History

"The Fast Track".....One of three founding-member speedways when DIRT Motorsports was established in 1976, Rolling Wheels has matured into one of the most respected ovals on the entire circuit. The unique specials-only race format instituted throughout the season has continued to produce a hotbed of trackside activity for both fans and drivers alike.

The big 5/8-mile layout was first mapped out by the late Bob Petrocci, once a competitor himself at neighboring Weedsport Speedway. One year following the August 17, 1969 opener, Petrocci lost his life in a freak accident while spectating at a nearby speedway.

Sons Robert, Jr. and Donald inherited promotional duties and eventually signed up the second weekly track to join DIRT founder Glenn Donnelly and his fledgling Motorsports operation. Rolling Wheels ran regularly every Friday night with Modifieds and late models until ultimately trimming the summer schedule in 1982. Today, some of the greatest events are staged at the popular Elbridge speed plant.

In 2013, the DIRTcar Hall of Fame 60 will kick off the Rolling Wheels schedule on Wednesday, June 5.  The Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds, Sportsman Modifieds, and Midstate Vintage Stock Car Club will put on an amazing show! An Independence Day celebration will follow on Wednesday, July 3, complete with the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints, 305 Sprint Cars, DIRTcar Stock Cars, and fireworks!  The World of Outlaw STP Sprint Cars roll into town on Tuesday, July 23, along with the DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds.  On Sunday, September 1, the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds are back for the Stars and Stripes 100 Labor Day Classic.  Joining them will be the DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds and Stock Cars.  And last but certainly not least, Rolling Wheels Raceway Park will once again host two Super DIRT Week events! First up is the World of Outlaws Late Model Series on Thursday, October 10, followed by the World of Outlaw Sprint Car Series on Saturday, October 12.

In terms of drivers, Rolling Wheels has lured some of the best ever to turn a wheel in the modified class. All-time RWR feature winner and Hall of Famer Will Cagle heads the list followed by career DIRT big-block leader Bob McCreadie, six-time Super DIRT Series titlist Brett Hearn, defending Syracuse Eckerd 300 champion Vic Coffey and DIRT's top brother act of Alan and Danny Johnson.

Location: West of the village of Elbridge at NYS Route 5 just five minutes east of the city of Auburn; also 10 minutes from exit 40 of the New York State Thruway.

All-Time Modified Feature Winners (1969-2006)
TOTAL DRIVER FIRST LAST
70 Will Cagle 7/21/1971 7/24/1984
35 Alan Johnson 6/18/1976 9/4/2006
32 Bob McCreadie 6/18/1985 5/30/2002
28 Jack Johnson 5/12/1972 10/6/1996
27 Brett Hearn 8/11/1982 9/22/2007
25 Danny Johnson 7/17/1981 5/28/2003
11 Jim Winks 5/7/1971 6/17/1977
9 Jim Shampine 6/26/1970 5/23/1975
9 Dave Lape 5/13/1977 9/24/1989
9 Billy Decker 9/25/1988 9/22/2007
8 Chuck Ciprich Aug-70 7/22/1977
7 Gary Tomkins 5/16/1999 9/22/2007
6 John McArdell 7/7/1972 7/11/1975
6 Dave Kneisel 8/31/1969 9/1/1975
6 Lou Lazzaro 7/5/1971 8/12/1977
6 Merv Treichler 7/9/1971 8/13/1984
6 Steve Paine 9/5/1988 4/29/2001
6 Tim Fuller 9/21/2003 5/7/2006
5 Sammy Reakes 8/24/1969 9/11/1970
5 Ed Ortiz 8/14/1970 9/3/1971
5 Lloyd Holt 5/22/1970 5/25/1973
4 Kenny Tremont 8/18/1985 9/6/1999
3 Mert Hulbert 7/26/1974 6/22/1976
3 Tommy Hager 8/9/1977 8/10/1979
3 Chuck Akulis 6/25/1976 9/1/1980
3 Mike McLaughlin 7/25/1980 5/17/1981
3 Gary Lulg 6/9/1978 9/6/1982
3 Kenny Brightbill 9/4/1972 5/3/1987
3 Jimmy Horton 6/20/1978 6/6/1995
3 Doug Hoffman 8/14/1990 5/18/1997
3 Joe Plazek 7/17/1994 9/1/1997
3 Tim McCreadie 9/26/1999 7/4/2001
2 Terry Edwards 8/17/1969 9/25/1970
2 Tommy Corellis 8/7/1970 5/26/1972
2 Harry Peek 6/11/1971 7/28/1972
2 Don Beagell 8/25/1972 6/22/1973
2 Jackie Wilson 8/17/1973 7/19/1974
2 Johnny Podolak 6/3/1977 6/17/1977
2 Pat Ward 6/3/1998 5/16/2004
2 Vic Coffey 5/18/2003 6/2/2004
1 Gary Reddick 9/21/1969  
1 Wes Moody 5/14/1971  
1 Cliff Norton 6/8/1971  
1 Budd Oisen 7/4/1972  
1 Gerald Chamberlain 6/27/1973  
1 Tighe Scott 4/25/1975  
1 Wayne Reutimann 6/24/1975  
1 George Ely 8/1/1975  
1 Pep Pepicelli 4/30/1976  
1 Bill Matteson 6/11/1976  
1 Davey Moore 8/10/1976  
1 Ray Dalmata 8/27/1976  
1 Wally Burnett 7/8/1977  
1 Darrell Welty 8/5/1977  
1 Frank Cozze 9/4/1978  
1 Denny Planck 7/20/1979  
1 Mike Romano 4/27/1980  
1 Charlie Castle 8/22/1980  
1 Lin Hough 8/11/1987  
1 Jeff Hoetzler 9/2/1996  
1 Chuck Bower 5/20/2001  
1 Justin Haers 7/22/2007  
1 Jimmy Phelps 9/3/2007  
       
