Start Your Engines at Oswego Speedway’s Open Practice on May 2
OSWEGO, NY (April 24, 2015) –After a long cold winter, race fans and racers alike will finally get the chance to warmup at Oswego Speedway on Saturday, May 2 with the annual open practice session to be conducted from 1-5 p.m.
All divisions competing at Oswego Speedway in 2015 including the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series, the International Supermodified Association, the NEMA Midgets, ATQMRA TQ Midgets and of course the Novelis Supermodifieds and Pathfinder Bank Small Block Supers are welcome to take part in the four-hour long open test session.
Grandstand admission for the open practice will be free with pit admission set at $25. Season pit passes will be honored at the open practice session.
The pit concession stand will be open on May 2 as well as the Tiki Bar under the main grandstand with hot dogs, chips, and cold drinks.
Defending Mr. Supermodified, David Danzer, is expected to be on hand testing his back-up supermodified with a wing in preparation for the Port City 160 ‘Super Spectacle’ on May 23.
Returning SBS pilot Ray Sand Jr., the son of supermodified veteran Ray Sand Sr., has also posted via social media that he is ready to make his return to the Oswego Speedway on May 2 behind the wheel of the former Brian Sobus SBS.
Last year a total of 22 cars took part in the practice session including seven Novelis Supermodifieds, 13 Pathfinder Bank SBS, and two ISMA supermodifieds.
Seven-time track champion Otto Sitterly and defending Bud Light SBS Classic champion JJ Andrews led the way in testing speeds one year ago.
Pit gates will open on May 2 at 11:30 a.m.
Oswego Speedway’s 2015 racing season will kick off in just two weeks on Saturday, May 9 with the 65th annual opening night celebration featuring the Novelis Supermodifieds and Pathfinder Bank SBS, as well as the 75-lap Richie Evans Memorial for the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series presented by Planet Fitness and Mitchell’s Speedway Press.
Pit gates will open on May 9 at 11:30 a.m. with practice getting underway at 1:30 p.m. Time trials for Supermodifieds and SBS will be held at 4 p.m., with the first heat race of the season going green at 5 p.m.
General admission for the 65th annual opening night celebration will be $25, reserved seating $35, and pit admission $40.
Kids 16 and under with paid adult and active military with I.D. are free.
Canale Insurance Returns as Primary Sponsor of Oswego Speedway’s 2-Seat Supermodified
OSWEGO, NY (April 8, 2015) –Long-time Oswego Speedway partner Canale Insurance is set to once again return as the primary sponsor of the Canale Insurance 2-Seat Supermodified this season.
With offices in Oswego and Fulton, Canale Insurance specializes in providing personalized insurance coverage that meets the needs of their individual clients. Whether they need homeowner’s, auto, Recreational Vehicle or business insurance, Canale Insurance Agency has a plan for everyone.
Custom and upgrade insurance plans are also available.
Canale Insurance represents many insurance companies and offers a variety of policies to help their clients recover from the occurrence of unexpected events.
Oswego Speedway’s Canale Insurance 2-Seat Supermodified ride schedule has been set for 2015, with former Supermodified pilots Dave Trytek and Dan Kapuscinski announced as drivers of the most exciting ride along in motorsports.
Intermission and start the feature rides are available for all regular season race events in 2015, except for July 18. The start the feature ride for that evening has already been sold.
Those interested in booking an intermission or start the feature ride for the season are to call the Oswego Speedway offices at (315) 342-0646, to select a regular season race night for your ride.
Race night intermission rides in the Canale Insurance 2-Seat Supermodified are set at $200, with start the feature rides set at $300.
Limited dates have been selected for pre-race rides including ‘Super Spectacle’ weekend on May 23, June 6, Twin 30 night on June 20, King of Wings VII weekend on July 11, the Summer Championship on July 18, the 65th anniversary weekend set for August 8, and Small Block Super Twin 20 night on August 22.
Pre-race rides are set at $150, with rides beginning at 11 a.m. on all dates listed, but May 23. Rides on Memorial Day weekend will begin at 9:30 a.m.
To schedule a pre-race ride in 2015, please call the Speedway box office.
The popular Ride with the Legends program will return in 2015 as a part of Budweiser International Classic Weekend. Drivers for the program this year are still being finalized, with rides available for $275.
Oswego Speedway’s 2015 racing season will kick off on Saturday, May 9 with the 65th annual opening night celebration featuring the lid lifters for the Novelis Supermodifieds and Pathfinder Bank SBS, as well as the 75-lap Richie Evans Memorial for the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series presented by Planet Fitness and Mitchell’s Speedway Press.
