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TWO CLASSICS, ONE SEASON: Oswego’s 64th Classic Weekend to Run May 27-29, 2021

OSWEGO, NY (September 27, 2020) – With the COVID-19 pandemic having wreaked havoc on the 2020 racing season, cancelling Oswego Speedway’s entire 70th Anniversary slate, anxious Supermodified fans and teams can now mark their calendars for May 2021, which will conclude with the 64th running of International Classic Weekend. 

Although the 64th edition of the Classic was initially postponed until September 3-6 2021, track management has instead opted to give everyone the opportunity to be part of something never done before in Oswego Speedway’s history; two Classic Weekends, in one season. 

“We are thrilled to announce plans to hold two Classics in the 2021 season,” said track owner John Torrese. “The great support we have received from the fans, race teams, and community through these unparalleled times has been overwhelming. It is very exciting to give everyone a really big thing to look forward to as we begin the countdown to May 2021.” 

While private track rentals and shared sessions will be available throughout the entire month of May, Classic Weekend 64 will get underway on Thursday, May 27, 2021 with an official opening practice session held from 5 to 9pm. 

On Friday, May 29, the first competitive racing of this historic weekend will take place, as the Sunoco New York Super Stock Series headlines with a full, action packed program under the lights for fendered racers.

Sticking with tradition, Friday will also serve as ‘Pole Day’ for Oswego’s hometrack divisions, with Classic time trials for Novelis Supermodifieds, Pathfinder Bank SBS, and the J&S Paving 350 Supers all on the docket.

Finally, Classic Weekend 64 will conclude Saturday night, May 29, with the 64th International Classic 200 for Novelis Supermodifieds, 29th Classic 75 for Pathfinder Bank SBS, and the 3rd Classic 35 for J&S Paving 350 Supers. The 200 will be run under the lights, with the green flag waving at 7pm. 

Prior to this special, once in a lifetime weekend, Oswego Speedway will open up early in the month of May, with an initial Open Practice on Saturday, May 1 from 1 to 5pm. 

One week later, on Saturday, May 8, the 70th annual Season Opener takes center stage, which will see a regular event for Novelis Supermodifieds, Pathfinder Bank SBS, and the J&S Paving 350 Supers. Full points will be awarded towards the 2021 track championship. 

The Speedway will host a second weekly show, also included in the final 2021 point standings, a week later on Saturday, May 15. Each of the opening events will feature races of 50, 30, and 25-laps for the Supermodifieds, Pathfinder Bank SBS, and 350 Supers, respectively. 

Saturday, May 22, has been reserved as an off week to allow teams to prepare for the Classic, or could serve as a potential rain date should weather impact the May 8 or May 15 programs.

The 65th annual edition of Budweiser International Classic Weekend will now run on schedule from September 3 to 6, 2021. Divisions and other details for the September edition of Classic, as well as the full 2021 Oswego Speedway schedule, will be announced at a later date. 

A full copy of the May 2021 schedule, including a preview of the detailed outlook for Classic Weekend 64, is viewable at the bottom of this press release. 

Those interested in purchasing tickets or camping for the 64th edition of Classic Weekend, will be able to do so in the near future. Fans are asked to check OswegoSpeedway.com, and track social media outlets, for more information over the next few weeks.

As always, those who have already renewed their tickets and camping for Classic Weekend 64, do not need to do anything. Your seat in the grandstands or spot in the campgrounds is already reserved.

Ticket holders and campers for Classic Weekend 64 will again have the opportunity to renew for Budweiser Classic Weekend 65. A mandatory renewal date will be posted next summer. Those who do not renew their tickets or camping by this date, will have seats and campsites released and made available for purchase by other patrons. 

For more information, or any other questions, please visit OswegoSpeedway.com. You can also contact us thru Facebook at Facebook.com/OswegoSpeedway, on Twitter @OswegoSpeedway, or Instagram @OfficialOswegoSpeedway. The track email is oswegospeedway@gmail.com

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.

‘THE PLACE TO BE IN MAY 2021’ – OSWEGO SPEEDWAY’S 70TH SEASON KICKOFF SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: 

Saturday, May 1 – Open Practice (1 to 5pm)

Saturday, May 8 – 70th Season Kickoff (Novelis Supermodified 50, Pathfinder Bank SBS 30, J&S Paving 350 Super 25) 

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

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

*Track will be open the entire month of May for rentals. $200 per car (6 car minimum), or $1,500 for a private, four hour session.*

CLASSIC WEEKEND 64: 

Thursday, May 27 – OPEN PRACTICE (5 to 9pm) 

Friday, May 28 – POLE DAY plus SUNOCO NEW YORK SUPER STOCK SERIES

  • Warmups 2 rounds each division 
  • J&S Paving 350 Supermodified time trials 
  • Pathfinder Bank SBS time trials 
  • Novelis Supermodified time trials 

DONE by 5pm 

Full program for Sunoco New York Super Stock Series – plus potential second division. 

