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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Racing at the “Little R” kicks off on May 11

Jeff Anstett - credit: Performance Video and Photo
Thursday night racing returns to Ransomville Speedway this summer with go-kart action taking place on the 1/4-mile “Little R.”

The go-kart program schedule kicks off on Thursday, May 11 with heats beginning at 7 p.m. Racing will take place nearly every Thursday night through Championship Night on August 31 (exception: the Summer Break night off on Thursday, July 20) and the popular Powder Puff race will take place on Thursday, August 10. The go-kart banquet and non-points fun race will be held on Sunday, September 10. Rules for all classes are available online at www.ransomvillespeedway.com – scroll down to the Go-Kart section on the home page.

Tim Phillips from Tim Phillips Garage will once again sponsor the Senior Light Go-Kart division. His son is a multi-time kart champion at Ransomville and Merrittville, and has several wins with the NYDKS Tour. Besides his sponsorship with the go-kart program, Tim has also renewed his VIP Tower Sponsorship for the 2018 edition of the Hangover 150. Tim Phillips Garage is a full-service preventive maintenance and auto repair center located at 2993 Baseline Rd. on Grand Island. Specializing in general services, inspections and more, Tim Phillips Garage has served the region since 1946. They can be reached by phone at 716-773-3009 or online at www.timphillipsgarage.com.

Former Pro Stock and Sportsman campaigner Mike Martin and his business Finish Line Auto Detail have renewed its sponsorship of the Senior Heavy class. Finish Line Auto Detail, in its third year of business,   is located at 7170 Ridge Road in Lockport and services dealers, fleet and personal vehicles. Finish Line Auto Detail can be reached by calling 716-777-0275.

Slack Karts returns as the sponsor of the Junior I class and Jeffery Machine is back as the sponsor of the Junior II class. Keep up  with the action at www.ransomvillespeedway.com

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Friesen prepares for 2017 Truck Series opener at Daytona

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Halmar Friesen Racing and driver Stewart Friesen will make their Daytona International Speedway debut in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Friday night, racing in the NextExtra Energy Resources 250. Friesen will pilot the No. 52 Chevrolet Silverado in all twenty-three series events, building on his six starts during the 2016 season. This will be Friesen's first race as driver and co-owner.

The 33-year-old Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON native is a standout on the dirt tracks of New York State. With over 250 victories in both modified and sprint car series, Friesen looks forward to similar success in one of NASCAR’s top-tier national series.

"Competing at Daytona has been a goal of mine since I was young and would watch the Daytona 500 on TV,” said Friesen. “This year a dream becomes reality and I'm very thankful to Chris (Larsen, co-owner) and Tommy (Baldwin, General Manager) for this opportunity. Tommy's knowledge and leadership will be an asset to the HFR team this season."

Friesen will also be racing at nearby Volusia Speedway Park in his No.44 Halmar Racing Team Big Block Modified this week. The Super DIRTcar Series will be in competition Wednesday through Saturday, with Friesen making three of the four events. 

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Ransomville Speedway to host Sid Jeffery Memorial on August 4, 2017

Sid Jeffery - credit: Alex and Helen Bruce/
Ransomville Speedway
The Sid Jeffery Memorial for the Sportsman Division will take place Friday, August 4, 2017, as Performance Mfg. Inc. and Jeffery Machine presents the weekly racing program at Ransomville Speedway.

Sid Jeffery was well known in the Ransomville community for many years as he helped out quite a few racers over the years, including Jim Borget, Mike Jeffery and most recently Greg Martin. Sid owned cars from the mid-1980’s through the 1990’s, winning feature races at Genesee Speedway, Tri-County, Perry Raceway, and all three tracks in the Niagara Region, with triumphs at Humberstone, Merrittville and Ransomville with Mike Jeffery behind the wheel. While Mike drove for Sid, he earned the 1988 DIRT Rookie of the Year. Scott Jeffery, current crew chief for Super DIRTcar Series driver Larry Wight and former crew chief for Billy Decker, got his start by turning wrenches on the Mike Jeffery racers.

