The Oswego Speedway begins the 2011 racing season with an open practice session on May 14. All classes that will be racing during the 2011 season are welcome to participate, so you can expect to see Supermodifieds, Winged Supermodified, Small Block Supermodifieds, RoC Modifieds, Super Stocks, Late Models, and SST Modifieds.
Oswego Speedway Race Director Chuck Handley has announced that pits still open at 10:00AM, and tech inspection for Oswego Speedway’s regular divisions will get under way at that time. The main grandstands will open at noon, with free admission. Practice will start at 1:00 and continue until 5:00. “We expect a lot of cars,” said Handley, “so the race fan will get a really good sampling of what they can expect to see this year at the Oswego Speedway.”
One thing the Supermodified fan is looking forward to is the large number of rookies that will be in competition this year. Brian Sobus, who got started last year running a car out of the Ray Graham stable Classic Weekend and at the MSA non-winged show at Sandusky Ohio, is one of more than a handful of new drivers looking forward to the season. Sobus said, “we got off to a great start with two very good runs at the end of last season, but we know we’ve got our work cut out for us. The car is ready to go, and I’m looking forward to practice, and the season opening Port City Weekend.”
Also looking forward to the new year is Guard Nearbin who, like Sobus, is moving up from the SBS division. Nearbin has purchased the former Mike Casey Super and plans to be ready for practice day. Nearbin said, “I’ve always wanted to get behind the wheel of a Super, and this was the perfect opportunity. Mike was putting his car up for sale at a good price, and I could sell my Small Block Super.”
There could be as many as a half dozen Supermodified rookies in 2011. Dave Danzer will move up from the SBS division, Rod Sauder has bought the Tim Timms super, Gnomey Racing has purchased the former Johnny Payne 67 super and Canadian T J Woolsey is ready to go with the former Scott Martel Super. Along with the new faces in the Supermodified field, you will also see the return of three drivers who sat out all or most of the 2010 season. Keith Gilliam, after taking a year off to help with the 2-seat Supermodified will be back behind the wheel of a new design #87, Shawn Muldoon in the #1 and Stephen Gioia in the #9 will be back after they both took a year off to recuperate from injuries. You can also look for several new faces in the Small Block Supermodified field.
In addition to the cars, the fans will also be treated to a number of new and improved things at the track this year. With the recent sale of the famed lakeside oval to brothers John and Eric Torrese, a number of improvements have already been made. The fans will notice some improvements, and others they probably won’t notice. For instance, said John Torrese, “there is already a new roof on the tech barn, and we are putting a new roof on the infield concession stand. Restroom concerns have been addressed and we think the fans will be pleased.” The Lighthouse Lanes VIP Tower is also seeing renovations, and the area outside the turns 3 and 4 area, which over the years has collected all sorts of foam that has been thrown over the wall, is being cleaned up.