NYDKS Race #3 at Ransomville Speedway Race Recap
(Story by Dan Marsden and the help of Mandy Baker.)


On July 18th, the New York Dirt Kart Series invaded “The Little R” at Ransomville Speedway in Ransomville, NY for the third points event of the 2015 season. A total of 153 entries spread throughout 13 classes meant we were all in for a great day of racing! With the track only being a 1/10th mile, it was obvious that some races were going to get rough by the end, but “The Little R” has always been known for having some of the best racing in New York and did not disappoint when NYDKS came to town. All classes would time trial for starting position, points classes would run a heat race to determine feature starting spot and pro classes would start features based directly off time trials.

Starting out the day was the “local option” Ransomville Novice class, which saw 4 young drivers take the green. With great battles throughout the race, James Donaldson drove his number 13 machine to the victory.

Rolling off second in the running order was NYDKS Clone Heavy where heat winners George Curtis and Trent Curtis would bring the field to the green for the 20 lap main event. Brad Duhow would lead a majority of the race before being passed by Trent Curtis on a Green-White-Checkered finish. Curtis was trailed to the line by the Transfer Tornado Cuts Phantom Triton number 2 of Colin Spatorico and the TylerTech Phantom Triton number 181 of Dan Marsden. After discovering technical infractions in the engines of number 1 of Trent Curtis and number 95 of Brad Duhow, the official top 3 are Colin Spatorico, Dan Marsden, and Tim Lotz.

The third class of the day was NYDKS Jr. Blue Clone, which saw heat winners Blake Matjoulis and Jordan Moden cross the stripe first after not doing very well in time trials. Josh Hansen, aboard his JNE Recovery number 88 Phantom Triton, would grab the early lead and drive away to a .796 second victory over the number 09 of Trevor Wright. Wright drove his way back to second position after an early race incident in which he was running in second and was forced to drive back up through the field. Finishing out the top three was the second place starter of Jordan Moden in his number 87 machine.

Following that was the NYDKS Jr. Red Clone division. This division has quickly seen a spike in entries, seeing an impressive 13 entries for this event. The Slack Xpect number 71 of Jacob Bansmer would time trial on the pole, win his heat, and after leading every lap, sailed to a 1.632 victory over the number 13 of James Donaldson and the number 27 of Tucker Wood. Wood, who had a very strong mount from the 9th starting spot,made a great run through the very tough field.

In the following division, NYDKS Clone Lite, Tom Dawson would lead the field to the green after time trialing in third and winning his heat race. Dawson, aboard his Transfer Tornado Cuts number 67 Phantom Triton, would lead flag-to-flag and pick up the victory over Jeffrey Chapman and Braden Foley.

Next on track was NYDKS Clone Super Heavy, which saw the Performance Manufacturing, Slack Xpect number 9 of Brian Knox have an outstanding day, setting quick time in time trials, leading every lap of his heat, and going on to lead every lap of the caution-free feature. Following Knox to the stripe was the number 13 of Nick McGill and the number 10 of Jason Moll.

After that was NYDKS Gold Flathead in which saw the 18v of Eric Veihdeffer would set the pole by .013 over the number 27 of Blake Matjoulis. Both Veihdeffer and Matjoulis would win their respective heat races and would finish in the same order they time trialed. The official top-3 were Veihdeffer, Matjoulis and the number 10 of Gene Gregoric. Gregoric made an impressive drive from the last place starting position to finish on the podium.

In the first Pro division of the day, Pro Clone Lite, Brad Duhow would lead the field to the green after a fast qualifying time of 10.341. Duhow would lead every lap and take the victory over the number 22 of Andrew Srock, who drove all the way from the ninth starting position and the number 2 of Colin Spatorico would round out the top 3. After the technical infraction by the Duhow number 95, Andrew Srock would inherit the $500 victory followed by Colin Spatorico and Braden Foley.

One of the most impressive field of drivers came in the NYDKS Jr. Purple Clone division with a total of 17 entries. Dylan Duhow would put up a stout time in time trials at a 10.550, a solid .220 seconds over Dalton Slack. Duhow and Slack would go on to win their respective heats and run first and second in the main event. The official top-3 were Duhow, Slack and the number 123 of Matt Krull,who had an impressive run from the eighth starting position.

