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Janis, Antonicelli, DeLaney & Salemi inducted into Wall of Fame

LANCASTER, N.Y. (December 7, 2019) – Lancaster Dragway @ New York International Raceway Park (NYIRP) honored the efforts its competitors and teams during the 2019 season on Friday night during the annual awards banquet. 

The Variety Club Banquet Hall in Lancaster was the venue for the sold out affair that recognized track champions, award winners and the induction of the 2019 class of the Lancaster Dragway Wall of Fame.

Topping the list of 2019 track champions was Mallare Trucking Top ET champion Jan Winkowski of Cheektowaga, N.Y. WInkowski has piloted his “Lunatic Fringe” Chevrolet Nova 31 seasons at Lancaster, but never won a title until this season.

Reid Ricketson of Darien Center, N.Y. claimed his second Gianna Mazia’s Mod ET track title out of the last three seasons. Ricketson piled up four class wins while en route to the championship.

In Hebeler’s Sales Bikes & Sleds, Lucas Salemi of Amherst, N.Y. won his second career track championship. Salemi and Mike Peters battled all season long with each driver winning five times in 2019, but Salemi prevailed in the points race.

Donny “DJ” Raiser claimed his first track in 24 years by taking top honors in Tread City Tire Street. Raiser, a member of the Lancaster Dragway Wall of Fame, won three times in Street this year.

PJ Marston claimed his first ever Jr. Dragster track title in 2019 during our Tuesday Night racing program.

The fourth ever class of the Lancaster Dragway Wall of Fame was inducted during the ceremonies. Leading the 2019 class was NYIRP track owner, car builder and former racer Vito Antonicelli. Antonicelli and his wife Sylvia, along with Mike Swinarski, purchased the racing facility just weeks before the start of the 2019 racing season. 

Joining Antonicelli was racer and contributor Mike Janis. Janis got his start racing at Lancaster and has gone on to win Pro Modified World Championships in both NHRA and IHRA. He is also the owner of Jan-Cen Racing Engines and Jan-Cen Motorsports, which is located in Elma, N.Y. Jan-Cen builds engines for racers around the world.

The third member of the 2019 class was former racer and graphic designer Den DeLaney. DeLaney competed for a number of years at Lancaster, but is best known for his artwork. Dan “The Sign Man” DeLaney has designed and hand painted numerous race cars that have competed around the country.

The final inductee into the Wall of Fame was former racer and car builder Jim Salemi. Salemi owns and operates G-Force Racing Cars, which is an industry leader in building “doorslammer” style drag racing cars. Salemi is also the father of Bikes & Sleds champion Lucas Salemi.

A few individuals were also recognized for their efforts during the 2019 season with specialty awards. Wayne Cleveland was honored as the Sportsman of the Year. Diane Frank received the Libby Gaymon Award for her support of the Bracket Finals team that traveled to Pittsburgh this past September. Top ET racer Ann Marie Nugent was given the Most Improved Driver Award. She was the only driver to rack up two wins in Top this season.

With the 2019 season now in the books the staff and management of NYIRP will reflect on their first season as the stewards of Lancaster Dragway & Speedway during the holiday and Christmas season, and then turn their attention to preparing for 2020. The NYIRP ownership group thanks the Western New York racing community for their support during these past months, and looks forward to continuing the tradition of racing at Lancaster.


Patrick Emerling wins U.S. Open 125 at Lancaster Speedway

LANCASTER, N.Y. (September 15, 2019) – Patrick Emerling of Orchard Park, N.Y. won the 31st annual U.S. Open 125 Race of Champions Modified Series event on Sunday afternoon at Lancaster Speedway @ New York International Raceway Park. It was the second career U.S. Open win for Emerling, after winning the event back in 2016. 

In supporting action from the final day of the U.S. Open, Eldon King III of Freedom, N.Y. won the Race of Champions Late Model Series feature. Rich Sharpe of Lancaster won the U.S. Open Street Stock feature for a fourth-straight year, and for the fifth time in the last six years. 

Andy Jankowiak and Timmy Catalano led the field of 24 Modifieds to the opening green flag of the U.S. Open 125. Jankowiak led the opening lap before giving way to Catalano. Catalano controlled the pace through the first 20 laps of the event. The yellow flag was displayed for the first time on lap 20 when Chris Ridsdale spun. 

Mike Leaty started fourth after setting fast time in qualifying and winning his heat race. He moved into second behind Catalano when the race restarted on lap 27, and then took the lead on the following restart 11 laps later. 

