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ANDY JANKOWIAK BOOK ENDS LANCASTER NATIONAL SPEEDWAY SEASON WITH EMOTIONAL VICTORY
IN THE US OPEN 125

-Chuck Hossfeld, Dave Heitzhaus and Tim Gullo all Earn US Open Race of Champions Series Victories-

Lancaster, N.Y. – (September 25, 2017) – Andy Jankowiak of Buffalo, N.Y., drove to his second Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series fueled by Sunoco victory on Sunday afternoon under steamy Fall conditions in front of a sun drenched crowd to close out the 29th Annual US Open 125 at Lancaster (N.Y.) National Speedway to book end the Lancaster season. Jankowiak won the season opening event for the Race of Champions Series at Lancaster in April and Sunday marked his first victory in the Modified portion of the event.

“This has been an emotional week for Modified racing, I thought about what I would say if I got here, but I’m a little at a loss for words,” stated Jankowiak from victory lane, after resting the checkered flag next to the 13 and “TC” on his roof in memoriam of Plainville, Connecticut racer, Ted Christopher, who passed away suddenly last Saturday. “Teddy was such a huge part of racing, I’m proud I can tell people I raced with him. This was a huge win for our team. I work these guys so hard and today it just all came together. We had a good car and it showed. This is one I will remember.”

Jankowiak started on the pole for the 125-lap feature and led the first 66 caution free laps with Tommy Catalano of Ontario, N.Y., giving chase. The lap 66 caution saw the entire field pit for their permitted one tire change. Jankowiak’s team, led by crew chief, Tom McGrath made their way back out first.

Chuck Hossfeld of Ransomville, N.Y., and Matt Hirschman of Northampton, Pennsylvania were the big winners on the pit stops as they advanced to second and third respectively on the ensuing restart. Hirschman eventually made his way to second with Mike Leaty of Williamson, N.Y., racing his way to third.

Jankowiak was not to be denied, surviving two late race restarts and running to the victory. He joins Karl Hehr of Cheektowaga, N.Y., and Todd Hoddick of Cheektowaga, N.Y., as the only three driver’s to win events at the US Open in three different divisions.

Patrick Emerling of Orchard Park, N.Y., Bobby Holmes of Lockport, N.Y., and Matt Hirschman of Northampton, Pa., won the qualifying races while Hirschman posted the fastest time in group qualifying.

Dave Heitzhaus of Strykersville, N.Y., survived multiple caution flags to earn his second consecutive Race of Champions Late Model Series fueled by Sunoco victory on Sunday afternoon. Heitzhaus then drew his daughter’s winning 50/50 ticket in victory lane. Heitzhaus had to fend off Terry Weldy of Clarence, N.Y., and David Rigan of Williamsville, N.Y., to earn the victory.

Heitzhaus and Eldon King, III of Delavan, N.Y., won the qualifying races.

Chuck Hossfeld of Ransomville, N.Y., and Tommy Catalano of Ontario, N.Y., battled for the victory in the Race of Champions Asphalt Sportsman Series fueled by Sunoco on Saturday night with Tommy Catalano of Ontario, N.Y., swapping the lead on several different occasions. Eventually Hossfeld took the lead for good and went on to his 7th US Open career victory. Catalano wound up second and Tyler Rypkema of Owego, N.Y., came home third.

Neal Dietz, Jr., of Holland, N.Y., posted the fastest qualifying time in green-white-checker group qualifying. Hossfeld, Dietz, Kevin Miller of Rochester, N.Y., and Rypkema won the qualifying races. Timmy Catalano OF Ontario, N.Y., and Bobby Holmes of Lockport, N.Y., won the B-Mains.

Tim Gullo of Elmira, N.Y., continued his dominance in the Race of Champions Super Stock Series fueled by Sunoco topping Eric Hadley of Cassadaga, N.Y., and Tommy Reese of West Seneca, N.Y., in the 30-lap feature. Gullo took the lead from Joe Mancuso of Buffalo, N.Y., who is the defending series champion just past the halfway point of the race.

Joel Gleason of Webster, N.Y., Gullo and Terry Cheetham of Sodus, N.Y., won the qualifying races.

