OSWEGO, NY – Romey Caruso invited the public to a ceremony recognizing his father and uncles, Harry, George and Bill Caruso.
The trio, founders of the iconic Oswego Speedway, will be memorialized on Saturday, June 30.
A section of East Albany Street near the speedway will officially be renamed Caruso Brothers Boulevard in their honor.
“On behalf of the Caruso family, I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank the council and Mayor (Billy) Barlow for honoring my father and my uncles by memorializing a portion of East Albany Street as Caruso Brothers Boulevard,” he said at this week’s council meeting.
It was a labor of love, he said, adding that they were not only the owners and operators of the speedway but were also “the biggest race fans.”
They took pride in every aspect of the facility, “from the innovative electronics to the covered and heated grandstands, the manicured lawn to the fresh paint on the walls and even the Hoffman hot dogs being served in the concession stand,” he said.
“The Caruso brothers set the bar high for every other short track in the country to reach,” he added. “And, what made it so rewarding for them was that the Oswego community embraced this big steel monster right in the middle of the city with great enthusiasm.”
He offered an open invitation for everyone to share in the unveiling of the commemorative sign on Saturday at 4 p.m. at the corner of Jim Shampine Drive and East Albany Street.
The Caruso brothers built Oswego Speedway from an old horse track.
It opened in August 1951 as a 1/3-mile dirt track. It was paved the following year and expanded to its current 5/8-mile distance in 1961.