Philips Family Flower Power


Flower Power: Philips Family Cultivates Super DIRT Week History

Philips family creates Victory Lane wreaths for Super DIRT Week

by Brendan Capria


Bryan Philips was put to the test this week, 18 years ago. The conundrum: he could either be in the grandstands of NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week or at the alter to marry the love of his life, Robin. The two joked about the ultimatum all the way up until that Saturday, when Bryan traded in his race t-shirt for a spiffy tuxedo. There was one vow in particular, though, that made it all worthwhile to him.


Robin promised Bryan he would never miss another Super DIRT Week from thereon out. So for one week of each year, Bryan celebrates his two greatest loves in life – Robin and dirt racing. While Super DIRT Week is one of the sport’s biggest stages, it now holds added significance for him.


Meltz Takes the Eagle


Third Time’s a Charm

Meltz steps into a Pro Stock Car for the third time in his life and takes home the Eagle

by Kayla May

Oswego, NY— Oct. 7, 2016 — The Pro Stock Futures hit the dirt this morning for practice and the first feature race of the 45th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week.

Futures Feature Winner Jason Meltz, from Genesis, NY, had only stepped into a pro stock car twice leading up to today’s race.

“I’ve been racing for 10 years, and I usually race Pure Stock. I jumped into Pro Stock for this race. I’ve only raced this kind of a car a few times before. I was just hoping to make the race today and be a competitor, and so to win this race it feels so good,” said Meltz.


Marcuccilli Leads Sportsman Time Trials


Marcuccilli Makes Time

Records fastest lap in Sportsman time trials

by Brendon Capria


OSWEGO, N.Y. – Oct. 7, 2016 – David Marcuccilli was surprised Friday when he recorded the fast time in time trials during the 45th running of the NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week at Oswego Speedway. The last time the Cayuga, N.Y. driver raced at the 5/8-mile, it was paved. But for him, the dirt racing experience is unparalleled.


“The [Sportsman cars] weren’t any fun on asphalt,” Marcuccilli said. “The dirt will be fun. The [track] did a very good job for the time they had. It was a little tricky but we had a good car.” 


Flagging at Oswego


When Right Is Left: Flagging at Oswego, Tougher Than it Looks

by Clayton Johns, with Brendan Capria

OSWEGO, NY – Dave Farney has spent over 20 years flagging dirt track racing, but Oswego Speedway presents a first-time experience at the 45th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week.


Farney, nicknamed the “director of traffic control” by announcer Shane Andrews, has been atop the flag stand at dozens of racetracks, but Oswego is the first facility where he’s flagged from inside the track.


“I didn’t prepare. I’m not used to it at all. I’m looking down the track from right to left, and it’s completely opposite of everything I’ve ever done at any racetrack,” Farney said.


Decker and Rouse Triumph at Brewerton


Decker Soars to Hurricane 100 Triumph at Brewerton

Rouse Does the Rooftop Two-Step in Sportsman Division

by Clayton Johns and Brandon Capria

CENTRAL SQUARE, N.Y. – Oct. 6, 2016 – Billy Decker led more than 75 laps in front of an excellent Brewerton Speedway crowd Thursday night to win the 24th Annual Billy Whittaker Cars & Trux Hurricane 100 presented by SUNY Canton Racing during the 45th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week.


The win was the first of Decker’s career at Brewerton on the DIRTcar 358 Modified Series tour. It didn’t come easy, but the “Franklin Flyer” certainly made it exciting. He owed the win to his No. 46 team.


“It’s been a long time coming,” Decker said. “I’m just happy to be here. I can’t thank Jeremy Smith and his entire team enough. These guys are all pumped and I’m just tickled because they’re very exciting to be around. They’re working really hard and it’s nice to see it pay dividends.”


Sheppard Sets Fast Time


Matt Sheppard Scores the Pole for Sunday’s Bud Light 300

by Mandee Pauch

OSWEGO, NY — Oct. 6, 2016 — Super DIRTcar Series points leader Matt Sheppard was the only Big-Block Modified driver to break into the 22-second bracket on Thursday with a lap time of 22.783 seconds, earning him the Pole Position Raceway Fast Time Award and the pole for the Bud Light 300 on Sunday for the 45th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week.


Sixty-one Big-Block Modifieds took part in Thursday’s time trials, which locked in the top six to the starting line-up for the Bud Light 300 and the line-up for Friday night’s Triple 30s: Matt Sheppard, Tim McCreadle, Justin Haers, Danny Varin, Carey Terrance, and Brett Hearn.