International Supermodified Association Announces Three Oswego Speedway Dates for 2016

OSWEGO, NY (November 25, 2015) – As a part of the International Supermodified Association yearend banquet held at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, NY this past Saturday, ISMA officials announced three upcoming dates for the winged Supermodified series at the Home of the Supermodifieds, Oswego Speedway, in 2016.

The New England based series will first come to the ‘Steel Palace’ on Memorial Day Weekend for the second annual Port City 160 ‘Super Spectacle’, which is also tentatively listed as ISMA’s season opener on Saturday, May 28.

The ISMA Supermodifieds will contend for the second year in the 50-lap ‘Irish’ Jack Murphy Memorial, joining Oswego’s Novelis Supermodified Jim Shampine Memorial, and the Pathfinder Bank SBS Tony White Memorial.

The ‘Super Spectacle’ at Oswego will once again serve as the only event during the 2016 season that open-wheel fans can see the winged ISMA Supermodifieds and non-wing Novelis Supermodifieds compete on the same night at the same venue.

Top Canadian runner Mark Sammut is the defending ‘Irish’ Jack Murphy Memorial champion, while seven-time Oswego champion Otto Sitterly once again claimed the Jim Shampine Memorial crown in 2015.

ISMA will return to Oswego for its annual summer stop as drivers will again contend for the popular King’s crown during the running of King of Wings VIII on Saturday, July 9.

In what has become one of the more popular stops on ISMA’s summer tour, the King of Wings annually serves as a cross roads between the best winged drivers from New England, the Midwest, as well as Oswego Speedway.

Last year Oswego regular Sitterly copped his first career ISMA Supermodified triumph in the King of Wings, beating the best in winged racing driving for Jim Bodnar and Dave Shullick Jr.

Sitterly became the third weekly non-wing Oswego racer to earn the King’s title in 2015 joining Bob Bond and Dave Gruel as champions of the prestigious event.

The third and final stop at Oswego in 2016 will be a part of the 60th annual Budweiser Classic Weekend festivities at the Speedway, as the ISMA tour will be featured on the Saturday night portion of three nights of action.

The 23rd annual Bud Light ISMA Super Nationals on Saturday, September 3 will once again be a 60-lap affair, crowning the first Supermodified champion of the weekend.

Tim Jedrzejek and Mike Lichty put on a thrilling display in last year’s Super Nationals with Timmy J eventually coming out on top.

Select dates from the remainder of Oswego Speedway’s 2016 schedule were unveiled at the Speedway’s championship banquet on November 7, with the 66th season opener announced as Saturday, May 14 featuring the Novelis Supermodifieds, Pathfinder Bank SBS, as well as the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Tour Richie Evans Memorial 61.

Oswego’s 2016 schedule will be announced in its entirety in the coming weeks.

Individual ticket pricing and season ticket packages will be announced following the full schedule release.

For more information on Oswego Speedway visit online at www.oswegospeedway.com, follow on Twitter @OswegoSpeedway, or like on Facebook at facebook.com/OswegoSpeedway.

2016 ISMA Supermodified Schedule at Oswego Speedway
Saturday, May 28 – Port City 160 ‘Super Spectacle’: ‘Irish’ Jack Murphy Memorial 50

Saturday, July 9 – King of Wings VIII

Saturday, September 3 – 60th annual Budweiser Classic Weekend: Bud Light ISMA Super Nationals 60

About Oswego Speedway: Oswego Speedway, a sports entertainment company, is a 5/8 mile semi-banked pavement racing oval located off the shores of Lake Ontario in scenic Oswego, NY. Oswego Speedway has been a continuously run weekly racing venue since August, 1951. The premier open-wheel pavement short track cars in the world, Supermodifieds, run weekly at Oswego Speedway making Oswego the only weekly Supermodified racing venue in the world. The Small Block Supermodifieds accompany the full blown Supers on a weekly Saturday night schedule which runs from May through September. Oswego Speedway is mentioned in racing circles as the “Indy of the East,” as no fewer than a dozen past and present competitors have competed at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway including Mario Andretti, arguably the greatest driver of all time, two-time Indy 500 champion Gordon Johncock, along with former International Classic Champions Bentley Warren, Joe Gosek, and Davey Hamilton.

Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Announces New Season Pass Program for 2016 Season

