Andy Jankowiak Wins Sportsman Summer Days 50 at Lancaster

Andy Jankowiak Wins Sportsman Summer Days 50 at Lancaster

By: Steven Petty

LANCASTER, NY (July 22, 2021) …Tonawanda, NY’s Andy Jankowiak won the $2,000 to win Sportsman Summer Days 50 on Thursday night at New York International Raceway Park at Lancaster Speedway & Dragway (NYIRP at Lancaster). The win for Jankowiak is his third of the season at Lancaster, and second in the Sportsman division. Mark Hoch from West Seneca, NY won the 25-lap feature for the Street Stocks. Andy Nye from Lancaster, NY won the Jerry Gradl Motors NYPA TQ Midget feature. Dave Brunka from Cheektowaga, NY won the 4 Cylinder feature for the second consecutive race.

 

Mike Fiebelkorn Jr and John Barber brought the 29-car Sportsman field to the green flag for the Summer Days 50 and it was Fiebelkorn showing the way. Jimmy Zacharias would battle with Barber for second, as Fiebelkorn started to stretch his lead. Andy Jankowiak started tenth on the grid and was challenging Zacharias for third by lap five. Zacharias would take second away on lap seven, as Jankowiak was challenging Barber for third place. As the leaders hit lap traffic, Zacharias would close the gap on Fiebelkorn. Neal Dietz Jr slowed on the backstretch to bring out the caution on lap 20. On the ensuing restart, a multi-car pileup took place in turn two. All drivers were okay, and all cars were able to continue except Mark Pennell. Andy Jankowiak would move into second on the restart after passing Zacharias on the inside of turns one and two. After a caution on lap 22 for a stopped Bob Reis, in turn, one, Fiebelkorn and Jankowiak would bring the field back to the green flag. The red flag would wave on lap 24 as Kyle Hutchinson and Scott Wylie spun into the turn three foam. Fiebelkorn, Jankowiak, Zacharias, Trevor Catalano, and John Barber were in the top five at the races’ halfway mark. After the halfway mark, Jankowiak would take the lead away from Fiebelkorn. The red flag will fly for the third time on lap 30 for a multi-car wreck on the back straightaway. Jankowiak, Fiebelkorn, Zacharias, Catalano, and Barber would pull away from the field once the field went back under the green flag. Tyler Catalano would move through the field and would close in on John Barber for fifth place. Jankowiak would pull away from the field in the closing laps to remain perfect, winning his second Sportsman feature of the season. Fiebelkorn would hold off Zacharias to complete the podium, with Trevor Catalano and John Barber completing the top five.

 

Kyle Schosek and Tim Garlock were on the front row for the Street Stocks feature with Schosek showing the way. Max Northem would take the lead away on lap two and Mark Hoch would take over second and would challenge Northem for the lead. Tommy Wentland would take over third on lap six and would go after the leaders. Rich Sharpe would slow to bring out the caution on lap eight. On the restart, Northem and Hoch would pull away from the field as Wentland, Dave Krawczyk, and Nik Welshans raced inside the top five. Hoch would take the lead away from Northem on lap 12. Hoch’s lead over the field was evaporated after a caution on lap 18. Hoch and Northem would battle off the restart and Hoch would clear Northem on lap 20. Nik Welshans would take second place away from Northem on lap 22, as Hoch would stretch the lead. Hoch would go on to score the win over Welshans, Northem, Wentland, and Tim Welshans.

 

Moose Rutherford and Tony Petrea brought the Jerry Gradl Motors NYPA TQ Midgets to the green for their feature event and it was third place starter Andy Nye taking over the lead. Mark Schulz and Dave Wollaber moved into the top three. Wollaber would take over second following a lap 10 caution and would quickly go after Nye. Nye and Wollaber would battle for the lead for the final ten circuits. Nye would hold off Wollaber to score the win. 

 

Casey Pew and Dan Dressel brought the 4 Cylinders to the green flag and it was Pew showing the way. Dressel would take the lead away at the end of lap one, as Dave Brunka entered the top three. Brunka took the lead on lap six and would quickly pull away. Dressel, Pew, and Charles Palmer battled for second throughout the event. Brunka would pull away from the field and would go on to score the win.

 

Next up for the stock car program will be on Saturday, July 31 with the inaugural Nu-Way Auto Parts 150 for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. Joining the cars and stars of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will be the Sportsman, Street Stocks, and 4 Cylinders. Front gates will open at 1 pm, practice gets underway at 2 pm and racing will begin at 5 pm. Tickets for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour’s inaugural visit to Lancaster are available online at www.seetheevents.com Tickets will also be available the day of the race. For those who are unable to attend, the racing program will be streamed live on TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold and will be shown on NBCSN via tape-delay on Wednesday, August 11th at 2 pm ET.

 

For more information, check out www.lancastermotorsportspark.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and now on Instagram.  

