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Shampine Blisters Oswego to Sit on Pole for 61st Budweiser International Classic 200

OSWEGO, NY (September 1, 2017) – North Carolina’s Keith Shampine made history on Friday night at Oswego Speedway, becoming the first Shampine on the pole of the Budweiser International Classic 200 since his Uncle Jim in 1979. Shampine and the Syrell Racing No. 68 of Michael Barnes will sit on the front row for the 61st annual ‘Classic.’

Not even a season removed from his first Oswego victory, which came this past May, fittingly in the Jim Shampine Memorial, Shampine showed all day long that the TJ Toyota No. 55 built by Chris Osetek was the car to beat on Central New York Chevy Dealers Qualifying Night as Shampine brought the crowd to it’s feet by putting the legendary Shampine name back on the front row of the Classic for the first time since 1981, when Jim qualified on the outside pole.

“The car was outstanding,” Shampine said. “It’s a real pleasure to drive such a great piece and all the credit goes to Chris Osetek for designing and building it. I thought we had a good shot at the pole this year. The weekly time trials helped us gain experience in qualifying trim. I think we have a good shot at winning the Classic. Thanks to Chris, Brian Osetek, John Coe, TJ Toyota, and all my crew and fans.”

Starting on the outside of Shampine in the front row will be 2016 Track Champion Michael Barnes, as the two will split over $1,000 in cash from Central New York Chevy Dealers. The second row will be all Nicotra blue as teammates Otto Sitterly and Dave Shullick Jr. will fire alongside each other while Aric Iosue, Jeff Abold, last year’s polesitter Michael Muldoon, Tim Devendorf, Kody Graham and Joey Payne were the remaining top ten qualifiers.

Perhaps one of the most competitive International Classics we’ve seen in the past several years, every driver who qualified twentieth or higher was under the 17 second bracket. Locking in with the top ten were Joey Moriarty, Chris Perley, Bobby Bond, Brandon Bellinger, Tim Snyder, Bobby Santos, Tim Jedrzejek and Pat Lavery who qualified from eleventh to eighteenth.

With only top the top eighteen cars advancing directly into the the Classic to take place on Sunday, September 3, drivers who qualified from nineteenth on back will be forced to race their way into the big dance with Sunday’s semi-finals.

Classic Weekend action continues on Saturday with the second annual Toyota ‘Mod Classic’ 150 presented by McDonald’s plus the ‘Supernationals’ 60 for the winged warriors of the ISMA Supermodifieds. Tickets remain available and can be purchased at the track or by phoning a box office representative at (315)-342-0646.

For more information on Oswego Speedway, be sure to visit online at OswegoSpeedway.com. You can also FOLLOW on Twitter @OswegoSpeedway or LIKE on Facebook at Facebook.com/OswegoSpeedway.

Novelis Supermodified Budweiser International Classic 200 Time Trials: 1. 55 Keith Shampine – 16.104, 2. 68 Michael Barnes – 16.241, 3. 7 Otto Sitterly – 16.348, 4. 2 Dave Shullick Jr – 16.349, 5. 11 Aric Iosue – 16.357, 6. 05 Jeff Abold – 16.422, 7. 15 Michael Muldoon – 16.551, 8. 5 Tim Devendorf – 16.485, 9. 91 Kody Graham – 16.601, 10. 14 Joey Payne – 16.625, 11. 51 Joey Moriarty – 16.647, 12. 44 Chris Perley – 16.664, 13. 47 Bobby Bond – 16.680, 14. 02 Brandon Bellinger – 16.707, 15. 0 Tim Snyder – 16.731, 16. 21 Bobby Santos – 16.657, 17. 72 Tim Jedrzejek – 16.862, 18. 6 Pat Lavery – 16.876, 19. 00 Joe Gosek – 16.891, 20. 01 Dan Connors – 16.975, 21. 50 Dave Gruel – 17.001, 22. 70 Dave McKnight – 17.118, 23. 79 Brian Sobus – 17.192, 24. 94 Logan Rayvals – 17.264, 25. 83 Lou LeVea Jr – 17.799, 26. 69 Brian Osetek – 17.874, 27. 71 Bill Sharkey – 17.890, 28. 77 Shaun Gosselin – 17.905, 29. 24 Jerry Curran – 17.916, 30. 56 Hal LaTulip – 18.334, 31. 66 Lou LeVea Sr – 18.611, 32. 1 Jeff West – NT

Bobby Santos Tops First Bud Classic Weekend Thursday Test Session in Graham Racing No. 21

OSWEGO, NY (August 31, 2017) – On Thursday’s early afternoon testing session for Oswego Speedway’s 61st annual Budweiser Classic Week, it was pavement racing star Bobby Santos leading the way in the Graham Racing No. 21 built by John Colloca.

