The unofficial start to the 2014 racing season is set for this weekend with the annual Gater Racing News Motorsports Expo at the New York State Fairgrounds.

Oswego Speedway will once again feature a multi-car display at the Expo, along with two Supermodified simulators for fans to take a set of laps at the famed “Steel Palace.”

Four Pathfinder Bank Small Block Supers are expected to be at this year’s Expo, including all three entries from the Team Tapout racing stables.

The Jason Simmons No. 98, JJ Andrews No. 93, and Barry Kingsley No. 91 Hedger Fabrication Chassis Small Block Supers have gone through the off-season paces and will be in show form for the upcoming Expo.

The fourth Small Block Super in attendance will once again be the Won4Racing No. 04 Hedger Fabrication Chassis, driven by 2012 Speedway track champion Kreig Heroth.

Back by popular demand at this year’s Expo will be the Oswego Speedway Supermodified simulators provided by John Byrnes, Bob Garafolo, and LaGraf’s Pub in Oswego.

Located on E. 10th Street, LaGraf’s holds a weekly simulation series on Monday nights through the Speedway’s off-season.

Fans also can try the simulation online at The race software can be downloaded for a donation of $25, which goes to the Dion Parish Memorial injured driver’s fund.

Rides at this year’s Expo will once again be $5 apiece with 13 laps of racing being given at Oswego Speedway behind the wheel of an ISMA winged Supermodified. Money raised will once again go toward the Kids on Track giveaway fund in 2014.

The top five fastest times on the simulators will be tracked throughout the weekend, with Speedway race tickets being awarded to those who set the top three fastest times.

Thomas Racing Videos will also be on hand with Speedway DVDs ready for purchase.

Sheppard, Friesen, Haers win in Florida

Waterloo’s Matt Sheppard, who is starting fresh in 2014 with a new team and teammate in Jimmy Phelps at Heinke-Baldwin Racing, powered from fourth to second behind Phelps, then slid past his new teammate and eventually held off Stewart Friesen at the checkered flag in Saturday’s DIRTcar Nationals finale. Friesen and Phelps rounded out the podium.

Stewart Friesen, who won on Friday night at Volusia, earned the overall big-block modified event Gator trophy.

Phelps’ Justin Haers captured Wednesday’s 30-lap opener after just missing a win during last season’s DIRTcar Nationals.

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