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Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway Ready to Celebrate 2018 Season at Awards Banquets

Drag Racing & Stock Car Teams to be saluted at respective banquets

LANCASTER, N.Y. (October 19, 2018) – It’s that time of year when Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway racers put away the fire suits and helmets and get out the suits and ties or dresses for the annual Season Awards Banquets.

The Lancaster National Dragway banquet will be held Friday, November 9 at the Variety Club Banquet Hall at 6114 Broadway in Lancaster. Pre-dinner cocktails will begin at 6 p.m. followed by dinner, awards and dancing. The 2018 Franco’s Pizza IHRA Drag champions and top point finishers will be recognized, plus the 2018 class for the Lancaster National Drag Wall of Fame will be inducted. The 2018 Wall of Fame class includes John Torrelli, Mike Swinarski, Dick Collins and Mac Myers.

Tickets are $50 for adults and $20 for kids under 18. Junior Dragster points members will receive free entry. Tickets can be purchased by downloading the order form from the LNS&D website (www.lancasternationalspeedway.com). All ticket orders should be sent to Sharon Hughes by November 2.

The Lancaster National Speedway awards banquet will be held the following night, Saturday, November 10, at the Buffalo Pizza & Ale House & Banquet Room at 603 Dingens St. in Buffalo. Cocktails start at 6 p.m. followed by dinner and the awards ceremony. A live DJ will provide music for dancing following the awards. Tickets are $38 for adults and $20 for kids 17 and under. Banquet tickets include admission to the live music playing at the bar next to the banquet room. Attendees can also receive 50% off rooms at the adjoining Best Western hotel. Rooms can be booked by calling the hotel at 716-240-9161.

Stock Car banquet ticket order forms can also be found on the website. Orders must be sent to Todd Hannon by November 3.


Chuck Hossfeld, Joe Mancuso, Tommy Catalano and Jacob Gustafson all Earn US Open Race of Champions Series Victories-

Lancaster, N.Y. – (September 24, 2018) – Matt Hirschman of Northampton, Pa., earned his fifth US Open victory in the 30th edition of the event on Sunday afternoon in front of a sun drenched crowd at Lancaster (N.Y.) National Speedway. It was Hirschman’s fourth Race of Champions victory during the 2018 season.

“This is a big win for us, we had to work for it,” stated Hirschman from victory lane. “Andy (Jankowiak) was strong but our tire strategy played out and here we are. I’m really proud of all of my team, they did a great job. We lost a great competitor this week in Greg Hodnett and I wanted to recognize him and all that he meant to racing.”

Hirschman started third and chased Tommy Catalano of Ontario, N.Y., during the early stages of the race even swapping the lead with Hirschman before pitting. Andy Jankowiak of North Tonawanda, N.Y., who was the defending event champion made his way to the top spot before Hirschman took the lead for good on lap 110.

Hirschman held off Jankowiak over the closing 15 laps to earn the victory. Jankowiak was second with Mike Leaty of Ontario, N.Y., finishing third. Patrick Emerling of Orchard Park, N.Y., finished fourth while Catalano rounded out the top-five.

In the Late Model Series race, Catalano maneuvered around Bob Weber of Clarence, N.Y., and Eldon King, III of Delevan, N.Y., to earn the victory. King finished second with Weber third.

Chuck Hossfeld of Ransmoville, N.Y., scored the Sportsman Modified Series victory on Saturday. Hossfeld held off Mike Fiebelkorn of Eden, N.Y., and Eddie Hawkins of Rochester, N.Y., to earn his third straight Sportsman US Open victory.

Joe Mancuso of Buffalo, N.Y., came out on top in the Super Stock Series race. Mancuso took the lead from Tim Gullo of Elmira, N.Y., after a spirited battle for the win. Tommy Krawczyk of West Seneca, N.Y., finished a close second in the feature event with Gullo coming home third.

Jacob Gustafson of Webster, N.Y., scored his first-ever Race of Champions Four Cylinder Dash Series victory on Saturday evening. Kenny Hejna of South Buffalo, N.Y., finished second but was penalized for refusing post-race inspection. Jimmy Pierce of Buffalo, N.Y., finished third.

