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'King of the Hill' weekend to wrap up 2019 season at Ransomville Speedway

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Tue, Sep 10th 2019 09:50 am

Ransomville Speedway closes out its 2019 season this Friday and Saturday with the annual “King of the Hill” weekend presented by Investor’s Service on Sept. 13-14. This event will bring race teams from across New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Ontario to the “Big R” for two days of racing, including the first visits to Ransomville by two different racing series.

Friday night’s action, presented by the Tonawanda Island Launch Club, Buffalo Construction Consultants and Firth Jewelers, will feature the BEI Lightning Sportsman Series, RUSH Wingless Sprint Cars, Ki-Po Chevrolet Street Stocks and Gippster’s Collision Mini Stocks.

The BEI Lightning Sportsman will compete in the Sean Letts Memorial 40, which pays tribute to former Ransomville Sportsman and Street Stock competitor Sean Letts who tragically passed away last year.

Former track champion James Michael Friesen currently leads the BEI Lightning Series points over the 2019 Investor’s Service Sportsman champ Brett Senek, and Chad Chevalier.

Ransomville Speedway will get its first taste of the RUSH Wingless Sprint Car Series on Friday night of “King of the Hill” weekend, as well. The RUSH Series features traditional wingless sprint cars that run on methanol with a spec shock package and spec Hoosier tires. Brian Woodhall of Apollo, Pennsylvania, is the current points leader in the Bonnell's Rod Shop RUSH Sprint Car Weekly Series. Chad Ruhlman of Bemus Point leads the series with two wins in 2019.

The Ki-Po Chevrolet Street Stocks will run their finals points race of 2019. Cory Sawyer leads defending champion Pete Stefanski by 24 points. Sawyer is chasing his third career Street Stock title, while Stefanski is looking to go back-to-back and get his sixth career title at the “Big R.”

Pit gates on Friday will open at 5 p.m. with grandstands opening at 6 p.m. Racing starts at 7:15 p.m. Grandstand admission is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and students (ages 13-17 with valid school ID), $8 for children ages 9-12, and free for kids 8. Pit admission is $27 for member or $32 for non-member.

Free camping is available in the speedway parking lot all weekend.

Saturday night, presented by Bailey Brothers Landscaping and Behm Motorsports, is headlined by the BRP Modified Tour, “King of the Hill” 75-lapper for the Street Stocks, Gippster’s Collision Mini Stocks and Investor’s Service Sportsman.

The big block warriors of the BRP Modified Tour invade Ransomville on Saturday for the first time ever. Competing at tracks in New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, the BRP Tour lists Ransomville regulars Erick Rudolph, Chad Brachmann, Rick Richner, Mat Williamson and Pete Bicknell as former series winners. Brachmann and Rudolph have also won BRP Tour championships in the past.

Their inaugural visit to the “Big R” is the final event of the BRP Modified Tour’s 2019 schedule. Defending series champion, Rex King, Jr. of Bristolville, Ohio, currently leads his father, Rex King Sr., by 30 points for the series championship.

A “King of the Hill” tradition is the extra-distance feature for the Ki-Po Chevrolet Street Stocks. Drivers will do battle for 75 laps for a chance at the $1,000 top prize. It is also the final event of the Ransomville/Humberstone Can-Am Thunder Stock Challenge.

The Gippster’s Collision Mini Stocks will crown their track champion in the final points race of 2019. Cole Susice leads Mike Kramarz by 22 points heading into the final weekend of the season. The winner of the Mini Stock feature will take home $300. The Sportsman and Novice Sportsman drivers will also do battle in a special race.

Lap sponsorship for the BEI Lightning Sportsman race, “King of the Hill” Street Stock 75 and Mini Stock Season Championship race on Saturday is available for $20 per lap. Contact Jenn Martin at the speedway office to sponsor a lap.

Pit gates on Saturday will open at 4 p.m. with grandstands opening at 5 p.m. Racing starts at 6:15 p.m. Grandstand admission is $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and students (ages 13-17 with valid school ID), $8 for children ages 9-12, and free for kids 8 and under. Pit admission is $27 for member or $32 for non-member.

Investors Services, owned and operated by former competitor Mike Greenawalt, restores and renovates properties, while coordinating with the property owners to ensure complete satisfaction. Investors Services has been in business for over 10 years with proven results and has completed numerous projects throughout Erie and Niagara counties in towns and cities such as Buffalo, Tonawanda, Kenmore, Niagara and Niagara Falls. Investors can be reached by mail at 4939 Lockport Road, Niagara Falls; by phone at 716-285-3000; or online at www.investorsservicecompany.com.

Opened in 1958, 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 3/8-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.

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