By Bill Foley (Dirt Track Digest), Contributing Writer
OSWEGO, NY – It was the fastest parade in the history of the city of Oswego. But, but it was super.
Super Dirt Week made its presence felt in downtown Oswego shortly after noon on Wednesday.
Parades are noted as slow with many breaks.
That wasn’t the case as nearly 30 Modifieds, Small Blocks, Sportsmen and Pro Stocks started off at City Line Road, headed to East Tenth Street and then up the Utica Street hill before turning on to West First Street, right on Bridge and headed back to the Oswego Speedway pits.
Later, the dirt racers would take to the newly “paved” clay oval around 3 p.m.
Racing and non-racing fans gathered along the parade route to watch an event that probably didn’t take more than three minutes.
Prior to the race one team member asked me, “Is there a big hill?”
He was worried about the clutch on his car.
However, no fear there and no need to worry as the “high speed” parade cruised over the route in record time.
Standing at the corner of West First and Bridge streets, people started pointing as the Oswego City Police rolled over the top of the hill being followed by the rumbling sounds of race cars.
As the cars made a quick turn at the corner phones and video units were being put to good use.
The first car around the corner was driven by Australian Peter Brittan and following in the 35 was the veteran and former Syracuse winner Frank Cozze.
Last year’s Syracuse Small Block winner and Brewerton track champion along with Fulton Outlaw 200 winner Jimmy Phelps was next in line.
Though it was impossible to catch every car as they were speeding past the spectators some of the participants included Keith Flach, Brian Berger, Robbie Speed, Gus Holner, Nick Stone, “The Doctor” Danny Johnson, former Syracuse winner Billy Dunn, Big Block rookie Max McLaughlin, Billy Whittaker, Sportsmen hotshoe Ronnie Davis III along with Jessie Mueller and others.
Pace cars from Ransomville and Glen Ridge along with the Super Dirt Series NAPA pace car also cruised along at high speed followed by the Eagle Beverage Bud Lite truck and the Oswego Fire Department.
It was something quite unique in downtown Oswego on the Wednesday of Super Dirt Week as the racers have come to Oswego.
And, one little girl sitting alongside the highway hopes it happens again.
The three-year-old immediately after the parade looked at her father and said, “I want the orange car to win.”
It’s pretty certain that the driver of the orange car, Billy Whittaker, hopes that little girl is right.
No traffic laws were broken as this was an authorized event; same as any other parade.
The lead OPD car paced them at 20 – 25 mph.
Also, police officers were stationed at major intersections keeping them clear and moving.
Police vehicles, with lights and siren activated, paced the race cars all the way – for safety for motorists and pedestrians because of the unusual event and also to draw attention to the event.
(Steve Yablonski contributed to this report)