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Roy Sova, 2-Seat Supermodified Coordinator

Start the Feature in the Oswego Speedway 2-seat Supermodified

OSWEGO, NY (February 28) - It is the most unique ride-along program in all of auto racing.  At the Oswego Speedway you can start the feature event in the 2-seat Supermodified.  Unlike other start the feature programs, where the person taking the ride merely paces the field at the front of the pack along with the pace vehicle, at the Oswego Speedway you are actually in the starting field. 

Oswego Speedway 2-seat Supermodified Coordinator Roy Sova said “the program started toward the end of our first season with the 2-seat Super.  We had quite a few people ask us about being out there with other cars, so in a brainstorming session we came up with the idea.”  At most tracks where they have a ride along program if they do a start the feature ride the car goes out at the head of the field, usually behind the pace car, and pulls into the pit area before the white flag comes out.  “At the Steel Palace we wanted to do something different, something more exciting for the fan,” said Sova.  “We decided to let the fan taking the ride have the full field experience.”

“It works this way,” said Keith Gilliam, who maintains the car and does most of the driving, “the entire starting field, including the 2-seat Supermodified, is brought onto the track and lined up with push trucks behind the Supers.  The car is pushed off with all of the other Supers, and runs hot laps with the other Supers.  Once the yellow comes out the field is grouped two by two, with the 2-seat Super falling in at the rear of the field, 25th starting spot.  The 2-seater stays on the track until the white flag comes out, and then pulls in just before the green.” 

Peter Dougall, of Fishers Landing, NY, took the very first start the feature ride on August 21, 2010.  Said Dougall, “it’s the most amazing thing I’ve ever done!  You are actually part of the race, out there with the other guys.  Running the hot laps is great, but coming down for the white, seeing the people in the grandstand, hearing the other cars, you just can’t imagine.  It’s something I’ll never forget.” 

“Start the feature rides are available just 12 times during the 2012 season, and only one person can take that ride on any given night,” said Sova, “so if you want to take the most awesome ride you will ever experience you need to book it now.”  Rides are available May 5 and 26, June 2, 9, 16 and 30, July 14, August 4, 11 and 18, and September 15. 

“Of course all of our other 2-seat Supermodified rides are available for the 2012 racing season at the Oswego Speedway,’ said Sova.  “Every race day, including King of Wings Weekend, and the weekend before the Classic when the NEMA Midgets will be at the track, we offer pre-practice rides and intermission rides.   All ride packages come with 4 general admission tickets to that night’s races, and everybody taking a ride will receive a gift bag filled with goodies from participating 2-seat Supermodified sponsors.” 

Right now the engine is out of the car at Finger Lakes Machine where Doug Holmes is freshening it for the 2012 season.  At the same time Gilliam has the car in his shop where he is changing the brakes from inboard to outboard and redoing the cooling system.  “Every year we learn a little more about the car,” said Gilliam.  “I feel that changing the brakes will make them better, and easier for me to work on,” said Gilliam, “and revamping the cooling system will help the car on those really hot summer days when we give lots of rides.”  

So far riders have come from 22 states and three Canadian provinces to take a ride in the 2-seat Supermodified.  Nearly 350 riders have been in the car in the past two years.  To book a ride in the 2-seat Supermodified during the 2012 season call Roy Sova at 315-297-2262, or contact him via email at royso@twcny.rr.com.

The 2012 racing season at Oswego Speedway begins May 5th. Events run May through September on most Saturday nights, culminating with the Fall Championship 75 on September 15th.

The annual Speedway open practice is scheduled for April 28th.

In 2012, Oswego Speedway welcomes all kids ’16 and under’ with a paid adult and those with an active military ID free of charge to all events excluding Race of Champions and Budweiser International Classic Weekend.
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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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