The town of Ransomville had much racing success to celebrate this past weekend, as Jipp Ortiz of Ransomville finally eased the sting of a late race defeat a year ago to win the Stacker 2 DIRT Pro Stock Super DIRT Series Josh Comp King of The Hill 100 Saturday at Ransomville Speedway.
Also, for the second time in his career, 1999 Lancaster Raceway Park Modified champion Chuck Hossfeld, also of Ransomville, emerged victorious in the Sunoco Race Fuels Modified Race of Champions 200 run Saturday evening at Oswego Speedway. Hossfeld also won the Sunoco ROC 200 in 1999.
Ortiz was leading the King of The Hill 100 a year ago when he lost control of his car momentarily while leading coming out of the fourth turn on the last lap, just 200 yards from victory. He was passed by Roger Chrysler for the win and had to settle for a most disappointing second.
Ortiz has had a year to think about the victory that got away in Ransomville's most prestigious annual DIRT Pro Stock event. This time he would make no mistakes. Ortiz started ninth, passed Joey Ladouceur on lap 28 for the lead and held off 2005 Ransomville DIRT Pro Stock champion Pete Stefanski for the win. Mike Williams was third.
"I wasn't going to let it get away this time," said Ortiz, a two time Mr. DIRT Pro Stock champion. "I was pretty focused. Barring any major catastrophies with the car, I wasn't going to make a mental mistake like last year. I came here this year to win this race."
At Oswego, Hossfeld made an early pit stop and then raced back through the field to get the lead on lap 136 and never looked back. He credited crew chief Jim Rudolph with calling for changes to the car that made the winning difference.
"It rained a lot at Oswego and that washed all the rubber off the track so it was a different track from what we've raced on in the past," said Hossfeld. "We pitted real early and I kept picking off cars every lap while trying to manage my tires. My pit crew had a super pit stop."
Other local Modified drivers finishing in the top 20 at the Sunoco ROC 200 Saturday were: Todd Burley (seventh), Bobby Holmes (12th), Bill Putney (16th) and Dave Wollaber (17th).
Also at Oswego on Saturday, Lancaster's Todd Hoddick posted the win in the Late Model 50, with Joey Brainard sixth.
Jeff Merritt won the Street Stock 75 race at Oswego with Jay Modra second.
On Sunday, Brian Bowen won the SST Sportsman 100.
Drivers head to Ohio
Later this week, a contingent of area drag racing competitors representing Team Lancaster Raceway Park will travel to Norwalk Raceway Park in Norwalk, Ohio to challenge 17 other teams from drag strips throughout the northeastern U.S. in the annual International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) Division 3 North Star Summit Team Bracket Finals.
"This is an important event for our racers at Lancaster," said Lancaster drag racing official and Team Lancaster co-captain Sharon Hughes. "That's a big reason as to why our drivers join the points each season here, so that they can race hard all year long and try to earn enough points to get a spot on our team that goes to Norwalk."
Last year Team Lancaster finished eighth in the event. Drivers who are accustomed to racing on Lancaster's one-eighth mile strip will have to adjust mechanically and mentally to the one-quarter-mile strip at Norwalk.
Time trials will be run Thursday through early Saturday with the special Race of Champions and early race elimination rounds taking center stage later Saturday. Final elimination rounds are Sunday.
Drivers representing Team Lancaster are: Ken Staschak, Rick Thurnherr, Mike Owczarczak, Bob Bauer Jr., Brian Hitchcock; Gary Weber, Victor Puglia, Ralph Galluzzi, George Pease, Jim Sobczynski, Jeff Sobczynski, Bruce Matthews, Wayne Cleveland, Paul Cochi, Jim Green, and Rick Petruzzi.
Also, Allison Giambra, Gary Carlson II, Dale Eckert, Jeff Kerl, Keith Cleveland, Joe Przepiora, Joe Azbell, Mike Vacanti, Tim Czaplicki, Andy Mikula, Shawn Beatty, Mike Lomas, Lou Michel, Ted Skarupinski, Wade Schneckenburger, Nick Czaplicki, Rick Thurnherr III, Alan Fletcher, Brian Leiser, Gerry Vaughan, Steve Skrobacz, Don Becker, Gina Maduri, Nick Beers. Team alternates are Pat Vaughan and Ed Sattler.
Victory Lane / Weekend winners
Lancaster Raceway Park
IHRA DRAG RACING
Late Models: Eldon King III
Pro Modifieds: Chuck Anderson
Chargers: Marty Hughes
Challengers: Rick Roth
Pro Fours: Brian Porebski
Hornets: Dan Nellist
Queen Bees: Kim Marzec
Figure-8: Dave Zimmer
DIRT Pro Stocks: Jipp Ortiz
Street Stocks: Digger Lester
Enduro: Jaren Israel