SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The first planned nighttime event at the New York State Fairgrounds in recent memory went off well under the temporary Musco lighting.
In the past, construction grade lights had been used for rain-delayed events and the Musco units were a great improvement, though not trouble free.
“I don’t like it, because I can’t see the inside rail,” said Ronnie Johnson over the radio during his qualifier. He made a valid point, as the infield-based lights cast a two-foot shadow out from the inside concrete.
*Peter Britten scored the first Syracuse win for an Australian with a convincing victory in his Troyer modified during the big-block Futures program.
*Ted Christopher got up to speed after some work on his car and some tutoring from Gary Balough, then ended up hard in the wall during his heat.
*Longtime DIRT photographer Bill Moore, one of the staunchest DIRT supporters over the year and now in charge of infield shooters, was rewarded when his 50/50 ticket was pulled Friday night, bringing him some $2,000.
*Two-time Syracuse winner Buzzie Reutimann had a great time telling all the old-timers about his seven wins in Florida this year, including four this month. He says it’s great finally having a car owner with money, his son David, and tipped that besides his two cars, he’s going to field a third soon for brother Wayne. Florida may indeed house the fountain of youth, but it’s apparently at East Bay, not St Augustine.
*Friday’s crowd far surpassed the normal afternoon turnout, meaning that the schedule, though difficult for deadline reporters, will likely return in 2012.
*Airborne Park promoter Mike Perrotte was all smiles after he made a few laps using a motor borrowed from longtime friend Frank Cozze. The powerplant, which won here a few seasons ago, pulled the veteran around the speedway faster than he had gone in years, showing the value of top quality equipment on the Moody Mile.