Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway Postpones Opening Weekend of April 16 & 17

RoC Modified Series 75 lapper re-scheduled for Saturday, May 21

LANCASTER, N.Y. (April 8, 2016) – Because of recent weather conditions, Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway has not been able to execute the needed capital improvements to their facility in a timely manner.

Therefore, the planned opening weekend of Test and Tune for the Drag teams scheduled for Saturday, April 16 and the Queen City Clash on Sunday, April 17 for the Stock Car teams are being postponed.

The Race of Champions Modified Series race scheduled for April 17 is now re-scheduled for Saturday, May 21 at the 5/8-mile oval. This will be the second race under the lights of the 2016 season.

All divisions previously scheduled for that night will remain on the program as the Modifieds will be added to the Sunoco Sportsman, Street Stocks, NYPA TQ Midgets and 4 Cylinders. This will make for an action-packed night of racing on May 21. The Ladies Night promotion featuring admission of $5 will be rescheduled for later in the year.

“With the way the weather has been the past two weeks, we have not had the break needed to get into the track and make the capital improvements properly,” said Tim Packman, Track President. “For the safety of the teams and fans, we have been forced to postpone our opening weekend activities. The weather looks to be turning towards our favor later this week to hopefully get started on the improvements, so that’s a good thing.

“We are not going to have a Test and Tune for the Drag teams or a race for the Stock Car teams just to have one. We need to get the track improvements done properly and not rush through them. I hate this more than anyone because there has been a lot of anticipation for racing activities at our track this year. We have to play the cards that Mother Nature deals us, but that just means we’ll be better prepared for when we do open.”

With the extra time, track management is looking to have a Tech Inspection for the Drag Teams and Safety Check for the Stock Car teams at the facility. Stay tuned for a future announcement for when that will take place.

Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway is now scheduled to open the 2016 season the weekend of April 23-24. The stock cars will kick off the year on Saturday, April 23 at 2 p.m. with the Sunoco Sportsman, Late Models, Street Stocks and 4-Cylinders. The Dragway opener is scheduled for Sunday, April 24 with a Test & Tune session and a Box/No-Box Shootout.

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).

Two Tracks, One Price: Bridgeport Speedway April 17 ‘South Jersey Shootout’

Combines Excitement Of Five-Eighths-Mile & Quarter-Mile Tracks; Short Track Super Series Invades With More Than $25,000 On The Line

BRIDGEPORT, NJ – Two tracks, one price.

On Sunday, April 17 in Bridgeport, New Jersey race fans will be treated to the high-speed thrill of Modifieds on the fast five-eighths-mile Bridgeport Speedway and tight confines of XCel 600 Modifieds battling on the inner quarter-mile oval, recently renamed Spirit Auto Center Speedway.

The second annual ‘South Jersey Shootout’ will have something for everyone.

Headlining the Sunday program are the big-block/small-block Modifieds of the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By VP, taking part in the second event of the Velocita South Region with a point fund of more than $25,000 on the line for seven races.

The STSS South Region got underway in mid-March at the renovated Georgetown (Del.) Speedway. Montgomery, N.Y., star Anthony Perrego drove the Gary Mann-owned New York Truck Parts No. 55 to victory over a stellar 43-car field in the Melvin L. Joseph Memorial. Perrego led David Van Horn Jr., Andy Bachetti, Ryan Godown and Jordan Watson across the line.

At the Georgetown STSS opener, four states – New York (Perrego), Massachusetts (Bachetti), New Jersey (Van Horn and Godown) and Delaware (Watson) – were represented among the top-five finishers. That same diversity is expected when the gates swing open to the spacious Bridgeport oval on the 17th of April.

STSS Modified competitors will battle for a huge payout at Bridgeport, with $5,000 going to the race winner of the 40-lap main, $1,000 for 10th and $400 to take the green flag. Lap money, contingency awards and other bonuses will sweeten the pot.

