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NBC’s ‘The Voice’ Competitor Gary Carpentier to Hold Meet and Greet, Perform National Anthems this Saturday at Oswego Speedway

OSWEGO, NY (June 27, 2018) – Gary Carpentier, a 27 year old singer/songwriter from Oswego, who made national debut this past fall on season 13 of NBC’s ‘The Voice,’ will sing both anthems as well as hold a meet and greet as part of the Century 21 Galloway and Oswego D Bus Independence Weekend special at Oswego Speedway this Saturday, June 30.

Carpentier made Central New York proud while scoring a role as a member of Team Adam Levine on The Voice back in October and has since been busy visiting local schools, businesses, and performing all over the country.

Prior to performing the anthems on Saturday night, Carpentier will be in the Oswego Speedway tiki bar located in the turn 1 grandstands to sign autographs and take photos with fans.

The future remains bright for Carpentier as he recently released his first EP titled ‘My Time’ and is working on a brand new album right now before beginning to tour later this year.

For more information, LIKE Gary’s Facebook page at Facebook.com/GaryCarpentierMusic or FOLLOW on Twitter @GaryCarpentier.

Racing action at Oswego Speedway will get underway at 6:15pm this Saturday with group time trials before qualifying heats for the Novelis Supermodified and Pathfinder Bank SBS ‘Grand Prixs’ get the green flag at 6:45pm.

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Oswego Speedway Founders to be Honored

Oswego, NY . . . Harry, George and Bill Caruso, founders of Oswego Speedway, will be memorialized as East Albany Street west of Jim Shampine Drive is recognized as Caruso Bros Blvd at a dedication ceremony on Saturday, June 30th at 4 PM. The dedication will take place at the corner of East Albany St and Shampine Drive just across from the speedway.

The Caruso brothers built Oswego Speedway from an old horse track and opened the famed oval in August 1951 as a 1/3 mile dirt track. It was paved the following year and expanded to its present 5/8 mile course in 1961. While under the guidance of the Caruso brothers, Oswego Speedway was acclaimed as one of the premier short tracks in the U.S. They nurtured the growth and popularity of the ultra-fast supermodifieds by paying the largest weekly purse for a single division in the country. Additionally, they were the first to introduce modern innovations such as the electronic lap counter and scoreboard, they were at the forefront of driver safety with innovations such as corner lights and corner flagmen in radio communication with each other and race officials, and the track was widely recognized has having the best concession stands of any sports venue.

The resolution to recognize the Caruso Bros’ accomplishments was brought before the City of Oswego common council by 6th ward Councilor Ron Tesoriero on Monday, June 11th and was unanimously passed. According to Councilor Tesoriero, “I was excited to sponsor the resolution that was originally brought to the floor by former 4th Ward councilor Shawn Walker. We’re both big Oswego Speedway supporters; I’m currently on a race team and Shawn was a former SBS competitor. Robert Metcalf, an Oswegonian who obviously has a passion for Oswego Speedway and all that it has meant to the community, spearheaded the campaign.”

Upon passage of the resolution Metcalf commented, “I am very pleased that the city embraced my idea. I’ve enlisted talented local artist Matt Hubbard to create a sign with a portrait of the Caruso Bros on one side and a collage on the other side depicting three of the most memorable events in International Classic history to commemorate this iconic event. A special thanks goes out to John Paventy who donated a helmet once warned by Nolan Swift which was raffled off to help fund the cost of the sign. Everyone in Oswego who appreciates the Caruso Bros for building one of the finest short track facilities right in our back yard should be on hand this Saturday (6/30) at 4 PM for the unveiling.”

City of Oswego Mayor Billy Barlow issued this statement: “Oswego Speedway has been one of the cornerstones of tourism for the city since 1957 when the Caruso Bros dreamed up the International Classic. The annual Labor Day Weekend event has put Oswego New York on the motorsports map internationally as the mecca of supermodified racing and our local businesses benefit from the hundreds of thousands of dollars that race fans inject into the community each year. But the positive influence of the Caruso Bros goes far beyond the speedway. As the owners and operators of Northern Steel Corp, Oswego Sheet Metal Works, Speedway Restaurant, Wine Creek Inn and HG&W Realty Corp, they provided hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars in local commerce during their lifetime. This is a well-deserved tribute to the tireless efforts of Harry, George and Bill Caruso.”

