LANCASTER, N.Y. (August 18, 2019) – Lancaster Speedway @ New York International Raceway Park hosted one of its crown jewels of the stock car season on Saturday night with the 30th running of the Tommy Druar/Tony Jankowiak Memorial 110 for the Race of Champions Modified Series.
A total of 24 Modifieds took the green flag for the 110 lap feature with Chuck Hossfeld and Karl Hehr leading the field. Eric Beers swiftly moved from the third starting position to take the lead from Hossfeld down the backstretch on the opening lap.
The race was halted on lap 6 when Hehr’s car got loose coming out of turn four and made heavy impact with the Thermal Foam blocks, retaining wall and catch fence before rolling over.
Lancaster’s Safety Crew was quick to respond where they able to establish communication with the driver before gently putting the car back on its wheels. Hehr was able to climb from his car and walked to the ambulance where he received further evaluation.
The damage to the catch fence combined with track’s curfew forced officials to postpone the remainder of the event until Friday, September 13 at 8 p.m. The final 104 laps of the Tommy/Tony 110 will be completed as a kickoff to the 31st annual U.S. Open weekend.
Beers was scored as the leader of the race when it was red flagged followed by Hossfeld, Patrick Emerling, Daren Scherer and Daryl Lewis, Jr.
In other action on Saturday, Joe Mancuso of Buffalo won the 37-lap Race of Champions Super Stock feature in honor of Tommy Druar and Tony Jankowiak. Mancuso led all 37 laps from the pole for his first RoC Super Stock win of the season. He was followed closely throughout most of the race by Tommy Krawczyk, Tommy Barron and Andy Cryan. That trio followed Mancuso across the finish line with TJ Cochrane rounding out the top five.
In the Street Stocks, Brian Hoffman of S. Wales, N.Y. led all 25 laps of the feature from the pole position. Hoffman and Rich Sharpe started on the front row after the pair had a spirited heat race earlier in the night that saw Sharpe get the win.
The roles were reversed for the feature as Hoffman had to hold off Sharpe for the entire race. The pair made contact down the backstretch following a restart on lap 14, but Hoffman was able to shake it off.
While Hoffman was the first car across the finish line he was penalized all points and money for a post-race technical infraction. Sharpe finished second followed by Mike Scott, Tommy Wentland and Nik Welshans.
In the NYPA TQ Midgets, Bobby Holmes of Lockport, N.Y. led all 20 laps of the feature claim his first win of the season. Holmes, driving for car owner Charlie DiRosa, survived about a half dozen restarts to secure the victory.
A mid race incident put Dave Wollaber on Holmes’s back bumper for the final 10 laps of the race. The pair of drivers, who were teammates at one point in their respective careers, battled right to the finish with Holmes coming out on top. Wollaber placed second followed by Brandon Zavarella, Erik Musto and Vinny Christiano III.
Stock car racing returns to Lancaster this Saturday, August 24, with the third annual Ken Heckler Tribute “51” for the Street Stocks. The Street Stocks will do battle in their longest race of the year that pays tribute to a gentle giant in the “Hurricane” Ken Heckler. The Race of Champions Sportsman Modifieds, 4-Cylinders and NYPA TQ Midgets will also be in action. Racing starts at 6:30 p.m.
