Ransomville, NY Friday, May 22, 2015 It was a chilly one at the Big R but the racing action was hot as a tacky racing surface greeted drivers and fans providing plenty of side by side racing action.  Sponsors Labatt Blue, Krown Undercoating of Ransomville, and Dig Safely NY presented a $3000 to WIN Modified event along with a full card of Investors Services Sportsman, Ki-Po Chevrolet Street Stocks, Gippsters Collision 4 Bangers, and Van Raine Construction Novice Sportsman. 
               Erick Rudolph of Ransomville, NY took home a cool $3,000 with his win in the fifty lap Modified special.  Rudolph used a move to the inside of Tyler McPherson on lap twenty-four and never looked back aboard his Snyder Industries sponsored #25 machine.  By virtue of his win, Rudolph also extended his points lead in the head-lining division.  McPherson enjoyed a strong second place finish followed by Scott Kerwin, Tommy Flannigan, and Ryan Susice. Several caution flags plagued the twenty-three car field through the first half of the main.
               Jesse Cotriss of Medina, NY won his first of the season aboard the Investors Services Sportsman division this past Friday night.  After battling side by side with James Sweeting for several circuits, Jesse made a move to the inside of the 11j as the pair exited turn two on lap ten to take the lead. The 2013 track champion would maintain the lead through the final circuits of the twenty-five lap main and take the win aboard his Investors Services sponsored #55c.  Chris Burek enjoyed his best finish of the season in second followed by James Michael Friesen, Sweeting, and Greg Martin.
               Jesse Johnston of Ransomville, NY took top honors aboard the twenty lap Ki-Po Chevrolet Street Stock main event.  After suffering a pair of dismal finishes the first two weeks, Johnston found himself with a front row starting position.  Johnston immediately took control of the feature and held off persistent challenges from Brendon Sherwood and Alex Morris.  Johnston was joined trackside with a very happy family and crew.  I would like to thank the sponsors and fans for coming out tonight, commented Johnston.  Johnston does double duty at the speedway as he also serves as the Go-Kart announcer on Thursdays. Sherwood held on to second followed by Morris, Pat Dell, and Mark Loveland. 
               Brendan OKeefe of Youngstown, NY captured his first win of the season in the Gippsters Collision 4 Banger division.  After suffering a wild flip on May 8th that completely destroyed his racer while leading, OKeefe enjoyed a front row starting position for the twelve lap main event.  OKeefe took control at the drop of the green and maintained it the entire distance.  Howard Guthrie, Dave Dussault, Chad Lederhouse, and Ashley Harbison rounded out the top five.
               John Conklin captured his first win in the Van Raine Construction Novice Sportsman division.  Conklin took the lead at the drop of the green and maintained it the entire twelve laps.  Chris Storm, Austin Susice, Anthony Muscato, and Jeff Sonnenberg rounded out the top five.


Labatt Blue, Krown Undercoating of Ransomville & Dig Safely NY Summary;
FINDITQUICK.COM MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH (50) ERICK RUDOLPH, Tyler McPherson, Scott Kerwin, Tommy Flannigan, Ryan Susice, Randy Chrysler, Pete Bicknell, Mike Bowman, Scott George, Steve Schumacher, Rick Richner, Danny Johnson, Brandon Easey, Brian Sage, Chad Brachmann, John Smith, Bill Bleich, Nick Joy, Phil Vigneri Jr., Boyd MacTavish, Kenny Wills, and Jeff McGinnis. Heat Winners Rick Richner, Ryan Susice, and Jeff McGinnis.

INVESTORS SERVICES SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH (25) JESSE COTRISS, Chris Burek, James Michael Friesen, James Sweeting, Greg Martin, James Henry, Mike Williams, Andy Smith, Brett Martin, Justin Sharp, Don Spatorico, Brett Senek, Allan Wills, Jim Zimmerman, Steve Lewis Jr., Dan Heschke, Jim Harbison, Zack Sam, Jim Stone, Kevin Wills, Cody McPherson, and Derrick Borkenhagen. Heat Winners James Henry, Jesse Cotriss, and James Michael Friesen.


KI-PO CHEV ROLET STREET STOCK FEATURE FINISH (20) JESSE JOHNSTON, Brendon Sherwood, Alex Morris, Pat Dell, Mark Loveland, Jaren Israel, Mike Short, Ken Camidge, Pete Simpson, Chase Matteson, Ryan Stephenson, Randy Zimmerman, and Joey Zimmerman. Heat Winners Pat Dell and Jesse Johnston.


