By Camden Proud
OSWEGO, NY (July 7, 2020) – Over the weekend, the New York State Governor’s office issued its latest update to the executive order regarding race tracks operating with fans in attendance, now barring entry for spectators through Sunday, August 2. This information has forced Oswego Speedway to cancel racing for this Saturday, July 11, and next Saturday, July 18.
“Making these announcements has truly been increasingly difficult with each event we have cancelled,” said track owner, John Torrese. “We are still talking with elected officials every day, and thank our local government for all of their support in getting us up and running as soon as possible. The Speedway is taking a very close look at the legal, financial, and health related risks associated with re-opening and assures everyone that as soon as it is possible to welcome fans back, the gates will open, but it is in our best interest to continue to follow State guidance at this time.”
Racing for the next two weeks would have included a regular show for Novelis Supermodifieds, Pathfinder Bank SBS, and the J&S Paving 350 Supermodifieds this Saturday, with the $10,000 to win Mr. Novelis Supermodified plus a full program for SBS and 350’s next weekend. These two shows were to be presented by J&S Paving, and C’s Beverage Center, respectively.
If the Speedway is permitted to re-open with fans, the brief 2020 slate would see at least three special events through the month of August, including the potential rescheduling of the Jim Shampine Memorial, and Mr. Supermodified. Classic Weekend remains unaffected at this time.
Closed track testing continues this Friday, July 10. Teams are welcome to sign up by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration forms or other paperwork may still be mailed to the track office.
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About Oswego Speedway: Oswego Speedway is a 5/8 mile semi-banked pavement racing oval located off the shores of Lake Ontario in scenic Oswego, NY. The 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 the Oswego Speedway making it the only weekly Supermodified racing venue in the world. The Small Block Supermodifieds and 350 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, two-time Indy 500 champion Gordon Johncock, and former International Classic Champions Bentley Warren, Joe Gosek, and Davey Hamilton.