Doug Borger’s XCel 600 Modifieds will battle for a $1,000 payday on the inner quarter-mile oval. Last year, the XCel 600 Mods made their Bridgeport debut at the ‘South Jersey Shootout’ and were a popular attraction: so well received, in fact, that the division was invited back to the facility on more than one occasion.

Also on the ‘South Jersey Shootout’ program: Bridgeport Sportsman (track rules) and Outlaw Stocks.

Admission for the grandstands is $25 for Adults (ages 16 and up), $10 (Students 10-15) and Kids 9 and under are FREE. Pit admission is $35, with no license required.

Complete event information has been posted at the following link: http://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/south-jersey-shootout-rules-prices-general-information/

A ‘South Jersey Shootout’ rain date is in place for Sunday, April 24.

Last April, in the inaugural ‘South Jersey Shootout’ it was Hellertown, Pa., driver Rick Laubach guiding the No. 7 big-block to victory over David Van Horn Jr., Craig Von Dohren, a rim-riding Ryan Watt and Jack Swain.

To learn more about the Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP or BD Motorsports Media LLC, visit www.shorttracksuperseries.com or www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com, call 845.728.2781 during business hours, e-mail bdmotorsportsmedia@gmail.com, “like” Short Track Super Series on Facebook or follow @ShortTrackSS on Twitter.

Located in South Jersey, just minutes from Pennsylvania and Delaware at I-295 Exit 14, Bridgeport Speedway is a spacious five-eighths-mile clay oval with a quarter-mile embedded in the center. Bridgeport Speedway provides a safe and secure family atmosphere, free parking, giveaways and fan participation. To learn more, visit www.bpspeedway.com.

The 2016 Short Track Super Series is presented by American Racer/Lias Tire, VP Racing Fuel, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Halmar International, Allstar Performance, ATL Racing Fuel Cells, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Bicknell Racing Products, COMP Performance Group, Dirt Track Digest, Fast Axle, Fox Racing Shocks, Hig Fab, Henry’s Exhaust, HyperCo, Kirkey Racing Fabrication, K&N, Race Pro Weekly, Racing Optics, Teo-Pro Car, Vahlco Wheels & Velocita

2016 Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Velocita South Region Schedule

Saturday, March 12 – Georgetown Speedway/Georgetown, DE – Melvin L. Joseph Memorial – WINNER: Anthony Perrego

Sunday, April 17 (Rain Date: April 24) – Bridgeport Speedway/Bridgeport, NJ – South Jersey Shootout

Tuesday, May 10 (Rain Date: May 17) – Big Diamond Speedway/Minersville, PA – Anthracite Assault (Combo)

Thursday, May 26 (Rain Date: TBA)Delaware International Speedway/Delmar, DE – Diamond State 50

Tuesday, June 14 (Rain Date: June 15) – New Egypt Speedway/New Egypt, NJ – Dirty Jersey 4 – $10,000 to win!

Sunday, July 31 (Rain Date: Aug. 7) – Susquehanna Speedway Park/Newberrytown, PA – York County Nationals

Tuesday, Aug. 30 (Rain Date: Aug. 31) – Georgetown Speedway/Georgetown, DE – Blast at the Beach – Championship Points

Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP South Region Point Fund (*based on 7 events): 1. $8,500; 2. $4,500; 3. $3,000; 4. $2,000; 5. $1,500; 6. $1,250; 7. $1,200; 8. $1,150; 9. $1,100; 10. $1,050

*Drivers with perfect attendance outside the top-10 will receive $250 at year-end.

Nolan Swift Drive Dedication Set for May 21 at Oswego Speedway

(Speedway Press Photo)

OSWEGO, NY (April 7, 2016) – Thanks to the help of several Nolan Swift and Oswego Speedway race fans, the section of the Albany St. hill between Jim Shampine Drive and City Line Road in front of Oswego Speedway will now be named Nolan Swift Drive, with a dedication ceremony set for Saturday, May 21 at 3 p.m on the corner of Shampine and Swift Drive.
Robert Metcalf, a longtime Speedway fan, spearheaded the project during the 2015 racing calendar, working to secure some 200 signatures with the help of Oswego Councilman Shawn Walker to pass the street transition.

