Tommy Catalano, along with family and crew celebrate in victory lane after winning the Sportsman feature event. (Steve Petty Photo)

Catalano Is Lancaster Sportsman Victor

LANCASTER, N.Y. — Tommy Catalano was declared the winner of the Monroe Extinguisher Sportsman main event to headline the Saturday night portion of U.S. Open Weekend at Lancaster Motorplex.

For Catalano, it was his second win at the U.S. Open.

Andy Jankowiak and Tony Hanbury were on the front row for the 50-lap feature event, with Jankowiak ahead of Skora and Hanbury. Jake Lutz would start to move up through the field at the start of the main event, as Lutz, started 13th on the grid, was already up to seventh on lap seven.

Jankowiak and Skora would pull away from the field and entered lap traffic early in the main event. The battle for third place was steady for the first half of the race, with Shawn Nye moving into third place on lap 20, with Lutz and Catalano moving into fourth and fifth, espectively.

While in lap traffic, Skora would catch Jankowiak and the battle was on for the lead. The red flag would come out on lap 31 with a multi-car incident, involving Trevor Catalano, Chris Pennell, John Barber and Tim Garlock.

On the restart, Lutz would battle with Skora for second, allowing Jankowiak to take the lead. Tommy Catalano would battle with Skora for third place on lap 33, with Nye regaining fourth place from Skora on lap 34. Lutz would catch Jankowiak on lap 35 and would battle with Jankowiak for the lead.

Lutz would take the lead away from Jankowiak with two laps remaining after using the bumper to get Jankowiak loose.  Lutz would cross the line in first place but was penalized for rough riding. Lutz would then be disqualified for failing to stop for tire durometer reading postrace, giving the win to Catalano. 

Tommy Krawczyk won the New York Super Stock Series event, his second U.S. Open title since 2020. Dan Kapuscinski won the inaugural visit by the Small Block Super Championship Series for Small Block Supermodifieds. Dave Wollaber scored the Mighty TQ Midget feature for his eighth win in the U.S. Open.

David Brunka was the Rusty Diamond Cores 4 Cylinder feature event winner to claim his first U.S. Open victory.  

Feature Finish (50 Laps)

TOMMY CATALANO, Shawn Nye, Andy Jankowiak, George Skora III, Tony Hanbury, Chris Finocchario, Trevor Catalano, Andy Lewis Jr, John Wilbur, Jake Vernon, Tom MacLeod, Alan Bookmiller, Timmy Lewis, Dave Kozlowski, Mason Hanel, Jonathan Reid, Chris Pennell, Andrew Cook, Jerry Boerman, Brian Schulz, Chris Ridsdale, Tim Nies, Paul Townsend, Mike Fiebelkorn Jr, John Barber, Tim Garlock, Jerry Gradl Jr, Jake Lutz (DQ)