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TWO CLASSICS, ONE SEASON: Oswego’s 64th Classic Weekend to Run May 27-29, 2021

OSWEGO, NY (September 27, 2020) – With the COVID-19 pandemic having wreaked havoc on the 2020 racing season, cancelling Oswego Speedway’s entire 70th Anniversary slate, anxious Supermodified fans and teams can now mark their calendars for May 2021, which will conclude with the 64th running of International Classic Weekend. 

Although the 64th edition of the Classic was initially postponed until September 3-6 2021, track management has instead opted to give everyone the opportunity to be part of something never done before in Oswego Speedway’s history; two Classic Weekends, in one season. 

“We are thrilled to announce plans to hold two Classics in the 2021 season,” said track owner John Torrese. “The great support we have received from the fans, race teams, and community through these unparalleled times has been overwhelming. It is very exciting to give everyone a really big thing to look forward to as we begin the countdown to May 2021.” 

While private track rentals and shared sessions will be available throughout the entire month of May, Classic Weekend 64 will get underway on Thursday, May 27, 2021 with an official opening practice session held from 5 to 9pm. 

On Friday, May 29, the first competitive racing of this historic weekend will take place, as the Sunoco New York Super Stock Series headlines with a full, action packed program under the lights for fendered racers.

Sticking with tradition, Friday will also serve as ‘Pole Day’ for Oswego’s hometrack divisions, with Classic time trials for Novelis Supermodifieds, Pathfinder Bank SBS, and the J&S Paving 350 Supers all on the docket.

Finally, Classic Weekend 64 will conclude Saturday night, May 29, with the 64th International Classic 200 for Novelis Supermodifieds, 29th Classic 75 for Pathfinder Bank SBS, and the 3rd Classic 35 for J&S Paving 350 Supers. The 200 will be run under the lights, with the green flag waving at 7pm. 

Prior to this special, once in a lifetime weekend, Oswego Speedway will open up early in the month of May, with an initial Open Practice on Saturday, May 1 from 1 to 5pm. 

One week later, on Saturday, May 8, the 70th annual Season Opener takes center stage, which will see a regular event for Novelis Supermodifieds, Pathfinder Bank SBS, and the J&S Paving 350 Supers. Full points will be awarded towards the 2021 track championship. 

The Speedway will host a second weekly show, also included in the final 2021 point standings, a week later on Saturday, May 15. Each of the opening events will feature races of 50, 30, and 25-laps for the Supermodifieds, Pathfinder Bank SBS, and 350 Supers, respectively. 

Saturday, May 22, has been reserved as an off week to allow teams to prepare for the Classic, or could serve as a potential rain date should weather impact the May 8 or May 15 programs.

The 65th annual edition of Budweiser International Classic Weekend will now run on schedule from September 3 to 6, 2021. Divisions and other details for the September edition of Classic, as well as the full 2021 Oswego Speedway schedule, will be announced at a later date. 

A full copy of the May 2021 schedule, including a preview of the detailed outlook for Classic Weekend 64, is viewable at the bottom of this press release. 

Those interested in purchasing tickets or camping for the 64th edition of Classic Weekend, will be able to do so in the near future. Fans are asked to check OswegoSpeedway.com, and track social media outlets, for more information over the next few weeks.

As always, those who have already renewed their tickets and camping for Classic Weekend 64, do not need to do anything. Your seat in the grandstands or spot in the campgrounds is already reserved.

Ticket holders and campers for Classic Weekend 64 will again have the opportunity to renew for Budweiser Classic Weekend 65. A mandatory renewal date will be posted next summer. Those who do not renew their tickets or camping by this date, will have seats and campsites released and made available for purchase by other patrons. 

For more information, or any other questions, please visit OswegoSpeedway.com. You can also contact us thru Facebook at Facebook.com/OswegoSpeedway, on Twitter @OswegoSpeedway, or Instagram @OfficialOswegoSpeedway. The track email is oswegospeedway@gmail.com

About Oswego Speedway: Oswego Speedway is a 5/8 mile semi-banked pavement racing oval located off the shores of Lake Ontario in scenic Oswego, NY. The 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 the Oswego Speedway making it the only weekly Supermodified racing venue in the world. The Small Block Supermodifieds and 350 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, two-time Indy 500 champion Gordon Johncock, and former International Classic Champions Bentley Warren, Joe Gosek, and Davey Hamilton.