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Feature Finish

US Open 125

Lancaster National Speedway, Lancaster, N.Y.

Finishing Position, Car Number, Driver, Laps Completed, Reason Out (If Any)

Finish             Starting Position                No.                 Name                                                            Laps

1                      3                                              60                   Matt Hirschman                                        125

2                      11                                           12x                 Andy Jankowiak

3                      4                                              25                   Mike Leaty

4                      6                                              07                   Patrick Emerling

5                      1                                              54c                 Tommy Catalano

6                      7                                              65                   George Skora, III

7                      9                                              45B                 Eric Beers

8                      18                                           88                   Scott Wylie

9                      8                                              22                   Chuck Hossfeld

10                   5                                              32                   Tyler Rypkema

11                   2                                              45c                 Timmy Catalano.

12                   12                                           10l                  Daryl Lewis, Jr.

13                   13                                           59                   Karl Hehr

14                   15                                           17                   Danny Knoll, Jr.

15                   21                                           40                   Alan Bookmiller

16                   20                                           84                   Larry Jackson                                             124

17                   14                                           64                   Amy Catalano                                            123

18                   17                                           1                      Chris Risdale                                               100                 Suspension

19                   10                                           3                      Daren Scherer                                           100                 Power Steering

20                   19                                           54e                 Jack Ely                                                         2                      Rotor

21                   20                                           8                      Chris Finnocchario                                    0                      Engine

Time of Race: 53 minutes and 8 seconds                 Average Speed: 71.390 mph               Margin of Victory: .568 seconds

Lead Changes: 4 among 3 drivers (Tommy Catalano – 1-50; Matt Hirschman 51-53; Catalano 54-89; Andy Jankowiak 90-109; Hirschman 110-125)

Speed51.com “Top of the Board” Award; Mike Leaty (17.248 seconds)

Paved Track Qualifying Race Winners; Daren Scherer (2); Andy Jankowiak (2); Matt Hirschman (4)

Jerico Performance “Jammin’ Gears Awards”; Scott Wylie (Advanced 10 positions in feature)

US Army Top Performer Award; Matt Hirschman (17.248 seconds)

Jan “Pops” Leaty Award – Leader Lap 25 – Tommy Catalano

$100 Bicknell Racing Products Certificate Award (Third Place) – Mike Leaty

MyRacePass “Free Pass” Award – Alan Bookmiller

Feature Finish

US Open 30 – Late Models

Lancaster National Speedway, Lancaster, N.Y.

Finishing Position, Car Number, Driver, Laps Completed, Reason Out (If Any)

Pos           No.           Name

1              98            Tommy Catalano

2              0              Eldon King, III

3              11            Bob Weber

4              66            Terry Weldy

5              45            Dave Heitzhaus

6              12            Bob Minacapelli

7              37            Frank Batista, Jr.

8              07            Nick Crassi

9              48            Sam Fullone

10            2              Dave Whittaker

11            31x          Ron Richter

12            11x          Mark Mecurio

13            93            Dave Russell

14            3              Matt Bove

Qualifying Race Winners; Bob Weber, Eldon King, III

Feature Finish

US Open 75 – Sportsman

Lancaster National Speedway, Lancaster, N.Y.

Finishing Position, Car Number, Driver, Laps Completed, Reason Out (If Any)

Pos           No.           Name

1              22            Chuck Hossfeld

2              10            Mike Fiebelkorn, Jr.

3              32            Tyler Rypkema

4              33            Eddie Hawkins

5              57x          Andy Jankowiak

6              44            Scott Wylie

7              8              Chris Finocchario

8              18            Mark Pennell

9              74            Sherri Hogan

10            01            John Barber

11            65l           Andy Lewis

12            36            Dave Kozlowski

13            27            Jake Vernon

14            40            Alan Bookmiller

15            41l           Timmy Lewis

16            54t           Jayme Thompson

17            6              Leo Becker

18            11            Bobby Weber

19            6              Scott Hossfeld

20            65            George Skora, III

21            10l           Daryl Lewis, Jr.

