Niagara Gazette


July 6, 2014

Niagara Co. drivers sweep July 4 races at Ransomville

Niagara Gazette — In a holiday evening filled with some additional events and entertainment, it was Niagara County drivers who took the wins in all four feature races on the card at Ransomville Speedway late Friday.

Newfane’s Nate Reynolds won the Investor’s Services Sportsman division feature race, making him the seventh different driver to get a checkered flag in that division this season. Reynolds seized the lead in the race’s third lap, passing previous leader James Henry at the first turn. He held on to the lead from that point forward. Andy Smith, who made but unsuccessful run for the lead late in the race, finished in second place while Greg Martin, Boyd MacTavish and Scott George completed the top five finishes among 21 entries.

Wilson’s Jaren Israel won his first Ki-Po Chevrolet Street Stock feature of the season. He also became the seventh different winner of the season in the full fender division. Israel took the lead from the start and never lost it up until the checkered flag waved. Brian Lonneville finished in second, followed by Jesse Johnston, Ken Camidge and Mike Short.

Chris Leone of Niagara Falls, NY took his second Gippster’s Collision 4 Banger feature race this season, grabbing the lead from Anthony Hermanson on lap six and holding the lead to the finish. Fellow Niagara Falls resident Mike Kramarz was the second-place finisher, with current points leader Jim Stone, Anthony Hermanson and Steve Matson rounding out the top five finishers among 26 entries.

Ransomville’s Kenny Wills got the checkered flag in the Van Raine Construction Novice Sportsman division, his first feature win of the season. With just six cars entered, Wills and his rivals had room to move and the eventual winner battled early with Ken Washburn to grab the early lead. Dan Heschke, who moved into second place late in the race, made a move on Wills in the final two laps but was unable to catch the leader and finished as the runner-up.

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