Race of Champions management ready to continue relationship based on communication & resolution
ELMA, NY (January 1, 2020) — Since the completion of the 2019 US Open at New York International Raceway Park, home to Lancaster National Speedway, Race of Champions management has continued its attempts to resolve issues with the facility.
To date finances for purse money due to Race of Champions have still not been paid in full, to date, and caused delayed payouts to various teams that raced that weekend (September 13, 14 and 15, 2019). The continued delays by track management not meeting terms agreed upon with the Race of Champions. Due to these circumstances Race of Champions management has opted to suspend its partnership with New York International Raceway Park, home to Lancaster National Speedway until a resolution has been reached.
The Race of Champions has paid the teams in full that participated in the event utilizing monies from Race of Champions operational funds.
“There was a meeting with speedway management after the event and the season was completed to address concerns and the terms which were previously agreed upon,” stated Joe Skotnicki, Race of Champions, owner. “It got to the point where we wanted to get teams paid and had to use some of our operational funding to accomplish this. We recognized the time gap of payment was unfair to the competitors who had not received the purse money that was due to them.”
Race of Champions management is open to discussion and would consider all options regarding all racing related items once payment is reconciled and correspondence resumes.
“I would like to work things out with the speedway, however, misinformation and speculation by racers, sponsors and fans is misleading and confusing.” Skotnicki continued, “Race of Champions wants to open all lines of communication with New York Raceway International Park and to communicate to all what is truly taking place, create a resolution, and move forward.”
Race of Champions management will provide updates in regard to this situation as progress is made.
The Race of Champions is a sanctioning body presenting Modified and Stock Car racing on asphalt and dirt surfaces throughout the Northeast, with events in New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey with primary marketing partners Hoosier Racing Tire, VP Racing Fuels, US Army, Upstate Automotive Group, Waddell Communications, Pilat Graphic Design, Jerico TDH Refrigeration, Sherwood Racing Wheels, PavedTrackDigest.com and Speed51.com. The 70th annual Race of Champions weekend will take place in 2020 at Lake Erie Speedway in North East, Pennsylvania and is the second longest consecutive auto-racing event in North America, second only to the Indianapolis 500.
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
LANCASTER, N.Y. (June 28, 2019) – A near capacity crowd welcomed the 60th consecutive season of stock car racing at Lancaster Speedway @ New York International Raceway Park on Thursday night as Andy Jankowiak of Tonawanda, N.Y. won the 5th annual Ol’ Boy Cup 60 Bill Colton Memorial race for the Race of Champions Modified Series.
The event was the first stock car race held under the New York International Raceway Park (NYIRP) ownership group, which purchased the facility in late April. NYIRP has partnered with the management and staff of the Race of Champions to put on a six-race schedule of stock car races in 2019.
In additional action, Tim Welshans of West Falls, N.Y. earned his first career Street Stock victory at Lancaster. Josh Schosek of Hamburg, N.Y. captured his first ever win at Lancaster in the 4-Cylinders. In the NYPA TQ Midgets, Kyle Hutchinson of East Aurora, N.Y won the 20-lap feature.
A total of 25 RoC Modifieds were on hand for the first of three visits by the series this season at Lancaster. Timmy Catalano and Daryl Lewis, Jr. were scheduled to lead the field to the opening green flag. Things did not go as planned for Lewis, however, as he pulled out of line just as the field came out of turn four to take the green. He stopped on the track to put the start of the race on hold.
This moved Scott Wylie to the front row for the second attempt to start the race. Wylie capitalized on this as he grabbed the lead from Catalano when the race got under way. Eric Beers eventually settled into second followed by Patrick Emerling, Catalano and Chuck Hossfeld.
Emerling, a former Ol’ Boy Cup winner, wasted little time as he moved from his seventh starting position to take over second from Beers on lap 6. The race continued just past the halfway point without another caution as Wylie and Emerling pulled out to a slight advantage over the field.
Jankowiak started 10th after winning his heat race. He passed Hossfeld for third on lap 14, but was over a second behind the leaders at this point. Jankowiak made up the ground, and was challenging Emerling for second right before the caution came out on lap 31 for a spin by Jake Rought.
The race took a dramatic turn following a restart on lap 34. Wylie and Emerling were racing for the lead in turn two when the pair made contact. Wylie suffered a damaged left front wheel, and lost control of the car. A few cars were caught up in the chaos the ensued. Daryl Lewis, Jr. hit a Thermal Foam block protecting an infield light pole, but was able to drive away. Jack Ely suffered the worst damaged, which ended his night. Wylie’s night was also done after leading the first 34 laps.
Emerling lost momentum when he made contact with Wylie and slipped back to second place. Jankowiak was scored as the leader when the race restarted followed by Emerling, Catalano, Hossfeld and Beers.
Catalano got past Emerling for second on the restart. This allowed Jankowiak to pull away as the pair battled for position. He looked to be on cruise control to an easy victory when a pair of yellow flags on lap 48 bunched the field up one more time.
Emerling regained second on the restart, and then went after Jankowiak to try and take the lead. He hounded Jankowiak throughout the final 10 laps, looking to make an inside move. While Emerling looked to have the stronger car, Jankowiak did a masterful job of not relinquishing the inside line.
