Oswego Speedway set for opening day

Oswego Speedway kickoff event set for Saturday, May 11th. Oswego, NY . . . Mother's Day Weekend is not only special for families, it's also special to CNY open wheel race fans as it marks the perennial kickoff of Oswego Speedway's season. At 5...

Oswego Speedway kickoff event set for Saturday, May 11th.

Oswego, NY . . . Mother's Day Weekend is not only special for families, it's also special to CNY open wheel race fans as it marks the perennial kickoff of Oswego Speedway's season. At 5 pm on Saturday, May 11th, the green flag will fly to start the 52nd consecutive year of racing at the "Home of the Supermodifieds," provided mother nature cooperates. Opening night at the "Big O" has been thwarted five of the last six years due to inclement weather.

Coca-Cola and PowerAde have signed on to be the supermodified and limited super point fund sponsors, respectively, again in 2002 and representatives will be in victory lane opening night handing out a variety of products to all race winners. According to marketing director, Mike Thornhill, "We've just inked a new three year deal with Oswego Speedway so Coca-Cola will continue to be the ^ÌOfficial Soft Drink of Oswego Speedway' through 2004. In fact, we're proud to be the only major soft drink supplier at Oswego since they opened their doors back in 1951."

Also on board as sponsors of the season opener are C&B Farm and Gardens and Pigger's Liquors. Both businesses, owned by the Kennedy family, are located on Route 104 East across from County Route 53 in the Town of Scriba. Craig and Brad Kennedy have been working overtime to get their farm and garden store back in shape after an electrical fire in the store on April 8th did extensive damage. Craig Kennedy commented, "We'd like to invite all Oswego race fans to both of our stores where they'll find the largest selections, prompt service and best prices in the county."

The 2002 championship point race in the supermodified division promises to be the closest in recent memory. Last year only 216 points separated the top ten with six different drivers going to victory lane, including two new $1,000 Club members. One of those new members, Todd Stowell, has reworked both his mounts over the winter and his goal for 2002 is nothing less than the track championship. The other new member, Otto Sitterly, purchased the potent supermodified of Mike Muldoon at the close of the 2001 season and is looking to greatly improve upon his 7th place finish in last year's point battle.

2001 Bud Classic victor Tim Snyder and his crew finished celebrating just after the new year and have gone through the multi-sponsored #0 hoping to add a track championship to their Classic win. Other weekly warriors eyeing this year's point title include: Dave Trytek, Shannon Groves, Bob Bond, Jamie Moore, Tim Gareau, Bob Goutermout, Jeff Holbrook, Vern LaFave, Jerry Curran, Brian Sweeney, Keith Gilliam, Hal LaTulip, Pat Lavery, Gary Syrell, Bill Sharkey and Tim Proud.

Making their mark in the supermodified ranks this year will be limited super standouts Shawn Muldoon, in brother Mike's brand new super, and Craig Rayvals. Limited point champion Mark Regan has been looking for a super ride, as well, but nothing has been confirmed yet.

Several ISMA franchise drivers will invade the "Steel Palace" for all but 4 events in 2002. Leading the way will be Joe Gosek with brand new wheels from the JWJ Racing stables along with Howard Page, Jamie Letcher, Joe Hawksby, Jr. and Randy Ritskes in the Crucitti #11. Mike Ordway in the Clyde Booth #61 has confirmed that he will also run the majority of Oswego's 2002 schedule. The limited supers should be 35 strong each night with several new drivers in competition as this division continues to be one of the most affordable, competitive and enjoyable in short track racing. NORA has put together an impressive schedule to complement Oswego's season, and just a reminder, when these same cars compete at other tracks such as Evans Mills and Spencer Speedways for NORA points, they will be advertised as 360 supers.

After a slow start, the super stock division appears to be in a growth pattern and a full 24 car field is anticipated by mid-season. This class, though a departure from the other two open wheel divisions at the fast 5/8, has widespread appeal and is particularly popular with Oswego's younger racing audience.

The stage is set for another great racing season at Oswego Speedway. For ticket information contact the Speedway Box Office at 315-342-0646 or visit our website at www.oswegospeedway.com.

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