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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

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

One Last Win for Friesen and Daley at the Moody Mile – DTD Exclusive

By MIKE MALLETT For the fourth time in his career Stewart Friesen hoisted the trophy as a winner of the Syracuse 200 at the New York State Fairgrounds. Of course it’s a bittersweet win as this is set to be the final edition of Super DIRT Week to be held at the famous mile oval. It was only fitting that the car Jeff Daley owned No. 44 won the 44th and final chapter of the historic race. It was an emotional day for everyone involved, including Friesen, who is as much a student of the history of racing as a…More

This & That – The Finale – DTD Exclusive

By ED & BETTY BIITTIG The fairground’s was rocking by the time we got to Sunday of Super DIRT Week. We had to get up and out early to get to the track. The sun was just rising on the famous grandstands and we stood there to reflect on past Super DIRT Weeks. From that point on all we saw was traffic and fans pouring into the fairgrounds right up until race time. At the driver’s meeting on Sunday DIRTcar CEO Brian Carter spoke with a heavy heart and a sense that he knew he had a mission; to give…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

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

The Finish Chaplain – Signs That Make You Wonder‏ – DTD Exclusive

Friday was a washout for any event we’d hope to have run. We did get the break in the clouds we prayed for earlier in the day but while the track crew attempted to make the mile race ready, more drizzle blew in from the Ohio basin and the officials deliberated and made the best decision for everyone to call it. The day long delay was an opportune time for me to stretch my legs and visit with people from one end of the pits to the other. It was also nice to spend some time with our ministry’s long…More

Racers prepared for the final Syracuse 200 at the Syracuse Mile – DTD Exclusive

By JOHN DOUGLAS The sun rose on the Moody Mile for the last time on Sunday, as racers,crews and officials prepared for the final Syracuse 200 on the Mile. Teams made final adjustments and ran their final practice in the morning all while taking a moment to let it all sink in that this indeed was the final Syracuse 200. Some are more sad than others to see it go, but everyone knows how special each lap will be. Tim McCreadie on his way into the speedway said, “I’ve come here and lost so many times, I won’t miss it.…More

Larry Wight: Microds to Pole at Syracuse‏ – DTD Exclusive

By BILL FOLEY Pole sitter Larry Wight cut his teeth at the New York State Fairgrounds and this year he hopes to celebrate the biggest victory ever for his family and team. The Roger Phelps look-alike throwback will start on the pole for this year’s “Finale at the Fairgrounds.” “This is a new car for Syracuse and the theme for this year (retro looks) provided me with a chance to recognize Roger Phelps,” Wight said.  “He gave me my start in racing here at Syracuse when he put me in a microd.” Interestingly enough it is sort of ironic that…More