OSWEGO, NY – Thursday afternoon, Governor Cuomo announced ‘New York on PAUSE’ social distancing restrictions would remain in place until at least May 15, prompting Oswego Speedway officials to make the difficult decision to cancel May events.
“The last thing we want is to lose shows, but we felt this was the best decision for the health and safety of everyone involved,” said track owner John Torrese. “We will open up the Speedway as soon as possible and adjust our schedule accordingly. We are committed to racing in 2020.”
Cancelled events include the May 23 Season Opener featuring Jim Shampine and Tony White Memorial Weekend specials for the Novelis Supermodifieds, Pathfinder Bank SBS, and J&S Paving 350 Supers, as well as the May 30 Jack Murphy Memorial featuring the ISMA Supermodifieds and Pathfinder Bank SBS.
“We are taking a close look at the schedule beginning with June,” Torrese continued. “Our goal is to race as much as we can, and as we review, we will look into the possibility of fitting these cancelled programs in. The Oswego Speedway will be racing as soon as elected officials give us the go ahead.”
Speedway fans and teams are assured that when any final decisions are made on future scheduling, information will immediately become available to the public. Up to date information can be found on Oswego Speedway’s website and social media channels.
“Everyone should keep an eye on social media for announcements moving forward,” Torrese added. “We are all confident we can go racing in 2020, and have fingers crossed that it is going to be sooner than later. Hopefully, everyone is staying safe and healthy in the meantime.”
Patrons are reminded that the track office is also closed due to NY on Pause, and when restrictions are lifted, the Speedway will re-open for ticket and camping sales, registration, Speedway merchandise, and other miscellaneous items.
The latest information on the Oswego Speedway’s 2020 campaign can be found online at OswegoSpeedway.com. You can also LIKE on Facebook at Facebook.com/OswegoSpeedway or FOLLOW on Twitter @OswegoSpeedway or Instagram @OfficialOswegoSpeedway.
About Oswego Speedway: Oswego Speedway is a 5/8 mile semi-banked pavement racing oval located off the shores of Lake Ontario in scenic Oswego, NY. The 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 the Oswego Speedway making it the only weekly Supermodified racing venue in the world. The Small Block Supermodifieds and 350 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, two-time Indy 500 champion Gordon Johncock, and former International Classic Champions Bentley Warren, Joe Gosek, and Davey Hamilton.