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NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Returning to Oswego for Third Consecutive Season

Photo : Michael Jaworecki Myrascenews

OSWEGO, NY (November 25, 2017) – For the third time in as many years, NASCAR will return to Oswego Speedway as part of the 62nd running of Budweiser International Classic Weekend when the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour ‘Classic’ 150 will commence on Saturday, September 1.

Since making its return to the speedway in 2016 after a nearly thirty year absence, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour has seen two 150-lap events at the Steel Palace presented by Toyota and McDonald’s with defending series champion Doug Coby as well as pavement specialist and rising NASCAR Xfinity Series star Ryan Preece each going to victory lane.

September 2018 will mark only the 11th appearance by the tour in speedway history as the Mighty Modifieds will be joined by the International Supermodified Association ‘Supernationals’ 60 for the Winged Warriors as this newly formed Saturday night tradition will again take place on Classic Weekend.

“For the past two seasons, we’ve been lucky enough to kick off our Classic Weekend feature events with a headliner between the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and the ISMA Supermodifieds,” said track owner John Torrese. “This is a re-established tradition we’ve received great feedback on and hope to continue for many years to come. Its encouraging to see some of the best Modified drivers in the country come here to compete for the right to be called Classic champion. The tour provides a great addition to one of the biggest weekends in pavement racing and a fantastic show for our fans.”

In the past two events, Coby and Preece have each etched their names into Oswego’s storied history books as first time winners, while Preece received the honors of being the 50th different Modified winner in track history last September while piloting the Maynard Troyer tribute No. 6 car.

Notably, Matt Hirschman also set the tour record for time, grabbing the pole position with a blistering quick lap of 17.460 seconds in his Pee Dee Motorsports No. 60 machine on September 2nd of 2017.

The tour has visited Upstate New York on only a mere ten occasions in the past two decades, making stops at Watkins Glen International, Holland International, Chemung Speedrome, Spencer Speedway, Adirondack International Speedway, and of course at Oswego, with the only other stop in New York State taking place at Riverhead Raceway on Long Island.

Oswego’s Budweiser International Classic Weekend will officially kick-off on Friday, August 31 with ‘Fast Friday’ pole-day qualifications for the Supermodifieds and Small Block Supers plus preliminary action for the SBS division along with the return of the Party in the Pits.

Saturday, September 1 will feature the NWMT ‘Classic’ 150 alongside the Bud Light ISMA Super Nationals making for over 200-laps of main event action on ‘Super Saturday.’

As done for the past six decades, the 62nd running of the Budweiser International Classic 200 for the Supermodifieds will cap off this action-packed weekend on Sunday, September 2, with the Bud Light SBS Classic 75 yet again set to join the International Classic on the same day for only the fourth time since 2008.

Individual ticket pricing as well as weekend pass information for the 62nd annual Budweiser International Classic Weekend will be made available next month.

The full 2018 event schedule for Oswego Speedway has now been made available under the ‘Schedule’ tab on the track’s website.

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About Oswego Speedway: Oswego Speedway, a sports entertainment company, is a 5/8 mile semi-banked pavement racing oval located off the shores of Lake Ontario in scenic Oswego, NY. Oswego Speedway has been a continuously run weekly racing venue since August, 1951. The premier open-wheel pavement short track cars in the world, Supermodifieds, run weekly at Oswego Speedway making Oswego the only weekly Supermodified racing venue in the world. The Small Block Supermodifieds accompany the full blown Supers on a weekly Saturday night schedule which runs from May through September. Oswego Speedway is mentioned in racing circles as the “Indy of the East,” as no fewer than a dozen past and present competitors have competed at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway including Mario Andretti, arguably the greatest driver of all time, two-time Indy 500 champion Gordon Johncock, along with former International Classic Champions Bentley Warren, Joe Gosek, and Davey Hamilton.

2017 62nd annual Budweiser International Classic Weekend at Oswego Speedway:

FRIDAY, August 31: Oswego Supermodified and SBS Open Practice, International Classic 200 and SBS Classic 75 ‘Fast Friday’ Time Trials, ‘Party in the Pits’

SATURDAY, September 1: NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour 150, ISMA Supermodified ‘Supernationals’ 60

SUNDAY, September 2: Budweiser International Classic 200 for Supermodifieds, Bud Light Classic 75 for Small Block Supers

MONDAY, September 3: Weekend Rain Date

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour History at Oswego Speedway (Race by Race):

May 27, 1988: Reggie Ruggiero (Pole Position), Brian Ross (Winner)

July 2, 1988: Tony Hirschman (Pole Position), Brian Ross (Winner)

August 6, 1988: Mike McLaughlin (Pole Position), Mike McLaughlin (Winner)

September 3, 1988: Mike McLaughlin (Pole Position), George Kent (Winner)

May 28, 1989: Jan Leaty (Pole Position), Tony Hirschman (Winner)

July 1, 1989: Mike McLaughlin (Pole Position), Tony Hirschman (Winner)

August 5, 1989: Mike McLaughlin (Pole Position), Mike Stefanik (Winner)

September 2, 1989: Mike Stefanik (Pole Position), Tony Hirschman (Winner)

