DIRTcar 358-Modified and DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series Ready for Western New York Track
RANSOMVILLE, N. Y. – Tuesday, June 25, 2013 – Race fans on both sides of the Canadian-American border are gearing up to celebrate national holidays at Ransomville Speedway Wednesday, July 3. The DIRTcar 358-Modified Series, joined this year by the DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series, invades the half-mile clay oval for the Battle at the Border presented by Waste Management and FinditQuick.com.
The 75-lap DIRTcar 358-Modified Series feature and 50-lap DIRTcar Sportsman Modified feature, scheduled between Canada Day and America’s Independence Day, bring the best competitors from both countries to western New York to battle for the win.
Ransomville racer Erick Rudolph currently sits atop the 358-Modified track point standings at the “Big R,” and is ready to take on series competition come July 3.
“We’re pretty comfortable with how we’ve been running,” said the 21-year-old small block driver, who has already this season claimed one win and four times in the top three. “We’ve been pretty consistent.”
The Battle at the Border DIRTcar Series races present an extra challenge to the Ransomville regulars in the 358-Modified and Sportsman divisions, with the region’s best racers making up the field.
“You get some people you haven’t raced against all year, so that takes a little getting used to. Other than that, it’s just the same attitude – try and win,” said Rudolph, who finished eighth in DIRTcar 358-Modified Series point standings last year and is currently 30th. Of his home track, the No. 25 driver said, “it’s a fun track. It’s not too big, it’s not to small. You get up to a pretty good speed.”
Currently, Big-Block Modified star Matt Sheppard, of Waterloo, N. Y., leads the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series point standings after a win at Merrittville Speedway, trailed by Rochester’s Danny Johnson in second and Baldwinsville’s Jimmy Phelps in third.
In the Sportsman division, the competition is also tough, with local stars Jesse Cotriss, Don Spatorico, and James Michael Friesen set to challenge DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series standouts like points leader Adam Hilton, runner-up Boyd MacTavish, and third-placer Joey Ladouceur for a top spot in the tour.
Pit and grandstand gates open at 4:30 p.m. and racing starts at 7:15 p.m. for the Fourth Annual Battle at the Border Wednesday, July 3. Adult general admission is $25, senior citizens are $20, kids 2 to 12 are $10, and kids 7 and under receive FREE entry. For more information about the event, visit www.ransomvillespeedway.com or call (716) 791-3602.
For the latest news and updates about the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series and the DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series, visit the DIRTcar Racing website at www.dirtcarump.com, follow @DIRTcarNE on Twitter, or like the “DIRTcar Racing” Facebook page.