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.
Forecasts call for late-day severe storms; Rest of Sunday Nostalgia Weekend still on as scheduled
LANCASTER, NY – With the potential for severe weather forecasted for Western New York later today, Lancaster National Dragway has decided to cancel its Franco’s Pizza Friday Night IHRA Drag Racing program for August 4.
“All forecasts are calling for thunderstorms, severe at times, starting right about the time we’d be lining up to begin the racing events. Would rather play it safe, than soggy and sorry,” said Tim Packman, Track President.
Noltee & Puglia earn first ever wins in their respective classes
LANCASTER, NY – Lancaster National Dragway hosted the Supercharged Bounty Hunters on Friday night as part of the final Franco’s Pizza IHRA Drag Racing program for the month of July. It was the second visit of the season by the Bounty Hunters, and the results were almost the same as their first trip to Lancaster
The final pairing for the Supercharged Bounty Hunters was a rematch of the final round from their race at Lancaster on June 9 as Mike Zmuda in the “Time Bomb” Dodge Dart went head-to-head with the Willys of Rochester’s Frank Malvaso. Zmuda won in their first meeting on a holeshot advantage, but Malvaso got his revenge on Friday night.
Zmuda once again left the starting line first, but Malvaso was able to catch and pass him before the finish line to score the victory. Malvaso made up the nearly two-tenths of seconds that he lost at the starting line to beat Zmuda with an elapsed time of 4.439 seconds at 160.11 mph.