Rolling Wheels Raceway

DMAN

Newbie
Just saw some pictures of RWR,how sad to see the condition of a once great track. Should have been the new home of Super Dirt Week instead of Oswego. Hope it can still be saved.
 

Sunny

Champion
I agree on saving it, but in no way could that facility accommodate Dirt Week.

Before you call me a "Debbie Downer", there are individuals who have looked into it, and this is what they have found: in it's current state, the price that the owners will take for the property is so exorbitant it makes it not worth it in a business sense.

In order to make room for an event of the magnitude of Dirt Week, you would need to add bleachers and repair/replace some of the current boards.  You cannot expand for camping/parking off the southern end of the property due to residential restrictions (even if you bough the cornfields, there's still houses there). There is a small wetland area as you enter the pits to you left that extends almost to 5&20 that, if you destroy with improvements, you need to work with the DEC to replace that acreage and a half somewhere else. The primary facility resides in Cayuga County, while the property off the backstretch resides in Onondaga County, so trying to get the zoning laws to mesh would more than likely be a nightmare. You could purchase the trailer court across 5&20 to make for more camping, but would you have 24-7 police crosswalks set up to get people safely across? The lighting needs to be upgraded with more added along the backstretch, but that would be the least of my concerns. Concessions, restrooms, suites - all that would need to be upgraded.

I'm not saying it can't be done, I just want people to rationalize what they are up against. The deal at Oswego is working well, honestly, and I did confirm improvements are ongoing in the green lot camping, so hopefully no one has to be towed out this year.
 

BigFeet13

Veteran
DMAN said:
Just saw some pictures of RWR,how sad to see the condition of a once great track. Should have been the new home of Super Dirt Week instead of Oswego. Hope it can still be saved.
In 100 years it still wouldn't be suitable for SDW. Not near enough parking, camping or seating. And IF the current owners got SDW somehow, I still wouldn't step foot on the property.
 

Sunny

Champion
The powers that be at DIRTcar would never host the event there, either, honestly.

The group of people who work at DIRTcar Northeast, from Mike Perrotte right on down to Joe Grabinowski (the 2018 SDS PR grunt) do a fantastic job with what they are given, and for all the crap they take from fans and racers alike. They know they are the WRG "red-headed stepchild", so to speak, and still make it work.

The ownership group represented by Jason Palmer that own the RWR property professed an interest in keeping racing alive there. The problem was Jason Palmer and his inability to work with anyone. His Facebook promotions were insane, and he would argue back with fans. Pretty sure I still have a couple people I know who are waiting for prize delivery trucks.
 

Sunny

Champion
Saturday night I had a conversation with at least one person who has knowledge of the racing history and the status of the current clause of keeping the property that RWR resides zoned as a race track. The gist is - they have to run at least one race in order to keep it zoned as a race track or it will be re-zoned as agricultural and they can then develop the property any way they see fit. (FYI - there has been issues with it being a race track because of the trailer court across the road and the houses off the back parking area.)

The future is grim for this facility, at best. The person responsible for the photos reported that at least one major player in dirt racing in our area very recently offered to purchase the facility and was turned away. The owners do not want to sell the property.
 

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