When the NAPA Auto Parts sponsored 200-lap “Finale at the Fairgrounds” goes green Sunday afternoon, the always exciting “Lightning Larry” Wight will be on the pole by virtue of his 29.154 second lap around the historic New York State Fairgrounds mile in Thursday’s “Top Six” qualifying round for the Super DIRTcar Series big block modifieds.
In our last effort, we detailed historian Ken Parrotte’s statistical review of Syracuse Mile activities, namely the Labor Day State Fair events and AAA/USAC action. As promised, it’s now time to check out his rankings for Super DIRT Week’s big block modified finale, which has varied in length over the years but has been the headliner since Glenn Donnelly first took over the mile’s promotion and established Super DIRT Week.
Oct 3 2015 | Posted in Columns
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While defending Super DIRTcar Series champion Billy Decker started his racing career at Fonda Speedway as a protege of the legendary ‘Jumpin Jack’ Johnson, he hasn’t been a regular there for nearly two decades.
Each November, we organize the Lost Speedways program at the Saratoga Automobile Museum, where we curate the racing gallery and one main gallery exhibit each year. Through that endeavor, we’ve met a great many people with a burning interest in racing history, among them Ken Parrotte of Fulton, N.Y.
Sep 24 2015 | Posted in Columns
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With Labor Day in the books and a hint of fall in the air, it’s time to set the slate of topics and presenters for the Saratoga Automobile Museum’s most popular event, Lost Speedways.
Brett Hearn and Kenny Tremont Jr. have battled all year at Albany-Saratoga Speedway and it was only fitting that the DIRTcar modified season ended with both on the front stretch after the feature.
Although the Northeast racing community had been on notice about the impending loss of the historic New York State Fairgrounds mile since March, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s recent announcement that demolition of the grandstand and speedway to allow a major fairgrounds renovation would commence after this year’s Super DIRT Week was still hard to swallow.
Sep 2 2015 | Posted in Columns
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With one week remaining in the season, point leader Kenny Tremont Jr. put a stranglehold on the Albany-Saratoga Speedway DIRTcar modified championship with his seventh win of the season Friday night
The old adage “It’s never over till it’s over” was proven again Tuesday night at the Lebanon Valley Speedway’s Mr. Dirt Track USA Super DIRTcar Series event
Brett Hearn got back to victory lane at the Albany-Saratoga Speedway Friday night after prevailing in a torrid battle with point leader Kenny Tremont Jr. and Peter Britten as the trio battled forward from the sixth and seventh rows.