Handicapping Procedures Announced for Jim Shampine Memorial Twin 50’s

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OSWEGO, NY (May 16, 2018) – Just over a week from Opening Day, Oswego Speedway officials have released the handicapping procedure for the inaugural running of the Jim Shampine Memorial Twin 50’s for the Supermodifieds scheduled for next Saturday, May 26.

‘Twin’ feature events have a rich history at the ‘Steel Palace’ and the duel 50-lappers set for next weekend will mark the first ever event of its kind at Oswego since 1972.

The Twins began in 1970 as 50-lappers and remained as such through the ‘72 season before Triple 33’s and Twin 30’s were added to the schedule in 1973.

By 1975, the traditional Twin 35’s had taken over and were contested at least once a year until the completion of the 1998 season. The twins did not return in any form for 1999.

In 2002, the twins were back again, this time in 30-lap form and remained on the schedule until 2005.

For 2006 and 2007, once again, no twin shows were held, but the first ever edition of the ‘Twin 45’s’ got the green flag in 2008 just before the track returned with Twin 30’s only a mere handful of weeks later in August of that season.

2009 and 2010 each saw twin events on the schedule with Twin 30’s in ‘09 and then the return of the 45’s in 2010.

For three more years, the twins were not included on the schedule although a ‘Twin 50’ race was held in June of 2013 to makeup for a rained out feature earlier in the season.

By June of 2014, finally, the Twin 35’s had returned and remained intact on the speedway’s schedule for the past four seasons.

With Twin 50’s scheduled for May 26 and Twin 35’s on June 16, the 2018 schedule will mark the first time since ‘08 that two separate twin events have been contested in one season at Oswego Speedway.

It’s only fitting that the first Twin 50 show since 1972 receives the ‘Shampine’ name on its back, as the ‘8-Ball’ was dominant throughout twin events in Shampine’s career with 17 total twin victories.

The handicapping and race procedure for this year’s Twin 50’s is brand new and sure to excite Oswego fans and teams.

Oswego commitment cars will be guaranteed $1,400 minimum for the event while non-commitment cars will be guaranteed $1,100 minimum.

For both Twin 50’s, all cars must run the same three stenciled right front, left rear, and right rear tires for time trials, the heat race, and both feature events.

If you have a damaged tire, you must use a previously run tire and start last in both main events.

The handicapping procedure will begin just like any other race night on Oswego Speedway’s 2018 schedule.

All cars will time trial in open pit format for 15 minutes. Points will be awarded 10, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. Heats will be inverted 18-24 based on car count.

The top four finishers in each heat will receive their time back. Fast time will draw one number from 1-12 and race directors will invert that number drawn for the first Twin 50.

For the second twin, the lineup will be based on the starting position of the first feature. Finishing positions 1-6 in the first feature will start 7-12 in the second feature. The winner of the first Twin 50 will start 12th and 6th place will start 7th.

Finishing positions 7-12 in the first feature will redraw positions 1-6 for the second feature. All six cars will draw for their positions.

13th place in the first feature will start 13th in the second feature with the remaining first feature finishers starting in their same position for the second feature. The winner of the second feature will start no better than 12th at the next event they attend.

The new handicapping procedure makes it just as good as “anyone’s guess” as to who will find victory lane in Jim Shampine’s honor next weekend.

Oswego Speedway’s 68th season opens this Saturday, May 19 with the track’s annual open practice session set from 1-5pm. Grandstand admission will be FREE to the public.

Racing action at Oswego Speedway begins on Saturday, May 26 with Holiday Inn Express ‘Opening Day’ highlighted by the Jim Shampine Memorial Twin 50’s for the Novelis Supermodifieds along with the Tony White Memorial 35 for the Pathfinder Bank SBS. To purchase tickets, please call the box office at (315)-342-0646.

For more information on Oswego Speedway, be sure to visit www.OswegoSpeedway.com. You can also FOLLOW on Twitter @OswegoSpeedway and LIKE on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OswegoSpeedway.

All-Time Oswego Speedway ‘Twin’ Event History:

May 1970 (Twin 50’s): Jim Shampine – Both

May 1971 (Twin 50’s): Jim Shampine, Nolan Swift

May 1972 (Twin 50’s): Baldy Baker, Fred Graves

May 1973 (Triple 33’s): Jim Shampine – All 3

July 1973 (Twin 30’s): Baldy Baker,  Bobby Stelter

May 1974 (Triple 33’s): Jim Shampine – All 3

June 1975 (Twin 30’s): Jim Shampine – Both

July 1975 (Twin 30’s): Kempton Dates, Gary Allbritain

June 1976 (Twin 35’s): Fred Graves – Both

July 1976 (Twin 35’s): Fred Graves, Ron Wallace

June 1977 (Twin 35’s): Warren Coniam, Kempton Dates

July 1977 (Twin 35’s): Kempton Dates – Both

June 1978 (Twin 35’s): Jim Shampine – Both

July 1978 (Twin 35’s): Jim Shampine – Both

June 1979 (Twin 35’s): Steve Gioia Jr, Jim Shampine

July 1979 (Twin 35’s): Jim Shampine, Chuck Ciprich

June 1980 (Twin 35’s): Warren Coniam, Steve Gioia Jr.