22            2              Owen Bednasz

23            09            Mike Ramos

24            1              Tony Hanbury

25            31            Tony Carbone

26            00            Connor Sellars

27            51            Shawn Nye

Qualifying Races: Chuck Hossfeld, Tyler Rypkema, George Skora, III

Feature Finish

US Open 30 Super Stocks

Lancaster National Speedway, Lancaster, N.Y.

Finishing Position, Car Number, Driver, Laps Completed, Reason Out (If Any)

Pos           No.           Name

1              64            Joe Mancuso

2              48            Tommy Krawczyk

3              71            Tim Gullo

4              44            Jake Wylie

5              75            Zach Willis

6              75a          Chuck Anderson

7              11            Terry Cheetham

8              48b          Eric Brown

9              06            TJ Cochrane

10            84            Josh Schoonmaker

11            52            Joel Gleason

12            03            Dale Lazzaro

13            46            Cole Hicks

14            99            Bob Ripley

15            13            Tom Northem

16            22            Willie Strusz

17            94            Kory Rider

18            2f             Joe Fetzer

19            1              Vern Hedderick

20            72            Mike Nichols

21            09            Andy Cryan

22            28            Tommy Barron

23            98            Scott Wylie

24            89            Jeff Whalen

25            18            Max Northem

26            09x          Charles Buchanan

Qualifying Race Winners; Tommy Krawzcyk; Joe Mancuso; Zach Willis

Feature Finish

US Open 30 Super Stocks

Lancaster National Speedway, Lancaster, N.Y.

Finishing Position, Car Number, Driver, Laps Completed, Reason Out (If Any)

1              66            Jacob Gustafson

2              71x          Ken Hejna (Penalty)

3              26            Jimmy Pierce

4              3              Jason Anasiewicz

5              33            Bobby Woch

6              57            Scott Fritz

7              27            Joe Brunka

8              89            Jody London

9              18            Chris Pennell

10            49x          Andy Danielwicz

11            28            Dave Brunka

12            37ny        Bob Palmer

13            04            Travis Montgomery

14            10x          Ryan Palmer

15            42            Jason Adams

16            30            Bob Bogner

17            73            Adam Killingbeck

18            24            Tommy Hughes

19            9              Braden Suffaletta

20            54            Briar Dils

21            7              Jeff Dorenzo

22            9b            Kevin Bainbridge

23            10            Charles Palmer

24            12            Dave Milbriand

Did Not Start: Dan Dressel; Justin Sass; Dave Evans; Andy Jankowiak; Greg Krause; Tim Durfy

Qualifying Race Winners; Dave Brunka; Dave Milbrand, Jr.; Jacob Gustafson; Charles Palmer

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Hossfeld & Jankowiak score 8th U.S. Open wins; Mancuso & Gustafson victorious

LANCASTER, N.Y. (September 22, 2018) – Chuck Hossfeld and Andy Jankowiak continued to leave their mark on the U.S. Open record books at Lancaster National Speedway on Saturday night. Both drivers captured their eighth career Open victories to kick off the prestigious weekend of racing at the Western New York ½-mile oval.

Hossfeld, of Ransomville, N.Y., bagged his third-straight win in the Race of Champions Sportsman Series 75-lap feature while Jankowiak, of Tonawanda, N.Y., dominated the 25-lap feature for the NYPA TQ Midgets.

In other X-Press Signs Stock Car action, Joe Mancuso of Buffalo, N.Y. won the inaugural John Julicher Classic for the Race of Champions Super Stock Series. Jacob Gustafson of Webster, N.Y. won the 25-lap Race of Champions 4-Cylinder Dash Series feature.

The Saturday portion of the 30th annual U.S. Open kicked off under cool, but sunny skies with 100 cars jamming the pits across the four divisions of racing.

