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Oswego Speedway, Oswego

Categories: Tourist Spots, Auto Race Tracks
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4.8/5 based on 25+ reviews on the web
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...  read 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. 
  • Absolutely loved going to my annual classic weekend. The weather was perfect and the racing was even better 
  • Great Track, had an amazing time watching the Modifieds make their return!
  • I have been going to this track forever and it has great food, great staff, and the best quality racing in oswego
  • As the races are held on Saturday nights, it only makes sense that it's open on Saturdays. Just saying.
  • Fun short track to watch cars.
  • Favorite track to go to of all time! Well run, super good racing and the super modifies!! What could be better? Just wish I lived closer
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