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Camden Proud, Mike Bruce Oswego SBS Racing Fundraisers on Tap this Weekend

OSWEGO, NY (April 6, 2016) – Fundraiser season continues this weekend with parties on tap for Oswego Speedway Pathfinder Bank Small Block Super Series drivers Camden Proud and Mike Bruce.

Bruce Racing will hold their team fundraiser for its No. 22 Small Block effort on Saturday, April 9 at the Woodchuck Saloon in Oswego, beginning at 1 p.m.

A $10 donation includes chicken BBQ or pulled pork dinners.

The afternoon will also include several raffles, a 50/50 drawing, as well as music from Ron Gray’s Millennium Music.

Bruce finished the 2015 season 13th in the overall driver standings with two heat race victories, four top five finishes, and six top ten runs.

The second fundraiser this weekend will be for former Pathfinder Bank SBS Rookie of the Year, Camden Proud.

The Proud Motorsports No. 54 fundraiser will take place Sunday, April 10 at Lighthouse Lanes in Oswego, beginning at noon.

A $10 donation will include chicken BBQ and pulled pork dinners for the day.

A large number of door prizes, raffles, and lottery boards will be available at the event including movie passes from Zurich Cinemas and Oswego Cinema 7 as well as a $20 gift certificate to Fajita Grill.

Proud drove to an 11th place finish in the 2015 SBS driver standings with a heat race win, one top five finish, and eight top ten runs.

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.

Canadian Veterans Dave McKnight, Gary Morton Plan Oswego Schedule in Search of Classic Gold

(Bill Taylor Photo)

OSWEGO, NY (April 5, 2016) – Oswego Speedway’s storied history has long included great Canadian drivers and car owners over the years, and among that list of accomplished veterans are Dave McKnight and Gary Morton, who are working on a focused effort to return competitively to Oswego part-time in non-wing action with their sights set on the 60th running of the Budweiser International Classic 200 on September 4.
Both feature winners at Oswego, McKnight has been the shoe of the Morton owned No. 70 Supermodified for several years now, and this off-season a conversation transpired that focused the team’s main attention back to the fast 5/8 of a mile, Port City oval.
“Gary (Morton) came to me and said he wants to give a good shot at a win in the Classic,” said McKnight, who owns nine Supermodified wins at Oswego, including four non-wing triumphs.  “It is something that both of us have yet to conquer.  I’ve been fortunate to win races, wing and non-wing, and championships, but neither of us has won the Classic, and that is a notch we each would like to have in our belt before either of us thought of retiring.”
However, McKnight was quick to admit that the days of showing up to the Classic as a one off entry, and being competitive, are over.
“We did that the last few years with sort of a make shift box on the back of a car,” said McKnight.  “We ran in the 16-second bracket, but it’s a whole new world at Oswego compared to what you could do in the mid 80’s and 90’s and run consistently competitive.  You cannot just show up and think you are going to be competitive anymore.  I told Gary that if we are going to go to the Classic and be competitive, we need to make changes to the car and we need to be at Oswego at least half the season.”

With that said McKnight and Morton have been hard at work this off-season making the changes they feel will make their Allegresso chassis a consistent and competitive non-wing piece for Oswego.

“It’s a totally new racecar,” said McKnight.  “I’m very thankful that Gary has given me the opportunity to make the changes to the racecar that we feel are needed to be competitive at Oswego.  We’ve totally re-skinned the car and made a number of chassis changes in order to clean the car up aerodynamically.  We’re adding a true three stage wing to the rear of the car, along with the fully independent front end.  I’m confident that we can be comfortable in the mid 16-second bracket and that’s what it takes.  Yeah, guys can rip off 15.8-second laps, but they aren’t racing that fast.  Come feature time it is still a high 16-second race track.”

Most hardcore Supermodified fans and followers will admire the steps being taken by McKnight and Morton to rebuild their current piece in an effort to make it a contender in the Classic, considering the team contemplated the purchase of other purpose built Oswego machines.
“We looked at buying some other Hawk cars,” said McKnight.  “At the end of the day it came down to whether or not we wanted something that everybody else had?  If you have what they have, you’re only going to go as fast as they are.  We know what it takes to get it done, we’ve done it before, and with Gary as a former driver we have a great connection at the race track.  We’ll make the changes to this Allegresso and have something at Oswego that nobody else has.”
McKnight says that the team has made great progress this off-season and now it comes down to reassembling and preparation.
“The car has been stripped apart and sent to paint,” said McKnight.  “Now we just need a month to reassemble, and at the same time I’ve been working hard on getting in shape myself.  I cycle five days a week along with weight training.  With the speed that these cars travel now, you really have to be in great physical condition to keep your mind and body sharp for these races.”

McKnight and Morton will be a welcome addition to the Oswego pit area during the regular season, adding an always popular Canadian touch to Oswego Saturdays.
The team’s first race has not yet been determined, but with the help of Liftow, Toyota Industrial Equipment, East Penn Canada, Taylor Brothers Truck Wreckers, T.O. Autobody, Dale Farren & Son Ltd., and Southwood Graphics the Morton No. 70 will make several return trips to ‘Steel Palace’, working toward a top effort in the International Classic.
“Gary and I are really excited for the coming year at Oswego,” said McKnight.  “We believe we can tune this car to be in a position where it is comfortable to race with the pack in the Classic.  Once you’re in, anything can happen.  It’s a race of patience.”
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.

Pathfinder Bank to Present 25th Anniversary Season of Small Block Super Racing at Oswego Speedway

OSWEGO, NY (April 1, 2016) – Since 1992, Oswego Speedway has been a two division show, featuring the wheel to wheel action of the Pathfinder Bank Small Block Super series alongside the Novelis Supermodifieds.

