Andy Jankowiak Remains Committed To Winchester 200 At Monadnock Speedway

Andy Jankowiak (Photo: Holland Motorsports Complex/Jacob French)

Andy Jankowiak (Photo: Holland Motorsports Complex/Jacob French)

There are plenty of questions about who will be in the pits and who won’t on Saturday at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, N.H. for the inaugural Winchester 200 Open Modified event.

Andy Jankowiak says there’s no questioning where he’ll be.

The Tonawanda, N.Y. driver said Wednesday he remains steadfast in his commitment to running the event at Monadnock, which is being sanctioned by Gary Knight’s upstart Modified Touring Series.

Jankowiak is one of a few drivers who compete regularly with the Race of Champions Modified Tour. That series had an event postponed April 17 at Lancaster (N.Y.) National Speedway, which will be made up Saturday, in conflict with the Winchester 200.

Matt Hirschman of Northampton, Pa. said Wednesday he is unsure if he will be competing at Monadnock and said he is waiting until Thursday to make a decision. It’s unclear if Chuck Hossfeld of Ransomville, N.Y. still intends to run at Monadnock.

“Our main focus is always the ROC and we love to support them guys, but the race that’s running is a makeup event, and we’re already entered into the Monadnock race, so we’re going to stay with the original plan and go with the Monadnock race,” Jankowiak said. “I think a couple of guys are going to go back to Lancaster. It hurts to miss Lancaster. It’s 10 minutes from my house, I grew up there, but we’re entered into the Monadnock race so we’re going to that.”

Jankowiak said passing up the chance to run a $15,000 to win event like the Winchester 200 is not easy.

“It’s a wonderful thing,” Jankowiak said. “The asphalt guys, we watch [dirt racers] like Stewart Friesen running around collecting all these big paychecks and we are green with envy. It’s cool to race for a big purse. I hope the event is successful and I hope there’s more just like it.”

Jankowiak has one career start at Monadnock, a seventh place in a Tri-Track Open Modified Series event at last year.

“We got to fourth, we were catching the leaders, we had a great car,” Jankowiak said. “We had a caution right at the end and we got caught up in something and lost a few spots and ended up like fifth or sixth. I loved the track. It’s definitely a driver’s track with two distinctly different ends. It’s defeintely a setup imperative track. Me and my car owner and crew chief Ricky Kluth are looing forward to the challenge.”

Jankowiak said his focus for the duration of the 2016 season will be on the Race of Champions Tour.

“Our main focus is always going to be the ROC and supporting [series owner] Joe Skotnicki and their efforts,” Jankowiak said. “They’ve got some big races at the end of the year and there’s a lot of exciting things going on with the ROC.”


  1. Fred Ragers says

    What about Steve Masse? That mofo always drives to the front.

  2. A class move for MTS would be to refund the registered ROC teams who are missing this race because of there makeup race. If you are going to request teams register early you should cut them a break when weather changed schedules.

  3. darealgoodfella says

    NH Mark, this racing thing is a gamble, in many ways. They know it going in.

  4. The same thing is happening across the state in the fendered world. PASS is racing a rescheduled event at Star Saturday night, the same night as the GSPSS opener at WMMP. I noticed a press release that mentioned a bunch of guys who, I anticipate, will be chasing PASS points Saturday instead of going north for the GSPSS race. That’s gotta hurt GSPSS…but what are they supposed to do, reschedule their race because PASS booked a rain date? Racers and fans both are stuck making a choice.

  5. Muddbus461 says

    Really have not heard much hype about this race.

  6. Bill Realist says

    They ran out of money to pay these “news” sites to write stories.

  7. Prater piper says

    Andy Jankowiak is a little girl and so are his racing abilities

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