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LANCASTER RACEWAY PARK
BUFFALO, NEW YORK

TRACK SIZE:  5/8 & 1/10 MILE SLIGHTLY BANKED ASPHALT OVALS; 1/8 MILE ASPHALT DRAGSTRIP

RACE DAYS:  FRIDAY NIGHTS (DS)IHRA ET BRACKETS - SUPER PRO, PRO, HEAVY, BIKES, SLEDS, STREETS & JR. DRAGSTERS; SATURDAY NIGHTS (OVAL):  MODIFIEDS, LATE MODELS, SPORTSMEN, SUPER STOCKS, STOCKS & TQ MIDGETS 

PHONE:  716-759-6818

WEBSITE:  WWW.LANCASTERRACING.COM

DIRECTIONS: I-90 TO EXIT 49, THEN 0.5 MILE SOUTH ON SR 78 TO SR 33, THEN 3.5 MILES EAST ON GUNNVILLE ROAD, THEN NORTH, THEN EAST 

5/27/06 - Heroes Homecoming Presented By UBS And FOAR SCORE Fan Club at Lancaster Raceway Park Saturday, June 17

 

Heroes Homecoming Presented By UBS And FOAR SCORE Fan Club at Lancaster Raceway Park Saturday, June 17

LANCASTER, N.Y. – 5/27/06 - Lancaster Raceway Park (formerly known as Lancaster Speedway) will present its annual Heroes Homecoming reunion Saturday, June 17, from 1-5 p.m. The popular event reunites retired Lancaster Speedway drivers and officials with race fans to relive the good old days of stock car racing at the 48-year-old half-mile asphalt track. The event is sponsored by UBS (www.ubs.com) and the FOAR SCORE Fan Club (www.friendsofautoracing.com) and will feature vintage stock car racing in the afternoon and evening at the speedway.

The speedway is extending an invitation to all retired Lancaster Speedway drivers and officials. Drivers and officials wishing to participate are asked to contact Marilyn Toal as soon as possible to be placed on the guest list. Mrs. Toal may be reached at (585) 663-0004.

Retired racing stars who already have agreed to participate this year include: early-1970s Late Model and Modified driver Dave VanValkenburg, Jim Smoker, Roger Boas (driver of the famous No. 114 Falcon and coupe), ‘70s Late Model and Modified driver Jim Howard, Modified and Supermodified standout Tommy Leeson, Bobby Hudson, Brian Horn, 1967 Modified champion Chuck Boos, dirt and asphalt Modified star Ken Meahl, Phil Edwards, Bill Bitterman, Rod Spaulding, Dutch Hoag, Turner Brothers’ Modified and Supermodified pilot Gary Reichert, Larry Nye, Dick Kluth, Dan Willmes, Dean Wright, Ted Renshaw, and the father-son Mini-Stock team of Ron McDonald Sr. and Ron McDonald Jr. Dozens more are expected to sign on as the event draws near.

Vintage Lancaster Speedway photos – as well as copies of John Bisci's book, "Lancaster Heroes," a pictorial history of Lancaster Speedway from 1966-76 – will be available for sale at the event.

Last year, 53 heroes returned to the famed oval and drag strip near Buffalo, N.Y., including: 1972 Late Model champion Jim McGraw, Tom Leeson, Jeno Begolo, Roger Treichler, Chuck Boos, Jim Rudolph, Bill Rafter, Ted Renshaw, western N.Y. racing legend Art Clark (who actually had a hand in building the speedway in 1959), Bill Bitterman, Ed Ortiz, Cam Gagliardi, 1971 Mini-Stock king Ron McDonald Sr., Neil Truesdell, Ronnie Martin, Bill “Stroker” McGurk, Terry Krentz, Jim Howard, Dan Bess, Frank Batista, Fred White, Fred Coe, Ross Holmes and Charlie Rudolph.

Toal, Lancaster historian Mark Southcott and former Lancaster Speedway announcer John Bisci have been working to contact retired drivers to invite them to the reunion, but many are difficult to locate.

“Many of the drivers from the ‘60s do not use computers, and quite a few have moved away from the western N.Y. area or have unlisted phone numbers, so sometimes the proverbial grapevine moves slowly,” said Bisci. “We urge readers, fans and friends to spread the word to drivers they know who may might not have been contacted yet. We certainly don’t want them to miss the festivities.”

