OSWEGO, NY (April 27, 2013) – The first official on track activity of 2013 took place at Oswego Speedway on Saturday night with a total of 27 racing machines making their way through the front gate at the ‘Steel Palace.’
In all, 17 Pathfinder Bank SBS series machines, six Novelis Supermodifieds, three ISMA Supermodifieds, and one ATQMRA TQ Midget took to the Speedway.
Two-time feature winner, Dave Danzer, led the way on the Novelis Supermodified speed charts with a lap of 16.815 seconds. Danzer, who struggled to get his car fired for most of the evening, would turn out to be the only non-wing Supermodified under the 17-second bracket all night. The No. 52 machine was the last car on the Speedway for practice, ending at just before 10pm.
Veterans Otto Sitterly, Dan Connors Jr., and Shaun Gosselin were also on hand joining Supermodified rookie Tony Steiner and Brian Sweeney, making his first laps in a Supermodified in almost ten years.
Sitterly only took his non-wing Supermodified onto the Speedway twice, flirting with the lower 17-second bracket.
The No. 26 of Gosselin ran into issues very early on with rear axle troubles that forced the team to load early.
Like Sitterly, Connors would take laps in the mid 17-second range in a somewhat uneventful night for the No. 01.
Steiner, behind the wheel of his Muldoon chassis No. 07, took his time getting up to speed and eventually worked his way into the lower 18-second bracket.
Driving a brand new Hawk chassis, Sweeney waited until late in the evening to hit the Speedway, but immediately turned a lap of 17.8 seconds. Sweeney took to the track one other time, but shut the car down with reported throttle issues and did not make it back onto the race track.
The Pathfinder Bank SBS division saw a healthy field of racers with three-time track champion Mike Bond leading the way in his brand new Four Sevens Motorsports No. 74 FFB chassis. In his last attempt at the Speedway after 9:30pm, Bond would turn several laps at 19.1 seconds before stopping the clocks with a lap of 19.053 seconds. Just shy of the 18-second barrier, which has never been eclipsed in the division, Bond’s lap is the fastest unofficial time ever turned on the AMB transponder system at Oswego Speedway in the SBS series.
Jason Simmons would set the second fastest overall time with a lap of 19.186 seconds while defending series champion Kreig Heroth turned a lap of 19.309 seconds.
Several SBS rookies were on hand including Jeremy Pitcher, Scott Shafer, Zach Amo, Greg O’Connor, and Dan Abt. However, at night’s end it was Oswego High School student Anthony Losurdo setting the fastest lap of the rookie contingent with a very impressive time of 19.338 seconds in his newly built No. 1 FFB chassis.
A total of three ISMA Supermodifieds were in the pit area Saturday.
Otto Sitterly would turn the fastest time of the night with a lap of 15.7 seconds behind the wheel of his latest Hawk chassis, which had never before run with a wing.
Dave Gruel was also on hand with the Steve Miller Sweet 16. Gruel took several laps throughout the course of the night managing to work his way down to 16.092 seconds before calling it quits.
The final winged Supermodified in the pit area was Lou LeVea Jr. in his recently purchased Belfiore chassis. LeVea appeared to battle small issues throughout the night and only got onto the Speedway once.
Another open practice will be held on Friday, May 3 from 1-9pm for wing and non-wing Supermodifieds as well as the Pathfinder Bank SBS Series. Live music will also be played during the test session underneath the main grandstand at the Speedway Tiki Bar from 5-9pm by Oswego musician Bobby Garafolo. Grandstand admission will again be free.
The Speedway’s first racing green flag will wave on Saturday, May 4 with Gater Racing News/North Country Home Builders Opening Night taking center stage. The Pathfinder Bank SBS Series will open their ‘Road to the Championship’ that evening with a 35-lap main event while the winged ISMA Supermodifieds will begin the Shea Concrete ‘Steel Palace’ ISMA SuperSeries with a 50-lap go.
Grandstand gates open on May 4 at 3pm with time trials taking place at 5pm and racing getting underway at 6:30pm
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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.