Jim Shampine Memorial at Oswego update

Over 50 Supers expected for Shampine Memorial at Oswego Speedway. Oswego, NY - The resurgence of the supermodified division in the Northeast will be apparent at Oswego Speedway on Saturday, May 25when over 50 of the alcohol-consuming rockets...

Over 50 Supers expected for Shampine Memorial at Oswego Speedway.

Oswego, NY - The resurgence of the supermodified division in the Northeast will be apparent at Oswego Speedway on Saturday, May 25when over 50 of the alcohol-consuming rockets will crowd the pit area for the twin 50-lap thriller.

In 1999,the twin bill featuring the ISMA winged supers and Oswego non-winged supers was unveiled on Memorial Day weekend and the new format for the Jim Shampine Memorial became an instant success. The inaugural event saw Bob Goutermout out maneuver Howard Page for the Oswego win while Randy Ritskes, driving the Shea Concrete #27, led Russ Wood and Mike Ordway to the checkers in the ISMA segment of the doubleheader.

Dave McKnight has been the winged man to beat the last two seasons at Oswego with McKnight copping the 2000 and 2001 Shampine Memorials and then backed up those wins with victories in both ISMA Super Nationals on Labor Day weekend. Greg Furlong was the non-winged winner in 2000 and Mike Ordway copped the topless show in 2001 in the new Clyde Booth creation.

The Jim Shampine Memorial in 2002 is expected to be an all out battle of the open wheel titans. "Competition in both supermodified divisions is at an all time high" said promoter Romey Caruso, "Mike Ordway has indicated that he'll be back to defend his title in the non-winged show and Dave McKnight is certainly ready to harness up the Lichty 94 for another win. "

With two ISMA shows in the books to date, "Liquid" Lou Cicconi has had his way, however, and he might just have something to say about ending McKnight's 4-win streak. While Lou flew at Lee and Seekonk, others found their setups like Russ Wood, Howie Page, Chris Perley, Joe Gosek, Brad Lichty, Scott Martel and 2-time Oswego champ, Greg Furlong. Furlong, who decided on trying his hand at the ISMA wings this season, finished sixth in his second outing.

In addition, WIX Filters, along with sponsor A&P Auto Parts, has thrown a bonus of $500 into the mix, which will go to the driver who has the best overall finish in both races. While some drivers will only compete in one race or the other, there is the hearty lot that will try both 50 lappers. Howie Page, Ken Bell, Joe Gosek, Jamie Letcher and Furlong are among those who should make the attempt, vying for the extra $500 paycheck.

Oswego Speedway is definitely the place to be on May 25th if you want all the excitement of winged and non-winged supermodifieds packed into one night. Gates open at 2 pm with racing at 5 pm. For further information call 315-342-1363 or visit www.oswegospeedway.com

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