CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Story and audio by RaceChaser Senior Editor Tom Baker — Photos Courtesy Oswego Speedway/Robert Clark — When the Oswego Speedway opens its gates on Saturday night for their 2014 Novelis Supermodified season opener, the award for furthest travel will likely go to a team which is based in the South but has roots in Central New York.
Oswego’s Chris Osetek grew up watching his father Tony’s Supers racing around the fast 5/8-mile with Joe Gosek and others behind the wheel. Keith Shampine grew up just outside Syracuse racking up wins and championships racing Microds at the New York State Fairgrounds, making appearances at Oswego to cheer on his favorite racer Eddie Bellinger.
Shampine is the nephew of Oswego legend Jimmy Shampine, who remains the all-time Supermodified wins leader with 86 trips to victory lane at the “Steel Palace”.
Chris and Keith are both now living and working in the greater Charlotte area of North Carolina, and will be towing the gorgeous No. 55 Super that Chris built last year on a 1500 mile round trip each week to compete at Oswego.
Keith is looking forward to getting on the track for test and tune this today to shake the car down prior to Saturday’s race.
The conversation follows below!
Listen in as Senior Editor Tom Baker sat down and talked with Keith as he was preparing for his first race of the season: