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Jankowiak Team welcomes V1 Fiber Engineering, Thermal Foams Inc. and multiple sponsors for the Memorial Day Weekend event at Charlotte Motor Speedway

Tonawanda NY- It has been a remarkably busy few weeks for Andy Jankowiak and his team as they prepare to enter their first ARCA Menards General Tire 150 race at Charlotte Motor Speedway Saturday May 29th in a car that is new to the team.

The team will be sporting a Memorial Day Theme on the car for the event that was designed and created by Don Adamczyk and Justin Gumley. The team will also be honoring eight fallen heroes during the event with names being carried on the helmets of each of the team’s members.

“We just purchased this car from Our Motorsports, it was a show car, but we have been busy making it ready to compete.” After a pair of top ten finishes in the team’s first two ARCA Menards series races at Daytona and Talladega the Jankowiak Racing Team #73 Ford with crew chief Mike Dayton head into Charlotte Motor Speedway with momentum and solid sponsorship support from multiple marketing partners. “We are so lucky to have these sponsors on board, we did not know we were going to run this event a month ago so to have support on a project we put together pretty quickly means a lot.”

V1 Fiber: A North Carolina based fiber engineering and construction company is the Jankowiak Racing team’s primary sponsor. “We are very lucky to be teamed up with everyone at V1 Fiber” said Jankowiak. “In the short time we have worked together I feel like I have become one of the family”. We are thrilled to represent the company while racing at Charlotte which is in their backyard.

V1 Fiber founded in 1994 and based in Mooresville, NC. with numerous projects spread across the south east. A leader in the telecom fiber construction industry, they have built thousands of miles of coaxial and fiber optic plants throughout the U.S. Their plans as a company are to continue to grow with a commitment to excellence within the fiber optics industry. They are a full-service national provider of telecommunications construction, installation, and maintenance services.

Offering state of the art “trenchless technologies” allows V1 Fiber to install plants for customers throughout the country with minimal disturbance to the surrounding areas. They also offer extensive fiber optic splicing capabilities allowing V1 Fiber to service even the most remote plants. To learn more about how V1 Fiber can be your fiber optics construction partner on your next project please visit V1fiber.com.

Thermal Foams Inc: An industry leader in the manufacturing of specialty foam products returns for the Charlotte General Tires 150 race. Based in New York and Pennsylvania, the four-decade-old company specializes in molded polystyrene foams engineered and insulated panel systems. They are a leader in distribution insulation and cushioning materials as well as exterior insulation finishing systems. Thermal Foams Inc. has an in-house design department that can tailor a product for all of your shipping needs as well. They have been in business since 1959 with strong ties to auto racing and based in Buffalo, NY. Please visit Thermalfoams.com to learn how they can help with your next project.

Pinnacle Travel Staffing: Located in Grand Island, NY they will be returning to the Jankowiak Racing team. Pinnacle Travel Staffing is a national provider of traveling nursing professionals. Family run with a great reputation, Pinnacle Travel Staffing takes great pride in being a leader in the nation in providing psychiatric and correctional nursing to regions of the country in need. Pinnacle Travel Staffing’s family values in business as evidenced by their motto: Why be treated like a number when you can be treated like family? To learn more about how Pinnacle Travel Staffing can provide a traveling nursing staff anywhere in the country, please visit Pinnacletravelstaffing.com

Planterbox Direct: Coming on board for the General Tires 150. You can find them online at Planterboxdirect.com. A Western New York company, Planterboxdirect.com is a one-stop-shop for planter boxes, tools, and accessories. You can design a planter box to fit or collaborate with their experienced and helpful staff. Made in the USA and proud of it, Planter Box Direct is your solution for high quality planter boxes tailored to your specific project. It is all at a click of the mouse and delivered to your door when you visit Planterboxdirect.com.

Indy Kart Raceway: A premier electric indoor karting facility located in Rochester, NY, also marks its first race as a sponsor. Indy Kart Raceway offers arrive and drive, birthday parties, group, and league racing so it is a perfect destination for fun with family and friends. These karts are capable of high speeds that will challenge even the most experienced of drivers. Fast fun for adults and kids at a very affordable price and indoors when you need to stay busy on a rainy day this summer. To set up your day at the track.

