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Steel Palace Super DIRT Week: Oswego Speedway Set to Host NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week XLV

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OSWEGO, NY (July 14, 2016) – For the first time since 1952, Oswego Speedway’s racing surface will be covered in dirt, as the ‘Steel Palace’ will officially play host to NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week XLV running from October 5-9, including the featured NAPA 300.

The official announcement from the World Racing Group comes on the heels of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s press conference held earlier this afternoon at Oswego’s Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center, in which Governor Cuomo not only announced the city of Oswego as the winner of a $10 million Downtown Revitalization initiative, but also confirmed a plan to move Super DIRT Week from Central New York Raceway Park to Oswego Speedway.

“With support from Governor Cuomo, the State of New York, and incredible fans and sponsors, we are excited to write a new chapter in the history of Racing’s Biggest Party,” said DIRTcar Racing CEO Brian Carter. “We’ve developed a great relationship with John Torrese and his team over the past several months, and Super DIRT Week is going to be a lot of fun at Oswego this year.”

The 5/8 mile Oswego Speedway paved oval will play host to two other major open-wheel events ahead of NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week, with the 60th running of Budweiser International Classic Weekend taking place September 2-4 and the historic Race of Champions September 15-17.

Speedway co-owner John Torrese is excited at the opportunity to host three of the biggest racing weekends in motorsports in a month period.
“The coming weeks at Oswego Speedway are certainly unprecedented,” said Torrese.  “This is a testament to the history and lineage of Oswego Speedway to be fortunate enough to host Classic Weekend, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, the Race of Champions, and Super DIRT Week in such close proximity.  We thank World Racing Group’s Brian Carter as well as the State of New York for the opportunity to help keep such an important event, not only in New York State, but right here in central New York.”

Opening in 1951, Oswego Speedway’s beginnings were as a 3/8 mile dirt racing facility.

The Speedway operated as a dirt oval from August 10, 1951 through June 15, 1952 before Speedway owner Harry Caruso opted to pave the facility for the remainder of the 1952 season which continued on July 11 of that year.

Eventual International Classic champion Billy Blum won on the dirt at Oswego more than any other driver with three victories, two of which came in the final four events on the surface including the last dirt event to be held at Oswego on June 15, 1952.

Charlie Barry, the winner of the first event ever to be held at Oswego in August of ’51, Chuck Kotwica, Bob Cameron, Nelly Ward, Al Weber, Bob Kegebin, John Torrese Sr., and Dick Jerrett Sr. would all win on the dirt at Oswego in A-Modified action.
After moving to pavement, the Speedway would stay at its 3/8 mile configuration until being enlarged to the current 5/8 mile configuration in 1961.

The format and schedule for NAPA Super DIRT Week at Oswego Speedway will remain the same as previous years with on-track action every day from October 5 through 9 at Oswego, including a return of Friday Night Lights. Other municipalities will get in on the action with traditional nighttime events slated for Weedsport Speedway on Wednesday, October 5; Brewerton Speedway in Central Square, NY on Thursday, October 6; and the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series will be racing at Fulton Speedway in Fulton, NY on Saturday, October 8.
All fans that placed deposits will be contacted to select their seats and camping spots in the order of their deposit through July 25. Tickets and camping spots will then be made available to all on August 8. More information will be available to fans at SuperDIRTWeekOnline.com after Friday, July 15, or by calling 844-DIRT-TIX (347-8849).
For more information on Oswego Speedway visit online at www.oswegospeedway.com or LIKE on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OswegoSpeedway or FOLLOW on Twitter @OswegoSpeedway.  Those interested in Speedway video programming online can subscribe to the Speedway’s YouTube Channel, ‘OswegoSpeedwayOnline’.

To purchase tickets for the 2016 racing season call the Speedway box office at (315) 342-0646.

Dirt Winners at Oswego Speedway:

August 10, 1951: Charlie Barry
August 17, 1951: Bob Cameron

August 24, 1951: Billy Blum

September 15, 1951: Nelly Ward

September 21, 1951: Chuck Kotwica
September 28, 1951: Al Weber
September 28, 1951: John Torrese Sr.
October 20, 1951: Bob Kegebin

May 18, 1952: Dick Jerrett Sr.
June 1, 1952: Billy Blum
June 8, 1952: Chuck Kotwica
June 15, 1952: Billy Blum

SEVEN MAIN EVENTS AND DISCOUNT ADMISSION ON “PACK THE TRACK NIGHT” AT WALL STADIUM THIS SATURDAY (JULY 16)

 WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Auto racing fans have a big event slated for this Saturday (July 16) with seven main events during Pack the Track Night” action.

