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LANCASTER ANNOUNCES SCHEDULE FOR 28TH ANNUAL U.S. OPEN

LANCASTER, N.Y. (August 22, 2016) –  Lancaster National Speedway is putting together plans for its annual rite of autumn, the US Open. The 28th edition of Western New York’s racing finale  will take place September 23 to 25, 2016 with seven divisions of racing on tap.

US Open weekend kicks off with a practice session for all teams on Friday night September 23. The annual U.S. Open Kickoff Party gets going as soon as the on-track action wraps up with live music in the main concourse featuring the popular 1980 Something cover band.

Pit gates open at 4 p.m. on Friday with practice running from 6 to 9:30. Grandstand gates open at 5:30 p.m. with free general admission for all race fans wanting to watch practice.

Racing action begins at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday with heats and features for the Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders, NYPA TQ Midgets, Super Stocks and the Sunoco Sportsman.

The 75-lap Sunoco Sportsman feature is the main event on Saturday with many visiting cars expected to try and make the show. Last season, Tony Hanbury of Orchard Park, N.Y. ended Andy Jankowiak’s five-race win streak at the US Open with a victory in one of the biggest Sportsman Modified races in the Northeast.

Pit gates will open at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 24 with grandstand gates opening at 2 p.m., just as practice gets under way. Heat racing will begin at 4:30 p.m.

The weekend culminates with the US Open 125 for the Race of Champions Modified Series on Sunday, September 25. The event is the longest race on the Lancaster National Speedway schedule. Last year Matt Hirschman of Northampton, PA made a pass for the lead with 18 laps remaining to win his fourth US Open 125.

The X-Press Signs Late Models and Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks will also be a part of the Sunday afternoon program. The Street Stock field could be the most competitive of the weekend as the division has averaged more than 20 cars on a weekly basis with eight different feature winners, so far, in 2016.

Pit gates open at 11 a.m. for Sunday’s program with grandstand gates opening when practice commences at noon. Opening ceremonies will take place at 2 p.m. followed by time trials for the Modifieds.

Two-day adult general admission tickets are just $40, which is a savings of $5 for fans. A student (age 12-17) weekend ticket is $15, with kids under 12 free. Family passes are available for two adults and two students. Free camping is available all weekend in the speedway parking lot.

About Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway: Founded in 1959, Lancaster National Speedway and Dragway is a multi-use facility located on 77 acres just outside of metropolitan Buffalo, N.Y. The facility features a 1/8-mile drag strip, a 1/2-mile oval track and hosts several non-motorsports events such as car shows and concerts. For the latest information on Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway check out our website www.lancasternationalspeedway.com. Additional information for racers and fans can be found on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/LancasterSpeedway) and on Twitter (@LancasterSpdwy).

The 28th Annual U.S. OPEN – September 23-25, 2016

Lancaster National Speedway, Lancaster, NY

*All times and events are subject to change

Friday, September 23

4 p.m. Pit Gates Open, Inspection Begins

5:30 p.m. Grandstand Gates Open FREE ADMISSION

6 p.m. Practice – by division (minimum of two rounds)

9:30 p.m. (approx.) Conclusion of Practice – US Open “Kick Off Party”/Band in Concourse

11:30 p.m. Pit Area Closed / Secure Facility

Saturday, September 24

12:30 p.m. Pit Gates Open – Inspection Begins

2 p.m. Front Gates Open – Practice by Division (2 Rounds per Division – Inner Oval First)

4 p.m. Driver’s Meetings (Tech Barn)

4:30 p.m. Opening Ceremonies (Invocation & Anthems) followed by heat races

Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinder Qualifying Races (8 laps) – Inner Oval

NYPA T.Q. Midget Qualifying Races (8 laps) – Inner Oval

Super Stock Qualifying Races (8 laps)

Sunoco Sportsman Qualifying Races (10 laps)

Roaming Buffalo 4 Cylinder Feature Race (25 laps)  – Inner Oval

NYPA T.Q. Midget Feature Race (25 laps)  – Inner Oval

Sunoco Sportsman B-Main IF NEEDED (10 laps)

Sportsman Redraw on Fronstretch (time permitting)

Super Stock Feature (30 laps)

Sunoco Sportsman Feature (75 laps)

Sunday, September 25

11 a.m. Pit Gates Open

Noon. Front Gates Open – Practice for Street Stocks & Late Models (2 Rounds per Division)

1 p.m. Modified Practice (2 rounds)

1:30 p.m. Driver’s Meetings (Tech Barn)

2 p.m. Opening Ceremonies (Invocation & Anthems) followed by qualifying

Race of Champions Modified Series Group Time Trials (G-W-C)

Advance Auto Parts Street Stock Qualifying Races (8 laps)

X-Press Signs Late Model Qualifying Races (8 laps)

Race of Champions Modified Series Qualifying Races (10 laps)

Street Stock B-Main IF NEEDED (10 laps)

Modified B-Main IF NEEDED (10 laps)

Modified Redraw on Fronstretch

Advance Auto Parts Street Stock Feature (35 laps)

X-Press Signs Late Model Feature (30 laps)

Race of Champions Modified Series U.S. Open 125 (125 laps)

PATRICK EMERLING GOES THE DISTANCE TO WIN TOMMY DRUAR/TONY JANKOWIAK MEMORIAL 110

LANCASTER, N.Y. (August 20, 2016) – Patrick Emerling of Orchard Park, N.Y. continued his phenomenal 2016 season on Saturday night at Lancaster National Speedway as he captured the 27th annual Tommy Druar/Tony Jankowiak Memorial 110 event for the Race of Champions Modified Series for the second year in a row.

