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‘Lost Speedways’ Returns Nov. 28

Saratoga Automobile Museum

The Saratoga Automobile Museum’s wildly popular “Lost Speedways” auto racing program, long a Saturday after Thanksgiving tradition for area fans and racers, is set to go green once again.

Fairgrounds Finale Belongs To Friesen

Stewart Friesen has more than 30 victories between modifieds and sprint cars this year. (John DaDalt Photo)

Stewart Friesen proved once again that he’s one of the nation’s premier driving talents Sunday by notching his fourth Syracuse 200 win in the NAPA sponsored “Finale at the Fairgrounds.”

Phelps Scores First Victory On Syracuse Mile

Super DIRT Week 2015

It was a long, cold day at Super DIRT Week Saturday at the New York State Fairgrounds, but Jimmy Phelps, at least, was smiling at the “after dark” conclusion of the Salute to the Troops 150 for 358 DIRTcar modifieds.

Qualifying Races Hit Syracuse Mile

Super DIRT Week 2015

The DIRT troops went to work early Saturday morning, but the 9:15 a.m. start for Friday’s rain delayed Super DIRT Week qualifying events saw business as usual at the Syracuse Mile at the New York State Fairgrounds.

SDW NOTES: Johnson Out, Horton In

(From left) Matt Sheppard, Pat Ward, Stewart Friesen, Larry Wight, Carey Terrance and Billy Dunn were the fastest six drivers in Syracuse 200 qualifying on Thursday at the New York State Fairgrounds. (Dave Dalesandro Photo)

Insiders were shocked Wednesday when multiple-time Syracuse 200 winner Alan Johnson vacated his high profile ride in the Halmar International No. 14J. But another former winner, Jimmy Horton, was on hand and jumped into the car, supervised by three-time winner Gary Balough.

Wight Earns Pole For Fairgrounds Finale

Larry Wight was fast qualifier Thursday at the New York State Fairgrounds. (Dave Dalesandro photo)

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.

HEDGER: The Long Look


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.

Decker Shows His Fonda Mastery

Super DIRTcar Logo

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.

HEDGER: The Long Look


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.

Lost Speedways Event Details Released


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.


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