The transformation of Oswego Speedway (NY) from asphalt to dirt is nearly complete. In less than one week, the Big-Block Modifieds of the Northeast will pound the clay at “The Steel Palace” turned “Clay Palace” during Super DIRT Week. According to Super DIRTcar Series Director Mike Perrotte, the racing surface looks great and is ready for competition.
“These guys adapt to any kind of conditions really well,” Perrotte said during a conference call on Wednesday. “In watching the progress of the speedway and the clay being applied and being there Sunday and looking at it, it’s good clay. Gary Risch is in charge of that and is really pleased with the way things have gone. I don’t really have any concerns about the speedway itself, I’m just looking forward to getting it started and getting going.”
While Perrotte wasn’t involved in the process of actually preparing the track, he was able to explain some of the steps taken by Gary Risch and the staff at the speedway.
“I know they put woodchips down. The clay came from the Syracuse area, I don’t know where,” Perrotte explained. “The one thing I can say is that I was there Sunday and the crew that was there working on the track Sunday was very pleased with it. Gary Risch thought the clay was excellent, he really liked it. I don’t know anything else about the track itself, but it looks good and the guys that are doing it are really excited about it. I’ve seen some of the work they’ve done in Florida and some other places, so that made me really optimistic about how it was going to be and how it was going to race.”
Four-time Syracuse 200 winner Stewart Friesen is also optimistic about the inaugural Super DIRT Week at Oswego. Although he was disappointed about the event leaving the New York State Fairgrounds, he’s happy the event found a good home at Oswego this year.
“I’m looking forward to it, obviously,” Friesen said. “A new venue and a venue like Oswego with a lot of history is cool. It’s good for the series. When we lost the Fairgrounds everyone was disappointed about that but I think Oswego is the next best place. It will be a good place for everything that’s going to go on that week.”
Due to the unique nature of this event, hosting a major dirt racing event at an asphalt racing facility, a lot of time and preparation went into this year’s edition of Super DIRT Week. At the end of the night on Sunday, October 9, a few factors will help Perrotte and other series officials determine the success of the event.
“Just getting it done is going to make it a successful event, first of all,” Perrotte stated. “Nobody gets hurt, secondly, that’s the main thing. Obviously we want to have a good race, good races, it’s a week-long thing. Hopefully we have a great race, an exciting race and it goes down to the end like it’s supposed to. Just getting it done will be a huge accomplishment, it’s a big undertaking. All of the teams and everyone has put a lot of effort into this thing. I’m already satisfied with what’s been done so far and I’m sure I’ll be satisfied at the end of the week.”
If and when the event is considered to be a success, it will only add to what Perrotte already believes has been a superb year for the Super DIRTcar Series.
“It’s just been incredible, it’s been exciting,” he said. “These guys are just awesome racers. Every race that we go to we put on an awesome show. It’s just been a great season. Car counts are up, crowds at all the series races have been up. It’s been good; it’s been great.”
Super DIRT Week kicks off on Wednesday, October 5 with the opening round of Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified practice at 3:00 p.m. ET. From there, the week-long event is jam-packed with racing before culminating with the 45th Annual NAPA Super DIRT Week Bud Light 300 on Sunday, October 9.
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-By Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51
-Photo credit: Dan Kapuscinski