RANSOMVILLE, NY – “Mr. Small Block” Pete Bicknell from St. Catharines, Ontario won his fourth Krown Undercoating Modified feature of the season as FOAR SCORE Fan Club, Crop Production Services, Niagara Metals and the Lions Club of Western New York presented the racing action at the Ransomville Speedway on Friday night. “Oh Henry” James Henry from Niagara Falls, NY won his second Investors Service Sportsman feature of the season. Medina, NY’s Jordan Moden won his first career KiPo Chevrolet Street Stock feature. “Mr. Peanut” Ryan Plante from Grand Island, NY scored his third Gippsters Collision 4 Bangers feature of the season. David Fingerlow from North Tonawanda, NY won his fourth Stevenson’s Hardware Novice Sportsman feature of the season.
“The Professor” John Smith and “Mr. Small Block” Pete Bicknell brought the Krown Undercoating Modifieds to the green flag for their 30-lap feature with Bicknell showing the way. Ryan Susice passed both Jesse Cotriss and Scott Kerwin to move into fourth place on lap two. Matt Farnham would battle with Smith for second and would complete the pass on lap four, with Susice moving into third. John Smith would stop on the backstretch to bring out the caution on lap five. The early race restart would see Bicknell back into the lead as Farnham, Cotriss, Susice, and Allan Wills raced in the top five. Phil Vigneri III, Chad Brachmann, and Greg Martin came together, in turn, one to bring the caution back out on lap six. Bicknell would once again take command of the field as a four-car battle developed for fourth place between Jesse Cotriss, Rick Richner, Erick Rudolph, and Tommy Flannigan. The leaders would pull away from the balance of the field as Bicknell had over a 1.5-second lead throughout the second half of the event. Phil Vigneri III would bring out the caution with seven laps remaining, erasing the lead Bicknell had over Farnham. The late race restart would see Erick Rudolph make a bold move to move into third place after passing both Cotriss and Susice and would challenge Farnham for second. Bicknell would lead the final seven laps to score his fourth win of the season. Rudolph would edge Farnham for second place with Susice and Cotriss completing the top five.
Darrell Borkenhagen and Austin Susice shared the front row for the 25-lap feature for the Investors Service Sportsman with Susice jumping into the early race lead. With Susice up front, Cameron Tuttle raced in second and was contested behind him with James Henry, Brett Senek, and Derek Wagner. Henry and Tuttle would battle for second with Henry taking the position on lap seven and Senek would take third away on lap eight. Rookie Mark Harsch spun and hit the turn three wall on lap 12 to bring out the caution. James Henry would take the lead away on the restart with Brett Senek moving into second. Henry, Senek, and Chris Burek battled for the lead. Henry would clear into the lead as Burek would take second away from Senek on lap 15. Henry would hold off Burek, Senek, Dave DiPietro, and Derek Wagner to score his second Ransomville win of 2018.
Brandon Sherwood and Pat O’Keefe were on the front row in the 20-lap feature for the KiPo Chevrolet Street Stocks with Sherwood in the lead. Pete Stefanski would take the lead away from Sherwood on lap two as Cory Sawyer, Pat Dell, and Jordan Moden raced in the top five. “The Huckster” Cory Sawyer went three-wide with Stefanski and Sherwood to take the lead on lap five. Stefanski would regain the lead on lap seven. Sawyer would bump Stefanski in turn one, causing Stefanski to spin and would bring out the caution on lap eight. As a result, Sawyer would be sent to the rear of the field. Mike Kramarz would take over the lead on the restart with Jordan Moden racing in second. Moden would take the lead away on lap 11, with Jason Fontaine battling with Kramarz for second place. Moden would hold off a late charge from Fontaine and Stefanski to score his first career win.