 

 

RACE RESULTS – SUMMER DAYS 50 NIGHT SUMMARY

Sportsman: ANDY JANKOWIAK, Mike Fiebelkorn Jr, Jimmy Zacharias, Trevor Catalano, John Barber, Tyler Catalano, Joe Evans, Timmy Lewis, Owen Bednasz, Bob Reis, Tony Carbone, Shawn Nye, Jeff Szafraniec, Bobby Hanel, Chris Ridsdale, Cameron Ruggiero, Bob Weber, Bill Mislin, Rusty Smith, Kirk Totten, Neal Dietz Jr, Leo Becker, Dave Kozlowski, Kyle Hutchinson, Scott Wylie, Tom MacLeod, Mark Pennell Jake Vernon, Todd Lorenzo

Qualifying Heats: Mike Fiebelkorn Jr, Neal Dietz Jr, Trevor Catalano

 

Street Stocks: MARK HOCH, Nik Welshans, Max Northem, Tommy Wentland, Tim Welshans, Dave Krawczyk, Jerry Kosmowski, Chris Powers, Jim Dauer, John Carlson, Dylan Carbone, Kyle Schosek, Jason Anasiewicz, Al Piasecki, Ken Maltby, Tim Garlock, Scott Soos, Mitch Friend, Garrett Cleversley, Dave Evans, Rich Sharpe, Lou Carbone, Ed Culliton, Frank Prell, Mike Dalfonso, Mike Rodgers, Wesley LaBar, Bob Palmer

Qualifying Heats: Mark Hoch, Max Northem, Frank Prell

 

Jerry Gradl Motors NYPA TQ Midgets: ANDY NYE, Dave Wollaber, Mark Schulz, Andy Jankowiak, Ronnie Flaim, AJ Hessler, Arik McGruder, Vinnie Christiano III, Moose Rutherford, Kevin Wilson, Brian Schulz, Chet Haywood, Adam Brown, Tony Petrea, Vinnie Christiano Jr

Qualifying Heats: Mark Schulz, AJ Hessler

 

4 Cylinders: DAVE BRUNKA, Dan Dressel, Charles Palmer, Casey Pew, Andy Danielwicz, Russ Bulger Sr, John Byrd, Mason Offhaus, Kyle Casper, Russ Bulger Jr, Nathan Bryant

Qualifying Heats: Charles Palmer, Dave Brunka

 

 

 

About NYIRP at Lancaster Speedway & Dragway: Founded in 1959, New York International Raceway Park at Lancaster Speedway and Dragway (NYIRP at Lancaster) is a multi-use facility located on 77 acres just outside of metro Buffalo, N.Y. The facility features a 1/8-mile IHRA 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 NYIRP at Lancaster, check out our website www.lancastermotorsportspark.com. Additional information for racers and fans can be found on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/LancasterMotorsportspark), Twitter (@LancasterSpdwy), and Instagram (@lancasterspeedwaydragway).

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Andy Jankowiak Wins Lancaster’s Ol’ Boy Cup

Andy Jankowiak Wins Lancaster’s Ol’ Boy Cup

Andy Jankowiak Wins Lancaster’s Ol’ Boy Cup

By: Steven Petty

LANCASTER, NY (July 10, 2021) … After taking the lead on lap four of the Ol’ Boy Cup 60 at New York International Raceway Park at Lancaster, second-generation driver Andy Jankowiak from Tonawanda, NY drove away to pick up the victory in the first appearance of the season for the Tour-Type Modifieds. Nik Welshans from West Falls, NY was victorious in the 25-lap feature for the Street Stocks. Erik Musto from Lockport, NY scored the victory in the Jerry Gradl Motors NYPA TQ Midgets feature. David Brunka from Cheektowaga, NY was victorious in the 4 Cylinder feature.

Timmy Catalano and George Skora III were on the front row for the Ol’ Boy Cup 60 for the Modifieds and it was Catalano showing the way. Amy Catalano got loose in the 56 in turn two to bring out the races’ first caution. Andy Jankowiak would take over second and would go after Timmy Catalano for the lead. Jankowiak would take over the lead from Catalano before a lap five caution for debris. On the restart, Jankowiak and Skora would pull away as Daren Scherer raced in third. Timmy Catalano would regain the third position and Scott Wylie would get around Scherer for fourth before the races midway point. Catalano would take over second from Skora and Wylie would move into third after passing Skora. Wylie would take over second following a lap 38 restart. Patrick Emerling would move into third place after getting underneath Catalano, as US Open winner Daryl Lewis Jr entered the top five. Patrick Emerling would take over second place from Wylie on lap 45 and would go after race leader Jankowiak. Wylie would reel back in Emerling in the late going for second place as Jankowiak pulled away. Jankowiak would go on to score the win, his first win in a car that he and his team built from the ground up. Patrick Emerling finished in second and Scott Wylie would complete the top three.

