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Oswego Speedway Receives ‘No Go’ from Elected Officials; July 4 Event Cancelled Due to COVID-19

OSWEGO, NY (June 25, 2020) – After high optimism for the potential re-opening of the Oswego Speedway with a three division card slated for Saturday, July 4, track management has received word from state and local officials that the Speedway will not be permitted to open with fans next weekend. 

“Over the last several weeks, we have been meeting with elected officials, and presented our plan to re-open,” said track owner John Torrese. “Our hopes were high, but we have learned that race tracks in New York will still not be able to open with fans for the time being. It is very disappointing to lose yet another event on our 2020 schedule.” 

With the cancellation of next week’s Independence Special presented by Holiday Inn Express & Suites and Dig Safely NY, the championship events scheduled for July 11, July 18, August 1, August 8, August 15, and August 22, plus Budweiser International Classic Weekend are what remains.

“Unfortunately, we do not have an official timetable on when we will be able to open, and there is no confirmation on whether we will or won’t be able to race July 11,” Torrese continued. “We are still hoping to go as soon as possible. As more information comes to us, we will continue to share frequent updates on the remainder of our events.” 

The cancellation of the July 4 event will not affect the closed test sessions on June 26, June 27, and July 3. All of the practices remain on as scheduled, with the possibility of more being added based on demand. To sign up, please contact Paul at oswegospeedway@gmail.com. Fans can follow social media for frequent updates on these practices. 

For the latest information from Oswego Speedway, visit online at OswegoSpeedway.com. You can also FOLLOW on Twitter @OswegoSpeedway or Instagram @OfficialOswegoSpeedway or LIKE on Facebook at Facebook.com/OswegoSpeedway. 
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 Begins On-Track Action with Closed Testing this Weekend

OSWEGO, NY (June 17, 2020) – After a month long delay that certainly feels like years, the Oswego Speedway will finally get its 2020 season started this Saturday, June 20 with closed track testing for Novelis Supermodified, Pathfinder Bank SBS, and J&S Paving 350 teams.

Saturday’s testing will be the first on-track action since Budweiser Classic Weekend over nine months ago. As of Wednesday, four drivers are scheduled to participate in the test; Brandon Bellinger, Jack Patrick, Vern LaFave, and Norm MacLeod. 

Bellinger, who currently holds the track record at 15.769 seconds, set the pole for last year’s Budweiser International Classic 200; joining his father Ed Bellinger Jr, who did the same more than 25 years ago. Brandon was also able to add his third career victory in 2019, and the iconic 02 will again compete weekly in 2020. 

A Supermodified sophomore this season, Patrick is a Pathfinder Bank SBS veteran and seven time feature winner at the Speedway. In his rookie season racing a Supermodified, Patrick was highly impressive, finishing in fourth place on August 10 of 2019, and also recorded a solid 13th place effort in the International Classic. 

For LaFave, who will put his full-time Oswego Speedway return into motion just one year since his horrifying accident, Saturday has been a long time coming. A resident of Philadelphia, NY, LaFave says winning at Oswego would surely be the “greatest dream” of his life. Seeing the No. 97 roll onto the track this weekend will be an extremely welcome sight for many. 

Last but not least, Tom MacLeod will be making the tow all the way from Orchard Park, NY to shake down his No. 81 J&S Paving 350 Supermodified machine. MacLeod is a Supermodified rookie, but not at all a rookie to racing. A former track champion, MacLeod has several years of experience in Late Models at Lancaster Speedway and made select Oswego starts in 2019. 

While these four drivers will be the first to see the Speedway in 2020, testing will really ramp up in the following weeks, with nearly two dozen different competitors already signed up for slots on June 26, 27, and the Opening Weekend Fast Friday test on July 3. A full lineup is listed below, but a number of changes and additions should be anticipated. 

Those interested in signing up for any of the test sessions; which include 4 to 8pm on June 19, 10am to 2pm on June 20, and 4 to 8pm on June 26, June 27, and July 3 can email Paul at oswegospeedway@gmail.com. Teams are asked to check their emails for further information on these sessions. 

All are reminded that for each practice slot, there will be strict limits on both the number of cars and crew members in the pit area, and no one is allowed on Oswego Speedway grounds with the exception of teams and essential staff. Should any of the scheduled test sessions exceed 10 cars, additional slots will be made available to make room for everyone. 

Although the grandstands will be closed until July 3 at the earliest, fans hoping to follow track testing can check the Speedway’s website and social media channels for content including live video, photos, driver interviews, lap times, and more, which will be posted during each session.

Oswego Speedway plans to open with fans on Saturday, July 4. The Opening Day event would include racing for Novelis Supermodifieds, Pathfinder Bank SBS, and the J&S Paving 350 Supermodifieds. The Sportsman Modified XMR has been taken off the schedule. 

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s executive order, which prohibits race tracks from operating with any fans in attendance, expires Thursday, July 2. Speedway officials are hopeful to announce final confirmation of the potential July 4 event by Monday, June 29 at the latest. 

