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Attention small block supermodified rookies:
PAID open practice - this Saturday. At Thunder Alley Speedway. Pays around a minimum of $200, less your fuel expenses and $20 pit pass. In addition to warm-ups, you will also have 56 laps of racing at speed, during competition. Practice passing cars, or learn the “groove” by watching other cars ahead of you. Whatever your comfort level dictates. Progress at your own speed. Or “push the envelope”. It’s all up to you. You can lay low, and watch and learn, or you can mix it up. You’re in charge.
No, Thunder Alley is not the same type of speedway as Oswego. But racing there provides INVALUABLE EXPERIENCE in driving a small block supermodified, which will be a huge help in racing at Oswego Speedway. Learn car control, learn about your car, get practice working on or experimenting with setup and chassis changes. Build confidence, because chances are, a top ten could happen if you stay out of trouble.
I’ll explain the “56 laps”. In addition to an 8 lap qualifying heat and a 20 lap feature for the small block supermodifieds, small block supermodified competitors are also invited to compete in the “open wheel” division. So another 8 lap heat and 20 lap feature adds up to 56 laps of high speed, green flag racing. And everyone in the world knows that seat time is the ONLY way to learn how to drive one of these vehicles.
Ask A.J. Bernys. A.J. ran only a couple of times in 2010. But by the end of the night at Evans Mills he had caught the attention of everyone in the division - for positive reasons. By the end of the night he was passing cars on the outside, and drove from last place to 2nd in the open wheel feature. I don’t know how he drives that good with all of that hair in his eyes, but it seems to be working. Think that experience could come in handy when he gets to Oswego?
Ask Mikey Bruce. Sure, he was rookie of the year at Oswego last year. But don’t you think his victory in the open wheel division will give him a ton of confidence heading into the Oswego season? Of COURSE it will.
Rookies like Nate Sitterly in the old 06 car. Will Hadcock in the 43. Dave LaTulip in the 3rd Chris Tedd car. Are you guys serious about racing? Are you willing to put forth every effort to be successful? Get to Thunder Alley. You’ll be MUCH more prepared to take that first green flag at Oswego on May 28th. Take advantage of this golden opportunity. And get paid to do it. Each feature pays around $100 for last, times two features.
I’m not only calling out rookies. This shoutout also applies to guys that need more track time. Maybe you have a new car, or a new ride. Maybe you only have a season or two under your belt, or not even a full season. Dennis Rupert. Fred Kilian. Brad Haynes. Chris Tedd. Brian Osetek. Even Cameron Rowe could use some time getting familiar with his new ride. Take these bonus laps.
Head north this Saturday, May 7th. And again on Saturday, May 21st.Have the experience of FOUR MORE features under your belt before you hit the big track. The extra experience will help you immensely. Trust me on this one.
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As a driver/owner in the Limited Supermodified division, JJ Andrews covers mostly Oswego Speedway events, from a driver's point of view.