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The need for speed: Oswego Speedway shifts into high gear for summer

You don't have to go to Daytona or Indianapolis to get your high-speed fix this summer.

That's right, race fans. All the intensity of high-caliber, finely tuned automobiles, throttling at breakneck speed in front of thousands of screaming fans can all be found a short drive away at the Oswego Speedway, home to some of the region's most respected asphalt racing.

"We take pride in offering a one-of-a kind experience here," said Steve Pryor, whose managed the raceway since 2004, when the track was purchased by Pat Furlong, Sr. and partner Steve Gioia. "Nobody else around features the super-modified asphalt racing the way we do."

Located on Route 104 across from Wal-Mart on 300 E Albany St., motorheads can catch 29 super modified and 39 small-block super-modified drivers tear up the asphalt every week throughout the summer season. In addition to the regular schedule, look for go-kart racing and the 2007 Race of Champions, a modified touring series which features several stops at the speedway..

Room to rumble

When you hit the "Brickyard," don't expect to be sitting in two-row, dirt-track bleachers. The "Steel Palace" holds 15,000 speed-hungry fans complete with concessions and VIP rooms to boot, not to mention a 100-acres for special events and a parking lot for all you party people.

Feel like really throwing it into high gear? Checkout the action the pits for a little extra cash. It's worth the price of admission fans say; the earth literally shakes beneath as you lose yourself in the roar of 20-some screaming super-mods.

"I've been coming here all my life," said Carl Kotch, a lifelong Oswegonian who hits the races as often as possible. "You cannot beat this track.

But Racecars aren't the only ones hitting the asphalt. Pryor said he is often approached by promoters interested in bringing concerts, snocross, motocross and events to the speedway. The speedway also hosts charitable events including walk-, jog- and bike-a-thons.

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