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MATT HIRSCHMAN EARNS 5TH US OPEN VICTORY IN THE 30TH ANNUAL EDITION OF THE RACE SUNDAY AFTERNOON AT LANCASTER NATIONAL SPEEDWAY
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9/25/2018

9/25/2018

Race of Champions


MATT HIRSCHMAN EARNS 5TH US OPEN VICTORY IN THE 30TH ANNUAL EDITION OF THE RACE SUNDAY AFTERNOON AT LANCASTER NATIONAL SPEEDWAY

Matt Hirschman of Northampton, Pa., earned his fifth US Open victory in the 30th edition of the event on Sunday afternoon in front of a sun drenched crowd at Lancaster (N.Y.) National Speedway. It was Hirschman’s fourth Race of Champions victory during the 2018 season.

“This is a big win for us, we had to work for it,” stated Hirschman from victory lane. “Andy (Jankowiak) was strong but our tire strategy played out and here we are. I’m really proud of all of my team, they did a great job. We lost a great competitor this week in Greg Hodnett and I wanted to recognize him and all that he meant to racing.”

Hirschman started third and chased Tommy Catalano of Ontario, N.Y., during the early stages of the race even swapping the lead with Hirschman before pitting. Andy Jankowiak of North Tonawanda, N.Y., who was the defending event champion made his way to the top spot before Hirschman took the lead for good on lap 110.

Hirschman held off Jankowiak over the closing 15 laps to earn the victory. Jankowiak was second with Mike Leaty of Ontario, N.Y., finishing third. Patrick Emerling of Orchard Park, N.Y., finished fourth while Catalano rounded out the top-five.

In the Late Model Series race, Catalano maneuvered around Bob Weber of Clarence, N.Y., and Eldon King, III of Delevan, N.Y., to earn the victory. King finished second with Weber third.

Chuck Hossfeld of Ransmoville, N.Y., scored the Sportsman Modified Series victory on Saturday. Hossfeld held off Mike Fiebelkorn of Eden, N.Y., and Eddie Hawkins of Rochester, N.Y., to earn his third straight Sportsman US Open victory.

Joe Mancuso of Buffalo, N.Y., came out on top in the Super Stock Series race. Mancuso took the lead from Tim Gullo of Elmira, N.Y., after a spirited battle for the win. Tommy Krawczyk of West Seneca, N.Y., finished a close second in the feature event with Gullo coming home third.

Jacob Gustafson of Webster, N.Y., scored his first-ever Race of Champions Four Cylinder Dash Series victory on Saturday evening. Kenny Hejna of South Buffalo, N.Y., finished second but was penalized for refusing post-race inspection. Jimmy Pierce of Buffalo, N.Y., finished third.

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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)

Finish Starting Position No. Name Laps

1 3 60 Matt Hirschman 125

2 11 12x Andy Jankowiak

3 4 25 Mike Leaty

4 6 07 Patrick Emerling

5 1 54c Tommy Catalano

6 7 65 George Skora, III

7 9 45B Eric Beers

8 18 88 Scott Wylie

9 8 22 Chuck Hossfeld

10 5 32 Tyler Rypkema

11 2 45c Timmy Catalano.

12 12 10l Daryl Lewis, Jr.

13 13 59 Karl Hehr

14 15 17 Danny Knoll, Jr.

15 21 40 Alan Bookmiller

16 20 84 Larry Jackson 124

17 14 64 Amy Catalano 123

18 17 1 Chris Risdale 100 Suspension

19 10 3 Daren Scherer 100 Power Steering

20 19 54e Jack Ely 2 Rotor

21 20 8 Chris Finnocchario 0 Engine

Time of Race: 53 minutes and 8 seconds Average Speed: 71.390 mph Margin of Victory: .568 seconds

Lead Changes: 4 among 3 drivers (Tommy Catalano – 1-50; Matt Hirschman 51-53; Catalano 54-89; Andy Jankowiak 90-109; Hirschman 110-125)

Speed51.com “Top of the Board” Award; Mike Leaty (17.248 seconds)

Paved Track Qualifying Race Winners; Daren Scherer (2); Andy Jankowiak (2); Matt Hirschman (4)

