Hall of Fame Class of 2018 Ushered in at Oswego Speedway’s Championship Banquet this Saturday, November 3
By CAMDEN PROUD
OSWEGO, NY – The 21st class of Oswego Speedway’s hall of fame is set to be officially inducted at the track banquet scheduled for this Saturday, November 3 at the Lake Ontario Event & Conference Center in Oswego.
The speedway’s class of 2018 inductees include Tim and Denny of Snyder Racing, Tom Aaserud of Crowe Motorsports, track historian Dave Rice, and the Burritt Family of Burritt Motors.
A weekly Supermodified team since the year 1994, the father/son duo of Denny and Tim Snyder have racked up a masterful list of accomplishments over the course of the past 25 seasons that includes a victory for the Zero team in the 2001 Budweiser International Classic 200.
Snyder, originally from Oswego, has since moved to New Hampshire yet remained dedicated to the track he grew up at, making that long drive back to New York for the better portion of his career before finally moving his family back to Clay this past summer.
‘The Zero Hero’ joins a list of less than forty other names in track history that have been selected as hall of fame members based on driving accomplishments in the Novelis Supermodified division.
In 25 seasons, Snyder has garnered ten main event victories including in the aforementioned 2001 Classic along with an impressive 71 top five finishes, which is tied for 15th all-time at the Oswego Speedway.
Snyder is third to only Joe Gosek and Hal LaTulip as far as the longest running active driver currently in competition is concerned, and that is reflected in his statistics. Tim has accumulated nearly 17,000 points in his career, which is 13th all-time.
The driver of the Oswego Quality Carpet No. 0 is known for his success in the International Classic, and has five top five finishes in the event since 1994. He also has seen half of his wins come in ‘Twin’ feature races at Oswego, including his most recent victory in 2009.
Tim, Denny, and Snyder Racing, still backed by longtime sponsors Oswego Quality Carpet and Raby’s Ace Home Center after all these years, continue to be one of the most dedicated teams in Supermodified competition and intend to return to the track on a weekly basis in 2019.
The second hall of fame inductee is Pathfinder Bank SBS car owner Tom Aaserud, who serves as the co-owner of the Crowe Motorsports No. 18 currently driven by Andrew Schartner.
Aaserud grew up in the area and has fielded cars at the Oswego Speedway for the past 17 years.
Russ Brown, Dave Gruel, Andrew Schartner, and Kreig Heroth have all driven for Aaserud on a full-time basis, and are thus responsible for Crowe Motorsports’ 26 victories in the Small Block Super ranks, which is second on the all-time car owner win list at Oswego.
Despite four runner-up efforts in points between Gruel and Schartner, Aaserud was only able to manage one championship with Schartner in 2014, which certainly is a career highlight for the Auburn, N.Y. resident.
All in all, Tom has ten wins with Gruel, three with Heroth, and thirteen with Schartner. Wins include victories in the Tony White Memorial twice, Mr. Pathfinder Bank SBS once, and the Bud Light Classic 75 on two occasions.
Aaserud is also SBS ‘Car Owner of the Year’ two times over, first winning it in 2005 with Gruel before being declared recipient once again last season, this time for his efforts with Schartner.
As of banquet time, Tom wasn’t sure what his plans were for 2019, but no matter what the future holds, there is no doubt that his past at Oswego warrants an induction into the track’s storied Hall of Fame.
Next up is track historian Dave Rice, who joins Snyder Racing and Aaserud as yet another very well deserving inductee into Oswego Speedway’s storied hall. Husband of longtime tech employee Brenda Rice, Dave has attended virtually every single Oswego race for the past six decades.
At a place where history is so rich, Rice has been sure to document every event in every season and every class of car in Oswego Speedway history.
If not for Rice’s archives, which include win lists, top fives, track champions, all-time points, all-time Classic points, and even all-time starts for every driver that has taken a green flag at the speedway, some of the key statistics that lay within the track’s 69 year history may just as easily have been overlooked.
Thanks to Dave’s dedication, which for the past year has included a project alongside speedway PR director Camden Proud to bring all of Rice’s records to digital format at OswegoSpeedway.com, the statistics and history from one of the most beloved asphalt short tracks in the country can now be preserved for many years to come.
The final hall of fame inductee for 2018 is Rich Burritt and the Burritt Family of Burritt Motors in Oswego.
Located at 340 State Route 104 just east of the track, Burritt Motors and Oswego Speedway have been partners for 52 seasons. Most notably, Burritt’s has provided track management with the pace vehicle for every race held at Oswego over the course of the past five decades.
The ‘pace car’ has been a fixture at the speedway since its beginning in the mid-50s and was originally supplied by Tiffany Motors in Oswego.
Shortly thereafter, Burritt Motors bought out Tiffany and continued to supply the pace cars.
Then, Dick Burritt would bring a different Chevy car each week to pace the field and to display the variety within the line of Chevy cars currently available.
In 1966, the Burritt car would become an official pace car and run all summer. Since that year, the pace car has now been changed to a pace truck, but has always come from Burritt Motors.
The dealership has sponsored several other events at the speedway over the years including serving as a traditional race night sponsor while also backing special awards such as the Classic Weekend front row prizes.
Last fall, Burritt Motors acquired Shapiro Motor Sales, with plans to expand the current Burritt location into a ‘Burritt’s Superstore,’ now set to include Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Ram all in one location.
Through all of the changes and expansions underwent at Burritt’s over the years, their partnership at the speedway has kept up with the times, first with the traditional speedway pace car, then the Chevrolet Avalanche, and now the Chevrolet Silverado pace truck, allowing for one of the most loyal partnerships in Oswego Speedway history and an induction into the hall of fame this weekend.
Ticket sales for the baquet are now closed, but as part of the event, discounted room rates at host location Best Western PLUS in Oswego will be available to all ticket holders for $119. For more information, you can call the hotel at (315)-342-4040 or visit their website at BestWesternOswego.guestreservations.com. Plan to bring your banquet ticket with you upon check-in.
Oswego Speedway’s 2019 schedule, along with a full rule book, are both a work in progress. The speedway’s 69th annual Opening Day has been set for Saturday, May 25th. Open Practice will take place a week earlier on Saturday, May 18.
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About Oswego Speedway: Oswego Speedway, a sports entertainment company, is a 5/8 mile semi-banked pavement racing oval located off the shores of Lake Ontario in scenic Oswego, NY. Oswego Speedway has been a continuously run weekly racing venue since August, 1951. The premier open-wheel pavement short track cars in the world, Supermodifieds, run weekly at Oswego Speedway making Oswego the only weekly Supermodified racing venue in the world. The Small Block Supermodifieds accompany the full blown Supers on a weekly Saturday night schedule which runs from May through September. Oswego Speedway is mentioned in racing circles 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 Mario Andretti, arguably the greatest driver of all time, two-time Indy 500 champion Gordon Johncock, along with former International Classic Champions Bentley Warren, Joe Gosek, and Davey Hamilton.