PATRICK EMERLING WINS QUEEN CITY CLASH 75 AT LANCASTER
Sweeps open-wheeled divisions with Sportsman & Modified
Emerling of Orchard Park, N.Y. swept the open-wheeled divisions at
Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway on Saturday night as he
captured the Race of Champions Modified Series “Queen City Clash 75”
and the 35-lap Sunoco Sportsman feature. Emerling had to hold off
Chuck Hossfeld in both races to earn the dual checkered flags.
The Race of Champions Modified Series made its first appearance of
the season at Lancaster with 24 cars in the pits. John Wilber and
Brian DeFebo led the field to the initial green flag for the Queen
City Clash 75. Wilber grabbed the early lead, but DeFebo would keep
close tabs on him early in the race.
DeFebo ducked under Wilber off of turn four on lap 16 to take over
the lead. Shortly after that Emerling moved into the second spot
after he started fourth.
The first 22 laps of the race went caution free, but Daryl Lewis,
Jr. would bring out the yellow flag on lap 22 when he spun out in
turn two. The yellow flag flew again on lap 26 when Austin Kochenash
stopped on the backstretch with a mechanical issue. Emerling took
the lead from DeFebo on the ensuing restart from the outside of the
By this point Chuck Hossfeld had made his way up to third place.
Hossfeld set quick time during time trials with a lap time of 16.651
seconds, which established a new track record at Lancaster. He won
his heat race, but redrew 12th for the main event. Hossfeld passed
DeFebo for second just before halfway, and then he looked to go
Hossfeld chased Emerling around the Lancaster ½-mile oval for the
second half of the race, but could not find a way around the leader.
Emerling poured it on in the closing laps as he ran his fastest lap
of the race on lap 73 of 75 and crossed the finish line ahead of
Hossfeld by three-quarters of a second.
Emerling earned second career win Modified win at Lancaster and his
second in a row on the Race of Champions circuit. Hossfeld settled
for second. Jimmy Zacharias completed the podium after starting
fifth. Tyler Rypkema and Mike Leaty rounded out the top five.
In the Sunoco Sportsman feature, Emerling would start last in the
24-car field after a post heat race altercation with John Barber. He
gained some positions early in the race when a lap one pileup in
turn one involved nearly half of the field.
Hossfeld started seventh and passed pole-sitter Tommy Catalano for
the lead on lap 9. Shortly after that there was a multi-car pileup
on the frontstretch. Mike Ramos hit the wall hard and suffered the
worst damage out of the five cars involved.
When racing resumed Hosseld was leading with Emerling running fifth.
Emerling picked his way to the front and was up to second by lap 15.
One lap later he ran to the outside of the leader in turn two and
Hossfeld went up the track to throw the block. Emerling ducked low
went as Hossfeld went high and passed “The Hotshoe” for the lead as
they exited the turn.
Emerling appeared to develop a push as the race wore on, which gave
Hossfeld a glimmer of hope. He was all over Emerling in the closing
laps, but Emerling held on for his second-straight Sunoco Sportsman
win at Lancaster.
Billy Burd recorded his third-straight top three finish with a third
place run. Mike Fiebelkorn, Jr. and Neal Dietz, Jr. rounded out of
the top five.
The pair of victories extended a hot streak for Emerling that has
seen him take the win in his last four starts overall. He won the
Sportsman feature at Lancaster on May 7, and then won on the RoC
Modified race at Oswego on May 14 before sweeping the open-wheeled
Dave Wilson was credited with the win in the Advance Auto Parts
Street Stocks after unofficial winner, TJ Cochrane, was disqualified
in post-race inspection. That makes three different winners in three
races for the Street Stocks. Dennis Londos finished second followed
by Mark Hoch, Tommy Wentland and Keith Flanigan.
The NYPA TQ Midgets made their first visit to Lancaster’s ¼-mile
inner oval. Dave Wollaber picked up the win in the 20-lap feature.
Wollaber passed Kyle Hutchinson for the lead on lap 3 and never
looked back. Hutchinson finished second. Bobby Holmes, Andy Nye and
Erik Musto rounded out the top five.
