OSWEGO, NY (August 21, 2014) – Saturday morning of Classic Weekend marks the fifth year for the Ride with the Legends in the Canale Insurance 2-seat Supermodified. Six Hall of Fame drivers will each be doing three rides.
Two of the drivers, Eddie Bellinger and Joe Gosek, have been involved with the program since the inaugural year. Dave McKnight will be making his third appearance in the car. Mike Ordway will be driving for the second year. The “Jersey Jet,” Joey Payne, and “The Shoe”, Dave Shullick will be making their first appearance behind the wheel.
Joey Payne said, “I’m honored to be asked. It’s such a great opportunity to get with the true race fan and show them what being in a Supermodified is all about, and I’ve heard the 2-seater is pretty good on the track. It’s the closest anybody is going to come to what we experience without going out and driving themselves.”
Dave Shullick added, “It’s so much different from the other side of the track. I’m sure those who go for the ride will have an entirely different appreciation for what the drivers do on the race track.” Shullick said he has been getting into shape for the rides by exercising and has even lost ten pounds. “I’m really looking forward to it,” The Shoe said.
Rides will start at 8:30 and, as always, Eddie Bellinger will be the first driver on the track. “I’ve got to help Brandon with the 02.” said Eddie, “Besides,” he continued, “I get to go out on the sticker tires.” John Costello & Associates provides three sets of new tires every year for the 2-seater, providing one set goes on for the Ride with the Legends.
Joe Gosek will take his riders out starting at 9:00, followed by Dave McKnight at 9:30, Dave Shullick at 10:00, Mike Ordway at 10:30, and Joey Payne at 11:00. McKinght said, “It’s always nice to be asked back, and so much fun to interact this way with our fans.” Ordway seconded that, saying “one of my long time crew members is going for a ride with me this year. I’m sure he’s going to see things a whole lot different than he does just standing in the pits watching.” Joe Gosek added, “We’ve got riders coming from several states and two Canadian provinces. That just goes to show how popular the Supermodified is.”
Everybody who takes a ride in the Ride with the Legends program will get a gift bag filled with items from participating sponsors. Two Seat Supermodified Coordinator Roy Sova said “I think this is the nicest gift bag we’ve put together for our riders, and we’re still adding to it. Right now it’s worth $60-70 and likey to be worth even more by the time we do the rides.” In the bag right now are a hat and a pen from Fleetpride, a coozie from Canale Insurance and Accounting, A T-shirt from Ferris Mowers/Briggs and Stratton, a golf towel from Cathie Weeks of Top Stitch, a large bag of potato chips from Terrell’s Potato Chips, and a T-shirt from Russ Crisafulli at Detailed Home Inspections.
“There are just a handful of rides remaining,” said Sova, “and no more than one with any driver.” To schedule a Ride with a Legend, contact Roy Sova at 315-297-2262.
If any other businesses would be interested in putting items in the gift bag for all 2-Seat Supermodified rider, please contact Sova.
Individual seating is available for all three days of Budweiser International Classic Weekend, with three day ticket packages also available.
Three day general admission seating is $105, with three day reserved seating set at $115, and three day pit passes for $125.
Kids 5 and under are free throughout all of Budweiser International Classic Weekend with three day child admission for kids 6-16 available for only $35.
Budweiser International Classic Weekend will kick-off on Friday, August 29 with Corr/Pak Merchandising ‘Fast Friday’ featuring Budweiser International Classic ‘Fast 14’ Novelis Supermodified time trials, Bud Light SBS Classic ‘Super 6’ Pathfinder Bank Small Block Super time trials, and the RoC Modified 100.
A full day of practice begins on Friday at 11:30 a.m. with Small Block Super ‘Super 6’ time trials hitting the Speedway at 6 p.m. followed immediately by Supermodified ‘Fast 14’ time trials at 6:30 p.m.
Classic Weekend’s Bud Light ‘Super Saturday’ will feature the final round of the ‘Steel Palace’ ISMA Super Series with the Bud Light ISMA Super Nationals, as well as the Bud Light SBS Classic 75, and the ATQMRA TQ Midget Classic.
Grandstands open at 3 p.m. on Saturday with qualifying getting underway at 5 p.m.
Budweiser International ‘Classic Sunday’ will see grandstand gates open at 9:30 a.m. and second round Supermodified time trials take to the Speedway at noon.
The 58th annual Budweiser International Classic 200 is expected to take the green flag at 3 p.m.
To purchase tickets for Budweiser International Classic Weekend and the 58th annual Budweiser International Classic 200, call the Speedway’s box office today at (315) 342-0646.
The Speedway’s box office will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each week day leading up to Classic Weekend for ticket sales.
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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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