Friday, 01 March 2019 22:23

Thompson, Payne and Cicconi Amongst Entries for Inaugural Syracuse Indoor Race

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Thompson, Payne and Cicconi Amongst Entries for Inaugural Syracuse Indoor Race Alex & Helen Bruce photo

Supermodified racing will be represented rather well at next weekend’s inaugural Syracuse Indoor Race set to take place March 8 and 9 inside the New York State Fairgrounds Exposition Center.

Last season’s Novelis Supermodified rookie of the year, Tyler Thompson, along with Oswego winged and non-wing Supermodified feature winner Joey Payne are both registered to take part in TQ Midget action.

Joining Thompson and Payne, who are each registered for the 2019 season at the speedway, is another former Oswego Supermodified feature winner in Liquid Lou Cicconi.

Thompson, Payne and Cicconi have competed in each of the Indoor Auto Racing Championship events this year, including at last month’s Gambler’s Classic in Atlantic City, N.J. The trio sits 19th, 20th, and 24th in overall series standings, respectively.

Payne and Cicconi have a combined six Indoor Auto Racing wins while Thompson, an indoor rookie just one year ago, has already impressed. The teenage driver lead several laps in the Allentown edition of the Indoor Auto Racing Championship this past January.

Thompson plans to return to the Oswego Speedway weekly in 2019, while Payne will be back in action with the Penix Racing No. 14 after missing the entire 2018 season. His son Anthony, who is also a former Indoor Auto Racing winner, will join him in competition next weekend.

If you plan on attending either night of the Indoor Auto Racing Championship season finale, you are encouraged to purchase tickets online at Preliminary action gets the green flag at 7:30pm on Friday evening and again at 7pm on Saturday.

The Syracuse Indoor Race will be held in conjunction with the 33rd annual Syracuse Motorsports Expo on Saturday, March 9. The Expo will run through Sunday afternoon in the Center of Progress Building. Oswego Speedway will have a booth at the Expo both days, and Barry Kingsley’s 350 Supermodified will be displayed.

Oswego Speedway’s 69th season of racing gets underway on Saturday, May 25 with Jim Shampine Memorial Twin 50’s for the Novelis Supermodifieds plus full programs for the Pathfinder Bank Small Block Supers and the 350 Supers.

An Open Practice session for all 2019 divisions will commence one week earlier on Saturday, May 18.

Those wishing to renew Classic Weekend or season ticket packages for the year have until Saturday, May 1 to contact Paul Conzone at [email protected]

For more information on Oswego Speedway, be sure to visit online at You can also FOLLOW on Twitter @OswegoSpeedway or LIKE on Facebook at

About Oswego Speedway: Oswego Speedway is a 5/8 mile semi-banked pavement racing oval located off the shores of Lake Ontario in scenic Oswego, NY. The 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 the Oswego Speedway making it the only weekly Supermodified racing venue in the world. The Small Block Supermodifieds and 350 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, two-time Indy 500 champion Gordon Johncock, and former International Classic Champions Bentley Warren, Joe Gosek, and Davey Hamilton.

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