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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 …

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Buoyed by a wave of momentum created by capital improvements and a commitment to local drag racers, officials at Empire Dragway in Leicester are eager for the 2019 drag racing season to begin. "We're concentrating on our local bracket racers," said Patrick Budd, who is in his third season as general manager at Empire. "This is not a huge metropolitan area that can host …

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It's a good thing the TQ Midget race car that Tonawanda's Andy Jankowiak helped construct ran more trouble free recently than his 2007 Chevy Aveo personal street vehicle he owns. After a few years of trying, Jankowiak was able to check a major career race driving accomplishment off of his bucket list when he won the Gambler's Classic TQ Midget event Saturday at Atlantic…

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Sahlen Packing Co. will remain the sponsor of the sportscar race weekend at Watkins Glen under a multiyear renewal of their agreement, the track announced Monday. Sahlen’s is marking its 150th anniversary and the announcement came 150 days from the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen on June 30. The race is among the four on the Michelin Endurance Cup. Terms and length of…

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Lancaster National Speedway owner Gordon Reger on Friday reiterated his position to the Buffalo News that if the Gunnville Road dual stock car/drag racing facility does not sell to a new owner before the start of the 2019 local auto racing season, there will not be a season at Lancaster. The track has operated continuously since 1959. Reger has owned the Lancaster-based…

Jan M. Leaty, a retired stock car driver and current team owner, proudly stood before his family, friends, team members and much of the area auto racing community Saturday night as one of four inductees into the Friends of Auto Racing Fan Club's (FOAR Score) Hall of Fame. Also inducted at the ceremony during FOAR Score's 71st Annual Awards and Holiday Party held at the …

More than a few years ago, the popular rock band U2 wrote a song entitled, "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For." While the song was not written with Freedom Motorsports Park owner/promoter Bob Reis in mind, the theme applies. For the third time in the last four years, in a search for more cars and race fan attendance, Reis has changed to a new headlining clas…