Oswego preview 2001-08-30

Oswego, NY - Rumors have been afloat that Joe Gosek and Russ Wood would not be competing in the upcoming 45th annual Budweiser International Classic at Oswego. Gosek, and teammate Russ Wood were left without Classic rides recently due to car owner...

Oswego, NY - Rumors have been afloat that Joe Gosek and Russ Wood would not be competing in the upcoming 45th annual Budweiser International Classic at Oswego. Gosek, and teammate Russ Wood were left without Classic rides recently due to car owner Paul Dunigan's decision not to compete in both the ISMA Super Nationals and the International Classic due to lack of manpower to convert over both cars. Gosek, a two-time winner of the event in 1991 and 1992, is not out of the action, however despite the rumors, with Wood still open for a ride.

Joe has signed to take over the driving chores of the Jeff Holbrook 35 for the Classic. As he stated last weekend, "We'll bring a motor and a sponsorship into the deal. Jeff (Holbrook) just wasn't sure he could go the grind of 200 laps and we struck a deal. Jeff has one of the former Muldoon supermodifieds and it's a good car."

Gosek plans on practicing on Friday, August 24, running the Burke's show on Saturday, and then hitting open practice on Friday of Classic weekend from 1-5 on the 30th. Joe also indicated, "This should be a decent ride. John Colloca is the wrench and he's one of the best. He was with Muldoon for years. I'm also going to call Davey Hamilton and get some ideas on how the car might run."

During the last ISMA shows at Lee and Oxford several other drivers have laid out their two-day plans. Howard Page has said he plans on competing in both shows as has Jennifer Chesbro.

The Howie Lane team will field two cars for the Super Nationals with Lane and Jamie Timmons aboard their regular rides. On Sunday, Randy Ritskes will take over the chores in the Lane 97. Ritskes came ever so close to winning his first-ever Classic in 2000 as many will remember, until Greg Furlong got by. Mike Ordway, who has two wins at Oswego and two wins on the ISMA tour in 2001, will do double duty but not in the Booth 61. He'll be Chris Perley's teammate on Saturday night in the Vic Miller backup and then will take the 61 into the Classic. Perley, on the other hand, will pilot his 11 in both shows. He said last week that the team was preparing new body panels for the car this week.

John Payne will have a ride in his own 67 on Saturday and will climb aboard the Hawksby 2 on Sunday. Hawksby, will be in both shows in his primary car. Scott Martel, coming off a good run at Oxford Plains, has finally got the car back together after his Cayuga crash and he indicates this run was a definite morale booster heading into Classic weekend.

The Patco Team, owned by Brad Lichty will put two cars into Saturday's show with Dave McKnight and Doug Saunier the two drivers. On Sunday, McKnight will go it alone in the potent 94. He said recently that he felt he could be a contender in both events. McKnight holds a three-race ISMA win streak at Oswego dating back to May 2000. He's won five features to date in 2001 The Soule Racing team hopes on competing in both, but their Sunday plans hinge on Saturday's outcome. It could be Ken Bell and Bell or Bell and Soule. They're just not sure at this moment.

Jamie Letcher, who has seen duty at Oswego and with ISMA in 2001, will go the two-show route

Bill Kovacs, who owns four-supermodifieds, will have half a heat race competing on Classic Weekend. He fields the cars that Dave Shullick Sr. and Jr. run and also the former Matczak machines that will be piloted by Gene Lee Gibson and Timmy Jedrzejek over the course of the two days. Two-time Classic champ Greg Furlong has a winged and non-winged car for the action and he's gunning to be the only man who has ever won three-straight International Classics.

With Classic weekend entries still coming in, it's uncertain as to the numbers entered for each show at this time with other teams holding two cars and only one driver, but one thing that is certain, is that there will be one heck of a competitive field on both days.

With a $50 two-day combination ticket now on sale, there is sure to be great value for the dollar this Classic Weekend, Aug. 30-Sept. 1 and 2. Don't miss this one! Call 315-342-0646 for information or log onto www.oswegospeedway.com

-OS

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