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Oswego Speedway & Barry Kingsley Set to Take Part in Finger Lakes Speed World Show in Auburn

OSWEGO, NY (March 15, 2016) – Oswego Speedway Small Block Super veteran Barry Kingsley will display his Team Tapout No. 91 Pathfinder Bank SBS racer in the ‘Steel Palace’ booth as a part of the Finger Lakes Speed World Show at the Finger Lakes Mall in Auburn, NY on March 19 & 20.

Kingsley’s machine is fresh off an appearance last weekend at the 30th annual Motorsports Expo held at the New York State Fairgrounds.

Driving the No. 91, Kingsley finished 12th in the driver standings at Oswego in 2015 with a heat race win and three top five finishes.  A former winner of the Mr. Pathfinder Bank SBS crown, Kingsley is primed for another run at victory lane in 2016 with sponsors The Front Door Tavern, Nice Price Auto Sales, and D&S Landscaping.

The Finger Lakes Speed World Show runs Saturday, March 19 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, March 20 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is free to the public.

Several tracks and organizations will be displaying during the event with a host of activities open to fans.  There will also be prize drawings throughout the show.

The Finger Lakes Mall is located on Route 5/20, west of the city of Auburn.

2016 racing schedules for Oswego Speedway and Oswego Kartway will be available at the show.

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.

 

Osetek Technologies will Field a New Supermodified in 2016 Oswego Competition

CONCORD, NC (March 14, 2016) – Supermodified car owner Chris Osetek has been busy this winter in his Statesville, N.C., shop building a new supermodified for driver Keith Shampine to wheel at Oswego Speedway in 2016.
Production of the chassis began in late 2014 with plans for a 2015 debut at Oswego. Progress slowed once the ’15 racing season began as the Osetek team shifted its focus to their 2012 chassis that Shampine has driven since the 2013 season.
In September, the new car’s production kicked into high gear – including a complete redesign of the front-end from straight-axle to independent – and the car is now entering its final stages of assembly as the Oswego season opener draws closer.
“When I started building the car, independent was not allowed, so we designed it as a straight-axle car,” Osetek said. “When the speedway announced the rule change last year, after a lot of thought I decided to scrap the straight-axle front-end and start over to build an independent chassis. It’s been a lot of research, time and work, and we’re all looking forward to getting on the track this spring.”
A new Enders Racing engine will power the new super while the 2012 chassis will serve as a backup car.
The Osetek Technologies team debuted in 2013 and fought engine problems throughout most of the season. The team began to hit its stride in late 2014 with a pair of top-five finishes, including a second-place finish on August 9, 2014.  The team entered 2015 with high hopes but struggled for most of the year, which ended prematurely Friday of Classic Weekend with a blown engine.
Shampine and the Osetek team are hoping hard work and perseverance will pay off this year with the new chassis and a renewed energy for competition at Oswego Speedway.
Kids 16 and under will again be admitted free at all Speedway events in 2016 with the exception of Budweiser International Classic Weekend and Race of Champions Weekend.
On track activity beings at Oswego Speedway on Saturday, May 7 with the annual open test session for all racing divisions.  Testing will run from 1-5pm on May 7 and is free for spectators to sit in the main grandstand.
Racing action at the Speedway begins on Saturday, May 14 featuring the Speedway’s 66th consecutive opening night highlighted by the Race of Champions Modified Richie Evans Memorial 61 as well as kick-off events for the Novelis Supermodifieds and Pathfinder Bank SBS.
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.

RACERS READY TO TACKLE THE CHALLENGE OF THE RACE OF CHAMPIONS

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Ferris Mowers Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series Preparing for 2016

Elma, N.Y. – (March 11, 2016) – Competitors on the Ferris Mowers Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series Fueled by Sunoco have been preparing through the winter for their 2016 season opener.

That event, the “Break-the-Ice 75” is only weeks away at Mahoning Valley Speedway, on Saturday, April 9.

With the event looming on the horizon, race teams have been preparing for months. Several western New York race teams will be kicking off the season earlier than normal with the 75-lap special event at the challenging quarter-mile paved oval.

“We are looking forward to it and looking forward to having a great season with the Race of Champions Asphalt Series,” said Ransomville, N.Y. driver Chuck Hossfeld. “We have a great team and we truly enjoy getting back on track. Going to Mahoning is going to be one of those events where you aren’t quite sure what’s going to happen. There are so many good cars and tough competitors, it’s a big step for our series and it’ll be a show fans won’t want to miss.”

Hossfeld, a three-time Race of Champions series titlist, will lead a large contingent of drivers to the Pennsylvania oval for the season opener. It’s a time of optimism for all teams because the event opens the door to the traveling series’ point race.

“Our goal is to the put entire season together and book end it with two solid performances at Mahoning,” Hossfeld continued. “We know we have our work cut out for us, but our team will never give up until we reach our goal.”

Patrick Emerling of Orchard Park, N.Y., enjoyed a break-through year in 2015. Solid efforts on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and three Race of Champions series victories established Emerling as a top contender at every track on the schedule.

“Last season was good to us on many fronts, our first win at Shangri-La then to win at Lancaster and our home track Holland International Speedway, it really was an unforgettable year for us. But we are looking forward racing for a series championship this year,” Emerling said. “We feel have all of the tools necessary to compete for wins week in and week out. I like this year’s schedule and I’m looking forward to racing it. Mahoning will present us a unique challenge but we’ll be ready for it.”

Race-winning drivers from 2015 will be returning to compete at a majority of the events. Mike Leaty of Williamson, N.Y., is a race winning and track champion driver who is building on his father Jan’s legacy. Mike Leaty scored his first Race of Champions victory at Oswego (N.Y.) Speedway in 2006 with his most recent trip to victory lane being in the same race last season at the “Steel Palace”.

“We are looking forward to getting going,” Leaty said. “We love Modified racing and we feel we have what it takes to get the job done. Winter is almost over and it’s time to go racing.”

Andy Jankowiak of Tonawanda, N.Y., has established himself as one of the series regulars to beat and 2016 will be no different for the second generation racer. He stood tall in victory lane at Oswego following the Labor Day International Classic weekend race last September and quickly followed up with another win in a southern Modified Series at Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway on the same weekend.

“We rode the roller coaster last year and did the best we could,” began Jankowiak. “Fall was very good to us. Winning at Oswego will forever be a highlight day of my life and for my family. It was incredible. My Uncle Jake (Jankowiak) has been going to Oswego for 30 years so it was great to be able have that kind of emotion behind such a huge accomplishment. We’re dedicated to this program and my passion is Modified racing. I love it. I have never been to Mahoning so that will be interesting, but we will be there and ready to go when April 9 rolls around.”

The 2016 version of the Ferris Mowers Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series Fueled by Sunoco will see competitors adventure to new as well as familiar speedways, pitting them against one another in new and exciting events, as well as those filled with tradition. With new corporate sponsorship, increased media exposure from great partners, anticipation grows for the Mahoning Valley event on April 9.

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The Race of Champions is a sanctioning body presenting Modified and Stock Car racing on asphalt and dirt surfaces throughout the Northeast, with events in New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The 66th annual Race of Champions weekend will take place in 2016 and is the second longest consecutive auto-racing event in North America, second only to the Indianapolis 500.