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For the last few seasons and for a variety of reasons, many in the local racing community have felt that the state of local dirt track Super Late Model racing has been in decline. If you are of that mindset Max Blair begs to differ with you. Blair has been the most successful Super Late Model driver locally in recent years winning races and championships along the way. …

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Robert Staebell eased slowly into retirement after 38 years with National Fuel, but behind the wheel of his torrid-red Dodge Charger, this grandfather is all about horsepower. "Jordan tells me all the time that he blames me for his love of speed," said Staebell, 73, as he waited to race his 27-year-old grandson on opening night of Grudge Drags at Lancaster National Spee…

History was made this past Friday evening when the first green flags of a new season were thrown in the small Southern Erie County hamlet of Holland. While race engines have been heard at the high-banked asphalt oval that has been located there for nearly 60 years, this was the first races to be conduced at The Track at Hillside. For those who may be confused, The Track…

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Lancaster: Drag Racing: Hanna Jet Cars, Friday, 5 p.m.; Stock Cars: Off-Week. Hillside: Stock Cars, Saturday, 4 p.m. Ransomville: $2,000-to-win 358 Modified Special, Friday, 7:15 p.m. Freedom: ULMS Ron Baker Memorial, Friday, 7:30 p.m. Genesee: Gene DeWitt  Street Stock Memorial, Saturday, 6 p.m. Stateline:  $8,000-to-win Super Late Models, Saturday, 7 p.m. …

Driver: Kyle Inman. Age: 35. Hometown: Darien. Division: Sportsman/Genesee. Lowdown: Inman is a veteran dirt track Sportsman racer who currently is second in points at Genesee Speedway. Inman also campaigns weekly at Freedom and Utica-Rome. He began his career at age 7, racing Go-Karts that were built at the former family business, Inman's Kart Shop. He raced m…

For nearly two decades Newfane's Jeff Anstett served as the race director at Ransomville Speedway. That reign has come to an end. Anstett has chosen to fill a new role at the Niagara County-based dirt oval as the operator of the track's huge infield Jumbotron- style video screen message board. He also will continue to work with the transponder scoring system there as we…

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Driver: Brett Senek. Age: 22. Hometown: Ransomville. Division: DIRTcar Sportsman/Ransomville Speedway. Lowdown: Senek has steadily moved up through the divisional ranks at Ransomville Speedway during his career. He placed a close second to Adam Leslie in Ransomville's season-opening DIRT.car Sportsman 25-lapper last Friday evening. Senek is balancing his life a…

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Lancaster: IHRA Drag Racing Season Opener, Friday, 5 p.m.; Ladies Night Stock Cars, Saturday, 6:30 p.m. Track at Hillside (formerly Holland): Season Opener, Friday, 7:30 p.m. Ransomville: Autograph Night, Friday, 7:15 p.m. Freedom: Season Opener, Friday, 7:30 p.m. Genesee: Super Six Program, Saturday, 6 p.m. Wyoming County: Season Opener, Saturday, 7:05 p.m.…

In 1982, at the conclusion of the annual Race of Champions asphalt Modified event at Pocono Raceway, veteran area race announcer Ken Hangauer Jr., made a special handshake that day. It's one he will never forget and one that means even more the last few days. Maynard Troyer, an area asphalt Modified driving hero who won numerous races and championships, drove his last r…

Rick Hoctor strapped into a race car for the first time when he was a teenager. Each season since he has driven, mostly in his highly recognizable bright yellow No. 18  "Bad Banana" Modifieds to green flags at many local tracks in a career that has spanned the decades. No matter what, fans could always count on Hoctor doing what he most enjoys, wheeling a race car. Thin…

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Lancaster: Drag Racing-Test and Tune, Friday, 5 p.m.; Stock Cars, ROC Modified Queen City Clash 75, 6:30 p.m., Saturday Ransomville: 61st season opener: 7:15 p.m., Friday Freedom: Season opener, 7:30 p.m., Friday Genesee: Super "6" Program, 6 p.m., Saturday Wyoming County: Open practice, Noon-5 p.m., Saturday Stateline: Super Late Model 50 season opener, 7 p…

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Driver: Scott Wylie. Age: 34. Hometown: Hamburg. Division: ROC Modifieds/Holland Modifieds. Lowdown: Wylie will campaign both a ROC Asphalt Modified this season for the Booker Motorsports/Bill Putney partnered team as well as a Sportsman-type car for owner Paul Graff. Wylie also is a partner in 716 Speed Shop. Wylie is the grandson of the late local driver Ron …

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Lancaster: Drag Racing, Tech Inspection, Friday, 4-7 p.m. Ransomville : 60th Season Opener, Friday, 7:15 p.m. Freedom: Spring Enduro, Sunday, 1 p.m. Genesee: Season Opener, Saturday, 6 p.m. Merrittville: Season Opener, Saturday, 7 p.m. Humberstone: Dawn of Destruction, Sunday, 1 p.m. Wyoming County: Open Practice, Saturday, Noon. Stateline Speedway: Pe…

Driver: Greg Martin Age: 37 Hometown: Ransomville Division: 358 Modifieds/Ransomville Lowdown: Following a distinguished 10 year career in the DIRT.car Sportsman, Martin will move-up this season to Ransomville's top-ranked DIRT.car 358 Modified division. Martin raced for two years in the Sportsman before taking another two years off to start to raise a young fa…

Following a stint that began in 2014 with the Brainard Racing-owned Sportsman team, Shawn Nye decided in 2016 to form his own team in area Sportsman asphalt stock car competition. The results have spelled success. Nye captured the prestigious 2016 Wyoming County Fall Shootout Sportsman event and last season used a fast start as a springboard to earn the Lancaster National …