RACE OF CHAMPIONS MODIFIED SERIES
Fast Qualifier: Mike Leaty – 17.123 seconds
Heat Winners: Chuck Hossfeld, Mike Leaty, Amy Catalano
Feature: Race postponed until September 13 after six laps due to catch fence damage
RACE OF CHAMPIONS SUPER STOCKS
Heat Winners: Joe Mancuso, Tommy Barron
Feature: JOE MANCUSO, Tommy Krawczyk, Tommy Barron, Andy Cryan, TJ Cochrane, Zach Willis, Travis Montgomery, Joel Gleason, Rob Pocobello, Don Adamczyk, Dale Lazzaro, Dave Bailey, Ron Richter, Vern Hedderick, Ryan Lagoda, Chuck Anderson
Heat Winners:Lou Carbone, Mike Scott, Ken Maltby, Rich Sharpe
Feature (Top 12 only): BRIAN HOFFMAN, Rich Sharpe, Mike Scott, Tommy Wentland, Nik Welshans, Lou Carbone, Chris Powers, Mark Hoch, Mike Dalfonso, Ken Maltby, Jerry Kosmowski, Tim Garlock (27 cars started)
NYPA TQ MIDGETS
Heat Winners: Andy Jankowiak, Dave Wollaber
Feature: BOBBY HOLMES, Dave Wollaber, Brandon Zavarella, Erik Musto, Vinny Christiano III, Andy Jankowiak, Vinny Christiano, Jr., Arik McGruder, Jim Fleischman, Pat Smith, Jim Musto, Cameron Ruggiero, Kevin Wilson, Tony Patrea, Greg Urban, Andy Nye, Tim Ruggiero, AJ Hessler, Kyle Hutchinson, Ryan Lagoda DNS: Chad Haywood
THOMPSON, Conn. — The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour took center stage at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on Wednesday, August 14 for the third time in 2019 with the 30th running of the Budweiser King of Beers 150. Coming into the race three drivers were considered the ones to watch. Points leader Doug Coby looked to extend his perfect streak of top ten finishes on the season, second place Ron Silk sought his third consecutive series victory, and third place defending champion Justin Bonsignore was looking for his seventh consecutive win at Thompson.
Coby earned the early edge by grabbing the pole in group qualifying earlier in the evening, but Bonsignore made sure to keep the five-time champion in his sights, staying within striking distance of Coby through the first half of the race. A caution on lap 83 brought the field to pit road where Jon McKennedy exited first and Justin Bonsignore beat Doug Coby back to the track giving him his best shot at the lead all night.
A poor restart for McKennedy allowed Bonsignore to storm to the lead with 90-laps to go, but an impressive power move by Craig Lutz saw Bonsignore fall back to second where Doug Coby was waiting to pounce. While Bonsignore and Coby battled it out for the runner-up spot with 50-laps to go, Lutz opened a .422 second lead seeking his first Whelen Modified Tour victory. A pair of cautions forced Lutz to fend off both Bonsignore and Coby, but a hard charging Bobby Santos III proved too much for Lutz, who was forced to relinquish the lead on lap 128 leaving Lutz, Bonsignore and Coby hoping for one more shot at the win.
They got their wish with just over ten laps to go as the fifth caution of the night led to chaos when Lutz spun his tires while Santos broke a shifter ending his day. The ensuing caution set up a clash between Doug Coby and Justin Bonsignore, but it was Coby who claimed another Thompson win and his fourth win of 2019. The victory was extra special as it came just days shy of Coby’s 40th birthday.
“This is a special place for me and my family,” Coby said on Thompson Speedway in Victory Lane. “What a great race. My last Modified Tour race in my 30s and I won it. What a great decade it was for me and I hope my 40s are even better.”
Justin Bonsignore settled for a runner up finish and saw his winning streak at Thompson come to an end. “It’s tough when you’re that close. It just didn’t work out tonight,” Bonsignore said after the race. “You’re not going to win every race. We were prepared for it to happen. I’ve probably been more prepared (to lose) as it’s gone more and more – we lost to the best car this year.”
The NEMA Midgets followed up the Whelen Modified Tour with a 25-lap feature that saw Todd Bertrand lead the early laps of the event seeking a repeat victory after winning the same race in 2018. However, a mechanical failure 14 laps into the race sidelined Bertrand handing the advantage to points leader Avery Stoehr. Stoehr went on to earn the win defeating Randy Cabral by a margin of just over a second. The win was Stoehr’s first at Thompson in the NEMA Midgets and his best finish at the Big-T since a fourth-place result in 2015.
In addition to the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and NEMA Midgets, Thompson’s five NASCAR Whelen All American Series divisions also took to the track with only a handful of races remaining before the season finale in October. First up were the Sunoco Modifieds where Keith Rocco looked to continue to solidify his position as the frontrunner for what would be his eighth Thompson title. Rocco carried a 38-point lead into the race over Todd Owen and it was those two drivers who battled it out for the first ten laps. While Rocco would manage to fight off his rival, it wouldn’t be the last challenge for the reigning champion in the 30-lap feature. Rocco also defended his position against a hard-charging Woody Pitkat, but it was Ronnie Williams, who defeated Rocco in May, who offered the biggest challenge making several dives for the lead right up to the final corner. It wasn’t enough to dethrone the champion however as Rocco claimed his third win of the season and extended his points lead to 44.
