OSWEGO, NY – In wake of the news that Oswego Speedway has added a 350 Supermodified class for the upcoming 2019 season, longtime Supermodified fan Craig Soper has purchased two rolling chassis with plans made to enter each car into 350 Super action in 2019.
A dedicated supporter of the Speedway, Soper and Lakeside Property Services have also become a loyal sponsor of several Pathfinder Bank Small Block Supermodified teams over the years and he has now purchased each of the Buske Racing Kerfein Supermodifieds with plans to put SBS veterans Barry Kingsley and Greg O’Connor behind the wheel for next season.
“The price was right where I was able to close a deal on both cars and help Barry (Kingsley) and Greg (O’Connor) get involved in this new class for next season,” Soper said. “With rules announced that those guys can still use their open SBS motors in the 350 class, timing worked out well and we now have two chassis. They can just drop their motors in and go racing.”
Kingsley and O’Connor are both former feature winners in Oswego’s Small Block Super ranks with O’Connor visiting victory lane in each of the past two seasons driving the Steve Flack owned No. 90. Kingsley, pilot of the familiar No. 91, has two SBS wins to his credit coming in 2010 and 2011. The pair has competed in the division SBS together for the past six years and will now see Supermodified action for the first time.
“Right now the plan is for Barry to run every week with one of the cars,” Soper stated. “Greg is actually going to be picking up a crate motor for the small block, so I believe he intends to run both classes. He will focus on the 90, but plans to run a handful of shows with the 350 as well so we will have to see what happens. I’m just happy to provide each of these guys the opportunity to give a Super a try at a reasonable expense.”
As far as the 350 Supers go, Kingsley and O’Connor will not be sporting their usual paint schemes on the cars. Instead, each of the Lakeside Property Services rides will be designed to pay tribute to two of Oswego Speedway’s finest, something that Soper intends to keep a surprise until Opening Day on Saturday, May 25.
“I’m really looking forward to giving this a try and seeing how it goes,” Soper continued. “The design on both cars will be put together to honor a couple of people, so those guys will be driving with a little bit of a different look for this season. We have a few sponsors coming onboardthat we will announce at a later date and are excited about the upcoming season.”
Oswego Speedway has eight 350 Supermodified events penciled on its 2019 calendar including on Opening Day May 25, twice more in the month of June, every week in July including the first ever running of Mr. 350 Supermodified on July 20, plus two more regular season events in August before the season finale on Bud Classic Weekend.
Time schedules, grandstand pricing, and more for the 2019 schedule will be announced over the course of the next several weeks.
For those wishing to renew Classic or season ticket packages, you will have until Saturday, May 1 to contact Paul at email@example.com. Payment for Classic tickets will be due mid-summer.
Those who need to renew their Classic Weekend camping spaces have until Monday, December 31. You can also do this by sending the track an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Several ‘Fast Friday’ testing sessions are planned prior to Open Practice on May 25. It is anticipated that the track will be ready by mid-April. You can email email@example.com to sign up for potential testing slots.
Rule changes for the 2019 season which include Supermodified wing specs, Small Block Super crate engine specs, and the rules for the new 350 Supermodified class can be found at OswegoSpeedway.com.
An updated 2019 rule book will be available in PDF form in the coming weeks and can be located at OswegoSpeedway.com as well. This rule book will detail rules packages for all three classes, plus point structure, purse information, and more.
Driver registration for the Novelis Supermodified, Pathfinder Bank SBS and 350 Supermodified divisions will be open to competitors no later than Monday, December 3.
Oswego Speedway is actively seeking a 350 Supermodified division sponsor plus race night sponsors for all three divisions. If interested in joining our marketing program, you may contact Paul Conzone at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Steve Quonce at email@example.com.
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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.