1973 Budweiser International Classic
OSWEGO, NY (August 13, 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 18 days remaining until the International Classic, the countdown continues with No. 18, Kenny Andrews’ “Cinderella” finish in the 1973 International Classic.
Canadian Andrews was considered one of the heavy favorites to win the ’73 Classic, but disaster struck early on in practice on Saturday.
Andrews brushed the back-end of Nick Rowe’s No. 12 as he was getting on the power out of turn two and smacked the outside steel wall. Damage to the Andrews No. 55 was considerable enough that he was unable to qualify through time trials.
With the aid of friend and rival Jim Shampine, Andrews received the parts he needed to make repairs and fixed the crippled racer at Ladd’s Auto Parts in Mexico, NY.
With a small, but dedicated crew of helpers, Andrews was able to work through the night to fix the No. 55 and qualify into the International Classic through Sunday’s qualifying heat races.
Starting deep in the field, Andrews slowly clawed his way through the pack in the No. 55.
Eventually Andrews caught race leader Jim Winks, driving the Purdy Deuce, with around 30-laps remaining in the 200.
The lead duo battled ferociously, with Andrews finally muscling his way underneath Winks out of turn two on lap 185. From there, Andrews drove on uncontested for his one and only International Classic win, coming in “Cinderella” style.
Warren Coniam would charge hard late to finish second ahead of Rowe, Johnny Spencer, and Mark Letcher in the top five spots.
Shampine, Jim Cheney, Winks, Norm Mackareth, and Steve Gioia Jr. finished in the front ten spots after 200-laps of the ’73 Classic.
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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.