Memorial Day Weekend Tripleheader Honors Shampine, Evans and White at Oswego Speedway

OSWEGO, NY – For the 56th time in Oswego Speedway history, the ‘Steel Palace’ will once again open its gates for auto racing on Memorial Day Weekend.  Round two of the Speedway season will take the green flag at 4 p.m. on Saturday and all of the racing action will be presented by Mitchell’s Speedway Press of Oswego.

A raindate of Sunday has been posted.

Mitchell’s Speedway Press, located at 1 Burkle St. in Oswego, has specialized in providing printing and mailing services to the auto racing industry since 1930.  Each week Speedway Press designs, writes, and even sells programs at short track facilities across the country, including Oswego Speedway.

For more information about Speedway Press, visit www.speedwaypress.com or call (315) 342-1363.

The Mitchell’s Speedway Press May 26 race schedule at Oswego Speedway will be highlighted with a trio of headlining acts.

Jim Shampine rear engine and off-set Supermodified
Jim Shampine rear engine and off-set Supermodified

The Novelis Supermodifieds will hit the Speedway in honor of Jim Shampine with a 75-lap feature go, while the ground pounding Race of Champions Modifieds will also take to the fast 5/8 for 75 circuits in honor of Richie Evans.  The Pathfinder Bank SBS Series will bring their fast paced, two wide racing ways, to the Speedway as well with a 35-lap main event in memory of Tony White.

Grandstand gates will open for the evening at 1 p.m., with the first green flag waving at 4 p.m.

General admission grandstand tickets are set at $25 with padded reserved seats also available for $30.

Kids 16 and under are admitted free, with paid adult.  Active Military with ID will also be admitted free for the night’s festivities.

Tony White at Oswego Speedway
Tony White at Oswego Speedway

Saturday’s program will also mark the first of three ‘Novelis Fan Can Chase’ nights at the Speedway.  From 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. fans are encouraged to bring their aluminum recyclable cans to the ‘Novelis Fan Can Chase’ station on Albany Street directly in front of the Speedway.

Weekly and overall statistics will be kept and the households that bring in the most cans will be eligible for prizes including Budweiser International Classic Weekend tickets, season passes, and rides in the 2-Seat Supermodified.

Visit www.oswegospeedway.com for more information on the 2012 ‘Novelis Fan Can Chase’ nights at the Speedway.

After one weekend of action at Oswego Speedway, Canajoharie native Otto Sitterly sits on top of the heap in the Novelis Supermodified division.  Sitterly, a 4-time Novelis Supermodified track champion and 2-time Memorial Day Weekend winner at Oswego Speedway bested an overall field of 31 Supermodifieds on May 5 by making an inside pass on Dave Gruel in turn three on the race’s 46th circuit to then drive into Chris Nelson Insurance Victory Lane.

Richie Evans Modified
Richie Evans 'Modified

With the win Sitterly holds a 4-point advantage over his Nicotra Racing teammate Davey Hamilton, who will not be in action this Saturday night as he prepares his Indy Car team to compete at the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday.

Gruel, who led 45-laps of the Speedway opener before giving way to Sitterly with a flat left front tire, sits third in the overall Speedway standings ahead of Brian Sobus and Jeff Abold.

Shaun Gosselin sits just outside of the Top 5 in the standings ahead of defending Memorial Day Weekend winner Randy Ritskes.  Pat Lavery, Ray Graham, and Tim Snyder complete the Top 10 in the Novelis Supermodified championship after May 5.

Defending Speedway champion Joe Gosek is currently mired back in the 15th position overall, after steering issues relegated Gosek to a 23rd place finish on opening night.

In the Pathfinder Bank SBS Series, JJ Andrews leads the way in the Team Tapout No. 93.  Opening night marked Andrews’ second career win at Oswego Speedway, his first since June 30, 2001.

Andrews started the May 5 opener from the 3rd position and made quick work of the front row, taking the top spot from Nate Sitterly on the 2nd lap.  From there Andrews would hold off the charges of both Jack Patrick and Mark Castiglia to storm the Cam’s NY Pizzeria starters stand yet again.

Patrick trails Andrews by just 6-points in the overall series standings, with Castiglia 10 markers back in 3rd.  Defending Bud Light SBS Classic champion Andrew Schartner and 2011 Race of Champions victor Kreig Heroth complete the Top 5 in series points after week one.

Positions six through ten in the Pathfinder Bank championship show the FFB racing machines of Rob Pullen, Tim Barbeau, Mike Bruce, AJ Bernys, and John Ketcham.

Like Gosek, defending SBS champion Mike Bond ran into issues on opening night.  After losing multiple laps in the pit area with rear end issues, Bond got back on track for an 18th place finish, which puts him 16th in the standings.

The Race of Champions Modifieds will make their first visit of the season on Saturday night, and the tour has certainly seen quite a few changes as they prepare for the ‘Steel Palace.’

New for 2012, the series has switched to the American Racer Tire, which will have teams searching for the right combination as the season progresses.

Other changes include the integration of the 2 barrel Modified teams in to the RoC Asphalt Modified Tour program.  The top finishing 2 barrel Modified team will receive a $500 bonus at each event this season and will be competing for a separate $3,000 point fund of their own.

Chuck Hossfeld is the defending RoC Modified Richie Evans Memorial 75 winner at Oswego Speedway.

For more information on the Race of Champions Modifieds be sure to visit www.raceofchampions.net

Oswego Speedway events run May through September on most Saturday nights, culminating with the Fall Championship 75 on September 15.

For more information on Oswego Speedway be sure to visit www.oswegospeedway.com.  You can also LIKE the (Official) Oswego Speedway page at facebook.com/OswegoSpeedway, or FOLLOW on Twitter @OswegoSpeedway.  To purchase tickets or order merchandise please call the Speedway box office at (315) 342-0646.