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NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour’s 2015 Success Builds Momentum

  • Car Counts Up an Average of Five Per Event
  • TV Viewership Increased 41-Percent

 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 5, 2016) – Buoyed by the intense on-track competition and an ascending television and online following, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour is riding high into the 2016 season.

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When Doug Coby emerged from the closest championship battle in 31 years of Whelen Modified Tour competition last fall at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, it punctuated one of the most prosperous seasons in the tour’s history. The 2015 success stories are already bearing fruit for 2016.

Upstate New York’s Oswego Speedway and Southeastern Massachusetts’ Seekonk Speedway will welcome the Whelen Modified Tour back to their markets for the first time in decades. Likewise, a host of drivers have expressed or announced intent to either join or rejoin tour competition, while others are looking to increase their frequency of participation from 2015.

Here’s a look back at the 2015 competition, sponsorship and consumption highlights:

Competition

  • Coby, Ryan Preece and Woody Pitkat entered the season finale separated by just four points in the closest championship competition since the Whelen Modified Tour was born in 1985.
  • The championship was tight from start to finish. The only time the margin between first and second place reached double figures was on the final day of the season.
  • The final championship margin of 11 points for Coby over Preece was tied for the third-closest in tour history. Coby also edged Preece by 11 in 2012.
  • Coby became just the third driver in Whelen Modified Tour history to earn three career titles.
  • With championship podium finishes in each of the past four seasons, Preece parlayed his Whelen Modified Tour success to a full-time NASCAR XFINITY Series ride for 2016.
  • The 15 championship events featured an average car count of 31.2, up from 26.5 in 2014. It was the highest average since 31.6 in 2010.
  • Those 15 events featured an average of 6.5 lead changes, the second-highest mark this decade.

Contingency Sponsorship

  • Hoosier Tire, the official tire supplier of the Whelen Modified and Whelen Southern Modified Tours, increased their commitment by adding three new contingency awards per race that did not exist in previous seasons.
  • Between the Hoosier Tire Lap Leader Award, Hoosier Tire Fastest Lap Award and Hoosier Tire Most Improved Driver Award, 13 different drivers earned 45 of the new awards.
  • With 11 different contingency awards up for grabs each race, a total of 165 were handed out during the campaign.

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  • In NBCSN’s first season as the official television partner of NASCAR’s regional touring series, the network televised a combined 14 events between the Whelen Modified and Whelen Southern Modified Tours in 2015.
  • The 14 telecasts provided triple the exposure of the open wheel divisions from 2014.
  • The expanded coverage resulted in a 41-percent increase in unique viewers over the previous season.

Online Presence

  • NASCAR’s regional touring and weekly series’ official website, NASCARHomeTracks.com, earned a 10-percent increase in unique visitors and an eight-percent bump in page views in 2015 compared to the previous season.
  • Modified fans once again showed that they’re among the best consumers of news in the sport as the Whelen Modified Tour’s home page was the most viewed series page in 2015 on NASCARHomeTracks.com.
  • Outside of the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing from New Smyrna Speedway in February, the Whelen Modified Tour also produced the three most followed events during the remainder of the year from the site’s Race Central Live coverage.

NASCAR unveiled the 2016 schedule in mid-December. With the addition of Oswego and Seekonk, the slate features 17 points events, the most dates since 2005. The Whelen Modified Tour campaign will begin on April 10 at Thompson as the headlining event of the 42nd Annual Icebreaker weekend

60th International Classic Weekend & Oswego Speedway Season Tickets Now on Sale

OSWEGO, NY (January 27, 2016) – Oswego Speedway officials announced this week season ticket pricing and 60th annual Budweiser International Classic Weekend ticket packages, which for the first time in several years are available for under $100.

Fans are now able to visit Oswego Speedway’s box office MondayThursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to reserve their seats for the entire season or specific Budweiser Classic Weekend packages, to get a jumpstart on 2016.

General admission and reserved seating grandstand packages are available as well as season long VIP tower suite packaging and pit passes for the Speedway’s 2016 regular season.  Season ticket packages will again carry an option to include Budweiser International Classic Weekend, as well as Race of Champions Weekend tickets in your overall purchase.

