By Dan Kapuscinski
OSWEGO, NY (November 25, 2015) – As a part of the International Supermodified Association yearend banquet held at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, NY this past Saturday, ISMA officials announced three upcoming dates for the winged Supermodified series at the Home of the Supermodifieds, Oswego Speedway, in 2016.
The New England based series will first come to the ‘Steel Palace’ on Memorial Day Weekend for the second annual Port City 160 ‘Super Spectacle’, which is also tentatively listed as ISMA’s season opener on Saturday, May 28.
The ISMA Supermodifieds will contend for the second year in the 50-lap ‘Irish’ Jack Murphy Memorial, joining Oswego’s Novelis Supermodified Jim Shampine Memorial, and the Pathfinder Bank SBS Tony White Memorial.
The ‘Super Spectacle’ at Oswego will once again serve as the only event during the 2016 season that open-wheel fans can see the winged ISMA Supermodifieds and non-wing Novelis Supermodifieds compete on the same night at the same venue.
Top Canadian runner Mark Sammut is the defending ‘Irish’ Jack Murphy Memorial champion, while seven-time Oswego champion Otto Sitterly once again claimed the Jim Shampine Memorial crown in 2015.
ISMA will return to Oswego for its annual summer stop as drivers will again contend for the popular King’s crown during the running of King of Wings VIII on Saturday, July 9.
In what has become one of the more popular stops on ISMA’s summer tour, the King of Wings annually serves as a cross roads between the best winged drivers from New England, the Midwest, as well as Oswego Speedway.
Last year Oswego regular Sitterly copped his first career ISMA Supermodified triumph in the King of Wings, beating the best in winged racing driving for Jim Bodnar and Dave Shullick Jr.
Sitterly became the third weekly non-wing Oswego racer to earn the King’s title in 2015 joining Bob Bond and Dave Gruel as champions of the prestigious event.
The third and final stop at Oswego in 2016 will be a part of the 60th annual Budweiser Classic Weekend festivities at the Speedway, as the ISMA tour will be featured on the Saturday night portion of three nights of action.
The 23rd annual Bud Light ISMA Super Nationals on Saturday, September 3 will once again be a 60-lap affair, crowning the first Supermodified champion of the weekend.
Tim Jedrzejek and Mike Lichty put on a thrilling display in last year’s Super Nationals with Timmy J eventually coming out on top.
Select dates from the remainder of Oswego Speedway’s 2016 schedule were unveiled at the Speedway’s championship banquet on November 7, with the 66th season opener announced as Saturday, May 14 featuring the Novelis Supermodifieds, Pathfinder Bank SBS, as well as the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Tour Richie Evans Memorial 61.
Oswego’s 2016 schedule will be announced in its entirety in the coming weeks.
Individual ticket pricing and season ticket packages will be announced following the full schedule release.
2016 ISMA Supermodified Schedule at Oswego Speedway
Saturday, May 28 – Port City 160 ‘Super Spectacle’: ‘Irish’ Jack Murphy Memorial 50
Saturday, July 9 – King of Wings VIII
Saturday, September 3 – 60th annual Budweiser Classic Weekend: Bud Light ISMA Super Nationals 60
About Oswego Speedway: Oswego Speedway, a sports entertainment company, is a 5/8 mile semi-banked pavement racing oval located off the shores of Lake Ontario in scenic Oswego, NY. Oswego Speedway has been a continuously run weekly racing venue since August, 1951. The premier open-wheel pavement short track cars in the world, Supermodifieds, run weekly at Oswego Speedway making Oswego the only weekly Supermodified racing venue in the world. The Small Block Supermodifieds accompany the full blown Supers on a weekly Saturday night schedule which runs from May through September. Oswego Speedway is mentioned in racing circles as the “Indy of the East,” as no fewer than a dozen past and present competitors have competed at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway including Mario Andretti, arguably the greatest driver of all time, two-time Indy 500 champion Gordon Johncock, along with former International Classic Champions Bentley Warren, Joe Gosek, and Davey Hamilton.