OSWEGO, NY – Just more than a week from Opening Day, Oswego Speedway officials have released the handicapping procedure for the inaugural running of the Jim Shampine Memorial Twin 50s for the Supermodifieds scheduled for May 26.
‘Twin’ feature events have a rich history at the ‘Steel Palace’ and the duel 50-lappers set for next weekend will mark the first-ever event of its kind at Oswego since 1972.
The Twins began in 1970 as 50-lappers and remained as such through the ‘72 season before Triple 33s and Twin 30s were added to the schedule in 1973.
By 1975, the traditional Twin 35s had taken over and were contested at least once a year until the completion of the 1998 season. The twins did not return in any form for 1999.
In 2002, the twins were back again, this time in 30-lap form and remained on the schedule until 2005.
For 2006 and 2007, once again, no twin shows were held, but the first-ever edition of the ‘Twin 45s’ got the green flag in 2008 just before the track returned with Twin 30s only a mere handful of weeks later in August of that season.
2009 and 2010 each saw twin events on the schedule with Twin 30s in ‘09 and then the return of the 45s in 2010.
For three more years, the twins were not included on the schedule although a ‘Twin 50’ race was held in June of 2013 to makeup for a rained out feature earlier in the season.
By June of 2014, finally, the Twin 35s had returned and remained intact on the speedway’s schedule for the past four seasons.
With Twin 50s scheduled for May 26 and Twin 35s on June 16, the 2018 schedule will mark the first time since ‘08 that two separate twin events have been contested in one season at Oswego Speedway.
It’s only fitting that the first Twin 50 show since 1972 receives the ‘Shampine’ name on its back, as the ‘8-Ball’ was dominant throughout twin events in Shampine’s career with 17 total twin victories.
The handicapping and race procedure for this year’s Twin 50s is brand new and sure to excite Oswego fans and teams.
Oswego commitment cars will be guaranteed $1,400 minimum for the event while non-commitment cars will be guaranteed $1,100 minimum.
For both Twin 50s, all cars must run the same three stenciled right front, left rear, and right rear tires for time trials, the heat race, and both feature events.
If you have a damaged tire, you must use a previously run tire and start last in both main events.
The handicapping procedure will begin just like any other race night on Oswego Speedway’s 2018 schedule.
All cars will time trial in open pit format for 15 minutes. Points will be awarded 10, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. Heats will be inverted 18-24 based on car count.
The top four finishers in each heat will receive their time back. Fast time will draw one number from 1-12 and race directors will invert that number drawn for the first Twin 50.
For the second twin, the lineup will be based on the starting position of the first feature. Finishing positions 1-6 in the first feature will start 7-12 in the second feature. The winner of the first Twin 50 will start 12th and 6th place will start 7th.
Finishing positions 7-12 in the first feature will redraw positions 1-6 for the second feature. All six cars will draw for their positions.
13th place in the first feature will start 13th in the second feature with the remaining first feature finishers starting in their same position for the second feature. The winner of the second feature will start no better than 12th at the next event they attend.
The new handicapping procedure makes it just as good as “anyone’s guess” as to who will find victory lane in Jim Shampine’s honor next weekend.
Oswego Speedway’s 68th season opens May 19 with the track’s annual open practice session set from 1-5 p.m.
Grandstand admission will be free to the public.
Racing action at Oswego Speedway begins on May 26 with Holiday Inn Express ‘Opening Day’ highlighted by the Jim Shampine Memorial Twin 50s for the Novelis Supermodifieds along with the Tony White Memorial 35 for the Pathfinder Bank SBS. To purchase tickets, please call the box office at (315)-342-0646.
For more information on Oswego Speedway, visit www.OswegoSpeedway.com.
All-Time Oswego Speedway ‘Twin’ Event History:
May 1970 (Twin 50s): Jim Shampine – Both
May 1971 (Twin 50s): Jim Shampine, Nolan Swift
May 1972 (Twin 50s): Baldy Baker, Fred Graves
May 1973 (Triple 33s): Jim Shampine – All 3
July 1973 (Twin 30s): Baldy Baker, Bobby Stelter
May 1974 (Triple 33s): Jim Shampine – All 3
June 1975 (Twin 30s): Jim Shampine – Both
July 1975 (Twin 30s): Kempton Dates, Gary Allbritain
June 1976 (Twin 35s): Fred Graves – Both
July 1976 (Twin 35s): Fred Graves, Ron Wallace
June 1977 (Twin 35s): Warren Coniam, Kempton Dates
July 1977 (Twin 35s): Kempton Dates – Both
June 1978 (Twin 35s): Jim Shampine – Both
July 1978 (Twin 35s): Jim Shampine – Both
June 1979 (Twin 35s): Steve Gioia Jr, Jim Shampine
July 1979 (Twin 35s): Jim Shampine, Chuck Ciprich
June 1980 (Twin 35s): Warren Coniam, Steve Gioia Jr.
July 1980 (Twin 35s): Warren Coniam, Doug Heveron
June 1981 (Twin 35s): Doug Heveron – Both
July 1981 (Twin 35s): Doug Heveron, Steve Gioia Jr.
June 1982 (Twin 35s): Doug Heveron, Brian Herb
July 1982 (Twin 35s): Doug Heveron, Mike McLaughlin
June 1983 (Twin 35s): Warren Coniam, Steve Gioia Jr.
