PATRICK EMERLING GOES THE DISTANCE TO WIN
TOMMY DRUAR/TONY JANKOWIAK MEMORIAL 110
Emerling of Orchard Park, N.Y. continued his phenomenal 2016 season
on Saturday night at Lancaster National Speedway as he captured the
27th annual Tommy Druar/Tony Jankowiak Memorial 110 event for the
Race of Champions Modified Series for the second year in a row.
Emerling won the race without making a pit stop after most of the
field pitted for a new right rear tire at some point during the
T.J. Potrzebowski and Chuck Hossfeld led a field of 24 Modifieds to
the green flag for the most prestigious single-day event on the
Lancaster National Speedway schedule. Hossfeld grabbed the lap one
lead with Potrzebowski and Emerling settling in behind him.
Business picked up early at the front of the field as Emerling
wasted little time in going after Hossfeld. On lap 5 he took over
the lead after passing Hossfeld to the inside out of turn two.
NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Ryan Preece of Berlin, CT made his
first ever start at Lancaster in the Booker Motorsports #40. Preece
started third, but he followed Emerling to the front of the field
and took over the lead on lap 12.
There was one more lead change before the race even reached lap 20
as George Skora III came screaming through the field. Skora appeared
to be on a mission as he caught and passed Preece for the lead on
The first caution of the race came on lap 30 for a spin out in turn
3 by Tyler Rypkema due to a flat right front tire. During the
caution period, Skora relinquished the lead when he pitted for a new
right rear tire. This put Preece and Emerling back out in front.
Skora brought the yellow flag out again on lap 41 when he developed
left front flat tire. He was able to get back to the pits and stay
on the lead lap.
Hossfeld moved around Preece to reclaim second place on lap 50 just
before the yellow flag waved for a third time when Kirk Totten and
Karl Hehr got together in turn two. Hossfeld made a pit road visit
during the caution period to give the runner up spot back to Preece.
Preece remained in second place until lap 74 when he brought the
Booker Motorsports entry in for a new right rear tire. This moved
Daren Scherer and Daryl Lewis, Jr. into second and third place
respectively. They were the only cars besides Emerling that had yet
to make pit stop.
Hossfeld came back through the field after making his pit stop just
before the halfway point of the race. He was back up to fourth with
25 laps to go. The “Hotshoe” got by Lewis for second with just 15
laps remaining and then went after Emerling for the lead.
Hossfeld got to the back bumper of Emerling and even gave him a shot
of the “chrome horn” a couple times, but he could not make the pass.
Hossfeld could only watch for the third Modified race in a row at
Lancaster as he followed Emerling as they crossed under the
Emerling scored his third Modified win of the season at Lancaster
and sixth overall on the RoC Modified trail. He now has 11 total
wins in 2016, including four Sunoco Sportsman wins at Lancaster. He
won without making a pit stop, but still managed to run fastest laps
of the race in the later stages of the feature.
Daryl Lewis, Jr. finished a career best third as he also ran all 110
laps on the same set of tires. Mike Leaty finished fourth. Skora
battled back to round out the top five.
In other action, Mark Hoch of West Seneca, N.Y. was declared the
official winner of the Advance Auto Parts Street Stock feature for
his second win of the season. Hoch was awarded the win after the
first and second place finishers were disqualified in post-race
Rich Sharpe led all 25 laps of the feature, but was hounded by Hoch
for the first 23 laps of the race. The race’s only caution came just
as the leaders had taken the white flag. That set up a
green-white-checkered finish with Sharpe pulling away in the end.
Kevin Bainbridge picked up his seventh win of the season in the
Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders. Bainbridge passed Jamie Woods for the
lead on lap 17 when he made a bonsai run to the inside going into
turn one. He cleared Woods for the lead and then drove away for the
final eight laps to score the win.
Bainbridge competed despite being struck in the face with a rock
during his heat race. The rock came through his window net and hit
him just above his left eye. Bainbridge required stitches, but he
still managed to score the victory.
Kyle Hutchinson of East Aurora, N.Y. dominated the 20-lap NYPA TQ
Midget feature. Hutchinson passed Arik McGruder for the lead on lap
3 and never looked back. Series points leader, Dave Wollaber,
finished second. Tommy Catalano, Andy Nye and Erik Musto rounded out
the top five.
Lancaster National Speedway wraps up the month of August next
Saturday with Truck Night presented by Hunter Truck Sales and
Peterbilt of Buffalo. The Race of Champions Big 10 Super Stocks will
join the Sunoco Sportsman, Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks and
Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders. Anyone with a current CDL license can
get in for just $5.
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.
For the latest information on Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway
check out our website www.lancasternationalspeedway.com. Additional
information for racers and fans can be found on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/LancasterSpeedway)
and on Twitter (@LancasterSpdwy).
RACE OF CHAMPIONS MODIFIED SERIES
Fast Qualifier: Chuck Hossfeld (16.984 seconds)
Heat Winners: Patrick Emerling, George Skora III, Chuck
Tommy Druar/Tony Jankowiak Memorial 110 Finish: PATRICK
EMERLING, Chuck Hossfeld, Daryl Lewis, Jr., Mike Leaty, George Skora
III, Daren Scherer, T.J. Potrzebowski, Jeff Hamman, Ryan Preece,
Will Thomas, Andy Lewis, Camden Barber, Kevin Timmerman, Kirk Totten,
Calvin Carroll, Chris Ridsdale, Tim Nies, Tommy Catalano, Bryan
Sherwood, Tyler Rypkema, Karl Hehr, Jimmy Zacharias, Amy Catalano,
ADVANCE AUTO PARTS STREET STOCKS
Heat Winners: Mark Hoch, Tommy Wentland, Andy Cryan
Feature: MARK HOCH, Dave Wilson, Trevor Pettit, Dennis Londos,
John Carlson, Jerome Hruby, Nate Straus, Ken Maltby, Alex Morris,
Jim Bryant, Ed Culliton, Rob Pocobello, Rick Meyers, Keith Flanigan,
Garrett Cleversley, Andy Cryan, Rick Ortwein, Jeff Whalen DQ:
Rich Sharpe, Tommy Wentland
ROAMING BUFFALO 4-CYLINDERS
Heat Winners: Dan Dressel, Kevin Bainbridge
Feature: KEVIN BAINBRIDGE, Chris Bugenhagen, Tim Durfy, Danny
Dressel, Jamie Woods, Jim Dauer, Jason Anasiewicz, Chris Pennell,
Bobby Woch, Rich Bartel, Howard Guthrie, Joe Brunka, Mark Scarpace,
Laurie Krol, Frank Prell, Dave Milbrand, Jr.
NYPA TQ MIDGETS
Heat Winners: Arik McGruder, Kyle Hutchinson
Feature: KYLE HUTCHINSON, Dave Wollaber, Tommy Catalano, Andy
Nye, Erik Musto, Vinnie Christiano, Jr., AJ Hessler, Arik McGruder,
Ronnie Flaine, Chad Haywood, Sean McNamara, Mark Schulz, Chris
Bauman, Scott Gleed, Charlie DiRosa, Jim Musto, Vinnie Christiano
III, Tony Petrea, Jamie Pew, Kevin Wilson, Bobby Holmes, Andy Patton
DNS: Pat Smith
Dave Buchanan /
August 21, 2016