According to a post on the Race of Champions Facebook page, the annual Tommy Druar/Tony Jankowiak Memorial 110 scheduled for Saturday, August 16th at Elegant Builders Raceway Park in Lancaster has been postponed. Discussions are underway for a possible rescheduling of the date.
Per the release on the RoC Facebook page:
On Sunday night Elegant Builders Raceway Park Track Operator Ralph Galluzzi released a statement that said the speedway was ending Stock Car racing effective immediately at the popular Western New York facility. This announcement would directly affect two Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Tour events including this Saturday’s scheduled race.
Race of Champions Director Andrew Harpell commented, “Upon hearing the news on Sunday night we immediately had conversations with our staff and race officials regarding the tracks decision.” He added, “We cancelled our plans on tire inventory for our race teams and unfortunately it didn’t take long for several of our staff to make other plans for this upcoming weekend.”
On Monday the loyal Western New York race fans rallied through social media hoping that the event could still be held this Saturday. Harpell commented, “By Monday we felt that in was in the best interest of our teams, fans and staff not to change course again in such a short time span. Unfortunately negative news travels much faster than good news in this day and age and many of our teams and myself felt that it would too big of an obstacle to try and make this event work after the Sunday night statement.”
Harpell remarked, “I personally spoke with Ralph Galluzzi on Monday and I’m encouraging him to reschedule this race at a later date. I know the importance of the annual Tommy/Tony event and my feeling is that we should put all our collective efforts together to come up with another date and make this event turn out in a way that would make everyone proud.”
Lastly Harpell stated, “Ralph has always met every obligation with us in the past and we are confident that we can put something together that will benefit the great fans of the area, all of the weekly and traveling teams.”
RoC officials and track officials are collectively working to try and make another date workable for everyone involved. We will certainly announce a potential date if and when that becomes available.”
At this time, the end of the stock car program will also affect the U.S. Open scheduled for September; the RoC Mods were also scheduled to race at this event.
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