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OSWEGO, NY (February 26, 2019) - Motorsports veteran Ken Moody Jr. has purchased the former Ray Sand Jr. No. 71 Small Block Supermodified and is now the first rookie registered on the 2019 Pathfinder Bank SBS Series roster.

Moody, who is originally from Oswego and currently resides in New Jersey, says it has been a lifelong dream of his to compete at the Oswego Speedway. He will finally be able to live out that dream on a full-time basis in 2019.

“Growing up in Oswego was special as a kid,” Moody recalled. “Having the Oswego Speedway in my backyard and hearing the cars go around the track was exciting. I raced gigs with my friends almost everyday and dreamt of racing at Oswego Speedway after seeing my heroes Jim Shampine, Fred Graves and Doug Heveron achieve so much success.”

Despite attending Oswego events regularly throughout his childhood, Moody’s first racing experience instead came in the state of Florida and later in New Jersey, where he wound up racing several different types of cars on both the dirt and pavement.

“After moving to Florida, I raced many different types of cars. Everything from Karts at Volusia Speedway Park to Super Late Models, Sprint Cars and Mini Cup Cars at New Smyrna Speedway with great success,” Moody explained. “Then I moved to New Jersey and raced an Xcel 600 Modified on the dirt.”

Moody did have one shot to race at Oswego for the 2009 Bud Light Classic 75, but decided not to attempt qualification for the event due to lack of comfortability behind the wheel of the car. He is looking forward to a new opportunity in 2019 behind the wheel of a very capable Ray Hedger built machine.

“Today I have a resurgence of faith, eagerness and desire to achieve my childhood fantasy as becoming a 50 year old rookie at Oswego Speedway,” he said. With the technical experience from my crew chief Eric Howell and the total support of my loving wife Lydia, we hope to climb to the top of the greatness of which these drivers have and take our car to victory lane in 2019.”

Oswego Speedway’s 69th season of racing gets underway on Saturday, May 25 with Jim Shampine Memorial Twin 50 features for the Novelis Supermodifieds plus full programs for the Pathfinder Bank Small Block Supers and the 350 Supermodifieds.

 An Open Practice session for all 2019 divisions will commence one week earlier on Saturday, May 18.

 

Those wishing to renew Classic Weekend or season ticket packages for the year have until Saturday, May 1 to contact Paul Conzone at oswegospeedway@gmail.com.

 

For more information on Oswego Speedway, be sure to visit online at OswegoSpeedway.com. You can also FOLLOW on Twitter @OswegoSpeedway or LIKE on Facebook at Facebook.com/OswegoSpeedway.

 

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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