ON-TRACK PARTY MARKS APRIL 30 STOCK CAR SHOW AT WALL STADIUM

wallstadium_239129296WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Appreciation of race fans will be the main goal this Saturday Night (April 30) at Wall Stadium Speedway as enthusiasts will be rewarded with a 40-lap race for the Downs Ford Modifieds, plus action for the Snap-on Sportsman racers, Elite Maintenance Limited Late Models, O’Shea Auto Repair Factory Stocks, Green Flag Driving Experience Legend Cars and the Surf Side Collision 4 Cylinder division. Also on tap for the Saturday night schedule is an on-tack party where fans can meet the drivers and check out the racecars while waking the famous third mile high-banked paved oval.

 Grandstand seating will open this Saturday (April 30) at 4:00 p.m. with early arrivals enjoying $2 discount on admission until 5:30 p.m. The on track party will start at 4:30 p.m. Qualifying is set for 6:00 p.m. and main event racing will follow.

             The Fan Appreciation Night on track party is popular with the fans and the race teams alike. Fans will have the opportunity to walk down onto the famous track and meet all the drivers. Many race teams will have giveaways for the fans and fans will be welcome to talk to the drivers, collect autographs, take pictures and sit in many of the racecars.

             The Downs Ford Modified 40-lap main event on the night is important in the race for the 2016 driving crown. Opening night winner Andrew Krause of Holmdel looked strong in competition, as did defending champ Steven Reed of Jackson who finished a tight second. Freehold’s Chas Okerson, Shawna Ingraham of Brick, Eric Mauriello of Howell, Brick’s Ron Frees, Jason Hearne of New Egypt, Shaun Carrig of Little Falls and Adam LaCicero of Lavallette are just a few of the other Modified drivers to watch.

 Also on the card will be a Sportsman 30-lapper as well as 25-lappers for the Factory Stocks, Limited Late Models, Legend Cars and the 4 Cylinder Stocks.

Pit gates will open at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday; with practice running from 1:00 until 4:00 p.m. Grandstands will open at 4:00 p.m. and the “On Track Party” festivities are slated for 4:30 p.m. Qualifying is then set for 6:00 p.m. with main events for all divisions to follow.

 Wall Stadium presents professional motorsports events on Saturdays and Sundays through September with special post-season races in October and November. The 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. The speedway hotline number is 732-681-6400, while CKMotorsports@aol.com is the track’s email address. More information is also available at www.wallspeedwayracing.com.

 

 

FERRIS MOWERS RACE OF CHAMPIONS ASPHALT MODIFIED SERIES PREPARED TO TAKE ON CHEMUNG SPEEDROME

Traditional Sunday, May 1 Race Date at Chemung brings out the best in Series

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Elma, N.Y. – (April 22, 2016) – When competitors in the Ferris Mowers Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series Fueled by Sunoco head to the Chemung Speedrome they  have to tackle the challenge of uniquely shaped track that presents great racing opportunities. The event also signifies the first asphalt event in the Southern Tier of New York curing racers and race fans of “Cabin Fever”.

“Everyone is ready to go and now the way the Spring has played out to this point we haven’t had many opportunities to get out and race,” stated Orchard Park’s Patrick Emerling. “It will be great to get to Chemung and give it our all. The track presents us with some setup and driving challenges, but I think we can be competitive when it counts.”

The Series last visited Chemung for the Race of Champions last October in an event where Matt Hirschman of Northampton, Pennsylvania prevailed, which also vaulted him to the 2015 Series Championship. Hirschman has a knack for always being in the hunt at Chemung.

“It’s a challenging track which presents opportunities for passing and you have to hit your marks,” offered Hirschman. “I think the fans will see the usual great racing that the Series always brings to Chemung. It will definitely be exciting.”

Bryan Sherwood of Binghamton, N.Y., is ready to compete at Chemung in the 75-lap event on Sunday.

“We had a decent day at Mahoning and we’re definitely looking forward to Chemung on Sunday,” stated Sherwood, who has followed the Series for several years. “Right now, that would be our home track and we’re looking forward to building off our race at Mahoning. Our friends and family come out to watch us race when we are close to home and we’re looking forward to rewarding them with a good run.”

The gates open at Chemung for fans on Sunday, May 1 at 12:00 pm (noon) with practice to follow at 1:00 pm, followed by the qualifying races starting 2:15 pm. Questions may be answered at the Chemung Speedrome Summer number: (607) 529-9998

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Novelis to Present 55th Season of Supermodified Racing at Oswego; Opening Night Lineup Taking Shape for May 14

Defending champion Bob Bond (47), Tim Snyder (0), and Tim Devendorf (5) are all expected to be a part of Oswego Speedway’s Novelis Supermodified opening night roster on Saturday, May 14. (Bill Taylor)

 

OSWEGO, NY (April 25, 2016) – When the green flag drops on Oswego Speedway’s 66th consecutive racing season on Saturday, May 14, the Novelis Supermodifieds will embark on their 55th consecutive campaign as the Speedway’s headline division.

