Winston-Salem, NC (September 25, 2014) – Short Track Management (STM) has announced the schedule for the rain-delayed conclusion to the 26th annual US Open at Lancaster Speedway on October 3 & 4.
STM has added two divisions to the event, IMCA-style asphalt Modifieds and an open rules TQ-Midget race. A Friday night practice session has also been scheduled on October 3, open to any team competing on Saturday. Pit gates will open at 4 PM on Friday with practice beginning at 6 PM. Following practice there will be a fan & driver party in the main concourse featuring live music.
The IMCA-style Modifieds (also known as E-Modifieds) will make their first ever appearance at Lancaster. The open-wheeled cars compete on both dirt and asphalt short tracks across the country under the sanction of IMCA and other organizations. They have recently gained in popularity at several paved tracks in Pennsylvania that are within a few hours of Lancaster, NY.
STM will honor the home track rules for three Pennsylvania tracks: Lake Erie Speedway, Motordrome Speedway and Jennerstown Speedway. Teams will have the choice to run either Hoosier 980 or Commanche compound tires. The IMCA-style cars will run their heats and feature on Saturday, October 4. The feature will be 40 laps if more than 15 cars are entered and 25 laps if 15 or fewer cars show up.
The open rules TQ Midget event will be a separate race run in concert with the previously scheduled NYPA TQ Midget Association (NYPAMA) event. The rulebook for the event is a hybrid of Can-Am, NYPAMA and ATQRMA Midget Series rules to allow a balance between the three groups of cars. The second TQ division was added due to the desire of several teams that wanted to support the US Open but could not compete under NYPAMA rules. The open TQs will run their heats on Friday during the practice session and their feature on Saturday. The NYPAMA TQs will run their heats and feature on Saturday.
The three other divisions that were originally scheduled to compete on the second day of the US Open will also be in attendance. The Race of Champions Modified Tour will headline the event in the Tommy Druar/Tony Jankowiak Memorial 125. With the two-week postponement the Tommy/Tony 125 becomes the final points race of the year for the RoC Tour. The Modifieds will race at Shangri-La II Speedway in Owego, NY on September 28 before heading back to Lancaster. The “Hotshoe” Chuck Hossfeld and “Big Money” Matt Hirschman are in a tight points battle for the series championship.
The Late Models will make their return to Lancaster after a two-year absence. They will run heat races and a feature on Saturday as the heats that were completed on September 20 have been wiped from the record. This was done to encourage more teams to show up for the raindate. The tire rules have been opened up as well to accommodate more competitors.
The Big 10 Super Stock Series will also be in action on Saturday. The Super Stock division has run in every US Open and is the only other division besides the Modified to do so. The Big 10 Series has also opened their rulebook to allow Super Stocks from any area track or series to compete. The Big 10 cars will run a 35-lap feature.
As an added bonus for fans STM had added several new attractions for families to the raindate. There will be a Fan Festival with driver autographs and activities for children, including a bounce house. Kids will also have their chance to get on the track with a special big wheel race before the opening ceremonies on Saturday afternoon. Any child wishing to run the big wheel race is encouraged to bring their own big wheel from home but Lancaster does have a limited amount of bikes to loan out. Fans in attendance will get a chance to get up close and personal with the stars of the Race of Champions Modified Tour when they hold their drivers meeting in the main concourse at 2:30 PM.
The schedule for Saturday begins at 11 AM when the pit gates open. Grandstand gates will open at 12:30 PM with practice beginning at the same time. The Fan Festival opens at 1 PM. Opening ceremonies with take place at 3 PM with Doug Allen returning to sing the national anthems. Racing will begin immediately after opening ceremonies are completed. Should there be inclement weather on Saturday the event will be postponed to Sunday, October 5.
The 26th annual US Open at Lancaster Speedway is being promoted by Short Track Management (STM) LLC of Winston-Salem, NC. For more information call (336) 793-8465 or log on to www.lancasterusopen.com. Like the US Open on Facebook at facebook.com/theusopen and follow us on Twitter @LancasterUSOpen. Fans can receive text alert updates by texting FANUSOPEN to 84483.
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26th annual US Open schedule of events for raindate program:
Friday October 3
3:00pm Hauler Pre-Stage, Secure Facility
4:00pm Gates Open (Pit and Grandstand)
6:00pm “Open” T.Q Midget Practice
6:20pm First round of practice on the ½-mile oval (Practice by Division)
6:45pm “Open” T.Q. Midget Qualifying Races (8-laps)
7:15pm Second Round practice on the ½-mile oval
8:30pm Third round practice on the ½-mile
9:30pm Approximate Conclusion of Practice – US Open Fan Festival Main Concourse
11:00pm Pit Area Closed / Secure Facility
Saturday October 4
11:00am Pit Gates Open
12:30pm Front Gates Open – Practice by Division (2 Rounds per Division – Inner Oval First)
1:00pm Fan Festival, Kids (Bounce House Activities Begin)
2:30pm Driver’s Meetings (RoC Driver Meeting Main Councourse, TQ Midgets, Late Model, Big 10 Tech Barn)
2:45pm Big Wheel Races
3:00pm Opening Ceremonies (Invocation & Anthems – Doug Allen)
3:10pm “Open” T.Q. Midget Last Chance Showdown Qualifying Race (8-laps)
3:15pm T.Q. Midget Qualifying Races (8-laps each) – Inner Oval
3:40pm “SportMod” (Lake Erie Type) Modified Qualifying Racing (8-laps each)
4:10pm Big ‘10’ Qualifying Races (8-laps each)
4:40pm Late Model Qualifying Races (10-laps each)
5:10pm Race of Champions Modified Tour Qualifying Races – (10-laps each)
5:45pm “Open” T.Q. Midget Feature Race (25-laps)
6:10pm TQ Midget Feature (25-laps) (Immediately Followed by joint Victory Lanes)
6:30pm “SportMod” (Lake Erie Type) Modified Feature Race (25-laps each)
7:00pm Big ‘10’ Feature Race (35-laps – based on car count) (Immediately Followed by Victory Lane)
7:40pm Late Model Feature (50-laps) (Immediately Followed by Victory Lane)
8:20pm Race of Champions Modified Tour Stages Feature on Frontstretch (Lemans Style)
8:35pm Race of Champions Modified Tour Driver Introductions
8:45pm Command to Start Engines (Druar & Jankowiak Families)
8:50pm Race of Champions Modified Tour Tommy Druar / Tony Jankowiak 125 Memorial (125-laps)
10:00pm Race of Champions Modified Tour Victory Lane
11:00pm Pit Area Closed / Secure Facility