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Feature Finish
US Open 125
Lancaster National Speedway, Lancaster, N.Y.
Finishing Position, Car Number, Driver, Laps Completed, Reason Out (If Any)
 
Pos           No.           Name                     
1              12x          Andy Jankowiak       
2              60            Matt Hirschman     
3              25            Mike Leaty                             
4              22            Scott Wylie             
5              65            George Skora, III     
6              32            Tyler Rypkema
7              22            Chuck Hossfeld       
8              10            Daryl Lewis, Jr.       
9              66            Austin Kochenash   
10            54            Tommy Catalano
11            01            Cam Barber             
12            95            Bryan Sherwood     
13            3              Daren Scherer         
14            54            Jack Ely                   
15            07            Patrick Emerling     
16            64            Amy Catalano         
17            7ny          Bobby Holmes         
18            01            John Barber           
19            27            Matt Galko
20            59            Karl Hehr
21            17            Danny Knoll, Jr.
22            40            Jake Rought
23            1              Chris Risdale
24            45            Eric Beers
25            13            Tony Hanbury
 
Fast Time in Group Qualifying: Matt Hirschman
Qualifying Race Winners; Patrick Emerling, Matt Hirschman, Bobby Holmes
 
Feature Finish
US Open 30 – Late Models
Lancaster National Speedway, Lancaster, N.Y.
Finishing Position, Car Number, Driver, Laps Completed, Reason Out (If Any)
 
Pos           No.           Name                     
1              45            Dave Heitzhaus       
2              66            Terry Weldy           
3              24            David Rigan             
4              48            Sam Fullone           
5              12            Tommy Catalano     
6              37            Frank Batista, Jr.
7              9              Jeff Ruddy               
8              09            John Julicher         
9              2              Ron Nurmi             
10            11            Bobby Weber
11            07            Nick Crassi               
12            93            Dave Russell           
 
Qualifying Race Winners; Dave Heitzhaus, Eldon King, III
 
Feature Finish
US Open 75 - Sportsman
Lancaster National Speedway, Lancaster, N.Y.
Finishing Position, Car Number, Driver, Laps Completed, Reason Out (If Any)
 
Pos           No.           Name                     
1              22            Chuck Hossfeld       
2              54            Tommy Catalano
3              32            Tyler Rypkema
4              10            Daryl Lewis, Jr.       
5              65            George Skora, III     
6              51            Shawn Nye
7              4              Zack Knowlden       
8              3              Jeff Brown               
9              91            Joe Evans
10            15            Rusty Smith
11            41            Andy Jankowiak       
12            40            Alan Bookmiller     
13            09            Bobby Weber
14            45            Kevin Miller
15            64            Amy Catalano
16            55            Keith Flanigan
17            2              Owen Bednasz
18            65            Andy Lewis
19            45            Timmy Catalano
20            48            Sam Fullone
21            54            Jayme Thompson
22            98            Bobby Holmes
23            74            Sherri Hogan
24            42            Tony Hanbury
25            39            Jeremy Haudricourt
26            84            Neal Dietz, Jr.
27            44            Scott Wylie
28            86            Timmy Nies
 
Qualifying Races: Chuck Hossfeld, Neal Dietz, Jr., Kevin Miller, Tyler Rypkema
Fastest Time during Group Green-White-Checker Qualifying; Neal Dietz, Jr.
B-Main Winners; Timmy Catalano, Bobby Holmes   
 
Failed to Qualify:: Jake Lyon, Mark Pennell, Jake Vernon, Tony Carbone, Connor Sellars, Russ Gian, Justin Demelo, Jay Withey, Jr., Mike Meyers, Dave Kozlowski
               
Feature Finish
US Open 30 Super Stocks
Lancaster National Speedway, Lancaster, N.Y.
Finishing Position, Car Number, Driver, Laps Completed, Reason Out (If Any)
 
Pos           No.           Name                     
1              37            Tim Gullo
2              71            Eric Hadley
3              81            Tommy Reese         
4              11            Terry Cheetham     
5              06            TJ Cochrane           
6              64            Joe Mancuso
7              75            Zach Willis             
8              52            Joel Gleason           
9              7              Josh Hunter           
10            96            Dana Novoa
11            1x            Rob Misczak           
12            54            Dale Lazzaro           
13            38            Shawn Frarey
14            37            Bobby Schosek
15            92            Kyle Sharpe
16            92            Ryan Lagoda
17            19            Jeff Whalen
18            84            Josh Schoonmaker
19            1              Vern Hedderick
20            28            Tommy Barron         DQ
21            98            Jake Wylie               DQ
22            76            Mike Scott               DNS
23            48            Tommy Krawczyk      DNS
 
Qualifying Race Winners; Joel Gleason, Tim Gullo, Terry Cheetham       
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