Oswego Champs Honored At Banquet
OSWEGO, N.Y. – The Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center in Oswego provided an elegant backdrop on Saturday night as a large crowd gathered to honor some of the top 2013 Oswego Speedway achievers from the Novelis Supermodified and PathFinder Bank race divisions.
A group of six worthy inductees also entered the Oswego Speedway Mitchell’s Speedway Press Hall of Fame. The official fan club of Oswego Speedway, the Eagles Fan Club, were also on hand to pass out monies they raised during the season and to hand out several of its own coveted awards.
Presentation of some of the individual awards began the program. The Ed Clark Safety Crew Spirit Award went to John Byrnes, a long time safety crewmember. The Oswego Speedway Recognition Award was presented to Butch and Lorraine Kisselstein who work tirelessly each race night; Butch on the safety jeep and Lorraine as the pace truck driver. The annual Lois Matczak Woman of the Year award, sponsored by Skip Matczak, went quite deservedly to Debbie Bond who not only works in the speedway office doing many jobs, but also helps coordinate her husband Mike’s race efforts in the SBS class.
Something new was added this year in the Turning Stone Casino sponsored Favorite Driver Award, which was voted on by the fans throughout the season. Oswego’s Joe Gosek took home this popular award.
The Eagles Fan Club who work unceasingly each season to raise extra money for the drivers’ point funds, also presented two coveted awards in the Jim Shampine and Tony White memorial awards. Gosek Racing, which recently lost one of their founders in Tony Osetek, was presented the Jim Shampine Memorial award. Joe Gosek, in the bittersweet moment, dedicated the award to Tony whom he attributes as the man who helped start Gosek on his illustrious career.
The Eagles Fan Club Tony White award went for the first time to a father and son team, Dennis Rupert Sr. and Jr. who not only find time to work on their own SBS mount but are always willing to go the extra mile for someone else in the pits who needs help.
Chris Smith, General Manager of Novelis was on hand to assist with the Novelis Supermodified awards and spoke briefly on how the annual can donations and the money it garners at the track have helped Novelis fund a traveling math and science project which visits area schools. Smith indicated that over 1000 students have benefited by the can collection at the Oswego Speedway, which since inception has totaled over 800,000 cans. Several nights each season fans may bring cans to the track and those bringing the highest numbers are rewarded with various items.