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Matt Hirschman wins fourth career Tommy/Tony 110 at Lancaster Speedway

LANCASTER, N.Y. (September 13, 2019) – Matt Hirschman of Northampton, PA won the 30th annual Tommy Druar/Tony Jankowiak Memorial 110 for the Race of Champions Modified Series on Friday night at Lancaster Speedway @ New York International Raceway Park.

The 110-lap race originally started on August 17, but was halted after six laps after a crash by Karl Hehr damaged the catch fence on the front straightaway. The race resumed on Friday night to kick off the 31st annual U.S. Open weekend at Lancaster. 

When the race was stopped Eric Beers was scored as the leader followed by Chuck Hossfeld, Patrick Emerling, Daren Scherer and Daryl Lewis, Jr.

The race resumed 27 days after it was halted, and Beers retained his command of the field followed by Hossfeld and Emerling. Hossfeld developed an issue around lap 20 and began dropping through field. He eventually spun out in turn two on lap 24 to bring out the yellow flag. Hossfeld would be in and out of the pits throughout the rest of the race.

Several of the front runners pitted during the caution period, including Emerling, Daren Scherer, Amy Catalano and Kevin Miller. The race restarted on lap 32, but was quickly under the caution flag again when RoC Series points leader Andy Jankowiak, Chris Ridsdale and George Skora III tangled in turn three. Jankowiak’s car drove over the front end of Ridsdale. He went to the pits, but came back out with something dragging from the rear of the car.

Beers continued to lead the race with Tommy Catalano now in second place followed by Matt Hirschman and Amy Catalano. Jankowiak stopped on the track to bring out the yellow flag again on lap 41. 

The race went past the halfway point with Beers still leading. Catalano and Hirschman traded the runner-up position back and forth. Emerling led the cars that pitted earlier in the race, and was up to fourth place by lap 57. 

Owen Bednasz spun out on lap 71 to bring out the caution flag after just over 20 laps of racing under green. This gave Beers and Hirschman the opportunity to pit for a new tire while Catalano elected to stay out. 

Catalano inherited the lead when Beers pitted, which also moved Emerling to second followed by Scherer, Skora, Hirschman and Beers. It took Emerling just three laps to get by Catalano when the race restarted. Hirschman quickly moved his way to the front of the field, and he passed Catalano for second lap 83. Emerling and Hirschman eventually pulled away from the pack. 

Skora and Miller tangled on lap 97 to cause another caution period. Hirschman continued to pursue Emerling when the race restarted. On lap 100, Hirschman got a run to the inside of Emerling down the frontstretch. He was able to stay to the inside of Emerling going into turn one, and took the lead for good by the time they exited turn two. 

One final caution with five laps to go was all that separated Matt Hirschman from his fourth career win in the Tommy/Tony 110. He pulled away in the final circuits to secure his first RoC Modified Series win of 2019. Emerling had to settle for second, but he managed to cut Andy Jankowiak’s series points lead to just 12. Beers finished third with Kevin Miller and Tommy Catalano rounded out the top five. 

The U.S. Open continues at Lancaster on Saturday with the Joe Reilly Crown Royale Classic 54 for the RoC Sportsman Modifieds and the John Julicher Memorial for the RoC Super Stocks plus TQ Midgets and 4-Cylinders. Racing starts at 4 p.m.



Fast Qualifier: Mike Leaty – 17.123 seconds

Heat Winners: Chuck Hossfeld, Mike Leaty, Amy Catalano

30th annual Tommy Druar/Tony Jankowiak Memorial 110 finish: MATT HIRSCHMAN, Patrick Emerling, Eric Beers, Kevin Miller, Tommy Catalano, Daren Scherer, Owen Bednasz, Amy Catalano, George Skora III, Alan Bookmiller, Chris Ridsdale, Austin Beers, Andy Jankowiak, Chuck Hossfeld, Scott Wylie, Bobby Hanel, Timmy Catalano, Dave Kozlowski, Daryl Lewis, Jr., Mike Leaty, Tyler Catalano, Karl Hehr, Bill Mislin, Randall Richard



-Six Race of Champions Series; Modifieds, Sportsman Modifieds, Late Models, Super Stocks, TQ Midgets and Four Cylinder Dash Series set to do Battle –

Photo Michael Jaworecki/Myracenews

Lancaster, NY – (September 10, 2019) – New York International Raceway Park, home to Lancaster Seedway will come alive for the final time during the 2019 stock car season this weekend with the31st Annual running of the US Open.

The US Open, which debuted under the guidance of promoter Alex Friesen, in 1989 began a Western New York racing tradition that has become a must-see event for racing fans from throughout the region. This season’s edition will see several racing highlights including the 4th Annual Joe Reilly Crown Royal Classic 54 for the Sportsman Modifieds, the 2nd Annual John Julicher Classic for the Super Stocks and the Butch Palmer Memorial in the Four Cylinder division as part of the jam packed racing schedule on Saturday, September 14.

