Hodge, Promoter, at 607-483-3468.


Results: RoC Modifieds (75 Laps): ANDY JANKOWIAK, Zack Curren, Bryan Sherwood, Zane Zeiner, Matt Hirschman, TJ Potrzebowski, Tyler Rypkema, Chris Finocchairo, Daren Scherer, George Skora III, Scott Wylie, Daryl Lewis, Jr., Mike Leaty, Donny Hartzell, Jake Rought, Austin Beers, Owen Bednasz, Eric Beers, Chuck Hossfeld, Kevin Miller, Kyle Ebersole, Brian DeFebo, Austin Kochenash, Chris Ridsdale, Karl Hehr, Ken Canestrari (DNS)Heats: Leaty, Rypkema, Zeiner, Hossfeld


Super Stocks (25 Laps):  NICK ROINSON, Mike Nichols, Frank Chapman, RJ Zacharias, Robert Fink, Jim House, Jesse Hurley, Jim Lamoreaux, Cody Frantz, Ron Underwood, Brian DeMark, JP Harbst, Derrick Tarbox, Jason Duke, Bill Frisbee, Jr., Dennis Beardslee, Garrett Zacharias (DNS)Heats: Frantz, Nichols, Lamoreaux


RoC 4 Cylinders: BOB BOGNER, Jacob Gustafson, Dan Dressel, Josh Schosek, Bob Palmer, Mark Taylor, Tyler Harbst, DJ Shaw, Alex Brown, Allison Montgomery, Adam Killingbeck, Brett Bardette, Joey Bevacqua, Jody LondonHeats: Bogner, Bevacqua

INEX Bandoleros: JOSH DUKE, Chase Sinsabaugh, Jeffrey Noe, Aiden Gardner, Nial Gardner, Nolan BakerHeat: Duke 

Erin Clancy McGrath Photo

RACE OF CHAMPIONS TO PRESENT SIX SPECIAL STOCK CAR SHOWS AT LANCASTER NATIONAL SPEEDWAY HOME OF NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY PARK IN 2019

– Three Race of Champions Asphalt Modifed Series Events to Highlight Schedule including Ol’ Boy Cup; the 30th Annual Tribute to Tommy Druar and Tony Jankowiak and the 31st Annual US Open –

Lancaster, New York (May 10, 2019) – Lancaster National Speedway, home of New York International Raceway Park will roar to life for the 2019 season with six big nights of stock car racing at the historic Western New York speed plant. Recently purchased by local drag racers and Buffalo area businessmen, Vito Antonicelli and Mike Swinarski, the track will once again entertain racing enthusiasts throughout the region in a multitude of racing genres, including modified stock car racing.

Opening night will be Thursday, June 27, with the running of the 5th Annual Ol’ Boy Cup in honor of Bill Colton and his efforts to develop the Thermal Foam soft wall blocks which are now used at many tracks. The Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series will highlight the night with a 60-lap feature. The Lancaster Street Stocks, Four Cylinders and NYPA Midgets will round out the racing card.

The Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series will also race on Saturday, August 17 with the running of the 30th Annual Tribute to Tommy Druar and Tony Jankowiak as well as part of the 30th Annual US Open on Sunday, September 15.

The Joe Reilly Summer Slam will take place on Thursday, July 11 for the Race of Champions Sportsman Modified Series, with Race of Champions Sportsman Modified Series events also being held on Saturday, July 20 and Saturday, August 24 along with highlighting the Saturday, September 14 portion of the US Open.

The Lancaster Street Stocks, under their 2018 Lancaster National Speedway rules package will join the card on all six occasions highlighted by the Ken Heckler ‘51’ when the division will take center stage on Saturday, August 24.

The Four Cylinders will bring their thrilling brand of racing to the inner-oval on six different occasions, including as a part of the Race of Champions Four Cylinder Dash Series as part of the US Open. The Four Cylinders will utilize their 2018 rules for the division.

The NYPA TQ Midgets will also play a role in the season, performing on five different nights at the track. Thursday, July 27; Thursday, June 11; Saturday, July 20; Saturday, August 17 and Saturday, August 24.

Purse and race information will be released for the Race of Champions divisions, the Lancaster Street Stocks and Four Cylinders in the near future. Pit Pads will go on sale on June, 1 and will be $40 for the season and the purchased pit pad will be available on the night your respective division races, including the US Open. Any questions in regard to the Stock Car program at Lancaster National Speedway, home of New York International Raceway Park, should be run through the Race of Champions (http://www.rocmodifiedseries.com/contact/).

The Lancaster National Speedway, home of New York International Raceway Park schedule for the 2019 season is;

Saturday, June 8 – Practice – All Divisions.

Thursday, June 27 – 5th Annual Ol’ Boy Cup 60 – Race of Champions Modified Series; Lancaster Street Stocks; Four Cylnders; NYPA TQ Mdgets

Thursday, July 11 – 4th Annual Joe Reilly Summer Slam ‘54’ – Race of Champions Sportsman Modifed Series; Lancaster Street Stocks; Four Cylinders; NYPA TQ Midgets

Saturday, July 20 – “Autograph Night” – Race of Champions Late Model Series; Race of Champions Sportsman Modified Series, Lancaster Street Stocks; Four Cylinders; NYPA TQ Midgets

Saturday, August 17 – 30th Annual Tribute to Tommy Druar / Tony Jankowiak ‘110’ – Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series; Race of Champions Super Stock; Lancaster Street Stocks, NYPA TQ Midgets

Saturday, August 24 – 3rd Annual Ken Heckler ‘51’ – Lancaster Street Stocks; Race of Champions Sportsman Modifieds; Four Cylinders; NYPA TQ Midgets

Friday, September 13 – 31ST Annual US Open – Practice – All Divisions

Saturday, September 14 – Race of Champions Sportsman Modified Series; Race of Champions Super Stock Series; Race of Champions Four Cylinders Dash Series; Race of Champiions TQ Midgets

Sunday, September 15 – Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series; Race of Champions Late Model Series; Lancaster Street Stocks

 Alex and Helen Bruce photo.