Brandon Close and Ashley Blech brought the Gippster’s Collision 4 Bangers to the green flag for their main event with Blech showing the way with qualifying heat race winner Matt Hornquist jumping into second place. The caution would come out on lap one after Nick Tarnowski’s motor let go. The restart would see Blech back in the lead with Hornquist, Brandon Potter, Steve Matson, and Chad Desso raced in the top five. Blech and Hornquist would pull away from the field as “Mr. Peanut” Ryan Plate raced into third place. Plante, Chris Leone, and Steve Matson caught Hornquist and race leader Blech and would put on a great battle for the lead for several circuits. Plante would take the lead on lap 11 with Leone running in second. Plante would score the win over Hornquist, Ashley Blech, Brandon Potter, and Chad Desso.
David Fingerlow and Orval Harris were on the front row for the Stevenson’s Hardware Novice Sportsman feature with Fingerlow taking the lead. Cody Wolfe would spin in turn one to bring out the caution on lap three, as Wolfe was challenging Orval Harris for second place. The restart would see Fingerlow in the lead as Bubby Pawlak took over second place. Fingerlow and Pawlak would pull away from the field in the late going. Fingerlow would go on to score the win, his fourth of the season.
NEWS AND NOTES: Lap sponsorships are available for the King of the Hill Street Stock 100, BEI Lightning Series 40, and the Gippsters Collision 4 Banger event on September 14. Laps are $20 to purchase and you can contact the Speedway Office, see Ashley from 50/50, Jeff Anstett, Jenn Martin, or Steve Petty to purchase.
Racing returns on Friday, August 17 as Sunflowers of Sanborn, Firth Jewelers, Jeffery Machine and Performance Mfg. presents the 40-lap Sid Jeffery Memorial for the Modifieds. It is also Hawaiian Night plus a full card of racing! Pit gates will open at 5 pm with grandstand gates will open at 6 pm and the first green flag of the night will fly at 7:15 pm.
RACE RESULTS –FOAR SCORE Fan Club, Hy-Tech Concrete, Crop Production Services, Niagara Metals, Barker Lions Club NIGHT SUMMARY
Krown Undercoating Modifieds: PETE BICKNELL, Erick Rudolph, Matt Farnham, Ryan Susice, Jesse Cotriss, Rick Richner, Scott Kerwin, Allan Wills, Chad Brachmann, Tommy Flannigan, Greg Martin, James Sweeting, Steve Lewis Jr, Phil Vigneri III, Jim Zimmerman, John Smith
Qualifying Winners: Pete Bicknell, Scott Kerwin, Matt Farnham
Investors Service Sportsman: JAMES HENRY, Chris Burek, Brett Senek, Dave DiPietro, Derek Wagner, Austin Susice, Cam Tuttle, Scott George, AJ Custodi, Garrison Krentz, Noah Walker, Robbie Johnston, Justin McKay, Kevin Wills, Darrell Borkenhagen, Ed Cain, Mark Harsch
Qualifying Winners: Noah Walker, Austin Susice, Dave DiPietro
KiPo Chevrolet Street Stocks: JORDAN MODEN, Jason Fontaine, Cory Sawyer, Pete Stefanski, Chris Dziomba, Bryce Richardson, Pat O’Keefe, Matt Tracey, Mike Kramarz, Brandon Sherwood, Jim Coble, Dan Korpanty, Randy Zimmerman, Pat Dell
Qualifying Winners: Cory Sawyer, Pete Stefanski
Gippsters Collision 4 Bangers: RYAN PLANTE, Matt Hornquist, Ashley Blech, Brandon Potter, Chad Desso, Cole Susice, Brandon Close, Anthony Hermanson, Chris Leone, Steve Matson, Nick Tarnowski
Qualifying Winner: Matt Hornquist
Stevenson’s Hardware Novice Sportsman: DAVID FINGERLOW, Bubby Pawlak, Brian Harris, Cody Wolfe, Matt Foster, Ken Washburn, Rick Blech, Mike Martin, Brian Monahan Jr, Orval Harris
Qualifying Winners: David Fingerlow, Bubby Pawlak