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OSWEGO SPEEDWAY ANNUAL AWARDS AND HALL OF FAME BANQUET ENDS 2018 SEASON

By Carol D. Haynes, for Oswego Speedway

Oswego, NY – The Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center hosted the annual Oswego Speedway Awards Banquet and Hall of Fame Saturday night where award winners and Hall of Fame Inductees were recognized. The MC for the evening was Steve Quonce of the Oswego Safety Crew.

The Hall of Fame Inductees honored were Tim and Denny Snyder, driver and owner of the Snyder Racing Novelis Supermodified #0 team, competitors at the Oswego Speedway for the past 25 years. The Snyder team had picked up ten features and a Budweiser Int’l Classic win over the years. There were hints that while the team is not retiring by any means, that there may be a new pilot for the car next season.

Pathfinder Bank SBS car owner Tom Aaserud of Crow Motorsports, who has had some very successful drivers over the years including the likes of Dave Gruel, Russ Brown, Kreig Heroth and most recently Andrew Schartner, was inducted.

Oswego Speedway employee Dave Rice, who has been the basic keeper and provider of all the statistics at the track and has logged in over the many years. His work traces back to the beginning of racing at the Speedway. Rice compiled statistics from the early years through hours of research. Since he took over as the Oswego Speedway statistician, Dave has compiled lists of all races run dividing the information into different categories such as win lists, top 5 and 10 finishes.

Longtime sponsor of the Oswego Speedway pace vehicles, Burritt Motors, was the final inductee of the evening. Over many years, Dick, Chris and now Rich Burritt have not only provided the speedway with a vehicle to lead the race fields, they have also sponsored golf tournaments, nights of racing and special awards such as the fastest front row at the Budweiser International Classic.

Moving to the 2018 Oswego Speedway awards, the first presentation that took place was the Ed Clark Safety Crew Spirit Award, which was given to Kevin Holliday. The entire group of Oswego Safety crewmembers on hand gathered to present the award.

The Oswego Speedway Recognition award went to long time race scorers Robin Delaney and his wife Janet who have gone through the hand scoring days to the current use of the more modern transponders. Janet still uses the hand method as a backup to the technology.

The Matczak Woman of the Year award was awarded to Mackenzie Coleman, who represents the Oswego Speedway not only as trophy girl, but also as an avid promoter and ambassador of the track and racing in general. Coleman sent a recorded acceptance from the racing taking place in Charlotte, NC.

The Oswego Speedway Rookie of the Year honors went to Josh Sokolic in the Pathfinder Bank SBS division, finishing thirteenth in points and to Tyler Thompson, for his second such award of the day, in the Novelis Supermodified Division where he finished an admirable eight in points.  Thompson was also named Rookie of the Year in the ISMA organization, quite a feat by the teenager.

Mark Castiglia was honored with the Pathfinder Bank Car Owner of the year. Castiglia fielded cars for the 2018 Champion Anthony Losurdo and those driven by Dave LaTulip and Dan Kapuscinski during the season.

The Novelis Car Owner of the Year was pretty much a given as John Nicotra was presented that award as owner of the cars of 2018 Champion Otto Sitterly and second place finisher Dave Shullick Jr. Those two drivers accumulated eight feature wins during the season, with Sitterly picking up an exciting Budweiser Classic 200 win.

The Jake’s Automotive Crew of the Year award went to the Ray Hedger-Russ Brown team, which finished second in the Pathfinder Bank SBS points.

The Novelis Supermodified Chris Osetek-Keith Shampine  number 55 team was presented with the Crew of the Year Award for their third place finish in the final point standings. The team, which travels from North Carolina each race night, put in a lot of miles and hard work to achieve that spot.

Lou LeVea Jr. accepted the Novelis Most Improved Driver Award for his tenth place point standings in the Narramore-owned 83, while Dave LaTulip, driving for car owner Mark Castiglia, picked up the Pathfinder Bank SBS Most Improved Driver Award in that division. LaTulip, after a short hiatus from racing, came back this year to finish 12th in points, and logging one feature win along the way.