GIPPSTERS COLLISION 4 BANGER FEATURE FINISH (12)  BRENDEN OKEEFE, Howard Guthrie, Dave Dussault, Chad Lederhouse, Ashley Harbison, Brian Monahan, Justin McKay, Ryan Plante, Steve Matson, Pat OKeefe, Mike Hossfeld, Chad Desso, Chris Leone, Ryan Hoolihan, Anthony Hermanson, Cole Susice, Brenda Courturiaux, Chuck Cala, and Donald Hermanson.  Heat Winners Howard Guthrie and Brendon OKeefe.


VAN RAINE CONSTRUCTION NOVICE SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH (12) JOHN CONKLIN, Chris Storm, Austin Susice, Anthony Muscato, and Jeff Sonnenberg.  Heat Winner Anthony Muscato.




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Ransomville, NY - Thurdsay, May 21, 2015 - A total of fifty-three entries were enjoyed last Thursday night for the six division Go-Kart program.   In the Novice ranks - the wins went to Austin Zimmerman and Kasey Gosch.   Zimmerman took the lead in the A main and held it the entire ten circuits.  Brenden Wallace, Bo Wrate, Braden James, and Anthony Pearson rounded out the field.  In the B main the win went to Kasey Gosch who made his first start of the season.  Gosch led all ten laps to the checkered ahead of Abby Castile, Brayden Bills, Blake Worchocki, and Jocelyn Just.
    In the Slack Karts Junior I division the win went to Paul Lassman.  Lassman made his season debut and did it in commanding style as he dominated the fifteen lap main.  Will Coble, Jacob Bansmer, Jack Scherrer, and Anthony Pollow rounded out the field.
    In the Coppins Service Center Junior II class - Kyle Phillips collected his third in a row.  Phillips led all fifteen laps ahead of Alexis Bolam and Matt Krull who rounded out the top three.
    Phillips would visit victory lane once again - this time in the Western District Process Services Junior III division.  Phillips took the lead away from Josh Hansen on lap twelve of the fifteen lap main and hold it the rest of the way.  Blake Matjoulis came home in second followed by Hansen, Dylan Duhow, Noah Coppins, Jordan Moden, Trevor Wright, Michael Carmer, Eric Veihdeffer, Randy Giroux, Vincent Chiodo, Kyle Joseph, and Keirstan Farina.
    Alyssa Mullen won her first of the season in the Tim Phillips Garage Senior Lite class.  Mullen took the lead away from Zach Moden on lap five of the fifteen lap event and held it the remaining distance.  Robert Henning, Braden Foley, Moden, Gary Gow III, John Tober, David Henning, Charlotte Booth, James Rogers, Jessica Thursam, and Colin Spatorico rounded out the thirteen kart field.
    The Ed's Garage Senior Heavy win went to Brad Duhow - his second of the season.  Duhow led all fifteen laps and took the win over Jeff Anstett, James Moll, Matthew Viehdeffer, Jeff Chapman, Tim Richmond, Brian Knox, Dave DiPietro, Kyle Podgers, and Ashley Daul.




Ransomville, NY - Wednesday, May 13th - The season in underway here at the Big R Ransomville Speedway.  To date - mother nature has shined brightly on the first three weeks of the season and hopefully will continue this trend.
     On Friday, June 5th the Patriot Sprints will make their first of two appearances at the half mile clay oval in Western New York.  In attendance will include the Modifieds, Investors Services, Ki-Po Chevrolet Street Stocks, and a Gippsters Collision Non-winner event.
     The presenting sponsors for this night include both Johnston's Restaurant and Friends of Ray.  Many remember our past friend Ray MacIver whom lost his life a few years ago.  Ray was a friend to many - a advocate of the support classes such as the Sportsman and Street Stocks.  In Rays honor, Dave Just and family organize this Friends of  Ray night.  The sponsor the event and also put up extra $$ for the Sportsman and Street Stock ranks.  Dave Just and the Friends of Ray are guaranteeing the Sportsman will receive $200 to start with the Street Stocks being guaranteed $25 to start.  Many thanks to Dave Just and everyone involved in this great venture remembering a man very near and dear to the speedway and its many participants.
    The gates will open at 5 pm in the Pits and 6 pm in the Grandstands on June 5th with racing slated for 7:15 pm.   Additional information can be found at or on our facebook page - Ransomville Speedway.




