Went to Weedsport Speedway as a paying fan on Labor Day to see the Super DIRT Series big block mods, 360 sprints, and pro stocks. It was both my wife and my first time at the track.
Likes: Weedsport is only a few minutes from the Thruway, so very convenient. Our first impression was very strong. We arrived late and were directed to park near the Hall of Fame by a man in golf cart, who then proceeded to take us directly to the ticket gate aboard the golf cart! What a nice gesture. On the ride we talked together about some of the great cars in the Hall, like Balough's Batmobile. We both thought that was so extremely nice for this track employee to take such good care of two fans.
A ticket ran $25, quite reasonable for a Super Dirt Series show with sprinters on the card.
The concourse area was marvelous, and surprisingly - paved! My wife was like, 'wow, this is the nicest track I've seen.' It had many terrific vendors and shops and a covered food court with picnic tables.
Everything was really clean and freshly painted. The PA system and lighting were terrific. Fireworks were featured during the four wide salute lap and after the checkered flag waved.
The grandstands were packed full and the crowd was diverse with many younger fans and women also in attendance (another thumbs up from wife).
The track has a jumbo tron in the infield and had reporters and cameras on the scene of each wreck with updates. Victory lane is called "victory hill" as feature winners drive up a berm underneath the jumbo tron for celebrations and interviews. Really well done all around.
The racing overall was good. The third of four modified heat races was quite interesting, with Tim McCreadie and Larry Wight running side by side for several laps before McCreadie pulled out the win. Car counts seemed strong with about 38 mods and 38 sprints, give or take a couple either way.
The 360 sprint feature ran first and was quite good with a few lead changes and Danny Varin coming from fourth to first after a red flag (flip) on lap 13.
The SDS mod 100 lap race was decent, though with Friesen and Sheppard starting on the front row, it easily could have been a runaway from the initial green. Friesen held the lead until coming together with a car he was attempting to lap on around lap 44. Sheppard took the lead and Friesen recovered to hold second. A caution came out on lap 99 which created the best action of the night, as Matt Shepherd beat Friesen side by side off of turn four and down the front stretch for the win. The checkered flag waved at about 9:40. Foregoing the pro stock race, we were back on the Thruway before 10 PM.
It was really an incredibly run show. No intermission. No major track work.
Dislikes: The track was fully packed for the show, and as we arrived about 45 minutes late, we had to sit in the first row in turn 4. While I do enjoy sitting close to feel the engines and to experience the speed up close for a heat race or two, I prefer a bit more of a bird's eye view of the action for features. I am also aware that sitting that close can be an unsafe, which I was reminded of as a woman nearby was hit in the face with a large piece of clay that cleared the chain link fence, which also wasn't very high. She was ok. And although the infield was trailer-free, we did have a tough time seeing turn one from so low and due to the dust. All in all, I wonder if additional grandstand seating will be needed in the future - a terrific problem to have.
The track was slick and also dusty, never unbearable, but still maybe one notch higher than ideal.
Going back: I would definitely return but would make sure to get to the Hall of Fame, and to arrive earlier to get a better seat!