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Oswego Speedway’s 2016 Schedule Unveiled; Historic Traditions, New Twists Included


OSWEGO, NY (December 17, 2015) – Oswego Speedway officials have announced their 66th annual, 14-race weekend schedule featuring the Novelis Supermodified and Pathfinder Bank SBS ‘Road to the Championship’, as well as the return of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, Race of Champions Modified 250, and the second annual Port City ‘Super Spectacle.’

When taking note of the 2016 schedule, several key components will celebrate landmark anniversary celebrations this season.

First introduced in 1992, the Pathfinder Bank Small Block Supermodified division will embark on its 25th consecutive season of competition at the ‘Steel Palace’ this year and as a result will also see the 25th running of both the Mr. Pathfinder Bank SBS championship as well as the Small Block Supermodified Classic.

The 25th SBS Classic will of course take place during the 60th anniversary celebration of Budweiser Classic Weekend featuring the 60th running of the International Classic 200 for Novelis Supermodifieds and highlighted by the return of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

The month of July will see the return of the $10,000 Mr. Novelis Supermodified, celebrating its 30th title event, which will return to a 50-lap format in 2016.

The Speedway will officially open its gates for racing on Saturday, May 14 with a three division show featuring kick-off events for the Novelis Supermodifieds and Pathfinder Bank SBS as well as the 61-lap Richie Evans Memorial for the Race of Champions Asphalt Modifieds.

In a bit of a throwback, the Speedway will return to action the very next weekend with ‘Road to the Championship’ events for the Supermodifieds and SBS on May 21, before welcoming the first visit of the season for the ISMA Supermodifieds on Memorial Day Weekend.

Saturday, May 28 will feature the Port City 160 ‘Super Spectacle’ for the second consecutive year, capping a three week stretch of action in the month of May.

The Novelis Supermodified Jim Shampine Memorial 75, the ISMA Supermodified Jack Murphy Memorial 50, and the Pathfinder Bank SBS Tony White Memorial 35 will once again provide the only time all season that open-wheel fans can see all three divisions on the same night, at the same Speedway.

A rain date of Sunday, May 29 will be implemented for the weekend.

Saturday, June 4 will serve as an off-weekend for the Speedway as well as a rain date for events in May.

Racing in the month of June is scheduled to begin on June 11 with the Spring Championship, followed on June 18 by the Novelis Supermodified Twin 35’s and driver autograph night.

For the first time in several years, the June 11 racing program will see coolers allowed into the rear grandstand only.  More details and specifics on cooler regulations for this evening will be released in the coming weeks.

After taking a weekend off for high school graduation, the fast paced month of July gets underway on Saturday, July 2.

The Independence Weekend Grand Prix will open the month of July with 75-lap and 35-lap long distance events for the Supermodifieds and SBS, along with the Speedway’s popular Fourth of July Fireworks display.

The ISMA Supermodifieds return for the second time in 2016 on Saturday, July 9 for King of Wings VIII, once again joined by the Pathfinder Bank SBS.


The Novelis Supermodifieds and Pathfinder Bank SBS will once again provide a one-two punch during the Summer Championship on Saturday, July 16 before returning together to celebrate the 30th running of the $10,000 to win Mr. Novelis Supermodified and the 25th running of the $1,500 to win Mr. Pathfinder Bank SBS on Saturday, July 23.

This late July date, prior to the running of the Sandusky Speedway Hy-Miler Nationals, was the long-time home of the Mr. title events, which will make its return in ’16 along with a 50-lap Mr. Super main to join the 35-lap Mr. SBS event.

A three week stretch in the month of August will be the ultimate swing in deciding the 2016 track champions at Oswego Speedway.

The stretch will begin with Retro Night at the Speedway on Saturday, August 6 which will once again see the return of Semi-Finals and a 45-lap feature for the Novelis Supermodifieds.

The Pathfinder Bank SBS will then take center stage on Saturday, August 13 with Twin 20 feature events.

For the first time since 2012, the regular season championship will conclude with Speedway champions being declared during Track Championship Night on Saturday, August 20, prior to Classic Weekend.

The 60th anniversary celebration of Budweiser International Classic Weekend will again be a week-long line of festivities running from August 27 – September 4.

Reserved Classic test sessions will take place daily on track along with the annual Racing Rolling Classic Bowling at Lighthouse Lanes on Wednesday, August 31 and the 10th annual Oswego Kartway Classic on Thursday, September 1.

Competition will open for Classic Weekend on Friday, September 2 with open practice for the Novelis Supermodifieds and Pathfinder Bank SBS as well as ‘Fast Friday’ time trial sessions for Supermodifieds and SBS.  On track action will conclude Friday evening with SBS heat races.

In another traditional return, by 7:30 p.m. on Friday the Speedway’s infield gates will open for the ‘Party in the Pits’ featuring live music, driver autograph sessions, the Supermodified simulators, as well as a pit stop competition for fans.

