TG Fab Racecars kicks off mid-season swing!
NEW YORK – This weekend’s New York state double header kicks off three back to back weekends of Joe’s Transmission TNT Super Series competition. They’ll be at Lancaster Dragway this Friday July 14 and then at Empire Dragway the next Saturday.
Presented by TG Fab Racecars, this weekend will see the country’s best sportsman drivers hit the drag strip in both 1/8 mile and 1/4 mile competition. To be good, the teams will have to have both their 7.00 and 10.90 index set-ups figured out as they race for one of the best purses of any local drag racing series.
Eckert, Kerl, Vaughan, Kovach & Young grab wins
Headlining the class winners for the Franco’s Pizza IHRA Drag Racing program was Steve Harkiewicz of Pendleton, N.Y. who picked up his first win in Top 8 Eliminator. Harkiewicz defeated Michael Mallare in the final round.
Dale Eckert of S. Wales, N.Y. beat Jan Winkowski in finals of Mallare Enterprises Top ET. Eckert cut a .501 light and held off Winkowski at top end to pick up the victory.
Moe Alfaqih of Cheektowaga, N.Y. not only topped the field of 26 Buffalo Street Outlaws, but he also defeated the “Elco” of Kamikaze Chris in special grudge race to give the 716 crew the win for the second year in a row. In the final round of the Buffalo Street Outlaws, Alfaqih defeated last year’s winner Ed McGuinn to claim the victory.
The Buffalo Street Outlaws debuted their new Unlimited Big Tire class, which included two-time Pro Modified World Champion Mike Janis among the competitors. Ron Szewczyk of Derby, N.Y. got the win in his “Head Knocker Chevrolet Nova over Mike Zmuda. Chris Halton of Amherst, N.Y. took top honors in BSO Street Limited over three-time winner Jason Bezinque.
Dominator forced to cancel appearance because of mechanical issues
LANCASTER, NY – On Wednesday night, Discovery Channel Street Outlaw driver Dominator (Joe Woods) was forced to cancel his Friday night appearance at Lancaster National Dragway because of mechanical issues.
A scramble by track management to fill the void found almost every other Street Outlaw driver from the show was booked or couldn’t attend. So, a call to WNY resident and two-time world champion drag racer synonymous with supercharged power, Mike Janis, was made and he will now be racing his famous Pro Mod as part of the show.
Hayek & Lama wins Ladies Classes
LANCASTER, NY – Lancaster National Dragway hosted Ladies Night for the Franco’s Pizza IHRA Drag Racing program on Friday night. On top of a full card of racing there were special Pro and Amateur classes for female racers.
An additional highlight was a special match race between Melanie Salemi’s “Purple Reign” Pro Modified and the Top Dragster of Kathy Fisher. The doorslammer got the better of the dragster as Salemi posted a winning elapsed time of 4.513 seconds at 125.77 mph.
In Mallare Enterprises Top ET, Rick Szewczyk, Jr. of Buffalo posted his first career win. Szewczyk got the win light after Zell Gaymon left the starting line too soon. It was the second final round of the night for Gaymon, who picked up the win in Top 8. Gaymon defeated Mike Nowak in Top 8 final after Nowak broke out.
Zamuda wins Supercharged Bounty Hunters; Peters gets third Bikes & Sleds win
In other Franco’s Pizza IHRA Drag Racing action, Mike Zamuda of Buffalo won the first ever event at Lancaster for the Supercharged Bounty Hunters. Clay Ricketson of E. Aurora, N.Y. took top honors in McGard Mod. Mike Peters of Angola, N.Y. scored his third win of the year in Hebeler’s Sales Bikes & Sleds. Meg Grzekiewicz of Belfast, N.Y. won Tread City Tire Street and Reid Ricketson won a special Mopar vehicles only class.
Veteran drag racer Mike Swinarski swept the night in Top 8 and Mallare Enterprises Top ET. Swinarski started off by holding off Joe Masullo in the finals of Top 8. He then was inserted into the Top ET bracket where he once again advanced to the finagling pairing. This time Swinarski was the chaser instead of the one being chased, and he made up about one second head start on the starting tree to defeat Ken Babiak, Jr. for his win #2.
LANCASTER, NY – Inclement weather and a not too sunny forecast for all of race day has forced Lancaster National Dragway to postpone Tuesday’s much-anticipated Pro Modified Shootout. Teams and fans can now circle Tuesday, September 12 on their calendars to come out for one of the biggest events on the track’s schedule as the make-up date.
The decision to make the announcement on Monday, rather than wait until later in the day Tuesday, was to accommodate race teams and fans that were traveling several hours for the event.