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Ransomville Speedway Crowns Champions at Awards Banquet

RANSOMVILLE, NY (November 11, 2017) The Ransomville Speedway closed out the 2017 season with the annual Awards Banquet at the Lewiston #2 Fire Hall. Track announcer Rick Mooney served as the Master of Ceremonies. 

For the third consecutive season, The Ransomville Renegade Ryan Susice from Ransomville, NY was once again sitting at the head table for winning the Krown Undercoating 358 Modified track championship. Erick Rudolph, Pete Bicknell, Jeff McGinnis and Scott Kerwin rounded out the top five in points. Rudolph visited victory lane three times in 2017, with Bicknell and Jesse Cotriss with two wins each. Alan Wills, Tommy Flannigan, Jeff McGinnis and Susice all visited victory lane on one occasion.

For the second straight season, Tonawanda, NYs Matt Farnham once again took home the championship trophy for the Investors Service Sportsman. James Henry finished 43 points behind Farnham for the title. Derek Wagner, Greg Martin, and Brett Senek completed the top five in points. Farnham, Wagner, Martin, Senek, Chris Burek, Kevin Wills, Dave DiPietro, Derrick Borkenhagen, Jim Harbison, Jonathan Reid and Justin McKay all visited KiPo Chevrolet victory lane.

Second-generation driver Jake Stefanski from North Tonawanda, NY won his first career KiPo Chevrolet Street Stock Championship. Jake edged out his Uncle Pete Stefanski by a slim eight points to win the title. Brandon Sherwood, Ken Camidge, and divisional rookie Mike Kramarz rounded out the top five in points. Jake Stefanski, Pete Stefanski, Brandon Sherwood, Ken Camidge, Jaren Israel, Billy Bleich Jr and Ryan Hoolihan visited victory lane.

For the third time in the last four seasons, Niagara Falls, NY driver Chris Leone was crowned the 2017 Gippsters Collision 4 Banger Champion. Cole Susice, Chad Desso, Ashley Harbison-Blech and Brendan OKeefe finished second through fifth in points respectively. Leone, Susice, Desso, Blech, Matt Hornquist, Ryan Plante and Anthony Guthrie visited victory lane.

Second-generation driver Cameron Tuttle from Wilson, NY claimed the Stevensons Hardware Novice Sportsman title. Tuttle edged out Kyle Wendt by six points to clinch the title. Robbie Johnston, Bubby Pawlak, and David Fingerlow completed the top five in points. Tuttle, Wendt, Johnston, Pawlak, and Fingerlow all went to victory lane.

The Most Popular Drivers for 2017 as voted by the fans in the souvenir program were Ryan Susice, Dave DiPietro, Pat Dell and Ken Camidge, Ashley Harbison-Blech and Cameron Tuttle. The Best Appearing Car Award went to Erick Rudolph, Chris Burek, Chris Dziomba, Cole Susice and Bubby Pawlak in the 358 Modifieds, Sportsman, Street Stocks, 4 Bangers and Novice Sportsman respectively.

The Rookie of the Year Award went to Jesse Cotriss in the 358 Modifieds. After a successful rookie season, Derek Wagner was the Rookie of the Year in the Sportsman. That Guy Mike Kramarz and Brandon Potter were named Rookies of the Year in the Street Stocks and 4 Bangers respectively. The Hard luck award went to John Smith, Brett Martin, Brian Monahan, and Howard Guthrie. The Most Improved Driver Award went to Allan Wills, Brett Senek, Chris Dziomba and Chad Desso.

The Trevor Wilkens Hard Charger Award went to Sportsman Driver Matt Farnham. The Pat Spina Mechanic of the Year award went to Charlie Farnham, father of Sportsman champion Matt Farnham. The Owner of the Year went to John Susice. The Performance Award went to Jake Stefanski. Chris Leone was the recipient of the Ray MacIver Sportsmanship Award. Ransomville Modified Champion Ryan Susice was named Driver of the Year.

In Special events at Ransomville, Tim Schaffer won the return visit by the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Cars. Super Matt Matt Sheppard was victorious in the Summer Nationals for the Big Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series. Steve Collins and Chuck Hebing won the visits by the Patriot Sprint Tour.

More than 300 truckloads of new clay will be added to the racing surface last week and will be worked in and ready to go for the 2018 Test, Tune and Time. Ransomville Speedway General Manager Jenn Martin addressed the crowd on hand discussing the plans for the 2018 season at the Big R. The Modifieds and Sportsman will once again be under the DIRTcar Northeast banner. Rules meetings for the 4 Bangers and Street Stocks will be announced in the near future to discuss any possible rule changes. Stay tuned to the website and the tracks social media pages for dates and times. 