Pricing for 2016 grandstand and pit area season tickets will see a decrease from 2014 and 2015.

This year’s grandstand packages will again include a ‘Regular Season’ pass as well as a ‘Classic Weekend Season’ pass and a ‘Full Season’ pass – which includes Race of Champions Weekend.

‘Regular Season’ grandstand packages will be priced at $200 for general admission seating and $250 for reserved seating.  This package includes all racing events at the Speedway with the exception of Budweiser International Classic Weekend and Race of Champions Weekend.

‘Classic Weekend Season’ passes for the grandstand area will be set at $285 for general admission seating and $340 in reserved seating.  This package includes all racing events at the Speedway with the exception of only Race of Champions Weekend.

‘Full Season’ passes for the grandstand are will be set at $355 for general admission seating and $415 in reserved seating.  This package includes all racing events at the Speedway in 2016, including Race of Champions Weekend.

A $30 senior citizen discount is available on all grandstand packages for those aged 60 and up.

Season pit passes will also again be split between ‘Regular Season’ passes, ‘Classic Weekend Season’ passes, and ‘Full Season’ passes.

‘Regular Season’ pit passes will be set at $325 in 2016, with ‘Classic Weekend Season’ pit passes marked at $450.

‘Full Season’ pit passes, including Race of Champions Weekend, are set at $525.

Yearlong admission to the beautiful Oswego Speedway VIP area, which includes entry onto the breathtaking Speedway sky deck high above the grandstand, is available for regular season events at only $800.  This price includes all you can eat food and beverage, air-conditioned seating, closed circuit HD television coverage of the racing, and a free Speedway program.

In honor of Oswego Speedway’s 60th annual Budweiser International Classic Weekend, running from September 2-4, the Speedway has put together updated grandstand seating packages, with two options available for under $100 for the entire weekend.

A two day general admission pass, which includes Saturday’s NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour 150 and ISMA’s Super Nationals 60, as well as Sunday’s Pathfinder Bank SBS Classic 75 and the Budweiser International Classic 200, will be available for only $90.

A two day reserved pass, including all of the above, is available for only $95.

Fans that purchase either a Saturday/Sunday combo general admission or Saturday/Sunday combo reserved seat will receive a free voucher to Friday night’s action which will include open practice, Budweiser International Classic and SBS Classic pole day time trials, as well as SBS Classic heat races.

Individual Classic ticket prices include ‘Fast Friday’ pole day qualifying which will feature general admission seating only, priced at just $5, inviting fans to come in and enjoy the day and night’s action into the front grandstand, before moving to the infield for the annual Party in the Pits.

The infield Party in the Pits is free to spectators, following on track action on Friday.

A one day Saturday pass will be set at $45 general admission and $50 reserved.

Sunday’s passes, with the addition of the SBS Classic 75, will remain the same as in previous years with general admission seating available for $55 and reserved seating at $60.

A Saturday/Sunday pit pass will be available for $100, with a three day pass available at $125.

Kids 5 and under are admitted free to Classic Weekend for general admission grand stand seating with three day general admission seating for kids 6-16 available for only $30.

Individual seating for kids aged 6-16 is also available for $5 on Friday, $20 on Saturday, and $15 on Sunday.

Reserved seating for kids 16 and under is full price.

Classic Weekend tickets will be made available at the Speedway’s will call window.
For more information on Oswego Speedway, as well as complete ticketing information, be sure to visit www.oswegospeedway.com. You can also LIKE the (Official) Oswego Speedway page on facebook.com/OswegoSpeedway, or
FOLLOW on Twitter @OswegoSpeedway.
To purchase tickets or to order merchandise please call the Speedway box office at (315) 342-0646.


