Tuesday, 16 October 2018

2018 0807 RansomvilleVictoryLane

Ransomville Speedway’s Summer Nationals Goes to Stewart Friesen for Sixth Time

RANSOMVILLE, NY – August 7, 2018 – After starting on the outside pole, Stewart Friesen, five-time NAPA Super DIRT Week Champion, powered by Chad Brachmann racing into turn one on the opening lap. Friesen faced challenges from Matt Sheppard and Mat Williamson throughout the 100 circuits around the half-mile Niagara County facility, but was able to hold them off. A familiar “old school” Ransomville cushion formed at the top of the track, and Friesen made expert use of it. He leaned on it like an old friend, and it carried him to Summer Nationals victory for the sixth time. Mat Williamson, not content with second, nearly grabbed the lead out from under Friesen in the closing laps. Third place finisher Brett Hearn had serious mechanical issues early in the race, but his team was able to fix the failed part, and the no. 20 found its way to the podium.

Read more: Stewart Friesen Powers to Summer Nationals Victory

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Ryan Susice Wins First Career Super DIRTcar Series Race in the Harvey’s 100 at Merrittville Speedway

THOROLD, ONT – August 6, 2018 – Ryan Susice is not a stranger to Victory Lane at Merrittville Speedway, but this one will go down in history as his first career Super DIRTcar Series race win. Susice started on the pole and fended off all challengers to take the win. Danny Johnson, in the newly christened no. 21J Troyer chassis, was the last driver to get a shot at Susice, but he would fall short and settle for second place. Chad Brachmann, a former Series regular and local hot shoe, stayed in the top three all night, bringing the no. 3 car home on the podium in third.

Read more: Susice Ices the Field in First Career Series Win

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Battle of Plattsburgh 100 at Airborne Park Speedway Won by Danny Johnson on Lap 98 Restart

PLATTSBURGH, NY - July 31, 2018 - The defending Super DIRTcar Series Champion, NAPA Super DIRT Week XLVI Champion, and current Championship points leader had the fastest car at Airborne Park Speedway in Hot Laps, Time-Trials, and 98/100 laps of the Battle of Plattsburgh 100. But then, on a lap 98 restart, The Doctor Danny Johnson, racing the Ray Graham no. 21G Big-Block Modified, went to the bottom of the track in turn one and passed Matt Sheppard down the backstretch for the win. Max McLaughlin the HBR Motorsports no. 6H grabbed the final podium stop after battling in the top five all race. Erick Rudolph, who spent most of the night chasing Sheppard in second place, seemed to lose some speed and fell back to the fourth position to end the night.

Read more: Danny Johnson Shocks Matt Sheppard with Late Race Pass

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Erick Rudolph Wins $10,000 Hall of Fame 100 Grand Prize at Weedsport Speedway

WEEDSPORT, NY – July 28, 2018 – Erick Rudolph took the checkered flag at Weedsport Speedway for a $10,000 pay day and a guaranteed start in the 47th annual NAPA Super DIRT Week at Oswego Speedway. Rudolph, who sat second in points coming into the Hall of Fame 100, has been knocking on the door of a victory all season. His first Big-Block Modified win at Weedsport Speedway could not have come at a better time, as the win came with a huge check and an automatic bid for the $50,000 grand prize at NAPA Super DIRT Week XLVII. The win also ties his father Charlie Rudolph’s career record of three Super DIRTcar Series wins.

Read more: Rudolph Outruns Field for NAPA Super DIRT Week Qualifier Victory

2018 0724 DrummondVL

DRUMMONDVILLE, QC – July 24, 2018 – It was a clash of the titans once again as Super Matt Sheppard passed and held off Stewart Friesen to win the Racing Stock 100 at Autodrome Drummond. The pair of superstars swapped positions from the previous night’s race at Autodrome Granby, where Friesen won and Sheppard took second place. The 4/10 of a mile race track in Drummondville, Quebec featured a tremendous amount of passing throughout the entire field. The running order was constantly in flux as drivers searched high and low for a fast way around. But in the end Matt Sheppard’s smooth, easy, high line on the cushion proved to be the fastest line of them all. Erick Rudolph grabbed third for the second night in a row as well.

