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MANCUSO, HOFFMAN & HOLMES WIN ON “TOMMY/TONY” NIGHT AT LANCASTER

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.

RESULTS

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

STREET STOCKS

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

MAYNARD TROYER CLASSIC 60-LAPS $6,000-TO-WIN ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 30, 2019

Williamson, N.Y. – (August 12, 2019) – On Friday, August 30, 2019 the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series will take part in the Maynard Troyer Classic at Spencer Speedway presented by Wilbert’s U-Pull It. The race will be a lucrative one for racers paying $6,000-to-win for the 60-lap distance, in honor of the legendary car racer and car builder who visited victory lane on many occasions at the half-mile speedplant.

Troyer built an unrivaled racing career, becoming one of the top Modified racers in the history of the sport, competing in Late Models, Super Modifieds, even a NASCAR Winston Cup Car, before creating the brand that carried his name and has defined Modified racing for decades.

“Maynard Troyer created an unmatched legacy in Modified racing history,” stated Troyer employee Kevin Miller, who has become a full-time Series competitor in 2019. “I am very proud to work at Troyer and play a small role in carrying on such a great legacy. We’ve gone through some changes recently, but the name on the door is still Troyer and we are all extremely proud of that. This is going to be an incredible night and we are all looking forward to it.”

The Race of Champions Late Model Series will bring Late Model racing back to action at Spencer as well as the Wilbert’s U-Pull It Super Six division to round out an exciting night of racing.

The “Food Truck Frenzy” featuring local food trucks and tastes from the area will also make its return and give fans the final opportunity of the 2019 season to take part in this unique race track food experience.

The gates open at 5:00 pm at Spencer Speedway for fans, with qualifying to follow at 7:15 pm on Friday, August 30.

Where: Spencer Speedway, Williamson, N.Y.

When: Friday, August 30, 2019. Grandstands open at 5:00 pm, Qualifying at 7:15 pm; all racing to follow.

Tickets: $23 General Admission; $19 for Seniors/Military (65 years and older and Military with proper identification); Children 5-to 15 years of age will be $10; Children 4-and-under will be Free for this event.

Directions: The track is located just fifteen minutes east of Rochester, N.Y. at 3020 Route 104, Williamson, N.Y. 14589

What: The Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series Maynard Troyer Classic.

More Information: 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 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.

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Race of Champions Media at media@rocmodifiedseries.com

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WILBERT’S U-PULL IT “NIGHT OF STARS” THIS FIRDAY AT SPENCER SPEEDWAY

Alex and Helen Bruce photo

 Three Racing Families to be Honored for Their Generations of Dedication to Spencer Speedway –

Williamson, N.Y. – (August 5, 2019) – On Friday, June 9, 2019 Spencer Speedway, presented by Wilbert’s U-Pull It in Williamson, N.Y., will return to racing action with the “Night of Stars” featuring the Race of Champions Asphalt Sportsman Modified Series, the Race of Champions Super Stock Series, the Wilbert’s U-Pull It Four Cylinder and Wilbert’s U-Pull It Super Six Series.

Three dedicated Spencer Speedway racing families will be honored for their years of dedication and top performances at the Speedway. The Catalano’s, the Lewis and Leaty families will be honored throughout the night and presented with a memorable board from Pilat Design, the official graphic design outlet of the Race of Champions, that recognizes their years of dedication to the speedway as well as an identical board that will be displayed and remain at the speedway for fans to see.

“This will be a great night for all of our families,” stated Tommy Catalano. “We are very happy that Spencer is opening and happening. It’s going to be a great night and I hope everyone takes the time to come out and join us and celebrate the sport. It should be a lot of fun.”

The “Food Truck Frenzy” featuring local food trucks and tastes from the area will also make its return.

The gates open at 5:00 pm at Spencer Speedway for fans, with qualifying to follow at 7:15 pm.

Where: Spencer Speedway, Williamson, N.Y.

When: Friday, August 9, 2019. Grandstands open at 5:00 pm, Qualifying at 7:15 pm; all racing to follow.

Tickets: $12 General Admission; $10 for Seniors/Military (65 years and older and Military with proper identification); Children 11-to 15 years of age will be $8; Family Four Pack $40; Children 10-and-under will be Free for this event.

Directions: The track is located just fifteen minutes east of Rochester, N.Y. at 3020 Route 104, Williamson, N.Y. 14589

What: The Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series “Night of Stars”.

More Information: www.rocmodifiedseries.com

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