Sid came back in 2010 to help Greg Martin with his Sportsman career. The duo won the 2014 Ransomville Speedway Sportsman track championship as well as the RUSH Touring Series Sportsman Championships in 2014 and 2015.

The $1,000-to-win special for the Sportsman will be run like a DIRTcar Sportsman Tour race with Group Time Trials and a redraw on the front straightaway. The race will also feature a DIRTcar Touring purse. On the racing card that evening will feature the first-ever visit from the PA Vintage Modifieds. The Krown Undercoating 358 Modifieds, Gippsters Collison 4 Bangers and the Stevenson’s Hardware Novice Sportsman will also be on the racing card.

Keep up with the action at www.ransomvillespeedway.com

Humberstone Speedway 2017 schedule coming together

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The Humberstone Speedway management team is still finalizing the 2017 schedule, but the season will kick off on Sunday, April 30 at 1 p.m. with the second annual Dawn of Destruction.

“We are still working out the final details, for a couple more big events for this year,” says Humberstone General Manager Bob Davidson. “We hope to release all the details of our 2017 schedule in the coming weeks” Davidson added.

The Dawn of Destruction will kick off with a 100-lap, $1,000-to-win Enduro race that will be broken down into four 25-lap segments; each segment winner will earn $75. Also returning to the Dawn of Destruction are the Construction Crush Off, Ladies Race, Backwards Race, Enduro Cross, Side By Side Chain Race and a few more surprises.

The stock cars will have an open practice session under the lights on Sunday, May 14 with Wednesday, May 17 serving as the rain date, and the season opener is scheduled for Sunday, May 21, with Humberstone introducing its first ever pre-race tailgate party. Full details and a race night schedule for Opening Night 2017 will be announced in the coming weeks.

The Southern Ontario Sprints (SOS) will return in 2017 with a pair of shows on Sunday, June 4 and Sunday, August 13. The track hosts its inaugural $1,000-to-win Showdown, as Humberstone Speedway will pay all of their regular divisions $1,000 to win on the same night; in addition, one lucky fan in attendance will walk away with $1,000 in their pocket.

The longest running event in the region, the All Canadian Championships, is once again held the Sunday of Civic Holiday Weekend, August 6. The All Canadians qualifying format will see a twist in 2017: the weeks leading up to the event will be used to time trial one division a night. For example, July 30 will feature Sportsman trials to set the heat line ups for The All Canadians. Any cars that do not time trial in these events will be placed behind the time trialed cars for heat line ups on August 6.

Sunday, August 27 will be the third annual Pete Cosco Memorial Night for the Modifieds. Final points night for all classes will be on Labor Day Weekend, Sunday, September 3, followed by a visit from the Sportsman Super DIRTcar Series on Sunday, September 10. The season will come to a close on Sunday, September 17 with the Eve of Destruction at noon.

Humberstone Speedway will once again have RUSH sanctioning for the Late Models. “RUSH is a great organization and we feel and know that the Late Model competitors receive valuable incentives through the RUSH organization and Vicki Emig and Mike Leone and their staff have been wonderful in working with us throughout the years,” said Humberstone Public Relations Director Steven Petty.  

New for 2017, Humberstone Speedway will introduce minivan racing. This bone stock class will be featured in four events in 2017. The Champion after all four events will receive 12 $125 grocery gift cards (total $1,500), presented by COOPER Motorsports and Humberstone Speedway. The rules are available at www.humberstonespeedway.com.

Keep up with the action at www.humberstonespeedway.com.

Quotes in this piece provided by Humberstone Speedway

Monday, February 13, 2017

Ransomville adds more partners for 2017

Ransomville Speedway management has announced the addition of Randy’s Smoke Shop and PJ NFB Auto and Trailer Sales to its growing list of marketing partners for the 2017 season.

