Eric Kocher Takes over Evergreen Race Director Duties

Fresh Perspective for Evergreen Raceway in 2019 finds Eric Kocher as the new race director.
It was announced at the Evergreen Raceway banquet that race director Jeff Owler would be stepping away from those duties for the 2019 season to focus on building the Karting program that was previously announced for  Evergreen Raceway in 2019. Owler has helped build and maintain the existence of Evergreen Raceway since 2016 when promoter and life long fan of the speedway Jason Makarewicz took over promoter duties.
It would not take long for Makarewicz to fill the shoes left empty by Owler.  Eric Kocher will now fill that same position for the 2019 racing season.
Kocher throughout his racing career has raced in 4 Cylinders, Street Stocks, Late Models and Modifieds. Kocher believes his experience will open up lines of communication between drivers, owners and crew. “Communication is important in this sport and it’s even more important at the local level in order to keep these tracks alive. Coming from the “driver-side” of things it is also equally important to be there for both the drivers and the track. I am fully dedicated to Jason and Evergreen Raceway. Our goal is to continue to improve on bringing our great fans the best possible entertainment in short track racing.”
Kocher has noticed that Evergreen Raceway has steadily improved year after year since the re-opening of the speedway in 2016 with 2018 being its most successful. The track saw a steady increase in all divisions in 2018, along with more fans coming through the front gate. “ I believe by  tightening up a few things  here and there on race day and putting responsibility back into the drivers hands is going to make a big difference.”
Kocher has already had an opportunity to speak with some of the enduro drivers as he filled in for Owler on November 3rd for the Scaredy Cat 100 enduro. Kocher’s points emphasized in his very first drivers meeting, that safety and driver responsibility is non-negotiable. “ Drivers are responsible for themselves while they are out there on the track and we are responsible for making sure their cars meet our safety standards along with providing a great show! I have noticed a few things that are going to be addressed and I’ve already began setting a solid plan in place to hold drivers accountable for their actions or lack there of.”
Written by Ted Grow

Oswego Speedway Unveils 2019 Schedule of Events

OSWEGO, NY (November 15, 2018) – Oswego Speedway officials have released an action-packed, 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, 2019.

In 2019, Novelis Supermodified and Pathfinder Bank SBS competitors will once again embark on a ten-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 August 30 through September 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 2019 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 in 2019, with details remaining in the works at this time. Continue to check OswegoSpeedway.com for more information.

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 2019 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 Saturday, 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 2019 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 August 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 August 3.

Yet another fan favorite event is scheduled for August 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 ten race title fight will come to a close on Saturday, August 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 Friday, August 30 through Sunday, September 1.

Classic Weekend on the fast 5/8th’s 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. Continue to check OswegoSpeedway.com for updates.

For ‘Super Saturday’ on August 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, September 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 October 9 through October 13.

Time schedules, grandstand pricing, and more for the 2019 schedule will be announced over the course of the next several weeks.

For those wishing to renew Classic or season ticket packages, you will have until Saturday, May 1 to contact Paul at oswegospeedway@gmail.com. Payment for Classic tickets will be due mid-summer.

Those who need to renew their Classic Weekend camping spaces have until Monday, December 31. You can also do this by sending the track an email at oswegospeedway@gmail.com.

Several ‘Fast Friday’ testing sessions are planned prior to Open Practice on May 25. It is anticipated that the track will be ready by mid-April. You can email oswegospeedway@gmail.com to sign up for potential testing slots.

Rule changes for the 2019 season which include Supermodified wing specs, Small Block Super crate engine specs, and the rules for the new 350 Supermodified class can be found at OswegoSpeedway.com.

An updated 2019 rule book will be available in PDF form in the coming weeks and can be located at OswegoSpeedway.com as well. This rule book will detail rules packages for all three classes, plus point structure, purse information, and more.

Driver registration for the Novelis Supermodified, Pathfinder Bank SBS and 350 Supermodified divisions will be open to competitors no later than Monday, December 3.

Oswego Speedway is actively seeking a 350 Supermodified division sponsor plus race night sponsors for all three divisions. If interested in joining our marketing program, you may contact Paul Conzone at pconzone@oswegospeedway.com, or Steve Quonce at squonce@oswegospeedway.com.

Representatives from the speedway will also be on hand at this weekend’s 38th annual National Parts Peddler Trade Show held at the New York State Fairgrounds November 16, 17 and 18. Stop by and see Paul or Steve for 2019 schedule cards as well as marketing information.

