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Sportsman Modified XMR Coming To Oswego Speedway on Saturday, July 4, 2020

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OSWEGO, NY (December 13, 2019) – The all new ‘Xtra Money Race’ for Sportsman Modifieds is coming to Oswego Speedway in 2020 joining Supermodifieds, Small Block Supers, and 350 Supers for a four-division Independence Day spectacular on Saturday, July 4. 

New York and Pennsylvania’s top Sportsman Modified competitors will converge on the ‘Big O’ for a 40-lap affair with the base purse now $13,000. The XMR brings Sportsman Mods back to the Port City for the first occasion since September of 2016. 

“I’m a big Sport Mod fan and wanted to give drivers something different and fun, so thought why not approach the mecca of pavement facilities in the state,” said promoter Jody London, who is also the brain behind the Dave London Memorial Super Stock event held on Classic Weekend.

London has spent a number of years teamed up with the Sunoco New York Super Stock Series for the DLM, which honors his late father. DLM XII was moved to Oswego in 2019 and brought a staggering 46 stock cars to the pit area on Classic Friday. 

“We’ve had success with Dad’s race and I have toyed with trying something new, but always felt there are so many great Sport Mod shows in New York there was no room for another,” London continued. “I finally decided to spread my wings and shoot for something unique. It worked out.”

For his new venture, London has tabbed current Wyoming County Speedway public relations frontman Dakota Packman as an advisor. “We have joked for years that we would team up for something and we were thrilled to get the green light,” London stated. 

Despite having his consultant onboard, Jody says promoting XMR brings him “out of his comfort zone.” Along with his involvement in the Dave London Memorial for over a decade, he also has put together numerous 4-Cylinder and Kart events across the region, but this is an all new feel.

“This is something totally new to us. We’re just giving it a shot and hoping it pans out,” London explained. “For years, I’ve been quietly approached by Sportsman guys about a race. Not only do we want to finally provide those drivers with that race, but plenty of ‘xtra’ cash as well.”

London put together over $20,000 in contingency and lap money for his Super Stock event last Fall, leaving little doubt that the Dave London Memorial is indeed one of, if not the richest short track Super Stock show in the country. He hopes to do the same with the Sportsman division. 

“The Sport Mod guys are such a scrappy, entertaining, and fun bunch,” London added. “They deserve to be in the spotlight and have extra money on the line. We all thought there was no better place for that than Oswego Speedway. These guys will go balls to the wall for 40-laps.”

For the inaugural Sport Mod XMR ‘Independence Shootout,’ London and company have tabbed Tom Fecteau as race director. Facteau brings many years of experience to the table as a former official, driver, spotter, and crewman. 

Further information on the XMR Sportsman Modified event including an official website, rules, purse, and more will be released after the first of the year. Parties with questions may contact Jody London. 

Oswego Speedway’s 2020 schedule can be anticipated by the end of the month. Season ticket, camping, and individual pricing will be revealed at that time as well. Registration for the Novelis Supermodified, Pathfinder Bank SBS, and 350 Supermodified teams opens on January 1. 

For more information on the Oswego Speedway, be sure to visit the track’s website online at OswegoSpeedway.com. Fans can also FOLLOW on Twitter @OswegoSpeedway or LIKE on Facebook at Facebook.com/OswegoSpeedway. 

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour 2020 Schedule Announced

NASCAR PRESS RELEASE  NOVEMBER 5, 2019

Photo Michael Jaworecki/Myracenews

New Venues, Traditional Dates For 2020

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The debut of a new showcase track, the highly-anticipated return to an Virginia venue, and a strong slate of premier northeast short tracks make the 2020 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule one of the most anticipated in recent years. 

Three new tracks will be on the schedule: 

The tour will make its furthest trip west with the debut of Iowa Speedway. The “Fastest Short Track on the Planet” will host NASCAR’s only open-wheel division on Friday, July 31. The Whelen Modified Tour slate will also add returns to Martinsville Speedway and Jennerstown Speedway. 

“The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour is coming off an exciting year in which we saw Doug Coby continue his historic championship run and we saw the level of competition and number of competitors increase,” said Brandon Thompson, NASCAR managing director, touring series. “We are excited about the mix of high-profile national series tracks that will showcase the great racing on the Modified tour, and the strong short tracks that have been the backbone of Modified racing.” 