Swift’s daughter, Sandy Swift Downey, as well as Jason Livesley of Rudy’s Lakeside, Chuck Handley of Burke’s Home Centers, and Nick Sereno & Bob Hoefer of Lighthouse Lanes were also instrumental in the process.

Oswego’s Matthew Hubbard, who updated the current Jim Shampine Drive signage in front of the Speedway, will also create the all new Nolan Swift Drive artwork.
In 2013 a re-dedication of Jim Shampine Drive took place, and now the Speedway is proud to host this year’s Nolan Swift Drive dedication.
“The Nolan Swift Drive dedication is certainly near and dear to my heart,” said Oswego Speedway PR Director, Dan Kapuscinski.  “My father Mike Kapuscinski was one of the biggest Nolan Swift fans I think you may have ever met, and he told me so many amazing stories through the years, so to be able to help promote this ceremony is fantastic.  Nolan Swift stands as the grand champion of Oswego Speedway, with eight career track championships, but more importantly he was a true fan favorite who helped cultivate the exciting and fan friendly atmosphere that the Speedway has held since his retirement in the mid 1970’s.  Everyone with Oswego Speedway is proud to help host this dedication ceremony in honor of a true Oswego Speedway legend.”
Hailing from Syracuse, Swift was the first dominant force at Oswego Speedway driving his famous 10pins, dating back to the early 1950’s, securing his first Oswego Speedway track championship in the A-Modified division in 1953.
Swift would go on to win five A-Modified Speedway track championships before earning his first of three Supermodified track championships in 1964.

With titles following in 1966 and 1971, Swift holds more Oswego Speedway headline division track championships than any other driver, with eight in all.
While his eight track titles would have been enough to cement Swift in Oswego lore, his amazing six International Classic triumphs pushed him to all-time great status.
With Classic wins in 1960, 1963, 1967, 1968, 1971, and 1972 – his six Classic victories remain tied with Bentley Warren and Greg Furlong for most in the history of the event.

Swift holds a total of 41 Supermodified wins at Oswego, coupled with 42 A-Modified victories for a total of 83 main event wins at the ‘Steel Palace.’

Only Jim Shampine has more overall Speedway wins than Swift, at 92.
Shampine, Warren, Ed Bellinger Jr., and Joe Gosek are the only drivers above Swift on the all-time Supermodified win list at Oswego.
Aside from Oswego, Swift captured the 1952 New York State NASCAR Championship, as well as the New York State Fair Stock Car Championship from 1956-1958, the Sandusky Speedway Hy-Miler Supermodified Nationals in 1971, and is believed to have won an estimated 250 total racing events during his career.
Swift was inducted into the Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame in 1990.
As the dedication ceremony nears, more information on proceedings will become available.

Following the dedication Oswego Speedway will hold their second scheduled event of the 2016 season featuring a 50-lap Novelis Supermodified feature event as well as a 30-lap Pathfinder Bank SBS main.
The night’s action will be the first ‘Fan Appreciation’ event of the season, with general admission grandstand seating set at just $10.

Grandstand gates will open on May 21 at 4:30 p.m. with racing slated to go green at 6:30 p.m.
Kids 16 and under will again be admitted free at all Speedway events in 2016 with the exception of Budweiser International Classic Weekend and Race of Champions Weekend.
On track activity beings at Oswego Speedway on Saturday, May 7 with the annual open test session for all racing divisions.  Testing will run from 1-5pm on May 7 and is free for spectators to sit in the main grandstand.
Racing action at the Speedway begins on Saturday, May 14 featuring the Speedway’s 66th consecutive opening night highlighted by the Race of Champions Modified Richie Evans Memorial 61 as well as kick-off events for the Novelis Supermodifieds and Pathfinder Bank SBS.
For more information on Oswego Speedway be sure to visit www.oswegospeedway.com.  You can also FOLLOW on Twitter @OswegoSpeedway and LIKE on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OswegoSpeedway.

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