Super DIRT Week at Syracuse Fairgrounds was like no other. Everyone knew the place as the ‘Moody Mile’ and if you were able to tame that mile, you were king of the world.
Due to unfortunate circumstances the mile was demolished, leaving thousands of racing rans in dismay. Everyone said that Super DIRT Week would never be the same again. And you know what, they were right.
The atmosphere at the Moody Mile was one of a kind, something that honestly will never be replaced. No matter how hard we try, it can’t be done.
When the mile was demolished nobody knew where Super DIRT Week was going to be at next for quite some time.
Which is where Oswego Speedway comes into play.
The announcement was made to host Super DIRT Week at Oswego Speedway, mind you, Oswego is an asphalt track. Super DIRT Week at an asphalt track? That seemed to stir up a lot of commotion.
It was the end of summer 2016, I was working for the World Racing Group. We made the trip to Oswego to check out the grounds and try to map the place out, see what could work and what wouldn’t. I just couldn’t picture it. Standing there on the front stretch, no dirt in site.
Then came the day when they laid the clay down. Cameras, media, news teams, everyone came to see this spectacle. After everyone left, I watched as they spread the clay down the backstretch. That’s when it hit me. This is actually happening. Something so unheard of in the northeast, we’re doing it, we’re making history.
The first year had its ups and its downs, just like anything new. The campgrounds weren’t well laid out, the surface was horrendous, and the pit stalls were overly crowded. Nobody knew what to expect.
But you know what? You know that cliché saying, ‘if you build it they will come?’ Oh, did they come! The place was jam packed. People either came to see it fail or came to see history be made. It didn’t matter. They came.
Fast forward a year. The World Racing Group made some more improvements after their first trial run. They started to pour cement pads, they added a new entrance to the track, and had the track surface in mint condition come Sunday afternoon for the big show.
I must add, that was one of the best 200-lap races I had ever seen. The leaders raced down to the very last lap. They truly had us on the edge of our seats.
And you want to know what? Despite the criticism from the first year, they overcame their obstacles and still succeeded.
Fast forward to the present.
They’re back at it again.
Work for Super DIRT Week officially began in August. This time, they’re working on enhancing the camping experience by upgrading the roadways.
When it rains, it pours, and if you were in the campground the past two years at Oswego, you were one of the lucky ones if you didn’t need a hook to pull out of your camping spot.
The fans were spoiled at the mile. We all know it. Some camping spots were in the grass, but a majority of the camping spots and roadways were on stone or pavement, so if it rained, there was no worry or panic. Now, thanks to the World Racing Group and help from other supporters, they’re working on laying out new roadways around the entire campground to make everyone’s Super DIRT Week experience better. One step at a time. They’re transforming it for the better.
For the third consecutive year, Oswego Speedway will once again metamorphose into the Clay Palace for Super DIRT Week.
Track crews have dumped nearly 9,600 cubic yards of clay onto the track – close to 600 truckloads.
The World Racing Group has proved to us that they will do whatever it takes to make sure the drivers and fans have the best experience possible.
So, will Super DIRT Week ever be the same? I don’t think so. But you know what? Between the World Racing Group, the fans, and the drivers, we are what makes Super DIRT Week ‘Racing’s Biggest Party.’ Some may not know it, but we are in the makings of recreating Super DIRT Week for the better. We are making history.
NAPA Super DIRT Week will kick off with early parking for campers at Oswego Speedway on Sunday, September 30th. Early Bird tech inspection for all classes and competitors starts on Monday, October 1st. On-track activities will begin shortly after the procession of cars through the streets of Oswego on Wednesday, October 3rd at roughly 12 p.m.