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KYLE SOPER MUSCLES HIS WAY TO MIKE STEFANIK HALL OF FAME 160 VICTORY SATURDAY AT RIVERHEAD RACEWAY

Riverhead, NY Oct. 17th.

Defending NASCAR Modified champion Kyle Soper of Manorville raced his way back into the lead of the Mike Stefanik Hall of Fame 160 at Riverhead Raceway Saturday with 20-laps remaining to score his second consecutive win and third overall in the 2020 race season. Soper led the first 103 laps of the race prior to pit stops under caution in a dazzling performance but later in the race had to hustle and use muscle to reclaim his race lead and eventual victory.

Championship leader Tom Rogers Jr. despite having to rush to his nearby home in Riverhead to bring his back-up car to the track after engine failure sidelined his Denise & Ken Darch owned primary machine set fast time with a lap of 11.599 with Kyle Soper second at 11.619 setting the front row for the race. With Rogers having choice as to where he’d like to start on the front row he opted for the traditional inside lane and when the race took the green moving Soper outside the front row. When the green flag waved Soper got a terrific launch in the outside groove and quickly moved his Eastport Feeds Chevy out front. With the race featuring a long green flag run Soper put on a dominating and somewhat shocking performance clicking off laps in the 11.7 range as the race approached halfway. Many on hand were wondering if Kyle who started to lap the lower half of the top ten was wearing out his equipment and would his car perform the same without the aid of a caution and the two change tires available to teams during the 160 lap affair.

A Chris Young spin would provide the first answer in the equation on lap 103 as the yellow flag waved. When the pits opened the entire field pitted and now the race was to the gate to return to the race which was won by 2020 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Justin Bonsignore who was wheeling the Rob Pelis owned car for the 160. Rogers was second out of the pits and for the restart Bonsignore chose the inside. When the race resumed on lap 104 Rogers rode the preferred outside lane to the race lead with Bonsignore hot on Rogers heels in second. On lap 131 Bonsignore was able to work his way by Rogers for the race lead and just two laps later Soper was also able to get by Rogers on the 134th circuit for second.

Once to second Soper wasted little time pressuring Bonsignore for the lead in the five laps they ran one-two with Kyle quickly going side by side with the two time WMT champion. Indeed the duo would clang side bars and swap paint while slicing and dicing for the race lead with Soper muscling his way by Bonsignore to start the 140th lap of the contest. Once out front Kyle Soper would again start to gap his rivals and drive off to his 19th career NASCAR Modified win which now ties him with former multi-time champion Chuck Steuer for 21st on the all time win list.

After being presented the Mike Stefanik Hall of Fame 160 trophy in victory lane Soper gazed down at the hardware, “I always wanted one of these tripod trophies and for it to bear Mike’s name on it, priceless” Soper revealed. When asked about his early race strategy that saw him racing hard every lap he disclosed his team’s game plan, “we were out to lap the entire field if we could” Kyle, 24 admitted and added with a chuckle “we had a good pit stop I mean for a bunch of over 55 year olds with beer bellies”  As to his battle for the lead and the contact between he and Bonsignore Soper was unapologetic “the lap before Justin got into me pretty good so I gave it back to him”.

Justin Bonsignore of Holtsville who has indicated he’ll be back for the Islip 300 on Saturday afternoon November 14th was runner-up in the RP Fabricating Chevy while Tom Rogers Jr. padded his championship lead by two points placing third in the License To Chill Chevy. Rogers closest challenger for the 2020 title Dylan Slepian of Dix Hill was fourth while John Beatty Jr. of Merrick came home fifth. 