Santos went 16.970 on old tires in his first Supermodified appearance of the year. The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, USAC Silver Crown, and Must See Racing Series regular wasted no time showing that he will again be a threat to compete for victory at the conclusion of the 61st running of the Budweiser International Classic 200 this Sunday, September 3.

“Not too long ago I found out I was coming back here for the Classic after being given this opportunity by Ray Graham,” Santos said. “We’ve had some success together in the 200 and I definitely appreciate the continued opportunity from Graham Racing. I love Oswego Speedway and I love this race, it’s a lot of fun, so I just look forward to racing and hopefully we can have a good weekend.”

The Franklin, MA talent admitted that it’s a bit challenging for him whenever he comes to Oswego as it is usually on a part time basis and going up against drivers who compete each and every Saturday night at the ‘Steel Palace.’

“This is a little bit hard for me going up against guys that run a weekly deal every Saturday night, so you are definitely kind of starting behind everybody,” Santos explained. “Just to get in the seat of a Super again, get comfortable again and get acclimated to everything helps out a lot so hopefully at the end of 200 laps we will be right where I need to be which is up at the front.”

While many had hoped the Tinio Racing No. 44 tour Modified would also be in attendance on Classic Weekend for this Saturday’s ‘Toyota Mod Classic’ 150 presented by McDonald’s, Santos says that will unfortunately not be the case, as his only goal this weekend is to simply be there at the end of 200 laps in the Budweiser International Classic 200.

“Unfortunately we won’t be here with the Mod on Saturday, they aren’t coming this year,” Santos mentioned. “So the big goal this weekend is to just be there at the end of the 200 to contend for the win and like I said, I just love this race and really enjoy coming here.”

Second on the speed charts in the 11:30am to 3:30pm session was the Don Penix owned No. 14 of Joey Payne, which is sporting a new look for Classic Weekend. ‘The Jersey Jet’ got down to a 16.996 second lap. Payne is also scheduled to take part in this afternoon 4pm to 8pm session.

Also taking time Thursday were teammates Jerry Curran and Jeff West. Curran, making his first appearance of the season with his own ‘Nuclear Banana’ No. 24, got down to a solid 17.172 second lap, while West never fully got up to speed.

In the Small Block Supermodifieds, Tyler Thompson lead the way in the Jason Simmons owned, former Kreig Heroth No. 98 machine, which is sporting a very sharp look for Classic Weekend. The dirt Sportsman campaigner ran a 19.285 lap, putting him ahead of the 19.348 second time put in by Ray Sand Jr, who was making his second appearance of the season in his No. 71 formerly driven by Russ Brown.

Michael Barnes, Payne, Brian Sobus, Dan Connors Jr, Anthony Losurdo, Jon Tesoriero, and Scott Shafer are all scheduled to participate in the second session of day, set for 4-8pm, before all attention then shifts to Oswego Speedway’s Central New York Chevy Dealers ‘Pole Day’ qualifying to take place on Friday evening.

Tickets for Classic Weekend remain available, including $5 general admission seating for Friday, September 1. To purchase tickets, please call a box office representative at (315)-342-0646.

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NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Stat Advance: Oswego

Photo: Michael Jaworecki Myracenews

Analyzing The Toyota Mod Classic 150 at Oswego Speedway

 DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will continue the 2017 points championship schedule at Oswego Speedway in Oswego, New York, on Saturday night. The Toyota Mod Classic 150 presented by McDonald’s is the 12th of 16 races for the 2017 season. Below is a statistical look at the race, including selected driver notes:

Toyota Mod Classic 150 Race Setup:

With just five races remaining on the 2017 schedule, the top five in the point standings are seperated by just 14 points. Ryan Preece holds a two point lead over Doug Coby, while Rowan Pennink sits third, just three points back. Preece has four wins and sits in the lead even though he missed a race at Langley, while Coby finally was able to breakthrough and take his first win of the season last time out at Seekonk. The Toyota Mod Classic 150 is just the second Tour stop at the oval in the last decade and is the only stop at the track this year.

At Oswego Speedway:

• A .625-mile asphalt oval, Oswego Speedway has operated continuously since its opening in 1951, when a .375-mile dirt oval was built out of an existing track for horses. It was paved a year later, and in 1961 it was expanded to its current size.
• Considered by many to be the “Indy of the East,” the track’s Supermodifieds have seen Indianapolis 500 winners Gordon Johncock and Mario Andretti compete. The speedway played host to nine NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races, four each in 1988 and 1989, as well as the 2016 race.
• Sitting along Lake Ontario, the track holds the annual International Classic 200 for Supermodifieds each Labor Day weekend annually.

