Disqualification Allows Warner to Bring Spraker First Super DIRT Week Triumph – DTD Exclusive

By MIKE MALLETT Rocky Warner knows what it’s like to be a Syracuse winner. Entering the Finale at the Fairgrounds he had earned three triumphs on the famed ‘Moody Mile’ at the New York State Fairgrounds. He won the Pro Stock events in 2010 and 2011 before winning his first Sportsman title in 2012. On Sunday it seemed as if the Gloversville, N.Y., pilot came up one spot short of claiming his fourth overall and his first with car owner Jake Spraker. That changed suddenly Tuesday afternoon when James Michael Friesen, the apparent feature winner, was disqualified “for violating DIRTcar Rule…More


Friesen stripped of Syracuse glory; DIRTcar names new winner

History is being re-written following post-race inspection from Sunday’s DIRTcar Sportsman Modified championship at the Finale at the Fairgrounds. James Michael Friesen celebrated victory in the 30-lap Sportsman modified event holding the trophy and addressing the huge Super DIRT Week crowd. As part of the inspection process engines were removed from more than one of the top-five finishers. Many hours later  it was deemed Friesen’s engine was illegal, and DIRTcar is stripping Friesen of his win. The decision will mean Rocky Warner becomes the first ever repeat winner in the 17-year history of the Sportsman championship. Warner first won the event…More

Makin Tracks: There Won’t Be Another Day at the Fairgrounds – DTD Exclusive

By BILL FOLEY Walking past Casey Shuman’s Silver Crown car I noticed “Ascot” t-shirts hanging there for sale. Growing up a national poll said the top three short tracks in America were Ascot Park, Williams Grove and Oswego. As a kid I dreamed of seeing Ascot Park, but California was so far away that there was no way I was ever going to get there. By the time I was able to afford it, Ascot was gone. During the past weekend I ran, wrote, watched and enjoyed, but I never had a chance to reflect. I have watched the death…More


A Time to Reflect – DTD Exclusive

By DEAN REYNOLDS In my years of writing I usually had a policy to keep the word I out of my offerings. Don’t really know why but I just did. This time, please excuse me and hope you will allow me to do a 180… I have 36 consecutive years going to the New York State Fairgrounds and take in Super DIRT Week. That’s 36…Years. I’ll never forget that day in 1979 when my dad said, “Let’s go to Syracuse.” We all know that it came to a final end this past Sunday night…Stewart Friesen is the man fortunate enough…More


NAPA Super DIRT Week Sportsman Modified Winner Found in Violation of Rules During Post-Event Inspection

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Oct. 13, 2015 – The DIRTcar Sportsman Modified driven by James Michael Friesen in Sunday’s DIRTcar Sportsman Modified feature event at NAPA Super DIRT Week was found to be in violation of DIRTcar rules. The car was disqualified for violating DIRTcar Rule 15.1, which prohibits alterations to the Chevrolet Performance engine, including tampering with seals. The penalty includes the loss of points and earnings from Sunday’s race, and awards Rocky Warner with the victory. Friesen is suspended from DIRTcar competition for 12 months and may apply for reinstatement on Oct. 11, 2016. Section 12 of the DIRTcar…More


The Finish Line Chaplain – Freeze Frame – DTD Exclusive

Broken records and historic feats framed the last two days of Super Dirt Week. Paul McMahon set a torrid pace in the STP World of Outlaws time trial session at Rolling Wheel Raceway when the tour invaded the Elbridge NY oval on Saturday night. By circuiting the track for his qualifying times without lifting he was recorded with the fastest speed attained on a dirt track anywhere in the world in a sprint car at an average speed of 145.27 MPH. Sunday two family members parked their cars in victory lane at Syracuse, as James Michael Freisen won the 30…More


Mark Smith Closes out DIRT Week with 360 Shootout win at Rolling Wheels

By DEAN REYNOLDS ELBRIDGE, NY – Sunbury, Pa’s Mark Smith was hired by Quebec’s Patrick Vigneault to run some events with the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints (ESS) in 2015. On Sunday night, he took the lead from Mike Stelter and went on to win the 360 Shootout at the Rolling Wheels Raceway Park. It was Smith’s second win with Vigneault and worth a cool $3,000. The event run with the 358 modifieds was originally slated for Friday night, but persistent drizzle forced the program to be run on Sunday closing down Super DIRT Week activities. The field which pitted…More


SDW – Day 6 -The Finale Final Countdown; Friesens’ Ice Fields – DTD Exclusive‏

By BILL FOLEY “Let’s make this old lady proud,” said Dave Farney as he spoke at the Sportsman drivers meeting on Sunday morning. This is the final day for “the old lady” and it is generating a mixture of emotions. CEO Brian Carter told everyone earlier this week to basically savor the weekend and have fun. Others liken Sunday to a funeral with the parting of an old friend. The “Finale at the Mile” was the official moniker, but I like “The Final Mile”. It was typical Syracuse with the fact that it was a major league event, but like…More