Story By: STEVE PETTY / RANSOMVILLE SPEEDWAY – RANSOMVILLE, NY – The Richner family have been involved in racing at the Ransomville Speedway for decades.
In 2021, the tradition continues not only as the family business, JetPort Restaurant and Lounge continues their longtime marketing partnership with the speedway, but both Rick and Kyle Richner will be behind the wheel at the “Big R”.
Veteran Rick Richner will once again be competing in the Krown Undercoating Modifieds. Rick is the pilot of the JetPort Restaurant and Lounge, National Vacuum, Lazy Lakes Camping Resort, Chris’s Appliance Repair, and Gray Furnace number 26. The 2021 season will see Rick race at Ransomville and other selected races throughout the region.
Rick’s son Kyle got his start with the open-wheeled machines while running a handful of races in 2019 in the Kevin’s Carpet Cleaning Novice Sportsman. In 2020, Kyle raced with the regular sportsman at Genesee Speedway and is planning on running with the Investors Service Sportsman at the “Big R”. “I would like to earn some top 10 finishes and keep the car in one piece,” Kyle said. “I really need to get laps in as I only raced five races with the Novice at Ransomville,” Richner continued.
Kyle’s racer is sponsored by JetPort Restaurant & Lounge, Lazy Lakes Camping Resort, Cleanway, Chris’s Appliance Repair, and Gray Furnace. Ray Coons owns Kyle’s car. “Ray is my biggest help along with my dad as we work on all the cars we have stuffed in the shop,” Kyle said. Kyle and his wife Sarah welcomed their son Jake into the world recently. “Sarah has learned a lot over the last few years and is always by my side helping with what she can help with,” Kyle continued. Other crew members on the Richner Racing entries include Cousin Ed, John, and Samantha.
The patriarch of the family, Jimmy Richner passed away in September of 2019. For 30 years, Jimmy looked forward to his vacation every February in Daytona Beach, Florida as he and the family attended the Daytona 500. Jimmy was always at the track and will be missed.
The JetPort Restaurant & Lounge is operated by the Richner family, which have been involved in racing at the “Big R” for decades. The family’s current racing operation spans multiple generations with Ricky Richner competing in the Krown Undercoating 358 Modifieds with his son, Kyle, racing in the Sportsman division.
During these current times, the JetPort Restaurant is open beginning at 7:30 am serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The JetPort serves delicious, home-cooked food. Dine-in and take-out options are available. The JetPort can be reached by phone at (716) 297-9778 and on Facebook by searching Jetport Restaurant.