Stan Friesen, Ransomville Promoter, Dies
ST. CATHARINES, Ontario – Stan Friesen, veteran racer, promoter of Ransomville Speedway and grandfather of dirt modified ace Stewart Friesen, died Sunday at his home in Canada.
He spent his younger years racing in the Western New York/Southern Ontario region during the 1960s and 1970s and won the hobby stock championship in 1960 at Ransomville Speedway. He spent most of his career in the modified division in the northeast.
Friesen and partner Kurt Uhl purchased Merrittville Speedway in 1970. Friesen continued to race, but over time he focused more of his time on promoting Merrittvile.
In 1972 Friesen and Uhl purchased Ransomville Speedway. He also ran New York’s Weedsport Speedway on Sunday evenings in 1972. He would retire from racing at the end of that year.
Over time Friesen and later his son Alex Friesen would purchase a number of venues, but after Alex died in 1996 the rest of the tracks were slowly sold. Ransomville is now the only track owned by the Friesen family.
Stan Friesen will be remembered with a celebration of life and memorial service this Friday, Dec. 28 at 11 a.m. at the Church Of The Transfiguration (North), 359 Grantham Ave., St. Catharines, Ontario.