Late Model winner Jarrod Hayes October 17th, 2020 / Noah Watts Myracenews

The Late Models were back and redeemed themselves after a rough and tumble caution laiden race two weeks ago with a fast paced non stop 25-lap feature event with veteran Jarrod Hayes of Calverton notching his first win of the season. “Radiant” Ray Minieri and Hayes brought the field down to the start of the race and has been the case often in 2020 the outside lane has the grip thanks to being treated and that allowed Hayes to bolt into the race lead. Minieri was quickly passed by Chris Turbush for second on lap 2 but second would be as good as it got for Chris who like leader Hayes came to the race with 18 career LM wins. As the laps clicked off “J-Rod” Jarrod Hayes just kept hitting his marks and drove off to victory in the MSM Elite Motorsports Chevy. Chris Turbush of Wading River was runner-up in the Eastern Fuel Oil entry while championship leader Jeremy McDermott of Riverhead was third in the Eastport Feeds Pontiac.

Crate Modified winner Terry Stiles October 17th, 2020 / Noah Watts Myracenews

Just two weeks removed from a grinding heat race crash in his Crate Modified Terry Stiles of Rocky Point rebounded nicely Saturday with his first win of 2020 leading all 25-laps of the main event. Stiles was suppose to start third but when pole sitter Charles Macwhinnie moved to the rear of the field the inside lane moved up one giving Stiles the pole and the Blunderbust graduate took full advantage. When the green light came on to start the race Stiles was able to get the measure of young lion Alex Colasanto who tucked into second behind Stiles. Colasanto ran second until lap 14 when he was passed by Chris Rogers who started the race from 8th. With just ten laps remaining for Rogers he went right to work reeling in Stiles but catching Terry was one thing, passing him would be another. Stiles never wavered in his T&S Auto Clinic Chevy and rewarded his Gino Orlando crew with victory. Chris Rogers of Patchogue would settle for second in his Peconic Gold Oysters Chevy while championship leader Richie Davidowitz of East Moriches drove from 9th to a third place finish in his Benimax Trucking machine.

Blunderbust winner Tom Pickerell October 17th, 2020 / Noah Watts Myracenews

After the last Blunderbust race former multi-time champion Tom Pickerell of Huntington knew something was lacking in the performance of his Encore Rentals Chevy and after some crafty exhaust work by United Exhaust he proved himself right as he won a non-stop 30-lap Blunderbust feature event. In qualifying “Mad” Max Handley set a new track record for the class with a lap of 14.445 with Jim Laird Jr. second quick at 14.474. Max Handley led the first lap of the tilt from the pole with Tom Pickerell quickly coming from third to second on the first lap. “Slick Pick” a 26-time winner in the class coming into competition wasted no time making a bid for the lead to the inside of Handley in the third & fourth turn to start lap 2 with Handley now second. From lap 4 through 7 Handley and Jim Laird Jr. swapped the second position before Handley claimed it and held it until he spun on lap 22. That turn of events moved Laird back to second but by that time Tom Pickerell was long gone in route to taking his first win of the season. Laird of Riverhead was second in the Poolsmith Inc Chevy while “Turbo” Tom Sullivan of Massapequa was third in the Island Trees Automotive entry.

INEX Legend winner Joey “Blankets” Braun October 17th, 2020 / Noah Watts Myracenews

“Blankets” Joey Braun was certainly not sleeping on a 9th lap double file restart during the 20-lap INEX Legend Race Car feature as he win his second race of the year mastering the restart game. Eric Hersey broke to the race lead at the throw of the green with Braun moving into second. Braun tested Hersey over the first 9-laps of the race prior to a Robert Henninger III spin in turn four bringing out the yellow. Hersey and Braun lined-up side by side to resume the race and when the green waved Braun fired off flawlessly taking the lead away from Hersey. Over the remainder of the race Braun and Hersey would run one-two with veteran Kevin Nowak later joining the leading party. However when the race took the checker flag Joey Braun in his Dunrite Pools Coupe was first under it for his third career win. Eric Hersey of Commack was runner-up in the Epic Tools machine while Kevin Nowak of Medford was third in the JTEC Electric racer.

