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Holland, N.Y. – (July 11, 2016) – Under threatening skies the Ferris Mowers Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series fueled by Sunoco made their own thunder on the legendary high banks of Holland International Speedway this past Saturday night and when the checkered flag flew a familiar face drove his machine to victory lane. Patrick Emerling, who resides near the track where his racing career started, scored his fourth victory in the eight races during the 2016 campaign.

‘This a good win for us,” smiled Emerling in victory lane. “We set the car up for the longer runs and to help conserve our tires. Our laps during the race were very consistent and we never backed up too far and that helped us maintain and move forward in the end. It’s really a testament of the team that we have here. They do an incredible job. Jimmy (Zacharias) raced us clean and I respect that. It’s been a great year for us so far, I hope we can keep the momentum rolling.”

Brian DeFebo of Berwick, Pa., and Mike Leaty of Williamson, N.Y., led the 26-car field to the green flag with Leaty showing the way. Leaty and DeFebo swapped the lead back and forth a couple times around lap 15, with Leaty holding down the top spot until DeFebo worked his way into the top spot on lap 26. DeFebo would hold the lead for the next six circuits until Jimmy Zacharias of Vestal, N.Y., took the lead on lap 33.

Zacharias would end up leading the most laps during the 100-lap grind, setting the pace over the next 52 laps. Emerling made several attempts to pass Zacharias and finally closed the deal on the bottom of the track on lap 86. Emerling was able to hold Zacharias at bay over the closing laps of the race.

“We had a good car tonight,” explained Jimmy Zacharias during the post-race activities. “Patrick (Emerling) is on his game right now, but he ran us clean the entire race. We’re just going to keep working on it until we have it right.”

Andy Jankowiak of North Tonawanda, N.Y., worked his way from 18th to finish 3rd. George Skora, Jr., of Eden, N.Y., started 7th and finished 4th, while Leaty rounded out the top-five.

Chuck Hossfeld of Ransomville, N.Y., continued his amazing streak of posting fast time, with a series leading sixth fast time in the Timed Hot Lap session to establish the heat race line ups with a time of 13.650 seconds (98.901 mph).

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The next event for the Ferris Mowers Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series fueled by Sunoco is the “Flower City 75” at Spencer Speedway in Williamson, N.Y., just east of Rochester.

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Feature Finish

Thunder in the Hills 100

Holland International Speedway, Holland, NY.

Finishing Position, Car Number, Driver, Laps Completed, Reason Out (If Any)


Pos           No.           Name                       Laps

1              7              Patrick Emerling       100

2              71            Jimmy Zacharias       100

3              44            Andy Jankowiak        100

4              65            George Skora           100

5              25            Mike Leaty               100

6              9              Jeff Hamman            100

7              95            Bryan Sherwood       100

8              45            Kevin Timmerman    100

9              8              Lee Sharpsteen        100

10            10            Daryl Lewis              100

11            22            Chuck Hossfeld         100

12            3              Daren Scherer          100

13            32            Tyler Rypkema         100

14            39            Calvin Carroll           100

15            51            TJ Potrzebowski       100

16            53            Brian Defebo            100

17            11            Kirk Totten               100

18            64            Amy Catalano           100

19            20            Jody Buckley            100

20            40            Tommy Rought         100

21            54            Tommy Catalano      Out

22            1              Camden Barber        Out

23            40            Alan Bookmiller       Out accident

24            9              Will Thomas             Out accident

25            59            Karl Hehr                 Out radiator

26            1              Chris Ridsdale          Out accident

Time of Race: 39 minutes 42 seconds              Average Speed 56.653 mph

Margin of victory: 1.469 seconds       Fast Qualifying Lap: Chuck Hossfeld / 13.65 seconds @ 98.901 mph

Lead Changes: 6 among 4 drivers (Mike Leaty 1-14, Brian Defebo 15, Mike Leaty 16-25, Brian Defebo 26-32, Jimmy Zacharias 33-85, Patrick Emerling 86-100)

Qualifying Race Results:

