Thursday, December 13, 2018

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By ROY SOVA

The open practice at Oswego Speedway had a little bit of everything. Familiar faces, four rookies, 2 in each division, some teams still having some work to do, some very pleased with today, and a heavy crash.

Big Dog Lou LaVea, Sr. had a heavy crash into the front straight and first turn walls. It took awhile for Lou to shake off the impact, but he walked under his own power to the ambulance for a ride to Oswego Hospital for a checkup.
 
Edward Maxon, a long time Oswego Speedway track safety crewman, who has mostly retired, was standing in turn one and was the first to the LaVea crash. The rest of the front straight safety crew was there within seconds. I can never say enough good things about the dedication and skill of the Oswego Safety Crew.
 
In all there were 23 cars in the Oswego pits; 8 Supermodifieds and 15 SBS. They all got plenty of track time, including the rookies. Many cars not here today, like the Otto Sitterly and Dave Shullick Supers, are already scheduled to practice this coming Fast Friday to get ready for the big Memorial Day Weekend show.
 
It is entirely within the realm of the possible Oswego will have to run consis next week. People I’ve talked to say they expect 26-27 Supers and about the same number of SBS.
 
Glad to see ISMA regular Dan Bowes plans to be at Oswego next weekend. He says he wants to make a few non-wing races at Oswego this year, but is not sure the car will see double duty Classic Weekend.
 
I’ve been quite impressed with Supermodified rookies Nathan Schultzkie and Tyler Thompson. Both saw a lot of track time andshowed constant improvement. By halfway through practice both drivers were under 18 seconds and both worked their way lower into the 17 second bracket with Thompson flirting with 17.5 with an hour to go.
 
In the SBS field rookie Joshua “Stosh” Sokolic looked very good. He was solidly under 20 seconds. Rookie Steve Flack had troubles getting the car up to speed and rookie Tim Glidden, Jr. never got on the track.
 
Aric Iosue was fastest in Supermodified practice with a lap of 16.982. Brandon Bellinger had a best lap 17.111 and Jeff Abold a 17.328
 
Mike Bond is the all time SBS points leader and has the most feature wins. I would like to see how Mike and Russ Brown stack up counting only race events where both were in competition.
 
For Memorial Day Weekend at Oswego, the Jim Shampine Memorial Supermodified Twin 50’s and Tony White Memorial SBS 35 the pit window will open at 11, pits at 11:30, drivers’ meeting at 12:45, warmups start and the grandstand opens at 1:30, timed warmups are at 4:00 with heats following immediately. Supermodified heats will go first.

 

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