Day 2 of US Open Weekend Just Two Weeks Away

Day 2 of US Open Weekend Just Two Weeks Away

By: Steven Petty

LANCASTER, NY (October 10, 2021) … Western New York’s racing finale will take place on Saturday, October 23rd with the conclusion of the 33rd US Open Weekend, featuring the Tour-Type Modifieds, Late Models, and Street Stocks.

Racing action will feature the 125-lap Tour-Type Modified main event, as well as 35-lap feature events for the Late Models and Street Stocks. There will be a costume contest with prizes for the kids along with Trick or Treating in the pits.

Lap sponsorships for the Tour-Type Modified 125 are on sale by contacting Todd Smith at (585) 749-4714. Payments are being accepted via Venmo (@Todd-Smith-779) and PayPal (@ToddSmith653). Contingency sponsors are also available.

Pit gates will open at 9 am, grandstands will open at noon, and racing will begin at 1:00 pm. Practice will start at 10 am. Admission prices for the grandstand will be $30 for adults, $10 for future racers (kids aged 8-12), and ages 7 and under are FREE. Pit admission will be $40 for members and $45 for non-members. Everyone that purchased a two-day wristband from the original dates (September 11 and 12) is encouraged to keep their two-day wristbands, as they are needed for re-entry on October 23.  

Free camping will be available all weekend. If need be, Sunday, October 24 will be utilized as a rain date.

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

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 on Instagram (@lancasterspeedwaydragway).

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Sunday Portion of US Open Weekend Rescheduled for October 23

Sunday Portion of US Open Weekend Rescheduled for October 23

By: Steven Petty

LANCASTER, NY (September 12, 2021) … Due to the forecast and the persistent showers in the area throughout the day, management of New York International Raceway Park at Lancaster Speedway and Dragway made the decision to reschedule the Sunday portion of the 33rd US Open to Saturday, October 23.

 

Everyone that purchased a two-day wristband are encouraged to keep their two-day wristbands and receipts, as both are mandatory for entry on the October 23 race date.  

 

The race card on October 23 will feature the 125-lap US Open for Tour-Type Modifieds, with Late Models and Street Stocks completing the program.

 

Gate times and more information will be released in the coming days. For more information, check out www.lancastermotorsportspark.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and now on Instagram.  

 

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 on Instagram (@lancasterspeedwaydragway).

 

Andy Jankowiak, Ryan Lagoda, Dave Wollaber, and Kevin Bainbridge Win Saturday Portion of US Open

Andy Jankowiak, Ryan Lagoda, Dave Wollaber, and Kevin Bainbridge Win Saturday Portion of US Open

By: Steven Petty

LANCASTER, NY (September 11, 2021) …Andy Jankowiak from Tonawanda, NY held off Jimmy Zacharias and George Skora III to claim his ninth victory during the 33rd US Open Weekend at NYIRP at Lancaster Speedway and Dragway on Saturday night. For the second-generation driver, it was also his 24th career Sportsman win at Lancaster. Ryan Lagoda from Middleport, NY won his second Super Stock feature of the season. Dave Wollaber from North Tonawanda, NY won the Jerry Gradl Motors NYPA TQ Midget feature event for his second victory of the season. It was also Wollaber’s sixth career triumph during US Open Weekend, and 30th career TQ Midget win at Lancaster. Kevin Bainbridge from Amherst, NY won the 4 Cylinder feature. 

 

Andy Jankowiak and Tony Carbone was on the front row for the Sportsman feature event, with Jankowiak showing eth way over Camden Barber, Carbone, Blake Barney, and Tom MacLeod racing in the top five. Todd Lorenzo slowed on the back straightaway to bring out the race’s first caution on lap three. On the restart, Jankowiak would take off over Barber, with Carbone being challenged and would be passed by Blake Barney to move into third place. Following a Neal Dietz Jr spin on lap eight, Jankowiak would once again take off over Barber and Barney, with Jimmy Zacharias, and Carbone racing in the top five with George Skora III running in the sixth position. Barney would battle with Barber for second off a lap 13 restart, as Skora and Mike Fiebelkorn Jr moved into fifth and sixth respectively. Zacharias would move into third place on lap 18, as Jankowiak and Barney pulled away from the field. The leaders would hit lap traffic with 20 laps remaining. Tony Carbone would bring out the caution on lap 31, setting up a restart with Jankowiak and Barney on the front row. Jimmy Zacharias would take over second and Skora would work into third with 17 laps remaining. Timmy Lewis Jr would work into the top ten after starting 23rd and Jake Vernon did as well after starting 20th on the grid. Skora and Zacharias would battle for second with Barney right behind, Jankowiak would hold off Zacharias and Skora to claim the victory.  

