On Saturday night at Elegant Builders Raceway Park in Lancaster, Andy Jankowiak ended the night in the same place he began it: Victory Lane.
Meanwhile, Joe Mancuso emerged victorious in the inaugural visit of the New York State Big 10 Super Stock Series to the Gunnville Road racing facility.
Jankowiak survived a torrid battle with Tom MacLeod to take the checkered flag in the headlining Sportsman Summer Slam 100. Earlier in the evening, he bested a strong running Andy Nye in the Empire State TQ Midget Racing Series Battle of The Border 30-lapper. Jankowiak scored the TQ Midget win in the car owned by Trey Hoddick.
“Both cars were on rails tonight,” said Jankowiak, the 2012 Holland Motor Sports Complex NASCAR Pro Modified champion.
In the Sportsman Summer Slam event, Jankowiak took the lead early and then lost it later in the event to MacLeod on a restart. In the middle and late portions of the race, the two battled hard on restarts with Jankowiak finally moving out front for good on a restart with 19 laps remaining. He ended up winning by about five car lengths.
“I had a couple good restarts there with Tom MacLeod and we were throwing up some sparks so that was exciting,” Jankowiak said.
Jankowiak will bring his Modified to EBRP on June 22, when the track showcases the first Hoosier Modified Series event of the season.
MacLeod, though disappointed, was happy with his runner-up finish.
“I had him there for a little while and I got by him on one restart and he got by me on another so it was a lot of fun racing,” he said.
The New York State Big 10 Super Stock Series is a newly created series this year. After suffering a big accident in the series’ opening race last month at Spencer Speedway, Mancuso and his team rebuilt his machine and it was strong Saturday in the 25-lap affair. After racing side-by-side for several laps with former EBRP Super Stock champion Wayne Bernhard, Mancuso won the race, which included some light contact between the two on a couple of occasions.
“My family and my girlfriend haven’t seen me a lot in the last week,” Mancuso said. “I was about 8 feet in the air in the wreck. We had every bolt off this car except for the cockpit. We screwed it all back together and these guys gave me a great piece tonight.”
For Bernhard, it was the first time getting back behind the wheel in six years after his retirement following his winning of five straight Super Stock season titles at the Lancaster track.
“Not bad for not having drove in six years,” Bernhard said. “I’ll take it. We’ve got some work to do.”
“It’s pretty exciting but also kind of challenging,” said Johnson of running her first early season stock car programs. “I think some of the drivers are just getting to know me and knowing what is going on. Just settling into the position is one of the big challenges. I think it’s going pretty well so far.”
Team Woodsmith Fencing had a great night Saturday at EBRP, with team drivers Bobby Woch, Tom LaLomia Jr. and Kevin Bainbridge finishing one-two-three in the 4-Cylinder feature race.
Prior to the racing program a tribute was paid to the late Harry Macy on what would have been his 85th birthday. Macy died in March following a long illness. He was a racing icon who was a devoted owner, promoter, mechanic and retired driver in Three-Quarter Midget racing competition.
To begin the race program Saturday at EBRP, race teams from all divisions came out onto the track and TQ driver Jonathan Reid drove Macy’s fabled No. 9 car around Lancaster’s inner oval for a symbolic nine laps.
Elsewhere, according to published reports, the proposed Canadian Motor Speedway has cleared what may well prove to be its last major hurdle toward its eventual construction in Fort Erie, Ont.
The Ontario Municipal Board dismissed an appeal by the Preservation of Agricultural Lands Society (PALS) to block speedway construction.
The $400 million speedway project is set to include a one-mile paved oval with seating capacity for 65,000 plus a 2½-mile paved road course, a BMX/Motocross/Go-Kart speedway and other facilities.