by Tana Robinson
Ransomville Speedway Marketing and PR Director
It was a night of firsts last Friday, Aug. 26, at Ransomville Speedway as two new faces visited victory lane.
Brett Martin and Mike Hossfeld both collected their first wins. With just two point shows remaining in the open wheeled ranks, plenty was at stake for all the point chasers.
Mat Williamson of St. Catharines, Ontario, captured his second win of the season aboard the Mighty Taco Modified division. Williamson took the lead away from Scott Just on lap 13 of the 30-lap main and held it the remaining distance.
Martin, of Lockport, took top honors for the first time at the Big R aboard the Original Pizza Logs Sportsman 25-lap main event. After some dismal finishes of late, Martin found himself on the front row for the feature start. Taking full advantage, Martin gained control at the drop of the green and hold off a late-race challenge by veteran Kevin Wills.
Chris Burek of Wilson was awarded the win in the Ki-Po Chevrolet Streetstock 20-lap main after apparent winner Ken Camidge was found to have not conformed to the rules written in Big R's post race inspections. For Burek it was his second win of the season aboard the full-fendered division.
Pat O'Keefe of Youngstown captured the win aboard the Bobcat of Buffalo Fireball 12-lap feature event. Taking his first win of the season, O'Keefe kept Chad Lederhouse at bay in the closing laps.
Mike Hossfeld of North Tonawanda captured his first feature at the Big R. The win came aboard the 12-lap Gippsters Collision feature main. Hossfeld used lapped traffic to his advantage with less than a hand full of laps remaining. Hossfeld was able to make the pass on Marika Morris on the front stretch and never looked back.
Race Summary Top 10
Mighty Taco Modified Feature Finish
Mat Williamson, Scott Just, Todd Burley, Scott Kerwin, Chad Brachmann, Dave Just, Ryan Susice, Pete Bicknell, Jeff McGinnnis, Boyd MacTavish. Heat winners - Dave Just, Justin Sharp and Jon Miller.
Original Pizza Logs Sportsman Feature Finish
Brett Martin, Kevin Wills, Jipp Ortiz, Justin Wright, Don Spatorico, Mark Chiddy, Mike Williams, Sandy Pembleton, Allan Wills, James Henry. Heat winners - Mark Chiddy and Mike Williams.
Ki-Po Chevrolet Streetstock Feature Finish
Chris Burek, Jesse Johnston, Andy Smith, Billy Coleman, Roger Israel, Derrick Borkenhagen, Charles Harvey, Jake Stefanski, Mike Greenawalt, Pat Dell. Heat winners - Charles Harvey and Jaren Israel.
Bobcat Of Buffalo Fireball Feature Finish
Pat O'Keefe, Chad Lederhouse, Jonathon Stoelting, Ashley Harbison, Jim Harbison, Jamie Woods, Gary Watier, Ryan Stephenson, Rick Hess, Gerry Gipp. Heat winners - Pat O'Keefe and Dick Wilkinson.
Gippsters Collision 4 Banger Feature Finish
Mike Hossfeld, Mike Kramarz, Marika Morris, Ryan Plante, Rick Bleich, Richard Zellner, Anthony Hermanson, Ken Washburn III, Dave Sheehan, Robin Nashwinter. Heat winners - Gordan Gau and Mike Hossfeld.