Street Stock winner James Pape Jr October 17th, 2020 / Noah Watts Myracenews

Prior to the 2019 race season James Pape Jr. of Mattituck invested into his racing career by purchasing a multi time winning Street Stock from Greg Zaleski. Saturday that investment paid dividends as Pape went out and won his heat race and later his first career feature event in a non-stop 20-lap main event. For the inital start Roger Oxee and James Pape Jr. made up the front row and at the hit of the throttle Oxee’s car broke loose allowing Pape to move out front from the outside pole. Chris Lescenski seeking his second win of 2020 moved to second when Pape took the lead and while he kept the leader in his sights he was never able to muster a serious challenge for the lead. James Pape Jr., whose father Jim ran Late Models at the track was able to keep his Eastern Fuel Oil Chevy out front the entire race to score his first ever win that he celebrated with a first class burnout afterwards. Chris Lescenski of Riverhead was second in his TB Motorsports Chevy while Jay Henschel of Levittown was third in the Polar Bear Air Chevy. Henschel had actually sold this car to Blunderbust driver Alyssa Paprocky who after practice asked Jay to wheel it one more time.


Mike Stefanik Hall of Fame NASCAR Modified 160: 1. Kyle Soper 2. Justin Bonsignore 3. Tom Rogers Jr. 4. Dylan Slepian 5. John Beatty Jr. 6. Roger Turbush 7. Eric Goodale 8. Justin Brown 9. Michael Rutkoski 10. Howie Brode 11. Chris Young 12. Jimmy Rennick Jr. 13. CJ Lehmann 14. John Baker 15. Dave Brigati 16. John Fortin Sr.

Late Models: 1. Jarrod Hayes 2. Chris Turbush 3. Jeremy McDermott 4. Ed Cheslak 5. Kevin Metzger 6. Shawn Patrick 7. Ray Minieri
Crate Modifieds: 1. Terry Stiles 2. Chris Rogers 3. Richie Davidowitz 4. Owen Grennan 5. Alex Colasanto 6. Sean Glennon 7. Eric Hersey 8. AJ DeSantis 9. Michael Berner 10. Gerard Lawrence 11. Eddie Schutze 12. Steve Ratti 13. Mike Albasini 14. Dennis Krupski 15. Jason Hansen 16. Charlie Macwhinnie 17. Matt Brode 18. Lou Maestri


Blunderbusts: 1. Tom Pickerell 2. Jim Laird Jr. 3. Tom Sullivan 4. Alyssa Paprocky 5. Cody Triola 6. Bill Wegmann Sr. 7. Jason Wegmann 8. Gary Caldwell 9. Kyle Halpin 10. Max Handley


Legend Race Cars: 1. Joey Braun 2. Eric Hersey 3. Kevin Nowak 4. Ray Fitzgerald 5. George Tomko Jr. 6. Allan Pedersen 7. Jason Castaldo 8. Anthony Colandro 9. Anthony Marsh 10. Jim Sylvester 11. Shawn Wanat 12. Chris Sinatro 13. Scott Cheslak 14. Colin Volpe 15. Pat Moore 16. Jeff Farruggia Jr. 17. Mike Van Houten Jr. 18. Charlie Hodge 19. Jake Curran 20. Mike Benton 21. AJ Vasseur 22. Robert Henninger III 23. Chase Grennan 24. Michael Metcalf 25. Frank Hodge 26. Sean McElearney


Street Stocks: 1. James Pape Jr. 2. Chris Lescenski 3. Jay Henschel 4. Dave Antos 5. Brian McCormack 6. David White 7. Roger Oxee 8. Justin Ferreri 9. Danny Pizzo 10. James Dipietro 11. Chris Mancz 12. Sean Fitzpatrick 13. Rhett Fogg

Dowling, Arute, Debbis, Durand, & Robinson Score August 14 Weekly Racing Feature Wins at Stafford Motor Speedway

(Stafford Springs, CT)—Stafford Speedway hosted Weekly Racing action on Friday, August 14 with all 5 of its divisions in feature action.  After winning the biggest SK Modified® race of the season one week ago in the NAPA SK 5k, Chase Dowling made it back to back wins by taking the checkered flag in the 40-lap SK Modified® feature.  Paul Arute was a first time 2020 winner in the Late Model feature, Derek Debbis won for the second time in the SK Light feature, Andrew Durand scored his third win in the Limited Late Model feature, and Zack Robinson scored his third points paying win and fourth overall win in the Street Stock feature.