 

Joe Mancuso and Tim Welshans brought the Super Stocks to the green flag for their 31-lap tribute to Gene Stevenson with Mancuso showing the way. Mancuso would start to pull away from the field as Eric Brown raced in second. Ryan Lagoda would take over second from Brown and would quickly reel in Mancuso. Mancuso’s strong run would end on lap ten as the motor blew entering turn three. On the restart, Josh Hunter would challenge Lagoda for the lead, as Travis Montgomery moved into third place and would challenge Hunter for second place. Montgomery would take over second with ten laps remaining. Montgomery started dead last on the field after changing transmissions after practice earlier in the afternoon.  

 

Dave Wollaber and Vinnie Christiano III brought the Jerry Gradl Motors NYPA Midgets to the green flag for their feature event with Wollaber showing the way. After a lap one caution for a spinning Andy Nye, Kyle Hutchinson quickly moved into the top three after starting seventh on the grid. Hutchinson would then take over second place and would go after Wollaber for the lead. Andy Jankowiak would move into fourth place on lap seven. Wollaber would pull away from Hutchinson to earn his sixth career US Open weekend victory, and 30th career win in a TQ Midget at Lancaster.

 

Casey Pew and Kevin Bainbridge was on the front row for the 25-lap 4 Cylinder feature event with Pew in the lead with Bainbridge, Russ Bulger Jr, Kyle Casper, and Dan Dressel in the top five. Russ Bulger spun in turn four to bring out the caution on lap three, as Bainbridge and Casper made contact. Pew would lead Dressel on the restart, as track champion David Brunka took over second on lap five. Dressel would regain the second position on lap eight and would challenge Pew for the lead, as Charles Palmer, Brunka, and Bainbridge raced in the top five. Brunka would regain the runner up position with ten laps remaining and would challenge Pew for the lead. The duo would make contact with two laps remaining, giving the lead to Bainbridge. Bainbridge would go on to pick up the victory, his first of the season.  

 

The Saturday portion of the US Open began with a patriotic ceremony to remember, honor, and reflect on the events that took place recently in Afghanistan, but the events of September 11, 2001. The American Legion Post 362 from East Aurora’s color guard presented our nation’s colors and American Idol contestant Jocelyn Grimaldi performing the national anthem. The speedway also remembered longtime team owner and friend of the speedway Gene Stevenson by having his Sportsman entry campaigned by Tony Carbone lead the field in a salute to Gene, with the missing man formation.

 

 

Day two of the 33rd edition of the US Open Weekend will take place on Sunday, September 12. The Tour-Type Modifieds return and will take center stage for the US Open 125. The Late Models and Street Stocks will also be on the card. Pit gates will open at 9:00 am, grandstands open at 12 noon, and racing will get underway at 1:30 pm. Grandstand admission will be $30 for adults, students 8-12 $10, and kids aged 7 and under will be admitted FREE.

 

 

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

 

 

RACE RESULTS – 33rd US OPEN – SATURDAY PROGRAM

SPORTSMAN: ANDY JANKOWIAK, Jimmy Zacharias, George Skora III, Blake Barney, Camden Barber, Mike Fiebelkorn Jr, TJ Potrzebowski, Shawn Nye, Timmy Lewis, Jake Vernon, Scott Wylie, Bobby Hanel Jr, Tom MacLeod, Joe Evans, Tony Carbone, Neal Dietz Jr, Todd Lorenzo, Neil Hopkins, Bobby Weber, Mark Pennell, Chris Ridsdale, Gary Noe, Jay Withey Jr, Kyle Hutchinson