Qualifying Race 1

Pos           No.           Name

1              22            Chuck Hossfeld

2              7              Patrick Emerling

3              51            TJ Potrzebowski

4              54            Tommy Catalano

5              95            Bryan Sherwood

6              45            Kevin Timmerman

7              11            Kirk Totten

8              39            Cavlin Carroll

9              40            Tommy Rought


Qualifying Race 2

Pos           No.           Name

1              71            Jimmy Zacharias

2              53            Brian Defebo

3              10            Daryl Lewis

4              9              Jeff Hamman

5              8              Lee Sharpsteen

6              3              Daren Scherer

7              59            Karl Hehr

8              1              Chris Ridsdale

9              20            Jody Buckley


Qualifying Race 3

Pos           No.           Name

1              65            George Skora

2              32            Tyler Rypkema

3              25            Mike Leaty

4              9              Will Thomas

5              64            Amy Catalano

6              44            Andy Jankowiak

7              1              Camden Barber

8              40            Alan Bookmiller


Point Standings following Holland International Speedway (Including Fastest Qualifying Time and Qualifying Race Bonus) 07/09/2016:


Pos           No.           Name                       Total

1              07            Patrick Emerling       753

2              22            Chuck Hossfeld         675

3              71            Jimmy Zacharias       643

4              25            Mike Leaty               566

5              32            Tyler Rypkema         554

6              95            Bryan Sherwood       509

7              10            Daryl Lewis              508

8              3              Daren Scherer          493

9              60            Matt Hirschman       429

10            65            George Skora           410

11            54            Tommy Catalano      380

12            64            Amy Catalano           369

13            51            TJ Potrzebowski       362

14            45            Kevin Timmerman    345

15            39            Calvin Carroll           327

16            59            Karl Hehr                 323

17            1              Chris Ridsdale          316

18            53            Brian Defebo            261

19            4              John Wilber             252

20            66            Austin Kochenash     232

21            21            Tony Hanbury           213

22            20            Jody Buckley            207

23            9              Will Thomas             199

24            27            Andy Jankowiak        183

25            42            Nick Pecko               165

26            8s             Lee Sharpsteen        155

27            67            Levi Arthur               140

28            40            Alan Bookmiller       128

29            9              Jeff Hamman            126

30            17            Roger Coss               123

31            01            Cam Barber              119

32            45            Eric Beers                 115

33            48            Sam Fullone             111

34            7              T.J.  Zacharias           96

35            22            Don Wagner             95

36            1              Kristopher Graver    90

37            8              Earl Paules               87

38            24            Dave Rigan               83

39            34            Rusty Smith              68

40            13            Ted Christopher       60

41            1J             Bobby Jones             58

42            42            Dave Pecko              58

43            41x          Nick Baer                 51

44            27            Donny Hartzell         50

45            11            Kirk Totten               47

46            65            Andy Lewis               46

47            92            Terry Markovic         44

48            40            Tommy Rought         44

49            54            Jack Ely                    43

50            44            Kyle Strohl               42

51            41b          Todd Baer                40

52            8L            Lou Strohl                40

53            28            Gene Bowers           40

54            95m         John Markovic          40

55            2              Glen Slocum            40



Brown, Bainbridge & Catalano also grab win 

LANCASTER, N.Y. (July 1, 2016) – Patrick Emerling of Orchard Park, N.Y. picked up his sixth win of the season at Lancaster National Speedway on Thursday night as he captured the second annual Ol’ Boy Cup 60 Bill Colton Memorial Race of Champions Modified Series event presented by Thermal Foams.

LNS0630-5Emerling started fifth in the 25 car field and inherited the lead from Chuck Hossfeld on lap 36 after Hossfeld pulled off the track with an apparent mechanical issue.

Daren Scherer and George Skora III led the field to the initial green flag. Scherer grabbed the early lead with Skora settling into second followed by Rusty Smith, Andy Jankowiak and Emerling. The first caution of the race took place on lap 10 when Sam Fullone and Karl Hehr spun in turn two. Smith relinquished a top five position during the yellow flag period to pit for adjustments.

One lap after the ensuing restart, Jankowiak spun out in turn two while racing Emerling for position. The caution flag came out again on lap 13 for a multicar pile up on the frontstretch that started when Kevin Timmerman hit the outside wall. Tommy Catalano, Cam Barber and Ted Christopher were also involved with just Baber and Christopher returning to competition.

