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Larry Ott


Sometimes there is more than one way to achieve a goal. Veteran drag racers Frank Malvaso and Mike Zmuda proved that on their way to respective class wins during the Supercharged Bounty Hunters series eliminations Friday evening at New York International Raceway Park. Malvaso had to turn the power down in his supercharged engine atop his 1933 Willy's entry dubbed "Rush"…

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This Sunday is Father's Day and for brothers Jake and Scott Wylie it will be the first without their dad, the late seven-time Holland Speedway NASCAR Late Model champion Rick Wylie. Rick died May 3 from health complications at age 59. Since his passing and still very much in mourning, the Wylie brothers have returned to the racetrack. Supporting their efforts from the g…

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On a sun-splashed Saturday afternoon, race fan Bob Ball of Pavilion was at New York International Raceway Park, formerly known as Lancaster Speedway, watching the stock cars circulate around the asphalt oval during the first practice session of the new season like he has done for decades. And like so many in the local auto racing fraternity, Ball was filled with gratitude …

At the midway point of the 2018 season at Freedom Motorsports Park, owner/promoter Bob Reis was contemplating whether he had enough financial reserves and personal momentum to finish the year at the Delevan dirt track. Plagued with smaller fields of cars and weak attendance on most nights, Reis was trying to find a solution that would lead to greater prosperity. He knew…

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On a night when New York International Raceway Park celebrated the opening of a new ownership era at the track formerly known as Lancaster National Speedway, Alan Fletcher reminded everyone of the track's rich drag-racing history. Fletcher, who has raced at Lancaster on his motorcycle since 1986, and by his count owns 13 Bike/Sled titles there, won again Friday, besting…

Thanks to the recent sale and reopening of New York International Raceway Park in Lancaster, plenty of grateful and relieved drag racers will fill the staging lanes when a new era begins there Friday night. Among them will be noted area attorney and veteran drag racer Paul Cambria. Instead of owning the track as once appeared a strong possibility, Cambria is supporti…

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Veteran motorsports promoter and Race of Champions operator Joe Skotnicki this weekend was announced as the new stock car program consultant at New York International Raceway Park in Lancaster, and he released a six-race oval track schedule for the track formerly known as Lancaster Speedway. Skotnicki, of Elma, has served in many capacities for various tracks and organi…

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In another upheaval of Western New York's auto racing scene, stock car plans at Holland Speedway are "to be determined" after a court ruling terminated the promotional agreement between Daniel J. Hutchinson and the track's owners. Operations at the Southern Erie County asphalt oval have been returned to Pinelawn Enterprises, controlled by track owners Ron Bennett and Go…

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On Sept. 2, 2017, retired seven-time Holland Speedway NASCAR Late Model champion Rick Wylie again stood in the fabled Victory Lane of the Southern Erie County oval like he had so many times in the past. On this occasion, however, he did not wear a driver's suit. On this nice summer night, one he would later refer to as his finest trip to Holland's winner's circle, he ar…

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Since last August, local racer Erick Rudolph has captured three season championships and all concluded in dramatic point-clinching fashion. Rudolph will begin what he hopes will be a far less dramatic defense of one of those titles Friday when he starts another DIRT.car 358 Modified campaign at the season opener at Ransomville Speedway. Rudolph captured the DIRT.car …

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Local businessmen and veteran drag racers Mike Swinarski and Vito Antonicelli have completed the acquisition of Lancaster National Speedway from Gordon Reger, and the new owners' first decision was to rename the track. The dual stock car/drag racing facility will be known as New York International Raceway Park, a name that should be familiar to Western New York racing f…

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Mike Swinarski and Vito Antonicelli, the prospective new owners of Lancaster Speedway, remain confident that their verbal agreement to purchase the track will result in a signed deal that would allow racing to begin, Swinarski said Friday. "Right now the paperwork is in our lawyer's hands and it is being read over and as soon as we get together with them and go through …

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The owner of Lancaster Speedway says he has a verbal agreement in place to sell the Gunnville Road dual stock car/drag racing facility to an undisclosed party. Gordon Reger said Thursday that the agreement materialized in the last day and the new owner intends for racing to continue. Lancaster has run motorsports competition almost continuously since 1959. He decline…

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Lancaster Speedway owner Gordon Reger has not changed his stance that if he does not sell the Gunnville Road dual stock car/drag racing facility there will be no racing, but he has not given up hope even as the usual start of the racing season draws near. Reger told The News that he is talking to three prospective buyers and is taking steps to try to assist with a trans…

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When you accomplish a big feat in racing, Ransomville's Chuck Hossfeld says, there's more to savor than just the thrill of victory. Equally or more important is the hard work it took to make it happen, the high quality of the competition that you beat and best of all, sharing the accomplishment with the friends that helped shape the big moment. Hossfeld captured the …