Since 1962 Oswego Speedway has been the Home of the Supermodifieds with Novelis presenting Oswego’s unique brand of racing every week since 2005.

Novelis is the world leader in rolled aluminum products, delivering unique solutions for the most demanding global applications, such as beverage cans, automobiles, architecture, and consumer electronics.

In 2016, Novelis will begin its 12th season as the title sponsor of the Novelis Supermodified division, with an historic season on tap featuring the 30th running of the $10,000 to win Mr. Novelis Supermodified event on July 23 as well as the 60th running of the prestigious Budweiser International Classic 200 on September 4.

The 2016 Novelis Supermodified lineup is shaping up to be one of the most competitive and intriguing in several years, with many top flight competitors in action and the return of independent front suspension to the Novelis Supermodified regulations.

Defending Novelis Supermodified champion, and the 2015 winner of the Budweiser International Classic 200, Bob Bond is registered and ready for opening night in the Four Sevens Motorsports No. 47.  However, Bond’s weekly plans are not yet set in stone, but of course they weren’t in 2015 either.  If 2016 starts as well as 2015, expect Bond to be a weekly threat to repeat as Oswego champion.

John Nicotra Racing has been hard at work preparing three Novelis Supermodifieds for its 2016 driver lineup including seven-time Speedway champion Otto Sitterly as well as 1997 Budweiser International Classic champion Davey Hamilton and 2015 ISMA Supermodified champion Dave Shullick Jr.

Sitterly and Hamilton will be on hand opening night, with Sitterly looking to capture his record breaking eighth Supermodified title in 2016.

Since 2006 Sitterly has won the Speedway opener five times including last season.  Four of those opening night wins resulted in a track title by season’s end.

Hamilton won the Oswego lid lifter in 2013, driving for Nicotra.

Both Sitterly and Hamilton will compete May 14 in Supermodifieds sporting a front axle, while the third Nicotra entry for Shullick is being converted to independent front suspension.  Nicotra and Shullick hope to debut that ride in competition during the Port City 160 ‘Super Spectacle’ on May 28.

Danzer Racing will once again bring two Novelis Supermodifieds to the Speedway weekly in 2016 for driver Dave Danzer.  Driving the No. 52, Danzer entered championship territory in 2015, landing one main event win and finishing just 49 points shy of the track title.

With a front row qualifying effort in last year’s Budweiser International Classic 200, along with a handful of laps lead in the crown jewel, Danzer seems to have all the pieces in place to chase Bond, Sitterly, and the rest in a chase for the championship.

With the No. 52 as the primary Danzer ride, there have been no announced plans for the back-up No. 72 at this point, which was driven sparingly by Dave Cliff in ’15.

Dave Gruel was another feature winner at Oswego in 2015, and looks to once again return to the championship form he displayed in 2014 when he landed 43 points short of a first career track title to Sitterly.

Despite not coming as close to a championship in 2015, Gruel joined Danzer and Sitterly as the only three drivers within 100 points of champion Bond.  Gruel will no doubt be a threat for victory on opening night in the potent No. 50.

In a surprise move this off-season, Oswego veteran Pat Lavery will move from Double Deuce Racing to sit behind the wheel of a silver Graham Racing machine this season, driving as No. 12.

Known as one of the most consistent drivers at the Speedway, car owner Ray Graham hopes that Lavery can bring the speed and consistency to the table that he did back in 2012 when he narrowly missed the title finishing five points behind Sitterly.

Plans are for Lavery to pilot the former No. 91 Supermodified that was driven in last year’s International Classic by Bobby Santos III.

Joining Lavery in the Graham Racing stable will be the father/son duo of Ray and Kody Graham as well as 2015 Rookie of the Year Aric Iosue.

Ray is set to pilot the No. 90 machine that was abandoned half way through last season and retrofit to now be equipped with independent front suspension.

Kody is said to be driving a new Supermodified for 2016 as No. 21, built similar to that of the No. 11 Supermodified that Iosue will again compete with this season.

Added to the Graham lineup for opening day will also be defending Bud Light ISMA Super Nationals champion Timmy Jedrzejek, driving the No. 91. This racecar will be the former No. 21 driven to victory lane late last season by Kody Graham.

One of the many Oswego talents looking for their first feature win is Jeff Abold, driver of the Abold Racing No. 05.  Finishing a career best 6th in the driver’s standings one year ago, Abold was the only driver finishing in the top ten in points in 2015 that has never won an Oswego Supermodified main.

After taking a couple seasons to work the bugs out of their homebuilt machine, Abold scored nine top ten finishes in 2015 marking him as one of the most consistent drivers in the field last year.

Brandon Bellinger had a breakout season in 2015, earning his first career feature win, and the No. 02 will return in 2016 with a new look.

Bellinger will be one of the drivers this season sporting independent front suspension, as the Xtreme Chassis shop made the needed conversions to the racer over the offseason.  Looking for an edge on the field, Bellinger believes the move will be a positive one for his team, as they search for yet another Oswego main event victory.

Joining Bellinger in the IFS camp will be two-time Speedway champion Joe Gosek in his patented No. 00 ride.

