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Gosek Hungry for More Following Explosive 2017 Season

OSWEGO, NY (April 30, 2017) – Joe Gosek has been a fan favorite at Oswego Speedway since making his first Supermodified start back in the 1980 season. 39 years later and 62 years young, Gosek will be back for the 68th consecutive season of racing at the ‘Big O’ and certainly hungry for more following one of the “best few months of his career” which took place in 2017.

There’s really not much ‘00 Joe’ hasn’t accomplished in his long tenure at the ‘Steel Palace.’ That includes 3 International Classic Victories, 44 total wins (fourth all-time), 231 top five finishes (most all-time), and an astounding career total of 32,606 points (most all-time).

After an ugly start to his season, last August, Gosek broke a three year long win drought driving the Robbie Gunther owned, Burke’s Do It Best Homecenters No. 00 to an extremely popular victory in the ‘Retro Night’ 45, drawing the crowd to its feet as they witnessed a milestone accomplishment for ‘00 Joe.’

This breakthrough victory came after a devastating turn 1 crash on Opening Night, which many feared could mark the end of Gosek’s career. ‘Go Joe,’ however, was far from finished. To the roar of the crowd, in typical Gosek fashion, the 00 rolled into the pit area just in time for heat races a mere two weeks later. He wound up finishing a very satisfying third place in the Jim Shampine Memorial 75. Again, the fans went crazy.

“That was really neat,” Gosek commented. “It makes you feel good that there are still all those people that enjoy you being there and working hard to come back. It’s cool to build a fan base and have all the support when you go there. I have fun afterwards with all the people, those that follow me and help us out. It’s still a blast sponsor wise, crew wise, family wise and it’s still so much fun for me. You’re in a great atmosphere with a lot of great people around you and that makes it easier to come back let alone the drive I still have to be competitive and that’s what still brings me there. I’m able to compete at a decent level.”

Gosek drove to an outstanding nine top five finishes in 2017, including fourth in the Budweiser International Classic 200. Every time the 00 finished, Joe was in the top five or better. Last year marked the most top fives in a single season for Gosek since all the way back in 1992.

“Following that really bad crash, every time we finished last year, we finished in the top five so if we could do that again this year, that would be a major accomplishment for our team,” said Gosek. “All those brand new aero cars certainly have the advantage over us. It’s a low budget deal, but if we can be safe, have fun and get some top fives then that’s what we have to get out of it. We can’t concern ourselves with going up every week just to win with what we have.”

The nasty crash on Opening Day and a slipped throttle linkage on July 15 were pretty much the only downfalls for the 00 team a year ago. Finishing in the top five virtually every week is pretty satisfying at this day and age, even for a speedway hall of famer like Gosek, who is content with just being able to compete.

“We dropped out of one show when the throttle linkage slipped and then had the bad wreck, but every other race we finished we finished in the top five,” Gosek noted. “That was really pretty cool and a lot more than I expected. You go there with the intentions of winning but you look at what you’re up against with the bigger budgets and arsenals of parts and cars and it’s very challenging. We’re working with about a quarter of what most of these guys have. You just have to do the best with what you have.”

At this point, many consider Gosek one of the underdogs in the Supermodified class and he’s very comfortable in saying that. His team has fielded a 2008 chassis every week for the past several seasons, but Joe still puts it to the front each and every Saturday night.

“Like I said, we just have to do our best. It’s really a low budget operation. I don’t know what exactly I can do this with this older car to make it go 16.0 or 16.1, we seem to always be about a half second off that,” cited Gosek. “I’m not sure what could really be done at this point to make it get to that level, so when we are still up there competing with the newer stuff, the Nicotra cars, people like that, it makes you feel pretty good. I don’t think there’s many teams out there at our level that can afford a brand new car so that’s pretty much the boat we are in.”

Every year, fans beg for an answer to the question as to whether or not Gosek will return for another season. In a 2012 ‘Inside Oswego Speedway’ interview, Joe said he only anticipated driving “a couple more seasons.” Six years later, Gosek still has no idea when he is going to be done, but no signs are telling him that retirement will be anywhere in the immediate future.

“I really and truly don’t know how many more years to be completely honest,” laughed Gosek. “It depends on the motivation I have, what’s going on with my family, things like that. It’s easier to do this when you’re younger, but now I just have to make the best with the limited time I have. This year we’re gonna do the best we can, aim to be there every week, and go from there. I just try to be realistic about it.”

After all, there are still a few things that Gosek has not been able to accomplish in his nearly forty years at Oswego Speedway, and that includes a victory in the $10,000 to win Mr. Novelis Supermodified event contested in July. Mr. Supermodified has been held each season since 1987, but Joe has never been able to find victory lane in the always entertaining 75-lap headliner.