Saturday, May 29 – CLASSIC SATURDAY 

  • Consolation Events 
  • 3rd annual J&S Paving 350 Supermodified Classic 35 
  • 29th annual Pathfinder Bank SBS Classic 75 
  • 64th annual Novelis Supermodified International Classic 200 

JANKOWIAK EARNS WIN IN FIFTH ANNUAL TRIBUTE TOJOE REILLY CROWN ROYAL CLASSIC 54

Photo : ROC

(Jerick Johnson, Late Models; Dave Milbrand, Four Cylinder Dash Series, Tommy Krawczyk, Super Stocks and Bobby Holmes, NYPA TQ Midgets all win at Lake Erie as part of Presque Isle Downs & Casino Race of Champions Weekend presented by VP Racing Fuels)

September 27, 2020 – (Northeast, Pennsylvania) – Andy Jankowiak of Tonawanda, NY, won the Sportsman Modified Series Tribute to Joe Reilly Crown Royal Classic 54 Saturday at Lake Erie Speedway as part of the Presque Isle Downs & Casino Race of Champions Weekend.

The win was Jankowiak’s second in as many year’s after winning the sportsman modified feature at last year’s championship weekend.

Before the race, the field was led around the track by Jayme Thompson as the racers’ crews lined the backstretch in order to honor the late Joe Reilly. After the race, fans were invited onto the track to send 54 lanterns into the night sky as well.

“It was a beautiful tribute that they did for Joe,” Jankowiak said after the race. “Joe is a huge part of our class and he’s a sportsman-winning champion crew chief.”

It was Jankowiak and George Skora III of Eden, NY, who provided much of the in-race action, as the two traded the top two spots. Jankowiak lost the lead momentarily after a bad lap-25 restart, but was able to regain the lead and ultimately hold on.

“I want to say thanks to George for racing me clean,” Jankowiak added. “I don’t always get that courtesy near the end of races. I always appreciate that and that will always be returned.”

Following Skora was Mike Leaty of Williamson, NY, in third; Daryl Lewis Jr. of Ontario, NY, in fourth; and Jake Vernon of Hamburg, NY, who finished fifth after starting on the pole.

Matt Hirschman of Northampton, PA, Zack Curren of Horseheads, NY, Tony Hanbury of Owego, NY, Patrick Emerling of Orchard Park, NY, and Eddie Hawkins of Marion, NY, finished off the top 10 finishers, respectively.

David Milbrand of Clarence, NY, finished first in the second of three Dash Series Triple Challenge races after taking the lead on lap 22 of 25.

Bob Palmer of Buffalo, NY, and Jason Anasiewicz of Alden, NY, rounded out the top three, and all three improved on their starting positions by at least six spots. Anasiewicz came off a second-place finish in the first race of the series Friday night.

Charles Palmer of Cheektowaga, NY, took fourth while Nicholas Robinson of Waverly, NY, came from a bottom-half start to finish fifth. Briar Dils of Derby, NY, who took the checkered flag in the first race of the challenge Friday after a late surge, was forced to settle with 15th on Saturday.Dils won the single-race version of the event last year.

On Friday, Joey Bevacqua of Rome, PA, was quick to take the lead after drawing second position to start the race, and he retained the lead through the first half. Dils took the lead on lap 11, but lost it to Anasiewicz after rubbing tires heading into turn three. Anasiewicz did his best to hold off Dils, but was forced to setlle for second place after giving back the lead on lap 19. DJ Shaw of Waverly, NY, and Milbrand finished third and fourth, respectively.

The asphalt 4-cylinders will conclude their series Sunday.

Jerick Johnson of Mooresville, NC, kicked off the feature events Saturday with a repeat win in the Rick Wylie 48 late model feature after leading most of the race. After, he made sure to acknowledge the contributions Rick Wylie made to the sport.

“I want to thank the Wylie’s for everything they did for the late model class,” he said. “With the pay and what Race of Champions does with this race, I can’t believe we don’t get to race here more often.”

Rick’s son, Scott, had some early bad luck in the inaugural event after starting on the pole. A slow start saw him quickly slip to third, only to get pushed to the back after he was spun around in an early caution. He was only able to claw his way back up to seventh.

Mirroring last year’s event, Johnson and Sam Fullone of North Collins, NY led the bulk of the way, while Patrick Emerling finished third in his first of three races this weekend. Brandan Marhefka of Windber, PA, and Dave Heitzhaus of Strykersville, NY, finished fourth and fifth. Tommy Catalano of Ontario, NY, who was part of the lead trio until experiencing tire issues, finished in sixth.

Tommy Krawcyzk of Orchard Park, NY, capitalized on a mid-race restart to take first and held on for the win in the Super Stock Series National Parts Peddler 40.

“That was awesome,” Krawczyk said from victory lane. “It’s been a crazy year with the pandemic and everything. Looking around, this is what we do, and it’s great to be out here with this group of cars.”

Cole Hicks of Brockport, NY, who started on the pole, lost his lead early to Andy Cryan of Hamburg, NY, and wound up settling for a last-place finish. Krawcyzk trailed Cryan for much of the first half before taking the lead on lap 20.

Cryan fell out of the top 15, and nobody who started in the top 5 finished there. Tommy Baron finished second, with Josh Hunter of Derby, NY; TJ Cochrane of Cheektowaga, NY; and Jason Dieter of Lake View, NY, rounding out the top five finishers.

