Countdown to Classic: 28 … Bentley Warren Claims Second International in 1984

OSWEGO, NY – The countdown is on to Budweiser International Classic Weekend and the biggest Supermodified race in the world, the International Classic 200.

In just 28 days another driver will add his name into the history books as Classic Champion, just as Bentley Warren did 28 years ago behind the wheel of Ed Bowley’s Flyin’ 5.

Bentley Warren went on to claim the 1984 Oswego Speedway track championship as well as the 1984 International Classic behind the wheel of the Ed Bowley Flyin' 5. (Speedway Press, Eagle Photo)
Bentley Warren went on to claim the 1984 Oswego Speedway track championship as well as the 1984 International Classic behind the wheel of the Ed Bowley Flyin’ 5. (Speedway Press, Eagle Photo)

Warren won his first International Classic back in 1969 driving the famous Howard Purdy Deuce, but would ultimately leave Oswego Speedway for a number of years in pursuit of other racing interests including USAC and the Indianapolis 500.  However, Warren would return to Oswego in the early 1980s, winning a track championship in 1983 for Team Heveron before teaming up with Bowley in 1984.

The 1984 season proved to be a dominating one for Warren and the Bowley Flyin’ 5 team, as Warren went on to win eight regular season feature events on his way to his second consecutive Oswego track title.  With Warren now a 2-time track champion, the only thing remaining was a second International Classic crown.

Just as in the ’84 regular season, Warren would prove to be nearly as dominant in the ’84 International.  After qualifying 5th fastest behind Ed Bellinger Jr., Joe Gosek, Steve Gioia Jr., and Warren Coniam; Warren would eventually work his way to the point, fending off a hard charging Dave Shullick Sr. to collect his first Classic triumph in 15 years.

Shullick, Gioia, Jamie Moore, and Gosek would complete the Top 5 in 1984, but the stage was now set for what would turn out to be a fantastic stretch of years for Bowley and Warren.

Tickets are on sale now for Budweiser International Classic Weekend through the Oswego Speedway box office, located just outside of the main pit gate at the Speedway.

To order tickets over the phone be sure to call (315) 342-0646.  Box office hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 4 p,m.

Three day adult general admission passes are $104, while reserved three day admissions are $115.  Three day kids’ admission, ages 6-16, is $35, while children ages 5 and under are FREE for the weekend.

Individual day general admission prices are as follows: Friday – $25, Saturday – $42, and Sunday – $52.

Oswego Speedway events run May through September on most Saturday nights, culminating with the Fall Championship 75 on September 15.

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CLASSIC WEEKEND SCHEDULE

Friday, August 31 – Budweiser International Classic 200 Novelis Supermodified Top14 Time Trials; Bud Light Classic 60 Pathfinder Bank SBS Qualifying Heats; Race Division TBA

Saturday, September 1 – ATQMRA TQ Midget 25; 21st Annual Bud Light Classic 60 for Pathfinder Bank SBS; ISMA Supermodified Supernationals 60

Sunday, Septmber 2 – Budweiser International Classic 200 Novelis Supermodified 15-28 Time Trials; Novelis Supermodified Bud Light B-Main; 56th Annual Budweiser International Classic 200 for Novelis Supermodifieds