|4 Bangers winner Anthony Guthrie|
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Anthony Guthrie held off Ashley Harbison to pick up the feature win for the Gippsters Collision 4 Bangers on Opening Night presented by VP Racing Fuels and Fantasy Island at Ransomville Speedway on Friday night. A pair of showers slowed the program down, with the second burst of rain forcing management to call off the rest of the program.
Double features will be held for the 358 Modifieds, Sportsman, Street Stocks and Novice Sportsman in the coming weeks. A complete schedule update will be posted in the coming days on the track’s social media pages as well as the track website, www.ransomvillespeedway.com.
Heat winner Howard Guthrie and Harbison led the field for the first feature of the season for the Gippsters Collision 4 Bangers, with Guthrie jumping into the lead. Chad Desso took second away from Harbison on Lap 4 as Guthrie opened up his lead to a full straightaway by the halfway mark. Brandon Potter brought out the races first caution on Lap 9, erasing Howard Guthrie’s lead. Desso caught Howard Guthrie with two laps remaining, but the leaders hit the Turn 2 wall on the final lap, giving the lead to Anthony Guthrie, who took the win over Harbison. Brendan O’Keefe, Matt Hornquist and Steve Matson rounded out the top five.
Time Trials were on the card for the Krown Undercoating 358 Modifieds and the Investors Service Sportsman, with Chad Brachmann (17.266 seconds) and Brett Senek (18.432 seconds) each winning a barrel of VP Racing Fuel. When the Modifieds will take to the track for their feature it will be Brachmann and Kenny Wills on the front row while Senek will share the front row with defending Sportsman track champion Matt Farnham for their feature event.
Krown Undercoating 358 Modifieds heat races were won by Pete Bicknell, Erick Rudolph and Allan Wills. Qualifying heats for the Sportsman were won by Derek Wagner, Dave Flannigan Jr. and Cody McPherson. Garrison Krentz won the last chance qualifier. Bill Bleich Jr. and Jaren Israel won the heat races for the KiPo Chevrolet Street Stocks. Cameron Tuttle won the qualifying heat for the Stevenson’s Hardware Novice Sportsman.
95 cars signed in pitside for Opening Night.
The 60th season of racing at the Big R will continue on Friday, May 19 as Johnston’s Restaurant presents a full card plus the Street Stock Mechanics race. Pit gates will open at 5 p.m. with grandstands opening at 6 p.m. and racing action starting at 7:15 p.m.