1956 NYS Fair Program - Courtesy of Richard Parry
NY STATE FAIRGROUNDS
SPEEDWAY
SYRACUSE, NY.
HOME OF THE "NY STATE FAIR CHAMPIONSHIP"
SYRACUSE. Another name
in racing that needs no
introduction. The Fairgrounds
oval located in the township of
Geddes hosted automobile races
that predated even Indianapolis.
Starting in 1949, the Fair Board
started hosting annual Stock
Car championship races and the
race soon became the crown
jewel of all New York state
competitors. You can't name one
competitor from the 1950's or
1960's who didn't wish to win
the Fair. Rules for the races
through 1966 were adopted from
the Waterloo Stock Car Racing
Association and made stars of
men like Nolan Swift, Irish Jack
Murphy, Dutt Yanni, Wee Willie
Allan, John McArdell, Larry Nye
and Cliff Kotary. The track was
a tough mile which Cliff related,
"Seperated the men from the
boys."  In 1967 the overheads
came in and the tradition
continued with stars such as
Dutch Hoag, Don Diffendorf, Will
Cagle and Buzzie Reutimann.  
When the race was discontinued
in 2003, it was at that time the
longest standing continuous
race in the states.
NYS Fairgrounds, Greater Syracuse Chamber of Commerce Photo from Syracuse Scrapbook.