‘THE PLACE TO BE IN MAY 2021’ – OSWEGO SPEEDWAY’S 70TH SEASON KICKOFF SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: 

Saturday, May 1 – Open Practice (1 to 5pm)

Saturday, May 8 – 70th Season Kickoff (Novelis Supermodified 50, Pathfinder Bank SBS 30, J&S Paving 350 Super 25) 

Saturday, May 15 – Weekly Program (Novelis Supermodified 50, Pathfinder Bank SBS 30, J&S Paving 350 Super 25) 

Saturday, May 22 – OFF / Rain Date for May 8 or 15 

*Track will be open the entire month of May for rentals. $200 per car (6 car minimum), or $1,500 for a private, four hour session.*

CLASSIC WEEKEND 64: 

Thursday, May 27 – OPEN PRACTICE (5 to 9pm) 

Friday, May 28 – POLE DAY plus SUNOCO NEW YORK SUPER STOCK SERIES

  • Warmups 2 rounds each division 
  • J&S Paving 350 Supermodified time trials 
  • Pathfinder Bank SBS time trials 
  • Novelis Supermodified time trials 

DONE by 5pm 

Full program for Sunoco New York Super Stock Series – plus potential second division. 

Saturday, May 29 – CLASSIC SATURDAY 

  • Consolation Events 
  • 3rd annual J&S Paving 350 Supermodified Classic 35 
  • 29th annual Pathfinder Bank SBS Classic 75 
  • 64th annual Novelis Supermodified International Classic 200 

Budweiser Classic Weekend Waits Until 2021; 64th Running of Prestigious Event On Hold Due to COVID-19

OSWEGO, NY (August 22, 2020) – Due to ongoing New York State COVID-19 restrictions, and the latest extension of executive order 202.32, Oswego Speedway management has decided to call off the 64th edition of Budweiser International Classic Weekend slated for September 4-6.

“It is with a heavy heart that for the first time in the Steel Palace’s history, we announce that the International Classic will not run. We are devastated,” said track owner John Torrese. “I want to apologize to our fans, drivers, teams, and advertising partners. While we took as much time as possible to carefully weigh options before making this difficult decision, we feel it is for the best, and hope to hold the 64th annual edition of the Classic on Labor Day Weekend 2021.”

With Budweiser Classic Week 64 featuring the Novelis Supermodifieds, Pathfinder Bank SBS, J&S Paving 350 Supers, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, Sunoco New York Super Stocks, and Midwest Compact Touring Series now on hold; the ‘20 season will be etched in history books as the one that ‘never was’ for Oswego Speedway. 

In the coming months, track management will hit the reset button and begin to piece together all of the details for the 2021 season; which will now carry the title of Oswego’s 70th anniversary celebration. 

“We will look forward to 2021, and hope to have our fans back in the seats, teams on the track, and all of us enjoying the races again,” Torrese continued. “Thank you to everyone in our racing community for the continued support and patience this season. Stay safe, and healthy, and we’ll see you when the green flag drops in 2021.” 

For updates over the course of the fall and winter months including written and media content with Oswego Speedway teams, driver registrations, schedule updates, and more, FOLLOW the Speedway on Twitter @OswegoSpeedway and Instagram @OfficialOswegoSpeedway or LIKE on Facebook at Facebook.com/OswegoSpeedway. 

For those waiting to learn the fate of NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week 49, scheduled to be held at the Speedway from October 4 through 11, please visit SuperDIRTWeekOnline.com or FOLLOW on Twitter @SuperDIRTWeek for the latest information. 

Oswego Speedway’s Remaining July Events Lost to COVID-19 Pandemic

OSWEGO, NY (July 7, 2020) – Over the weekend, the New York State Governor’s office issued its latest update to the executive order regarding race tracks operating with fans in attendance, now barring entry for spectators through Sunday, August 2. This information has forced Oswego Speedway to cancel racing for this Saturday, July 11, and next Saturday, July 18. 

“Making these announcements has truly been increasingly difficult with each event we have cancelled,“ said track owner, John Torrese. “We are still talking with elected officials every day, and thank our local government for all of their support in getting us up and running as soon as possible. The Speedway is taking a very close look at the legal, financial, and health related risks associated with re-opening and assures everyone that as soon as it is possible to welcome fans back, the gates will open, but it is in our best interest to continue to follow State guidance at this time.”

Racing for the next two weeks would have included a regular show for Novelis Supermodifieds, Pathfinder Bank SBS, and the J&S Paving 350 Supermodifieds this Saturday, with the $10,000 to win Mr. Novelis Supermodified plus a full program for SBS and 350’s next weekend. These two shows were to be presented by J&S Paving, and C’s Beverage Center, respectively. 

If the Speedway is permitted to re-open with fans, the brief 2020 slate would see at least three special events through the month of August, including the potential rescheduling of the Jim Shampine Memorial, and Mr. Supermodified. Classic Weekend remains unaffected at this time. 

Closed track testing continues this Friday, July 10. Teams are welcome to sign up by emailing oswegospeedway@gmail.com. Registration forms or other paperwork may still be mailed to the track office.

For the latest updates from Oswego Speedway, visit online at OswegoSpeedway.com. You can also FOLLOW on Twitter @OswegoSpeedway or Instagram @OfficialOswegoSpeedway or LIKE on Facebook at Facebook.com/OswegoSpeedway.