NHMS COVID-19 Vaccine Super Site Helps Fight The Covid-19 Pandemic

Day one of New Hampshire’s first vaccine super site at New Hampshire Motor Speedway vaccinated nearly 4,000 eligible New Hampshire residents; State hopes to administer nearly 12,000 vaccines through Monday.

LOUDON, N.H. – In a continuing effort to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) and the State of New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services are hosting New Hampshire’s first mass vaccination clinic through Monday. The state hopes to administer nearly Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccines to eligible New Hampshire residents during the March 6-8 clinic.

Appointments are required to receive a vaccination, and the state proactively reached out to individuals with later first-done appointments in April and offered them the opportunity to move their appointment to this weekend. Vaccinations for eligible individuals are being distributed at NHMS from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

NHMS becomes the fifth facility operated by parent company Speedway Motorsports to serve as a mass vaccination site. To date, more than 164,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered to eligible recipients at Atlanta Motor SpeedwayBristol Motor SpeedwayCharlotte Motor Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway.

Eligible individuals should visit NH.gov/COVID19 for more information about upcoming vaccination opportunities.

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Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. Looking Forward to Stafford Speedway Debut on April 24

(Stafford Springs, CT)—Stafford Motor Speedway will kick off its 2021 race season with NAPA Auto Parts Opening Day on Saturday, April 24 with the Granite State ProStock Series headlining a 5 division card of racing action.  Among the headline GSPSS drivers will be 31-year old Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. from Hudson, NH.  Polewarczyk, driver of the #97 Pole’s Automotive Ford is the defending champion of the Granite State Series, winning the championship in his first full season of GSPSS competition.  Polewarczyk wins in the prestigious Milk Bowl in 2010 and the Oxford 250 in 2012.  The 75-lap GSPSS feature event on NAPA Auto Parts Opening Day will mark Polewarczyk’s debut appearance behind the wheel at Stafford and he is looking forward to the challenge.

“I’ve never raced at Stafford before,” said Polewarczyk.  “I helped out a K & N team back around 2007 or 2008 and that’s the only time I’ve been to Stafford.  It’s always unique and challenging anytime you go to a new track.  I’ve watched a lot of videos and that kind of stuff from Stafford and it looks like it’s a racy track and very fast.  I think the Granite State cars will get going pretty good around Stafford and it looks like a fun track and I’m definitely looking forward to trying it out.”

The GSPSS entry list currently stands at 22 drivers with 8 former or current Stafford regulars and 14 GSPSS drivers.  The Stafford regular list includes five former track champions in Cory Casagrande, Adam Gray, Devin O’Connell, Keith Rocco, and Jeremy Sorel along with Mike O’Sullivan, Mike Scorzelli, and Alexander Pearl.  O’Sullivan is also a 2-time GSPSS champion while O’Connell is the 2018 GSPSS champion.  The Granite State regulars are headlined by Polewarczyk as well as feature winners Angelo Belsito, Josh King, Dave Darling, and D.J. Shaw.  With a mixture of drivers who have plenty of experience at Stafford versus drivers who will be seeing the track for the very first time, Polewarczyk feels like he and his fellow GSPSS regulars will be at a small disadvantage.  

“I’m sure the guys who race Stafford weekly will have a little bit of an upper hand because they know the characteristics of the track and how it reacts on long runs and things like that,” said Polewarczyk.  “Everyone is excited to go to a new track and try something different and a lot of the guys who run the Granite State series are from that area, so I think you’ll see a good mix of drivers and it’ll be anyone’s race to win.  We’re going to give it all we’ve got and try to get the car where we want it handling and hopefully the rest will take care of itself.  If we can get the car to turn and get the car to have good drive off the corner we should be all right.” 

The mixture of Stafford veterans and Granite State regulars has Polewarczyk feeling like the 75-lap GSPSS feature has all the promise of delivering 75-laps of thrilling action.  

“All the Granite State races last year were pretty close,” said Polewarczyk.  “There’s a bunch of different guys who can win on any given week and when you add that to a new track with some of the regulars who are all really good at Stafford, I think the race will be very competitive.  Guys like Ray Christian, Angelo Belsito, and Joey Doiron will all be tough and I think there will be at least 10 cars that will have a legit shot at winning the race.”