Kevin Bainbridge won his third Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinder feature in
a row. Bainbridge started last after missing the heat race because
he was attending his daughter’s dance recital. He passed Bobby Hanel
for the lead on lap 18 of 25 to score the win. Bainbridge remains
undefeated in 2016.
Lancaster National Speedway’s stock car program will take off for
the Memorial Day weekend, but will be back in action on Saturday,
June 4. That is First Responders night at Lancaster with all police,
fire and EMT personnel receiving $5 admission with valid ID. The RoC
Big 10 Super Stocks join Lancaster’s three weekly home track classes
on the race card.
About Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway: Founded in 1959,
Lancaster National Speedway and Dragway is a multi-use facility
located on 77 acres just outside of metropolitan Buffalo, N.Y. The
facility features a 1/8-mile drag strip, a 1/2-mile oval track and
hosts several non-motorsports events such as car shows and concerts.
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FERRIS MOWERS RACE OF CHAMPIONS MODIFIED
Time Trials Fast Time: Chuck Hossfeld – 16.651 seconds (Track
Heat Winners: Tyler Rypkema, Chuck Hossfeld, Mike Leaty
Feature: PATRICK EMERLING, Chuck Hossfeld, Jimmy Zacharias,
Tyler Rypkema, Mike Leaty, George Skora III, Tommy Catalano, Brian
DeFebo, Daren Scherer, Kevin Timmerman, T.J. Potrzebowski, Tony
Hanbury, Daryl Lewis, Jr., Levi Arthur, Chris Risdae, Nick Pecko,
Camden Barber, John Wilber, Amy Catalano, Will Thomas, Alan
Bookmiller, Austin Kochenash, Bryan Sherwood, Karl Hehr
Heat Winners: Chuck Hossfeld, Billy Burd, Neal Dietz, Jr.
Feature (UNOFFICAL PENDING RESULTS OF TIRE
INSPECTION): PATRICK EMERLING, Chuck Hossfeld,
Billy Burd, Mike Fiebelkorn, Jr., Neal Dietz, Jr., Jake Lyon, John
Barber, Mark Pennell, Jayme Thompson, Sherri Hogan, Tommy Catalano,
Tim Lewis, Andy Lewis, Owen Bednasz, Tim Nies, Alan Bookmiller, Matt
Druar, Mike Ramos, Todd Lorenzo, Mike Rogers, Danny Knoll, Jr., Tony
Carbone, Bobby Lippa, Jr., Scott Stolzenberg DNS: Patti
ADVANCE AUTO PARTS STREET STOCKS
Heat Winners: Mark Hoch, TJ Cochrane
Feature: DAVE WILSON, Dennis Londos, Mark Hoch, Tommy
Wentland, Keith Flanigan, Jerome Hruby, Andy Cryan, Trevor Pettit,
Jim Bryant, Don Sitarski, Mike Dalfonso, Sr., Ed Culliton, Lou
Carbine, Garrett Cleversley, Ken Maltby, Jake Weber, Jarrod Brown,
Mike Dalfonso, Jr. DQ: TJ Cochrane
ROAMING BUFFALO 4-CYLINDERS
Heat Winners: Bobby Hanel, Billy Anderson
Feature: KEVIN BAINBRIDGE, Bobby Hanel, Chris Pennell, Billy
Anderson, Dan Dressel, Jamie Woods, Billy McNerney, Jim Dauer, Zach
Cleversley, Laurie Krol, Howard Guthrie, Tim Durfy, Joe Brunka,
Chris Bugenhagen DQ: Frank Prell
NYPA TQ MIDGETS
Feature: DAVE WOLLABER, Kyle Hutchinson, Bobby Holmes, Andy
Nye, Erik Musto, Arik McGruder, Vinny Christiano, Jr., AJ Hessler,
Tommy Catalano, Charlie DiRosa, Sean McNamara, Greg Richardson, Pat
Smith, Kevin Wilson
Dave Buchanan /
Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway
May 22, 2016