“(Williams) was really good. I do have to say tonight he showed me a lot of respect and that goes a long way,” Rocco said of his rival after the race. “He ran me like a gentleman tonight and that goes a long way – If we could race like that every night the two of us could put on one heck of a show.”
Next up was the SK Light Modifieds® where points leader Bryan Narducci sought his sixth win of the year, with Albert Ouellette not far behind. However, neither driver would last long in the race, as the two points leaders were caught up in a multi-car incident only six laps into the 20-lap feature opening the door for a new winner to shine in the division. That driver was Teddy Hodgdon, who outraced former Thompson Mini Stock champion Wayne Burroughs, Jr. for his first Thompson victory.
“I’ve always wanted to win here since I started last year. We’ve been very close many times, but we were able to do it tonight. The car was on rails,” the 18-year-old Hodgdon said in Victory Lane. “The car went away a little bit towards the end. (Burroughs) was coming. I knew he was better on the long run than I was, so I just had to defend, and we ended up getting a victory.”
Sporting the closest points battle of Thompson’s five divisions, the Limited Sportsman series saw Shawn Monahan step up to the plate to take full control of the points race scoring his third victory of the season in dominating fashion. Monahan made it look easy cruising to a 1.4 second lead and walking away with a trophy and an eight-point lead over Kyle Gero putting Monahan in prime position to earn his third consecutive division title.
“I’m going to take any win I can get – we can’t let go now. We’ve got a goal and there’s not even time out there to run in second place because somebody can get you when you least expect it,” Monahan said after the win.
In the Mini Stocks, the points race was shuffled after both Scott and Steve Michalski, who sat first and second in points respectively with only six points separating them, each had problems in their heat races. This opened the door for Doug Curry, who was third in points facing a 35-point deficit, to cut into their lead. He took full advantage of his opportunity leading nearly the entire race and scoring his second win of 2019 making him the first multi-race victor in the Mini Stocks this season. Despite their troubles the Michalski’s still maintained a tight grip on the top two spots with finishes inside the top ten. Scott Michalski goes into the Labor Day race with an eight-point lead over Steve Michalski.
Finally, the Late Models took to the track for a 25-lap feature with William Wall holding a 17-point advantage over Woody Pitkat for the championship. The points battle took a backseat to some division veterans however as Brian Tagg, Rick Gentes and Ryan Morgan, all virtually eliminated from the title hunt, looked to score a late-season win. Brian Tagg came away with the win while Woody Pitkat picked up minimal points over William Wall as the title contenders finished fourth and fifth respectively.
Racing action returns to Thompson on Labor Day weekend for a makeup day of on-track action on Sunday, September 1. NASCAR’s Whelen All American Series divisions will take center stage as drivers seek valuable points with only two more races before the Sunoco World Series of Racing season finale in October.
WHELEN MODIFIED TOUR 30TH ANNUAL BUD 150 FINISH TOP-10: 1. Doug Coby; 2. Justin Bonsignore; 3. Craig Lutz; 4. Jon McKennedy; 5. Timmy Solomito; 6. Jimmy Blewett; 7. Andrew Krause; 8. Patrick Emerling; 9. Matt Swanson; 10. Woody Pitkat
NEMA FEATURE FINISH TOP-10: 1. Avery Stoehr; 2. Randy Cabral; 3. Paul Scally; 4. Mike Horn; 5. Bethany Stoher; 6. Jake Trainor; 7. Sammy Swindell; 8. Andy Lunt; 9. Jeff Champagne; 10. Todd Bertrand
SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH TOP-10: 1. Keith Rocco (Berlin, CT); 2. Ronnie Williams (Tolland, CT); 3. Woody Pitkat (Bellingham, MA); 4. Todd Owen (Somers, CT); 5. Troy Talman (Oxford, MA); 6. Noah Korner; 7. Corey Barry (Brooklyn, CT); 8. Kyle James (Westerly, RI); 9. Adam Gada; 10. Danny Cates
LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE TOP-10: 1. Shawn Monahan (Waterford, CT); 2. Jason Chicolas (Sutton, MA); 3. Moose Douton (Niantic, CT); 4. Kyle Gero (Baltic, CT); 5. Brent Gleason (Griswold, CT); 6. Corey Fanning (Mapleville, RI); 7. Meghan Fuller (Auburn, MA); 8. Al Stone (Durham, CT); 9. Ryan Morgan (Franklin, CT); 10. Tommy Shea (New London, CT)
