BIG BLOCKS MAKING
2014 RETURN TO
FOR 30TH ANNUAL ALEX FRIESEN SUMMER NATIONALS !
Ransomville, NY – Sunday, December 08, 2013 - Hey Race Fans!!! Look who’s coming back to Ransomville Speedway for the 2014 season!
After an absence of several years, the Super DIRTcar Big Block Modified Series will make it’s return to Western New York’s famed Big R. The event will take place on the 30th anniversary of the The Alex Friesen Summer Nationals slated for Tuesday, August 5th.
The DIRTcar big block Modifieds were a part of the weekly program from the start of the Ransomville Speedway facility in 1958 until 1993 when the Friesen family decided to switch to the small block 358 modified motor. Following that, the big block modifieds did run Ransomville Speedway once annually until a few years back when the track concentrated on its’ headlining 358 Mighty Taco Modified class.
The announcement of the event also aligns Ransomville Speedway with Merrittville Speedway as the two tracks that will once again showcase the modified doubleheader that was so popular when it was started in the early 1970’s to the late 2000’s. Merrittville’s Bob St. Amand 100 is scheduled for the previous night on Monday, August 4th.
The Alex Friesen Summer Nationals will be entering its’ 30th year. The highly successful show that has thrilled race fans and has also been one of the longest running programs in the northeast.
Ransomville Speedway co-promoter Jamie Friesen has been pondering a change to the Summer Nationals format.
“Hosting an event such as the Summer Nationals on a weekend limits the opportunity for many drivers to attend due to weekly commitments,” commented Friesen. “Putting it back to a midweek show where it was originally showcased allows our race fans to see the who’s who in big block modified racing.”
It was the early 1970’s when both tracks were owned and promoted by Stan Friesen and Kurt Uhl. Both were St. Catharines, Ontario businessman and Friesen was a top modified racer as well. Both gentlemen decided to have a two day program which consisted of twin 100 lap events for the big block modifieds.
“The timing seems right,” added Friesen. “We are excited about 2014 and this will certainly be one of the many high-lights of the schedule.”
The Summer Nationals has eleven different modified winners in its’ history with both Alan and Danny Johnson leading the way with six wins a piece.
In addition to the Summer Nationals, Ransomville Speedway has also announced that Wednesday, July 2nd will be the date for the fifth annual Battle at the Border.
The 75 lap event for the DIRTcar 358 Modifieds will also be a Super DIRTcar 358 Modified Series event paying $5000 to win.
Danny Johnson was the winner of the first three events of the series. In 2013, Chad Brachmann interrupted the Johnson dominance and also winning his first career DIRTcar Series event.
The DIRTcar Sportsman Series will also make an appearance on Battle at the Border night. It will be the first of two scheduled 2014 shows as the Sportsman will also run a series event at the Niagara County based oval in September.
It’s going to be an exciting 2014 season at Ransomville Speedway as the schedule is starting to take shape. Check out ransomvillespeedway.com for all up to date information. The 14th annual Hangover 150 is also just a few weeks away. Please call 716-791-3602 to get your car registered if you haven‘t done so.
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2013 CHAMPIONS AND SPECIALTY AWARD WINNERS HONORED AT THE
RANSOMVILLE SPEEDWAY BANQUET
Friday, November 1st, 2013 – Over two hundred and forty guests gathered last Friday evening to celebrate the accomplishments of many. Over sixty Ransomville Speedway members received point fund monies and sponsor bonus awards totaling over $25,000.
Honored for the thirteenth time at Ransomville Speedway as the Mighty Taco Modified Champion was Mr. Small Block Pete Bicknell. Bicknell of St. Catharines, Ont had 2 wins, 3 seconds, 3 thirds, 4 fourths, and a fifth place finish at Ransomville and once again found himself in very familiar territory at the top of the point standings. Erick Rudolph came home in second. Having raced primarily on the asphalt surface until the recent few seasons, Rudolph has proven he has adapted well. 2011 track champion Chad Brachmann claimed the third place finish in the point standings.