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Aug. 9 Drivers of the Week: Brother-sister duo Jim Harbison & Ashley Blech

Drivers: Jim Harbison, Ashley Blech

Age: Harbison: 29; Blech: 28

Hometown: Ransomville

Division: Harbison: DIRT.car Sportsman/Ransomville Speedway; Blech, 4-Bangers/Ransomville

Lowdown: Harbison and Blech are the only brother and sister combination currently in competition at Ransomville. Blech is the lone weekly female competitor at the Niagara County dirt track. Harbison began his career in the Fireball class in 2009. He moved to the DIRT.car Sportsman in 2014, racing both part time at Ransomville and full time at Merrittville Speedway. In 2015 he reversed his schedule and ran full time at Ransomville and part time at Merrittville as he has also done the last two seasons. Also makes occasional visits to other tracks. Harbison is grateful to car's co-owner Scott McGinnis along with his father Dan Harbison, sponsors and crew member Robert Hillman.

Blech got married May 13 to Richard Blech who is the co-crew chief with Roy Susice on the Ryan Susice Racing Modified team. Ashley began her career in 2010 in Fireball racing also at Ransomville and currently competes in the 4-Banger class at Ransomville. Blech is campaigning a brand new 4-Banger entry this season. She is appreciative of the help she has received from her father Dan Harbison, her sponsors and crew members Jay Thiel, Bruce Gombert, Richard Blech, Greg Phillips.

Accomplishments: Harbison corralled his first ever career DIRT.car Sportsman win at Ransomville just two weeks ago. Harbison is Ransomville's 2010 Fireball champion. He placed second in those same points at Ransomville in 2011. He then ran only occasionally at Ransomville the next two years due to job schedule commitments. Harbison earned ten career wins during his Fireball years at Ransomville.

Blech earned a career best third in Ransomville 4-Banger points in 2015. She has garnered four race wins during her career at Ransomville.

Favorite Food: Harbison: "Any type of Harbison beef from our farm." Blech: "My mom's homemade chicken pot pie."

Favorite Music: Harbison: 1980's and 1990's era country music. Blech: Country music especially Miranda Lambert.

Hobbies: Harbison: Bow hunting for deer. Blech: Playing soccer

 

 

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