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Tommy Wanick III, Chuck Hossfeld to hit the road in 2022 on Modified Tours

By DINO OBERTO Photo by DINO OBERTO

  (Zion Grove, PA) Well-known northeast car owner and part-time driver Tommy Wanick III will be joining forces with popular asphalt Modified star Chuck Hossfeld in forming a reputable team that will set their sights on the 2022 season traveling between the Race of Champions, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and Tri-Track Open Modified Series as well as select other Modified events.

            Wanick, who operates Wanick Construction of Zion Grove, Pa., and is also a road supervisor with Franzosa Trucking of Hazle Township, Pa., and Hossfeld, a standout Modified ace with an impeccable record and hails from Ransomville, NY, are no strangers to teaming up as the past few years they have run a handful of races between Evergreen Raceway and Mahoning Valley Speedway and with respectable results.

            Now, however, they are looking ahead to making an assault on a number of key Modified touring events and despite the fact that there is five hours of travel between the pair, they are arranging a solid game plan which will enable the team to grow. The cars and equipment will be housed with Hossfeld.

“Tommy is the boss and he gives us what we need. This year we assembled a team and honestly have shown better results and you have to remember prior to this we only raced a handful of times,” said 39-year old Hossfeld.

“Over this past summer we brought the car to my shop and have been doing the set-up work and really have made a lot of gains.”

Until know everything was housed in Pennsylvania but Wanick is steadfast with Hossfeld at the controls. He has a demanding work load and knows this is the best way to better develop the team.

           “I’ve been very happy with the way this has been turning out. We got a good stable of cars and motors and we’re looking to race hard for wins and have fun doing it,” explained Wanick.

“I’m leaving as much as possible stored at Chuck’s shop, he’s going to be the guy running it. They’ve been setting the cars up and I’ve been very happy the way it’s all playing out. It’s a lot of pressure on him but he and his guys are going a great job,” he continued.

“With my work load there are times I’m going seven days a week 24 hours a day between my business and the road work with Franzosa and I know I can rely on Chuck to get the racing part done. He’s 110% in and everything he does he does as a professional.”

            The team will run Troyer and PSR cars and rely on not one but three different engine packages including those from Robert Yates Racing, Performance Technologies and Bob Bruneau Engine Research. Along with primary sponsorship from Wanick Construction and Franzosa Trucking they will also be supported by Harry’s-U-Pull-It of West Hazleton, Pa.

“I can tell you that Tommy is the kind of person that if he is involved with you and on your team he makes your life better. We developed a friendship and as that friendship developed it turned into more and more racing and he is really gung-ho about 2022 and I feel you will see some great things coming from us,” said Hossfeld.

“We have all the pieces and resources and when he says he’s going to do something he does it. He’s the type of guy that if you call him and no matter the time he’s working because he puts his family first then friends and racing and that stems from the values he got from his dad when he owned race cars. I just hope I can be a success for him and this team.”

            While plans are in the works for next season the Wanick/Hossfeld combo will finish out 2021 with a stop at Mahoning Valley Speedway for the Fall Brawl on October 30 and then wrap things up at Turkey Derby XLVIII at Wall Stadium Speedway, November 26-27.

“Our next race will be at Mahoning Valley for the Fall Brawl and it’s always fun when we go there. They have such a good fan base who are always excited about not only the Modifieds but all the classes. We hope to come out of there with a good win or at best a decent result. There’s some very good talent down there,” offered Hossfeld.

            “For the Turkey Derby I’ve only been there twice, once with my own car and most recently with Tommy’s car. Weather is always a factor there and hopefully we’ll get a nice weekend and leave there with a good result with the team. That will really give us that added momentum when 2022 rolls around.”         

            Wanick is a longtime supporter of Mahoning Valley as well as Evergreen and echoed those sentiments.

“We’re getting excited for Mahoning. We didn’t get there all year and I’m always looking forward to run there with our cars,” he explained.

“We’re geared up and ready to roll. Chuck is a talented guy and I have a lot of faith in him and he knows what he has to do.”

ANDY JANKOWIAK CAPTURES 71ST ANNUAL LUCAS OIL RACE OF CHAMPIONS 250 AT LAKE ERIE SPEEDWAY

North East, Pa. – (September 28, 2021) – Andy Jankowiak of North Tonawanda, N.Y., swept the weekend at Presque Isle Downs & Casino Race of Champions at Lake Erie Speedway which concluded with the 71st Annual Lucas Oil Products Race of Champions 250 this past Sunday afternoon.

Jankowiak also claimed the “Crown Royal Classic Tribute to Joe Reilly 54”.on Saturday evening for the Race of Champions Sportsman Modified division, which is a traditional part of the weekend.

On Sunday afternoon, Jankowiak took the lead late in the race and went on to win the 250-lap classic. On Saturday evening, Jankowiak made a dramatic last lap pass of Mike Fiebelkorn of Hamburg, N.Y.

“We had the biggest weekend you could have,” stated Jankowiak. “It’s been a dream of mine to win the Race of Champions event and put my name forever with the greatest Modified drivers ever and it really hasn’t sunk in yet.”

Jankowiak topped Mike Christopher, Jr., of Wolcott, Connecticut and Patrick Emerling of Orchard Park, N.Y.

