Former NASCAR Whelen Modified Champion Ron Silk to Make Supermodified Debut at Oswego Speedway on Sunday

Oswego-2012F_350OSWEGO, NY (September 19, 2015) – With weather forcing the cancellation of Oswego Speedway’s Fall Championship 125 until Sunday, September 20, the door has opened for former NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Ron Silk to make his Novelis Supermodified debut at the ‘Steel Palace.’

THOMPSON, CT- APRIL 13: Ron Silk is photographed at Thompson International Speedway on April 13, 2013 in Thompson, Connecticut. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Ron Silk
THOMPSON, CT- APRIL 13: Ron Silk is photographed at Thompson International Speedway on April 13, 2013 in Thompson, Connecticut. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images) Ron Silk

Silk will pilot the Graham Racing No. 21 Supermodified on Sunday as a substitute for Kody Graham, who cannot make the rescheduled event.

Earlier this season Silk scored a fifth place finish in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Pit gates will open at Oswego on Sunday at 9 a.m. with grandstand gates opening and hot laps beginning at 10 a.m. The day’s first heat race will go green at 11 a.m. with the program continuing non-stop from there on out.

A total of 27 Novelis Supermodifieds were in the pit area on Saturday along with 20 Pathfinder Bank SBS.

All those who purchased pit passes must return with their pit wristband and ticket for re-entry.

All those who purchased grandstand admission must return with their rain check.

General admission seating is available on Sunday for $20 with reserved seating set at $25 and pit admission being $35.

For more information on Oswego Speedway visit www.oswegospeedway.com, LIKE on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OswegoSpeedway, or FOLLOW on Twitter @OswegoSpeedway. To purchase tickets, or to talk to a Speedway representative, call the Speedway box office at (315) 342-0646.

The End of Two Eras at Riverhead Raceway

IMG_5165This Saturday night’s 7 feature Whelen All American Series show will be the end of two eras at Riverhead Raceway. As Long as I can remember 2 people have owned and promoted Riverhead Raceway, Barbara and Jim Cromarty. In August after months and years of speculation about the future of the track it was finally sold. Starting with the November 1st Enduro and Legends race the reigns will be turned over to new owners Ed and Connie Partridge. The familiar golf cart with Babara and Jim heading to victory lane will now be turned over to new owners. Barbara and Jim can retire knowing they kept racing alive on Long Island long after most would have given up and sold to developers plus racing at Long Islands last race track will not only continue but thrive for many years to come.

There will be a meeting in the pits at 4:10 when all drivers and teams will have a chance to say thank you for all the years Barbara and Jim have operated Riverhead Raceway. My guess is it will be an emotional meeting with lots of tears.

Also as long as I can remember back to my Saturday nights spent with my family at Islip Speedway there was always the #20 modified on the track with a driver named Bill Park. Later years after Islip closed Bill brought that #20 to Riverhead Raceway where he has been ever since. Unfortunately for race fans the BillRon Silk in Bill Parks #20 Park era on Long Island is too coming to a close. For over 40 years Bill fielded beautiful race cars all with the familiar #20. Bill has decided the time has come to retire as an owner. Bill raced into his 60’s but then retired as a driver turning over the driving duties to younger drivers like Ryan Preece, Ron Silk and Todd Szegedy keeping the #20 on the track at Riverhead Raceway.

Bills race car is for sale and whoever purchases it will strap into an top quality ride but it just wont be the same without Bill and his wife Barbara who is always at the track. Good luck in your retirement and come back to visit as often as you can in the years to come.

Come on out to this Saturday night to Long Islands last race track, say goodbye to three legends and watch the last regular night of NASCAR Whelen All American stock car races. 7 Features, 7 champions crowned and 225 laps of feature racing, pit gates open at 12:30, front gates at 3:00PM, Late Model Time trials start at 3:30 with feature racing starting at 4:30. See you there.

Super DIRTcar Series Stars to Battle Media Celebrities on Tuesday, Sept. 22, at Pole Position Raceway in Syracuse’s Destiny USA

logo Schatz’s historic World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series season could hit another milestone Saturday, Oct. 10, at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Sept. 16, 2015 – Super DIRTcar Series superstars will battle Central New York media personalities on Tuesday, Sept. 22, in the Third Annual Pole Position Raceway NAPA Super DIRT Week Challenge.

Eight-time Super DIRTcar Series champion Brett Hearn, three-time champion Matt Sheppard, three-time and defending NAPA Super DIRT Week Syracuse 200 winner Stewart Friesen, 2014 DIRTcar Nationals champion Larry Wight, and two-time Syracuse 200 polesitter Jimmy Phelps will compete against several media celebrities at Pole Position Raceway in Destiny USA.

Several qualifying races will begin at 11 a.m. followed by the main event featuring Super DIRTcar Series stars taking on media celebrities in equally prepared electric indoor karts. Fans are encouraged to come join the fun, with one fan winning two tickets to the Syracuse 200 – the “Finale at the Fairgrounds” – the last race in more than 100 years of racing at the New York State Fairgrounds, plus a chance to get autographs and pictures with the Super DIRTcar Series stars.

For directions and more information about Pole Position Raceway, click www.PolePositionRaceway.com/syracuse-ny.

OUTLAWS AT ROLLING WHEELS: Donny Schatz is on pace to post one of the top three seasons in the history of the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series, and the event on Saturday, Oct. 10, at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park in Elbridge, N.Y., could play a key role. Steve Kinser, who has won more races at Rolling Wheels than any other driver in World of Outlaws history, owns the top three single season win totals in series’ history. Schatz, who has 29 victories going into this weekend and won the past two October races at Rolling Wheels, could be in a position to move past Kinser’s 1991 36-win season, which would rank Schatz’s season second all-time behind Kinser’s 1987 46-win season. To have a chance to see history, tickets can be ordered at www.WorldofOutlaws.com/tickets or by calling the ticket hotline at 844-DIRT-TIX (347-8849).

HONORING HISTORY: Nearly 30 vintage racecars, including Buzzie Reutimann’s “00” coupe that won the inaugural NAPA Super DIRT Week crown in 1972 and the revolutionary “Batmobile” that Gary Balough drove to victory in 1980, will be on display during the event, showcasing a variety of the different cars that have competed on the Syracuse Mile. In addition, past champions of the event will also be back in attendance to take part in the Sunday driver autograph session and to be recognized during pre-race ceremonies.

COMPETITOR GUIDE: The complete Competitor’s Guide to NAPA Super DIRT Week is posted at www.SuperDIRTWeekOnline.com or by clicking this link – SuperDIRTWeekOnline.com/images/stories/PDF/2015_Competitor_Guide.pdf .

JOIN THE CELEBRATION: Become part of the social media surge surrounding the “Finale at the Fairgrounds” by likingwww.Facebook.com/SuperDIRTWeek or following on Twitter @SuperDIRTWeek. Let all your friends and followers know where you’re spending the week of Oct. 7-11.

GOT QUESTIONS? We have answers. For Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about NAPA Super DIRT Week, click the “Got A Question” link at www.SuperDIRTWeekOnline.com.

GENERAL CAMPING: Reserved camping is sold out for this year’s NAPA Super DIRT Week, but there still are general camping locations left at the New York State Fairgrounds. Go to www.DIRTcar.com/tickets or call 844-DIRT-TIX (347-8849) for more information.

RESERVE YOUR SEATS: Tickets are still available by clicking www.DIRTcar.com/tickets, going to www.SuperDIRTWeekOnline.com and clicking the ticket link, or calling 844-DIRT-TIX (347-8849).

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