 

 

 

 

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The State of the Hangover 150 at Ransomville Speedway

RANSOMVILLE, NY (November 13, 2017) With the 2017 racing season in the rear-view mirror, the 2018 season is right around the corner as the track crew and speedway management is working hard and looking forward to what 2018 has to offer. The traditional start of the season has always been the Hangover, but in 2018 that will not be the case as the event will not be taking place.

The track crew has been busy dumping so far 27 truckloads of new clay to the racy Ransomville surface. In total, nearly 300 truckloads of clay will be laid down. We are waiting for more good days to come to continue to lay down the new clay on the track states Ransomville Speedway General Manager Jenn Martin.  With the laying of the new clay, we are getting the track surface ready for an amazing 2018 season, Martin said. We had a great end to 2017 and are very excited for 2018 and having a great racing surface for our drivers Martin added.

The tradition of the Hangover has lasted nearly two decades, says Ransomville Speedway Public Relations Director Steven Petty. With the addition to the new clay that has been laid down on the track over the past couple weeks, we are making sure that we have the best surface for our drivers, so in turn they can put on a great show for the best race fans in Western New York and Southern Ontario each, and every Friday night Petty added.

For upcoming announcements regarding the 2018 racing season, make sure to follow Ransomville Speedway on social media as well as the website, ransomvillespeedway.com

 

 

 

 

 

Three Sportsman Veterans Moving Up to the 358 Modifieds

RANSOMVILLE, NY (October 24, 2017) Three veterans of the Investors Service Sportsman division have plans on moving up into the Krown Undercoating 358 Modifieds at the Ransomville Speedway in 2018. Matt Farnham, Greg Martin and Mike Williams have all indicated that they are moving up to join the field of one of the toughest 358 Modified fields in the Northeast. 

Two-time and defending Investors Service Sportsman champion Matt Farnham from Tonawanda, NY is one of three drivers who are making the jump up to the Krown Undercoating Modifieds. Getting seat time is important, especially in moving up classes Farnham said. We will be at Ransomville Fridays, either Merrittville or Fulton on Saturdays and Utica Rome on Sundays when I can. Its going to be a big learning curve but we have a lot of support going into next year Farnham added. If we can pick up a few wins, that would be great but we need to finish races and I think having a top five in points would be a good goal for us.

Hot Wheels Greg Martin from Youngstown, NY is joining Farnham in the premier division at the Big R. Ransomville has a stacked field of 358 drivers, some of the best in the business, hall of fame drivers and future hall of famers Martin explained. I hope to learn from them and become a better racer.

The Wegner W-16 motor is making Modified racing more affordable in the Northeast. The Niagara Region got introduced with that motor a couple of years ago as Billy Dunn drove a car owned by Randy Slack, that has a W-16 motor at the Merrittville Speedway. The introduction of the W-16 Motor really opened the door for us Martin said. We always thought of ourselves as a life-long Sportsman team, but with my years in this sport winding down, we decided to make the move Martin added.

For seasoned veteran Mike Williams from the Tuscarora Nation, being competitive is his season goal as he completes the trio of drivers moving up to the 358 Modifieds in 2018. I would like to be competitive and finish all the races. To get a win would be a bonus.

Farnham, Martin, and Williams are just three drivers that so far have committed to move up to the Modifieds. With their knowledge and career resumes, all three have what it takes to find victory lane in their rookie seasons.

 

 

 

 

Attention all Drivers!

Attention all drivers using VP Fuel, we just received a call from New York State, and we wanted to inform you that they may come to Speedway to check on your fuel. You can NOT be using any VP Fuel containing MTBE.
 

Here is the excerpt from NYS:
Section 192-g. Methyl tertiary butyl ether; prohibited. * (Effective January 1, 2004)
 

1. For the purposes of this section, "gasoline" shall mean any fuel sold for use in motor vehicles and motor vehicle engines, and commonly or commercially known or sold as gasoline.
 

2. No person shall import into, or sell, dispense or offer for sale any gasoline which contains methyl tertiary butyl ether.
 

3. Any person who violates the provisions of this section shall be liable for a civil penalty of not less than five hundred dollars nor more than ten thousand dollars.

We were advised that VP stopped selling this last year but if anyone purchased/purchases Fuel in Canada or another state they could still be selling it.  Ransomville does NOT want to see anyone get fined so we are advising you of this as soon as we were made aware. Any questions please call the speedway at 716-791-3602 or message us personally thru the webpage.