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Jessica Zemken Highlights Oswego Speedway Driver Autograph Session at Gater Racing News Motorsports Expo
OSWEGO, NY (March 4, 2014) – Novelis Supermodified Rookie of the Year contender, Jessica Zemken, will highlight an Oswego Speedway driver autograph session to be held at the Gater Racing News Motorsports Expo at the New York State Fairgrounds on Sunday, March 9 beginning at 1pm.
Zemken, most notably known for her rousing success in winged Sprint Car racing, became the first woman in 57 years to qualify for the Budweiser International Classic at Oswego Speedway last season and will compete full time at Oswego Speedway in 2014 driving for Graham Racing in the Corr/Pak Merchandising No. 11 machine.
The Gater Racing News Motorsports Expo begins Saturday, March 8 and will run until Sunday, March 9 at 4pm.
Oswego Speedway will feature a multi-car display at its booth while also providing fans an opportunity to purchase Budweiser International Classic Weekend tickets, racing DVDs, merchandise, and a chance to race at Oswego Speedway on one of the LaGraf’s Pub/SUPRS.net Supermodified simulators.
Joining Zemken as a part of the Speedway autograph session at 1pm on Sunday will be Small Block Super pilots Jason Simmons, JJ Andrews, Barry Kingsley, and 2012 Small Block track champion Kreig Heroth.
Other drivers are expected to be announced as the weekend draws closer.
Oswego Speedway’s 2014 schedule brochures will be available at this weekend’s Expo.
For more information on Oswego Speedway visit online at www.oswegospeedway.com or LIKE on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OswegoSpeedway or FOLLOW on Twitter @OswegoSpeedway. Those interested in Speedway video programming online can subscribe to the Speedway’s YouTube Channel, ‘OswegoSpeedwayOnline’.
To purchase tickets for the 2014 racing season call the Speedway box office at (315) 342-0646.
About Oswego Speedway: Oswego Speedway, a sports entertainment company, is a 5/8 mile semi-banked pavement racing oval located off the shores of Lake Ontario in scenic Oswego, NY. Oswego 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 Oswego Speedway making Oswego the only weekly Supermodified racing venue in the world. The Small Block 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, arguably the greatest driver of all time, two-time Indy 500 champion Gordon Johncock, along with former International Classic Champions Bentley Warren, Joe Gosek, and Davey Hamilton.
The KEYS Program’s Smile Experience Provides Special Day at the Track for Kids Battling Cancer; Donation box to be on display at the Gater booth this weekend!
Sherrill, NY In what seemed just a blink ago, I was in a hospital room helping my mother gently maneuver headphones on my father’s ears. My father’s journey with cancer was brief, and we knew he was nearing his time to leave us. We were just hoping music could help relax him, even just a little, and provide his body enough peace to be able to sleep after days of agitation and pain. Within an hour…he was asleep. As the nurses began asking what we had done to help calm and ease my father’s pain, we said, ‘We just played music’. That was the life-changing moment that has brought us here 20 years later.” ~KEYS Founder, Colleen Bennett.
From that moment in November of 1993, the KEYS Program was born to help bring music, comfort and hope to kids and their families going through the same difficult time in their life through the healing power of music. Founded by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Official David Bennett and his wife Colleen, today the KEYS Program is a 501c3 nonprofit organization providing bedside music, concerts and music care packages to more than 5,000 kids each year in children’s hospitals, camps and special needs sites both locally, and across the country, all at no cost to the families they serve.
“When we created KEYS we never dreamed we would be able to reach so many kids. We have been very fortunate to have many sponsors and friends in motorsports, like the Patrick family at the Gater Racing News, who believe in our mission and they are truly the ones that make what we do possible,” said David Bennett.
This summer, the KEYS Program will be enhancing their family programming with the addition of a combined music and motorsports program called the Smile Experience. This unique outreach program provides a special opportunity for kids who are battling cancer, and their siblings, to drive a USAC Quarter Midget, while enjoying a special day at the track with their family. Families enjoy a special hospitality area at the track with family-fun activities and LIVE music too! The KEYS Program’s philosophy is that cancer does not define a child, so all thoughts or mention of illness stays outside the track gate. Each and every child who enters the track is just a wonderful, giggling, silly kid having a fun Smile Experience with their family!
“We did a test run of this program last summer when we invited one of our KEYS families to be our special guests at the Syracuse Quarter Midget track on race night,” said Colleen Bennett. “The number of smiles per hour that night was amazing, so we decided to call this new program the Smile Experience.”
The KEYS Program provides this program, and all of its outreach, at no cost to the families they serve and depends on generous donors and sponsors to make their programs possible. If you would like to show your support, swing by the Gater Racing News booth at this weekend’s Motorsports Expo and drop you spare change or other donation in the KEYS donation box that will be on display. On-line donations and more information are available at www.thekeysprogram.org too! The Bennett family and everyone at KEYS would like to thank the Patrick family for their continued support and dedication to the KEYS Program!
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