Emerling won the race without making a pit stop after most of the field pitted for a new right rear tire at some point during the event.

T.J. Potrzebowski and Chuck Hossfeld led a field of 24 Modifieds to the green flag for the most prestigious single-day event on the Lancaster National Speedway schedule. Hossfeld grabbed the lap one lead with Potrzebowski and Emerling settling in behind him.

Business picked up early at the front of the field as Emerling wasted little time in going after Hossfeld. On lap 5 he took over the lead after passing Hossfeld to the inside out of turn two.

NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Ryan Preece of Berlin, CT made his first ever start at Lancaster in the Booker Motorsports #40. Preece started third, but he followed Emerling to the front of the field and took over the lead on lap 12.

There was one more lead change before the race even reached lap 20 as George Skora III came screaming through the field. Skora appeared to be on a mission as he caught and passed Preece for the lead on lap 17.

The first caution of the race came on lap 30 for a spin out in turn 3 by Tyler Rypkema due to a flat right front tire. During the caution period, Skora relinquished the lead when he pitted for a new right rear tire. This put Preece and Emerling back out in front.

Skora brought the yellow flag out again on lap 41 when he developed left front flat tire. He was able to get back to the pits and stay on the lead lap.

Hossfeld moved around Preece to reclaim second place on lap 50 just before the yellow flag waved for a third time when Kirk Totten and Karl Hehr got together in turn two. Hossfeld made a pit road visit during the caution period to give the runner up spot back to Preece.

LNS0820-5Preece remained in second place until lap 74 when he brought the Booker Motorsports entry in for a new right rear tire. This moved Daren Scherer and Daryl Lewis, Jr. into second and third place respectively. They were the only cars besides Emerling that had yet to make pit stop.

Hossfeld came back through the field after making his pit stop just before the halfway point of the race. He was back up to fourth with 25 laps to go. The “Hotshoe” got by Lewis for second with just 15 laps remaining and then went after Emerling for the lead.

Hossfeld got to the back bumper of Emerling and even gave him a shot of the “chrome horn” a couple times, but he could not make the pass. Hossfeld could only watch for the third Modified race in a row at Lancaster as he followed Emerling as they crossed under the checkered flag.

Emerling scored his third Modified win of the season at Lancaster and sixth overall on the RoC Modified trail. He now has 11 total wins in 2016, including four Sunoco Sportsman wins at Lancaster. He won without making a pit stop, but still managed to run fastest laps of the race in the later stages of the feature.

Daryl Lewis, Jr. finished a career best third as he also ran all 110 laps on the same set of tires. Mike Leaty finished fourth. Skora battled back to round out the top five.

In other action, Mark Hoch of West Seneca, N.Y. was declared the official winner of the Advance Auto Parts Street Stock feature for his second win of the season. Hoch was awarded the win after the first and second place finishers were disqualified in post-race inspection.

Rich Sharpe led all 25 laps of the feature, but was hounded by Hoch for the first 23 laps of the race. The race’s only caution came just as the leaders had taken the white flag. That set up a green-white-checkered finish with Sharpe pulling away in the end.

Kevin Bainbridge picked up his seventh win of the season in the Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders. Bainbridge passed Jamie Woods for the lead on lap 17 when he made a bonsai run to the inside going into turn one. He cleared Woods for the lead and then drove away for the final eight laps to score the win.

Bainbridge competed despite being struck in the face with a rock during his heat race. The rock came through his window net and hit him just above his left eye. Bainbridge required stitches, but he still managed to score the victory.

Kyle Hutchinson of East Aurora, N.Y. dominated the 20-lap NYPA TQ Midget feature. Hutchinson passed Arik McGruder for the lead on lap 3 and never looked back. Series points leader, Dave Wollaber, finished second. Tommy Catalano, Andy Nye and Erik Musto rounded out the top five.

Lancaster National Speedway wraps up the month of August next Saturday with Truck Night presented by Hunter Truck Sales and Peterbilt of Buffalo. The Race of Champions Big 10 Super Stocks will join the Sunoco Sportsman, Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks and Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders. Anyone with a current CDL license can get in for just $5.

About Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway: Founded in 1959, Lancaster National Speedway and Dragway is a multi-use facility located on 77 acres just outside of metropolitan Buffalo, N.Y. The facility features a 1/8-mile drag strip, a 1/2-mile oval track and hosts several non-motorsports events such as car shows and concerts. For the latest information on Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway check out our website www.lancasternationalspeedway.com. Additional information for racers and fans can be found on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/LancasterSpeedway) and on Twitter (@LancasterSpdwy).