With no prior driving experience at Stafford, the opening laps of the first practice session will be of utmost importance to Polewarczyk and the rest of the GSPSS regulars can begin to get a feel for the half-mile facility and start to dial their cars in for qualifying and the 75-lap feature event.

“The first laps on the track are going to be huge for everybody,” said Polewarczyk.  “We’re hoping to unload the car and be somewhat close to what we need right out of the gate and work on fine tuning things.  Stafford is the first Granite State race of the 2021 season so everyone is going to be itching to get back to the track and go racing.  If we can start the year off with a win or at least a good finish, that can really help set the tone for how the year is going to go.  Everyone wants to do well in the first race and our hope is to keep all the fenders on the car and be there at the end to try to win the race.”

Tickets for the April 24 NAPA Opening Day are available and on sale now through www.staffordspeedway.com.  Adult General Admission tickets are $35 with kids 6-14 $10 and kids 5 & under free.

For more information, visit www.staffordspeedway.com, checkout Stafford Speedway on Facebook or Twitter, or contact the track office at 860-684-2783.

Oswego Speedway Accelerates Preparation for 2021; Early Start to 70th Anniversary Season Begins Saturday, May 8

Photo: Bob Clark

Oswego Speedway Accelerates Preparation for 2021; Early Start to 70th Anniversary Season Begins Saturday, May 8

OSWEGO, NY (March 4, 2021) – As a year and a half long offseason filled with uncertainty finally makes its way out the door, Oswego Speedway has kicked preparation for its 70th Anniversary season into high gear amidst the loosening of State COVID-19 restrictions. 

After losing the entire 2020 season due to the pandemic, Oswego Speedway management has put together what is perhaps the most diverse, and certainly the most aggressive schedule of this decade, headlined by two Classic Weekends and appearances by ten different divisions.

“It has been a long couple of winters, and we’re very excited to begin preparation for what will be a huge 2021 season,” said track owner John Torrese. “We have what we think is one of our best schedules in a long time and really look forward to seeing cars on the race track and fans back in the grandstands.” 

The Speedway’s 70th Anniversary Celebration begins on Saturday, May 8, marking the earliest start to an Oswego Speedway season since 2012. 

Back to back championship events for the Novelis Supermodifieds, Pathfinder Bank SBS, and J&S Paving 350 Supermodifieds on the 8th and 15th of May will allow competitors to ‘knock the rust off’ prior to the rescheduled 64th Budweiser Classic Weekend slated for May 27 to 29. 

Classic Weekend 64 Open Practice will be held Thursday, May 27, with ‘Pole Day’ time trials for the Novelis Supermodifieds, Pathfinder Bank SBS, and J&S Paving 350 Supers penciled in for Friday, May 28. 

Headlining Friday’s program is the 50-lap Season Opening event for the Sunoco New York Super Stock Tour, as well as the debut of the new ‘New York State Compact Championship,’ which will hold its inaugural event at the Oswego Speedway.

To cap off Memorial Day Weekend, the 64th running of the Budweiser International Classic 200 for Novelis Supermodifieds, 29th running of the Bud Classic 75 for Pathfinder Bank SBS, and 3rd running of the Classic 50 for J&S Paving 350 Supers will all go green on Saturday, May 29. 

The conclusion to Classic Weekend 64; the 200-lap Classic for big block Supers, will take the green flag under the lights. 

Following a week off post-Classic on the 5th of June, racing action in the first month of summer will open in an enormous way as June 12 marks the return of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour to the Steel Palace.

The June 12 event for the ground pounders; one of two appearances by the NASCAR tour in 2021, is being promoted by Josh Vanada of JDV Productions. Vanada is the former general manager of the Thompson Speedway. 

JDV Productions and Oswego Speedway have paired the Novelis Supermodifieds with the Modifieds, and this show will serve as a full-points event for Supermodified teams. 

June racing comes to a close with Twin 35’s for the Novelis Supermodifieds on Saturday the 19th, alongside a regular program for the Pathfinder Bank SBS and J&S Paving 350 Supers. 

Saturday, June 26 will be reserved as an off week in observance of High School Graduation. 

Things won’t slow down at all when July rolls around, with the summer schedule beginning in the form of a jam-packed, four division Independence Weekend Spectacular on Saturday, July 3.

