The Lighthouse Lanes Small Block Supermodified Series was founded in March of 2017 when Oswego Speedway division veteran Michael Bruce alongside former speedway rookie of the year and current public relations director Camden Proud proposed an inaugural two race touring series for the track’s Pathfinder Bank ‘SBS’ division with events planned for the Evans Mills and Spencer Speedways.
After an outpouring of support from fellow drivers, the Oswego Speedway community, and general public, Bruce and Proud went forward with their plan. That was when Oswego’s Bob Hoefer, owner of popular bowling center Lighthouse Lanes, began backing the series for it’s maiden voyage in 2017.
Hoefer’s assistance instantly helped to play a key part in ensuring that this new venture long since in the works for the class was that much more attainable after the Northeast Organized Racer’s Association, or NORA, the original SBS traveling series, ceased to exist several seasons earlier. Since then, less a lone appearance by the class at Evans Mills in 2016, the Small Block Supers only had one track to race at; Oswego.
“The Small Block Supermodified division is an extremely competitive class with a very large following,” said Proud. “Prior to the 2017 season, Mike (Bruce) and I hoped to further establish that following by re-creating NORA in a newer, more modern form. We want to re-create that excitement, build car counts across the region, encourage the fans to follow the tour wherever it may take them, and we also hope to fill more seats at our home track as all of that takes place. So far, we’ve been very lucky to achieve all of these goals. Nearly all drivers in the series are committed to championship points at Oswego and for that reason, our management strives to be a driver-oriented organization. This really is a racer’s tour. We fundraise ourselves, we schedule everything together, and the racer’s even decide their own purse. This is all about working together with our racing family to assist in bettering the class we’ve all come to love so much.”
With successful fundraising events held throughout the spring of 2017, the Lighthouse Lanes SBS Series made it’s official on-track debut on September 17th of this past year at Jefferson County’s Evans Mills Speedway. A highly impressive 22 cars showed pit side at the 3/8 mile for the first event in series history, making for an all-time high in the car count category for the Small Block Supers at the ‘Mills.’
Approaching the 2018 campaign, the Lighthouse Lanes SBS Series is very much alive as Bruce and Proud intend to team up once again as two of the division’s own bring back the ‘NORA’ days of Small Block Supermodified ‘Series’ competition. At least three events are already penciled in across New York State. The 2018 schedule has been added to the website.
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