By virtue of his 6th place finish, Austin Beers of Northampton, Pa., earned the Series points championship.

Jankowiak topped Fiebelkorn and Shawn Nye of Lancaster, N.Y., in the Sportsman Modified Series event on Saturday. Daryl Lewis, Jr., of Ontario, N.Y., captured the Series championship.

14-year old Evan Rygielski of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., won the Race of Champions Super Stock Series event over Eric Brown of Colden, N.Y., and Mike Pollack of Freeland, Pennsylvania. Tommy Barron of Ontario, N.Y., earned his second Series championship.

Andrew Lewis, Jr. of Ontario, N.Y., claimed the Race of Champions “Rocket Performance” 602 Sportsman Modified Series victory and series crown.

Jerick Johnson of Mooresville, N.C., won an incredibly competitive 40-lap Race of Champions Late Model Series race over Dave Heitzhaus of Strykersville, N.Y., and Eldon King, III of Freedom, N.Y.

Bob Palmer of Buffalo, N.Y., and Nick Robinson of Waverly, N.Y., battled for the Fred Rounds Race of Champions FOAR Score Dash Series “Triple Challenge as the division raced all three days. Palmer won the opening battle on Friday, September 24, with Robinson sweeping each of the next two-days and earning the “Fred Rounds Triple Challenge Cup.

Rich Sharpe of Depew, N.Y., continued his dominance in the Race of Champions Street Stock Series, topping Chris Powers of Blasdell, N.Y., and Nik Welshans of West Seneca, N.Y.

Bobby Holmes of Lockport, N.Y., won the Saturday portion of the NYPA TQ Midget program while Dave Wollaber of Lockport, N.Y., won the Harry Macy Classic on Sunday afternoon, earning his victory in the prestigious event.

Full results from Presque Isle Downs & Casino Race of Champions Weekend and the 71st Annual Race of Champions 250 can be found here; www.rocmodifiedseries.com/schedule/

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, Waddell Communications, Image X Graphic Designs, Sherwood Racing Wheels, DirtTrackDigest.com, FX Caprara and Billy Whittaker Ford. The 72nd annual Race of Champions weekend will take place in 2022 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.

For more information, contact;

Race of Champions Media at media@rocmodifiedseries.com

Follow us on Twitter; Instagram and Facebook; @RoCModSeries or visit our website: www.rocmodifiedseries.com    

FLEX SCHEDULE TO BE IN PLAY FOR PRESQUE ISLE DOWNS & CASINO RACE OF CHAMPIONS WEEKEND AT LAKE ERIE SPEEDWAY

  Track and Series Management willing to adjust Schedule in Order to give Fans and Participants Entire Show –

North East, Pa. – (September 22, 2021) – Lake Erie Speedway and Race of Champions management are prepared to offer fans a “flex” schedule in case it is needed to give fans and participants an opportunity to see the entire show on Saturday, September 25 and Sunday, September 26 as part of Presque Isle Downs & Casino Race of Champions Weekend at Lake Erie Speedway.

Utilizing a “flex” schedule means management may adjust the schedule in the event of any situation that may occur to ensure that the racing program will take place. This could mean the race starts earlier, later or qualifying programs are adjusted to accommodate an earlier start time for feature racing activity. Several other facilities and series commonly use “flex” scheduling to accommodate their customers.

The “flex” schedule option will be used, only if necessary and any adjustments to the schedule will be posted one-hour prior to events changing on all forms of track and series social media, along with Public Address announcements at the track. “Flex” scheduling may adjust the start time and order of events, in order to give everyone an opportunity to accommodate everyone. If you are on the Lake Erie Speedway property, tune into 107.3 FM for any announcements that may need to be made.

At this point, everything remains on schedule as planned and announced, however, management of the Track and the Series wanted to let fans know there is an alternative plan, should adjustments become necessary to complete either day of racing.

Tickets may be purchased for the weekend and will be available at the Lake Erie Speedway ticket office or at www.lakeeriespeedway.com. In the event that there is inclement weather, the event will be postponed to 2022. Pit Passes are available on the PitPay App. 

If you are planning to attend the Presque Isle Downs & Casino Race of Champions Weekend and camp at the facility, spots are being sold at the track for the designated camping areas. Tickets and camping spots for the Presque Isle Downs & Casino Race of Champions Weekend are available at the Lake Erie Speedway ticket office 814.725.3303. 

Where: Lake Erie Speedway, North East, Pa.

When: Friday, September 24; Saturday, September 25 and Sunday, September 26, 2021.

Directions: The track is located just twenty minutes of East Erie, Pa., minutes from Interstate 90 and directly of Interstate 86 at 10700 Delmas Drive, North East, Pa., 16428

What: Presque Isle Downs & Casino Race of Champions Weekend; the 68th Annual Race of Champions 250f

More Information: www.lakeeriespeedway.com (Track Phone: 814.725.3303) / 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, Waddell Communications, Image X Graphic Designs, Sherwood Racing Wheels, DirtTrackDigest.com, FX Caprara and Billy Whittaker Ford. The 71st annual Race of Champions weekend will take place in 2021 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.

For more information, contact;

Race of Champions Media at media@rocmodifiedseries.com

Follow us on Twitter; Instagram and Facebook; @RoCModSeries or visit our website: www.rocmodifiedseries.com