The International Motor Racing Research Center in Watkins Glen, NY will host a panel discussion about supermodified racing as part of its 2013 Conversation Series. According to a press release issued Wednesday, the IMRRC’s panel will take place on Saturday, March 2, 2013 beginning at 1 p.m. ET and is free and open to all.
The panel discussion, which will address supermodified racing around the country with an emphasis on Oswego, NY, will be led by Dick Berggren, national television race commentator and magazine editor.
For more than three decades, Berggren was a pit reporter for NASCAR TV coverage. He retired in 2012, after spending his last 12 years with FOX. With more than 20 years under his belt writing and editing for racing magazines, Berggren founded Speedway Illustrated in 2000.
IMRRC President, J. C. Argetsinger, commented:
“Supermodified racing has been described as the best-kept secret in American motorsports, and we think it’s time to share that secret. These cars are extremely fast and very maneuverable. They put on an exciting show, as any Oswego fan knows. We’re honored that Dick Berggren is going to lead an experienced group to tell the supermodified story.”
Berggren raced supermodifieds, modifieds, stock cars, and sprint cars from 1967-81.
Berggren will lead a panel of speakers that includes Perry Adams, vintage supermodified racer; Steve Miller, longtime supermodified driver, team owner and builder; Jamie Moore, retired driver and Oswego Speedway Hall of Famer; and Dan Kapuscinski, public relations specialist at Oswego.
The five-eighths-mile paved Oswego Speedway, overlooking the shores of Lake Ontario, is familiar territory to everyone on the panel, including Berggren, who describes it as “the most storied of all supermodified tracks.”
“Sweet 16,” a supermodified car owned by Adams with a history at Oswego, is on display at the Racing Research Center through the March 2 talk. Miller built the car, with its roadster-style body, sprint tail and massive wing, in 1991.
Adams calls the car “truly wonderful,” and races it in vintage supermodified events.
The Racing Research Center is an archival library dedicated to the preservation of the history of motorsports, of all series and all venues, through its collections of books, periodicals, films, photographs, fine art and other materials.
For more information about the Center, visit the website www.racingarchives.org or call (607) 535-9044.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Connie Ann Kirk, Ph.D. is the author of several books and is currently writing a book about racing and racers with a historic racer from upstate New York.