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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.

Several Partners Finalize Commitments with SBS Champion Kreig Heroth Ahead of this Weekend’s Motorsports Expo

 OSWEGO, NY (March 10, 2016) – A number of marketing partners have finalized plans with Oswego Speedway’s 2012 Pathfinder Bank SBS champion Kreig Heroth, ahead of this weekend’s 30th annual Motorsports Expo at the New York State Fairgrounds.

A new partner is the all new Holiday Inn Express and Suites in Oswego, which will begin taking reservations in May.

Oswego’s newest and most modern hotel is located in close proximity to all major travel routes including State Route 104 and State Route 481, and is conveniently just a short drive from Oswego Speedway.

Both corporate and leisure travelers will find the Holiday Inn Express and Suites suited for any needs with the goal of providing its guests with both a productive and relaxing stay.

CR2 Motorsports is proud to welcome Holiday Inn Express and Suites to their team.  For more information visit online at www.hieoswego.com.

The Woodhouse Day Spa, of Victor, NY has joined CR2 Motorsports in their bid for another SBS Championship at Oswego Speedway.

The Woodhouse Day Spa, is Rochester’s Premier Luxury Day Spa.  Experience a tranquil and transformational environment, while indulging in the over 70 distinct treatments available.

With Legendary customer service, Inviting Spa Interior & Guest Amenities, their sole mission is to treat you like royalty. This unique spa was voted the number one day spa chain in America, by Day Spa Magazine.

To Schedule a visit, or to learn more about The Woodhouse Day Spa, visit them online at    www.Rochester.WoodhouseSpas.com

“Gaining a sponsorship of The Woodhouse Day Spa’s caliber, is very exciting. We are looking forward to representing them at Oswego Speedway in upcoming race season. The ladies of CR2 Motorsports, are especially excited about having The Woodhouse on board!”

Little Lukes, Fajita Grill, and Sava A lot Food stores, will also be continuing their support of Kreig Heroth and CR2 Motorsports team for the 2016 race season.

Little Lukes is a leader in childcare services, with locations in Syracuse, Baldwinsville, Oswego, Fulton Pulaski, and Watertown.

Little Lukes strives to meet the needs of the community and their children, by serving their changing needs and exceeding the expectations of the families they serve.

“We are excited to bring the children a new experience.” Said Heroth, “It will be great to interact with the children and show them our racecar, their smiles say it all!”

Little Lukes is currently enrolling for preschool and childcare at all locations. To learn more about their services or to get information about setting up a tour, please visit them at ww.littlelukes.com , or stop by the Heroth pit area after the races on Saturday nights and ask for more information.

Fajita Grill is a growing “ Southwest Flavored” fast food restaurant with locations on Route 104 west in Oswego, and Route 481 in Fulton, have again, come onboard to support Heroth and his 04 Small Block Supermodified for the 2016 season. Owner and Oswego native Josh Molinari continues to be excited about growing the Fajita Grill Brand, by exposing it to the fans at Oswego Speedway. We look forward to keeping Fajita Grill at the front of the pack. ”Fajita Grill- Fresh food Fast!” Also find them at www.fajitagrill.com

Save A Lot Food Stores, Great Food, Great Prices, and Great People.  With over 1,300 locations, the stores in Fulton NY, and Fort Plain NY, will again lend their support to Kreig and the team for 2016.

Midway Body Shop New on the 04 this year, but no stranger Kreig’s racing career is Midway Body Shop of Palatine Bridge NY. Midway has been providing quality collision repairs since 1949. They have been loyal supporters of Kreig, providing for paint and body work needs throughout his Dwarf car and CupLite days. They continue to assist in keeping the 04 looking fast. Visit them at www.midway-bodyshop.com to learn more.

With Ontario Orchards of Oswego, Jones Construction, Mojo Photos, Hedger Fabrication and G & G Gas Oil and Tires already on board, Kreig Heroth and the CR2 Motorsports Team are poised to Challenge for the 2016 Small Block Supermodified Track Championship at the 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.