Classic Weekend’s ‘Super Saturday’ on September 3 will be a can’t-miss two division blockbuster seeing the return of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, in a 150-lap contest, as well as the ISMA Supermodified Super Nationals 60 championship.

‘Classic Sunday’ on September 4 will not only feature the historic 60th running of the Budweiser International Classic 200 for Novelis Supermodifieds, it will also be paired with the 25th running of the Bud Light SBS Classic 75 – filling out a full day of competition beginning at 11:30 a.m., culminating with the International Classic green flag coming no later than 4:30 p.m.

Just two weeks following Classic Weekend, Race of Champions Weekend will return to the Speedway after a one year absence.

The historic three day event will return September 15-17 with an open practice slated for Thursday, September 15.

Currently as announced by the Race of Champions, the RoC Sportsman 100 will be the highlight of the Friday, September 16 program with the RoC Modified 250 being featured on Saturday, September 17.

For more information on the Race of Champions contact media@rocmodifiedseries.com.

Other special events on the 2016 Oswego Speedway calendar include the annual spring spruce up day on Saturday, April 30 as well as the Speedway’s season opening practice to be held Saturday, May 7.

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2016 66th OSWEGO SPEEDWAY SCHEDULE OF EVENTS (Subject to Change)

Saturday, May 7 – Open Practice Session

Saturday, May 14 – 66th Season Opener: RoC Richie Evans Memorial Modified (61), Novelis Supermodified Kick-Off (50), Pathfinder Bank SBS Kick-Off (30)

Saturday, May 21 – ‘Road to the Championship’: Novelis Supermodified (50), Pathfinder Bank SBS (30)

Friday, May 27 – Port City 160 ‘Super Spectacle’ Open Practice Session

Saturday, May 28 – Port City 160 ‘Super Spectacle’: Jim Shampine Memorial Novelis Supermodified (75), Jack Murphy Memorial ISMA Super (50), Tony White Memorial Pathfinder Bank SBS (35)

Sunday, May 29 – Port City 160 ‘Super Spectacle’: Rain Date

Saturday, June 4 – Off Week/ Rain Date for May Events

Saturday, June 11 – Spring Championship: Novelis Supermodified (50), Pathfinder Bank SBS (30) – Coolers Allowed in Rear Grandstand

Saturday, June 18 – Novelis Supermodified Twin 35’s: Novelis Supermodified Twins (35), Pathfinder Bank SBS (30) – AUTOGRAPHS

Saturday, July 2 – ‘Independence Weekend Grand Prix’: Novelis Supermodified Grand Prix (75), Pathfinder Bank SBS Grand Prix (35)

Saturday, July 9 – King of Wings VIII: ISMA Super (50), Pathfinder Bank SBS (30)

Saturday, July 16 – Summer Championship: Novelis Supermodified (50), Pathfinder Bank SBS (30)

Saturday, July 23 – $10,000 Mr. Novelis Supermodified (50), $1,500 Mr. Pathfinder SBS (35)

Saturday, August 6 – Retro Night – Super Semi-Finals: Novelis Supermodified (45), Pathfinder Bank SBS (30)

Saturday, August 13 – Pathfinder Bank SBS Twin 20’s: Pathfinder Bank SBS Twins (20), Novelis Supermodified (50)

Saturday, August 20 – Track Championship Night: Novelis Supermodified (50), Pathfinder Bank SBS (30)


Thursday, September 1 – 10th annual Oswego Kartway Classic

Friday, September 2 – ‘FAST FRIDAY’: Novelis Supermodified and Pathfinder Bank SBS Time Trials, Pathfinder Bank SBS Heat Races, ‘PARTY in the PITS’

Saturday, September 3 – ‘SUPER SATURDAY’: NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour 150, ISMA Supermodified Super Nationals 60

Sunday, September 4 – ‘CLASSIC SUNDAY’: Budweiser International Classic 200 for Novelis Supermodifieds, Bud Light Classic 75 for Pathfinder Bank SBS
Monday, September 5 – Weekend Rain Date


Thursday, September 15 – Open Practice
Friday, September 16 – RoC Sportsman
Saturday, September 17 – Race of Champions Modified 250


Elma, New York (December 4, 2015) – Tickets to the 66th annual Race of Champions are now available by contacting the Oswego Speedway at 315.342.0646 (phone); 315.343.3829 (fax) or contact@oswegospeedway.com (e-mail), the pricing structure is as follows;


Thursday Open Practice (9/15)                                   Friday RoC Sportsman (9/16)              Saturday RoC (9/17)       

Adult GA                                                                               Free                                                                                       $25                                                                 $40

Reserved                                                                             Free                                                                                       $30                                                                 $45

Senior                                                                                   Free                                                                                       G/A $23 – Reserved $28                        G/A $38 – Reserved $43

Presale                                                                                 Free                                                                                       G/A $20 – Reserved $25                        G/A $35 – Reserved $40

Pit Pass                                                                                 $20 Member $25 Non-Member                                 $30 Member $40 Non-Member         $50 Member $60 Non-Member

Camping weekend                                                           $50 for the entire weekend

Friday / Saturday                                                                                                                                                             2-Day Pass G/A – $60

                                                                                                                                                                                                2-Day Reserved – $70

                                                                                                                                                                                                3 Day Pit Pass Non-Member – $110   3 Day Pit Pass Member – $90

Group and Tower/Suite Pass Programs are Available, please contact (716) 880.0110 for details.