Jankowiak held on to capture the Ol’ Boy Cup V for his fourth career RoC Modified win at Lancaster. He has won four of the last ten RoC races at Lancaster dating back to the start of the 2017 season.
While he has done a lot of traveling to other tracks up and down the East Coast this season, Jankowiak was happy to be back in victory lane at the track he grew up at. “It is fun going in the truck to Riverhead, Bowman Gray and Seekonk, but this is home, and I’m glad so many fans came out to support this race tonight at Lancaster,” said Jankowiak.
Emerling had to settle for second followed by Hossfeld, Catalano and Beers. The RoC Modifieds return to Lancaster on August 17 for the 30th annual Tommy Druar/Tony Jankowiak Memorial 110.
Front row starters Mark Hoch and Tim Welshans battled for the duration of the 30-lap Street Stock feature. Hoch led the opening seven laps from the pole while followed closely by Welshans. There was one caution during the race. It came on lap 7 when Ken Maltby and Rich Sharpe got together off of turn two.
Welshans took advantage of the restart to take the lead from Hoch. He then held off Hoch for the final 22 laps, without a caution, to capture his first ever Street Stock win at Lancaster. Hoch finished second followed by Nik Welshans, Max Northem and Tommy Wentland. A total of 23 Street Stocks were on hand.
The 4-Cylinder 20-lap feature had several caution periods, but also had some intense battles for the lead throughout. Former track champion, Dan Dressel, grabbed the initial lead from the pole position. He led until lap 3 when Dave Brunka and Jacob Gustafson got by him.
Josh Schosek started ninth in the 19-car field, but passed Gustafson for second by lap 5. He got by Brunka for the lead just two laps later.
Gustafson landed back in second to battle Schosek for a second time. The young driver from Webster, N.Y. used the outside line to challenge Schosek for the lead. Gustafson managed to take the lead on lap 13, but could only hold it for three laps.
Schosek took the lead back for good on lap 16, and he survived two restarts with less than three laps to go to capture his first win at Lancaster. Gustafson finished second followed by Jason Anasiewicz, Dressel and Brunka.
Kyle Hutchinson dominated the NYPA TQ Midgets feature as he led all 20 laps from the pole. He faced a couple challenges from eventual runner up Dave Wollaber. Andy Nye finished in third. Andy Jankowiak started last, and made his way up to fourth by race’s end. Erik Musto rounded out the top five.
The next stock car event at Lancaster Speedway @ NYIRP is Thursday, July 11 with the Joe Reilly Tribute 54 for the RoC Sportsman Series. The Street Stocks, 4-Cylinders and NYPA TQ Midgets will be back in action as well.
About Lancaster Speedway & Dragway @ New York International Raceway Park: 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 Speedway & Dragway @ NYIRP check out our websitewww.lancasternationalspeedway.com. Additional information for racers and fans can be found on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/LancasterSpeedway) and on Twitter (@LancasterSpdwy).
RACE OF CHAMPIONS MODIFIED SERIES
Fast Qualifier: Mike Leaty – 17.232
Heat Winners: Eric Beers, Andy Jankowiak, Tommy Catalano
Ol’ Boy Cup V Finish: ANDY JANKOWIAK, Patrick Emerling, Chuck Hossfeld, Tommy Catalano, Eric Beers, Amy Catalano, Daren Scherer, Daryl Lewis, Jr., Owen Bednasz, John Barber, Chris Ridsdale, Dan Majchrzak, Austin Beers, Mike Leaty, Jake Rought, Bobby Weber, Timmy Catalano, Alan Bookmiller, Chris Finocchario, Scott Wylie, Jack Ely, Karl Hehr, Kevin Miller, George Skora III, Danny Knoll, Jr.
Heat Winners: Tim Welshans, Tommy Wentland, Max Northem
Feature: TIM WELSHANS, Mark Hoch, Nik Welshans, Max Northem, Tommy Wentland, Mike Scott, Tom Northem, Chris Powers, Rich Sharpe, Mike Dalfonso, Ken Maltby, Lou Carbone, Jerry Kosmowski, Tim Garlock, Frank Prell, Chris Handley, Rich Carnes, Mike Rogers, Wes Lebar, Jim Dauer, Scott Chaplin, Michele Russo DNS: Scott Soos
Heat Winners: Kevin Bainbridge, Jacob Gustafson
Feature: JOSH SCHOSEK, Jacob Gustafson, Jason Anasiewicz, Dan Dressel, David Brunka, Kevin Bainbridge, Dave Milbrand, Jr., Andy Danielwicz, Dave Evans, Robert Palmer, Casey Pew, Mason Offhaus, Kyle Casper, Charles Palmer, Ross Bulger, Jr., Chris Pennell, Tommy Hughes, Bob Bogner, Jimmy Pierce
NYPA TQ MIDGETS
Heat Winners Bobby Holmes, Kyle Hutchinson
Feature: KYLE HUTCHINSON, Dave Wollaber, Andy Nye, Andy Jankowiak, Erik Musto, Bobby Holmes, AJ Hessler, Brandon Zavarella, Vinny Christiano, Jr., Vinny Christiano III, Arik McGruder, Tony Patrea, Ted Jones, Chad Haywood, Pat Smith, Sean McNamara, Cameron Ruggiero, Chester Haywood, Jim Musto, Mark Schulz, Kevin Wilson, Tim Ruggerio