The afternoon’s activities will include an autograph session, group photo with all drivers and officials by speedway photographer Dan Kollander, Lancaster Speedway video and memorabilia display and vintage racing.

Lancaster Raceway Park also will present a complete program of stock car racing on its half-mile paved oval at 6:30 p.m. Classes will include: Modifieds, Late Models, SST Sportsman, Super Stocks, Street Stocks, TQ Midgets and vintage race cars.

Fans attending the 1-5 p.m. Heroes Homecoming session will be admitted at half price until 4 p.m.

Regular admission prices will be charged after 4 p.m. -- $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens, $5 for kids 8-15. Kids under the age of 8 are admitted at $1.

Lancaster Raceway Park is located at 57 Gunnville Road in Lancaster, N.Y., just east of N.Y. State Thruway Exit 49. For more information, please call the speedway at (716) 759-6818 or visit online at www.lancasterracing.com.

LEBANON VALLEY DRAGWAY
WEST LEBANON, NEW YORK

TRACK SIZE:  1/4 MILE ASPHALT DRAGSTRIP

RACE DAYS:  WEDNESDAY NIGHTSSTREETS;  SATURDAY AFTERNOONS:  T&T;  SUNDAY AFTERNOONSNHRA ET BRACKETS 

PHONE:   518-794-7130

WEBSITE:  WWW.DRAGWAY.COM

DIRECTIONS: SE OF ALBANY ON I-90 TO EXIT 11, THEN 12.8 MILES EAST ON US 20

LEBANON VALLEY SPEEDWAY 
WEST LEBANON, NEW YORK

TRACK SIZE:  1/2 MILE HIGH BANKED DIRT OVAL

RACE DAYS:  SATURDAY NIGHTS:  DIRT BB MODIFIEDS, 358 MODIFIEDS, SPORTSMEN, PRO STOCKS, ROOKIES & PURE STOCKS

PHONE:   518-794-9606

WEBSITE:  WWW.LEBANONVALLEY.COM

DIRECTIONS: SE OF ALBANY ON I-90 TO EXIT 11, THEN 12.6 MILES EAST ON US 20

LIMEROCK SPEEDWAY
CALEDONIA, NEW YORK

TRACK SIZE:  1/8 MILE SEMI BANKED CLAY OVAL

RACE DAYS:  SATURDAY NIGHTS:  250 & 600 OPEN MICRO SPRINTS, SUPER SPORTSMEN, KAGED KARTS & B-CLASS

PHONE:   585-768-2403

WEBSITE:  WWW.LIMEROCKSPEEDWAY.COM

DIRECTIONS: I-90 TO EXIT 47, THEN 4.7 MILES SOUTH ON SR 19, THEN 4.2 MILES EAST ON SR 5, THEN 0.6 MILE NORTH ON FLINT HILL ROAD, THEN EAST

LITTLE VALLEY SPEEDWAY
LITTLE VALLEY, NEW YORK

TRACK SIZE:  1/2 MILE SLIGHTLY BANKED DIRT OVAL

RACE DAYS:  SPECIALS:  SPRINTS, 358 MODIFIEDS, LATE MODELS, STREET STOCKS, SUPER STOCKS & SCHOOL BUSES

PHONE:   716-938-9146

WEBSITE:  WWW.LITTLEVALLEYSPEEDWAY.COM

DIRECTIONS: 0.3 MILE NORTH OF SR 242 ON SR 353, THEN EAST (FAIRGROUNDS)  

LONG ISLAND MOTORSPORTS PARK
WESTHAMPTON, NEW YORK

TRACK SIZE:  1/4 MILE ASPHALT DRAGSTRIP

RACE DAYS:  FRIDAY AFTERNOONST&T;  SATURDAY AFTERNOONS:  GAMBLERS, MOTORCYCLES, T&TSUNDAY AFTERNOONSNHRA ET BRACKETS 

PHONE:   526-288-1555

WEBSITE:  WWW.LIMOTORSPORTSPARK.COM

DIRECTIONS: SR 27 TO EXIT 61, FOLLOW SIGNS TO EASTPORT, THEN 0.4 MILE SOUTH ON EASTPORT MANOR, THEN 2.8 MILES EAST ON OLD COUNTRY ROAD

 

 

 

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