Qualifying Heats: Shawn Nye, Neal Dietz Jr, Tony Carbone

 

SUPER STOCKS: RYAN LAGODA, Travis Montgomery, Josh Hunter, Nik Welshans, Eric Hadley, Tim Welshans, Paul Godby, Eric Brown, Joe Mancuso

Qualifying Heat: Ryan Lagoda

 

JERRY GRADL MOTORS NYPA TQ MIDGETS: DAVE WOLLABER, Kyle Hutchinson, Mark Schulz, Brian Schulz, Andy Nye, Moose Rutherford, Vinnie Christiano III, Erik Musto, Vinnie Christiano Jr, Arik McGruder, Kevin Wilson, Chet Haywood, Adam Brown, Ronnie Flaim, Andy Jankowiak, Jonathan Reid

Qualifying Heats: Andy Nye, Kyle Hutchinson

 

4 CYLINDERS: KEVIN BAINBRIDGE, Casey Pew, Charles Palmer, Dan Dressel, Tim Durfy, Russ Bulger Sr, Matt Friend, Ryan Lent, David Brunka, Russ Bulger Jr, Kyle Casper, Mason Offhaus

Qualifying Heats: Charles Palmer, Dan Dressel

 

 

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 on Instagram (@lancasterspeedwaydragway).

Shawn Nye, Rich Sharpe, Dave Brunka Claim 2021 Lancaster Track Championships Andy Jankowiak, Sam Fullone, Sharpe, Brunka, and Andy Nye Score Victories

Shawn Nye, Rich Sharpe, Dave Brunka Claim 2021 Lancaster Track Championships Andy Jankowiak, Sam Fullone, Sharpe, Brunka, and Andy Nye Score Victories

By: Steven Petty

LANCASTER, NY (August 21, 2021) … Andy Jankowiak from Tonawanda, NY won his third Sportsman feature of the season. Shawn Nye from Lancaster, NY won the track championship. Sam Fullone from North Collins, NY won the Late Model special. Rich Sharpe from Depew, NY won his third Street Stock feature of the season and picked up the track championship. Dave Brunka from Cheektowaga, NY won his fourth 4 Cylinder feature and claimed the track title. Andy Nye from Lancaster won his second Jerry Gradl Motors NYPA TQ Midget feature of the season.

 

Mark Pennell and Bob Reis was on the front row for the Sportsman feature event, and it was Reis showing the way. Andy Jankowiak would take over second and would go after Reis for the lead. Jankowiak would take the lead away from Reis on lap five and Shawn Nye would take over second just two laps later. Reis, Jimmy Zacharias, Timmy Lewis and Pennell would all battle for third place. Zacharias would take over third on lap 17. Jankowiak and Nye would pull away from the rest of the field. Neil Hopkins spun in turn two to bring out the caution on lap 27, erasing the lead that Jankowiak and Nye had over the field. On the restart, Jankowiak would take over the lead. Nye and Zacharias would battle for second. Jankowiak would go on to score the win, his third of the season and career win #23 in a Sportsman, tying Karl Hehr for fourth on the all-time division win list.

 

Joe Mancuso would lead from his front-row starting spot in the Late Model feature go. While working lap traffic, Dave Heitzhaus would take the lead away from Mancuso, with Eldon King III and Sam Fullone racing in third and fourth. Off a lap seven restart, Heitzhaus would take off out front with Sam Fullone taking over second place. Fullone would then take the lead away on lap nine, with King moving into second place. King would catch Fullone and would take over the lead on lap 18, as the top two would pull away from Jeff Brown, Heitzhaus, and Chase Williams. Fullone and King battled for several laps, and it was Fullone edging out King to score the victory.

