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Oswego Speedway Demolition Derby to Pay $1,000 to the Winner on July 16

 OSWEGO, NY (July 6, 2016) – When the checkered flag falls on Oswego Speedway’s Summer Championship, set for Saturday, July 16 and presented by Crop Production Services, the return of the fan favorite Demolition Derby will take center stage.

Drivers in the Derby must be 16 years of age or older, participating in a six or eight cylinder vehicle.

The last car running will be declared the winner of the Derby, with $1,000 going to the winner.  The runner-up will earn $300 with third place taking home $200, making for a $1,500 total purse for the event.

There is no entry fee to take part, but an entry blank must be filled out to participate.  Full rules, regulations, and entry forms are available under the forms section of www.oswegospeedway.com.  Entry forms can be mailed to the Speedway at PO BOX 3043 Oswego, NY 13126 or dropped directly to the Speedway box office.

All cars participating must be at the Speedway by 4 p.m. on July 16 for pre-derby inspection.  Participants and pit crew members must purchase a pit pass for the evening.

The Demolition Derby will follow the night’s Summer Championship events which will feature a 50-lap Novelis Supermodified main and a 30-lap Pathfinder Bank SBS feature.

Pit gates will open at 3:15 p.m. on July 16 with practice beginning and grand stand gates opening at 4:30 p.m.  The night’s first heat race will take place at 6:30 p.m.

The Demolition Derby will immediately follow the Novelis Supermodified main event.

Before the Summer Championship, the Speedway will return to action this Saturday, July 9 for King of Wings VIII.

The Speedway’s pit window will open at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday with the main pit gate opening at 2 p.m.  Hot laps will take place at 3:30 p.m. with the opening on the spectator gates with ISMA time trials at 5:30 p.m. and racing at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now for King of Wings VIII.  Tickets can be purchased at the Speedway box office or by phone.

General admission seating is available for $30 with padded reserved seating for $35.  Pit admission on Saturday is $40 with VIP seating available for $90.

For more information on Oswego Speedway visit online at www.oswegospeedway.com or LIKE on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OswegoSpeedway or FOLLOW on Twitter @OswegoSpeedway.  Those interested in Speedway video programming online can subscribe to the Speedway’s YouTube Channel, ‘OswegoSpeedwayOnline’.

To purchase tickets for the 2016 racing season call the Speedway box office at (315) 342-0646.

Gleason Brothers: A Long Path to Victory Lane

(THOMPSON, CT) – At the age of just 10 and 11, Brent and Jesse Gleason could be found circling a makeshift dirt go-kart track carved into their Uncle’s backyard. Regularly the two would take to the track until their not so friendly neighbors had the track shut down due to noise complaints. This was just the start for a pair of brothers who are best friends and have now both etched their names into the Thompson Speedway history books as feature event winners.

So it was on to the next adventure, which was a legend car arrive and drive event at Waterford Speedbowl. Jesse, the older of the two Gleason boys by just over a year, was old enough to hop aboard the speed regulated legend car and turn some laps around the shoreline oval. After turning some efficient lap times the boys got back in the family car as dad drove them home.

When they got home, they affixed a homemade splint on Jesse and added some bandages just for visual effect. The story they told Mom was that he had crashed the car. As you would expect Mom didn’t exactly see the fun in the joke, but it may have just set in motion a chain of actual crashes and bad luck that made Brent’s path to victory lane full of trials.

Jesse started racing at Waterford a few years earlier and once Brent was old enough to get into the pits he served as a crewmember. In 2003 while in college, Brent purchased an X-Car for only $400, added a seat, seat belts, and a fuel cell and he was off to the races.

The second night out, Brent found himself head on into the front stretch wall with another car buried into the right side of his machine.

“The door bars from the right side door where about 6 inches from my seat,” recalled Brent. “When the grandstand starts cheering when you get out you know you hit pretty hard.”

Brent stayed out of the driver’s seat until 2008, but in the interim after his own struggles at the Speedbowl, Jesse decided to turn his focus to Thompson. He found success by winning 15 races in the span of 10 years including five victories in 2012 which was enough for a runner-up finish in the final standings, with assistance from Brent.

When Brent finally got the itch to return to the driver’s seat he was working part-time as a mailman, and the finances were in place to go racing. He chose to start in the mini-stock division where it was a struggle from the start. Before the first three races were up he had already replaced a piston in the engine and as he tried to figure out the track setup, he allowed Jesse to jump behind the wheel. Big mistake.

In the middle of the practice round, Jesse got loose on some oil and spun sideways directly in front of another car which t-boned the newly finished mini-stock. It took Brent until 2009 to rebuild the car and get back on the track, but his return wasn’t met with welcoming arms. Instead, motor problems plagued the operation and it was as Brent describes it, “headache after headache.”

Still Brent pressed on and was not deterred from his misfortune and continued with the mini-stocks until 2013, earning a career best finish of second along the way. Eventually, he had enough and it was time to shift gears and head in a new direction.

A few years prior, engine builder Terry Brick brought over an extra chassis and the Gleason’s stored it in the back yard under a tarp with no idea what to do with it. Brent dug it out, cut the cage off the frame and built a Limited Sportsman from the ground up. The original car was an old Late Model chassis so a new frame was added and the final touches were completed at 2am the night before the season ending World Series.