(THOMPSON, CT) – Thompson Speedway Motorsports announced today a new 2016 season pass program that will be available for purchase beginning Friday, Nov. 27. The passes will be sold at a special Black Friday discount from Friday through Monday, Nov. 30. This exciting new program gives loyal fans and teams the ability to purchase paddock passes or general admission tickets for select events at huge discounts.
The Platinum Paddock Pass offers the ultimate package for the racing enthusiast, including general admission and paddock access to all oval and road course events to be held in the 2016 season. With a minimum of 18 races already scheduled for next year, this option is a great way to enjoy everything that TSMP has to offer, including four NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races, all NASCAR Whelen All-American Series events, the Historic Oval Invitational, the Vintage Motorsports Festival, Open Wheel Weekend, SCCA races and more. The Platinum Paddock Pass will be on sale for Black Friday for $399 from Friday, Nov. 27 to Monday, Nov. 30, 2015. The price for the pass from Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016 will be $449. After April 1, 2016 the price for the pass will go up to $499.
TSMP is also offering a Silver Paddock Pass and Silver General Admission Pass for NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour fans. These include admission to all four events at a discount of up to 15%. The Silver Paddock Pass will be offered for just $199 for the Black Friday sale. From Dec. 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016, it will be discounted to $209 and after April 1, will be offered for $219. The Silver General Admission Pass will be offered at $159 during the Black Friday sale event. From Dec. 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016, it will be discounted to $169 and after April 1, will be offered for $179.
TSMP will be announcing the full 2016 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series oval schedule on Tuesday, December 8th. Following this announcement, Gold Season Passes, which include admission to all 2016 oval events will also go on sale.
To purchase a season pass, visit www.thompsonspeedway.com or call the office at 860-923-2280. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube for the most recent news and announcements about the 2016 racing season at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

Two Young Drivers Look to End the Season on a High Note at the Turkey Derby.

The Turkey Derby at Wall Stadium Speedway is traditionally the last chance for drivers and teams to roll the car off the hauler and try to get that one last race in the books. This year 2 young drivers Max Zachem and Andy Jankowiak will make their way to the 1/3 mile high banked oval at the Jersey Shore to race one last time.

Max Zachem of Preston Connecticut just finished his first full season on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour competing in all 15 races on the tour only one of 12 drivers to do so. Max also finished second to Chase Dowling for the NASCAR Whelen Modified tour rookie of the year award.
IMG_8429I spoke to Max about the Turkey Derby, the season that was and his future. Max will be bringing the familiar #14 to Wall with a new sponsor hoping that a good showing will lead to continued sponsorship  for 2016. He was very thankful of his 2015 season sponsors Trowbridge Transport/Dunleavy’s Truck & Trailer Repair who stepped up to allow him to race the full season. Max spoke of the costs to field a competitive modified and how he was happy with his first full year on the tour. 2 races in particular stood out for Max, the May 29th Waterford Speedbowl where he started in the rear and finished 4th out of 33 cars and Bristol where he started 33rd and finished 14th. Not an easy feat when you have never raced there before.
Looking to 2016 and beyond., as with many drivers it all depends on sponsorship and funding. He has a car that can compete on the NASCAR WMT where e he finished in the top 15 in points and is in the bonus plan for 2016. The bonus program is a big help to run the NASCAR WMT but he would also like to run races on the VMRS and Tri Track Open Modified Series. The costs to field a competitive car goes up every year and finding sponsors is a key to stay on the tour and be competitive. Where Max spends his 2016 is still up in the air but a good finish at the Turkey Derby with a new sponsor could go a long way to firm up next year’s plans.

 

Andy Jankowiak is another young modified driver from upstate Buffalo New York looking to do well at the 42nd annual Turkey Derby. Andy chases his racing dreams in a different way. Andy runs on the ROC modified tour in upstate New York, the KOMA series down south and the Tri Track series in New England. Andy travels a great deal of miles from his Buffalo home to local New York track, North Carolina, Virginia, South Carolina, Connecticut  or wherever a good paying race takes him. Andy has his own car the #73X but also runs a Rick Kluth built and owned modified.

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The seasons have had ups and downs for Andy, when he comes to the track he gets the most out of his equipment. His bright green and yellow numbers 73X may not be the prettiest or newest but it gets the job done. The Rick Kluth #57 that he drives is also always a potent machine but an accident at the North South Shootout finished that car for the year so he will bring his own #73X to the Turkey Derby at Wall to try and get the job done.

Andy had a 2 race win streak in September, first a KOMA series modified race at Hickory Speedway in North Carolina. then Andy then  started last at Oswego Speedway in the ROC modified tour race and won his next race. Being on a low budget like Andy he said the money from those two wins kept the team going the rest of the season. He told me what he budgeted recently for another trip down south recently and it is amazing what they accomplish with what they have. He recently posted that his main motor has about 3,000 laps on it.
Andy recently announced plans to expand his racing schedule in 2016. As always says he said he just wants to race and next year he will get that wish again.. Andy announced he will have a Steve Mendoza owned Rick Kluth build modified at his disposal that he will run on the NASCAR WMT. It will only be a part time deal but he will get his dream of racing Wall, Bowman Gray and Riverhead in the same season. Andy enjoys racing at Wall Stadium Speedway and Bowman Gray Stadium  having raced both previously and in 201 will get to add Riverhead to his resume of tracks he has run.

The 42nd annual Turkey Derby will be Andy’s last modified race but will not the end his season. Andy plans on hitting the indoor TQ Midget season at Atlantic City, Trenton and Allentown

 
This weekend the 2015 edition of the Turkey Derby will take place at all Stadium Speedway in Belmar NJ. Bring a Turkey sandwich  then head out for 3 days of season ending stock car racing. With with the weather forecast for Friday and Sat  you won’t even have to dress too warm  Go to Wall Township Speedway’s website for more details.  http://www.wallspeedwayracing.com/

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