OSWEGO, NY – Effective during the 2016 season at Oswego Speedway, independent front suspension will be reinstated in the Novelis Supermodified division.
Since 2008, Oswego Speedway’s rulebook has stated that independent front suspension is not permitted, and that a front axle must be utilized in all Novelis Supermodifieds.
That will change when the 2016-2017 Oswego Speedway rule book is unveiled during the upcoming off-season.
“Supermodified racing has long been known as an arena for advancements in technology,” said Oswego Speedway co-owner, John Torrese. “There was a time when limiting this technology at Oswego seemed to be the best option, but recent advancements in Oswego Supermodified designs within our current rule set along with the results that it has provided, has led us to the determination that allowing independent front ends to once again compete at Oswego will only open us to the possibility of more racecars coming through the gates at the Home of the Supermodifieds.”
While Oswego Speedway outlawed independent front suspension at the conclusion of the 2007 season, the traveling International Supermodified Association has continued to allow the technology, with competitive results between the two designs.
“At Oswego Speedway’s height, it was the goal of all Supermodified drivers and car builders to compete in our biggest events with the hope of reaching victory lane,” said Torrese. “With this change in our rule set, we are eliminating a major hurdle that has prevented some teams from being able to compete at Oswego in non-wing events such as the Jim Shampine Memorial, $10,000 to Win Mr. Novelis Supermodified, and of course the Budweiser International Classic 200.”
Before the ban in 2008, independent front suspension was no stranger to the ‘Steel Palace,’ dating as far back as the 1960s.
Several car builders including the likes of Bill Hite, Fred Graves, Jeff West, and Clyde Booth all worked with the design, with mixed results.
West took his machine to victory lane in 1998 and 1999 with Booth doing the same as recently as 2007, with Doug Didero at the controls.
The last driver to reach victory lane at Oswego in an independent front suspension non-wing Supermodified was Joe Gosek on August 18, 2007, in an Xtreme Chassis prepared IFS racer.
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