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.
2016 – 60th annual Budweiser International Classic Weekend Ticket Pricing

Friday, September 2:
*Front Grandstand General Admission Seating Only

Open Practice, Budweiser International Classic Time Trials, Bud Light SBS Classic Time Trials, Bud Light SBS Classic Heat Races
Front Grandstand General Admission Seating Only: $5
*Saturday/Sunday Ticket Holders – FREE
Kids 6-16 General Admission: $5
Kids 5 and under General Admission: FREE
Pit Pass: $30


Saturday, September 3:
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour 150, ISMA Super Nationals 60
Front/Rear General Admission Seating: $45
Front/Rear Reserved Seating: $50
Kids 6-16 General Admission: $20
Kids 5 and under General Admission: FREE
Pit Pass: $55


Sunday, September 4:
Budweiser International Classic 200, Bud Light SBS Classic 75
Front/Rear General Admission Seating: $55
Front/Rear Reserved Seating: $60
Kids 6-16 General Admission: $15
Kids 5 and under General Admission: FREE
Pit Pass: $65


Saturday/Sunday General Admission Combo (w/ FREE Friday Pass):
Front/Rear Grandstand: $90

Saturday/Sunday Reserved Admission Combo (w/FREE Friday Pass):
Front/Rear Grandstand: $95

Saturday/Sunday Pit Pass Combo:
2-Day Pit Pass: $100

Friday/Saturday/Sunday Pit Pass Combo:
3-Day Pit Pass: $125

 2016 – Season Ticket Options

‘Regular Season’ Pass:
General Admission: $200
Reserved Seating: $250
Pit Pass: $325
VIP Seating: $700
* Includes all Speedway racing events except Classic Weekend and Race of Champions Weekend

‘Classic Weekend Season’ Pass:
General Admission: $285
Reserved Seating: $340
Pit Pass: $450
* Includes all Speedway racing events except Race of Champions Weekend

‘Full Season’ Pass:
General Admission: $355
Reserved Seating: $415
Pit Pass: $525
* Includes ALL Speedway racing events

Oswego Speedway Display to be Featured in Pennsylvania’s 2016 Motorsports Racecar & Trade Show

OSWEGO, NY (January 11, 2016) – Oswego Speedway, the Home of Supermodifieds, is proud to play a part in the 31st edition of the Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports 2016 Racecar & Trade Show Fueled by Sunoco Race Fuels and Distributed by Insinger Performance taking place at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA from January 22-24.

With preparations underway for its 66th consecutive season of racing at the ‘Steel Palace’, Oswego Speedway will be armed with two beautiful racing machines to help promote its upcoming 2016 racing calendar.

With the Speedway’s announced return of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour to the fast 5/8 mile during Oswego’s 60th annual International Classic Weekend on Saturday, September 3, Speedway officials are proud to pass on that Doug Coby’s 2015 NASCAR Whelen Modified championship racer will be on display in the Speedway’s booth for the duration of the Motorsports 2016 show.

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Doug Coby at Riverhead Raceway (Michael Jaworecki Photo)

Coby, a 3-time champion of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, won seven races in 2015 on route to his third championship driving the Mike Smeriglio III owned, Dunleavy’s Truck & Trailer Repair No. 2, with the aid of crew chief Phil Moran.

The Coby machine will no doubt be a show highlight, but when paired with the fastest non-wing Novelis Supermodified in history, the Speedway’s overall display will be a show stopper.

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The Ray Graham owned No. 91 Novelis Supermodified (Bill Taylor Photo)

Joining the Coby NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Championship machine as a part of Oswego’s display will be the No. 91 Graham Racing, Xtreme Chassis, Novelis Supermodified, driven last year in the 59th annual Budweiser International Classic 200 by former NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Champion, Bobby Santos III.

The Ray Graham owned Supermodified is officially the fastest Novelis Supermodified to ever circle Oswego Speedway as the car still holds the non-wing track record of 15.802 seconds at an amazing 142.387mph, set back in 2014.

While visiting the Speedway’s booth to take in these two beautiful machines, race fans will be able to pick up a hard copy of Oswego Speedway’s 2016 schedule, check out race highlights from the 2015 season, as well as take home some discounted Speedway novelty items.

For more information on the Motorsports 2016 Racecar & Trade Show visit online at www.aarn.com.

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.