• Brian Ross won the first two NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races held at Oswego in 1988.
• Mike McLaughlin (1988), Mike Stefanik (1989) and Doug Coby (2016) all won a race at Oswego during their respective championship seasons.
• Tony Hirschman holds the record for career victories at Oswego with three.

Oswego Data:
Race: #12 of 16 overall
Race Date: Saturday, September 2 at 7:30 p.m. ET
Track Layout: .625-mile banked asphalt oval
Race Length: 150 laps (93.8 miles)

Qualifying/Race Data:
2016 Winner: Doug Coby
2016 Pole Sitter: Bobby Santos
1-lap Qualifying Record: 126.029 mph (Doug Coby, Sept. 2016)

Category Leaders at Oswego:

1. Tony Hirschman … 3
2. Brian Ross … 2
3. Four drivers tied with… 1

Laps Led
1. Tony Hirschman … 385
2. Mike McLaughlin .. 134
3. Brian Ross … 125

Selected Driver Notes:

Justin Bonsignore (No. 51 Phoenix Communications Inc. Chevrolet)
• Has 12 wins, 52 top fives and 73 top 10s in 116 career Whelen Modified Tour starts.
• This season, Bonsignore has eight top 10s in 11 races, but has yet to visit Victory Lane.
• Last season, Bonsignore started sixth and finished third in the Oswego 150.

Doug Coby (No. 2 Mayhew Tools/Dunleavy’s/AJ Romano Construction Chevrolet)
• Four-time champion has one win this season (Seekonk) with seven top fives in 11 races.
• Coby has four straight top-two finishes in Whelen Modified Tour competition and is the defending winner of the Oswego 150.
• Has 23 wins, 72 top fives and 111 top 10s in 199 career Whelen Modified Tour starts.

Eric Goodale (No. 58 GAF Roofing Chevrolet)
• Sits sixth in the point standings with six top 10s in 11 races this season.
• Started 15th and finished 17th in the Oswego 150 last season.
• Has two wins, 18 top fives and 60 top 10s in 129 career Whelen Modified Tour starts.

Matt Hirschman (No. 60 Pee Dee Motorsports Chevrolet)
• Has two career Whelen Modified Tour wins, both in 2011, at Spencer and Chemung.
• Returns to the Tour this weekend after winning the pole last weekend at Seekonk.
• Has three career 250-lap Modified wins at Oswego.
• Served as crew chief for his father, Tony Hirschman, in Tony’s championship years of 2004 and 2005.

Timmy Solomito (No. 16 Starrett Tools Ford)
• Has three wins, six top fives and seven top 10s in the first 11 races this season.
• Sits fourth in the championship standings, just 11 points from the lead with five races left to go.
• Has two straight finishes outside the top 10 because of a crash.

Rowan Pennink (No. 3 Cape Cod Copper Chevrolet)
• Has one win, two top fives and nine top 10s in 11 races so far this season.
• Sits third in the championship standings, just three points from the lead entering Oswego.
• Last season, Pennink started fourth and finished seventh in the Oswego 150.

Jeff Rocco (No. 85 J&R Precast/Stuart’s Autmotive Chevrolet)
• Will make his fourth start of the season at Oswego on Saturday night.
• In his first three races this season, Rocco has a best finish of 15th.

Ryan Preece (No. 6 TS HaulerChevrolet)
• Has four wins, nine top fives and nine top 10s in 10 starts this season.
• Won the 2013 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship.
• Did not run the race at Oswego Speedway last season.

Ted Christopher (No. 82 Horton Avenue Materials Chevrolet)
• Has 42 wins, 133 top fives and 203 top 10s in 371 career Whelen Modified Tour starts.
• Has eight starts this season with two top fives.
• Has a best finish of third this season at Thompson in August.

Matt Swanson (No. 89 Starrett Tools Ford)
• Has three top fives and 13 top 10s in 33 career Whelen Modified Tour starts.
• Finished fourth in the Seekonk 150 last Saturday.
• Last season, he started 12th and finished 21st in the Oswego Speedway.

Up To Speed:
• This is the 33rd season of NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour racing. The first event was held in 1985 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, won by Richie Evans.
• The 2017 schedule includes 16 points races at nine different tracks, across seven different states. It also includes two non-points events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway.
• Following the Toyota Mod Classic 150, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will return to Riverhead Raceway on Sept. 16.