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Friesen Closes New York State Fairgrounds History With Fourth Syracuse 200 Victory

Story By: CHRIS DOLACK / DIRTCAR
Photos By: RACE PRO WEEKLY STAFF

SYRACUSE, NY - October 12, 2015 - No one hates to see the end of the one-mile New York State Fairgounds oval more than Stewart Friesen.

The 32-year-old Canadian who now lives in Sprakers, N.Y., closed the venerable track's rich motorsports history on Sunday by putting his name in the conversation of best to ever tour the speedway, winning the 44th annual Syracuse 200 Big-Block Modified spectacular and its $50,000 top prize for the fourth time in the last six years.

"You don't want to lose a racetrack when you're good at a racetrack," said Friesen, acknowledging the razing of the Moody Mile - the State of New York is using its space as part of a multi-million-dollar Fairgrounds reconstruction project - after Sunday's grand finale. "This place is why I always wanted to race a Modified. I love this place, so I don't want it to be gone.

   
 
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Phelps Claims Coveted Syracuse Mile Victory In Salute The Troops 150 358-Mod Championship

Story By: CHRIS DOLACK / DIRTCAR
Photos By: A. ROSSI, R. EISELE, M. PETRUCCI / RPW

SYRACUSE, NY - October 11, 2015 - In his next-to-last opportunity to reach victory lane in a feature event at the Syracuse Mile, Jimmy Phelps of Baldwinsville, N.Y., finally struck paydirt in Saturday's Salute to the Troops 358-Modified Championship 150.

With his Heinke Motorsports team's pit strategy working to perfection, Phelps assumed command on lap 79 when Matt Janiak of Warwich, N.Y., headed to the pits and never relinquished the top spot over the remaining distance. He survived multiple restarts and a charging Billy Dunn of Watertown, N.Y., on a green-white-checkered finish to secure his coveted Moody Mile triumph and a $20,000 first-place prize.

"We squeezed it in," a beaming Phelps said of emerging triumphant during the last NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week contested at the historic track that will soon be razed. "I'm just ecstatic for a lot of reasons. It was really neat to get a big win and get a big win here for (car owner) Al (Heinke).

   
 
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Back-To-Back Champion Swanson Seals Syracuse "Salt City 78" Win

Story By: USAC RACING
Photos By: M. PETRUCCI, A. ROSSI, M. CLEMONS / RPW

SYRACUSE, NY - October 11, 2015 - Completing what has been a magical two-year run, Kody Swanson won Saturday’s “Salt City 78” at the New York State Fairgrounds to make back-to-back wins on “The Moody Mile,” all while closing out his second-straight Silver Crown championship. The Kingsburg, California driver made it four wins on the year while turning the standings into a rout aboard the DePalma Motorsports – Radio Hospital #63 Maxim/Hampshire.

“Today, we were just here to win with points not being a factor at all. I had to run really hard to run those guys back down after we dropped to fifth and pass them back, so it was good to have nothing else weighing on my mind. I had some doubts if we could get back up there with as difficult as I thought it would be to pass, but I was able to dig a little deeper and get out of that hole and win this for my team. They’ve carried me to this level, and it’s been a dream to have these two seasons with them. You never know if it will keep going like this, but it’s wild to think of what we’ve accomplished,” said Swanson, who has accumulated nine wins and two championships with the DePalma family and crew chief Bob Hampshire.

   
 
 

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From One Side To The Other

Feature By: CHELSEA LYNN MILLER

 
For some people, Fridays and Saturdays tend to be a night out with friends or an option for date night. For others it means packing up clothes, food, children, and animals for a chance to see our other half. Race wives; Seems like an easy task to some.  You get to hang with friends and family, and have a few drinks and laughs. This is not always the case.

Cheering on your husband, boyfriend, or fiancé is not always the most eventful thing.  The drivers are known as the “man behind the wheel”, where, let’s just say we are the ladies behind the dirt splattered helmets and suits.  Read More

 
  

 

 

 

 
 
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