Niagara Gazette

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August 16, 2013

Ransomville to honor Friesens

Niagara Gazette — staff report

Before the engines fire up for the scheduled Friday night racing card, officials at Ransomville Speedway will be holding a much more quiet event to remember a father and son who were both influential to local dirt track racing.

Maple trees will be planted in memory of Stan and Alex Friesen late this afternoon in a ceremony adjacent to the race track’s main ticket booth. The ceremony begins at 5 p.m.

Stan Friesen, who died last Dec. 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 Dec. 5, 1996.

The tree planting ceremony is open to the public.

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