LANCASTER ANNOUNCES SCHEDULE FOR 28TH ANNUAL U.S. OPEN
National Speedway is putting together plans for its annual rite of
autumn, the US Open. The 28th edition of Western New York’s racing
finale will take place September 23 to 25, 2016 with seven divisions
of racing on tap.
US Open weekend kicks off with a practice session for all teams on
Friday night September 23. The annual U.S. Open Kickoff Party gets
going as soon as the on-track action wraps up with live music in the
main concourse featuring the popular 1980 Something cover band.
Pit gates open at 4 p.m. on Friday with practice running from 6 to
9:30. Grandstand gates open at 5:30 p.m. with free general admission
for all race fans wanting to watch practice.
Racing action begins at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday with heats and
features for the Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders, NYPA TQ Midgets, Super
Stocks and the Sunoco Sportsman.
The 75-lap Sunoco Sportsman feature is the main event on Saturday
with many visiting cars expected to try and make the show. Last
season, Tony Hanbury of Orchard Park, N.Y. ended Andy Jankowiak’s
five-race win streak at the US Open with a victory in one of the
biggest Sportsman Modified races in the Northeast.
Pit gates will open at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 24 with
grandstand gates opening at 2 p.m., just as practice gets under way.
Heat racing will begin at 4:30 p.m.
The weekend culminates with the US Open 125 for the Race of
Champions Modified Series on Sunday, September 25. The event is the
longest race on the Lancaster National Speedway schedule. Last year
Matt Hirschman of Northampton, PA made a pass for the lead with 18
laps remaining to win his fourth US Open 125.
The X-Press Signs Late Models and Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks
will also be a part of the Sunday afternoon program. The Street
Stock field could be the most competitive of the weekend as the
division has averaged more than 20 cars on a weekly basis with eight
different feature winners, so far, in 2016.
Pit gates open at 11 a.m. for Sunday’s program with grandstand gates
opening when practice commences at noon. Opening ceremonies will
take place at 2 p.m. followed by time trials for the Modifieds.
Two-day adult general admission tickets are just $40, which is a
savings of $5 for fans. A student (age 12-17) weekend ticket is $15,
with kids under 12 free. Family passes are available for two adults
and two students. Free camping is available all weekend in the
speedway parking lot.
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).
The 28th Annual U.S. OPEN –
September 23-25, 2016
Lancaster National Speedway, Lancaster, NY
*All times and events are subject to change
Friday, September 23
4 p.m. Pit Gates Open, Inspection Begins
5:30 p.m. Grandstand Gates Open FREE ADMISSION
6 p.m. Practice – by division (minimum of two rounds)
9:30 p.m. (approx.) Conclusion of Practice – US Open “Kick Off Party”/Band
11:30 p.m. Pit Area Closed / Secure Facility
Saturday, September 24
12:30 p.m. Pit Gates Open – Inspection Begins
2 p.m. Front Gates Open – Practice by Division (2 Rounds per Division –
Inner Oval First)
4 p.m. Driver’s Meetings (Tech Barn)
4:30 p.m. Opening Ceremonies (Invocation & Anthems) followed by heat race
Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinder Qualifying Races (8 laps) – Inner Oval
NYPA T.Q. Midget Qualifying Races (8 laps) – Inner Oval
Super Stock Qualifying Races (8 laps)
Sunoco Sportsman Qualifying Races (10 laps)
Roaming Buffalo 4 Cylinder Feature Race (25 laps) – Inner Oval
NYPA T.Q. Midget Feature Race (25 laps) – Inner Oval
Sunoco Sportsman B-Main IF NEEDED (10 laps)
Sportsman Redraw on Fronstretch (time permitting)
Super Stock Feature (30 laps)
Sunoco Sportsman Feature (75 laps)
Sunday, September 25
11 a.m. Pit Gates Open
Noon. Front Gates Open – Practice for Street Stocks & Late Models (2 Rounds
1 p.m. Modified Practice (2 rounds)
1:30 p.m. Driver’s Meetings (Tech Barn)
2 p.m. Opening Ceremonies (Invocation & Anthems) followed by qualifying
Race of Champions Modified Series Group Time Trials (G-W-C)
Advance Auto Parts Street Stock Qualifying Races (8 laps)
X-Press Signs Late Model Qualifying Races (8 laps)
Race of Champions Modified Series Qualifying Races (10 laps)
Street Stock B-Main IF NEEDED (10 laps)
Modified B-Main IF NEEDED (10 laps)
Modified Redraw on Fronstretch
Advance Auto Parts Street Stock Feature (35 laps)
X-Press Signs Late Model Feature (30 laps)
Race of Champions Modified Series U.S. Open 125 (125 laps)
Dave Buchanan /
August 22, 2016