Story By: DAVE BUCHANAN / LANCASTER SPEEDWAY – LANCASTER, NY – Lancaster Speedway & Dragway @ New York International Raceway Park (NYIRP) hosted a stock car practice session on Saturday afternoon with 40 competitors on hand.
Officials from the Race of Champions (RoC) organized the practice session. The RoC is working with the NYIRP ownership group this season to promote a six-race series of stock car events in 2019.
One of the drivers taking advantage of the track time at Lancaster was Race of Champions Modified driver Tommy Catalano of Ontario, N.Y. Catalano is a former Sportsman and Late Model winner a Lancaster, but is still searching for a first career RoC Modified Series win. Former track champion Nick Cappelli of Orchard Park, N.Y. shook down his ISMA Supermodified. Cappelli made his ISMA debut last year at Lancaster, and hopes to make more starts in the near future.
Additional drivers on hand included Sam Fullone and Dave Russell from the RoC Late Models, RoC Super Stock competitors Joe Mancuso, Ryan Lagoda and Andy Cryan and RoC Sportsman drivers Mark Pennell, Dave Kozlowski and Jeff Szafraniec. The division with the biggest turn out was the Street Stocks with about 10 cars taking laps, including Mike Dalfonso, Chris Powers, Jerry Kosmowski, Nik and Tim Welshans and Jim Loffredo.
The first race of 2019 is the 5th annual Ol’ Boy Cup 60 for the Race of Champions Modified Series on Thursday, June 27. The Street Stocks, 4-Cylinders and NYPA TQ Midgets will also be in action. Additional race dates include Thursday, July 11 for the 4th annual Joe Reilly Tribute 54 for the RoC Sportsman, Autograph Night on Saturday July 20, the 30th annual Tommy Druar/Tony Jankowiak Memorial Modified 110 on August 17, the Ken Heckler Tribute 51-lap Street Stock race on August 24 and the 31st annual U.S. Open weekend on September 13-15.