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Williamson, Inman, Pawlak, Stefanski & Hornquist score Labor Day weekend wins
By Steven Petty
Mat Williamson won his third Krown Undercoating Modified feature of the season and Erick Rudolph of Ransomville won his second consecutive divisional title as Hy-Tech Concrete, WNY Heroes, National Maintenance Contracting Corporation, Lawns Unlimited, and Try-It Distributing (Busch Beer) presented Season Championship Night for Modifieds, Sportsman and Novice Sportsman at the Ransomville Speedway on Friday night.
Kyle Inman of Darien won his third Investors Service Sportsman feature of the season. Brett Senek of Ransomville won his second consecutive division title. Bubby Pawlak of Wilson scored his fifth Stevenson’s Hardware Novice Sportsman feature win, while Butch Zimmerman and Mike Martin were crowned co-division champions. Pete Stefanski of Wheatfield won the KI-PO Chevrolet Street Stock feature. Matt Hornquist of Eden scored his first Gippsters Collision Mini Stock feature of the season.
Mike Bowman and Mike Williams were on the front row for the Krown Undercoating Modifieds feature with Bowman showing the way. Erick Rudolph would take over third early and would go after Chad Brachmann for second place as Mat Williamson and Ryan Susice raced in the top five. Allan Wills spun in turn three to bring out the race’s first caution on lap eight. On the restart, Mat Williamson moved into second away from Brachmann and would go after race leader Mike Bowman. The leaders would hit lap traffic at the halfway mark as Bowman, Williamson and Rudolph would pull away from the rest of the field. Gary Lindberg would hit the turn-three wall to bring out the caution on lap 24. On the restart, Williamson would take the lead away from Bowman as Ryan Susice moved up and would take third position away from Rudolph. Williamson checked out on the field and would go on to score the feature win. Erick Rudolph won his second straight track title by 17 over Williamson.
Kevin Wills and Garrison Krentz led the Investors Service Sportsman to the green flag for their 25-lap main event with Krentz showing the way. Krentz continued to show the way as Kyle Inman raced in second. Inman would take lead away from Krentz on lap six and would open up his lead over the balance of the field. Derek Wagner would challenge Krentz for second place as defending divisional champion Brett Senek raced in sixth place. Senek would move around Noah Walker to re-enter the top five at the halfway mark. Senek would pass Robbie Johnston to take over fourth place with six laps remaining. Inman would pull away to score the win, his third of the season. Dave DiPietro won a Hoosier Tire during a drawing post-race.
Bubby Pawlak and Kyle Richner brought the Stevenson’s Hardware Novice Sportsman to the green flag for their final points main event with Pawlak jumping into the lead. Off a lap three restart, Pawlak would reclaim the lead as the race was on for the points title as Butch Zimmerman and Mike Martin battled for position. Martin would move into third with Zimmerman racing in fourth. Zimmerman led Martin by two points going into Championship Night. The late race restart would see Pawlak still leading Sam Junkin with Martin and Zimmerman racing in third and fourth. Pawlak would go on to score the feature win. Jordan Moden received a Hoosier Tire post-race.
“Showtime” Jaren Israel and Pat Dell set the pace in the KI-PO Motors Street Stocks feature event with Israel showing the way with Dell and Pete Stefanski racing in second and third. The top three would go three-wide for the lead with Stefanski and Dell clearing Israel, who suffered front-end damage. Israel would pull into the pits to bring out the races first caution on lap four. Stefanski would take the lead away on the restart as Cory Sawyer moved into third place. Sawyer would clear Dell to move into second on lap five and would start to go after Stefanski. Stefanski would pull away to score the feature win.
Steve Matson and Dave Dussault led the Gippsters Collision Mini Stocks to the green flag for their feature event with Dussault showing the way with Mike Kramarz and Chuck Cala racing in top three. Kramarz would take over the lead on lap five with Cala, Matt Hornquist, Nick Tarnowski and Dussault raced in the top five. Hornquist would catch and pass Kramarz for the lead on lap 11 and would start to pull away and would go on to score his first victory of the season.
The 4d of Danny Myto, Joe Hallack, and Austin Wilson were the top three remaining in the Triple T Auto Demolition Derby. Myto was declared the winner.
NEWS AND NOTES: 76 cars signed in pitside. Makenna Quarantillo performed the national anthems. Triple T Auto Parts presented the Labor Day Weekend Demolition Derby. The go-kart division at the Little R is holding its annual raffle to benefit the drivers point fund. The raffle will be held at their end of the season fun race and banquet on Sept. 8.
Suites are still available for King of the Hill Weekend. Contact the speedway office for more information.
Barker Lions Club will present the Sportsman Super DIRTcar Series 50 on Friday, Sept. 6. The 358 Modified Tour will also make its first appearance at the Big R with the KI-PO Motors Street Stocks and Gippsters Collision Mini Stocks rounding out the racing card. Pit gates will open at 5 p.m. with grandstands opening at 6 p.m. Racing gets underway at 7:15 p.m.
RACE RESULTS –HY-TECH CONCRETE, NMCC, WNY HEROES, LAWNS UNLIMITED, BUSCH BEER NIGHT
Krown Undercoating 358 Modifieds: MAT WILLIAMSON, Mike Bowman, Ryan Susice, Erick Rudolph, Chad Brachmann, Pete Bicknell, Rick Richner, Greg Martin, Jesse Cotriss, Steve Lewis Jr., John Smith, Mike Williams, Brandon Michaud, Jim Zimmerman, Gary Lindberg, Allan Wills
Qualifying Winners: Rick Richner, Erick Rudolph
Track Champion: Erick Rudolph
Investors Service Sportsman: KYLE INMAN, Garrison Krentz, Derek Wagner, Brett Senek, Robbie Johnston, Noah Walker, Dave DiPietro, Zach George, AJ Custodi, Cody Wolfe, Kevin Wills, Darrell Borkenhagen, Brian Harris, Nathan Peattie
Qualifying Winners: Garrison Krentz, Kevin Wills
Track Champion: Brett Senek
Stevenson’s Hardware Novice Sportsman: BUBBY PAWLAK, Sam Junkin, Mike Martin, Butch Zimmerman, Kyle Richner, Chris Hawkins, Orval Harris, Tommy Lalomia Jr., Jordan Moden, Tyler Vinson
Qualifying Winner: Butch Zimmerman
Track Champions: Butch Zimmerman, Mike Martin
KI-PO Motors Street Stocks: PETE STEFANSKI, Cory Sawyer, Pat Dell, Chris Dziomba, Dan Korpanty, Anthony Guthrie, Zack Bleich, Jarrod Brown, Jaren Israel, Did Not Start: Billy Bleich Jr.
Qualifying Winners: Pat Dell, Pete Stefanski
Gippster’s Collision Mini Stocks: MATT HORNQUIST, Mike Kramarz, Chuck Cala, Nick Tarnowski, Brian Mulcher, Dave Dussault, Steve Matson, Jeffrey Wynes, Cole Susice, Anthony Hermanson, Ryan Plante
Qualifying Winners: Dave Dussault, Nick Tarnowski
About Ransomville Speedway
Opened in 1958, Ransomville Speedway is located on Braley Road in the hamlet of Ransomville. “The Big R” is a 3/8-mile DIRTcar-sanctioned facility that is the home of the Summer Nationals. Ransomville also features a 1/16-mile Go-Kart track for action on the “Little R” on Thursday nights. For more information, visit www.ransomvillespeedway.com, follow on Twitter @Ransomville and “Like” on Facebook. Contact the speedway at 716-791-3602 or 716-791-3611.