Saturday, May 29, 2010

Andy J Gets Second of 2010 at WCIS, Fugle, Grom and Micoli also Collect Wins

PERRY,NY… The sun was shining and the stars came out to play at Wyoming County International Speedway this past Friday night on Sticker Night. There were Kids Racecar rides during intermission and after the kids got their laps around the Bullring, they got to take stickers to put where they wish courtesy of Contingency Connection.

Andy Jankowiak picked up his second win on the season in the SST Modified division after taking the lead away from last weeks feature winner Patrick Emerling. Emerling got loose just enough for the Jim and Bob’s Service 57 of Jankowiak on by the Emerling Automotive Group 03 around the halfway mark of the 35 lap affair and Jankowiak led the remaining laps top pick up his second win this season on the Perry 1/3rd mile oval.
Lap cars would become a factor during the event as the leaders had some trouble either putting cars a lap or two down. Right as the green flag dropped, contact was made and Greg Utberg and Matt Jurek got together. Jurek was able to continue but Utberg was helped back to the pit area. Meanwhile on the back stretch, Scott Reese had his machine facing the wrong way on a one way street.
Side by side action with the top three after the restart with Jankowiak not wasting any time and picking up the win. After receiving the checkered flag, Andy J turned the car around and did a Polish Victory lap. For those who do not know what a Polish Victory Lap is, that is when you drive the car in the opposite direction. Patrick Emerling would take home the runner up spot as 2009 SST Modified Track Champion John Barber completed the top three.

Austyn Fugle picked up his first career win in the Super Stocks in just his third race behind the wheel of the Hemlock Collision, Fugle Auto Parts machine. Fugle, spent the last couple of seasons behind the wheel of a 4 cylinder and was consistent. Fugle and Mike Chenaille led the field for the 25 lap affair with Chenaille getting the early advantage. Great racing action with the top three with Chenaille, Fugle and Phil Alhardt Jr. as they pulled away from the rest of the field and Fugle got around Chenaille late in the running as he made the winning pass down the back straightaway. Fugle would lead the rest of the way to score the win with Mike Chenaille in second and Phil Alhardt Jr. coming home in third.

Kevin Grom knows the famous line from the movie Days of Thunder, “rubbin’s racing” very well as he raced his way to the front of the field and picked up his first win of 2010 in the 20 lap main event for the 4 Cylinder division. Early action saw TJ Drennen lose his right front wheel and made contact with the turn 2 guardrail. The driver was okay after the hard contact with the wall. Brian Johnson and Vic Cordova were on the restart front row with Johnson taking control. The defending track champion had his lead slip away as Kevin Grom was the car to beat. Grom used the outside and inside grooves to get past Haistreiter for second and then passing Johnson for the lead in turn one on the last lap to pick up the win. Eric Haistreiter would pass Johnson also on the final lap to take the runner up position while 2009 Track Champion Brian Johnson coming home in third place.

Rob Micoli picked up the win in the Mini Cup main event. Jason Eck led most of the event but Micoli used the outside line to take over the top spot with two laps to go to get the pass and the win. Eck would hold off Kennedy White and Daniel Majchrzak when they crossed the line for the final time. Micoli scored the win with Eck coming home in second, Kennedy White crossed the line in third followed by Daniel Majchrzak.

The action continues at WCIS on Friday June 4th as it is a regular show featuring the SST Modifieds, SST Super Stocks, 4 Cylinders and the Mini Cups. There will also be a roll the tire contest for the kids during intermission. Gates open at 5:00 pm with the first heat race to get rolling at 7:30. For more information, you can log on to or you call the speedway office at
585-237-2580 or on race day, 585-237-2510.

Results: 5-28-10
SST Modified: ANDY JANKOWIAK, Patrick Emerling, John Barber, Dick Kluth, Brad Mosher, Matt Jurek, Mike Shaughnessy, Scott Reese, Greg Utberg

SST Super Stock: AUSTYN FUGLE, Mike Chenaille, Phil Alhardt Jr., Jeremy Gray, Cassie Logsdon, Brad Collings

4 Cylinders: KEVIN GROM, Eric Haistreiter, Brian Johnson, Vic Cordova, Gary Madore, David Reese, Daniel Majchrzak, Dennis King, TJ Drennen, Tommy Catalano

Mini Cups: ROBBIE MICOLI, Jason Eck, Kennedy White, Daniel Majchrzak

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Andy J Strikes on Opening Night at the Bullring... Other Wins to Lippa, Catalano and Eck

PERRY, NY… The weather was a little cool on Opening Night but the racing action was hot as Wyoming County International Speedway opened the gates for the first time in 2010. It was Meet the Drivers/Meet the Angels night as the SST Angels were on hand to meet and greet the fans that were anxiously awaiting the start of the racing action.

