Racing action continues tomorrow night at NYIRP with the second stock car event of the season. The Race of Champions will present Autograph Night at Lancaster Speedway on Saturday night starting at 6:30 p.m. The RoC Sportsman Modifieds and Late Model Series will co-headline the program, and be joined by the NYPA TQ Midgets, Street Stocks and 4-Cylinders.
Next Friday, July 26, the popular Buffalo Street Outlaws join the IHRA Drag Racing program. Time trials start at 5 p.m.
LANCASTER, NY – Frank Malvaso of Rochester and his “Rush” 1933 Willys scored another win at Lancaster Dragway @ New York International Raceway Park on Friday night as topped the field of Supercharged Bounty Hunters in the 716 vs. 585 Shootout.
In Friday night IHRA Drag Racing action, Mike Sobczysnki of Alden took top honors in Mallare Trucking Top ET. Bill Bigham of Niagara Falls picked up the win in Top 8 Eliminator. In Gianni Mazia’s Mod ET, Reid Ricketson of Darien Center, N.Y. picked up his second win of the season. Mike Peters of Angola, N.Y. was victorious for the third-straight week in Hebeler’s Sales Bikes & Sleds. Veteran DJ Raiser of Lancaster scored the win on Tread City Tire Street ET.
The 716 vs. 585 Shootout for the Supercharged Bounty Hunters featured an eclectic mix of eight vehicles. The final pairing featured multi-time winner Malvaso going head-to-head with Ron D’Alessandro. Malvaso scored the win after D’Alessandro left the starting line too soon. Ron Szewczyk had the quick time of the meet with an elapsed time of 4.56 seconds.
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — New owners, new excitement, same great racing.
Lancaster Dragway at New York International Raceway Park, the former Lancaster National Speedway and Dragway, can continue to be a facility that’s beloved by locals. Veteran drag racers Mike Swinarski and Vito Antonicelli and his wife, Sylvia, recently purchased the upstate New York track, located just 15 miles outside Buffalo, earlier this year.
One of the first orders of business was signing a new sanctioning agreement with the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA). With a full schedule of events, the facility features an 1/8-mile drag strip and a 5/8-mile paved oval, which was originally a 1/2-mile dirt track.
The track hosts some of the top racing events in Western New York. The oval features the 31st annual U.S. Open in September with a variety from Late Models to TQ Midgets on the program. The Buffalo Street Outlaws are held at the drag strip in addition to the IHRA Summit SuperSeries, the largest and most prestigious bracket racing program in drag racing.
Program halted by curfew after track drying, large car count and oil downs
Unexpected afternoon rain showers held up the start of the program as the track crew worked hard to get the drag strip dried out. There was an exceptional car count on hand with 190 cars across the four weekly classes plus the Buffalo Street Outlaws and TNT Super Series.
The track crew continued to have busy night during racing with a handful of incidents, including a few oil downs, which forced the show to run long. Racing was halted for the final time at midnight out of respect of the facility’s curfew with the town of Lancaster. All drivers remaining in competition at that time split the purse in their respective classes.
LANCASTER, NY – Mike Zmuda of Lackawanna, N.Y. and Frank Malvaso of Rochester won the final matchups for the Supercharged Bounty Hunters on Friday night at Lancaster Dragway @ New York International Raceway Park.
The field of nine Supercharged Bounty Hunters was set through qualifying with Mike Zmuda and Chuck McMahon of Rochester taking top two spots. They then faced off head-to-head in the first final of the night. McMahon left the starting line first, but Zmuda was first to top end with a pass of 4.656 seconds at 149.55 mph.
The second final featured the #3 and #4 qualifiers, with Malvaso facing off against the Chevy Nova of Ron D’Alessandro. Malvaso picked up the win with an elapsed time of 4.619 seconds at 155.76 mph.
Dave Balser of Akron, N.Y. almost became the first driver of the season to score multiple class wins in the same night. Balser started out by winning Top 8 Eliminator by beating Chris Van Baalen in a close matchup. He was then inserted into the Mallare Trucking Top ET ladder, and made his way to the finals to face Chuck Mendola of Lancaster. Balser’s quest to do the double was derailed when he brokeout, which gave Mendola his first win of the season.
LANCASTER, NY – Second-generation racer Thomas Fletcher of Churchville, N.Y. took home top honors in Mallare Trucking Top ET on Friday night at Lancaster Dragway @ New York International Raceway Park.
In other IHRA Drag Racing action, Pete Maduri, Jr. of North Tonawanda, N.Y. won Top 8 Eliminator. Ryan Ricketson won in Gianna Mazia’s Mod ET. Lucas Salemi of Clarence Center, N.Y. picked up his second-straight Hebeler’s Sales Bikes & Sleds win. Cody Winkowski of Depew, N.Y. won for the second week in a row in Tread City Tire Street ET.
The Mallare Trucking Top ET final was billed as the “War of the Wagons” as Fletcher’s Peak Antifreeze station wagon went head-to-head with the Chevy Vega wagon of Mark Glomb. Fletcher used his starting line advantage by way of his slower dial-in to beat Glomb for his first win of the year at Lancaster @ NYIRP.
LANCASTER, NY – Keith Cleveland of Cheektowaga, N.Y. took top honors in Mallare Trucking Top ET on Friday night at Lancaster Dragway @ New York International Raceway Park. The second generation driver beat 12-time track champion Dale Eckert in the final round when Eckert left the starting line too soon.
In Gianna Mazia’s Mod ET, Reid Ricketson of Darien Center, N.Y. took advantage of a red light by Russell Morris in final round to earn his first win of 2019. Last week’s Mod ET final that was postponed due to curfew also ran in a meeting between two track champions from last season. 2018 Street ET champ Mason Fix got the win over defending Mod champ Jeff Kerl in a double breakout run. Fix ran just one one-hundredth of a second under his dial-in.
The Hebeler’s Sales Bikes & Sleds final was a rematch of the opening night final pair as Lucas Salemi faced off against former track champion Alan Fletcher. Salemi got revenge for his loss a week ago as Fletcher red lighted the race away to give Salemi the win.
Russell Morris made it to his second final round of the night in Tread City Tire. Unfortunately Morris finished the night 0-for-2 as he lost to Cody Winkowski after Winkowski beat Morris at top end.