One of the more consistent top five drivers in the past few years within the Ransomville Speedway pit area has been Jesse Cotriss. The Medina, NY racer will be attempting to repeat his 2013 season performance when he won his first ever  Investors Service Sportsman championship. 

Winning the title in 2013, he also made it close last season but a flat tire on the final points night ended his chances of repeating. It was 2013 when he won his first ever DIRTcar touring Sportsman event at Ransomville Speedway as well.

It was that night when we really found something in the car, said Jesse.

In his early years, Jesse was a regular on the bike racing circuit. It was his dad Bill who talked Jesse into switching to stock cars some sixteen years ago. It has a proved to be the right decision. Two weeks ago, Jesse set fast time in qualifying, putting him on the pole for the 25 lap feature where he had a nice second place finish last Friday night.

Coming to Ransomville Speedway as a young fan, Don McGinnis would have an influence on Jesse.

I loved to watch him race," said Jesse.
Jesse along with girlfriend Heather have  a new addition their family. A little boy named Jax. Even Jesse admits that his time in the garage has been cut back to spend time with his family.  Family comes first. Helping out on the Cottris ride this year is Roy, Ken, Scott and another Scott. Sponsoring the ride this year will be Investors Service Inc, Fearbys Auto, Auto Metal Works an Jays Auto. Away from the race track Jesse is  fulltime employee at GM Motor plant in Tonawanda. 

A brand new Bicknell chassis was showcased on test, tune and time night three weeks ago. Jesse is part owner of the race team along with Roy Fearby. For Investors Service Inc, it will be their first year with the race team.       

Mike (Greenawalt) and Michelle (Timineri) from Investors have been great, said Jesse, of the first time sponsor.

The biggest challenge for Jesse in the early stages of the 2105 season is getting adjusted to the new rules instituted by DIRTcar in 2015. In which, race teams will have to use the same wheels as the Modified teams.




The AFL/CIO Niagara/Orleans Central Labor Council, Blue Cross Blue Shield of WNY,
Ransomville Speedway & the United Way of Greater Niagara
Team Up Once Again!
For the seventh consecutive year, the AFL/CIO Niagara/Orleans Central Labor Council will be working with the Friesen Family and Ransomville Speedway to present Labors Night at the Races. The event is one of the major fundraisers hosted by the AFL/CIO Niagara Orleans Central Labor Council to benefit the United Way of Greater Niagara. This years event is scheduled for Friday, June 12th, 2015, with a rain date scheduled for Friday, June 19th, 2015.
The AFL/CIO Niagara Orleans Central Labor Council and their affiliated union locals a long with the United Way of Greater Niagara have had a great time at the half mile oval track for the past six years, offering a great program to their members and families. This event has sparked a lot of interest and will certainly do the same when it comes together in June.
This is an awesome event commented PR and Marketing Director Tana Robinson. We are honored that the AFL/CIO Niagara Orleans Central Labor Council has chosen Ransomville Speedway to hold this fundraiser for the United Way of Greater Niagara. The Labor Council does a fantastic job organizing this event. Its great to work with fine people at the Labor Council and the United Way. Both Bill Jakobi and Jim Briggs have been instrumental in laying the ground work for this event. In the past six years they have raised over $54,000, thanks to the continuous support we get from the Friesen Family, Ransomville Speedway, Blue Cross Blue Shield of WNY, Maxwell & Murphy Attorneys at Law, M&T Bank, Lewis & Lewis P.C. the Niagara Orleans Central Labor Council and all their Union Affiliates. This support goes a long way to help those in our community that need help through United Way and its funded programs provided by their twenty four partner agencies.
Tickets for the 7th Annual Labors Night at the Races are now on sale. Tickets can be purchased at the United Way of Greater Niagaras office, 6420 Inducon Drive W, Suite B2, Sanborn NY 14132, call Bill Jakobi at (716) 216-4582 or order on website Also tickets can be purchased at the Novelty Booth at Ransomville Speedway. Tickets are $15.00 per ticket & children under 12 $7.00. Tickets Include Admission to the races, Tent Party where Food & Beverages will be served from 6pm to 7:15pm, Cars on Display and Autograph Signing, Racing Begins at 7:15pm.






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