PJ NFB Auto and Trailer Sales have signed on as Official Trailer and Auto Sales of Ransomville Speedway. PJ NFB Auto and Trailer Sales has been family owned and operated by Pete and James Stefanski since 1992. Starting as a small car dealership, PJ NFB Auto and Trailer Sales expanded their business to include Trailer Sales in 2002. PJ NFB Auto and Trailer Sales serves the Buffalo-Niagara region and beyond from their location at 6885 Shawnee Rd. in North Tonawanda. They can be reached at 716-692-1736 or found online at www.pjnfb.com. Pete is a four-time Ransomville Speedway Pro Stock track champion and is returning to the Kipo Chevrolet Street Stocks weekly in 2017.

Randy Chrysler of Randy's Smoke Shop was a Ransomville
track champion in 2002
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Randy’s Smoke Shop will be the presenting sponsor of the racing action at “The Big R” on Friday, August 11. Randy’s Smoke Shop, owned and operated by “The Tuscarora Twister” Randy Chrysler, has been serving the Upper Niagara Region for over 20 years. The business is located at 1325 Upper Mountain Rd. in Lewiston and can be reached at 716-297-5636. Chrysler was the 2002 Ransomville Speedway Sportsman track champion.

For marketing and sponsorship opportunities with Ransomville Speedway, contact General Manager Jenn Martin by calling 716-791-3602 or by email at raceransomville@gmail.com. Keep up with the 2017 season at www.ransomvillespeedway.com

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Lancaster Speedway recognized with awards from Speed51.com

Press release from Lancaster National Speedway and Dragway

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Lancaster National Speedway and Dragway was recognized this week by the motorsports website Speed51.com's annual awards known as "The 51's". 

Lancaster National Speedway Track President Tim Packman received the Promoter of the Year award in just his first season in the position. The facility experienced continued growth in 2016 under Packman's leadership, with additional facility improvements, increased car and fan counts and new events added to the schedule. Packman was chosen out of a group of 20 nominees from around the country. 

The official speedway website (www.lancasternationalspeedway.com) was selected as the Best Track/Series Website of 2016. Lancaster's internet home was chosen over the websites of some of the biggest short track racing series in the country, including the World of Outlaws, USAC, the Lucas Oil Late Model Series and NASCAR's Home Track website. 

"Being nominated in as many categories as we were was an honor in itself," said Packman. "We were in with some big names and series on that list. These are great victories for Lancaster and we appreciate everybody voting."

Lancaster was also recognized in the Photo of the Year category as a picture of Dave Rigan's crash during the Ol' Boy Cup 60 last June won the award. The photo, taken by Duane Canfield, captured Rigan's Modified in mid-air after impacting the Thermal Foam blocks in Turn 3. The picture is a demonstration of how the expandable polystyrene soft walls produced by Thermal Foams protects Lancaster's drivers in a crash. Rigan was uninjured in the crash. 

In addition, Lancaster National Speedway track announcer Dave Buchanan finished third in the final voting for the Short Track Announcer of the Year category. Buchanan began his announcing career at Lancaster in 1996 when he was 14 years old. It was the first time he was nominated for the honor. 

Several drivers that competed at Lancaster during the 2016 season were nominated in various categories as well. Former track champion Andy Jankowiak won the Best Personality category for his positive attitude, willingness to connect with fans and his colorful social media posts that document his travels on the Modified circuit. 

Lancaster National Speedway and Dragway is busy preparing for the 2017 racing season. The stock car season opener is scheduled for Saturday, April 22. The Franco's Pizza IHRA Drag Racing season begins with test and tune on Friday, April 28 and the first points race is scheduled for Friday, May 5. 

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Tony Stewart Foundation teams with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports as Indy 500 sponsor

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Former Verizon IndyCar Series and three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Tony Stewart is returning to the Indianapolis 500 in 2017 as a car sponsor.

The Tony Stewart Foundation recently announced the formation of Team One Cure to create awareness, enthusiasm and understanding for the Flint Animal Cancer Center at Colorado State University that develops cutting-edge cancer treatments for humans and pets. To raise more awareness of the program, Team One Cure will sponsor the entry for the No. 77 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda in the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.

Stewart, who retired from NASCAR Cup Series competition following the 2016 season, has long been an advocate for children and animals, especially those facing serious illness.

