Niagara Gazette

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July 27, 2013

Susice, Cotriss earn first wins of Ransomville season

Niagara Gazette — Ransomville's Ryan Susice picked up his first win of the season Friday night during a Ransomville Speedway schedule that included five feature races and more than 100 cars entered to compete.

Susice's victory came in the feature race of the Mighty Taco Modified division. He took the lead in lap five and pulled away from the remaining field. Fellow Ransomville resident Erick Rudolph finished second after making an early pit stop then emerging from deep in the pack. Ricky Richner, who surrendered to the lead to Susice, held on to take third place while defending division champion Pete Bickell took fourth place, while Robbie Krull rounded out the top finishers.

Jesse Cotriss of Akron, NY also won his first race of the season, this one in the Investor’s Service Sportsman division. Cotriss took an early lead, while Billy Coleman, James Michael Friesen and Justin Sharp battled for second. Coleman spun out on contention following some incidental contact among cars late in the race. Frisen won the battle for second, while Sharp took third. Boyd MacTavish and Nate Reynolds finished fourth and fifth, respectively. An extra bonus for Cotriss was that his win came as part of the VP D98 Sportsman Series as well.

Wilson's Jaren Israel took the checkered flag in the 20-lap Ki-Po Chevrolet Street Stock main event, emerging after a tough showdown with teeager Jesse Johnston. While Israel took the lead for good in the final laps, Johnston placed second, with Jason Meyers, Alex Morris and Brian Lonneville completing the top five finishers.

North Tonawanda's Mike Hossfeld, who recently moved from the Gippster's Collision 4 Banger division into the FinditQuick.com Fireball class, claimed his first victory in the Fireballs, taking the lead from the opening green flag and holding off a late challenge from defending champ Jim Stone, who finished second. Ashley Harbison, Jim Harbison, and Jamie Woods rounded out the top five.

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