Category Archives: Supermodified History

Learn more about the history of “The Ultimate Short Track Race Car” with these stories, photos and news clippings.

International Classic Featured Driver: Two Decades, Two Wins for Didero

Classic Drivers Countdown: Canadian Doug Didero Earned International Classic 200 Wins in Separate Decades

OSWEGO, NY (August 26, 2015) – As the countdown continues toward the 59th running of the Budweiser International Classic 200 at Oswego Speedway on Sunday, September 6, we look back at the next historic Classic driver on our list – two-time Classic champion, Doug Didero

In a Classic driving career that dates back to 1985, Didero established himself as a Classic threat very early in his career, but did not manage to find victory lane until teaming with Skip Matczak.

After becoming only the second driver in Oswego Speedway history to win three consecutive track titles from 1994-1996, the only thing remaining on both Didero and Matczak’s resume was a Classic victory, and the 1996 edition of the race would be their finest hour. Continue reading International Classic Featured Driver: Two Decades, Two Wins for Didero

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International Classic Featured Driver: Gioia First Oswego Native to Win International Classic 200

Classic Drivers Countdown: Steve Gioia Jr. Started Fast with 1976 International Classic 200 Win

OSWEGO, NY (August 20, 2015) – As the countdown continues toward the 59th running of the Budweiser International Classic 200 at Oswego Speedway on Sunday, September 6, we look back at the next historic Classic driver on our list – the first Oswegonian to win the Classic, Steve Gioia Jr.

The Gioia family had fielded racecars at Oswego Speedway for several seasons before Steve Jr. finally climbed behind the wheel of Steve Sr.’s number nine supermodified in 1973.

Right from the start the young Gioia had a feel for the Classic, nailing a tenth place finish in ’73 and backing it up with runs of ninth in 1974 and second in 1975.

Like in ’75, the story of the 1976 Classic was again Fred Graves in the Hite four-wheel drive car.  But again, as in previous years, the unique machine did not see the finish. Continue reading International Classic Featured Driver: Gioia First Oswego Native to Win International Classic 200

International Classic Featured Driver: ’75 Classic Win Propels Allbritain to Indianapolis

Classic Drivers Countdown: Gary Allbritain’s 1975 International Classic Victory Earned Him a Shot at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

OSWEGO, NY (August 17, 2015) – As the countdown continues toward the 59th running of the Budweiser International Classic 200 at Oswego Speedway on Sunday, September 6, we look back at the next historic Classic driver on our list, Ohio Classic champion – Gary Allbritain.

From the first time Allbritain appeared at Oswego, it was clear to the veterans at the Oswego Speedway that the young ace, “had it,” despite running his first three Classics from 1972-1974 with little fanfare and a best finish of 13th in 1973.

In 1975 however, Allbritain returned to Oswego in the Todd Gibson built Routh Packing Company No. 75, and timed on the outside row three for the 200.

The story of the 1975 Classic was Fred Graves in the Bill Hite built four-wheel drive supermodified.  The faithful on hand wondered if Graves could say out of trouble, and if the machine that was so much faster than the rest of the competition, could go the distance? Continue reading International Classic Featured Driver: ’75 Classic Win Propels Allbritain to Indianapolis