In NYDKS Flathead 350, Brad Duhow, aboard his Performance Manufacturing, Slack Xpect number 95 would lead the field to the green and never look back, leading every lap to the victory over the number 71 of Sam Junkin who started in the seventh postion. Finishing third was the number 23 of Jeffrey Chapman who started second and had to drive back to the front after being involved in a lap-8 caution.

The Unlimited All-Stars Series was in attendance to this event as well as the NYDKS event. Dennis Furlow would drive the field to the green, quickly being overtaken by the number 63 of Ben Taft, and it was smooth sailing for the second place starter from there. Taft would take the win over the number 70x of Ron O’Neill and the number 69 of John Stepien.

In the second pro class of the day, Pro Blue Clone, 14 karts would take the green led by the 88 machine of Josh Hansen. After lots of good battles throughout the field, the 87 of Jordan Moden would take the victory after starting sixth. Following Moden to the line were the number 14 of Dylan Duhow and the number 09 of Trevor Wright who made a hard charge from the ninth starting position.

In the final event of the day, Pro Clone Heavy, Brad Duhow would pick up the pole and lead the 18 kart field to the green. The race was cut 2 laps short due to hitting its time limit, but on the final chance at a green-white-checkered, Trent Curtis was able to get past Duhow and take home the win over Duhow and the Tim Fishel powered Slack Xpect number 61 of Jeff Anstett.  After the post-race technical infractions were found on the Curtis and Duhow machines, Anstett was awarded the $750 win with George Curtis and Nick McGill completing the top-3.

The third series event of the season was an amazing success and we would like to thank all the racers who come to each and every series to make the series what it is as well as all our sponsors who come on board to give all the racers the gratification and awards they deserve. See you all at Starlite Speedway on August 15th for the fourth event of our 2015 season!








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New York Dirt Kart Series Unveils 2015 State Series Championship Schedule

LOCKPORT, NY (March 9, 2015) – The New York Dirt Kart Series, New York State’s premier karting series, officially announced its six race series schedule on Monday which will span from May through the month of September.

The 2015 NYDKS tour is set to open on Saturday, May 16 with action held at Allegany Memorial Speedway in Wellsville, NY.  The 1/10 mile, high banked facility, will set the tone for the state championship tour, which has already seen 60 pre-entry memberships filed for the coming season.

Brad Duhow and Kevin Root scored PRO victories at AMS one year ago, with top kart engine builder Matt Chavis snagging a win in Lite Clone.

Round two of the NYDKS will move north to Can Am Speedway on Saturday, June 20 in LaFargeville, NY.  Can Am held two popular events on the NYDKS tour last season, including the annual Fall Classic.

Root, Ryan Swartz, and Will Shields claimed top victories at Can Am one year ago with the northern Speedway again looking to attract the best in New York State karting in 2015.

An open series rain date will be set for Saturday, June 27 should either the AMS or Can Am dates be lost to weather.

The month of July will see the NYDKS move to western New York, as the series takes on Ransomville, NY’s Ransomville Speedway on Saturday, July 18.  The tour did not hit the ‘Little R’ in 2014, but plans are set for a big show in mid-July. 

A Ransomville rain date is also set for Sunday, July 19.

The next championship date for the NYDKS tour will be held at Starlite Speedway in Trumansburg, NY on Saturday, August 15.  One year ago both Kevin and Todd Root, Chavis, and Phil Young led the way in series events, with a total of 19 entries taking the green in Pro Clone.

Another rain date will be set for Sunday, August 16.

Following the four championship races on the schedule a non-point event will be held at Paradise Speedway on Saturday, September 5 in Geneva, NY with another open series rain date planned for Saturday, September 19.

The final event on the 2015 calendar will be the annual NYDKS Fall Classic, this year heading to Lime Rock Speedway in Leroy, NY on Saturday, September 26, serving as the 2015 NYDKS championship event.

During the first four point races of the season at AMS, Can Am, Ransomville, and Starlite – one championship drop will be allowed.  However, no drops will be allowed for the Fall Classic at Lime Rock, making the series finale a can’t miss event for all kart racers in the northeast.

Another tour rain date is set for Sunday, September 27.

A stellar field of entries has already been filed in for 2015 including last year’s series champions Dalton Slack, Tucker Wood, Jason Moll, Tyler Trump, and Kevin Root.

For more information on the NYDKS 2015 tour visit online at www.nydks.com or email President Shawn Jeffery at shawnjeffery@yahoo.com