The race finally settled down after the wreckage was cleared with Scherer leading Emerling, Hossfeld, Skora and Jimmy Zacharias. Hossfeld, the defending race winner, had quickly moved from the 11th starting spot to take over second place from Emerling on lap 14. One lap later he got to the inside of Scherer to move into the top spot.

Yellow fever took over again from laps 32-35. It started on lap 32 when Lee Sharpsteen stopped on the frontstretch to bring out the yellow flag to end a 19-lap stretch of green flag racing. Andy Jankowiak spun out for a second time on lap 34 to bring out the yellow flag again.

Racing attempted to resume on lap 35, but Sharpsteen slowed once again. As the field came to the yellow flag, Calvin Carroll and Chris Risdale got together on the frontstretch. Both cars suffered serious damage. On the ensuing restart, Skora suffered damage from hitting the wall. Fullone got turned around in the aftermath and backed his car into the Thermal Foam blocks in turn three.

The race restarted on lap 35 with Hossfeld leading Emerling and Mike Leaty, but Hossfeld’s day came to end shortly thereafter when he pulled off the track while leading.

This handed the lead to Emerling who won the first RoC Modified race of the season at Lancaster, and has also won four Sunoco Sportsman features.

Scherer battled back to reclaim second place from Leaty with just 13 laps remaining. He attempted to chase down Emerling in the closing laps, and was just as fast as the leader during the final stretch to the finish. Scherer took a look to the inside of Emerling as the came to the checkered flag, but he could not get past him.

Emerling picked up his second Modified win of the season at LNS0630-4Lancaster and third RoC Modified Series win of the year. The victory also gave him six total wins at Lancaster in 2016. Scherer finished second with Leaty in third. Tyler Rypkema charged from the 17th starting position to finish fourth. Daryl Lewis, Jr. rounded out the top five.

Eric Brown of Springville, N.Y. stole a surprise win in the Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks. In his first start of the season at Lancaster, Brown came from the 12th starting position to pass Terry Weldy for the lead with just three laps to go. Weldy finished a close second followed by Jerome Hruby, Tommy Wentland and Jarrod Brown.

Kevin Bainbridge picked up his fifth win of the season in the Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders. Bainbridge inherited the lead during a caution on lap 8 when Chris Pennell pitted with a flat tire. He drove away for the final 17 laps to score the win. Tim Durfy finished second with Rich Bartel, Jason Anasiewicz and Dan Dressel rounding out the top five.

In the NYPA TQ Midgets, Kyle Hutchinson looked to be on his way victory after leading the first 19 laps of the feature from the pole. Tommy Catalano, however, gave Hutchinson the bump-n-run in turn four on the final lap to steal the win. It was Catalano’s second Lancaster win in less than a week after winning the Sunoco Sportsman feature this past Saturday.

Lancaster’s stock car program is now off until July 16. That night will be Retro Night with fans encouraged to wear their favorite old school racing shirts, jackets, hats and anything else they can find. The Xpress Signs Late Models will join three weekly division racing. Following the races, the Kiss tribute band Kiss This will perform in the concourse in full Kiss makeup and costumes. Racing starts at 6:30 p.m.

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 Additional information for racers and fans can be found on our Facebook page ( and on Twitter (@LancasterSpdwy).



Heat Winners: Daren Scherer, Chuck Hossfeld, Mike Leaty, Daryl Lewis, Jr.

Ol’ Boy Cup 60 Bill Colton Memorial Finish: PATRICK EMERLING, Daren Scherer, Mike Leaty, Tyler Rypkema, Daryl Lewis, Jr., Cam Barber, Bryan Sherwood, Jimmy Zacharias, Rusty Smith, Ted Christopher, Amy Catalano, TJ Zacharias, Jeff Hamman, Lee Sharpsteen, Donny Hartzell, Andy Jankowiak, Chuck Hossfeld, George Skora III, Sam Fullone, Alan Bookmiller, Calvin Carroll, Chris Risdale, Kevin Timmerman, Tommy Catalano, Karl Hehr DNS: Dave Rigan


