Aug. 19, 2005
Classic Week Draws Over 10,000 People to the Oswego Speedway
Oswego--Classic Week, held Aug. 28 through Sept. 4, has gained the Oswego Speedway international recognition in the racing world. Classic Week has been voted "Best Short Track Special Event" in the nation by the Racing Promoters Workshops, a national association of racetrack operators.
According to Oswego Speedway owner Steve Gioia Jr., classic week attracts over 10,000 fans from Connecticut, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, Ohio, and Canada as well as local residents. A typical Saturday night will attract 4,000 fans from Binghamton, Rochester, Syracuse, and Watertown.
"Classic Week takes place from Sunday, Aug. 28 to Sunday, Sept. 4 and provides thousands of race fans different racing themed events all week long," said Gioia. "Our largest classic and antique car show of the season is held during this week, free of charge. A live band and fireworks are among the entertainment as thousands of race fans get geared up for the upcoming racing action," Gioia added.
Racing takes center stage over the final portion of the week with special classes of cars converging on the Oswego Speedway for extra-distance-top-dollar feature races.
Sunday, Sept. 4, the Budweiser International Classic 200, supermodified racecars' signature event, takes place at the Oswego Speedway. The Budweiser International Classic 200 includes the 34 best supermodified drivers in the United States and Canada. Four former winners of this race - Gordon Johncock, Bentley Warren, Joe Gosek and Davey Hamilton - have gone on to compete in the Indianapolis 500.
Over 50 acres of cleared, grassy land surrounds the Oswego Speedway making it ideal for camping. There is a nominal fee for camping during Classic Week, but camping is free on all other regular racing weekends. The designated camping area adjacent to the Speedway is completely fenced off and patrolled by grounds personnel. Campers also have access to fresh water, a dumping station and track restroom facilities.
The Oswego Speedway was built in 1951. The original owners Harry, George, and William Caruso converted the one time Wine Creek Horse Track into a 3/8-mile dirt auto racing facility. The track was paved during 1952 and remained a 3/8-mile track until 1961 when it was enlarged to its current 5/8-mile size. The track was sold in 2004 to former speedway supermodified driver, track and Classic Champion, Steve Gioia Jr. and Pat Furlong Sr. Furlong's son Greg has won championships in both the limited and supermodifed division at the speedway.
For more information on the Oswego Speedway call 315/342-0646 or visit the speedway Web site at www.oswegospeedway.com
2005 CLASSIC WEEK ACTIVITIES
Sun 8/28: The Oswego New Car Dealers present at 2 p.m. The Eagles Fan Club "Hole in One" Contest. Win a brand new vehicle on infield golf hole.
Mon 8/29: Budweiser and Eagle Beverage presents 6 p.m. Downtown Classic Parade / Corn Roast
Tue 8/30: Ferris Industries presents 6 p.m. "Mow for Dough" Lawnmower Races
Wed 8/31: Light House Lanes 6 p.m. "Racing Rolling Classic Bowling"
Thur 9/1: Budweiser and Eagle Beverage present Open Practice (1-5). Pits Open at 11:30. Classic Party in the Pits at 6p.m. WSEN Super Cruise Classic Car Show. Fireworks / Music by Street Corner
Fri 9/2: Century 21 presents RoC Tour Parts Plus Modified 121. Davis Bros. Inc. Classic Time Trials. Gates Open at 2 p.m. Racing Begins at 6:00
Sat 9/3: Eagle Beverage presents Labatts Blue ISMA Supernationals 50; Labatts Blue TQ Midget Classic; Bud Light Super Stock Classic 30; Bud Light NEMA Midget Classic; Limited Super Classic Time Trials. Gates Open at 11a.m. Racing Begins at 3 p.m.
Sun 9/4: Eagle Beverage presents Budweiser B Mains; Budweiser USAC Ford Focus Classic; Budweiser Limited Super Classic 75; Budweiser 49th International Classic 200. Gates Open at 9 a.m. Racing Begins at 11 a.m.
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