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NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour and Twin Late Model Stocks from South Boston on 9-19-2015.

South Boston Speedway 9-19-2015
NASCAR Whelen Modified South Boston 150
Bowling, Pulliam, Seuss Take the Wins!!!

Ben Lookabill Racing Correspondent

On the card tonight is Twin 75’s for the Late Model Stocks and 150 Laps for the Southern Modified Tour.

5 Lee Pulliam wins the opening race in the Whelen All American late model series at SOBO tonight, bringing him one step closer to his 3rd national championship in that series
5 Lee Pulliam wins the opening race in the Whelen All American late model series at SOBO tonight, bringing him one step closer to his 3rd national championship in that series
Austin Thaxton takes the pole for the first LMS 75 lap feature with Matt Bowling on the outside. On the start Thaxton roars to the lead over Bowling. On lap 38 Lee Pulliam takes the lead and starts to pull away. Pulliam would lead the rest of the way to take the win. Austin Thaxton comes homes second and Matt Bowling is third. Pulliam drew 7 for the second race invert.

The Southern Modified Tour lined up for 150 Laps. Bobby Measamer shocked everybody by taking his first Pole Position over Andy Seuss. On the green Seuss takes the lead off turn two over Measamer and James Civali. Seuss opens up a pretty good gap over the rest of the field. The Caution Flag flies on Lap 63 for a spin by James Civali. On the restart George Brunhozel leads the field to Green over Seuss. Seuss would bang his way past Brunhozel back to the point. Danny Bohn would spin on Lap 112 to bring out the caution. On the restart Seuss goes back to the lead over Brunhozel. Seuss would pull away to take his third win of the season and his third at South Boston. Brunhozel was second and Measamer was third. Seuss also takes over the point lead by 10 over Burt and Jason Myers.

11 Andy Seuss wins the Whelen Southern Modified Tour race at SOBO tonight.
11 Andy Seuss wins the Whelen Southern Modified Tour race at SOBO tonight.

The Late Models rolled out for the second 75 Lap feature of the night. Johnny Cash and Mark Keesee, Jr would lead the field to Green. Nathan Crews takes the lead going down the back stretch over Cash. Matt Bowling moves to the point and brings Lee Pulliam with him. Bowling pulls out to a big lead over Lee Pulliam. Bowling takes the win. Eric Winslow passes Pulliam late in the race to take second over Pulliam in third. Bowling gets his fifth win of the year and his second track championship. Lee Pulliam came in tonight races leading the National Points. That Championship results will be announced Wednesday.

83 Matt Bowling wins the track championship in the late model division for the 2nd time in his career.
83 Matt Bowling wins the track championship in the late model division for the 2nd time in his career.

Pit Notes: The next event on the schedule for the Whelen Southern Modified Tour will be October 3rd at Hickory Motor Speedway.

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(Photo Credits James Price )

Results
Late Model Stock Race 1
1 Lee Pulliam
2 Austin Thaxton
3 Matt Bowling
4 Ronald Hill
5 Nathan Crews
6 Mark Keesee, Jr
7 Johnny Cash
8 Eric Winslow
9 Stacy Puryear
10 Matt Taylor
11 Mike Chambers
12 Richard Hayden
13 Chris Crosby
14 Thomas Chappell
15 Peyton Sellers
16 Joey Conner
17 Marshall Glass
18 Colin Garrett

Late Model Stock Race 2
1 Matt Bowling
2 Eric Winslow
3 Lee Pulliam
4 Austin Thaxton
5 Ronald Hill
6 Mark Keesee, Jr
7 Stacy Puryear
8 Johnny Cash
9 Nathan Crews
10 Matt Taylor
11 Mike Chambers
12 Richard Hayden
13 Chris Crosby
14 Thomas Chappell
15 Peyton Sellers
16 Joey Conner
17 Marshall Glass
18 Colin Garrett

