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Ryan Scott was able to make a strong comeback this season to claim the Stateline Speedway Super Late Model championship over his cousin Wyatt Scott, in a championship finale that involved some of the most unusual final point night circumstances in local auto racing history. Ryan trailed Wyatt by 31 markers heading into the final points night, Sept. 1 at Stateline. Due t…

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Driver: Kathie Ricketson. Age: 48. Hometown: Varysburg. Division: 4-Cylinders/Wyoming County. Lowdown: Ricketson is the aunt of area drag racing brothers Reid, Clay and Ryan Ricketson as well as drag racer Dale Eckert. She was hooked on becoming a race car driver after attending the Rusty Wallace Racing Experience at Oswego Speedway in late 2013. Her career beg…

Lancaster: Drag Racing, Friday, 6 p.m.; Monster Trucks/Demo Derby, Saturday, 6 p.m. Ransomville: Street Stock King of the Hill 100, Friday, 7:15 p.m. Freedom: Outlaw Modified/ULMS Super Late Model Doubleheader, Saturday, 7 p.m. Genesee: Topless Crate Nationals, Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 4 p.m. Wyoming County: Off Humberstone: Eve of Destruction, Sunday, 1 p.m.…

As Wyoming County International Speedway has reached the conclusion of its regular season and now prepares for its biggest event of the year, the postseason “Shootout at the Bullring,” WCIS promoter Jim J. Majchrzak took the time to access his track’s 2018 season. The Majchrzak family has owned and promoted the small one-third mile asphalt oval located in Perry for the …

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Driver: Phil Vigneri III. Age: 25. Hometown: Batavia. Division: Outlaw Modifieds/Freedom. Lowdown: The son of veteran Modified driver Phil Vigneri Jr., he drives for his family-operated Vigneri Racing team. Phil III began his career at Bliss Speedway in the Go-Karts at age 11. After competing in Go-Karts for two years, Vigneri left racing to pursue his high sch…

Lancaster: Drags- Buffalo Street Outlaws, Friday, 6 p.m.; Stock Cars- Championship Night, Saturday, 6:30 p.m. Hillside: Budweiser Late Model 100, Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Crash-o-Rama, Saturday, 6 p.m. Ransomville: 358 Modified Sid Jeffery Memorial, Friday, 7:15 p.m. Freedom: Off. Genesee: Off. Wyoming County: Off. Merrittville: Sportsman Super DIRT.car Series,…

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Just seven laps into the 20-lap Sportsman points finale Friday at Freedom Motorsports Park, it appeared that Brad Rouse would steer his potent race car from within the cockpit to a race victory and clinch his third consecutive Freedom Sportsman championship. Rouse eventually did earn the title, but only after a dramatic turn of events. For Rouse, the championship-clinch…

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As long as Erick Rudolph is able to take the green flag this Friday at Ransomville Speedway in the DIRT.car 358 Modified feature race he will clinch his first career DIRT.car 358 Modified season championship at the Niagara County dirt oval. If and when that moment arrives, he will realize an accomplishment he says he has craved for many years, joining the man he idolize…

Lancaster: Drag Racing: Supercharged Bounty Hunters, Friday, 6 p.m.; Stock Cars: Off. Hillside: Autograph Night, Saturday, 4 p.m. Ransomville: 358 Modified/Sportsman Points Finale, Friday, 7:15 p.m. Freedom: Season Championship Night, Friday, 7:30 p.m. Genesee: Championship Night, Saturday, 6 p.m. Wyoming County: SST Modified Labor Day 100, Saturday, 7 p.m. …

Lancaster: Drag Racing: Big Rig Night, Friday, 6 p.m. Stock Cars: Big Rig Night, Saturday, 6:30 p.m. Hillside: Sportsman 50, Saturday, 4 p.m. Ransomville: Kid's Rides, Friday, 7:15 p.m. Freedom: Outlaw Modifieds, Friday, 7:30 p.m. Genesee: Terry Pangrazio Memorial, Saturday, 6 p.m. Wyoming County: Sponsor Appreciation Night, Saturday, 7 p.m. Stateline: Of…

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The Szewczyk family has been a fixture in the drag racing program at Lancaster Speedway the past several years. Through their "Headknocker"-named race cars, fans have come to enjoy the racing efforts of this close-knit and popular team. Brothers Dan, Rick and Ron Szewczyk have scored wins and thrilled the fans at the Gunnville Road track. Like anyone involved in the …

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Driver: Mike Leaty. Age: 37. Hometown: Williamson. Division: Asphalt Modifieds/ROC Series. Lowdown: Leaty is the son of retired Modified standout Jan Leaty and the grandson of the late Jan "Pops" Leaty. The "Pops" Leaty Memorial 75 for the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series will be run Aug. 31 at the Spencer Speedway near Rochester. Along with his partic…

When the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series competitors crossed the finish line and accepted the checkered flag Saturday evening at Lancaster Speedway, Debby Jankowiak, filled with overwhelming emotion, was racing down the grandstand steps trying to quickly reach her son Andy Jankowiak who was awaiting her in Victory Lane. Andy had just won the Tommy Druar/Tony J…

Driver: Dave Bailey Age: 42 Hometown: Hagersville, Ont. Division: Hoosier Stocks/Merrittville Lowdown: Bailey is one of those rare dual surface racers who has found success in recent years in both dirt and asphalt stock car competition. Bailey began his driving career in go-karts at the Hamilton Kart Club in 1993. Bailey then built a Mini Stock for the opening …