PATRICK EMERLING WINS
TOMMY DRUAR/TONY JANKOWIAK MEMORIAL 110 AT LANCASTER
Sharpe and Piasecki Return To Victory Lane
return of the ground pounding, mighty Modifieds brought the fans out
to Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway on Saturday for the Tommy
Druar/Tony Jankowiak Memorial 110 Race of Champions Modified Tour
event. The crowd was one of the biggest in recent years at the
Western New York racing facility.
Patrick Emerling of Orchard Park, NY scored his first career
Modified feature win at Lancaster as he captured the 110-lap
Emerling inherited the lead for good on lap 76 when Matt Hirschman
pitted under caution for tires. He led the final 34 laps and
survived a late-race challenge from Chuck Hossfeld to secure the
Daren Scherer and former track champion, Dave Wollaber, led the
field to the initial green flag. Scherer jumped out to the early
race lead followed by Tyler Rypkema, Bobby Holmes, Hirschman and
Hirschman quickly picked his way through the top five and was up to
second by lap 12. Four laps later he was able to pass Scherer for
the top spot. Chuck Hossfeld eventually landed in the runner-up
position, and both he and Hirschman pulled away from the rest of the
The fourth caution of the race came on lap 31 when Tommy Catalano
came to a stop in turn three. It was during this yellow flag period
that Emerling pitted for right side tires. He was running in seventh
place at the time.
Hirschman and Hossfeld continued to dominate the proceedings until
the yellow flag flew again on lap 56. Hossfeld took this opportunity
to pit for tires under caution, as did many of the other front
running cars. Hirschman and Andy Jankowiak elected stay out and were
the only two cars remaining in the field that had yet to make a pit
stop. This also moved Emerling into third as he was one of the first
cars to pit.
Hossfeld’s night almost came to an end just two laps after he made
his pit stop. On lap 60, Hossfeld cut down a left rear tire and spun
out in turn two. He was able to continue, but Karl Hehr and Rusty
Smith crashed in the melee that ensued behind Hossfeld.
When racing resumed Hirschman and Jankowiak paced the field.
Hirschman racked up two lap leader bonuses while he dominated the
middle portion of the event. He earned $370 for leading lap 37, in
memory of Tommy Druar. Hirschman then pocketed $730, in memory of
Tony Jankowiak, for leading lap 73. The bonus money was put up by
racing supporter, Howie Markel.
Hirschman and Jankowiak finally made their pit stop for tires on lap
76 when Paul Hartwig, Jr. brought out the caution flag. This handed
the lead over to Emerling, who was followed by Holmes, Hossfeld,
Hanbury and Mike Leaty. Hossfeld passed Holmes for second on lap 80
and then set his sights on Emerling.
The final caution period of the night happened on lap 100 when Tommy
Cloce stopped on the track with a flat tire. This set up a ten lap
shootout to the finish between Emerling and Hossfeld.
Emerling managed to hold off Hossfeld long enough to take the
checkered flag first. Jankowiak made his way back to third by race’s
end after restarting fifth with ten laps to go. Hirschman had to
settle for fourth, while Hanbury rounded out the top five.
“I knew it was going to be a hard fight battle holding off Chuck,”
said Emerling, “at the beginning of the race we had flat right front
which made us come in a little early than expected but it worked out
The win was Emerling’s third of the year on the Race of Champions
Modified Tour. He also extended his series points lead over Hossfeld
“If we didn’t get that left rear flat I think we would’ve been
better,” said Hossfeld, “you make adjustments thinking that tire is
going to have 50 or 60 laps on it, and then you put a tire on it and
changes the balance.”
The Race of Champions Modified Tour returns to Lancaster for the
U.S. Open on Sunday, September 27.
In other action for the Seneca Resorts & Casinos Saturday Night
Stock Car program, Rich Sharpe of Lancaster remained perfect in the
Street Stocks with his fifth-straight win. Sharpe took the lead from
a Jerome Hruby on a lap six restart and drove away from the field
for his sixth win since last season’s U.S. Open.
The Street Stock division had their biggest car count of the season
with 19 cars in the pits. Dave Wilson, Jr. finished second followed
by Mark Hoch, Keith Flanigan and Hruby.
Al Piasecki picked up his first win of the season in the 4-Cylinders
in dominant fashion. He nearly led all 20 laps while on route to the
win. Rich Bartel finished second with Bobby Woch, Chris Pennell and
Chris Bugenhagen rounding out the top five.
The stock car action continues at Lancaster on August 22 with our
second autograph night of the season. Fans will be able to go on the
track during intermission and meet their favorite drivers. The Super
Stocks will join the Sportsman, Street Stocks and 4-Cylinders on the
race card. Racing begins at 6:30 PM.
Founded in 1959, Lancaster National Speedway is a multi-use facility
located on 77 acres just outside of metropolitan Buffalo, NY. The
facility features a 1/8-mile drag, a 5/8-mile oval track and hosts
several non-motorsports events such as car shows and concerts. For
the latest information on Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway
check out our all-new website www.lancasternationalspeedway.com.
Additional information for racers and fans can be found on our
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RACE OF CHAMPIONS MODIFIED TOUR
Heat Winners: Daren Scherer, Patrick Emerling, Matt Hirschman
Tommy Druar/Tony Jankowiak Memorial 110 Finish: PATRICK
EMERLING, Chuck Hossfeld, Andy Jankowiak, Matt Hirschman, Tony
Hanbury, Bobby Holmes, Mike Leaty, Daren Scherer, Nick Pecko, Daryl
Lewis, Jr., Brian DeFebo, Rick KLuth, Jimmy Zacharias, Tommy Cloce,
Roger Coss, Chris Risdale, Paul Hartwig, Jr., TJ Potrzebowski, Sam
Fullone, Karl Hehr, Rusty Smith, Bryan Sherwood, Tommy Catalano,
Tyler Rypkema, Dave Wollaer, Bill Mislin DNS: Amy Catalano
Heat Winners: Nate Straus, Jerome Hruby
Feature: RICH SHARPE, Dave Wilson, Jr., Mark Hoch, Keith
Flanigan, Jerome Hruby, Dave Vona, Ken Maltby, Kenny Hejna, Nate
Straus, Heather Weber, Gary Bartella, Rick Ortwein, Jr., Mike
Dalfonso, Sr., Ed Culliton. Terry Weldy, Richard Meyers, Mark Annis,
Jr. DQ: Dennis Londos
Heat Winners: Al Piasecki, Tim Durfy
Feature: AL PIASECKI, Rich Bartel, Bobby Woch,ch,ch, Chris
Pennell, Chris Bugenhagen, Frank Prell, Tim Durfy, Tom Lalomia, Jr.,
Jessica Dadswell, Joe Brunka, Don Brzezowski, Dave Anasiewicz DNS:
Matt Druar DQ; Kevin Bainbridge
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