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NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Returns to Oswego on Bud Classic Weekend Saturday, August 31

Photo: Michael Jaworecki Myracenews

OSWEGO, NY (November 28, 2018) – The stars and cars of NASCAR’s Whelen Modified Tour will again converge at the Oswego Speedway for a fourth consecutive season with the running of the Toyota Mod Classic 150 on Saturday, August 31, 2019.

Since the tour’s return to Oswego for the first time since 1989, three different drivers including two first time winners have visited victory lane at the fast 5/8th’s mile including a familiar face in 11-time Oswego Modified winner Matt Hirschman.

This past September, the halfway break used in 2017 was eliminated from the race which allowed the return of live pit stops and that certainly spiced up the action as pit stops lead to an exciting battle to the finish between Hirschman, Justin Bonsignore and Ryan Preece.

After putting on a spectacular show driving through the field, Preece, the defending race winner, experienced a parts failure on the No. 6 with just a handful of laps remaining and that resulted in a spectacular crash down the front straightaway.

Hirschman was able to hold off all challenges from a red hot Bonsignore to go on to collect the $12,000 paycheck, and a win at Oswego for the third year in a row.

Doug Coby, who won the Mod Classic 150 in 2016, finished third in the 2018 running ahead of Woody Pitkat and Eric Goodale in the top five. Matt Swanson was sixth, followed by Patrick Emerling, Timmy Solomito, Blake Barney and Tommy Catalano in the top ten.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will embark on a 16 race championship slate this coming season beginning at South Carolina’s Myrtle Beach Speedway on Saturday, March 16.

Following the opener, the Modifieds will then trek back north for the tour’s return to South Boston Speedway before stops at familiar venues of Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park and Stafford Motor Speedway in April.

On May 18, NASCAR will be back at Wall Stadium Speedway in New Jersey for the first time in over a decade.

The month of June will bring familiar stops at Seekonk Speedway and again at Thompson before the traditional All Star race is held as part of a two day show at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in July.

Another stop at both Stafford and Thompson will take place at the beginning of August before the tour then readies for the Steel Palace on August 31.

In 2018, 25 Modifieds showed at Oswego for the 150 which is the highest car count since the inception of the race three seasons earlier.

The event will again pay $12,000 to win this coming season. It is anticipated that the 150 will also return to national television via NBC Sports coverage.

For more information on the 2019 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, please visit

Full time schedules, grandstand pricing, and more as part of Oswego Speedway’s 2019 schedule will be announced soon.

For those wishing to renew Classic or season ticket packages, you will have until Saturday, May 1 to contact Paul at

Those who need to renew their Classic Weekend camping spaces have until Monday, December 31. You can also do this by sending the track an email at

Driver registration will be open to Oswego’s Novelis Supermodified, Pathfinder Bank SBS and 350 Supermodified teams beginning on Monday, December 3.

For more information on Oswego Speedway, be sure to visit online at You can also FOLLOW on Twitter @OswegoSpeedway or LIKE on Facebook at

Step One Creative Partners with Camden Proud, Proud Motorsports for Full-Time Novelis Supermodified Campaign in 2019

OSWEGO, NY (November 28, 2018) – Oswego based marketing firm Step One Creative has partnered with Camden Proud and Proud Motorsports to allow for a full-time effort in Oswego Speedway’s Novelis Supermodified division in 2019.
Proud, a former Pathfinder Bank SBS rookie of the year, makes the move to Supermodifieds following five straight seasons of weekly competition with the No. 54 Small Block Super.

Step One Creative served as the primary backer of Proud’s Small Block ride for all five years. During that time, the teenaged driver drove to nearly 50 top 10 finishes in just over 60 career SBS events, plus 14 top 5 runs including five second place finishes.

Last year, the now 20 year-old competitor partnered with Ken’s Body Shop to acquire the former Strong Racing Supermodified while also continuing competition in the Small Block Supermodified class.

Following a complete transformation to sport a retro green color scheme paying tribute to his father Tim, Proud did double duty on two occasions in 2018. He made his Supermodified debut on Track Championship Night, bringing the No. 22 home in 15th place while also securing a 4th place run with the No. 54 SBS that same evening.

