Oswego Speedway Ranks Third Among America’s Favorite Race Tracks in SPEED SPORT Magazine National Poll

OSWEGO, NY (March 30, 2016) – For the fourth consecutive season, Oswego Speedway has ranked in the top five of SPEED SPORT Magazine’s ‘My Favorite Track’ poll, finishing in the third position overall.

SPEED SPORT’s survey was conducted from February 3-24 with votes being tallied for a total of 286 tracks in 45 states and seven countries.

For the fifth year running Rossburg, Ohio’s Eldora Speedway, owned by motorsports star Tony Stewart, claimed the top rating with Virginia International Raceway, Oswego Speedway, New Jersey Motorsports Park, and Knoxville Raceway finishing in the top five positions.

Once again, Oswego Speedway was voted as the top asphalt oval in SPEED SPORT’s poll.

“Each year this poll grows in stature and our amazing fans continue to respond,” said Oswego Speedway’s PR Director, Dan Kapuscinski.  “The fact that 286 different facilities received votes this year and we remain in the top five positions is fantastic.  We cannot thank our fan base enough, as well as everyone at SPEED SPORT for the great exposure they continue to provide not only for Oswego, but all of the short tracks in this great country.”

Indiana’s Kokomo Speedway finished in the sixth position overall with Ohio’s Fremont Speedway, Wisconsin’s Road America, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and Indiana’s Tri-State Speedway finishing the top ten positions in the annual poll.

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Oswego Speedway’s 2016 racing season will begin on Saturday, May 14 with the facilities 66th season opener featuring the Novelis Supermodifieds, Pathfinder Bank Small Block Supers, as well as the RoC Modified Richie Evans Memorial all presented by Mitchell’s Speedway Press of Oswego.

For more information on Oswego Speedway visit online at www.oswegospeedway.com or call (315) 342-0646.  Visit the Speedway on social media @OswegoSpeedway or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OswegoSpeedway.

Lancaster National Speedway Welcomes 12 Gates Brewing as Official Craft Beer

Fans will now gather at the 12 Gates Brewing Beer Stand

LANCASTER, N.Y. (March 30, 2016) – In keeping up with the growing demands of race fans’ tastebuds, as well as the demand and popularity of local brewing companies in the Western New York area, Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway has partnered with 12 Gates Brewing Company for the 2016 racing season.

To kick off this partnership, 12 Gates Brewing Company is hosting an exclusive Tasting at their Williamsville Brewing facility.  

The party will be held on Tuesday, April 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. for fans, drivers and race teams. For $10 each, everyone in attendance can enjoy a flight of five 12 Gates craft beers and take home a 12 Gates branded pint glass from the brewery. They will also be offering $2 hot dogs and $3 burgers that night at their 80 Earhart Dr. location in Williamsville.

Throughout the season, their great-tasting, in-demand locally brewed product will be available on tap at the speedway. They will be proudly supplying the speedway with their West Coast IPA, a true-to-style smooth IPA, and a specially brewed Pilsner style beer for the lighter palleted beer drinker. This is the first, and only, motorsports involvement by the new brewery and the first craft beer initiative for the track, as well. 

“We at 12 Gates could not be more excited for this partnership,” said Shawn Barmore, ownership partner of 12 Gates Brewing. “We are honored to be the featured craft brewery for such a passionate beer-drinking demographic. We look forward to providing local race fans with the opportunity to try our beers we are so proud of, especially with the track being right in our back yard.  We look forward to a long and successful partnership.”

This is just another aspect of Lancaster Speedway’s growth and forward-thinking progress to bring more awareness and involvement to the facility as the 2016 season draws near. 

“This was a personal goal of mine to get a WNY-brewed craft beer involved with the track,” said Tim Packman, Track President. “The trends of tastebuds and demands of our race fans has changed. Bringing 12 Gates Brewing to the Lancaster is our way of recognizing what’s taking place in WNY, and reaching out to craft beer fans to become part of our track.

“We will also have our usual brands available that fans have enjoyed for years, but we will now also offer a craft beer brewed right down Wherle Dr. This will also be a way to introduce our sport to fans of craft beers and vice versa. We look forward to seeing everyone at the 12 Gates Brewing Beer Stand in the track’s midway.”

About Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway: Founded in 1959, Lancaster National Speedway and Dragway is a multi-use facility located on 77 acres just outside of metropolitan Buffalo, N.Y. The facility features a 1/8-mile drag strip, a 1/2-mile oval track and hosts several non-motorsports events such as car shows and concerts. For the latest information on Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway check out our website www.lancasternationalspeedway.com. Additional information for racers and fans can be found on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/LancasterSpeedway) and on Twitter (@LancasterSpdwy).

Brandon Bellinger Among Those Making Switch to Independent Front Suspension for 2016

  (Bill Taylor Photo)

OSWEGO, NY (March 30, 2016) – Fresh off his first career Novelis Supermodified main event victory at Oswego Speedway in August of 2015, third generation racer Brandon Bellinger and team have opted to make the switch to independent front suspension on their No. 02 Supermodified for Oswego’s upcoming 2016 campaign.

While improved performance is the goal with any changes made in a race car, Bellinger also looked at the conversion in terms of future repairs.

“We decided to go with IFS because we felt it’s a lot easier to work with over an axle,” said Bellinger.  “I also think it does less damage and is easier to put back together if the front end ever gets banged up.”

After a year or so of getting acclimated to their Xtreme chassis, Bellinger came alive in 2015, showing speed weekly with improved results.  The team now believes with the change to IFS, there is more in the tank.

“We’re also going to be making a few other changes to help the balance of the car,” said Bellinger.  “The car was pretty fast at the end of last year, but it can still be improved with the right adjustments.  I’m looking forward to getting back to Oswego and testing out the changes.”

Bellinger’s first victory in 2015 helped him to a 9th place finish in the yearlong Novelis Supermodified driver’s standings last year with three top five finishes and four top ten finishes on the season.

While the No. 02’s results improved in 2015, the team’s Budweiser International Classic 200 qualifying run of 16.288 seconds, putting them 12th on the grid, was likely a bright spot, showing a tremendous climb in speed from the beginning of the season.

Now Bellinger readies for an even better 2016 with the help of his partners Daratt Farms, Vashaw’s Collision, Sheffield Inc., Bellinger Auto, 21 Tequilla, as well as new sponsors Orange Crate Brewing Company, and Greene’s Ale House.

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.

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