ELBRIDGE, NY-Just one year ago, Bill and Kim Shea agreed to purchase Utica-Rome Speedway from Gene Cole which they operated throughout the 2015 season.  In 2016, in addition to successfully operating Utica-Rome Speedway weekly, they will operate Rolling Wheels Raceway Park for track owners Bill Mendick and Bert Butler.  Mendick and Butler approached the Shea’s in early February about running the Elbridge speed plant after Glenn Donnelly stepped away from promoting the speedway.
“We were flattered when Mr. Mendick and Mr. Butler contacted us,” commented Bill Shea.  “They said they like the direction we were going in at Utica-Rome and reached out to us, and after some discussions, we decided to do it.  We feel very fortunate to be operating two of the most historic tracks in the northeast.”
“We realize the work that will go into making this work,” added Kim Shea “but we expect much of the staff that works with us on Sundays to be with us at Rolling Wheels and that will help make it easier.  We also feel that both tracks will feed off of each other, benefitting both speedways.”
A preliminary schedule has been set that includes seven firm dates and two to be announced events.  The first event to kick off the 2016 Rolling Wheels Raceway Park season will be a Thursday night affair on June 23, featuring the 602 Crate Sportsman, Crate Late Models, and Vintage Modifieds plus an open practice for Modifieds and Sprints.  The second event on the schedule is the highly anticipated Race of Champions Modified Series and Short Track Super Series Modified Series combination event on Wednesday July 13.  The two series, headed by Joe Skotnicki and Brett Deyo respectively, will bring the best drivers of both series together on the same track in the same time for the first time ever.  The Race of Champion Sportsman Series will also be in on the action, wrapping up an exciting night of racing.
The Race of Champions Modified Series will have two more events at the “Fast Track”, on Thursday August 4 and Wednesday August 24.  On August 4, the GRIT Sportsman Series will join the RoC Modifieds while the 360 Sprints will be on the card on August 24 for an open competition show.
The Super DIRTcar Series will have a double header at the Rolling Wheels Raceway Park on Wednesday, August 17 as the DIRTcar Modifieds and DIRTcar Sportsman will both compete in their respective series events.  Both series have a long and rich history at the fast 5/8 mile oval.
The Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints will headline the action Thursday August 11, being joined by the GO Nuclear Late Model Series and a combination Race of Champions and GRIT Sportsman Series event.
The final event of the 2016 season will be the traditional October stop by the World of Outlaw Craftsman Sprint Car Series.  Some of the best 410 Sprint drivers in the nation will be competition for a rare Central New York stop.  The Modifieds will also compete in a format that will be released at a later date.
A new website for Rolling Wheels Raceway Park is under construction and will be up and running in the coming days but you can keep up to by visiting Rolling Wheels Raceway Park on Facebook or follow on Twitter at @RollingWheelsRP.  Rolling Wheels Raceway is west of Syracuse on Route 5 in Elbridge and has had a storied history where some of the best drivers in dirt Modified racing have competed over the years.  Opening in 1969, Rolling Wheels was one of the charter members of the upstart Drivers Independent Race Tracks (DIRT) and operated weekly until the early 80’s when it switched to a specials only format.  Some the sport’s best drivers have conquered the “Fast Track” including legends Will Cagle and Bob McCreadie to today’s stars Brett Hearn, Matt Sheppard, Stewart Friesen, Danny Johnson, Larry Wight, and many more.
Utica-Rome Speedway is also located on Route 5 but east of Syracuse in the Village of Vernon and operates weekly on Sunday evenings from late April until early September.  Utica-Rome Speedway is the only short track in the United States that can claim having the only two drivers not in the top three levels of NASCAR in the NASCAR Hall of Fame.  Richie Evans, Class of 2012, and Jerry Cook, Class of 2016, both started their stellar careers by competing weekly at Utica-Rome Speedway.  Utica-Rome Speedway continues to operate under the NASCAR banner as part of the Whelen All-American Series.  More information can be found at www.uticaromespeedway.com
Date                             Track Event
Thursday, June 23         602 Crate Sportsman, Crate Late Models,  and Vintage Cars plus Open Practice for Modifieds and Sprints
Wednesday, July 13      Race of Champions and Short Track Super Series Combination Modified Race plus Race of Champions Sportsman Series
Thursday, August 4       Race of Champions Modified Series and GRIT Sportsman Series
Thursday, August 11     Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints, Race of Champions/GRIT Sportsman Series, and GO Nuclear Late Model Series                        
Wednesday August 17   Super DIRTcar Modified Series and Super DIRTcar Sportsman Series                               
Wednesday, August 24  Race of Champions Modified Series  and 360 Sprint Open
Monday, September 5   TBA
Friday, October 7          TBA
Saturday, October 8      World of Outlaw Craftsman Sprint Car Series and Modifieds


SPEED SPORT, Oswego Speedway Finalize Seven Race National Broadcast Schedule on MAVTV

OSWEGO, NY (March 24, 2016) – SPEED SPORT and Oswego Speedway are again teaming together to broadcast an impressive seven-race schedule from the “Steel Palace” in 2016 as part of the award-winning Suzuki presents SPEED SPORT on MAVTV.

