Payne Lands Oswego Supermodified Ride
OSWEGO, N.Y. — Strong Racing announced a partnership with Graham Racing to field a brand new Xtreme chassis supermodified with Joey Payne as the driver at Oswego Speedway next season.
Just weeks ago Strong Racing’s former driver, Michael Barnes, announced that he would be leaving the team to drive for Syrell/Hawksby Racing this season.
The Strong team will now bring Payne back to the fold, who drove weekly for the team from 2009-2011 before moving on to Mike Muldoon Racing in 2012.
Payne did not compete weekly at Oswego in 2013, instead racing closer to home with the NEMA Midget series.
“I’m excited to be back at Oswego full time,” said Payne. “My fans always ask me to come back, and I am really glad to be back with the Strong team, we have some unfinished business to go after.”
In three previous seasons with Strong Racing, Payne never finished outside the top six in the point standings, twice finishing as a runner-up to Otto Sitterly. Payne brought the Strong team their first career victory in 2009, adding another in 2011.
Strong Racing will team with Graham Racing on a brand new Xtreme supermodified built by Paul Colloca. Crew Chief Pat Strong and his longtime team will maintain the car weekly out of the Strong Racing stables.
“I have to thank Ray Graham and his whole family for this new partnership,” said Payne. “I’m looking forward to wheeling one of those potent Xtreme machines. Paul and Meg (Colloca) build awesome cars and I’m really excited about 2014.”
Payne will once again make the weekly commute from New Jersey to compete at the “Steel Palace.”
“I have to thank Sue and the kids,” said Payne. “It’s going to be tough with Anthony racing NEMA Lites and Sue taking him there. We will make the best of it and I expect Anthony to move into supermodifieds in the near future. To all my fans you are the best, I’m back.”