Tuesday, September 20, 2005

PMRA Shootout at Lancaster: Pro Modified Racing Association Champion to be decided in final event for 2005

Courtesy Bruce F. Mehlenbacher

September 20, 2005 – CAYUGA, ON – With the postponed Pro Modified Racing Association, www.ProModifiedRacing.com (PMRA) race at Lancaster Motorsports Park rescheduled for October 14, this event could be the most important in the first year of the series.

At present Joe Lilienthal and his Jeep lead the standings with 1640 points going into Lancaster. But if Larry Sinke shows up at Lancaster, he will be given 200 points for attendance, which will put him only 20 points behind the Kenmore, NY leader. Sinke, of Welland, ON, did not get to Lancaster August 19, but Lilienthal did show up and was given the attendance points, something he will not get again October 14.

Both PMRA drivers have a win to their credit. Lilienthal won the Luskville event, and Sinke captured the race at Skyview Drags, both victories on eighth-mile tracks. And both drivers have taken runner-up spots, Sinke at Luskville, and Lilienthal at the second Toronto Motorsports Park race.

Other event winners include Carl Spiering of Jordan Station, ON, who won the opening round at TMP, and Medina, NY’s Mike Stawicki, who won the recent TMP race over the Labor Day weekend.

Behind Lilienthal in the standings is the Grainy Brothers Beretta with Jack Grainy of North Tonawanda, NY, with 1500 points. Tied for third is Dave Earhart of Strathroy, ON, with his ’02 Camaro, and Kasey Janzen of St. Catharines, ON, with his Lumina. Both drivers have 1440 points. And Sinke and his ’67 Nova of Hammer Racing rounds out the top five in the 22-car field with 1420 points.

Other New Yorkers scheduled to compete include Mark Mitchell of East Otto in his wild-looking “Rude Stude” Pro Modified, and Medina’s Mike Stawicki new G-Force Race Cars Inc. built 1967 Camaro.

The New Yorkers will face some other heavy competition from Southern Ontario at Lancaster, including Smokin’ Joe Boniferro of Niagara Falls in his Avenger and Bruce Boland of Hamilton and his Corvette.

Qualifying is scheduled for 5:00 p.m., 6:15 p.m., and 7:30 p.m., with eliminations to start at 8:45 p.m.

Lancaster has a long tradition in motorsports. With both a drag strip and a paved oval track, Lancaster has presented the best in racing to fans of Western New York and Southern Ontario.

Lancaster Motorsports Park, situated in Clarence, New York, is a one-eighth mile drag strip under International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) sanctioning.

For information about Lancaster Motorsports Park call 1.716.759.6818 (Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET) or visit online at www.LancasterRacing.com.

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