New divisional sponsors at Big Rby jmaloni
by Tana Robinson
Marketing & PR Director
As we enter into a new season of racing just five short months from now, attendees at Ransomville Speedway will see a change within the Sportsman and Fireball classes. This change comes within the names. Investor's Service Co. is the new official sponsor of the Sportsman division while FindItQuick.com is the official sponsor of the Fireball ranks.
As we welcome these two great companies as divisional sponsors, we also would like to say a big thank you to both the Original Pizza Logs and Bobcat of Buffalo for their years of support and dedication to both Ransomville Speedway and the local racing scene. Bob (Cordova) and Tim (Freundschuh) are great friends of the sport and we certainly wish them all the best in their future endeavors.
Investor's Service Company has two locations - one in Niagara Falls and one in Buffalo. Mike Greenawalt, the owner of Investor's Service, is also a competitor at the Big R via the Ki-Po Chevrolet Streetstock class. Greenawalt has been a mainstay at Ransomville for several seasons now as both a competitor and a business partner. Watch the schedule for two key dates presented by Investor's Service Co. - both will highlight extra distance events for the Investor's Service Sportsman and Ki-Po Chevrolet Streetstocks. Investor's Service will also award $1,500 in bonus awards to the top 15 in Investor's Service Sportsman points at the 2013 awards and dinner banquet.
FindItQuick.com is locally owned and operated by Ron Hallen of Niagara Falls. The site offers daily deals to being a full service search engine for local and national news and everything in between. Many thanks to Hallen for all he does for local racing. In addition to being a company night sponsor, a weekly advertiser, the official Qualifying Heat sponsor, and the Pace Car sponsor - FindItQuick.com has added the Fireball division naming rights. FindItQuick.com will award $1,000 in bonus money to the top 10 in FindItQuick.com Fireball points at the season ending awards and dinner banquet.
2FindYourHome.com is Western New York's premier real estate website and print publication. Visit www.2findyourhome.com to find the home of your dreams and tell them Ransomville Speedway sent you. Look for 2findyourhome.com to sponsor a night this summer at the Big R. They will also enjoy weekly exposure via a grandstand billboard currently displayed.
Modern Corporation is a locally owned and operated business in Western New York and employs many amongst us. Modern Corporation and Ransomville Speedway have been long time partners in racing, making the Big R very proud to welcome them back once again in 2013. Watch for a Modern Corporation company night to take place tentatively in June.
Mark Cerrone Incorporated is another local company who has a long time relationship with Ransomville Speedway. Coming in many different forms, Mark Cerrone Inc. has utilized Ransomville Speedway as one of their marketing avenues. Most recently - new billboards can be seen weekly via the parking lot and trackside, giving Mark Cerrone Inc. plenty of exposure to a very brand loyal group of consumers, race fans.
Coming up, the 13th annual Hangover 150 - Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. For more, visit www.ransomvillespeedway.com.
Rest in peace Stan Friesen
With heavy hearts and deep sadness we announce the passing of our fearless leader - Stan Friesen. Stan succumbed to his battle with cancer on Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, at home in St. Catharines, Ont.
Stan had a very productive racing career. He was one of the better racing competitors in the Western New York/Southern Ontario region during the 1960s and 1970s and won the Hobby Stock championship in 1960 at Ransomville Speedway. Stan spent most of his racing career in the Modifieds.
For Stan, racing a stock car wasn't going to be his only venture in the industry. Stan looked at life after racing and made the choice to work behind the scenes when he and partner Kurt Uhl purchased Merrittville Speedway in 1970. Stan continued to race but it was limited as much of his attention turned to Merrittville.
In 1972, Stan and Kurt bought Ransomville Speedway. Stan would only run Weedsport Speedway on Sundays that year while co-promoting the two facilities. It would be the final year he would ever get into a stock car on a weekly basis. Stan felt that the purchase of Ransomville Speedway gave his local drivers the strength of a weekly two-track circuit.
Stan's son Alex was like a "chip off the old block" and eventually purchased tracks in Lancaster, Fulton, Utica Rome and Mahoning Valley. When Alex died in an accident in 1996, Stan took over the running of Fulton and Utica Rome until the tracks were sold in the late 1990s. Lancaster and Mahoning were sold in 2000, leaving Ransomville Speedway as the only track in the Friesen mold. Stan along with sons Jamie and Joel made Ransomville Speedway into one of the more successful facilities today.
Stan was a great father, dad, grandpa, friend and mentor, and will be deeply missed by all who knew him. A memorial service took place on Friday, Dec. 28, at the Church Of The Transfiguration (North), in St. Catharines.