OSWEGO, N.Y. – The first wave of entries have been filed for the Budweiser International Classic 200 at Oswego Speedway on Sept. 4, with NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour veterans Ron Silk and Bobby Santos III looking to pull double duty during Labor Day weekend.
The pair is slated to drive for the Graham Racing supermodified stable, and will compete in both the 150-lap Whelen Tour race on Saturday as well as attempt to qualify for Sunday’s 200-lap headliner.
Silk, driving the Danny Watts Jr.-owned Horton Avenue Materials Chevrolet, earned a win earlier this season in the New England Cycle Center 161 at New London-Waterford Speedbowl, currently riding ninth in the overall Tour standings on the strength of three top five and five top 10 finishes.
A veteran of modified racing, Silk has one career Novelis Supermodified start at Oswego Speedway, on Sept 20, 2015 during the Fall Championship 75. He drove a Graham Racing entry to a fifth place finish that night in his debut.
Silk will join Davey Hamilton Jr. as currently entered Budweiser International Classic 200 rookie drivers looking to qualify for the 34-car starting field.
Santos has two NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victories under his belt this season in the Tinio Corporation-Curb Records No. 44, with a points-paying victory at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park and an All-Star Shootout non-points win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
A veteran of the International Classic, Santos will return to the familiar confines of the Graham Racing team this Labor Day weekend as he continues his quest for Classic victory.
Last year Santos qualified 14th for the 200 and quickly jumped into the top 10, before dropping out of the event with mechanical issues at lap 91.
Santos has yet to make a supermodified start this season at Oswego, but has twice finished in the top five of the International Classic, including a runner-up drive in 2004.
Other drivers currently entered for the Classic include Santos and Silk’s Graham Racing teammates: Aric Iosue, Pat Lavery, Kody Graham and team owner Ray Graham.
John Nicotra Racing has also filed three entries, two of which are for former Classic winners Otto Sitterly and Davey Hamilton Sr. The third Nicotra ride will be driven by defending ISMA Supermodified champion Dave Shullick Jr.
In all 14 drivers are currently entered, representing seven different states.
CREDIT: Oswego Speedway