Warner awarded sportsman victory

I guess Yogi Berra said it best, “It ain’t over ’til it’s over.” Following his victory over Rocky Warner in the sportsman feature at Super DIRT Week XLIV, James Michael Friesen celebrated in front of a capacity crowd at the New York State Fairgrounds.

Then came the post-race tech where the engines were pulled and checked.

Friesen’s motor was found to be in violation of DIRTcar Rule 15.1, which prohibits alterations to the Chevrolet Performance engine, including tampering with seals.

Bad news for Friesen as he was disqualified giving the victory to Warner and the Jake Spraker-owned No. 1J team.

So congratulations to the team and The Flying Squirrel for claiming another Syracuse victory.

However, I feel sorry for the grandstand full of race fans on hand for the Finale at the Fairgrounds. They probably missed out on what could have been a Victory Lane celebration they would not soon forget.

DIRTCar hit Friesen hard for the violations including the loss of points and earnings from Sunday’s race and a 12 month suspension from DIRTcar competition, which he can appeal.

Ridge running

Glen Ridge Motorsports Park will close out its racing season this weekend with a two-day racing event.

Friday, racing slated to start at 7 p.m. with a 35-lap pro stock, 30-lap street stock and 25-lap cruiser features on tap. There also will be practice for Saturday’s events.

Saturday, the pit gates open at 10 a.m. and the grandstands open at 11 a.m. with the cars taking to the track for warmups.

The race card features a 25-lap POWRi Midget race, a 30-lap modified non-winners event, a 30-lap cruiser feature and a 50- lap enduro on the undercard for the main event, the 60-lap, $2,000-to-win, Grand Daddy 602 World Championship for the sportsman division sponsored by Tommy and Sharon Spencer, Adirondac Leather and Don’s Towing.

The show will go on

During the Super DIRT Week XLIV media conference World Racing Group CEO Brian Carter address the concerns about the future of Super DIRT Week.

“We fought to keep it here,” he said. “But we have to make the best of the hand we have been dealt. That means we all get to celebrate the history and tradition and all the things we are important to us. But we have to face the realities that this is the final Super DIRT Week here.

It wasn’t until we threw a fit that they realized what they were losing at the fairgrounds. They realized that because of the noise we made. They realized that they had to do something about it or they were going to have an uprising. That is when we got the support of the state.”

Carter said that the World Racing Group will continue to host the event in 2016.

“I have heard a lot of rumors and a lot of noise already,” Carter said. “My team, World Racing Group, will be running Super DIRT Week 2016. Don’t be confused. The same team that is doing it here is going to be doing it at CNYRP [Central New York Raceway Park] when they are ready for us. If they are not ready for us we have a plan for that. We are going to have Super DIRT 2016 and it is going to be special. It may be different, but it is going to be special. We’re closing the chapter on the fairgrounds but we are not closing the book on Super DIRT Week.”