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Oswego Nominated for Best Short Track/Series Social Media in ’51 Awards’

OSWEGO, NY (March 2, 2018) – For the second year in a row, Oswego Speedway has been nominated by Speed51.com for Best Short Track/Series Social Media in the United States.

After winning the category in 2016 to beat out the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series, NASCAR Home Tracks, PASS, and Madison International Speedway, new public relations director Camden Proud is excited to be in the running again.

“As part of last year’s 51’s, Oswego Speedway was able to capture both the ‘Best Short Track’ and ‘Best Social Media’ Awards,” Proud noted. “Less than a year into my new position at the track, it’s an honor to be in the running again and we encourage all of our fans to visit Speed51.com and vote for Oswego. Speedway management gives our hats off to the staff at Speed 51 for doing a great job with these awards each season. It’s great to see everyone get on and support their favorite short track or series.”

‘The Steel Palace’ joins the Artic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions, Chili Bowl, Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, Stafford Motor Speedway, USAC and the World of Outlaws, among others, in what will surely see tight voting to the end of the awards.

On top of being nominated for best social media, a defending Oswego champion is also in the running for an award in the ‘The 51’s as 2017 Novelis Supermodified champ Dave Shullick Jr. has been selected as a nominee for Short Track Local Driver of the Year in stiff competition alongside the likes of Danny Dietrich, Dave Darling, Keith Rocco, Rocky Warner and more.

Voting for ‘The 51’s’ will continue through the weekend and end on Sunday, March 4 at 11:59pm EST. You may vote once every 24 ours for each award at Speed51.com/2017-51s/. The direct link to vote for Oswego Speedway as Best Short Track and Series Social Media is http://Speed51.com/2017-best-track-series-social-media/. Winners of the ‘51’s’ will begin to be announced on Tuesday, March 6.

Oswego Speedway kicks off its 2018 season on Saturday, May 26 featuring the track’s 68th annual Opening Day set to include Jim Shampine Memorial Twin 50’s for the Novelis Supermodifieds plus the Tony White Memorial 35 for the Pathfinder Bank SBS. To purchase tickets, please call (315)-342-0646.

Season tickets, camping packages, and more are all on sale as part of Oswego Speedway’s 2018 schedule. Tickets and camping passes can be picked up in the speedway office from 11am to 4pm on Saturdays. The box office will return to normal hours this April.

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.

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Bentley Warren ‘Hall of Fame Legends’ T-Shirt Coming Soon at Oswego Speedway

OSWEGO, NY (February 20, 2018) – Oswego Speedway is pleased to announce the latest addition to the track’s ‘Hall of Fame Legends’ series line of t-shirts brought to fans by ASI Racewear, which already includes Jim Shampine, Nolan Swift, Eddie Bellinger Jr, Steve Gioia Jr, and Joe Gosek.

In the coming days, fans will be able to purchase t-shirts honoring the newest member of the Hall of Fame Legends class; seven time speedway champion and 2007 Hall of Fame inductee Bentley Warren.

The legendary driver from Kennebunkport, M.E. is second to only Shampine in all-time Supermodified wins with 66, including his last win in September 2006 forty years to the day of his first ever victory back in September of 1966. He is also a Budweiser International Classic 200 champion six times over, an Indianapolis 500 veteran, and three time ISMA champion.

While he hasn’t turned laps at the ‘Steel Palace’ since his stint in the LaPrade racing No. 15 throughout Classic Weekend of 2010, Warren recently appeared at Oswego Speedway in 2016 to sign autographs and meet fans, as well as distribute copies of his popular paperback biography, ‘Wicked Fast – Racing Through Life with Bentley Warren’ written by Bones Bourcier.

At 78 years-old, Warren shows no signs of slowing down. Bentley is still very active in the sport, attending several events throughout the year, and even competing behind the wheel of roadsters and vintage cars from time to time. He also owns Bentley Warren Trucking, as well as his popular side venture dubbed ‘Bentley’s Saloon,’ located in Arundel, Maine.

Those interested in purchasing Warren’s Hall of Fame Legends t-shirt, can call the speedway office at (315)-342-0646 or email Jenn at jreebel@oswegospeedway.com. The shirt will be available in all sizes. Oswego Speedway will also ship orders for an additional charge. If you’d like to stop in the track office to pick a shirt up, you may do so during winter hours of 11am to 4pm on Saturdays.

Season tickets, camping packages, and more are all on sale as part of Oswego Speedway’s 2018 schedule which kicks off with the first ever running of the Jim Shampine Memorial Twin 50’s for the Novelis Supermodifieds on Saturday, May 26. A 35-lap Tony White Memorial main for the Pathfinder Bank SBS will be run alongside this can’t miss, never before seen event for the Supers. To purchase tickets, please call (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/Oswego Speedway.

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Howie Lane Tim Jedrzejek Heading To ISMA Season Opener at Monadnock on May 19

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WINCHESTER, NH- Howie Lane along with his driver Tim Jedrzejek are looking forward to the ISMA season opener at Monadnock Speedway on Saturday May 19 for the 75 lap race.