Typically run on Memorial Day Weekend, the 75-lap Jim Shampine Memorial for Novelis Supers and the 35-lap Tony White Memorial for Pathfinder Bank SBS have been moved to July 4th Weekend in 2021 in order to accommodate Classic Weekend 64 at the end of May. 

Joining the Supers and SBS on the July 3 bill will be a 30-lapper for the J&S Paving 350 Supers along with the rescheduled Sportsman Modified ‘Xtra Money Race,’ expected to draw in a full field of the best pavement Modified competitors in New York State. 

Saturday, July 10 brings the traditional 50-lap ‘Summer Championship’ for drivers in the Novelis Supermodified division, while Pathfinder Bank SBS competitors will be squaring off in the Twin 20-lap features moved from August to July this year. The 350 Supers have the night off. 

On Saturday, July 17, the 34th annual, $10,000 to win Mr. Novelis Supermodified, 29th annual, $1,500 to win Mr. Pathfinder Bank SBS, and a $2,000 to win special for 350 Supers take center stage in the third straight can’t miss, marquee event of the month. 

Following a week off for Harborfest and the Sandusky Speedway Hy-Miler, the hits just keep on coming. 

On the final day of July, the fan favorite King of Wings event makes its long awaited return on Saturday the 31st. 

King of Wings X will be a co-sanctioned show between the ISMA Supermodifieds and Midwest Supermodified Series, ensuring the largest Winged Supermodified field Oswego Speedway has seen in many years. 

Sticking with the ‘winged’ theme, the J&S Paving 350 Supermodified division will support the King of Wings 60-lapper. 

The final month of the regular season fires off with ‘Retro Night’ on Saturday, August 7. A 45-lap Novelis Supermodified, 30-lap Pathfinder Bank SBS, and 25-lap J&S Paving 350 Super feature event are on the card. 

Prior to the racing action, the 15th annual Oswego Speedway Old Timer’s Reunion will be held at Lighthouse Lanes adjacent to the Speedway. 

Making their second appearance of the season, the Sunoco New York Super Stock Series will be back in town on Saturday, August 14 for their 30-lap ‘Classic tune-up’ show coupled with the second to last points event of the season for Novelis Supermodifieds and Pathfinder Bank SBS.

Track Championship Night takes place Saturday, August 21, marking the regular season finales for Novelis Supermodifieds, Pathfinder Bank SBS, and J&S Paving 350 Supers.

Finally, Budweiser Classic Weekend 65 will close the curtain on the 2021 asphalt season from Friday, September 3 to Sunday, September 5. 

Just like the Spring Classic, the weekend will begin on Friday with ‘Pole Day’ time trials for the Novelis Supermodifieds, Pathfinder Bank SBS, and J&S Paving 350 Supers. 

After time trials, cars from the Sunoco New York Super Stock Series will pull pitside for their third and final 2021 appearance at Oswego Speedway.

Serving as the Friday ‘night cap’ is the big 75-lap, $4,000 to win Dave London Memorial for the fendered racers; one of, if not the highest paying Super Stock event in the country. 

Classic Saturday will bring a bit of a changed feel in 2021. 

Although still headlined by the 150-lap Classic for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, it is the supporting card that will differ with the return of the NEMA Midgets and NEMA Lites for the first time since 2015. 

Also partaking in Classic Saturday is the Midwest Sport Compact Touring Series. The MSCTS tour was originally scheduled to be part of Classic 64 in Fall 2020, and has seen showings in excess of 50 cars at its Midwest events.

Completing the three-day event; as always, is Classic Sunday, with the weekend capped by the 65th annual Budweiser International Classic 200 for Novelis Supermodifieds, 30th annual Bud Classic 75 for Pathfinder Bank SBS, and 4th annual Classic 50 for J&S Paving 350 Supers.

NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week XLIX will be held at the converted ‘Clay Palace’ from the 6th to 10th of October. 

It is anticipated that in-person attendance will be permitted for the Season Opener as well as the remainder of the 2021 season. 

Pricing for 2021 events has been posted on the schedule tab at OswegoSpeedway.com. More information on pricing and ticket sales will be released Friday afternoon.  

