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, NY's 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 O'Keefe 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 Stevenson's 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 track's social media pages for dates and times.
GROSSO GAINS HIS FIRST CAREER MODIFIED FEATURE VICTORY AT NEW EGYPT SPEEDWAY'S ALL STAR CUP SHOOTOUT
New Egypt, NJ (October 22, 2017) - At New Egypt Speedway's All Star Cup Shootout Brandon Grosso gained his first Modified feature victory. Kyle Lilick topped the field in the main event for the Sportsman. The Crate Modified feature was won by Matt Stangle while Ryan Godown scored the checkered flag in the Northeast Wingless Sprint Car contest.
When the 60-lap Modified feature got underway, Dominick Buffalino grabbed the lead with Jimmy Horton and Brandon Grosso next in line. On lap three, Grosso moved past Horton to take over second with Duane Howard advancing into fourth. The top four of Buffalino, Grosso, Horton and Howard were intact when the first appearance of the yellow flag took place for John Pakenham on the eighth tour. When action resumed, Grosso zipped by Buffalino to take the top running position with Howard motoring into third. After two more caution periods, Grosso was still in command on lap thirteen with Howard, Buffalino, Horton, and Mike Gular in tow. Setting a torrid pace, Grosso began to enter lap traffic on the nineteenth circuit. On lap twenty-six as the top runners were slicing their way by slower competitors, the third place running Buffalino spun to bring out the yellow flag.
On the ensuing restart, Grosso fended off Howard to maintain his edge with Horton, Billy Pauch, Jr. and Gular in his tracks. At the halfway point, a fuel stop took place and Grosso was still on top with Howard, Horton, Pauch, Jr. and Gular rounding out the top five. Following the brief break, Grosso outgunned Howard again to keep his lead with Pauch, Jr. taking over third. With twenty laps remaining, Grosso was beginning to encounter lap traffic as Howard was trying to hold off Pauch, Jr. for second place. With ten to go, Grosso was knifing his way through competitors as Howard and Pauch, Jr. were in a battle for second while Horton was trying to hold off Brett Kressley for fourth. On lap fifty-four, the yellow lights illuminated for the final time for JR Fulper. As the green flag waved, Grosso repelled another challenge by Howard to hold onto his lead. Over the final tours, Grosso continued to pull away from the field and led them to the finish line for his first career Modified win. Howard edged Pauch, Jr. by less than a car length to come home in second. A late run by David VanHorn earned him fourth place and fifth was taken by Horton. Jimmy Horton, Jeff Strunk and Mike Gular scored wins in the Modified heat races.
The 25-lap Hammer Sportsman feature went down to the wire as a last circuit pass gave Kyle Lilick the victory. Polesitter Jeff Bubori took control of the race at the start and he drove to a straightaway advantage with ten revolutions recorded. Kyle Lilick, who started the event in thirteenth, climbed into second place just before the halfway mark. With five to go, Bubori's lead had been cut in half as Lilick was quickly tracking him down. As the white flag waved, Lilick was nearing the bumper of Bubori. Coming out of turn four on the last circuit, Lilick used the inside land to slip past Bubori to claim his first New Egypt Speedway checkered flag. With Bubori in second, Pat Wall was third. Brian Papiez finished in fourth and fifth went to Jim Housworth. The Sportsman qualifying events were taken by Pat Wall and Art Liedl.
After grabbing the lead from Frank Dorry, Jr. on the sixth circuit, Matt Stangle headed the field to the finish line to take the 25-lap feature for the Crate Modifieds. Dorry, Jr. followed Stangle to claim second place. Ryan Simmons completed the race in third. Kyle Kania was fourth and Jeremy Martino was fifth. Matt Stangle and Alonzo Morales were the Crate Modified heat race victors.
Ryan Godown took the lead on the fifth tour and paced the field for the remaining distance to collect his eleventh win of the year in the 20-lap feature for the Northeast Wingless Sprint Cars. Lee Nardelli was the runner-up. Third place was taken by Eric Jennings. Bobby Tersillo and Brody Adamsky completed the top five. Rich Mellor won the qualifying contest for the Northeast Wingless Sprint Cars.
Modifieds- 60 LAPS FEATURE
1. BRANDON GROSSO 2. Duane Howard 3. Billy Pauch, Jr. 4. David VanHorn 5. Jimmy Horton 6. Dominick Buffalino 7. Brett Kressley 8. Mike Gular 9. Jeff Strunk 10. Rich Rutski 11. PJ Oliver 12. Chad Barney 13. Kevin Vaclavicek 14. Rusty Smith 15. Jim Bobbitt 16. JR Fulper 17. Danny Bouc 18. Eric Engstrom 19. Ryan Krachun 20. John McClelland 21. John Pakenham 22. Tad Cox 23. Cory Holsten.
DNS: Ryan Godown, Mark Kratz
Sportsman - 25 LAPS FEATURE
1. KYLE LILICK 2. Jeff Bubori 3. Pat Wall 4. Brian Papiez 5. Jim Housworth 6. Ryan Lilick 7. Art Liedl 8. Roger Manning 9. Will Dupree 10. Dakota Kessler 11. Jimmy Amato 12. Mickey Kessler 13. Cale Ross 14. Bob Rambone 15. Shaun Ratchford 16. Marty Resnick
25 LAPS FEATURE 1. MATT STANGLE 2. Frank Dorry, Jr. 3. Ryan Simmons 4. Kyle Kania 5. Jeremy Martino 6. Kevin Graver, Jr. 7. Adam Cox 8. Tom Princiotta 9. Joey Toth 10.
