Lancaster, N.Y. – Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway will close the curtain on the 2017 X-Press Signs Stock Car Series season with this weekend’s U.S. Open. This three-day event is in its 29th year and has become the area’s most popular racing event of the season with racers and fans.
Over 150 race teams from all over the Northeast are expected to compete across the seven divisions of racing this weekend, including the Race of Champions (RoC) Modified Series, Sunoco Sportsman, Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks, RoC Late Model Series, RoC Super Stock Series, Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders and NYPA TQ Midgets.
“The U.S. Open is Lancaster’s biggest event of the season, with great racing and tons of fans having fun in the stands and camping area,” said Tim Packman, Track President. “With the forecast of summer-like weather for this weekend, this could be our biggest one ever.”
Western New York’s Racing Finale kicks off on Friday night, September 22, with the traditional practice session and U.S. Open Kickoff Party. Pit gates open and inspection begins at 4 p.m. with practice for all divisions taking place from 6-9:30. The grandstand gates will open at 5:30, and fans will be allowed to enter for free to watch practice.
Immediately after practice, the main concourse will come to life with the U.S. Open Kickoff Party. Buffalo’s premier retro band, Disco Duck will be playing live music starting at 9:30 p.m., just outside of the 12 Gates Brewing Beer Stand.
Saturday’s racing action will be headlined by the 75-lap main event for the Sunoco Sportsman. The top Sportsman teams from across the region will do battle against Lancaster’s weekly regulars to make the starting grid for one of the most prestigious races for Sportsman Modifieds. This event is also a part of the Race of Champions Sportsman Series, which kicked off its schedule last Friday at the Delaware (Ontario) Speedway.
The Race of Champions Super Stocks, Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders and NYPA TQ Midgets will also run their heats and features on Saturday. Pit gates open at 12:30 p.m. with practice starting at 2. Front gates will also open at 2 p.m. with qualifying beginning at 4:30.
The Race of Champions Modified Series takes center stage on Sunday with the running of the 29th annual U.S. Open 125. This race is the biggest of the year for Modified racing in Western New York and is the penultimate event of the RoC Series season.
The Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks and Race of Champions Late Models fill out the program on Sunday afternoon. Both highly competitive divisions will have stacked fields going after the chance to add their name to the U.S. Open trophy.
Pit gates open on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. with practice beginning and front gates opening at 12 noon. Heat racing starts at 2 p.m.
Free camping is available all weekend in the Speedway parking lot.
The full schedule of events and information on ticket pricing can be found on the U.S. Open event page on the Lancaster National Speedway website.
-Lancaster National Speedway Press Release. Photo credit: Speed51.com / MoJo Photos