RESULTS

RACE OF CHAMPIONS MODIFIED SERIES

Fast Qualifier: Chuck Hossfeld (16.984 seconds)

Heat Winners: Patrick Emerling, George Skora III, Chuck Hossfeld

Tommy Druar/Tony Jankowiak Memorial 110 Finish: PATRICK EMERLING, Chuck Hossfeld, Daryl Lewis, Jr., Mike Leaty, George Skora III,  Daren Scherer, T.J. Potrzebowski, Jeff Hamman, Ryan Preece, Will Thomas, Andy Lewis, Camden Barber, Kevin Timmerman, Kirk Totten, Calvin Carroll, Chris Ridsdale, Tim Nies, Tommy Catalano, Bryan Sherwood, Tyler Rypkema, Karl Hehr, Jimmy Zacharias, Amy Catalano, Andy Jankowiak

ADVANCE AUTO PARTS STREET STOCKS

Heat Winners: Mark Hoch, Tommy Wentland, Andy Cryan

Feature: MARK HOCH, Dave Wilson, Trevor Pettit, Dennis Londos, John Carlson, Jerome Hruby, Nate Straus, Ken Maltby, Alex Morris, Jim Bryant, Ed Culliton, Rob Pocobello, Rick Meyers, Keith Flanigan, Garrett Cleversley, Andy Cryan, Rick Ortwein, Jeff Whalen DQ: Rich Sharpe, Tommy Wentland

ROAMING BUFFALO 4-CYLINDERS

Heat Winners: Dan Dressel, Kevin Bainbridge

Feature: KEVIN BAINBRIDGE, Chris Bugenhagen, Tim Durfy, Danny Dressel, Jamie Woods, Jim Dauer, Jason Anasiewicz, Chris Pennell, Bobby Woch, Rich Bartel, Howard Guthrie, Joe Brunka, Mark Scarpace, Laurie Krol, Frank Prell, Dave Milbrand, Jr.

NYPA TQ MIDGETS

Heat Winners: Arik McGruder, Kyle Hutchinson

Feature: KYLE HUTCHINSON, Dave Wollaber, Tommy Catalano, Andy Nye, Erik Musto, Vinnie Christiano, Jr., AJ Hessler, Arik McGruder, Ronnie Flaine, Chad Haywood, Sean McNamara, Mark Schulz, Chris Bauman, Scott Gleed, Charlie DiRosa, Jim Musto, Vinnie Christiano III, Tony Petrea, Jamie Pew, Kevin Wilson, Bobby Holmes, Andy Patton DNS: Pat Smith

PHOTOS BY JOE GRABIANOWSKI

27th ANNUAL TOMMY DRUAR / TONY JANKOWIAK MEMORIAL 110 AT LANCASTER NATIONAL SPEEDWAY THIS COMING SATURDAY, AUGUST 20TH

Traditional Event Honors Two of Lancaster National Speedway’s Biggest Names –

Lancaster, N.Y. – (August 15, 2016) – On Saturday, August 20th, the Ferris Mowers Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series fueled by Sunoco will headline the 27th Annual Tommy Druar / Tony Jankowiak Memorial 110 at Lancaster National Speedway. The event honors two of Lancaster’s biggest stars. Tommy Druar and Tony Jankowiak, brothers-in-law and competitors. Druar was a two-time Lancaster track champion (1987 and 1988) with 18 modified victories at Lancaster. Jankowiak never claimed a track championship at the track, but he visited modified victory lane 13 times while also capturing the World Series of Stock Car Racing Tommy Druar at Stafford Motor SpeedwaySpeedweeks championship at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway in 1990.

The legacy that Druar and Jankowiak have left behind has been immeasurable. Both of their sons race. Matt Druar competes in the Sportsman Modified division, while Andy Jankowiak has become a household name in asphalt modified racing. Crew members, sponsors, family and friends remain involved in motorsports today based on their involvement with Druar or Jankowiak in the past.

“Those two defined what racing was during that era at Lancaster and Tony Jankowiak at Oswegowithin Modified racing in general,” stated longtime sponsor of both drivers, Gene Emser. “They loved racing and it was a great to be a part of their careers. We have so many great memories from both of them and we are looking forward to bringing everyone together again to honor our two great friends Saturday. It is a tradition that we look forward to every year and we are all proud to be a part of it.”

Andy Jankowiak will take part in the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series event amongst the other stars of the Series.

Ryan Preece of Berlin, Conn., will make his 2016 Race of Champions debut aboard the Booker Motorsports entry.

Patrick Emerling of Orchard Park, N.Y., currently leads Chuck Hossfeld of Ransomville, N.Y., by 56-points in the championship standings. Emerling won the last event at Chemung Speedrome and currently leads all drivers with 5 victories this year, including winning the other two races held at Lancaster this season.

Where: Lancaster National Speedway, Lancaster, N.Y.

When: Saturday, August 20, 2016. Racing at 5:30 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: The Ferris Mowers Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series fueled by Sunoco, “27th Annual Tommy Druar / Tony Jankowiak Memorial 110”

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