“ I’m very excited. I’ve been trying to get Larry (Cirillo) to do that show for about 10 years now. I think it’s going to be great. There’s a lot of hype about it. It’s the right size track for the Supermodifieds. We’re fast and it makes the driver the driver.” Lane Said

“ Definitely excited. It’s neat going to a new facility for the first time. Most of the ISMA competitors have neither seen it or raced on it. I know there is a few guys that have. Maybe some of them guys early on will have an advantage.” Jedrzejek said

Lane believes the race at Monadnock will see a lot of passing. At the second to last race of the year in 2017 which was the Star Classic at Star Speedway. The race saw a lot of passing.

Lane is unsure if he will bring a second car to the race on May 19. It is still a possibility.

“ I am not saying yes or no. There is still a possibility.” Lane Said

Jedrzejek feels it’s always neat going to a facility for the first time because of the unknowns where everybody will come in with their setup out of the trailer being a huge deal because you will have to hit it pretty quick with a couple rounds of practice and be ready to roll by the time heat races come around.

“I am sure our team and the 97 gang of Howie Lane will be up for the challenge.” Jedzejek said

Jedzejek has done some research on the quarter mile oval to get a glimpse of what it’s like. All the work not only I have seen online but everyone that has talked about it is really impressed with the facility and feels there has been a lot of improvements in there and the race track over the years.

“ We love coming to a first class facility and we look forward to it.” Jedrzejek Said

Some of the drivers were comparing Monadnock to Star Speedway in Epping, NH.

“It’s going to be a neat bullring Supermodified race with hopefully a lot of passing and puts on a good show for the crowd there.” Jedrzejek Said

One driver that will be in contention that evening will be Jon McKennedy. McKennedy has some experience at the quarter mile oval having a few modified victories under his belt.

“He’s one guy that is a key to every race we go to. One of the guys that you need to run with in practice or better then and he will be a guy that is everybody is watching. I might pick him out or another guy out and actually studying the line that he’s run around the track just to try to pick up the few extra tenths I am missing.” Jedrzejek Said

The ISMA Supermodifieds will also have time trials where a $1,000 bonus will be rewarded to the driver who sets fast time and will also possibly set the track record.

“ That’s going to be a very exciting time trial period when anybody that has a sense for that thing say in practice and your in the top 10 and you got a good race car under you. You’re definitely going to put everything out there for that extra bonus cash that’s on the line and it’s gonna make it exciting not only for the drivers and the crews but for the fans as well. If you’re thinking about coming out to that race. I think you would want to put the extra effort to get there a little early. Buy yourself a hot dog and be there for qualifying.” Jedrzejek Said

Lane believes the track record will be broken.

“ I don’t know what the track record is so it’s hard for me to say. I’ve seen the modifieds race there. I ran in the past there in the pro stocks. I would say we got an awful good chance of breaking it.” Lane Said

For the start of the new season at a new track with the ISMA Supermodifieds, Jedrzejek feels it’s always good to get out of the gate strong whether it’s a win, top five, a good competitive run will definitely help set the tone for the season

“ We don’t want to face points the first week out but in reality, every point counts. The first race is just as valuable as the points in the last race so I think everyone is going to get every point they can out of this first race. “ Jedrzejek Said

Jedrzejek knows what track he enjoys and not enjoys.

“Usually the ones you don’t enjoy are the ones you don’t have success at. You don’t want to go back to those.” Jedrzejek Said

The exciting thing for the drivers of ISMA when they come to Monadnock on Saturday, May 19 is it’s a new venue.

“ The crowd and the excitement of everybody there is coming to see Supermodified Racing that hasn’t been at that track in 40 years.” Jedrzejek Said

It’s going to be exciting for the teams drivers and fans on May 19. Lane believes when the ISMA Supermodifieds come to the quarter mile oval that fans will be happy.

“ Hopefully we got them standing up at the end of the race because they are not sure who is going to grab it is what I am hoping for.” Lane Said

There is a plan a few weeks prior to the race to do some testing and run some laps during intermission to get the fans pumped up for the event on May 19. He hopes to see this event being a grand slam.

“ Joe (Lewandoski) helped me tremendously getting it in there. Larry (Cirillo) knew he wanted to do it. He couldn’t make up his mind. Finally said yes. I just hope it’s a home run.” Lane Said

The chemistry between Jedrzejek and Lane is from the first time Jedrzejek drove the car to the conversations they have where it is easy going no pressure style.

“Howie and I  respect each other as professionals. Nobody second guesses each other. Everybody has their jobs to do. There’s no questions besides that. My job is to drive the car. Howie is a great car owner that gives us the equipment and tools we need to do our job.” Jedrzejek Said

Howie Lane’s crew have been together for many years where Jedrzejek feels likes he is the new guy where he has been the last four years.

“They have years of history together and everybody knows where their position is and their job and they all respect each other well. It’s such a good fit. They treat my family and I so good. I couldn’t imagine going and racing for another team right now.” Jedrzejek Said

The Monadnock Speedway NASCAR Whelen All American Series divisions will be apart of the program beginning at 6:00 p.m. Tickets for reserved seating will be $25 in advance and $30 at the gate. Tickets for general admission for adults will be $20 in advance and $25 at the gate. Seniors will be $15 and Kids 12 and under will be $5 at the gate.  The rain date will be on Sunday, May 20 at 2:00 p.m..