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OSWEGO, NY (May 25, 2018) - The battle for rookie of the year in Oswego Speedway’s  Novelis Supermodified and Pathfinder Bank SBS divisions will be as strong as ever this season as a total of six drivers will be competing for the award between the two classes.

On the Supermodified side of the pits, for the first time since 2013, there will be an official ‘Rookie of the Year’ battle between first year drivers Nathan Schultzkie and Tyler Thompson.

Schultzkie and Thompson will go head to head for the honors for the first time since Tony Steiner edged Clayton Brewer III four seasons earlier.

Driving the UniFi sponsored No. 26 Hawk Chassis, Schultzkie is an Oswego Kartway graduate and former karting champion whose father Joe is a lifelong Oswego fan. Schultzkie was impressive in last week’s open practice session, quickly getting down to laps in the high 17 second range.

Wheeling the Team Tapout No. 98T for former Small Block Super campaigner Jason Simmons is Thompson; a dirt Sportsman standout. ‘Rico’ is a former ‘Rookie of the Race’ in the Bud Light SBS Classic 75 and wasted no time getting up to speed last weekend either, quickly finding speed in the former Graham Racing No. 21 and running laps as fast as 17.6 seconds.

With former car owner Brian Sobus assisting Schultzkie and the Graham Racing stable aiding Thompson, both drivers have all the tools needed to be successful ahead of the 2018 season and it appears as though the rookie class in the Novelis Supermodified division will certainly put on an exciting battle all year long.

On the Pathfinder Bank SBS side of the pits are a total of four rookies including Joshua Sokolic, Steve Flack, Tim Glidden Jr, and Tyler Henry.

Sokolic is a quarter midget graduate who has been wildly impressive in his family owned No. 26 Hedger Small Block Super so far, finishing sixth in the Lighthouse Lanes SBS Series ‘May Meltdown’ at Evans Mills Speedway two weeks ago before getting the All Weather Power Equipment machine down to 19.7 seconds in his first Oswego laps last weekend. ‘Stosh’ joins Josh Kerr, Dalton Doyle, Anthony Losurdo, Camden Proud, and more as quarter midget graduates currently competing in the SBS class.

SBS car owner Flack is making the jump into the driver’s seat this year as the owner of the Greg O’Connor driven Premiere Landscaping No. 90 machine got his first win as owner in 2017 and will now pilot the former Alex McRae No. 14 as his own yellow No. 32 throughout the 2018 season.

Glidden Jr. has never drove a full-sized race car, but his dad Tim Glidden Sr. decided now was the time as Glidden bought back the original Small Block he drove in the late 90’s. The car was originally built by Tim Proud in 1995 and returned to the track for the first time in over ten years this past Saturday reworked for Glidden as the green and red No. 94.

Henry is the latest Oswego Kartway graduate to make the move from the ‘Bullring’ to the ‘Big O’ after scoring a surprise seat in the Pratt Racing No. 88 this season. Henry has two starts under his belt at Evans Mills Speedway and plans to take on most of Oswego’s 2018 schedule.

Opening Night at Oswego is set to get underway TOMORROW at 4pm with time trials for the Pathfinder Bank SBS and Novelis Supers before Supermodified heat races get underway first followed by SBS heats, the first Twin 50, the Tony White Memorial 35 for SBS, and the second Twin 50 for the Supermodifieds. General admission seating is just $25 and still available for purchase by phoning the speedway box office at (315)-342-0646.

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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.

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