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Gosek Emerges as Oswego’s New All-Time Points Leader; Snyder Moves Inside Top Twelve

Gosek Emerges as Oswego’s New All-Time Points Leader; Snyder Moves Inside Top Twelve

OSWEGO, NY – It had been since 2011 since the all-time points system for Oswego Speedway’s Supermodifieds had been updated, but that changed earlier this week and the new top five provided an interesting shift as well as a new all-time points leader for the first time since the mid-1990s.

Joe Gosek, a full-time Oswego campaigner for the past 35-plus seasons, has now surpassed Eddie Bellinger Jr. as the all-time Supermodified points leader through the 2017 season. Gosek was 4th at the conclusion of 2011, but has since passed three all-time greats in Jim Shampine, Steve Gioia Jr, and Bellinger to take the lead with an astounding 32,606 career points, besting Bellinger’s 32,405.

Gosek has 44 career wins at Oswego including three Budweiser International Classic 200s, plus two track championships and several ‘Mr. Supermodified crowns’ to boot with his legendary No. 00. As of right now, it appears Gosek’s 32,600 point mark may never be broken and Joe will only add to that in 2018.

At almost 62 years-old, Gosek is still very much winning, taking his 44th win at Oswego in the 45-lap ‘Retro Night’ feature this year and he shows no signs of slowing down. “I still think I have a few more good years in me,” he said.

Seven time track champion Otto Sitterly, first a champ in 2006 and Supermodified rookie back in 2004, was the big mover and shaker overall thus far. Sitterly, of Canajoharie, moved from the 31st spot with 9,400 points prior to 2012 right up to 13th with nearly 15,000 career points collected. Since 2012, Sitterly scored three more track championships to add to his total with car owner John Nicotra.

The ‘Zero Hero,’ Tim Snyder, an Oswego rookie in 1996, also gained a considerable amount of points and while the Northfield, N.H. driver only moved up one spot, it was to crack the top twelve. Snyder was 13th with some 13,400 points after 2011 and the 2001 Budweiser International Classic champion has competed just about full-time in every season since with Snyder now moving into 12th all-time with 16,732 points, blowing him past Mark Letcher. With Snyder planning to compete full-time in 2018, he is on pace to best Ron Wallace, Mike Muldoon Sr. and Nolan Swift to move into tenth all-time just behind Norm Mackereth, who he may have the chance to pass next season as well.

While Sitterly and Snyder made notable gains already, there are other drivers further back in the top 100 such as Bob Bond, Hal LaTulip, Bill Sharkey, and Ray Graham that will all see considerate point increases as well.

With Gosek officially emerging as the new all-time leader,  the remainder of the list, which will now include roughly 600 unique names since 1962, continues to be updated and will be posted in its entirety at OswegoSpeedway.com in the near future.

“We are happy to finally begin the tedious process of updating our all-time stats for Supermodified fans to see,” said speedway public relations director Camden Proud. “Our all-time points system is calculated using a different system than the current one implicated at the track, so this tends to take a considerable amount of time. Soon you will be able to see more statistics than ever at OswegoSpeedway.com including this full-Supermodified all-time points list, which will see some major shifts when it is all said and done. Until then, all of us at the speedway congratulate Joe Gosek on his accomplishment.”

New lists contributed by Dave Rice of Oswego such as All-Time SBS Car Owner Wins, Feature Only Points and Chassis Wins have all been added to the track’s website while Supermodified, SBS and Super Stock all-time wins and top fives have been updated as well. Several more stats will be added throughout the offseason.

The full 2018 schedule for Oswego Speedway has been announced with its annual open practice session set to be held on Saturday, May 19 before a Memorial Day Weekend spectacular officially kicks off the season one week later on Saturday, May 26.

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Top 20 All-Time Oswego Speedway Supermodified Point Standings (1962-2017):

  1. Joe Gosek – 32,606

  2. Eddie Bellinger Jr – 32,405

  3. Steve Gioia Jr – 29,806

  4. Jim Shampine – 28,317

  5. Bentley Warren – 25,993

  6. Warren Coniam – 21,792

  7. Jamie Moore – 18,575

  8. Norm Mackereth – 17,548

  9. Nolan Swift – 17,213

  10. Mike Muldoon – 17,147

  11. Ron Wallace Sr – 16,958

  12. Tim Snyder – 16,732

  13. Otto Sitterly – 14,912

  14. Mark Letcher – 13,687

  15. Doug Didero – 13,156

  16. Bobby Stelter – 12,805

  17. Danny Soule – 11,858

  18. Todd Stowell – 11,752

  19. Brian Herb – 11,345

  20. Kempton Dates – 11,146

Kids 16 & Under, Active Military Remain FREE at Oswego in 2018

Kids 16 & Under, Active Military Remain FREE at Oswego in 2018

OSWEGO, NY (November 7, 2017) – Following the release of Oswego Speedway’s 2018 schedule earlier this week, track management is pleased to announce that all active service members plus kids 16 and under attending speedway racing events in 2018 will be admitted FREE of charge with a paid adult. This excludes Budweiser International Classic Weekend.

This idea, in a continued effort to remain a family friendly facility while also honoring those who serve our country, has been in effect at Oswego Speedway since the 2011 season and is an important part of piecing together the schedule each year.

“When officials work out the details for our weekly events,, this is one of the first things that everyone makes note of,” said speedway public relations director Camden Proud. “It is very important to the Torrese family to continue to involve and develop our younger race fans while also making events as family friendly as possible. On top of that, honoring our servicemen and women who allow us the freedom to bring the great sport of Supermodified racing to everyone on Saturday nights is the least we can do.”

