Story By: STEVEN PETTY / LANCASTER MOTORPLEX – LANCASTER, NY – Tim Welshans from West Falls, NY won the Ken “Hurricane” Heckler Memorial for the Street Stocks on Saturday night at Lancaster Motorplex. Mark Hoch from West Seneca, NY won the Street Stock track championship.
George Skora III from Eden, NY won his second Sportsman feature of the season and clinched the track championship by two points over Jake Lutz.
Charles Palmer from Cheektowaga, NY won his third 4 Cylinder race of the season and earned the 2022 track championship by a single point over 2021 titlist David Brunka.
Will Cloutier and Frank Prell were on the front row for the Ken Heckler Memorial Street Stock feature event, with Prell in the lead ahead of Tim Welshans. Welshans would take the lead away on lap two, as polesitter Will Cloutier was being pressured by Nik Welshans. Nik would move into third and then would go after Prell for second, as Mark Hoch and Rich Sharpe traded places inside the top five. Rich Sharpe would bring out the caution on lap seven as his car went under a plume of smoke. The restart would see the Welshans family on the front row, with Tim taking the lead ahead of Nik, with Mark Hoch, Prell, and Dylan Carbone racing in the top five. Hoch and Welshans battled for second place for much of the early half of the event, as Tim Welshans pulled away as the race leader. The caution would come out on lap 20, as Will Cloutier spun in turn one. The restart would see Tim continue to lead as Jacob Gustafson entered the top five as he raced in fourth place. Hoch would once again go after Nik Welshans for second at the halfway mark. Gustafson would move into third on lap 26, but Hoch would regain the position on lap 31. Mike Dalfonso moved into the top five after passing Chris Barber on lap 34. The caution would wave on lap 37 as Frank Batista Jr spun in turn two, and collected Dan Dressel and Will Cloutier. Tim Welshans continued to show the way on the ensuing restart. Tim Welshans would hold off the field to score the victory, his first of the season and first since the 2020 US Open.
Dave Kozlowski and John Barber were on the front row for the 30-lap Sportsman feature, with Barber showing the way. Reigning track champion Shawn Nye and Mark Pennell got together in turn three to bring out the race’s first caution on lap two. Jake Lutz would pass Tony Carbone on lap four to take over second place and would go after race leader John Barber. George Skora III would move into third place on lap six and would start to go after Lutz and Barber. After a Dave Kozlowski spin in turn four that brought out the caution on lap eight, Skora would take the lead on lap 13, and Lutz would take over second. The duo of Skora and Lutz would pull away from the balance of the field. Skora would hold off Lutz for his second win of the season and would clinch the track title by two points over Lutz.
Hunter McKay and Mason Offhaus were on the front row for the 4 Cylinder feature, with McKay showing the way. Charles Palmer would take the lead away with Ryan Hessler applying the pressure on McKay for second. The first yellow flag of the event happened on lap three as McKay and Andy Danielwicz spun in turn one. On the restart, David Brunka would take the runner-up position away and would go after Palmer for the lead. Palmer would go on to score the win, his third of the season, and eighth of his career.
Racing returns the weekend of September 9-11 for the 34th edition of the US Open Weekend. It kicks off on Friday, September 9 with an open practice for all stock car divisions. Then on Saturday, the Sportsman, NY Super Stocks, 4 Cylinders, and the Mighty TQ Midgets will be in action. Sunday, September 11th will feature the Race of Champions Modified Series, SBS Championship Series for Small Block Super Modifieds, Late Models, and the Frank Batista Sr 37 for the Street Stocks. The full schedule along with times and admission prices will be posted in the coming days on the Lancaster Motorplex website, and social media pages.
RACE RESULTS – 8-20-22 – KEN “HURRICANE” HECKLER MEMORIAL & CHAMPIONSHIP NIGHT
Sportsman: GEORGE SKORA III, Jake Lutz, John Barber, Tony Carbone, Bobby Hanel, Jake Vernon, Shawn Nye, Mark Pennell, Scott Wylie, Chase Williams, John Wilbur, Joe Evans, Andrew Nye, Dave Kozlowski, Cameron Ruggiero, Tom MacLeod
Did Not Start: Tim Garlock
Qualifying Heats: John Barber, George Skora, Shawn Nye
Track Champion: George Skora III
Street Stocks: TIM WELSHANS, Jacob Gustafson, Mike Dalfonso, Nik Welshans, Mark Hoch, Frank Prell, Jason Anasiewicz, Dan Dressel, Chris Barber, Mitch Friend, Garret Cleversley, Mike Rogers, Chris Handley, Frank Batista Jr, Will Cloutier, Max Northem, Mike Piccirilli, Dylan Carbone, Kyle Schosek, John Carlson, Rich Sharpe
Qualifying Heats: Mark Hoch, Tim Welshans, Rich Sharpe
Track Champion: Mark Hoch
4 Cylinders: CHARLES PALMER, David Brunka, Chris Deyoe Jr, Ryan Hessler, Jason Anasiewicz, Andy Danielwicz, Jacob Crosta, Dave Evans, Josh Schosek, Mason Offhaus, Hunter McKay
Qualifying Heats: David Brunka, Charles Palmer
Track Champion: Charles Palmer