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PATRICK EMERLING WINS QUEEN CITY CLASH 75 AT LANCASTER

Sweeps open-wheeled divisions with Sportsman & Modified wins 

LANCASTER, N.Y. (May 22, 2016) – Patrick Emerling of Orchard Park, N.Y. swept the open-wheeled divisions at Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway on Saturday night as he captured the Race of Champions Modified Series “Queen City Clash 75” and the 35-lap Sunoco Sportsman feature. Emerling had to hold off Chuck Hossfeld in both races to earn the dual checkered flags.

The Race of Champions Modified Series made its first appearance of the season at Lancaster with 24 cars in the pits. John Wilber and Brian DeFebo led the field to the initial green flag for the Queen City Clash 75. Wilber grabbed the early lead, but DeFebo would keep close tabs on him early in the race.

DeFebo ducked under Wilber off of turn four on lap 16 to take over the lead. Shortly after that Emerling moved into the second spot after he started fourth.

The first 22 laps of the race went caution free, but Daryl Lewis, Jr. would bring out the yellow flag on lap 22 when he spun out in turn two. The yellow flag flew again on lap 26 when Austin Kochenash stopped on the backstretch with a mechanical issue. Emerling took the lead from DeFebo on the ensuing restart from the outside of the front row.

By this point Chuck Hossfeld had made his way up to third place. Hossfeld set quick time during time trials with a lap time of 16.651 seconds, which established a new track record at Lancaster. He won his heat race, but redrew 12th for the main event. Hossfeld passed DeFebo for second just before halfway, and then he looked to go after Emerling.

Hossfeld chased Emerling around the Lancaster ½-mile oval for the second half of the race, but could not find a way around the leader. Emerling poured it on in the closing laps as he ran his fastest lap of the race on lap 73 of 75 and crossed the finish line ahead of Hossfeld by three-quarters of a second.

Emerling earned second career win Modified win at Lancaster and his second in a row on the Race of Champions circuit. Hossfeld settled for second. Jimmy Zacharias completed the podium after starting fifth. Tyler Rypkema and Mike Leaty rounded out the top five.

LNS0521-2In the Sunoco Sportsman feature, Emerling would start last in the 24-car field after a post heat race altercation with John Barber. He gained some positions early in the race when a lap one pileup in turn one involved nearly half of the field.

Hossfeld started seventh and passed pole-sitter Tommy Catalano for the lead on lap 9. Shortly after that there was a multi-car pileup on the frontstretch. Mike Ramos hit the wall hard and suffered the worst damage out of the five cars involved.

When racing resumed Hosseld was leading with Emerling running fifth. Emerling picked his way to the front and was up to second by lap 15. One lap later he ran to the outside of the leader in turn two and Hossfeld went up the track to throw the block. Emerling ducked low went as Hossfeld went high and passed “The Hotshoe” for the lead as they exited the turn.

Emerling appeared to develop a push as the race wore on, which gave Hossfeld a glimmer of hope. He was all over Emerling in the closing laps, but Emerling held on for his second-straight Sunoco Sportsman win at Lancaster.

Billy Burd recorded his third-straight top three finish with a third place run. Mike Fiebelkorn, Jr. and Neal Dietz, Jr. rounded out of the top five.

The pair of victories extended a hot streak for Emerling that has seen him take the win in his last four starts overall. He won the Sportsman feature at Lancaster on May 7, and then won on the RoC Modified race at Oswego on May 14 before sweeping the open-wheeled classes.

LNS0521-3Dave Wilson was credited with the win in the Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks after unofficial winner, TJ Cochrane, was disqualified in post-race inspection. That makes three different winners in three races for the Street Stocks. Dennis Londos finished second followed by Mark Hoch, Tommy Wentland and Keith Flanigan.

LNS0521-4The NYPA TQ Midgets made their first visit to Lancaster’s ¼-mile inner oval. Dave Wollaber picked up the win in the 20-lap feature. Wollaber passed Kyle Hutchinson for the lead on lap 3 and never looked back. Hutchinson finished second. Bobby Holmes, Andy Nye and Erik Musto rounded out the top five.

Kevin Bainbridge won his third Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinder feature in a row. Bainbridge started last after missing the heat race because he was attending his daughter’s dance recital. He passed Bobby Hanel for the lead on lap 18 of 25 to score the win. Bainbridge remains undefeated in 2016.

Lancaster National Speedway’s stock car program will take off for the Memorial Day weekend, but will be back in action on Saturday, June 4. That is First Responders night at Lancaster with all police, fire and EMT personnel receiving $5 admission with valid ID. The RoC Big 10 Super Stocks join Lancaster’s three weekly home track classes on the race card.

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

FERRIS MOWERS RACE OF CHAMPIONS MODIFIED SERIES

Heat Winners: Tyler Rypkema, Chuck Hossfeld, Mike Leaty

Feature: PATRICK EMERLING, Chuck Hossfeld, Jimmy Zacharias, Tyler Rypkema, Mike Leaty, George Skora III, Tommy Catalano, Brian DeFebo, Daren Scherer, Kevin Timmerman, T.J. Potrzebowski, Tony Hanbury, Daryl Lewis, Jr., Levi Arthur, Chris Risdae, Nick Pecko, Camden Barber, John Wilber, Amy Catalano, Will Thomas, Alan Bookmiller, Austin Kochenash, Bryan Sherwood, Karl Hehr

Time Trials Fast Time: Chuck Hossfeld – 16.651 seconds (Track Record)

SUNOCO SPORTSMAN

Heat Winners: Chuck Hossfeld, Billy Burd, Neal Dietz, Jr.

