Story By: CAMDEN PROUD / OSWEGO SPEEDWAY – OSWEGO, NY – Oswego Speedway jumpstarts its 68th consecutive season this Saturday and Sunday, March 10 and 11, at the 32nd annual Syracuse Motorsports Expo located at the New York State Fairgrounds.
As part of the two day event which features several displays from area tracks, vendors, dealers, parts companies, and race teams, Oswego Speedway will be on hand all weekend with a display that features two cars from the Pathfinder Bank SBS division.
The Missile Motorsports, Joe Gosek Throwback No. 00M Small Block Supermodified driven this season by Dan Kapuscinski will be on hand alongside the Lakeside Property Services No. 91 machine driven by division veteran Barry Kingsley. Joining the these two SBS racers at the show will be a handful of cars from the Oswego Kartway, which is located directly behind the speedway’s back grandstand.
Each day, fans will have the chance to stop by and pickup a 2018 Oswego Speedway schedule, driver cards, ask questions, catch race highlights from the 2017 season, locate information for the Oswego Eagles Fan Club, or even shop for merchandise that will include the new release of the Bentley Warren Hall of Fame Legend Series t-shirts.
Additionally, the Jim Shampine Radical Offset Supermodified owned by Jamie Moore is expected to be on hand as part of the Motorsports Expo. The ‘8-Ball’ won eleven features in a row in 1978, seven more in 1979 plus the track championship, and all together the legendary machine garnered a total of twenty feature wins including the 1980 Budweiser International Classic 200. Moore has since restored the car to its 1980 livery after the car’s last race in 1991.
The Syracuse Motorsports Expo is located in the Center of Progress Building at the New York State Fairgrounds just steps from Route 690 approaching downtown Syracuse. For more information on the Expo, you can visit online at SyracuseMotorsportsExpo.com.
RJ Caruso Tax & Accounting Posts $50 Bonus for Supermodified and SBS Heat Winners
After a year off, the ‘Heat Race Challenge’ will return to Oswego Speedway’s Novelis Supermodified and Pathfinder Bank SBS divisions this season thanks to support from RJ Caruso Tax & Accounting in Oswego.
For each championship event in 2018, RJ Caruso will donate $50 to all Supermodified and Small Block Supermodified heat winners on any given night, making for a pretty hefty purse bonus should a driver continuously rack up heat race wins throughout the season.
“RJ Caruso Tax and Accounting continues to come through for Oswego Speedway and its dedicated drivers and teams,” said track PR director Camden Proud. “Heat racing is completely stacked in both divisions every single week. With the continuation of timed hot laps to set the heat race lineups coupled with a $50 bonus, preliminary action is going to keep our fans on the edge of their seats in 2018.”
The last time the ‘Heat Race Challenge’ was held back in 2016, Michael Muldoon dominated in the Supermodifieds with five heat race victories to go on to win a Shell Shock custom painted helmet at the conclusion of the season. Otto Sitterly, Dave Gruel, Brandon Bellinger and Keith Shampine were all second with three wins each.
In the Pathfinder Bank SBS division, Mike Bruce and Mike Bond tied as winners of the 2016 heat race challenge, also with five victories. Jack Patrick grabbed four wins to get second, while Anthony Losurdo, Dave Cliff, Jesse Bearup and Camden Proud all tied for third with three heat wins each.
Last season, Sitterly dominated heat race competition in the Supermodified division with five trips to victory lane while Bellinger was the only driver close with three victories. Bond’s four checkered flags beat out Patrick’s three to earn the most heat wins in the 2017 SBS ‘Road to the Championship.’
Oswego Speedway kicks off its 2018 season on Saturday, May 26 which will see the track’s 68th annual Opening Day set to include Jim Shampine Memorial Twin 50’s for the Novelis Supermodifieds plus the Tony White Memorial 35 for the Pathfinder Bank SBS. To purchase tickets, please call (315)-342-0646.
Season tickets, camping passes, and more are all on sale as part of Oswego Speedway’s 2018 campaign. These items can be picked up and purchased in the speedway office from 11am to 4pm on Saturdays during the winter.