posted on April 25, 2013 09:43
OSWEGO, NY (April 25, 2013) – After a three year hiatus, four time Oswego Speedway Pathfinder Bank SBS champion Russ Brown will make his full-time return to the ‘Steel Palace’ in 2013, once again teamed with car builder Ray Hedger.
Brown will pilot the same No. 13 Hedger chassis that he drove to a fifth place finish in last year’s Bud Light SBS Classic.
Helping Brown make the full-time return to Oswego this season will be the addition of two brand new sponsors, F.X. Caprara Car Companies and Reed Benoit/Carpenter Stoodley Funeral Homes.
F.X. Caprara Car Companies has been selling and servicing new and pre-owned vehicles in northern New York for over 35 years. With Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, Kia, Volkswagen, Chevrolet, and Ford vehicles in stock, F.X. Caprara is among the leaders in the auto industry. For more information, including locations, visit F.X. Caprara Car Companies online at www.fxcaprara.com.
Reed Benoit/Carpenter Stoodley Funeral Homes offers a wide and representative selection, something proper and appropriate for family’s needs, and at a price you can afford. With locations in Watertown, NY and Belleville, NY, Reed Benoit/Caprenter Stoodley Funeral Homes strives to make their services comprehensive, appropriate, and reasonable. For more information, visit online at www.reedbenoit.com.
A many year veteran of the SBS division at Oswego Speedway, Brown was the inaugural Limited Supermodified track champion at Oswego back in 1992. Since then, the Mannsville, NY driver has racked up 19 career SBS victories and three more championships coming from 2005-2007.
Brown says after making a couple adjustments to the No. 13 over the off-season, they are prepared to try and chase another Oswego title.
“We have a great team and a great car,” said Brown. “We are looking to try and get some wins and hopefully a bunch of top five finishes and then maybe another championship. We’re back.”
With his weekly return to Oswego, Brown enters a rejuvenated Pathfinder Bank SBS field which has a total of 40 machines registered for the 2013 campaign, including 12 rookie drivers.
Joining F.X. Caprara Car Companies and Reed Benoit/Carpenter Stoodley Funeral Homes on the side of the No. 13 for the year will be CNY Power, Hedger Fabrication, Ralph’s Collision, Phil’s Garage, Brown Dairy, and Bella’s Formal Wear & Tuxedo Junction.
Oswego Speedway’s season gets started this Saturday, April 27 with an open practice session for all divisions from 5-10pm. Grandstand gates will be open for the test and admission is free.
Another open practice will be held on Friday, May 3 from 1-9pm for wing and non-wing Supermodifieds as well as the Pathfinder Bank SBS Series. Live music will also be played during the test session underneath the main grandstand at the Speedway Tiki Bar from 5-9pm by Oswego musician Bobby Garafolo. Grandstand admission will again be free.
The Speedway’s first racing green flag will wave on Saturday, May 4 with Gater Racing News/North Country Home Builders Opening Night taking center stage. The Pathfinder Bank SBS Series will open their ‘Road to the Championship’ that evening with a 35-lap main event while the winged ISMA Supermodifieds will begin the Shea Concrete ‘Steel Palace’ ISMA SuperSeries with a 50-lap go.
Grandstand gates open on May 4 at 3pm with time trials taking place at 5pm and racing getting underway at 6:30pm
For more information on Oswego Speedway visit online at www.oswegospeedway.com or LIKE on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OswegoSpeedway or FOLLOW on Twitter @OswegoSpeedway. Those interested in Speedway video programming online can subscribe to the Speedway’s YouTube Channel, ‘OswegoSpeedwayOnline’.
To purchase tickets for the 2013 racing season call the Speedway box office at (315) 342-0646.
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.