Oswego Dragway operated from 1955 to 1980. During it’s time, the track was a hot spot of door slammer racing, most especially Pro Stock and early bracket racing. BangShift photo contributor Greg Rourke pointed us toward an awesome website that features dozens of killer photos and lots of history from the track.
An interesting tid bit is that Ben Christ served as the track operator (one of several he had in his “empire”). Christ is the man credited with coming up with the, “SUNDAY! SUNDAY! SUNDAY!” drag strip screamer style ad that dominated the airwaves in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s.
There are some killer photos featured here, including Animal Jim Feurer’s “Big Animal” 1957 Mercury. That big ass Merc weighed in at 4,000lbs and was powered into the 12s (in this photo, and later into the 11s) by a Ford Tunnel Port 427 and 4-speed combo. It was a dominant car for years at Oswego. Another cool shot is that of the mangled “Grumpy’s Toy” Monza. Pro Stocks were still pretty ill-handling in the mid to late 1970s as chassis technology had not yet caught up to the engine building prowess of dudes like Jenkins.
Hit the link below and spend a bunch of time checking out killer photos and history from Oswego Dragway!
Wednesday Time Killer: Oswego Dragway History