JD Cranstoun 11. Steve Searock 12. Alonzo Morales 13. Joseph Brown 14. Rick Wegner, Sr. 15. Rob Mancini 16. Roger Gaskill 17. Jim Housworth 18. Matt Miller 19. Walt McIntyre
Northeast Wingless Sprint Cars 20 LAPS FEATURE
1. RYAN GODOWN 2. Lee Nardelli 3. Eric Jennings 4. Bobby Tersillo 5. Brody Adamsky 6. Larry Drake 7. Heidi Hedin 8. Art Liedl 9. Rich Mellor 10. Duane Nixon
Eastern States 100 Small Block Feature Finish: 1. Stewart Friesen, 2. Brett Hearn, 3. Tommy Meier, 4. Tim Hindley, 5. Gary Edwards Jr., 6. Craig Mkitchell, 7. J.R. Heffnerf, 8. Jesse Leiby, 9. Allison Ricci, 10. Matt Janiak, 11. Brian Krummel, 12. Michael Maresca, 13. Dillon Steuer, 14. Chris Stevens, 15. Anthony Perrego, 16. Patrick Reiser, 17. Yanick Mathieu, 18. Ken Tremont Jr., 19. Scott Flammer, 20. Andy Bachetti, 21. Danny Creeden, 22. Brendan Finley, 23. Joe Conklin, 24. Tyler Boniface, 25. Frank Venezia, 26. Brad Horton, 27. Tyler Dippel, 28. C.G. Morey, 29. Chris Shultz, 30. Mike Mahaney, 31. Zack Vavricka, 32. Danny Cronk, 33. Sean Mandel, 34. Tom Hindley, 35. Jerry Higbie, 36. Frank Cozze.
RYAN WATT SCORES DELAWARE DIRT TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP WIN IN SMALL BLOCKS
By Charlie Brown, Delmar, DE – Ryan Watt of Boyertown, N.J. has taken a real liking to the Delaware International Speedway in 2017. On Friday night he topped a strong field of Small Block Modifieds to post his first win in the Fall Championship event. When added to his two previous wins this season his $5110 victory took his race winning to over $13,000 this year!
Three cautions before the first lap of the 50 lap race was in the books got the race off to a rocky start. The first was brought out when Jamie Mills got around in turn three. Neal Williams, Kevin Sockriter and Scott Hulmes tangled on the next attempt and perennial favorite, Craig VonDohren slowed on the back straight with a flat tire to bring out the third before one lap was in the books.
When the first lap did get in it was Richland, Pa.'s Jared Umbenhauer, who was making his first start at DIS, in the lead. Ryan Watt bolted from his fifth starting spot into second and immediately began applying the pressure to the leader.
Watt proved to be too much for Umbenhauer taking the lead on lap six. Behind the lead duo a good battle was being waged by H.J. Bunting in third and Richie Pratt, Jr. in fourth, both of which are former Fall Championship winners in the Small Blocks.
Pratt got by Bunting on lap ten and Jordan Watson followed into third. Watt was showing a lot of confidence in his mount as he threaded the needle going three wide in lapped traffic.
VonDorhen was making his way back towards the front but there was some confusion as to whether or not he had gotten a lap down when he pitted with the flat. A post race evaluation found that he had indeed missed the first lap but his charge towards the front would prove to be profitable at the end.
A yellow on lap sixteen would tighten the field and lead to a long stretch of green that lasted until three laps to go. By that point, VonDohren had worked his way up to the leader but sparks started showering from his front brakes indicating a problem.
Watt remained smooth and quick and seemed intent on lapping the field. He may have come close to achieving that had Chuck Sayres not gotten around to bring out the final yellow with three to go. Watt had no problem handling the final circuits as he outdistanced Umbenhauer to the checkered.
"Man was that thing fast," said a smiling Watt in Victory Lane. "Right from the beginning I knew we had a good car but every start there in the beginning kept getting called back. When Neal (Williams) went around in front of me – I don't know how I missed that deal."
Umbenhauer made his first Delaware start a good one finishing in second with Watson third. Mills and Pratt, Jr. got together in the final turn with Pratt getting around and Mills finishing fourth. VonDohren's charge back through the field placed him as the first car that was one lap down, finishing fifth.
50-Lap Small Block Finish: 1. Ryan Watt; 2. Jared Umbenhauer; 3. Jordan Watson; 4. Jamie Mills; 5. Craig VonDohren; 6. H.J. Bunting; 7. Jeff Brown; 8. Brad Trice; 9. Scott VanGorder; 10. Trent Willey; 11. Chuck Sayres; 12. Matthew Peck; 13. Richie Pratt, Jr.; 14. Neal Williams; 15. Duane Rust; 16. Ryan Mortimer; 17. Jack Swain; 18. Kevin Sockriter; 19. Pete Serra; 20. Scott Hitchens