395 Evts 64 Drivers 8/17/1969 9/22/2007
All-Time 358-Modified Feature Winners (1976,82-2005)
TOTAL DRIVER FIRST LAST
12 Danny Johnson 9/6/87 10/6/00
12 Brett Hearn 10/7/88 9/18/04
6 Doug Hoffman 8/22/83 9/24/94
6 Alan Johnson 10/11/85 9/22/06
3 Bob McCreadie 10/8/82 9/25/99
2 Kenny Tremont 10/6/89 8/9/93
2 Billy Decker 10/5/01 9/20/03
2 Tim Fuller 9/17/05 10/6/06
1 Denny Planck 7/21/76  
1 Steve Mabey 8/21/84  
1 Pete Bicknell 10/5/84  
1 Mitch Gibbs 5/30/87  
1 Joe Plazek 9/24/94  
1 Jack Johnson 9/23/00  
1 Pat Ward 10/8/04  
52Evts 15 Drivers 7/21/76 10/6/06

All-Time Sportsman Feature Winners (1987-2005)

TOTAL DRIVER FIRST LAST
9 Steve Hall 4/23/1995 4/25/1999
9 Russ Hefti 9/21/2003 10/6/2006
5 Gary Tomkins 8/21/1988 8/20/1989
5 Tim Dwyer 5/22/1994 10/8/1994
5 Tim Clemons 7/4/1991 5/18/2003
4 Bryon Turner 5/2/1993 9/5/1994
4 Chuck Bower 6/17/1991 7/4/1995
4 Jim Gabriel Jr. 5/21/1995 9/1/1997
4 Jim Spano 10/11/1997 10/3/1998
4 Chris Shultz 5/16/1999 4/30/2000
4 Matt Sheppard 7/4/2000 10/7/2000
3 Cliff Warner 7/17/1988 4/29/1990
3 Mike Button 9/3/1990 7/4/1996
3 Randy Chrysler 9/3/2001 10/6/2001
3 Tim Hindley 10/6/1996 5/1/2005
*3 Greg Hixson 6/17/1990 10/12/1991
2 Stu Sheppard 8/11/1987 8/23/1987
2 John Unamann 6/18/1989 8/1/1989
2 Scott Kerwin 4/16/1989 7/4/1990
2 Darryl Ruggles 9/26/1992 9/12/1993
2 Lance Dusett 5/5/1996 8/22/1996
2 Justin Haers 9/6/1999 9/4/2000
2 Karl Comfort 9/21/1997 5/20/2001
2 Chad Brachmann 10/10/1998 7/4/2001
2 Scott George 10/10/2003 10/8/2004
2 Scott Schrader 9/7/1992 9/5/2005
2 Paul Guererri 7/4/2002 7/22/2007
*2 Rick Mill 10/6/1990 10/12/1991
1 Steve Trout 5/31/1987  
1 Scott Wood 9/26/1987  
1 Mark Morabito 6/7/1988  
1 Mark Zona 9/24/1988  
1 Kevin Blacken 8/14/1989  
1 Bruce Sloane 9/4/1989  
1 Rick Richner 9/23/1989  
1 Paul Ross 5/5/1991  
1 Ray Bliss 9/3/1991  
1 Todd Burley 5/3/1992  
1 Brian Madsen 8/18/1992  
1 Doug Sheerer 10/10/1992  
1 Guy Sheldon 5/1/1994  
1 Vic Coffey 7/16/1995  
1 Jeff Hoff 9/4/1995  
1 Gary Stage 7/14/1996  
1 Billy Caprara 9/2/1996  
1 Rich Swarthout 9/26/1999  
1 Jim Davis 5/21/2000  
1 John Plumb 5/19/2002  
1 Ryan Phelps 7/25/2002  
1 Phil Vigneri 9/2/2002  
1 Bob Henry Jr. 4/27/2003  
1 Mark Potter 7/3/2003  
1 Chad Phelps 7/5/2004  
1 Dan Wiesner 9/6/2004  
1 Eldon Payne Jr. 9/18/2004  
1 Shawn Donath 9/23/2006  
1 Chris Hile 5/28/2007  
1 Todd Henderson 9/3/2007  
1 Chris Higgins 9/22/2007  
1 Joe Williams 10/5/2007  
       
