Lancaster, NY — Short Track Management (STM) is set to wrap up the 26th running of the US Open at Lancaster Speedway this Saturday, October 18. Two attempts have been made to run the final day of the program but weather has pushed it back both times.
STM CEO Bill Catania hopes the weather will cooperate so the final races can be run. “These delays have just increased everyone’s excitement for the US Open,” said Catania “we just can’t wait to put on the great show that race fans have been waiting for.”
Headlining Saturday’s program will be the Tommy Druar/Tony Jankowiak Memorial 125 for the Race of Champions Modified Tour. The Tommy/Tony race will be the season finale for the RoC Tour with Ransomville’s Chuck Hossfeld looking to wrap up another series title. Hossfeld has five career US Open victories to his credit. Teams from New York, Pennsylvania and New England will be look to stop “The Hotshoe” from winning his sixth.
The Big 10 Super Stock Series will also crown their series champion following their 35-lap feature. The championship comes down to former US Open winner, Joe Mancuso of Buffalo, and rookie Jake Lyon of Elma, NY. They are separated by just 66 points going into the final race.
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 IMCA-style Modifieds will make their debut at Lancaster on October 18. These open-wheeled cars compete on both dirt and asphalt and will draw a diverse group of competitors. There will also be two classes of TQ Midgets with the NYPA TQ Midget Series and “Open” TQ Midgets featuring a hybrid rule book that levels the competition between the different series of TQ in the Northeast.
Pit gates will open at 8 AM with practice for all divisions beginning at 9:30 AM. Drivers meetings will take place at 11 AM. Race fans that arrive early will get a front row seat for the Race of Champions Modified Tour drivers meeting, which will take place in the main concourse. Opening ceremonies will take place at 12 noon with heat racing beginning immediately after.
The US Open Kids Zone will feature activities for children off all ages, including a bounce house, face painting, miniature golf and pumpkin painting. 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. The Food Truck Village will be open once again featuring food vendors from across WNY. This was a big hit with race fans during the first two days of the event.
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.
-Short Track Management Press Release