To work in conjunction with the ‘Kids 16 and Under Free’ campaign, several fan-friendly events are planned as part of each of the speedway’s ten regular race nights in 2018 including two driver autograph sessions, countless giveaways, the return of the Eagles Fan Club, $5 Admission Track Championship Night, and much more to be announced in the near future.

Oswego Speedway’s 2018 schedule is posted below. On-track activity begins on Saturday, May 19 with a free to the public Open Practice session to include all 2018 divisions. One week later, the steel gates will swing open for ‘Opening Day,’ which will mark the 68th consecutive season of action at the ‘Big O.’ The track’s flagship Novelis Supermodified and Pathfinder Bank SBS divisions have already been tabbed a part of the Memorial Day Weekend spectacular with additional divisions expected to be announced.

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To speak to a track representative, please call the box office at (315)-342-0646.

Oswego Speedway Reveals Dates for 68th Season of Action

Oswego Speedway Reveals Dates for 68th Season of Action

OSWEGO, NY (November 6, 2017) – With Oswego Speedway’s 2017 campaign officially in the history books as of last Saturday night’s championship banquet at the Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center in Oswego, officials are pleased to announce dates for the track’s 2018 campaign, which will be the 68th annual season of action at the ‘Steel Palace.’

The 2018 schedule for Oswego Speedway is set to include a total of 10 regular weekends of championship action for the Supermodifieds and SBS divisions, plus the 62nd annual Budweiser International Classic Weekend which will be held from August 31 to September 2.

“We are very excited to reveal our dates for the 68th season of racing at the Oswego Speedway,” said track owner John Torrese. “This coming season, fan interaction and involvement is something we are really trying to focus on. Each week will consist of a big show, and each race will also include a special activity or event for fans of all ages to enjoy.”

Although the schedule does not yet officially include touring series very familiar to Oswego fans such as the ISMA Supermodifieds and Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Tour among others, track management is working diligently with officials from various sanctioning bodies to put race dates together for 2018. With schedules not yet announced for some of these series, Oswego is forced to hold off as well. Race laps are also expected to be announced by Saturday, December 1.

“Right now, we are working with ISMA, the Triple Crown Series, and all of the visiting sanctions our fans are familiar with to put together events for this coming season,” Torrese mentioned. “We’ve also been busy working on rule books, adding event sponsors and banging out details for some of the special race night events we plan on holding. All of that is coming soon. We are looking forward to a fantastic season.”

The speedway will officially open its doors for the first time of 2018 on Saturday, May 19 when open test sessions will hit the track. This test session will run from 1-5pm and include all 2018 divisions on the schedule.

A week later, the 68th annual Opening Day will commence on Saturday, May 26, which right now is set to include the Jim Shampine Memorial for the Supermodifieds and the Tony White Memorial for the SBS division. More details on what is expected to be a huge Memorial Day Weekend of racing action will be revealed in the coming weeks.

With one event in May to kick off the season, championship hopefuls in the Supermodified and SBS divisions will then turn their attention to the month of June which will now see three ‘Road to the Championship’ events in 2018, although the track will go quiet on June 23 for High School Graduation.

With Independence Day falling on a Thursday next year, the Independence Weekend Special will now be contested on Saturday, June 30 and is set to include the Supermodifieds, SBS, plus the fan favorite fireworks display which will serve as the nightcap to an eventful evening of racing.

As done the past several years, teams will then prepare for the grueling month of July with two more regular events scheduled for July 7 and July 14, before the 32nd annual $10,000 to win Mr. Supermodified and the 27th annual $1,500 to win Mr. SBS closes out the month of racing on Saturday, July 21.

Following Mr. Supermodified, the track will again be off the final week in July for Harborfest festivities as well as the Sandusky Speedway ‘Hy-Miler’ for the ISMA Supermodifieds, before returning with three more championship events in August.

The month of August will see a plethora of fan favorite events this season, including the return of ‘Retro Night,’ which this year is tentatively tabbed for Saturday, August 4 to work in conjunction with the ‘Old Timer’s Reunion’ to be held at Lighthouse Lanes that same morning.

One more regular ‘Road to the Championship’ show will be held on August 11 before the points race comes to an end on Saturday, August 18 for the popular $5 Admission Track Championship which will return in 2018.

Despite the points season ending in August, race fans know this is not the end of Oswego’s schedule as the headlining 62nd annual Budweiser International Classic Weekend will close the season from August 31-September 2.

As always, Classic Weekend will include the Budweiser International Classic 200 for Supermodifieds plus the Bud Light Classic 75 for Small Block Supers, which will both be contested on Sunday, September 2. Friday, August 31 will once again serve as ‘Pole Day’ for the Supermodifieds and SBS with at least two more divisions set to be added to the already jam-packed weekend on Saturday, September 1.

With race dates officially public, the speedway will now shift attention to the aforementioned race laps, event sponsors, special race night events and festivities, plus pricing and season ticket options throughout the coming weeks.

“Our team is eager to continue the hard work over the winter months in order to tab additional divisions, continue putting together race night festivities, plus finalize weekly and season ticket pricing for 2018,” said speedway public relations director Camden Proud. “Those following Oswego Speedway online will have a whole lot to look forward to throughout the offseason and we are very much anticipating seeing our fans back in the seats for Open Practice on Saturday, May 19.”

Once available, additional divisions, pricing, season ticket, and further event information will be added to the ‘Schedule’ page at OswegoSpeedway.com which is now updated to include 2018 events.

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To speak to a track representative, please call the box office at (315)-342-0646.