Oswego Jim Shampine Memorial preview

Oswego, NY . . . The Jim Shampine Memorial event at Oswego Speedway on Saturday, May 26th will be sponsored this year by A&P Auto Parts, Wix Filters and The Syracuse Newspapers featuring the Oswego supers, ISMA supers, limited supers and super ...

Oswego, NY . . . The Jim Shampine Memorial event at Oswego Speedway on Saturday, May 26th will be sponsored this year by A&P Auto Parts, Wix Filters and The Syracuse Newspapers featuring the Oswego supers, ISMA supers, limited supers and super stocks.

Last year's Jim Shampine Memorial supermodified features were a preview of things to come on Classic Weekend. In the ISMA 50 lapper, SuperNationals champ Dave McKnight piloting the Lichty Bros #94 outlasted Randy Ritskes for the win when Ritskes in the Dunigan #29 was sidelined with radiator problems. After mixing it up in traffic for most of the race, Joe Gosek, Chris Perley, Kenny Bell and Scott Martel rounded out the top 5.

The Oswego super feature saw Classic champion Greg Furlong lead all 50 laps, but the real story was the potentially career ending crash of Mike Muldoon. Muldoon teamed up with veteran car owner Harry Powell to unveil a new car for the 2000 season. In the 50 lap feature Muldoon seemed to be on rails as he blasted his way up through the pack. Muldoon put a low move on Jerry Curran's #24 coming out of the 4th turn when Curran¹s car suddenly got loose and caught the right front of Muldoon¹s 50. Muldoon shot across the front straightaway hitting the outside retaining wall a ton and then barrel rolling completely over coming to rest on his wheels.

After quickly assessing the situation, it was determined by track medical personnel that Muldoon suffered a severed ring finger on his right hand. The safety crew took nearly an hour to remove Muldoon from the wreckage as every precaution was taken for Mike's well being and comfort. Muldoon was rushed to Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, NY so specialists could attend to him immediately. Mike remains sidelined as the progress on his hand has been very slow.

Fulton hot shoe Howard Page and his crew did yeomen¹s duty competing in both supermodified programs, but it paid off as he took home all the bonus money. Remarkably, Howard won his ISMA heat, finished 3rd in his Oswego heat, finished 2nd in the Oswego feature and after leading the ISMA feature early on finished 16th after running into some late race problems.

In the limited super feature, Shawn Muldoon was able to put his brother's accident out of his mind long enough to capture the 25 lap contest from the 8th starting position. The super stock feature was one by Bill Hebing who was chased across the line by Todd Smith and Lou LeVea.

Again this year, both supermodified divisions will run 12 lap heats, 10 lap consi and a 50 lap Jim Shampine Memorial feature with a $500.00 cash bonus being awarded to the best overall finisher of those drivers competing in both disciplines. In addition, the ISMA 50 lapper and Oswego Super 50 will be videotaped and televised on the Empire Sports Network NYS Pavement Series on Thursday, June 7th and Thursday, June 14th, respectively, from 7:30 to 8:30 pm.

The Syracuse Newspapers have been a title sponsor at Oswego Speedway for the past several years as part of their commitment to short track racing in Central New York. Friday morning¹s racing page in The Post-Standard is the place to turn for "Racing News You Need."

A&P Auto Parts is no stranger to Oswego Speedway as owner Pat Abold and manager Mike Silliman competed in the supermodified ranks for a number of years posting several supermodified feature wins and a track championship. A&P Auto not only sells new and used auto parts, but has a comprehensive service center and a choice selection of used cars. Of course, when servicing a vehicle, Wix is the filter of choice at A&P Auto and the complete line of Wix Filters are also available at A&P for the do-it-yourselfer.

Gates Open for the Tops Friendly Markets Jim Shampine Memorial on Saturday, May 26th at 2 pm with the first heat set to be flagged off at 5 pm. For further information call (315) 342-0646 or visit our website at www.oswegospeedway.com.

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