On Sunday, the Modified Series will compete in 125-lap feature. Chuck Hossfeld of Ransomville, N.Y., who recently announced his retirement, has defined his career at Lancaster with 8 US Open victories and he’s looking to cap off his impressive career with another victory this weekend.

“We have a few opportunities to win races this weekend” stated Hossfeld. “I am really looking forward to them all. The Sportsman, the Modified, it’s all going to be exciting with great racing. Hopefully, we can come away with a couple victories as we head into the end of the season. I’m really looking forward to it.”

The US Open begins with practice on Friday, September 13. Gates open at 4:00pm with practice at 6:00pm and the conclusion of the 30th Annual Tribute to Tommy Druar / Tony Jankowiak 110 at 8:00 pm, with live entertainment following. Saturday, September 14, qualifying will begin at 4:00pm. On Sunday, September 15, the final day of competition, qualifying will begin at 1:00pm. For more information contact Lancaster National Speedway at 716.759.6818.

Where: Lancaster National Speedway, Lancaster, New York.

When: Friday, September 13, 2019. FREE Grandstands open at 5:30pm. Practice at 6:00pm. Saturday, September 14, 2019. Grandstands open at 1:30 pm.  Racing at 4:00; Sunday, September 15, 2019 Grandstands open at 11:00am. Racing at 1:00pm.

Directions: The track is located at 57 Gunnville Road in Lancaster, N.Y., just North of Route 33 and minutes from the New York State Thruway.

What: Friday, September 13 – Conclusion of the Race of Champions Modified Series Tribute to Tommy Druar / Tony Jankowiak 110 at 8:00pm; Saturday, September 14 – Race of Champions Asphalt Sportsman Modified Series – 4th Annual Joe Reilly Crown Royal Classic 54; Race of Champions Super Stock Series – 2nd Annual John Julicher Classic; Race of Champions Four Cylinder Dash Series – Butch Palmer Memorial; Sunday, September 15, 2018 – Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series; Race of Champions Late Model Sereis.

More Information: http://speedway.lancasternationalspeedway.com/ (Track Phone: 716.759.6818) / www.rocmodifiedseries.com

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, TDH Refrigeration, Sherwood Racing Wheels, PavedTrackDigest.com, Wilbert’s U-Pull It and Speed51.com. The 69th annual Race of Champions weekend will take place in 2019 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.

For more information, contact;

Race of Champions Media at media@rocmodifiedseries.com

Follow us on Twitter; Instagram and Facebook; @RoCModSeries or visit our website: www.rocmodifiedseries.com              


LANCASTER, N.Y. (September 2, 2019) – Western New York’s biggest racing weekend is less than two weeks away as Lancaster Speedway @ New York International Raceway Park will host the 31st annual U.S. Open during the weekend of September 13-15. The NYIRP ownership group and Race of Champions officials are looking forward to hosting race teams and fans from across the Northeast to close out the 2019 stock car season at Lancaster.

This year’s U.S. Open features a huge doubleheader of Modified racing for the Race of Champions Modified Series with the conclusion of the Tommy Druar/Tony Jankowiak Memorial 110 on Friday night, and the U.S. Open 125 on Sunday afternoon.

The action starts on Friday with practice for all divisions followed by the final 104 laps of the Tommy Druar/Tony Jankowiak Memorial 110. Practice is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. followed by the Modified race at 8 p.m. Grandstand admission is free for Friday’s events.

The Tommy/Tony 110 was postponed after six laps back on August 17 after a crash damaged the front straightaway catch fence. The race will resume on Friday, September 13 with 104 laps to go. Eric Beers is scored as the leader followed by Chuck Hossfeld, Patrick Emerling, Daren Scherer and Daryl Lewis, Jr. RoC Modified stars Matt Hirschman, Andy Jankowiak, Mike Leaty and Tommy Catalano are also part of the field.

The U.S. Open Kickoff Party gets going following the checkered flag of the Modified race. Local Country/Southern Rock band Wasted Whiskey will perform in the main concourse as fans and racers get together to celebrate the start of U.S. Open weekend.

Saturday’s on track activity features four Race of Champions divisions in action, including Sportsman Modifieds, Super Stocks, 4-Cylinder Dash Series and TQ Midgets. Front gates open at 1:30 p.m. with racing starting at 4 p.m. The RoC Sportsman will run the rescheduled Joe Reilly Crown Royal Classic 54 while the Super Stocks will pay tribute to former track champion, John Julicher, with the second annual 30-lap race run in Julicher’s honor.

The weekend concludes on Sunday with the U.S. Open 125 for the RoC Modifieds plus the RoC Late Model Series and Lancaster’s Street Stock division. Front gates open at 11 a.m. with Modified time trials scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.

The full schedule of events, ticket pricing and camping information is available on the U.S. Open event page on the NYIRP website at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com.

Race fans looking to start their weekend early can join us on Thursday night for a full show of IHRA Drag Racing. Time trials start at 5 p.m.