OSWEGO, NY – Oswego Kartway management officially released their 2013 schedule on Tuesday, featuring an aggressive plan of 20 events beginning in late April and running straight through the month of September.
The Kartway, now in its 8th year of operation, is located directly behind Oswego Speedway holding kart racing events nearly every Friday beginning April 26. Over the years the Kartway has become a proven testing ground for young drivers looking to make the move to the fast 5/8 mile ‘Steel Palace.’
No fewer than eight drivers have made the move from the Kartway to the Speedway including current Pathfinder Bank SBS series pilots Josh Kerr, Dalton Doyle, David LaTulip, AJ Bernys, and Anthony Losurdo.
Current and former Speedway competitors also use the Kartway to remain sharp. Tim Gareau, Dave Cliff Jr., and Chris Natoli are quite often found on the Kartway’s racing surface.
“We are very proud of what the Oswego Kartway has become,” said Oswego Speedway co-owner, John Torrese. “It is a fast, tight race track which has become a tremendous feeder system for our Saturday night divisions at Oswego Speedway. It offers a means for not only our local young community, but also adults of all ages, to come out have fun and race on the grounds of the Speedway. The racing at the Kartway is no doubt entertaining and it serves as a perfect way to spend a Friday night and kick-off a full weekend of racing.”
The Kartway is not only racer friendly, but fan friendly as well. Bleacher seating and track side vehicle parking is available for fans in attendance to enjoy the racing action for only $5 per car load admission. Full service concession stands and restroom facilities are available, as well as access to the rear grandstand of the Speedway to watch any Supermodified or SBS racers that may be track testing during ‘Fast Friday’ sessions.
The 2013 schedule of events at the Kartway begins with an open test session on Saturday, April 20 and returns with a pre-season race on Friday, April 26.
The 14-race track championship trail at the tight clay oval officially begins Friday, May 3 with the running of the ‘Kartway Kick-Off’. The track will run seven consecutive Friday nights to start the season including an extra lap Memorial Day Weekend special on May 24 and the popular ‘King of the Kartway’ event on June 14.
The Kartway will take its first of two weekends off on June 21 in honor of graduation weekend in Oswego before running a stretch of three weeks in a row featuring the ‘Grand Prix Night’ special on July 5.
Once again, the Kartway will be silent on July 19 in honor of SUNOCO Race of Champions Weekend at the Speedway.
The championship stretch at the Kartway will culminate with another five straight weeks of racing, but only four of those will be point events. The annual ‘Battle at the Bull Ring’ will be run on August 2 as a non-point event and will be run in the same form as the Kartway Classic with time trials and B-Mains to set the field. As always, ‘Battle at the Bull Ring’ feature winners will be guaranteed starters for the Kartway Classic later in August.
The final night of the 14-race track championship season at the Kartway will be August 23 as a part of Champion’s Night. On that evening track champions will be crowned in all divisions.
The Kartway Classic will immediately follow Champion’s Night for its 7th running on Thursday, August 29 as a part of International Classic Week at the Speedway. This event, which yearly pulls in over 100 entries, has become a Classic Weekend fan favorite and serves as a perfect way to kick start the racing action at the Speedway.
New to the Kartway in 2013 will be the ‘Fall Frenzy’ series beginning on Friday, September 6. The series will run on three consecutive Friday nights, separate from the track championship standings, and will declare fall champions in all participating divisions. The always popular ‘Queen of the Kartway’ will again take place on September 20.
Work is currently under way to continue the Driver Rewards Program started at the Kartway in 2012, which allowed driver’s attending every weekly point show last season a chance to win a brand new 2013 PRC Triton kart courtesy of Oswego Kartway.
For more information on Oswego Kartway be sure to visit www.oswegokartway.com. You can also LIKE the ‘Oswego Kartway – The Bull Ring’ page on Facebook, or FOLLOW on Twitter @OswegoKartway.
Any businesses interested in being a race night or division sponsor at the Kartway can e-mail [email protected] for more information.
2012 Oswego Kartway Champions (Top 3):
Jr. Clone – Blue Plate Heavy: Takota Jacobson, Jake Sivers, Aaron LaTulip
Jr. Clone – Blue Plate Light: Sean Simmons, Kyle Valley, Tyler Coant
Jr. Clone – Silver Plate: Alex Losurdo, Cameron Clark, Dylan Trump
Gold Plate: Aaron LaTulip, Jake Sivers, Brent Sawyer
Clone Heavy: Joe Hayden, Eric Raponi, Chris Knight
Clone Light: Aaron Sheldon, Howard Seabrook Jr., Mat Grudzien
Stock Animal: BJ Ingersoll, Ron Billings, Cris Lane
Open: Corey Norton, Howard Seabook Sr., Paul Fountaine
Stock Heavy: John Stepien, Shawn McGinley, Barry Goodney
Stock Light: Robert Wright, Kevin Wardhaugh, Scott Anthony
2013 Oswego Kartway Schedule (Subject to Change):
Saturday, April 20 – Open Test Session 1-5pm
Friday, April 26 – Pre-Season Race (No Points)
Friday, May 3 – ‘Kartway Kick-Off!’ (Points #1)
Friday, May 10 – Weekly Show (Points #2)
Friday, May 17 – Weekly Show (Points #3)
Friday, May 24 – ‘Memorial Weekend Special’ (Points #4)
Friday, May 31 – Weekly Show (Points #5)
Friday, June 7 – Weekly Show (Points #6)
Friday, June 14 – ‘King of the Kartway’ (Points #7)
Friday, June 21 – OFF: Graduation Weekend
Friday, June 28 – Weekly Show (Points #8)
Friday, July 5 – ‘Grand Prix Night’ (Points #9)
Friday, July 12 – Weekly Show (Points #10)
Friday, July 19 – OFF: RoC Weekend
Friday, July 26 – Weekly Show (Points #11)
Friday, August 2: ‘Battle at the Bull Ring’ (No Points)
Friday, August 9: Weekly Show (Points #12)
Friday, August 16: Weekly Show (Points #13)
Friday, August 23: ‘Champion’s Night’ (Points #14)
Thursday, August 29: 7th annual Kartway Classic
Friday, September 6: Fall Frenzy #1
Friday, September 13: Fall Frenzy #2
Friday, September 20: Fall Frenzy #3 – Queen of the Kartway
14 point races, all count toward track championship, no drops. Must have 10 points shows for a season. Fall dates will be used as a makeup if needed.