Longtime Oswego supermodified fan passes away

Cornelius, N.C. – When Oswego Speedway swings its gates open for the Burritt Motors / Syracuse Post-Standard 60th season opener this Saturday, it will be without a devoted supermodified fan from Oshawa, Ontario, Canada.

Longtime Oswego fan Mancel Davis (1933-2010) passed away on Sunday, May 2, not long after he and his wife, Betty, traveled to Oswego to purchase their 2010 season tickets.  Shortly after purchasing the tickets, while still in the states, Davis became ill and was flown home to Ontario before passing away.

Former Oswego track manager Dick O’Brien says Davis saw every International Classic from 1960 to 2009 and that Mancel and his wife rarely missed a weekly Oswego race.  The couple also spent their honeymoon at the lakeside oval some years back.

Davis’s obituary read that “he enjoyed traveling to Oswego, New York, and many other places to watch car racing.”

Mancel’s many friends who sat around him near Oswego’s start/finish line will surely miss their fellow supermodified devotee when the new season kicks off this Saturday.

***Press written by Keith Shampine. Contact Keith at 315-657-2207 or e-mail [email protected].