Thursday, October 11, 2012
Sitterly Supermodified to Join IMIS Hall of Champions
By Oswego Speedway @ 8:50 AM :: 1330 Views

OSWEGO, NY (October 11) – Oswego Speedway Novelis Supermodified track champion Otto Sitterly will have the privilege of being honored at the International Motorsports Industry Show in Indianapolis, IN December 6-8, as his John Nicotra Racing owned Supermodified will be a part of the prestigious Hall of Champions display within the Indiana Convention Center.

Each year at the IMIS show the Hall of Champions is assembled to recognize major motorsports champions from across the world. 

Last season’s Hall included the racing machines of NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart, IZOD IndyCar Series champion Dario Franchitti, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Austin Dillon, Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Protype champion Scott Pruett, World of Outlaws champions Rick Eckert and Jason Meyers, USAC National Midget champion Bryan Clauson, and many more.

This December Sitterly, Nicotra, and Oswego Speedway, will join the star studded list of drivers, teams and series to be recognized.

“It’s really hard to believe the things that have happened for me,” said Sitterly, now a five time Oswego Speedway Novelis Supermodified track champion.  “Sometimes I stand back and think ‘wow’, some pretty cool things are taking place for me right now.  It is very much an honor for Nicotra Racing to go to Indy and represent both Oswego Speedway and Supermodified racing as a group.”

Nicotra looks at the IMIS show as the perfect way to introduce Supermodified racing, and Oswego Speedway, to a world audience.

“Otto and I are happy to get a non-wing Supermodified out to Indy,” said Nicotra.  “A lot of those in the motorsports industry have heard so much about Supermodifieds, but have never seen one in person.  Now they can see what we are all about at the Home of Supermodifieds, Oswego Speedway.”

With a total of four wins during the 2012 Oswego Speedway season, Sitterly now has 24 career victories which ranks 11th All-Time just two behind former International Classic champion Steve Gioia Jr.  Sitterly himself is now a three time winner of the Budweiser International Classic after winning his second consecutive title this past Labor Day Weekend.  Driving for John Nicotra Racing, Sitterly also visited Classic victory lane in 2009.

Sitterly’s championship effort however is likely the most impressive of his feats in 2012.  After winning the first two events of the season, Sitterly managed to overcome two crash filled weeks in June and then outlast a determined Pat Lavery on the final night of the season for his fifth track title overall.

Only Speedway legends Nolan Swift, Jim Shampine, and Bentley Warren have won more track championships than Otto Sitterly.

For more information on the International Motorsports Industry Show in Indianapolis, IN visit www.imis-indy.com.

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Otto Sitterly – Career Supermodified Statistics

Overall Wins:
1. Jim Shampine – 87
2. Bentley Warren – 66
3. Ed Bellinger Jr. – 51
4. Joe Gosek – 42
5. Nolan Swift – 41
6. Greg Furlong – 37
7. Doug Heveron – 33
8. Doug Didero – 33
9. Mike Ordway – 30
10. Steve Gioia Jr. – 26
11. Otto Sitterly - 24
12. Pat Abold – 22


International Classic Wins:
1. Nolan Swift – 6
2. Bentley Warren – 6
3. Greg Furlong – 6
4. Ed Bellinger Jr. – 5
5. Jim Shampine – 3
6. Joe Gosek – 3
7. Otto Sitterly – 3
8. Warren Coniam – 2
9. Chuck Ciprich – 2
10.  Doug Heveron – 2
11. Doug Didero – 2


Oswego Speedway Championships (Including A-Modifieds from 1951-1961):
1. Nolan Swift – 8
2. Jim Shampine – 7
3. Bentley Warren – 7
4. Otto Sitterly – 5
5. Greg Furlong – 4
6. Ed Bellinger Sr. – 3
7. Doug Didero – 3
8. Mike Muldoon – 3
9. Warren Coniam – 2
10.  Doug Heveron – 2
11.  Joe Gosek – 2

About Oswego Speedway: Oswego Speedway, a sports entertainment company, is a 5/8 mile semi-banked pavement racing oval located off the shores of Lake Ontario in scenic Oswego, NY. Oswego Speedway has been a continuously run weekly racing venue since August, 1951. The premier open-wheel pavement short track cars in the world, Supermodifieds, run weekly at Oswego Speedway making Oswego the only weekly Supermodified racing venue in the world. The Small Block Supermodifieds accompany the full blown Supers on a weekly Saturday night schedule which runs from May through September. Oswego Speedway is mentioned in racing circles as the “Indy of the East,” as no fewer than a dozen past and present competitors have competed at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway including Mario Andretti, arguably the greatest driver of all time, two-time Indy 500 champion Gordon Johncock, along with former International Classic Champions Bentley Warren, Joe Gosek, and Davey Hamilton.

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