Southern Modified Tour 150
1 Andy Seuss
2 George Brunhozel
3 Bobby Measamer, Jr
4 Frank Flemming
5 Jeremy Gerstner
6 Burt Myers
7 Jason Myers
8 Kyle Ebersole
9 Trey Hutchens
10 James Civali
11 Danny Bohn
12 David Calabrese
13 Kyle Bonsignore
14 Gary Putnam
15 A.J. Winstead

Brothers ‘Bonded’ in Oswego Speedway History: Bob, Mike Bond Clinch Oswego Track Titles in Same Season

Oswego-2012F_350OSWEGO, NY (September 21, 2015) – In a fitting conclusion to Oswego Speedway’s 65th anniversary season, Bob and Mike Bond became the first brother tandem to earn Oswego Speedway track championships in the same season following Sunday’s Fall Championship 125 finale at the ‘Steel Palace.’

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Each entered the final point event of the season as the series point leaders in their respective Novelis Supermodified and Pathfinder Bank SBS divisions, and did just what they needed to in order to claim track titles.

Bob would go on to finish second in the final Supermodified main event of the season behind track title rival Otto Sitterly, earning enough points to secure his first career Novelis Supermodified track championship by a mere 3.5 points.

Mike took fourth in Sunday’s Small Block Super main behind Dalton Doyle, Andrew Schartner, and title hopeful Dave Cliff, also scoring just enough markers to wrap up his fourth career Pathfinder Bank SBS championship by only 5.5 points.

With his first career championship, Bob Bond becomes the 24th driver in Oswego Speedway’s history to earn a Supermodified track championship, dating back to 1962.

“We weren’t sure what we were going to do at the beginning of the season,” said Bond in Turning Stone Resort Casino Victory Lane following the final main event of the season. “We kept earning good finishes, so we decided to come back and try for it (the championship). It would have been nice to have one more spot in the race today, but we’ll take this instead.”

Bond ended a streak of three consecutive track titles for Sitterly, who won six main events in 2015, and was in search of his record setting eighth Supermodified title.

“What an up and down year,” said Sitterly. “We won six races, we led all the statistical categories, but we came up just short in the end. There are too many things to look back on that went wrong, we could never key on just one that could have turned things around. We have something to shoot for now next year, we will be back to try and knock Bob Bond off the top of the ladder.”

Tim Devendorf and Tim Snyder led the 25-car Novelis Supermodified Fall Championship 75 to green on Sunday, with Devendorf darting to the early race lead.

Sitterly started fourth in the 75-lapper, with Bond in seventh.

Earlier in the day Sitterly won his qualifying heat race, as Bond finished second, meaning that the once 12.5 point lead for Bond was now only 9.5.

Knowing that, Sitterly began his charge to the front right away, looking to do all he could to steal the title away from the Four Sevens machine of Bond.

By lap 8 Sitterly had stormed to the front, diving under Devendorf for the top spot into the first corner. The daring move saw Sitterly and Devendorf brush wheels, but each would come out unscathed.

A hard charging Jeff Abold, fresh off a runner-up finish in the Star Classic, slid through along with Sitterly to score second.

As Sitterly rocketed to the front, Bond stayed in tow, making a brilliant inside move on both Snyder and Dave Cliff down the back chute to hit fourth position.

But, on lap 11 the yellow lights would come on as Devendorf stopped in turn four with an apparent broken torque arm as the culprit.

The early restart saw Sitterly lead Abold and now Bond in third with Dave Danzer, Snyder, Cliff, Dave Shullick Jr., Ray Graham, Brandon Bellinger, and Dave Gruel in the top ten.

At this point each title hopeful was doing just what they needed to. Sitterly had marched to the front, and Bond was now only one spot away from securing the championship.

Back to green the field settled into its rhythm as it wasn’t until lap 36 that Bond found what he needed in order to slip by Abold for second into turn three. With that move Bond was now in position to earn the title, he just needed to ride out the remainder of the event.

Trouble would strike however at lap 46 as Stephen Gioia III took a vicious ride into the outside fourth turn steel in the Gioia Racing No. 9. Gioia’s machine suddenly jolted to the right coming off the fourth corner, slamming the outside wall head on sending itself into a mid-air spin before landing on the pavement, facing the wrong direction.

