Changes will end Syracuse tradition

Despite pleading from the dirt track racing community, it was made official this week that the grandstand at the New York State Fairgrounds will be coming down this fall to make room for an amphitheater, signaling the end of Super DIRT Week on the famed mile of hard clay.

DIRTcar has booked the 44th Super DIRT Week on the Moody Mile for Oct. 7-11 this year but no schedule of events has been posted yet on its website.

With $50 million in state funding backing the project the plans are to use the 70 acres into equestrian arenas and build an ice hockey arena.

I guess their idea of turning the fair into a year-round New York themed park does not include dirt-track racing, which has several facilities throughout the state with several surrounding the central New York facility.

If there is any doubt about racing in the area, especially the modifieds, just look at the difference of what most of the country calls modifieds and the “Northeast Modifieds.”

It is not unusual to hear drivers, crews and fans at some time during Super DIRT Week utter the phrase, “Syracuse. It is what it is.”

It is a place that has made legends, put exclamation points on already great careers and given up and coming drivers a boost to the next level in their careers.

The stories that have come out of that one multi-day event, both on and off the track, are talked about from the time the checkers fall on the big race to the gates open the next season.

I have already heard fans who have never been to the event talking about making the trek this year just to say they saw a race on the mile and others who use to spend the week camping and just hanging out with other race fans, making plans for one-last trip.

Even if DIRTCar, or any other group, comes up with a new event to fill the void, one thing is for sure, Columbus Day Weekend in Central New York just will not be the same, especially for race fans.

Savoie to be honored

Friday night, Hall of Fame driver Bob Savoie will be honored at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park, the venue he notched the final feature win of his illustrious racing career.

“The Silver Bullet,” who died last December, was a 2013 in the New York State Stock Car Association Hall of Fame with more than 100 career modified feature wins to his credit.

Friday’s race card at The Ridge will include a dash event and other unannounced specials throughout the night. It also announced that the street stock division also will be added to Friday night’s program as well as the Empire Lightning Sprints.

This will not be a $5 Friday event as the general admission gate price returns to $10 for adults and $5 for students with kids younger than 8 admitted free.

Big Show rescheduled

After late-day thunderstorms Tuesday forced the postponement of Brett Hearn’s Big Show VII at Albany-Saratoga Speedway, the event has been rescheduled for Aug. 12.

The Big Show features a 100-lap big block modified Super DIRTcar Series main event along with a 602 crate sportsman feature.

Kenny Wallace was scheduled for a meet-and-greet at the event as well as taking to the track in a modified. With the postponement, it is uncertain if he will be able to make the trip on the rescheduled event.