How important is a win in the annual Josh Comp King of the Hill 100 at Ransomville Speedway? Mike Williams said he believes that to most of the DIRT Pro Stock contingent, it is as important as earning a track season points championship.
The King of the Hill 100, the most prestigious Ransomville DIRT Pro Stock race of the year, will get the green flag Saturday. The event also is a combination race on the Stacker 2 Pro Stock Super DIRT Series, pitting the best drivers from the Stacker 2 Pro Stock Super DIRT Western Series against those from the Eastern Series.
Wheatfield's Pete Stefanski won the Western Series with 547 points, followed by Ransomville's Jipp Ortiz with 506. Third was Williams with 499. Following the King of the Hill 100, there will be four combination races remaining. Drivers' Western and Eastern Series point totals will be added to their combination race finishes and then home track points will be added to determine the overall Mr. DIRT Pro Stock champion.
"Winning the King of the Hill 100 was important before when it was an open competition race, but now that it's a combination race on the DIRT Pro Stock Super DIRT Series, it's huge because the best from all of New York State and Canada are racing on the same track on the same night," Williams said.
Stefanski posted 13 wins on the Ransomville DIRT Pro Stock scene this season, but Williams also has been strong, notching two wins at Ransomville and one in the Pro Stock Super DIRT Series Western schedule at Ohsweken Speedway (near Brantford, Ont.). Williams finished second to Stefanski in Ransomville Speedway points, 1140-960.
"This is the first time I've had three wins in a season so it's been fine," said Williams, 40, of the Tuscarora Nation. "I finished fourth in the Super DIRT Series (overall) standings last season. The fact that I finished third in this year's Western Series standings and have a series win means more and it seems we had to work harder to get it."
Williams was introduced to racing when he was about 5 years old by his older brother, Dave, and a family friend, Dave Edgerton. Mike Williams drove in his first race in 1985 in an Enduro division 100-lap event at Ransomville.
The next season he obtained his own car, a 1965 Chevelle, and raced in the old Bomber class that became the DIRT Pro Stocks in the late 1980s.
"I've been in this class all my racing life," Williams said. "I like the Pro Stock-type of car because the bodies look like the cars that are on the street and even a bit like Nextel Cup cars. Fans can identify with them more than the open-wheel body styles and they are a favorite class at Ransomville. We have a lot of close finishes in our class."
Williams has never done better than third in the King of the Hill 100.
"Like we always do, we have taken the car apart and will completely go through it and make sure that everything is tight and straight and also scaled right," Williams said. "I'll try to survive the first 50 laps and look to get real 'racy' around lap 75. Of course, things can happen earlier that could see me throw this strategy out the window."
Clayton Benedict (2,260), Stefanski (2,222), Ortiz (2,210). P.J. Peters (2,184), Joey Ladouceur (2,182) and Williams (2,163) lead the combined Pro Stock Super DIRT Series points race heading to Ransomville.
Williams will travel to the remaining Stacker 2 Pro Stock Super DIRT Series combination races of the year, including Super DIRT Week XXXIV in October at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse.
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* Only six weeks after posting a major win in the AC-DELCO Canadian Nationals at Toronto Motorsports Park in the Hot Rod class, Lancaster's Ken Jozwiak again struck gold on the IHRA circuit, winning the same class at the Amalie Oil North American Nationals on Sunday in Epping, NH.
"It was a dream winning my first national event when I won at Toronto," said Jozwiak "To win a second one is unbelievable. I've been trying for so long."
Jozwiak will compete in the IHRA's President's Cup at Budd's Creek, Md., in two weeks.
* Wyoming County Speedway crowned its season champions Sunday. Billy Ray Pruitt, on the strength of eight wins, is the SST Sportsman champion. Jeff Polaski parlayed his 12 Street Stock wins into the division title. Ryan Corso earned nine checkered flags on his way to the Four-Cylinder Wasp honors.
WCIS runs its Four-Cylinder Nationals on Sunday with the Four-Cylinder Wasp 100 paying $1,000 to win. The Pro Stock Four-Cylinders will complete the card in a 50-lap $500-to-win affair. Racing begins at 2:30 p.m.
The Coca-Cola Fall Shootout, featuring the Modified Mania Series, SST Sportsman Modifieds, Street Stocks, Four-Cylinder Wasp and Mini Cups, will complete WCIS's season on Oct. 1.