Bobby Holmes delivered an impressive finish in the first of two TQ Midget features this weekend as the Race of Champions weekend will feature a midget race on both Saturday and Sunday due to a new partnership with the NYPA TQ Midget Series.

Saturday’s event was a points paying event in the NYPA program, while Sunday will see the Race of Champions TQ Midget “Harry Macy Classic.”

Holmes made quick work of the pack, jumping six spots to third place after just one lap. From there, Holmes was able to wrestle away the lead and fend off Dave Wollaber after a late-race, single-file restart.

“I figured if he was going to take it, he’d have to go on the outside because I was going to take the bottom,” Holmes said of Wollaber.

Wollaber took second, with Jankowiak, Andy Nye, and Kyle Hutchinson the top five finishers.

Full results may be found at www.rocmodifiedseries.com

The Presque Isle Downs & Casino Race of Champions Weekend rolls on Sunday with the “Harry Macy Classic” 29-lap TQ Midget Series feature, “Butch Palmer Classic” Dash Series Triple Challenge finale, Street Stock Series 30-lap feature, and the 70th Annual Race of Champions 250.

The Race of Champions is a sanctioning body presenting Modified and Stock Car racing on asphalt and dirt surfaces throughout the Northeast, with events in New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey with primary marketing partners Hoosier Racing Tire, VP Racing Fuels, Upstate Automotive Group, Waddell Communications, Pilat Graphic Design,  TDH Refrigeration, Sherwood Racing Wheels, PavedTrackDigest.com and Speed51.com. The 70th  annual Race of Champions weekend will take place in 2020 at Lake Erie Speedway in North East, Pennsylvania and is the second longest consecutive auto-racing event in North America, second only to the Indianapolis 500.

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Race of Champions Media at media@rocmodifiedseries.com

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ISMA Big-Block Supermodifieds Return To Thompson for World Series

Thompson, CT – Officials from the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) and American-Canadian Tour (ACT) announced today that the Big-Block Supermodifieds of the International Supermodified Association (ISMA) will be returning to Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park for the 58th Annual World Series of Speedway Racing.  The ISMA Supermodifieds are one of 19 divisions that will be racing at Thompson as part of the World Series from Friday, October 9th through Sunday, October 11.  The breathtaking Big-Block Supermods will compete for 50 laps and join the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season finale along with the PASS Super Late Models on the final day of racing.

“The ISMA Supermodifieds are one of the most exciting divisions in pavement racing and we are happy to bring them back for their traditional visit to Thompson as part of the World Series,” PASS President Tom Mayberry said.  “The World Series is one of the biggest weekends of racing in New England and we are really happy to provide such a great card of short track racing to our fans.”

The first ISMA Supermodified race to be held at Thompson as part of the World Series was in 1975 and was won by 9-time NASCAR Modified Champion Richie Evans.  Since ISMA returned to the World Series at Thompson in 2010, legendary names like Chris Perley, Ben Seitz, Dave Shullick, Jr., and Jon McKennedy have taken their Supermodifieds to the hallowed frontstretch victory lane.

World Series action begins at Thompson Speedway on Friday, October 9 and will showcase feature races at approximately 6 PM for the STAR Late Models, Open Vintage Modifieds, Mini Stocks, STAR Modifieds, and Street Stock Open.  On Saturday, October 10th, heat races for PASS Super Late Models and ACT Late Models will start at 2 PM, followed by qualifying for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, and features for the North East Mini Stock Tour, Pro 4 Modified, NEMA Midgets, ACT Late Model Open, 350 Supermodifieds and Modified Open.  On Sunday, October 11th, racing starts at 12:30PM featuring the Sunoco Modifieds, PASS Super Late Models, ISMA Supermodifieds, Limited Sportsman, NEMA Lites, SK Modifieds, and NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

More information and the complete weekend schedule for the 58th Annual World Series can be found at www.proallstarsseries.comwww.acttour.com/thompson-speedway, or www.thompsonspeedway.com. Advance general admission tickets can be purchased by visiting https://happsnow.com/event/Thompson-Speedway-Motorsports-Park-YHPQ/WORLD-SERIES–NO2QX.

The Pro All Stars Series is recognized as North America’s premier sanctioning body for asphalt Super Late Models and boasts such marquee events as the legendary Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway and the Easter Bunny 150 at the historic Hickory Motor Speedway.  For technical information concerning all PASS divisions please send questions to passracing@roadrunner.com.  And, don’t forget to “Like” the Pro All Stars Series on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @PASSSLM14 to keep up with breaking news as it happens.

For more information about the World Series of Speedway Racing schedule, contact the ACT offices at (802) 244-6963, media@acttour.com, or visit www.acttour.com/thompson-speedway or www.thompsonspeedway.com. You can also get updates on Facebook and Twitter at @ACTTour.

For camping information and general Thompson Speedway inquires, call (860) 923-2280 or email oval@thompsonspeedway.com. You can follow Thompson Speedway on Facebook and Instagram at @ThompsonSpeedway o