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Silly Season Drivers Settle In

New Pairings Set With Whelen Modified Tour Ready To Roll

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR
April 1, 2016

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Each off season brings change to the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and a handful of familiar names are gearing up for the coming 2016 season with different teams.

When the 32nd season of Whelen Modified Tour competition stars next weekend at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, one-fifth of the drivers in the starting lineup will be with different teams. Chase Dowling, Rowan Pennink, Woody Pitkat, Ron Silk and Todd Szegedy have all changed rides from 2015 to 2016 while Rob Summers will rejoin the tour for the first time since 2010.

And announced Wednesday, Jimmy Blewett is also back following a two-year absence.

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IMG_0794 (2)Dowling, who earned Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors in 2015 with Tomaino Motorsports, has joined Berkley Auto Racing for the coming season. The Roxbury, Connecticut, native, now 18, recorded eight top 10s in 15 races as a rookie. He’ll continue to race the No. 9 with his new team, owned by Bob Katon.

Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania’s Pennink has moved on from his own team and into the seat of the famed “Ole Blue” No. 3 of Boehler Racing Enterprises for a full-time run in 2016. He recorded two wins and 58 top 10s in 124 starts across nine seasons in the No. 93.

A championship contender in 2015 with Buzz Chew Racing, Pitkat landed on his feet with Kevin Stuart Motorsports for the coming season after the Chew team decided to switch to dirt racing closer to its upstate New York home base. A nine-year Whelen Modified Tour veteran from Stafford, IMG_3906_4200Connecticut, Pitkat recorded all three of his wins and each of his four poles in the two previous seasons with Chew. The Stuart team will be new to the tour this season, and current plans are to compete in 11 of the 17 events on the schedule.

The 2011 Whelen Modified Tour titlist, Silk made seven starts last year including five with Rob Fuller Motorsports. This year he will take over for driver/owner Danny Watts Jr. in the No. 82. A nine-time winner on the tour, Silk already drove the Watts 82 to Victory Lane once this year when he won the tour-type modified opener at New Smyrna (Florida) Speedway during the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing. The team currently plans to run the full slate of events.

In this game of musical chairs, Szegedy is the only driver to land in a seat he previously occupied. After a full season in the Mystic Missile Racing No. 4 last year, the 2003 tour champ wanted to reduce his schedule in 2016, and he will do just that with a return to Rob Fuller Motorsports. Szegedy, with 19 wins in 202 career races, posted an average finish of 15th in five starts in the RFM No. 15 two years ago.

Summers’ case is different from the previously mentioned drivers. Aside from a spot start in 2013, the Manchester, Connecticut, driver hasn’t competed on the Whelen Modified Tour since 2010. His last full-time season was 2006. He will return to a full slate in 2016, however, as he joined KLM Motorsports to drive the No. 64. Summers has 27 top 10s in 132 career tour races.

TIMG_8471he vacancy left by Szegedy in the “Mystic Missile” No. 4 was the last piece of the puzzle put into place this offseason. Blewett was considering returning to the tour with his own No. 76 with which he last competed in 2013. Instead he landed a big opportunity with a team that has won three tour titles since 2007. The Howell, New Jersey, native has five wins and 36 top 10s in 105 starts since 2001.

The 17-race NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season will commence with the Icebreaker 150 on Sunday, April 10 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. For 42nd Annual Icebreaker weekend ticket and event information, please click HERE.

Pathfinder Bank to Present 25th Anniversary Season of Small Block Super Racing at Oswego Speedway

OSWEGO, NY (April 1, 2016) – Since 1992, Oswego Speedway has been a two division show, featuring the wheel to wheel action of the Pathfinder Bank Small Block Super series alongside the Novelis Supermodifieds.

What started out as a chalkboard plan by Oswego Speedway’s Caruso family to hopefully push more driving interest into the fast 5/8 mile, has grown into one of the most proven support divisions in all of open-wheel short track racing, capable of being a headliner at nearly any facility.

In 2016, title sponsor Pathfinder Bank will be at the forefront as the Small Block Super division celebrates 25 years of action at the ‘Steel Palace.’

“The Caruso family no doubt hit the setup when they devised the creation of the then known Limited Supermodified,” said Oswego Speedway PR Director, Dan Kapuscinski.  “In its first full season in 1992, 26 drivers scored points and by 1994 there were 43 different drivers in action, drivers that may otherwise have never raced at Oswego.  It is safe to say that the division has surpassed what the Caruso’s had envisioned as no fewer than a dozen Supermodified feature winners, got their start in the Small Block Super ranks.”

While the class has proven to be a feeder system for drivers into to the Novelis Supermodified ranks, the race cars themselves have improved vastly in the technological department since John Phelps drove to the division’s first main event win on May 9, 1992.

With times around the Oswego oval in the 20-second bracket early on, the SBS machines of today circle the 5/8 mile routinely in the lower 19-second bracket with the current track record held by Russ Brown at an amazing 18.554 seconds.

Brown, the division’s first track champion in 1992, joins defending track champion Mike Bond as the two greatest drivers statistically in the history of the class.

No driver has scored more victories or top five finishes than Brown and Bond, with Bond having won a total of 32 main events, the only driver over 30.

With nine track championships between the two drivers and six SBS Classic crowns, Brown and Bond have been the class of the field since its inception.

However, the top SBS pilots of today have no doubt made names for themselves.
Currently there are 12 former SBS pilots in the Supermodified ranks including Super track champions Bob Bond, Otto Sitterly, and Shawn Muldoon.

Since 2012 SBS graduates Bond, Sitterly, Dave Danzer, Michael Barnes, Ray Graham, and Dave Gruel have all won Supermodified main events.