I’m not really an aspiring young racer anymore so I don’t have any huge goals like racing in the Indy 500 or something like that, but I guess if I had to pick something out then that would be one of them,” joked Gosek. “It’s just tough. The competition is hard, the young up and comers coming up through the field are stout, but I love to compete. We’ll just keep working at it and give it our best shot to win every single week.”

Speaking of Indy, Gosek did of course race in the 500 once, qualifying for the 80th edition of the ‘Greatest Spectacle in Racing’ back in 1996. Joe was a hometown hero out in Indianapolis, driving the Team Scandia No. 43 to a 25th place finish after an exciting qualifying run put ‘00 Joe’ in the show.

“That was a pretty unbelievable opportunity to have,” Gosek said of racing in the 500. “I still remember it pretty well. It was cool to have the support of everyone back at home. That was a pretty big deal for me and one of the big things I’ve been lucky enough to do throughout my years in the sport.”

Over twenty years have come and gone since being in the Indy Car spotlight, and still, all Joe wants to do is get back into victory lane at Oswego Speedway.

Following major struggles just to compete in the full 2015 and 2016 schedules, Gosek says a win would be “pretty cool” to build off his team’s recent successes.

“I would say another win would definitely be cool. 2017 would certainly be nice to build off of, that’s for sure,” Gosek said. “At the end of the day that was probably one of the best overall years I have ever had. We’re still trying to make it work with this same car. We all have the same goals and we are all working hard, so maybe we will get back in victory lane.”

Beyond his own accomplishments, the other thing Gosek would like to see is a resurgence not only in Supermodified car counts, which has appeared to begin ahead of the 2018 season, but also an increased amount of Supermodified fans filling the seats of the track he’s called home for so many years. Joe is still confident in the potential of Oswego Speedway on a weekly basis.

“It was electrical to go up there every Saturday night in the 70s and 80s,” recalled Gosek. “Loud, exciting, crazy and it still is. It was just neat, there was never a seat left in the place, so I remember all that well. But, I’m just glad to see that we have more cars registered this year. That’s great to see. Times have changed, so it’s a lot harder to do and we all know that. You see these newer guys coming in and that’s what we need to make it survive, you can’t lose that younger fan base. If we could get more people in the stands on regular race nights that would be awesome. I believe it can be done and we’ll see if we can get something real good going here.”

So for all the fans who agree that Oswego would not be the same without the 00, don’t worry, Gosek isn’t done just yet. In fact, he hasn’t even felt like he’s come close to “having enough,” at least so far.

“I still want to be there,” offered Gosek. “I’m definitely not going to put a timetable or exact date on when I’m going to be done. I’ve had a lot of people tell me that you will definitely know when you’ve had enough and I guess I really just haven’t felt that yet.”

Gosek Racing will open their 2018 season at Oswego Speedway’s Open Practice session set for Saturday, May 19 before shifting gears to come back for the 68th Season Opener and the first ever running of the Jim Shampine Memorial Twin 50’s a week later on Saturday, May 26. To purchase tickets, please call the speedway box office at (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/OswegoSpeedway.

 

Bowes Looking Forward To CARQUEST Genden Auto Parts 75 Presented By T-Bird Mini Marts ISMA Season Opener At Monadnock

Matthew Wiernasz

WINCHESTER, NH- ISMA driver Dan Bowes, out of Byfield, MA, plans on heading to the CARQUEST Genden Auto Parts 75 presented by T-Bird Mini Marts at the Monadnock Speedway on Saturday, May 19.  It will be the first time in close to four decades the winged supers have raced at the New Hampshire quarter-mile oval, and it will be a first time for Bowes.

Bowes commented recently, “We love it every time a New England show is added.  Being a New England team takes the burden off of us because my father owns a small business and I work for him. We have to travel to go racing and when the whole business shuts down, it kind of adds a little more pressure and stress on us to get to the racetrack, to get the show in, and to turn around and fly home.  So to have a show that’s a couple hours away from us helps us enjoy it a little more. You’re not under that pressure to get back to work quite as much. We’re really looking forward to this trip.”

Bowes always enjoys going to new tracks as it will help him as a driver with the setup, different track surfaces, different track layouts and he feels it is fun to go somewhere new.

Bowes believes for the ISMA season opener that there will be a good car count. From what he has heard, a lot of the local drivers are excited because it’s close to home. Dan feels that there is a lot of excitement among fans and drivers about the Monadnock event.

Bowes has been to Monadnock once as a fan about 10 years where he and his father went to check out a modified race. He hasn’t spoken to anyone yet about the track but is planning to reach out to some local people. From what Bowes remembers about the track that it is pretty small with the corners being somewhat like a stretched out straightaway.  Bowes has also heard is that the turns are different and could pose a challenge.