September 3, 2016: Bobby Santos (Pole Position), Doug Coby (Winner)

September 2, 2017: Matt Hirschman (Pole Position), Ryan Preece (Winner)

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour History at Oswego Speedway (Winners):

Tony Hirschman (3)

Brian Ross (2)

Mike McLaughlin (1)

George Kent (1)

Mike Stefanik (1)

Doug Coby (1)

Ryan Preece (1)

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour History at Oswego Speedway (Pole Winners):

Mike McLaughlin (4)

Reggie Ruggiero (1)

Tony Hirschman (1)

Jan Leaty (1)

Mike Stefanik (1)

Bobby Santos (1)

Matt Hirschman (1)


Accomplishments to be recognized and honored at Genesee River Restaurant & Reception Center-

 Mount Morris, NY – (November 17, 2017) – The Race of Champions Series family of participants, officials and fans will gather at the Genesee River Restaurant & Reception Center in Mount Morris (NY) for a spectacular evening of awards and accolades.  The conclusion of the successful 2017 season will be highlighted by the distribution of 56 different awards to 50 drivers and teams in five different divisions of competition on January 13, 2018.

Honored as series champions will be Mike Leaty of Ontario, NY (Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series), Tim Gullo of Elmira, NY (Race of Champions Super Stock), Tommy Catalano of Ontario, NY (Race of Champions Sportsman Modified and Race of Champions Late Models), and Chad Chevalier of Port Colborne, Ontario, CAN (Race of Champions 602 Dirt Sportsman Modified).  Many others will receive special recognition, in addition to recognizing the accomplishments of all, for an entire season of passion and dedication.

Scott Wylie of Blasdell, NY, Dylan Davidson of Saint Catharines, Ontario, CAN and Joel Gleason of Webster, NY will be recognized for having earned Race of Champions Rookie-of-the-Year honors for the 2017 season.

                Point fund contributions come from Hoosier Racing Tire, Sunoco Race Fuels, the US Army, Colton RV, Presque Isle Downs and Casino and TDH Refrigeration.

       will present the Most Popular Driver Awards which will be revealed that evening along with other special Race of Champions recognition awards.

                Noted New York racing announcer Mike Mallett of Brewerton, NY, will be the Master of Ceremonies.

The celebration will begin at 6 p.m., with dinner and awards at 7 p.m., along with a DJ for dancing and post-dinner entertainment. The Genesee River Restaurant & Reception Center is located at 134 North Main Street, Mount Morris, NY 14510.

                Tickets for the event will be $45 and the deadline to purchase tickets is January 6, 2018. Inquiries in regard to tickets may be made by e-mailing The celebration will be open to all ages.

                Hotel accommodations can be acquired at the Country Inn & Suites, 130 North Main Street, Route 36, Mount Morris, NY 14510. Rooms are available within the Race of Champions room block at a special rate of $100. per night when you mention the “Race of Champions 2017 Season Celebration.”

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List of Award Recipients;


Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series;                                       Race of Champions Asphalt Sportsman Series;

1.)      Mike Leaty, Williamson, N.Y.                                                 1.) Tommy Catalano, Ontario, N.Y.

2.)      Patrick Emerling, Orchard Park, N.Y.                                      2.) Andy Jankowiak, Tonawanda, N.Y.

3.)      Andy Jankowiak, Tonawanda, N.Y.                                         3.) Scott Wylie, Blasdell, N.Y.

4.)      Tommy Catalano, Ontario, N.Y.                                             4.) Chuck Hossfeld, Ransomville, N.Y.

5.)      George Skora, Eden, N.Y.                                                       5.) Patrick Emerling, Orchard Park, N.Y.

6.)      Matt Hirschman, Northampton, Pa.                                      6.) Shawn Nye, Bowmansville, N.Y.

7.)      Tyler Rypkema, Owego, N.Y.                                                  7.) Amy Catalano, Ontario, N.Y.

8.)      Chuck Hossfeld, Ransomville, N.Y.                                         8.) Neil Dietz, Holland, N.Y.

9.)      Austin Kochenash, Danielsville, Pa.                                        9.) Connor Sellars, Owego, N.Y.

10.)   Daren Scherer, Binghamton, N.Y.                                          10.) Tyler Rypkema, Owego, N.Y.

11.)   Bryan Sherwood, Binghamton, N.Y.

12.)   Amy Catalano, Ontario, N.Y.

13.)   Daryl Lewis, Ontario, N.Y.

14.)   Karl Hehr, Cheektowaga, N.Y.

15.)   Scott Wylie, Blasdell, N.Y.

Race of Champions Dirt Sportsman 602 Modified Series;                    Race of Champions Asphalt Late Model Series;


1.)      Chad Chevalier, Port Colborne, Ontario                                  1.) Tommy Catalano, Ontario, N.Y.

2.)      Brad Rouse, St. Catharines, Ontario                                      2.) Sammy Fullone, North Collins, N.Y.

3.)      Adam Leslie, Port Colborne, Ontario                                      3.) Terry Weldy, Clarence, N.Y.

4.)      Luke Carleton, Port Colborne, Ontario                                    4.) Bobby Weber, Clarence, N.Y.