The newly reorganized and regenerated Eagles Fan Club presented three awards as introduced by Eagles leader Eric Syrell. The newly named Pullen’s Plumbing Tony White Memorial award went to Barry Kingsley, driver of the SBS 91, who finished tenth in points. The Total Seal Joe Paeno Memorial award went to Craig Soper and in an emotional presentation, the annual Jim Shampine Memorial award was issued posthumously to Bob Smith, a long time Joe Gosek crewman, who passed away earlier this year. “Smitty’s” son Cole, also a member of the Gosek crew, accepted for his late father.

The top ten Pathfinder Bank SBS drivers were honored. Each of the top three had Thomas race videos to accompany their season’s accomplishments. Dan Phillips of Pathfinder Bank was on hand to present the awards to champion Anthony Losurdo, Russ Brown, Mike Bond, Dave Cliff, Dalton Doyle, Jack Patrick, Dan Kapuscinski, Cameron Rowe and Barry Kingsley. The championship was Losurdo’s first such honor. He accrued two feature wins during his run for the title.

Kevin Shutt of Novelis spoke briefly about the company’s sponsorship of the supermodified division and the recycling of aluminum cans effort, which takes place during the season, which is important to the overall recycling program. Each year the Oswego Speedway brings in hundred of thousands of cans to recycle and the fans bringing them in are presented with various speedway tickets, a beneficial arrangement to both entities and the environment as well.

Kevin then presented each of the Novelis Supermodified top ten their awards. 2018 Otto Sitterly spoke briefly of his 8-time record breaking championship run acknowledging his car owner John Nicotra, his crew and family as well. Sitterly also called up Anthony Losurdo, Tyler Thompson and Josh Sokolic to the podium and introduced them as the “future” of Oswego racing, which brought a round of applause from the banquet crowd.  Sitterly had 3 feature wins this season, one of which was the Mr. Novelis Supermodified win, a win fifth win of the Budweiser International Classic and an record-breaking eighth supermodified championship.

Dave Shullick Jr., former champion and Classic winner, had four feature wins. finishing second in the Nicotra number 2. Keith Shampine, Michael Barnes (3 wins and winner once again of the Turning Stone Casino sponsored Favorite Driver Contest}, Aric Iosue, Dave Danzer, Brandon Bellinger, Tyler Thompson, Dave Gruel and Lou LeVea Jr. finished up the top ten presentations, with videos from the season also presented for the top three.

Millennium Music by Ron Gray provided the post-award activities.

Paul Conzone of the Oswego Speedway Safety crew, as head of the banquet committee, was thanked along with his assistants, on a job well done.  The banquet videos by Matt Thomas of Thomas Video were announced as being put on YouTube for viewing for those who may have missed the program. Those videos and others are also offered for sale on the Thomas Video website.

Unlikely PASS South Championship Scenario To Be Decided At Hickory

CHARLOTTE, NC (November 7) – As the 2018 season gets set to conclude for the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Models this weekend at Hickory Motor Speedway, no one could have predicted how the contenders would fall for the PASS South championship.  It is no surprise that Kannapolis, NC’s Matt Craig leads the standings as he eyes an unprecedented third PASS South title.  But, coming into the season, few, if any, could have predicted Ennismore, Ontario’s, JP Josiasse would be second in the standings coming to the 13thAnnual Mason-Dixon MegaMeltdown 200 at Hickory.

Josiasse’s PASS journey began a few years ago in the PASS Pro Late Model division, a class that also brought Kodie Conner and Tate Fogleman to the PASS Super Late Model ranks.  When that division went away at the conclusion of the 2014 season, Josiasse made the decision to try out Super Late Models.  And, with the help of car builder Gary Crooks and a small group of fellow countrymen, Josiasse has parlayed those 20-hour trips from Canada into a chance at PASS South immortality.

“For us, we just enjoy racing with PASS and coming down South when we can,” says Josiasse, driver of the Stoneridge Insurance/The Olde Smokehouse Chevrolet #24.  “We never imagined that we would have a chance at the championship this year, but the races fell our way for us to compete in all of them and our performance improved, so I guess, here we are.”

