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Before Aug. 24, all seemed relatively calm at Wyoming County International Speedway. A controversial incident during the running of the SST Modified 35-season point finale that decided the championship and its aftermath, however, led owner/promoter Jim Majchrzak to say that he was considering selling the track. Majchrzak became distraught over the social media commen…

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When Jan Winkowski clinched the Top ET season championship in the second round of New York International Raceway Park's IHRA drag racing season point finale Friday, it completed a mission that took more than three decades to accomplish. After being so close in the past, Winkowski finally received the championship accolades. "This is my first championship and it took …

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Donny "D.J." Raiser runs a business and devotes countless hours to charitable causes and other activities but still finds time to compete in the IHRA drag racing program at New York International Raceway Park. "Drag racing for me is far more than a hobby," Raiser said. "It's a passion. I've done it every year for 43 years. I never took a year off. As long as I have a ca…

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Karl Hehr was back at New York International Raceway Park on Friday for the resumption of the Tommy Druar/Tony Jankowiak Memorial 110, but only as a spectator and not behind the wheel. Hehr, a Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series competitor, is recovering from injuries suffered at NYIRP in an accident Aug. 17, just six laps into the Tommy/Tony race. "It's good t…

When members of the local auto racing community have spoken about the husband-wife duo of Don and Marilyn Toal, they were rarely mentioned separately. That's because virtually everything they were involved in during their 60 years of marriage they did together. It included many accomplishments brought about by hard work, dedication and sacrifices that resulted in the be…

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Veteran asphalt Modified and Sportsman driver Chuck Hossfeld will make his final laps this weekend at New York International Raceway Park during the 31st annual three-day U.S. Open weekend. Hossfeld, of Ransomville, is retiring as a driver at the conclusion of this season. Before he takes his final bow this weekend at the track formerly known as Lancaster Speedway, H…

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Holland International Speedway's "rebuild and reset" project will take a giant step forward Saturday when the Southern Erie County asphalt oval present its only event of the season: the return of the "Original Crash-A-Rama." The track, which was built in 1960 by longtime and current co-owners Ron Bennett, Gordon Becker and others, was leased for the 2018 season to Danie…

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Erick Rudolph won his first DIRT.car 358 Modified season points championship at Ransomville Speedway in Niagara County last season. Now, after clinching this year's same title this past Friday, Rudolph is a repeat champion. Rudolph has authored five feature-race victories in 358 Modified competition this year and entered the season points standings finale leading Mat Wi…

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From first appearances, things seemed perfectly normal when the local drag racing contingent gathered for another night of straight-line competition at New York International Raceway Park last Friday. The 1988 Mustang that had been driven so often down the dragstrip in past years by the late Kevin Maras was once again traveling down the strip, a very familiar sight. Thi…

A frightening accident involving Karl Hehr Saturday evening caused the postponement of the remainder of the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series Tommy Druar/Tony Jankowiak Memorial 110 at New York International Raceway Park. Hehr started Saturday's annual event from the outside pole. He was racing in the top 10 when his car suddenly veered head on into the front st…

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Andy Jankowiak had a very personal and emotional bucket list item that he tried so hard to check off earlier in his Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series career. He longed for a victory in the Tommy Druar/Tony Jankowiak Memorial 110 held annually at Lancaster Speedway, now New York International Raceway Park. Finally last August, Jankowiak came though with the win i…

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WATKINS GLEN — When seven-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson continued his bid to make the playoffs at Watkins Glen International this weekend, he relied on his supporting cast in the garage and on pit road to enhance his chances for a solid result in Sunday's Go Bowling at The Glen race. One of those cast members was Thomas Heslink, a native …

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WATKINS GLEN -- Michael Printup is enjoying an anniversary this weekend, even if he is much too busy at the moment to celebrate it. Printup, a Hamburg native, has been the president of Watkins Glen International for a decade. This is The Glen's busiest weekend of the year as host of the annual Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event, which culminates Sunday with the runn…

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WATKINS GLEN — There was a time many years ago when Amherst native Pete Trautman toiled at various Western New York speedways as a technical inspector. Then it was off to the big league of NASCAR, where he served in a similar capacity for many seasons. Following his retirement from NASCAR after last season, Trautman still manages to get to many of the Monster Energy NAS…