Oswego Speedway Reveals Divisions & Laps For 2018
Story By: Camden Proud/Oswego Speedway
Photos By: Chris Burgess/RacersGuide.com
OSWEGO, N.Y. – Oswego Speedway officials have revealed the divisions and race distances for the track’s schedule, which is set to begin on Saturday, May 26.
To start the season, for the first time since 1972, the speedway will hold Jim Shampine Memorial Twin 50 events for the Novelis Supermodifieds alongside a 35-lap Tony White Memorial lid lifter for the Pathfinder Bank SBS division on opening day. These two races on Memorial Day Weekend will kick off the speedway’s Road to the Championship points campaign on a rather exciting note.
Following one week off to start the month of June in observation of the International Supermodified Ass’n show at Lancaster National Speedway, the first month of the summer will be opened up by a regular Novelis Supermodified 50 and Pathfinder Bank SBS 30 event on June 9.
A week later on June 16, the speedway will return to action once again with twin features for the Novelis Supermodifieds, this time at a 35-lap distance alongside a regular Pathfinder Bank SBS 30-lap main. The first driver autograph session of the season is also planned as part of the Twin 35’s.
The track will go quiet once more on June 23 for high school graduation across the area, before entering the month of July with a bang on June 30, which this year will see the Independence Weekend Grand Prix special added as another addition. An extra distance Novelis Supermodified 75 and Pathfinder Bank SBS 35 plus fireworks are all planned as part of the event.
Teams will then have a quick turn around for the busy month of July which will see three straight weeks of action leading up to one of the most highly anticipated events on the season’s schedule at the end of the month.
Two regular Novelis Supermodified 50 and Pathfinder Bank SBS 30 programs will be ran on July 7 and July 14, before the 32nd annual $10,000 to win Mr. Novelis Supermodified and 27th annual $1,500 to win Mr. Pathfinder Bank SBS feature events go green on July 21.
Back by popular demand in 2018, the Mr. Supermodified main will return to a 75-lap distance for the first time since August of 2015. The SBS portion of the event will remain at 30 laps.
As done for the past several years, the final week in July will be another week off for fans and teams to either enjoy Harborfest festivities in the City of Oswego, or head west to the Sandusky Speedway Hy-Miler before a busy month of August kicks off at Oswego.
August will see three special events at Oswego Speedway, beginning with ‘Retro Night’ on the 4th which will also be the same day as the 13th annual ‘Old Timer’s Reunion’ to be held at Lighthouse Lanes adjacent to the track. A retro 45-lap Novelis Supermodified main event will return as part of the program joining a Pathfinder Bank SBS 30.
Aug. 11 will mark the first family night at Oswego and perhaps one of the most jam-packed programs on the 2018 schedule seeing a Novelis Supermodified 50, Twin 20 events for the Pathfinder Bank SBS, plus driver autographs, bounce houses, giveaways, face painting, balloon animals and more for families before and during the race program.
Fun in the month of August will continue one week later on the 18th when the speedway’s regular season comes to a close with the return of $5 Admission ‘Teal Palace’ Track Championship night featuring championship 50 and 30-lap events for the Novelis Supermodifieds and Pathfinder Bank SBS.
The 62nd running of Budweiser International Classic Weekend at Oswego will commence from Friday, August 31 through Sunday, Sept. 2 this season featuring the Budweiser International Classic 200 for the Novelis Supermodifieds and Bud Light Classic 75 for the Pathfinder Bank SBS on Sunday plus the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Classic 150 and the ISMA Supernationals 60 for the Winged Supermodifieds the day prior. Friday, Aug. 31 will serve as Classic Qualifying Night for the Supermodifieds and SBS plus the Party in the Pits featuring another live band performance on the stage in turn one.