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Ransomville Speedway announces the return of Big Blocks to Summer Nationals

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The Super DIRTcar Big Block Modifieds will once again be the stars of the Alex Friesen Summer Nationals at Ransomville Speedway in Niagara County. The 30th anniversary race will take place Tuesday, August 5th, marking another change from recent years of hosting the event on Friday nights.

The Big Blocks were part of the early days of Ransomville Speedway, competing regularly from 1958 to 1993, according to Ransomville’s website; the Friesen family decided to concentrate on 358 Mods after that, with the Big Blocks running annually until a few seasons ago.

Nearby Merrittville Speedway in Thorold, Ontario, Canada will host its annual Bob St. Amand 100 on the previous night, Monday, August 4th.

“Hosting an event such as the Summer Nationals on a weekend limits the opportunity for many drivers to attend due to weekly commitments,” said Ransomville Speedway co-promoter Jamie Friesen. “Putting it back to a midweek show where it was originally showcased allows our race fans to see the who’s who in big block modified racing…We are excited about 2014 and this will certainly be one of the many highlights of the schedule.”

Alan and Danny Johnson lead Summer Nationals victories with six wins each.

Ransomville Speedway also announced the fifth annual Battle at the Border will take place Wednesday, July 2nd. The 75-lap event featuring the DIRTcar 358 Modifieds will also be a Super DIRTcar 358 Modified Series event paying $5,000 to win. The DIRTcar Sportsman Series will also compete at the Battle, the first of two scheduled 2014 shows (also in September). Danny Johnson won the first three Battles before giving way to Chad Brachmann in 2013, who won his first career DIRTcar Series event.

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