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Jr 3 division at speed in 2022. (Tom Stevens photo for Ransomville Speedway)
Jr 3 division at speed in 2022. (Tom Stevens photo for Ransomville Speedway)

'Little R' is ready for 2023 season


Tue, Jan 10th 2023 11:10 am

Submitted by Ransomville Speedway 

The SANY New York/Burris Racing go-kart season is fast approaching, with the 2023 season opener just four months away. 

New for 2023, transponders are required for all kart classes at the Ransomville Speedway. The transponder loop for the “Little R” will be installed in the spring. Speedway management is also announcing that the “Little R” has received new clay that has been put down since the end of the 2022 season.

“Hopefully, the new surface will help promote some competitive side-by-side racing this year,” “Little R” Race Director Ryan Susice said. “We are very excited to see what 2023 has in store for our racers”

The 2023 season will begin with the “Little R Driving School” on Sunday, April 30. “Test & Tune” will take place on May 4, and May 7 will be an open practice. “Little R” opening night will take place on May 11. There will be a $500-to-win race on Sunday, May 21 – it was previously scheduled in 2022, but was rained out.

“Thursday Night Throwdowns” will continue throughout the month of June. Going into the month of July, the “Little R” will host midseason money races, featuring the Moden Memorial on Sunday, July 2, and the Doug Etue Memorial on July 6. That night will also feature fireworks.

The schedule is also filled with the traditional extra money-to-win nights for each class. The season will end with the “Back to the Books Bash” on Sept. 7.

The full schedule will be available under the karting section of www.ransomvillespeedway.com

“We are really excited about 2023,” “Little R” starter Greg Martin said. “We’ve added a few things that hopefully all the racers will enjoy. The ‘Thursday Night Throwdown’ races and the ‘Sunday Showdowns’ that we added to the schedule should be really fun.” 

The $100-to-win nights have all been increased to $125-to-win. The annual powder puff and Father’s Day race are on the schedule, as well as the return of the Mechanics Race. Also on the schedule is the return of the Moden Memorial, as well as a memorial race for our friend Doug Etue.

“An idea that we wanted to try is the ‘Mid-Season Money Series’ in the month of July,” Martin said. “While trying to maintain a balance of point races, money races, and time off for family, this is an idea that we wanted to try out.”

The “Mid-Season Money Series” will have its own points champion who will receive a trophy for their efforts. 

Making an appearance four times at the “Little R” will be the adult fun class, which features any four-cycle engine on any go-kart that will pass safety tech. Martin said, “Hopefully, we can bring in some of our Canadian friends that showed interest in the class. We also have some of our local guys working on fun karts for this class.”

Another twist for the “Little R” for the 2023 season will be having a pair of “Thursday 30s,” which will feature twin 15-lap features for either the Senior Lite or Senior Heavy division. There will also be a week where laps will be increased for the senior divisions to make them 20-lap feature events.

“We feel that we have a very good balance of money races and fun races for our drivers this year,” Ransomville Speedway General Manager Bret Pawlak said. 

The 2023 “Little R” schedule and rulebook are available by going to the kart section of www.ransomvillespeedway.com For more information, log online to www.ransomvillespeedway.com or follow on social media. 

About Ransomville Speedway

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.

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