OSWEGO, N.Y. – Oswego Speedway’s 58th annual Budweiser International Classic 200 will take the green flag on Sunday, Aug. 31, and Monday a total of eight guaranteed starters were announced for supermodified racing’s most prestigious event paying in excess of $100,000 in purse and contingency prizes.
The eight guaranteed starters represent six different U.S. states across the country.
Speedway officials announced in March that guaranteed positions for this year’s Budweiser International Classic would return to driver status, as opposed to car owners, which had been the norm since 2008. Guaranteed starting positions in 2014 are awarded to the top drivers in points in the MSA supermodified series, the ISMA supermodified series, as well as Oswego Speedway as of July 1.
A final spot is also being awarded to the leading Pathfinder Bank Small Block Super competitor at Oswego as of the end of June.
This year’s guaranteed starters from the Midwest Supermodified Ass’n will be Trent Stephens, Kyle Edwards and Charlie Schultz.
Stephens, who made his only start in the Budweiser International Classic back in 2009, is the current MSA Supermodified point leader driving the ACME Racing No. 19. With five races completed in the MSA’s season, Stephens has come on strong as of late driving to three consecutive victories at Lorain County Speedway, Toledo Speedway and Sandusky Speedway in the month of June.
Edwards, driving the Suellen Wilshe owned No. 11 Supermodified, has had a consistent year and recently made a charge to second in the MSA standings in a tie with Schultz. A former champion of the Must See Supermodified series, Edwards has never started the Budweiser International Classic but does have laps at Oswego in a winged Supermodified.
Tied with Edwards for second in the MSA standings is Schultz, earning the third and final Budweiser International Classic guaranteed starting spot from the midwest. Still behind the wheel of the May Motorsports No. 7 Supermodified, Schultz is a veteran of Oswego’s International Classic running Supermodified racing’s mecca event three times with a best finish of 19th in 2006.
Collecting International Classic guaranteed starting positions from New England’s International Supermodified Ass’n are Jon McKennedy and Rob Summers.