A Big 2015 ahead for Rudolph

RANSOMVILLE, NY- March 26, 2015 – Momentum in racing can be a huge wave to ride. Erick Rudolph looks to ride that wave after a successful 2014. A true rookie in a dirt big block, he garnered 3 wins including one on the Super DIRTcar Series trail. Paired with Mike Payne, that resulted in a 6th place series points finish. On top of that Erick had 5 wins and defended his 2013 DIRTcar 358 Series crown with a championship in the family owned #25.

With the 2015 season upon us, Erick is gearing up for an ambitious schedule. The Mike Payne Racing #7z will be the primary big block ride. This team will attack the Super DIRTcar Series along with weekly visits to the “Land of Legends” Canandaigua Speedway. Randy Chrysler Racing will also have the talented youngster at the keyboard for select ROC, STSS and other open big block events.

New for 2015 will be rides with New Jersey based Mike Iles Racing for shows yet to be announced. Also two new Bicknell chassis are being prepped at the #25 shop for select 358 shows. A list of tracks include Accord, Albany-Saratoga, Autodrome Drummond, Autodrome Granby, Big Diamond, Bridgeport, Brewerton, Brockville, Charlotte, Cornwall, Expo, Five Mile Point, Fonda, Fulton, Georgetown, Glen Ridge, Grandview, I-88, Lebanon Valley, Merrittville, Middletown, Mohawk, New Egypt, Ohsweken, Penn-Can, Raceway 7, Ransomville, Syracuse, Utica-Rome, Weedsport & Woodhull. Tentatively planned, over 100 starts are penciled in.

To endure such a schedule, it takes a lot of support. A big thank you goes out to Page Trucking, LAX Press, Exit 40 Truck Repair, Honeoye Auto Parts, Chrysler Family Racing, Bicknell Racing Products, Snyder Industries, Brigham Concrete, Creekside Sales & Service and all the others that make it all possible. For more information on Erick, the schedule and results, go to erickrudolph.com and Erick Rudolph on Facebook.

A Big 2015 ahead for Rudolph

New Yorker Erick Rudolph Wins Gamblers Classic Finale at “Napa Know How” Indoor Race Weekend in Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ February 1, 2015 . . .  Erick Rudolph of Ransomville, N.Y. outran Ryan Flores of Davidson, N.C., and Jimmy Blewett of Howell, N.J., Saturday night to win the 13th running of the Gamblers Classic 40-lap Three Quarter (TQ) Midget feature in front of a large crowd inside Atlantic City’s famed Boardwalk Hall.

The three way battle also had profound ramifications in the Len Sammons Motorsports Productions TQ Midget Championship contest. By winning the race, Rudolph earned the tiebreaker after him and Flores, who was winless in the series, each ended up with 320 points.

Rudolph shared the front row at the start of the Gamblers Classic with Patrick Emerling, on the inside, gaining the advantage at the start.

Flores, who lined up third, and Friday night winner Andy Jankowiak, ran behind the pair with Jimmy Blewett joining the battle, up from an eighth place starting berth.

Lapped traffic began to play a role by lap ten and that enabled Jankowiak to pass Rudolph for second and move in on Emerling. Caution on lap 15 gave Jankowiak a chance for the lead but Emerling hung tough.

The race slowed on lap 21 just the halfway mark when seven cars stacked up. Emerling maintained the lead but on the 27th lap, Rudolph shot to the inside off turn four and took command. Rudolph had muscled under Jankowiak two laps prior.

A late race restart following a red flag for an eleven car crash in the middle of the backstretch proved to be the opportunity for Flores to assert himself.

On the 32nd lap, Flores muscled under Emerling for second bringing Blewett and Jankowiak with him and dropping Emerling to fifth. That’s the way they finished with Ted Christopher sixth, Ryan Susice seventh, Neal Williams eighth, Joey Payne ninth and Tim Buckwalter tenth.

Williams drove a masterful race, having started 24h in the 26-car field.  His effort earned him the Doug Craig Charger Of The Race award.

New Yorker Erick Rudolph Wins Gamblers Classic Finale at “Napa Know How” Indoor Race Weekend in Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall