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Johnston moving up to Ransomville’s 358 Modifieds

RANSOMVILLE, N.Y. (January 22, 2020) – The Krown Undercoating 358 Modified division at Ransomville Speedway will have a fresh new face in the lineup for the 2020 season. 18-year-old Robbie Johnston of Lockport, N.Y. will be moving up from the Investor’s Service Sportsman to compete weekly in Ransomville’s headline class.

Johnston, who drives the Innovative Auto Repair #33J, is coming off his best season in the Sportsman. He finished sixth in points at Ransomville with six top five finishes and nine top tens in 15 starts. Johnston also competed weekly at Merrittville Speedway in their Sportsman division, where he posted three top fives and six top tens. 

“We have run pretty decent in the Sportsman during the last two seasons. I have been told that I’m prepared enough, and run well enough to race a Modified,” said Johnston.

Just like a number of other Ransomville drivers, Johnston started his career in go-karts before moving into full-sized race cars. He made his debut in the Stevenson’s Hardware Novice Sportsman in 2016 at the age of 14. It wasn’t long before he found victory lane on multiple occasions in the Novice class. Johnston made the switch to full-time Sportsman racing in 2018. 

“I’m really looking forward to gaining a ton of experience competing in the Modifieds,” said Johnston, “I can’t wait to compete against the “big dogs” of the division.”

Johnston graduated from Wilson High School last year. He currently works in retail along with his helping his father, Rob, at their Innovative Auto Repair shop. He is also sponsored by Buffalo Spine Surgery, Transit Road Car Wash and Nicholas & Hepp Machine Shop. 

Ransomville Speedway hosts its drivers registration and division meetings this Sunday at the Ransomville Fire Hall. Full-fendered division meetings begin at 11 a.m. followed by open-wheeled divisions at 12:30 p.m. Drivers will be able to purchase season passes and DIRTcar memberships for the 2020 season.

The annual mall car show at the Fashion Outlets of Niagara takes place the weekend of March 27-29. Entries for the 2020 Miss Ransomville contest are still being accepted by email at raceransomville@gmail.com or by messaging the Ransomville Speedway Facebook page.

DAYTONA PARTY: SLOT CAR RACING & SNOCROSS

LOUDON, NH: Kick off the 2020 racing season at the North East Motor Sports Museum on Saturday February 15th with free food and fun at our annual Daytona Party. The party starts at noon and runs until the end of the NASCAR Xfinity 300 which will be shown on our new 12×10 big screen! The party is free for museum members and kids under 12. If you’re not a member become one the day of the event or pay $10 for entry. Members, please bring your member cards for entry.
 
For one day only the 60 foot slot car drag strip returns to the museum for guests to test their reaction time and claim bragging rights. The slot car drag strip features a working christmas tree starting light, so don’t red light! In addition to the drag strip the museum slot car oval will be zooming with many makes and models of cars.
 
Also don’t forget to put the pedal to the metal on our iRacing Simulator. The simulator features 274 tracks and 102 cars. Rev up a midget car at the Chili Bowl or see how fast a NASCAR Cup car can go at Daytona. The simulator allows you to put any car on any track. On display as well will be two karts from Route 106 Race Park. Learn how you can go kart racing in 2020 at the party.
 
Giveaway prizes return to the party and will feature NASCAR die cast, memorabilia and free tickets to the NASCAR Modified and Xfinity doubleheader at NHMS in July. See new cars that have rolled into the museum such as the Richie Evans #61 Ghost Rider Modified or the wild 1940 Packard that drove from Peking China to Paris France in 36 days that was built in NH. Enjoy and explore our 25+ race cars and motorcycles and hundreds of artifacts.
 
Once things cool off at the museum the action heats up at the NHMS Flat Track directly behind the museum. For the first time The Flat Track will hold a snowmobile event featuring the Eastern Snocross Tour Championship starting at 4:30pm. For tickets and more info visit the NHMS website.
 
A variety of food will be served at noon so don’t be late! Join us on February 15th to enjoy the museum and talk racing with fellow friends and fans. Click here to get your tickets now or call 603-783-0183. All proceeds help support the museums mission of preserving and educating individuals about the history of motor racing in New England and the Northeast.
 
About: The North East Motor Sports Museum is owned by the Racing History Preservation Group, a 501-c-3 educational non-profit organization that seeks to discover, preserve and share the history of motorsports in the Northeast. The 10,000 square foot museum opened on June 10, 2017 on the grounds of the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, NH.

