Misc: DIRT Black Rock Speedway Review June 28, 1996 Dundee, NY Greetings Race Fans! This track review covers my attending a DIRT sanctioned event on June 28 at the Black Rock Speedway just off of Rt. 14A in Dundee, NY. I thought I would pass...
Misc: DIRT Black Rock Speedway Review June 28, 1996 Dundee, NY
Greetings Race Fans! This track review covers my attending a DIRT sanctioned event on June 28 at the Black Rock Speedway just off of Rt. 14A in Dundee, NY. I thought I would pass along my observations so that those of you who happen to head off to the Finger Lake region of NY might consider taking in a race at a great facility. If you are a hard core race fan like me and will be going to Watkins Glen soon take a ride up the road and catch the action at this great track.
The Black Rock Speedway has new owners who have put a great deal of money into the facility and have created a neat little track. Racing started at the facility in 1958 and has continued on until the present time. The track used to be listed as a 1/3 mile but it is bigger now, however I am unsure of what the exact size of it is. It appeared to me that the banking was approximately 6 degrees with the racing surface being mounded so that there was space between the edge of the racing surface and the wall in the turns. The turns are also lined with foam to help absorb energy in the event a car does make it to the wall. The new surface is a blue clay that is common to the local area. The pits are located along on the out side of the back stretch which gives an excellent view of the track from the grandstands. Over the winter the pits were expanded another 70 feet wide which allows more rooms for cars. In addition they built a new pit tower, pit grandstands, pit bathrooms and installed a new pit PA system. The main grandstand is towards turn one and is an old style wooden fair grounds type with bleachers towards turn four. The announcers utilize a two way radio from the infield and the pits to get information quickly to the announcer so that the fans know what is going on with their favorite drivers.
The preparation of the racing surface is what was amazing. Black Rock uses one vehicle to apply water and run the track surface in. No parade of water trucks and old beat up cars. Black Rock uses a piece of farming equipment called a Terra Gator which is a large three wheel vehicle with a tank on the back of it to do all the track preparation. The only other vehicle on the track was a tractor which was applying calcium prior to the racing. It looked like it did a great job. Now don't get me wrong I am sure that they have something to grade the track but this Terra Gator definitely appeared to be the wave of the future if you asked me.
Now what do they run you ask. They run DIRT 358 modifieds, super stocks, pro stocks and the class that I thought was the best racing of the night was 4 cylinder stocks. The top five finishers must cross a scale in the infield which will give a green light for the crowd to see if the car is okayed. For two adults and one child the admission was only $21.00 and the racing was excellent. Racing occurs every Friday night at 7:30 PM with the gates opening at 5:30 PM and they started the show a little late but kept apologizing. The food looked good, the fries are great and reasonably priced.
If you go I have one suggestion. Do not sit in the low section of the wooden grandstand unless you like getting hit with pieces of blue clay. As the cars go into the first turn (especially the 358 modifieds) they tend to kick up a great deal of lose dirt into the lower section. Other than that there is not a great deal of dust from the racing action. The only negative, and I am sure the track is aware of it, is that since they enlarged the track the lighting does not exactly illuminate the corners very well.
I would have given information on the racing action but I packed my program in a box with all my other racing stuff except my pad since I will be moving at the end of the month. I also have been following the PA Sprint Car Speed Week around which is why I am just gettin around to posting this now. I plan to return in the end of August and attend a race at Black Rock again and possibly even Saturday night show at the Woodhull Raceway near Corning.
Roaming Russ's Racing Reports. See you at a track soon!