“Fans in the Stands 75” is to thank Lancaster and Modified loyal for their support
LANCASTER, N.Y. (March 26, 2017) – Lancaster National Speedway and Race of Champions management wanted to come up with a way to thank the loyal fans of the track and series.
Thus, the first Race of Champions Modified event for 2017 will be the “Fans in the Stands 75” scheduled for 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 29 at WNY’s Premier Motorsports facility.
“Joe Skotnicki of the Race of Champions and myself were talking about what their season opener could be called,” said Tim Packman, Track President. “Our opener the week before is the “Queen City Clash” and we were kicking around a Buffalo or WNY theme. But, we wanted to make it more personal to the track and series.
“Who better to pay tribute to than the people who have stuck by the track through the good and bad times. The fans of Lancaster have been an inspiration and reason to keep making improvements to the facility and why we have grown crowd and car counts in recent years.
“Having this race in their honor, is our honor.”
Skotnicki took over the Race of Champions in 2016 and has been involved at Lancaster in various capacities during his racing career. He knows what Modified racing means to Lancaster, and what the fans of the track mean to the open-wheel Ground Pounders.
“Modified racing has a strong history at Lancaster and the fans are a big reason we have four events there every year,” Skotnicki said. “Like the track, last year was a good one for the Race of Champions Modified Asphalt Series in growth and racing action.
“Having a race to honor fans of Lancaster and Modified racing is just our way of saying thank you for their support through the years. Both us and the track are heading in a good direction and none of it would matter without those people who spend their hard-earned money and time to watch.”
In addition to the Race of Champions Modifieds running the “Fans in the Stands 75” that day, the Race of Champions Super Stocks, Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks and Roaming Buffalo 4 Cylinders will be competing that day.
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.
Photo by Joe Grabianowski