Catalano did not let Leaty get away without a fight, however, as he chased Leaty for 15 laps before recapturing it on lap 53. His brother, Tommy Catalano, was running third until a mechanical issue took him out contention on lap 57. The caution flag was displayed again when Catalano stopped on the race track, which set off the first round of pit stops. Timmy Catalano, Emerling, Jankowiak, Scott Wylie and Owen Bednasz were among the ten cars that decided to pit. 

Leaty was handed back the lead as Catalano made his pit visit. He was joined at the front of the field by Eric Beers, Matt Hirschman, George Skora III and TJ Potrzebowski when the race restarted just after the halfway point. 

The misfortune for the Catalano family continued on lap 76 when Amy Catalano stopped on the track with an issue to bring out the yellow flag again. Leaty and Skora came to the pits during this caution period, which gave the lead to Beers and moved Hirschman to second. 

Hirschman, the defending and five-time U.S. Open winner, didn’t waste time on the restart as he took off when the green flag came back out to take the lead from Beers. It looked like Hirschman could be on his way to a sixth win on lap 87 when Chuck Hossfeld and Timmy Catalano made contact in turn one to signal the final caution period of the race. Hirschman and Beers pitted at this time to try and set themselves up for about a 30-lap dash through the field.

Emerling inherited the lead when Hirschman and Beers made their stops, which were the final two cars in the field to pit. Jankowiak lined up second followed by Hossfeld, Kevin Miller and Timmy Catalano. 

The race restarted with 31 laps to go, amd Emerling and Jankowiak took off from the field as they turn things into a two car battle for the win. Jankowiak appeared to have the stronger car early in the stretch run as he pressed Emerling especially on the outside through turns one and two. Emerling ran that outside line to block the advances of Jankowiak. 

Emerling began to pull away in the final 15 laps as Jankowiak’s car started to fade. He pulled out to over a one second advantage as Emerling worked through lapped traffic. Emerling cruised to the checkered flag for his second win in the U.S. Open 125. His victory, combined with a second place run in Friday’s Tommy Druar/Tony Jankowiak Memorial 110, has allowed Emerling to close within two points of Jankowiak for the RoC Modified Series points lead. 

Jankowiak finished second after a strong showing. Leaty came home third to give his L2 Autosport team two cars in the top three. Hirschman finished fourth after his strategy to pit late did not go as well as he had hoped. He got hung up in traffic, and wasn’t able to move through the field until very late. Chuck Hossfeld finished fifth in what could be his final U.S. Open start as he has announced he will retire from driving full-time at the end of this season. 

Eldon King III held off Danny Knoll, Jr. to clinch his first win RoC Late Model Series win at the U.S. Open. King took the lead from Terry Weldy on lap four, and then survived 29 lap green flag run to the finish to pick up the win. Knoll was right on King’s tail throughout most of the race, but was unable to overtake him. Weldy finished third behind King and Knoll. Dave Whittaker and Bobby Weber rounded out the top five. 

Rich Sharpe continued his domination of the Street Stocks at the U.S. Open as he won for the fifth time in six years. Sharpe did have his work cut out for him, however, as he started 12th in the 24-car field. 

Nik Welshans and Chris Powers led the field to green, and Welshans took the lead at the drop of the green flag. Welshans held the lead until lap 16 when Mike Scott drove between him and a lapped car down the front straightaway to take over first place. 

The start of the Street Stock feature went caution free for the first 17 laps until Brian Hoffman spun out in turn two. Rain began to fall during the caution period, which caused about a 30 minute delay to dry the track. 

When the rain stopped and the race resumed, Sharpe moved into second place behind Scott followed by Nik and Tim Welshans and Tommy Wentland. Debris on the track brought the yellow flag out again on lap 21. Sharpe lined up on the front row with Scott on the restart, and he took over the lead when the race went back to green. 

Sharpe drove away for the final eight laps to pick up his fourth win in a row at the U.S. Open. Scott held on to finish second followed by Tim and Nik Welshans and Wentland rounding out the top five. 

The U.S. Open brings an end to the 2019 Stock Car season at Lancaster Speedway. The NYIRP ownership group and the Race of Champions have already announced that they will be working together again to present a schedule of stock car events in 2020. The 32nd annual U.S. Open will take place September 11-13, 2020. The full schedule will be released in November. 



