The biggest Big-Block Modified race of the year will be held this weekend at the “Clay Palace” of Oswego Speedway (NY). We get you ready for the big race in this edition of “By the Numbers” on


3: The race on average can take over three hours to complete. It’s one of the truest test of endurance in short track racing.


3: This is the third year the race has been held at the Oswego Speedway. It was previously held at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse.


4: Matt Sheppard has four Super DIRTcar Series wins this season and leads the points.


6: Brett Hearn is the only six-time winner of the Big-Block Modified feature.  Stewart Friesen looks to catch him after winning five, including three of the last four.


7: The main event has been won back-to-back on seven occasions.   Most recently, Stewart Friesen has won the race back-to-back on two separate occasions.


7: Billy Decker is a seven-time pole winner for the Big-Block Modified race.


14: Erick Rudolph is second in the Super DIRTcar Series points with only one victory, but his 14 top-five finishes are the most of any driver.  That has him within striking distance of Sheppard as they head down the stretch.


30: Fresh off his 30th start in the big show last year, Billy Decker hopes to add to his four wins and 14 top-10 finishes.


40: The number of starts for Brett Hearn in the main event. He has 14 top-10 finishes.  “The Jet” finished 12th last year.


55: The number of Big-Block Modifieds that entered the race in 2017.


216: The number of drivers who have earned points this season with the Super DIRTcar Series.


358: While much of the focus will be on Sunday’s Big-Block Modified race, the DIRTcar 358 Modifieds will have their time to shine Saturday night.  Many of the stars will be competing in both the Small Block and Big Block races.  Matt Sheppard swept the races one year ago.


744:  According to 51’s Third Turn, there have been 744 different drivers to run this event.


1972:  The year the race was run for the first time.


$50,000: The winner of Sunday’s main event will pocket a whopping $50,000.


$51,200: The amount of money Stewart Friesen has earned in only 12 Super DIRTcar Series races this year.  His five wins is the most this season.


Three-Peat: Gary Balough and Stewart Friesen are the only two drivers to win the race three years in a row.  He is also the only Snowball Derby winner to win the Big-Block Modified race.


Past Winners

2017 Matt Sheppard

2016  Stewart Friesen

2015   Stewart Friesen

2014 Stewart Friesen

2013   Billy Dunn

2012   Brett Hearn

2011   Stewart Friesen

2010   Stewart Friesen

2009  Matt Sheppard

2008  Frank Cozze

2007  Vic Coffey

2006  Danny Johnson (NY)

2005  Billy Decker

2004  Tim Fuller (NY)

2003  Alan Johnson (NY)

2002  Vic Coffey

2001  Billy Decker

2000  Billy Decker

1999  Kenny Tremont, Jr.

1998  Billy Decker

1997   Danny Johnson (NY)

1996  Doug Hoffman

1995  Brett Hearn

1994  Jimmy Horton

1993  Brett Hearn

1992  Toby Tobias, Jr.

1991   Brett Hearn

1990  Brett Hearn

1989  Alan Johnson (NY)

1988  Kenny Brightbill

1987  Jimmy Horton

1986  Bob McCreadie

1985  Brett Hearn

1984 Jack Johnson (NY)

1983  Alan Johnson (NY)

1982  Merv Treichler

1981  Merv Treichler

1980  Gary Balough

1979   Jack Johnson (NY)

1978   Gary Balough

1977   Gary Balough

1976   Gary Balough

1975   Toby Tobias

1974   Billy Osmun

1973   Buzzie Reutimann

1972   Buzzie Reutimann


-By Elgin Traylor, Southeast Correspondent

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By the Numbers: Super DIRT Week at Oswego (NY)