ELMA, N.Y. — Veteran racer Bob Reis is on his way back to Oswego Speedway, and it’s not in a modified.
The Buffalo, N.Y., racer struck a deal last week with retired Oswego veteran Bill Peri to buy the former Peri Engineering No. 14, a 1999 Peri-built mount that last saw the track early in the 2006 season.
Reis went to Peri’s Cortland, N.Y., area shop last week to survey the car. He says the four torsion-bar super is in good shape and he plans to build a new body and make some engine improvement before taking it to Oswego.
“The car has some really good parts on it,” Reis said. “It’s a little wide in the front, which doesn’t help the aero. But I think it’s a good car and capable of running around 17 seconds. We won’t go 16.5 with it, but it should be a solid, consistent car. The motor has the old Oswego spec heads on it. I’ll put a good set of heads on it that I’m told will give it 75 more horsepower.”
Reis, who also owns a Troyer asphalt modified, has plans to run the car in at least three shows at Oswego in 2011. He has an eye on the modified, supermod doubleheaders at the lakeside oval, which take place Memorial Day weekend, the Race of Champions July 23 and Labor Day’s International Classic weekend.
“It might be a stretch to get everything ready for the Memorial Day show, but we’re going to try. We’d like to run the modified and super in the doubleheader shows. It’d be really cool to do that and a lot of fun. Since I have both cars, it makes sense to give it a try,” Reis said.
Reis added that his interest in supermodified racing was rekindled last September when he wheeled a Steve Stout-owned super to a seventh-place finish in the second annual non-wing race at Ohio’s Sandusky Speedway.
The Peri super brings Reis’s tally of race cars back to four. He now owns the modified, super, a 360 sprint-car and a Ford Focus midget. He previously owned a Graves super, which he bought from Stout before selling it back to the Ohio owner in 2009, and an independent front-end West chassis, which he sold off this winter.
Reis said that in addition to running the mod and super, he plans to race his sprinter in several Patriot Sprint Tour shows this season around New York and southern Ontario.
The Peri roadster was driven for several years at Oswego by Bill Peri, but saw its best season in 2005 when four-time Oswego track champ Otto Sitterly drove it to five top-five finishes, including a second-place run May 29, 2005, in the Jim Shampine Memorial 100.