|Monday, June 24, 2013
Back at It: $15 Nights Continue this Saturday at the 'Steel Palace'
By Oswego Speedway @ 11:11 AM :: 797 Views
OSWEGO, NY (June 24, 2013) – After one week off in observance of graduation weekend in the city of Oswego, Oswego Speedway will return to racing this Saturday, June 29 with RJ Caruso Tax & Accounting/C’s Farm Market & Beverage Center Night at the Races.
The night’s racing action will feature a 50-lap Novelis Supermodified main event as well as a 30-lap Pathfinder Bank SBS feature, once again for only $15 in general admission seating. Price Chopper Tickets to Go will again be available at all Price Chopper Supermarket stores for only $14, while kids 16 & under will be admitted free as always with paid adult.
Grandstand gates will open at 4pm for spectators with the night’s first green flag waving at 6:30pm.
The Road to the Championship in the Novelis Supermodified division is shaping up to be a great one, with four different drivers having earned feature wins in as many races.
Currently the driver leading the way in the standings has not won a main event, but has been the most consistent of all 30 drivers that have scored points so far this season.
Michael Barnes, driving the Strong Racing No. 99 Supermodified, is the only driver to have scored a top five finish in every event this season and as a result he holds a five point lead in the current championship standings. Always known as a hard charger in the Supermodified ranks, Barnes has upped his game, taking better care of his equipment and choosing his battles on the Speedway.
On June 15, Barnes started clear back in the 18th position in the night’s second feature, masterfully driving his way through the field to a third place effort. Coupled with a third place run in the night’s first main event, Barnes has proven his time at the top of the standings is no fluke, as he looks to knock off defending champion Otto Sitterly.
Five-time champion Sitterly currently sits as the championship runner-up, just five points shy of Barnes. Driving the Nicotra Racing No. 7, Sitterly has accumulated three top five finishes this season with yet another Jim Shampine Memorial victory coming back on May 25 at the ‘Steel Palace.’
The only blemish on Sitterly’s record this season dates back to his May 11 opening night run-in with Dave Gruel, which saw Sitterly end the night with his only DNF of the season.
Riding third in the standings, 12-points shy of Barnes, is two-time champion Joe Gosek in the Burke’s Home Centers No. 00. Gosek joins Barnes as one of only four drivers with top ten finishes in every race this season, but with only two top five runs to date, Gosek trails both Barnes and Sitterly in his quest for a third title.
With veterans Barnes, Sitterly, and Gosek holding the top three positions in the championship hunt, fourth and fifth in the standings are held by two of the most improved Novelis Supermodified drivers at the Speedway and arguably the future of the division.
Shaun Gosselin, an Oswego native now living in Connecticut, has turned several heads in the last year and a half behind the wheel of his family owned No. 26 Supermodified. With two consecutive top five finishes on June 15, including a hard charging second place effort in the evening’s night cap, Gosselin sits fourth in the standings just 24 markers behind Gosek. Add in a sixth place effort back on May 11 and Gosselin is having the start of his life at the Speedway, and looks to continue the upward climb toward victory lane in 2013.
Rounding out the front five positions early on this season is third generation pilot, Michael Muldoon. Muldoon, who follows in the footsteps of Grandfather Jim and father Mike, drives his homebuilt No. 51 each Saturday at the Speedway and joins Barnes, Gosek, and Jeff Holbrook as the only drivers to have finished in the top ten in all four races this season.
With a fifth place drive on opening night at the ‘Steel Palace’, Muldoon trails Gosselin by only 15-points and currently stands four tallies ahead of Gruel in the sixth spot.
Gruel, Holbrook, Dave Danzer, Dan Connors Jr., and Kody Graham complete the top ten after four races in the Novelis Supermodified Road to the Championship.
Brand new Novelis Supermodified feature winner Pat Lavery now sits just five points out of the top ten positions in the standings with Brandon Bellinger, Tim Devendorf, Tim Snyder, and Brian Sweeney all trying to edge higher in the point count.
In the year-long battle for Novelis Supermodified Rookie of the Year, former dirt track regulars Tony Steiner and Clayton Brewer III continue their battle with Steiner leading the way by 46-points.
Four races into the season Graham, driving the Xtreme Chassis No. 21, leads the Shell Shock Custom Helmet Paint heat race challenge with three qualifying event wins in 2013. The only other driver with more than one heat race win this season is Connors in the No. 01.
The driver with the most heat race wins by season’s end will win a free custom paint job for their helmet by Shell Shock Custom Helmet Paint, based in Nebraska.
In the Pathfinder Bank SBS division Russ Brown continues to lead the championship battle over Kreig Heroth, Dalton Doyle, Jason Simmons and JJ Andrews in the top five.
Mike Bond, Rob Pullen, Andrew Schartner, Jon Tesoriero, and Jack Patrick fill the top ten positions in the championship hunt.
Jeremy Pitcher now holds a 29-point edge on Anthony Losurdo in the race for the Butler Disposal Services Rookie of the Year award.
Currently Heroth, Bond, Pullen, Tim Gareau, Doyle, and Mark Castiglia, are tied with two wins a piece in the drive for the Shell Shock Custom Helmet Paint heat race challenge award.
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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.