127 Evts. 60 Drivers 5/31/1987 10/5/2007
ROLLING WHEELS RACEWAY - Elbridge, NY
All-Time Street Stock Feature Winners (2004-2007)
       
TOTAL DRIVER FIRST LAST
3 Blane Smith 5/1/2005 9/4/2006
2 Adam DePuy 9/6/2004 9/3/2007
2 Mike Welch 9/22/2006 9/21/2007
1 Russ Marsden 9/5/2005  
1 Scott Smith 7/22/2007  
       
9 Evts. 5 Drivers 9/6/2004 9/21/2007

All-Time Pro Stock Feature Winners (1995-2005)

TOTAL DRIVER FIRST LAST
5 Jipp Ortiz 5/21/00 9/18/05
2 Kenny Martin 5/18/97 9/20/97
2 Tom Kuck 9/26/98 5/16/99
2 Andy Dembek 5/17/98 5/20/01
1 Mike Watkins 7/4/95  
1 Mike VanPelt 9/23/95  
1 Ricky Breed 7/4/96  
1 Tim Sears 9/21/96  
1 Les Whyte 4/25/99  
1 Phil Sherman 9/6/99  
1 Frank Twing 9/25/99  
1 Jason Boyle 9/22/01  
1 Dave Schulz 7/25/02  
1 Jon Miller 9/22/02  
1 Tom Barron 5/18/03  
1 Joey Ladouceur 5/16/04  
1 Chad Homan 9/19/04  
1 Joe Stefanski,Jr. 5/15/05  
1 Denis Gavureau 9/23/06  
26 Evts 19Drivers 7/4/95 9/23/06

DIRT Late Model Feature Winners (1976-81)

TOTAL DRIVER FIRST LAST
8 Jack Emerson 7/9/76 7/15/77
8 Jeff Kappesser 4/30/76 8/26/77
7 Denis Taney 5/21/76 8/18/78
5 Walt Mitchell 5/6/77 7/24/81
4 Charlie Castle 5/27/77 8/25/78
4 Tom Williams 7/11/80 7/31/81
4 Randy Glenski 8/8/80 8/28/81
2 Don Buschbacher 6/18/76 7/2/76
2 Dick Schoonover 6/25/76 8/6/76
2 Jim Jarvis 6/3/77 8/5/77
2 Roger Phelps 6/24/77 9/5/77
2 Jim Gabriel 6/17/77 5/17/81
1 Tony Vickio 6/17/77  
1 Chet Ward 8/5/77  
1 Bob Vormwold 8/12/77  
1 Bobby Lutz 7/17/81  
1 Jim Spence 8/7/81  
1 John Podolak 8/14/81  
56 Evts 18 Drivers 4/30/76 8/28/81
ROLLING WHEELS RACEWAY - Elbridge, N.Y.
All-Time Point Champions (1969-2006)
YEAR DRIVER (CLASS)
2007 Jimmy Phelps(M), Chris Hile(S), Scott Smith(ST)
2006 Billy Decker(M), Russ Hefti(S), Dave Mannise(ST)
2005 Gary Tomkins(M), Russ Hefti(S)
2004 Gary Tomkins(M), Russ Hefti(S)
2003 Alan Johnson(M), Tim Clemons(S)
2002 Alan Johnson(M), Eldon Payne,Jr./Phil Vigneri(S)
2001 Alan Johnson(M), Justin Haers(S)
2000 Danny Johnson(M), Matt Sheppard(S)
1999 Danny Johnson(M), Chris Shultz(S)
1998 Brett Hearn(M), Jim Spano(S)
1997 Bob McCreadie(M), Jim Gabriel,Jr.(S)
1996 Alan Johnson(M), Steve Hall
1995 Danny Johnson(M), Chuck Bower(S)
1994 Bob McCreadie(M), Tim Dwyer(S)
1993 Bob McCreadie(M), Darryl Ruggles(S)
1992 Jack Johnson(M), Brian Madsen(S)
1991 Brett Hearn(M), Greg Hixson(S)
1990 Bob McCreadie(M), Chris Bushnell(S)
1989 Danny Johnson(M), Chris Bushnell(S)
1988 Danny Johnson(M)
1987 Kenny Tremont(M)
1986 Charlie Rudolph(M)
1985 Alan Johnson(M)
1984 Alan Johnson(M)
1983 Alan Johnson(M)
1982 Alan Johnson(M)
1981 Will Cagle(M), Tom Williams(LM)
1980 Mike McLaughlin(M)
1979 Will Cagle(M)
1978 Will Cagle(M), Charlie Castle(LM)
1977 Johnny Podolak(M), Jeff Kappesser(LM)
1976 Will Cagle(M), Jack Emerson(LM)
1975 John McArdell(M), Mike Colsten(LM)
1974 Jim Winks(M), Mike Colsten(LM)
1973 Will Cagle(M), Don Buschbacher(LM)
1972 Jim Winks(M), Jack Naum(LM)
1971 Ed Ortiz(M), Jack Naum(LM)
1970 Lloyd Holt(M), Jack Naum(LM)
1969 Sammy Reakes(M)
KEY: M=Modified, S=Sportsman, LM=Late Model ST=Street Stock.
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