Oswego Speedway’s track safety crew was on the scene in a matter of seconds to find Gioia awake and alert, but in a great amount of discomfort.

After being removed from the racecar, Gioia was transported to University Hospital for observation.

The Gioia family has since reported to Oswego Speedway that Stephen has no threatening injuries, but he did suffer a dislocated elbow in the collision as well as a compression fracture in his lower back. The Speedway will post more updates as they are provided from the Gioia family.

Race teams were allowed to take fuel during the Gioia incident and once back to green flag racing Sitterly led Bond, Abold, Danzer, Bellinger, Gruel, Joe Gosek, Ron Silk, Shaun Gosselin, and Snyder.

Silk, the 2011 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion, made his first career Supermodified start on Sunday, subbing for Kody Graham who was unable to make the rain date. Silk would end up taking the controls of the No. 91 Graham machine, and after starting scratch on the field was in the top ten at lap 46.

Gosek, who was in a violent accident at Star Speedway just one week ago, returned to the Speedway Saturday with the same No. 00 racer and also had to start at the tail of the field along with Silk after being sent to the pit area during main event warm-up laps with a potential leak. The matter apparently cured itself, as Gosek was now on the charge.

Gosek’s charge continued at lap 49 as he made moves on both Gruel and Bellinger to work to the top five, but unfortunately at lap 69 it was halted as Bellinger found the inside hubrail collecting both Gosek and Gruel to stop the action one more time.

All cars would rejoin the field.

Back to green for the final time Sitterly continued his stellar pace out front ahead of Bond as the two crossed under the checkers first giving the victory to Sitterly and the championship to Bond in an unforgettable 65th season at Oswego Speedway.

Danzer would come across the line in third with Gruel bouncing back to fourth ahead of Silk with his first career top five finish at Oswego, in his first start.

Gosselin, Abold, Gosek, Brian Sobus, and Pat Lavery finished the top ten runners in the final Supermodified event of the year.

Sitterly would be awarded the Radical Race Gear Lap Leader award with Silk earning both the Lighthouse Lanes Hard Charger and Up and Comer prizes.

Sitterly, Devendorf, and Michael Barnes won Shell Shock Custom Helmet Paint Heat Race Challenge wins.

A total of 27 Novelis Supermodifieds were in the pit area on Sunday with Aric Iosue and Bob Magner failing to make the field.

Iosue crashed out of his heat race with the No. 11 while Magner continued to experience firing issues with the No. 35, as the racer never came to life.

The Pathfinder Bank SBS main saw Camden Proud and Mark Castiglia charge to the green flag with Proud earning the top spot early on.

Bond started from eleventh position while Cliff started tenth. As in the Super main, Bond needed to only keep Cliff in his sight to earn the title, but early on that seemed to be a tall task.

On the third circuit Bond tried the high side on JJ Andrews with Andrews’ right rear bumper catching the left front tire of the Bond No. 74 sending the machine high up the race track, allowing several cars to roll past. Now well outside the top ten, it looked as though Mike Bond would have his work cut out for him in the race for the title.

Meanwhile up front it took Dalton Doyle only four laps to work from fourth position to the point, rolling by Proud to the top spot into turn one on the low side. The No. 01, who led the series standings for much of the year, was now alone in the lead.

On lap five Proud and Castiglia would tangle in the fourth corner to turn on the caution lights moving Schartner and Cliff into the top three with Alex Hoag, Jack Patrick, Greg O’Connor, Dennis Richmond, Andrews, Bond, and Anthony Losurdo in the top ten.

Despite losing several positions early on, Bond was now only five positions away from closing on the back bumper of championship combatant, Cliff.

Back to green it took only 12 laps for Bond to methodically work his way through the pack, eventually finding the fourth position on the tail pipes of Cliff in third.

By the halfway mark of the 50-lapper Doyle had the field well in control of Schartner, Cliff, Bond, and Hoag.

