Oswego Speedway, Oswego

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The Oswego Speedway, located in Oswego, NY, was built in 1951 when original owners Harry, George, and William Caruso converted the one time Wine Creek Horse Track into a 3/8 mile dirt auto racing facility. The track was paved during 1952 and remained a 3/8 mile track until 1961 when it was enlarged to its current 5/8 mile size. The Oswego Speedway has been a continuously run weekly race track since it opened in August of 1951.

The Speedway has undergone vast capital improvements over the course of its 60 plus years of existence and updates are constantly being made to keep it a state-of-the-art racing facility. In 2011, the Speedway's spacious VIP suites were all beautifully updated, a new digital scoring tower was erected, and fresh paint was added as far as the eye could see. Not to mention, several sections of the Gary Witter Memorial Rear Grandstand were reconstructed.

In racing circles Oswego Speedway is mentioned as the "Indy of the East" as no fewer than a dozen past and present competitors have competed at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway including two-time Indy 500 champion Gordon Johncock, along with former Budwesier International Classic Champions Bentley Warren, Joe Gosek, and Davey Hamilton.

The unique configuration of sweeping turns and a wide racing surface make two and three abreast racing a common sight at Oswego Speedway. Steel walls surround the outside and inside of the racing surface making "The Steel Palace" a truly one of a kind facility. The infield area of the Speedway is almost completely paved for competitors. Steel grandstands line both the front and rear of the track with complete seating capacity in excess of 15,000 people. Most of the front grandstands are covered by a roof and protected by a safety screen. The third and fourth turns of the original 3/8 mile track were re-paved in 2004 and now gives the track two unique configurations to host a variety of different racecars.

Oswego Speedway's events are scheduled on Saturday nights from May to September with most starting times at 6:30pm. Special events and races at the beginning or end of the season may start earlier. The Budwesier International Classic 200 is held on Sunday of Labor Day Weekend and culminates a week-long celebration of racing and other track activities.
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  • We traveled from Western New York to watch some of dirt week. The track did a great job turning the asphalt track into a dirt track for the week. Parking was on a hill in the grass, but it worked fine...  more »
  • Absolutely THE place to win in New York State. Worked for a car owner making his first start at the speedway, and he felt the vibe.  more »
  • Absolutely loved going to my annual classic weekend. The weather was perfect and the racing was even better  more »
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  • Always a blast when the races come to town and the staff ranging from security to concessions is small town friendly and helpful.
  • This place needs an update but the races are fun.
  • The track is really fast and it's a great venue for racing.
  • A great experience, except the washroom facilities are very run down. Recommend the pit pass. A little more money for a really nice experience. They accept Canadian money at par (with id) for tickets.
  • They've resurfaced the track twice in the past 2 years! ...Then the clay gets taken up in the middle of October and the track gets ruined again when it goes back to asphalt šŸ¤£ Jkjk,. The Oswego Speedway is a legendary half mile asphalt track located on the SE corner of lake Ontario. It is "The Home of The Supermodifieds" and is also known as "The Steel Palace". It runs a regular program of Big Block and Small Block Super modifieds on Saturday nights spring through summer and into autumn. The track is the home of the 200-lap, Budweiser Classic every Labor day weekend as well as Race Of ChampionsĀ (a modified touring series event). Oswego Speedway also hosts the annual "King of Wings" event for winged supermodifieds. Through out the race season Oswego Speedway hosts special events as the facility is visited by ISMA and MSA (winged supermodifieds) as well as DART Asphalt Modified Tour cars, Buckeye Super (winged asphalt) Sprint Cars. Since 2016, "The Steel Palace" gets covered with about 7000 cubic feet of clay and becomes "The Clay Palace" for DIRTcar's NAPA Auto Parts Super Dirt Week that takes place every October.
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