5.)      Cody McPherson, St. Catharines, Ontario                              5.) Frank Batista, Jr., Alden, N.Y.

6.)      Dylan Davidson, St. Catharines, Ontario

7.)      Jay Mallory, St. Catharines, Ontario                                       Race of Champions “Rookie-of-the-Year” Awards;

8.)      Tyler Puchalski, Port Colborne, Ontario

9.)      Justin Sharp, St. Catharines, Ontario                                     Scott Wylie, Blasdell, N.Y. – Modifieds

10.)   Jordan Cosco, St. Catharines, Ontario                                    Dylan Davidson, St. Catharines, Ontario – 602 Sportsman

Joel Gleason, Webster, N.Y. – Super Stocks

Race of Champions Super Stock Series;                                                (Note: First year of Asphalt Sportsman, Late Model

                                                                                                                Series, therefore no eligible rookies)

1.)      Tim Gullo, Elmira, N.Y.

2.)      Josh Hunter, Angola, N.Y.                                                       TDH Refrigeration “Coolest Move” Super Stock (3 race)

3.)      Joe Mancuso, Buffalo, N.Y.

4.)      Joel Gleason, Webster, N.Y.                                                   1.) Tim Gullo, Elmira, N.Y.

5.)      Rob Misczak, Springville, N.Y.                                                2.) Rob Misczak, Springville, N.Y.

6.)      Bobby Schosek, Strykersville, N.Y.                                          3.) Zach Willis, Williamson, N.Y.

7.)      Dana Novoa, Springville, N.Y.

8.)      Zach Willis, Williamson, N.Y.

9.)      Vern Hedderick, Erie, Pa.

10.)   Tommy Reese, West Seneca, N.Y.

2018 Schedule Announced For NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour

Photo: Michael Jaworecki Myracenews

Season Opener Returns To Myrtle Beach; New Hampshire Extra-Distance Event On Tap

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will take the green flag on the 2018 season at South Carolina’s Myrtle Beach Speedway in March, and the schedule will feature 16 championship points races at nine different venues.

The champion will once again be crowned at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, as the .625-mile hosts the 56th Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing on Sunday, Oct. 14.

The calendar spotlight’s some of the northeast’s iconic short tracks, includes three fast southern venues and features the longest distance race in tour history as the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour takes center stage at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in September for a 250-lap showdown.

“Year in and year out, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour puts on some of the most exciting and pulse-pounding action in racing, and we are looking forward to the 2018 season,” said Jim Cassidy, NASCAR vice president of racing operations. “We’ve made some tweaks in the dates to alleviate some of the schedule congestion and better help teams work through the season. In 2017, we saw six drivers enter the final race of the season with a shot at the title, and we’re eager to watch that high level of competition continuing next season.”

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour’s return to Seekonk Speedway in Massachusetts has been moved from August to June 2. The date change means the tour will only have one instance where it will race three weeks in a row, and will have at least a weekend off between races on 10 different occasions.

Last year, the tour began its new unified era with the season opener at Myrtle Beach. South Carolina’s semi-banked half-mile oval held its first NASCAR event in 1958, and will once again host the opener on Saturday, March 17.

Earlier this summer, NASCAR and New Hampshire Motor Speedway announced the tour will be the headliner on Saturday, Sept. 22 as part of a special event that will also include the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and NASCAR Pinty’s Series.

The NASCAR Whelen Modifeid Tour will also visit New Hampshire in July with a championship points race as well as the annual invitational, non-points All-Star Shootout. The tour will also be part of the national series weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway in August.

After Myrtle Beach, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will return to New England for two of the staple weekends of the early racing season: The 44rd Annual Icebreaker at Thompson and the 47th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler at Connecticut’s Stafford Motor Speedway.

The tour will make four stops at Thompson, and three at Stafford.

The tour schedule also features two races at Long Island’s Riverhead Raceway, a bullring known for their high-intensity, close-quarters Modified action, as well as return trips to New York’s Oswego Speedway and Virgina’s Langley Speedway in Hampton.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour television broadcast schedule on NBCSN will be announced at a later date.


Date Track Location
17-Mar Myrtle Beach Speedway Myrtle Beach, S.C.
8-Apr Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Thompson, Conn.
29-Apr Stafford Motor Speedway Stafford, Conn.
2-June Seekonk Speedway Seekonk, Mass.
13-June Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Thompson, Conn.
23-June Langley Speedway Hampton, Va.
7-July Riverhead Raceway Riverhead, N.Y.
20-July New Hampshire Motor Speedway* Loudon, N.H.
21-July New Hampshire Motor Speedway Loudon, N.H.
3-Aug Stafford Motor Speedway Stafford, Conn.
8-Aug Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Thompson, Conn.
15-Aug Bristol Motor Speedway Bristol, Tenn.
1-Sep Oswego Speedway Oswego, N.Y..
8-Sep Riverhead Raceway Riverhead, N.Y.
22-Sep New Hampshire Motor Speedway Loudon, N.H.
30-Sep Stafford Motor Speedway Stafford, Conn.
14-Oct Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Thompson, Conn.

*non-points, special events