Martinsville, Virginia’s famous half-mile, is steeped in NASCAR Modified history. The modified division first raced at Martinsville in 1960 and was part of the original tour schedule in 1985. The Maxpro Window Films 200 will run on Friday, May 8 as part of the spring Cup Series weekend. 

Jennerstown, a .522-mile oval in western Pennsylvania, will feature the tour on Saturday May 23. The track has held 14 tour races over the years, with the late Ted Christopher being the last to visit Victory Lane in 2006.  

The Whelen Modified Tour will open the season with a return trip to Virginia’s South Boston Speedway on Saturday, March 21. Connecticut will serve as the traditional opening of racing in New England with the 46th Annual Icebreaker weekend at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on Sunday, April 5, followed by the NAPA Spring Sizzler weekend at Stafford Motor Speedway on Sunday, April 26. 

The season will conclude with the 48th annual NAPA Fall Final weekend at Stafford on Sunday, Sept. 27, and the 58th annual Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing at Thompson on Sunday, Oct. 11. 

New Hampshire Motor Speedway will again feature a 100-lap showcase on Saturday, July 18. The Whelen Modified Tour will also return with the 200-lap main event for the track’s Full Throttle Fall Weekend on Saturday, Sept. 12. 

Other schedule highlights include:  

  • In addition to Jennerstown, the tour will make the trip to western New York to be part of Oswego Speedway’s 64th Annual Budweiser International Classic on Saturday, Sept. 5. 
  • Riverhead Raceway, a staple of the Whelen Modified Tour, will host two events. The first will be on Saturday, June 20, with a return trip to Long Island on Saturday, Sept. 19. 
  • A pair of bullrings will factor into the championship picture: Massachusetts’ Seekonk Speedway will bring the tour to town on Saturday, June 6, while New Jersey’s Wall Stadium Speedway will run on Saturday, July 11. 

The complete NBCSN schedule, including broadcast times, will be released at a later date. 

2020 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Schedule  

DATE TRACK CITY 
Saturday, March 21 South Boston Speedway South Boston, Va. 
Sunday, April 5 Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Thompson, Conn. 
Sunday, April 26 Stafford Motor Speedway Stafford, Conn. 
Friday, May 8 Martinsville Speedway Martinsville, Va. 
Saturday, May 23 Jennerstown Speedway Jennerstown, Pa. 
Saturday, June 6 Seekonk Speedway Seekonk, Mass. 
Saturday, June 20 Riverhead Raceway Riverhead, N.Y. 
Saturday, July 11 Wall Stadium Speedway Wall, N.J. 
Saturday, July 18 New Hampshire Motor Speedway Loudon, N.H. 
Friday, July 31 Iowa Speedway Newton, Iowa 
Friday, Aug. 7 Stafford Motor Speedway Stafford, Conn. 
Wednesday, Aug. 19 Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Thompson. Conn. 
Saturday, Sept. 5 Oswego Speedway Oswego, N.Y. 
Saturday, Sept. 12 New Hampshire Motor Speedway Loudon, N.H. 
Saturday, Sept. 19 Riverhead Raceway Riverhead, N.Y. 
Sunday, Sept. 27 Stafford Motor Speedway Stafford, Conn. 
Sunday, Oct. 11 Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Thompson. Conn. 

Anthony Losurdo Lands Double Track Championships at Oswego Speedway

OSWEGO, NY (October 25, 2019) – For Anthony Losurdo, his sixth full season of racing at the Oswego Speedway could not have gone better. Driving for Missile Motorsports, Losurdo was able to clean house as both the Pathfinder Bank SBS and 350 Supermodified track champion. 

Winning back to back championships in the Small Block Super division and becoming the first ever track champion of the Speedway’s new 350 class, Losurdo is the first driver since the late Jim Shampine (1972) to win more than one championship in the same season. 

In addition to that impressive statistic, Losurdo also became the first driver since Jack Murphy all the way back in 1957 to win two feature events in two divisions on the same night, a feat that he accomplished in the Independence Weekend special held on July 6. 

