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After a full morning of practice for both the Small Block and Big Block modifieds, the Track was is great shape for time trials. On both classes the top six will be locked into their big races later in the weekend. Last years Small block 150 winner put his number 3 on the pole for Saturday’s feature Race. Matt Shepard, Mat Williamson,Peter Britten, Par Ward and Erick Rodolph rounded out the top six. 


The rest of the field will be lined up after Friday nights heat races. These races are always exciting to watch under the lights. 
In the small Block time trials the first few groups onto the track ended up being the fastes. In the Big Block sessions Max McLaughlin set the pass for the rest of the field with a 21.854 lap. Then a few groups later Billy Decker laid down a strong 21.434 lap. It looked like Decker could get another pole for SDW, but Matt Shepard had adifferent idea. Sheppard hit the track running. He put up two fast laps with his Best a 21.210 putting him on the pole for Sunday’s Billy Wittaker 200. Along side of Matt on the front toe will be Rick Laubach in his beautiful yellow number 8. 


The track is still holding up good. The weekend races should be awesome. 

I will see you guys Friday. 

Take care. 


First Day Of Super Dirt Week 46

While I was driving to Oswego, NY for the 46th annual SuperDirt Week.  I was think about all of the years that I have been going to this Race. I had the same butterfly’s in my stomach that I used to get when I was much younger. 1973 was my first SDW , and I have loved this Race from day one. Last year was the first SDW at the Oswego Speedway. The original home of SDW was at the NYS fairgrounds, but state politicians thought that the mile track in Syracuse should be removed, and it was. Some people say that SDW is over now that it is in Oswego. I say no way. It is still SDW to me, the best of the best drivers are on hand just like they always have been. 

So back to my ride up for day one in Oswego. I was thinking about all of the Racing I had seen, and all of the great drivers past and present turn laps at SDW. Last year was definitely a different SDW, but still enjoyable. The track came apart but the Racing was great. 

I think most of us were watching the track during first practice to see what it was going to do. So far so good. The surface was fast and smooth. I loved it and can’t wait for time trials Thursday in Oswego. Stay tuned for more updates from this years SDW. 

Take care,

John  

Saturday night Square Deal Riders Motorcycle Club opened their 2017 Flat track season in a big way. A record number of riders made their way to Port Crane, NY for the Tribute race for 27u Jamison Minor, and 99a Kyle McGrane. These two young AMA riders lost their lives in separate accidents last year during the 2016 Flat Track Series. 

Both Kyle and Jamison were rising stars in this historic racing series. Family members from both riders were on hand to see 282 riders attending the nights race to honor their loved ones. 

 Over 40 riders from all over the North East were on hand to try and make the 16 riders main event. The pit area was bursting at the seams with the record amount of entries. As always Mike Williams and the club members did a fantastic job with preparation of both the track and the entire grounds.

Along with a full pit area the grandstands were full of dedicated Flat Track motorcycle fans. Early on the sun was shining and temps were in the high 60’s. By the time the main event was rolling out onto the front stretch the temps had fallen down into the 40’s. After all of the heat races and four semis, the field was set. 16 of the top riders brought their machines out to the starting line for introductions. National riders, and past national numbers made up the stout field.

You could feel the sadness in the air as rider introductions were being done. Jamison and Kyle were very nice young men that were exciting to watch at SDR. I have watched both of them grow up both physically and in their riding from behind my camera over the years. I feel

 Lucky to been able to capture them doing what they loved to do at SDR. 
The field was set, riders started their bikes and lined up behind family members on Jamison’s and Kyle’s bikes for a tribute lap around SDR. This gave me chills as the bikes made their way around the oval. 


Riders then picked their starting spots on the two lines in front of a full house. You could feel the tension in the air as the green light came on and the bikes came to life. After a few restarts the race was on. Former National rider Craig Estelle and current National #13 Jake Constantine lead the pack down into turn one. Inches separated 16 riders through the first two turns. These guys are warriors for sure. Estella lead Constantine by 1/2 a bike for the first few laps. Jake worked on Craig trying to find a way around the veteran for the lead. Behind those two were a host of battles going on through out the pack. The top five were all with in striking distance of the leaders. Constantine made a move by Estelle for the lead, but that didn’t last long. Craig drove his #51 Rotax by Jake again for the lead and never looked back. Constantine tried one more time coming out of turn two, but drove it off into the grass on the back stretch. He never lifted and came back up onto the track still on Craig’s rear fender. The ground came to their feet as the riders came by for the white flag. # 26 Lowell Carson from Lansing, NY was within a couple bikes behind the leaders in the third spot. Craig held his line as 2nd, and 3rd place looked for a way to get by. Checker’s flew as the #51 came out of 4 and down the front stretch for the win. 


Estelle picked up Kyle’s mom and did a victory lap with her on the back of his bike, holding the checkered flag. Emotions were high on the podium as the riders said a few words about both Jamison, and Kyle. Everybody loves a great race, and a full field of riders, but I’m sure they would all give it up to have their fellow competitors back on the track with them. 


Square Deal Riders Club did a fantastic job with this race and the amount of riders that paid their respects to Jamison and Kyle. Check out SDR website for the seasons schedule at http://squaredealriders.com/   
See you at the track,
John