Story By: CAMDEN PROUD / OSWEGO SPEEDWAY – OSWEGO, NY – A joint effort amongst Oswego Speedway, NASCAR, and the ‘Whelen Winner of the Race’ program has pushed Oswego Speedway’s posted purse for September’s NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Toyota Mod Classic 150 to $12,000 to the race winner and $1,000 to start.
In 2018, Whelen drastically increased an integral part of its support system for the tour by upping each race winner’s bonus from $500 all the way to $3,500. The purse increase now sets up one of the highest paying Tour Modified events in New York State this season and also the highest paying Modified race in Classic Weekend history at Oswego. Saturday, September 1 will mark the third consecutive appearance by the tour at the ‘Steel Palace.’
“In conjunction with the folks at NASCAR and Whelen Engineering, we are thrilled to announce that this September’s event for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will now pay $12,000 to win and $1,000 to start for all competitors,” said speedway PR director Camden Proud. “The increased purse has made for the highest paying NASCAR Modified race in Oswego Speedway’s storied history and should attract several additional teams across the region.”
After a two decade long absence following the last prior event in 1989, the ‘Mod Squad’ has returned to Oswego the past two seasons with Doug Coby and Ryan Preece each being victorious. Several of the tour’s biggest stars including Coby, Preece, Justin Bonsignore, Eric Goodale, Timmy Solomito, Rowan Pennink and more are expected coupled with Central New York Modified standouts Matt Hirschman and Chuck Hossfeld, amongst several others who requent the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Tour.
For the second year in a row, the 150-lap event will be aired with tape delay on NBC Sports on Thursday, September 6 at 6pm, less than a week after the 62nd running of Budweiser International Classic Weekend.
To purchase tickets for the most prestigious short track event in the country, you can call the speedway box office at (315)-342-0646.
Oswego opens its 2018 campaign with the first ever running of the Jim Shampine Memorial Supermodified Twin 50’s on Saturday, May 26 in conjunction with the Tony White Memorial 35 for the Pathfinder Bank SBS.