Fast Qualifier: Mike Leaty – 17.041 seconds

Heat Winners: Mike Leaty, Andy Jankowiak, Patrick Emerling

U.S. Open 125 Finish: PATRICK EMERLING, Andy Jankowiak, Mike Leaty, Matt Hirschman, Chuck Hossfeld, George Skora III, Eric Beers, Timmy Catalano, Kevin Miller, Owen Bednasz, Scott Wylie, Tyler Rypkema, Daren Scherer, Amy Catalano, Dan Majchrzak, T.J. Potrzebowski, Chris Ridsdale, Austin Beers, Tommy Catalano, Daryl Lewis, Jr., Mark Tychoniewicz, Dave DiPietro, Jake Rought, Andy Lewis


Heat Winners: Terry Weldy, Eldon King III

Finish: ELDON KING III, Danny Knoll, Jr., Terry Weldy, Dave Whittaker, Bobby Weber, Dave Heitzhaus, Tommy Catalano, Sam Fullone, Ron Richter, Jeremy Haudricourt, Frank Batista, Dave Rigan


Heat Winners: Rich Sharpe, Lou Carbone, Mike Scott

Feature: RICH SHARPE, Mike Scott, Tim Welshans, Nik Welshans, Tommy Wentland, Chris Powers, Brian Hoffman, Tyler Day, Mike Dalfonso, Lou Carbone, Jim Dauer, Frank Prell, Scott Gleed, Garrett Cleversley, Scott Chaplin, Scott Soos, Mike Rogers, Bob Palmer, Michele Russo, Max Northem, Wes Labar, Ken Maltby, Jay Canonico DNS: Dylan Carbone

Hossfeld, Mancuso, Holmes & Schosek take U.S. Open Saturday wins at Lancaster

LANCASTER, N.Y. (September 15, 2019) – Chuck Hossfeld of Ransomville, N.Y. won the Joe Reilly Crown Royal Classic 54 Race of Champion Sportsman Modified event on Saturday at Lancaster Speedway @ New York International Raceway Park as part of the 31st annual U.S. Open Weekend.

In additional action from U.S. Open Saturday, Joe Mancuso of Buffalo won the John Julicher Memorial RoC Super Stock feature. Josh Schosek of Hamburg, N.Y. won the RoC 4-Cylinder Dash Series feature. Bobby Holmes of Lockport, N.Y. won his second career RoC TQ Midget U.S. Open feature. 

Tyler Catalano and Daryl Lewis, Jr. led the field of 29 RoC Sportsman to the opening green flag of the 4th annual Joe Reilly Crown Royal Classic, which pays tribute to championship winning crew chief, Joe Reilly, who passed away in 2016. Lewis grabbed the lead at the start while Catalano slipped backwards in the opening laps. Heat winner Eddie Hawkins landed in second place followed by Shawn Nye, Patrick Emerling and Hossfeld. 

The first caution of the event happened on lap 8 when Dave Kozlowski spun out in turn two. On the restart Tommy Catalano spun into the infield off of turn four. Leo Becker also spun, which collected Ted Appleton and Jayme Thompson. Hossfeld and Emerling got by Nye on the restart to move into second and third place respectively. 

The yellow flag came out again on lap 20 when Becker spun out again in turn three. On the restart, Hossfeld pushed up high going into turn one, which cost him about four positions. This moved Emerling to second followed Nye, Mike Fiebelkorn, Jr. and Andy Jankowiak

The caution flag came out again on lap 21 for a spin by Becker and Jeff Szafraniec. The cars splashed water up on the race track from the infield, which led to a lengthy caution. Emerling developed an axle problem under caution, and was forced to pit. With Emerling surrendering the runner-up spot it moved up Nye, Fiebelkorn, Jankowiak and the rest of the field. 

Tyler Catalano backed into the Thermal Foam blocks in turn two on lap 31. Jankowiak had moved up to second place by this point followed by Hossfeld, Fiebelkorn and Nye. Hossfeld managed to take the lead from Lewis on the restart. 

Lewis and Jankowiak got together in turn one on lap 34, which resulted in another caution period that included Mike Ramos and Tony Carbone. By this point Tommy Catalano had driven his way back through the field after his lap 8 spin. He moved into third place behind Hossfeld and Nye by lap 34. 

Catalano got by Hossfeld for the lead on lap 36, but his stay at the front of the field was short lived as Hossfeld regained first place just three laps later. Hossfeld and Catalano continued to battle for first as the race entered the final ten laps. Despite repeated attempts by Catalano, Hossfeld would not be denied his fourth-straight U.S. Open Sportsman feature win. 

Hossfeld crossed the finish line first just ahead of Catalano. Emerling came back through the field after his crew repaired the broken axle to finish third. Mike Leaty came home fourth with Fiebelkorn rounding out the top five. The victory gives Hossfeld nine career U.S. Open victories with five wins in the Modifieds and four in the Sportsman. 