A special discounted admission price of just $10 for adults and $5 for students aged 7 to 17 will be offered. Kids 6 and under are always free. Spectator seating will open at 5:00 p.m., with qualifying slated for 5:45 p.m. Main event action will follow at around 7:00 p.m.

On the famous high banked third mile paved oval seven feature races will be presented with the O’Shea’s Auto Repair Factory Stocks competing in three 25-lappers, the Green Flag Driving Experience Legend Cars racing in two 25-lappers, the Snap On Sportsman cars racing in a 30-lap main event and the Elite Maintenance Limited Late Models battling in a 25-lapper. The Dirt Cars also slated for main event action depending on car count.

The triple threat of Factory Stock racing will see former champions Joe Mongeau of Brick and Scott Riggleman of Manchester lead the way with plenty of competition from Ron Booth of Eatontown, Wall’s Bob Haberstick, Gerry Koenig of Merrick, N.Y. and Keansburg’s Jerry Stanzione, just to name a few.

Twin Races for the Legend Cars will see Louie Keraitis of Toms River, Eatontown’s Malcolm Campbell, Mitchell Dowd of Pottstown, Pa. and defending champion Robert French of Howell as favorites. The twin races may also lure Long Island invaders including Kevin Nowak and Richie Davidowitz.

Saturday’s schedule will see the competitor pit area open at 1:00 p.m. Regular practice will start at 3:00 p.m., while spectator seating will open at 5:00 p.m. Qualifying will then begin at 5:45 p.m. and feature race action for all divisions is slated for 7:00 p.m.

Wall Stadium Speedway is located on Route 34 in Wall Township, N.J., just one mile north of Garden State Parkway exit 98 and Interstate 195 exit 35B. More information can be obtained by visiting www.wallspeedwayracing.com. The speedway hotline number is 732-681-6400 and email address is CKMotorsports@aol.com.

 

