Schedule Set For Oswego’s 69th Season
Story By: Camden Proud/Oswego Speedway
Photos By: Chris Burgess/RacersGuide.com
OSWEGO, N.Y. – Oswego Speedway officials have released a three division schedule of events for the track’s upcoming 69th season of racing, which will begin with its 69th annual edition of opening day scheduled for Saturday, May 25.
Novelis Supermodified and Pathfinder Bank SBS competitors will once again embark on a 10-race Road to the Championship which will kick off in May and continue through the month of August leading up to the 63rd edition of Classic Weekend penciled in for Aug. 30 through Sept. 1.
Joining the familiar Supermodified and Small Block Supermodified classes this coming season is the speedway’s new 350 Supermodified division, which will replicate the rules package of the 350 Supers currently in competition at New Hampshire’s Star Speedway.
“We’re looking forward to 2019,” said track owner John Torrese. “We recently announced some rule changes in hopes of providing stability and growth for the Supermodifieds and SBS moving forward while also adding the 350 Super class, which is our first new division at the speedway in about 20 years. Despite these changes, the schedule still highlights some of our most valued events and traditions. We’re really excited to see how it all plays out and hope to find our fans back in their seats supporting Oswego Speedway beginning with the 69th edition of opening day on May 25.”
The 350 Supermodifieds will join the Supermodifieds and SBS for eight of the ten regular shows held as part of the track’s schedule with the first 350 Supermodified champion in speedway history set to be decided at season’s end.
Following the speedway’s Open Practice session on Saturday, May 18, Oswego’s 69th annual opening day will take place a week later on May 25 and again feature Jim Shampine Memorial Twin 50 feature events for the Novelis Supermodifieds, the Tony White Memorial 35 for the Pathfinder Bank SBS, plus the first ever 350 Supermodified Memorial Weekend 35.
As of press time, the speedway currently has the 1st of June penciled in to potentially serve as an additional race date, with details remaining in the works at this time.
Two weeks after the Twin 50’s, the track will be back with more double feature action for the Novelis Supermodifieds in the form of Twin 35’s which will be held alongside a 30-lap main event for the Pathfinder Bank SBS. The 350 Supermodifieds will receive the night off on June 8.
June 15 will bring the first regular Road to the Championship event of the season featuring the Novelis Supermodifieds, Pathfinder Bank SBS and 350 Supermodifieds which will run 50, 30 and 35-laps respectively as part of all regular shows this coming season.
On June 22, the track will go dormant in observation of high school graduation before the gates swing back open for a busy four week stretch beginning with the return of the Independence Weekend Grand Prix on June 29.
For the final event of June, the Novelis Supermodifieds will compete in a 75-lap main, the Pathfinder Bank SBS class will expand it’s race length to 35-laps, and the 350 Supermodifieds will also be contesting in a 35-lap feature. Fireworks will conclude the program.
Once again, three events in three weeks will be held in the month of July beginning with two regular Road to the Championship shows on July 6 and July 13 both of which will feature all three of Oswego Speedway’s divisions.
Mark your calendars for Saturday, July 20 which will bring the 33rd edition of the 75-lap, $10,000 to win Mr. Novelis Supermodified feature event plus the $1,500 to win Mr. Pathfinder Bank SBS 35-lap feature and the first ever Mr. 350 Supermodified 35.
The speedway will be off on Saturday, July 27 for Harborfest as well as the ISMA Hy-Miler held at the Sandusky Speedway in Ohio.
On Aug. 3, the track will roar back to life with its fan favorite Retro Night program featuring a Novelis Supermodified 45, a Pathfinder Bank SBS 30, plus the speedway Old Timer’s Reunion held at Lighthouse Lanes before the start of on track action. The 350 Supers will be off on Aug. 3.
Yet another fan favorite event is scheduled for Aug. 10 as Family Night will commence featuring a Novelis Supermodified 50, Twin 20’s for the Pathfinder Bank SBS, and a 35-lap main event for the 350 Supermodifieds. Activities for kids including bounce houses, driver autographs and more will take place prior to the start of on-track action.
The 10-race title fight will come to a close on Saturday, Aug. 17 which will see the return of $5 admission Track Championship Night featuring championship events for the Novelis Supermodifieds, Pathfinder Bank SBS and 350 Supermodifieds set at 50, 30 and 35-laps in distance.
After a week off, the 63rd edition of Budweiser International Classic Weekend will be held Aug. 30-Sept. 1.
Classic Weekend on the fast five-eighths-mile will begin with Pole Day on Friday, August 30 featuring qualifying for the Novelis Supermodifieds and Pathfinder Bank SBS with the traditional Party in the Pits to follow. It is anticipated that more racing will be added to the Friday program.
For Super Saturday on Aug. 31, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will be back for the fourth time in as many years showcasing the 150-lap, $12,000 to win Toyota Mod Classic 150 presented by McDonald’s alongside the 60-lap Bud Light ISMA Supernationals for the winged Supermodifieds.
Sunday, Sept. 1 will bring the 63rd running of the $15,000-to-win Budweiser International Classic 200 for the Novelis Supermodifieds, the 28th running of the Bud Light Classic 75 for the Pathfinder Bank SBS, plus the second annual 350 Supermodified Classic.
After Classic Weekend, the dirt will go back down for Super DIRT Week XLVIII at the Clay Palace, set for Oct. 9 through Oct. 13.