Palm Beach Ceramics: A Florida-based ceramic coating company. Palm Beach Ceramics offers glass coating for cars, RVs, boats and in house projects that is of the highest show quality in the industry. For more information visit Palmbeachceramics.com to learn about the services they offer and to help you get set up with an appointment. Palm Beach Ceramics prides itself on quality and is a great friend to the motorsports industry.

OneRail: They have been with the team since its inception. OneRail contracts and handles all of your business shipping needs with a system that offers the most efficient solutions for your business shipping needs. From the first mile to the final mile, delivered OneRail handles everything from same to to across the globe under one platform and keeps your business moving while saving you time and money. To learn more about how OneRail can help your business please visit OneRail.io

Rear End Specialists: Another sponsor joining the Jankowiak Racing team again will be Rear End Specialists and MAT Services of Tonawanda, NY. Rear End Specialists offers the best differential and drive-line experts to work on your cars, trucks and project cars. They offer big truck and car repair as well as alignment work for front and rear. Call today and ask for Billy to help you get your car rolling again. MAT Services is your all in our property maintenance company, from lawn care to snow removal, MAT Services has your back all year long.

Speedway Illustrated: With the team as always will be Speedway Illustrated Magazine, which offers monthly subscriptions for an entire year for just $19.99. Please visit store SpeedwayIllustrated.com and sign up today!

Prominently displayed on the roof of the Jankowiak Racing Ford number 73 will be a charity organization known as The Yukon Creek Sportsman’s Club. Yukon Creek is a hunting camp located in New York’s Allegany County. The charity’s mission is to provide a no-cost hunting experience for disabled and wheelchair-bound people. The group provides lodging and purpose-built off-road vehicles to visitors of the camp. Welcome to all who would like to enjoy a hunting experience, Yukon Creek has a dedicated and caring staff who are there to assist visitors with all their individual needs. To learn more about Yukon Creek visit YukonCreek.com.

The General Tire 150 at Charlotte Motor Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, May 29th at 7 p.m. ET and will broadcast live nationally on FS1. You can also keep up with Jankowiak at www.facebook.com/andyjracing


BUFFALO, N.Y. — Pinnacle Travel Staffing, a family-run nationwide placement service for traveling nurses is joining AJ Racing for the ARCA Menards Series’ General Tire 200 on April 24 at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama. Pinnacle Travel Staffing will also be on AJ Racing’s Modified throughout 2021.

Andy Jankowiak, owner and driver of the AJ Racing Team number 73 Ford Fusion, is a rookie in the ARCA Menards Series. He stunned the entire racing community with an 8th-place finish in his super-speedway debut at Florida’s Daytona International Speedway in February.

Jankowiak heads into Talladega as a legitimate contender despite this being just the new team’s second race. “Racing at Talladega is a dream come true and we have a legitimate chance to win,” said the 33-year-old driver. “We have been working very hard and I believe we made the car better than it was for Daytona, so the sky is the limit.”

“Everyone on the team is excited to welcome Pinnacle Travel Staffing because our perspectives are so similar,” said Jankowiak. “It takes a team to win races just like it takes a team to build the positive relationships that have made 17-year-old Pinnacle Travel Staffing a company that founder Marty Rastelli and his employees represent proudly while always remaining committed to the positive relationships built through the years.”

The General Tire 200 at Talladega is scheduled for Saturday, April 24 at 1 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live nationally on FS1.

Pinnacle Travel Staffing will be showcased on the team’s asphalt Modified after Talladega. The main focus will be on the ultra-competitive Race of Champions Tour where Jankowiak has enjoyed much success.

“I am always proud to represent a Western New York Company and I look forward to racing this year with Pinnacle Travel Staffing on our team,” Said Jankowiak.

About Pinnacle Travel Staffing: Located in Grand Island, New York, Pinnacle Travel Staffing is America’s leader in providing psychiatric and correctional nursing professionals to regions in need. Pinnacle Travel Staffing serves by their motto: “Why be treated like a number when you can be treated like family?” To learn more about Pinnacle Travel Staffing please visit their website at www.pinnacletravelstaffing.com

About AJ Racing: Second-generation race driver Andy Jankowiak is a Tonawanda, New York-based fan-favorite for his work ethic, talent behind the wheel, and many hard-earned victories. You can also keep up with Jankowiak by following him at www.facebook.com/andyjracing.