An FAQ to assist competitors and fans and provide more information will be forthcoming and details will be made available in the coming months on the Race of Champions website.



For more information, contact:

Race of Champions Media at media@rocmodifiedseries.com

Twitter @RoCModSeries

Two Young Drivers Look to End the Season on a High Note at the Turkey Derby.

The Turkey Derby at Wall Stadium Speedway is traditionally the last chance for drivers and teams to roll the car off the hauler and try to get that one last race in the books. This year 2 young drivers Max Zachem and Andy Jankowiak will make their way to the 1/3 mile high banked oval at the Jersey Shore to race one last time.

Max Zachem of Preston Connecticut just finished his first full season on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour competing in all 15 races on the tour only one of 12 drivers to do so. Max also finished second to Chase Dowling for the NASCAR Whelen Modified tour rookie of the year award.
IMG_8429I spoke to Max about the Turkey Derby, the season that was and his future. Max will be bringing the familiar #14 to Wall with a new sponsor hoping that a good showing will lead to continued sponsorship  for 2016. He was very thankful of his 2015 season sponsors Trowbridge Transport/Dunleavy’s Truck & Trailer Repair who stepped up to allow him to race the full season. Max spoke of the costs to field a competitive modified and how he was happy with his first full year on the tour. 2 races in particular stood out for Max, the May 29th Waterford Speedbowl where he started in the rear and finished 4th out of 33 cars and Bristol where he started 33rd and finished 14th. Not an easy feat when you have never raced there before.
Looking to 2016 and beyond., as with many drivers it all depends on sponsorship and funding. He has a car that can compete on the NASCAR WMT where e he finished in the top 15 in points and is in the bonus plan for 2016. The bonus program is a big help to run the NASCAR WMT but he would also like to run races on the VMRS and Tri Track Open Modified Series. The costs to field a competitive car goes up every year and finding sponsors is a key to stay on the tour and be competitive. Where Max spends his 2016 is still up in the air but a good finish at the Turkey Derby with a new sponsor could go a long way to firm up next year’s plans.


Andy Jankowiak is another young modified driver from upstate Buffalo New York looking to do well at the 42nd annual Turkey Derby. Andy chases his racing dreams in a different way. Andy runs on the ROC modified tour in upstate New York, the KOMA series down south and the Tri Track series in New England. Andy travels a great deal of miles from his Buffalo home to local New York track, North Carolina, Virginia, South Carolina, Connecticut  or wherever a good paying race takes him. Andy has his own car the #73X but also runs a Rick Kluth built and owned modified.

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The seasons have had ups and downs for Andy, when he comes to the track he gets the most out of his equipment. His bright green and yellow numbers 73X may not be the prettiest or newest but it gets the job done. The Rick Kluth #57 that he drives is also always a potent machine but an accident at the North South Shootout finished that car for the year so he will bring his own #73X to the Turkey Derby at Wall to try and get the job done.

Andy had a 2 race win streak in September, first a KOMA series modified race at Hickory Speedway in North Carolina. then Andy then  started last at Oswego Speedway in the ROC modified tour race and won his next race. Being on a low budget like Andy he said the money from those two wins kept the team going the rest of the season. He told me what he budgeted recently for another trip down south recently and it is amazing what they accomplish with what they have. He recently posted that his main motor has about 3,000 laps on it.
Andy recently announced plans to expand his racing schedule in 2016. As always says he said he just wants to race and next year he will get that wish again.. Andy announced he will have a Steve Mendoza owned Rick Kluth build modified at his disposal that he will run on the NASCAR WMT. It will only be a part time deal but he will get his dream of racing Wall, Bowman Gray and Riverhead in the same season. Andy enjoys racing at Wall Stadium Speedway and Bowman Gray Stadium  having raced both previously and in 201 will get to add Riverhead to his resume of tracks he has run.

The 42nd annual Turkey Derby will be Andy’s last modified race but will not the end his season. Andy plans on hitting the indoor TQ Midget season at Atlantic City, Trenton and Allentown

This weekend the 2015 edition of the Turkey Derby will take place at all Stadium Speedway in Belmar NJ. Bring a Turkey sandwich  then head out for 3 days of season ending stock car racing. With with the weather forecast for Friday and Sat  you won’t even have to dress too warm  Go to Wall Township Speedway’s website for more details.  http://www.wallspeedwayracing.com/