OSWEGO, NY – As the 23rd running of the Bud Light Small Block Super Classic 75 approaches, this year’s entry list will certainly not disappoint, as a series of young racers will again join the veterans of the division to race for the title of Classic champion.
One by one below, we will give fans a glance at this year’s expected Small Block Super Classic field.
01 – DALTON DOYLE/Fulton, NY: Dalton Doyle debuted a brand new Hawk chassis Small Block Super in 2014, with varying results. Unfortunately the No. 01 has not showed the speed and consistency of its FFB and Hedger Fabrication counterparts. Despite a learning season with the new machine, Doyle is 11th in the series standings with three total top five finishes.
02 – JESSE BEARUP/Redwood, NY: A rookie in the SBS division in 2014, Jesse Bearup has no doubt impressed in the late portions of the season. Coming weekly from the North Country, Bearup has been able to take his older Small Block super chassis and drive it to multiple top ten finishes on the season. Bearup is excited to participate in his first SBS Classic, what he calls the biggest race of his career.
04 – KREIG HEROTH/Fort Plain, NY: The champion of the SBS series in 2012, Kreig Heroth has one feature victory on the season and is eyeing a Classic championship to go with his previous track championship. Heroth has made no bones about the fact he wants to move to the Supermodified division, and a win in the SBS Classic would help that effort.
1 – ANTHONY LOSURDO/Oswego, NY: Looking to compete in his second SBS Classic in 2014, at the ripe old age of 16, Anthony Losurdo is one of the candidates for Classic victory. Losurdo has two wins on the season in the No. 1, and finished in the top ten of last year’s Classic in his rookie season. If Losurdo is able to qualify in the ‘Super 6’, watch for the No. 1 on the podium at race’s end.
2 – MATT MAGNER/Oswego, NY: The brother of Supermodified veteran Bob Magner, Matt Magner came onto the scene late in 2014 but has adapted quickly. Already earning one podium finish in his budding asphalt career, Magner should be looked at as a top ten contender in the No. 2.
3 – CHRIS PROUD/Brewerton, NY: A veteran of the SBS division, Chris Proud has contended sparingly at the Speedway this season, but does have one podium finish in the No. 3. Proud and his homebuilt chassis will no doubt have the speed required to start in the front twelve spots come Saturday night.
8 – JOSH KERR/Whitesboro, NY: In many ways, Josh Kerr has had a career year in the No. 8. Consistently showing speed to be a top five contender, Kerr has three top fives and seven top ten finishes this season, riding tenth in the standings.
9 – JACK PATRICK/Fulton, NY: Jack Patrick is the current track record holder in the SBS division with a lap of 18.596 seconds and as a result is the favorite for the fast time award in 2014. Patrick has been a contender for the championship all year long, and despite not picking up a feature win so far in 2014, he is a front runner for the Classic victory.
13 – RUSS BROWN/Mannsville, NY: A former Classic champion, Russ Brown may be the experts pick for the title in 2014. Brown has only been to the Speedway to race two times in 2014, and he happened to drive to victory lane in each event. The driver of the Hedger No. 13 is poised to time in the top six, and battle for another Classic championship one year removed from his fifth track championship.
18 – ANDREW SCHARTNER/Charlotte, NC: On his way to his first career track championship at Oswego Speedway, the defending Classic champion, Andrew Schartner will have something to say about Brown coming into Classic and stealing the show. Schartner has two main event wins this season, and has dominated the track championship from the get-go. The Hedger machines of Brown and Schartner will be in the front come race day, and what a battle it will be with the rest.
21 – ROB PULLEN/Oswego, NY: Rob Pullen got a late start to the 2014 season, but looks to be in decent shape heading into the SBS Classic. Driving the former Mike Bond No. 26, Pullen’s ride has a Classic history, and Pullen has the experience to pull off another Classic top five in the No. 21.
22 – MIKE BRUCE/Oswego, NY: Mike Bruce has more SBS feature wins than any other driver this season behind the wheel of the No. 22, with three main event victories. Speed and bravery are not lacking with the Bruce No. 22, so look for Bruce to make headlines at the front of the field on Saturday night.
27 – DAVID LATULIP/Oswego, NY: David LaTulip is another of the Oswego Kartway graduates making a name for himself at Oswego Speedway, driving the No. 27. LaTulip had engine issues earlier in the year, but has rebounded with four top ten finishes on the season. If LaTulip can go all 75 laps, he will definitely be a top ten contender.
47 – JON TESORIERO/Oswego, NY: Jon Tesoriero finally reached victory lane in 2014, but has had his share off heartbreak along the way as well. When not running up front, Tesoriero has seemed to be on the hook quite frequently with the No. 47, a string he hopes to change in the 75. If Tesoriero is able to survive all 75 laps, he will be a factor.