"We learned that, with the One Cure program, cancer treatment breakthroughs are happening through collaboration between scientists and doctors working with both people and pets," said Stewart, the 1996-97 Verizon IndyCar Series champ. "It perfectly fits with my foundation's missions to help children and animals. Sam Schmidt represents the very best in an injured racer overcoming adversity, plus we share the passion to win at IMS."

Schmidt, a quadriplegic following a testing crash in 2000, has become one of the leading INDYCAR team owners. He also founded Conquer Paralysis Now, a foundation devoted to finding a paralysis cure through increased scientific research.

"Very pleased to be participating in the 101st running of the Indy 500 with such a fantastic program as Team One Cure," said Schmidt. "Tony is the most generous guy I know in motorsports and his charitable efforts on behalf of children and animals in need is unbelievable, so this is a perfect fit. With the team at Colorado State University making such huge strides in cancer research, this will truly be a cause we can get behind. That, combined with both of our extreme desires to win this race, should make for a really competitive entry."

The driver of the No. 77 Team One Cure/Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda will be named at a future date.

Quotes in this piece provided by IndyCar Media.

Three major sponsors returning to Ransomville Speedway for 2017 season

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Ransomville Speedway is pleased to announce returning sponsorships from Krown Undercoating of Ransomville, Investors Services and Stevenson’s Hardware.

Krown Undercoating of Ransomville has re-signed as the divisional sponsor for the 358 Modifieds. Former Ransomville Speedway second generation racer, champion and track starter “The Ransomville Rocket” Jipp Ortiz owns and operates Krown Undercoating of Ransomville alongside Ed’s Garage, the site of the original Ransomville Speedway in the late 1950’s. Krown Undercoating, located at 2662 Youngstown Lockport Road in Ransomville, offers rust proofing and protection products to extend the life of your vehicle. Krown Undercoating and Ed’s Garage can be reached by phone by calling 716-791-3712.

Investors Services returns as the divisional sponsor for the Sportsman.  Investors Services, owned and operated by former competitor Mike Greenawalt, restores and renovates properties while coordinating with the property owners to ensure complete satisfaction. Investors Services has been in business for over 10 years with proven results and has completed numerous projects throughout Erie and Niagara Counties. Investors Services can be reached by mail at 4939 Lockport Road in Niagara Falls, NY, by phone at 716-285-3000 or online at www.investorsservicecompany.com

Stevenson’s Hardware has sponsored the action at Ransomville Speedway for several years and this year they become the divisional sponsor for the Novice Sportsman. Stevenson’s Hardware, the area’s Stihl and Husqvarna dealership, is a locally owned and operated TrueValue Hardware store located at 2535 Youngstown Lockport Road. Stevenson’s can be reached by phone at 716-791-3312.

For marketing and sponsorship opportunities with the Ransomville Speedway, call General Manager Jenn Martin at 716-791-3602 or by email at raceransomville@gmail.com. Find out more about the 2017 racing season at Ransomville Speedway at www.ransomvillespeedway.com

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

2017 Ransomville Speedway car show taking place March 24-26

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Ransomville Speedway management has announced that the annual car show will be held on the weekend of March 24-26 at the Fashion Outlets Niagara Falls USA during regular mall hours.

“We will have representatives from every division from the go-karts right up to the 358 Modifieds,” said  track General Manager Jenn Martin. 

On Saturday night of the car show, there will be an autograph session and the 2017 Miss Ransomville will be crowned.  Any female 18 or older that would like to apply for Miss Ransomville can do so by calling the speedway office at 716-791-3602 or by email at raceransomville@gmail.com. Specific times will be released in the coming weeks for both the autograph session and the Miss Ransomville contest.   

The Fashion Outlets Niagara Falls USA, located at 1900 Military Road, features over 200 designer outlets including Saks Fifth Avenue, Forever 21, Nike Factory, Disney, Polo Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Under Armour, Vera Bradley, and many more. The Fashion Outlets Niagara Falls USA is open 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sunday.

Find out more about the 2017 Ransomville Speedway season at www.ransomvillespeedway.com.

Quotes in this piece provided by Ransomville Speedway.

