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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Rouse claims Sportsman Super DIRTcar victory at Ransomville

Street Stock champ Jake Stefanski
credit: Tom Stevens
Former Mr. DIRT Sportsman champ Brad Rouse took the win in the 50-lap feature for the Sportsman Super DIRTcar Series on Niagara Frontier Publications and WGR 550 night at Ransomville Speedway. For Rouse, it was his second win in the Western Region on the Sportsman Super DIRTcar Series. Ken Camidge won his second feature of the season in the KiPo Chevrolet Street Stocks, while Jake Stefanski became the third member of his family to earn a track championship, as Jake won his first Street Stock championship. Cole Susice earned his fourth win of the season in the Gippsters Collision 4 Bangers, and Kyle Wendt picked up his fourth win of the season in the Stevenson’s Hardware Novice Sportsman.

Ransomville regulars Brett Senek and Derek Wagner were on the front row for the Sportsman feature with Senek taking the lead early. Andrew Smith battled with Wagner for second as Western Region points leader Rouse and defending race winner Ron Davis III raced inside the top five. Rouse passed Wagner exiting Turn 2 on Lap 5 to move into third place, and inherited second from Senek on Lap 19 after Senek got a flat tire and went into the pits. Rouse took the lead after a Lap 32 restart and led the final 18 circuits to score his first win at Ransomville and second on the Sportsman Super DIRTcar Series Western Region Tour.

Brian Monahan and Pat O’Keefe were on the front row for the Street Stock feature with O’Keefe jumping into the lead early on. Pete Stefanski took second away from Monahan on Lap 4 and took the lead on a Lap 5 restart, with points leader Jake Stefanski moving into fifth place. Camidge took over second on Lap 10 and went after race leader Pete Stefanski, catching him on Lap 11 and completing the pass on Lap 12. Camidge held on for the win, his second of the season, and wth his fourth-place finish, Jake Stefanski was crowned the Street Stock divisional champion.

Racing continues next weekend, Friday and Saturday, September 15-16, as Investors Service presents the annual King of the Hill Weekend. On Friday, the Sid Jeffery Memorial will be held for the Sportsman along with dash races and qualifying for the Street Stocks for the King of the Hill 100 on Saturday; the Novice Sportsman and 4 Bangers will also race for their track championships on Friday night. Saturday will feature twin 100-lap features for the Sportsman and Street Stocks plus 4 Bangers and Novice Sportsman. The pit gates will open at 5 p.m. with grandstands at 6 p.m. and racing at 7:15 p.m. Find out more at www.ransomvillespeedway.com

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