Feature (UNOFFICAL PENDING RESULTS OF TIRE INSPECTION): PATRICK EMERLING, Chuck Hossfeld, Billy Burd, Mike Fiebelkorn, Jr., Neal Dietz, Jr., Jake Lyon, John Barber, Mark Pennell, Jayme Thompson, Sherri Hogan, Tommy Catalano, Tim Lewis, Andy Lewis, Owen Bednasz, Tim Nies, Alan Bookmiller, Matt Druar, Mike Ramos, Todd Lorenzo, Mike Rogers, Danny Knoll, Jr., Tony Carbone, Bobby Lippa, Jr., Scott Stolzenberg DNS: Patti Pruitt

ADVANCE AUTO PARTS STREET STOCKS

Heat Winners: Mark Hoch, TJ Cochrane

Feature: DAVE WILSON, Dennis Londos, Mark Hoch, Tommy Wentland, Keith Flanigan, Jerome Hruby, Andy Cryan, Trevor Pettit, Jim Bryant, Don Sitarski, Mike Dalfonso, Sr., Ed Culliton, Lou Carbine, Garrett Cleversley, Ken Maltby, Jake Weber, Jarrod Brown, Mike Dalfonso, Jr. DQ: TJ Cochrane

ROAMING BUFFALO 4-CYLINDERS

Heat Winners: Bobby Hanel, Billy Anderson

Feature: KEVIN BAINBRIDGE, Bobby Hanel, Chris Pennell, Billy Anderson, Dan Dressel, Jamie Woods, Billy McNerney, Jim Dauer, Zach Cleversley, Laurie Krol, Howard Guthrie, Tim Durfy, Joe Brunka, Chris Bugenhagen DQ: Frank Prell

NYPA TQ MIDGETS

Feature: DAVE WOLLABER, Kyle Hutchinson, Bobby Holmes, Andy Nye, Erik Musto, Arik McGruder, Vinny Christiano, Jr., AJ Hessler, Tommy Catalano, Charlie DiRosa, Sean McNamara, Greg Richardson, Pat Smith, Kevin Wilson

PHOTOS ATTACHED BY JOE GRABIANOWSKI

RACE OF CHAMPIONS BIG 10 SUPER STOCK SERIES ADDED TO CARD ON JUNE 11th

– Lake Erie Speedway Stock Car Event Continues to Grow –

North East, Pennsylvania (May 19, 2016) – The Ferris Mowers Race of Champions Big 10 Super Stock Series fueled by Sunoco has been added to Saturday, June 11th event at Lake Erie Speedway in North East, Pennsylvania. It is a familiar track for many of the competitors within the Super Stock Series and a track that many have a desire to visit and are looking forward to their return.

The Series will participate in a 30-lap feature alongside the Ferris Mowers Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series fueled by Sunoco in the event. It will become one of the Super Stock Series biggest events on the 2016 calendar.

“We are looking forward to this race,” explained Joe Mancuso, who founded the Big 10 Super Stock Series. “Lake Erie is a special track in our history and this is a big step for our program. This is going to be a great night, not just for the Super Stock Series, but for everyone that’s involved. Lake Erie is a great track and we are very proud to be racing there.”

Lake Erie Speedway is a 3/8-mile banked asphalt oval, which opened in 2002.

“We are excited to play host to the Race of Champions Big 10 Super Stock Series,” stated A.J. Moore, Operations Manager at Lake Erie Speedway. “These stock cars always thrill the fans at our facility and they are a great addition to our event. We are looking forward to a great night on June 11th.”

The event will also include US Legend Cars, NYPA TQ Midgets and the Can-Am Midgets.

Tickets for the Race of Champions events on June 11 are available. Contact Lake Erie Speedway at 814-725-3303 for tickets, camping and venue information.

The Race of Champions Big 10 Super Stocks provides competitors a fun platform with exciting racing at local tracks throughout New York State. The Race of Champions Big 10 Super Stocks corporate partners include: Sunoco Race Fuels, Sherwood Racing Wheels, Rod End Supply, QA1 and AR Bodies.

Briggs & Stratton Corporation, headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is the world’s largest producer of gasoline engines for outdoor power equipment. Its wholly owned subsidiaries include North America’s number one marketer of portable generators, pressure washers and turf care products, and it is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of lawn and garden, turf care and job site products through its Simplicity®, Snapper®, Snapper Pro®, Ferris®, Allmand™, Billy Goat®, Murray®, Branco® and Victa® brands. Briggs & Stratton products are designed, manufactured, marketed and serviced in over 100 countries on six continents. For additional information, please visitwww.basco.com and www.briggsandstratton.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. The 66th annual Race of Champions weekend will take place in 2016 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

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CHEMUNG SPEEDROME RESCHEDULES “THE DROME 75” FOR SATURDAY, MAY 28

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Ferris Mowers Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series fueled by Sunoco Date Change

Chemung, N.Y. – (May 15, 2016) – Chemung Speedrome and Ferris Mowers Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series Fueled by Sunoco management have agreed to move The Drome “75” which was originally rescheduled for Friday, May 27 to Saturday, May 28 in an attempt to accommodate series competitors and neighboring track schedules.

The Drome “75” is slated to be the fourth event of the 2016 Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series season. Questions may be answered at the Chemung Speedrome Summer number: (607) 529-9998 or through the Race of Champions: www.rocmodifiedseries.com

Briggs & Stratton Corporation, headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is the world’s largest producer of gasoline engines for outdoor power equipment. Its wholly owned subsidiaries include North America’s number one marketer of portable generators, pressure washers and turf care products, and it is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of lawn and garden, turf care and job site products through its Simplicity®, Snapper®, Snapper Pro®, Ferris®, Allmand™, Billy Goat®, Murray®, Branco® and Victa® brands. Briggs & Stratton products are designed, manufactured, marketed and serviced in over 100 countries on six continents. For additional information, please visitwww.basco.com and www.briggsandstratton.com.