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The 2022 Ransomville Speedway schedule has something for everyone. From big-block modifieds to sprint cars, demolition derbies and more, the schedule is jammed-packed with events at “The Big R.”
“Test, Tune, and Time” will kick off the season on Friday, April 29. The 2022 season opener will take place Friday, May 6, featuring the 358 Modifieds, Sportsman, Mini Stocks, Novice Sportsman, and the $500 to win Street Stock special. May 13 will feature a full card of racing. Friday, May 20, will be the Mackenzie Kulesza Mini Stock Memorial plus a full card. Memorial Day weekend will feature the first demo derby of the season, plus a full card of racing.
The month of June will see visits by two touring series, the Empire Super Sprints on June 10, and the BRP Modified Tour on June 24. The Empire Super Sprint race on June 10 will be known as the Ron Lux Memorial. Fridays, June 3 and 17, will both feature a full card of racing. The 358 Modifieds will have the night off June 10.
On July 1, Ransomville Speedway will celebrate the holiday with fireworks plus twin 20s for the Modifieds. Friday, July 8, will see the anticipated return of the All-Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars. Friday, July 15, will feature a full card plus a go-kart exhibition. The cars and stars of the “Little R” will show off their rides – and show the fans what they do – on Thursday nights. July 22 will be the Makenzie Kulesza Memorial for the Street Stocks plus a full card. The month of July will end with a full card of racing July 29.
Entering the month of August, a full card will be presented Aug. 5. Aug. 12 will be the annual John Susice Memorial for the Street Stocks. A full card of racing will take place Aug. 19. Wednesday, Aug. 24, will be the 37th running of the Summer Nationals for the Big-Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series. A rain date of Aug. 25 has been scheduled if needed for this event. There will be no racing on Aug. 26.
Saturday, Aug. 27, will be the Versus Monster Trucks. Versus Monster Trucks is based in New York and focused on entertaining families. For more information, log online to www.versusmonstertrucks.com or follow them on both Facebook and Instagram. More info regarding this show will be released in the coming weeks.
The month of September will begin with season championship night for the Modifieds, Sportsman and Novice on Sept. 2, plus Mini Stocks, Street Stocks and the second demolition derby of the season. Sept. 9 will be the Mateo Hope Street Stock Memorial, plus the Outlaw 358 Modified Tour, a Sportsman/Novice Shootout, and Mini Stocks. The season will come to an end Sept. 16. with the annual Street Stock King of the Hill, plus a Big Block/Small Block Modified Shootout, a Sportsman/Novice Shootout, and the Mini Stock Season Championship event.
Look for a date and location of the registration meeting that will be released over the next couple of weeks.
Second Annual Mike Bonesky Memorial Set for Aug. 24 at ‘Big R’
The second annual Mike Bonesky Memorial for the Sportsman division will once again be a Sportsman Super DIRTcar Series event. The race will take place Wednesday, Aug. 24, coinciding with the 37th annual Summer Nationals for the Big-Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series. The race is in honor and memory of avid fan and former racing columnist Bonesky.
“We are thrilled to once again continue the tradition of having a Sportsman Super DIRTcar Series event at the Big R,” Ransomville Speedway management stated.
A rain date of Aug. 25 has been scheduled, if needed for this event.
Bonesky lived and breathed racing. He raced in the Bomber division at Ransomville Speedway in the early 1980s. After being behind the wheel, Bonesky had a pen, paper, and eventual computer with him as he was a columnist and writer in both the Gater Racing News and Area Auto Racing News. He also spent time handling the public relations duties for the indoor TQ Midget races at the Niagara Falls Convention Center, as well as Holland International Speedway. Most recently, Bonesky was a member of Ryan Susice’s pit crew and spent time helping his grandson, Jackson, with go-kart efforts for Thursday nights at “The Little R.”
Bonesky was an avid racing fan in general, as he had traveled to over 100 different tracks throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe. A graduate of Niagara Wheatfield High School who served in the U.S. Army, Bonesky passed away unexpectedly in December of 2020
Last season, Scott Kerwin of Newfane battled Ransomville’s Austin Susice for much of the feature distance. Kerwin would score the win with a last-lap pass. Brett Senek, Brett Martin, Susice and Zach Sobotka completed the top five.
Season passes for the 2022 racing season are now on sale. To purchase season passes, contact Ransomville Speedway by email at [email protected], or call 716-791-3602. Follow Ransomville Speedway on social media for all updates, as well as the speedway website: www.ransomvillespeedway.com.
Ransomville Speedway is located on Braley Road in the hamlet of Ransomville. “The Big R” is a 3/8th-mile DIRTcar-sanctioned facility that is the “Home of the Summer Nationals.” Ransomville also features a 1/16th-mile go-kart track for action on the “Little R” on Thursday nights.