Two weeks later, Proud qualified for his first International Classic with the Supermodified, quickly finding lap times in the sub-17 second bracket. The speedway’s public relations director will now attempt a run at rookie of the year in the division throughout 2019 beginning with the Jim Shampine Memorial Twin 50’s set for Opening Day Saturday, May 25.

“We’re thrilled to work with Camden as he takes the next step in his career,” said Shane Stepien, president at Step One Creative. “Our staff at Step One Creative is very proud of the accomplishments Tim, Cam and Proud Motorsports were able to earn through five years of dedication to the Small Block Super class. It will be very exciting to see the team make this transition and aim for Supermodified rookie of the year. We look forward to continuing to watch Camden grow both on and off the race track.”

With the return of Step One Creative as primary sponsor for what will mark a sixth consecutive season, this will also bring the return of the company’s brand to the Proud Motorsports Supermodified. Proud will pilot his Hawk Chassis as No. 54 in 2019 while sporting the full Step One Creative color scheme on his ride.

“Step One Creative has been loyal to us for all five of my seasons in the small block class and for that we are forever grateful,” said Camden Proud. “As I make the jump to strive for Supermodified rookie of the year in 2019, I can’t begin to thank Shane Stepien, Mark Proud and the staff enough for continuing to believe in us. We’ve had their creative team come up with three different designs for our small block car over the years and are now really looking forward to see how the Super will turn out for the upcoming season.”

Thanks to the added support from Step One Creative, several upgrades are now planned for the No. 54 Supermodified throughout the offseason. Plans include a re-built engine from Finger Lakes Machine, plus the installation of inboard sway bars and all new mounts for 1-1 rocker assembly on the front end of the car which will take place at Hawk Jr. Chassis in Minetto.

“With Shane onboard, we will be able to make some added investments to help ensure the No. 54 is as competitive as possible in 2019,” Proud continued. “There is no question that making the move up to the track’s premiere division will bring several challenges and a steep learning curve, and it is an honor and privilege to represent Step One Creative throughout that process. I am eager to put our best foot forward each week and continue to compile solid results for our family team. We’re all very excited.”

Step One Creative, located at 317 West First Street in the Stevedore Lofts in Oswego, New York, offers full-service advertising design, brand development, public relations, copy writing, web design, and media planning/placement to organizations and businesses throughout Central and Upstate New York.

Proud Motorsports is a Supermodified race team based in Oswego, NY owned by Tim and Debbie Proud. Camden, a 20 year-old driver, has grown into one of the top competitors in Oswego Speedway’s Pathfinder Bank SBS division the past five seasons and will strive for Novelis Supermodified Rookie of the Year in 2019.

For more information on Proud Motorsports, you can visit the team’s website online at You can also FOLLOW on Twitter @ProudMtrsports or LIKE on Facebook at

For more information on Step One Creative, please phone (315) 342-2554 or visit their website located at

Oswego Speedway Unveils 2019 Schedule of Events

OSWEGO, NY (November 15, 2018) – Oswego Speedway officials have released an action-packed, three division schedule of events for the track’s upcoming 69th season of racing which will begin with its 69th annual edition of Opening Day scheduled for Saturday, May 25, 2019.

In 2019, Novelis Supermodified and Pathfinder Bank SBS competitors will once again embark on a ten-race ‘Road to the Championship’ which will kick off in May and continue through the month of August leading up to the 63rd edition of ‘Classic Weekend’ penciled in for August 30 through September 1.

Joining the familiar Supermodified and Small Block Supermodified classes this coming season is the speedway’s new 350 Supermodified division which will replicate the rules package of the 350 Supers currently in competition at New Hampshire’s Star Speedway.

“We’re looking forward to 2019,” said track owner John Torrese. “We recently announced some rule changes in hopes of providing stability and growth for the Supermodifieds and SBS moving forward while also adding the 350 Super class, which is our first new division at the speedway in about 20 years. Despite these changes, the schedule still highlights some of our most valued events and traditions. We’re really excited to see how it all plays out and hope to find our fans back in their seats supporting Oswego Speedway beginning with the 69th edition of Opening Day on May 25.”