July 1980 (Twin 35’s): Warren Coniam, Doug Heveron

June 1981 (Twin 35’s): Doug Heveron – Both

July 1981 (Twin 35’s): Doug Heveron, Steve Gioia Jr.

June 1982 (Twin 35’s): Doug Heveron, Brian Herb

July 1982 (Twin 35’s): Doug Heveron, Mike McLaughlin

June 1983 (Twin 35’s): Warren Coniam, Steve Gioia Jr.

July 1983 (Twin 35’s): Eddie Bellinger Jr. – Both

June 1984 (Twin 35’s): Bentley Warren – Both

July 1984 (Twin 35’s): – Steve Gioia Jr, Dean Hoag

July 1985 (Twin 35’s): Eddie Bellinger Jr, Steve Gioia Jr.

August 1985 (Twin 35’s): Bentley Warren – Both

June 1986 (Twin 35’s): Joe Gosek, Steve Gioia Jr.

August 1986 (Twin 35’s): Bentley Warren – Both

June 1987 (Twin 35’s): Doug Heveron – Both

August 1987 (Twin 35’s): Gary Morton, Bentley Warren

August 1988 (Twin 35’s): Mike Ordway – Both

August 1989 (Twin 35’s): Bentley Warren, Eddie Bellinger Jr.

June 1990 (Twin 35’s): Eddie Bellinger Jr, Steve Gioia Jr.

August 1990 (Twin 35’s): Doug Didero, Joe Gosek

June 1991 (Twin 35’s): Joe Gosek, Mike Ordway

August 1991 (Twin 35’s): Mike Ordway, Pat Abold

June 1992 (Twin 35’s): Pat Abold – Both

August 1992 (Twin 35’s): Pat Abold – Both

June 1993 (Twin 35’s): Russ Wood, Bentley Warren

August 1993 (Twin 35’s): Steve Gioia Jr, Dave McKnight

June 1994 (Twin 35’s):  Pat Abold, Russ Wood

August 1994 (Twin 35’s): Eddie Bellinger Jr., Doug Didero

June 1995 (Twin 35’s): Mike Muldoon – Both

August 1995 (Twin 35’s): Doug Didero – Both

June 1996 (Twin 35’s): Doug Didero, Mike Muldoon

August 1996 (Twin 35’s): Doug Didero, Pat Abold

June 1997 (Twin 35’s): Howard Page, Mike Muldoon

August 1997 (Twin 35’s): Pat Abold, Doug Didero

June 1998 (Twin 35’s): Mike Muldoon, Greg Furlong

August 2002 (Twin 30’s): Tim Gareau, Jeff Holbrook

August 2003 (Twin 30’s): Tim Snyder – Both

June 2004 (Twin 30’s): Tim Snyder, Gary Morton

August 2004 (Twin 30’s): Greg Furlong – Both

June 2005 (Twin 30’s): Greg Furlong – Both

August 2005 (Twin 30’s): Greg Furlong, Bob Goutermout

August 2008 (Twin 45’s): Tim Snyder, Craig Rayvals

August 2008 (Twin 30’s): Jerry Curran, Bobby Magner

August 2009 (Twin 30’s): Joe Gosek, Tim Snyder

July 2010 (Twin 45’s): Ray Graham, Jeff Holbrook

June 2013 (Twin 50’s): Pat Lavery, Kody Graham

June 2014 (Twin 35’s): Randy Ritskes, Michael Barnes

June 2015 (Twin 35’s): Otto Sitterly, Michael Muldoon/Sitterly – Dead Heat

June 2016 (Twin 35’s): Dave Danzer, Jeff Abold

June 2017 (Twin 35’s): Keith Shampine, Dave Shullick Jr.

