OSWEGO, NY (May 2, 2014) – During a cool and cloudy Thursday evening test session, when most thought rain would again win the battle at Oswego Speedway, Mike Bond turned the fastest recorded lap in Pathfinder Bank Small Block Super history just days before the series opens for racing this Saturday, May 3.
After testing earlier in the evening, and previously on Saturday afternoon, with older 9” tires used during last season’s Bud Light SBS Classic, Bond bolted on four brand new softer 10” Hoosier Racing Tires for the first time on Thursday at around 6:30pm.
In just four hot laps on the Speedway Bond cranked off three times in the 18-second bracket, each consecutively faster, topping out with a lap of 18.704 seconds at just over 120mph. Bond’s lap of 18.704 is the first recorded lap with an average of over 120mph in the history of the division.
After turning the fast lap Bond promptly pulled his No. 74 FFB chassis to the pit area, and loaded his racer into the trailer.
While Bond’s lap is the fastest ever recorded at the Speedway, it is unofficial. Track records can only be set at the Speedway during qualifying time trials, meaning Bond and the rest of the field will have a chance at Brian Sobus’ 2009 record of 19.081 seconds this weekend.
The entire Four Sevens Motorsports Small Block Super team was on hand at the Thursday test session, each setting impressive times.
Returning veteran Steve Abt turned several laps in the 19.1 second range, while both Danny Abt and Jon Tesoriero were consistently in the 19.2 second bracket.
Consensus is that the wider and softer SBS tire will no doubt increase speeds, putting the Sobus record of 2009 in jeopardy when time trials take to the Speedway on Saturday at 5pm.
Gater Racing News will present the 64th annual opening day celebration featuring the first round of the Shea Concrete ‘Steel Palace’ ISMA Super Series, and the Road to the Championship lid lifter for the Pathfinder Bank Small Block Super Series on Saturday, May 3.
The ultra-fast winged ISMA Supermodifieds will take on the Oswego speed plant for 56-laps in the 2nd annual ‘Irish’ Jack Murphy Memorial, while the SBS will contend in their first 35-lap main of the year.
Grandstand gates will open at 3 p.m. on May 3 with time trials set to start at 5 p.m. followed by racing at 6:30 p.m.
To purchase tickets for Oswego Speedway’s 64th annual opening night call the Speedway box office at (315) 342-0646. General admission seating is available for $25, with reserved seating on sale at $30, and VIP tower seating with all you can eat food and beverage for $90.
Once again in 2014, kids 16 & under will be admitted free of charge with a paid adult with active military also admitted free with I.D.
A rain date for Saturday’s event has been posted for Sunday, May 4.
Saturday’s ISMA Supermodified event at Oswego Speedway will mark the first of four Shea Concrete ‘Steel Palace’ ISMA Super Series events at the Speedway.
A year-long Oswego Super Series champion will be determined with events running on May 3, June 7, July 12, and August 30.
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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.
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