New location announced for SDW

A week before the “Finale at the Fairgrounds,” Super DIRT Week XLIV, it was announced that the tradition will continue, only a few miles from the New York State Fairgrounds.

In a press conference Wednesday at the fairgrounds, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the state will invest $5 million in the development of Central New York Raceway Park in Hastings, Ontario County, which is being built by DIRT founder and original promoter of Super DIRT Week, Glenn Donnelly.

That $5 million is in addition to the $2.75 million already committed by the state to the project along with the state paying for some of the marketing and promotion of the facility as part of a deal that will keep Super DIRT Week in Central New York for the next 10 years.

Central New York Raceway Park is being built on 150 acres between Route 11 and I-81 about a half hour from the state fairgrounds.

Although Central New York Raceway Park has a half-mile synthetic dirt oval in the plans, the main attraction will be a 2.2-mile road course.

Plans for the facility also include a 56-bay NASCAR-style garage and a five-story “command center” with a 300-seat restaurant, VIP suites, a video production studio and offices. The complex also will be able to handle approximately 10,000 fans and 1,500 campers.

Super DIRT Week XLIV will kick off next Thursday with time trials for the 358s and big-block modifieds.

The big-block modifieds will run Triple 20 qualifiers Friday, while the 358’s will run Twin 20 qualifiers and the sportsman division will run Triple 10s. Also on Friday the USAC Silver Crown cars will practice and run time trials.

Saturday the pro stock division will time trial on the mile with the Salt City 78 on tap for the USAC Silver Crown cars, along with the Salute the Troops 150 for the small-block modifieds.

The sportsman division will run a 30-lap feature Sunday, along with a 25-lap pro stock main event.

The week is capped off by 44th running of the Super DIRT Week 200 sponsored by NAPA for the big block modifieds.

Mohawk Valley Weekend

Fonda Speedway put its 2015 racing season in the books with a successful Mohawk Valley Weekend.

The two-day event drew good attendance from both the drivers and fans.

Sunday’s main events, the 39-lap Hondo Classic for pro stocks and the Super DIRT Series Mohawk Valley 100 for modifieds were among the best I have seen during the season-ending event.

The track was raceable and fast for both divisions with multiple grooves and tight racing, unlike some of the “freight-train” racing that often occurs in late-season, extra distance events at any track.

Congratulations to Kenny Gates for his ability to literally go from wrecker-to-checkers at the end of the year. Gates practically destroyed his No. 35 in a vicious flip at the start of the pro stock feature on Aug. 15, He borrowed a car from Justin Knight to compete in the final points show on Aug 22 and brought home a 10th-place finish and a share of the pro stock track championship. Gates then came back after the fair to win back-to-back features in the same car he wrecked only with body panels from past season’s on the car.

Since the end of the points battle it was determined that a disqualification of Chuck Dumblewski for an illegal clutch was overturned and he was given his spot and points back. However, that dropped Gates back a spot and now it has been determined that Pete Broderson is the lone pro stock champion.