Unexpected but Talented Drivers Rise to the Top

Tom Morris/Myracenews photos

Oxford, ME (August 24, 2019): The Tri-Track Open Modified Series (TTOMS) made their debut at Oxford Plains Speedway (OPS) on Saturday night as part of the Oxford 250 weekend.  And, while Matt Hirschman of Northampton, PA, had never raced at the Oxford, ME, oval his ‘inexperience’ at the track proved to be inconsequential for the experienced veteran who dominated the race to take down the victory.

Ronnie Williams of Ellington, CT chased Hirschman to the checkers and Andy Jankowiak of Tonawanda, NY, put on quite a show to complete the podium. Andy Shaw of Center Conway, NH, a multi-time winner at OPS in both Late Models and PASS Modifieds, was fourth followed by Brian Robie of Sunapee, NH.

Hirschman officially led all the laps of competition. The race; however, was not without some tense moments for the eventual winner.

By virtue of his heat race victory and a good pull during the redraw, Hirschman started the 100- lap event from the pole. He jumped out to the lead from the drop of the green with Anthony Nocella of Berlin, MA, taking chase. Woody Pitkat of Bellingham, MA, and Brad Babb of Windham, ME, were looking racy in the early going; running inside the top-five.  

Johnny Kievman, of Deerfield Beach, FL, who had started fifth, was falling back through the field. In the early going, contenders like Matt Swanson were struggling to make headway. Up front, Nocella began to falter losing positions to Pitkat and Babb.  Babb immediately went in search of second. Williams had moved up a few positions and into fifth. Ron Silk of Norwalk, CT, too, was making slow progress. Gaining two positions to move into seventh. 

By lap 20, Babb got by Pitkat to take over the runner-up spot. A bit deeper in the pack, Shaw was keeping pace with Silk as the two worked their way toward the front.  Leader Hirschman could not get any breathing room over Babb during the green flag run. Pitkat and Nocella ran nose-to-tail as Williams took chase in fifth.

At lap 30, the battle was heating up between Pitkat, Nocella, and Williams while Shaw continued to shadow Silk. Nocella was able to take the spot away from Pitkat on lap 37. Just outside of the top-five, Robie, Jankowiak, Matt Galko of Meriden, CT, Les Hinckley of Windsor Locks, CT and Russ Hersey of Swanzey, NH, were locked in a battle of their own.

By lap 40, Williams had also gotten by Pitkat. A few laps later Pitkat lost ground to Shaw and Silk; falling further down in the running order. Up front it was all Hirschman and Babb. Just shy of halfway, Nocella showed a surge. Passing Babb for second on lap 49 and bringing others along for the ride.

At the halfway marker Hirschman now led Nocella, Williams, Shaw, and Babb inside the top-five. Silk, Pitkat, Robie, Jankowiak and Hinckley comprised the top-ten at the crossed flags.   

Williams begin to look low on Nocella for second with Shaw right in his tire tracks. He made the pass stick on lap 55. Shaw followed suit. Williams immediately caught Hirschman. Robie began to pressure Silk for sixth. This allowed Jankowiak, Hersey and Hinckley to join the fray.

Up front, Hirschman had a mirror full of Williams who, in turn, had to contend with Andy Shaw. The lead pack was in heavy lapped traffic before the first caution flew on lap 71 for a single car spin by Calvin Carroll of Andover, NJ. Tommy Barrett of Millis, MA, was put to the rear of the field for his involvement in the incident.

Under the caution everyone headed to pit road except for four cars – of which Jankowiak and Hersey where only on the lead lap. After quick service from his crew, Hirschman came off pit road first followed by Nocella, Williams, Swanson, Silk, Richard Savary of Canton, MA, Robie, Babb, Hinckley and others. Shaw lost the most ground on pit road and was relegated to restarting outside of the top ten. 

The ensuing restart found Jankowiak and Hersey on the front row. What could have been a race-winning strategy was for naught; especially for Hersey. Contact between the lead duo sent both cars sliding and the second caution flag flying.  With contact, Hirschman got hooked together with Jankowiak. Showing veteran prowess, the duo continued driving and eventually became dislodged. When the dust settled Galko, Nocella and Savary were also collected. Under caution, Hersey, Jankowiak, Galko, Nocella and Savary headed to pit road. All but Savary were able to continue.