 

Tim Garlock and Scott Soos was on the front row for the Street Stock feature event and before the field completed the first lap, Mark Hoch spun, in turn, three after dropping fluid out of the 07. Entering the night, Hoch was the division’s points leader. After leaking water, Nik Welshans spun, in turn, one to bring out the caution once again. Garlock would lead on the restart with Soos, Mike Rogers, Al Piasecki, and Tim Welshans racing in the fifth spot. Rich Sharpe worked his way into sixth place and then on lap seven, moved into fourth place. Welshans and Soos battled for second place as Garlock started to pull away from the field. Dave Krawczyk raced into the top five and stayed behind Sharpe for the duration of the event. After a lap 15 caution, Sharpe would take over the lead with Welshans battling with Garlock for second place. Dave Krawczyk would take over second place late in the event, with Rich Sharpe showing the way. Sharpe went on to score the win, career win 30 and clinched the track title by a single point over Krawczyk

 

Vinny Christiano Jr and Brian Schulz brought the Jerry Gradl Motors NYPA Midgets to the green flag for their 20-lap feature with Christiano showing the way. Mark Schulz would take second away from his younger brother on lap two. Andy Jankowiak spun, in turn, two and dropped fluid on the track to bring out the caution. On the restart, Schulz would take over the lead with Bobby Holmes in second. Andy Nye would work his way through the field to take over the lead with Holmes and Dave Wollaber in third.  Nye would pull away to his second win of the season and seventh career TQ Midget win at Lancaster.

 

Casey Pew took the lead from his pole position in the 4 Cylinder feature event. Dave Brunka would take over the lead off a lap three restart. Pew and Dan Dressel would battle for several laps for second place as Brunka would pull away from the field. Brunka would go on to score the win and claim the 2021 track championship.

 

Speedway management would like to thank Brian from BRK Engines and Nu-Way Auto Parts for their support of Autograph Night. Over $2,900 in gift cards were given away to young race fans throughout the night.

 

The Stock Car program will take a couple of weeks off to get ready for the 33rd edition of the US Open Weekend on September 11 and 12. On Saturday, September 11, the Sportsman, Super Stocks, 4 Cylinders, and the Jerry Gradl Motors NYPA TQ Midgets will all be in competition. Racing will get underway at 4:30 pm with grandstands opening at 3:00 pm and the pits will open at 10:00 am with practice getting underway at 1 pm. Then on Sunday, the Tour-Type Modifieds will take center stage for the 33rd US Open 125. The Street Stocks and Late Models will also take part in day two of the US Open Weekend. Racing on Sunday will start at 1:30 pm. Pit gates on Sunday will open at 9:30 am, practice gets underway at 10:30 am, and grandstands will open at 12 noon. follow NYIRP at Lancaster on social media and website in the coming days for admission prices and more information regarding US Open Weekend.

 

The Rusty Wallace Driving Experience will be at the speedway on Sunday, August 29. Contact them for times and pricing.

 

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

 

 

RACE RESULTS – SEASON CHAMPIONSHIP NIGHT

SPORTSMAN: ANDY JANKOWIAK, Shawn Nye, Jimmy Zacharias, Bob Reis, Timmy Lewis Jr, Scott Wylie, Mark Pennell, Kyle Hutchinson, Dave Kozlowski, Neil Hopkins, Jeff Szafraniec, John Barber, Leo Becker

Did Not Start: Tim Garlock, Jeff Lutz

Qualifying Heats: Andy Jankowiak, Jimmy Zacharias

 

LATE MODELS: SAM FULLONE, Eldon King III, Jeff Brown, Dave Heitzhaus, Chase Williams, Danny Knoll Jr, Dave Russell, Steve Schultz, Joe Mancuso, Jared Shanley, Ron Richter

Qualifying Heats: Eldon King III, Jeff Brown

 

STREET STOCKS: RICH SHARPE, Dave Krawczyk, Tim Welshans, Tim Garlock, Tommy Wentland, Mike Dalfonso, Frank Prell, Tyler Day, Mike Rogers, Ken Maltby, Jerry Kosmowski, Jason Anasiewicz, John Carlson, Scott Soos, Al Piasecki, Jim Dauer, Garret Cleversley, Bobby Blaszak, Ed Culliton, Matt Friend, Will Cloutier, Wes La Bar, Kyle Schosek, Dave Evans, Nik Welshans, Mark Hoch

Did Not Start: Chris Powers

Qualifying Heats: Tommy Wentland, Rich Sharpe, Jerry Kosmowski

 

