1957 Budweiser International Classic
OSWEGO, NY (August 15, 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 16 days remaining until the International Classic, the countdown continues with No. 16, “Irish”Jack Murphy and Nolan Swift’s photo finish in the inaugural International Classic.
The Murphy/Swift battle of ’57 was the race that launched the International Classic into an annual and very successful event.
As the first 100-lap Classic neared its completion, Swift and Murphy, two of stock car racing’s most famous drivers, were hooked in a bitter battle.
Murphy had taken the lead in the Classic just passed the halfway point from Jim Lerkins, with Swift biding his time in waiting, coming on in the closing laps to challenge Murphy.
The two battled lap after lap, with Swift finally throwing one last effort at Murphy off the last corner, on the race’s final lap. Murphy stood on the gas and never lifted until deep into the first corner, resulting in a spin into the first turn wall.
The finish was so close, that a winner was not announced right away. After starter Willie Hackett and chief scorer Ed Czirr conferred, they agreed that Murphy had held on for the win the inaugural International Classic over Swift along with the huge prize of $1,000.
Jim Fuller, Mel Dodge, and Lerkins chased Murphy and Swift across the line for top five finishes.
Dick Jerrett, Al Kath, Doug Kanar, Dick Wise, and John Slingerland were the top ten runners in the ’57 International 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.