Without a lap complete, it was once again Hirschman and Williams at the head of the field for the ensuing restart. Swanson and Silk made up row two. Back under green, there was three-wide action deeper in the pack with Carl Medeiros, Jr., of Westport, MA, Pitkat and Hinckley vying for position. Medeiros got the short end of the exchange; falling back several positions. A spin by Babb on lap 75 brought out the third caution.

When racing resumed it was Hirschman once again showing the way with Williams taking chase. Swanson ran a distance back in third with Shaw and Robie in tow. Silk was experiencing some woes having faltered and falling back toward the rear of the field. He would soon retire from the event.  

The front duo had worked their way out to a half-straightaway advantage, but Hirschman had no real pressure from Williams. The best battle on the field was for fourth between Shaw and Jankowiak. Robie and Nocella were locked in a heated battle as well.

Jankowiak got by Shaw on lap 88 and immediately hunted down Swanson. The complexion of the race changed for several drivers on lap 90. Jankowiak was looking to get by Swanson for the third when the two made contact. Jankowiak went spinning also collecting Swanson and Nocella. The caution was the fourth and final of the event

The new running order inside the top -five with 10 to go was Hirschman, Williams, Shaw, Robie, and Pitkat. The likes of Carroll, Joey Jarvis of Ascutney, VT, and Jacob Dore of Sanford, ME, were setting up to have strong nights restarting inside the top-ten with the dash to the checkers.

On the ensuing restart Hirschman began to check out on the field. Williams ran a distant second. Shaw and Pitkat were duking it out for third. Robie headed a battle for fifth that included none-other than a recovered and fast Jankowiak, Hinckley and Babb. Jankowiak took over the position and was looking for more. He got by Robie, took a position from Pitkat.  Not done yet, the hard-charger took third position from Shaw with only a couple of laps left.

With Hirschman handily taking the win over Williams. Jankowiak had a stout run to come home third. Coming to the checkers, contact found Pitkat spinning with Shaw running to a fourth-place finish over Robie. Hinckley, Babb and Carroll wound up in sixth through eighth. Pitkat, who took the checkered backward, was credited with ninth. Kirk Alexander of W. Swanzey, NH, completed the top-ten.

Heat race victories went to Nocella, Hirschman, Swanson and Robie.  The consolation event was won by Alexander. The feature event was paced by two different era Modifieds owned by the late, great Bob Judkins, after the Series’ paid tribute to the Hall of Fame driver.

Tri-Track Open Modified -Oxford 100 Official Finish – August 24, 2019 – Oxford Plains Speedway – Oxford, ME: 1. Matt Hirschman, Northampton, PA; 2. Ronnie Williams, Ellington, CT; 3. Andy Jankowiak, Tonawanda, NY; 4. Andy Shaw, Center Conway, NH; 5. Brian Robie, Sunapee, NH; 6. Les Hinckley, Windsor Locks, CT; 7. Brad Babb, Windham, ME; 8. Calvin Carroll, Andover, NJ; 9. Woody Pitkat, Bellingham, MA; 10. Kirk Alexander, W. Swanzey, NH; 11. Anthony Nocella, Berlin, MA; 12. Jacob Dore, Sanford, ME; 13. Matt Galko, Meriden, CT; 14. Matt Swanson, Acton, MA; 15. Joey Jarvis, Ascutney, VT; 16. Jon Kievman, Deerfield Beach, FL; 17. Larry Barnett, Moosup, CT; 18 .Geoff Rollins, Groton, MA; 19. Colbey Fournier, Berkley, MA; 20. Kurt Vigeant, Oxford, MA; 21. Russ Hersey, Swanzey, NH; 22. Tommy Barrett, Millis, MA; 23. Anthony Sesely, Matawah, NJ; 24. Ron Silk, Norwalk, NJ; 25. Carl Medeiros, Jr., Westport, MA; 26. Richard Savary, Canton, MA; 27. Kris Watson, Hermon, ME. DNQ: Andrew Charron, E. Greenwich, RI; Steven Dickey, Milford, NH; Derek Robie, Bellingham, MA; Bill Dixon N. Waterboro, ME; George Sherman, Framingham, MA.