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Twin DIRTcar Series Invade Ransomville Speedway July 3
DIRTcar 358-Modified and DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series Ready for Western New York Track
RANSOMVILLE, N. Y. - Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - Race fans on both sides of the Canadian-American border are gearing up to celebrate national holidays at Ransomville Speedway Wednesday, July 3. The DIRTcar 358-Modified Series, joined this year by the DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series, invades the half-mile clay oval for the Battle at the Border presented by Waste Management and FinditQuick.com.
The 75-lap DIRTcar 358-Modified Series feature and 50-lap DIRTcar Sportsman Modified feature, scheduled between Canada Day and America's Independence Day, bring the best competitors from both countries to western New York to battle for the win.
Ransomville racer Erick Rudolph currently sits atop the 358-Modified track point standings at the "Big R," and is ready to take on series competition come July 3.
"We're pretty comfortable with how we've been running," said the 21-year-old small block driver, who has already this season claimed one win and four times in the top three. "We've been pretty consistent."
The Battle at the Border DIRTcar Series races present an extra challenge to the Ransomville regulars in the 358-Modified and Sportsman divisions, with the region's best racers making up the field.
"You get some people you haven't raced against all year, so that takes a little getting used to. Other than that, it's just the same attitude - try and win," said Rudolph, who finished eighth in DIRTcar 358-Modified Series point standings last year and is currently 30th. Of his home track, the No. 25 driver said, "it's a fun track. It's not too big, it's not to small. You get up to a pretty good speed."
Currently, Big-Block Modified star Matt Sheppard, of Waterloo, N. Y., leads the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series point standings after a win at Merrittville Speedway, trailed by Rochester's Danny Johnson in second and Baldwinsville's Jimmy Phelps in third.
In the Sportsman division, the competition is also tough, with local stars Jesse Cotriss, Don Spatorico, and James Michael Friesen set to challenge DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series standouts like points leader Adam Hilton, runner-up Boyd MacTavish, and third-placer Joey Ladouceur for a top spot in the tour.
Pit and grandstand gates open at 4:30 p.m. and racing starts at 7:15 p.m. for the Fourth Annual Battle at the Border Wednesday, July 3. Adult general admission is $25, senior citizens are $20, kids 2 to 12 are $10, and kids 7 and under receive FREE entry. For more information about the event, visit www.ransomvillespeedway.com or call (716) 791-3602.
For the latest news and updates about the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series and the DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series, visit the DIRTcar Racing website at www.dirtcarump.com, follow @DIRTcarNE on Twitter, or like the "DIRTcar Racing" Facebook page.
AT A GLANCE:
Waste Management and FindItQuick.com present:
Fourth Annual Battle at the Border featuring twin DIRTcar Series events
Divisions: DIRTcar 358-Modified Series (75 laps, $5,000-to-win); DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series (50 laps, $1,000-to-win)
Date: Wednesday, July 3
Time: Gates open at 4:30 p.m., racing starts at 7:15 p.m.
Where: Ransomville Speedway, 2315 Braley Road, Ransomville, N. Y. 14131
About the Track: Half-mile clay oval
For more information: www.ransomvillespeedway.com or (716) 791-3602.
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BRETT MARTIN, JAREN ISRAEL, JIM STONE AND AUSTIN SUSICE TAKE WINS AT RANSOMVILLE
Ransomville, NY – Friday, May 10, 2013 Ransomville Speedway battled the weather all day last Friday trying their best to beat mother nature. A dismal forecast proved wrong through-out the day as rain subsided by noon. Unfortunately it would make a return during the Investor’s Services Sportsman main and bring the race night to a close. The Investor’s Services Sportsman was over half way and therefore complete while the Mighty Taco Modified main was held over until Friday, May 17th making it a double feature main for the head-lining class. A total of ninety-seven cars filled the pit area for Johnston’s Restaurant night at the Big R.
Brett Martin of Burt, NY emerged the victor aboard the twenty-five lap Investor’s Services Sportsman main event. By virtue of a tough feature finish the week prior, Martin found himself on the front row for the start of the feature. Martin would not waste any time as he took the lead at the drop of the green and held it through lap nineteen when mother nature opened up the skies. Martin would be awarded the win followed by Adam Hilton, Bobby Winters, Jesse Cotriss, and Justin Sharp. For Hilton – it was his best finish of his career at the Big R as he makes the Big R home for Friday nights in 2013.