Heat Winners: Dave Wilson, Trevor Pettit, Mark Hoch

Feature: ERIC BROWN, Terry Weldy, Jerome Hruby, Tommy Wentland, Jarrod Brown, Keith Flanigan, Andy Cryan, Trevor Pettit, Dave Wilson, Ken Maltby, Jim Bryant, Mike Dalfonso, Jr., Dennis Londos, Garrett Cleverlsey, Ed Culliton, Nate Straus, Tim Garlock, Mark Hoch, Mike Dalfonso, Sr., Don Sitarski


Heat Winners: Matt Druar, Billy McNerney

Feature: KEVIN BAINBRIDGE, Tim Durfy, Rich Bartel, Jason Anasiewicz, Dan Dressel, Dave Milbrand, Jr., Zach Cleverlsey, Howard Guthrie, Billy McNerney, Joe Brunka, Jody London, Laurie Krol, Chris Pennell, Frank Prell, Bobby Woch, Matt Druar


Heat Winner: Kyle Hutchinson, Charlie DiRosa

Feature: TOMMY CATALANO, Kyle Hutchinson, Andy Nye, Dave Wollaber, Erik Musto, Vinny Christiano, Jr., Shawn Nye, Mack DeMan, AJ Hessler, Jonathan Reid, Arik McGruder, Sean McNamara, Charlie DiRosa, Vinny Christiano III, Jim Musto, Greg Richardson, Jamie Pew, Chad Haywood, Kent Turnbull, Kevin Wilson, Chuck Kowalski


Colton RV and Troyer Race Cars to Add Bonuses for Racers Thursday Night –

ColtonLancaster, N.Y. – (June 27, 2016) – On Thursday, June 30 the Ferris Mowers Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series fueled by Sunoco will take part in the 2nd annual ‘Ol’ Boy Cup ‘60’ at Lancaster National Speedway. The race pays tribute to the late Bill Colton, who along with the late Alex Friesen, put up the first Thermal Foam barriers surrounding the 1/2-mile. It was an effort that became legendary as several other speedways adopted the same or similar blocks to assist in protecting drivers. The ‘Ol’ Boy – Bill Colton – later spearheaded the “Super Fan Plan” and several other programs that helped drive Modified racing and Lancaster National Speedway forward. This race is to remember and honor those efforts as well as continue propelling the sport forward. Colton’s sons, Billy (Troyer Race Cars), Jim and Chris (Colton RV) have stepped forward with bonuses for the second consecutive ‘Ol’ Boy Cup.

“My Dad loved Modified racing and Lancaster National Speedway,” explained Billy Colton, the driving force behind Troyer Race Cars since the early 1990’s. “It’s an honor to have his name preserved in this manner with an event at the track he enjoyed so much. We are very proud of the legacy that he created and happy that we can be a part of it. We know the ‘Ol Boy’ will be smiling down on us Thursday night.”

As a bonus an extra $4,000 in money and prizes will be available to drivers during the 60-lap ‘Ol’ Boy Cup feature including $2,800 in lap awards. There will be seven laps with cash prizes of $200 courtesy of Colton RV and seven additional laps will have giveaways of $200 certificates to Troyer Race Cars. The prizes will be given away using the “Lucky 15” format, which Bill Colton used when organized the lap sponsorship program for Lancaster’s U.S. Open. Drivers running inside the top 15 on each lap will be eligible with the winning position randomly selected prior to the race. In addition to the lap money, the winner of the race will receive $600 in cash from Colton RV and a $600 certificate to Troyer Race Cars.

Patrick Emerling of Orchard Park, N.Y., currently leads Chuck Hossfeld of Ransomville, N.Y., by just 13-points in the championship standings. Emerling edged out Hossfeld in May at Lancaster in the Queen City Clash. They will be joined by the likes of Mike Leaty, Tyler Rypkema, Bryan Sherwood, Andy Jankowiak, Matt Hirschman and many of the other Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Teams, along with asphalt Modified racing superstar, Ted Christopher of Plainville, Connecticut. Christopher has been tabbed to drive the Booker Motorsports entry at Lancaster on Thursday.

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

When: Thursday, June 30, 2016. Grandstands open at 5:00 pm, 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: The Ferris Mowers Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series fueled by Sunoco, ‘Ol’ Boy Cup II ‘60’

More Information: (Track Phone: 716.759.6818) /