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A fitting tribute for “Mr. International Classic”, Nolan Swift was put into place on Wednesday November 8, 2006. A gravesite memorial was placed that paid tribute to one of the pioneers of racing at Oswego Speedway. This memorial now marks Nolan’s final resting place at Maplewood Cemetary in Camillus.


Nolan Swift, who didn’t even get behind the wheel of a race car until he was twenty seven years old, wrote the record books during the early years of the Oswego Speedway in Stock Cars and the Eagle Class Cars which were re-named “Supermodifieds” in 1966.


Swift won six of the first sixteen International Classic races at the famed Speedway. He won in a Stock Car on the old 3/8’s mile track and in a Supermodified on the reconfigured 5/8’s mile track. His consistent method of passing a car every few laps allowed him to win whether he started near the front, from as far back as thirty fifth or his remarkable win in 1971 when he made up two laps to get the victory. Nolan finished his career with 6 International Classic Titles and 8 Track Championships. Both of which are track records.


Nolan passed away on March 27, 2004 and Speedway Press, The Oswego Speedway and Oswego County Monuments have been working on a fitting memorial stone for the past few months. The work was spear-headed by Shawn Boshart of Oswego County Monuments and the funding was donated by an anonymous fan who supports driver bonus awards each Classic Week in the name of his favorite driver, Nolan Swift.


Nolan's name was recentley inscribed on the brand new International Classic Cup which will be awarded annually to the winner of the race beginning in 2007. His name is etched on the six different years that he won the race and his name is also part of the dedication of the cup along with track founder Harry Caruso.

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