Joe Evans and Andy Jankowiak led the competitive field of SST Modifieds to the start of the 35 lap affair with Jankowiak getting the early advantage. Side by side action all over the 1/3rd mile led to the first caution of the night as Amy Catalano and John Julicher Jr ran side by side with Catalano ending up in the turn one wall. After the restart, Andy J continued to lead the way and Bill Romasser got sideways and backed it into the turn one guardrail. Cautions bleed cautions as Joe Evans and Patrick Emerling came together in turn 2 and Evans did a slide job through the infield grass and it was a great job not to slide back onto the racing surface. Andy J led from start to finish to pick up the win over John Barber and John Julicher Jr completed the top 3. 

Defending SST Series and WCIS track champ Bobby Lippa Jr and Jeremy Gray led the field for the start of the 25 lap race for the SST Super Stocks. Austyn Fugle lost the handle in his 36 machine off of turn two on the green race track. Lippa continued to pull away from the field but no one was able to make an attempt to pass the 2009 speedway champion. Lippa led all 25 laps with Phil Alhardt Jr finishing in second and Mike Chenaille came home in third. 

Tommy Catalano and Kevin Grom were on the front row for the start of the 20 lap 4 Cylinder feature with Catalano taking advantage of his front row starting spot and he led every single lap to take his first career win on the 1/3rd mile bullring. Action all over the speedway but nobody had a series challenge for the 14 year old from Ontario as Catalano would cross the line first with Charles Buchanan in second followed by Kevin Grom.

Jason Eck picked up the win in the Mini Cup division in his first start in the division. “Nice job after getting the car last Thursday (May 6th)” said Eck in victory lane while being interviewed by Jim Majchrzak. Kennedy White was second in her best career finish at the Bullring and Daniel Majchrzak coming in third.

Next Friday night, the SST Super Stocks will take center stage as they will run the first extra distance race of the season in a 50 lap affair. The SST Modifieds, 4 Cylinders and the Mini Cups will round out the racing card on FOAR SCORE Club night. For more information, you can call the speedway office at 585-237-2580 or you can visit WCIS on the world wide web at

American Racer Tire Presents Opening Night 2010 – Official Results
SST Modifieds: ANDY JANKOWIAK, John Barber, John Julicher Jr., Dick Kluth, Patrick Emerling, Scott Reece, Brad Mosher, Joe Evans, Greg Utberg, Jim Love, Bill Romasser, Amy Catalano, Ed Schueler (DNS)

SST Super Stock: BOBBY LIPPA JR., Phil Alhardt Jr., Mike Chenaille, Austyn Fugle, Jeremy Gray, Brian Gordon (DQ), Brad Collings (DNS)

4 Cylinders: TOMMY CATALANO, Charles Buchanan, Kevin Grom, Erik Hastreiter, Daniel Majchrzak, Vic Cordova, Chris Wolcott, Bob Bogner

Mini Cups: JASON ECK, Kennedy White, Daniel Majchrzak, Robbie Micoli

Friday, May 14, 2010

Its Race Night Tonight: Opening Night at WCIS

Its race night tonight in Perry,NY as the Wyoming County International Speedway opens its doors for the 2010 racing season. Last week was suppost to be the lid-lifter but Mother Nature had other ideas. But tonight, great racing will be had as the mighty SST Modifieds, SST Super Stocks, 4 cylinders and the Mini Cups all attempt to win the first race of the 2010 campaign at the historic 1/3rd mile Bullring.

Defending track champions John Barber (SST Modified), Brian Johnson (4 cylinders) and Michelle Becker (Mini Cups) are back in their title defenses. Bobby Lippa Jr. (SST Super Stocks) will be moving up this season to a SST Modified but he will also be running the Super for a limited schedule this season.

The champs will all have some top notch competition this season. The 4 cylinders always have a tough field and a name that isn’t new to the racing world is however new to the speedway is Tommy Catalano. Tommy is the oldest son of Amy and Dave Catalano and Tommy will be campaigning in the 4 cylinder division weekly. Amy will also be competing at the Bullring on a regular basis in the SST Modifieds. Amy is the defending SST Modified Tour Champion. There are new faces and old faces but in new places this season as Austyn Fugle has moved up into the Superstocks.

Opening night is also Meet the Drivers Night as fans are welcomed to come onto the speedway and get up close and personal with the cars and the stars that make the Bullring their Friday Night home. Also, the SST Angels will be on hand to get photos taken with the fans as well.

Race time is set for 7:30pm with the pit gates opening at 3:00 and the grandstands will open at 5:00 pm. For more information, you can log on to or you can call either the speedway office at 585-237-2580 or the race day line at 585-237-2510.