Osetek Technologies will Field a New Supermodified in 2016 Oswego Competition

CONCORD, NC (March 14, 2016) – Supermodified car owner Chris Osetek has been busy this winter in his Statesville, N.C., shop building a new supermodified for driver Keith Shampine to wheel at Oswego Speedway in 2016.
Production of the chassis began in late 2014 with plans for a 2015 debut at Oswego. Progress slowed once the ’15 racing season began as the Osetek team shifted its focus to their 2012 chassis that Shampine has driven since the 2013 season.
In September, the new car’s production kicked into high gear – including a complete redesign of the front-end from straight-axle to independent – and the car is now entering its final stages of assembly as the Oswego season opener draws closer.
“When I started building the car, independent was not allowed, so we designed it as a straight-axle car,” Osetek said. “When the speedway announced the rule change last year, after a lot of thought I decided to scrap the straight-axle front-end and start over to build an independent chassis. It’s been a lot of research, time and work, and we’re all looking forward to getting on the track this spring.”
A new Enders Racing engine will power the new super while the 2012 chassis will serve as a backup car.
The Osetek Technologies team debuted in 2013 and fought engine problems throughout most of the season. The team began to hit its stride in late 2014 with a pair of top-five finishes, including a second-place finish on August 9, 2014.  The team entered 2015 with high hopes but struggled for most of the year, which ended prematurely Friday of Classic Weekend with a blown engine.
Shampine and the Osetek team are hoping hard work and perseverance will pay off this year with the new chassis and a renewed energy for competition at Oswego Speedway.
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.
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DiBenedetto, Ragan Bring Home Top-25 Finishes

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (March 14, 2016) – Matt DiBenedetto, driver of the No. 83 Schluter Systems Toyota Camry, finished in the 20th position on Sunday in the fourth race of the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) season at Phoenix International Raceway. Teammate David Ragan, driver of the No. 23 Dr Pepper Toyota Camry, finished in the 24th position.

“I’m proud of everyone at BK Racing,” said DiBenedetto following the Good Sam 500.  “For both David and I to bring home top-25 finishes shows the effort that Ron (Devine, team owner) put into the team over the offseason. We’re working hard to bring home better results each week and this finish will give our team a confidence boost heading into Auto Club Speedway.”
“We had a solid weekend with the Dr Pepper Toyota,” Ragan said. “We had great long run speed and made the car better during the race. Overall, we need to continue to improve our speed and handling, but today was a sign of progress.”
DiBenedetto took the green flag for the 312-lap race in the 23rd position after advancing to the second round of knockout qualifying on Friday evening. Teammate David Ragan started the Good Sam 500 in 29th position.
In the early stages of the race, DiBenedetto reported to crew chief Gene Nead that the Schluter Systems Toyota was very tight and he was working on adjusting his track bar.
Battling similar handling issues, Ragan and crew chief Patrick Donahue worked on dialing in the Dr Pepper Toyota throughout the race.
As the race went into overtime following a caution with six laps to go , DiBenedetto and Ragan battled hard to maintain their position to bring home top-25 finishes for the team.
Next week the BK Racing team travels to Auto Club Speedway for the third and final week of NASCAR Goes West. The Auto Club 400 will be on Sunday, March 20 with coverage beginning at 3:30 p.m. (EST) on FOX.

STATEMENT FROM LANCASTER NATIONAL SPEEDWAY PRESIDENT TIM PACKMAN REGARDING MODIFIED RACES IN 2016

“Because of a recent announcement,  some speculation has come about in regards to Lancaster National Speedway’s Modified dates on the 2016 schedule. After talking to numerous people and much thought, Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway is going forward with our four scheduled dates with the Ferris Mowers Race of Champions Modified Series.
“We have spent the last several months getting ready for this season communicating to our fans, partners and race teams what we’re going to do and the Modified dates at Lancaster are ones that get circled on calendars.
“I am not in agreement with announcing a new series five weeks before we start our season that could possibly divide tracks, teams and fans. The financial and business  transaction involving the sale of the Race of Champions should not place other people in a bad position this time of year.
“Personally, I can’t be expected to make any decision having not seen rules, purse or operating procedures to review in regards a new series. What if we moved our dates to them and it failed? Then we would have to go back and attempt to get back those four dates we’ve worked so hard to obtain and promote through the years.
“Lancaster owes it to our people on all sides to stick with what we’ve known for more than 20 years. We look forward to working with the Race of Champions for those four popular events. And, to all our race fans – get ready for our first Modified race on Sunday, April 17.”

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