OSWEGO, NY (January 6, 2017) – Former Bud Light SBS Classic champion Cameron Rowe is reloading for the upcoming season at Oswego Speedway, looking to make a return to Turning Stone Resort Casino Victory Lane for the first time since 2012, driving an all new Gen 5 FFB Pathfinder Bank Small Block Super chassis.
A veteran of the SBS division, Rowe took time off from Oswego in 2015 to take on DIRT Sportsman racing before returning to the Steel Palace in 2016 with a former Jason Simmons Hedger Fabrication Chassis.
Unfortunately, the move did not yield the results Rowe expected last season, ending the year 11th in the standings with just one top ten finish.
Fast forward to this off-season, and Rowe has major plans ahead, starting with a ground up construction of a brand new FFB chassis at the hands of recent Oswego Speedway Hall of Fame inductee, Dan Dennie.
The FFB chassis has been a force to be reckoned with at Oswego for several years, dating back to its first track championship in 2008 with Kevin Knopp at the controls.
Since then the chassis has won five more titles with tenured drivers such as Dave Gruel, Mike Bond, and recently Dave Cliff, earning his second track title in an FFB ride just last season racing for Tim Barbeau.
While Rowe has not visited victory lane in several years, he knows the fast way around the Big O, and with assistance from the FFB crew, Rowe will no doubt make a return to top form in 2017.
His road to the top will not be an easy one however, as several track title combatants from a year ago will be back in ’17, led by defending champion Cliff.
Despite blowing an engine in last year’s Bud Light SBS Classic, Cliff and Barbeau will be back this season with the No. 50, looking to defend their championship. A third title for Cliff would put the Oswego driver in tall company as only Russ Brown and Mike Bond have won three or more Oswego SBS titles.
Mike Bruce finished third in the Oswego championship a year ago and has shown plans to return to Oswego this season in search of his first championship, also wheeling an FFB. Bruce had one main event win in 2016 and despite some mechanical issues during the year, the Bruce crew fought back to be in title position come August.
Seasoned SBS veteran Jack Patrick went to victory lane twice in 2016 and will no doubt be a top threat in 2017 driving the Hedger, MOPAR No. 9.
Fellow Hedger Fabrication racer and former series champion Kreig Heroth has also registered and looks to return to championship form in 2017 driving the No. 04.
Young standout Camden Proud made a run at a championship last season with the Step One Creative, Proud Chassis, No. 54. Nearing a college career soon, Proud is eyeing 2017 as his best shot yet for a championship at the Steel Palace.
Two-time 2016 feature winner Dalton Doyle as well as Jesse Bearup are also expected to be in the mix next season after finishing in the top ten in points one year ago.
Currently 2017 plans for shoes such as four time champion Mike Bond and Anthony Losurdo are in the air. While neither has indicated full-time plans for the coming season, it is expected that both will at least compete part-time this season.
Former champion Andrew Schartner may be back at the track more frequently in 2017, after taking a small break in 2016, wheeling for Crow Motorsports with the help of his father Karl Schartner.
A new driver is also entering the mix in 2017 as teenager Addison Bowman has registered the former Justin Connell SBS as No. 12 for 2017, looking to compete on a part-time basis near the end of the season. The former quarter midget racer has crewed for Proud in recent years.
Moving into its 26th year of competition, the Pathfinder Bank SBS division is expected to be as stout as ever with racers like Barry Kingsley, Greg O’Connor, Mark Castiglia, Cameron Black, James Babcock, Ray Sand Jr., Dennis Rupert, the Haynes Brothers and more continuing to join the fight.
2017 67th annual TENTATIVE OSWEGO SPEEDWAY SCHEDULE OF EVENTS (Subject to Change)
Saturday, May 6 – Open Practice Session
Saturday, May 13 – 67th Season Opener: RoC Richie Evans Memorial Modified (61), Novelis Supermodified Kick-Off (50), Pathfinder Bank SBS Kick-Off (30)
Friday, May 26 – Port City ‘Super Spectacle’ Open Practice Session
Saturday, May 27 – Port City ‘Super Spectacle’: ‘Jim Shampine Memorial’ Novelis Supermodified (75), ‘Jack Murphy Memorial’ King of Wings IX ISMA Super (50), ‘Tony White Memorial’ Pathfinder Bank SBS (35)
Sunday, May 28 – Port City ‘Super Spectacle’: Rain Date
Saturday, June 3 – Rain Date for May Events
Saturday, June 10 – Novelis Supermodified Twin 35’s: Novelis Supermodified Twins (35), Pathfinder Bank SBS (30) – AUTOGRAPH NIGHT
Saturday, July 1 – ‘Independence Weekend Grand Prix’: Novelis Supermodified Grand Prix (75), Pathfinder Bank SBS Grand Prix (35) - FIREWORKS
Friday, July 7 – RoC Weekend Open Practice
Saturday, July 8 – 67th annual Race of Champions: Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series, Novelis Supermodifieds, Pathfinder Bank SBS – Other division(s) TBA
Sunday, July 9 – RoC Weekend: Rain Date
Saturday, July 15 – Summer Championship: Novelis Supermodified (50), Pathfinder Bank SBS (30) – DEMOLITION DERBY
Saturday, July 22 - $10,000 Mr. Novelis Supermodified (75), $1,500 Mr. Pathfinder SBS (35)
Saturday, August 5 – Reunion Weekend – Super Semi-Finals: Novelis Supermodified (45), Pathfinder Bank SBS (30) - Oswego Speedway Old Timer's Reunion
Saturday, August 12 – Pathfinder Bank SBS Twin 20’s: Pathfinder Bank SBS Twins (20), Novelis Supermodified (50)
Saturday, August 19 – Track Championship Night: Novelis Supermodified (50), Pathfinder Bank SBS (30) - $5 ADMISSION – AUTOGRAPH NIGHT
Thursday, August 31 – 11th annual Oswego Kartway Classic
Friday, September 1 – ‘FAST FRIDAY’: Novelis Supermodified and Pathfinder Bank SBS Time Trials, Pathfinder Bank SBS Heat Races, ‘PARTY in the PITS’
Saturday, September 2 – ‘SUPER SATURDAY’: NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour 150, ISMA Supermodified Super Nationals 60
Sunday, September 3 – ‘CLASSIC SUNDAY’: Budweiser International Classic 200 for Novelis Supermodifieds, Bud Light Classic 75 for Pathfinder Bank SBS
Monday, September 4 – Weekend Rain Date
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.