OSWEGO, NY (January 9, 2017) – Each year motorsports news affiliate Speed51.com conducts their annual vote for short track racing’s best of, known as “The 51’s”, presented by JEGS. The 2016 edition of “The 51’s” sees Oswego Speedway nominated in two headline categories, first for Short Track of the Year as well as Best Short Track/Series Social Media.
Oswego Speedway, which hosted Budweiser International Classic Weekend, the Race of Champions, as well as NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week in 2016 all within a months period, took on the tall task of converting to a dirt racing facility for the first time since the early 1950’s.
These successful special events, coupled with the Speedway’s dynamic weekly schedule including the Novelis Supermodifieds and Pathfinder Bank SBS, have put Oswego in special company under the Short Track of the Year category.
Joining as one of 20 nominees including the likes of Eldora Speedway, Five Flags Speedway, Thompson Motorsports Park, and Williams Grove Speedway, Oswego Speedway has no doubt rekindled its flame of interest across the country since co-owners John and Eric Torrese took ownership of the Steel Palace in 2011.
A rise in the popularity of Oswego Speedway’s social media accounts has assisted in Speedway news traveling the country and as a result Oswego is one of 20 tracks and series nominated for their social media efforts.
Oswego joins, among others, the Short Track Super Series, Stafford Motor Speedway, the Super DIRTcar Series, USAC, and the World of Outlaws as organizations up for the award of Best Social Media.
To vote for Oswego Speedway in these categories fans can make their way to www.speed51.com once a day and submit one ballot per day, per e-mail account. Voting will end on January 31 at 11:59 p.m. ET. The winners of this year’s “51’s” will be revealed on February 7 and February 8.
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.