As the race wound down it was clear Doyle was the class of the field on this day, driving away from Schartner, Cliff, Bond, Hoag, Patrick, Rob Pullen, Andrews, Losurdo, and Jason Simmons at the line for the win.

With his fourth place finish, Bond earned enough markers to clear Cliff by 5.5 to win his fourth career SBS title.

“I was doing the math there in my head a few times,” said Bond. “We got caught out early there with that deal with Jay, but we did what we needed to do to get back in position. I had a little bit of a vibration there at the end, maybe a brake rotor warped, I’m not sure? I just want to thank all my guys, my sponsors, my wife, and Denise Merrill for helping to make this happen.”

Doyle said his car was as good as its been all year.

“This thing was great today,” said Doyle. “We’re going to take this car home, get it apart, start from scratch and get working on next year.”

Pullen, driving the Rupert Racing No. 99, was the D&S Landscaping Hard Charger with 2015 SBS Rookie of the Year Alex McRae earning the Nice Price Auto Sales Up and Comer Award.

The White’s Car Care 4th Place finisher was Bond with Doyle earning the Sherwood Racing Wheels Lap Leader Award, and Castiglia taking the Bacc-Off Hard Luck Award.

Doyle, Andrews, and Patrick earned Shell Shock Custom Helmet Paint Heat Race Challenge wins.

To add another historical touch to the 2015 season, Denise Merrill will move into the record books as the first car owner to win both the Supermodified and SBS track titles in the same season as Merrill owned each of the Four Sevens machines that claimed titles on Sunday.

TOM ROGERS JR. SEALS RIVERHEAD NASCAR MODIFIED & FIGURE EIGHT CHAMPIONSHIPS WITH VICTORIES SATURDAY

UnknownNY Sept. 19th
By Bob Finan

Tom Rogers Jr. of Riverhead became the first Riverhead Raceway driver since Buzzy Hedges of Wainscott in 1959 to win two stock car titles in the same year at Riverhead Raceway Saturday night celebrating in style with wins in both the 50-lap NASCAR Modifieds and 15-lap Figure Eight main events. The NASCAR Modified triumph was the 40th of Tom’s illustrious career while the Figure Eight win was his 24th with both championships making him a three time champion in both classes.

Starting from the pole in the NASCAR Modified event Rogers survived an early race challenge from Jason Agugliaro over the first 24 laps of the contest with Jason throwing all he could at the eventual winner. After Ryan Preece took the lead on lap 24 on a double file restart it was Ryan’s turn to find out if he had anything for the 2015 champion. While keeping pace with Rogers at first Preece soon realized second was as good as it was going to get in this race and in fact later in the contest had to ward off 2015 Rookie of the Year Kyle Soper for runner-up money.

At the finish it was the Stakey’s Pumpkin Farm Chevy of Tom Rogers Jr. capturing his 9th win of 2015, just one win shy of tying the single season record of 10 wins in a year set by Gary Winters (1962) and “Charging” Charlie Jarzombek (1976 & 1977) The 2015 title joins Tommy’s 2004 & 2010 championship seasons but was the first championship for veteran car owner Joe Ambrose.
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Ryan Preece of Berlin, Ct raced his way from 8th to runner-up money in an effort to secure a win for retiring car owners Bill & Barbara Park who just an hour after the races watched as their East West Marine Chevy was loaded into the hauler of Dave Brigati who purchased the potent racer. Kyle Soper of Manorville capped off a successful rookie year with a third place finish in the Installations by Gemini Chevy. Shawn Solomito of East Moriches and Dave Sapienza of Riverhead completed the top five.

Racing out front on a lap 2 restart was all Tommy Rogers Jr. needed to drive off to his 4th Figure Eight win of 2015 and start his 3rd career championship celebration. CJ Lehmann led the first lap before Rogers made one clean sweep on lap 2 to come from third to the race lead. Once out front Rogers wheeling the Keith Repp owned United Exhaust Shop Plymouth Coupe remained out front despite heavy pressure from Roger Maynor over the remaining laps of the race. Once out front Tommy kept the Keith Repp owned mount in the lead securing the win and 2015 championship, the first for Repp as either a driver or owner. Roger Maynor of Bay Shore was runner up in the Barrasso & Sons mason Supplies Toyota with Scott Pedersen of Shirley third in the Reliable Auto Chevy.

