Nugent, Passero, Kalskov, Dean & Markle grab class wins
LANCASTER, NY – Lancaster Dragway @ New York International Raceway Park hosted its final night of IHRA Drag Racing points for the 2019 season on Friday evening. It was a strong turnout with 170 cars on hand for Ryan Thurnherr Memorial Night and Gianni Mazia’s Mod Bonus Night.
The Thurnherr family added an extra $2,500 to the purse that was spread out amongst the weekly classes to honor the memory of former racer Ryan Thurnherr, who passed away in October 2018, and Paul Cambria added $500 to the winner’s share of Mod ET purse to raise the total purse for the evening to over $8,000.
There were two division championships left to be decided on the final night of points as Lucas Salemi had clinched the Bikes & Sleds title while DJ Raiser had already sewn up the Street championship. Jan Winkowski of Cheektowaga, N.Y. held a 30 point lead in Mallare Trucking Top ET over the team of Paul Cochi and Jeff Sobczysnki. Reid Ricketson of Darien Center, N.Y. led twin brother Ryan by 30 points for the Gianni Mazia’s Mod title.
Lucas Salemi & DJ Raiser clinch track titles
LANCASTER, NY – Lancaster Dragway @ New York International Raceway Park held a special Thursday night race for its IHRA Drag Racing program this week to make room on the schedule for U.S. Open weekend for the Stock Cars. This next to last points race of the season was a crucial one for drivers challenging for their respective class championships.
Two drivers clinched 2019 Lancaster Dragway @ NYIRP track titles on Friday. Lucas Salemi of Clarence Center, N.Y. secured the Hebeler’s Sales Bikes & Sleds track championship. It is second career after winning his first in 2015. Donny “DJ” Raiser clinched the Tread City Tire Street track title. It is third championship for Lancaster Dragway Wall of Famer and his first in 24 years. Raiser won the Pro ET championship back in 1994 & 95. Salemi and Raiser join Jr. Dragster champ PJ Marston as the first track champions crowned this season.
Thursday night winners included Tom Coonly of Blasdell, N.Y. in Mallare Trucking Top ET. Wayne Cleveland of Williamsville, N.Y. was victorious in Top 8 Eliminator. In Gianna Mazia’s Mod ET, Clay Ricketson of East Aurora, N.Y. grabbed his first win of 2019. Mike Peters of Angola, N.Y. picked up his fifth of the season in Hebeler’s Sales Bikes & Sleds. Scott Baron earned his first career win in Tread City Tire Street.
LANCASTER, NY – Late afternoon rain showers rolled through the Western New York, and soaked the grounds of New York International Raceway Park, which forced track officials to cancel IHRA Drag Racing for Friday, September 6.
The amount of rain combined with less than optimal conditions for getting the track dry in a reasonable amount of time let to the decision to pull the chute on the program.
Lancaster Dragway will decide on a reschedule date for the Ryan Thurnherr Memorial Night and Gianni Maiza’s Mod ET Bonus Night in the coming days.
Weekly IHRA Drag Racing will take place next week on Thursday, September 12 with VIP Night. All weekly classes will be in action. Time trials start at 5 p.m.
LANCASTER, NY – Vic Puglia of Amherst, N.Y. reset the Lancaster Dragway record books while en route to winning the Supercharged Bounty Hunter Pro Modified vs. Dragster Shootout on Friday night at New York International Raceway Park. Puglia set a new track for fastest run by a Top Dragster with an elapsed time of 3.92 seconds at 186.89 mph.
Weekly IHRA Drag Racing winners included Mike Mallare of Tonawanda, N.Y. in Mallare Trucking Top ET. Bill Bigham of Niagara Falls scores his third win in Top 8 Eliminator. Brittany Balser of Cheektowaga, N.Y. earned her first career win in Gianna Mazia’s Mod. In Hebeler’s Sales Bikes & Sleds, Mike Peters of Angola, N.Y. picked up his fourth win of 2019. Mark Santucci II of Lancaster won Tread City Tire Street.
The Supercharged Bounty Hunters put a unique twist on their final appearance of 2019 at Lancaster as four top Pro Modifieds from the region went up against four of the best rear engine dragsters. Early in the event Vig Puglia blistered the track record for fastest pass by a Top Dragster with a sub 4-second run at nearly 200 mph.
LANCASTER, NY – Moe Alfaqih of Cheektowaga, N.Y. captured his third Buffalo Street Outlaws (BSO) win of the season at Lancaster Dragway @ New York International Raceway Park on Friday night. Alfaqih won three out of the four BSO events at Lancaster in 2019 with the fourth event ending in a split due to curfew.
In other Friday night action, Gary Brewer of Webster, N.Y. (5.50) and Dan Marvin of Kenmore, N.Y. (6.50) won the BSO Street Limited classes. Mason Fix of Amherst, N.Y. scored the win in Mallare Trucking Top ET. In Top 8 Eliminator, Tony Madonia of N. Tonawanda, N.Y. earned his second win of the season. Reid Ricketson won for the fourth time in McGard Mod ET. Lucas Salemi of Clarence Center, N.Y. earned a fifth win of the season in Hebeler’s Sales Bikes & Sleds. In Tread City Tire Street ET, Ed Semlitsch of West Seneca, N.Y. took home the win.
A total of 165 cars were on hand for Friday night IHRA Drag Racing at Lancaster Dragway, including the final visit of the season for the Buffalo Street Outlaws crew. Moe Alfaqih continued his dominance of BSO as he defeated Terry Doyle in an all Ford Mustang final.
LANCASTER, NY – Over 200 vehicles of all shapes and sizes filled the pits on Friday night at Lancaster Dragway @ New York International Raceway Park for Truck Night presented by Mallare Trucking. There were race cars, dump trucks, semi trucks, pickup trucks and even a couple of school buses that made their way down the 1/8-mile drag strip as part of busy night of IHRA Drag Racing.
Ann Marie Nugent of West Seneca, N.Y. scored her first win of the season in Mallare Trucking Top ET. Nugent beat Jim Green to top end to score the victory. In Top 8 Eliminator, Bill Bigham of Niagara Falls earned his second victory of 2019 after he held off a very fast Joe Passero in the finals.
For third time this season Reid Ricketson of Darien Center, N.Y. was victorious in Gianni Mazia’s Mod ET. RIcketson latest final round opponent was veteran Joe Skok, who Ricketson held off at the finish line to pick up the win. Ricketson maintained his Mod class points lead with the victory.
LANCASTER, NY – Frank Malvaso of Rochester, N.Y. picked up his second Supercharged Bounty Hunters win of 2019 on Friday night at Lancaster Dragway @ New York International Raceway Park. The Supercharged Bounty Hunters were part of jam packed night of IHRA drag racing at NYIRP featuring over 165 cars in competition.
In other Friday night action, Dave Balser of Akron, N.Y. took the win in Mallare Trucking Top ET. Mike Nowak of Lancaster was victorious in Top 8 Eliminator. Mason Fix scored his second-straight win in Gianni Mazia’s Mod ET. In Hebeler’s Sales Bikes & Sleds, Don Becker of Alden, N.Y. earned his first win of the season. Pete Maduri of N. Tonawanda, N.Y. won Tread City Tire Street. Deanna Nugent of Niagara Falls (Pro) and Fern Adams of W. Seneca, N.Y. (Amateur) won the special Ladies Night classes sponsored by Cash & Go Pawn.
Frank Malvaso continued his domination of the Supercharged Bounty Hunters at Lancaster as he beat Chuck McMahon in the “A” final for his second-straight win. Ron D’Alessandero won the Supercharged “B” final.