MINI STOCK FEATURE TOP-10: 1. Doug Curry (Norwich, CT); 2. Jared Roy (Sterling, CT); 3. Glen Thomas, Jr.; 4. Ian Brew (Woodriver Junction, RI); 5. Joe Bavolacco (Stratford, CT); 6. JT Suprenant (Central Village, CT); 7. Scott Michalski (Danielson, CT); 8. Steve Michalski (Brooklyn, CT); 9. Evan Bourgeois (East Haddam, CT); 10. John Ekdahl (Chepachet, RI)
LATE MODEL FEATURE TOP-10: 1. Brian Tagg (Oxford, MA); 2. Ryan Morgan (Franklin, CT); 3. Rick Gentes (Harrisville, RI); 4. William Wall (Millbury, MA); 5. Derek Gluchacki (Dartmouth, MA); 6. Matt Lowinski-Loh (Milford, MA); 7. Nick Johnson (Rehoboth, MA); 8. Mark Jenison (Warwick, RI); 9. Buddy Charette (Woodstock, CT); 10. Mike Benevides (Westerly, RI)
OSWEGO, NY (August 15, 2019) – Oswego Speedway will close out its regular season with the annual $5 admission Novelis Supermodified, Pathfinder Bank SBS and 350 Supermodified track championship event presented by Skip’s Fish Fry this Saturday, August 17
Saturday will mark the third season in a row that the Speedway has offered $5 admission on Fan Appreciation Night, a tradition that began with the memorable 2016 edition, when Michael Barnes came from the last row to earn both the win and track championship for Syrell Racing.
This weekend, eight time and defending track champion Otto Sitterly, who already holds the all- time record for most Supermodified titles, will only need to take the green flag to surpass Nolan Swift’s overall record of eight track championships between the Super and A-Modified divisions.
While Sitterly has not been dominant, he has certainly been very consistent, having finished in the top ten for all eleven features contested throughout 2019. Among the top tens were nine top five runs including an incredible seven podium efforts.
Jeff Abold, who has finished podium in back to back races, sits second sixty points back. Behind him, only forty three points separate Dave Gruel, Alison Sload, Brandon Bellinger, Dave Shullick Jr, Keith Shampine, Dave Danzer and Joe Gosek in a very tight race for third through ninth.
Rookies Jack Patrick and Camden Proud, who have gone neck and neck all season long in the duel for rookie of the year, sit fifteenth and sixteenth in points with Proud leading the rookie race by only eleven markers.
In the Pathfinder Bank SBS and 350 Supermodified divisions, Anthony Losurdo has all but locked up both track titles. The defending Small Block Super champion has a fifty point lead over Dave Cliff in the SBS ranks and a forty point lead over Barry Kingsley in the 350 Super.
Losurdo, who on July 5 became the first driver to earn features wins in two different divisions on the same night since Jack Murphy in 1957, has finished in the top five for all but one SBS feature and picked up five wins along the way. The driver of the No. 1 also has a 350 victory.
Barring any significant shake ups in the point standings, should Losurdo take home the track titles in both the Pathfinder Bank SBS and 350 Supermodified divisions, he would be the first driver since Jim Shampine in 1972 to win track championships in more than one division in the same season.
Behind Losurdo in the top five of the Small Block Super standings are Cliff, David LaTulip and Joshua Sokolic. Losurdo, Kingsley, Dalton Doyle, John Burke and Michael Bruce make up positions one through five in the 350 Supermodified contingent.
Saturday’s presenting sponsor and concession vendor Skip’s Fish Fry serves the only authentic New England Fish Fry in the area. Despite opening Skip’s just over one year ago, owner Shawn Cathcart has already earned a reputation for serving some of Oswego County’s best seafood.
At its restaurant location downtown at 42 West Second Street and in Oswego Speedway’s concession area, Skip’s Fish Fry offers its delicious haddock sandwiches, fried shrimp, clams, and classic favorites such as Hofmann Hot Dogs, and ‘speedway style’ french fries.
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Oswego Speedway will open its gates for Saturday’s track championship event at 4:15pm. Hot laps will also take the green at 4:15 with time trials scheduled for 6:00 and heat racing set for 6:45pm.
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