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Mr. Donnelly is nothing more than a phony - a dog and a pony show. Super Dirt Week is not going to happen !  If you think his pipedream of having his so called track ready to go in 3 months is totally delusional ! Wake up and smell the coffee ! It's over and time to move on ! 

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On 7/9/2016 at 7:38 PM, Fulbrew said:

That's 35 miles away.  Far from ideal for sure.   

Have all those patches in the outer sections of the back stands been there long?  

Yes, those patches have been there for years. I drove back there over the weekend while attending KoW. Not a damn thing has been done to that back stand nor anything else around Oswego... Other than the sign out front getting fixed.

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On 7/9/2016 at 6:43 PM, maxim410 said:

this talk of a tour week at all these tracks is silly

 

Why?  I actually love the idea, as long as it's kept short enough that teams don't need any more time off work than the typical SDW needed.  4 races in 6 days maybe?  Race tuesday, thursday, saturday night and sunday afternoon for a SDW points championship.  Other tracks/series could throw in their own dates on Monday, wednesday and Friday if they want to try it.    

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14 hours ago, westracing01 said:

Yes, those patches have been there for years. I drove back there over the weekend while attending KoW. Not a damn thing has been done to that back stand nor anything else around Oswego... Other than the sign out front getting fixed.

I knew there were some patches there for quite a while, but thought there were a few more last week.  I may be wrong with that.

You are definitely right about lack of improvement with the facilities.  Although, based on car and fan count, I am not surprised. 

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Hastings, N.Y. — Construction delays at a huge race complex under development in Hastings are making it increasingly likely that the five-day racing spectacular known as Super DIRT Week will be held at the Oswego Speedway 24 miles away this fall.

Glenn Donnelly, president of Central New York Raceway Park, said a delay in the state's disbursement of a $5 million grant for his 150-acre racing facility south of Central Square has prevented him from completing the synthetic-dirt oval track where Super DIRT Week was to be held Oct. 5 through Oct. 9.

"We're going to get the money, but everything is stalled right now," he said. "It's very frustrating."

World Racing Group, which bought the Super DIRT Week event from Donnelly in 2004, is finalizing its Plan B — switching the event from Donnelly's new track to Oswego Speedway in the city of Oswego.

Jeff Hachmann, director of events for World Racing Group, said the organization is working with the state to finalize its plans and hopes to make an announcement in the next few days.

"We're at a critical time right now," he said.

Oswego Speedway is a paved race track, so many tons of dirt would have to be dumped on it to make it suitable for a dirt racing event.

"It's something we've done before," Hachmann said. "It's never an easy process, but it's something that can be done."

Donnelly hoped to make Super DIRT Week the first major event held at his raceway, which, in addition to a 5/8th-mile synthetic dirt track, is to include a 2.2-mile road course, a 56-bay garage, and a five-story "command center" with a 300-seat restaurant, VIP suites and video production studio and offices.

Construction began a year ago on a 150-acre site between Route 11 and Interstate 81 south of Central Square. Much of the general layout of the dirt track, road course, pit area and parking areas have been cut out. Donnelly said he and his investors have spent $15 million on the project, including soft costs for such things as engineering services.

However, no construction has begun on the facility's grandstands or other buildings, and there is still a lot of work to be done to complete construction of the dirt track and road course. Lan-Co Cos., the North Syracuse developer who was the main contractor on the project, pulled out several weeks ago because it has not been paid $1.2 million it is owed.

Donnelly said he cannot pay Lan-Co until the state provides the promised $5 million grant to pay for upgrades necessary to host Super DIRT Week, a five-day series of dirt car races that attracts 70,000 people and more than 300 racers. Those upgrades include building grandstands that can hold 8,000 people instead of 5,000, building a camping facility for 1,300 campers and installing LED lighting throughout.

The state hosted Super DIRT Week for more than 30 years at a mile-long track originally built for horse racing at the State Fairgrounds in Geddes. After last year's event, the state demolished the track and nearby grandstands as part of a $50 million renovation of the fairgrounds.

Donnelly agreed to host the event at his new track for 10 years — rent-free for the first five years. In exchange, the state agreed to give him $5 million to build the facility to accommodate the large crowds that Super DIRT Week attracts.

The $5 million grant is in addition to $2.75 million in grants the state had previously agreed to provide to the project. The state has given Donnelly $850,000 of the $2.75 million as a reimbursement of money he has spent on the project. The rest is to be paid as he meets required construction milestones.

