by Dan Johnson
Garages all around Central New York are in full thrash mode as racing season gets closer and closer.
Teams competing at Oswego Speedway have May 5 circled on their calendars as the gates to the Steel Palace swing open that day for its 62nd consecutive year of racing.
Teams, officials and fans alike are anxiously awaiting Opening Day No. 62 at Oswego Speedway as the supermodifieds and SBS classes headline a full summer of activity at the lakeside oval.
In those 62 years of racing, the Gioia family name has been around the speedway possibly more than any other family.
Steve Gioia Sr. was first, owning cars and competing for the better part of three decades. He became a member of the Oswego Speedway Hall of Fame in 1999.
Steve Gioia Jr. is one of the most decorated drivers to ever don a helmet at Oswego, winning the track championship, a Classic, and 26 features along the way. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2002.
Steven Gioia III now carries the family name through the gates week in and week out as he enters his sixth supermodified season at Oswego.
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