54 – CAMDEN PROUD/Oswego, NY: Camden Proud, the 15-year old rookie standout from Oswego, will look to qualify for his first Classic in 2014. The son of former SBS and Supermodified shoe Tim Proud, Camden has had a stellar campaign this season with one podium finish and six top ten runs. Clicking laps under 19 seconds this season, Proud is one of the drivers with a good shot at the front six starting positions come Saturday.
57 – DANNY ABT/Syracuse, NY: The Mr. Small Block Super champion in 2013, Danny Abt has come on strong as of late in 2014, heading to Classic Weekend. Abt certainly has the speed to run up front, and with four top five finishes this season, the No. 57 will be a factor in the SBS Classic.
67 – STEVE ABT/Oswego, NY: A former Classic champ, Steve Abt will be back behind the wheel of the No. 67 come Classic Weekend. Abt started the year in the car before giving way to another Classic champion in Dave Cliff. Cliff had to vacate the seat due to work commitments, and as a result Abt will be back behind the wheel. The No. 67 should prove to be an exciting car to watch all weekend.
69 – MARK CASTIGLIA/Oswego, NY: Mark Castiglia is ready to qualify for another Classic in the No. 69, after missing last year’s event. A former feature winner at the Speedway, Castiglia needs to find some more speed in order to time trial into the show, but will race his way in without issue.
73 – ALEX HOAG/Bath, NY: A feature winner this season and son of Speedway Hall of Famer Dean Hoag, Alex Hoag has turned heads in his first season of SBS competition at Oswego in the No. 73. Showing speed and maneuverability all year long in his Hedger chassis, Hoag will be a threat for a top six time trial effort and a front runner for the victory come Saturday night.
74 – MIKE BOND/Mexico, NY: Several weeks after injuring his back in a racing accident at the Speedway, Mike Bond is entered and ready to return in style for the Bud Light SBS Classic. A previous Classic champion, Bond immediately added a dose of intrigue to the lineup when he announced his return two weeks ago. The Bond No. 74 will no doubt be in the top six, battling the division’s best for the Classic trophy.
76 – SCOTT SHAFER/Oswego, NY: Competing in his sophomore season at Oswego, Shafer has been a hit and miss entry at the Speedway in 2014. Driving the No. 76, Shafer is looking to wheel his machine to his first career Classic start.
77 – CAMERON ROWE/Oswego, NY: The winner of the SBS Classic in 2012, Cameron Rowe is back and ready to contend for another Classic title in the No. 77. If Rowe can work his way to an up-front starting spot, you can never count out the 77 as a contender on race day.
86 – BRYAN HAYNES/Odenton, MD: A past weekly runner at the Speedway, Bryan Haynes will look to make his first start of the 2014 season in this year’s SBS Classic. Haynes tested on Tuesday night, quickly working to the 19.4 range in the No. 86. Hoping for a good qualifying effort, Haynes could definitely race his way to a top twelve starting position.
87 – TIM BARBEAU/Oswego, NY: Always a stout runner in the SBS Classic, Tim Barbeau was a late entry to this year’s event in the Four Sevens No. 87. With only one race under his belt in 2014, Barbeau will likely have to race in through the heats, but once in the 75 lapper will be a factor, as he nearly always goes the distance.
90 – GREG O’CONNOR/Oswego, NY: Driving the No. 90, Greg O’Connor is looking to qualify for his second career SBS Classic. O’Connor has not been a regular this year at the Speedway, but should battle his way into the show without issue this season.
91 – BARRY KINGSLEY/Volney, NY: Driving full-time for Team Tapout in 2014, Barry Kingsley will be a driver to watch in the 75. Kingsley is a smooth and consistent pilot and is chomping at the bit to start this year’s Classic after missing the green flag one year ago in the Tedd No. 37. A front runner all year, Kingsley may not have the speed necessary for the ‘Super 6’, but will be a factor in the front twelve starting positions on race day.
93 – JJ ANDREWS/Mexico, NY: Always a threat in the Classic, SBS veteran JJ Andrews has found speed as of late in the No. 93. The fast timer of last year’s Classic, Andrews struggled some at the beginning of the season to find ‘Super 6’ speed, but has seemed to resolve his issues in recent weeks. Andrews is fifth in the series standings and has three top five finishes this year.
98 – JASON SIMMONS/Fulton, NY: Jason Simmons has been fast in 2014 and has one feature win to his credit this season. A ‘Super 6’ driver in 2013, Simmons looks to return to the front three rows and battle for Classic glory in 2014.
99 – DENNIS RUPERT/Fulton, NY: Dennis Rupert has shown more speed than ever in 2014, but has still managed to find streaks of bad luck along the way. The driver of the No. 99 hopes the bad luck has been put to rest this Classic and he can find his No. 99 in the front six rows as the green flag waves on Saturday.
Individual seating is available for all three days of Budweiser International Classic Weekend, with three-day ticket packages also available.
Three-day general admission seating is $105, with three-day reserved seating set at $115, and three-day pit passes for $125.
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