‘Classic Moments’ Countdown: #23 Mike Ordway and Clyde Booth Finally Win a Classic – 2003 International Classic

Driver Mike Ordway celebrates International Classic victory with car owner Clyde Booth.

Driver Mike Ordway celebrates International Classic victory with car owner Clyde Booth.

OSWEGO, NY – As the countdown officially begins toward the 58th annual Budweiser International Classic 200 for Novelis Supermodifieds at Oswego Speedway on August 31, we look back at the Top 30 moments in International Classic history, with the assistance of George Caruso’s ’50 Most Memorable Moments of the International Classic.’

With 23 days remaining until the International Classic, the countdown continues with No. 23, looking back on the 2003 International Classic which saw Mike Ordway and Clyde Booth finally reach victory lane.

Driver Mike Ordway celebrates International Classic victory with car owner Clyde Booth.
Driver Mike Ordway celebrates International Classic victory with car owner Clyde Booth.

Booth and Ordway had been trying to win the International Classic for 20 years; sometimes as teammates, sometimes as rivals.  But, since teaming up again in 2001, to campaign Booth’s new independent front suspension and aerodynamically designed No. 61 ‘Silver Bullet’ Supermodified, a Classic win seemed inevitable.

However, despite bringing a superior piece of equipment to the Speedway on several occasions, something would always bite the duo come Classic time.

In 2001 Ordway ran out of fuel, while in 2002 ignition failure dropped them from the Classic before taking the green.

But the ’03 Classic was different.

Ordway started from the pole position in the No. 61, dropped back to conserve his equipment, and then surged on passed lap 150 to retake the race lead.  A lead he would never again relinquish.

This year there were no mechanical problems, no last lap challenges, nothing. Ordway and Booth would finally come across the line as Classic champions.

Joey Payne, Tim Snyder, Otto Sitterly, and Greg Furlong would chase Ordway across the line for the victory.

Tim Gareau, Shawn Muldoon, Gary Morton, Joe Gosek, and Dave Trytek finished the front ten positions in the ’03 200.

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