|Modified track champion Ryan Susice|
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Third-generation driver Erick Rudolph won the 50-lap finale for the Krown Undercoating Modifieds on Salerno’s Snowplowing, Labatt’s, and Tim Hortons night at Ransomville Speedway Friday night, his third win of the season. With his third place finish, Ryan Susice made it a three-peat, winning his third-straight Modified Track Championship. Derrick Borkenhagen won his first feature of the season for the Investors Service Sportsman, while Matt Farnham defended his 2016 Sportsman title just by taking the green flag in the main event. Brandon Sherwood won his third feature of the season for the KiPo Chevrolet Street Stocks, Chris Leone won his fourth feature of the season in the Gippsters Collision 4 Bangers, and Cameron Tuttle won his sixth feature of the season for the Stevenson’s Hardware Novice Sportsman.
Cousins Allan and Kenny Wills brought the field of Modifieds to the green flag for their season finale with Allan Wills showing the way early on. Rudolph quickly moved up through the field, taking the runner-up spot from Pete Bicknell on Lap 12 and the lead on Lap 21. After Bicknell slowed and pulled into the pits on Lap 36, Rudolph was able to run away from the field.
Dustin Gorhan and Borkenhagen set the pace in the points finale for the Sportsman with Borkenhagen showing the way throughout the event for his first win of the season. Farnham went on to finish second on his way to his second-straight title.
Jordan Moden and Pat O’Keefe were on the front row for the Street Stocks feature event with O’Keefe showing the way early. Sherwood took over the lead after an early-race restart and held off Ken Camidge to score the win, his third of the season.
Matt Hornquist and Steve Matson set the pace in the main event for the 4 Bangers with Hornquist showing the way early. Leone made his way up to second on Lap 12 and took over the lead from Hornquist with three to go, going on to score his fourth win of the season.
Robbie Johnston and Tuttle were on the front row for the Novice Sportsman feature event with Tuttle quickly getting the lead and staying there, going on to score his sixth feature win of the season.
Racing will continue next Friday, September 8 as Niagara Frontier Publications and WGR 550 presents the Sportsman Super DIRTcar Series plus Street Stocks, 4 Bangers, and Novice Sportsman. The Street Stocks Championship will be decided next Friday night. The pit gates will open at 5 p.m. with grandstands open at 6 p.m. and showtime at 7:15 p.m. Keep up with the action at www.ransomvillespeedway.com.