Finale at the Fairgrounds scheduled for October
It appears that when the tradition of Super DIRT Week at the New York State Fairgrounds ends DIRTcar intends to start a new tradition at another track.
With its official announcement that the Oct. 7-11 event at the New York State Fairgrounds will be called the “Finale at the Fairgrounds” there also was a statement from DIRTcar officials and Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office that an agreement has been reached to keep NAPA Super DIRT Week in Central New York for at least the next 10 years.
Just not at the state fairgrounds.
“Super DIRT Week is both a signature event for racing fans and a Central New York tradition – attracting thousands of spectators and pumping millions of dollars into the local economy,” Gov. Cuomo said. “From the beginning of this process, it was important to keep this major event in Central New York and I am pleased that all parties have been able to come to an agreement. Next year, race fans will be able to enjoy their favorite weekend of racing in a brand new facility.”
Jeff Hachmann, Northeast director for World Racing Group, said a decision will be made soon and that an announcement is expected to be made at the annual media conference at Super DIRT Week 44.
One of the possibilities is a new facility being built by the former owner of DIRT Glenn Donnelly just a few miles north of Syracuse in Hasting.
Oswego Speedway is also rumored to be a possibility but frankly, watching dirt modifieds on asphalt or asphalt covered with dirt just does not seem right.
Oswego is for supermodifieds. Period.
Donnelly’s new facility reportedly will have a grandstand large enough to seat 15,000 fans but will be a half-mile synthetic dirt oval on about 150 acres.
The state reportedly has already helped out with close to $3 million in grants the help offset the construction costs, viewing it as a future economic generator for Oswego and Onondaga Counties.
Anyway, even though the event may be done at the fairgrounds, there will be something different to take its place. They may call it Super DIRT Week, but it just will not be the same.
The Moody Mile has hosted racing for over a century with Super DIRT Week turning the place into a spectacle for the past 44 years.
I am glad that the Govenor recognizes that the event is special and doesn’t want to take a chance of losing it to maybe somewhere near Concord, N.C. where the World Racing Group is headquartered.
I guess the Super Bowl is the Super Bowl whether it is in New Orleans or New York (sorry Bills fans, New Jersey).
This weekend at The Ridge
Glen Ridge Motorsports Park will host a 40-lap, $2,500-to-win feature event sponsored by Midtel/INOC for the modifieds Saturday night.
There have been bonuses added to the purse including upping the payout for the sixth to 10th place finishers by $100 with bonuses from STR Tractor Repair.
The A Verdi sportsman division also will be competing with the winner of the feature picking up a guaranteed seventh-place starting spot in the Grand Daddy 602 World Nationals presented by Adirondac Leather.
The Slingshots Tour (remember when they were a featured class at Glen Ridge?) are scheduled to run Saturday as are the pro stocks.
The annual Fonda Yearbook, produced by The Leader-Herald will be ready for distribution when Fonda Speedway returns to action on Palmer Service Night on Sept. 19.