OSWEGO, NY – As the countdown officially begins toward the 58th annual Budweiser International Classic 200 for Novelis Supermodifieds at Oswego Speedway on Sunday, August 31, we look back at the Top30 moments in International Classic history, with the assistance of George Caruso’s ’50 Most Memorable Moments of the International Classic.’
With 16 days remaining until the International Classic, the countdown continues with No. 16, Jack Murphy and Nolan Swift’s photo finish in the inaugural International Classic.
The Murphy/Swift battle of ’57 was the race that launched the International Classic into an annual and very successful event.
As the first 100-lap Classic neared its completion, Swift and Murphy, two of stock car racing’s most famous drivers, were hooked in a bitter battle.
Murphy had taken the lead in the Classic just passed the halfway point from Jim Lerkins, with Swift biding his time in waiting, coming on in the closing laps to challenge Murphy.
The two battled lap after lap, with Swift finally throwing one last effort at Murphy off the final corner, on the race’s final lap. Murphy stood on the gas and never lifted until deep into the first corner, resulting in a spin into the first turn wall.
The finish was so close, that a winner was not announced right away. After starter Willie Hackett and chief scorer Ed Czirr conferred, they agreed that Murphy had held onto the win the inaugural International Classic over Swift along with the huge prize of $1,000.
Jim Fuller, Mel Dodge, and Lerkins chased Murphy and Swift across the line for top five finishes.
Dick Jerrett, Al Kath, Doug Kanar, Dick Wise, and John Slingerland were the top ten runners in the ’57 International Classic.
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