26 Teams Commit To Oswego Weekly Field
OSWEGO, N.Y. – Oswego Speedway’s Novelis Supermodified commitment program roster will increase to 26 race teams for the 2014 season at the ‘Steel Palace.’
A total of 22 Pathfinder Bank SBS machines have signed on for the program this season, making a total of 48 teams on the combined commitment roster, tying the mark set during the 2013 season
Two more spots are still available in the Pathfinder Bank SBS division, which could make for a record of 50 commitment teams for the coming year.
By signing on to the Oswego Speedway commitment program teams are agreeing to enter every week of the regular racing season at the Speedway. In doing so, the speedway agrees to pay an increased and guaranteed purse to start the feature every Saturday night to those teams.
However, if for any reason a team misses more than one night of racing the commitment goes away, and the team is no longer in the program. At that point teams also have to forfeit any commitment dollars gained on top of a normal Saturday night purse.
On the Novelis Supermodified side of the roster, 20 of the top 24 teams in points from last season signed into the program for the coming year. Included among those teams are last year’s championship contenders Otto Sitterly, Joe Gosek and Shaun Gosselin.
While the Pathfinder Bank SBS division saw a massive shake up before the 2013 season, this year again sees some seat swapping in the highly competitive small block category.
In all, 15 of the top 24 teams from 2013 made the call by the Jan. 13 deadline into this year’s commitment roster. Among those 15 are championship candidates Mike Bond, Jason Simmons, J.J. Andrews and Kreig Heroth. Missing from the list is defending SBS champion Russ Brown and title contender Rob Pullen.
Brown and the Hedger Racing No. 13 will not compete at Oswego full-time in 2014 but plan to enter a few special events at the speedway, including the Bud Light SBS Classic.
Pullen will move to the Novelis Supermodified division this year, driving the No. 71 supermodified driven occasionally in 2013 by Bill Sharkey. With one supermodified event under his belt, coming in the 2013 Fall Championship, Pullen is looking forward to more seat time this year.
The 2014 racing season at Oswego Speedway begins May 3 as the Pathfinder Bank SBS series joins the mighty ISMA Supermodifieds to open the Speedway’s sixty-fourth season of competition.
The Novelis Supermodifieds will open their campaign with the fifty-third annual Oswego Super Kick-Off on May 10 with a 50-lap feature go.