JERRY GRADL MOTORS NYPA TQ MIDGETS: ANDY NYE, Bobby Holmes, Dave Wollaber, Mark Schulz, Brian Schulz, Kyle Hutchinson, Jonathan Reid, Vinnie Christiano Jr, Moose Rutherford, Vinnie Christiano III, Ronnie Flaim, Arik McGruder, Tony Petrea, Kevin Wilson, Ricky Farina, Erik Musto, Andy Jankowiak, Chet Haywood

Qualifying Heats: Brian Schulz, Vinnie Christiano Jr

 

4 CYLINDERS: DAVID BRUNKA, Casey Pew, Dan Dressel, Kyle Casper, Andy Danielwicz, Christopher Deyoe Jr, Bob Heineman, Mason Offhaus, Jimmy Dunkleman, Jonathan Klamut

Did Not Start: Charles Palmer

Qualifying Heats: David Brunka, Casey Pew

 

 

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 on Instagram (@lancasterspeedwaydragway).

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Rich Sharpe Wins Ken “Hurricane” Heckler 51 on Legends of Lancaster Night

Rich Sharpe Wins Ken “Hurricane” Heckler 51 on Legends of Lancaster Night

By: Steven Petty

LANCASTER, NY (August 5, 2021) … Rich Sharpe picked up the victory in the Ken “Hurricane” Heckler Memorial 51 for the Street Stocks on Thursday night at New York International Raceway Park at Lancaster Speedway and Dragway. The victory for the Depew, NY driver was his second of the season. Third-generation driver Jimmy Zacharias from Candor, NY won the Sportsman feature. Dave Wollaber from North Tonawanda, NY picked up the win in the Jerry Gradl Motors NYPA TQ Midgets feature. Dan Dressel from Clarence won the 4 Cylinder feature event.

 

Jason Anasiewicz and Kyle Schosek were on the front row for the Ken “Hurricane” Heckler Memorial 51 for the Street Stocks, with Anasiewicz showing the way. Tim Welshans would take over second and then would take over the lead on lap two. Rich Sharpe would move into third and Mark Hoch would race in fourth early on, as Tim Garlock raced in the runner-up position. Off a lap six restart, Sharpe would take over second, with Hoch taking over third. Sharpe would take over the lead from Tim Welshans on lap 12, before entering lap traffic. Frank Prell would take over fourth place from Garlock and Nik Welshans would enter the top five. Nik Welshans started deep in the field and worked his way up through the field in quick order. Garlock would slow on lap 17 and would pull into the infield, ending his night while racing inside the top ten. While working lap traffic, Mark Hoch would catch Tim Welshans and the duo would battle for second place, with Sharpe well in control leading the race. Hoch would complete the pass on lap 26. In turn three, Mike Rogers would spin to bring out the caution on lap 27, erasing Sharpe’s 6.5-second advantage. Sharpe would take off in the lead on the restart as Nik Welshans went three-wide with Tim Welshans and Mark Hoch to take over second. Dave Krawczyk would enter the top five at the races’ midway point and would battle with Tim Welshans for fourth place and Chris Powers raced in the sixth spot. The red flag would come out on lap 43 as Wes LaBar spun in turn four and Garrett Cleversley made hard contact with LaBar. Both drivers were alert and talking with medical personnel. On the lap 43 restart, Sharpe would take off the lead with Hoch, Welshans, Krawczyk, Prell, and Carbone racing inside the top six. Sharpe would pull away to score the feature win.

 

Bob Reis and Mark Pennell was on the front row for the Sportsman feature event, and it was Reis taking over the lead. Shawn Nye would move into second place early on and would start to go after race leader Reis. John Barber while running inside the top ten, broke going into turn three and would hit the Thermal Foam to bring out the caution. On the restart, Jimmy Zacharias and Mike Fiebelkorn Jr would work inside the top five as Reis and Nye would take off from the field. With Reis showing the way, Nye, Weber, and Zacharias would battle for second for much of the second half of the race. Weber would take second away with 12 laps remaining. Jeff Szafraniec spun, in turn, one to bring out the caution with nine laps remaining.  Jimmy Zacharias would look underneath and pass Reis for the lead with five laps remaining. Coming back to the green flag, contact was made, and a multi-car incident took place in turn four involving Bob Weber, Tony Carbone, Neal Dietz, and a handful of others. Zacharias would lead the final five laps to pick up his first win on the pavement in four years.

