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Oswego Speedway has released their 2011 schedule, and it looks pretty exciting to me! There are more races scheduled at the track than there were in 2010. This schedule is “subject to change”, according to the speedway’s website, but I like what I’m seeing.
Listen to these numbers…
*Supermodifieds without wings are scheduled for 12 races.
*Winged supermodifieds are scheduled for 3 races.
*Small block supermodifieds are scheduled for 12 races.
*Modifieds are scheduled for 3 races.
*Sportsman modifieds are scheduled for 3 races.
*TQ’s, Late Models, and Street Stocks are all on the schedule once.
Some of the highlights and interesting facts…
Winged supers and Sportsman mods kick off the season, instead of the regular divisions at the speedway.
The regular divisions, supermodifieds (non-winged) and small block supermodifieds don’t start racing at the speedway until May 28th.
“King of Wings”, which was scheduled for two nights in 2010, is now a one night race.
Biggest change is that Andrew Harpell’s Race of Champions Weekend is in July, instead of after Oswego’s season. RoC takes place July 21-23rd. And another huge bonus to RoC: supermodifieds will also be in competition!
The speedway is scheduled to be closed on Saturday, August 13th, but a super race is slated for Thursday, August 11th. But not just any super race. It’s called the “Cup and Indy Driver Special / Super 45”. Drivers and specifics haven’t been named, but that teaser sounds very interesting.
The next cool change takes place in August. For the last several seasons, racing hasn’t been scheduled for the headline divisions on the week before Classic. But this year, as was done several years previous, championship night takes place the week before Classic. Just like the old days.
And finally, Classic Weekend looks AMAZING! Once again it’s a three night weekend of racing. Friday: winged super 50 lap race, TQ midgets, and small block super time trials. Saturday: small block super 100 lap, RoC Modifieds 200 lap, and supermodified time trials. And Sunday: supermodified time trials, and the 200 lap Classic race.
Some other fun facts:
EVERYONE age 16 or under is admitted for FREE in 2011!
There are FIVE nights that adult admission is just $10, if you go across the road and buy advance sale tickets at Price Chopper. Even on the Fireworks night. (July 2nd.)
Some rain dates are built into the schedule this year to make up for missed shows.
Since the banquet has been cancelled, a “Hall of Fame Reception” will be held at nearby Lighthouse Lanes, on May 27th .
Does that all sound amazing to you? I can’t wait.
In addition, the NORA schedule has been released, which organizes a series of races for small block supermodifieds, at speedways including and in addition to Oswego Speedway. Several new members have joined NORA president Steve Reynolds, and have come up with some great ideas for 2011.
The following is the proposed NORA schedule, always subject to change and addition. So far, all of the NORA events are slated for Thunder Alley Speedway, (also known as Evans Mills.)
April 30th - Season kickoff 50 lapper.
May 21st - 25 laps
June 25th - 25 laps
Aug. 13th - 25 laps (If not used by Oswego for a raindate.)
Sept. 10th - “Possibly a longer distance race also“, according to Reynolds.
And coming soon, is a big NORA KICKOFF PARTY & CHICKEN BBQ .
On SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 12TH FROM 1-6PM, at the LIGHTHOUSE LANES, OSWEGO. CHICKEN DINNERS ARE $8.00 EACH. 50/50 DRAWINGS, RAFFLES, and ENTERTAINMENT BY MILLENNIUM MUSIC will help get the racers attitudes, and point funds jumpstarted for the 2011 season.
Sooo… What are your opinions of these two schedules?
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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.