“2019 was a career season for us,” said Losurdo. “We accomplished much more than I thought possible. Hearing those stats, and having my name mentioned with some of the all-time greats is really humbling. I have lived and breathed Oswego Speedway since I was a kid and having the kind of success we did this year was seriously a dream come true.” 

There is no doubt that Losurdo had a banner year. Winning both championships by a healthy forty points or more, ‘Hawk’ was able to add a combined total of six more wins to his resume, which now includes twelve Pathfinder Bank SBS victories (tied for seventh all-time). 

“If you would have told me five years ago that I’d be where I am today, I’d have said you were lying,” Losurdo continued. “The wins and stats mean a lot to me, but the journey along the way is what means the most. From the extreme highs to the heartbreak, I wouldn’t change a thing.”

They say consistency wins championships and Losurdo has certainly proved that the last two seasons driving for Mark Castiglia and Missile Motorsports. In his last 22 races, Losurdo has finished tenth or better an unheard of 21 times including ten top five runs in 2019.

“I truly owe all of the success I’ve had to Mark (Castiglia) and the group of people I have behind me,” Losurdo explained. “Mark knows what it takes to compete the way we do and has given us everything we needed and then some and that’s why I’m where I am. I can’t thank him enough.”

Losurdo also has a number of friends and crewman that have helped him not only since his Oswego beginnings in 2012, but from quarter midget and kart racing right up through to the 2019 season which will surely go down as a career highlight for the 21 year-old. 

“I am blessed to have my Dad and Stu Fenske by my side not just in racing but in life,” Losurdo added. “I think my Dad is one of the smartest guys to touch an SBS and Stu has been my right hand man since I was four. He is a huge asset and in my opinion the best wrench at the track.” 

It’s no secret that this year’s championship came with a bit more breathing room for the Losurdo team, who last season were forced to hold off hall of famer Russ Brown for the track title by a mere sixteen points. How did he get off to such a hot start? 

“I think the key this year was that my team just had things come together a bit quicker,” Losurdo explained. “We found a lot of speed right out of the box with this new crate motor, but it took some of the guys a while to figure it all out and we capitalized on that.” 

Moving forward, Losurdo believes the already growing SBS class is in excellent shape with the new rule changes. While Anthony may have appeared dominant this season winning five main events and finishing in the top ten for every single one of them, he assures it did not come easy. 

“Car counts were down with the rule change,” Losurdo mentioned, “but I don’t think that made things much easier because we still had a quality field. I love the SBS class and this crate motor is a great way to get new people involved. I’m thinking at Classic 2020 we will have a B-Main.”

The other part to Losurdo’s story is Castiglia’s 350 Super; the former Double Deuce Racing No. 22. Jim Losurdo and crew worked relentlessly to find more speed out of the car before finally reaching victory lane in July. Anthony says running two cars was a big part of that challenge. 

“We unload two bad fast cars every week, but running two is a lot more challenging than we expected,” he admitted. “Hopping out of one and jumping in another with a big top wing that drives completely different than the other took some getting used to.” 

Continuing Losurdo said,”The real difficult part was in the shop. The cars are so tedious, and it took us awhile to find the right combo. My team works hard to get everything perfect for me, but it was hard to find time to ensure all three Missile cars were exactly where we wanted them.” 

With that said, the 350 Supermodified rookie thoroughly enjoyed the new class despite the uphill battle and ongoing adjustments you need to make as a driver. However, he does not know what the plan is for the No. 1 winged small block car in 2020. 

“I loved racing the 350, but I don’t know what will happen,” Losurdo stated. “It was tough. We tried everything but change the steering wheel and seat. It’s so much different than anything I’ve done, but it’s an awesome class that will continue to grow as a stepping stone to the big blocks.” 

Moving forward, Losurdo’s future isn’t set in stone, but he says he “thinks the team’s future is bright.” Anthony wasn’t positive as to the full extent of his 2020 plans, but guaranteed that both Small Block Supers would be back trackside with himself and David LaTulip at the wheel again. 

Losurdo will be honored for his track championship(s) at the Speedway’s Hall of Fame Banquet scheduled for tomorrow, October 26 at the Lake Ontario Event & Conference Center in the City of Oswego. Cocktail hour will be at 5pm, with dinner at 6pm, and awards to follow.

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