 

Vinnie Christiano III and Brian Schulz brought the Jerry Gradl Motors NYPA Midgets to the green flag for their 20-lap feature, and it was Christiano showing the way early. After a pair of early cautions, Christiano and Rutherford brought the field back to the green flag. Dave Wollaber would take over second from Rutherford and then quickly would take over the lead from Christiano. Andy Nye would move into third place and would challenge Christiano for second. Wollaber would pull away to score the win. Nye, Christiano, Erik Musto, and Rutherford would complete the top five.

 

Casey Pew and Chris Deyoe brought the 4 Cylinders to the green flag for their 20-lap feature event and it was Pew showing the way. Charles Palmer and Dave Brunka battled for second and third along with Kyle Casper as Casper raced in second and would go after race leader Pew. Pew, Casper, Palmer, Dan Dressel, and Brunka raced all tight together throughout the feature distance. Dressel moved into second with five Dressel would take over the lead with two laps remaining. Dressel would then take over the lead late and would go on to score the feature win.

 

Racing continues at the historic Lancaster oval on Saturday, August 21 for Kids Day. The popular Autograph Night will allow fans to come onto the track and see their favorite cars and drivers up close. The Sportsman, Street Stocks, 4 Cylinders, and the NYPA Midgets will be on the racing program, which will begin at 6:30 pm. Another division will possibly be added to the program. Please follow NYIRP on social media and website in the coming days when the full program will be released. The Rusty Wallace Driving Experience will be at the speedway on Sunday, August 29. Contact them for times and pricing.

 

For those wishing the watch the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Nu-Way Auto Parts 150 again, it will be shown via tape delay on NBCSN on Wednesday, August 11th at 2 pm ET. Alex Hayden and Dave Moody from the Motor Racing Network will be on the call and speedway announcer Steven Petty is on pit road covering the action. Check your local cable/satellite/tv provider for a channel in your area.

 

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

 

 

RACE RESULTS – LEGENDS OF LANCASTER/KEN “HURRICANE” HECKLER MEMORIAL NIGHT

STREET STOCKS: RICH SHARPE, Nik Welshans, Mark Hoch, Dave Krawczyk, Frank Prell, Al Piasecki, Dylan Carbone, Jason Anasiewicz, Kyle Schosek, Scott Soos, Jim Dauer, Jerry Kosmowski, Tommy Wentland, Mike Rogers, Ed Culliton, Mitch Friend, Chris Powers, Tim Welshans, Garrett Cleversley, Wesley LaBar, Russ Bulger, Dave Evans, Tim Garlock, Bob Palmer

Did Not Start: John Carlson, Lou Carbone

Qualifying Heats: Rich Sharpe, Tim Welshans, Tim Garlock

 

SPORTSMAN: JIMMY ZACHARIAS, Mike Fiebelkorn Jr, Shawn Nye, Jake Vernon, Timmy Lewis, Mark Pennell, Bob Reis, Owen Bednasz, Leo Becker, Dave Kozlowski, Cameron Ruggiero, Jeff Szafraniec, Bob Weber, Tony Carbone, Jason Kline, Neal Dietz Jr, John Barber

Qualifying Heats: Bob Reis, Bobby Weber

 

JERRY GRADL MOTORS NYPA TQ MIDGETS: DAVE WOLLABER, Andy Nye, Vinnie Christiano III, Erik Musto, Moose Rutherford, Jonathan Reid, AJ Hessler, Brian Schulz, Vinnie Christiano Jr, Arik McGruder, Kevin Wilson, Kenyon Zitzka, Adam Brown, Mark Schulz, Kyle Hutchinson

Did Not Start: Tony Petrea

Qualifying Heats: Dave Wollaber, Kyle Hutchinson

 

4 CYLINDERS: DAN DRESSEL, Kyle Casper, David Brunka, Casey Pew, Chris Deyoe Jr, Bob Palmer, Mason Offhaus, Jonathan Klamut, Charles Palmer, Russ Bulger Jr