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

2019 Schedule of Events – Oswego Speedway’s 69th Season (Subject to Change):

Saturday, May 18th – Open Practice Session (All Registered Cars)

Saturday, May 25th – 69th annual Opening Day – Novelis Supermodified Jim Shampine Memorial Twin 50’s, Pathfinder Bank SBS Tony White Memorial 35, 350 Supermodified Memorial Weekend 35

Saturday, June 1st – Details TBA

Saturday, June 8th – Novelis Supermodified Twin 35’s and Pathfinder Bank SBS 30

Saturday, June 15th – Novelis Supermodified 50, Pathfinder Bank SBS 30, 350 Supermodified 35

Saturday, June 22nd – OFF / High School Graduation

Saturday, June 29th – Novelis Supermodified ‘Grand Prix’ 75, Pathfinder Bank SBS ‘Grand Prix’ 35, 350 Supermodified 35

Saturday, July 6th – Novelis Supermodified 50, Pathfinder Bank SBS 30, 350 Supermodified 35

Saturday, July 13th – Novelis Supermodified 50, Pathfinder Bank SBS 30, 350 Supermodified 35

Saturday, July 20th – $10,000 to win Mr. Novelis Supermodified 75, $1,500 to win Mr. Pathfinder Bank SBS 35, Mr. 350 Supermodified 35

Saturday, July 27th – OFF / Harborfest Weekend and Sandusky Speedway Hy-Miler

Saturday, August 3rd – ‘Retro Night’ Novelis Supermodified 45 and Pathfinder Bank SBS 30 plus Old Timer’s Reunion

Saturday, August 10th – Novelis Supermodified 50, Pathfinder Bank SBS Twin 20’s, 350 Supermodified 35

Saturday, August 17th – Track Championship Night – Novelis Supermodified 50, Pathfinder Bank SBS 30, 350 Supermodified 35

Saturday, August 24th – OFF / Classic Week Begins!

CLASSIC WEEKEND

Thursday, August 29th  – Oswego Kartway Classic

Friday, August 30th –  Classic Friday ‘POLE DAY’ – More info TBA

Saturday, August 31st – Classic Saturday – 4th annual Toyota Mod Classic 150 presented by McDonald’s for NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, 60-lap Bud Light ISMA Supernationals for Winged Supermodifieds

Sunday, September 1st – Classic Sunday – 63rd annual Budweiser International Classic 200 for Supermodifieds, 28th annual Bud Light Classic 75 for Small Block Supermodifieds, 2nd annual 350 Supermodified Classic

Monday, September 2nd – Classic Weekend Rain Date

Wednesday, October 9 – Sunday, October 13 – NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week XLVIII

The Gift of Lights Will Brighten “The Magic Mile” Starting Black Friday

More than two million Christmas lights will be on display on select dates from Nov. 23 – Dec. 31 for the eighth annual Gift of Lights presented by Eastern Propane & Oil at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

LOUDON, N.H. – The holidays are right around the corner, and that means it’s time for New Hampshire Motor Speedway to trade in the checkered flags for two million twinkly lights during the Gift of Lights presented by Eastern Propane and Oil. The eighth annual event kicks off fundraising for the local community spreading holiday cheer for 32 days from Friday, Nov. 23 and through Monday, Dec. 31 (be sure to check the schedule for days of operation).

The 2.5-mile drive-thru light show has become a holiday tradition for families, featuring a s’mores pit, $5.00 pictures with Santa Claus and visitors can even meet the speedway’s mascot Milo the Moose.

“We love watching families create memories and traditions at New Hampshire Motor Speedway,” said David McGrath, executive vice president and general manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway. “But, the real holiday magic is seeing our fans come together to not only celebrate the holiday season, but to help those in need in our community through the fundraising opportunities that benefit Speedway Children’s Charities New Hampshire Chapter, the Loudon Firefighters Association and the Loudon Food Pantry during ‘The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.’”

The fundraising begins immediately at the front gate. For a $2.00 discount, visitors can bring three or more non-perishable canned goods for donation to the Loudon Food Pantry. Since the event first started in 2011, food and monetary donations have allowed New Hampshire Motor Speedway to contribute over 85,000 pounds of food to the Loudon Food Pantry providing an estimated 70,000 meals during the holiday and winter months.

Additionally, a portion of all per car load admissions proceeds will benefit Speedway Children’s Charities New Hampshire Chapter, the speedway’s official charity which has distributed $1.7 million locally. Yule Light Up the Night, a 1.5-mile run with Millennium Running, will give visitors a unique view of the lights on Dec. 10 and will also benefit NH SCC (Gift of Lights will have a delayed opening for the run).

The Loudon Firefighters Association will host a s’mores pit on Fridays and Saturdays with proceeds supporting the Loudon Firefighters Association. Last year, $2,400 was raised and used to help purchase a universal terrain vehicle to help with forest fires and rescues in the town.

Visitors can also participate in special theme nights each Wednesday to get in the holiday spirit and save $2.00 off admission at the gate. Theme nights include Pajama Night (Nov. 28), Military Night (Dec. 5), Sports Night (Dec. 12) and Ugly Sweater Nights (Dec. 19 and 20).

The Gift of Lights presented by Eastern Propane and Oil is open 4:30 – 9:00 p.m., and admission is $20.00 per car Nov. 23 – Dec. 14 and $25 per car Dec. 15 – 31. Be sure to check the schedule for days of operation when planning your trip.

For ticket information for events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, including the upcoming Gift of Lights, Nov. 23 – Dec. 31, visit the speedway website at www.NHMS.com or call Fan Relations at (603) 783-4931.

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