The 350 Supermodifieds will join the Supermodifieds and SBS for eight of the ten regular shows held as part of the track’s 2019 schedule with the first 350 Supermodified champion in speedway history set to be decided at season’s end.

Following the speedway’s Open Practice session on Saturday, May 18, Oswego’s 69th annual Opening Day will take place a week later on May 25 and again feature Jim Shampine Memorial Twin 50 feature events for the Novelis Supermodifieds, the Tony White Memorial 35 for the Pathfinder Bank SBS, plus the first ever 350 Supermodified Memorial Weekend 35.

As of press time, the speedway currently has the 1st of June penciled in to potentially serve as an additional race date in 2019, with details remaining in the works at this time. Continue to check for more information.

Two weeks after the Twin 50’s, the track will be back with more double feature action for the Novelis Supermodifieds in the form of Twin 35’s which will be held alongside a 30-lap main event for the Pathfinder Bank SBS. The 350 Supermodifieds will receive the night off on June 8.

June 15 will bring the first regular ‘Road to the Championship’ event of the 2019 season featuring the Novelis Supermodifieds, Pathfinder Bank SBS and 350 Supermodifieds which will run 50, 30 and 35-laps respectively as part of all regular shows this coming season.

On June 22, the track will go dormant in observation of high school graduation before the gates swing back open for a busy four week stretch beginning with the return of the Independence Weekend ‘Grand Prix’ on Saturday, June 29.

For the final event of June, the Novelis Supermodifieds will compete in a 75-lap main, the Pathfinder Bank SBS class will expand it’s race length to 35-laps, and the 350 Supermodifieds will also be contesting in a 35-lap feature. Fireworks will conclude the program.

Once again, three events in three weeks will be held in the month of July beginning with two regular ‘Road to the Championship’ shows on July 6 and July 13 both of which will feature all three of Oswego Speedway’s 2019 divisions.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, July 20 which will bring the 33rd edition of the 75-lap, $10,000 to win Mr. Novelis Supermodified feature event plus the $1,500 to win Mr. Pathfinder Bank SBS 35-lap feature and the first ever Mr. 350 Supermodified 35.

The speedway will be off on Saturday, July 27 for Harborfest as well as the ISMA Hy-Miler held at the Sandusky Speedway in Ohio.

On August 3, the track will roar back to life with its fan favorite ‘Retro Night’ program featuring a Novelis Supermodified 45, a Pathfinder Bank SBS 30, plus the speedway Old Timer’s Reunion held at Lighthouse Lanes before the start of on track action. The 350 Supers will be off on August 3.

Yet another fan favorite event is scheduled for August 10 as Family Night will commence featuring a Novelis Supermodified 50, Twin 20’s for the Pathfinder Bank SBS, and a 35-lap main event for the 350 Supermodifieds. Activities for kids including bounce houses, driver autographs and more will take place prior to the start of on-track action.

The ten race title fight will come to a close on Saturday, August 17 which will see the return of $5 admission Track Championship Night featuring championship events for the Novelis Supermodifieds, Pathfinder Bank SBS and 350 Supermodifieds set at 50, 30 and 35-laps in distance.

After a week off, the 63rd edition of Budweiser International Classic Weekend will be held Friday, August 30 through Sunday, September 1.

Classic Weekend on the fast 5/8th’s will begin with Pole Day on Friday, August 30 featuring qualifying for the Novelis Supermodifieds and Pathfinder Bank SBS with the traditional ‘Party in the Pits’ to follow. It is anticipated that more racing will be added to the Friday program. Continue to check for updates.

For ‘Super Saturday’ on August 31, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will be back for the fourth time in as many years showcasing the 150-lap, $12,000 to win Toyota Mod Classic 150 presented by McDonald’s alongside the 60-lap Bud Light ISMA Supernationals for the winged Supermodifieds.

Sunday, September 1 will bring the 63rd running of the $15,000 to win Budweiser International Classic 200 for the Novelis Supermodifieds, the 28th running of the Bud Light Classic 75 for the Pathfinder Bank SBS, plus the second annual 350 Supermodified Classic.

After Classic Weekend, the dirt will go back down for Super DIRT Week XLVIII at the ‘Clay Palace,’ set for October 9 through October 13.