In the evening’s main event, Mike Ramos and Bobby Weber led the field of 26 RoC Sportsman to the opening green flag. Ramos grabbed the lead at the start with Mike Fiebelkorn, Jr. moving from the third starting to the runner-up position. He eventually passed Ramos for the lead on lap 5

The first ten laps of the race were marred by five caution periods that derailed some potential front-running cars. Bobby Weber spun out coming off of turn on lap 8 while running inside the top five. His car nearly hit the end of the inside frontstretch wall, but luckily he missed it and spun into the infield. On the ensuing start, Ramos and former U.S. Open winner Tony Hanbury both took hard hits into the backstretch wall. Both drivers were unhurt. One lap later 2018 track champion, Owen Bednasz, triggered a multicar incident on the frontstretch. Both John Barber and Andy Jankowiak took damage in the melee, but both were able to return to the track.

Once the carnage was cleared, Fiebelkorn was the leader followed by Chris Finocchario, George Skora III, Tyler Rypkema and Hossfeld. Skora and Hossfeld quickly dispatched of Finocchario when racing resumed, and they then went after the leader. The duo of RoC Modified Series stars took over the top two spots in the field from Fiebelkorn on lap 14.

Skora and Hossfeld quickly pulled away from the pack with the two-time and defending winner of the race, Hossfeld, hounding Skora for the lead. Hossfeld drove past Skora for first place on lap 22, but their battle was far from over.

They raced until lap 37 when the yellow flag reappeared after a 27-lap green flag run following an incident in turn four between Daryl Lewis, Jr. and Jayme Thompson. Hossfeld and Skora continued to duel for the lead with Skora being able to get some runs under Hossfeld in turns two and four.

As the second half of the race went on the drama continued to build as Hossfeld and Skora raced each other as well as lapped traffic. The caution came out again on lap 64 after another long green flag run. Dave Kozlowski slammed the Thermal Foam blocks at the exit of turn four, but managed to drive away. Skora was forced to go to the pits during the caution period as a broken panhard bar ended his night early.

With Skora out of the picture, there was a little less pressure on Hossfeld with just nine laps to go. Fielbelkorn had hung with leaders most of the race, and was now back to second followed Rypkema and Jankowiak. Jankowiak had motored his way through the field after suffering damage early in the event.

The final restart of the race took place with just five laps to go, and Hossfeld pulled away during the final five circuits to score the victory. The win gives him eight career U.S. Open wins between the Modifieds and Sportsman, including three-straight in the Sportsman event.

Fiebelkorn finished an impressive second as the new car that he debuted late in the season ran very well once again. Rypkema finished third and showed some speed late in the race that gave him a shot to win. Eddie Hawkins and Jankowiak rounded out the top five.

Hossfeld’s eighth U.S. Open win was a record-tying victory, and not a record-breaking one as earlier in the night Jankowiak became the first driver with eight U.S. Open wins after rolling up the field in the NYPA TQ Midget feature.

Jankowiak led all 25 laps from the pole position to break the record and he also became the first driver to win U.S. Open features in four different divisions. He previously won in the Street Stocks (2006), Sportsman (2010-2014) and last year won the U.S. Open 125 Modified race.

Dave Wollaber might have had a shot to challenge Jankowiak for the win, but would have needed a late race caution to do so. Wollaber stormed through the field to finish second followed by Mark Schulz, Kyle Hutchinson and Jeremy Haudricourt.

The inaugural John Julicher Classic for the RoC Super Stock Series featured a great battle for the win between eventual victor Joe Mancuso, Tim Gullo and Tommy Krawczyk. Scott Wylie and Zach Willis led the 26-car field to the drop of the green flag. Krawczyk started third, but took lead by the third lap of the race.

Gullo and Mancuso started tenth and 11th respectively, which forced them to work their way through the field to contend for the win. Mancuso led the charge as he made it up to sixth place by lap 8 with Gullo not far behind.

A trio of midrace cautions kept the field bunched up, which allowed Mancuso and Gullo to work their way through the top five. Mancuso and Gullo landed just behind Krawczyk in the running order with about 12 laps to go. On lap 20, Gullo managed to move from third place to take the lead from Krawczyk while Mancuso got shuffled back to fourth behind Chuck Anderson.

Mancuso had to crawl his way back to the front of the field again, and he caught Gullo with just five laps to go. He wrestled the lead from Gullo on lap 27 after an intense battle between all three cars. Gullo pushed up high into Mancuso on a couple occasions, and Krawczyk nearly passed both of them on the inside.

