RANSOMVILLE, N.Y. – After a suspenseful night of racing at Ransomville Speedway Wednesday Justin Sharp and Danny “The Doctor” Johnson claimed hard-fought victories.
Modified star Johnson picked up the win Wednesday in the DIRTcar 358 Modified Series 75-lapper after a tense battle with Stewart Friesen for the lead
Johnson, a regular racer on Ransomville’s three-eighths-mile, was fast from the get-go, powering from fourth to second at the green flag. Polesitter Jeff McGinnis took the initial lead.
A flat right rear tire on the No. 72 of Tommy Flannigan brought the race’s first caution. When the race restarted, it was Friesen who sped ahead at the green flag and caught up with the leaders. He pulled up between McGinnis and Johnson for a three-wide attempt for the lead, but lap eight caution slowed his advance.
Johnson found a little extra speed off the double-file restart that followed and grabbed the lead from McGinnis. Th e speedway was under yellow flag conditions again soon thereafter due to a collision in the backstretch between the No. 22c of Mario Clair and the No. 28 of Todd Gordon.
When the race continued, a three-wide battle ensued between Friesen, McGinnis and defending DIRTcar 358 Modified Series Champion Erick Rudolph. Friesen charged ahead, gained momentum over several laps, and by lap 18 was closing in on leader Johnson.
The leaders raced through heavy traffic in lap 23, and Friesen again went three-wide for a pass, this tie with Johnson and a lapped car. In turn two of lap 24 he cleared both cars and claimed the lead.
Friesen was soon pulling away from the field, deftly maneuvering through lapped cars as he did so. It was a caution in lap 44 that sealed Friesen’s fate; he chose the inside on the restart and Johnson, fast on the high side, charged ahead of the No. 44 and never looked back.