Qualifying Heats: Kyle Casper, Dan Dressel

 

 

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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Patrick Emerling Wins Whelen Modified Tour Nu-Way Auto Parts 150

Patrick Emerling Wins Whelen Modified Tour Nu-Way Auto Parts 150

By: Steven Petty

LANCASTER, NY (July 31, 2021) …It was an emotional win for Orchard Park, NY’s Patrick Emerling as the hometown hero won the Nu-Way Auto Parts 150 for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour on Saturday night at New York International Raceway Park at Lancaster Speedway. For Emerling, it was his second Tour win of the season and etched his name in the history books as he became the inaugural winner of the Whelen Modified Tour event at the historic ½ mile oval. Shawn Nye from Lancaster, NY won the 30-lap Sportsman feature for the first time in 2021. West Seneca, NY’s Ken Maltby held off Mark Hoch to score the win in the Street Stocks. David Brunka from Cheektowaga, NY won his third 4 Cylinder feature of the season.

 

Jon McKennedy and Max McLaughlin was on the front row for the Nu-Way Auto Parts 150, and it was McKennedy taking over the point. The first yellow flag of the event fell on lap 27 as Woody Pitkat spun in turn one and hit the Thermal Foam wall. The restart on lap 36 would once again see McKennedy in the lead and would start to check out on the field. With McKennedy out front, Justin Bonsignore and Patrick Emerling made their presence felt as the top two in Tour points moved into second and third respectively. Bonsignore would take the lead away on lap 90, with Emerling moving into second the following lap after passing McKennedy. Emerling would make his move as he would pass Bonsignore to take over the lead on lap 120. After a long green-flag run, the caution would wave on lap 125 as Scott Wylie and Walter Sutcliffe Jr got together in turn two, with both being able to continue racing. After the ensuing restart, the caution would reappear as a multi-car incident took place on lap 134 as Eric Goodale, Doug Colby, Jon McKennedy, and Anthony Nocella all got together in turn one. On the restart, Emerling was leading the field with Bonsignore and “Mad Max” Max McLaughlin entering the picture for the battle for the lead.

 

The fourth and final caution of the event would wave with just eight laps remaining for another multi-car incident in turn one. That incident ended the night for local competitor Mike Leaty. Bonsignore would retake the lead on the restart, but the lead was short-lived as Emerling used his home track knowledge to take back the lead.

Emerling would hold off Bonsignore and McLaughlin to score the win. The victory for Emerling allowed him to close the gap for the Whelen Modified Tour points lead, as the Orchard Park driver trails Justin Bonsignore by six points entering their next scheduled event at Stafford Springs, CT on August 6.

 

For those wishing the watch the race again, the Nu-Way Auto Parts 150 will be shown via tape-delay on NBCSN on Wednesday, August 11th at 2 pm ET. Alex Hayden and Dave Moody from the Motor Racing Network will be on the call and speedway announcer Steven Petty is on pit road covering the action. Check your local cable/satellite/tv provider for a channel in your area.

 

Mark Pennell and Shawn Nye brought the Sportsman to the green flag for their 30-lap feature and with Nye showing the way. John Barber would take over second early on with Nye showing the way. Trevor Catalano spun in turn two to bring out the races’ first caution. Timmy Lewis Jr hit the turn two wall as part of that incident. On the restart, Nye and Barber would take off with Tyler Catalano, bobby Weber, and Jimmy Zacharias raced in the top five. Andy Jankowiak raced in sixth and George Skora III took over seventh. The battle for fifth between Zacharias, Jankowiak, and Skora was an instant classic as the trio battled for several laps, with Jankowiak taking over fifth at the halfway mark. Nye would pull away from the field to pick up the win.

 

Garrett Cleversley and Kyle Schosek were on the front row for the Street Stocks feature and it was Schosek showing the way. Ken Maltby would take the lead away on lap two and would start to pull away from the field. Tommy Wentland would take over third as the lead trio would pull away from the field Rich Sharpe would work his way through the field and would challenge Wentland for third during the second half of the race. Wentland and Sharpe made contact with less than five laps remaining to bring out the caution. Mark Hoch would take over second on the restart and would challenge Maltby for the lead. Maltby would hold off a hard-charging Hoch to score his first win of the season.

