Oswego. N.Y. - The 2012 Oswego Speedway season will see the debut of a brand new two car team, featuring two freshly updated Ray Hedger built small block supermodified Chassis.
Jason Simmons, a six year competitor in the division now owns two Hedger Chassis small block supers, and will field both cars on a weekly basis in the 2012 season. Simmons will drive the #98 car, previously owned by Ed Horne, and most recently by Fred Kilian. Simmons purchased the car during 2011, and drove the ride to several top finishes at Oswego Speedway, and his first win at Thunder Alley Speedway. Two last lap passes by champion Mike Bond are all that separated Simmons from two 2011 victories.
During the off-season, Simmons purchased the J.J. Andrews #93 Hedger, and enlisted veteran Andrews to pilot the ride for the full season in 2012. The team is dubbed "Team Tapout", and will make a full assault for a 1-2 championship finish.
"Our most important goals for 2012 are to have fun and win some races", said Simmons. "After Jay let me borrow his car last year I fell in love with the Hedger Cars, and when the opportunity arose to purchase the 93, I couldn't pass it up".
Andrews has competed in the small block supermodified division since 1997, part time since 2008. He rides 5th in all time points, and 3rd in all time Classic points. He also competed in the supermodified division in 1995.
Said Andrews, "It's a great honor to drive for Jason, especially in the car that's been in my shop since 1997. I was pretty sad to see it go, but Jason and the guys are a lot of fun to be around, and I'm looking forward to a full season of fun in the old girl. I've been wanting to come back full time for awhile now to get another win, and I'm very fortunate to get this shot". As it has been for nearly two decades, the car will still be number 93, a salute to Andrews' former car owner Rob Pollitt.
The cars will be maintained and crewed by Mike O'Connor, Brian Dana, Greg O'Connor, David O'Connor, Corey Norton, and Mark Sledziona. Sponsors include Simmons' own D&S Landscaping, Dynamic Sound and Security, Bracy‘s Auto Repairs, and N.J. Pollitt Demolition.
"I really need that first win at Oswego Speedway", said Simmons, who led many laps in 2011, along with the two close 2nd place finishes. "And I also really want to get Jay another win. Or two."