Having been one of the division’s most successful drivers over the past decade, Schartner was SBS champion in 2014. After spending much of this year away, the Charlotte, N.C. resident says he will be back at the speedway next month, again piloting the Crowe Motorsports No. 18.
“Thanks to Tom Aaserud and Crowe Motorsports, we have been given the green light to get the No. 18 back on track at Oswego,” Schartner said. “We should be good to go. I am planning on the first week in August and then we’ll try to tune up for a couple races before the Classic.”
Following a runner-up bid for the championship two years earlier, Schartner also competed on a limited schedule in 2018, posting a total of three top five finishes. His 2019 ride will be the very same car built by his father Karl, which debuted with a trip to victory lane in May of 2017.
“I really need to thank my Dad for the endless hours of research and running around to try to make this happen,” Schartner continued. “When the crate change came out, we weren’t sure what the future looked like. It's been a long few months and I’m excited to get back out there.”
With Schartner readying to join the fray, there is now a healthy mix of six former feature winners registered for action in the Pathfinder Bank SBS class along with over a dozen more drivers who are in search of their first career Oswego victories.
Oswego Speedway’s 2019 season will continue this Saturday, July 6 as Holiday Inn Express and Suites of Oswego presents the Independence Weekend ‘Grand Prix’ featuring fireworks, driver autographs, and extra distance features for the Novelis Supermodifieds, Pathfinder Bank SBS and 350 Supers.
To purchase tickets for this weekend’s event, please phone the box office at (315)-342-0646 or email [email protected]
About Oswego Speedway: Oswego Speedway is a 5/8 mile semi-banked pavement racing oval located off the shores of Lake Ontario in scenic Oswego, NY. The 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 the Oswego Speedway making it the only weekly Supermodified racing venue in the world. The Small Block Supermodifieds and 350 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, two-time Indy 500 champion Gordon Johncock, and former International Classic Champions Bentley Warren, Joe Gosek, and Davey Hamilton.