After coming home a respectable 14th in the car’s debut, Brent soon found out his wife was expecting their first child and the car had to go. He sold everything, including the tools and spare parts to his dad and older brother who went racing in 2014 as Brent sat on the sidelines helping on the crew once again.

Right about the time his son was born he earned a full time job at the Post Office at the end of 2014.

“Driving 5 mph between mailboxes all day gets really boring,” said Gleason. “You can’t drive with any aggression you have to be nice and cordial so people don’t think your crazy.”

Soon after, Dad came around and offered Jesse a frame along with whatever spare parts he could scrounge up. It was back to burning the midnight oil once again as over the winter. Brent put every nut and bolt of the car together in his garage without insulation in the walls and uneven floor.

At the last minute, the car was finished and off to the track he went, but the gremlins of the mini-stock days returned. This time it was constant brake issues that hindered his success on the track. Meanwhile later that season, the beloved “tarp car” was finally sitting in victory lane with Jesse behind the wheel, but Brent was still winless as he continued to fight mechanical issues.

As 2015 progressed, Jesse hurt a motor in practice and Brent decided to give up his car to his brother. Big mistake number two, maybe. Three laps in, Jesse wrecked the car bad enough that it would need a new clip. However, in the exchange they swapped motors in the two cars and after sitting several races out, Brent returned with a fresh power plant and a new front clip.

Then it clicked. During the extra distance event this season, all of a sudden they found speed in Brent’s home built car. Jesse found himself yet again in trouble, with his car damaged enough to put him on the sidelines and the tables turned as he became a crewmember for the younger Brent for the first time.

“It was exactly reverse,” said Jesse. “He was my Maurice Petty and I was Richard and now I am Maurice and he is Richard and I’m crewing for him for now. He has passion to do something with driving he has something to prove. “

On June 15, the dream became a reality as Brent Gleason drove to victory lane for the first time in a car built by a mailman moonlighting as a chassis builder.

“When you have a brother like Jesse driving your cars, you learn to fix them and fix them quick if you want to be competitive,” said Brent.

Jesse announced his retirement at the start of the season to focus on expanding his antique business and has accomplished the goal he set at the start, see Brent go to victory lane. After tasting victory, Brent is hungry for more. Jesse will return Saturday night driving in one of the Waterman family cars and is expected to return with his own car before the end of the season. You can be sure that Brent won’t be giving up the keys to his ride anytime soon.

Racing returns to Thompson Speedway’s oval on Saturday, July 19 as part of the For the Fans Night. Tickets are only $12 with grandstands opening at 3:30pm. The event also features Ladies Night with all female crew members, officials, or family members will be invited to a BBQ at 5pm. The event will also count toward O’Reilly Auto Parts Triple Crown points for the Limited Sportsman and Mini Stock competitors.

Evergreen Raceway Releases Upcoming Schedule Changes

By: Gene Ostrowski

July 5, 2016

St. Johns, PA (7/5/2016)- Due to the number of divisions that have been run during the hot summer months, the staff at Evergreen Raceway has decided to trim back on the number of divisions.

“Honestly, when we put the schedule together during the winter we were worried more about getting the schedule out quickly and didn’t consider how hot the middle of summer could be for the fans and racers.”, noted speedway promoter, Jason Makarewicz.

He continued, “Our plan is to give a division or two off on a rotating basis. A long day in the heat is rough on everyone and tempers definitely seem to flare more when drivers are out battling for wins in it.”

The division that is now scheduled off this Sunday, July 10 is the Street Stocks. The Pro Stocks and Factory Stocks will be off on Sunday, July 17. The Mid Season Championship for Pro Stocks and Factory Stocks will now take place during their next regularly scheduled event.

The track has added Enduro dates for the first Sunday of August (7th), September (4th) and October (2nd). They will take place instead of the regular shows on those dates. The last Enduro of the season is slated for Saturday, October 29. Pre registration for the August 7th Enduro will be available at the end of this week.

Continuous behind the scenes track improvements have been happening and coming this Sunday, the fans should begin to feel a little cooler, as the track crew has begun covering portions of the grandstands.

The next Evergreen Raceway event is slated for Sunday, July 10 with the Evergreen Modifieds, Late Models, Factory Stocks and Four Cylinders, PLUS Kids Big Wheel Races.   G

randstand admission is just $8. Children 10 years of age and younger are admitted for free with a paying adult. Pit gates will open at 10:30 AM. Practice will kick off at 12:30 PM and the first heat race will roll out at 2:00 PM. The grandstands open at noon.

Evergreen Raceway is located minutes from Hazleton, PA, in between routes 93 and 309. For more information regarding Evergreen Raceway, including the entire season schedule, directions and divisional payouts, please visit www.evergreenracewaypark.com and don’t forget to like their Facebook page as well.

Evergreen Raceway is proud to be associated with Harry’s U Pull It, Penn’s Peak Radio, Sour Apple Auto & Customs, CK Auto Service & Race Fab, Himmer Graphics, Valve Tech Sales, Penn’s Peak, Printers Edge, Electric Frog Designs, Cargill of Hazleton, Tito Juice & RockAuto.com.