Read more: Matt Sheppard Triumphs in Clash with Stewart Friesen

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Stewart Friesen Proudly Wins One in Canada at Autodrome Granby

GRANBY, QC – July 23, 2018 – Late in the race, Stewart Friesen, five-time NAPA Super DIRT Week Champion and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series talent, pulled alongside current points leader and defending NAPA Super DIRT Week Champion on the back stretch and powered ahead to take the lead at Autodrome Granby. Friesen never intended to look back, but with four laps to go Sheppard suffered a right rear flat, and bringing out the caution flag. HBR Motorsports driver Jimmy Phelps and Erick Rudolph in the no. 25r lined up behind the Halmar Racing no. 44 of Stewart Friesen, poised to take a stab at the lead. Unfortunately for both of those drivers, Friesen’s car never faded and kept ahead of his challengers.

Read more: Stewart Friesen Grabs Autodrome Granby Victory on Home Soil

2018 0719 2018

Friesen Again Proves Mastery of Long Tracks, Wins Orange County Fair Speedway $10,000 Grand Prize

MIDDLETOWN, NY – July 19, 2018 – After a daring pass on no. 19 Tim Fuller, Stewart Friesen in the Halmar Racing no. 44 showed the eager Orange County Fair crowd why he is one of the best short track racers in the country. Friesen, a five-time winner of NAPA Super DIRT Week and NASCAR Camping World Truck driver, was able to stretch out his lead during long green flag runs as well as hold off attempted passes on restarts. While the win was impressive, many will remember the race for a spectacular incident involving Danny Johnson, Bob McGannon, and Rich Scagliotta.

Read more: Stewart Friesen Mops Up the Field at Orange County Fair Speedway

2018 0710 OutlawWinner

Shocking Finish Leads to Brett Hearn's First Series Win of 2018

DUNDEE, NY – July 10, 2018 – It looked like nothing would stop five-time Super DIRT Week Champion and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Stewart Friesen from driving away with the Ultimate Outlaw 100, but a late race mechanical failure sent the no. 44 behind the wall with just nine laps left. Brett The Jet Hearn inherited the lead and never looked back, taking the checkered flag for the Ultimate Outlaw 100 at Outlaw Speedway in Dundee, NY. Hearn battled in the top-five for the entire race after starting on the outside pole position. Championship points leader Matt Sheppard took home a hard fought second place finish after close racing with Erick Rudolph and Danny Johnson. The Doctor Danny Johnson held the final podium position maintaining his torrid pace over the last three races.

Read more: Brett Hearn Breaks Through with Ultimate Outlaw 100 Win

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Jimmy Phelps Wins His First Series Race in 2018 at Utica-Rome Speedway

VERNON, NY – July 8, 2018 – The Baldwinsville Bandit Jimmy Phelps struck gold, winning the $6,000 to win Freedom Fighter 100 at Utica-Rome Speedway in front of a tremendous crowd. Race fans witnessed an incredible race as Phelps held off charge after charge from the likes of Stewart Friesen and Danny Johnson. Johnson, coming off his win at Land of Legends Raceway, finished second, and has put a firm stamp on his bid for the overall Series Championship. The bottom step of the podium was filled by Erick Rudolph. He started 13th and made his way up through the field, passing points leader Matt Sheppard late in the 100-lap race.

Read more: Freedom Fighter 100 Won by Jimmy Phelps

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Danny Johnson Grabs Super DIRTcar Series Win 81 at the Land of Legends Raceway

CANANDAIGUA, NY – July 5, 2018 – At the Land of Legends Raceway in Canandaigua, NY, The Doctor Danny Johnson launched his no. 27J Big-Block Modified from pole position to Victory Lane to capture his first Super DIRTcar Series checkered flag of 2018. Johnson lead the Liberty 100 from flag to flag, although runner up Mat Williamson closed in on multiple occasions but could not complete the pass. Points leader Matt Sheppard picked his way through the field up to a podium position, but never threatened for the overall lead. The no. 27J was simply the class of the field with the veteran pilot behind the wheel.

Read more: The Doctor Danny Johnson Wins Liberty 100

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