Time schedules, grandstand pricing, and more for the 2019 schedule will be announced over the course of the next several weeks.

For those wishing to renew Classic or season ticket packages, you will have until Saturday, May 1 to contact Paul at Payment for Classic tickets will be due mid-summer.

Those who need to renew their Classic Weekend camping spaces have until Monday, December 31. You can also do this by sending the track an email at

Several ‘Fast Friday’ testing sessions are planned prior to Open Practice on May 25. It is anticipated that the track will be ready by mid-April. You can email to sign up for potential testing slots.

Rule changes for the 2019 season which include Supermodified wing specs, Small Block Super crate engine specs, and the rules for the new 350 Supermodified class can be found at

An updated 2019 rule book will be available in PDF form in the coming weeks and can be located at as well. This rule book will detail rules packages for all three classes, plus point structure, purse information, and more.

Driver registration for the Novelis Supermodified, Pathfinder Bank SBS and 350 Supermodified divisions will be open to competitors no later than Monday, December 3.

Oswego Speedway is actively seeking a 350 Supermodified division sponsor plus race night sponsors for all three divisions. If interested in joining our marketing program, you may contact Paul Conzone at, or Steve Quonce at

Representatives from the speedway will also be on hand at this weekend’s 38th annual National Parts Peddler Trade Show held at the New York State Fairgrounds November 16, 17 and 18. Stop by and see Paul or Steve for 2019 schedule cards as well as marketing information.

For more information on Oswego Speedway, be sure to visit online at You can also FOLLOW on Twitter @OswegoSpeedway or LIKE on Facebook at

2019 Schedule of Events – Oswego Speedway’s 69th Season (Subject to Change):

Saturday, May 18th – Open Practice Session (All Registered Cars)

Saturday, May 25th – 69th annual Opening Day – Novelis Supermodified Jim Shampine Memorial Twin 50’s, Pathfinder Bank SBS Tony White Memorial 35, 350 Supermodified Memorial Weekend 35

Saturday, June 1st – Details TBA

Saturday, June 8th – Novelis Supermodified Twin 35’s and Pathfinder Bank SBS 30

Saturday, June 15th – Novelis Supermodified 50, Pathfinder Bank SBS 30, 350 Supermodified 35

Saturday, June 22nd – OFF / High School Graduation

Saturday, June 29th – Novelis Supermodified ‘Grand Prix’ 75, Pathfinder Bank SBS ‘Grand Prix’ 35, 350 Supermodified 35

Saturday, July 6th – Novelis Supermodified 50, Pathfinder Bank SBS 30, 350 Supermodified 35

Saturday, July 13th – Novelis Supermodified 50, Pathfinder Bank SBS 30, 350 Supermodified 35

Saturday, July 20th – $10,000 to win Mr. Novelis Supermodified 75, $1,500 to win Mr. Pathfinder Bank SBS 35, Mr. 350 Supermodified 35

Saturday, July 27th – OFF / Harborfest Weekend and Sandusky Speedway Hy-Miler

Saturday, August 3rd – ‘Retro Night’ Novelis Supermodified 45 and Pathfinder Bank SBS 30 plus Old Timer’s Reunion

Saturday, August 10th – Novelis Supermodified 50, Pathfinder Bank SBS Twin 20’s, 350 Supermodified 35

Saturday, August 17th – Track Championship Night – Novelis Supermodified 50, Pathfinder Bank SBS 30, 350 Supermodified 35

Saturday, August 24th – OFF / Classic Week Begins!


Thursday, August 29th  – Oswego Kartway Classic

Friday, August 30th –  Classic Friday ‘POLE DAY’ – More info TBA

Saturday, August 31st – Classic Saturday – 4th annual Toyota Mod Classic 150 presented by McDonald’s for NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, 60-lap Bud Light ISMA Supernationals for Winged Supermodifieds

Sunday, September 1st – Classic Sunday – 63rd annual Budweiser International Classic 200 for Supermodifieds, 28th annual Bud Light Classic 75 for Small Block Supermodifieds, 2nd annual 350 Supermodified Classic

Monday, September 2nd – Classic Weekend Rain Date

Wednesday, October 9 – Sunday, October 13 – NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week XLVIII