Demonstrating DIRTcar fandom and support for modified racing changed drastically in 2020 with limits and restrictions placed on fan attendance. Local tracks such as Land of Legends Raceway, and Genesee and Outlaw Speedway offered pay-per-view programming while contesting regular races during…
The challenges of the 2020 racing season have been well-documented. However, with the endless list of adversities faced by tracks, series, drivers and officials, fans were able to enjoy the thrill of a points chase in the Northeast, with the Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship.
With a shadow of uncertainty looming week after week, Outlaw Speedway concluded a successful 2020 racing season this past weekend.
A thrilling week of racing culminated in Max McLaughlin’s first career Super DIRTcar Series win Sunday night, capping the OktoberFAST festivities that saw five of the six scheduled events completed.
In a more typical reality, we would be eyeing the start of Super DIRT Week, the traditional meeting of all four DIRTcar Northeast Touring Series.
Land of Legends Raceway hosted the “Stars of Tomorrow Spectacular” this weekend. The names at the top of the finish orders were quite familiar.
The racing schedule was just as busy on the final weekend of summer as it would be in mid-July, with Genesee, Land of Legends and Outlaw hosting action.
With Super DIRT Week off the table, DIRTcar released plans to host a festival of speed in place of it, dubbing the six-race swing OktoberFAST.
Officially, Super DIRT Week has been taken off the 2020 racing calendar. DIRTcar Officials released the news in conjunction with the revised racing schedule dubbed ‘OktoberFAST.’
The Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship will continue beyond the traditional Labor Day Weekend in support of the DIRTcar member speedways hosting DIRTcar Modified, DIRTcar 358, DIRTcar Sportsman and DIRTcar Pro Stock sanctioned action.
History will document well the impacts of COVID-19 on the local racing scene.
The bounties at Outlaw Speedway swelled last week, but they remain unclaimed.
Matt Sheppard shrugged off the bounty once again at Outlaw Speedway, winning in dominant form as he claimed his third straight Modified division triumph. The victory is the seventh on the year at Outlaw for “Super” Matt.
At Land of Legends, the social distancing chess match continues. Fans were not allowed to attend the race in the grandstands this week, as they have the last several. Ultimately, rain dampened the feature program, but not before Dave Marcuccilli, Kevin Ridley and Jimmy Grant parked in victory lane.
WATKINS GLEN — It’s a true shame there won’t be any NASCAR Cup Series racing at Watkins Glen this year, because it has been voted America’s “Best NASCAR Track” for the fourth time in five years in USA Today’s 10 Best Online Readers’ Choice competition, as announced in a press release sent to…
A strangely quiet racing week culminated in an equally strange finish at Outlaw Speedway. In a typical season, we are discussing midway point leaders at this juncture. Instead, we see a number of tracks remaining dormant or re-closing with the end of the season looming only a short four or f…
Three of the coming week’s major racing events have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Two of Weedsport Speedway’s biggest events have been canceled. The Super DIRTcar Series Hall of Fame 100 on July 26 and the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Empire State Challenge on Aug. 1 have fallen victim to the ongoing public health crisis and the inability to allow fans ont…
WATKINS GLEN — The public health crisis created by the novel coronavirus has affected the sports world in every way possible.
With near-perfect summer weather, the Independence Day weekend offered plenty of opportunities to celebrate our nation’s birth and the freedoms we enjoy. It was a metaphoric backdrop of sorts, as fans flocked to area racetracks to gather and celebrate the local stars and touring action.
With most of the area’s tracks in Phase 4 of the NY Forward’s reopening plans, hopes were high that those facilities would be welcoming fans through the gates.
HOPEWELL — Land of Legends Raceway will have to wait to host its first Super DIRTcar Series event of 2020.
WATKINS GLEN — For the second time, the dates for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship weekend at Watkins Glen International have been altered.
Local tracks have roared back to life as New York state continues its phased reopening.
