LANCASTER, NY – Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway celebrated the 2017 season for both the Franco’s Pizza IHRA Drag Racing program and X-Press Signs Stock Car Series this past weekend during the annual Season Awards Banquets, held at the Variety Club Banquet Hall in Lancaster.
Lancaster National Dragway’s track champions were honored on Friday evening. Leading the list of Franco’s Pizza IHRA Drag Racing track champs was Dale Eckert in Mallare Enterprises Top ET. It was Eckert’s first Top title after winning ten championships in Mod ET.
LANCASTER, NY – Lancaster National Dragway’s 2017 season came to an end on Friday after the final Franco’s Pizza IHRA Drag Racing event of the year was rained out. With the schedule now in the books that means the 2017 drag racing track champions have been decided, and they will be honored at the Season Awards Banquet on Friday, November 10.
Dale Eckert captured his first career Mallare Enterprises Top ET championship following a run of 10 titles in 11 years while competing in Mod ET. Eckert edged Jan Winkowski by just ten points to lock up the title.
LANCASTER, NY – Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway held a Thursday night show for the Franco’s Pizza IHRA Drag Racing program as a special opening act for U.S. Open weekend. Thank You Thursday was also special treat for fans as they were able to catch the next-to-last drag race of the 2017 season for just $5.
In Top 8 Eliminator, Joe Masullo of Buffalo scored his first win of the season while denying Brian Hitchcock his third-straight Top 8 victory. Masullo took advantage of a breakout by Hitchcock to score the win.
Jeff Sobczysnki of Depew, N.Y. picked up the win in Mallare Enterprises Top ET over class points leader Dale Eckert. Eckert handed Sobczysnki his first Top win of the season by breaking out by just .02 seconds. He now holds a slim 10 point lead over Jan Winkowski going into the final race of the season.
Martorino reset the track record for fastest average speed by a Supercharged Doorslammer during his winning run in the final round. His speed of 185.66 mph beat the previous track record of 181.45 mph that was set 20 years ago by Fred Hahn in 1997. Martorino defeated Steve Easton of Brisbane, Australia in the finals with elapsed time of 4.157 seconds compared to Easton’s 4.238 ET.
In other Franco’s Pizza IHRA Drag Racing action, Jeff Sobczysnki of Depew, N.Y. won the $1,000-to-win Box Shootout. Sobczysnki held off Pete Maduri on the finals to take the victory. Thomas Fletcher of Churchville, N.Y. won the $1,000-to-win No-Box Shootout over Robert Warrington. Paul Cavallaro of Rochester won the final Tuesday night Senior Nostalgia race of the season in 1957 Chevy.
Jewell & Astyk take Buffalo Street Outlaws victories
LANCASTER, NY – Lancaster National Dragway kicked off the final month of the season for the Franco’s Pizza IHRA Drag Racing on Friday night with a jam packed program that included the Buffalo Street Outlaws.
Brian Hitchcock of Amherst, N.Y. earned his second win in a row in Top 8 Eliminator. Hitchcock ran his 5.18 dial-in in the final round as he defeated Wayne Cleveland for his third win overall in 2017. The loss denied Cleveland his third win of the year in Top 8.
In Mallare Enterprises Top ET, veteran Billy Leber of Tonawanda, N.Y. took the win aboard Joe Masullo’s rear engine dragster. Leber made a phenomenal pass in the finals as he had a near-perfect .501 reaction time and just missed his 4.99 dial-in with a 5.009 ET.
LANCASTER, NY – It was a “truckin’” good night at Lancaster National Dragway on Friday for Big Rig Night presented by Mallare Enterprises. Over 200 cars and trucks filled the pits for the Franco’s Pizza IHRA Drag Racing program.
A total of 56 semi and dump trucks signed in to compete in special Big Right Night classes. Dennis Timm of Hamburg, N.Y. won the Dump Truck class in his 2017 Kenworth. Timm defeated Dave Peckham in the final round. Jim Mallare of Mallare Enterprises won the Semi-Truck category. Mallare faced Sean Lindsley in the final pairing.
In Top 8 Eliminator, Brian Hitchcock of Amherst, N.Y. scored his first win of the season. Hitchcock overcame the starting line advantage his opponent, Steve Harkiewicz, held to pick up the victory with a 5.234 ET at 128.19.
Show of sportsmanship leads to Szewczyk win in Top ET
The good weather came at the right time as Lancaster played host to the Hanna Motorsports Jet Funny Cars after their traditional Memorial Day weekend date was rained out. Both the First Strike and Top Secret Eastern Raider jet cars wowed the fans with passes of less than four seconds and speeds that topped over 200 mph.
In Franco’s Pizza IHRA Drag Racing action, Michael Mallare of Grand Island, N.Y. captured his first Top 8 win of the season. Dan Szewczyk of Lancaster took the win in Mallare Enterprises Top ET. In McGard Mod, Keith Banas of Tonawanda, N.Y. scored his first win of 2017. Both Hebeler’s Sales Bikes & Sleds and Tread City Tire Street had repeat winners as Vic Pgulia of Buffalo (Bikes & Sleds) and John Wachowicz of Sanborn, N.Y. (Street) won for the second event in a row.