Bowes is hoping to get up to Monadnock to test.  The rule in ISMA is you cannot practice or test a week before an event at any track unless otherwise indicated.

” If we can get up there at least a couple weeks earlier then the scheduled show, we should be able to run around and do what we want to do and to at least get a leg up on some of these other teams that don’t get that luxury.” Bowes said.

Bowes also feels that the new tire ISMA will be racing appears to have a positive response after several tire tests. The compound that ISMA will have this year is good news for Bowes.

Last year was the first full season with a new car for Bowes. They were starting from square one with the new car, but the car was a much better based platform for the team to work on. They showed a lot more speed last season, had some quick times, and a few podium finishes. They were a couple races in particular in where he had the car in position to be in and that he made a couple poor driving decisions, which he felt ultimately, handed the win away.

Bowes believes Jon McKennedy will be the guy to beat at Monadnock.

He’s an incredibly smart driver. He does a lot of work with the setup of his own car. He just doesn’t have a crew chief take care of it.  He’s very, very involved. I think he already has a pretty good game plan what to go with setup wise. I think he definitely has a leg above a lot of us,” said Dan.

Bowes is planning to reach out to McKennedy for advice on the track.  Bowes doesn’t expect the whole book of secrets but knows McKennedy is willing to help anyone out.

Bentley’s Saloon will be sponsoring the fastest time trailer where the winner will get $1,000 for breaking the track record. Warren will also be the Grand Marshal for the event.

“That bonus is an incentive. I know I always personally put emphasis on time trials. Usually with our old handicapping if you came in the top 12 in time trials, you knew you were starting top 4 in the heat. A lot of guys didn’t care exactly where they ended up. They weren’t necessarily concerned with being on the pole time wise. Now with that extra chunk of money, that’s certainly going to add incentive. I know I am there to race and go as fast as I can whenever I am on the track.”

Ed Shea from Shea Concrete will be putting up $1,000 for halfway leader award.

” Ed Shea is one of the most dedicated and biggest supporters in racing. I know I have been to a number of shows where he will put up the money not to send cars home. He loves the sport. He goes out of his own way to support the drivers and teams in any way possible. A huge thanks to him for always being supportive of the series. He just always seems to look out for the little guys,” concluded Bowes.

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.

Monadnock Speedway is located at 840 Keene Road In Winchester, NH. Please visit Monadnockspeedway.com.

 Photo Credit  Jim Fenney/ISMA Supermodifieds.

Skip’s Fish Fry Grand Opening Set for May 3; Missile Motorsports No. 00M SBS to be Displayed on May 5

OSWEGO, NY (April 19, 2018) –  Skip’s Fish Fry of Oswego will hold its official grand opening ceremony with the city of Oswego on Thursday, May 3 at 2 p.m.

Located at 42 West 2nd St. in Oswego, Skip’s Fish Fry is Oswego’s only authentic New England style fish fry.

As a small and locally owned family business, the main focus of Skip’s Fish Fry is to bring freshly sourced seafood from the wharfs of Boston.

Skip’s proudly offers fresh haddock, scallops, shrimp, and a host of other salt-water treasures that customers have fallen in love with since December.

Oswego Speedway also recently announced that Skip’s Fish Fry will be available in the main and pit concessions at the ‘Steel Palace’ in 2018.  Skip’s will offer its host of seafood options on race nights as well as being the exclusive provider of Hofmann hot dogs at the Speedway this season.

A full Speedway menu from Skip’s Fish Fry will be available soon.

As a part of the Skip’s Fish Fry grand opening celebration, the Missile Motorsports No. 00M Small Block Super driven by Dan Kapuscinski will be on display at the restaurant during the afternoon of Saturday, May 5.

Fans are encouraged to stop by through the day to take photos, take a seat behind the wheel, or just get up close and personal with the No. 00M machine before, or after, stopping inside Skip’s Fish Fry for a fantastic meal.

Raffle tickets for a brand-new Champion Generator or a pair of Budweiser International Classic Weekend pit passes will also be available during the day for only $10.  The raffle drawing will take place during the Speedway’s autograph night on Saturday, June 16.  For ticket information find Kapuscinski on Facebook, visit the No. 00M team on race days, or e-mail dkapuscinski00@gmail.com

For more information on Skip’s Fish Fry be sure to visit online at www.skipsfishfry.com and LIKE on Facebook at www.facebook.com/skipsfishfry.

Missile Motorsports and Skip’s Fish Fry will first hit Oswego Speedway at its open practice session scheduled for Saturday, May 19 before coming back for the Speedway’s 68th annual season opening Tony White Memorial 35 onSaturday, May 26.