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 25 days remaining until the International Classic, the countdown continues with No. 25, looking back on Mike Muldoon’s long awaited victory in the 1995 International Classic.
During the mid-1990s, Mike Muldoon came into his own at Oswego Speedway as both a driver and car builder. In 1995, it all came together.
Halfway through the ’95 season Muldoon was forced to move into his brand new Supermodified after crashing his main ride in a warm-up incident. ‘Mully’ couldn’t have been happier with the decision, as the new No. 50 turned out to be far superior, sending him immediately to Oswego’s victory lane during the regular season.
With momentum on his side, Muldoon was the experts pick going into the 1995 Budweiser International Classic, but Muldoon knew that weekly rival Doug Didero would be hot on his heels. What he did not expect was the return of Dunigan Racing drivers Russ Wood and Mike Ordway to be as formidable as they were come Classic Sunday.
Come race day Muldoon led the field past the 100-lap halfway point, but soon found he was running fourth behind his three main contenders in Wood, Didero, and Ordway.
The race went to caution at lap 140 and Muldoon decided that fourth was not good enough, ducking to pit lane to make a tire change.
During the caution, Wood would end up dropping out of the event while Ordway and Didero decided to stay on the Speedway to keep track position.
With Ordway and Didero out front, Muldoon had his work cut out for him coming from the tail of the field, and with slightly more than 25 laps to go Muldoon managed to charge back into the top five.
Once back in the front five positions Muldoon’s first challenge was to get by second place running Didero in the Matczak No. 3.
Somehow finding room to the low side on lap 186, Muldoon slipped by and was now focused on race leader Ordway in the Dunigan No. 26.
Muldoon pressured Ordway relentlessly until finally Ordway slipped on lap 197, allowing Muldoon the room he needed to take the race lead in the No. 50. The second generation driver charged away in the final three laps, not to be denied in what turned out to be his only Classic victory as a driver.
Ordway, who would go on to win the International Classic in 2003, held on for second ahead of Didero, Gary Allbritain and Jamie Moore in the top five spots.
Dave McKnight, Steve Gioia Jr., Chris Perley, Dave Shullick Sr., and Bill Sharkey finished the top ten positions in the 1995 Classic.
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