OSWEGO, NY (April 19, 2017) - Not even fully removed from his 6 year tenure as Public Relations Specialist at the Oswego Speedway, ‘Danny K’ Dan Kapuscinski will be back at the speedway in another capacity this summer, returning to the driver’s seat at the Steel Palace for the first time since 2012.
Kapuscinski, an accomplished competitor who has seen both dirt and pavement competition over his racing years, is a former full-time SBS and Supermodified campaigner who took over the speedway’s PR and social media duties at the end of the 2010 season.
It has been awhile since Kapuscinski has been on the track at Oswego however, most recently being behind the wheel for the Heagerty Racing No. 79 team back in 2012, driving to a 3rd place podium finish in the SBS portion of Race of Champions Weekend.
The newly appointed School Information Officer for the Skaneateles School District has been itching for the chance to get back behind the wheel of a race car at Oswego for awhile now and it is a new team joining the mix that this year will make it happen for Kapuscinski.
Addison Bowman Racing, owned by Tim Bowman of Mexico, is hoping to see former quarter midget champion Addison make a splash on the SBS scene full-time in 2018. Until then, Bowman has called upon Kapuscinski to race two events in the Senior Services, Inc. No. 12 machine this season.
Kapuscinski’s first appearance will come on August 12th as part of CNY CPR & Oswego County Today SBS Twin 20 night at the speedway. He will follow up his late season appearance by attempting to put the Bowman ride on the podium in the Bud Light SBS Classic 75 on Sunday, September 3rd. ‘Danny K’ is ecstatic about this new opportunity.
"I can't thank Tim and Addison Bowman enough for asking me to be a part of their program this season,” Kapuscinski said. “They are doing what it takes to put together a fast race car with the help of a great team of people, including Tim Proud. Getting Addison comfortable and ready to compete weekly in 2018 is the main priority and I look forward to helping the team in that effort."
Bowman shared in Kapuscinski’s excitement, eager to see his son, as well as Danny K on the speedway racing surface in his Hedger Chassis which over the offseason has been fabricated and updated by accomplished SBS Chassis builder and former driver Tim Proud.
“I am very excited to see what Dan can do behind the wheel and this is a great opportunity to have a very respected racer known for taking care of his equipment give us the chance to see what our car is capable of at Oswego,” Bowman stated. “I am glad we could come to an agreement with Dan as well as team up with Tim and Camden (Proud), who are highly respected competitors in the pits each week.”
The Bowman Racing machine will be completed at the Proud Motorsports shop in Oswego over the next couple of months and Kapuscinski is really looking forward to finally getting back behind the wheel at the track he calls home, something he had not been able to do for several years.
"Due to my work commitments the last handful of years it has been quite a while since I have had a really good opportunity to race at Oswego,” Kapuscinski mentioned. "After hearing about the program Tim and Addison are working on and their affiliation with Tim (Proud), it was a no brainer when Tim called and asked if I would be interested in driving. Getting the deal together now allows us to get everything in place and to be comfortable when it comes time to go racing in August."
An accomplished competitor at Oswego and on the CNY racing scene as a whole, with career highlights including a 5th place effort in the 2006 Budweiser International Classic 200 and most recently a 13th place finish in the DIRTcar Sportsman finale at the Syracuse Mile, Kapuscinski knows just as well as anyone, you can’t beat racing on Classic Sunday.
"There is nothing like racing on Classic Weekend and I haven't been able to do it in over six years. It has always been tough for me to be on the front stretch and not strapped into a race car,” Kapuscinski stated. “It will mean a lot to be back in the mix again and I believe that with the talent and effort of all involved on the ABR team we can be in contention on Classic Sunday.
Further updates on the Addison Bowman Racing team can be found by following "@TheMexicoMadman" on Twitter or clicking the LIKE button at www.Facebook.com/AddisonBowmanRacing.
The first on track activity of the year at the speedway is the track’s annual Open Practice session set for Saturday, May 6th.
A week later, the gates at the Steel Palace will then swing open for the track’s 67th Annual Opening Day featuring the Novelis Supermodifieds, Pathfinder Bank SBS, and the Richie Evans Memorial 61 for the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series.
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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.