Early Bird’ Inspection Opens Super DIRT Week XXXVI Activity at Fairgrounds
Syracuse, NY – October 2, 2007 – By Tom Skibinski, DIRTcar Racing NorthEast PR Director
Vintage weather conditions greeted race teams on arrival Tuesday afternoon for ‘early bird’ inspection which offered a sneak preview of the many cars and stars signed up for the 36th edition of Super DIRT Week at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse. An early glimmer of sunshine displaced by seasonably overcast skies with a sprinkling of raindrops during the twilight hours set the stage for the biggest show on DIRT in the Salt City.
“Last year went very smooth and with our same group of inspectors back it was even more relaxing this year from start to finish,” noted SDW Technical Director Gaston Salvas, who headed an experienced staff comprised of Chief Inspector Pat Ciolfi and experienced assistants Tom Curtis, Rich Lemieux, Jim Malloy and Scott Fremouw. Filing away the vital paperwork throughout the six-hour shift was Joyce Parsels, now serving as Chief Registrar for the 10th season at Super DIRT Week.
“We started just about 3 o’clock and went to 9:10 to finish up the last car,” said Parsels, who tallied the final sheets which accounted for 55 cars registered in the Big-Block Modified ranks and another 23 preparing for 358-Modified competition. “It was a good first day without too many setbacks. And with so many teams taking advantage of today’s inspection, tomorrow should go even quicker and a lot more guys will be ready for when afternoon practice rolls around.”
Among the first-day entrants for the headline Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series Rite Aid 200 were a half-dozen past champions, including Brett Hearn (1985, 1990-91, 1993, 1995), Billy Decker (1998, 2000-01, 2005), Jack Johnson (1979, 1984), Tim Fuller (2004), Vic Coffey (2002) and Richie Tobias Jr. (1992). Hearn, Decker and Fuller joined previous winners of the ITT Corporation-Goulds Pumps ‘Salute to the Troops’ 150 Mr. DIRTcar 358-Modified Series Championship on the Small-Block sign-up sheet Tuesday.
“Only a few minor issues came up this year, but for the most part everything went quick and easy compared to past seasons in Syracuse,” said Fremouw, a former Pro Stock pilot in DIRT NorthEast’s top full-fender touring division, yet schooled just the same in every open-wheel specification required on the DIRTcar Modified circuit. “Window and quarter panels were too high on the TEO cars and the front ends were not symmetrical. More importantly, a lot were missing serial numbers. Spoiler braces were the only issues with the Troyer cars while every Bicknell entry passed on the first try.”
For the second consecutive year, teams were afforded the opportunity to fill out registration forms themselves to help speed up the process. The honor system proved successful last year and the familiarity among the teams passing through the inspection line under the main grandstand this time around made the practice even more efficient.
“Teams are signing the forms before hand that are primarily declaring a car’s safety, not necessarily its legality,” added Ciolfi. “DIRT is insuring on the track safety of every car and the onus is placed on teams right from the moment they arrive. We’ve checked a lot of these same cars over the summer so anything that changes from the beginning to end is their responsibility and anything that comes up different is certainly grounds for disqualification nowadays.”
Super DIRT Week XXXVI activity continues Wednesday, Oct. 3 with more inspection for Big-Block Modified and 358-Modified cars. The first action trackside is slated that afternoon with an extended ‘Happy Hour’ practice session for Advance Auto Parts Modifieds staged from 3-5 p.m. Tomorrow evening open-wheel teams head to the north country as Can-Am Motorsports Park hosts a Mr. DIRTcar Series doubleheader for 358-Modified and Sportsman divisions. Race time is 7:30pm.
The customary Advance Auto Parts 'Media Day' press conference on Thursday, October 4 officially kicks off Super DIRT Week XXXVI with the infield media center staging the popular event beginning at 12:30 p.m.
SALT CITY SHORTS
The alleged namesake of the famed Moody Mile on the NYS Fairgrounds was in attendance on Tuesday as Wes Moody himself was recognized parking the hauler pitside for his step-son Patrick Dupree. Before modern-day timing mechanisms became commonplace among race teams, Moody was the first driver to be clocked over the 100 mph barrier on the Syracuse Mile thus the obvious connection which has become accepted by fans young and old alike over time…..Veteran Mark Kolceski continues to spearhead the non-stop work that is done by the unheralded Syracuse track prep crew, something taken for granted when the surface is right yet frowned upon if any ruts happen to develop. “There’s been something on the track in one form or another since Labor Day, mostly horses but our equipment has been out there every week for the past month,” Kolceski commented. “Weather always plays a big role around here every year. No day is ever the same and forecasts seem to change as fast as the track conditions themselves. One good thing about this place is that of you don’t like it one day, come back the next and its bound to be different.”
SUPER DIRT WEEK XXXVI EVENTS SCHEDULE: Oct. 3 - Oct. 7, 2007
*All tmes and events subject to change.
DAY-DATE TIME EVENT
Wed-10/3 8am Advance Auto Parts Mod & 358-Mod Inspection (under main grandstand)
3-5:00pm Advance Auto Parts Modified ‘Happy Hour’
10pm Pit Area Closed
7:30pm Mr. DIRTcar 358-Mod & Mr. DIRTcar Sportsman Series at Can-Am Motorsports Park.
