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After falling just short in his bid for an NHRA Pro Mod world championship in 2015, Lancaster's Mike Janis has finally sealed the deal. Janis clinched the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing World Championship on Sunday in the season finale during the 18th annual NHRA Toyota Nationals in Las Vegas. "I've won races before, but this is the cream of the crop right h…

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When Gary Lindberg departed for the most prestigious annual big-block Modified race, the Billy Whittaker Cars 200, the marquee event of NAPA Super DIRT Week XLVII at Oswego Speedway, the number of laps he had run in that type of car during his long career was zero. That didn't stop the Ridgeway, Ont., driver, who competes locally in small-block 358 Modifieds at Ransomvi…

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Driver: Owen Bednasz. Age: 22. Hometown: Lake View. Division: Sportsman/Lancaster. Lowdown: Despite his relatively young age, Bednasz has been competing for many years. He began his racing career at age 6 competing in the asphalt Novice class Go-Karts at Bliss Speedway. Bednasz remained at Bliss until age 12 moving up through the Go-Kart ranks. Bednasz next adv…

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Rick Knapp Jr., burned the midnight oil literally this season in his bid to win the SST Modified season championship at Wyoming County International Speedway. Now, with that mission successfully completed, he will look to close out his racing year with a victory in this Saturday's Jim Pierce SST Modified Memorial 100. The Pierce Memorial is part of the two-day "Shootout…

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Driver: Zach Myers. Age: 39. Hometown: East Concord. Division: Super Stocks/Wyoming County. Lowdown: Myers is a veteran racer who began his career in the Enduro class at Holland Speedway (now renamed The Track@Hillside) in 1995. After two years in that division he moved up to the NASCAR Chargers at Holland where he campaigned through the midway point of 2017 be…

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With just under 50 laps remaining in the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series 68th annual Race of Champions 250 last Saturday at Lake Erie Speedway, two Niagara County based teams, Hossfeld Racing and DeLange Racing had their hearts pumping with visions of victory. Both secured very respectable finishes when the checkered flag waved a few minutes later. Chuck Ho…

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The future of auto-racing competition at Lancaster Speedway is in serious jeopardy. Track owner Gordon Reger said Tuesday he intends to sell the track. If the dual stock car/drag-racing facility is not sold before next season, there might not be a season. Auto racing has been conducted at Lancaster every year since 1959. Reger, who has owned Lancaster for nearly two …

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When Dale Eckert arrived at Lancaster Speedway Friday for the final drag racing points night of the 2018 campaign he found that the only drivers standing between himself and his 12th championship in the last 13 years were Jan Winkowski and Mike Swinarski. By the time the Top ET class reached the third round of eliminations, Eckert was the sole survivor still alive and w…

Age: 35 Hometown: East Aurora Division: Top-Hot Rod/Lancaster Lowdown: Sobczynski hails from a well-known and successful extended drag racing family. Jeff is the son of 1989 Lancaster Pro ET champion Pete Sobczynski. Also in the family tree are Jeff's cousins, 2004 Lancaster Top ET champ and 1994 Lancaster Street titlist Jim Sobczynski, as well as Jason Sobczy…

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For the third consecutive season Mason Fix has emerged as the Street ET drag racing champion at Lancaster Speedway. Fix overcame a major points deficit at midseason and authored a strong late season comeback to secure the championship despite the fact that Lancaster still has their drag racing points final event yet to be contested this Friday. Fix, 24, of Amherst, and …

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During the 30th annual U.S. Open Weekend at Lancaster Speedway on Saturday, Andy Jankowiak won the NYPA TQ Midget 25 to become the first driver to record eight overall career wins on the track's most prestigious weekend. About two hours later, Chuck Hossfeld scored his third consecutive U.S Open victory in the Race of Champions Sportsman Series 75 to also earn his eighth U…

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Throughout local auto racing history, there have been accomplishments such as earning a track championship that were a "like-father-like-son" proposition. This season at the Track at Hillside, perhaps a local auto racing first occurred – the "like-father-like-daughter" variety. Racing veteran Ken Maltby and his daughter, Michele Maltby-Russo, both claimed track divis…