Coming into the 50-lap Late Model finale former champion (2013) Jeremy McDermott of Riverhead came in with the game plan of winning the race and letting the chips fall where they might. Jeremy entered the race 10-points back of defending champion Mike Bologna and inherited the lead on lap 14 during a caution period when race leader Jarrod Hayes pitted with a right front flat. Once in the lead all Jeremy could do was hope championship leader Mike Bologna would finish six spots back of him. Mike on the other hand had one of the worst nights of his career pitting twice and being sent to the rear of the field for rough riding. When the race was called at lap 26 due to the time limit Jeremy McDermott was not only declared the race winner but also the 2015 champion in the Statewide Roofing entry. Chris Lescenski of Riverhead was second in the Flemington Furs Chevy with Jarrod Hayes of Calverton roaring back from his lap 14 trip to the pits to claim third in the Chuck Deon Race Engines machine.

IMG_7001John Baker of Brookhaven like McDermott knew he had to win the 30-lap Charger race for any chance to win the 2015 championship knowing he owned the first tie breaker in races won (4) entering the race. Baker who started the race 7th did just that when he took the lead after a classic short track duel with Jimmy White Jr. who earlier won the Blunderbust race. Baker muscled his way out front with less than five laps to go in his Clean Burn Energy Systems Camaro and while taking his victory lap waited while track officials sorted out the points between him and Eric Zeh who came to the race with a 14-point bulge over Baker. Both drivers earned 612 points during the 14-race season with Baker declared the 2015 champion with five wins to Zeh’s one victory, Eric was 8th in the final race. Jimmy White Jr. of Southampton was runner-up in the Hometown Taxi Chevy with Chris Turbush of Wading River third in the Chris Mohr Landscaping entry.

Jimmy White Jr scored his second win of the 2015 campaign when he topped the 20-lap Blunderbust feature. White, who missed the first three months of racing due to shoulder surgery, took full advantage of a rare pole starting position to lead Bill Wegmann Sr. early in the race. Scott Maliszewski worked his way under Wegmann for second entering the first turn on lap 4 but would wind up never getting to the eventual race winners back bumper. At the finish Jimmy White Jr. in the Busy Bee Pest Control Cadillac was the race winner over Scott Maliszewski of Deer Park in the FB Transmission Caprice. Tim Mulqueen of Levittown placed third in the Hy-Grade Auto Body entry. Tom Pickerell of Huntington with his fourth place tally notched his second championship in a row and fourth overall in his successful driving career.

“The Real Deal” Mark Stewart of Riverhead topped the 20-lap Golden Auto Body night Super Pro Truck feature while Lou Maestri of Deer Park secured his second championship in a row and fifth overall in the class. Stewart muscled his way out front when he moved Mike Albasini out of his way early in the race. Once in the lead Mark had to survive a tough challenge from Jimmy Rennick Jr. which he did to drive off to his 11th career win in the Flash Dink Chevy. Grandfather “Dynamite” Dan Turbush of Riverhead was runner-up in the NY Auto Giant Chevy with Dave Brigati of Calverton third in the JDL Environmental Chevy. With his 8th place finish coupled with Brigati’s third place tally Lou Maestri earned the 2015 title.IMG_6881

Kevin Nowak of Medford put “Herbie the Love Bug” in victory lane for the first time in 2015 in an ultra competitive 40-lap Legend Race Car feature. “Blackjack” Bryan Kelly led the way over the first 13 laps of the tilt before Kevin Nowak raced his way underneath in turn one for the race lead on lap 14. Once out front Nowak, a winner off Long Island in 2015 drove away in his J-Tech Electric while Kelly was left to tussle with Richie Davidowitz for second. That battle intensified to the point where Kelly was sent spinning on lap 37 allowing Richie Davidowitz of East Moriches to finish second in the IGA Food Markets entry. Allan Pedersen of Center Moriches capped off a stellar 2015 season with a third place tally in the Sherwin Williams Paints racer. Dylan Slepian of Dix Hill came to the race as the 2015 Legend Race Car champion on the strength of six wins and despite a subpar night celebrated his first career championship.

