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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.

Ohsweken joins Ransomville & Humberstone for Can-Am Thunder Stock Challenge

RANSOMVILLE, N.Y. (January 19, 2020) – Following a successful first season the Can-Am Thunder Stock Challenge will expand to five races in 2020.

Last season the series pitted drivers from Ransomville Speedway’s Street Stock division against Thunder Stock drivers from the New Humberstone Speedway in a four race series. A total of 40 different drivers took part in at least one series race. Dave Bailey of Hagersville, Ontario captured the first ever Can-Am Thunder Stock Challenge championship by winning three out of the four events.

For 2020, both Ransomville and Humberstone will hold two events each with a fifth race being added at the Ohsweken Speedway, located on the Six Nations Reserve in Ontario. Ohsweken has a thriving Thunder Stock division as part of their weekly Friday night racing program. Reigning Can-Am Challenge champ Dave Bailey is also a five-time Ohsweken track champion. 

“We were very satisfied with the level of participation we saw during the first year of the Can-Am Challenge,” said Jenn Martin, Ransomville Speedway general manager. “Now with Ohsweken coming board, we are confident this will help to grow the series.”

The Can-Am Thunder Stock Challenge will kick off on Sunday, June 7 at Humberstone. The series then heads to Ransomville on July 17 for the John Susice Memorial. Ohsweken will host their race on July 24. The final two races of the series will take place over a span of five days starting September 13 at Humberstone followed by the King of the Hill 75 at Ransomville on September 18.

All series races will pay $500 to win and $50 to start except the King of the Hill, which will pay $1,000 to the winner as well as have lap money up for grabs. The top five in series points at season’s end will share in a $1,500 points fund that includes $500 to the overall champion. 

Officials from all three facilities are pooling their resources to search for a series sponsor. The potential title sponsor would receive multiple mentions at all three tracks throughout the season, and reach a wide base of race fans on both sides of the border. Any interested parties can contact Jenn Martin at the Ransomville Speedway office at (716) 791-3602.


RANSOMVILLE, N.Y. (December 1, 2019) – Ransomville Speedway will welcome back the stars and cars of the BRP Modified Tour on September 11, 2020, following a successful first visit by the series to the “Big R” this past season.

Last September, Gary Lindberg of Ridgeway, Ontario bested a star-studded field of Modifieds in the inaugural visit by the BRP Tour. Justin Haers, Chad Brachmann, Alan Johnson and James Sweeting rounded out the top five in that event. Rex King, Jr. placed eighth to lock up the 2019 BRP Modified Tour championship. 

This addition to the 2020 schedule means that Modified racing will continue at the “Big R” in the final two weeks of the season once weekly DIRTcar points end for the Krown Undercoating 358 Modifieds on Labor Day weekend. The Friday, September 11 program will also feature a Sportsman/Novice Sportsman shootout, Ki-Po Chevrolet Street Stocks and Mini Stocks. 

Ransomville Speedway will be announcing additional special events for the 2020 season in the coming weeks. Stay tuned to the speedway’s website and social media channels for the latest news.

Additional marketing opportunities for the 2020 racing season at Ransomville are now available. We have a variety of ways for your company’s message to reach our fans. Busch VIP suite rentals are also available for the upcoming year. Contact Jenn Martin at the speedway office at (716) 791-3602 to lock in your group or company’s date.

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.