Story By: CAMDEN PROUD / OSWEGO SPEEDWAY – OSWEGO, NY – It seems the excitement level heading into Oswego Speedway’s 68th season of racing is much higher than in recent years and rightfully so as now 32 Novelis Supermodifieds and 29 Pathfinder Bank Small Block Supers have pre-registered for action ahead of the track’s season opener on Saturday, May 26.
Bitten by the car count bug in recent years and last season in particular as several of the track’s Supermodified frequent fliers such as Graham, Danzer and Muldoon Racing have all either moved on or took time away from Oswego, the term ‘ebb and flow’ seems to fit the bill perfectly ahead of 2018 as office phones have been ringing off the hook with new registrations since the month of January.
“When you factor in the financial commitment that comes with the present day, weekly car counts in short track racing’s premier divisions have begun to dwindle,” explained track owner John Torrese. “We see perfect examples of this across the region with the Fulton and Utica-Rome Speedways switching over to 358 Modifieds versus the traditional big block. That’s not something we want to do. Oswego is committed to the longstanding success of our one of a kind big block Super and of course the Small Block Supermodified class.”
Last season, 32 Supermodifieds took time for the track’s largest event of the season, the Budweiser International Classic 200, while 27 Pathfinder Bank Small Block Supers qualified for the Bud Light Classic 75.
Ahead of 2018, the current number of Supermodified registrants matches the number of cars attempting to qualify for last year’s Classic, while the number of Small Block registrants is already higher. An extended list of drivers still yet to officially sign up gives track management hope that they are on pace for the largest Classic Weekend in ten seasons.
“There has been a lot of exciting stuff going on over the offseason,” Torrese continued. “I’d like to thank all of the teams, both those that have been with us for many years as well as the new rookies for their commitment to Supermodified and SBS racing. In hopes of car counts increasing even further, we will continue to make the necessary adjustments as we see fit, such as the mandatory move to crate engines for the SBS class next year. The long term healthiness of these two divisions is what we are looking for and I believe we have a fantastic season ahead of us.”
In the Supermodified ranks, 46 cars took time for the 2008 International Classic, while the most since then was 38 in 2014. In Small Block Super competition, 36 cars took time for the ‘05 Bud Light Classic, but 31 cars in 2013 has been the highest number since that season. The speedway is on pace to either tie or pass both of those numbers this Labor Day Weekend.
Those set to compete in all ten of the speedway’s Novelis Supermodified and Pathfinder Bank SBS championship events this season have shaped up for what is arguably one of the most competitive commitment rosters Oswego has seen in recent years with 18 commitment Supers and 15 commitment Small Blocks already set to go. All Supermodified teams will receive a hefty bonus of $625 to start the feature in 2018.
Several previews featuring statistics on the commitment teams and drivers from each division will be posted leading up to Opening Day at OswegoSpeedway.com.
2018 Novelis Supermodified Registrants (as of April 19):
- (00) Joe Gosek – Commitment
- (01) Dan Connors Jr. – Commitment
- (02) Brandon Bellinger – Commitment
- (04) Camden Proud ®
- (05) Jeff Abold – Commitment
- (07) Dan Connors Jr.
- (08) Michael Barnes
- (09) Bob Bogwicz
- (0) Snyder Racing – Commitment
- (1) Jeff West
- (2) Dave Shullick Jr. – Commitment
- (3) Doug Didero
- (4) Roger Clark – Commitment
- (5) Tim Devendorf
- (6) Davey Hamilton
- (7) Otto Sitterly – Commitment
- (11) Aric Iosue – Commitment
- (14) Joey Payne
- (26) Nathan Schultzkie ® – Commitment
- (37) Jeff Locke
- (47) Bobby Bond
- (50) Dave Gruel – Commitment
- (51) John Nicotra Racing
- (55) Keith Shampine – Commitment
- (56) Hal LaTulip – Commitment
- (66) Lou LeVea Sr. – Commitment
- (68) Michael Barnes – Commitment
- (71) Bill Sharkey – Commitment
- (73) Jerry Curran
- (77) Shaun Gosselin
- (83) Lou LeVea Jr. – Commitment
- (98) Tyler Thompson ® – Commitment
2018 Pathfinder Bank SBS Registrants (as of April 19):
- (00M) Dan Kapuscinski – Commitment
- (01) Dalton Doyle – Commitment
- (04) Kreig Heroth
- (1) Anthony Losurdo – Commitment
- (7) Alex Hoag
- (8) Josh Kerr
- (9) Jack Patrick – Commitment
- (15) James Babcock – Commitment
- (18) Andrew Schartner
- (22) Mike Bruce – Commitment
- (23) Cameron Black – Commitment
- (26) Joshua Sokolic ® – Commitment
- (27) David LaTulip – Commitment
- (32) Steve Flack ®
- (37) Jesse Bearup – Commitment
- (50) Dave Cliff – Commitment
- (54) Camden Proud – Commitment
- (71) Ray Sand Jr.
- (74) Mike Bond
- (77) Cameron Rowe – Commitment
- (86) Brad Haynes
- (87) Matt Magner
- (88) Tyler Henry ® / Bryan Haynes
- (89) Tony Pisa
- (90) Greg O’Connor – Commitment
- (91) Barry Kingsley – Commitment
- (93) Steve Wood
- (94) Tim Glidden Jr. ®
- (98) Tyler Thompson