Jankowiak Opens RoC Asphalt Modified Series Season with Win at Chemung Speedrome

CHEMUNG, NY – Andy Jankowiak of Buffalo, N.Y., collected his 7th career Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series victory on Saturday afternoon at Chemung (N.Y.) Speedrome after a strong performance and survival of the “Lid Lifter” 75.

Jankowiak had a spirited battle with Tyler Rypkema of Owego, N.Y., finally wrestling the lead away from Rypkema on lap 46 and surviving several restarts to claim the victory.

“We had a good day. Tom and Erin McGrath and Bud Dreher, this whole team, gave me a great car,” began Jankowiak in victory lane. “It became a survival race. Tyler (Rypkema) and I battled on several restarts and we were finally able to get by him. It feels good to start the year off this way.”

Jankowiak, who started 9th, patiently worked his way through the field and avoided multiple incidents before getting to second and battling Rypkema on several restarts before being able to gain the top spot. Jankowiak was able to fend off all challenges in the closing laps of the race.

Zack Curren of Horseheads, N.Y., a weekly Chemung racer, finished second with Bryan Sherwood of Binghamton, N.Y., finishing third after recovering from multiple pit stops to finish third.




Zane Zeiner of Bath, Pa., finished fourth and Matt Hirschman of Northampton, Pa., rounded out the top-five after having a hectic back and forth day.

Sherwood posted the Speed51.com “Top of the Board” overall fast time in group time trials with a lap of 14.709 with an average speed of 91781 mph.

Mike Leaty of Williamson, N.Y.; Rypkema; Zane Zeiner of Bath, Pa., and Chuck Hossfeld of Ransomville, N.Y., won the qualifying races.

Bob Bogner of Orchard Park, N.Y., scored his first-ever Race of Champions Four Cylinder Dash Series victory. Bogner had a hard fought battle with Jacob Gustafson of Webster, N.Y., during the final stages of the race swapping the lead back and forth, with Bogner eventually being able to work around a lapped car and drive to victory lane. Gustafson finished second with Dan Dressel of Clarence, N.Y., finishing third.

Bogner and Joey Bevacqua of Penfield, N.Y., won the qualifying races.

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Feature Finish

“Lid Lifter 75” (75-laps)

Chemung Speedrome, Chemung, N.Y.

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

Finish

1

Starting Position

9

No.

12x

Name

Andy Jankowiak

Laps

75

2

3

94

Zack Curren

3

12

95

Bryan Sherwood

4

4

0

Zane Zeiner

5

10

60

Matt Hrischman

6

19

72

TJ Potrzebowski

7

1

32

Tyler Rypkema

8

21

8

Chris Finnachario

9

11

3

Daren Scherer

10

16

65

George Skora, III

11

17

88

Scott Wylie

12

15

10

Daryl Lewis, Jr.

13

2

25

Mike Leaty

14

14

27

Donny Hartzell

15

23

40

Jake Rought

16

24

19

Austin Beers

17

18

48

Owen Bednasz

73 Running

18

7

45

Eric Beers

66 Accident

19

6

22

Chuck Hossfeld

38 Accident

20

5

2

Kevin Miller

33 Accident

21

13

5

Kyle Ebersole

29 Accident

22

20

53

Brian Defebo

25 Mechanical

23

8

66

Austin Kochenash

17 Mechanical

24

22

1

Chris Risdale

16 Accident

25

25

59

Karl Hehr

15 Mechanical

26

26

17c

Ken Canestrari

DNS Retired

Time of Race: 1 hour 9 minutes & 37 seconds Average Speed: 24.240 mph Margin of Victory: 1.095 seconds Lead Changes: 11 among 3 drivers. [25, Mike Leaty] 1-1, [32, Tyler Rypkema] 2-4, [25, Mike Leaty] 5-5, [32, Tyler Rypkema] 6-23, [22, Chuck Hossfeld], 24-24, [32, Tyler Rypkema], 25-28, [22, Chuck Hossfeld], 29-29, [32, Tyler Rypkema] 30-33, [12x, Andy Jankowiak] 34-34, [32, Tyler Rypkema] 35-45, [12x, Andy Jankowiak] 46-75

Speed51.com “Top of the Board” Award; Bryan Sherwood (14.709 seconds @ 91.781 mph)

Dirt Track Qualifying Race Winners; Mike Leaty; Tyler Rypkema; Zane Zeiner; Chuck Hossfeld

US Army Top Performer Award; Mike Leaty (14.236 seconds @94.830mph)

Wilwood Engineering Certificate Award (5th Place) – Matt Hirschman

MyRacePass “Free Pass” Award – (No Eligible Driver, No “Free Pass” Given during race”)

Feature Finish

Race of Champions Four Cylinder Dash Series

Lid Lifter (25-laps) Chemung Speedrome, Chemung, N.Y.

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

Finish

1

Starting Position

5

No.

30

Name

Bob Bogner

2

1

66

Jacob Gustafson

3

3

09

Dan Dressel

4

4

37ny

Josh Schosek

5

6

32ny

Bob Palmer

6

10

75

Mark Taylor

7

7

2

Tyler Harbst

8

8

0

DJ Shaw

9

14

04

Alex Browne

10

9

14

Allison Montgomery

11

11

11

Adam Killingbeck

12

12

11

Brett Bardette

13

2

41

Joe Bevacqua

14

13

89

Jody London

Qualifying Race 1; Bob Bogner – Qualifying Race 2; Joe Bevacqua