50 Years of Racing at Lancaster Speedway - aka Dunn Raceway Park By Jim Blacroch
Saturday's RoC Race Will Be a Special Event
When the gates open Saturday night at Lancaster Speedway (which has been renamed Dunn Tire Raceway Park) it will be time to celebrate at the ½-mile oval near Buffalo, N.Y. – time to celebrate 50-years of racing. Over the years, the old girl has seen good days and bad days, but this Saturday will be a good one.

A Race of Champions Modified Tour event is on the docket with a post-race celebration that is certainly to become one of those party’s you hear about for years to come, from those who weren’t really there, but tell you they were.

In all seriousness, it will be a great day to celebrate asphalt Modified racing, but also a great day to celebrate a local short track that has been a staple ‘on-the-scene’ for so many years.
It opened as a dirt track in 1959 but converted to asphalt in 1964 and Modifieds quickly became the headline division at the track and over the years, the little ole’ joint on Gunville Drive has provided some of the best asphalt modified action on the planet.

Folks have watched the Treichler’s (Roger, Merv and Gordie), Richie Evans, Jerry Cook, Dutch Hoag, Sege Fidanza, Tommy Druar, Tony Jankowiak, Chuck Hossfeld and the list goes on-and-on. The unique design of the facility (which has changed many times over the years) has helped create that exciting racing.

For many years it has remained that you run down the frontstretch, which also serves as the dragstrip on Friday night, ‘float the car into turn one’, get it to pivot up off the 90 degree turn two and hammer up some horsepower down the long back straightaway before burying the car into the bumps of turn three as you prepare to sweep off of turn four where the car unloads onto the dogleg front stretch. It’s a handful every lap.

“You definitely have to hit your marks here,” offered Sege Fidanza, who won for the 110th time this past Saturday night. “It’s one of those places where you have to have the car handling but you have to drive it as well. It’s not easy.”
The old girl has hosted some cool events as well. The Amalie 200, the U.S. Open created by the late Alex Friesen and the Mr. Modified race. It’s all helped build the aura of Lancaster and Saturday night will contribute to that legacy.
Happy Anniversary!!! We’re all looking forward to it.

Super Sege might be the Favorite – even sentimental…

With DART Asphalt Race of Champions stars, Matt Hirschman and Eric Beers at New Hampshire on Saturday, the favorite for Saturday’s feature has to be Sege Fidanza. The Middleport, N.Y., driver captured his 110th feature victory this past Saturday night and is looking to build onto that total.
“It’s going to be tough,” related Fidanza. “Extra distance races here aren’t the easiest things to run. They’re definitely a challenge and we’re look forward to it. All of the guys are digging in, working hard and having fun. That’s what this is all about.”

Over the years Sege has ‘rocked the boat’ from time-to-time, but he’s always been a staple at Lancaster and after all these years, his familiar 77 machines are some of the most beautiful creations to ever take to the race track. This year is no different and Fidanza likes the fact that the car has been better.

“We had a good run at Oswego and it’s been getting better here,” smiled Fidanza. “There have been times when we’ve struggled, but we’re getting better and that’s what matters.”

Finally, Fidanza and his partner Dennis Petrie are displaying a sign on the back panel of their Troyer machine that states “Support Your Local Short Track… before it’s too late…”

“We all realize that times are tough,” explained Fidanza. “But, we love doing what we’re doing and we’re not going to go down without a fight. I’ve really enjoyed coming hear all of these years. Sometimes I know it’s been a long time and others, it seems like we started yesterday, but I really do enjoy it so by supporting our local tracks, we hope that we can keep doing this. It’s important to a lot of us. I’m really looking forward to Saturday.”

Saturday’s Dunn Tire Raceway Park (Lancaster) Schedule is a Little Different

The pit gates open at 11:30 with practice to following and racing to start at 4:00pm. The DART Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Tour 100 is the feature event along with the Linda Tasca Memorial 50 for Street Stocks as well as a 50-lap Super Stock and SST Sportsman Feature with the night being rounded out with a firework display and a live band.

Current Dunn Tire Raceway Park DART Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Tour Entries

Sege Fidanza – Middleport, N.Y.
Jan Leaty – Williamson, N.Y.
Mike Leaty – Williamson, N.Y.
Karl Hehr – Cheektowaga, N.Y.
Bill Mislin – Tonawanda, N.Y.
Tom McGrath – Clarence, N.Y.
Jim Storace – Kingston, N.H.
Todd Smith – Rochester, N.Y.
Pete Brittain – Howell, N.J.
Jimmy Zacharias – Vestal, N.Y.
Tommy Farrell, III – Neptune, N.J.
Daren Scherer – Binghamton, N.Y.
Mark Tychoniewicz – Ontario, N.Y.
Chris Ridsdale – Rochester, N.Y.
Dave Wollaber – North Tonawanda, N.Y.
Buck Catalano – Ontario, N.Y.
Patsy Catalano – Ontario, N.Y.
Sean O’Neill – Hilton, N.Y.
Rick Kluth – Hilton, N.Y.
Brett Scherrer – Amherst, N.Y.
Tom Weist – Piffard, N.Y.
Erick Rudolph – Ransomville, N.Y.
Wilbur Hebing – Ontario, N.Y.

Sage Fidanza  (Paul Cooper Photo - with permission from GATER Racing News)