All-Time Oswego ‘Twin’ Event Wins List:

  1. Jim Shampine – 17

  2. Steve Gioia Jr – 9

  3. Bentley Warren – 9

  4. Doug Heveron – 8

  5. Pat Abold – 8

  6. Eddie Bellinger Jr – 6

  7. Doug Didero – 6

  8. Greg Furlong – 6

  9. Tim Snyder – 5

  10. Fred Graves – 4

  11. Kempton Dates – 4

  12. Warren Coniam – 4

  13. Joe Gosek – 4

  14. Mike Ordway Sr – 4

  15. Mike Muldoon Sr. – 4

  16. Baldy Baker – 2

  17. Gary Morton -2

  18. Russ Wood – 2

  19. Jeff Holbrook – 2

  20. Otto Sitterly – 2*

  21. Nolan Swift – 1

  22. Bobby Stelter – 1

  23. Gary Allbritain – 1

  24. Ronnie Wallace – 1

  25. Chuck Ciprich – 1

  26. Brian Herb – 1

  27. Mike McLaughlin – 1

  28. Dean Hoag – 1

  29. Dave McKnight – 1

  30. Howard Page – 1

  31. Tim Gareau – 1

  32. Bob Goutermout – 1

  33. Craig Ryavals – 1

  34. Jerry Curran – 1

  35. Bobby Magner – 1

  36. Ray Graham – 1

  37. Pat Lavery –  1

  38. Kody Graham – 1

  39. Randy Ritskes – 1

  40. Michael Barnes – 1

  41. Michael Muldoon – 1*

  42. Dave Danzer – 1

  43. Jeff Abold – 1

  44. Keith Shampine – 1

  45. Dave Shullick Jr. – 1

*Denotes Dead Heat Finish

All-Time Oswego Speedway Jim Shampine Memorial Champions:

1991 – Bentley Warren
1992 – Doug Didero
1993 – Pat Abold
1994 – Cliff Graves
1995 – Ed Bellinger Jr.
1996 – Doug Didero
1997 – Doug Didero
1998 – Ed Bellinger Jr.
1999 – Bob Goutermout
2000 – Greg Furlong
2001 – Mike Ordway
2002 – Mike Ordway
2003 – RAIN
2004 – Craig Rayvals
2005 – Greg Furlong
2006 – Otto Sitterly
2007 – Randy Ritskes
2008 – Greg Furlong
2009 – Otto Sitterly
2010 – Otto SItterly
2011 – Randy Ritskes
2012 – Otto Sitterly
2013 – Otto Sitterly
2014 – Otto Sitterly
2015 – Otto Sitterly
2016 – Dave Danzer
2017 – Keith Shampine

 

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Presents Oswego Speedway’s 68th Annual Opening Day this Saturday, May 26

OSWEGO, NY (May 21, 2018) – Following what has seemed to be one of the longest winters in recent memory, Oswego Speedway will finally be back in action this Saturday May 26 for the track’s 68th annual season opener presented by Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Oswego.

Racing activity for the day will see pit gates open at 11:30am, grandstand gates opening at 1:30pm with the start of hot laps, group time trials taking place at 3:15pm and heat racing going green with an early start of 4pm.

The evening’s unique racing card will present the first ever running of the Jim Shampine Memorial Twin 50’s for the Novelis Supermodifieds plus the 35-lap Tony White Memorial for the Pathfinder Bank SBS.

Duel features for the Supers plus the Small Block main event will make for over 130 laps of action on Saturday evening plus preliminary qualifiers for each division.

To allow teams to switch over for the second Twin 50, Supermodifed heats will get the green flag first at 4pm, followed by SBS heats, consi events if necessary, the first Twin 50, SBS 35, and the second Twin 50.

Tickets remain available for one of the most action packed events on Oswego Speedway’s 2018 schedule. To order, please call the box office at (315)-342-0646.

Race night sponsor Holiday Inn Express of Oswego, located at 140 E. 13th Street just off of State Route 104 is within walking distance of Oswego Speedway and is in close proximity to all major travel routes, sitting just 35 miles north of the city of Syracuse.

Both corporate and leisure travelers will find Holiday Inn Express & Suites well suited for any needs they may have. Guests can enjoy a heated pool area, fitness center, 24 hour business center, a free Smart Start Hot Continental Breakfast, as well as a large meeting space available to accommodate guests for gatherings and business meetings.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites is a standout in the area, offering access to a flourishing city while providing guests with all they need for a great getaway or work environment.

To learn more about the Holiday Inn Express & Suites of Oswego call (315) 207-0100, e-mail sales@hieoswego.com, or visit www.hiexpress.com and search Oswego, NY.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites of Oswego can also be found on Facebook at facebook.com/holidayinnoswego.

For more information on Oswego Speedway, be sure to visit www.OswegoSpeedway.com. You can also FOLLOW on Twitter @OswegoSpeedway and LIKE on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OswegoSpeedway.

 

Iosue, Bond Top Speed Charts at Oswego Open Practice

OSWEGO, NY (May 21, 2018) – A total of twenty three race cars rolled into the pit area this past Sunday afternoon for Oswego Speedway’s annual open practice session with Aric Iosue in the Novelis Supermodifieds and Mike Bond in the Pathfinder Bank SBS topping the speed charts for the day.

Iosue, a two-time feature winner, made his return to the speedway with the one-time Graham Racing No. 11 recently purchased by his family and did not take long to show speed. The former rookie of the year was the only Supermodified driver under 17 seconds in hot laps at 16.982.

