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September 25, 2018

Budweiser International Classic to Air Thursday Night on Speed Sport, MAVTV

OSWEGO, NY – The final event of Oswego Speedway’s debut programming series with Speed Sport and MAVTV will air Thursday at 8 p.m. featuring the 58th running of the Budweiser International Classic 200 for Novelis Supermodifieds, which took place on Labor Day Weekend.

The rides of Otto Sitterly (left) and Pat Lavery (right) sit staged prior to the start of the 58th annual Budweiser International Classic 200 at Oswego Speedway.

The rides of Otto Sitterly (left) and Pat Lavery (right) sit staged prior to the start of the 58th annual Budweiser International Classic 200 at Oswego Speedway.

Thursday’s show will be the first national broadcast of Supermodified racing’s richest and most prestigious event, paying in excess of $100,000 in purse and contingency prizes to the 40 plus Novelis Supermodifieds that were in attendance to try and qualify for the coveted 34 starting positions.

The Speedway has held this iconic short track event since 1957 and it has been the premier Supermodified event in the world since 1961.

Several Indianapolis 500 veterans have used the International Classic as a stepping stone to the brickyard including Gordon Johncock, Sam Sessions, Bentley Warren, Davey Hamilton, and Joe Gosek, while others such as Jim Shampine, Nolan Swift, Eddie Bellinger and Otto Sitterly have made their names famous in open-wheel short track racing as champions of the Classic.

The Classic, which runs 200 laps in total distance, is a must see spectacle in short track racing and is by far the longest Supermodified event of the season.

Veteran on-air personality Ralph Sheheen and former NASCAR Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series Champion Johnny Benson will again lead the Speed Sport broadcast on MAVTV.

As a nationally recognized broadcaster, Sheheen has covered everything from swamp buggies to Formula One and from Supercross to Moto G-P.

During Sheheen’s lengthy career he has held microphones for a wide variety of major television networks including CBS, FOX, NBC, Speed Channel, TNT Sports, Versus, ESPN, TBS, TNN, Prime Network, Sports Channel America, and NHK.

Benson, who also has two starts in the Budweiser International Classic 200, will join Sheheen for the broadcast.

The Benson family, of Grand Rapids, Mich., has a storied history at Oswego Speedway, as Johnny Benson Sr. drove to victory at Oswego Speedway in the 1966 running of the International Classic.

In the time since that ’66 victory, Benson Jr. has become an avid fan and participant in Supermodified racing across the country competing in International Supermodified Association events as well as his two starts in the Budweiser International Classic in 2011 and 2012.

Benson, who adds a 1993 ASA Series championship and 1996 Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year award to his resume, will no doubt add an experienced Supermodified eye to the September 11 Speed Sport broadcast on MAVTV.

Veteran pit reporter and former NEMA Midget racer, Derek Pernesiglio will be the third member of the broadcast team calling all the action from the Speedway’s pit lane.

Production will be overseen by Emmy award-winning television veteran Jim Roller.

With a 31-year career in broadcasting, Roller has produced and directed programs for three major networks (ABC, NBC, and CBS) as well as every major cable entity in the United States (ESPN, TNN, USA, TBS Superstation, FOX Sports and Speed). He completed a 12-year stint as senior producer for the American Le Mans Series.

MAVTV is available across the United States through local cable and video providers and via satellite on DirecTV.

MAVTV features all things in American Real Motorsports including ASCS Sprint Car Racing, ATV Pro MX, and now The Dave Despain Show.

For more information on MAVTV as well as Speed Sport Magazine and Speed Sport, visit online at www.mavtv.com

For more information on Oswego Speedway visit online at www.oswegospeedway.com, follow on Twitter @OswegoSpeedway, or like on Facebook at facebook.com/OswegoSpeedway

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