Oswego Speedway’s 2015 racing season will kick off on Saturday, May 9 with the 65th annual opening night celebration featuring the first races for the Novelis Supermodifieds and Pathfinder Bank SBS, as well as the 75-lap Richie Evans Memorial for the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series presented by Planet Fitness and Mitchell’s Speedway Press.
Caster Provides Stability and Better Feel for Supermodified Drivers
By Group R Motorsports owner Bob Bogwicz
Caster provides straight line stability to the racecar and prevents it from wandering while going up the straightaways. A wander at 130 MPH never ends well, so we dial in some caster.
I know, I’m a little late getting this ground breaking article to Bobby G. this month. But only because I’ve been slaving away at my day job so I can keep the lights on AND build a new supermodified! Hopefully, this new car will be the source of upcoming articles and pictures (I can’t show you any pictures of my nitrous system or traction control-sorry!), so stayed tuned.
Today’s pit-side chat is about a topic that every vehicle on the road, including shopping carts needs. It’s called caster.
Caster is the angle of the steering axis of inclination in reference to a vertical line. As shown in Figure 1, the outside view of a RF tire shows a caster angle of 20 degrees. The steering axis of inclination on a supermodified with a solid front axle is the angle of the spindle kingpin. The kingpin is the rugged steel pin that connects the spindle to the axle and allows the spindle to rotate and steer the car.
Note how the steering axis of inclination intersects the ground AHEAD of the vertical line. This is designated as “positive caster”
Caster angle can be established in different ways, depending on the type of front suspension used.
For a racecar that has an independent front suspension, caster angle is set by the relative position of the upper and lower ball joints. If one were to draw an imaginary line through the upper and lower ball joints and that line intersects the ground forward of the vertical line, it is positive caster just like Figure 1.
With a straight axle supermodified, caster is set by the angle of the king pin that attaches the spindle to the axle. This is accomplished by rotating the axle assembly to achieve the desired angle. If the top of the king pin is towards the rear of the car, positive caster is established, again as in Figure 1.
So now you’re saying “jeez, that’s swell Bogwan, but why do we need caster, anyways?” Quite simply, for stability.
Caster creates a force in the steering that wants to “self-center” the front wheels. This is illustrated in Figure 2, which is the top view of a RF tire turning left. The vertical line which intersection the ground is the dot in the center of the tire. This is effectively the geometric center of the contact patch. The steering axis of inclination intersection is the dot forward of the vertical axis dot (remember, positive caster!). Note the distance between the two. We’ll call this distance a “Lever Arm”.
When the wheel is turned to the left, the centrifugal force due to cornering act on both points equally. However, because of the “lever arm”, the force on the steering axis point creates a torque (torque is a force applied to a lever arm that creates rotation.) This torque wants to force the tire back to the “straight ahead” position.
Caster provides straight line stability to the racecar and prevents it from wandering while going up the straightaways. A wander at 130 MPH never ends well, so we dial in some caster. In addition to the self centering force, caster also provides feedback through the steering to the driver. An experienced driver will use this feel to his or her advantage.
Now, a little disclaimer: The 20° of caster show in the figures is an exaggeration for clarity. In real life the caster on my supermodified is set to +7° on the RF and +2° on the LF. There is a difference in caster between the LF and RF because the car wants to turn in the direction of lesser caster. So, less LF caster helps the car to turn to the left. There is no such thing as rear caster because those tires don’t steer the car.
Just like camber, caster is initially adjusted in the garage according to a race teams notes or the chassis builders recommendation but instead of using tire temperatures to fine tune the adjustment, caster is more of a “driver feel” type of variable.
So, next time you’re in your local supermarket, grab a shopping cart and watch how the front wheels are always stable when going straight ahead.
Even our shopping carts lean to the left…depending on how many empties they have.
Caster or not, it doesn’t usually end well when Bobby G. decides to do this.
International Classic Champion Otto Sitterly doesn’t care about the caster of the shopping cart that holds his post-winning PBR.
Richard Russell commandeered this shopping car after the International Classic 200 in 2011. We don’t really recommend you test the caster of a shopping cart this way. Photo by Dawn Grey
This is caster in action! Now, turn left at the dairy section and go fast.
Next months installment of Supermodified Tech Talk will be about tire temperatures. Reading tire temperatures is an art AND a science so you won’t want to miss this one!
Thank you for your questions about supermodified technology. If you have something you’d like to see covered in a future Supermodified Tech Knowledge column, you can contact me at motosports@groupRtech.com. Follow me @groupRmtrsports and submit questions via Twitter as well.
The Bogwan enjoys testing his shopping cart caster in the less than 8 items check out lane. If you yearn for more supermodified tech knowledge leave a comment below or Hit the Wailbag and The Bogwan will answer them from the beer aisle of a supermarket near you.