Zemken Lands Oswego Classic Ride

Jessica Zemken during a recent supermodified test.
Jessica Zemken during a recent supermodified test.
Jessica Zemken during a recent supermodified test.

OSWEGO, N.Y. — Sprint car racer Jessica Zemken is scheduled to try her hand at supermodified racing during the Budweiser International Classic 200 at Oswego Speedway on Labor Day weekend.

Zemken will join Sheila Hayes and Jennifer Chesbro as the only women to attempt to qualify for Supermodified racing’s most historical and largest paying event.

Neither Hayes, who was the first woman to attempt to qualify in 1970, nor Chesbro were able to qualify for the International Classic.

Zemken’s qualifying attempt in the Graham Racing No. 11 Supermodified will not be her first try at Supermodified racing. In May of 2012, Zemken qualified a Graham Racing Supermodified on opening night at Oswego Speedway, but she was sidelined with mechanical issues just 11-laps into the event.

While Zemken is scheduled to qualify as No. 11, it is unclear at this point as to which of the two Graham Racing machines she will pilot.

Early indications point toward Zemken fielding the Hawk Chassis Supermodified that Johnny Benson Jr. ran in the 2012 edition of the Budweiser International Classic as No. 11.

Benson turned a lap of 16.573 seconds in first round time trial one year ago, qualifying the ride 11th fastest of the 37 entries. Issues with the right front corner of the race car brought Benson pit side last year after only 67-laps with a 31st place finish.

The other machine in the Graham stable is the No. 21 Xtreme Chassis, driven to victory earlier this season by Kody Graham and twice to victory lane in 2012 by his father Ray Graham as No. 90.

Kody has been sidelined for the remainder of the season after a winged Supermodified crash at the Speedway on July 13, making Ray and Zemken teammates heading into the International Classic on Sept. 1.