Update (July 5, 2022 at 8:07 a.m.) — The Weedsport Speedway released a statement regarding the death of Ryan Varnes on Monday.
You can read the entire statement below or on the Weedsport Speedway website.
Weedsport Speedway is saddened by the tragic loss of American Flat Track competitor Ryan Varnes (24) and extends heartfelt condolences, thoughts and prayers to his family, friends.
Varnes, a Pennsylvania native, was involved in an on-track incident in the Production Twins Main Event at Weedsport Speedway on Saturday evening. On-scene emergency personnel responded to the incident immediately and transported Varnes to Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse, NY where he later succumbed to his injuries.
“We extend our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Varnes family, all of their friends and everyone that has been affected by this situation,” stated Al Heinke, owner Weedsport Speedway.Weedsport Speedway
(WSYR-TV) — A third-generation American Flat Track pro racer died at Weedsport Speedway on Saturday, July 2, American Flat Track says.
Ryan Varnes, a 24-year-old from Pennsylvania, was involved in an on-track crash in the Production Twins Main Event at Weedsport Speedway on Saturday evening. He was treated on-scene and then transported to Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse where he later died.
“The Varnes family has been a staple in the flat track community for decades, and they need our prayers during this difficult time,” said Gene Crouch, COO of AMA Pro Racing. “Ryan was the class of the field, both on and off track. His bright, perpetual optimism and loyal friendship will be dearly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.”
Varnes, who followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, began racing at the age of five, according to American Flat Track. He began pro-racing at the age of 16 and scored four wins with AFT Production Twins from 2019 to 2020.
American Flat Track says Varnes made the selfless decision to register as an organ donor and he will continue to extend his spirit — not just in the world of racing, but to people in need, as well.
According to the American Flat Track, a charity called Rookies of ’79 that supports injured motorcyclists and their families has established a memorial fund in Ryan Varnes’s name. You can make a donation on the Rookies of ’79 website.