“WHERE ARE THEY NOW?” FORMER LEGENDSTOCK BANDOLERO WINNERS

BETHEL, NY – With Alliance Shippers’ LegendStock IX at Bethel Motor Speedway rapidly approaching on Saturday, August 6th, speedway management has decided to take a little time to look into where some of the past winners are. Over the next several weeks, we will be covering the Legends divisional winners that have stood in Victory Lane since the race’s inception back in 2008; today’s focus, however, will be on the Bandolero winners.
2008 – Matt Evans (Kirkwood, NY) – After securing his place in LegendStock history by winning the inaugural Bandolero feature event, Matt Evans went on to tackle the challenge of Legends racing, and found much success doing so. Matt was Bethel’s Legends Young Lion/Semi Pro champion in 2012 (as well as being named the track’s Most Improved Driver that year), and the Pro/Masters champion in 2013. In 2015, Matt finished tenth in overall national Pro division points, and was the New York state Pro division champion. With several races – and several podium finishes – under his belt at Chemung (NY) Speedrome so far in 2016, Matt is currently ranked 28th in national Pro division points, and sits fifth in New York state Pro division points.
2009 – Andrew Bickford (Brackney, PA) – Andrew Bickford also moved up the ranks from Bandoleros to Legends. For the past several seasons, Andrew has raced primarily on a part-time basis, mainly at Chemung (NY) Speedrome. Family has taken precedence for the Bickfords this season, and there are currently no plans for Andrew to race in the 2016 season, though a return to competition in 2017 hasn’t been ruled out.
2010 – Jordan LaMothe (Woodstock, CT) – Jordan LaMothe is presently registered with INEX as a competitor in the Legends Pro class. In 2015, he captured the Legends championship at Seekonk (MA) Speedway. Jordan is currently ranked 26th in Pro Road Course national points, having raced at Thompson (CT) Speedway Motorsports Park. He is also shown as being tied for 30th in points at Seekonk Speedway.
2011 – Kaz Grala (Boston, MA) – Kaz Grala, now 17 years old, has had a rapid ascension through the ranks of auto racing. By the time 2013 rolled around, Kaz was racing Late Models, and his first venture into the K&N Pro Series East came just one year later with Turner Scott Motorsports. Since that time, Kaz has driven Late Models for Kyle Busch Motorsports, and competed in the Rolex 24 at Daytona. His 2016 plans include a part-time stint with Ben Kennedy Racing in the K&N Pro Series (the team finished out the 2015 season together seventh in points in the series), and also competing in the Camping World Truck Series with GMS Racing. In four CWTS starts so far this season, Kaz has recorded two top-10 finishes.
2012 – Max Evans (Kirkwood, NY) – The guitar trophy that Max Evans collected at LegendStock 2012 was one of many prestigious wins that Max recorded in Bandoleros at Bethel Motor Speedway. At nine years old, Max became the youngest champion in Bethel history, winning the Bandolero title in 2011. He backed it up with two more Bandolero championships, in 2012 and 2013. Max has since made the transition into Legends cars, and he presently competes at Chemung (NY) Speedrome. Having moved into the Semi Pro division, Max is currently ranked 35th in national points and fifth in New York state points, having recorded more than five top-10 finishes already this season.
2013 – Christian Eckes (Greenville, NY) – Christian Eckes has also worked very quickly to build a very impressive resume. After moving up from Bandoleros to Legends, Christian was Bethel Motor Speedway’s 2014 Rookie of the Year in spite of running only a limited schedule at the track that season while on his way to a second place finish in national Young Lions points in an exciting battle that was determined by the finish at INEX Legends Asphalt Nationals. His 2016 schedule is busy, as he is running Late Model, Super Late Model, and CARS Tour races. He was signed by JR Motorsports over the offseason, and he has already scored one pole and two runner-up finishes on the CARS Tour this season. His schedule also include select ARCA races with Venturini Motorsports, and select K&N Pro Series East races with LFR Chassis. Christian qualified second and scored a top-10 finish in his K&N Pro Series debut earlier this season.
2014 – Alex McCollum (Phillipsburg, NJ) – Success has come seemingly easily for Alex McCollum in the Legends class, where he presently races in the Young Lions division. In 2015, just one year after capturing a coveted guitar trophy, Alex was the Bethel Motor Speedway Legends Young Lion champion. He finished fourth in national Young Lions points, and was the New Jersey state Young Lions champion. With only a limited number of races under his belt so far in 2016, Alex is ranked 44th in national Young Lions points, with one division win at Bethel. He has also raced at such tracks as Stafford (CT) Motor Speedway, Chemung (NY) Speedrome, and Shenandoah (VA) Speedway. Alex has also taken part in a few of the Bojangles Summer Shootout races.
2015 – David French (Rome, PA) – If David French were to be described in a single word, it would likely be “versatile”. The young driver has already amassed two Bandolero championships at both Bethel Motor Speedway and Chemung (NY) Speedrome. With 20 Bandolero wins at Bethel in 2015, David was driving double duty, and was also crowned Co-Rookie of the Year in the Legends division. So far in 2016, David has racked up two feature wins at Evans Mills (NY) Speedway, and one Pro division win each at Bethel Motor Speedway and Shangri-La II (NY). David presently sits sixth in national Pro division points. When he isn’t competing in Legends, David can be found wheeling his dirt Sprint car at such tracks as Canandaigua (NY) Motorsports Park.
With all of the former Bandolero race winners having moved up into other divisions, the door is wide open for another first-time winner to take home the trophy on August 6th at Alliance Shippers’ LegendStock IX at Bethel Motor Speedway. For the first time in the history of the event – thanks to title sponsor Alliance Shippers – both the Outlaw and Bandit division winners will receive a guitar trophy. There is no entry fee for Bandolero drivers for Alliance Shippers’ LegendStock IX, but teams are encouraged to pre-register. The fee for Legends is $75 prior to July 29th, and $85 after that date.
To register for Alliance Shippers’ LegendStock IX at Bethel Motor Speedway, use the “LegendStock” link at the top of the page at www.bethelmotorspeedway.com.
There is also still space remaining in the scheduled practice on Thursday, July 28th. Practice will be held in two sessions – 2pm-5pm and 5pm-8pm – with a maximum of ten cars permitted per session. Slots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis with registration for Alliance Shippers’ LegendStock IX. The fee for the Thursday practice is $75 per car.
Additional practice will be available on Friday, August 5th, with gates opening at 12 noon and practice running from 2pm-6pm. Immediately following practice, INEX points races will be held for those wishing to compete. The pit fee for Friday is $30 per person. There is no additional fee for the car, or for Friday night race entry.
All competitors must possess a current, valid INEX license. All competitors are required to use a red AMB transponder. A limited number are available at the track for rent, and teams needing one are encouraged to contact the track ahead of time to reserve one. The spec fuel for the event is 93 octane fuel from the Citgo/QuickStop located on Route 17B in White Lake, roughly three miles from the speedway.
Additional information can be obtained at www.bethelmotorspeedway.com, or by calling (845) 319-7908 Tuesday through Friday from 9am until 6pm.