RANSOMVILLE, NY – Reigning track champion Brett Senek from Ransomville, NY won the Sean Letts Memorial for the Investor’s Service Sportsman on Friday night at the Ransomville Speedway. The race was round three of the Western Region for the Sportsman Super DIRTcar Series, and Senek’s third win of the season at the “Big R”. Wilson, NY’s “Showtime” Jaren Israel was victorious in the John Susice Memorial for the Ki Po Chevrolet Street Stocks. “The Renegade” Ryan Susice from Ransomville, NY won his second Krown Undercoating Modifieds feature of the season. Dante Mancuso from Batavia, NY won his sixth Sunflowers of Sanborn Mini Stocks feature of the season. Jake Bansmer from East Aurora, NY won his fifth Kevin’s Carpet Cleaning Novice Sportsman feature of the 2021 season. Modern Corporation, Faery’s Nursery & Landscaping, and Tim Hortons presented the racing program.
Dave DiPietro and Brett Senek were on the front row for the Sean Letts Memorial for the Investor’s Service Sportsman with Senek in the lead ahead of DiPietro, AJ Custodi, Noah Walker, and Scott Kerwin. Andrew Smith spun , in turn, one to bring out the races’ first caution on lap five. Smith was running sixth at the time and luckily no other cars were involved in the incident. Immediately on the restart, Derrick Borkenhagen and Jessica Kriegisch hooked together in turn four. On the restart, Senek would continue to lead over Kerwin, Derek Wagner, DiPietro, and Zach George. George and DiPietro made contact on the front straightaway, however, DiPietro was able to continue, only losing two positions on the track. Brett Martin would bring out the caution on lap 15. Senek, Kerwin, and Zach George took off into the top three following the restart, with Wagner running in fourth and a battle for fifth took place between AJ Custodi and Austin Susice. Custodi tagged the wall in turn two to bring out the caution on lap 22 and Dave DiPietro had nowhere to go and got collected. Both cars were towed off via the tow truck. Derek Wagner regained third from George on the restart while going three-wide with Kerwin and Zach George. Kerwin would close the gap on Senek for the lead in the late going, but Senek was able to hold off Kerwin to score the emotional win.
James Loveland and Pete Stefanski brought the KiPo Chevrolet Street Stocks to the green flag for the John Susice Memorial, and it was Stefanski taking over the lead with Mike Kramarz, Anthony Guthrie, and Jaren Israel racing inside the top four. Israel and Guthrie would battle for several laps with “Showtime” moving into third place on lap 10. Israel would pass Kramarz to take over second and by lap 21, would take over the lead from Stefanski. “Showtime” would pull away for his eighth win of the season. Stefanski, Kramarz, Guthrie, and James Loveland would complete the top five.
Steve Lewis Jr and Ryan Susice were on the front row for the 30-lap feature for the Krown Undercoating Modifieds and it was Lewis showing the way. Jeff Jepson and John Smith got together in turn four to bring out the races’ first caution on lap five. Susice would take over the lead on the restart and would pull away from Lewis, with Erick Rudolph, Mat Williamson, and Greg Martin. With Susice well in command, Rudolph and Williamson would catch Lewis, with Rudolph taking over second at the races’ halfway point. Williamson would move into third on lap 17, with Lewis and Chad Brachmann racing inside the top five. Rudolph would close the gap on race leader Susice while the leader encountered lap traffic. Rudolph would catch Susice and would go side by side, with Susice edging out Rudolph to pick up the win.
Curtis Rung and Rich Conte brought the Sunflowers of Sanborn Mini Stocks to the green flag for their feature event with Conte showing the way. Chris Miller raced in third and was quickly followed by Bill Weller Jr and Dante Mancuso. Mancuso would pass Weller on lap four to take over fourth place and would challenge Miller for third. Rung slowed on the back straightaway and drove into the infield on lap six, ending his strong run. Mancuso would take over second place on lap seven and would start to reel in race leader Conte. Conte and Mancuso would pull away from the field. Weller would break the right front and would pull into the pits with three laps remaining while running inside the top five. Conte would slow with two laps remaining and would pull out of action. Mancuso would pick up the win over Miller, Rocco Conte, Ryan Plante, and Nick Tarnowski.
Brandon Close and Colby Adamczyk were on the front row for the Kevin’s Carpet Cleaning Novice Sportsman feature event, with Adamczyk showing the way with Jake Bansmer taking over second from Close. Bansmer would take over the lead prior to the halfway mark and would pull away from the field. Bansmer would roll to his fifth win of the season.
Ransomville returns to action on Friday, August 20th for a full card of racing plus the second visit of the season for the Crate Late Models. The Late Models will be running under RUSH rules and the race will pay $1,000 to win. The entire racing program will be streamed live on www.dirttrackdigest.tv with pit gates opening at 5:00 pm, grandstands at 6:00 pm, and racing will get underway at 7:15 pm. A foot race will take place during intermission.
RACE RESULTS: SEAN LETTS/JOHN SUSICE MEMORIAL NIGHT
Krown Undercoating Modifieds: RYAN SUSICE, Erick Rudolph, Mat Williamson, Chad Brachmann, Steve Lewis Jr, Andrew Smith, James Sweeting, Greg Martin, Allan Wills, Robbie Johnston, Rick Richner, John Smith, Jeff Jepson, Jonathan Reid, Jesse Cotriss
Qualifying Heats: Ryan Susice, Greg Martin
Investors Service Sportsman: BRETT SENEK, Scott Kerwin, Derek Wagner, Zach George, Cameron Tuttle, Austin Susice, Dylan Duhow, Andrew Smith, Derrick Borkenhagen, Clayton Cain, Brandon Michaud, Brian Harris, Noah Walker, Cliff Gregg, Sam Hoxie, AJ Custodi, Dave DiPietro, Brett Martin, Kyle Richner, Jessica Kriegisch, Jordan Moden
Qualifying Heats: Brett Senek, Cameron Tuttle, Derek Wagner
KiPo Chevrolet Street Stocks: JAREN ISRAEL, Pete Stefanski, Mike Kramarz, Anthony Guthrie, James Loveland, Pat Dell, Chris Dziomba, Roger Israel, Dan Korpanty, Tommy Bowen, Randy Zimmerman
Qualifying Heats: Mike Kramarz, Jaren Israel
Sunflowers of Sanborn Mini Stocks: DANTE MANCUSO, Chris Miller, Rocco Conte, Ryan Plante, Nick Tarnowski, Cole Susice, Don Hermanson, Brian Melcher, Rich Conte, Dave Dussault, Curtis Rung, Travis Hayes, Ron Seefeldt, Nevin Hazel, Mike Becker, Bill Weller Jr, Jeffrey Wynes, Anthony Haag
Did Not Start: Ian Paul
Qualifying Heats: Nick Tarnowski, Dante Mancuso
Kevin’s Carpet Cleaning Novice Sportsman: JAKE BANSMER, Colby Adamczyk, Brandon Close, Kenny Washburn, Casey Jonathan, Abby Castile, Robert Henning, Greenly George
Qualifying Heat: Jacob Bansmer