What started out as a chalkboard plan by Oswego Speedway’s Caruso family to hopefully push more driving interest into the fast 5/8 mile, has grown into one of the most proven support divisions in all of open-wheel short track racing, capable of being a headliner at nearly any facility.

In 2016, title sponsor Pathfinder Bank will be at the forefront as the Small Block Super division celebrates 25 years of action at the ‘Steel Palace.’

“The Caruso family no doubt hit the setup when they devised the creation of the then known Limited Supermodified,” said Oswego Speedway PR Director, Dan Kapuscinski.  “In its first full season in 1992, 26 drivers scored points and by 1994 there were 43 different drivers in action, drivers that may otherwise have never raced at Oswego.  It is safe to say that the division has surpassed what the Caruso’s had envisioned as no fewer than a dozen Supermodified feature winners, got their start in the Small Block Super ranks.”

While the class has proven to be a feeder system for drivers into to the Novelis Supermodified ranks, the race cars themselves have improved vastly in the technological department since John Phelps drove to the division’s first main event win on May 9, 1992.

With times around the Oswego oval in the 20-second bracket early on, the SBS machines of today circle the 5/8 mile routinely in the lower 19-second bracket with the current track record held by Russ Brown at an amazing 18.554 seconds.

Brown, the division’s first track champion in 1992, joins defending track champion Mike Bond as the two greatest drivers statistically in the history of the class.

No driver has scored more victories or top five finishes than Brown and Bond, with Bond having won a total of 32 main events, the only driver over 30.

With nine track championships between the two drivers and six SBS Classic crowns, Brown and Bond have been the class of the field since its inception.

However, the top SBS pilots of today have no doubt made names for themselves.
Currently there are 12 former SBS pilots in the Supermodified ranks including Super track champions Bob Bond, Otto Sitterly, and Shawn Muldoon.

Since 2012 SBS graduates Bond, Sitterly, Dave Danzer, Michael Barnes, Ray Graham, and Dave Gruel have all won Supermodified main events.

Not to mention the likes of Tim Devendorf, Brian Sobus, and Dave Cliff, who have all knocked on the door to victory in Supermodified racing, along with veterans Lou LeVea Jr. and Sr. who continue to improve.

Other veteran SBS drivers like Kreig Heroth, Jack Patrick, and Dalton Doyle have dabbled in Super action, with Heroth qualifying for last year’s Budweiser International Classic 200.

While all those mentioned above have had the feeling of an 800-horsepower Supermodified below their right foot, there are other current SBS hot shoes chomping at the bit such as Andrew Schartner, Anthony Losurdo, Camden Proud, and Mike Bruce.

Whether or not they all get their chance, it is certain that the 2016 25th anniversary season of the SBS division at Oswego will be one to remember as defending championship podium finishers Bond, Cliff, and Doyle will all be back in action with fellow rivals Losurdo, Patrick, Bruce, Matt Magner, Proud, and Barry Kingsley all nipping at their heels.

Joining them will be a complete cast including Rob Pullen, Alex Hoag, Josh Kerr, Alex McRae, James Babcock, Cameron Black, AJ Bernys, Dennis Richmond, Jesse Bearup, Tyler Shullick, Ray Sand Jr., Scott Shafer, Cameron Rowe, Bryan Haynes, Greg O’Connor, Jason Simmons, and Dennis Rupert.
Over the years the division has gained respect from the media world as well with the 2015 Bud Light SBS Classic gaining national attention on Suzuki presents SPEED SPORT on MAVTV.  This year’s 25th running of the SBS Classic will also air on MAVTV this fall.

Later this season Oswego Speedway will unveil the 25 greatest drivers in the history of the Pathfinder Bank SBS division.

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 Pathfinder Bank, the title sponsor of the Small Block Super division, visit online at www.pathfinderbank.com.

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.

ALL-TIME Pathfinder Bank SBS Track Champions (1992-2015):

1992 – Russ Brown
1993 – Bob Goutermout
1994 – Scott Landers
1995 – Greg Furlong
1996 – Dean Hoag
1997 – Dean Hoag
1998 – Ray Graham
1999 – Keith Gilliam
2000 – Keith Gilliam
2001 – Mark Regan
2002 – Mark Regan
2003 – Mike Bond
2004 – Mike Bond
2005 – Russ Brown
2006 – Russ Brown
2007 – Russ Brown
2008 – Kevin Knopp
2009 – Dave Gruel
2010 – Dave Cliff
2011 – Mike Bond
2012 – Kreig Heroth
2013 – Russ Brown
2014 – Andrew Schartner
2015 – Mike Bond

ALL-TIME Pathfinder Bank SBS Classic Champions (1992-2015):

1992 – Daryl Nichols
1993 – Scott Landers
1994 – Fred Taylor
1995 – Bob Goutermout
1996 – Dean Hoag
1997 – Jeremy Unruh
1998 – Russ Brown
1999 – Shawn Muldoon
2000 – Billy Izyk
2001 – Craig Rayvals
2002 – Gregg Davis
2003 – Mike Bond
2004 – Mike Bond
2005 – Russ Brown
2006 – Russ Brown
2007 – Dave Cliff
2008 – Dave Cliff
2009 – Mike Bond
2010 – Steve Abt
2011 – Andrew Schartner
2012 – Cameron Rowe
2013 – Andrew Schartner
2014 – JJ Andrews
2015 – Bryan Haynes

Pathfinder Bank SBS Win List (Top 10):

Mike Bond – 32
Russ Brown – 21
Dave Gruel – 17
Dean Hoag – 16
Bob Goutermout – 14
Andrew Schartner – 12
Dave Cliff – 12
Mark Regan – 10
Shawn Muldoon – 9
Chris Proud – 8