Big Block Modifieds Return to Ransomville for 34th Running of Summer Nationals

RANSOMVILLE, NY – Tuesday, August 7 is the 34th running of the Summer Nationals featuring the Big Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series presented by Busch Beer, Stirling Lubricants, Wendt’s Propane, National Maintenance Contracting Corporation (NMCC), and Stevenson’s Hardware. Joining the mighty Modifieds will be the Investors Service Sportsman, KiPo Chevrolet Street Stocks, and Fireworks

The 2017 edition of the Summer Nationals saw “Super” Matt Sheppard win his first career Big Block race at Ransomville. Past race winner Billy Decker finished in second with “Lightning” Larry Wight crossing in third. Hometown Hero Erick Rudolph finished in fourth with perennial favorite and five-time race winner Stewart Friesen completing the top five.

The top modified drivers throughout the Northeast will make the trip to Ransomville for the Summer Nationals including defending race winner and multi-time Super DIRTcar Series Champion “Super” Matt Sheppard. “Mad Max” Max McLaughlin, “The Baldwinsville Bandit” Jimmy Phelps, “Batman” Peter Britten, “The Jet” Brett Hearn, and “The Franklin Flyer” Billy Decker are all looking to score the win and the $6,000 payday. Drivers trying to defend home turf includes third-generation driver Erick Rudolph. Rudolph won the Hall of Fame 100 at Weedsport Speedway and sits second in Series points entering the week’s action at Airborne and Fonda. Three-time and defending 358 Modified track champion Ryan Susice is also looking to win his first Summer Nationals. “Mr. Small Block” Pete Bicknell, “CB3” Chad Brachmann, along with divisional rookies Matt Farnham, and Greg Martin are all looking to score the win against the Series top superstars.

Joining the Big Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series is the Investors Service Sportsman, and the KiPo Chevrolet Street Stocks. The Sportsman has been highly contested this season with eight different feature winners so far in the 2018 campaign. The Street Stocks have also been very competitive this season with the resurgence of “The Huckster” Cory Sawyer headlining the division into the month of August.

Since 1955, Busch Beer has delivered a beer that’s as “crisp and cold as a mountain stream”. Busch Beer consistently delivers a refreshingly smooth taste and easy finish. Fans can enjoy an ice-cold Buschhhh at the Ransomville Fire Company Beer Booth every race night. The Busch Beer lineup includes Busch, Busch Lite, Busch Ice, and Busch NA. Busch Beer can be found on all social media platforms, and online at

Stirling Lubricants is the proud distributor of Champion Racing Oil & Champion Hi-Tech Lubricants! Stirling Lubricants is known as a leading manufacturer and supplier of specialty industrial lubricants that include cutting, stamping, quench, hydraulic, and way oils. Stirling Lubricants is also a distributor for high-quality Castrol Industrial Products and Citgo Automotive, Commercial, and Industrial Lubricants. Established over 100 years ago, Stirling Lubricants have become a leader in the field of manufacturing automotive lubricating oils, industrial specialty oil, metalworking oils, and more. For more information, log online to, visit them at 1150 University Avenue in Rochester, NY or give them a call during their office hours during the week from 8-4 Monday through Friday at (585) 461-8310.

Since 1968, Wendt’s Propane is a major distributor of Propane and Oil to all of Western New York. Servicing residential, commercial and agricultural customers and specializing in providing temporary heat on construction sites throughout the region. Wendt’s Propane is open Monday through Friday 8am-5pm and on Saturday’s from 8am-noon. Wendt’s Propane is conveniently located at 5910 Ward Road in Sanborn. They are on Facebook as well as online at

From welding and fabrication to industrial maintenance and general contracting, National Maintenance Contracting Corporation has done it all for over 20 years. From their location in Niagara Falls, NMCC delivers safe, high-quality services by a dedicated team of professionals at a fair and competitive price. Ton contact NMCC, call (716) 285-1583 or online at

Stevenson’s Hardware is a locally owned and operated TrueValue Hardware store located in Downtown Ransomville at 2535 Youngstown Lockport Road. Stevenson’s is the area’s Stihl and Husqvarna dealership. Stevenson’s can be reached by phone by calling (716) 791-3312 and can be found on Facebook. Stevenson’s has been a longtime supporter of Ransomville Speedway and is the divisional sponsor for the Novice Sportsman.

If you are wanting to have the best seats in the house, the Busch Beer VIP Suites are for you. VIP Suite rentals include a catered picnic pre-race under the VIP Pavilion, plus having drinks and snacks in the suite throughout the night. To rent a VIP suite, contact General Manager Jenn Martin at (716) 791-3602. There is a suite rental available for the Summer Nationals so act today before it is gone!

Pit gates will open at 3:30 pm with grandstand gates will open at 4:30 pm with Hot Laps at 6:15 pm. Time Trials for the Big Blocks will take place at 6:40 pm followed by opening ceremonies and the first green flag of the night will fly at 7:15 pm. Grandstand admission is $30 for adults, $25 for seniors. Kids admission is $10 for kids aged 8-12 and kids 8 and under are admitted FREE. Pit admission is $35 for members and $40 for non-members.

About Ransomville Speedway: Ransomville Speedway is located on Braley Road in the hamlet of Ransomville, just 20 minutes from Niagara Falls and Lockport. “The Big R” is a 3/8th-mile DIRTcar sanctioned facility that is the Home of the Summer Nationals. Ransomville also features a 1/16th -mile Go-Kart track for action on the “Little R” on Thursday nights! For more information, please visit us on the World Wide Web at as well as follow us on Twitter @Ransomville and like us on Facebook. You can also contact the speedway by phone by calling (716) 791-3602 or (716) 791-3611.