The broadcasts will cover all forms of racing at the upstate New York speed plant including the non-wing Novelis Supermodifieds, the winged ISMA Supermodifieds, the Pathfinder Bank Small Block Supers, as well as the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series.

“It’s incredible to think that a small two or three race partnership with SPEED SPORT and MAVTV two years ago has blossomed into a seven race schedule for 2016,” said Oswego Speedway Public Relations Director Dan Kapuscinski.  “It’s mostly a credit to the great group of people at SPEED SPORT who are so passionate about short track racing, as well as the tremendous production crew at Thomas Video Productions.  With the help of these key individuals we are able to bring the best of Oswego Speedway racing to homes all over the country, yet again.”

Event coverage will begin on Memorial Day Weekend with the running of the second annual Port City 160 ‘Super Spectacle’ on Saturday, May 28.

SPEED SPORT and Thomas Video Productions cameras will be rolling on the 75-lap Novelis Supermodified Jim Shampine Memorial as well as the 50-lap ISMA Supermodified “Irish” Jack Murphy Memorial.

Broadcast coverage will continue on Saturday, July 23 with the 30th annual $10,000-to-win Mr. Novelis Supermodified, before returning for Budweiser International Classic Weekend.

Classic Weekend will be covered top to bottom by SPEED SPORT with coverage of the Bud Light ISMA Super Nationals on Saturday, September 3, while the Budweiser International Classic 200 and Bud Light SBS Classic will each be covered on Sunday, September 4.

The Speedway’s final event of the season will be the return of the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified 250 on Saturday, September 17, announced earlier this month by SPEED SPORT and RoC officials.

SPEED SPORT, a multimedia motorsports news organization with roots dating to 1934, was built on short-track racing. The feature-based SPEED SPORT Magazine is delivered monthly while breaking news is available as soon as it happens at www.SPEEDSPORT.com, which is also where fans can register for the free “Daily presented by General Tire” that rounds up all of the major stories from the previous 24 hours.

Suzuki presents SPEED SPORT on MAVTV is entering its third season, with 30 one-hour shows scheduled to broadcast at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. every Thursday.

Kids 16 and under will again be admitted free at all sΩpeedway 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 1-5 p.m. 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.

Be sure to follow SPEED SPORT online at www.SPEEDSPORT.com or via social media at facebook.com/SpeedSport, twitter.com/SPEEDSPORT or youtube.com/SpeedSportTV.


Sunoco to become title sponsor of Sportsman division

LANCASTER, N.Y. (March 23, 2016) – Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway has received a renewed and expanded commitment from Sunoco Race Fuels for the next two years in its role as the official fuel provider for WNY’s premier motorsports facility.

Sunoco Race Fuels is now the title sponsor of Lancaster National Speedway’s Sportsman, which is the headline division for the track’s Saturday Stock Car program. 

There is a high level of anticipation surrounding the Sunoco Sportsman heading in to the 2016 season. To date, 20 drivers have already registered for the weekly points program with more to be added. With that, car counts are expected to be at record levels on a weekly basis. 

“Sunoco is synonymous with racing and having top-notch fuel for race teams,” said Tim Packman, Track President. “Having them on board for another two years and stepping up to be the title sponsor of our headlining Sportsman division is a great commitment on their part.

“This track is working very hard to be the place to race and now both the Stock Car and Drag competitors know they have a reliable and known brand to put in their race cars. The enhanced involvement by Sunoco and Insinger Fuels says a lot about the direction of the track and its future.”

In addition to its sponsorship of the Sportsman, Sunoco will also present jackets to all 2016 Speedway and Dragway divisional and class track champions during the postseason awards banquet. They will also have an enhanced visible presence with their famous blue and yellow logo on an inner-oval billboard for all to see.

Sunoco provides racing fuel for tracks and series across the United States, including NASCAR and the Race of Champions Modified Series. Insinger Performance of Dushore, Penn. is the official Sunoco Race Fuels distributor for Lancaster. Insinger Performance is operated by former NHRA and IHRA Top Alcohol Dragster competitor, Bruce Insinger.

 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).

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