By – Danny Kapuscinski
The year 2010 will mark the 19th running of the Bud Light SBS Classic 100.Â What started as a 50-lap affair in 1992 with harsh reviews has blossomed into a 100 circuit Championship pitting the underdogs of the Speedway against each other.Â Some SBS drivers in the field this weekend will be destined to move on to a Supermodified career, one day contending in the International Classic 200.Â Others will move on to different forms of auto racing, but the majority will continue to pound the pavement in search of Oswego Speedway victory lane in a potent Small Block Supermodified.
Over the past 18 years the Limited Supermodified Nationals 50, turned Limited Super Classic 75, now SBS Classic 100 has taken on many forms and seen its share of memorable moments.Â Letâ€™s take a look back at the 18 years passed of the SBS Classic the best way I know how: BY THE NUMBERS.
0 â€“ Drivers that have won both the SBS Classic and International Classic 200.
1 â€“ The number of drivers to win the Classic from North of the border in Canada. Â (Craig Rayvals, 2001)
2 â€“ Drivers that have won their only SBS race at Oswego in the Classic. Â (Jeremy Unruh, 1997 â€“ Craig Rayvals, 2001)
3 â€“ Drivers that have won more than one SBS Classic. Â (Mike Bond- 3, Russ Brown- 3, David Cliff- 2)
3 â€“ Drivers that have won both the Classic and Track Title in the same year. Â (Dean Hoag, Mike Bond, Russ Brown)
3 â€“ Drivers that have won the Classic, then Opening Night the following season. Â (Scott Landers, 1993-1994 â€“ Fred Taylor, 1994-1995 â€“ Shawn Muldoon, 1999-2000)
3 â€“ Drivers have won the last race of the regular season, and then went on to win Classic. Â (Scott Landers, 1993 â€“ Bob Goutermout, 1995 â€“ Russ Brown, 2006)
3.442 â€“ The margin of victory in last yearâ€™s SBS Classic 100.
5 â€“ Is the only number that has NEVER been a winning number itself, or a part of another number to win the SBS Classic. Â (Winning Numbers: 34, 3, 7, 77, 41, 10, 18, 80, 1, 94, 89, 90, 90, 13, 13, 06, 06, 26)
5 â€“ The number of times a driver has won the Classic and Track Title in the same season. Â (Dean Hoag, 1996 â€“ Mike Bond, 2003-2004, – Russ Brown, 2005-2006)
6 â€“ The number of years in a row that the Classic was won in back-to-back fashion.Â Previous to 2003, the race had never been won more than once by any particular driver. Â (Mike Bond, 2003-2004 â€“ Russ Brown, 2005-2006 â€“ David Cliff, 2007-2008)
6 â€“ The number of drivers to win an Oswego Speedway Championship, but not a Classic. Â (Greg Furlong, 1995 â€“ Ray Graham, 1998 â€“ Keith Gilliam, 1999-2000 â€“ Mark Regan, 2000-2001 â€“ Kevin Knopp, 2008 â€“ Dave Gruel, 2009)
7 â€“ The number of drivers to win the SBS Classic, but not an Oswego Speedway SBS Championship. Â (Daryl Nichols, 1992 â€“ Fred Taylor, 1994 â€“ Jeremy Unruh, 1997 â€“ Shawn Muldoon, 1999 â€“ Billy Izyk, 2000 â€“ Craig Rayvals, 2001 â€“ Gregg Davis, 2002)
7 â€“ Most Classic Top 5 finishes by any driver. Â (Mike Bond, 7)
7 â€“ Drivers that have won the SBS Classic, and gone on to start the International Classic 200 for Supermodifieds.Â The following list indicates the year they won the SBS Classic. Â (Scott Landers, 1993 â€“ Bob Goutermout, 1995 â€“ Dean Hoag, 1996 â€“ Russ Brown, 1998 â€“ Shawn Muldoon, 1999 â€“ Craig Rayvals, 2001 â€“ Mike Bond, 2003)
13 â€“ The number of drivers that have won the SBS Classic 100.
18 â€“ Total number of SBS Classics run previous to 2010.
26 â€“ The number driven to victory in last yearâ€™s SBS Classic by Mike Bond.
34 â€“ The number driven by the first Limited Supermodified Nationals 50 Champion. Â (Daryl Nichols)
47 â€“ The number of drivers that have finished in the Top5 of the SBS Classic from 1992-2009.
50 â€“ The number of laps ran in the first Limited Supermodified Nationals.
100 â€“ The number of laps ran in the 2007 SBS Classic.Â It marked the first year the race ran over 75-laps.
136 â€“ The number of drivers that have started the SBS Classic from 1992-2009.
1,000 â€“ The winnerâ€™s prize in the first Limited Supermodified Nationals in 1992 was $1,000.
1,481 â€“ The number of All-Time Classic points scored by Mike Bond, who leads all other drivers in the category.
1992 â€“ The year of the first Limited Supermodified Nationals.
1994 â€“ The year Fred Taylor won his first Limited Supermodified Classic, which also happened to be his first career Oswego Speedway win.Â Taylor won again on Opening Night in 1995â€¦ they would be his ONLY two wins at Oswego.
2004 â€“ The year the SBS Classic saw its first increase in laps.Â The race had been run in previous years as a 50-lap event, but in 2004 the race was extended to 75-laps.Â In 2006 the race went back to 50-laps, before being increased to its current 100-lap format which has been run since 2007.
2010 â€“ The running of the 19th Annual Bud Light SBS Classic 100.
Over the past 18 years the SBS Classic has certainly become a valued tradition of Classic Weekend at Oswego Speedway.Â From Daryl Nichols to Mike Bond and in between, the history books have come a long way and have only just been opened.
Enjoy Saturday nightâ€™s event, as Mike Bond looks for his 4th SBS Classic win, and David Cliff tries to join Dean Hoag, Bond, and Russ Brown as drivers to win the Track Title and Classic in the same season.
Be sure to come back to LakesideRacingNews.com tomorrow as we take a look into one of the most coveted winged Supermodified races in the country, the ISMA Supernationals; BY THE NUMBERS.