Watkins Glen International opens for 2017 season April 8-9

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The twists and turns of Watkins Glen International in the Finger Lakes region open for the 2017 season on Saturday and Sunday, April 8-9 with the opportunity to take your personal vehicle on the track.

Visitors can take three paced laps around the track for $25 per vehicle, with proceeds from the experience benefitting the RACE Foundation.

Major racing action gets underway June 23-25 with the SCCA Super Majors Tour, followed by the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen June 29-July 2, featuring the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, Mazda Prototype Lites, Porsche GT3 Cup USA and Lamborghini Super Trofeo.

The K&N Pro Series East, Xfinity Series and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series return to The Glen August 3-6, followed by the IndyCar Grand Prix at The Glen August 31-September 3. Rounding out the racing season is the US Vintage Grand Prix September 8-10.

Returning to the facility as well in 2017 is the popular Finger Lakes Wine Festival presented by Yancey’s Fancy, taking place July 14-16. Find out more about these events and about tickets at www.theglen.com

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Conte, Richner, Haniszewski take Hangover wins at Ransomville

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Richard Conte (4 Cylinders), Kyle Richner (6 Cylinders) and Tyler Haniszewski (8 Cylinders) picked up checkered flags on Saturday, February 4 during the 17th annual Hangover 150 at Ransomville Speedway, presented by Phillips Garage, Relco Trucking, Sevenson’s, Hytech and FindItQuick.com. 

The grandstands were packed and the pits were filled with over 160 entries taking part. Winners of each race received $500, with $200 going to second place and $100 to the third-place finisher.

77 participants took the green flag in the 4 Cylinder feature, with Mike Kramarz leading the way early on. The red flag came out on Lap 7 when Tom Aughtman was involved in a multi-car pileup that blocked the track. Mercy Flight airlifted Aughtman to a local medical facility. Aughtman was alert and talking to medical personnel after getting out of his car with help from the medical staff. On the restart, Kramarz took off, but Frank Nellist took over the lead on Lap 12. Ken Camidge passed Nellist for the lead on Lap 15, holding the lead until being passed by Brad Shepard on Lap 21. Conte passed Shepard on Lap 32, only to have Shepard take the lead back on Lap 36. Conte caught and passed Shepard as the white flag fell, taking the win over Shepard and Ryan Allen.  

45 entries took the green flag in the 50-lap 6 Cylinder feature lead by Sean Dzieranowski. Austin Susice took the lead on Lap 5, with the red flag coming out for a fire underneath the Billy Bleich Jr entry on Lap 15. Following the restart, Susice came to a stop on Lap 19 in turn two, handing the lead to Jeremy Long. Richner took the lead from Long on Lap 22 and didn’t look back, holding on for the win over Brett Senek and Sean Dzieranowski.

Tim Phillips took the early lead in the 30-lap feature for the 8 Cylinders, holding on until Lap 9 when Derrick Borkenhagen took the lead away. Phillips took the lead back later on but it was short lived, as Haniszewski passed Phillips on Lap 14. Phillips caught and passed Haniszewski with three laps to go, but Haniszewski regained the lead when Phillips had issues. Haniszewski picked up the win over Neil Martens and Ryan Susice.

The Hangover 150 officially started the second season of ownership under the Atwal Family and first event for track General Manager Jenn Martin. It was announced that the annual Ransomville Speedway Car Show will take place the weekend of March 24-26 at the Fashion Outlets Niagara Falls USA. Keep up with the action at www.ransomvillespeedway.com

Graff Trucking adds to Holland’s Pro Modified purse for 2017

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With the Getzoni Nationwide Insurance Agency Pro Modifieds returning to Holland International Speedway as the track’s premier division in 2017, drivers can look forward to an added purse payout as Graff Trucking will be adding an extra $150 to the first-place prize money and $100 to the second-place prize on all regular Saturday night races there this year. In addition, Graff Trucking will be giving away one Pro Modified racing tire to a lucky driver on those same event nights.

Updates have been made to the 2017 schedule at Holland, with new sponsorships and special event night promotions added. The speedway hosts its 58th annual opening night on Saturday, May 20. Find a complete schedule and more information at www.hollandspeedway.com