In the 40-lap SK Modified® feature, Tyler Leary took the early lead after holding off a challenge from Troy Talman.  Andrew Molleur was third in line at the start with David Arute fourth and Michael Christopher, Jr. fifth.  Talman took the lead from Leary on lap-7 and his move kicked Leary to the high groove and he fell back to a side by side duel with Arute for fourth place as Molleur took second and Christopher took third.  Leary was able to get in line in fourth in front of Arute on lap-10.  Arute would lose fifth to Chase Dowling on lap-12 as Talman continued to lead Molleur and Christopher.  Marcello Rufrano brought the caution out with 16 laps complete with a spin in turn 2.

Talman took the lead back under green with Christopher and Molleur going side by side for second.  Dowling was fourth in line with Stephen Kopcik up to fifth.  Ronnie Williams was side by side with Arute for sixth and Todd Owen was in eighth place.  Dowling got by Christopher to move into second place behind Talman on lap-21 and Kopcik was up to fourth as Molleur slid from second back to fifth in line.

With 10 laps to go Talman was still in command but Dowling was right on his back bumper looking high and low for a way to get by and take over the lead.  Dowling made the move on lap-31 coming out of turn 4 and he took over the lead.  Christopher was still third with Kopcik, Molleur, Williams, and Keith Rocco making up the top-7.

Dowling slowly pulled away from Talman over the closing laps to take down his second consecutive win of the 2020 season.  Christopher finished third with Kopcik and Molleur rounding out the top-5.

In the 30-lap Late Model feature, Rick Lanagan took the lead at the green with Marc Curtis in second.  Trace Beyer was third in line with Dave Wray fourth and Paul Arute in fifth.  Just behind Arute was Tyler Leary, Al Saunders, Wayne Coury, Jr., Tom Fearn, and Adam Gray. 

Wray took third from Beyer on lap-9 and Arute followed him by to take fourth and drop Beyer back to fifth.  Arute took third from Wray on lap-11 and Leary was looking to follow him by.  Leary made the move on lap-12 to move into fourth and with Wray stuck in the high lane, he fell back to 9th as Al Saunders was fifth, Coury sixth, Fearn seventh, and Gray eighth as Lanagan continued to hold the lead with Curtis in second.

Arute continued his charge to the front as he took second from Curtis on lap-17 and his move opened the door for Leary to take third and Al Saunders to move into fourth.  Curtis would lose fifth to Coury on lap-20 but just as Coury made the move the caution came out for a spin in turn 2 by Greg DeMone to put Curtis back into fifth for the restart.

Arute took the lead on the restart with Leary taking second.  Lanagan slotted into third with Al Saunders in fourth and Curtis fifth when the caution came back out with 20 laps complete as Michael Bennett and Ryan Fearn spun on the frontstretch.

Arute took the lead back under green with Leary all over his back bumper in second.  Lanagan and Al Saunders were side by side for third with Curtis in fifth.  With 5 laps to go, Arute and Leary were still locked in a tight duel for the lead with Lanagan still side by side for third. 

Leary’s car dropped off the pace over the final 5 laps as he slid back to fourth at the finish while Arute took down his first win of the 2020 season.  Al Saunders finished second with Coury, Leary, and Lanagan rounding out the top-5.