Max Northem and Dylan Carbone shared the front row for the Street Stock feature, and it was Northem jumping into the lead. Nik Welshans took over second from Carbone early on and would start to pressure Northem for the lead. Tommy Wentland spun in turn four to bring out the races’ first caution. On the restart, Mark Hoch would move into the top four after passing Carbone and then would challenge Frank Prell for third. Hoch would complete the pass and take over third place. Nik Welshans looked underneath Northem for the lead and would complete the pass. Hoch’s strong run would come to an end on lap 12 after letting go the rear end. On the restart, Nik Welshans would pull away as the battle for second heated up between Tim Welshans, Max Northem, and Rich Sharpe. Ken Maltby moved into the top five and would challenge Rich Sharpe on lap 15, following a restart. Sharpe would move into third on lap 20 and would go after Max Northem for second. Nik Welshans would go on to score the win. Ken Maltby drove from 17th to cross the line in fifth.

Moose Rutherford and Tony Petrea was on the front row for the Jerry Gradl Motors NYPA TQ Midgets main event and it was Rutherford showing the way. Off a lap one restart, a multi-car incident took place in turn one, as Mark Schulz and Vinnie Christiano III flipped. Schulz was able to continue and Christiano was done for the event. The restart would see the original front row with Rutherford and Petrea bringing the field back to the green flag and it was Rutherford showing the way. Erik Musto would take the lead away from Rutherford on lap three with Bobby Holmes taking over second and Dave Wollaber going three-wide to take over third. Wollaber and Holmes would battle for several laps with Wollaber taking over second. The late-race dash to the checkers would see Musto holding off Holmes and Wollaber to score the win. The Jerry Gradl Motors NYPA TQ Midget finish is under protest and will be deemed unofficial.

Chris Deyoe and Andy Danielwicz was on the front row for the 4-cylinder feature, and it was Deyoe showing the way. Dan Dressel would take over the lead in the early stages of the 20-lap feature. David Brunka would take over the lead on lap seven with Charles Palmer looking for second around Dressel. On the lap 10 restart, Palmer would move into second and would look for the lead. Brunka would go on to score the win.

The Tour-Mods will return to NYIRP at Lancaster on Saturday, July 31 with the running of the Nu-Way Auto Parts 150 for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. Tickets for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour’s inaugural visit to Lancaster are available online at www.seetheevents.com

Stock car racing resumes at NYIRP at Lancaster Speedway & Dragway on Thursday, July 22 with the running of the annual Summer Slam for the Sportsman. They will be joined by the 602 Sportsman, Street Stocks, the Jerry Gradl Motors NYPA TQ Midgets, and the 4 Cylinders. Pit gates will open at 3:30 pm, with grandstands opening at 5:00 pm. Racing will get underway at 7:00 pm. For more information, check out www.lancastermotorsportspark.com and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

RACE RESULTS – OL’BOY CUP NIGHT SUMMARY

Tour-Type Modifieds: ANDY JANKOWIAK, Patrick Emerling, Scott Wylie, Daryl Lewis Jr, Timmy Catalano, Amy Catalano, Tyler Rypkema, Mike Leaty, Tyler Catalano, Daren Scherer, Kevin Miller, Kirk Totten, Danny Knoll Jr, George Skora III

Qualifying Heats: Patrick Emerling, George Skora III

Street Stocks: NIK WELSHANS, Rich Sharpe, Max Northem, Dave Krawczyk, Ken Maltby Tommy Wentland, Frank Prell, Tim Welshans, Jerry Kosmowski, Tim Garlock, Scott Soos, Matt Friend, Dylan Carbone, Kyle Schosek, Garret Cleversley, Ed Culliton, Mike Rogers, Mark Hoch, Mike Dalfonso, Al Piasecki, Jason Anasiewicz, Dave Evans, Lou Carbone Did Not Start: Bobby Blaszak Jr, Wesley LaBar

Qualifying Heats: Rich Sharpe, Max Northem, Kyle Schosek

Jerry Gradl Motors NYPA TQ Midgets (UNOFFICIAL: Finish Under Protest): ERIK MUSTO, Bobby Holmes, Dave Wollaber, Moose Rutherford, Arik McGruder, Vinnie Christiano Jr, Mark Schulz, Tony Petrea, Brian Schulz, Pat Smith, Chad Haywood, Kevin Wilson, Chet Haywood, Andy Jankowiak, Andy Nye, AJ Hessler, Jonathan Reid, Vinnie Christiano III, Kyle Hutchinson, Ricky Farina

Qualifying Heats: Andy Nye, Erik Musto

4 Cylinders: DAVID BRUNKA, Charles Palmer, Dan Dressel, Andy Danielwicz, Chris Deyoe Jr, Casey Pew, Mason Offhaus, Peter Koschuk, Ryan Lent

Qualifying Heat: David Brunka

About NYIRP at Lancaster Speedway & Dragway: Founded in 1959, New York International Raceway Park at Lancaster Speedway and Dragway (NYIRP at Lancaster) is a multi-use facility located on 77 acres just outside of metro Buffalo, N.Y. The facility features a 1/8-mile IHRA 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 NYIRP at Lancaster, check out our website www.lancastermotorsportspark.com. Additional information for racers and fans can be found on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/LancasterMotorsportspark) and on Twitter (@LancasterSpdwy).

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