Derek Wagner, Rich Conte collect checkered flags; Chris Miller wins Mini Stock Track Championship
Submitted by Ransomville Speedway
“The Cobra” Chuck Hebing from Ontario, New York, won the 25-lap A-Main for the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints, as Bailey Brothers Landscaping presented the annual King of the Hill at Ransomville Speedway Friday night. “Showtime” Jaren Israel from Wilson won his 11th KiPo Chevrolet Street Stock feature of the season and claimed the King of the Hill. Derek Wagner from Middleport won his third Sportsman feature of the season in the second Investor’s Service Sportsman/Kevin’s Carpet Cleaning Novice Sportsman Shootout. Rich Conte from LeRoy won his first Sunflowers of Sanborn Mini Stock feature of the season.
The Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints were led to the green flag for their 25-lap A-Main by “The Cobra” Chuck Hebing and “The Juice” Jared Zimbardi, with Hebing quickly into the lead over Zimbardi with Matt Farnham, Paulie Colagiovanni and Jason Barney racing in the top five. Keith Granholm and Tommy Wickham got tangled in turn two on lap two to bring out the races’ first caution.
On the restart, Hebing would reclaim the lead and would stretch the lead over Zimbardi and Farnham. As the top 5 would go single file, John Smith IV, Kyle Drum and Scott Just battled for sixth place for several laps. As Hebing pulled away on lap nine, Paulie Colagiovanni caught and battled Matt Farnham for third place. Keith Granholm would slow to bring out the caution on lap 14.
The mid-race restart would once again see “The Cobra” pull away from the field. John Smith IV would pass Jason Barney to move into the top 5 on lap 15. Paulie Colagiovanni would pass Farnham on lap 19 to move into third place. Smith and Farnham battled for fourth place, as Hebing pulled away. Hebing would go on to score the victory, his seventh career checkered flag at Ransomville. The Cobra Coaches Dash presented by Just Signs & Designs was won by Kyle Drum.
The King of the Hill for the KiPo Chevrolet Street Stocks would see Dan Korpanty and Chris Dziomba on the front row for the 30-lap event, with Dziomba showing the way. Marc Minutolo and Jaren Israel battled for third place, with Israel taking the position on lap three, and then just one lap later would battle Korpanty for second place. The battle between Korpanty and Israel would allow Chris Dziomba to pull away. Israel would move into second on lap seven. Korpanty’s strong night would end as his No. 11 caught fire going into turn two on lap eight.
The restart would put Dziomba and Israel on the front row, with Dziomba, Israel, James Loveland, Marc Minutolo and Pat Dell racing in the top 5. Israel would pull the slider to take the lead on lap 11, with Mike Kramarz moving into fourth place, after passing Dell and Minutolo. As Israel went through the moat at the halfway mark, Dziomba was able to reel back in “Showtime,” as well as both Loveland and Kramarz.
With 12 laps remaining, Kramarz would pass Loveland to move into third place, as Roger Israel moved into fourth. “Showtime” Jaren Israel would go on to score the win, his 11th victory in 2021.
Ransomville Speedway would like to extend gratitude and thanks to Jaren Israel for his hard work to bring on the contingency and lap sponsors for the King of the Hill. He was able to get everything together in just a few days.
The second Investor’s Service Sportsman/Kevin’s Carpet Cleaning Novice Sportsman Shootout of the season was brought to the green flag by Justin McKay and Derek Wagner, with Wagner pulling away, with Kyle Richner, Brett Senek and Brett Martin racing in the top 5. Senek would pass Richner to take over third place early in the 25-lap feature event. Senek would reel in McKay for the runner-up position on lap nine, as Wagner had a near two-second advantage over the field. Senek would take over second, with McKay giving chase during the second half of the race. Wagner would pull away from the field to earn his third victory of the season.
Ryan Plante and Brian Melcher brought the Sunflowers of Sanborn Mini Stocks to the green flag for their championship event with Melcher showing the way. Rocco Conte would take over second on lap one. Conte would take over the lead on lap two and would pull away from the field. Ian Paul would slow down the back straightaway on lap six to bring out the races’ first caution after dropping fluid on the track.
On the restart, Conte would take off into the lead as Nick Tarnowski challenged Melcher for second place. After starting at the rear of the field, Rich Conte would move into third place and then, on lap eight, would take over second from Tarnowski. Rich would catch son Rocco and the duo would battle for the lead.
Nick Hawthorne’s ride would catch fire exiting turn four to bring out the red flag on lap 11. Hawthorne climbed out of his car under his own power and was checked out by the track medical staff. The late-race restart would see the Conte’s pull away from the field. Rich would pass Rocco for the lead with three laps remaining and Rich Conte would go on to score the win.
Speedway management would like to thank all the racers, officials, staff, marketing partners and fans for making 2021 a successful season. Ransomville Speedway will close the books on the season with the annual awards banquet, scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 4. Look for updates regarding the banquet via Ransomville’s website and social media pages.