Thr-10/4 8am Pit Gates Open
8am-10am Inspection Area Open (under main grandstand); (AAP Mod, 358 Mod, Sportsman, DIRTcar Futures allowed)
10am Grandstands Open, Advance Auto Parts Modified practice
11am Goulds Pumps/ITT 358-Modified Practice
11:45am DIRTcar Futures Rotating Practice (Modified, 358-Modified, Sportsman, Pro Stock)
12:30pm Advance Auto Parts 'Media Day' Press Conference - Infield Conference Bldg
1:45pm Thompson Motorsports 358-Modified Time Trials (2-laps, Top-6 Qualify for Front-3 Rows)
2:30pm Wingfoot Commercial Tires and Teo-Pro Car Modified Time Trials (2-laps, Top-6 Qualify For Front-3 Rows)
4:15pm DIRTcar ‘Futures’ Feature Events (358-Modified, Modified, Sportsman, Pro Stock)
10pm Pit Area Closed
7:30pm Mr. DIRTcar 358-Modified Series at Brewerton Speedway.
Fri-10/5 8am Pit Gates Open, Town mechanical, Inc. Sportsman Inspection Open
10am Grandstands Open, Gould’s Pumps/ITT 358-Modified Practice
10:45am Advance Auto Parts Rite Aid 200 Modified practice
11:30am Town Mechanical, Inc. Sportsman Practice
12noon Pullen’s Truck Center 358-Modified Twin 20s (10 non-qualified cars advance from each);
1:30pm Advance Auto Parts Modified Triple 20s (10 non-qualified cars advance from each)
2:45pm P & M Fabrication and MSS Sportsman Time Trials (2-laps, Top-24 Qualify)
3:30pm Thompson Motorsports Modified Pit Stop Competition
10pm Pit Area Closed
7pm Mr. DIRTcar 358-Modified & Mr. DIRTcar Sportsman Series at Rolling Wheels Raceway.
7:30pm Caprara Bros. Outdoor Toy Store Mr. DIRTcar Street Stock Series, Mod Lite SDW Championship and NY Modified Midgets at Cayuga County Fair Speedway
Sat-10/6 8am Pit Gates Open, Pro Stock Inspection Open
9:00am Gould’s Pumps/ITT 358-Modified Championship Driver and Crew Chief Meeting
(in pit building)
9:20pm Town Mechanical, Inc. Sportsman Driver's Meeting (in pit building)
9:30am Grandstands Open, Track open for Gould’s Pumps/ITT 358-Modified Final Practice
10:15am Town Mechanical, Inc. Sportsman Final Practice
11:15am BNC Motorsports Pro Stock Practice
11:45am Dig Safely NY Sportsman Last Chance Qualifier
12:15pm Terrell’s Potato Chips Pro Stock Time Trials (2-laps, Top-24 Qualify)
1:30pm Gould’s Pumps/ITT 358-Modified Championship Pre-Race ceremonies
2pm Gould’s Pumps/ITT 358-Modified Championship (150 laps, 40 cars to start)
4pm Town Mechanical, Inc. Sportsman Championship (30 laps, 30 cars to start)
7pm ESS/URC/ASCS PSG Sprint Challenge at Rolling Wheels Raceway
7:30pm "Win and You're In" Big-Block/Small-Block Twin 25's
plus BRP CanAm Late Model Series at Cayuga County Fair Speedway
(Mod Overall Winner Earns 45th starting spot in Rite Aid 200)
Sun-10/7 8am Pit Gates Open
9:15am BNC Motorsports Pro Stock Driver's Meeting (in pit building)
9:30am AAP Rite Aid 200 Modified Driver and Crew Chief Meeting (in pit building)
10am Grandstands Open, Track Open For BNC Motorsports Pro Stock Final Practice
10:20am AAP Rite Aid 200 Final practice
10:45am BNC Motorsports Pro Stock Last Chance Qualifier
11:15am Dig Safely NY Modified Last Chance Qualifier
11:45am Advance Auto Parts Modified Top-30 Autograph Signing under grandstand
(Top 30 in Thu. Time Trials)
12:00pm BNC Motorsports Pro Stock Championship (25 laps, 30 cars to start)
12:45-1:45pm Rite-Aid Cold Pit Tour of Pit Row
1:30pm SDW Parade of Champions
1:45pm Rite Aid 200 Modified Championship Pre-race ceremonies
2:15pm Rite Aid 200 Modified Championship (200 laps, 44 cars to start)
Mon-10/8 -TBA- Rain Date For Saturday or Sunday events
The Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series for Big-Block Modifieds is brought to fans across the Northeast by several sponsors and partners, including series sponsors Advance Auto Parts, Hoosier Racing Tire and Sunoco Race Fuels. Promotional partners include AMB i.t., F.X. Caprara Car Companies, Rite Aid Corporation and the University of Northwestern Ohio and the contingency sponsors are Bert Transmission, Bicknell Racing Products, Bilstein Shocks, Brodix Cylinder Heads, Integra Shocks, MSD Ignitions, Miller Electric Manufacturing Company, Motorsports Safety Systems, Penske Shocks and Wrisco Industries.