1993 Budweiser International Classic
OSWEGO, NY (August 11, 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 help of George Caruso’s ’50 Most Memorable Moments of the International Classic.’
With 20 days remaining until the International Classic, the countdown continues with No. 20, as Eddie Bellinger Jr. made a pit stop on his way to winning the 1993 International Classic.
Bellinger was now driving the Graves Chassis house car in 1993, recently vacated by Mike Ordway, and was immediately a front-runner. The question though, come Classic time, if Bellinger would attempt to pit for a tire as Ordway had tried in 1992?
As the ’93 race got underway, Bellinger rode second behind Steve Gioia Jr. past the halfway point, when a caution hit the Speedway. It was at that time that everyone’s question was answered. Bellinger indeed brought the Graves No. 02 to pit lane, changing tires without losing a lap.
The race began to work Bellinger’s way after the stop.
Previous race leader Gioia was involved in a crash while another race leader, Doug Heveron, lost a lap in the pits trying to make a pit stop.
Bellinger quickly made it back into the top five by lap 125, and then easily went by Gary Allibritain, Danny Soule, and Dave McKnight to take over second place.
Then race leader, Mike Ordway, proved to be of little issue as well as Bellinger’s new tires were far superior. The No. 02 stormed by Ordway to take the lead prior to lap 150, and it was smooth sailing for Bellinger the rest of the way to his fourth International Classic 200 victory.
Ten years after the chant “Eddie B in ‘83” filled the Speedway stands, “Eddie B in ‘93” became the echo.
Bellinger was now the first driver in Speedway history to win the 200 after making a pit stop.
Russ Wood would come on to finish the Classic in the second position in 1993 followed by Pat Abold, McKnight, and Ordway in the top five.
Allibritain, Cliff Graves, Joe Gosek, Doug Saunier, and Mike Osite filled the front ten positions in ’93.
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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.