The terms of the $5 million grant related to upgrades for Super DIRT Week are somewhat different than those for the $2.75 million in grants. In March, Empire State Development Corp., the state's economic development arm, pledged in a letter to Donnelly to provide 50 percent of the $5 million "up front" to start the construction process and, upon submission of vouchers showing how that money was spent, to make an additional 40 percent of the grant available to draw upon for the next stage of the project.

The final 10 percent of the grant is to be disbursed upon opening of the raceway, according to the letter from Howard Zemsky, Empire State Development's president and CEO.

But in May, the state transferred administration of the grant from Empire State Development to the state Dormitory Authority. Donnelly said the authority has not disbursed any of the grant or given him a reason for the delay.

Donnelly said the switch occurred around the time it was revealed that U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara is investigating how Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration hands out state money for economic development. He said he did not know if the two events are related.

Jason Conwall, spokesman for Empire State Development, said administration of the grant was transferred to the Dormitory Authority because the $5 million is coming from the State and Municipalities Fund, a program primarily administered by the authority.

ESD officials said Donnelly has yet to provide documents and information required to finalize a grant disbursement agreement, including a detailed explanation of how the state's money will be spent.

They also expressed concerns that Donnelly has been unable to meet the financial commitments he made four years go, when the project was first planned. Those commitments include raising tens of millions of dollars in private investment, according to the ESD. The officials noted that state funds represent less than 20 percent of the project's total estimated cost of more than $40 million.

Donnelly has continued some work on the raceway, using his own staff and vehicles. But he said Lan-Co's services are required to complete the major work, which includes cutting a section of the site down 12 feet for the dirt track.

Super DIRT Week's likely switch to the Oswego Speedway is the largest, but not the first, event to be relocated from Donnelly's track because of the construction delay. Last week, Donnelly and the American Motorcyclist Association announced last week that the AMA Pro Flat Track Series event scheduled for Aug. 20 will be moved to Rolling Wheels Raceway Park in Elbridge.


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Thanks for posting Joshua.  Would love how the $15 million dollars was spent that Glenn claims he has spent so far.  That seems like a lot of dollars just to push dirt around.

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Donnelly Stated that he knows the money is coming from the State, then why not keep working on the project if you know you are going to be reimbursed.

 

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Easy answer ranger, Glenn has no private financing to complete the project. 

See in the article:   They also expressed concerns that Donnelly has been unable to meet the financial commitments he made four years go, when the project was first planned. Those commitments include raising tens of millions of dollars in private investment, according to the ESD.

Note that Glenn has not provided any documentation to the state as to how he claims to have spent $15 million dollars.  Glenn's likely plan was to use the free state money to build the dirt track so Glenn would not have to invest any of his own money.

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Something I find interesting is who was listed as property owner up until last year (according to the Oswego County website). I know he was one of the rumored investors. Did he vacate the project? I am not going to say anything else, you can look up that information yourselves. I just find it interesting.

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2 hours ago, ModMan18 said:

Something I find interesting is who was listed as property owner up until last year (according to the Oswego County website). I know he was one of the rumored investors. Did he vacate the project? I am not going to say anything else, you can look up that information yourselves. I just find it interesting.

It is pretty interesting.

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38 minutes ago, Mustangbru8 said:

Care to post what it says, it's obviously public knowledge anyway?  Save us from all going to the site and looking.

It says Carl Meyers Enterprises sold the land to CNYRP INC. in December 2015.

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59 minutes ago, Josh Bayko said:

It says Carl Meyers Enterprises sold the land to CNYRP INC. in December 2015.

That may or may not mean anything.  Does Mr Meyers have an interest in CNYRP, Inc? 

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5 minutes ago, Fulbrew said:

That may or may not mean anything.  Does Mr Meyers have an interest in CNYRP, Inc? 

Beats me. 

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22 minutes ago, Fulbrew said:

That may or may not mean anything.  Does Mr Meyers have an interest in CNYRP, Inc? 

He was involved in developing the Syndi but I don't remember any involvement in CNYRP.

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" Central New York Raceway Park Set for Phase 1 of ConstructionTue, 4th October, 2011

Groundbreaking for phase 1 of the construction of the new state of the art Central New York Raceway Park (CNYRP) in Central Square, NY is set for the spring of 2012. The Central Square location is just 20 minutes from downtown Syracuse and less than 15 miles from Syracuse's Hancock International Airport. Phase 1 of the construction project includes a 2 mile road course, drag strip, and a half mile synthetic dirt track. Donnelly Partners LLC, led by Glen Donnelly and Sweeteners Plus CEO Carl Myers, have secured the funding for phase 1, and have already begun clearing the more than 140 acres in anticipation for the spring

groundbreaking."

Copied from page 1 of the other THREAD.

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