July 1983 (Twin 35s): Eddie Bellinger Jr. – Both
June 1984 (Twin 35s): Bentley Warren – Both
July 1984 (Twin 35s): – Steve Gioia Jr, Dean Hoag
July 1985 (Twin 35s): Eddie Bellinger Jr, Steve Gioia Jr.
August 1985 (Twin 35s): Bentley Warren – Both
June 1986 (Twin 35s): Joe Gosek, Steve Gioia Jr.
August 1986 (Twin 35s): Bentley Warren – Both
June 1987 (Twin 35s): Doug Heveron – Both
August 1987 (Twin 35s): Gary Morton, Bentley Warren
August 1988 (Twin 35s): Mike Ordway – Both
August 1989 (Twin 35s): Bentley Warren, Eddie Bellinger Jr.
June 1990 (Twin 35s): Eddie Bellinger Jr, Steve Gioia Jr.
August 1990 (Twin 35s): Doug Didero, Joe Gosek
June 1991 (Twin 35s): Joe Gosek, Mike Ordway
August 1991 (Twin 35s): Mike Ordway, Pat Abold
June 1992 (Twin 35s): Pat Abold – Both
August 1992 (Twin 35s): Pat Abold – Both
June 1993 (Twin 35s): Russ Wood, Bentley Warren
August 1993 (Twin 35s): Steve Gioia Jr, Dave McKnight
June 1994 (Twin 35s): Pat Abold, Russ Wood
August 1994 (Twin 35s): Eddie Bellinger Jr., Doug Didero
June 1995 (Twin 35s): Mike Muldoon – Both
August 1995 (Twin 35s): Doug Didero – Both
June 1996 (Twin 35s): Doug Didero, Mike Muldoon
August 1996 (Twin 35s): Doug Didero, Pat Abold
June 1997 (Twin 35s): Howard Page, Mike Muldoon
August 1997 (Twin 35s): Pat Abold, Doug Didero
June 1998 (Twin 35s): Mike Muldoon, Greg Furlong
August 2002 (Twin 30s): Tim Gareau, Jeff Holbrook
August 2003 (Twin 30s): Tim Snyder – Both
June 2004 (Twin 30s): Tim Snyder, Gary Morton
August 2004 (Twin 30s): Greg Furlong – Both
June 2005 (Twin 30s): Greg Furlong – Both
August 2005 (Twin 30s): Greg Furlong, Bob Goutermout
August 2008 (Twin 45s): Tim Snyder, Craig Rayvals
August 2008 (Twin 30s): Jerry Curran, Bobby Magner
August 2009 (Twin 30s): Joe Gosek, Tim Snyder
July 2010 (Twin 45s): Ray Graham, Jeff Holbrook
June 2013 (Twin 50s): Pat Lavery, Kody Graham
June 2014 (Twin 35s): Randy Ritskes, Michael Barnes
June 2015 (Twin 35s): Otto Sitterly, Michael Muldoon/Sitterly – Dead Heat
June 2016 (Twin 35s): Dave Danzer, Jeff Abold
June 2017 (Twin 35s): Keith Shampine, Dave Shullick Jr.
All-Time Oswego ‘Twin’ Event Wins List:
Jim Shampine – 17
Steve Gioia Jr – 9
Bentley Warren – 9
Doug Heveron – 8
Pat Abold – 8
Eddie Bellinger Jr – 6
Doug Didero – 6
Greg Furlong – 6
Tim Snyder – 5
Fred Graves – 4
Kempton Dates – 4
Warren Coniam – 4
Joe Gosek – 4
Mike Ordway Sr – 4
Mike Muldoon Sr. – 4
Baldy Baker – 2
Gary Morton -2
Russ Wood – 2
Jeff Holbrook – 2
Otto Sitterly – 2*
Nolan Swift – 1
Bobby Stelter – 1
Gary Allbritain – 1
Ronnie Wallace – 1
Chuck Ciprich – 1
Brian Herb – 1
Mike McLaughlin – 1
Dean Hoag – 1
Dave McKnight – 1
Howard Page – 1
Tim Gareau – 1
Bob Goutermout – 1
Craig Ryavals – 1
Jerry Curran – 1
Bobby Magner – 1
Ray Graham – 1
Pat Lavery – 1
Kody Graham – 1
Randy Ritskes – 1
Michael Barnes – 1
Michael Muldoon – 1*
Dave Danzer – 1
Jeff Abold – 1
Keith Shampine – 1
Dave Shullick Jr. – 1
*Denotes Dead Heat Finish
All-Time Oswego Speedway Jim Shampine Memorial Champions:
1991 – Bentley Warren
1992 – Doug Didero
1993 – Pat Abold
1994 – Cliff Graves
1995 – Ed Bellinger Jr.
1996 – Doug Didero
1997 – Doug Didero
1998 – Ed Bellinger Jr.
1999 – Bob Goutermout
2000 – Greg Furlong
2001 – Mike Ordway
2002 – Mike Ordway
2003 – RAIN
2004 – Craig Rayvals
2005 – Greg Furlong
2006 – Otto Sitterly
2007 – Randy Ritskes
2008 – Greg Furlong
2009 – Otto Sitterly
2010 – Otto SItterly
2011 – Randy Ritskes
2012 – Otto Sitterly
2013 – Otto Sitterly
2014 – Otto Sitterly
2015 – Otto Sitterly
2016 – Dave Danzer
2017 – Keith Shampine