 

Casey Pew and Chris Deyoe Jr brought the 4 Cylinders to the green flag for the Rusty Diamond Cores 20 with Pew showing the way. Kyle Casper took over second and Dan Dressel would follow into third early on. Dressel would hit the foam off turn four but was able to continue on racing. David Brunka would take over the lead following a lap six caution and would pull away from the field. Brunka pulled away to pick up his third win of the season.

 

Speedway management would like to thank all the marketing partners that made this show possible; Nu-Way Auto Parts, Valvoline, Army National Guard, Thermal Foams, Elma Press, West Herr Automotive Group, Franco’s Pizza, Russell’s Steaks, Chops, & More, JJ Supply of North Carolina, Skylighters of WNY, and Speed Enterprises Entertainment. Track management would also like to thank Rusty Diamond Cores for their support of the Sportsman, Street Stock, and 4 Cylinder programs.

 

Racing returns on Thursday, August 5 for the “Legends of Lancaster Night”, featuring the Ken “Hurricane” Heckler Memorial 51 for the Street Stocks. The Sportsman, 4 Cylinders and the Jerry Gradl Motors NYPA TQ Midgets will be on the program. Pit gates will open at 2:30 pm, grandstand gates will open at 5, practice will begin at 5:30 pm, and racing will get underway at 7:00 pm. Grandstand admission is $18 for adults and kids ages 11 and under are FREE. Military, Veterans, and First Responders can receive ½ off admission with a valid ID. For more information, check out www.lancastermotorsportspark.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and now on Instagram.  

 

 

RACE RESULTS – NU-WAY AUTO PARTS 150 NIGHT SUMMARY

WHELEN MODIFIED TOUR: PATRICK EMERLING, Justin Bonsignore, Max McLaughlin, Jon McKennedy, Eric Goodale, Tyler Rypkema, Chuck Hossfeld, JB Fortin, Doug Coby, Kyle Bonsignore, Timmy Solomito, Ron Silk, Ken Heagy, Andy Jankowiak, Walter Sutcliffe Jr, Scott Wylie, Tommy Catalano, Anthony Nocella, Mike Leaty, Melissa Fifield, Jim Gavek Jr, Craig Lutz, Woody Pitkat

Mayhew Dominator Fast Time: Jon McKennedy (17.285 seconds – 104.137mph)

 

SPORTSMAN: SHAWN NYE, John Barber, Tyler Catalano, Andy Jankowiak, George Skora III, Bob Weber, Trevor Catalano, Jimmy Zacharias, Owen Bednasz, TJ Potrzebowski, Bob Reis, Mark Pennell, Joe Evans, Dave Kozlowski, Jeff Szafraniec, Eric Brown, Cameron Ruggiero, Timmy Lewis, John Wilbur

Qualifying Heats: Bobby Weber, Shawn Nye

 

STREET STOCKS: KEN MALTY, Mark Hoch, Dave Krawczyk, Mike Dalfonso, Tim Garlock, Bob Palmer, Jon Carlson, Tyler Day, Garrett Cleversley, Jim Dauer, Tommy Wentland, Jason Anasiewicz, Mike Rogers, Al Piasecki, Rich Sharpe, Bobby Blaszak Jr, Ed Culliton, Kyle Schosek, Matt Friend, Nik Welshans, Max Northem, Wes LaBar, Brian Hoffman (Did Not Start), Jerry Kosmowski (Did Not Start), Scott Soos (Did Not Start), Frank Prell (Disqualified)

Qualifying Heats: Rich Sharpe, Ken Maltby,

 

4 CYLINDERS: DAVID BRUNKA, Kyle Casper, Charles Palmer, Kenny Hejna, Casey Pew, Chris Deyoe Jr, Tim Durfy, Dan Dressel, Ryan Lent, Mason Offhaus, Andy Danielwicz, Jonathan Klamut

Qualifying Heats: Dan Dressel, Charles Palmer

 

 

 

 

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 on Instagram (@lancasterspeedwaydragway).