In the 20-lap SK Light feature, Robert Bloxsom, III took the lead at the green with Bob Charland, George Bessette, Jr., and Joey Ferrigno lined up behind him.  The caution came out with 1 lap complete as Andrew Les spun in turn 4 and Wesley Prucker took to the infield grass to avoid Les.

Bloxsom took the on the restart with Charland right behind him in second.  Bessette was third in line followed by Tyler Chapman in fourth and Norm Sears in fifth.  Nicole Chambrello took a trip through the frontstretch infield and came to a stop to bring the caution back out with 3 laps complete.

Bloxsom took the lead back under green and one lap after the restart Tyler Chapman made a power move to shoot into second with Nick Anglace taking third.  Anglace nearly took second from Chapman but fell back to third and  the caution came back out with 5 laps complete for spins in turn 2 by Alina Bryden, Chambrello, and Anthony Forino.

Tyler Chapman took the lead from Bloxsom on the restart with Anglace pulling alongside Bloxsom for second.  A multi-car pileup into the turn 1 wall involving Peter Bennett, Bert Ouellette, Cassandra Cole, Jacob Perry, and Sami Anderson brought the caution and red flags out with 7 laps complete. 

Anglace went around Chapman on the restart to take the lead.  Derek Debbis came up to second with Tyler Chapman and Bessette side by side for third.  Debbis took the lead but just as he took the lead Wesley Prucker spun coming off turn 4 to bring the caution back out with 10 laps complete and put Debbis back to second for the restart.

Debbis powered his way into the lead on the restart with Tyer Chapman and Anglace side by side for second.  Anglace nearly spun in turn 3 on lap-12 but he gathered his car up and rejoined in a side by side battle with Jonathan Puleo for sixth place.  Anglace took sixth from Puleo on lap-15 as Debbis was leading Tyler Chapman, Steven Chapman, Alexander Pearl, and Bessette.

Debbis held the Chapman brothers off to take down his second win of the 2020 season.  Tyler Chapman beat Steven to the line for second with Pearl and Bessette rounding out the top-5.

In the 20-lap Limited Late Model feature, Lucas Leone took the lead at the green flag with Alexandra Fearn moving into second.  Matt Clement took third with Andrew Durand fourth and Jeremy Lavoie fifth.  Devon Jencik, who started on the pole, slid back to seventh and with 2 laps complete looked to lose an engine going into turn 3 as a plume of smoke appeared from underneath his car and he spun in turn 3 to bring the caution out.

On the restart Durand went from fourth to the lead, streaking his way through traffic.  Leone settled into second with Lavoie third, Clement fourth and Fearn slid back to fifth.  Lavoie made a move to take second from Leone on lap-6 and his move opened the door for Clement to take third and drop Leone back to fourth, just in front of Fearn as Durand continued to lead the race.

Fearn took fourth from Leone on lap-9 while Durand was staring to slowly extend his advantage over Lavoie and Clement, who were locked in a tight duel for second.  Damian Palardy spun in turn 4 to bring the yellow back out with 10 laps complete.

Durand took the lead back under green while Clement got by Lavoie to move into second.  Fearn also got by Lavoie to take third and drop Lavoie back to fourth with Leone rounding out the top-5.  Fearn made a move to the inside of Clement for second on lap-13 and she completed the pass on lap-14.  With 5 laps to go, Durand maintained a several car length lead over Fearn with Clement, Lavoie, and Leone still making up the top-5.

Durand led Fearn to the checkered flag to pick up his third win of the 2020 season.  Clement came home in third with Lavoie and Leone rounding out the top-5.

In the 20-lap Street Stock feature, Bobby Stirk, III appeared to lose his engine at the start as he laid down a trail of oil and his car was smoking heavily to bring the caution out.  George Yuska powered his way into the lead on the start with Larry Barnett coming up to second.  Barnett took the lead from Yuska on lap-4 while Chris Meyer was third.  Zack Robinson went around Nickolas Hovey on lap-5 to move into fourth and Robison’s pass opened the door for Adrien Paradis, III and Meghan Fuller to also get by Hovey and drop him back to seventh. 