Race teams should check their emails for 2021 paperwork. If you are a NEW driver / team and would like to be added to the email list, send a note to oswegospeedway@gmail.com

For more information on Oswego Speedway, visit online at OswegoSpeedway.com. You can also LIKE on Facebook at Facebook.com/OswegoSpeedway or FOLLOW on Twitter using @OswegoSpeedway or Instagram @OfficialOswegoSpeedway.

About Oswego Speedway: Oswego Speedway is a 5/8 mile semi-banked pavement racing oval located off the shores of Lake Ontario in scenic Oswego, NY. The 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 the Oswego Speedway making it the only weekly Supermodified racing venue in the world. The Small Block Supermodifieds and 350 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, two-time Indy 500 champion Gordon Johncock, and former International Classic Champions Bentley Warren, Joe Gosek, and Davey Hamilton.

OSWEGO SPEEDWAY’S 2021 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

Saturday, May 1 – Open Practice (ALL 2020 Divisions) 

Saturday, May 8 – 70th Season Opener – Novelis Supermodifieds (50), Pathfinder Bank SBS (30), J&S Paving 350 Supers (25) 

Saturday, May 15 – Weekly Program – Novelis Supermodifieds (50), Pathfinder Bank SBS (30), J&S Paving 350 Supers (25) 

Saturday, May 22 – OFF or Rain Date for May 8 or May 15 

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CLASSIC WEEKEND 64

Thursday, May 27 – Classic Open Practice 

Friday, May 28 – ‘POLE DAY’ – Novelis Supermodified, Pathfinder Bank SBS, and J&S Paving 350 Supers Time Trials, Sunoco New York Super Stocks (50), New York State Compact Championship

Saturday, May 29 – 64TH ANNUAL CLASSIC SATURDAY – 64th Budweiser International Classic for Novelis Supermodifieds (200), 29th Bud Classic for Pathfinder Bank SBS (75), 3rd J&S Paving 350 Super Classic (50) plus Consolation Events

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Saturday, June 5 – OFF 

Saturday, June 12 – NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (150), Novelis Supermodifieds (50) 

Saturday, June 19 – Novelis Supermodified Twins (35), Pathfinder Bank SBS (30), J&S Paving 350 Supers (25) 

Saturday, June 26 – OFF / High School Graduation 

Saturday, July 3 – Novelis Supermodified Jim Shampine Memorial (75), Pathfinder Bank SBS Tony White Memorial (35), J&S Paving 350 Supers (30), Sportsman Modified XMR (40) 

Saturday, July 10 – Novelis Supermodifieds (50), Pathfinder Bank SBS Twins (20) 

Saturday, July 17 – 34th Annual $10,000 to Win Mr. Novelis Supermodified (75), 29th Annual $1,500 to Win Mr. Pathfinder Bank SBS, $2,000 to Win 350 Supers (30) 

Saturday, July 24 – OFF / Hy-Miler / Harborfest 

Saturday, July 31 – Jack Murphy Memorial ISMA / MSS Kings of Wings X (60), J&S Paving 350 Supermodifieds (30) 

Saturday, August 7 – ‘Retro Night’ – Novelis Supermodifieds (45), Pathfinder Bank SBS (30), J&S Paving 350 Supers (25) plus Old Timer’s Reunion 

Saturday, August 14 – Novelis Supermodifieds (50), Pathfinder Bank SBS (30), Sunoco New York Super Stocks (30) 

Saturday, August 21 – Track Championship Night – Novelis Supermodifieds (50), Pathfinder Bank SBS (30), J&S Paving 350 Supers (25) 

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CLASSIC WEEKEND 65

Friday, September 3 – ‘POLE DAY’ –  Novelis Supermodified, Pathfinder Bank SBS, and J&S Paving 350 Supers Time Trials, Sunoco New York Super Stocks Dave London Memorial XII (75)

Saturday, September 4 – 65TH ANNUAL CLASSIC SATURDAY – NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Mod Classic (150), NEMA and NEMA Lites, Midwest Sport Compact Touring Series

Sunday, September 5 – 65TH ANNUAL CLASSIC SUNDAY – 65th Budweiser International Classic for Novelis Supermodifieds (200), 30th Bud Classic for Pathfinder Bank SBS (75), 4th J&S Paving 350 Super Classic (50) plus Consolation Events

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October 6 to 10 – NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week XLIX

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