It was once known as the Cayuga County Fair Speedway, but after months of renovations and upgrades, the Cayuga County Fairgrounds now features "Weedsport Speedway", a new complex with plenty of history.
Baldwinsville native Jimmy Phelps, who also is a DIRTcar driver, has been overseeing the process, saying it's been a whirlwind of renovations in just a few months. The complex features a brand new shop, where drivers Matt Sheppard, a three-time Super DIRTcar Series champion, and Peter Britten, an Australian driver, are headquartered. Britten is excited about the atmosphere racing fans will bring to the new complex.
"I know they're not going to be let down," Britten says. "It's going to be an amazing show, as you can see, the facility, it's gonna be one of the nicest tracks in Central New York, so I'm looking forward to Weedsport coming back to life again."
Phelps also holds his headquarters in Weedsport, with the Speedway's history going back to 1955, when Dick Turcott was the track champion. The track and grandstand itself have both been completely upgraded as well. Locals also talk about concerts that lit up Weedsport decades ago, featuring Guns and Roses, Van Halen, Aerosmith and Queen just to name a few.
The track will open its gates for racing on Sunday, July 13th at 7 p.m. for the Sportsman Classic. Following its opening, it'll hold Hall of Fame inductions on August 5th, followed by the Super DIRTcar Modified Hall of Fame 100 on August 7th.
If racing fans can't wait till then, the Stars and Stripes Summer Super Show is this Thursday, July 3 at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park in Elbridge. Grandstand gates open at 5 p.m., with racing starting at 7 p.m.