Up to Speed: Memorial Day Weekend Tradition Continues at Oswego Speedway

OSWEGO, NY – Since 1954, Oswego Speedway has carried the tradition of staging auto racing events on Memorial Day Weekend, and that tradition will continue this Saturday, May 25.

The Speedway will play host to the Memorial Day Weekend ‘Triple-Header’ this weekend featuring the Jim Shampine Memorial Novelis Supermodified 75, the Richie Evans Memorial Race of Champions Modified 75, and the Tony White Memorial Pathfinder Bank SBS 35.

Through the history of Memorial Day Weekend racing at the Speedway no driver has won more events than Jim Shampine, with a total of nine.  All of Shampine’s wins came in the decade of the 1970s, three times scoring more than one main event win on the same evening.

In 1970 the Speedway ran twin feature events during the weekend with Shampine picking up both wins.

In 1973 and 1974 the Speedway increased the main event draw to triple features with Shampine winning the final two events in ’73, and sweeping all three features in 1974.

After Shampine’s untimely passing in 1982, the annual Memorial Day Weekend Supermodified event would come to be known as the Jim Shampine Memorial in 1991.

Bentley Warren would win the inaugural Shampine Memorial that season, with Doug Didero going on to capture the victory in 1992.  Didero would go on to two more Shampine Memorial wins in 1996 and 1997, making him the first three time winner of the prestigious race.

Just last season, defending Speedway champion Otto Sitterly bested Joey Payne in the late stages of the Shampine Memorial to collect his third career win in the event adding to his victories in 2006 and 2010 (ran in July that season).  With three wins, Sitterly joins Didero and Greg Furlong as having captured the most career Jim Shampine Memorial victories to date.

Ed Bellinger Jr., Mike Ordway, and Randy Ritskes have each captured two wins.


Helena Chemical Company Memorial Day Weekend ‘Triple-Header’ featuring the Jim Shampine Memorial Novelis Supermodified 75, the Richie Evans Memorial Race of Champions Modified 75, and the Tony White Memorial Pathfinder Bank SBS 35.


Saturday May 25, at Oswego Speedway in Oswego, NY.  Pit gates will open at noon, grandstands at 2 p.m., hot laps at 2 p.m., racing at 5 p.m.


Oswego Speedway is located at 300 East Albany St. in Oswego, NY


Padded reserved seats $30, general admission $25, Pit Passes $35, VIP $90.  Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling (315) 342-0646.  Kids 16 and under are free with paid adult.


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Oswego Speedway is a semi-banked 5/8 mile paved oval.  The non-wing Novelis Supermodified track record is held by Doug Didero with a time of 16.210 seconds at 138.786mph, established on September 5, 2009.  The wing Supermodified track record is 15.164 seconds, set by Lou Cicconi on May 4, 2013.  The official SBS track record is held by Brian Sobus with a lap of 19.08 seconds.


1954- Nolan Swift

1955- Dick Jerrett Sr

1956- Jack Murphy

1957- Jack Murphy

1958- Nolan Swift

1959- Ed Bellinger Sr.

1960- N/A

1961- Billy Blum

1962- Art Bennett

1963- Dave Paul

1964- Nolan Johncock

1965- Art Bennett

1966- Bob Smith

1967- Gordon Dukes

1968- Red Barnhart

1969- Ken Andrews

1970- Jim Shampine (2)

1971- Jim Shampine, Nolan Swift

1972- Baldy Baker, Fred Graves

1973- Baldy Baker, Jim Shampine, Jim Shampine

1974- Jim Shampine (3)

1975- Johnny Logan

1976- Jim Shampine

1977- N/A

1978- Ed Bellinger Jr, Kempton Dates

1979- N/A

1980- Warren Coniam

1981- Chuck Ciprich

1982- Doug Heveron

1983- Ed Bellinger Jr.

1984- Bentley Warren

1985- Gary Albritain

1986- Joe Gosek

1987- Bentley Warren

1988- Ed Bellinger Jr

1989- Bentley Warren

1990- Mike Ordway

1991- Bentley Warren

1992- Doug Didero

1993- Pat Abold

1994- Cliff Graves

1995- Ed Bellinger Jr.

1996- Doug Didero

1997- Doug Didero

1998- Ed Bellinger Jr.

1999- Bob Goutermout

2000- Greg Furlong

2001- Mike Ordway

2002- Mike Ordway

2003- N/A

2004- Craig Rayvals

2005- Greg Furlong

2006- Otto Sitterly

2007- Randy Ritskes

2008- Greg Furlong

2009- Ray Graham

2010- Otto Sitterly

2011- Randy Ritskes

2012 – Otto Sitterly

Small Block Supermodified:

1992-          Daryl Nichols

1993-          Bob Goutermout

1994-          Mark Eaves

1995-          Dean Hoag

1996-          Dean Hoag

1997-          Bob Rundell

1998-          Shawn Muldoon

1999-          Mark Regan

2000-          Shawn Muldoon

2001-          Billy Izyk

2002-          Mark Regan

2003-          VACANT/RAIN

2004-          Gregg Davis

2005-          Dave Gruel

2006-          Chris Proud

2007-          Dave Gruel

2008-          Dave Cliff

2009-          Dave Gruel

2010-          Mike Bond

2011-          Mike Bond

2012 – Cameron Rowe