Kyle Ellwood Teams With Paul French For 2020 SK Light Season at Stafford

(Stafford Springs, CT)—With the 2020 NASCAR Weekly Racing season less than 100 days away, another new combination has been announced in Stafford Speedway’s SK Light ranks.  Riverhead, NY native Kyle Ellwood will team with longtime SK Light car owner/driver Paul French to drive the #2 Bakaj Construction Chevrolet.  Ellwood will return to full-time weekly racing after making 25 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour starts from 2014-2019.

“I’m excited to get started with Paul French,” said Ellwood.  “I met him last year when we bought a car from him, he helped me run the car in the last race at Thompson and we finished fifth after starting last.  After that race Paul mentioned that maybe we could do something next season and he ended up asking me if I wanted to drive his car at Stafford.  I really have to give a big thank you to Paul for giving me this chance.  This is a really great opportunity for me and we’re looking for any marketing partners who would like to jump on board a fast race car.”

Out of Ellwood’s 25 career NWMT starts, 8 of those races came at Stafford.  Although Ellwood’s best finish in those 8 starts was a 14th in the Stafford 125 in May of 2015, the experience that he gained in those races will be invaluable as he prepares to step down to a lower horsepower car at the Connecticut half-mile facility.

“Having seen the track before is definitely going to help,” said Ellwood.  “I know where to run and I have laps around Stafford, it’s just going to be a matter of adjusting to a lower speed car and trying to keep the momentum up. This is a great opportunity that will help me take a step back from working on my own Tour car and focus more on setting the car up.  Paul has really fast cars and he does his homework, so I’m looking forward to doing some racing on a weekly basis. This will get me off Long Island and racing at one of the most prestigious tracks in America.”

One reason for Ellwood to be excited about the 2020 season at Stafford is the past performance of SK Light cars that were prepared by French.  French has won races at Stafford with himself behind the wheel as well as Mark Bakaj, Joey Ferrigno, and Joe Graf, Jr.  Ellwood has plans on continuing the winning ways and if he can make a strong enough start to his 2020 campaign, even challenging for the track championship.

“I hope to win some races this season,” said Ellwood.  “I don’t see why we shouldn’t be competitive right out of the box.  The car was really good coming off the trailer at Thompson and Paul puts a lot of effort into everything. Hopefully we can improve as the year goes on and with the crew help we have, I think we can be a competitive car.  I’d like to run for the championship but by the same token you have to start the year off on the right foot so we’ll see how things go and take it one race at a time.  Usually if you have a good start to the season that leads to better things.  I think this can be a pretty good year and we can have some success.”

With Ellwood having already driven parts of 6 seasons on the NASCAR Modified Tour as well as driving full blown modifieds on a weekly level at Riverhead, some might view Ellwood’s move to the SK Lights as a step backwards but Ellwood says it’s anything but that.

“I would race shopping karts with motors on them if I could, it doesn’t matter to me what I drive,” said Ellwood.  “I’d like to be racing 4 or 5 times a week.  Any opportunity is an opportunity and it doesn’t matter to me what it is as long as I can get out on the track and compete.  There’s 30 cars at Stafford every week that you have to beat to win races and that’s what I want to do.  They say that Stafford is where the best drivers are and I want to see if I can be one of the best drivers.”

Racing every Friday night at Stafford in the SK Lights won’t be the only racing that Ellwood has planned for the 2020 season.  Although his plans are not yet set in stone, Ellwood will still make several Modified Tour starts and he has hopes to be able to race in the Open Modified 80’s that Stafford Speedway will host on May 15, June 12, July 10, and August 21.

“I’m not sure of all the details yet but we’re still going to run a couple of Tour races this year with my family owned car,” said Ellwood.  “I’d also like to see if we can put a deal together to run the Open 80 shows at Stafford, those races look like a lot of fun.”

The 2020 SK Light season kicks off with the 49th Annual NAPA Spring Sizzler® on April 24-26.  Tickets for the “Greatest Race in the History of Spring” are on sale now by calling the Speedway Box Office 860-684-2783 or online at www.staffordspeedway.com.

For more information, visit www.staffordspeedway.com, checkout Stafford Speedway on Facebook or Twitter, or contact the track office at 860-684-2783.