OSWEGO, NY – The day after NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week XLV dropped its final checkered flag, track crews began the process of removing the 500+ loads of clay that were temporarily dumped on Oswego Speedway’s asphalt racing surface to hold ‘Racing’s Biggest Party’.
Beginning early Monday afternoon, all remaining clay is expected to be lifted from the ‘Steel Palace’ by the end of the day on Friday leaving a full two weeks for final preparations leading to the Speedway’s next on track activity.
Utilizing everything from front loaders to skid loaders and even shovels, crews have been working diligently to gently remove the clay from the fast 5/8 mile as Race of Champions Weekend officials prepare to conclude their racing weekend at Oswego on Saturday, October 29.
Once the clay and all temporary jersey barriers are removed, a series of water trucks will slowly force a steady stream of water on the surface to push all remaining fine particles to the bottom side of the Speedway, where motorized brushes will then sweep away and collect those particles for final removal.
The clay that is being removed from the Speedway will not go far, as it will be stock piled outside the Speedway’s second turn where it will sit in waiting for Super DIRT Week XLVI next fall.
Oswego Speedway returns to action on Saturday, October 29 featuring the Race of Champions 250 for the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series.
Pit gates are scheduled to open on October 29 at 10:30 a.m. with grandstand gates opening and hot laps starting at 12:30 p.m.
Racing will resume with any additional qualifying events to be run beginning at 2 p.m.
Main events will follow with the 66th annual Race of Champions 250 scheduled to take the green at approximately3:30 p.m.
Included in those remaining main events will also be Oswego Speedway’s Small Block Supermodifieds.
Following Race of Champions Weekend Oswego Speedway’s season will officially come to a close with the Speedway’s Championship and Hall of Fame Banquet at the Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center, which is a part of the Best Western PLUS/Quality Inn and Suites complex in Oswego.
The night’s festivities will begin with a cocktail hour tentatively set at 6pm, with a buffet style dinner and awards to immediately follow.
Tickets for the event are available for $45 and can be purchased at the Oswego Speedway box office by calling(315) 342-0646 or by stopping into the office between 9am-4pm Monday through Friday.
Event tickets must be purchased by October 31, as there will not be any tickets available at the door.
Discount hotel rates are available for those attending the Speedway banquet at both the Best Western ($119) and Quality Inn ($109) hotels.
The Best Western can be reached by phone at (315) 342-4040 and the Quality Inn at (315) 343-1600.
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-Oswego Speedway Press Release. Photo credit: Dan Kapuscinski