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Tim Gareau IS coming back to Oswego- but not in a super!
“Only a millionaire can afford a supermodified now. I had about 20-25,000 dollars in my super when I raced. But now they cost more than a house”, said Gareau, now 43, explaining why he left the division. “We could make a little money when I ran. But how can they pay $70,000? It was just too ridiculous to afford. I got sick of running 5th”.
Like many who leave the sport, Gareau’s exit from the sport was NOT because he was done driving. Drivers of Gareau’s talent don’t get tired of driving. He had been doing it since he was 15 years old, starting out in street stocks on dirt where he was a force to be reckoned with from the very beginning. Top drivers usually only leave the sport in their 30’s because of one thing: money.
But Oswego Speedway has been stuck in his craw since he left. “I love that track. I miss my fans. A lot of people want me back. I just want to get back into racing”. Gareau has been having fun running karts at the Oswego Kartway on Friday nights, but that was not enough to quench his Oswego appetite.
Here’s some little history: Gareau ran the small block supermodified division in 1992-1994 before moving to the supers in 1995. He was a top runner in the small block division before heading to the other side of the pits. He never finished out of the top three in points in his three years in small blocks, and won six features. But Gareau is much better known as a supermodified driver, as his storied career includes 13 wins and the championship in 2004. He left the division after the 2006 season, and has been seen driving karts on Friday nights on the dirt track at Oswego Kartway.
So he’s purchased a small block super. “I just want to have fun. I don’t want the pressure, like the super. I’m trying to do it on my own”. He purchased a frame from Tracy Doyle, which was owned last year by Jason Simmons. It’s a Reaume Chassis. “I don’t even know how to set one up”, said Gareau, who has been offered help by a lot of people.
Whether or not he runs the whole season will depend on one thing: “If I have fun, I’ll probably do it all year”. He “could” be ready for opener, but he didn’t sound like a definite. (Translation: of course he’ll be ready for opener. Guys always say that.) He still hopes to be at the kart track on most Friday nights, fielding a kart for his 5 year-old son Cale “Wild Child” Gareau. For his small block, he has acquired a Morrison Motor that was most recently campaigned by Ryan Coleman. Judging by his past record, in any division, he’ll be fast. Don’t be fooled by his earlier statement, that he doesn’t even know how to set it up. He’ll figure it out right quick, and he’ll be cracking off laps under 20 seconds by opener.
So yes, Tim Gareau is coming back to the small block supermodified division. But his goals aren’t about this class, at all. This car is a substitute for what is obviously in Gareau’s heart. “I’m really looking for a ride in a super. Maybe if I was back at the track, I could get a ride…”, said Gareau, revealing his real motive. It was obvious during our conversation what this was about, and it could work. “I don’t know if Tim realizes that he was just a phone call away from a ride in a top car for last year’s Classic”, said a source to be left nameless recently. Maybe a weekly presence at the speedway will get him that call.
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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.