BILLY DECKER POCKETS $5200 WITH WIN IN THE BATTLE AT THE BORDER 75 AT RANSOMVILLE SPEEDWAY;
CODY MCPHERSON WINS GRIT SPORTSMAN SERIES; MIKE SHORT CAPTURES SS VICTORY
Ransomville, NY Wednesday, July 1st, 2015 The first of two mid-week shows was held last Wednesday at the Big R. Waste Management and Budweiser played host to the 6th annual Battle at the Border featuring a 75 lap $5200 to win Big Block/Small Block Shoot-out plus the Grit Sportsman Series and Ki-Po Chevrolet Street Stocks. The Whos who of DIRTcar Modified racing were in the house with a total of 36 entries enjoyed in the head-lining class. Another 32 Sportsman helped make the annual affair a successful one! In excess of $35,000 in cash and prizes were distributed to the Modified competitors.
Billy Decker of Unadilla, NY captured the win in the Battle at the Border 75 and became the third different winner in the six year history of the event. Using lapped traffic to his advantage, Decker would catch leader Matt Sheppard on lap fifty-nine and take over the point position. Decker immediately pulled away from the remainder of the field to claim the win aboard his Gypsum sponsored, John and Laura Wight owned #91. Sheppard and Tommy Flannigan pulled in on the rear bumper of Decker in the final two circuits bringing fans to their feet. Sheppard would take a look on the high side as the trio came off turn four but it would Decker hanging on for the win. Sheppard, Flannigan, Scott Kerwin, and Randy Chrysler rounded out the top five.
Cody McPherson took the lead away from Kevin Wills on an early race restart to claim the point position in the thirty lap Grit Sportsman Series event. Piloting his McPherson Trucking sponsored #7, McPherson picked up his first win of the year at the Big R. McPherson is a regular weekly competitor for the first time in his racing career and is proving to be quite competition. Cody currently also sits in the top five in points aboard the Investors Services Sportsman class. Chris Burek enjoyed his best finish of the season in second followed by Greg Martin, Mike Williams, and Gary Lindberg. A total of thirty-two sportsman entered the pits with twenty-four taking the initial green. Rocky the flying squirrel Warner made his first visit to the Western New York facility. Unfortunately a broken shock tower would send him pitside early resulting in a twelfth place finish.
Mike Short of North Tonawanda, NY took top honors in the Ki-Po Chevrolet Street Stock feature main. Short took the lead early on in the fifteen lap event and held off persistent challenges by Brandon Sherwood in the closing laps. Sherwood, Alex Morris, Mark Loveland, and Jaren Israel rounded out the top five.
Bonus Award Winners;
One Zee Tee Heat 1 Winner Chad Brachmann - $100
One Zee Tee Heat 2 Winner Stewart Friesen - $100
Ted Groenewegen Heat 3 Winner Jimmy Phelps - $100
JP Friesen Leasing Heat 4 Winner Matt Sheppard - $100
On the Rocks Fishing Charters 1st American to Cross the Line $100 Billy Decker
Tangled Yoga& Active Wear 1st Canadian to Cross the Line $100 Tommy Flannigan
Eds Garage Hard Charger - $100 Mike Bowman
Super Gen Products 1st Ransomville Regular to Cross the Line 7000/9000 Generator Tommy Flannigan
Super Gen Products 1st Small Block to Cross the Line 7000/9000 Generator Scott Kerwin
Guaranteed Hurricane 100 Spot Matt Sheppard
Guaranteed Outlaw 200 Spot Billy Decker
Guaranteed SDS Five Mile Point Spot Randy Chrysler
Guaranteed Syracuse Small Block Spot Scott Kerwin
Perferred Syracuse Big Block Spot Tommy Flannigan
WASTE MANAGEMENT & BUDWEISER SUMMARY;
BATTLE AT THE BORDER FEATURE FINISH (75) BILLY DECKER, Matt Sheppard, Tommy Flannigan, Scott Kerwin, Randy Chrysler, Stewart Friesen, Tyler McPherson, Chad Brachmann, Erick Rudolph, Mat Williamson, Mike Mahaney, Pete Bicknell, Ricky Richner, Nick Joy, Lance Willix, Kenny Wills, Adam Hilton, Ryan Susice, Danny Johnson, Jimmy Phelps, John Smith, Robbie Krull, Dave Flannigan, Billy Bleich, Gil Tegg, Justin Wright, Jeff McGinnis, Brian Sage, and Scott George. Heat Winners Chad Brachmann, Stewart Friesen, Jimmy Phelps, and Matt Sheppard. VP Fuels Fast Timer Mat Williamson. Consolation Winners Ryan Susice and Brian Sage.
GRIT SPORTSMAN SERIES FEATURE FINISH (30) CODY MCPHERSON, Chris Burek, Greg Martin, Mike Wiliams, Gary Lindberg, Don Spatorico, James Henry, Billy Coleman, Eric Giguere, James Sweeting, Allan Wills, Rocky Warner, Matt Farnham, Dan Heschke, Ricky Newton, Derrick Borkenhagen, Justin Sharp, Jim Harbison, Jesse Cotriss, James Friesen, Kevin Wills, Brett Martin, Zack Sam, and Brett Senek. Heat Winners Cody McPherson, Greg Martin, Chris Burek, and Kevin Wills. Consolation Winner Zack Sam.
KI-PO CHEVROLET STREET STOCK FEATURE FINISH (15) MIKE SHORT, Brandon Sherwood, Alex Morris, Mark Loveland, Jaren Israel, Jesse Johnston, Ricky Washburn, Randy Zimmerman, and Pat Dell. Heat Winners Jesse Johnston and Mark Loveland.
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