Niagara Gazette

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August 5, 2013

Ransomville Speedway to honor Stan & Alex Friesen

Niagara Gazette — Ransomville Speedway officials will plant two maple trees on the grounds Friday, August 16 to honor the memory of a father and son who were both influential to local dirt track racing.

Stan Friesen, who died last December 23 at the age of 79, is remembered as a driving force behind the growth of the “Big R.” He, along with then co-owner Kurt Uhl, assumed control of the facility and through the years built the track’s reputation. Last year, Ransomville Speedway earned Track of the Year honors by VP Racing Fuels.

Alex Friesen is remembered as a passionate advocate for the motorsport who helped his father grow the track’s stature. He was killed in a snowmobile accident on December 5, 1996.

The tree planting ceremony will take place adjacent to the main ticket booth at 5 p.m., before the evening’s scheduled race card. The ceremony is open to the public.

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