Category Archives: Oswego Speedway

The 2018 NASCAR WMT Season Gets Back to the Track at Myrtle Beach

It seems like  the 2017  NASCAR WMT season was just put in the books,  Doug Coby driving the #2 Mayhew Tools LFR chassis Modified notched another championship. Ryan Preece driving the #6 TS Haulers Troyer won the owners championship for Eddie  Partridge, the first time that the owners championship did not belong to the championship drivers car owner.

But that was 5 long months ago.  As the northeast digs out of its its  3rd Nor’easter in 10 days NASCAR WMT teams from New England and all over the east coast have made their way to the state of South Carolina  for the  start the 2018 season at Myrtle Beach Speedway.

30 teams from up and down the east coast have entered the only event in the state of South Carolina,  we will have a final car count later this morning.

We had a chance to talk to three people who will be a big part of the upcoming NASCAR WMT season.

Doug Coby 2017 Champion:

We are ready for the 2018 opener.  2 LFR cars are ready and by the time we get to the Icebreaker at Thompson a 3rd LFR car should be ready giving us a solid stable of cars to look to win a 6th championship.

Mayhew Tools is back for a second season as the primary sponsor of the team and are very happy with the relationship. Mayhew is a 160-year-old company and has used racing the last 2 years for brand awareness and name recognition. Mayhew also likes the TV exposure that the tour gives them and the huge rolling billboard that the hauler for the #2 takes to the track

Doug spoke about last year’s 5th championship. When we asked if he was confident on championship #5 after his early season troubles his answer was if I said yes, I would be lying. He didn’t think he had a shot to continue the championship streak until Stafford in August when he finished second to Ryan Preece.

We asked Doug if he feels the teams that go to Fla. have an advantage In February and why his team does not head south. Doug said that absolutely some of his competitors get a small advantage as they work the bugs out of new equipment, but work commitments keep him up north.

Doug  won his 5th championship in unusual style. 2017 he flipped flopped his successful tracks with tracks he normally did poorly. NHMS and Thompson were not his best tracks in 2017 which is very unusual.  Putting aside the Icebreaker at Thompson where he barely made 1 lap being caught up in a wreck he feels the completion has really stepped up at those tracks closing that gap.

Riverhead which for many years was a thorn in his side including the 2013 when his throttle hung during his time trial run costing him a race and probably a chance at a championship. That changed last year he came away with a 2nd and a 3rd and feels the focus on getting better at Riverhead helped those finishes.

Last year Doug won only 1 race, the first time with that total since 2014, we asked Doug if he felt he could increase that number this year. Doug said they come to the track with the mentality to win each race and this year would be no different so he hopes he can increase that number.

This season Doug will have a few new crew members and crew members doing different jobs than they had in the past. Doug said many of the crew members are also his friends and have been for many years and that helps

Series Director Jimmy Wilson:

We reached out to Jimmy as we get close to opening day to ask his views on the state the tour for 2018.

Fist we asked Jimmy about his outlook for the 2018 season.

We are very pleased with the scheduling for 2018. With the Seekonk race being moved to June 2nd NASCAR has broken up the long stretch during the summer. With the longest road trip for the teams heading to Bristol it gives them a week off at the end of August before the stretch run to the end of the season.

As far as rules for 2018 there are no major rules changes for the upcoming season

Jimmy is also pleased with the young drivers that are coming up in the series, it bodes for a bright future for the tour.

Two things that Jimmy really likes about the 2028 season are the winners purses , point fund and the new crown jewel event at NHMS.

Whelen Engineering Winner of the Race award has increased this year from $500.00 per race to $3,500.00. That will push the winner of most of the races to a minimum of $10,000. The only races below that will be the 2 Riverhead races plus the Thompson mid-week race. When we spoke about the purse money Jimmy always likes to point out the NASCAR pays more than any tour out there. The purse, bonus and point fund the money is second to none of any Modified tour.

Jimmy is also very excited is the Full Throttle weekend Friday September 21st and September 22nd.  The weekend will feature the WMT, K & N East and for the first time Pinty series from Canada. The winner of the Modified feature will take home a minimum of $25,000. With bonus and announced lap monies a driver who dominates the race and leads many laps could win upwards of $40,000 or more.

We asked about the format of the race and the expected tire count that will be needed. He said there will be a 5-minute break at a lap to be determined. As far as the tires, there will be a Hoosier tire test before the Eastern Propane 100 July 21st to determine the needed compound.  Hoosier had some uncharacteristic issues with the right front tires that they want to resolve before the next WMT race at NHMS.

NHMS will be issuing press releases with more information about the race format as the year progresses. Increased access to the cars and drivers that the fans have not enjoyed in the past will be part of the show. Unfortunately, NHMS lost a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup weekend but they are putting a significant effort into making the WMT/Pinty/K & N as great a weekend as any Cup race they have hosted..

Eddie Partridge owner of the TS Haulers #6:

Eddie took 2 cars to Fla. With Ryan Preece but only came back with 1 intact car.

What is the status of the white #6 that left the park at Bronson Speedway?

