Second Annual Mike Bonesky Memorial Set for August 24th at the Big R

RANSOMVILLE, NY – 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 on Wednesday, August 24, 2022, 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 Mike Bonesky.

“We are thrilled to once again continue the tradition of having a Sportsman Super DIRTcar Series event at the Big R,” comments Ransomville Speedway management. A rain date of August 25th has been scheduled if needed for this event.

Mike 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’s 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 United States, Canada, and Europe. Bonesky passed away unexpectedly in December of 2020. He was a graduate of Niagara Wheatfield High School and served in the United States Army.

Last season, Scott Kerwin of Newfane, NY 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.

The 2022 racing schedule has been released and is available on Look for a date and location of the registration meeting that will be released over the next couple of weeks.

Season passes for the 2022 racing season are now on sale. To purchase season passes, contact Ransomville Speedway by email at, or call the speedway office at (716) 791-3602. Follow Ransomville Speedway on social media for all updates as well as the speedway website,

About Ransomville Speedway: Ransomville Speedway is located on Braley Road in the hamlet of Ransomville, just 20 minutes from Niagara Falls and Lockport. “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! For more information, please visit us on the World Wide Web at as well as follow us on Twitter @Ransomville and like us on Facebook. You can also contact the speedway by phone by calling (716) 791-3602 or (716) 791-3611.