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Driver: Carl Ettipio. Age: 64. Hometown: Tonawanda. Division: Top 8/Lancaster. Lowdown: Ettipio is a veteran drag racing car owner, driver and businessman. Ettipio often shares the driving of his dragster with Brian Hitchcock when Hitchcock's schedule allows. After a friend took Ettipio to a drag race when he was 18, Ettipio launched his own drag racing career …

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While fans will focus on the speed and fury of Dom Lagana's Top Fuel dragster screaming down the drag strip at Lancaster Speedway Friday night, Lagana explains that is just part of what the extravaganza of Top Fuel Dragster match racing is all about. He says that being an ambassador for the sport is really at the core of the event. Lagana, 32, of Scarsdale, will match r…

Lancaster: Drag Racing: Dom Lagana vs. Todd Paton Match Race, Friday, 5 p.m.; Stock Cars: ROC Late Models, Saturday, 6:30 p.m. Hillside: Family Friday Night, Friday, 6:30 p.m. Ransomville: John Susice Street Stock Memorial, Friday, 7:15 p.m. Freedom: ULMS Super Late Models, Friday, 7:30 p.m. Genesee: Autograph Night, Saturday, 6 p.m. Wyoming County: Kids' Ha…

Lancaster: IHRA Drag Racing: Supercharged Bounty Hunters, 6 p.m. Friday; Stock Cars: First Responders Night, 6:30 p.m. Saturday Hillside: Off-Week. Ransomville: Kid's Rides, 7:15 p.m. Friday Freedom: Bellinger Electric Sportsman Series, 7:30 p.m. Friday Genesee: Off-Week. Wyoming County: Off-Week. Stateline: Super Late Model "Run What You Brung" 35, 7 p.m…

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Since its inception in 2014, the annual International Motor Racing Research Center Award Dinner has quickly established itself as the marquee event of the center's year. Around 300 dignitaries from the motorsport world gathered for the fifth edition of the annual function last Thursday at the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning. The highlight of the dinner is the pres…

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Driver: Bob Henderson. Age: 84. Hometown: Rochester. Division: Sports Cars/Various circuits. Lowdown: Henderson will retire as an active race driver this weekend following the Glen Sprints event at Watkins Glen International. Henderson, well-known to area sports car enthusiasts, has turned more laps in amateur and professional sports car racing at The Glen than…

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WATKINS GLEN- Stephen Simpson executed a dramatic jaw-dropping three-abreast daring pass on the backstretch Sunday following a late race restart to rocket from third place all the way to the top spot in a matter of seconds and then soar on to take the checkered flag in the Prototype class of the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen at Watkins Glen International. The annual IM…

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WATKINS GLEN - As qualifying concluded here Saturday at Watkins Glen International for Sunday's Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen, the talking point among the teams of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship turned to the weather and the predictions of temperatures Sunday possibly reaching near 100 degrees at this fabled road course. The Sahlen's event is not only a We…

Helio Castroneves has not left the Team Penske organization's racing house this season but rather has been part of a rearranging within that same house. After 18 seasons of gathering success with Penske in the IndyCar Series, which included three Indianapolis 500 triumphs, Castroneves has undergone a big career transition this season. Castroneves still competes for Pens…

Driver: Joe Sahlen. Age: 65. Hometown: Elma. Division: Sports Cars/Various series. Lowdown: Sahlen is president of Buffalo-based Sahlen's Packing Company. He has been a driver and sponsor of various sports car racing activities for many years. After becoming title sponsor of the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen in 2002, Sahlen began his driving career in 2005…

Lancaster: Stock Cars: ROC Modifieds, Thursday, 7 p.m.; IHRA Drag Racing, Buffalo Street Outlaws, Friday, 6 p.m. Hillside: Traxxas Monster Truck Tour, Saturday, 6 p.m. Ransomville: Twin 358 Modified Features, Friday, 7:15 p.m. Freedom: NY6A Micro Sprints, Friday, 7:30 p.m. Genesee: Super 6 Program, Saturday, 6 p.m. Wyoming County: Pirate Trailer Race, Saturd…

Here is a look at this week's local auto racing schedule: Lancaster: Niagara Auto Swap Meet/Car Show, Friday-Sunday. Hillside: ROC Late Models/ROC Super Stocks, Saturday, 4 p.m. Ransomville: Dirt track stock cars, Friday, 7:15 p.m. Freedom: $750.00-to-win Street Stock Shootout, Friday, 7:30 p.m. Genesee: BEI Lightning Sportsman Series, Saturday, 6 p.m. Wy…

  Driver: Scott Kerwin. Age: 55. Hometown: Newfane. Division: 358 Modifieds/Ransomville. Lowdown: Kerwin has been racing dirt track stock cars in local racing since 1983, mostly at Ransomville. He began his driving days in the old Bomber class at Ransomville until 1988. The class was renamed the Pro Stocks in 1989. In 1989, Kerwin made the jump to t…

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When The Track at Hillside, formerly Holland Speedway, opened its pit gates for a new racing season last month, many things were different, including the track management and name. Yet there was a constant in the pit area that day who has been there for nearly five decades, "Chargin" Charlie DiRosa. Even for DiRosa, however, things have changed because of a stroke in Oc…