Larry Ott, The Buffalo News

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On a day when the local auto racing community responded in a positive way at Wyoming County International Speedway to honor the memory of the late Jim Pierce Sr., standout driver Patrick Emerling scored still another large win Saturday, this time in the Jim Pierce Memorial SST Modified 100. Also, WCIS promoter/owner Jim Majchrzak enjoyed what he termed his family's most…

What this area's Verizon IndyCar Series fans have feared for the last month became reality Thursday when Watkins Glen International released their its season schedule and the IndyCar Grand Prix at The Glen is absent from it. After running the last two seasons at The Glen on Labor Day Weekend and plagued both years by poor attendance, especially this year with only about…

On Aug. 5, the local racing community was sent into mourning when popular area veteran stock car racer Jim Pierce Sr. suddenly died from a health complication at the age of 47. But from grief often comes inspiration. Within a few days after the untimely passing, the local racing fraternity – headed by Pierce family friend Lori Overdorf, Wyoming County International Sp…

Driver: Cassie Logsdon Age: 25 Hometown: Leicester Division: SST Modifieds/Wyoming County Lowdown: Logsdon comes from a large racing family tree that involved members past and present, including Cassie's grandfather, the late owner Dale Logsdon, as well as drivers including, father Rick Logsdon, brother Luke Logsdon, uncles Mike and Art Logsdon and cousins, Jak…

Wyoming County: "Shootout at the Bull Ring Weekend", Saturday, Sunday, 2 p.m. Ransomville: World of Outlaws Sprint Cars, Monday, 7 p.m. Freedom Motorsports Park: Fall Enduro, Saturday, Noon. Empire Dragway: Test &Tune, Saturday,  10:30 a.m.

Joe Skotnicki of the Race of Champions sanctioning organization has spent the last few days accessing the results of the 67th annual Race of Champions Weekend, run for the first time in its long history at Lake Erie Speedway this past weekend. He sees a lot of promise and says that his best sales people moving forward he believes will be the race patrons who attended the e…

Driver: Bob Weber Age: 56. Hometown: Clarence Center. Division: Late Models/Lancaster Speedway. Lowdown: Weber is a seasoned veteran of local asphalt stock car competition who launched his career in the mid-1970s in the old Figure-8 class at Lancaster. When the Figure-8 class was ended, Weber transitioned to the former Backwards division where he won two champi…

Although the scheduled 2017 Lancaster Speedway and Dragway IHRA weekly drag racing season points finale fell victim to cancellation due to soggy weather this past Friday evening, Street ET competitor Mason Fix was among the four drivers whose spirits could not be damped as they emerged as the track's drag racing champions for 2017. Joining Fix on Lancaster's championshi…

Driver: Jan Winkowski Age: 51 Hometown: Cheektowaga Division: Top ET/Lancaster Dragway Lowdown: Winkowski has been racing the same car, his 1972 Chevy Nova, since he began his drag racing career in 1989. He was introduced to drag racing when his brother, Harry, took him to the track when he was 10 years old. Jan's favorite drivers growing up were drag racers M…

When "Fast" Eddie Semlitsch yearned to compete in drag racing many years ago he relied on his cousin Dale Eckert, one of the best, to serve as his mentor. As his own career attests, Semlitsch has learned well. He hopes to use those lessons, good luck and his own experience to turn the tables and emerge as champion of the Street ET class at Lancaster National Speedway a…

During the Victory Lane ceremony that followed this past Saturday's Race of Champions Sportsman Series 75 portion of the 29th annual U.S. Open Weekend at Lancaster National Speedway and Dragway, when victor Chuck Hossfeld was asked what it felt like to have just made U.S. Open history, the veteran driver responded with two short words, "that's cool". Less then 24 hours …

Lancaster Drags: Top 8 Eliminator: Joe Masullo Top ET: Jeff Sobczynski Mod ET: Clay Ricketson Bikes/Sleds: Mike Peters Street ET: Mason Fix   Stock Cars: ROC Modified: Andy Jankowiak Sportsman: Chuck Hossfeld Late Models: Dave Heitzhaus Super Stocks: Tim Gullo Street Stocks: Rich Sharpe 4-Cylinders: Kevin Bainbridge NYPA Mi…