Romey Caruso spoke on behalf of the Caruso family; “My father and uncles would be humbled by this honor, but they weren’t much for accolades. It was their passion for auto racing, particularly for supermodified racing, that drove them to make Oswego Speedway a success. And, I’m sure that they would be the first to share their legacy with the dedicated employees, drivers, owners, crew members, volunteers and race fans, all of whom I believe just wanted to be part of this special fraternity. I would personally like to thank Robert Metcalf, who expended a good deal of time and resources, Councilor Ron Tesorierio, former Councilor Shawn Walker, Mayor Barlow, the City of Oswego Common Council, Matt Hubbard, John Paventy and Keith Kostoroski from the City of Oswego DPW for their support and participation to make this memorial a reality.”

Galloway Century 21 and Oswego D-Bus present Independence Weekend ‘Grand Prix’ Features, Fireworks at Oswego Speedway Saturday, June 30

OSWEGO, NY (June 25, 2018) – Following two ‘twin’ format events in three races to begin Oswego Speedway’s ‘Road to the Championship,’ the Novelis Supermodifieds will now compete in their first 75-lap extra distance main of the season alongside a 35-lap special for the Pathfinder Bank SBS as part of this Saturday night’s Independence Weekend ‘Grand Prix’ presented by Galloway Century 21 and Oswego D-Bus.

The start times and schedule of events for June 30 will run off as normally observed on any other regular race night on Oswego Speedway’s 2018 schedule.

Pit gates will open at 3:00pm, grandstands will open for practice at 4:30pm, while group time trials will get underway at 6:15pm. Heat racing action will see Donny Forbes’ green flag promptly at 6:45pm with Pathfinder Bank SBS heat races first and Novelis Supermodified heats to follow shortly thereafter.

Following qualifying action, the Small Block Supers will converge in their 35-lap ‘Grand Prix’ before the 75-lap Supermodified special takes place immediately following the SBS checkered flag.

Also included as part of your admission price is the speedway’s popular fireworks show, which will be held in the pit area shortly after the conclusion of the Supermodified main event. The fireworks will be launched from the grassy area in turn three.

Long before the action gets underway, the second Novelis ‘Fan Can Chase’ of the season is on tap as well. The collection will take place just outside the speedway’s main entrance with the start of hot laps and will continue through fifteen minutes prior to the start of heat racing.

The winner of the 2018 Fan Can Chase will receive his or her choice of two 2019 regular season reserved seat tickets, two 2019 season pit passes, or two 2019 regular season SkyDeck passes for their efforts.

General admission seating is still available for this Saturday night’s action, which marks one of only two extra distance shows on the speedway’s schedule. $17 tickets can be purchased by calling the track box office at (315)-342-0646 while kids 16 and under will still remain free with a paid adult.

This weekend’s race night sponsors Century 21 Galloway Realty and Oswego D Bus have been proudly serving Oswego, New York and surrounding communities for decades.

With over 50 years of service to Oswego County and the Central New York community, Century 21 Galloway Realty has always set the CNY standard.

Century 21 agents cover a wide area, from eastern Wayne County to the furthest parts of Oswego County and south into Syracuse.

Whether you are looking to buy a home or sell a home, Century 21 is always there to provide you the best service possible.

For more information, visit online at Century21Galloway.com to search or sell, phone (315)-342-2111, or stop in the Century 21 offices located at 7 Bridie Square in Oswego.

The Oswego D Bus is a family owned and operated shuttle in service since 2003.

Oswego D Bus takes great pride in being part of the local community and spends much of their spare time giving back through sponsorship as part of special events.

Available as the official Harborfest shuttle or to pick you up after a night on the town, Oswego D Bus can also charter any event that you have planned from weddings, sporting, entertainment, wine tours, and more.

For much more information, visit online at OswegoDBus.com or call (315)-532-3070.

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.

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