Robinson took second from Meyer on lap-8 while Paradis was fourth in line and Fuller was fifth as Barnett continued to lead the race.  Robinson closed the gap to Barnett and by lap-12 he was looking to the inside of Barnett for the race lead.  Robinson took the lead from Barnett on lap-13 while Fuller was now up to third behind the two leaders.  Paradis was still fourth with Jason Lafayette now in fifth with 7 laps to go.

Fuller took second from Barnett with a pass in turn 4 on lap-14 and set her sights on narrowing the gap to Robinson for the race lead.  Fuller couldn’t get close enough to Robinson to make a bid for the lead as Robinson scored his third points paying and fourth overall win of the 2020 season.  Barnett finished third with Lafayette and Frank L’Etoile, Jr. rounding out the top-5.

For more information contact the Stafford Motor Speedway track office at (860) 684-2783, or visit us on the web at www.staffordspeedway.com.

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SK MODIFIED® (40)

1) Chase Dowling, Roxbury

2) Troy Talman, Oxford, MA

3) Michael Christopher, Jr., Wolcott

4) Stephen Kopcik, Newtown

5) Andrew Molleur, Shelton

6) Ronnie Williams, Tolland

7) Keith Rocco, Berlin

8) Todd Owen, Somers

9) Glen Reen, Wilbraham, MA

10) Tony Membrino, Jr., Wolcott

11) Michael Gervais, Jr., Wolcott

12) David Arute, Stafford Springs

13) Teddy Hodgdon, Danbury

14) Matt Gallo, Kensington

15) Marcello Rufrano, North Haven

16) Tyler Hines, North Haven

17) Tyler Leary, Hatfield, MA

18) Jeff Malave, Manchester

19) Mikey Flynn, Hampden, MA

20) Todd Patnode, Swanzey, NH

21) Fran Siana, Enfield

22) Bryan Narducci, Colchester

23) Darin Renihan, Woodbury

24) Tom Bolles, Ellington

25) Matt Vassar, Plantsville

LATE MODEL (30)

1) Paul Arute, Northridge, MA

2) Al Saunders, Stafford

3) Wayne Coury, Jr., Fairfield

4) Tyler Leary, Hatfield, MA

5) Richard Lanagan, Broad Brook

6) Tom Fearn, East Longmeadow, MA

7) Marc Curtis, Brookfield, MA

8) Adam Gray, Granby, Ma

9) Darrell Keane, Enfield

10) Michael Wray, Northford

11) Michael Bennett, Willington

12) John Blake, North Haven

13) Duane Provost, Palmer, MA

14) Paul Varricchio, Jr., Berlin

15) R.J. Surdell, Willington

16) Dave Wray, Durham

17) Gregory DeMone, Ludlow, MA

18) Gary Theriault, Enfield

19) Ryan Fearn, East Longmeadow, Ma

20) Trace Beyer, Stratton, VT

21) Cliff Saunders, Stafford

SK LIGHT MODIFIED (20)

1) Derek Debbis, Oakdale

2) Tyler Chapman, Ellington

3) Steven Chapman, Ellington

4) Alexander Pearl, Salem

5) George Bessette, Jr., Danbury

6) Jonathan Puleo, Branford

7) Nick Anglace, Oxford

8) Mark Bakaj, Lebanon

9) Norm Sears, Andover

10) Bob Charland, Stafford

11) Robert Bloxsom, III, Stratford

12) Josh Carey, East Longmeadow, MA

13) Wesley Prucker, Stafford

14) Andrew Les, Palmer, MA

15) Joey Ferrigno, East Hartford

16) Amanda West, Colchester

17) Alina Bryden, West Springfield, MA

18) Todd Douillard, Palmer, MA

19) Ethan Durocher, Canterbury

20) Peter Bennett, Cromwell

21) Cassandra Cole, Westbrook

22) Sami Anderson, Wolcott

23) Jacob Perry, Stonington

24) Bert Ouellette, Ellington

25) Anthony Forino, Waterbury

26) Nicole Chambrello, Kensington

27) Nathan Pytko, Douglas, MA

LIMITED LATE MODEL (20)

