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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.

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.

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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.

Utica-Rome Speedway has entered into an agreement with Thunder Mountain Speedway to create a dual championship program titled the “Backroads Battle.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

Erick Rudolph and Matt Sheppard have developed quite a rivalry, with each playing the foil to the other numerous times. Several new chapters were added during the past week involving races at Eldora Speedway in Ohio, and locally at Land of Legends Raceway and Utica-Rome Speedway.

Outlaw Speedway will host Summer Nationals Friday and Saturday, welcoming several divisions in addition to hosting a number of makeup features. The busy weekend of racing includes the Modified, 360 Sprint, Crate Sportsman, Street Stock, IMCA, 4-Cylinder and Hobby Stock divisions.

Tony Stewart’s All Star Circuit of Champions 410 Sprint Series will tour the region this weekend. It starts with a stop at Outlaw Speedway in Dundee Friday, continues with a trek to Stateline Speedway Saturday, and wraps up Sunday with a visit to Weedsport Sunday.

Oswego Speedway is preparing for their opening weekend, which will mark the 69th time the Steel Palace has opened for racing. There is a final practice session Friday before twin 50-lap features for the Supermodifieds on Saturday.

The Super DIRTcar Series launches its 2019 campaign this month, and the season-long prize pool will exceed $1 million. In total, a record-setting $1.25 million is spread through the season-long campaign, with $877,000 earmarked for race purses, $123,000 for the championship points fund, more…