Short Stack: Supermodifieds Gearing Up For Oswego Opener; Lindblad Back at Seekonk

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By RaceChaser Online Senior Editor Tom Baker — Photo By Bill Taylor —

Oswego Speedway gets the green…
While most of the southern tracks have been in action for at least a few weeks now, tracks north of the Mason Dixon line are just stepping out of the cave from their winter hibernation.  One track about to get very busy is Oswego Speedway, a 5/8-mile steel-walled behemoth nicely set on a hill on the shores of Lake Ontario.  The Supermodifieds, short-track racing’s fastest, most exotic breed of pavement cars, still reign supreme at “The Big O” despite their dwindling numbers nationwide.

Open practice takes place at the Speedway this Saturday for Supermodifieds and Small-Block Supermodifieds.  This will be the first “track time” any of these racers have gotten this year and they’re all mighty anxious.

Fans can take their choice of winged or non-winged supers over the next couple of weeks, as the ISMA Winged Supers hold a show on Saturday, May 3rd while the non-winged “Oswego Supers” kick off their season the following week on May 10th.  Nearly a dozen non-winged supers have been constructed while the white stuff known as snow was piling up outside this past winter, so fans can probably expect nearly 30 cars in the pits on the 10th.  The SBS (Small Block Supermodifieds) will be on the card both weekends as well.

If you have never seen a Supermodified show at Oswego, it’s worth the trip.  Bring your camper, enjoy some of the unique eateries Oswego has such as Rudy’s Lakeside Drive-In (on the college campus about 5 miles from the track) and check out the most unique open-wheel/open-cockpit short-track racing division in the nation.  OswegoSpeedway.com is their website for more info.

Rollie Lindblad Returning To Seekonk
Seekonk Speedway in Seekonk, Mass. got their first open practice underway last weekend.  RaceChaser Online New England staffer Kyle Souza has a preview elsewhere on our pages this week but one additional notable item pointed out by one of our readers, Brian Ross,  regarding Seekonk is the return of legendary car owner/builder Rollie Lindblad.  Rollie, known to many racing addicts my age for building some of the most beautiful Supermodifieds/NASCAR-type Modifieds ever created, is known as a car owner in his own right.

Rollie will field his Pro Stock No. 48 at “The ‘Konk” for the 2014 season with local racer Ryan Lineham doing the driving.  One thing I’m most proud of coming from the North is how many legendary names from my youth are still involved in the sport, and Rollie is one of them.  I remember his gorgeous “Badger” Supers that were driven by Don McClaren, Jim Cheney, Den Wheeler, Armond Holley and others.  Some of those folks also ran his beautiful Vega-bodied Modified back in the day as well.   Glad to see Rollie still active and making an impact and wish he and Ryan all the best this season.

Props To Bobby Pierce and Matt Mevert – First Time Winners at Eldora
Winning a race of any kind is a thrill.  But there are certain tracks and races that, for a variety of reasons, are held in especially high regard.  Eldora Speedway is one of those tracks.  Since I was “off” last week and didn’t have a Short Stack column, I thought it would be appropriate to toss in a shout out to both Bobby Pierce and Matt Mevert for their UMP DIRTcar Spring Nationals wins.  For both it was their first ever Eldora trophy and that just had to be special.  Bobby got it done in the Late Model portion of the event while Mevert was victorious in the modifieds.

Congratulations to both winners.  Each will now forever be able to say they tamed one of the most famous and renowned dirt tracks in the nation, a track revered by drivers for over 50 years.

Get out this weekend and enjoy some local short-track racing.  Check out a track you haven’t been to before.  The heart and passion of the sport are at the grassroots levels so get to know the racers who still do it more for the glory than the money!

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