“The white #6 was not repairable, Troyer is  building us a new one hopefully to be finished by the Icebreaker. The team will run the 2018 season splitting races between the beautiful new black #6 that they shook down at New Smyrna Speedway and the white #6 that will be delivered shortly.

Ed pointed out that while Ryan Preece is still his full-time driver he will have to miss a minimum of 2 races as Ryan continues to race for Joe Gibbs on the Xfnity Tour.

When asked if Ryan could have a shot at the championship Ed responded that  they  have a shot at the owners championship again Ryan and his fill in,  Jimmy Blewett . Jimmy will drive the car today at  Myrtle Beach and at  one race at Riverhead.

Making the task a little tougher this year, at Thompson Ryan will start last at the Icebreaker after racing at Texas in the Xfinity series on that Saturday. With veteran Jimmy Blewett filing in the team should not miss a beat.


Lastly as we start the 2018 season the tour will have a big void. While there is always great optimism as a season starts, this year there is a feeling something is missing. One of the all-time greats TC Ted Christopher will not be in the field. Teds untimely passing last year left us stunned and saddened.  Ted was not only a great driver but a great friend to many.  Ted touched many with his bumper, his humor, his friendship and his hard as nails attitude. Ted will be missed and surely never  forgotten.


Notes: The Myrtle Beach opener March 17th is called the St Patrick’s Day 300 Race. The program will feature Late Models, Chargers, Super Trucks, Mini Stocks and NASCAR WMT Modified division.

The official entry list-

The NBCSN TV schedule is out, Derick Pernesiglio and company will be back covering the NASCAR WMT starting with the opening day Myrtle Beach race. It will be broadcast the following week Wed. March 21  at 6:00PM on tape delay.

Myracenews will be at the track as the gates open Saturday at 9:30AM and give you updates throughout the day. Follow along on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.


Brad Haynes Turning to Family Owned Small Block in 2018

OSWEGO, NY (March 7, 2018) – The Haynes family has been supporting Oswego Speedway’s Pathfinder Bank SBS division for over ten years now and after a surprise win in the 2015 Bud Light SBS Classic 75 for Bryan wheeling the family owned No. 86; this family oriented operation has been re-energized for the past couple of seasons and even more so now as the start to 2018 draws near.

After spending the past two years driving part time, Brad Haynes, Bryan’s brother, will now take over the role as driver of the family owned No. 86 Nichols Chassis on a regular basis beginning with the speedway’s 68th annual season opener on Saturday, May 26.

“This year I’m switching over to the silver 86 car which I own,” Haynes stated. “It is the same car that Bryan ran with in last year’s Classic and also on and off a little bit during the 2017 season. We want to be as successful as we possibly can with it.  I’m planning on being there as much as my schedule allows including for the opener. It should be an exciting season.”

Last year, Haynes drove the Ron Pratt owned No. 88, formerly owned by Bryan, to one top five finish in a few brief stints behind the wheel throughout 2017. The Pratt No. 88 will now potentially see Bryan step in as the new driver, including for the 27th Bud Light Classic 75 on Sunday, September 2. Ironically, it’s the very same car Bryan won the Classic with three years ago.

“Bryan will probably be switching over to the 88 Pratt car this year and I’m not really sure how much he is going to be running but my guess is that he is definitely going to come up to Oswego for the Classic as that was our 86 car that he won that race with,” Haynes noted. “After seeing him in victory lane in 2015, I am really in search of a win myself this year. I would love to add my name to the list in our other family car and be able to say both of the Haynes brothers have got it done at Oswego.”

Brad has been an on and off Oswego competitor since 2006. In 2010, he landed his first SBS ride with longtime friend Pitt Watson while also qualifying for his first career SBS Classic that same season. He repeated that accomplishment in the family owned No. 86 a year later after Bryan was busy scoring a ride Teddneck Racing No. 37. It was just a year after that when the Haynes team acquired a Hedger car from Barry Kingsley. Following a solid run in the 2012 Classic with the other family car, numbered 88, Brad then decided he wanted to help his brother, and also focus on his kids. Bryan’s future was up in the air as well after his 2012 schedule with Teddneck.

“Starting my career with Pitt and his family was a wonderful experience,” Haynes said. “I can’t thank those guys enough for all they did for me. After finishing fourteenth in the Classic in 2012 and Bryan’s ride up for debate, I figured this was a great time to take a step away from racing for awhile and focus on my family. In 2013 I married my wife Kalyn and then started to focus on two of my kids with their racing careers. 2013 through 2015 I wasn’t behind the wheel at all, but continued to support my brother’s racing career which got going again in our family car.”

After the Classic win that shocked the world on Labor Day Weekend in 2015, that was when the Haynes brothers sold the 86 car to Pratt. Shortly thereafter, Brad received a phone call from Pratt asking if he would be interested in driving that same car the brothers just sold. He certainly was, and managed several top ten finishes including a tenth place effort in the 2016 Classic.

“Ron asked me to drive and I said no problem,” Haynes recalled. “We had a handful of top ten finishes and a tenth in the 2016 Classic which I was very happy with. Last season we were able to get back behind the wheel. We got some more top tens, a top five and a hard charger award so it was a very successful two years, but I’m looking forward to a fresh start this season. The 86 was pretty strong at Evans Mills last fall and I want to run a very open schedule this year.”

Notably, Bryan and Brad have three total top five finishes under their belt at Oswego and many, many top ten efforts. The pair fielded their first SBS car together from 2007 to 2009 after Brad got his Oswego start in Super Stocks following several dedicated years in quarter midgets and a brief stint in the USAC Ford Focus Midgets a year earlier. Haynes is still heavily involved in quarter midgets, also serving as president of the Oswego County Quarter Midget Club.

“I want to race a lot more this season, but its also very tough with two out of my four kids running quarter midgets and being president of the club,” Haynes noted. “It’s kind of changed my path in racing being president and with Trevor and Janelle both driving I am really looking forward to a fun, but also very busy summer. We are pumped about getting things started in May and are really excited about the upcoming season.”

Oswego Speedway kicks off its 2018 campaign on Saturday, May 26 which will see the track’s 68th annual Opening Day set to include Jim Shampine Memorial Twin 50’s for the Novelis Supermodifieds plus the Tony White Memorial 35 for the Pathfinder Bank SBS. To purchase tickets, please call (315)-342-0646.

Season tickets, camping passes, and more are all on sale as part of Oswego Speedway’s 2018 campaign. These items can be picked up and purchased in the speedway office from 11am to 4pm on Saturdays during the winter.

For more information on Oswego Speedway, be sure to visit online at You can also FOLLOW on Twitter @OswegoSpeedway or LIKE on Facebook at

Alex Borland Photo

Cam’s Pizzeria, Dino’s House of Burgers and Skip’s Fish Fry Taking Over Oswego’s Concessions in 2018

OSWEGO, NY (March 6, 2018) – Oswego Speedway’s concession area is getting a bit of a makeover for 2018 as local favorites Cam’s New York Pizzeria, Dino’s House of Burgers, and Skip’s Fish Fry will bring their award winning menus to the ‘Steel Palace’ beginning with Opening Day on Saturday, May 26.

For the past several decades, concession and food experience has been an integral part of the speedway’s success. Track management is looking forward to continuing that trend in 2018 by ushering in some of the most popular stops in downtown Oswego while also bringing back some of the track’s ‘classic’ menu items including the Hofmann Hot Dogs.

“The past couple of seasons there has been talk of possibly taking our concessions in a different direction,” stated track owner John Torrese. “We’ve wanted to try to improve the quality of the food and also the fan experience. This certainly will do both of those things. Oswego Speedway is beyond excited to bring Cam’s, Dino’s and Skip’s to the race track and work with the staff from each of these three businesses. Make sure you come to the Steel Palace with an empty stomach.”

The first concession vendor on the list, Cam’s New York Pizzeria, is no stranger to Oswego fans as its been the very same pizza in the concession booth for the past several seasons. A CNY icon since 1980, Cam’s will bring its New York style slices, specialty pizzas, and appetizers back to the Big O in 2018 with its Oswego based staff continuing to serve Supermodified fans alike.

Opened in the summer of 2016, Dino’s House of Burgers has skyrocketed as one of Oswego’s favorite quick service stops. Family owned by Jason and Cheryl Accordino, Dino’s is the creator of the ‘Best Burger in CNY’ as voted by Similar to the 2017 edition of NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week, Dino’s will again bring its fresh black angus to the race track offering full-size cheeseburgers, hamburgers, sliders, and a couple of its ‘specialty’ burgers each week which include the Mac ‘n Wings Burger, Pepperoni Pizza Burger, and more, among other special items.  

Owned by avid speedway fan Shawn Cathcart, Skip’s Fish Fry is practically brand new, but you wouldn’t know it. It hasn’t taken Skip’s long to form a reputation for serving some of the best fresh haddock sandwiches in Central New York. In addition to its mouthwatering seafood options that include scallops, shrimp, and more, Skip’s will be the only vendor in the concession area that will offer Hofmann Hot Dogs, making this particular booth a ‘must visit’ for the fans. Skip’s will also offer hot dogs, fries, and beverages in the pit concession stand.

The ‘Snack Shack,’ closest to turn 4, will return with popcorn, nachos, candy, ice cream and other miscellaneous items, while the tiki bar in turn 1 will also be back and better than ever continuing to offer unique beer specials, wine slushies, and more. Fans will be able to take a seat at one of the tiki bar’s picnic tables while also catching the racing action on one of the bar’s high definition flat screen TV’s.

Oswego Speedway kicks off its 2018 season on Saturday, May 26 which will see the track’s 68th annual Opening Day set to include Jim Shampine Memorial Twin 50’s for the Novelis Supermodifieds plus the Tony White Memorial 35 for the Pathfinder Bank SBS. To purchase tickets, please call (315)-342-0646.

Season tickets, camping passes, and more are all on sale as part of Oswego Speedway’s 2018 campaign. These items can be picked up and purchased in the speedway office from 11am to 4pm on Saturdays during the winter.

For more information on Oswego Speedway, be sure to visit online at You can also FOLLOW on Twitter @OswegoSpeedway or LIKE on Facebook at