As the owner and promotor of Ontario’s Peterbourough Speedway, Josiasse is limited to when he can actually race himself.  But, with consistent performances, including a career-best seventh place finish at South Boston in August, Josiasse finds himself 28 points behind Craig heading to Hickory this weekend.  And he is not alone, as both Kodie Conner and Roy Hayes still have a mathematical shot at the championship.  After being involved in an early accident in last year’s MegaMeltdown, Craig knows that everything will have to go to plan as he seeks to secure his third title.  

Saturday afternoon’s 200 lapper will also serve as the final event of the PASS National Championship Series to crown the country’s only true nationwide champion.  Derek Griffith, Ray Christian, III, Ben Rowe, and Conner will be locked in a tight battle in front of the MAVTV cameras as they duke it out for the national championship. Additionally, the MASS Street Stocks will race for $1,000 to win and will be joined by the Legends cars to complete this exciting afternoon of grassroots racing.

Joining the championship contenders will be defending MegaMeltdown winner, Brandon Setzer, 2015 PASS South champion, Tate Fogleman, and this year’s Oxford Plains Speedway track champion, Gabe Brown.  A strong group of New Englanders have already entered including, Cory Casagrande, Derek Ramstrom, John-Michael Shenette, TJ Brackett, and Wyatt Alexander.  And the south will be represented equally as well by Gracie Trotter, Lucas Jones, and Jody Measamer.

Entry forms and the complete weekend schedule for the 13thAnnual Mason-Dixon MegaMeltdown 200 are available at ProAllStarsSeries.com.

The weekend will start on Friday at Hickory Motor Speedway with rotating practice for all divisions from 2-5 PM.  On Saturday, pit gates will open at 7:30 AM, with practice beginning at 9:30 AM, followed by qualifying at 11:45 AM, the on track pit party at 12:50 PM, and racing for the PASS Super Late Models, MASS Street Stocks, and Legends beginning at 1:30 PM.  

The Pro All Stars Series is recognized as North America’s premier sanctioning body for asphalt Super Late Models and boasts such marquee events as the Easter Bunny 150 at Hickory Motor Speedway, the legendary Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway, and the inaugural PASS Commonwealth Classic at Richmond Raceway. For media or marketing questions, please contact Alan Dietz at 704-231-2039 or alandietzpass@live.com.  Please visit ProAllStarsSeries.com for more information and don’t forget to “Like” the Pro All Stars Series on Facebook or follow us on Twitter at @PASSSLM14 to keep up with breaking news as it happens.

New Egypt Speedway Plans December 8th Roundtable Meetings With All Race Teams

New Egypt, NJ – New Egypt Speedway has scheduled its annual roundtable discussions with all of their weekly race teams for Saturday December 8th, 2018 at the New Egypt Firehouse located at 59 Main Street in New Egypt.

The meeting times will take place as follows:

Street Stocks 12PM-1PM

4-Cylinders 1PM-2PM

Northeast Wingless Sprint Cars 2PM-3PM

Crate Modifieds 3PM-4PM

Sportsman 4PM-5PM

Modifieds 5PM-6:30PM

Speedway management is asking that only the driver and car owner be present due to space restrictions.

Any questions can be directed to the Speedway office at 609-758-1900 and or Joey Liquori at 908-256-0234 or via e-mail at nesoffice@comcast.net.
New Egypt Speedway is located on Route 539 in New Egypt, NJ just minutes from Six Flags Great Adventure and the New Jersey Turnpike. A racy 7/16-mile D-shaped dirt oval, New Egypt Speedway serves Garden State race fans with some of the best competition in the country. New Egypt’s state-of-the-art facilities feature daylight-quality lighting and excellent sightlines from any seat in the house. The grandstands are fully wheelchair accessible with wide, clear, and well-groomed walkways. Concession facilities serve up everything from Jersey Burgers to ice cream treats at family-friendly prices.
For more information on New Egypt Speedway, visit online: www.newegyptspeedway.net, “Like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/newegyptspeedwayofficial, or follow us on Twitter @nesspeedway.