Not to mention the likes of Tim Devendorf, Brian Sobus, and Dave Cliff, who have all knocked on the door to victory in Supermodified racing, along with veterans Lou LeVea Jr. and Sr. who continue to improve.

Other veteran SBS drivers like Kreig Heroth, Jack Patrick, and Dalton Doyle have dabbled in Super action, with Heroth qualifying for last year’s Budweiser International Classic 200.

While all those mentioned above have had the feeling of an 800-horsepower Supermodified below their right foot, there are other current SBS hot shoes chomping at the bit such as Andrew Schartner, Anthony Losurdo, Camden Proud, and Mike Bruce.

Whether or not they all get their chance, it is certain that the 2016 25th anniversary season of the SBS division at Oswego will be one to remember as defending championship podium finishers Bond, Cliff, and Doyle will all be back in action with fellow rivals Losurdo, Patrick, Bruce, Matt Magner, Proud, and Barry Kingsley all nipping at their heels.

Joining them will be a complete cast including Rob Pullen, Alex Hoag, Josh Kerr, Alex McRae, James Babcock, Cameron Black, AJ Bernys, Dennis Richmond, Jesse Bearup, Tyler Shullick, Ray Sand Jr., Scott Shafer, Cameron Rowe, Bryan Haynes, Greg O’Connor, Jason Simmons, and Dennis Rupert.
Over the years the division has gained respect from the media world as well with the 2015 Bud Light SBS Classic gaining national attention on Suzuki presents SPEED SPORT on MAVTV.  This year’s 25th running of the SBS Classic will also air on MAVTV this fall.

Later this season Oswego Speedway will unveil the 25 greatest drivers in the history of the Pathfinder Bank SBS division.

Kids 16 and under will again be admitted free at all Speedway 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 1-5pm 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 Pathfinder Bank, the title sponsor of the Small Block Super division, visit online at www.pathfinderbank.com.

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.

ALL-TIME Pathfinder Bank SBS Track Champions (1992-2015):

1992 – Russ Brown
1993 – Bob Goutermout
1994 – Scott Landers
1995 – Greg Furlong
1996 – Dean Hoag
1997 – Dean Hoag
1998 – Ray Graham
1999 – Keith Gilliam
2000 – Keith Gilliam
2001 – Mark Regan
2002 – Mark Regan
2003 – Mike Bond
2004 – Mike Bond
2005 – Russ Brown
2006 – Russ Brown
2007 – Russ Brown
2008 – Kevin Knopp
2009 – Dave Gruel
2010 – Dave Cliff
2011 – Mike Bond
2012 – Kreig Heroth
2013 – Russ Brown
2014 – Andrew Schartner
2015 – Mike Bond

ALL-TIME Pathfinder Bank SBS Classic Champions (1992-2015):

1992 – Daryl Nichols
1993 – Scott Landers
1994 – Fred Taylor
1995 – Bob Goutermout
1996 – Dean Hoag
1997 – Jeremy Unruh
1998 – Russ Brown
1999 – Shawn Muldoon
2000 – Billy Izyk
2001 – Craig Rayvals
2002 – Gregg Davis
2003 – Mike Bond
2004 – Mike Bond
2005 – Russ Brown
2006 – Russ Brown
2007 – Dave Cliff
2008 – Dave Cliff
2009 – Mike Bond
2010 – Steve Abt
2011 – Andrew Schartner
2012 – Cameron Rowe
2013 – Andrew Schartner
2014 – JJ Andrews
2015 – Bryan Haynes

Pathfinder Bank SBS Win List (Top 10):

Mike Bond – 32
Russ Brown – 21
Dave Gruel – 17
Dean Hoag – 16
Bob Goutermout – 14
Andrew Schartner – 12
Dave Cliff – 12
Mark Regan – 10
Shawn Muldoon – 9
Chris Proud – 8

Oswego Speedway Ranks Third Among America’s Favorite Race Tracks in SPEED SPORT Magazine National Poll

OSWEGO, NY (March 30, 2016) – For the fourth consecutive season, Oswego Speedway has ranked in the top five of SPEED SPORT Magazine’s ‘My Favorite Track’ poll, finishing in the third position overall.

SPEED SPORT’s survey was conducted from February 3-24 with votes being tallied for a total of 286 tracks in 45 states and seven countries.

For the fifth year running Rossburg, Ohio’s Eldora Speedway, owned by motorsports star Tony Stewart, claimed the top rating with Virginia International Raceway, Oswego Speedway, New Jersey Motorsports Park, and Knoxville Raceway finishing in the top five positions.

Once again, Oswego Speedway was voted as the top asphalt oval in SPEED SPORT’s poll.

“Each year this poll grows in stature and our amazing fans continue to respond,” said Oswego Speedway’s PR Director, Dan Kapuscinski.  “The fact that 286 different facilities received votes this year and we remain in the top five positions is fantastic.  We cannot thank our fan base enough, as well as everyone at SPEED SPORT for the great exposure they continue to provide not only for Oswego, but all of the short tracks in this great country.”

Indiana’s Kokomo Speedway finished in the sixth position overall with Ohio’s Fremont Speedway, Wisconsin’s Road America, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and Indiana’s Tri-State Speedway finishing the top ten positions in the annual poll.

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Oswego Speedway’s 2016 racing season will begin on Saturday, May 14 with the facilities 66th season opener featuring the Novelis Supermodifieds, Pathfinder Bank Small Block Supers, as well as the RoC Modified Richie Evans Memorial all presented by Mitchell’s Speedway Press of Oswego.

For more information on Oswego Speedway visit online at www.oswegospeedway.com or call (315) 342-0646.  Visit the Speedway on social media @OswegoSpeedway or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OswegoSpeedway.