The track office is now open by appointment and will be regularly by month’s end to handle any necessary items needed for teams to race; including driver registration, or other paperwork. All ticket and camping sales of any kind remain paused, with hopes to announce future plans and pricing for these items in early July. Drivers are required to turn in registration before hitting the track. 

For the latest updates from Oswego Speedway, visit online at OswegoSpeedway.com. You can also FOLLOW on Twitter @OswegoSpeedway or Instagram @OfficialOswegoSpeedway or LIKE on Facebook at Facebook.com/OswegoSpeedway. 

OSWEGO SPEEDWAY TESTING SCHEDULE (SUBJECT TO CHANGE): 

Friday, June 19, 2020 (4 to 8pm) – 

  • No signs ups 

Saturday, June 20, 2020 (10am to 2pm) – 

  • #02 Brandon Bellinger (Supermodified)
  • #81 Tom MacLeod (350)
  • #90 Jack Patrick (Supermodified) 
  • #97 Vern LaFave (350)

Friday, June 26, 2020 (4 to 8pm) – 

  • #00 Joe Gosek (Supermodified) 
  • #04 Mike Bruce (SBS)
  • #05 Jeff Abold (Supermodified) 
  • #08 Dalton Doyle (350)
  • #14 Mark Denny Jr. (SBS) 
  • #15 Michael Muldoon (Supermodified) 
  • #23 Steve Flack (SBS) 
  • #50 Dave Cliff (SBS) 
  • #72 Mike Bruce (350) 

Saturday, June 27, 2020 (4 to 8pm) – 

  • #01 Ken Moody Jr. (SBS) 
  • #7 Otto Sitterly (Supermodified) 
  • #32 Rob Bruce (SBS) 
  • #33 Matt Germain (SBS) 
  • #39 Alison Sload (Supermodified) 
  • #52 Dave Danzer (Supermodified) 
  • #77 Cameron Rowe (SBS) 
  • #77 Cameron Rowe (350) 
  • #81 Tom MacLeod (350)
  • #95 Dave Shullick Jr. (Supermodified) 

Friday, July 3, 2020 (4 to 8pm) – 

  • #0 Tim Snyder 
  • #7 Otto Sitterly
  • #11 Aric Iosue 
  • #39 Alison Sload

Photo:Bob Clark

Oswego Speedway’s June 20 Program Cancelled; Closed Track Testing Begins Next Friday, June 19

Bob Clark Photo

OSWEGO, NY (June 10, 2020) – Oswego Speedway has officially cancelled the Saturday, June 20th Helena-Agri Enterprises ‘Spring Championship,’ scheduled to include racing for the Novelis Supermodifieds and Pathfinder Bank SBS. It is the fifth Speedway event to fall to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. 

“Despite having to lose another race, we are very optimistic about where we stand in the near future,” said track owner, John Torrese. “As we approach phase 4 in Central New York, we are continuing to work with officials on a reopening plan, and have every intention to race with fans in attendance on July 4.” 

The Speedway is holding details on the potential July 4 show or any future dates until receiving final approval, but the first event would include racing for the Novelis Supermodified, Pathfinder Bank SBS, and J&S Paving 350 Super divisions. The Sportsman Modified ‘XMR’ has now been cancelled in order to comply with CDC social distancing guidelines in the pit area. 

“Right now, the Governor’s executive order, which prohibits auto racing with fans in attendance, is set to expire on July 2,” explained Torrese. “Our goal is to race with our fans here, and we will announce our plans as soon as we hear back from the Governor’s office. For the meantime, we are happy to do closed test sessions and allow our teams to get some laps in.” 

While there will be no racing at Oswego Speedway in the month of June, the track will open up to teams for those closed test sessions, beginning next week on Friday, June 19 and Saturday, June 20. Practices will continue on Friday, June 26 and Saturday, June 27. All 2020 divisions are invited to sign up.  

For each of these four sessions, there will be strict limits on both the number of cars and crew members in the pit area, and absolutely no one will be allowed on Speedway grounds with the exception of teams and essential staff. All pit and grandstand gates will be shut. 

Those interested in signing up for the testing slots; which will run from 4 to 8pm on Fridays and 10am to 2pm on Saturdays, can email Paul at oswegospeedway@gmail.com. Teams are asked to check their emails for further information on these sessions. 

Fans hoping to follow along, can check the Speedway’s website and social media channels for content including live video, photos, driver interviews, lap times, and more, which will be posted during each session. 

Oswego Speedway hopes to open the track office back up by month’s end to handle any of the necessary items needed for teams to race; including driver registration, or other paperwork. All ticket and camping sales of any kind remain paused, with hopes to announce future plans and pricing for these items in early July. 

Teams are once again reminded that as soon as Oswego Speedway is given the green light to race, the track will do so, and everyone is urged to have their equipment prepped accordingly. Drivers are required to turn in all necessary paperwork before taking any laps on the track. 

For the latest updates from Oswego Speedway, visit online at OswegoSpeedway.com. You can also FOLLOW on Twitter @OswegoSpeedway or Instagram @OfficialOswegoSpeedway or LIKE on Facebook at Facebook.com/OswegoSpeedway. 

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.