1958 oswego speedway international classic 200 crash

‘Classic Moments’ Countdown: #29 Crash Takes Out the Big Three


1958 Budweiser International Classic

 OSWEGO, NY (August 2, 2014) – As the countdown officially begins toward the 58th annual Budweiser International Classic 200 for Novelis Supermodifieds at Oswego Speedway on Sunday, August 31, we look back at the Top 30 moments in International Classic history, with the assistance of George Caruso’s ’50 Most Memorable Moments of the International Classic.’

With 29 days remaining until the International Classic, the countdown continues with No. 29, the crash that eliminated Nolan Swift, Lee Bliss, and Ed Bellinger Sr. from the 1958 running of the Classic.

During the Speedway’s stock car era in the late 1950’s, Swift, Bliss, and Bellinger were consistently three of the top drivers to beat.

During the second annual Classic in 1958, Bliss held the race lead followed closely by both Bellinger and Swift out front.

1958 oswego speedway international classic 200 crash
Lee Bliss, Nolan Swift, and Ed Bellinger Sr. all tangle while leading the 1958 Oswego Speedway International Classic. (Speedway Press)

Much like today, the sun glare in the first and second turns was tricky in the late 50’s at the Speedway and leader Bliss was unable to tell that Buck Holiday had spun in between the first and second corners.  Bliss would clip Holiday’s front end, sending him spinning.

Bellinger was then unable to avoid the crash, sending him into a collision with third place running Swift.

In the blink of an eye the three front-runners in the Classic were eliminated from contention, handing the lead to Billy Blum in Nick Virgo’s No. 23.  From there Blum would drive on to victory as the winner of the second annual International Classic ahead of Frankie Schneider, Dick Jarrett Jr., Art Reynolds, and inaugural Classic winner Jack Murphy.

To purchase tickets for Budweiser International Classic Weekend and the 58th annual Budweiser International Classic 200, call the Speedway’s box office today at (315) 342-0646.

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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.

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