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Quick Notes from Rolling Wheels Raceway – DTD Exclusive

By MIKE MALLETT Steve Paine earned one more opportunity on Saturday night to start at the New York State Fairgrounds. Paine earned the 44th starting spot by winning the Win and You’re in Event at the Rolling Wheels Raceway. Paine hasn’t started at the Mile for several years but on Sunday afternoon like everyone else he’ll take the green one last time. “Yeah I’m going to go,” said Paine afterwards. “I don’t know how big of an effort I can put in because we don’t have any of the fuel contraptions or stuff like that but we’ll be there and…More

Makin Tracks-SDW Day 5 Phelps, Mudd Bus and Champ Car History

By BILL FOLEY Roaming around the Fairgrounds has been an adventure and exciting as there are cars from yesteryear all over the place and memories are flooding back. Buzzie’s 00 is sitting outside the Area Auto Racing News booth while right across was the Toby Tobias #1. Under the grandstand is the Batmobile driven to victory by Gary Balough while other vintage cars are lined up behind the grandstand fence. However, one car that drew my attention was the Leader Card champ car driven in the past by George Snider and Rich Vogler and built by A.J. Watson. Gary Mondshein purchased…More

Roberts Blows Motor; Still Leaves Syracuse Happy – DTD Exclusive

By MIKE MALLETT Unfortunately for Adam Roberts it wasn’t the story book ending that he was hoping for at the New York State Fairgrounds. The Watertown, N.Y., driver qualified in the top 25 in his first ever attempt on the ‘Moody Mile.’ He was running in a qualifying spot in in his Triple 20 on Saturday afternoon before a motor expired late in the event. “I was coming down the front stretch and the thing just let go,” said Roberts of his motor. “It’s a fresh powerplant so something must have just broke. The 63 machine was hooked up and…More

Gary Tomkins: From Looking for a Ride to Being In the Finale‏

By Bill Foley Even sitting 12th in the Super Dirt Series big-block point standings Gary Tomkins really didn’t have anything lined up for the “Finale at the Mile,” but he had a guaranteed spot by virtue of his season long ranking and participation in the series. He said, “I talked to Mike (Payne) at Fulton and we got together. Originally I thought I would simply come to Syracuse looking for a ride and if it meant getting in a car and taking a lap then parking it I would have done that.” However, he is in this year’s field after…More

Huge Wreck Mars Small Block Twin 20

By JOHN DOUGLAS All was going well during the qualifying events for the 358 small-block Modifieds until a wreck on the backstretch involved almost half the starting field. Ryan Darcy and Bob Sarkasian made contact in turns one and two which carried over to the backstretch causing a chain reaction that collected many strong competitors including Rich Scagliotta and Mike Maresca. “Two guys were being, in my opinion, a little too aggressive and one of them spun the other one out,” Maresca said of the incident. “I really had nowhere to go, jammed on the brakes and got sideways. Then…More

Mike Turner Pays Homage to his Father as Western Pennsylvania Teams Band Together for the Mile

By JOHN DOUGLAS JR. Hailing from Herman, Pa., Mike Turner made the trek to the Syracuse Mile for the final Super DIRT Week held on at the historic ‘Moody Mile.’ This event for Turner isn’t just about running the mile one final time, but something much deeper. Turner’s father Bill passed away before ever getting to come to Syracuse. So Turner connected with Rick Regalski two years ago and they made the trip for the first time. Now with the final race at the New York State Fairgrounds, Regalski has again helped Turner to make the trip. Along with others…More

Rain Hinders Friday at the Mile – DTD Exclusive

By JOHN DOUGLAS JR After a beautiful beginning to the final Super DIRT Week at the New York State Fairgrounds, Mother Nature decided to put a halt to things on Friday.  For almost six hours officials attempted to get the day’s events in as scheduled but it was not to be. Super DIRTcar officials used the rain delay to do technical inspection for the Sportsman and Pro Stock competitors, which began at noon. A few competitors trickled their way through the inspection line, being checked for body dimensions and engine specifications with no major issues. Track crews attempted to dry…More

Mahaney Gets on Track; More Brewerton Hurricane Notes – DTD Exclusive

By MIKE MALLETT It was not a good ending for Mike Mahaney on Wednesday night at the Weedsport Speedway. The King Ferry, N.Y., driver blasted the wall in turn one after contact with another car. There was significant damage done to his family-owned No. 33. His dad Jim (Mahaney), along with his entire crew, worked the full day getting the car repaired. It paid off as he ended up battling for a podium finish before finishing in fourth in Brewerton Speedway’s Hurricane 100 the following night. “I think we had something for Billy Decker,” stated Mahaney. “I was up on…More

The “Doctor” Danny Johnson continues his roll through Super Dirt Week 2015 by winning the “Hurricane” 100 at Brewerton Speedway – DTD Exclusive

By KEN BRUCE BREWERTON, NY – Danny Johnson continued to keep his competition at bay by winning the “Hurricane 100” Thursday night at Brewerton Speedway. The “Doctor” took the lead on lap 20 and was never seriously challenged the remainder of the way. Billy Decker was able to move in on Johnson as they encountered lapped traffic but was never able to mount a serious challenge for the win. “This is the same car we ran last night,” said a happy Johnson. “I have to thank Chris Gennarelli and the crew for giving me the opportunity. I am very grateful…More

Decker in a Troyer; Lindberg Learning – DTD Exclusive

(Jay Fish Photo) By MIKE MALLETT Billy Decker did something on Wednesday night at the Weedsport Speedway that he hasn’t done in a long time, he strapped into something besides his typical Bicknell ride. The Unadilla, N.Y., driver made a start behind the wheel of a Troyer for car owner Scott Kerwin. Even with the change, Decker does what he does best, he was near the front and getting better as the race went on. “Been a long time,” said Decker about driving a Troyer. “I didn’t know what adjustments to make. We got one race under our belts and…More