Jerico Performance “Jammin’ Gears Awards”; Scott Wylie (Advanced 10 positions in feature)

US Army Top Performer Award; Matt Hirschman (17.248 seconds)

Jan “Pops” Leaty Award – Leader Lap 25 – Tommy Catalano

$100 Bicknell Racing Products Certificate Award (Third Place) – Mike Leaty

MyRacePass “Free Pass” Award – Alan Bookmiller

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 98 Tommy Catalano

2 0 Eldon King, III

3 11 Bob Weber

4 66 Terry Weldy

5 45 Dave Heitzhaus

6 12 Bob Minacapelli

7 37 Frank Batista, Jr.

8 07 Nick Crassi

9 48 Sam Fullone

10 2 Dave Whittaker

11 31x Ron Richter

12 11x Mark Mecurio

13 93 Dave Russell

14 3 Matt Bove

Qualifying Race Winners; Bob Weber, 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 10 Mike Fiebelkorn, Jr.

3 32 Tyler Rypkema

4 33 Eddie Hawkins

5 57x Andy Jankowiak

6 44 Scott Wylie

7 8 Chris Finocchario

8 18 Mark Pennell

9 74 Sherri Hogan

10 01 John Barber

11 65l Andy Lewis

12 36 Dave Kozlowski

13 27 Jake Vernon

14 40 Alan Bookmiller

15 41l Timmy Lewis

16 54t Jayme Thompson

17 6 Leo Becker

18 11 Bobby Weber

19 6 Scott Hossfeld

20 65 George Skora, III

21 10l Daryl Lewis, Jr.

22 2 Owen Bednasz

23 09 Mike Ramos

24 1 Tony Hanbury

25 31 Tony Carbone

26 00 Connor Sellars

27 51 Shawn Nye

Qualifying Races: Chuck Hossfeld, Tyler Rypkema, George Skora, III

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 64 Joe Mancuso

2 48 Tommy Krawczyk

3 71 Tim Gullo

4 44 Jake Wylie

5 75 Zach Willis

6 75a Chuck Anderson

7 11 Terry Cheetham

8 48b Eric Brown

9 06 TJ Cochrane

10 84 Josh Schoonmaker

11 52 Joel Gleason

12 03 Dale Lazzaro

13 46 Cole Hicks

14 99 Bob Ripley

15 13 Tom Northem

16 22 Willie Strusz

17 94 Kory Rider

18 2f Joe Fetzer

19 1 Vern Hedderick

20 72 Mike Nichols

21 09 Andy Cryan

22 28 Tommy Barron

23 98 Scott Wylie

24 89 Jeff Whalen

25 18 Max Northem

26 09x Charles Buchanan

Qualifying Race Winners; Tommy Krawzcyk; Joe Mancuso; Zach Willis

Feature Finish

US Open 30 Super Stocks

Lancaster National Speedway, Lancaster, N.Y.

Finishing Position, Car Number, Driver, Laps Completed, Reason Out (If Any)

1 66 Jacob Gustafson

2 71x Ken Hejna (Penalty)

3 26 Jimmy Pierce

4 3 Jason Anasiewicz

5 33 Bobby Woch

6 57 Scott Fritz

7 27 Joe Brunka

8 89 Jody London

9 18 Chris Pennell

10 49x Andy Danielwicz

11 28 Dave Brunka

12 37ny Bob Palmer

13 04 Travis Montgomery

14 10x Ryan Palmer

15 42 Jason Adams

16 30 Bob Bogner

17 73 Adam Killingbeck

18 24 Tommy Hughes

19 9 Braden Suffaletta

20 54 Briar Dils

21 7 Jeff Dorenzo

22 9b Kevin Bainbridge

23 10 Charles Palmer

24 12 Dave Milbriand

Did Not Start: Dan Dressel; Justin Sass; Dave Evans; Andy Jankowiak; Greg Krause; Tim Durfy

Qualifying Race Winners; Dave Brunka; Dave Milbrand, Jr.; Jacob Gustafson; Charles Palmer


Submitted By: Joe Skotnicki

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