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OSWEGO, NY (June 18, 2018) - Prior to Opening Night at Oswego Speedway, John Nicotra, owner of the No. 7 and No. 2 Supermodifieds driven by Otto Sitterly and Dave Shullick Jr, told everyone to “get their popcorn ready” because it’s going to be “one heck of a show this season.”

 

Perhaps the “show” that fans received this past weekend was not exactly what Nicotra had in mind, but sarcastically, now fans can say they know what the legendary car owner was talking about when it comes to grabbing that tub of “popcorn” and sitting in the grandstands at the ‘Big O.’

 

If you were not at the speedway this past weekend, you missed a battle royale in the first Novelis Supermodified Twin 35 presented by Burke’s Do It Best Home Center and Bosco & Geers between defending speedway champion Shullick and seven time champion Sitterly that ended in the beginning of what could be one of the more intense rivalries that Supermodified competition has seen in recent years.

 

Last season, Sitterly was the chief wrench on the No. 7 and the No. 2 car, with Otto recently deciding to focus only on his two cars this season; the older No. 7 and the former Joey Moriarty No. 51 turned Nicotra Racing plant.

 

Longtime Supermodified mechanic Jim Paternoster was called upon to oversee the operations on the No. 2 and the combination appears to be working well so far, with the defending International Classic champion already picking up two wins to start the season while Sitterly has also driven to four top five finishes in five total events.

 

Most recently, the Nicotra Racing teammates finished 1-2 in the A&P Auto Parts ‘Spring Championship’ a week ago before it appeared that the script was written for another first and second effort in the first Twin 35 this past Saturday, June 16, but all of that soon changed.

 

Way out in front, Shullick had caught lapped traffic late in the first Twin and that was when Sitterly, who was running second, was finally able to close ground on the race leader.

 

Shullick tried to go around the lapped car of Brandon Bellinger on lap 25, but was unsuccessful and this allowed Sitterly to get a nose under the No. 2 off the exit of the second corner. The two brushed wheels, but both continued on.

 

The contact between the teammates allowed Bellinger to pull away from the top two as Shullick and Sitterly would again have to handle lapped traffic just a lap and a half later.

 

When the leaders caught back up to the No. 02, Shullick washed up high again trying to make a high side pass in between turns three and four and for the second time in three laps, Sitterly got a nose underneath with the two brushing wheels once more.

 

On this occasion, Shullick lost the handle on the car and touched the outside wall off of turn four, causing noticeable damage to the No. 2 and bringing out the Canale Insurance & Accounting yellow flag.

 

Shullick then gave Sitterly a tap on the back bumper in between turns one and two before taking the car to the pits. He did not return for the second feature, but later commented that, “Otto just put me into the wall so I ran into him under caution. We will be back.”

 

In a dramatic turn of events, Sitterly was penalized for the contact in turn four and sent to the rear of the field, but later recovered for an eighth place finish.

 

Sitterly was then back in action for the second twin and drove from ninth to a third place finish behind Michael Barnes and Joe Gosek, but ‘seven time’ was still extremely dejected with the turn of events in the first race.

 

Otto said, “The car was OK. We got our caged rattled in the first race so it wasn’t as good in the second. The 2 got into me in turn two and bent the front end on the car, so I stuck it underneath him in turn three and yup, we brushed, but I don’t know what happened to him. I kept going, but got sent to the back so I don’t really know what that was all about but it was wrong.”

 

With an apparent feud brewing between two of the best in Supermodifed racing, the contact between “Shullick and Sitterly” has been the talk of the town for the past 48 hours.

 

Oswego Speedway’s ‘Road to the Championship’ continues in two more weeks when Galloway Century 21 and Oswego D-Bus will present the Independence Weekend ‘Grand Prix’ 75 featuring an extra distance event for the Novelis Supermodifieds.

 

With Sitterly holding on to the championship lead by just two points over Keith Shampine and Shullick falling back to eighth in the standings, both drivers will be hungry for victory on June 30 and certainly motivated to beat one another as well. It appears as if it’s going to be an intense ‘blue car battle’ all season long.

 

To order your tickets for the show, which is also anticipated to include the return of speedway hall of famer Doug Didero, please call the track box office at (315)-342-0646. You can also email a speedway representative at oswegospeedway@gmail.com.

 

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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.

 
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