NASCAR Modifieds: 1. Tom Rogers Jr. 2. Ryan Preece 3. Kyle Soper 4. Shawn Solomito 5. Dave Sapienza 6. Craig Lutz 7. Ken Darch 8. Jason Agugliaro 9. John Fortin Sr. 10. John Fortin Jr. 11. John Beatty Jr. 12. Howie Brode 13. Artie Pedersen III 14. Vinny Biondolillo 15. Dennis Krupski 16. Rob McCormick 17. Amber Fortin

Late Models: 1. Jeremy McDermott 2. Chris Lescenski 3. Jarrod Hayes 4. Kenny Alfano 5. Chris LaSpisa 6. Kevin Metzger 7. Chris McGuire 8. Peter Eriksen Jr. 9. John Baker 10. Brandon Turbush 11. Mike Bologna 12. Scott Kulesa 13. Kaitlyn Schober 14. Roger Oxee 15. Shawn Patrick 16. Tom Rogers Jr. 17. Jack Orlando 18. Kyle Soper

Figure Eights: 1. Tom Rogers Jr. 2. Roger Maynor 3. Scott Pedersen 4. Artie Pedersen III 5. CJ Lehmann 6. Mike Mujsce 7. Brian Hansen 8. Gary Fritz Jr. 9. Ken Hyde Jr. 10. Tom Ferrara

Chargers: 1. John Baker 2. Jimmy White Jr. 3. Chris Turbush 4. Ray Minieri 5. CJ Lehmann 6. Rich Wilson 7. David Roys 8. Eric Zeh 9. Steve Mastro 10. Owen Grennan 11. Mark Stewart 12. Ron Langdon 13. Eric Lutz 14. Jason Hansen

Blunderbusts: 1. Jimmy White Jr. 2. Scott Maliszewski 3. Tim Mulqueen 4. Tom Pickerell 5. Bill Wegmann Sr. 6. Ed Mistretta 7. Tom Sullivan 8. Derek Wegmann 9. Jim Laird Jr. 10. Joe Warren 11. Dennis Scott 12. Tom Puccia 13. Robert Ehrle 14. Jessica Cohan 15. Tommy Walkowiak 16. Sean Byrne 17. Ryan Zukowski 18. Jack Handley Jr.

Super Pro Trucks: 1. Mark Stewart 2. Dan Turbush 3. Dave Brigati 4. Jimmy Rennick Jr. 5. Bobby Gardner 6. Mike Albasini 7. Jerry Giordano Jr. 8. Lou Maestri 9. Anthony Vecchio 10. Dave Koenig 11. Amanda Anderson 12. Sean Glennon 13. Brian McElearney 14. Ben Vecchio

Legend Race Cars: 1. Kevin Nowak 2. Richie Davidowitz 3. Allan Pedersen 4. Ray Fitzgerald 5. Dylan Slepian 6. Johnnie Gloor 7. Eric Hersey 8. George Tomko Jr. 9. Bryan Kelly 10. Greg Harris 11. Artie Pedersen III 12. Jerry Curran 13. Steve Hersey 14. Mike Van Houten Jr. 15. Bill Fitzgerald 16. Wally Davidowitz 17. Steve DeFriest 18. Dennis Kurras 19. Steve Boland 20. Ed Cheslak 21. John Fortin Jr. 22. Vinny Delaney 23. Ken Southard 24. Kyle Ellwood 25. Ryan Lutz DQ- Shawn Wanat DNS- Jim Sylvester, Chris Rogers, Mike Rutkoski & Richie Coy