1) Andrew Durand, Chicopee, MA

2) Alexandra Fearn, East Longmeadow, MA

3) Matt Clement, Wethersfield

4) Jeremy Lavoie, Windsor Locks

5) Lucas Leone, Southington

6) Gary Patnode, New Hartford

7) Jay Clement, Wethersfield

8) Rich Hammann, Tolland

9) Damian Palardy, Willington

10) Devon Jencik, Canton

STREET STOCK (20)

1) Zack Robinson, Putnam

2) Meghan Fuller, Auburn, MA

3) Larry Barnett, Moosup

4) Jason Lafayette, Somers

5) Frank L’Etoile, Jr., Wethersfield

6) Adrien Paradis, III, Plainville

7) Nickolas Hovey, Chaplin

8) George Yuska, S. Glastonbury

9) Jason Finkbein, Manchester

10) Chris Meyer, North Franklin

11) Kyle Johnson, Manchester

12) Daltin Mccarthy, Oxford, MA

13) Chris Danielczuk, Goshen

14) John Orsini, Morris

15) Marvin Minkler, Stamford

16) David Macha, Sr., Columbia

17) Christopher Phelps, New Salem, MA

18) Thomas Hanley, Winsted

19) Craig Zervas, Tewksbury, MA

20) Adam Huff, Philadelphia, PA

21) Bobby Stirk, III, Naugatuck

Extension of Governor’s executive order forces cancellation of Ransomville Speedway’s 2020 Season

RANSOMVILLE, N.Y. (August 11, 2020) – The continued extension of Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order number 202.32, which prohibits spectators at auto racing events, has forced Ransomville Speedway management to announce the cancellation of its 2020 racing season. The order, which has been continually extended for the past two months, was extended recently to August 29. With so few scheduled events remaining on the schedule after that date, and with the unlikely scenario Cuomo will not extend his order yet again, the speedway is forced to make this decision.

Sadly, like many other businesses throughout the state of New York, the speedway was ready to open effectively in late June when the Governor’s Phase 4 rollout was to begin. Phase 4 was to include low-risk outdoor activities and entertainment but it was not to be.

“Like many other tracks and businesses across the state, we waited patiently in the spring for phase 4 to begin and used that time to develop the appropriate safeguards at the track to be CDC compliant,” said general manager Jenn Martin, “We have been prepared to open with a safe environment for our racing family for two months, unfortunately, the Governor’s ‘phase 4’ appears to be little more than fiction.”

Ransomville Speedway is one of approximately 50% of the motorsports facilities in the state that has not hosted an event in 2020. Several tracks have opened for a limited number of events with varying success. While Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order that was released on June 1 permits racing without fans, it simply was not appealing to most New York State tracks, including Ransomville.

“Hosting successful events is dependent on three major components – participants, fans and sponsorships. It is challenging to successfully operate when fans aren’t permitted and sponsorships are so dependent on crowds,” said Martin. “Short tracks like ours need all things to work in unison to be successful. Plus racing at Ransomville is just not complete without all the excited fans joining us every Friday Night. It just wouldn’t be the same”

Track Management would like to thank all the competitors, fans, sponsors, officials and staff for their patience, understanding and support during this time of uncertainty. Most of all, for all to remain healthy and safe as the COVID-19 pandemic begins to wind down. Speedway management will begin planning for the 2021 racing season, with announcements to be released as they become available.About Ransomville Speedway: 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, please visit our updated website at www.ransomvillespeedway.com as well as follow us on Twitter @Ransomville and like us on Facebook. You can also contact the speedway by phone by calling (716) 791-3602 or (716) 791-3611.