2003 Budweiser International Classic
OSWEGO, NY (August 8, 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 23 days remaining until the International Classic, the countdown continues with No. 23, looking back on the 2003 International Classic which saw Mike Ordway and Clyde Booth finally reach victory lane.
Booth and Ordway had tried to win the International Classic for 20 years; sometimes as teammates, sometimes as rivals. But, since teaming up again in 2001, to campaign Booth’s new independent front suspension and aerodynamically designed No. 61 ‘Silver Bullet’ Supermodified, a Classic win seemed inevitable.
However, despite bringing a superior piece of equipment to the Speedway on several occasions, something would always bite the duo come Classic time.
In 2001 Ordway ran out of fuel, while in 2002 ignition failure dropped them from the Classic before taking the green.
But the ’03 International Classic was different.
Ordway started from the pole position in the No. 61, dropped back to conserve his equipment, and then surged on passed lap 150 to retake the race lead. A lead he would never again relinquish.
This year there were no mechanical problems, no last lap challenges, nothing. Ordway and Booth would finally come across the line as Classic champions.
Joey Payne, Tim Snyder, Otto Sitterly, and Greg Furlong would chase Ordway across the line for the victory.
Tim Gareau, Shawn Muldoon, Gary Morton, Joe Gosek, and Dave Trytek finished the front ten positions in the ’03 200.
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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.