Jaren Israel of Wilson, NY debuted a brand new hot rod aboard the Ki-Po Chevrolet Streetstock division last Friday and proved it was as fast as it looked as he captured the win in the twenty lap main. Israel inherited the lead on lap eighteen when current leader Brian Lonneville suffered mechanical woes. Israel would hold Mike Greenawalt at bay and collect his first win of the season. Greenawalt enjoyed his best finish of the season in second followed by Webb Nashwinter, Pat Dell, and Jason Meyers. Cliff Brucker led the early going prior to suffering handling issues on lap four. Getting caught up in the mishap was Mike Short.
Jim Stone of Ransomville, NY took top honors aboard the twelve lap FinditQuick.com Fireball main event. Stone took the lead away from Anthony Hermanson when Hermanson suddenly slowed on lap seven with mechanical woes. Stone had to contend with fellow Ransomville Fireman Jim Harbison who was glued to his bumper through the final half of the main. Pulling side by side with a pair of laps remaining, the pair gave fans their monies worth as they battled for position. The defending champion would hang on and take the win over Harbison, Zack Sam, Chris Lederhouse, and Chris Leone. Leone was piloting a borrowed car from Jason Fuller after suffering mechanical difficulties in his #62 during qualifying.
Pat OKeefe took another wild ride aboard his #77 machine. While battling with Jim Stone and Jim Harbison, OKeefe made contact with the turn one concrete wall on lap three resulting in OKeefe going up and over. While OKeefe emerged a-okay, the same couldn’t be said for his racer. As many will remember, OKeefe flipped a total of five times two weeks prior at test, tune, and time.
Austin Susice of Ransomville, NY captured the win in the twelve lap Gippster’s Collision 4 Banger feature main. Susice took the lead away from Jeff York on lap nine and held the remaining distance. Susice battled his cousin Brett Senek along with York through the middle stages. All three drivers would be credited with leading a lap as they put on a great show for the fans. With Susice in command, the battle on the track was for second between Senek and York. Contact was made with a pair of laps remaining sending them both to the back of the pack. Opening night’s winner Jose Torres came home in second followed by Mike Hossfeld, Corey OKeefe, and Eric Tupper. Both Susice and Senek are graduates of the go-kart ranks and have adapted to the big track quickly.
Coming up next week is a Full Card of Mighty Taco Modified’s. Investor’s Services Sportsman, Ki-Po Chevrolet Streetstocks, FinditQuick.com Fireballs, and Gippster’s Collision 4 Bangers. The first extra distance event of the season will take place on Friday, May 24th as the Mighty Taco Modified’s kick off the Holiday weekend with a fifty lap special. A full schedule and more can be found at www.ransomvillespeedway.com.
MIGHTY TACO MODIFIEDS FEATURE FINISH – Delayed until May 17th. Heat Winner’s – Brian Sage and John Smith.
INVESTOR’S SERVICES SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH – BRETT MARTIN, Adam Hilton, Bobby Winters, Jesse Cotriss, Justin Sharp, James Friesen, Scott George, Nate Reynolds, Don Spatorico, Matt Farnham, Greg Martin, Boyd MacTavish, Kevin Wills, Chris Burek, Billy Coleman, Phil Vigneri III, James Zimmerman, Allan Wills, Mike Williams, Derrick Borkenhagen, James Henry, and Bob Morrison. Heat Winner’s – Justin Sharp, Brett Martin, and Adam Hilton.
KI-PO CHEVROLET STREETSTOCK FEATURE FINISH – JAREN ISRAEL, Mike Greenawalt, Webb Nashwinter, Pat Dell, Jason Meyers, Alex Morris, Mike Short, Jesse Johnston, Neil Pafk, Kyle Wendt, Sean Letts, Ken Camidge, Andrew Neiderhoffer, Ryan Stephenson, Cliff Brucker, Cliff Gregg III, Brian Lonneville, and Austin Hauser. Heat Winner’s –Mike Short and Sean Letts.
FINDITQUICK.COM FIREBALL FEATURE FINISH – JIM STONE, Jim Harbison, Zack Sam, Chris Lederhouse, Chris Leone, Dave Dussault, Ashley Harbison, Anthony Hermanson, Matt Hartsock, and Pat OKeefe. Heat Winner – Anthony Hermanson.
GIPPSTER’S COLLISION 4 BANGER FEATURE FINISH – AUSTIN SUSICE, Jose Torres, Mike Hossfeld, Corey OKeefe, Eric Tupper, Ken Washburn III, Eugene Washburn, Camille Fuller, Brian Monahan Jr., Brendan OKeefe, Howard Guthrie, Chris Miller, Mike Pahl, Brett Senek, Jeff York, Randy Chrysler Jr., Ryan Plante, Chris Lammerts, Mike Kramarz, Zack Nash, Brett Rowles, Todd Edsell, and Kyle Sharkey. Heat Winner’s – Kyle Sharkey and Brett Senek.
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