53rd Consecutive Year for Non-Wing Supermodifieds
OSWEGO, NY (May 5, 2014) – Oswego Speedway’s Novelis Supermodifieds will take the green flag at the ‘Steel Palace’ for the 53rd consecutive season this Saturday, May 10 presented by Planet Fitness and Mitchell’s Speedway Press.
On this upcoming Mother’s Day Weekend the Speedway encourages everyone in attendance to bring mom to the races as the first 250 mothers through the Speedway’s main gate will be presented with a beautiful carnation from the Speedway and Designs of Elegance.
The 53rd annual Novelis Supermodified Kickoff will feature a 50-lap main event for Oswego’s showcase division as well as the season opener for the Pathfinder Bank Small Block Super division.
Saturday night will mark the first opportunity for race fans to see racing action on the fast 5/8 mile oval, as the Speedway’s opening event on May 3 was washed out due to rain.
Grandstand gates will open at 3 p.m. on May 10 with time trials for both divisions set to begin at 5 p.m. followed by the season’s first heat race at 6:30 p.m.
To buy tickets for Oswego Speedway’s 53rd annual Novelis Supermodified Kickoff call the Speedway box office at (315) 342-0646. General admission seating is available for only $15, with reserved seating on sale for $20, and VIP tower seating with all you can eat food and drink for $75.
Adult general admission Price Chopper Tickets to Go are available for Saturday’s event at any Price Chopper Supermarkets store for only $14.
Once again in 2014, kids 16 & under will be admitted free of charge with a paid adult with active military also admitted free with I.D.
As if Saturday night wasn’t big enough, the Speedway will also feature special displays and information for the ARISE Ride for Ramps event coming up on May 31 at Lighthouse Lanes as well as National Safe Boating Week and the Oswego Wear It campaign.
Representatives from ARISE will be on hand Saturday to get everyone up to speed on their special Ride for Ramps event on May 31 which will feature a mini ride for youngsters around the Speedway that morning at 11 a.m.
As a part of National Safe Boating Week the Oswego Wear It campaign will also have a display at the Speedway helping to educate on boater safety. Visitors to the outside display will get a complimentary ticket to win a free US Coast Guard Auxiliary Boater Safety Course, valued at $35. The drawing winner will be announced with the winning 50/50 ticket.
The fastest and one of the most competitive Novelis Supermodified fields in history is expected on Saturday.
Returning championship contenders Otto Sitterly, Joe Gosek, Shaun Gosselin, Pat Lavery, David Danzer, Dave Gruel, and Michael Barnes will be among those leading the charge Saturday night.
Danzer, Gruel, and Barnes will all have new Hawk chassis Supermodifieds at their disposal, although it is unclear about exactly when Danzer’s will be available.
Tim Snyder and Tim Devendorf will join the rank of drivers sporting new Hawk chassis machines in 2014.
Defending Budweiser International Classic 200 champion Bob Bond is also expected to be in the lineup Saturday with his Four Sevens Motorsports No. 47 Hawk Super, as well as the outside pole sitter of last year’s Classic, Davey Hamilton in the Nicotra Racing No. 6.
Xtreme chassis is also busy building new race cars for Ray Graham and Joey Payne, who will join Jessica Zemken as a part of Graham/Strong Racing this season.
The Graham/Strong partnership is hard at work on finishing the new racers. Both Graham and Payne will have other machines at their disposal in the case that the new cars are not completed.
Payne would pilot the Strong Racing No. 99, driven last year by Barnes, while Graham would drive son Kody’s No. 21.
Kody Graham is not believed to be in action until the end of summer as he is believed to still be on the sideline from his ISMA Supermodified incident at the Speedway last July.
Zemken is excited to return to the Speedway for the first time since last year’s International Classic in her quest to become Oswego Speedway Novelis Supermodified Rookie of the Year. The Corr/Pak Merchandising driver has her sights set on becoming the first female Supermodified feature winner in Oswego’s history.
Michael Muldoon will be ready with his new Muldoon chassis that took him to lap times of 16.7 seconds in last Friday’s open test session. The new Muldoon creation is no doubt sleek, and the Muldoon’s believe it can compete with any of the new generation Hawk or Xtreme Supermodifieds.
Contenders Dan Connors Jr., Brandon Bellinger, Jerry Curran, Brian Sweeney, Keith Shampine, Jeff Abold and more are all expected.
Among those returning to the seat this weekend will be Stephen Gioia III in the Gioia No. 9 and Randy Ritskes in the Locke No. 37.
The Pathfinder Bank Small Block Supers will join the Novelis Supermodifieds with a full program on Saturday, as their opener was totally rained out last weekend.
A brand new track record is expected to be set in the SBS division as Mike Bond, Anthony Losurdo, Jack Patrick, Jason Simmons, and Andrew Schartner have all dipped below the 19-second bracket in hot lap sessions this season.
Potential Novelis Supermodified Roster (May 10):
- 00 – Joe Gosek
- 01 – Dan Connors Jr.
- 02 – Brandon Bellinger
- 05 – Jeff Abold
- 06 – Dave Cliff
- 0 – Tim Snyder
- 3 – Brian Sweeney
- 4 – Bob Reis
- 5 – Tim Devendorf
- 6 – Davey Hamilton
- 7 – Otto Sitterly
- 9 – Stephen Gioia III
- 11 – Jessica Zemken ®
- 22 – Pat Lavery
- 24 – Jerry Curran
- 26 – Shaun Gosselin
- 37 – Randy Ritskes
- 47 – Bob Bond
- 50 – Dave Gruel
- 51 – Michael Muldoon
- 52 – David Danzer
- 55 – Keith Shampine
- 56 – Hal LaTulip
- 66 – Lou LeVea Sr.
- 68 – Michael Barnes
- 83 – Lou LeVea Jr.
- 90 – Ray Graham
- 99 – Joey Payne
About Oswego Speedway: Oswego Speedway, a sports entertainment company, is a 5/8 mile semi-banked pavement racing oval located off the shores of Lake Ontario in scenic Oswego, NY. Oswego Speedway has been a continuously run weekly racing venue since August, 1951. The premier open-wheel pavement short track cars in the world, Supermodifieds, run weekly at Oswego Speedway making Oswego the only weekly Supermodified racing venue in the world. The Small Block Supermodifieds accompany the full-blown Supers on a weekly Saturday night schedule which runs from May through September. Oswego Speedway is mentioned in racing circles as the “Indy of the East,” as no fewer than a dozen past and present competitors have competed at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway including Mario Andretti, arguably the greatest driver of all time, two-time Indy 500 champion Gordon Johncock, along with former International Classic Champions Bentley Warren, Joe Gosek, and Davey Hamilton