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Mr. Novelis Supermodified Returning to 75-lap Distance in 2018

Photo:Alex Borland

OSWEGO, NY (January 5, 2018) – For the past 31 years, the $10,000 to win Mr. Novelis Supermodified has become a trademark at Oswego Speedway as one of the must see events on the track’s schedule. To add to the excitement, in 2018, Mr. Supermodified will return to a unique distance of 75-laps for only the fifth time in speedway history.

Starting as a 50-lap venture in July of 1987 when the ‘original’ Mr. Supermodified Gene Lee Gibson went to victory lane with his No. 0, this highly anticipated Supermodified spectacular has been a part of Oswego Speedway’s schedule every year since. Although remaining at 50-laps in distance for 25 straight seasons, some of the most exciting action in the event’s storied history has been provided in the 75 lappers.

“We are excited to share that Mr. Supermodified will be going back to 75 laps for the 2018 season,” said track owner John Torrese. “We feel the 75 lap shows have provided some of the best racing this event has seen. Increasing the length of the show allows the chance for a lot more racing towards the front of the pack. We hope the fans enjoy it.”

All doing so in 50-lap events, many recognizable names have seen victory in the first 25 years of Mr. Supermodified including that of Mike Muldoon Sr, Doug Heveron, Mike Ordway, Pat Abold, Steve Gioia, Doug Didero, Tim Gareau, Bob Goutermout, Greg Furlong, Otto Sitterly, Bobby Magner, and Ray Graham, who have all won the race at least once from 1987 to 2011 in 50-lap events. Ordway, Muldoon, Goutermout, Furlong, Sitterly, Magner Ray Graham and most recently Dave Danzer in 2016 are the only repeat winners in Mr. Supermodified history while Dave Gruel became the latest first time winner of the race this past year.

It was the 2012 season when officials decided to increase the lap count of Mr. Supermodified to 75, and ironically, it was second generation driver Kody Graham who drove to victory in the first ever extra distance version of Mr. Supermodified that same year, allowing the Graham name to go back to back to back as champions with his father Ray winning in both 2010 and 2011 and then Kody in 2012.

By 2013, it was finally Otto Sitterly’s turn to win his first Mr. Supermodified title since 2006 and his first for car owner John Nicotra in a race that started with a wild lap 1 stack up in turn four, taking several potential front runners out of the race. Sitterly went on to battle early leader Brian Sweeney for what ended up being a dominating win in his No. 7.

The race returned to 75-laps in length for the third year in a row come 2014 and Dave Danzer absolutely dominated, leading nearly every lap to dismantle the competition and lap up to sixth place Gruel to score the victory over Michael Barnes and Bobby Bond.

Despite three wild years of 75-lap action, nothing compared to the show that was produced in 2015, a race considered to be one of the best Mr. Supermodified events in history as it all came down to the final five laps which saw Sitterly, Barnes, and Ray Graham trade the top spot a total of seven different times before Sitterly used the lapped car of his teammate DJ Shullick to set a pick on Graham and go on to one of the most exciting Mr. Supermodified victories in history.

A tradition in the months of July and August, Mr. Supermodified is sure to pack the grandstands and continue to provide plenty of thrills and spills with the big money on the line. Second to only the $15,000 top prize for the Budweiser International Classic 200 in winnings, Mr. Supermodified has been known to bring new faces as well as different race cars through the speedway’s steel gates with more cars competing in this particular race than any other regular season event for the past several seasons.

2018 will see the opportunity for several first time Mr. Supermodified winners that include some of the most respected names in class history including the legendary Joe Gosek, who has never won Mr. Supermodified despite competing in it every year since the event began in 1987.

Other notable names yet to earn the right to the title include defending track champion Dave Shullick Jr, 2016 track champion Michael Barnes, 2017 Bud Classic 200 polesitter Keith Shampine, second generation driver Brandon Bellinger, 2001 Budweiser International Classic 200 winner Timmy Snyder, multi-time feature winner and current track record holder Joey Payne, and more.

Interestingly, both Jeff Abold and Michael Muldoon will have the opportunity to become only the second and third second generation drivers to win Mr. Supermodified with Jeff’s father Pat as well as Mike Muldoon Sr. winning the event on more than one occasion from 1988 to to 1998.

Ticket prices for the 32nd annual Mr. Novelis Supermodified will be unveiled in the near future.

For those interested in purchasing tickets, winter office hours at Oswego Speedway are 11am-4pm on Saturdays, with special weekday hours posted frequently on the speedway’s social media outlets. You can also phone a representative at the box office by dialing (315)-342-0646.

The full 2018 schedule for Oswego Speedway, set to open with the first ever running of the Jim Shampine Memorial Twin 50’s on Saturday, May 26, has been posted online at OswegoSpeedway.com. Season ticket information, pricing, and time schedules will be added in the coming days. All kids 16 and under will remain FREE with a paid adult in the new year.

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.

About Oswego Speedway: Oswego Speedway, a sports entertainment company, is a 5/8 mile semi-banked pavement racing oval located off the shores of Lake Ontario in scenic Oswego, NY. Oswego Speedway has been a continuously run weekly racing venue since August, 1951. The premier open-wheel pavement short track cars in the world, Supermodifieds, run weekly at Oswego Speedway making Oswego the only weekly Supermodified racing venue in the world. The Small Block Supermodifieds accompany the full blown Supers on a weekly Saturday night schedule which runs from May through September. Oswego Speedway is mentioned in racing circles as the “Indy of the East,” as no fewer than a dozen past and present competitors have competed at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway including Mario Andretti, arguably the greatest driver of all time, two-time Indy 500 champion Gordon Johncock, along with former International Classic Champions Bentley Warren, Joe Gosek, and Davey Hamilton.

