Oswego Speedway To Pay $12K Winner’s Purse For Whelen Mod Tour Toyota Mod Classic 150

(Press Release from Oswego Speedway)

A joint effort amongst Oswego Speedway, NASCAR, and the ‘Whelen Winner of the Race’ program has pushed Oswego Speedway’s posted purse for September’s NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Toyota Mod Classic 150 to $12,000 to the race winner and $1,000 to start.

In 2018, Whelen drastically increased an integral part of its support system for the tour by upping each race winner’s bonus from $500 all the way to $3,500. The purse increase now sets up one of the highest paying Tour Modified events in New York State this season and also the highest paying Modified race in Classic Weekend history at Oswego. Saturday, September 1 will mark the third consecutive appearance by the tour at the ‘Steel Palace.’

“In conjunction with the folks at NASCAR and Whelen Engineering, we are thrilled to announce that this September’s event for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will now pay $12,000 to win and $1,000 to start for all competitors,” said speedway PR director Camden Proud. “The increased purse has made for the highest paying NASCAR Modified race in Oswego Speedway’s storied history and should attract several additional teams across the region.”

After a two decade long absence following the last prior event in 1989, the ‘Mod Squad’ has returned to Oswego the past two seasons with Doug Coby and Ryan Preece each being victorious. Several of the tour’s biggest stars including Coby, Preece, Justin Bonsignore, Eric Goodale, Timmy Solomito, Rowan Pennink and more are expected coupled with Central New York Modified standouts Matt Hirschman and Chuck Hossfeld, amongst several others who requent the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Tour.

For the second year in a row, the 150-lap event will be aired with tape delay on NBC Sports on Thursday, September 6 at 6pm, less than a week after the 62nd running of Budweiser International Classic Weekend.

To purchase tickets for the most prestigious short track event in the country, you can call the speedway box office at (315)-342-0646.

Oswego opens its 2018 campaign with the first ever running of the Jim Shampine Memorial Supermodified Twin 50’s on Saturday, May 26 in conjunction with the Tony White Memorial 35 for the Pathfinder Bank SBS.

For more information on Oswego Speedway, be sure to visit online at OswegoSpeedway.com. You can also FOLLOW on Twitter @OswegoSpeedway or LIKE on Facebook at Facebook.com/OswegoSpeedway.


  1. darealgoodfella says

    Now that’s what I’m talking about!!!!

  2. Would be really interesting if Chris Larsen and halmar international but up $50,000 for any driver that can do the double with wins on the whelen tour and the super dirt car series at Oswego.

  3. darealgoodfella says

    I wonder if the bigger purses has anything to do with the improvement in car counts.

  4. July 2000 – NHMS paid the mod winner 17k – 2nd paid 10k. Just saying

  5. Thanks Steve, I knew I wouldn’t have to wait long for a negative comment.

    Great news for WMT. Doubled the winner’s purse. More and more positives these days. Must be killing some of you. Car counts we’re very good last year. The increased purses were announced before MB so it isn’t based on 2018 car counts.

  6. darealgoodfella says

    Steve, NHMS always paid the bigger bucks. C’mon man. That’s why teams went loaded for bear with new cars, new engines, etc.

  7. I am always criticizing when wmt is not listening but they might be listening they also are opening the tour garage later so all the teams from Long Island don’t have to go up Friday also increasing purses

  8. Trump is making NASCAR modifieds great again.

  9. All great points Craig, there is a picture of Preece holding a $6000 check in victory lane at Oswego. I assume the other $1676 was contingency and bonus money?

    One win pays more than the ROC championship, WOW! Life is good in WMT land. Fans are juiced again. Car counts are very good. Not much left for the naysayers to cry about.

  10. Your right thanks Phil and whelen for your continued support of the modifieds

  11. Let’s go Racing boys and girls see you atThomson 🏁🏁🏁🏁🏁

  12. Craig says:
    Don’t forget about the WMT Point Fund. $500,000 for the 2018 season.
    It was just announced that the ROC Modified Champion will receive $7,500 for the 2018 season, that would place the ROC Champion at 21st on the WMT point payout window.

    wow! those are impressive numbers!
    can you post a link where you saw/read the Point Fund and its breakdown? i’d like to see it, thanks!

  13. Not really a negitive comment – it’s always good when the purse increases… it’s just a shame that the winner of a race back 18 years ago received more money than today’s races… nascar stopped posting money earned by mod tour racers after 2005 because I think the are embarrassed.

  14. I think NASCAR had been embarrassed by what the Tri-Track series has been able to payout without any major corporate sponsor. It’s a good thing that the purses are on the way up, but don’t fool yourselves that their doing it because they WANT to.

  15. Speaking of Tri Track, their payouts are now well below almost every WMT event. One wonders what the effect will be on them. I for one think the Seekonk Open should pay more. Seekonk could up the anti there. 15K to win sounds nice.

  16. darealgoodfella says

    Steve… I agree. Back around then, the winnings were posted and it was very telling. First place would rarely or barely cover the cost of running the car. But the average Joe reading this was impressed seeing a couple thousand dollars to the winner, even though that often covered just about the tire bill. To the person in the stands, that couple thousand dollars was a huge number, but they have no idea that it costs $7.5k and up to run a COMPETITIVE car in a race. There are the recurring costs and the costs of running the hauler, engine refreshes, expendables, consumables, oil, filters, brake pads, fluids, etc. It adds up fast and bigly.

  17. “it’s just a shame that the winner of a race back 18 years ago received more money than today’s races…”

    How did attendance in 2000 compare to 2017?

    Didn’t NASCAR stop publishing attendance figures around 2005?

  18. darealgoodfella says

    NASCAR is getting a bit concerned. There have been and are numerous competing tours popping up. If NASCAR was that good, nobody would consider starting a new tour. People think that they can come up with the better mouse trap. There is resurgence in sponsorship lately and that helps bigly.

  19. Whelen are the ones who have invested in the tour. They deserve most of the credit here.

  20. WeldingWonders says

    NH Mark. Smartest comment in the thread.

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