A final caution period on lap 28 set up a green-white-checkered finish, but Mancuso took off on the final restart. Krawczyk and Gullo were left to battle for the runner-up spot as he cruised to his third career U.S. Open Super Stock win and a $1,500 payday. Krawczyk edged Gullo for second. Jake Wylie was the hard charger of the event as he came from the 19th starting position to finish fourth. Chuck Anderson completed the top five.

Jacob Gustafson was the lone winner of the night to get his name on the U.S. Open trophy for the very first time. Gustafson led the final 11 laps of the Race of Champions 4-Cylinder Dash Series to secure his first-ever win at Lancaster.

Gustafson passed pole sitter Jimmy Pierce for the lead just after a restart on lap 13, and then drove away from the field to pick up the victory. Pierce had a strong as he controlled the first half the event from the pole position before giving way to Gustafson. He finished second followed by Jason Anasiewicz, Bobby Woch and Scott Fritz.

The 30th annual U.S. Open resumes at Lancaster National Speedway on Sunday afternoon with the RoC Modified Series U.S. Open 125 plus the RoC Late Models and Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks. Racing begins at 2 p.m.

About Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway: Founded in 1959, Lancaster National Speedway and Dragway, WNY’s Premier Motorsports and Event Facility, 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).



Fast Qualifier: George Skora III – 18.247 seconds

Heat Winners: Chuck Hossfeld, Tyler Rypkema, George Skora III

Feature: CHUCK HOSSFELD, Mike Fiebelkorn, Jr., Tyler Rypkema, Eddie Hawkins, Andy Jankowiak, Scott Wylie, Chris Finocchario, Mark Pennell, Sherri Hogan, John Barber, Andy Lewis, Dave Kozlowski, Jake Vernon, Alan Bookmiller, Timmy Lewis, Jayme Thompson, Leo Becker, Bobby Weber, Scott Hossfeld, George Skora III, Daryl Lewis, Jr., Owen Bednasz, Mike Ramos, Tony Hanbury, Tony Carbone, Connor Sellars DNS: Shawn Nye


Fast Qualifier: Joe Mancuso – 19.619 seconds

Heat Winners: Tommy Krawczyk, Joe Mancuso, Zach Willis

Feature: JOE MANCUSO, Tommy Krawczyk, Tim Gullo, Jake Wylie, Zach Willis, Chuck Anderson, Terry Cheetham, Eric Brown, TJ Cochrane, Josh Schoonmaker, Joel Gleason, Dale Lazzaro, Cole Hicks, Bob Ripley, Tom Northem, Willie Strusz, Kory Rider, Joe Fetzer, Vern Hedderick, Mike Nichols, Andy Cryan, Tommy Barron, Scott Wylie, Jeff Whalen, Max Northem DNS: Charles Buchanan


Heat Winners: Dave Brunka, Dave Milbrand Jr., Jacob Gustafson, Charles Palmer

Feature: JACOB GUSTAFSON, Jimmy Pierce, Jason Anasiewicz, Bobby Woch, Scott Fritz, Joe Brunka, Jody London, Chris Pennell, Andy Danielwicz, Dave Brunka, Bob Palmer, Travis Montgomery, Ryan Palmer, Jason Adams, Bob Bogner, Adam Killingbeck, Tommy Hughes, Braden Suffaletta, Briar Dils, Jeff Dorenzo, Kevin Bainbridge, Charles Palmer, Dave Milbrand, Jr. DQ: Kenny Hejna DNS: Dan Dressel, Justin Sass, Dave Evans, Andy Jankowiak, Greg Krause, Tim Durfy


Heat Winners: Jeremy Haudricourt, Erik Musto

Feature: ANDY JANKOWIAK, Dave Wollaber, Mark Schulz, Kyle Hutchinson, Jeremy Haudricourt, Erik Musto, Andy Nye, AJ Hessler, Vinny Christiano, Jr., Pat Smith, Vinny Christiano III, Cameron Ruggiero, Kevin Wilson