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Driver: Kyle Inman. Age: 35. Hometown: Darien. Division: Sportsman/Genesee. Lowdown: Inman is a veteran dirt track Sportsman racer who currently is second in points at Genesee Speedway. Inman also campaigns weekly at Freedom and Utica-Rome. He began his career at age 7, racing Go-Karts that were built at the former family business, Inman's Kart Shop. He raced m…

For nearly two decades Newfane's Jeff Anstett served as the race director at Ransomville Speedway. That reign has come to an end. Anstett has chosen to fill a new role at the Niagara County-based dirt oval as the operator of the track's huge infield Jumbotron- style video screen message board. He also will continue to work with the transponder scoring system there as we…

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Driver: Brett Senek. Age: 22. Hometown: Ransomville. Division: DIRTcar Sportsman/Ransomville Speedway. Lowdown: Senek has steadily moved up through the divisional ranks at Ransomville Speedway during his career. He placed a close second to Adam Leslie in Ransomville's season-opening DIRT.car Sportsman 25-lapper last Friday evening. Senek is balancing his life a…

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Lancaster: IHRA Drag Racing Season Opener, Friday, 5 p.m.; Ladies Night Stock Cars, Saturday, 6:30 p.m. Track at Hillside (formerly Holland): Season Opener, Friday, 7:30 p.m. Ransomville: Autograph Night, Friday, 7:15 p.m. Freedom: Season Opener, Friday, 7:30 p.m. Genesee: Super Six Program, Saturday, 6 p.m. Wyoming County: Season Opener, Saturday, 7:05 p.m.…

In 1982, at the conclusion of the annual Race of Champions asphalt Modified event at Pocono Raceway, veteran area race announcer Ken Hangauer Jr., made a special handshake that day. It's one he will never forget and one that means even more the last few days. Maynard Troyer, an area asphalt Modified driving hero who won numerous races and championships, drove his last r…

Rick Hoctor strapped into a race car for the first time when he was a teenager. Each season since he has driven, mostly in his highly recognizable bright yellow No. 18  "Bad Banana" Modifieds to green flags at many local tracks in a career that has spanned the decades. No matter what, fans could always count on Hoctor doing what he most enjoys, wheeling a race car. Thin…

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Lancaster: Drag Racing-Test and Tune, Friday, 5 p.m.; Stock Cars, ROC Modified Queen City Clash 75, 6:30 p.m., Saturday Ransomville: 61st season opener: 7:15 p.m., Friday Freedom: Season opener, 7:30 p.m., Friday Genesee: Super "6" Program, 6 p.m., Saturday Wyoming County: Open practice, Noon-5 p.m., Saturday Stateline: Super Late Model 50 season opener, 7 p…

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Driver: Scott Wylie. Age: 34. Hometown: Hamburg. Division: ROC Modifieds/Holland Modifieds. Lowdown: Wylie will campaign both a ROC Asphalt Modified this season for the Booker Motorsports/Bill Putney partnered team as well as a Sportsman-type car for owner Paul Graff. Wylie also is a partner in 716 Speed Shop. Wylie is the grandson of the late local driver Ron …

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Lancaster: Drag Racing, Tech Inspection, Friday, 4-7 p.m. Ransomville : 60th Season Opener, Friday, 7:15 p.m. Freedom: Spring Enduro, Sunday, 1 p.m. Genesee: Season Opener, Saturday, 6 p.m. Merrittville: Season Opener, Saturday, 7 p.m. Humberstone: Dawn of Destruction, Sunday, 1 p.m. Wyoming County: Open Practice, Saturday, Noon. Stateline Speedway: Pe…

Driver: Greg Martin Age: 37 Hometown: Ransomville Division: 358 Modifieds/Ransomville Lowdown: Following a distinguished 10 year career in the DIRT.car Sportsman, Martin will move-up this season to Ransomville's top-ranked DIRT.car 358 Modified division. Martin raced for two years in the Sportsman before taking another two years off to start to raise a young fa…

Following a stint that began in 2014 with the Brainard Racing-owned Sportsman team, Shawn Nye decided in 2016 to form his own team in area Sportsman asphalt stock car competition. The results have spelled success. Nye captured the prestigious 2016 Wyoming County Fall Shootout Sportsman event and last season used a fast start as a springboard to earn the Lancaster National …

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Throughout its long history, Holland International Speedway has used the slogan, "Thunder in the Hills," when promoting their Saturday night stock car racing events. Following an announcement made during this past Sunday's drivers meeting by Daniel J. Hutchinson, the area racing community can now look for the thunder to be heard on selected Friday evenings during the South…

The season opener for the Red Bull Global Rallycross season will be at Lancaster National Speedway. The series kicks off a doubleheader on Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10. It's the first time the Red Bull GRC series will come to this track. “Lancaster National Speedway will be an exciting addition to this year’s schedule as we kick off our first event of the season…

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A victory in the Daytona 500 has been a springboard to two of Jimmie Johnson's seven Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championships. Johnson is hoping that he can remount that springboard Sunday with another Daytona 500 checkered flag and eventually collect what would be a record-breaking eighth Cup Series title. Johnson, 42, a native of El Cajon, Calf., drives the Hend…

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Hall-of-Fame inductions became commonplace during the storied drag racing career of West Seneca native Jim Oddy. The next will come in March – and at the highest level – when Oddy is inducted with six others  into the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame. Oddy, a noted driver, owner, tuner, sponsor, engine-builder and racing-products businessman who now resides in …