Rudolph wins at home at Big R

RANSOMVILLE — Third-generation driver Erick Rudolph took full advantage of his comfort at Ransomville Speedway on Friday, winning the Krown Undercoating Modified feature on JetPort Lounge and Niagara's Lazy Lakes Camping Resort Night.

Rudolph, a Ransomville native, was joined in victory by locals Chris Burek (Wilson) and Robbie Johnston (Lockport), who placed first in their features.

The Willses, Kenny and Allan, brought the Krown Undercoating 358 Modifieds to the green flag for their 30-lap feature, with Kenny Wills getting the lead over his cousin. Off a lap one restart, “The Ransomville Renegade,” Ryan Susice, took the lead with Tommy Flannigan, Scott George and Rudolph racing inside the top five.

With the others battling for position behind him, Susice increased his lead. Rudolph eventually pulled free of Flannigan and Kenny Wills for second place on lap 16 and began his pursuit of Susice.

A spin on lap 21 brought out a caution, and Rudolph moved to the outside of Susice, setting up a battle for first. The Ransomville duo restarted after another caution on lap 24, and Rudolph pulled away for his second win of the season.

Dave Conant and Noah Walker led the field of the Investors Service Sportsman 25-lap feature to the green flag, with Conant showing the way. Walker spun in turn three to bring out the race's first caution and Jim Harbison had nowhere to go and was collected in the incident.

Burek would take the lead on the lap one restart with Derrick Borkenhagen, Austin Susice and Greg Martin racing inside the top five early. Burek continued to increase his lead over the field at the halfway mark, though Conant continued to track him in second.

Conant caught Burek with five laps remaining and made contact coming into turn three with two laps to go, but Burek would hold him off to score his first feature win of the season. He was the sixth different winner of the event in six races this season.

Adam and Orville Harris led the field of Stevenson’s Hardware Novice Sportsman to the green for their 15-lap main event, with Orville Harris jumping ahead early.

Adam Harris lost several positions on lap two, giving Johnston the runner-up spot and Kyle Wendt third. Johnston would begin to chase down Orville Harris for the lead, and the duo would make contact on lap 11 exiting turn two. Once Johnston took the lead, he opened up and cruised to his second win of the season.

Ken Camidge took home the checkered flag in the KiPo Chevrolet Street Stocks feature, taking the lead on lap four. After a restart on lap five, Camidge maintained position in front of Jaren Israel, who got loose exiting turn four and collided with several cars.

Camidge restarted again with the lead, this time outdoing Billy Bleich Jr. for the win.

The Gippsters Collision 4 Bangers feature was called due to rain after five laps. Chris Leone had the lead after a lap two restart, and he'll start at the front when the final 10 laps are completed this Friday.

Also coming this Friday will be a full card presented by Regional Haulage. The pits open at 5 p.m., the grandstands follow at 6, and the first race is scheduled for 7:15 p.m.

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