Joe Mancuso scored his fourth career U.S. Open Super Stock feature win and second in a row to capture the second annual John Julicher Memorial. Mancuso passed TJ Cochrane for the lead on lap 7, and never looked back as the race went caution-free for the first 29 of 30 laps. 

Cochrane spun out while running second to bring out the yellow, which set up a green-white-checkered finish. Mancuso out ran Tommy Krawczyk for the final two laps to secure the victory. Krawczyk finished second followed by Jake Wylie, Tommy Barron and Andy Cryan. Cryan finished fifth starting fifteenth. 

Josh Schosek led all 25 laps from the pole position to win the Butch Palmer Memorial for the RoC 4-Cylinder Dash Series. Schosek was the dominant car as he pulled away from the field late in the race to score his first U.S. Open win and second feature win of 2019 at Lancaster. 

Charles Palmer finished second after an intense battle with the rest of the top five. Dave Brunka finished third after starting 12th. Bob Palmer and Briar Dils rounded out the top five finishers. 

Bobby Holmes captured his second career U.S. Open TQ Midget feature win as he won the 25-lap RoC TQ Midget Series event. Holmes started 11th and passed Kyle Hutchinson and Dave Wollaber to take the lead on lap 14. 

Hutchinson started on the pole and led the first 13 laps. Wollaber and Holmes made their way to the front of the field to join Hutchinson in a three-car battle. Holmes went from third to first to take the lead for good with 11 laps to go. 

Andy Jankowiak came from the 20th starting position to finish second after passing Wollaber late in the race. Wollaber placed third followed by Hutchinson and Jeremy Haudricourt. 

The 31st annual U.S. Open weekend continues at Lancaster Speedway on Sunday with U.S. Open 125 for the Race of Champions Modified Series plus the RoC Late Models and Street Stocks. Qualifying begins at 1 p.m. on Sunday.



Fast Qualifier: Chuck Hossfeld – 18.178

Heat Winners: Daryl Lewis, Jr., Eddie Hawkins, Mike Fiebelkorn, Jr., Chuck Hossfeld

Joe Reilly Crown Royal Classic 54: CHUCK HOSSFELD, Tommy Catalano, Patrick Emerling, Mike Leaty, Mike Fiebelkorn, Jr., John Barber, Bobby Weber, Daryl Lewis, Jr., Andy Jankowiak, Dave Kozlowski, Joe Evans, Mark Pennell, Tyler Catalano, Tony Carbone, Mike Ramos, Eddie Hawkins, Leo Becker, Cassie Logsdeon, Erick Ruffell, Jeff Szafraneic, Shawn Nye, Tyler Rypkema, Andy Lewis, Kyle Hutchinson, Jayme Thompson, Jay Withey, Ted Appleton, Josh Shoonmaker, Pete Sisti


Heat Winners: Tommy Krawczyk, Joe Mancuso

John Julicher Memorial 30 : JOE MANCUSO, Tommy Krawczyk, Jake Wylie, Tommy Barron, Andy Cryan, Eric Brown, Tim Gullo, Chuck Anderson, Rob Pocobello, Ryan Lagoda, Josh Hunter, TJ Cochrane, Zach Willis, Travis Montgomery, Trevor Catalano, Dale Lazzaro, Max Northem, Joeal Gleason, Eric Hastrieter DNS: Vern Hedderick


Heat Winners: Jason Anasiewicz, Chris Pennell, Dave Brunka

Bob Palmer Memorial: JOSH SCHOSEK, Charles Palmer, Dave Brunka, Bob Palmer, Briar Dils, Chris Pennell, Jacob Gustafsson, Bob Bogner, Dan Dressel, Andy Danielwicz, Dave Milbrand, Jr., Andy Cryan, Kyle Casper, Dave Heimes, Travis Murphy, Dave Evans, Evan Riorden, Tommy Hughes, Jason Anasiewicz, Mason Offhaus, Bobby Woch, Casey Pew, Russ Bulger, Jr.


Heat Winners: Vinny Christiano III, Brandon Zavarella,  Bobby Holmes

Feature: BOBBY HOLMES, Andy Jankowiak, Dave Wollaber, Kyle Hutchinson, Jeremy Haudricourt, Jonathan Reid, Mark Schulz, Tyler Rypkema, Graham Hughes, Vinny Christiano III, Vinny Christiano, Jr., Ryan Hessler, Pat Smith, Greg Urban, Tim Ruggerio, Erik Musto, Brandon Zavarella, Shawn Nye, Tyler Wagner, AJ Hessler, Cameron Ruggerio, Andy Nye