Racing is returning to local speedways this weekend.
While exploring decades-long legacies in motorsports, budding histories are equally prevalent.
WATKINS GLEN — The Finger Lakes Wine Festival has been canceled and Watkins Glen International's upcoming racing schedule altered by the COVID-19 crisis, track officials announced Friday.
WATERLOO — It’s 2020, and more than one-fifth of the way through the 21st Century there have been plenty of changes on Brewer Road. However, at least one constant has remained: race cars and Paine Motorsports.
Eldon Payne Jr. stepped back and let the learning happen. His father, Eldon Sr., was guiding his grandson, Alex, through one of the many lessons one needs to learn to reassemble a race car.
Until we had snow Friday, the weather throughout the early part of spring had been relatively favorable. However, stay-at-home orders have been extended through April 29, with hopes of reducing the impact of COVID-19.
In motorsports, as in our country, everyone is bracing for the worst, but hoping for the best.
WATKINS GLEN — A full field of NTT IndyCar Series drivers, including reigning series champion Josef Newgarden and seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson, is set to compete at Watkins Glen International in the inaugural IndyCar iRacing Challenge Saturday.
There was some racing activity this weekend, although it wasn’t local.
Utica-Rome Speedway has entered into an agreement with Thunder Mountain Speedway to create a dual championship program titled the “Backroads Battle.”
The annual trip to Florida did not disappoint dirt-car fans in any way, as Stewart Friesen and Larry Wight collected championships with their respective tours.
Modified racing will be the focus of the Northeast’s attention over the next two weeks as the Short Track Super Series and Super DIRTcar Series descend on Florida.
The entry list for the inaugural Sunshine Swing is growing. Tyler Siri and Jeremy Smith are bringing multi-car operations to Lake City, Fla.’s All-Tech Raceway for the Short Track Super Series February mini-series.
Just as it did last year, the 2020 DIRTcar Sportsman
The Super DIRTcar Series dropped an early Christmas gift to everyone this month, unveiling its full 2020 itinerary.
From the start of his tenure as owner of Outlaw Speedway, Tyler Siri has been checking items off his personal to-do list.
The third annual Northeast Racing Products Trade Show offered its share of interesting news over the weekend.
Mat Williamson defended an 18-point advantage in the final 40-lap feature of the year to collect his first career Super DIRTcar Series championship, the first time a Canadian driver has accomplished the feat.
Racing has nearly concluded for 2019, but two landmark events remain for the open-wheel Modified competitors in the Northeast.
Steve Paine scored a huge win Saturday, taking the Modified feature as part of the fourth annual Dutch Hoag Memorial Weekend at Outlaw Speedway in Dundee.
Mat Williamson scored another high-profile win Sunday afternoon, capping Super DIRT Week with a victory in the Billy Whittaker Cars 200 at Oswego Speedway.
Upstate racing’s biggest party has arrived. Napa Super DIRT Week officially ushering in the busiest week of action for the DIRTcar Racing’s Northeast Modifieds. Oswego Speedway has been converted to a dirt surface, and the first round of laps are booked for Wednesday.
Rain forced the Gerald Haers Memorial Build Your Bank Challenge event at Land of Legends Raceway to be completed Sunday afternoon.
SENECA FALLS — Snowfall in the Finger Lakes isn’t expected for another few months from now. However, that won’t stop snowmobilers from grass drag racing on October 4-5 at Rodman Lott & Son Farms in the Harpoon 500 Top Gun Shoot Out.
The racing calendar is packed with two-day events this time of year. Albany-Saratoga Speedway hosted a doubleheader with small-blocks and the Super DIRTcar Series anchoring their program. Locally, Outlaw Speedway hosted its annual Fall Nationals Friday and Saturday.
Outlaw Speedway in Dundee opens later this week for the penultimate event of its 2019 schedule. The two-day Fall Nationals, arguably the Yates County oval’s biggest racing weekend of the year, are Friday and Saturday.