2020 Champ, Andy Jankowiak, Wants that Championship Back

Andy Jankowiak lives in Tonawanda, N.Y., not far from Buffalo. Despite being saddled with two large snowstorms in December, his eye has remained focused on getting back to victory lane and being crowned champion in front of a huge Saturday night crowd inside Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall.

In dramatic fashion, Jankowiak won the NAPA KNOW HOW weekend Atlantic City finale in both 2019 and 2020. The excitement of ‘Andy J’ in victory lane was memorable. With his most recent series win in late January of 2020, Jankowiak took the series point lead going into the series finale schedule in Syracuse, N.Y.

Little did Jankowiak or the world know at the time that Covid-19 would soon strike. That resulted in the series finale being cancelled 24 hours before Friday night’s event, after the track had been set-up. Jankowiak drove to the New York State Fairgrounds the next day and was presented with the TC Cup inside the empty building!

In a position to win all three races last year, Jankowiak couldn’t close the deal. He finished second in the Allentown opener a year ago to Ryan Flores. Despite his every effort, he just couldn’t find a way by.

He then tangled while racing for the lead with Erick Rudolph in Atlantic City. At the series finale he got upside down trying to pass Syracuse race leader Ryan Bartlett with three laps left stripping him not only of a sixth series win, but of back-to-back championships.

While the snow had been falling back home, Jankowiak has been reinventing the front suspension on his home- built TQ Midget. If his good fortune returns, will there be a win and another championship in his future this year?

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