All-Time 75-lap Mr. Supermodified Champions:

2012 Kody Graham

2013 Otto Sitterly

2014 Dave Danzer

2015 Otto Sitterly

All-Time Mr. Supermodified Champions:

1987 Gene Lee Gibson

1988 Mike Muldoon

1989 Doug Heveron

1990 Mike Ordway

1991 Mike Ordway

1992 Pat Abold

1993 Mike Ordway

1994 Steve Gioia Jr.

1995 Doug Didero

1996 Pat Abold

1997 Tim Gareau

1998 Mike Muldoon

1999 Bob Goutermout

2000 Bob Goutermout

2001 Greg Furlong

2002 Mike Ordway

2003 Mike Ordway

2004 Mike Ordway

2005 Greg Furlong

2006 Otto Sitterly

2007 Greg Furlong

2008 Bobby Magner

2009 Bobby Magner

2010 Ray Graham

2011 Ray Graham

2012 Kody Graham

2013 Otto Sitterly

2014 Dave Danzer

2015 Otto Sitterly

2016 Dave Danzer

2017 Dave Gruel

2018 Camden Proud Chicken BBQ Fundraiser Set for Sunday, April 8

OSWEGO, NY (January 4, 2018)  – Proud Motorsports has announced the date for the fifth annual Camden Proud Chicken BBQ Fundraiser which will return to Lighthouse Lanes on Sunday, April 8th.

Banking off his best season yet at Oswego Speedway which was highlighted by three second place finishes, third in the championship standings, and a third place time trial and fifth place effort in the Bud Light Classic 75 this past September, 19 year-old Proud is looking forward to his fifth full-time season at the Steel Palace.

“We are looking forward to the upcoming season as well as getting things started for the fifth annual Camden Proud Chicken BBQ Fundraiser,” he said. “Our team has been fortunate to welcome back several returning sponsors ahead of 2018, but the barbecue continues to be a huge part of funding our program. I’m hoping for another successful event this April and we’re happy to announce its return to Lighthouse Lanes.”

Once again in 2018, either Chicken BBQ or Pulled Pork dinners will be available for a $10 donation to Proud Motorsports. The dinners come with two sides and a dessert. New this year, entertainment is planned as part of the fundraiser coupled with the return of some of the popular raffle items that we’ve seen in the past.

“The community has been very generous in their support of the fundraiser for the past four years,” Proud added. “This has given us a very nice boost in the amount of attention the event has been getting. We’ve had gift cards, t-shirts, power tools, wine baskets, pretty much everything the past several years and we will have a similar setup in 2018. There will be something for everyone.”

Pre-sale tickets for the 2018 Camden Proud Chicken BBQ Fundraiser are on order and will soon be made available by stopping at Step One Creative or Ken’s Body Shop in Oswego. You can email a team representative at proudmotorsports@gmail.com to setup ticket pre-sale and pick up. The fundraiser will run from 1pm until sold out on April 8th, but all pre-sale orders must be picked up by 2pm.

Opening Day at Oswego Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, May 26th which will see the lid lifter Jim Shampine and Tony White Memorial events for the Supermodifieds and SBS featuring Jim Shampine Memorial ‘Twin 50’s’ for the Supers. The speedway’s annual open practice session will commence a week earlier on Saturday, May 19.

For the latest updates from Proud Motorsports, you can visit the team’s website online at www.ProudMotorsports.com. You can also FOLLOW on Twitter @ProudMtrsports or LIKE on Facebook at Facebook.com/ProudMotorsports.

O’Connor, Pisa to join forces for newly formed G.O. Premiere Motorsports in 2018

Courtesy of G.O. Premier Motorsports

OSWEGO, NY – A newly formed two car team is preparing for competition at Oswego Speedway in 2018, however the names and faces will be familiar to anyone who follows the Pathfinder Bank SBS series. Greg O’Connor and Tony Pisa will handle the driving duties for the G.O. Premiere Motorsports team, co-owned by O’Connor and Stephen Flack.

Driving the Flack owned Premiere Motorsports No. 90, O’Connor raced to a 9th place points finish in the 2017 Pathfinder Bank SBS Series Driver’s Championship following his first career victory in the coveted Grand Prix special on July 1.  At season’s end, O’Connor was also recognized as the division’s Most Improved Driver.

Meanwhile, teammate Pisa drove the O’Connor Racing No. 89 to a 13th place finish in points and collected the Rookie of the Year title along with the Mike Kapuscinski SBS Classic Rookie of the Race award for 2017.

The two teams will now officially join forces, with Flack recently acquiring the former Alex McRae No. 14 machine with the intention of having Pisa pilot the ride for the 2018 season.

Look for Pisa to wheel the Hedger chassis, which will be renumbered No. 32 this year in competition, while O’Connor will remain behind the wheel of his familiar No. 90.  The team merger means that both machines will get their horsepower from O’Connor owned powerplants.

“I’m really excited to be teamed up with Greg (O’Connor) and Stephen (Flack) for this season and hopeful that some newer equipment will be beneficial for both the team overall as well as myself,” said Pisa.  “With Greg and I both driving Hedger cars this year, we should be able to help each other out a bit more as far as setups go.”

O’Connor added, “I’m excited about this year as well, especially with having a full year under my belt in the new car. I’m hopeful that we can keep running up front and getting good finishes. I think it’s great that Flack was able to put Tony into a newer car with some better parts.  Us having similar cars should make it more fun for the both of us. I can’t wait to see both cars out on the track and get the season going and I would like to thank Premiere Landscaping and Munski Automotive for their continued support of our team.”

For the latest updates from G.O. Premiere Motorsports, you can LIKE us on Facebook at Facebook.com/GOPremiereMotorsports3290. The team can be contacted for sponsorship inquiries via email at GOPremiereMotorsports@gmail.com.