Sharing time last year between his own ride and the Nicotra Racing No. 00, Gosek showed glimpses of winning speed in ’15, but believes the allowed change to IFS will make his own machine a more consistent weekly runner.

IFS had been banned from the Speedway regulations following the 2007 season, a year in which Gosek won four feature events driving his current No. 00, sporting an independent front end.

Tim Snyder and Tim Devendorf will also join the opening night roster on May 14, piloting machines used at the Speedway in 2015.

Joining them will be Syrell Racing driver Michael Barnes in the team’s No. 68 machine.  The Syrell team and builder Joey Hawksby have been working away at an all new IFS Hawk chassis, but whether or not that ride will be ready for opening day is unknown.

It is known that Barnes will be in the opening night lineup for the first time in a few years, putting his hat into the ring for the track championship discussion for the first time since driving for Syrell.

Lou LeVea Jr. will be ready for opening night driving the Nicotra Racing machine wheeled by Joe Gosek in 2015.  Setting his older Belfiore chassis aside, LeVea will enter the Steel Palace gates with renewed enthusiasm behind the wheel of a new No. 83.

Other confirmed weekly entrants include Dan Connors Jr., Michael Muldoon, Keith Shampine, and Hal LaTulip.

Connors and Shampine are another of the weekly aces looking for career win number one.

Connors will continue in 2016 with his beautiful new No. 01 ride, debuted halfway through last season.  Many point to Connors as finally breaking through to victory lane this coming season.

Shampine is tabbed to pilot a brand new Chris Osetek designed IFS Super this year, once again as No. 55.

Close to victory on several occasions in the past, Shampine is hoping to bounce back this season after a dismal end to his 2015 campaign at the Big O.

Fresh off two wins in 2015, Muldoon will have two Supermodifieds at his disposal in 2016.  Sticking with the winning mount from 2015, the Muldoon camp has also built a brand new Supermodified for the coming year and the team will run as No. 14 and No. 15.

Muldoon will obviously be a candidate for victory at the opener, with potential plans for his back-up ride still in the air.

Other drivers expected to be on hand for the opener include Bill Sharkey and Joey Moriarty.

Moriarty, who only ran the International Classic in 2015 driving his all new Hawk chassis, is said to be at the Speedway for action on May 14 and May 21 in the No. 51.

Sharkey, driving the former Syrell Racing Hawk chassis last driven by Mike Lichty, will be ready for opening night in the No. 71 and will likely end up being a weekly contender at the Speedway.

The Canadian racing shops of Gary Morton and Craig Rayvals have been working away this offseason for drivers Dave McKnight and Logan Rayvals.

While neither driver has officially stated that they will be at the Speedway on May 14, look for these Supermodifieds in Oswego sooner rather than later.

The nuclear banana of Jerry Curran has also registered for the season with his team hard at work trying to ready the No. 24 for opening night, although the team has not yet committed to the event.

Other teams registered that are not believed to be ready for May 14 include the Bob Bogwicz No. 09, the Jeff Locke No. 37, as well as the Strong Racing No. 99.

Kids 16 and under will again be admitted free at all Speedway events in 2016 with the exception of Budweiser International Classic Weekend and Race of Champions Weekend.

On track activity beings at Oswego Speedway on Saturday, May 7 with the annual open test session for all racing divisions.  Testing will run from 1-5pm on May 7 and is free for spectators to sit in the main grandstand.

Racing action at the Speedway begins on Saturday, May 14 featuring the Speedway’s 66th consecutive opening night highlighted by the Race of Champions Modified Richie Evans Memorial 61 as well as kick-off events for the Novelis Supermodifieds and Pathfinder Bank SBS.

For more information on Oswego Speedway be sure to visit www.oswegospeedway.com.  You can also FOLLOW on Twitter @OswegoSpeedway and LIKE on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OswegoSpeedway.

About Oswego Speedway: Oswego Speedway, a sports entertainment company, is a 5/8 mile semi-banked pavement racing oval located off the shores of Lake Ontario in scenic Oswego, NY. Oswego 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 Oswego Speedway making Oswego the only weekly Supermodified racing venue in the world. The Small Block 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, arguably the greatest driver of all time, two-time Indy 500 champion Gordon Johncock, along with former International Classic Champions Bentley Warren, Joe Gosek, and Davey Hamilton.


Tentative Oswego Speedway Novelis Supermodified Opening Night Roster (April 25):

0 – Tim Snyder
00 – Joe Gosek
01 – Dan Connors Jr.
02 – Brandon Bellinger
05 – Jeff Abold
5 – Tim Devendorf
6 – Davey Hamilton
7 – Otto Sitterly
11 – Aric Iosue
12 – Pat Lavery
15 – Michael Muldoon
21 – Kody Graham
47 – Bob Bond
50 – Dave Gruel
51 – Joey Moriarty
52 – Dave Danzer
55 – Keith Shampine
56 – Hal LaTulip
68 – Michael Barnes
71 – Bill Sharkey
83 – Lou LeVea Jr.
90 – Ray Graham
91 – Tim Jedrzejek

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