Seven additional Supermodifieds were also in the pit area including rookie of the year contenders Tyler Thompson in the Team Tapout Racing No. 98 as well as Nathan Schultzkie in the former Brian Sobus No. 79.

Both rookies impressed and were not afraid to get on the throttle, each cracking the mid to high 17 second bracket before the final session of the day with Thompson mustering a 17.6 second lap in his first Supermodified track time.

Veterans Brandon Bellinger and Jeff Abold also saw plenty of laps around the ‘Steel Palace’ and were able to get the No. 02 and No. 05 machines down to 17.1 and 17.3 seconds, respectively.

Lou LeVea Sr. in the Buske Racing No. 66, Lou LeVea Jr. in the WFO Motorsports No. 83 and Guard Nearbin in his new Shark Motorsports No. 71 ride were all pit side as well, but none of those drivers ever got fully up to speed.


LeVea Sr. took a scary ride into the first turn foam following a parts failure on the No. 66. LeVea was taken to Oswego Hospital as a precaution and was later released and returned to the race track. Car owner Steve Buske stated that the team is “already pulling the motor” and placing it in the sister car to the chassis that was crashed on Sunday.

On the Pathfinder Bank SBS side of the pits, a strong showing of 16 cars all took advantage of the pre-season track time with Bond topping the board overall at a blistering 18.639 which was just over a tenth of a second slower than the 18.504 official track record lap set by Russ Brown in 2016.

Brown was also in the pit area shaking down the newer No. 13 Hedger house car and it was no surprise when the two winningest drivers in the division’s history were fastest by the end of the day as Brown also had his ride in the 18.7 second range just behind Bond.

Other drivers to crack the 18 second bracket included Missile Motorsports teammates Anthony Losurdo in the No. 1 and returning campaigner and former speedway PR director Danny Kapuscinski in the Joe Gosek throwback No. 00M.

‘Hawk’ Losurdo pulled off an 18.8 in the JP Jewelers sponsored machine while ‘Danny K’ impressed at 18.9 in his first time out with his new ride.

Veteran Cameron Rowe also hit the 18’s with his new look No. 77 while Camden Proud’s No. 54 and Dalton Doyle’s No. 01 each went 19.0 to go sixth and seventh fastest for the day.

Greg O’Connor in the G.O. Premiere Motorsports No. 90, defending champ David Cliff in the Barbeau Racing No. 50, and returning campaigner David LaTulip in the family owned No. 27 all went 19.3 or quicker on Sunday to fill in the top ten times while Cameron Black and Jack Patrick each turned in laps at 19.7 seconds.

Three rookie of the year contenders were present in the SBS division as well showing a sign of good things to come at Oswego Speedway with former quarter midget racer Joshua Sokolic very impressive in his family owned No. 26 Hedger Chassis. Sokolic made consistent laps at 19.7 seconds while fellow rookies Steve Flack and Tim Glidden Jr. were not able to get up to speed in their respective hot lap sessions.

Racing action at Oswego Speedway begins this Saturday, May 26 with the track’s 68th annual Season Opener presented by Holiday Inn Express and highlighted by the Jim Shampine Memorial Twin 50’s for the Novelis Supermodifieds as well as the Tony White Memorial 35 for the Pathfinder Bank SBS. To purchase tickets, please call the box office at (315)-342-0646.

For more information on Oswego Speedway, be sure to visit www.OswegoSpeedway.com. You can also FOLLOW on Twitter @OswegoSpeedway and LIKE on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OswegoSpeedway.

2018 Oswego Speedway Open Practice – Sunday, May 20

Novelis Supermodifieds (Best Time): 1. 11 Aric Iosue (16.982), 2. 02 Brandon Bellinger (17.111), 3. 05 Jeff Abold (17.328), 4. 98 Tyler Thompson ® (17.686), 5. 26 Nathan Schultzkie ® (17.942), 6. 66 Lou LeVea Sr. (18.208), 7. 83 Lou LeVea Jr. (18.578), 8. 71 Guard Nearbin (19.779)

Pathfinder Bank Small Block Supers (Best Time): 1. 74 Mike Bond (18.639), 2. 13 Russ Brown (18.785), 3. 1 Anthony Losurdo (18.837), 4. 00M Dan Kapuscinski (18.990), 5. 77 Cameron Rowe (18.998), 6. 54 Camden Proud (19.067), 7. 01 Dalton Doyle (19.086), 8. 90 Greg O’Connor (19.125), 9. 50 Dave Cliff (19.225), 10. 27 David LaTulip (19.378), 11. 23 Cameron Black (19.717), 12. 9 Jack Patrick (19.777), 13. 26 Joshua Sokolic ® (19.797), 14. 32 Steve Flack ® (23.922), 15. 94 Tim Glidden Jr. ® (No Transponder)

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